Fern Renaas, 70
Services for Fern Renaas, 70, of Fairmont, Minnesota were on Saturday at the Grace Lutheran Church in Fairmont with burial in Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont. Mrs. Renaas died on Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at her home in Fairmont.
Fern Irene Hofstad was born February 22, 1929 in Tracy, Minnesota the daughter of Peder and Christine (Morck) Hofstad. She grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and following her graduation from Washington High School in 1947 she moved to New Jersey where she worked at Curtis-Wright.
Fern was united in marriage to Edward Renaas on January 20, 1950 in Dell Rapids, South Dakota. She received her LPN degree in Sioux Falls and she and her family lived in Hudson, Garretson, Marion, Bridgewater and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Oelwein, Iowa and Hastings, Alexandria, Currie and Marshall, Minnesota. They moved to Fairmont in 1983.
Fern was employed as a nurse at the V.A. Hospital in Sioux Falls, Regina Memorial in Hastings, V.A. Hospital in Minneapolis, Oelwein Hospital, Bethany Home in Alexandria, Tracy Nursing Home, Weiner Memorial Hospital in Marshall and the Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church where she was active in the Altar Guild and on the social committee. Fern loved playing bingo, knitting, traveling and reading.
Survivors include her husband, Edward of Fairmont; one son: Reverend Miles Renaas and wife Judy of Tripoli, Iowa; six daughters: Diann Renaas of Fairmont; Debra Johnson of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Cynthia Zelinka and husband Steve of Bath, Maine; Sheila Dennis of Biddeford, Maine; Carrie Hausmann and husband Wayne of Alexandria; Shellie Sanders of Rochester; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother: Wesley Hofstad and wife Lillian of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; sister: Lila Cirgione of St. Petersburg, Florida; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Fern was also preceded in death by four brothers, Alton, Neal, Harold and Cyrus Hofstad.
Arrangements were with the Lakeview Funeral Home, Fairmont, Minnesota.
Roy Scherbarth, 88
Roy Scherbarth, age 88, of Osakis, Minnesota was found dead at his home on Thursday, February 10, 2000.
Roy William Scherbarth was born on December 19, 1911 in Winona to William and Anna (Ivay) Scherbarth. He was united in marriage to Mary Hager on October 26, 1935 in St. Paul. Roy spent his early years working as a mechanics helper at the United States Naval Station in Seattle, Washington. He moved back to the Cities to work at Peter's Meat Company until 1950 when he took employment with Railway Express Agency as a truck driver.
From 1953 until 1956 Roy took a leave of absence to help build the U.S. Air Force Base in Thule, Greenland. Upon his return he worked his way up at R.E.A. and finally retired as a supervisor there in 1974. The Scherbarth's then moved to their home in Osakis. Roy spent five years driving school bus for Osakis Public School and later he kept busy as a helper at Rollie's Tank Service.
Roy was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Osakis. He was also a member of the United Brotherhood of Railway Workers.
Because Roy enjoyed people, some of is favorite pastimes included socializing with friends and neighbors. Whether it was going bowling, meeting for coffee and dice at the cafe or getting together for a friendly game of poker, Roy was happiest when doing things with others. He took great pleasure in hosting festive Christmas parties for his friends. He also liked to travel, go fishing and puttering with woodworking projects. His carpentry talents were such that he had even built several of his own homes. His cocker spaniel, Lacey was his constant companion.
Roy is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Robert and Sandy Scherbarth of Bovey; three grandchildren: Kris Short, Rob Scherbarth and Jenny Biscoe and five and a half great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents and wife Mary in 1995.
Funeral services were held on Monday, February 14, 2000 at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Osakis with Father Joseph Vandeberg officiating. Music was provided by organist, Charmaine Hartmann and soloist was Dana Hetland. Interment was at the Calvary Cemetery in Osakis.
Pallbearers were Jim Tenhoff, Jerry Klimek, Bill Rulon, Roger Triebenbach, Ron Majerus and Rollie Walsh.
Arrangements were with the Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis.
Raymond L. Zimmel, 77
Raymond L. Zimmel, age 77, of Miltona, Minnesota, died on Friday, February 11, 2000 at the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.
Ray was born August 12, 1922 to Alexander and Stefanie (Sommerauer) Zimmel in Spruce Hill Township, Douglas County, Minnesota, where he was raised. He attended School District 92 in Belle River. He helped farm the family farm and hired out to other farmers. Later he took over the family farm which he farmed to the present. Ray was united in marriage to Mary Freske on June 9, 1973 at St. William's Catholic Church in Parkers Prairie.
Ray is survived by his wife Mary Zimmel of Miltona; two stepdaughters Irene Freske of Inver Grove Heights; Lucy Rehm and husband Bruce of Wadena; step daughter-in-law Delores Freske of Carlyle, Illinois; three stepsons: David Freske of Alexandria; Norman Freske and wife Rose of Elk River; and Les Freske of Farmington; 11 step grandchildren and six step great-grandchildren; sisters: Amelia Rutten and husband Harry of Osakis and Angeline Zimmel of Miltona. He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother Ernest Zimmel and stepson Roger Freske.
