DL News Staff
July 23, 1920-Feb. 4, 2012 Valerius "Val" Caspers, 91, of Ogema, died Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Essentia Health St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes, surrounded by his loving family. Valerius Louis Caspers, the son of Lawrence and Margareth (Tresveik) Caspers, was born on July 23, 1920 at their home near Ogema. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Waubun High School in 1938. In 1944, Val entered the United States Navy, where he proudly served his country during World War II.
Feb. 19, 1924-Feb. 7, 2012 James M. Walz, 87, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 6:30 p.m. and Parish Vigil at 7 p.m., in Holy Rosary Church, Detroit Lakes. The visitation will continue one hour prior to the mass on Saturday at the church. The mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb.
March 22, 1949-Jan. 28, 2012 Rebecca "Becky" Husby, 62, died peacefully at her home in Bloomington, Minn., on Saturday, January 28, 2012, after a year of battling colon cancer. Becky, the oldest child of Rolf and Betty Husby, was born on March 22, 1949 in Detroit Lakes. In 1967, she graduated from Detroit Lakes High School, where she was active as an excellent extemporaneous speaker and a member of the debate team. Becky continued those interests at Hamline University in St. Paul, where she graduated in 1971.
Dec. 12, 1947-Feb. 3, 2012 Dennis E. Presler, 64, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, February 3, 2012 at his home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 in Zion Lutheran Church at Franklin Lake, rural Pelican Rapids, with Pastor Dale Pepelnjak and Intern Pastor Denise Fossen officiating.
June 28, 1917-Jan. 27, 2012 Verna I. Nelson was born June 28, 1917 in Dahlen, N.D., and died January 27, 2012 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Verna was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Prior to moving to Arizona, she was an English teacher and an active member of her Lutheran church in Minnesota. Her greatest joy was her family. She is survived by her four children, Carole (Gene) Lothes, Joyce (Robert) Knodell, Linda (Jon) Schneider and David (Franky) Nelson; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one sister, Vivian Kelly.
Former Mahnomen resident Duane Seeger, 87, of Wahpeton, N.D., died Thursday, January 26, 2012 at St. Francis Medical Center in Breckenridge, Minn. Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30, in Trinity Lutheran Church, Twin Valley. Visitation was held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, with a 3 p.m. prayer service, at Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home, Mahnomen. Interment was at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery in Mahnomen.
Willis E. "Bill" Raethz, 82, of Moorhead, died Friday, February 3, 2012 at Sanford Health in Fargo. Visitation is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, followed by the funeral at 1:30, in Wright Funeral Home, Moorhead. Burial will be in Cresbard Cemetery, Cresbard, S.D. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association of Minnesota, 4550 W. 77th St., No. 200, Edina MN 55435-5025.
Oct. 12, 1928-Jan. 29, 2012 Patrick O. Clark, 83, of rural Ogema, died Sunday, January 29, 2012 at Essentia Health in Fargo. A mass of Christian burial is set for 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 in St. Benedict's Catholic Church, White Earth. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 at St. Benedict's Catholic Church, followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service. The visitation will continue for one hour prior to services on Thursday. Patrick Owen Clark was born to Owen and Ilene (Warren) Clark on October 12, 1928 in White Earth.
Nov. 19, 1921-Jan. 27, 2012 Curtis W. Johnson, 90, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, January 27, 2012 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. Curtis was born the son of Helmer and Eloise (Houseman) Johnson on November 19, 1921 in Evergreen Township, Becker County. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school, District 53. Curtis graduated from Frazee High School in 1939. He farmed with his parents in Evergreen Township until they moved to California in 1944. Curtis married Dorene Schatschneider on May 1, 1945 in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Evergreen Township.
Michael C. Murray, 59, of Mahnomen, died Sunday, January 29, 2012 in his home. A time of gathering will be held at the Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home in Mahnomen from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. A private committal service will be held on Friday, Feb. 3. Arrangements were entrusted to the Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home of Mahnomen.