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Aug. 5, 1930-Aug. 3, 2009 Vaughn F. "Casey" Stengl, 78, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, August 3, 2009 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Vaughn "Casey" Stengl was born to Joseph and Anna K. (Damschen) Stengl on Aug. 5, 1930 in Ray, N.D. He was raised and educated in Pelican Rapids, along with Detroit Lakes. After school, he enlisted in the United States Army. He proudly served his country during the Korean War with the Signal Corps. After his honorable discharge, Casey returned home and started working for Swift and Company. On Feb.
Nov. 16, 1959-July 31, 2009 Kim L. Leitheiser, 49, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, July 31, 2009 at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. Kim L. Anderson was born to Robert and Deloris (Thelen) Anderson on Nov. 16, 1959 in Renton, Wash. She grew up and attended school in Audubon and Detroit Lakes, graduating from Audubon High school in 1978. She then traveled the United States with a sales company for the next three years, before returning to Detroit Lakes. On Oct. 13, 1984 she married Steven Leitheiser in Detroit Lakes.
Sept. 10, 1934-Aug. 2, 2009 Marlyn B. "M.B." Nelson, 74, of rural Lake Park, died Sunday, August 2, 2009 at his home on Middle Cormorant Lake. Marlyn Berthel Nelson was born to Albert and Myrtle (Broughton) Nelson on Sept. 10, 1934 in Detroit Lakes, where he was raised and educated. M.B. married Darlene Haugen on March 17, 1957 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, rural Audubon. M.B. served in the United States Army for two years, from 1957 to 1959. After he received an honorable discharge from the military, M.B began working for Ace Construction in Oklahoma and Kansas. M.B.
March 31, 1916-July 31, 2009 Former Park Rapids and Becker resident Arzella P. Schaapveld, 93, of Detroit Lakes, died on Friday, July 31, 2009 at Emmanuel Community in Detroit Lakes. Arzella was born to Louis and Honor (Cox) Stumvoll on March 31, 1916 in Becker, Minn. She married Lloyd B. Schaapveld on June 19, 1936 in Beardsley, Minn. Arzella obtained her B.S. degree in education from St. Cloud State University and taught for over 31 years. She taught in Clinton, Duluth, Morrison County, Sherburne County, Becker and 15 years in Monticello.
March 7, 1933-July 28, 2009 Ernest B. Iverson, 76, of Winger, Minn., died Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at his home as a result of farming accident. Ernest Bernard Iverson was born the son of Lars and Bertha (Baglien) Iverson on March 7, 1933 in Garden Township, Minn. He was raised on the family farm and attended school near there. On April 23, 1966 Ernie married Barbara Aanenson at Faaberg Lutheran Church in Rindal, Minn. Barb and Ernie made their home on the family farm before purchasing their own farm a half-mile away in 1970.
Jan. 29, 1933-July 30, 2009 Former Ponsford and Minneapolis resident Ernest B. Bonga, 76, of Frazee, died Thursday, July 30, 2009 at the Frazee Care Center in Frazee. Ernest was born to John George and Francis (Wadena) Bonga on Jan. 29, 1933 in Ponsford, where he was raised and educated before moving to Minneapolis. For 18 years he worked at Sears, selling and installing fencing for customers. In 1980, Ernie married Andrea Wagar at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Minneapolis.
Sept. 7, 1943-July 30, 2009 Barbara J. Zapp, 65, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, July 30, 2009 at her home in Detroit Lakes. Barbara Joan Blacknik was born to Clayton and Violet (Mercer) Blacknik on Sept. 7, 1943 in Detroit Lakes. She was a 1961 graduate of Monroe (Wisconsin) High School. Barbara married Edward Zapp in 1965 in Detroit Lakes. During her working life, she was the business manager for Lake Region Clinic in Detroit Lakes and, after the merger of Lake Region Clinic and the Detroit Lakes Clinic, was the assistant business manager for the new Dakota Clinic for 10 years.
July 31, 1948-July 30, 2009 Thomas J. Smith, 60, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, July 30, 2009, in his home, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Tom was born to Robert and Madge (Nickeson) Smith on July 31, 1948 in Grand Forks, N.D., where he grew up and attended school, graduating in 1966 from Grand Forks Central High School. In 1970, Tom graduated from Jamestown Community College. He married Vicki Egstad on March 10, 1974, in Grand Forks; together they had six children. Tom was employed by West Central Incorporated.
Oct. 12, 1976-July 26, 2009 Hawley native Ryan D. Leister, 32, of Fargo, died Sunday, July 26, 2009 at St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes. Ryan Daniel Leister was born to Daniel and Diane (Hagen) Leister on Oct. 12, 1976 in Detroit Lakes. He grew up and attended school in Hawley, graduating from high school there in 1995. Following high school, Ryan attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, graduating in 2001, before getting his master's degree from South Dakota State University in Brookings in 2003.
June 14, 1941-July 28, 2009 Michael A. "Mickey" Bergstrom, 68, of Rochert, died Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes. Michael A. Bergstrom was born to Gust and Mary (Ryan) Bergstrom on June 14, 1941 in Fargo. He grew up in rural Rochert and attended school in Frazee. He worked at the Swift Turkey Plant in Detroit Lakes for several years. He also farmed and cut wood. Mickey enjoyed playing the accordion and the harmonica. He also liked to garden.