Mass of Christian Burial was on Monday, February 14, 2000 at 3 p.m. at the St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Belle River with Father Jeff Ethen officiating. Interment was in the St. Nicholas Catholic Cemetery, Belle River. Organist was Joel Walsh.
Pallbearers were Bruce Forster Darold Schramm, Richard Schlosser, Delton Melzer, Art Pomerenke, Dominic Landowski and Leonard Zimmel.
Arrangements were by the Markham Funeral Home, Miltona.
Mildred Peterson, 75
Mildred Greta Josephine Peterson was born on October 31, 1924, the daughter of Carl and Flora Amanda (Carlstrom) Lander in Moe Township, Minnesota. Mildred attended Country School District No. 5 and she received her G.E.D. from Fergus Falls High School in 1968. On September 27, 1945, Mildred married Donald G. Peterson.
Mildred's hobbies included reading, crossword puzzles and Skipo. For many years Mildred helped Douglas County Social Services as a homeworker.
Mildred was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Brandon for many years.
Mildred died on February 7, 2000 at the age of 75. She is survived by her husband Donald of Brandon; children: Maynard and wife Dorothy Peterson of Wichita, Kansas; Harold and wife Trudy Peterson of Brandon; Donna and husband Les Nokes of Fergus Falls; Richard Peterson of Garfield; Paula and husband Kenneth Sanstead of Hoffman; Jim and wife LuAnn Peterson of Brandon; 18 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Mildred is preceded in death by her parents; five brothers: Carl, (Walmer) Rudolph, Ed, Raynold, Harry; and sisters: Mayme and Emily.
A funeral service was held on February 10, 2000 at Grace Lutheran Church in Brandon with Reverend Dennis Preston officiating. Music was provided by Annette Helder, organist and Donna Nokes, soloist.
Interment was in Moe Heights Cemetery in Moe Township, Minnesota. Pallbearers included Scott Peterson, Mitch Sanstead, Jesse Loverink, Steven Peterson, Neil Nokes and Daniel Sanstead.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria.
Marie Benzinger, 64
Marie Benzinger, 64, of Parkers Prairie, Minnesota, died Friday, February 11, 2000 at the St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud.
Marie was born September 24, 1935, to Andrew and Eleanor (Schmidt) Lenarz in Urbank, where she was raised. Marie was united in marriage to Kenneth Benzinger on March 15, 1960 at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Henning. She was employed at St. William's Living Center for 17 years. She enjoyed cooking, baking and spending time with friends and family and especially her four granddaughters whom she loved very much.
Marie is survived by her husband Kenneth Benzinger of Parkers Prairie; two sons: Vic Benzinger and wife Joyce of Parkers Prairie; Lonnie Benzinger and wife Nancy of Parkers Prairie; four granddaughters: Kayla, Jenna, Alayna and Megan; two sisters: Mildred Becker and husband Herbert of Vining; Loretta Lenarz of Elbow Lake; four brothers: Raymond Lenarz and wife Shirley of Fergus Falls; Florian Lenarz and wife Carol of Garfield; Duane Lenarz and wife Linda of Minnetonka; Richard Lenarz and Marlys of Royalton; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and nephew Greg Lenarz.
Mass of Christian Burial was on Monday, February 14, 2000 at 11 a.m. at St. William's Catholic Church in Parkers Prairie with Father Al Ludwig officiating. Interment was in St. William's Catholic Cemetery, Parkers Prairie. Organist and soloist was Kim Byrne.
Pallbearers were Kevin Becker, Todd Becker, Troy Becker, Jeff Lenarz, John Lenarz and Travis Lenarz.
Arrangements were with the Markham Funeral Home, Parkers Prairie.
Robert Lanners, 69
Robert Lanners was born on September 5, 1930, in Marshall, Minnesota, the son of Henry and Elizabeth (Nothem) Lanners. He died at his home on Saturday, February 12, 2000 at the age of 69 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Leroy and sister Marie Eiden.
Robert served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was employed as a bank officer and insurance agent by the Bremer Corporation in Brandon from 1954 until 1987 when he retired due to health reasons.
Robert was united in marriage to Theresa Ledermann on January 13, 1954, and they resided in Brandon until 1988 when they moved to Alexandria. He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Brandon and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria. He was active in the Knights of Columbus, taught CCD at St. Ann's for many years and was active in church events.
Bob's community was also important to him. He was a former member of the Brandon Fire Department, served as president, at various times, of the Brandon Community Club and was a Boy Scout leader for several years. During his years as a banker and as president of the insurance agency something Bob really enjoyed and took interest in was going out and getting to know the farmers of western Douglas County.
After moving to Alexandria Bob did part-time work at the Anderson Funeral Home and also did estate administration as a guardian for many of the elderly. Bob always enjoyed visiting with elderly folks. He worked as a volunteer at Knute Nelson Memorial Home and built many friendships at Towne Square Apartments while he managed the facility. Robert was an avid sports fan having played baseball and basketball, assisted with Little League Baseball coaching and enjoyed the Minnesota Gophers, Vikings and Twins. He thoroughly loved and enjoyed his children, grandchildren and a game of cards.
