DL News Staff
May 12, 1920-Jan. 3, 2012 Hazel Irene Murray was born to Henry and Ida (Sanden) Anderson on May 12, 1920 in Walworth Township. She grew up on the farm and those years created in her a love for nature, animals, and growing things. In 1927, her beloved brother Harry was born. Hazel lived in Detroit Lakes and moved as a young woman to the Twin Cities during World War II, working as a waitress and cook.
March 25, 1939-Dec. 30, 2011 Betty A. Ihry, 72, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, December 30, 2011 at Sanford Health in Fargo. Betty A. Jacobsen was born to Viggo and Edna Jacobsen on March 25, 1939 in Luverne, N.D. She was raised and educated in Luverne Public School. After she graduated she attended business school in Fargo. Betty worked for Metropolitan Savings and Loan from graduation until her retirement in May 1988. Betty married James D. Ihry at Saint Agatha's in Hope, N.D., and farmed one year when James was drafted into the service and stationed in Germany for a year and a half.
Former Richwood resident Lyle Dennis Fingalson, 79, of Ada, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2012 at Palliative Care in Fargo, with his wife and four daughters by his side. Visitation took place from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3 in the Fredrikson Funeral Home, Ada. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4 in Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, with burial to be in the Richwood Lutheran Church cemetery, rural Detroit Lakes.
June 1, 1913-Jan. 2, 2012 Jane Elizabeth "Betty" (Graves) Paulson, 98, of Valley City, N.D., died in the early morning hours of Jan. 2, 2012 at The Cottages assisted living facility in Detroit Lakes. Betty was born to her parents, Dr. James Lincoln and Cornelia (Poole) Graves on June 1, 1913 in Fargo, and was one of three children. Betty married her husband, Hon. William L. "Bill" Paulson of Valley City, N.D., on Sept. 7, 1938 in South Dakota. Throughout her 98 years, Betty took each opportunity life gave her and ran with it.
July 9, 1934-Jan. 3, 2012 Bonnie Gayle (Holloway) Ekholm, 77, of Billings, Mont., passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at the lovely Canyon Creek Memory Care Facility, surrounded by family and wonderful caregivers. Bonnie was born to Earl and Hannah Holloway on July 9, 1934 in Rochester, Minn. She had two sisters, Mary Jane Sethre and Delores Crawley. Bonnie married Loyal Ekholm of Preston, Minn., on May 22, 1953. Bonnie and Loyal (who was career Navy) lived in Naples, Italy for two years and later settled in Norfolk, Va.
Frazee native Neil John Harrington, 78, of Minnetonka, Minn., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 27, 2011. A memorial service is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4 at the Huber Funeral Chapel, 520 Second St., Excelsior Minn., with a gathering of family and friends from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's Association are preferred. Arrangements are being provided by Huber Funeral & Cremation Services, Excelsior.
Oct. 2, 1931-Dec. 29, 2011 Ralph L. Welken, 80, rural Detroit Lakes, Minnesota died Thursday, December 29, 2011 at Essentia Health-St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes. Ralph was born the son of Olav and Emma (Larson) Welken on October 2, 1931 in Valley City, N.D. He was raised and educated in Valley City. He was united in marriage to Barbara Bowman on June 26, 1953 in Valley City. Through this union three children were born; Karen in Fargo, Wayne in Bay Shore, N.Y., and Jane in Santa Ana, Calif. Ralph received his B.S. degree in 1955 and M.S.
Oct. 18, 1952-Dec. 26, 2011 Beverly J. Chadbourne, 59, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, December 26, 2011 at Sanford Health in Fargo. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, rural Audubon, with Reverend Paul Peterson officiating. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, with a 7 p.m.
Dr. Peter Arnold Lommen, Jr., 86, of Austin, Minn., died Sunday afternoon, December 25, 2011 in La Crescent, Minn., surrounded by his family. Survivors include two sons, Peter (Elizabeth) Lommen of St. Charles and Paul Lommen of St. Paul; one daughter, Katie Lommen of Detroit Lakes; two grandchildren, Ben and Matthew; two brothers, Robert (Jean) Lommen of Austin and Dean (Louise) Lommen of Naples, Fla., and Lakeville, Minn.; one sister, Helen (Jack) Moors of Lincoln, Neb.
March 31, 1938-Dec. 23, 2011 Floyd G. Pawlak, 73, of Dayton, Minn., died from complications of lung cancer on Friday, December 23, 2011. Floyd was born to Joseph and Evina Pawlak on March 31, 1938 in Perham. He was raised on, and later took over the family farm in Ogema.