DL News Staff
Dec. 26, 1922-May 9, 2010 Thelma Maria Saarinen, 87, of Ponsford, passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2010 at 8 p.m. at the Heritage Living Center in Park Rapids. Thelma was born three minutes after midnight on Dec. 26, 1922 to Ole William and Lempi Maria (Longfors) Pihlaja in Shell Lake Township. She attended the Shell Lake Country School and in 1968, she received her GED. On Oct. 11, 1941, Thelma married Carlo A. Saarinen in Detroit Lakes. The couple lived in Butte, Mont., for two years before returning to the Snellman area.
A period of history for the Detroit Lakes National Guard ended with the death of Omer Ernest "Tony" Ball on Sunday, May 2, 2010 in Round Rock, Texas. Sergeant Ball started with the local National Guard unit in January 1947. He was the first full time administrator/supply technician and the first man enlisted in the unit. Tony was also the first sergeant prior to his becoming the Chief Warrant Officer. He was the Sergeant Major at retirement on October 30, 1973. The local unit was called to active duty in 1951. Tony served with them when it was stationed at Camp Rucker, Alabama.
Mildred Sagan, 95, of Twin Valley, died Monday, May 10, 2010 at the Twin Valley Living Center in Twin Valley. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 13 in Zion Lutheran Church, Twin Valley. Arrangements have been entrusted to Anderson Funeral Home, Twin Valley.
Lifelong Park Rapids resident Wallace "Wally" Timothy Johnson, 68, died Thursday, May 6, 2010 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Thursday, May 13 at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids, with Reverend Fred Brown officiating. There will be visitation for one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
March 6, 1925-April 30, 2010 Dr. Richard N. deNiord Jr., 85, of Waubun, died on Friday, April 30, 2010 under the comforting care the Emmanuel Nursing Home staff in Detroit Lakes. Born March 6, 1925 in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of Richard N. deNiord and Hollis Hunt deNiord, also both physicians. He attended the School of Practice and then Nichols Preparatory School before completing his senior year of high school in 1943 at Andover Philips Academy in Andover, Mass.
April 30, 1937-May 7, 2010 Beverly L. Blackburn, 73, of Park Rapids, died Friday, May 7, 2010 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids. Beverly Lou Rider was born to parents Bill and Alice (Brekke) Rider on April 30, 1937 at Sac City, Iowa. She grew up and attended school in Park Rapids, where she graduated in 1955. Following high school she worked at the Ringer factory in Park Rapids. From the late 1960s until the mid 1970s Beverly owned and operated the Dixie Drive Inn in Park Rapids.
June 22, 1914-May 8, 2010 Melvin L. Sutter, 95, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday May 8, 2010 at his residence, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Melvin Louis Sutter was born to John and Ida Lorine Sutter on June 22, 1914 in Detroit Lakes, and baptized into the membership of Trinity Lutheran Church. He graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1931. He then worked in the construction business with his father until being drafted into the U.S. Army in July of 1942. Melvin served as a medic attached to General Patton's 3rd Army until October of 1945.
Deloris E. Bowers, 80, of Lake Park, died Thursday, May 6, 2010 at Sunnyside Care Center, Lake Park, after a four-year battle with ovarian cancer. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Monday, May 10 at Lake Park Lutheran Church, Lake Park, with interment in the church cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Wright Funeral Home, Lake Park.
Oct. 4, 1939-May 9, 2010 Lynne Fitzpatrick, 70, of Pelican Rapids, died on Sunday, May 9, 2010, at her home near Pelican Rapids. Lynne Carol Ekholm was born the daughter of Gunnard and Margaret (Whittemore) Ekholm on October 4, 1939, in Minneapolis. She graduated from South High School in 1957. She attended the University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry, for Dental Assisting from 1958-1959.
Feb. 13, 1925-May 6, 2010 Helen M. Fasteen, 85, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, May 6, 2010 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Helen Mae Wolff was born to George and Clara (Hanebuth) Wolff on February 13, 1925 in Dead Lake Township, Otter Tail County. As a young girl she moved to Waubun, where she grew up and attended school, graduating from Waubun High School. She moved to Detroit Lakes, where she worked at Lambert's Drug Store. On April 22, 1951 Helen was united in marriage to Ronald B. Fasteen in Waubun. They made their home and raised their family in Detroit Lakes.