Robert is survived by his wife Theresa Lanners of Alexandria; children: Kathryn and husband Steve Carlson of Detroit Lakes; Greg Lanners of Brandon; John Lanners of New Hope; Kevin and fiancee Jennifer Stricker of St. Louis Park; Michael and wife Karen Lanners of Victoria; Janet and husband Jim Keister of Big Lake; brother, Raymond Lanners of Brandon; sister Lorine Vipond of Alexandria; and grandchildren: Megan and Melissa Carlson, Austin and Quinn Lanners, and Kyle, Molly and Abbey Keister.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, February 15, 2000 at the Church of St. Mary in Alexandria with Reverend Al Ludwig officiating. Carol Hagen was organist with Therese Byrne, vocalist.
Pallbearers were Ron Lanners, Gary Eiden, John Ledermann, Gordy Vipond, Bob Vipond and Kent Ledermann. Readers were Phil, Adrian and Florian Ledermann and Bob's grandchildren served as gift bearers.
Interment was in the St. Ann Catholic Church Cemetery in Brandon with Military Honors provided by the Alexandria and Brandon American Legion Posts. Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.
Harvey V. Martinek, 76
Harvey V. Martinek, 76, of Glenwood, Minnesota, died on Monday at the Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood.
Mass of Christian Burial was on Friday, 11:30 a.m. at the St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church with Father Kenneth Riedemann officiating.
Harvey was born in Effington, South Dakota in Roberts County on January 20, 1924 to the parents Paul and Mayme (Benesh) Martinek. He went to Country School District 72 in Reno Township. Harvey married Irene Jane Simek on June 10, 1946 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria, officiated by Father J. Alfred Kroll. They purchased the home farm in Reno Township in 1947 and farmed until 1990 when Harvey rented out his farm. They remained on the homesite to live.
Harvey was a member of St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, Lake Reno since his wedding with Irene 53 years ago. He loved to hunt, fish, play cards and their trips to the casinos. His most fun was getting together with family and friends and playing whist and poker. He lovingly cherished his grandchildren who called him "Grandpa Harvey".
Harvey is survived by his wife Irene of Alexandria; three sons: Dennis and Linda of Glenwood; Alan of Alexandria; Jerry and Marlene of Burnsville; daughter: Janel and Darrel of Forada; 11 grandchildren: Lisa and Angela Martinek, Shelly and Kelly Janson, Mike and Paul Martinek, Abby and Drew Martinek, and Joey, Jessie and Emily Benesh; one sister: Lillian M. Brezina of Forada; and one sister-in-law, Marcella Brezina of Alexandria.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters-in-law, Shirley and Sherilyn Martinek and two brothers-in-law, Wencil and Otto Brezina.
Arrangements were with the Hoplin Funeral Home, Glenwood.
Max J. Mock, 97
Max Mock died on Thursday at Knute Nelson Memorial Home in Alexandria, Minnesota. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in St. Wendel. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Max Mock was born in Holdingford, Minnesota, to Gregor and Barbara (Skudlarek) Mock. He married Veronica Maehren on October 25, 1932 at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Avon. She died in June, 1968. He married Lena Miller in 1977 and she died in 1990. He was a member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church in St. Wendel and a charter member of Sartell/St. Stephen Knights of Columbus Bishop Trobec Council #5276. He farmed in the Holdingford area for 40 years and was a past school board member of District #208.
Survivors include children: Geraldine of Seattle, Washington; Mervwyn of Alexandria; Bill of Avon; Harriet Addison of Folson, California; Vivian Kuntuzos of Tonka Bay; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grand-children; sisters: Jay Rissner of Waite Park; Regina Mock of Waite Park; and Josephine Bias of Holdingford.
He was preceded in death by his first and second wife; six brothers: Alois, Charlie, Frank, Jack, Ambrose and Martin; and two sisters: Rose Maleska and Helen.
Arrangements were with the Brenny Funeral Home, Holdingford.
Lois M. Chan, 85
Lois was born on April 26, 1914 in Sibley County, Minnesota, the daughter of James P. and Mary (Gartdner) Boyle. She graduated from Gaylord High School and in the mid 1930s moved to Lowry and lived on Pocket Lake with family.
Lois later moved to Minneapolis where she furthered her education at the Minneapolis School of Business. After graduation she worked for the State of Minnesota with the I.R.S. Department and later in the Teachers Retirement Division until she was married. Lois was united in marriage to Victor L. Chan on January 22, 1972 in Gillman. The couple moved to Lowry and enjoyed going to their cabin in Hackinsack where Lois enjoyed fishing. Victor died in January of 1985.
Mrs. Chan was a member of the Alexandria VFW Auxiliary, Lowry American Legion Auxiliary and St. Mary's Catholic Church. Lois died on Wednesday, February 16, 2000 at the Knute Nelson Memorial Home She is survived by four nieces: Betty Olson, Anna Jane Pechman, Agnes Splittosser, Bonnie Elwood; two nephews: Charles Anderson, John Boyle; and several great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor.
Parish Prayer Service was held on Monday, February 21, 2000 at 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Charles Padathuruthy officiating. Musical selections were by Carol Hagan and Thomas Mulder. Inurnment will be held at St. John's Nepomuk Catholic Cemetery.
