DL News Staff
Former Red Lake, Minn., resident Rhonda Susan Graves (Ojibwe name, "Benasii Equay"), 60, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at St. Mary's Essentia Health Hospital in Detroit Lakes. A wake will begin on Saturday morning at the Redby Community Center in Redby and will continue until the time of services on Monday. Traditional funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 22 in the Redby Community Center in Redby, Minn., with interment at the Fox Point Cemetery in Redby, under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji.
Sept. 12, 1916-Nov. 12, 2010 Former longtime Detroit Lakes resident Virginia E. Sprafka, 94, of St. Paul, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at the Health and Rehabilitation Center of New Brighton in New Brighton, Minn. A Mass of Christian Burial for Virginia was conducted at St. Agnes Catholic Church in St. Paul on Tuesday, Nov. 16. Interment was in the St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery in Perham. Virginia was born to Edwin and Mary Huseby on Sept. 12, 1916, in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. She grew up and attended schools in the Prairie Provinces of Canada.
Sept. 24, 1966-Nov. 1, 2010 Former Fargo resident Jerome F. Riley, Jr., 44, Largo, Fla., died Monday, November 1, 2010 at his home in Largo. A mass of Christian burial is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, with Monsignor Timothy McGee officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Interment will be in St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Cemetery near Pelican Lake. Jerome F. Riley Jr. was born to Jerome F. and Mary (Volk) Riley on September 24, 1966 in Fargo.
Jan. 9, 1944-Oct. 30, 2010 Orrin Clifford Espe, 66, died on Saturday, October 30, 2010 at his home in Trion, Georgia at the age of 66. Orrin was born the son of Orval and Beatrice (Gilbertson) Espe on January 9, 1944. He attended school in Mahnomen and graduated with the class of 1962. After graduation he worked as a truck driver for Swifts turkey plant for many years. He married Karen Toczek in 1963 and together they had three sons. In 1975, he moved to Detroit Lakes and married Jeanette Templin, and together they had a daughter.
April 2, 1934-Nov. 15, 2010 Francis "Jeep" Monroe, 76, of Waubun, died Monday, November 15, 2010 at the Twin Valley Living Center in Twin Valley. Jeep was born the son of Robert and Lenore (Bergen) Monroe on April 2, 1934 in White Earth. As a young boy, he attended the Mission School in White Earth. He entered the United States Navy in October of 1951, was honorably discharged on April 4, 1955, and then made his home in White Bear Lake, Minn. He was married and to this union, three children were born.
June 16, 1954-Nov. 15, 2010 Phyllis S. Schulman, also known as "Asinigequag" or "Rock Woman" 56, of Ponsford, died Monday, November 15, 2010 at St. Mary's Essentia Health, surrounded by her loving family following a battle with cancer. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 in the Old Pine Point School. A Traditional Ceremony will be held at 12 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, in the Old Pine Point School, followed by a mass of Christian burial at 1 p.m. in St. Theodore Catholic Church, Ponsford. Phyllis Simmon Rock was born to Simon Rock Sr.
Oct. 25, 1957-Nov. 15, 2010 Richard G. "Rick" Goodman, 53, of White Earth, died Monday, November 15, 2010 at the Frazee Care Center in Frazee. Friends may call from 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 until 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19 at the White Earth Community Center. There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. Thursday. A mass of Christian burial is set for 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in White Earth, with Father Walter Butor, O.M.I., officiating.
July 31, 1939-Nov. 10, 2010 Gretchen Tronnes Johnson, 71, died Wednesday, November 10, 2010, in Roseville, Minn., after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Born July 31, 1939 in Fargo, Gretchen was raised in Duluth and summered in Detroit Lakes. Arrangements were entrusted to Roseville Memorial Chapel, 651-631-2727.
Helen Bertha Hillstrom, 90, of Vergas, passed away Thursday, November 11, 2010 at Innovis Health in Fargo. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16 in United Methodist Church, Vergas, with Rev. Gary Klempke officiating. There will be visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the church, and a luncheon will be hosted by the church following the service, for all to attend. Interment will be made in the Vergas Village Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Furey Funeral Home, serving Frazee and Vergas.
Nov. 12, 1918-Nov. 9, 2010 Vincent R. Lefebvre, 91, of Ogema, went home to be with his Lord, Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, with a 7 p.m. prayer service. The visitation will continue for one hour prior to mass at the church on Monday. A mass of Christian burial is set for 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 15 at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Ogema, with Father Walter Butor, O.M.I. and Father Jerry Orsino, O.M.I., officiating.