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June 15, 1925-March 12, 2011 Opal Alvina Neis-Ruter, 85, of Park Rapids, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the Green Pine Acres Nursing Home in Park Rapids. Opal was born to Noah and Delsie (Reeves) Robbins on June 15, 1925 in Park Rapids. It was in Park Rapids that Opal attended public school and grew into womanhood. She was united in marriage to Sylvester John Neis in 1946. This union was blessed with five precious children: Joseph, Roger, Diana, Daniel and Jane.
Nov. 5, 1931-March 6, 2011 Former Detroit Lakes resident John Patrick "Pat" McGrann, 79, passed away in Vancouver, Washington on Sunday, March 6, 2011. John Patrick was born to Preston James and Louise Marie (Krueger) McGrann on November 5, 1931 in Perham. He graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1949. Pat proudly served in and received honorable discharges from the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Air Force, earning the rank of staff sergeant.
March 14, 1934-March 8, 2011 Betty Mae Vogt, 76, of Detroit Lakes, passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at the Golden Manor in Detroit Lakes, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Betty was born to Ole and Myrtle (Hanson) Sandvik on March 14, 1934 in Hawley. She lived in Detroit Lakes most of her adult life. Betty enjoyed life with her children and grandchildren, along with her music and dancing.
Aug. 21, 1929-March 9, 2011 Geraldine "Gerry" Doyle, 81, passed away Wednesday, March 9 at Manor Care Health Services in Fargo. Geraldine "Gerry" Doyle was born to Herman and Gena (Jacobson) Offner on August 21, 1929. She grew up in Fargo, where she attended Agassiz and Central High schools. Gerry worked as a sales clerk, a waitress and for the St. Mary's school lunch program. She married the love of her life, Tom Doyle, at St. Mary's Cathedral on May 22, 1948. Gerry's life can be summed up in three words -- family, family, family.
March 7, 2011-March 11, 2011 Alexa Brooke Rishovd, infant daughter of Casey Rishovd and Sarah Clark, died Friday, March 11, 2011 at Fairview University Hospital in Minneapolis. Alexa was born Monday, March 7, 2011 in Detroit Lakes. Surviving family members include her parents; maternal grandparents, Terry and Debra Clark of Detroit Lakes; paternal grandparents, Gary Rishovd of Thompson, N.D., and Laurette Paulson of Moorhead; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation will take place from 5 to 7 p.m.
Jan. 29, 1926-March 7, 2011 Leslie W. Collins, 85, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, March 7, 2011 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. Funeral Services for Leslie will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12, in David Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, with visitation held one hour prior to service. Interment will be held in the spring at Senjen Cemetery, rural Detroit Lakes. Leslie William Collins was born to Harl and Ida (McClaflin) Collins on January 29, 1926 in Valley City, N.D.
May 30, 1919-March 5, 2011 Cloyd Jacobs, 91, of Frazee, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2011 at the Veterans Hospital in Fargo. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 10 at the Furey Funeral Home in Frazee, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will also begin one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Friday, March 11 at the Frazee United Methodist Church. Lunch will be hosted at the church following the service for all to attend. Furey Funeral Home, Frazee, is assisting with funeral arrangements.
March 14, 1918-March 5, 2011 Former Audubon resident Mavadel F. Kruger, 92, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, March 5, 2011 at St. Mary's Essentia Health in Detroit Lakes. Mavadel Florence Kruger was born to Everett and Flora (Shaffner) Handyside on March 14, 1918 in Cutbank, Mont. At the age of four she moved with her family, by covered wagon, to Fosston, Minn. She attended country school near her home and after completing the seventh grade she left school to help on the family farm. On November 12, 1936 Mavadel was united in marriage to Harry Kruger in Fosston.
Jan. 12, 1931-March 4, 2011 Elaine Ben Rosalyn Kraft, 80, passed away at her home in Lake Park on Friday, March 4, 2011, after a short battle with lymphoma cancer. Elaine was born to Edwin and Ruby (Tiegen) Braseth in Lake Park on January 12, 1931. She was one of five children, and loved her brother and sisters very much. She went to school in Lake Park and after graduating, moved to Minneapolis. There she met Fred Kraft, whom she referred to as her soulmate. They were united in marriage on March 3, 1951 at the Fort Snelling Chapel in Minneapolis.
Aug. 13, 1923-March 6, 2011 Margaret Courneya, 87, of Frazee, passed away at her home on Sunday, March 6, 2011, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Visitation was set from 4 to 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Furey Funeral Home in Frazee, with a prayer service at 6 p.m. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service at the Frazee Event Center on Thursday. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Frazee Event Center, with Pastor Gary Klempke officiating.