Services were directed by Petermeier's Alexandria Funeral Home.
Judy Miller, 50
Judy (Mrs. Dennis) Miller, age 50, of Wendell, Minnesota, passed away Sunday, February 13, 2000 at the Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls.
Funeral services were held on Friday, February 18, 2000 at 2:30 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wendell with Dr. Eugene Boe officiating. Burial was in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.
Judy Marlene (Kolle) Miller was born August 23, 1949, in Fergus Falls, to Clifton and Mary (Nelson) Kolle. She was baptized and confirmed at Rock Prairie Lutheran Church, rural Fergus Falls, attended elementary school in Wendell and graduated from high school in Elbow Lake. Judy went to work at the high school following graduation. She also worked at the Grant County Hospital and the Grant County Courthouse.
On January 18, 1975, Judy was married to Dennis Miller at Rock Prairie Lutheran Church. They lived on a farm near Wendell. Judy had been employed at the Court Administrator's office in the Otter Tail County Courthouse since 1986.
Judy enjoyed her family, her granddaughters, crocheting, flowers and camping at the lake. She also collected teddy bears.
Judy is survived by her husband Dennis, daughter Michelle (Dean) Aanenson of Alexandria, son Darren (Carolyn) of Fargo, ND and two granddaughters, Annika and Marisa Aanenson. She is also survived by her mother Mary Kolle of Fergus Falls, brothers Jim (Cyndy) Kolle of Wahpeton, ND, and Joel (Marlene) Kolle of Williston, ND, and sisters Janet (Dave) Beyer of Wahpeton, ND, Joyce (Henry) Wittkopp of Fargo, ND, and Julie (Arlie) Schmitz of Osseo and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father Clifton Kolle and her grandparents.
Arrangements were with the Erickson-Smith Funeral Home, Elbow Lake.
Jerome W. Alke, 60
Jerome W. Alke, 60, of Palmer, Alaska, formerly of Evansville, Minnesota, died Sunday, February 13, 2000 in Evansville.
He was born October 25, 1939 in Wood Lake to Walter Carl and Lydia Bertha (Henke) Alke. He was baptized at St. John's Lutheran Church at Wood Lake in November, 1939 and confirmed in Granite Falls Lutheran Church at Granite Falls in June, 1952. He attended Wood Lake Public School through the eighth grade. The family moved to Nevis in 1953 and then to Evansville in 1954 where he graduated from the Evansville High School in 1957.
On August 27, 1960 he married Carolyn Ann Isakson in Barrett. He worked as a heavy equipment operator on many jobs throughout the country including the North Dakota Missile Base, the Hydro Electric Dam on the Snake River and on interstate construction. After his father died in 1968 he returned to Evansville where he farmed and did other work. He worked during the construction of the Big Stone Power Plant in South Dakota as an electrician. He then worked for Roger Helgeson Electric and farmed for a few years. In 1983 he moved to Palmer, Alaska and worked for the VECO Corporation as an electrical superintendent until his disability. Even though he worked throughout the United States, Minnesota was always his favorite place.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking. A favorite time when he was a young man was helping to take ice off the lake at Barrett where he was known as one of the "ice bears". He also loved his time with his family and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn of Palmer, Alaska, a son Douglas Jerome (Michelle) and family, Kristina and Dylan of Wasilla, Alaska; daughters, Lisa (Charles) Hanson and family, Jeremy and Jackie of Evansville, Susan (Shane) Englund and family, Alex and Emily of Evansville and Kara (Patrick) Schultz and family, Max, Douglas and Zachary of Brookings, SD; a sister Kathleen Hirtler of Alma, Arkansas and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday at Faith Lutheran Church in Evansville with Reverend Irving Arnquist officiating.
Arrangements were with the Glende-Johnson-Nelson & Nilson Funeral Home of Evansville.
Ardis E. Aga, 74
Ardis Eloise Aga was born in Porter, Minnesota on October 20, 1925, the daughter of Andrew and Ella (Johnson) Nomeland. The family moved to Fergus Falls and Canby before settling in Osakis. Ardis graduated from high school in Osakis and furthered her education at the St. Cloud Teachers College. She met Bruce Aga in 1948 and the couple were married on June 10, 1950, at the Osakis Lutheran Church. At the time of Ardis' death, the couple had been married for 49 years.
The couple moved to the Minneapolis area where Ardis was employed for 12 years by the Federal Reserve Bank. They later moved to Alexandria for a period before moving to California in 1960 where they lived in both the San Francisco bay area and Los Angeles. Ardis was employed for 15 years by the Westchester Lutheran School in Los Angeles. In 1987 Bruce and Ardis retired to Alexandria and spent their winters in Cocoa, Florida.
Ardis enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and Norway, was an avid reader, especially mystery novels and was a sports fan. She was involved in the Jaycee organization in her younger years. One of her favorite things to do was to attend the black-tie events sponsored by the military that were a necessary part of her husband, Bruce's work.
