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March 26, 1917-Jan. 14, 2011 Donald T. Ristvedt of Lake Park passed away at his home on Friday, January 14, 2011, at the age of 93 years. Donald was born to Adolph and Johanne Ristvedt on March 26, 1917, on the home farm. He was the 13th child out of 14 children. Donald attended the District 12 school north of Lake Park before helping his parents with the farming operation. Donald was united in marriage to Doris Adeline Bartness on July 3, 1943. They made their home in Fargo, where he found employment at Brannicks Manufacturing in the machine shop and Doris worked at Newberrys.
Kay Marjean "Ty" Niemeyer, 71, of Seymour, Ind., passed away at 6:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, in her home, where she had lived 31 years. Kay was born in Detroit Lakes on April 11, 1939, the daughter of Charles and Alice (Johnson) Bunnis. On June 30, 1967, at Peace Lutheran Church, in Pendleton, Ore., she married Thomas Niemeyer, who survives. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where she was active both as a member of Ladies Aid No. 4 and as a Sunday School teacher for 10 years.
Oscar Soergel, 85, Moorhead, formerly of Lake Park, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, in Golden Living Center, Moorhead. Oscar, the son of Oscar and Mary Soergel, was born in Chicago on May 5, 1924. He grew up and received his education in Chicago. During WWII, Oscar served in the US Army in Europe. He participated in the D-Day invasion, was later wounded and received both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals. On Sept. 20, 1947, Oscar was married to Estelle Wagner. They made their home in the Fargo-Moorhead area. In 1977, they moved to rural Lake Park.
Marietta F. Hartman, 65, St. Cloud, formerly of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, in her home. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. in Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, Msgr. Timothy McGee, officiating. Interment will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 4-8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., in Holy Rosary Catholic Church. The visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the mass at the church on Monday. Marietta Fay Hartman was born Nov. 26, 1945, in Roseau to Clifford and Harriet (Knepper) Wickstrom.
Nov. 12, 1940-Jan. 12, 2011 James E. Beckwith, 70, of rural Frazee, died Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at St. Mary's Essentia Health in Detroit Lakes. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at David Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, with Monsignor Timothy McGee officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services on Wednesday. Jim was born November 12, 1940 in Hammond, Indiana. He was raised and educated in Hammond, graduating from East Washington High School in 1958. He furthered his education at the University of Illinois.
Michael Turner Sr., 58, of Naytahwaush, died Thursday, January 13, 2011 at his home, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today (Sunday), and continue until the time of services Monday at the Sports Complex in Naytahwaush. There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. today. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 17 at the Sports Complex, with burial at St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery in Naytahwaush. Arrangements have been entrusted to Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home of Mahnomen and Winger, Minn.
Sept. 1, 1928-Jan. 12, 2011 Hazel N. Stenhjem, 82, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday Jan. 12, 2011 at Sanford Health in Fargo, surrounded by her loving family. Hazel Norma Stenhjem was born to Henry and Signe (Jensen) Smedshammer on Sept. 1, 1928 in Ransom County, N.D. She grew up and attended school in that area, graduating from Enderlin High School. She then moved to Fargo, where she briefly worked for the Internal Revenue Service. In 1949 Hazel was united in marriage to Truman Stenhjem in Enderlin, N.D. They made their home and raised their family in Fargo.
March 11, 1932-Jan. 20, 2011 Pastor E.R. Wippich, 78, of Vergas, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, January 10, 2011 at his home in Vergas, with his wife at his side. Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church-Loon Lake, with a prayer service to be held at 6 p.m. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 in St. Paul's Lutheran Church-Loon Lake.
Oct. 31, 1932-Jan. 10, 2011 Thomas J. Jackson, 78, of White Earth, died Monday, January 10, 2011 at his home in White Earth. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14 at St. Columba Episcopal Church in White Earth, with Mother Carol "Coke" Smith officiating. Friends may call at the church for one hour prior to Friday's services. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Thomas Joseph Jackson was born to Lillian Jackson on October 31, 1932 in White Earth. He was raised and educated in White Earth and worked in the logging camps as a young man. He moved to St.
March 22, 1917-Jan. 8, 2011 Nora Josephine Fiss, 94, of Fergus Falls, died Saturday, January 8, 2011 at the Lakeland Hospice House in Fergus Falls. Nora was born the daughter of Engebret "Embrick" and Olga (Christianson) Arntson on March 22, 1917 in Pelican Rapids. She grew up in rural Barnesville, graduating from Pelican Rapids High School in 1934. She attended Dakota Business College in Fargo, graduating in 1938. On November 16, 1940, Nora married Walter Fiss in Rothsay. They resided in Fargo.