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Shirley M. Albertson, 87, Audubon, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, in St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester. Shirley Maxine Van Hyfte was born March 17, 1921, in Lisbon, N.D., to August and Elizabeth (Catoor) Van Hyfte. She grew up in Lisbon, graduating from Lisbon High School in 1939. As a young lady, Shirley worked at the Ben Franklin Store in Lisbon. On June 26, 1941, she married Arne Albertson. Together, they farmed near Lisbon until 1955, when both she and Arne moved into the city of Lisbon and worked for Moll's Appliance.
Irving M. Swenson, 88, Detroit Lakes, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, in Diamond Willow Assisted Living under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Irving Mamen Swenson, known as "Swede," was born Sept. 25, 1920, in Minneapolis to Arthur and Evelyn (Mamen) Swenson. He later moved to Holland, Mich., where he was raised and educated. Irving was united in marriage to Margaret Wall on July 11, 1942. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during WW II and with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
Edwin T. Johnson, 90, Detroit Lakes, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, in Oak Crossing, Detroit Lakes. Edwin was born on Nov. 14, 1918, the son of T. Peter and Hilma (Johnson) Johnson in Cormorant Township, Becker County. He attended country school in District No. 27, Cormorant Township. As a young man, he worked on the family farm and later had many jobs, including the railroad, east of Dilworth. Edwin married Vivian Gilbertson in 1944. He later married Darlene (Malakowsky) Talbot in 1961. Edwin served in the U.S. Army, Mountain Division in Europe during World War II.
Lowell E. Glebe, 88, Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, in Oak Crossing, Detroit Lakes. Lowell Eldred Glebe was born Sept. 5, 1920, in Richwood, the third child of Ernest and Ellen (Lidstrom) Glebe. In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, traveling extensively and always taking time to write about his travels in letters to home. Lowell was proud to have served his country.
Edith June "Edie" Kinnunen, 59, Hawley, formerly of Menahga, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, in Innovis Hospital, Fargo, N.D. Edie was born on June 7, 1949, on the home farm near Menahga to Edwin and Alina (Samuelson) Niemela. She attended the White Oak Country School near her home through the sixth grade. Edie then went on to attend high school in Sebeka, and later in Gilbert, Minn., from where she graduated with the Class of 1967. Edie then gained employment as a nursing assistant at St. Joseph's Hospital in Park Rapids. On Dec. 14, 1968, Edie was united in marriage to Roger Kinnunen.
Orfield E. Pederson, 90, Lake Park, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, in Sunnyside Care Center, Lake Park. Orfield "Orrie" Eliot Pederson was born Feb. 19, 1918, to Christian and Bergeta (Nielson) in Audubon. He grew up in rural Audubon and attended country school at Audubon No. 121. Orfield farmed for a few years in the Audubon Township, and in 1952, he moved to Auburn, Wash. He took a job working for Pacific Car and Foundry in Renton, Wash., where he was a dedicated employee for 27 years. On Aug. 15, 1958, he married Vera Blaker in Auburn. Orfield retired from Pacific Car and Foundry in 1980.
Jan. 22, 1917-Feb. 11, 2009 Hazel F. Palm, 92, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at St. Mary's Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. Hazel F. Krause was born to Charles and Lillian (Wilkins) Krause on January 22, 1917 in Holmesville Township, rural Detroit Lakes. She grew up in near Rochert and attended the Rochert School. On July 4, 1935 she married Frederick Palm. They made their home near Rochert, and Hazel worked as a waitress at the city municipal liquor store in Detroit Lakes for 27 years. She was an active member of Bakke Lutheran Church, serving on Ladies Aid and WELCA.
Dec. 8, 1930-Feb. 7, 2009 Doris C. Ilse, 78, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, February 7, 2009 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Doris Hannah Nelson was born to Lawrence and Ruby (Stull) Nelson on Dec. 8, 1930 in Isabel, South Dakota. She married James L. Moncrief in 1948. James and Doris had 10 children; they divorced in 1968. She then married Floyd Conn in 1969 and they had one child together. Floyd died in 1978. In 1979, Doris married Adolph "Bud" Ilse in Sioux Falls, S.D. Bud died May 17, 2008.
April 19, 1912-Feb. 7, 2009 Blanche Christensen, 96, of Mahnomen, died peacefully on Saturday, February 7, 2009 at Mahnomen Health Center Nursing Home in Mahnomen. Blanche was born to James Ernest and Betty Emma (Swanson) Barta on April 19, 1912 in rural Lake Grove Township, southeast of Waubun. After attending District 10 country school, she graduated in 1930 from Waubun High School, where she was on the championship girls' basketball team. On Sept. 15, 1931 she married Raymond E. "Ray" Christensen at Ogema.
March 24, 1958-Feb. 7, 2009 Daniel L. Thielen, 50, of Rochert, died Saturday, February 7, 2009 in his home, under the care of his loving family. Daniel Lee Thielen, known as "Dip," was born to Leonard and Estella (Metzger) Thielen on March 24, 1958 in Detroit Lakes. He was baptized and confirmed at Assumption Catholic Church in Callaway. Dan attended Callaway Elementary School and was a 1976 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School. He married Laura Stone on Sept. 17, 1977 in Underwood, Minn.