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Merton N. Brooks, 93, a lifelong resident of Vergas, passed away Saturday, November 14, 2009 at the Frazee Care Center in Frazee. A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23, at the Vergas United Methodist Church, 200 W. Main St., Vergas. Arrangements are being provided by the Furey Funeral Home in Vergas.
Pamela Smith, 45, of Ogema, died Thursday, November 12, 2009 at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. Funeral services were held Monday, November 16, at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in White Earth. The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes was in charge of arrangements.
Aug. 14, 1937-Nov. 10, 2009 Thomas A. Sansburn, 72, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at Innovis Health in Fargo. Tom was born the son of Albert and Grace (Evans) Sansburn on August 14, 1937 in Frazee. Tom was united in marriage to Shirley M. Abfalter on July 20, 1955 in Mandan, N.D. Tom and Shirley spent many years in Oregon, but eventually returned to the Detroit Lakes area to retire. Tom's love of family eventually found all of his children relocating to the Detroit Lakes area. Tom loved the outdoors...hunting and fishing, always put a smile on his face.
Sept. 27, 1927-Nov. 10, 2009 LaVerne "Lynn" Heiraas, 82, of Ulen, died Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at the Viking Manor Nursing Home in Ulen. LaVerne A. Winstryg was born the daughter of Sigvald and Eva (Mjor) Winstryg on September 27, 1927, at home near Lake Park. She attended a small country school in the Richwood area and went on to business college in Detroit Lakes. On January 24, 1948, Lynn was united in marriage to Aldus Heiraas in Grand Forks, N.D. The couple made their home in Ulen for two years and then moved out to Aldus' home farm near Borup, Minn.
May 20, 1918-Nov. 12, 2009 Former Litchville, N.D., resident Norbert Heitz, 91, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, November 12, 2009 at St. Mary's-Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today (Sunday) at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. David Peterson officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church. Interment services will be 11 a.m. Monday, November 16 at the Litchville Cemetery in Litchville. Norbert Heitz was born to August and Elizabeth (Hust) Heitz on May 20, 1918 near Gackle, N.D.
July 31, 1933-Nov. 8, 2009 Frances May Schmidt, 76, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday November 8, 2009 at her residence. Frances M. Wilcox was born to Barney and Emma (Gillum) Wilcox on July 31, 1933 in Des Moines, Iowa. She grew up and attended school in the Des Moines area, graduating from East Des Moines High School. On October 11, 1952 she was united in marriage to Paul J. Schmidt in Des Moines. They spent the early years of their marriage living in various cities in the Midwest due to Paul's career. They moved to Rochester, Minn., in 1967, and to Bismarck, N.D., in 1976.
Dec. 15, 1936-Nov. 8, 2009 Harriet F. "Toots" Somdahl, 72, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, November 8, 2009 at St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes. Harriet was born to Henry and Edna (Iverson) Grossman on December 15, 1936 in Pelican Rapids. She grew up and attended country school in rural Audubon, and graduated from Audubon High School in 1954. She worked at Sunnyside Nursing Home in Lake Park, and later attended Detroit Lakes Business College. Harriet then worked as the Audubon School secretary for the next 12 years.
Aug. 14, 1939-Nov. 5, 2009 LaVaun M. Braun, 70, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, November 5. 2009. Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9 at the David-Donehower Funeral Home, with Monsignor Timothy McGee officiating. Visitation took place Sunday, Nov. 8 at the David-Donehower Funeral Home. LaVaun Marie Braun was born to Gregory and Doris (Vizenor) Schons on August 14, 1939 in White Earth. She grew up and attended school in Detroit Lakes. She was formerly employed as a bartender, cook, truck driver and seamstress.
Dr. Warren Titterund Lee, 88, of Port Isabel, Texas, passed away Friday, October 23, 2009 in Harlingen, Texas. Memorial services were held Wednesday, Nov. 4, under the direction of Henry Thomae Funeral Home in San Benito, Texas.
Former Dilworth and Detroit Lakes resident Georgia Helen Kondelis, 55, of The Woodlands, Texas, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 2, 2009. Georgia is preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Elizabeth Ann Hirsch and father, George J. Kondelis. Georgia leaves to continue her love for life her beloved sons, Joseph Hirsch and Taylor Dorian Kondelis; her mother, Mildred A. Kondelis; brothers, James J. and Michael C. Kondelis; sisters, Elizabeth A. Kondelis-Carlson and Mary M.