DL News Staff
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.
Dec. 4, 1936-March 8, 2012 William J. "Bill" Francis, 75, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, March 8, 2012 at Essentia Health-Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. William J. Francis was born to William J. and Ester Francis on December 4, 1936 in Crookston, Minn. He grew up and attended school in Crookston, graduating from Crookston Central High School in 1954. He was confirmed at the Crookston United Methodist Church. Bill served in the National Guard and also in the United States Army, serving in the 508th Airbourne Division.
March 6, 1936-March 6, 2012 Ruth E. Thompson, 76, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at her home, surrounded by her children and under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Visitation will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, with a Catholic Daughters Rosary at 6:30 p.m. and Parish Vigil at 7 p.m., all in the David-Donehower Funeral Home. It will continue for one hour prior to the mass on Saturday at the church. A mass of Christian burial is set for 11 a.m.
Dec. 28, 1968-March 4, 2012 John J. Muhlenkort, 43, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, March 4, 2012 at Essentia Health St. Mary's, Detroit Lakes. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes. It will continue for one hour prior to services on Friday. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 9 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Interment will be held at St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery, Waubun.