Ardis died on Sunday, February 13, 2000 at the Knute Nelson Memorial Home in Alexandria at the age of 74 years. She is survived by her husband Bruce Aga of Osakis; sons: John and wife Patty Aga of Cottage Grove; Paul Aga of Whittier, CA; brothers: Gordon and wife Marlys Nomeland of Osakis; James and wife Lorraine Nomeland of Osakis; Allan Nomeland of Minneapolis; sister: Thelma Crim of Osakis; and grandchildren: David Aga and Christopher Aga.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, February 17, 2000 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria with Reverend Keith Forrester and Reverend Eric Erickson officiating. Organist was Becky Worley and soloist, Harland Angen. Interment was in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.
Ann Katherine Nicholas 89
Ann Katherine Nicholas was born on October 7, 1910, the daughter of Anton and Katherine (Renfors) Sandberg in Holmes City, Minnesota. Ann was baptized and confirmed in Trinity Lutheran Church. She attended country school. On June 3, 1933, Ann married Melvin Nicholas.
Ann was employed as head cook at Geneva Beach Hotel and other coffee shops in Alexandria in the 1920 and 1930s. From 1942 to 1952 Ann and Melvin lived in Bremerton, Washington. The couple later moved back to Holmes City and bought the Sandberg home farm. Ann became the first ever cook at Douglas County Hospital. After retirement, Ann lived in Bethel Manor in Alexandria for many years. When Ann became ill, she moved to Crestview Manor in Evansville and later Bethany Home.
Ann died on February 15, 2000 at the age of 89. She is survived by four sons: Dale and wife Marlys Nicholas of Hoffman; Gerald and wife Andria Nicholas of Menefee, CA; Randall and wife Linda Nicholas of Alexandria; Bruce and wife Helen Nicholas of Rochester; two daughters: Andria and husband Virgil Hinnenkamp of Verona, KY; Karen and husband Steve Sarasin of Anchorage, AK; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and brother Arthur Sandberg of Aurora. Ann was preceded in death by her parents; husband Melvin in 1982; brothers: Gustav, William, Anton, Richard, Edward; and sisters: Ellen, Elma (Mickey) and Martha.
A funeral service was held on February 19, 2000 at the Trinity Lutheran Church with Reverend Denise Croskey officiating. Music was provided by Jan Myhr, organist, Michele Olson and Genesis Hill, vocalists and the Trinity Lutheran Choir.
Interment was at the Christian Union Cemetery in Holmes City Township. Pallbearers included Virgil Hinnenkamp, Travis Hinnenkamp, Douglas Sandberg, Kenneth Ruble, Randall Nicholas and Michael Nicholas.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.
Robert Edward Lee, 46
Robert Edward Lee was born on January 17, 1954 in St. Paul, Minnesota, the son of Robert and Marie (Kidney) Lee. The family moved to Kensington when Robert was in the eighth grade. He attended Alexandria schools and later attended Marine and Small Engines at the Alexandria Technical College. On December 10, 1977, Robert was united in marriage to Kathy Berglund. Robert became an over-the-road trucker in 1986 for Can Am Express. His hobbies included fishing and hunting.
Robert died suddenly in Flagstaff, Arizona on February 16, 2000 at the age of 46. Robert is survived by three daughters; Heather, Amber and Stacy Lee of Alexandria; son: Robert Lee of Alexandria; grandson: Michael Watt; his parents of Kensington; grandmother: Anne Kidney of Jackson; brothers: Ron, Jerry, Pat and Mark Lee; and two sisters: Ann Challes and Rita Lee. Robert was preceded in death by his grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins.
A funeral service was held on February 19, 2000, at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria with Reverend Gary Giltvedt officiating.
Pallbearers were Larry Dommer, Dave Bjorgo, Orin Reich, Bruce Poulson, Richie Walker and Dennis Fuoss.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.
Edward 'Ed' Faber, 85
Edward "Ed" Faber, age 85, of Miltona, Minnesota, died at his home on Sunday, February 20, 2000.
Ed Faber was born on November 10, 1914 in Leaf Valley Township, Douglas County to Peter and Emma (Hartman) Faber where he was raised. He farmed with his dad on the family farm. Ed was united in marriage to Alvina Krause on October 14, 1943 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church Parsonage in Miltona Township. They have farmed on the same farm for 56 years. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church where he was an active member in the Men's Club and held several church offices. He was also a member of the Miltona Creamery Board. He enjoyed fishing and the outdoors as well as making flower pots from old tires.
Ed is survived by his wife Alvina Faber of Miltona; daughter: Emily Faber of Willmar; two sons: Ben Faber and wife Mary of Blaine; Ken Faber and wife Marge of Ham Lake; seven grandchildren: Richard Faber and fiancee Kathy Zimmer; Jackie and Brian Hiltner; Duane Faber; Harlan and Stephanie Faber; Pedrina Faber; Kelly and Kim Hawkinson; Jenny Hawkinson; six great-grandchildren: Dillon and Chelsea Hiltner; Kirja and Quinten Faber; Zach and Trevor Buchite (Harlan); brother: Tony Faber of Osakis; sisters: Marie Wright of New Brighton; Anna Faber of Millerville; Helen Faber of Urbank; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter: Louise Hawkinson, parents; five brothers: Nick, Al, Pete, Leo and Joe and sister: Della Krassas.
