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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.
April 25, 1924-March 4, 2011 Pearl J. Gunderson, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died peacefully on Friday, March 4, 2011 at Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Pearl was born to Alma (Cederberg) and John Norman on April 25, 1924 in rural Hawley. Pearl married Clifford Gunderson in Hawley on April 22, 1942. Together they had nine children. Pearl and Clifford farmed near Rollag until 1965, when they moved to Lake Park. In 1971 they moved to Hawley. Pearl was employed as caregiver during her younger years.
Oct. 3, 1951-March 5, 2011 Former Detroit Lakes resident Steven Frederick Larson, 59, of Fargo, died Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Elim Rehab and Care Center in Fargo, surrounded by loved ones. Steve was born to Delmar and Kathryn (Householder) Larson on October 3, 1951 in Fargo. He graduated from Fargo North High School and attended Moorhead State College. Steve grew up in Fargo and enjoyed embarking on trips with his family to their cabin on Pelican Lake, enjoyed boxing and his Honda motorcycle.
Sept. 29, 1936-March 4, 2011 Bernard "Bernie" J. Schmitt, 74, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, March 4, 2011 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 7, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church, rural Detroit Lakes. A mass of Christian burial for Bernie is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, at St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church, with interment in the church cemetery. Bernard Joseph Schmitt was born to Henry and Margaret (Dauer) Schmitt on September 29, 1936 in Kent, Minn.
Dec. 5, 1939-March 1, 2011 Betty M. Adams, 71, of Blaine, Minn., died peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 1, 2011. Cremation was held in Minneapolis. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 12, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Frazee, with visitation with the family for one hour prior to and after the service. Inurnment will be held in the spring at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Gearhart Funeral Home, Anoka. Betty Mae Adams was born to Arnold and Mabel Zick on December 5, 1939 at their home in Shell Lake Township.
April 19, 1923-March 1, 2011 Paul J. Olson, 87, of Lake Park, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, in Sanford Health, Fargo, ND. Paul Jerome was born to John and Emma (Lindstrom) Olson on April 29, 1923 in Lake Park. He grew-up in Lake Park and graduated from Lake Park High School. After graduation, Paul served in the Army 78th Signal Corps Infantry in Europe. He returned to Lake Park, where he farmed. Paul married Lyla Seydel on June 30, 1951 in Eksjo Lutheran Church, Lake Park. Together they had four children. Paul continued to farm while working at the sugar beet plant and drilling wells.
May 27, 1961-Feb. 27, 2011 Neil Michael Shingledecker, 49, went home to be with his Lord and Saviour on Sunday, February 27, 2011. Memorial services were held Wednesday, March 2 at the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Wadena, with the Rev. Vaughn White officiating.
April 30, 1933-March 3, 2011 Benny Lowe "Ben" Reem, 77, of Detroit Lakes, peacefully passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at his home, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Ben was born to Charles and Emily (Carlson) Reem on April 30, 1933, in Aitkin, Minn. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1951 and later from Minneapolis Business College. On November 23, 1957, Ben married Martha Ann Lee in the Methodist Church in Aitkin. They both have been active in Methodist churches in every town where they lived. Ben grew up on the shores of Mille Lacs Lake.
Oct. 8, 1924-Feb. 28, 2011 Henry "Hank" George Boman, 86, of Lake Park, died Monday, February 28, 2011 at Sunnyside Care Center in Lake Park. Henry "Hank" George Boman was born to Oscar and Thelma (Egar) Boman on October 8, 1924 in Adams, N.D. When Hank was a young boy, the family moved to rural Lake Park. He graduated from Lake Park High School. Hank was a farmer and all-around repairman, known as "Mr. Fix-it." He worked at Vigen Hardware, doing various jobs. He was also self-employed as a television and radio repairman.