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May 5, 1918-May 1, 2012 Vivei N. Strang, 93, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday May 1, 2012 at the Lakewood Care Center in Baudette, Minn. Vivei Naomi Strang was born to Benhart and Sophia (Larson) Gunderson on May 5, 1918 in Flom. She attended grade school there. She was a member of the choir and Luther League at Aspelund Lutheran Church in Flom. She was also a member of the Flom 4-H Club. Vivei graduated from Twin Valley High School, Twin Valley. She then attended the New York Hair Dressing Academy in Fargo, where she obtained her Minnesota beautician's license.
Jaxton David Murtagh, infant son of Brittany Murtagh of Detroit Lakes, was born and died on Monday, April 30, 2012 at Essentia Health-St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes. Private family services will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, with Monsignor Timothy McGee officiating. Jaxton is survived by his mother, Brittany Murtagh of Detroit Lakes; grandparents, DeeAnn and Sean Murtagh of Detroit Lakes; great grandparents, Roger and Donna Houglum of Long Lost Lake, Minn., and Pat Murtagh of British Columbia, Canada.
Jan. 5, 1928-April 28, 2012 Dona Jane Larson, 84, died Saturday, April 28, 2012. Services are set fir 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at the United Lutheran Church, Elbow Lake, with visitation for two hours prior to services. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Elbow Lake. Dona Jane Larson was born to Gilbert and Evelyn (Helgeson) Listul on January 5, 1928 in Yellow Medicine County, Minn. She attended school in rural Becker County and graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1946. Dona was married to Carl J. Larson from Hawley in 1948.
Feb. 26, 1958-April 26, 2012 Wallace G. Lefebvre, 54, of Callaway, died Thursday, April 26, 2012 in Omaha, Neb. A mass of Christian burial was held Tuesday, May 1 at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Ogema, with Father Walter Butor, O.M.I., officiating. Interment was in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Wallace Gerard Lefebvre was born to Vincent and Nydia (Molacek) Lefebvre on February 26, 1958 in Detroit Lakes. He attended the White Earth Mission School and Waubun Public Schools. Following his education, he worked on his family's third generation farm in Callaway Township.
Julius E. Kruger, 90, of Frazee, passed away Monday, April 30, 2012 at Sanford Health in Fargo. A funeral service is set for 11 a.m. Friday, May 4 at the Furey Funeral Home in Frazee. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3 at the Furey Funeral Home in Frazee, continuing for one hour prior to services on Friday.
Oct. 4, 1955-April 30, 2012 Marie Kathleen Zueger, 56, of Fargo, passed away on Monday, April 30, 2012, at home under the care of family and Hospice of the Red River Valley. Marie was born to Ernest and Alice (Roen) Moe on October 4, 1955 in Detroit Lakes. She grew up on the family farm and attended school in Lake Park, graduating in 1973. Marie continued her education at Moorhead State University, where she received her degree in finance and accounting. On August 29, 1981, she married David Zueger in Lake Park.
Jan. 27, 1956-April 30, 2012 Sharon R. Moe, 56, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, April 30, 2012 at Emmanuel Nursing Home under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 6, with a time of sharing at 6 p.m., in David-Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes. The visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the funeral home on Monday. Funeral services will be 11 a.m.
June 5, 1924-May 1, 2012 Ale E. Niemi, 87, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at Essentia Health-St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes. Ale was born the son of Waino and Esther (Heinonen) Niemi on June 5, 1924 in Chisolm, Minn. As a young child, he moved with his family to the Snellman area. Following the death of his parents, he was raised by John and Lempi Hendrickson. Ale attended country school at Pickerel Lake. He served in the United States Army from 1944 to 1946. Ale was united in marriage to Irene Bakken on November 18, 1950 in Ponsford.
April 22, 1929-April 30, 2012 Ruth M. Kertscher, 83, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, April 30, 2012 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Ruth Mildred Kertscher was born to William and Helen (Disterhoff) Bevins on April 22, 1929 in Ogema. She grew up and attended school in Ogema. The family later moved to Elbow Lake. On January 25, 1947 Ruth was united in marriage to Frederick L. Kertscher. They made their home and raised their family in the Detroit Lakes area. Ruth operated the Lakeland Cafe in Detroit Lakes for several years.
Oct. 25, 1940-April 29, 2012 James D. Ross, 71, of Detroit Lakes died Sunday, April 29, 2012 at the Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. James Duane Ross was born to Raymond and Gladyce Andersen on October 25, 1940 in Perham. He grew up in rural Vergas and attended District 166 country school. He served in the United States Navy from 1962 to 1965. On February 14, 1966 he was united in marriage to Marilyn Loerzel in Dent, Minn. They farmed near Dent until 1973, when they moved to Detroit Lakes.