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May 19, 1918-Feb. 5, 2009 Anna W. Rock (Omaayawibiikwe), 90, of Waubun, died Thursday, February 5, 2009 at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. Anna White was born to Dan G. and Mary (Dunn) White on May 19, 1918 in Cass Lake, Minn. She was raised in the Leech Lake area. She married Reuben Rock on Dec. 31, 1934. They made their home in White Earth, where Reuben was the priest at Breck Memorial Episcopal Church in Ponsford. Anna adopted Christianity and was baptized in the Episcopal Church at Pine Point. She was a member there until Reuben passed away.
July 16, 1922-Feb. 5, 2009 Norbert H. Rohr, 86, of Bluffton, Minn., died of heart failure on Thursday, February 5, 2009 at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. Norbert Henry Rohr was born the eighth child of Nicholas and Mabel (Hancock) Rohr on July 16, 1922, in McHugh Township near Detroit Lakes. He married Vivian Palmer of Frazee on Oct. 16, 1945. He drove truck for Daggett Truck Lines from 1943 to 1956.
Russell Buhaug, 91, of Lake Park, died Saturday, February 7, 2009 at Sunnyside Nursing Home in Lake Park. Funeral arrangements are pending with Wright Funeral Home in Lake Park.
Jan. 31, 1922-Feb. 1, 2009 Lois M. Gjersvig, 87, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, February 1, 2009 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Lois Marie Cook was born to Leonard J. Cook and Lois (Dunn) Cook on Jan. 31, 1922 near Mohall, N,D. In 1926, the family moved to Fargo, and then to Richwood Township in 1931. Lois was an honor graduate of Detroit Lakes High School in 1940 and also attended Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis.
Jan. 24, 1925-Jan. 26, 2009 Winnipeg native Donald B. McRae, 84, of Sacramento, Calif., died Monday, January 26, 2009 at Sutter General Cancer Center in Sacramento. Donald Bhan McRae was born on Jan. 24, 1925 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He began his work at the Hudson Bay Mining Co. in Flin Flon, Manitoba, and served in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He married Jean Fyfe in 1948. She died in 1975. Together, they had three sons: Don, John (who died in 2001) and Mark. Don moved to the U.S.
Dec. 3, 1927-Jan. 30, 2009 Thomas Bowman, 81, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, January 30, 2009. Born in Duluth, Minn., Tom was a devoted and loving husband and father. Though his heart wasn't strong enough to keep him on this earth any longer, he used it regularly to show others how to live. Tom graduated from Denfeld High School in Duluth. Before attending the University of Minnesota-Duluth, he served in the United States Army during the end of World War II. After college he moved to Tonopah, Mont., to start his teaching career.
April 9, 1923-Jan. 31, 2009 Lily Olund, 85, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, January 31, 2009 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Lily was born to John and Magdalena (Litzu) Sperling on April 9, 1923 in Height of Land Township, Becker County. She attended country school in District 22, Height of Land Township and later attended Washington Elementary School in Detroit Lakes. Lily married Swan Olund in 1947. Swan died in 1949. Lily worked as a dietary aide at St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes for 35 years, until retiring in 1991.
July 6, 1945-Jan. 29, 2009 Former Detroit Lakes resident Jane A. Perkins, 63, of East Grand Forks, Minn., passed away on Thursday, January 29, 2009 at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D. Jane Ann Parker was born the daughter of John and Florence (Velander) Parker on July 6, 1945 in Glenwood, Minn. Jane grew up and attended school in Detroit Lakes, graduating from Detroit Lakes High School in 1963. She went on and attended Moorhead State College in Moorhead, graduating from there in 1967. On April 22, 1967 she married Jim Perkins in Detroit Lakes.
Sept. 30, 1959-Jan. 28, 2009 Faith L. Burnette, 49, of Naytahwaush, died Wednesday, January 28, 2009 in her home. Faith was born to Thelma (Wadena) and Floyd Coleman on Sept. 30, 1959 in White Earth. She grew up around and near the White Earth Reservation. Faith attended school in Mahnomen, where she graduated high school. In 1981, she moved to Minneapolis, until 1995, when she moved back to Naytahwaush, where she has resided since. The last year of Faith's life was spent with the Goodwin Family, whom she loved and was very proud to be a part of their family.
April 4, 1961-Jan. 28, 2009 Bruce C. Thornby, 47, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, died Wednesday, January 28, 2009, at Innovis Health in Fargo. He died of a massive heart attack after a valiant fight to live. Bruce was born to Marvin and Janet (Waterman) Thornby on April 4, 1961 in Minot, N.D. Bruce would later attend Audubon Grade School, and Minot High School. He was certified in heating and cooling (HVAC) at North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton.