DL News Staff
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.
Sept. 7, 1938-Dec. 24, 2011 Ernest V. Arnold, age 73, of Frazee, unexpectedly passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2011, peacefully at his home. A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28 at Furey Funeral Home in Frazee, with interment to be held in June 2012 at Lakeside Cemetery, Frazee. To leave online condolences, please visit www.fureyfh.com . Ernie was born to Louis and Dorthy (Krueger) Arnold on September 7, 1938, at home in McDonald County, Mo. Ernie grew up in Arizona, eventually moving to Los Angeles, Calif.
April 17, 1930-Dec. 22, 2011 Rose Marie Steele, 81, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, December 22, 2011 at her residence, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Rose Marie Steele was born to George and Julia (Phillips) Williams on April 17, 1930 in St. Paul. She grew up and received her education in St. Paul. She was united in marriage to Don Steele in St. Paul and moved to Detroit Lakes in 1950. She worked various jobs in Detroit Lakes before working many years at Englund's Furniture, as an interior designer and manager. She later worked for the Snappy Corp.
Jan. 17, 1939-Dec. 14, 2011 Gerald "Jerry" Lee Sachs was born to Marvin J. and Caroline V. (Larson) Sachs on January 17, 1939 in Detroit Lakes. He died at OHSU Hospital in Portland, Ore., on December 14, 2011 at the age of 72. Jerry was educated in West Linn, Ore., and in Detroit Lakes, graduating in 1957 from Detroit Lakes High School. He went on to receive his bachelor's degree in music and business education at Moorhead State University, graduating in 1962. He married Carol McAnnany on May 28, 1966 in Detroit Lakes.