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Sept. 3, 1942-Nov. 28, 2010 Harold William "Bill" Pedersen, 68, of Cass Lake, Minn., passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 28, 2010, surrounded by loved ones at his home under hospice care. A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, at Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji. A lunch will be held from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Friday at the American Legion in Cass Lake. Harold William Pedersen was born the son of Harold S. and Francis S. (Allen) Pedersen on September 3, 1942 in Windom, Minn.
Oct. 2, 1924-Nov. 26, 2010 Robert H. Medaris, 86, of Park Rapids, died Friday, November 26, 2010 at the home of his daughter Valerie in Detroit Lakes, surrounded in love by his family, and under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Robert Henry Medaris was born to Henry and Amalia (Kopke) Medaris on October 2, 1924 in Mankato, Minn. He lived and attended school in Minneapolis. In 1946, he attended the Beck School for Radio in Minneapolis and the Coyne Electrical School. On December 20, 1946 Robert married Helen Emelia Pearson at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
June 20, 1915-Nov. 29, 2010 Lena M. (Gunderson) Godsey, 95, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, died Monday, November 29, 2010 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. Lena was born the daughter of Harry and Lena (Klomstad) Halverson on June 20, 1915 at a farm home near Audubon. Lena's mother died in childbirth and Lena was baptized at three days of age, beside her mother's casket. She was educated in a rural school and began working in homes at the age of 14. Lena married George Gunderson on October 11, 1933 and they farmed in Holmesville Township, northeast of Detroit Lakes.
June 27, 1949-Nov. 24, 2010 Larry L. Wanner, 61, of Frazee died Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at the VA Medical Center in Fargo. Larry Lee Wanner was born to Alvin and Sarah (Heinle) Wanner on June 27, 1949 in Bismarck, N.D. As a young boy, he moved to Lake Park and attended school there. He later graduated from Detroit Lakes High School. Larry then served in the United States Air Force from 1968-1972. Following his discharge from the Air Force, he returned to the Detroit Lakes area.
Luella E. Gandrud, 96, of Detroit Lakes, passed away Tuesday, November 16, 2010 in North Oaks, Minn. Luella was born to Martha (Klug) Meyer and Frederick Meyer on November 30, 1913 in Luce, Ottertail County, Minn. She was educated at Luce, Perham and Frazee, graduating from Frazee High School in 1932. During her high school years Luella worked at Pettibone Lodge at Shoreham. After graduating from Lawrence Beauty School in Minneapolis, Luella was a licensed cosmetologist and was employed in Detroit Lakes at Mickey's Beauty Shop. In 1937 Luella married K.I.
July 31, 1977-Nov. 19, 2010 Anna M. Levy, 33, of Ogema, died Friday, November 19, 2010 as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident near Waubun. Friends may call from 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26 until 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27 at the White Earth Community Center in White Earth. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Columba Episcopal Church in White Earth, with Reverend Coke Smith officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Anna Marie Levy was born to Selim "Deet" Keezer and Sandra Levy on July 31, 1977 in Detroit Lakes.
Jan. 31, 1925-Nov. 20, 2010 John E. Ista, 85, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, November 20, 2010 at St. Mary's-Essentia Health in Detroit Lakes. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26 at the David Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. The visitation will continue for one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov.
Former Red Lake, Minn., resident Rhonda Susan Graves (Ojibwe name, "Benasii Equay"), 60, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at St. Mary's Essentia Health Hospital in Detroit Lakes. A wake will begin on Saturday morning at the Redby Community Center in Redby and will continue until the time of services on Monday. Traditional funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 22 in the Redby Community Center in Redby, Minn., with interment at the Fox Point Cemetery in Redby, under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji.
Sept. 12, 1916-Nov. 12, 2010 Former longtime Detroit Lakes resident Virginia E. Sprafka, 94, of St. Paul, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at the Health and Rehabilitation Center of New Brighton in New Brighton, Minn. A Mass of Christian Burial for Virginia was conducted at St. Agnes Catholic Church in St. Paul on Tuesday, Nov. 16. Interment was in the St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery in Perham. Virginia was born to Edwin and Mary Huseby on Sept. 12, 1916, in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. She grew up and attended schools in the Prairie Provinces of Canada.
Sept. 24, 1966-Nov. 1, 2010 Former Fargo resident Jerome F. Riley, Jr., 44, Largo, Fla., died Monday, November 1, 2010 at his home in Largo. A mass of Christian burial is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, with Monsignor Timothy McGee officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Interment will be in St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Cemetery near Pelican Lake. Jerome F. Riley Jr. was born to Jerome F. and Mary (Volk) Riley on September 24, 1966 in Fargo.