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June 4, 1942-Nov. 28, 2008 Ronald J. Beckwith, 66, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, November 28, 2008 at his home. Ronald James Beckwith, known as Jim, was born June 4, 1942 in Hammond, Ind. He lived in several communities with his family prior to coming to rural Detroit Lakes in 1954. He attended Frazee Public Schools and served with the U.S. Navy. Following his discharge, he returned to Detroit Lakes, where he attended the Detroit Lakes Area Vocational and Technical College Welding Program. Jim married Margaret Staudacher in Detroit Lakes in 1962.
Sept. 26. 1950-Nov. 30, 2008 Barbara Windecker, 58, of Bagley, Minn., died on Sunday, November 30, 2008 at the North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji. Barbara was born the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Schmelar) LaFriniere on Sept. 26, 1950. She graduated from Mahnomen High School in 1968 and attended Bemidji State University. She married Ronald Stevens and they lived in Mahnomen. Barbara worked at the Mahnomen School, the Nay-Tah-Waush Post Office and the Head start in Nay-Tah-Waush. She and Ronald later divorced. Barbara married Perry Windecker on July 27, 1991 at Alida, Minn.
July 21, 1927-Nov. 25, 2008 Bertha L. "Birdie Lou" Holmstrom, 81, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at the Good Samaritan Center in Arthur, N.D. Bertha Lucille Golberg was born the daughter of Alvin and Clara (Wood) Golberg on July 21, 1927 in Fargo. She was raised and educated in Horace, N.D., until her senior year. Birdie finished her final year of high school at Oak Grove High School in Fargo. She received her teaching degree from Moorhead State University and taught in Gwinner, N.D. Birdie married Allen Holmstrom on Nov. 23, 1950 in Horace.
Aug. 24, 1933-Nov. 25, 2008 Robert R. Holmer, 75, of Frazee, died Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at St. Mary's Innovis hospital in Detroit Lakes. Robert R. Holmer was born to Harry and Elizabeth Holmer on Aug. 24, 1933 in Frazee. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee, and was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Evergreen at the time of his death.
Kathleen A. Coleman, 55, of Minneapolis, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 20, 2008 at her home. Kathleen was the "mother hen" of the Coleman family; the glue that kept the family together. Employed by Qwest for 25 years, Kathleen was a former president of the CWA Local 7200.
Abigail Grace was born to Blake and Connie (Hankiewicz) Fingalson on Jan. 16, 2007 at St. Mary's Innovis Health of Detroit Lakes. Abbie was mom and dad's little princess. She loved to sing and dance, often wearing her "princess"-like dresses and shoes along with her crown and boa. She loved having mom apply her lipstick and nail polish.
Aug. 6, 1922-Nov. 23, 2008 Norris G. Grefsrud, 86, of Hawley, died Sunday, November 23, 2008, in the Veteran's Administation Center, Fargo. Norris was born to Gustav and Martina (Bratlien) Grefsrud on Aug. 6, 1922, in Hawley. He grew up and attended rural country school near Hawley. He entered the U.S. Army during World War II, and was stationed in the Philippines and Japan. Norris married Muriel Nelson on April 14, 1951 in Hawley. Following their marriage, they farmed near Hawley.
Oct. 24, 1942-Nov. 23, 2008 James L. "Jim" Johnson, 66, of Hawley, died Sunday, November 23, 2008, in Hawley. James was born to Kenneth and Shirley (Hanks) Johnson on Oct. 24, 1942 in Detroit Lakes, where he grew up and attended school. He was employed as a well driller for LTP Enterprises until 1985. He then worked for Lesmeister Flying Service, retiring in 2006.
Florence Miller, 85, of Mahnomen, died Sunday, November 23, 2008 in her home. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Mahnomen, with a prayer service and rosary at 7 p.m., and will continue for one hour prior to mass on Wednesday at the church. A mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Mahnomen. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Beaulieu, MN. Arrangements have been entrusted to Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home of Mahnomen and Winger, Minn.
Nov. 13, 1907-Nov. 23, 2008 Susan L. Krogen, 101, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, November 23, 2008 at Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes. Susan L. Ost was born to Albert and Eva Gerber Ost on Nov. 13, 1907 in Napoleon, N.D. She grew up on a farm near Napoleon and attended school there, graduating from Napoleon High School. She then attended Bismarck Business College. Susan married Christ Sayler and they made their home in Red Oak, Iowa, where they owned and operated a grocery store. Later they moved to Callaway, where they farmed.