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Arthur Stalberger

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Nov. 21, 1921-Sept. 19, 2010

Former Ogema resident Arthur M. Stalberger, 88, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, September 19, 2010 at Golden Manor in Detroit Lakes, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

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Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24 and one hour prior to mass on Saturday at Most Holy Redeemer Church, Ogema. Rosary with the Knights of Columbus is at 7:30 p.m.

A mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 in Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, with Father Walter Butor, O.M.I., officiating. Interment will be in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, with Military Rites provided by Ogema Post 9880, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Arthur Michael Stalberger was born to Joseph and Mary (Winter) Stalberger on November 21, 1921 in Rosedale Township, rural Mahnomen. He attended St. Michael's Catholic School and Country School. He then served with the Civilian Conservation Corps in Wisconsin prior to joining the U.S. Army, where he served in the South Pacific Theater, 1942-45.

Art was united in marriage to Reine Kaiser June 4, 1946 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Mahnomen. They farmed in Spring Creek Township, rural Ogema. When they bought their farm there was only a small house and a barn on the property at the time. Many improvements were made and, in 1980, they built a new house and continued to milk cows until 1992. They retired from farming and moved into Ogema in 2004. Reine died in 2005.

While on the farm Art and Reine accomplished much and were active in the community. They were named Becker County Farmer and Homemaker of the year in 1972. Art was also a charter member of the Becker County National Farmers Organization, one of the organizers of the C&O Elevator in Callaway, was a charter member of Ogema Post 9880, Veterans of Foreign Wars and a charter member of the Mahnomen Council of the Knights Of Columbus.

Art enjoyed trapping, playing guitar, dancing, going to town for coffee, playing softball and driving the tractor.

Surviving Art are seven sons, Philip (Patti) of Waubun, Thomas (JoAnn) of Green Bay, Wis., Jerome (Joan) of Mankato, Minn., James (Jean) of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Paul (JoAnne) of Waubun; Patrick (Lori) of Callaway and Mark (Kristi) of Detroit Lakes; a daughter, Marilyn (William) Knudsen II of Eden Prairie, Minn.; 24 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; a brother, Elroy (Cecelia) of Detroit Lakes; a sister, Mary Ann Kaiser of Mahnomen; and three sisters-in-law, Marie Kneip of Cold Spring, Minn., Audrey Stalboerger of Dilworth and JoAnn Loher of Appleton, Minn.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Joseph and a brother, Melvin.

David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Memories may be shared online at www.daviddonehower.com.

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