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Shirley A. Birky, 62, rural Detroit Lakes, died Friday, May 1, 2009, in her home, surrounded by her family, and under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Shirley was born on July 18, 1946, to Dale and Lois (Hoffman) Oswald in West Point, Neb. She was raised and educated in Frazee, graduating from Frazee High School in 1964. Shirley married Stanley Birky on June 6, 1965, at Lake Region Mennonite Church. They made their home in rural Detroit Lakes. Shirley was an active member of Harvest Fellowship Church in Frazee. Shirley cherished her family and was deeply loved by all she met.
Rita L. Jaster, 74, rural Callaway, died Saturday, May 2, 2009, in Innovis Health in Fargo, N.D. Rita was born on April 12, 1935, to Wesley and Grace (Deach) Barta in Hawley. She had a twin brother that died at birth. Rita attended country school near Rollag, and later attended school in Hawley, where she participated in F.H.A. and 4-H. She graduated from Hawley High School in 1953. As a young woman, she worked as a waitress in Fargo, when she met Reuben Jaster. Rita went to New Jersey, where Reuben was stationed in the military. They were united in marriage on Dec.
Marlyn Orlen Heimark, 73, rural Pelican Rapids, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2009, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley and the nursing staff at Sunnyside Care Center, Lake Park. Marlyn was born on May 25, 1935, to Willie and Viola (Williams) Heimark in Norwegian Grove Township, rural Pelican Rapids. He was confirmed on July 2, 1950, at Cormorant Lutheran Church by Rev. O.J. Landsverk. Marlyn attended the Cormorant School District No. 14 through the 8th grade.
Joe Mulligan, 59, died on April 10, 2009. Joe was born and raised in Minnesota. He graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1967. He attended North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D. Joe loved art and had a wonderful ability to draw, paint and sculpture. He enjoyed photography taking many photographs of Charleston, family and friends. Joe worked in many parts of this country, but he was in Greensboro, N.C., and Charleston, S.C., the longest. He loved the South, and even more the ocean. Joe provided computer support for businesses in Charleston.
George L. Chilton, 91 rural Ogema, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, in Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. George Leo Chilton was born Sept. 3, 1917, in Mahnomen to Lee and Alvina (LaDoux) Chilton. He was raised and educated in Mahnomen and attended boarding school in Pipestone, Minn. George was united in marriage with Leona Neuhalfen in Mahnomen on Nov. 24, 1943. They lived in Underwood until moving to Twin Valley. George and Leona moved to Ogema in 1960, where they farmed and he did road construction.
Arlene L. Braun, 78, Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, in St. Mary's Innovis Health, Detroit Lakes. Arlene Lois Braun was born May 19, 1930, in Devils Lake, N.D., to Arthur E. and Mabel (Smith) Porter. She was a 1953 graduate of Ada High School. Arlene was united in marriage with Felix Braun June 15, 1954, in Callaway. They farmed in Hamden Township, rural Audubon, until 1996 when she moved to Colorado Springs, Colo. Arlene moved to Bovey, Minn., in 1997, and later that year she moved to Marbel, Minn. She moved to Detroit Lakes in 2002.
James S. Cook, 80, Plymouth, Minn., passed away April 25, 2009. James is survived by wife, Connie; children, Kathey (George) Haway, Jed (Denise) Cook, Valerie Cook and Stacy Cook; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Jo Martin; brother, Paul (Toshiko) Cook; many nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held on Friday, May 1, 2009, at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church in Plymouth. Inurnment was at the church columbarium. Memorials are preferred to St. Barnabas Church, 15600 Old Rockford Road, Plymouth, MN 55446.
Nov. 29, 1933-April 27, 2009 John G. "Jack" Wilen, 75, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday April 27, 2009 at St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes. John "Jack" Wilen was born to Eldon and Marcella (Murray) Wilen on Nov. 29, 1933 in Knoxville, Iowa. As a young child he and his family moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where Jack grew up and received his education.
Jan. 12, 1940-April 27, 2009 Margaret L. "Marge" Anderson, 69, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, April 27, 2009 at the Perham Memorial Home in Perham. Margaret L. Kessel was born to Raphael and Margaret (Klein) Kessel on Jan. 12, 1940 in Dickinson, N.D., where she grew up and attended school, graduating from Dickinson High School in 1958. She then moved to Minneapolis, where she worked for the Northwest Bank for a short time. On Sept. 10, 1960 Marge married Merlin Anderson in Dickinson. They made their home in Crookston, Minn.,, where she worked at the Crookston National Bank.
June 19, 1930-April 28, 2009 Former Wolf Lake resident Rueben C. Hanson, 78, of Frazee, died Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at his home, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Rueben Charles Hanson was born to Hans and Selma (Halvorson) Hanson on June 19, 1930, near Ulen. He attended country school near Hitterdal and, in 1938, his family moved to Glyndon, Minn., where he also attended school. He worked on a farm for his aunt and uncle near Gibbon, Minn., from 1946-48. Rueben then moved back to Glyndon, where he worked on construction jobs.