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Jan. 31, 1915-July 1, 2011 Wilford T. Bakken, 96, of Detroit Lakes died Friday, July 1, 2011 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Wilford Bakken was born to Hans and Elise (Norderhaug) Bakken on January 31, 1915 in rural Audubon. He attended country school in rural Audubon and worked on the family farm. He was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Audubon. On January 30, 1938 Wilford married Stella Olson in Audubon. They farmed south of Audubon, where they raised turkeys and cattle. They later moved to a farm closer to Audubon.
Aug. 30, 1938-June 25, 2011 Duane L. "Ole" Olson, 72, of Lake Park passed away at a hospital in Harlingen, Texas on Saturday, June 25, 2011. Duane Lyman Olson was a retired Air Force major who worked as a Russian translator for the Air Force. His last assignment was with Joint Special Operations Command. After retiring, Duane became a winter Texan and spent several years volunteering to teach English at a Texas Literacy Center. He attended Detroit Lakes schools, later graduating from Concordia High School in St. Paul.
Nov. 1, 1913-June 29, 2011 Bernice E. Evert, 97, of Detroit Lakes died Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Bernice Elizabeth Evert was born to Fred and Christina (Theisen) Petersen on November 1, 1913 in White Rock, South Dakota. She grew up and attended country school in rural Wheaton, Minn. On October 10, 1932 Bernice was united in marriage to Edgar C. Evert. They made their home and farmed in rural Wheaton. In 1941 they moved into Wheaton. Four years later they returned to farming. In 1951 they moved to rural Frazee.
July 17, 1930-June 28, 2011 Frances "Frannie" Nord, 80, of Fosston, Minn., passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at Essentia Hospital in Fargo. Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2 in Hope Lutheran Church, Fosston, with Rev. Paul Magelssen officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, July 1 with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at Hope Lutheran Church in Fosston, with a reviewal for one hour before the funeral at the church on Saturday. Interment was at Rosehill Cemetery in Fosston, and the Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home of Fosston handled the arrangements.
Lois L. Synstelien, 76, of Farmington, Minn., passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. Lois married Harold Synstelien on November 18, 1951 in Sherburn, Minn. Surviving Lois are her loving husband of 59 years, Harold; children, Steven (Lisa) Synstelien, Susan (Bart) Rasmussen and Scott (Brian Peterson) Synstelien; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren; and sisters, Ethel (Lawrence) Weires and Karen Albrecht. Her brother, Keith Mitchell, preceded her in death. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m.
Oct. 13, 1958-June 28, 2011 Jolyn Jean (Hanson) Priem, 52, of Vergas, passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at her home, surrounded by her family, under the care of Red River Valley Hospice team following a long, courageous battle with cancer. Visitation will be held 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 1 with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at the Vergas United Methodist Church. It will continue one hour prior to the service at the Community Center on Saturday. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday, July 2, at the Vergas Community Center.
Sept. 30, 1942-June 21, 2011 Dennis E. Bowman, 68, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at University of Minnesota-Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis, from a massive stroke suffered on Father's Day evening. Dennis had previously survived a head-on truck accident south of Detroit Lakes in November 1979, several heart attacks, a bleeding ulcer, staph infection, pneumonia and bypass surgery over the last few years.
Aug. 17, 1931-June 26, 2011 Virginia E. Finch, 79, of Rochert, died Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. Virginia was born to Edward and Mora (Swift) Kohle on August 17, 1931 in Alton, Illinois. She was raised and educated in Alton, graduating from Alton High School in 1949. On December 11, 1954 Ginny was united in marriage to Albert "Bert" Finch at North Alton Baptist Church in Alton. To this union James and Linda were born. In 1975 the family moved to Bloomington, Minn., and in 1990 Ginny and Bert retired to Rochert. Ginny's greatest joy was her family.
Aug. 3, 1944-June 25, 2011 Jean C. Sharp, 66, of Detroit Lakes died Saturday, June 25, 2011 at Sanford Health in Fargo. Jean Sharp was born to Ernest and Adelia (Bartel) Panter on August 3, 1944 in Detroit Lakes. The family moved to the Grand Rapids, Minn., area when Jean was a young girl. They moved back to Detroit Lakes where Jean completed her education, graduating from Detroit Lakes High School. On June 25, 1965 she was united in marriage to Loren Sharp in Detroit Lakes. They made their home and raised three children in Detroit Lakes. Jean later married O.
Dec. 20, 1919-Feb. 27, 2011 Peter Claude Cullen, 91, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died peacefully on Sunday, February 27, 2011 in Mesa, Ariz. A funeral mass will be held at St Ann's Catholic Church in Goodridge, Minn., at 10 a.m. Monday, July 11, 2011. Interment will follow at Poplar Grove Cemetery. Peter was born December 20, 1919, in Moylan Township, rural Goodridge, the son of James and Margaret (Pittman) Cullen. He married Helen Bruneau on May 8, 1946.