DL News Staff
June 12, 1923-May 13, 2011 Carl Leo Steen, 87, of Rochert, died Friday, May 13, 2011 at Essentia Health in Fargo. Leo was born the son of Walter and Anna (Anderson) Steen on June 12, 1923 in Davenport, N.D. He attended elementary school in Richwood and high school in Detroit Lakes. After high school he worked on numerous farms in the area and later entered the United States Army in 1949, receiving an honorable discharge in 1955. Leo was united in marriage to Gunda Bakken on December 16, 1956 at Egelund Lutheran Church.
July 19. 1947-May 14, 2011 Donald J. "Don" Gravelle, 63, lifelong resident of Detroit Lakes, passed away peacefully under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley on Saturday, May 14, 2011 in Detroit Lakes, surrounded by his family. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 at David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Thursday, May 19 at Zion Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, with Reverend Dan C. Abrahams officiating.
Aug. 5, 1927-May 12, 2011 Gloria M. Johnson, 83, of Bagley, Minn., passed away Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Eventide Lutheran Home in Moorhead. Gloria Mae Johnson was born on August 5, 1927 in Detroit Lakes. She grew up and attended school in Lake Park, graduating in 1944. She was confirmed at Lake Park Lutheran Church. She attended Moorhead State Teachers College in Moorhead. She also attended the University of Minnesota, University of Colorado, University of Wisconsin, and University of North Dakota. Gloria taught high school in Villard and Henning, Minn.
Dec. 19, 1917-May 7, 2011 Lucille Irene Stearns, 93, a long time Ponsford-Osage area resident, was promoted into Glory on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at Essentia Health Center in Fargo, with her loved ones at her side. Lucille was born to George and Estella (Miller) Wilkinson on December 19, 1917 in Chasely, N.D.
Graveside services for Conrad Leonard "Connie" Swanson, 89, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 10 in the Ada City Cemetery. Refreshments will be served at Grace Lutheran Church after the service, for a time to reflect and reminisce. Connie died December 19, 2010 at Banner Gardens Hospice House in Mesa, Ariz.
Graveside services for Valley Ray Conley, 79, died at his home in Indio, Calif., on Thursday, April 14, 2011. A memorial service for Val will be held at the Fargo Air Museum on Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Evelyn Luella Schmoll, 96, of Callaway, died Saturday, May 7, 2011 at the Frazee Care Center. Visitation and funeral services were held Monday, May 9 at the Circles of Faith United Church of Christ in Waubun, with burial at Oak Grove Cemetery in Detroit Lakes. The David-Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, was entrusted with arrangements.
Henrietta M. "Hattie" Laasch, 91, of Frazee, died Saturday, May 7, 2011 at the Frazee Care Center. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at Furey Funeral Home in Frazee. It will continue from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, followed by the funeral at 11 a.m., in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Frazee. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Frazee.
June 26, 1939-May 7, 2011 James A. Walberg, 71, of Rochert died Saturday, May 7, 2011 at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo. James Allen Walberg was born to Robert and Lena (Moser) Walberg on June 26, 1939 in rural Detroit Lakes. He grew up and attended country school in Richwood Township, and later attended Detroit Lakes High School, graduating in 1957. On October 18, 1958 James was united in marriage to Donna Gandrud. They made their home in Rolling Meadows, Ill., where Jim began his trucking career.
Nov. 1, 1926-May 6, 2011 Gunder R. Hanson, 84, of Detroit Lakes died Friday, May 6, 2011 at St. Mary's Essentia Health Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. Gunder Robert Hanson, the son of Gilbert and Julia Hanson, was born on November 1, 1926 on the Hanson farm in Hickory Township, Minn. Gunder was the youngest of seven siblings, which included brothers and sisters Herman, Goodwin, Alma, Alfred, Mildred and Norman. Gunder attended elementary school at the Solberg School, a single room schoolhouse, for eight years and attended Goodrich High School for three years.