Funeral services were Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 1 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Miltona Township, with Pastor Daniel Woodring officiating. Organist was Katie Jahnke and soloist was Donovan Johnson.
Casket Bearers were Richard Faber (godchild), Duane Faber, Harlan Faber (godchild), Kelly Hawkinson, Brian Hiltner, Loel Hawkinson, Palmer Bettermann, Loren Krause (godchild), Larry Krause and Leon Krause.
Honorary Casket Bearers: (granddaughters) Jackie (Faber) Hiltner, Jenny Hawkinson, Kim (Kelly) Hawkinson, Pedrina Faber, Stephanie (Harlan) Faber and (godchildren) Hilda (Cal) Johnson, Rick (Kathy) Faber and David (Darlene) Jante. Interment was in the Parkers Prairie Cemetery.
Arrangements were by the Markham Funeral Home, Parkers Prairie.
Emma A. Shoemaker, 94
Emma Adelia Shoemaker was born on August 23, 1905, in North Dakota, the daughter of Andrew and Bertha Hausken. She was united in marriage to Henry T. Shoemaker on May 19, 1922, and the couple lived in the Brandon area before moving to Alexandria. Emma worked at the North American Creamery in Alexandria and also as a nurse's aid at the Shogren Nursing Home on 6th Avenue and later at the Bethany Home. Following her retirement she volunteered at the Klothes Kloset in Alexandria. Emma enjoyed children, baking bread and collecting dolls. She died on Saturday, February 19, 2000 at the Knute Nelson Memorial Home in Alexandria at the age of 94 years.
Emma is survived by her grandchildren: Larry (Mary) Shoemaker of Alexandria; Susan (Kenneth) Schleif of Minneapolis; great-grandchildren: Wendy (Marc) Townsend of Plymouth; Kim Shoemaker of Alexandria; Dawn Shoemaker of Alexandria; Matthew Schleif of Minneapolis; Amy Schleif of Minneapolis; great-great-granddaughter, Hayley Faith Townsend; daughter-in-law Dorothy Shoemaker of Minneapolis; and great niece Marlys (Dale) Nichols of Alexandria.
Emma was preceded in death by her parents; sons: Harvey Shoemaker of Minneapolis and Arlington Shoemaker of Alexandria; five brothers: Tony, Edwin, Alfred, Lawrence and George Hausken; sister, Ida; daughter-in-law, Helen Shoemaker and three infant children.
Funeral services were held on Monday, February 21, 2000 at 11 a.m. from the Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria with Reverend Keith Forrester officiating. Organist was Becky Worley and soloist was Harland Angen. Interment was in the Evergreen Cemetery in Alexandria.
Pallbearers were Otto Vendell, Larry Shoemaker, Bill Johnson, Bruce Erickson, Kenneth Schleif and Matthew Schleif.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.
Ruby Nelson, 78
Ruby Nelson, age 78, of Kensington, Minnesota, passed away.
Funeral service was on Saturday, February 26, 11 a.m. at the Oscar Lake Lutheran Church in Farwell.
Ruby was preceded in death by her husband Edrald; son Keith; two grandchildren; four brothers; and one sister.
She will be deeply missed by children: Linda (Dennis) Brozek; Sandi Bennett (special friend Ray Bakke); Mark (Debbie) Nelson; Paul (Jackie) Nelson; daughter-in-law Georgia Nelson; sisters; Pearl Anderson, Della Stavos, Luella Gulbransen, Fran Blehr; 16 grandchildren: Scott Brozek, Shaun Brozek, Greg Bennett; Sue Acker, Fred Bennett, Brandt Nelson, Shannon Nelson, Jason Nelson, Ryan Nelson, Jessica Nelson, Kelly Nelson, Justin, Jared, Dillon Nelson, Austin Nelson and Sierra Nelson.
Interment was at the Oscar Lake Cemetery in Farwell.
Arrangements were made by Methven-Taylor Funeral Homes in Columbia Heights.
Anna Wagner, 100
Anna Wagner was born on March 14, 1899, to Anton and Mary (Roers) Koeplin. She was baptized and confirmed at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church of Millerville. Anna attended country school through the eighth grade.
Anna was united in marriage to Michael Korkowski on July 1, 1924. To this union a daughter was born. Michael died in February of 1925.
In 1930, she was married to Cyril Wagner and the couple moved to his farm. To this union four children were born. Cyril died in April of 1954. In 1962 Anna moved to Millerville and in 1979 she moved to Alexandria. Mrs. Wagner loved to quilt, garden, play cards and enjoyed bingo. She was a member of Christian Mothers.
Anna died on Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at the Knute Nelson Memorial Home. She is survived by four children: Elreen and husband Bob Coates of Alexandria; Marlene and husband Richard Suchy of Underwood; Roger Wagner and wife Shirley of Brandon; Marvin Wagner and wife Darlene of Brandon; 26 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; three sisters: Clara Lorsung, Kate Lorsung of Alexandria, Vern Polaski of St. Cloud; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her two husbands; son, Dale; parents; two sons-in-law; four sisters; two brothers; one grandchild; and four great-grandchildren.
