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Jan. 17, 1921-March 10, 2009 Detroit Lakes native Willis L. Olson, 88, of Glyndon, Minn., died Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at St. Mary's Innovis Health Center in Detroit Lakes. Willis "Willie" Olson was born to Nels and Hannah (Hanson) Olson on Jan. 17, 1921, in Shell Lake Township, Detroit Lakes. He grew up and attended school near Shell Lake. On June 14, 1945, he married Renilda Eitel in Sebeka, Minn. Together they lived in Detroit Lakes for a short time before moving to Glyndon in 1951. They remained in Glyndon until recently moving to Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.
March 2, 1949-March 10, 2009 William "Billy" Day, 60, of Vergas, died Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes, due to an automobile accident. William "Billy" LeRoy Day Jr. was born to William Sr. and Patricia (Anderson, nee Eastman) Day on March 2, 1949 in Superior, Wis. He lived there for 16 years, until he moved to St. Paul. While in St. Paul, Billy worked numerous jobs, until he moved to Vergas in 1990 and opened Billy's Corner Bar. He married Verla Bruhn on Nov. 23, 1991 in Frazee.
April 1, 1929-March 6, 2009 Frazee native Florence L. Dines, 79, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2009 in Washington. Florence Berend was born to Charles and Mable (Voelker) Berend on April 1, 1929 in Frazee, where she grew up and graduated from Frazee High School in 1947. She attended business college in Detroit Lakes and worked as a bookkeeper at the Frazee Creamery Company. She also worked at the welfare office in Fargo before moving to Washington, where she worked as a legal secretary. Florence married Jerry Dines on March 11, 1955.
April 26, 1937-March 1, 2009 Detroit Lakes native John Kertscher, 71, of Battle Lake, Minn., died Sunday, March 1, 2009 in Mesa, Ariz., after a six-month battle with lung cancer. John Henry Kertscher was born to Leonard and Anna (Larson) Kertscher on April 26, 1937 in Detroit Lakes. He graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1955. John served three years in the U.S. Army, and then attended the Wahpeton State School of Science. He worked for Tracy Electric, Ross Laboratories, 3M and Toshiba, all in Mitchell, S.D., before retiring in 1994. John married Darlene Rosenkranz on Aug.
Sept. 25, 1924-March 9, 2009 Florencemary Isaacson, 84, of Detroit Lakes, passed away on Monday, March 9, 2009 at Oak Crossing, Detroit Lakes. Florencemary was born to Gene and Katherine (Timmerman) Akre on Sept. 25, 1924 in St. Paul. The family lived in St. Paul until 1934, when they moved to Fargo. Florencemary, also known as "FM," (a longstanding nickname) graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1942. She attended Concordia College and St. Luke's School of Nursing, where she received her nursing degree. Florencemary met and married Arnold Isaacson.
Former Detroit Lakes resident Irma Marie Thieman, 91, of Plymouth, Minn., passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 10, 2009. Surviving Irma are her daughters, Jane Thieman (George Stodola) of Plymouth and Susie Thieman of Kula, Hawaii; son, Mike (Nancy) Thieman of Lima, Ohio; brother, Theophil "Ted" (Joanne) Greive of Akron, Ohio; two grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her husband, Ray; parents, Theophil and Emma Greive; brother, Norvin "Bud" Greive; sister, Mary Bocksteigel; daughter, Kathy Gall; and son-in-law, Doug Gall.
April 9, 1922-March 9, 2009 Former Lake Park resident Carl M. Fuchs, 86, of Fertile, Minn., died peacefully with his family by his side, Monday, March 9, 2009, in Riverview Health Care, Crookston, Minn. Carl was born to George and Agnes (Buth) Fuchs on April 9, 1922 in Culbertson, Mont. When he was twelve years old he moved with his family to Sabin, Minn. In 1940, they moved to Felton, where Carl farmed with his Dad. Carl married the love of his life, Georgia Hamernik on Aug. 5, 1945, a union of 63 years and a testament to their children and families. In 1962, they moved to Lake Park.
March 19, 1985-March 6, 2009 Roseanne L. Parisian Lopez, 23, of White Earth, died Friday, March 6, 2009 in rural Waubun. Roseanne Lee Lopez was born to Raymond Lopez and Linda Bevins on March 19, 1985 in Minneapolis. She attended school in the White Earth and Waubun Area, later earning her GED. Roseanne had planned to attend chef's training in the near future. Roseanne enjoyed cooking for her friends and family. She was an avid Elvis Presley fan and loved animals, especially her beloved cat, "White Sox." She did beautiful beadwork and was known for her imaginative use of colors.
Cheryl A. Peterson, 64, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, March 9, 2009 at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. Surviving Cheryl are her sister, Jackie (Dirk) Putnam of Detroit Lakes; one brother, Tom (Patricia) Peterson of Chanhassen, Minn.; as well as three nieces and one nephew. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are pending at West-Kjos Funeral Home, in Detroit Lakes. Condolences and messages of sympathy may be left online at www.westkjos.com .
Feb. 21, 1947-March 9, 2009 Michelle A. Harris, 62, beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend, died Monday, March 9, 2009 at St. Mary's Innovis Health Center in Detroit Lakes. Michelle Arlene Morrison was born to Maynard and Myrtle (Doyle) Morrison on Feb. 21, 1947 in Devils Lake, N.D. She graduated high school at Crookston, Minn. Following in her mother's footsteps, she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Jamestown College. She began her teaching career in Coon Rapids, Minn., where her roommate introduced her to her beloved Bob.