DL News Staff
LaVonne Marie Jensen Danitschek, 72, of Wood-field Drive, Waynesville, N.C., passed away on Sept. 6, 2011, at MedWest-Harris Regional Medical Center. A native of Valley City, N.D., she grew up in Mahnomen, Minn., and had resided in Haywood County since 1992. She was the daughter of the late Hjalmer and Ruth Cook Jensen. She was a registered nurse, an alto in the choir at St. John Lutheran Church in Idaho Falls, Idaho, president of the LCW at St.
Eldora Mae Wattenhofer, 85, Two Inlets, Minn., died on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at the Diamond Willow Care Center in Park Rapids. Eldora M. Thomas was born on March 21, 1926, in Faith, S.D., and was the daughter of Jennings Jackson (Jack) and Lulia Mae (Teller) Thomas. She grew up on the family ranch and attended the local school at Faith. While growing up in South Dakota, she became an experienced horseperson. She could shoot rattlesnakes while riding, she also did barrel racing and served as pick up rider at the rodeos, along with being a sheep-herder.
Helen I. Erickson, 90, resident of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at Oak Crossing of Detroit Lakes. Funeral services for Helen will be held Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at 11 a.m. in Grace Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at David Donehower Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Visitation will also continue at the church one hour prior to services on Thursday. Interment will be held in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes. Helen Irene Stende was born Oct. 11, 1920, in Ulen, Minn., to S.
Glendiva Backman, 88, Alexandria, died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, in Knute Nelson Memorial Home, Alexandria. Glendiva Backman was born during a terrible blizzard in the early morning of Jan. 19, 1923, on her parents' farm in Stony Brook Township in Grant County, Minn. Her parents were Iver Melaas and Tilla (Olsen Haugsrud) Melaas. She was baptized and confirmed at Rock Prairie Lutheran Church, Grant County. She received her education in country school District No. 70, ending in eighth grade, as was the custom for many farm kids.
Harriet B. Chumbley, 88, Detroit Lakes, died Sept. 4, 2011, in the Frazee Care Center in Frazee, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. A memorial service will be held at the Congregational Church of Detroit Lakes on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at 2 p.m. Harriet Bethel Tompkins was born in Wigwam Bay, Minn., on Jan. 9, 1923, to Paul and Hattie Belle (Thompson) Tompkins. When Bethel (as she was called then) was 10 years old, she moved with her family to Nara Visa, N.M., and graduated from Nara Visa High School in 1940.
Logan S. Hoehne, 18, of rural Frazee, passed away Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Corliss (rural Perham), with Rev. Phil Booe officiating. Interment will take place in the St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery. Lunch will be hosted at the church following the service. Visitation will be held from 5-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Corliss, with a prayer service to be held at 7 p.m.
Mildred Ost, 91, Thief River Falls, Minn., died Friday, September 2, 2011 at Thief River Care Center, Thief River Falls. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. in St. Bernard's Church, Thief River Falls, with Father Rick Lambert Officiating. Burial will be at St. Bernard's Catholic Cemetery, Thief River Falls. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-8 p.m., with a 7 p.m.
John "Jack" Edward Ault, 77, of Detroit Lakes, died on Friday, September 2, 2011, surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. John Edward Ault, the son of Robert and Dorothy (Vice) Ault, was born on December 24, 1933, on the family farm in rural Davenport, N.D. He was educated in Detroit Lakes, graduating from Detroit Lakes High School in 1951. While working for the Department of Transportation (MnDOT), Jack continued his education through the Massachusetts Correspondence School, receiving a Certificate in Engineering.
Michael E. Mickelson, 64, Detroit Lakes, died Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, in Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes. Michael Mickelson was born on Nov. 18, 1946, in Detroit Lakes to Elsworth and Merriam Nordland Mickelson. He grew up and received his education in Detroit Lakes, graduating from Detroit Lakes High School in 1965. In the summer of 1965, he started working for Moorhead Construction. On Nov. 25, 1967, he was united in marriage to Kay Dahl. They made their home in Detroit Lakes.
March 3, 1941-Aug. 28, 2011 Karen Marie (Enger) Soderberg, 70, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., passed away on Sunday, August 28, 2011. Karen was born to Joseph and Iona Enger on March 3, 1941 at Dickinson, N.D. She graduated from Dickinson High School in 1959, earning her bachelor's degree at Concordia College, Moorhead, and her master's degree at Northern Arizona University. A Lake Havasu City resident since 1993, Karen was a lifelong, multi-faceted musician and former elementary school teacher.