Christian Mothers Rosary was held on Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 7 p.m. with a parish Prayer Service at 8 p.m. at Petermeier's Alexandria Funeral Home.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, March 1, 2000, 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria with Father Al Ludwig officiating. Musical selections were by Carol Wagner and Kim Byrne.
Pallbearers were Steve Wagner, Don Wagner, Bob Wagner, Curt Thompson, Ron Thompson and Bryan Klimek.
Interment was at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Cemetery in Millerville.
Services were directed by Petermeier's Alexandria Funeral Home.
DeWitt 'Gene' Carlson, 69
DeWitt "Gene" Carlson, age 69 of Miltona, Minnesota, died at his home on Wednesday, February 23, 2000.
Gene was born February 26, 1930, to Enoch and Sarah (Barrett) Carlson in Newell, South Dakota where he attended school. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on May 26, 1946 and was honorably discharged on April 19, 1949. He then attended one year of college at Spearfish, South Dakota. Gene was united in marriage to Eleanor Richerson on May 12, 1955 in Igloo, South Dakota. For 27 years he worked for the sheriff's department of Denver, Colorado and then for Martin Marreitta Corporation as security officer. Gene's hobbies included fishing, hunting, gun smithing and painting. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Miltona and the Alexandria American Legion Post #87.
Gene is survived by his wife Eleanor M. Carlson of Miltona; daughter LouAnn Thornberg and husband Dennis of Lakeville; three sons: Eugene Carlson of Alexandria; Craig Carlson and wife Juanita of Tucson, Arizona; Eric Carlson and wife Linda of Miltona; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild, Connor Bedeaux; two sisters: Helen Mattox and husband Harold of Riverton, Wyoming; Norma Richerson and husband Don of Susanville, California; and two brothers: Curtis Carlson and wife Nancy of Tonophah, Idaho and Richard Carlson and wife Alice of Alaska. He is preceded in death by his son Brad Carlson-Moren and his parents.
Funeral services were held February 26, 2000 at 11 a.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church in Miltona with Pastor Kenneth Thiele officiating. Organist was Kevin Lee.
Pallbearers were Eric Carlson, Craig Carlson, Eugene Carlson, Dennis Thornberg, Joshua Thornberg and Thomas Bedeaux.
Military Rites were by the Alexandria American Legion Post #87. Interment was in Spruce Hill Lutheran Cemetery, Spruce Hill Township.
Arrangements were with the Markham Funeral Home, Miltona.
Jessie Wilke, 100
Jessie M. Wilke celebrated her 100th birthday among friends and relatives at Bethany Home this past May, 1999. She was born on May 11, 1899 in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, the daughter of William and Emma (Kemp) Keene.
After many years in the grain elevator business in North Dakota and Minnesota, the Wilkes moved to Garfield, Minnesota upon retirement. They lived there for 25 years. Jessie enjoyed reading and fishing. She was active with the Senior Citizens and St. Luke's Church. Ernest died in 1984. Jessie moved into Bethany Home in 1989 where she participated in the Senior Council.
Jessie died on February 20, 2000. She was preceded in death by her husband Ernest of 56 years; brothers: John and Walter Keene; sisters: Jessie's twin sister Bessie Valenta, Myrtle Wood, Mable Smith and Ruth Wyatt; two grandsons: one great-grandson; and son-in-law Leon Strickler. Jessie is survived by son Bernard and wife Jeanne of North St. Paul; daughter Jane Strickler of Battle Lake; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; nephew Wallace and wife Carol Valenta of Bella Vista, AZ; and a niece Marjorie Sitz of Marion, ND.
A funeral service was held on February 23, 2000 at the Bethany Home Chapel in Alexandria with Reverend David Gran officiating. Music was provided by Kathy Kasten, organist and Lawrence Erickson, soloist.
Interment was in St. Luke's Cemetery in Garfield. Pallbearers were Donald Ogren, Howard Linser, Richard Strickler, James Babcock and Laura Kleinschmitt.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.
John Romain Lake, 73
John Romain Lake, age 73, of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, died suddenly February 7, 2000 in Phoenix, Arizona.
John was born in Grenora, North Dakota on April 22, 1926. He spent his childhood in North Dakota and Alexandria, Minnesota. He graduated from Alexandria High School in 1944. He served honorably in the Naval Air Corps and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Mathematics in 1948. He was a life-long teacher. He taught mathematics at Cloquet High School until 1958 when he moved to White Bear Lake. He taught at Mahtomedi High School until 1967 when he moved to Lakewood Community College after receiving his M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Arizona. He taught mathematics there until his retirement in 1986.
He married Dagny Johnsrud on September 29, 1950 and they had two sons Jack and Philip. John and Dagny lived in White Bear Lake for 42 years and were members at First Lutheran Church for this entire period. John served previously on the Church Council and many other church committees. In their retirement they spent winters in Phoenix, Arizona. John and Dagny were blessed by their four granddaughters, Katrina, Chelsea, Natalie and Naomi. They loved to travel and enjoyed the company of many friends and very special relatives.
