DL News Staff
May 14, 1926-Jan. 13, 2013 Former Frazee resident Rome Villiard, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, January 13, 2013, at Essentia Health-St. Mary's. Rome was born May 14, 1926, in Flom, Minn., to John and Sarah Villiard. He grew up and went to school near Hitterdal. Rome married Mabel (Erb) Shipman on Nov. 20, 1949, at Ray Rassmussen's farm near Frazee. He farmed near Frazee for about 12 years and retired from Anderson Ready Mix after about 25 years. He moved to Lamplighter in Emmanuel Community 14 years ago, where he enjoyed maintaining the lawn for several years.
Sept. 6, 1934-Jan. 7, 2013 Alvin LeRoy Retz, 78, of Frazee, died Monday, January 7, 2013 at Ecumen-Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Alvin LeRoy Retz was born to Gaylord and Joy (Minor) Retz on September 6, 1934 in Watertown, South Dakota. Alvin was a young boy when his family moved to Ponsford. He grew up and attended country school in that area. He worked as a logger for Bud Wattenhoner and also at the Two Inlets Saw Mill. He was united in marriage to Viola Wohlsdorf on December 27, 1959 in Detroit Lakes.
June 18, 1930-Jan. 7, 2013 Paul R. Johnson 82, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, January 7, 2013 at Ecumen-Emmanuel Nursing Home of Detroit Lakes. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 in First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, with visitation for one hour prior to services. Paul Raymond Johnson was born to Ole N. and Christina (Momb) Johnson on June 18, 1930 in Detroit Lakes. He was raised and educated in Detroit Lakes, graduating from Detroit Lakes High School in 1948.
Sept. 29, 1963-Jan. 9, 2013 Brian M. Blauert, 49, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at his parents' home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Detroit Lakes, with pastors Fred Crowell and Joel Kratzke officiating. Interment will be in the Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery, rural Detroit Lakes. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, with an 8 p.m.
Oct. 26, 1926-Jan. 8, 2013 Sheldon J. "Sam" Sumner, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, January 8, 2013 in Fargo. Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 in First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, with Reverend Wade Dutton officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, with military rites provided by the Lake Region Veterans Honor Guard. Sheldon Jerome Sumner, known as Sam, was born to Samuel and Olga (Elstad) Sumner on October 26, 1926 in Dawson, Minn., and graduated from Dawson High School in 1945.
Dec. 9, 1941-Jan. 4, 2013 Clarence H. "Buddy" Gunderson, 71, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, January 4, 2013 at the VA Medical Center in Fargo. A gathering of friends and family will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at the David-Donehower Funeral Home, with a memorial service to follow at 7 p.m. Interment will be held in the spring. Clarence Henry Gunderson was born to Clarence and Henrietta (Weets) Gunderson on December 9, 1941 in Detroit Lakes. Buddy was raised and educated in Detroit Lakes, and in 1959 he was part of the first graduating class at the new high school.
June 2, 1937-Jan. 5, 2013 Janet Maier, 75, passed away Saturday, January 5, 2013 in Detroit Lakes, after a brief illness. Janet Rose Aberle was born June 2, 1937 and raised in Zeeland, N.D. She married Clarence "Al" Maier in 1956. The family lived in Montana and North Dakota. She moved from Bismarck, N.D., to Detroit Lakes in 2008. Janet was an active member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church and the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center.
Former Menahga resident Reverend Royal Steiner, 92, of Wadena, passed away on Friday, January 4, 2013 at the Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, at United Methodist Church in Sebeka, with Reverend Steve Koehn officiating. Visitation was held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6 at Cardini-Pearson Funeral Home in Menahga and for one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. To leave online condolences or view the video tribute, please visit www.cardinipearson.com .
June 21, 1952-Jan. 4, 2013 Peggy Ann Clyatt, 60, of Alpharetta, Ga., died Friday, January 4, 2013 at North Fulton Hospital in Alpharetta. She was born the daughter of Gordon and Marion (Thompson) Michaelson on June 21, 1952 in Valley City, North Dakota. She moved with her parents to Lake Park in 1958, and graduated from Lake Park High School with the Class of 1970. She moved to Colorado where she met and married Ron Cook in 1971. The couple later divorced. Peg moved to Sun Prairie, Wis., in 1973 and to Janesville, Wis., in 1974.
Sept. 18, 1921-Jan. 4, 2013 Former Fargo resident William W. "Bill" Warner, 91, passed away Friday, January 4, 2013 at the Frazee Care Center in Frazee. Bill was born the son of R.D. and Gertrude Warner on September 18, 1921 in Fargo. He attended Shatuck school, and graduated from Central High School in Fargo. He then attended Dartmouth College. Bill was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in France during World War II. He was very proud of his service and the fact that he had flown over "the hump." On January 7, 1945 he married Dorothy Sakariassen in Reno, Nev.