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Nov. 4, 1925-June 29, 2009 Former Ogema resident James J. Kraker, 83, of Jacksonville, Fla., died Monday, June 29, 2009 at St. Vincent Health Center in Jacksonville. James Joseph Kraker was born to John and Mary Ann (Lorsung) Kraker on Nov. 4, 1925 in Ogema, where he attended grade school. He graduated from Waubun High School in 1943. Following graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served his country for 30 years before retiring from the Navy. After retirement, he went to work for North American Van Lines, where he worked for another 30 years.
Dec. 11, 1984-July 4, 2009 Kayla M. Norcross, 25, of Ponsford, died Saturday, July 4, 2009 from injuries received in an automobile accident near Ponsford. Kayla Marie Norcross was born Terry Peake and Lorene Norcross on Dec. 11, 1984 in Detroit Lakes. She spent her early years with her grandparents, George "Joe Bush" and Margaret Fairbanks. She attended Pine Point School and was a 2003 graduate of the Circle Of Life School in White Earth.
March 26, 1964-July 4, 2009 Gregory P. Norcross, 45, of Ponsford, died Saturday, July 4, 2009 from injuries received in an automobile accident near Ponsford. Gregory Paul Norcross was born to Myron and Margaret (Rock) Norcross on March 26, 1964 in Park Rapids. He was raised and educated in Ponsford and attended Park Rapids High School. He later attended Moorhead State College, where he took some writing classes, and the Northwest Technical College in Detroit Lakes, where he took the chef's training course.
Oct. 31, 1986-July 4, 2009 Charlene R. Norcross, 22, of Ponsford, died Saturday, July 4, 2009 from injuries received in an automobile accident near Ponsford. Charlene Roberta Norcross was born to Charles Peake and Rhonda Norcross on Oct. 31, 1986 in Detroit Lakes. She spent her early years with her grandparents, George "Joe Bush" and Margaret Fairbanks. She attended Pine Point School, Park Rapids High School and was a 2004 graduate of the Circle of Life School in White Earth. She later attended the Northwest Technical School auto body program in Detroit Lakes.
Nov. 15, 1980-July 4, 2009 Scott W. "Curl" Adams, 27, of Ponsford, died Saturday, July 4, 2009 from injuries received in an automobile accident near Ponsford. Scott Wayne Adams was born to Gerald and Jacquelyne (Basswood) Adams on Nov. 15, 1980 in Detroit Lakes. He attended school in Pine Point, Glyndon and Park Rapids, Minn. During his working life he was a cook at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen. Scott married Sarah Perrigo on Feb. 14, 2006 at White Earth.
Aug. 9, 1979-July 3, 2009 Former Lake Park resident Jesse R. Mattson, 29, of Maplewood, Minn., died Friday, July 3, 2009 at Innovis Health in Fargo, as the result of a brain aneurism. Jesse Robert Mattson was born to Robert and Julie Mattson on Aug. 9, 1979 in Detroit Lakes. He grew up near Lake Park, attending school and graduating from Lake Park-Audubon High School in 1997. Following high school Jesse attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and graduated with a degree in computer science.
Feb. 28, 1933-July 2, 2009 Richard J. Campion, 76, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, July 2, 2009 at his home, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Richard J. Campion was born to Henry and Josephine (O'Sullivan) Campion on Feb. 28, 1933 in St. Paul. He moved with his family to Detroit Lakes in 1941. He attended Holy Rosary School and was a 1951 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School. He also graduated from St. Thomas College in St. Paul in 1955. He later served with the U.S. Navy.
Anna (Janke) Jokela, 85, of Perham, passed away at the Perham Memorial Home in Perham on Sunday, July 5, 2009. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 9, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Perham. It will resume one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, July 10 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Perham. Arrangements were entrusted to the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home of New York Mills. Condolences may be sent online at karvonenfuneralhome.com.
April 21, 1949-May 28, 2009 Former Detroit Lakes resident Mel V. Braun, 60, of Deming, N.M., died Thursday, May 28, 2009, at Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces, N.M. Mel is survived by a sister, Sue (Gary) Fournelle of Omaha, Neb., as well as his nieces and nephews. Preceding Mel in death were his parents, Matt and Eva Braun; and a brother, Wally Braun. Cremation took place at Baca's Crematorium, Baca's Funeral Chapel, Deming, N.M.
Feb. 17, 1919-March 23, 2009 Bergit A. N. Laudon, 90, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, March 23, 2009 in Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes. Bergit was born to Ellef and Petra (Hamstad) Falstad on Feb. 17, 1919 on the family homestead in Skandia Township near Kathryn, N.D. She was the eighth of nine children. Bergit was baptized on the family farm and confirmed at Hastings (N.D.) Lutheran Church. She attended Brown School No. 2 for grades 1-8 and was a 1937 graduate of Hastings High School. After graduation, she worked in Fargo, where she met her future husband, James W.