John will be greatly missed by his wife of 49 years Dagny; sons: John and wife Mamiko, Minneapolis; Philip and wife Vanessa of Chicago, IL; 4 granddaughters; brother Rollo and sister-in-law, Ann of Underwood; sister, Janet Norquist of Batavia, Illinois and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gustav and Anna Lake.
John will be remembered for his commitment to public education, his devotion to his wife and family and his gift for good conversation with family and friends, old and new.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 12, 2000 at First Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake.
Arrangements were with the Havenor Funeral Chapel.
Marie O. Helberg, 90
Marie O. Helberg, 90, of Kensington, Minnesota, died Wednesday at the Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris.
Marie Olivia (Larson) Helberg was born in Nora Township, Pope County, January 27, 1910 to the parents Olaus and Ruby (Hagen) Larson. She was baptized February 20, 1910 with sponsors being Grandpa and Grandma Hagen, Mina Braaten and Knut Larson. She was confirmed at Nora Lutheran on October 5, 1924. She was united in marriage to Emil Adolph Helberg on March 29, 1933 at the Cyrus parsonage.
Marie's mother and aunts taught her the fine arts of being a strong woman, a true help-mate to her husband and a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Marie was, above all things, a woman devoted to her Triune God and lived her life in a quiet, conservative and God-fearing manner. She repeatedly answered her call to serve by being an active member in the Nora Ladies Aide, holding offices including president of the organization; teaching Sunday school for many years as well as being superintendent of Sunday school, Luther League advisor, singing in the church choir, sewing countless quilts for missions and making wonderful baked goods and hearty dishes for church events. Marie truly enjoyed being a part of the Kensington area community which, in her later years, included the companionship of peers at the local 50+ Club where she volunteered often for kitchen duties. Marie and her husband Emil were named Douglas County Senior Citizens for their active roles in the local and county community.
Marie loved to go fishing with her husband, Emil, and made the most wonderful fried sunfish and crappies. She had a green thumb that was second to none as anyone who ever saw her gardens could attest. Marie was a hard-working woman who always had time to help someone else. She loved family gatherings and was truly in her element surrounded by her relatives and friends while serving them her wonderful comfort foods of hot dishes, meats, home-grown vegetables, fresh-from-the-oven white bread and sweet desserts including Jello with fruit in it. Marie was the ultimate hostess, always ready and waiting for guests to drop by.
Marie is survived by her daughter, LaVerne (Marvin) Edblom of Hoffman; son, Roger (Audrey) Helberg of Hoffman; seven grandchildren: Sheila Haack, Nancy (Bryan) Anderson, Paul Hagstrom, Cynthia (Matt) Revering, Mark Hagstrom, Darwin (Sue) Helberg and Jeanine (Joe) Peyerl; eight great-grandchildren: Crystal (Matt) Gapp, Kyle Haack, Ashley, Joshua, Lindsey Satre, Darion and Colden Helberg and Brandon Anderson; four sisters: Myrtle Luthi of Hancock, Pearl (Omer) Christianson, Emma Barsness of Bloomington and Florence (Norman) Schwendeman of Inver Grove Heights; brother-in-law Harold (Bonnie) Backlund; two sisters-in-law, Mabel Helberg and Beverly Larson; and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Emil in 1986, two sisters, Clarice Larson and Edna Backlund, brother, Leonard Larson, two brothers-in-law, Everall Barsness and Albert Luthi, grandson-in-law, Daryl Haack, two great-grandchildren and twin grandsons.
Funeral services were on Monday at 2 p.m. at Nora Lutheran Church, Kensington with Reverend James Radatz officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements were with the Hoplin Funeral Home in Glenwood.
Mary Ripley Hibbard, 82
Mary Ripley Hibbard was born on July 30, 1917, in Riceville, Iowa, the daughter of H.E. "Slim" and Lucy (Hendricks) Ripley. Mary's parents moved to Alexandria, Minnesota in 1920 where she attended school and graduated from Alexandria High School in 1935. She was a member of the Alexandria Drum and Bugle Corps throughout her high school years. She attended St. Cloud Teachers College and taught school in a one room school house in Alexandria.
Mary was united in marriage to Gordon A. Hibbard on June 9, 1943.
Mary passed away at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida on February 19, 2000 at the age of 82. Mary had spent the last 25 winters in Largo, Florida. She spent 17 of those years as President of the Town and Country Seminole Shuffle League. Mary was also on the Board of Directors at Town and Country Mobile Park.
Surviving are her four children: John (Cheryl) Hibbard of Minneapolis; Mary Anne (David) Estenson of Minneapolis; James (Laurie) Hibbard of Eagan; Margaret (James) Hernlem of Red Wing; nine grandchildren; sister Dawn R. Wolliscroft of Largo; and one sister-in-law Millie Ripley of Brainerd. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, husband Gordon and brother Doug Ripley.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, February 25, 2000 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria with Reverend Al Ludwig officiating. Music was provided by Carol Hagen, Tom Mulder and Kim Byrne.
Interment was in St. Mary's Cemetery in Alexandria. Pallbearers included her nine grandchildren James, Erica, Nicholas and Gretta Hernlem and Cory, Ryan, Kelly, Molly and Travis Hibbard.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.