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March 13, 1952-Feb. 20, 2009 Lorraine M. Strawsell, 56, of rural Callaway, died Friday, February 20, 2009 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in rural Clay County. Lorraine was born to Flavian and Alice (Duchene) Steffl on March 13, 1952 in Detroit Lakes. She was baptized and confirmed at Assumption Catholic Church in Callaway. Lorraine was raised on a farm and attended elementary school in Callaway. She graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1970. She attended beauty school in St. Cloud at Regency Beauty Institute.
Oct. 1, 1915-Feb. 17, 2009 Former Grand Forks resident Flora VanDellen, 93, of Detroit Lakes passed away on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at the St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes. Flora Koolstra was born the daughter of Wybe and Agnes (Epema) Koolstra on Oct. 1, 1915 in Rinsumageest, Friesland, Netherlands. On October 2, 1933 Flora married Hieke VanDellen in Crookston, Minn. Hielke and Flora farmed north of Crookston from 1938 until 1959, when they moved to a farm in Missouri.
May 25, 1915-Feb. 17, 2009 Albert A. Srnsky, 93, of Osage passed away on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes. Albert A. Srnsky, 93, of Osage passed away on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes. Albert was born to Frank and Anne (Trnka) Srnsky on May 25, 1915 in Goodridge, Minn., where he received an eighth grade education in a country school near his home. His family moved to the Tabor-Angus (Minn.) area in the 1930s. Albert worked on the family farm and on neighboring farms.
July 9, 1938-Feb. 16, 2009 Former Frazee-Toad Lake area resident William "Bill" Ferrell 70, of Battle Lake, died Monday, February 16, 2009. William "Bill" Ferrell was born on July 9, 1938 in Fergus Falls. He was the son of Alva "Swan" Ferrell and Anna (Spanswick) Kimber. He attended Battle Lake School and grew up in the Battle Lake area until joining the Army in 1956. Upon returning from the army he moved to South St. Paul, where he met the love of his life at the South St. Paul Montgomery Wards Store. Ginger and Bill were married on Feb. 20, 1959 and made their home in South St.
Feb. 28, 1919-Feb. 14, 2009 Former Mahnomen resident Merrill Walz, 89, of Moorhead, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, in the MeritCare Palliative Care Unit, Fargo. Merrill John Walz was born the son of Frank and Elizabeth (Schwegman) Walz on Feb. 28, 1919, at their home in Lake Grove Township, near Waubun. He grew up on the family farm and attended Adam's Country School in that area. Merrill and his brother, Ralph, worked with their father on the farm. In 1962, they purchased the farm from their father.
June 14, 1938-Dec. 17, 2008 Carl Gerald "Jerry" Nygard, 70, passed away December 17, 2008, from natural causes while on a Polynesian cruise in the South Pacific. Jerry was born to Karl E. and Helen E. (Koski) Nygard on June 14, 1938 in Detroit Lakes, and raised to adulthood in the Strawberry Lake community north of Detroit Lakes. The inurnment will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. A celebration of Jerry's life is set for 2 p.m.
Gary A. Stewart, 54, Fargo, N.D., formerly of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, Feb. 15, in Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Gary Allen Stewart was born April 5, 1954, in White Earth to Charles and Isabell (Big Bear) Stewart. He grew up in the Osage and Park Rapids area, attending school in Park Rapids. Gary worked for area contractors until moving to Kent, Wash., where he met and married Karen Mosley. He had worked at a steel mill in Kent before moving back to Detroit Lakes with his children in 1987.
April 29, 1924-Feb. 4, 2009 Eleinore Anderson, 84, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at the Meadow Lakes Nursing Home in Mooresville, Ind. Eleinore Anderson was born to Walter and Ruth (Tucker) Hagen on April 29, 1924 in Minneapolis. She was a 1941 graduate of St. Louis Park (Minn.) High School and earned degrees in home economics and business from the University of Minnesota in 1945. While at the U of M, she was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Eleinore married Winfred "Ted" Anderson on Sept. 14, 1946 in Minneapolis.
March 1, 1946-Feb. 11, 2009 Lowell "Doc Mick" Mickelson, 62, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at his residence. Lowell James Mickelson was born to Haaken and Ellen (Langager) Mickelson on March 1, 1946 in New Rockford, N.D., where he attended school, graduating in 1964. He went on to undergraduate school at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and received his medical degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Wash. Mick began his general practice in medicine on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in Winner, S.D.