DL News Staff
Sept. 30, 1925-March 17, 2012 Margaret R. Hager, 86, of Waseca, Minn., died on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Lake Shore Inn of Waseca. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 19 at McRaith Funeral Home & Crematory in Waseca, and for one hour prior to Tuesday's services at church. A parish prayer service will be held at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. Monday. A mass of Christian burial will take place at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Waseca, with Father Marty Schaefer, celebrant.
Feb. 17, 1954-March 14, 2012 Harley B. Smith, 58, of Fargo, died on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at Sanford Health, Fargo. Harley Burt Smith was born to Ralph and Florence (Jendro) Smith on February 17, 1954 in Fargo. He was raised on the family farm near Alice, N.D., and graduated from Buffalo High School in 1972. He graduated from North Dakota College of Science in Wahpeton, where he received an HVAC degree. Harley married Dawn Unger on August 30, 1974 in Page, N.D. They lived in several communities in the Fargo area and from 1991 to 2003, lived in Detroit Lakes.
Nov. 25, 1925-March 15, 2012 Bernard J. "Barney" Furey, 86, retired Frazee funeral director, died Thursday, March 15, 2012 at the Frazee Care Center. Friends may call between 3-7 p.m. Sunday, March 18, with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 6:30 p.m. and a Parish Vigil at 7 p.m., all at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee. The visitation will continue one hour prior to Monday's mass at the church. The mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 19 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee, with Father Xavier Ilango officiating.
July 7, 1921-March 12, 2012 Frederick Henry "Fred" Tate Sr., 90, of Frazee, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 12, 2012, at the Frazee Care Center Assisted Living. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 18 at the Furey Funeral Home in Frazee, with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service. It continues for one hour prior to Monday's services at the church. Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Monday, March 19 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Evergreen. Interment will be made in the church cemetery, with lunch to be hosted following the service for all to attend.
May 26, 1914-March 12, 2012 Toye L. Odegaard, 97, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, March 12, 2012 at his home. Toye was born the son of Iver and Betsy (Leegard) Odegaard on May 26, 1914 in rural Detroit Lakes. He attended country school and helped on the family farm as a young man. Toye was united in marriage to Ida Johnson on April 26, 1941 in Westbury. They made their home in Detroit Lakes until they moved to Hawley, where Toye worked for Minnesota Valley Breeders Association until retiring in 1976.
May 10, 1926-March 10, 2012 John William "Jack" Akre, 85, originally of Fargo, died Saturday, March 10, 2012 after a long illness. He was dearly loved by his family and friends and will be remembered for his zest for life, creativity, positivity and generosity. He lived much of his life by this quote: "Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it... we are all in charge of our attitudes." Jack was born to Jean P. and Catherine T. Akre in St. Paul, Minn.
Sept. 26, 1939-March 10, 2012 Robert E. Wiedewitsch, 72, of Callaway, died Saturday, March 10, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, continuing one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m.
April 24, 1944-March 8, 2012 Thomas Dean Snyder, 67, died Thursday, March 8, 2012 at his home. He is survived by five children, Kim Snyder Savino, Jennifer Snyder Spivey, JoEllen Snyder Solberg, Randy Snyder and Jeremy Snyder; four brothers, David, Larry, Donald and Monte Snyder; and one sister, Kathy Snyder. Services will be held at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, March 15 in Washburn-McReavy Funeral Home, 2300 W. Old Shakopee St., Bloomington, Minn., with the viewing to start at 8:30 a.m. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, with full military honors.
Detroit Lakes native Miriam "Toddy" Gottenborg Ritter, 84, of Bremen, Indiana, passed away suddenly at 3:50 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2012 in the Community Hospital of Bremen. Visitation will be Saturday, March 17, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Mishler Funeral Home in Bremen. Miriam will be buried in her beloved home state of Minnesota. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 23, in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bremen Public Library, Bremen, Ind.; or The Foundation Fighting Blindness.
July 24, 1920-March 10, 2012 Former Osage resident Gladys Etta Mattson, 91, of Park Rapids, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2012 with her children by her side at Heritage Cottage in Park Rapids. Gladys was born to Ira and Amy (Lemon) Burlingame on July 24, 1920 in Carsonville Township, Ponsford, as one of five children. Gladys attended the Linnell School as a child. On April 9, 1942 Gladys married Richard O. Mattson at the Osage Baptist Church. This union was blessed with four children: Patricia, Sandra, Ron and Russ.