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Jan. 8, 1920-Jan. 12, 2010 Following a stroke two days after his 90th birthday, Eddie R. Jokela passed away Jan. 12, 2010. A wake service: will be held from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25 at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids. Funeral service: at "High Noon" Tuesday, Jan. 26 at St. Johns Lutheran Church, Park Rapids. A military burial with the 10th Mountain Division Honor Guard and flag presentation is planned for the same day at Green Valley Cemetery, west of Menahga. Eddie was born on the original Jokela Homestead (dairy farm) between Wolf Lake and Park Rapids, Jan.
Aug. 6, 1937-Jan. 18, 2010 Former Detroit Lakes resident William F. "Bill" Vezner, age 72, of Taylor, Wis., died Monday, January 18, 2010 in his home. Bill was born to Gordon E. and Elizabeth "Alice" (Hunczak) Vezner on August 6, 1937 in Superior, Wis. He graduated from Concordia High School in St. Paul. He later attended Concordia College of St. Paul for two years, and seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind., for one year. He married Karen A. Wesala on December 30, 1960 at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
January 10, 1956-Jan. 19, 2010 Joyce A. Lubbesmeyer, 54, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, January 19, 2010 in Cormorant. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Friday, January 22 at Augustana Lutheran Church in rural Detroit Lakes, with Reverend Paul Peterson officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 21 at Augustana Lutheran Church, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. The visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday. Joyce Ann Jones was born to Richard and Doris (Bergquist) Jones on January 10, 1956 in Glyndon, Minn.
Nov. 3, 1910-Jan. 8, 2010 Former Cedar Rapids, Iowa resident Alma B. Roman, 99, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, January 8, 2010 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. A mass of Christian burial was held Friday, January 15 at All Saints Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, with interment in St. John's Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. Alma Bertha Dahnalek was born to Joseph and Amelia (Novak) Dahnalek on November 3, 1910 in Lynn County, near Cedar Rapids. She was raised on a farm in Lynn County and graduated from high school in 1928.
July 6, 1921-Jan. 17, 2010 Former Council Bluffs, Iowa resident Horace A. "Bart" Barton, 88, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, January 17, 2010 at St. Mary's Innovis Health-Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Horace Barton was born to Benjamin and Myrtle (Winn) Barton on July 6, 1921 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where he grew up and received his education, graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1939. While in high school he served as the class photographer.
June 19, 1951-Jan. 13, 2010 Larry "Butch" Lee Pachel, 58, of Park Rapids, died suddenly on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 in Junction City, Kansas. Butch was born the son of George J. and Pauline R. (Bennett) Pachel on June 19, 1951 in Park Rapids, where he grew up and attended school. He was united in marriage to Barbara A. Clements on June 12, 1971 in Snellman, Minn. They lived in Minneapolis for a short time before moving to a farm in Osage Township, where they continued to reside until the time of his death.
Oct. 11, 1915-Jan. 18, 2010 Myrtle C. Olson died on Monday, January 18, 2010 at St. Mary's Oak Crossing-Cedar Ridge in Detroit Lakes. Myrtle Christina Grefsrud was born to Gustav and Martina (Bratlien) Grefsrud on October 11, 1915 at their home in rural Hawley. She attended country school in Parke Township, Clay County. Myrtle married Oscar T. Olson on December 30, 1936. They lived on a farm in rural Lake Park, until they moved to Lake Ida in 1951. Myrtle was a stay at home mother who was a caregiver to all of those around her. She was also an avid gardener and baker.
June 1, 1909-Jan. 15, 2010 Malinda V. Gamer, 100, of Frazee, passed away at the Frazee Care Center on Friday, January 15, 2010, under hospice care with her family by her side. Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 19 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church-Evergreen, rural Frazee, with the Rev. Anthony Cloose officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Malinda Victoria Quade was born to Theodore and Paulina (Bressler) Quade on June, 1, 1909 in Evergreen Township, Frazee. She moved to Canada with her mother at a young age. At age 18, she moved back to the Frazee area to find work.
July 4, 1915-Jan. 16, 2010 Raymond J. Anderson, 94, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, January 16, 2010 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 21 at the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, with a Prayer Service at 6 p.m. continuing one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Friday, January 22 at the United Methodist Church in Detroit Lakes, with Reverend Brenda North officiating.
Former Detroit Lakes resident LeRoy E. Edstrom, 76, of Prior Lake, Minn., passed peacefully from this life on Friday, January 15, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. LeRoy Edward Edstrom was born in West Fargo, North Dakota and served in the Army in West Germany during the Korean War. When he returned to the United States he graduated from Moorhead State Teacher's College with a master's degree in education, and began a 35-year teaching career. For 33 of those years he taught art to elementary and middle school children in Austin, Minn.