DL News Staff
Nov. 24, 1926-Jan. 7, 2009 Maxine B. Miller, 82, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at Meritcare Hospital in Fargo. Maxine was born to Lawrence and Frieda (Wallmow) Martens on Nov. 24, 1926 in Ellsworth Township, Meeker County, where she was raised and educated. Maxine married Charles V. Miller Jr. on Oct. 24, 1948 in Darwin, Minn., where they made their home until 1953, when they moved to Grand Rapids, Minn. Maxine was a homemaker and stayed at home to raise their children. In 1967, the couple moved to Detroit Lakes. Maxine was an active member at Zion Lutheran Church.
Aug. 12, 1964-Jan. 6, 2009 Alvin J. "Spoody" Bloom, Jr., 44, of Ponsford, died Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Park Rapids. Alvin James "Spoody" Bloom, Jr., was born to Alvin, Sr. and Theresa (Lussier) Bloom on Aug. 12, 1964 in Park Rapids, where he attended school. Alvin had worked as a game warden for the White Earth Reservation Tribal Council before joining the Police Academy in Arizona. He married wife Renee in Osage in 1984. He was in law enforcement with Red Lake for one year and then moved to Ponsford.
March 18, 1920-Jan. 7, 2009 Martha L. Happel, 88, of Audubon, died Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at the Frazee Care Center. Martha L. Moenkedick was born to Henry and Bertha (Niebergal) Moenkedick on March 18, 1920 in Perham, where she was raised and educated. Martha married Robert Happel on Dec. 28, 1940 in Perham. They farmed near Perham prior to moving to a farm near Audubon. Martha worked for Gottenborg Grocery in Audubon for many years.
Alvin J. Bloom Jr., 44, of Ponsford, died Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Park Rapids. David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is handling arrangements. An online guest book is available at daviddonehower.com. June J. Tretbar, 74, of Osage, died Monday, January 5, 2009 at Green Pine Acres Nursing Home in Menahga. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home, Park Rapids, and Friday from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m., in St. John's Lutheran Church, Park Rapids. Former Detroit Lakes resident Janice M.
July 8, 1930-Jan. 1, 2009 Detroit Lakes resident Loren E. "Gene" Ross, 78, died Thursday, January 1, 2009 at Knapp Memorial Hospital in Weslaco, Texas. Loren Eugene Ross was born to Archie and Ester (Kriesel) Ross on July 8, 1930 in Wheaton, Minn. He was baptized in the Congregational Church in Tintah, Minn. He served his country in Korea during the Korean conflict. In 1959, Gene married Margaret ("Peggy") Nirschl at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ada, Minn., and they made their home near Tintah. Gene moved his family to Wheaton in 1967.
Sept. 11, 1922-Jan. 4, 2009 Ervin S. Nordlund, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, January 4, 2009 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. Ervin S. Nordlund was born to Axel and Alma (Lingensjo) Nordlund on Sept. 11, 1922 in Middle River, Minn. He was raised and educated in rural New York Mills. He worked for the CCC Camp near Big Falls, Minn. Ervin served with the U.S. Army. He married Beatrice Hanninen in March 1946. He later married Darlene Power Larsen on Oct.
Oct. 16, 1915-Jan. 3, 2009 Ogema native Rachel Doty, 93, of Moorhead, passed away on Saturday, January 3, 2009 at the Eventide Living Center in Moorhead. Rachel Morrison was born the daughter of Alan and Gussie (Evers) Morrison on Oct. 16, 1915 in Ogema. She grew up in the Ogema area, and graduated from Waubun High School. Rachel married Leo Doty on Nov. 15, 1934. They made their home in Ogema, where they worked and raised their family. In 1961, Rachel and Leo moved to Hillsboro, N.D., where she worked as a cook at the nursing home for many years (retiring three different times!).
Jan. 23, 1936-Jan. 2, 2009 Delbert A. Drewes, 72, of Frazee, died Friday, January 2, 2009 at his home, surrounded by his family and Hospice, after a short battle with cancer. Delbert Allyn Drewes was born to Albert and Elsie (Glander) Drewes on Jan. 23, 1936 in Evergreen Township, rural Frazee. He was raised in rural Frazee and attended Frazee Public Schools. He entered the Armed Services in 1955 and served two years in Korea. He received an honorable discharge in 1958 and was a life member of VFW Post 7702 in Frazee. Delbert married Delores Fiedler on Sept. 27, 1957 in Perham.
July 12, 1914-Dec. 26, 2008 Jeanette Anderson, 94, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, December 26, 2008 at her daughter's home, under the care of hospice in Vadnais Heights, Minn. Jeanette was born the daughter of Haakon and Josephine (Langraff) Halvorson on July 12, 1914 in Cooperstown, N.D. She was raised and educated in Glenfield, N.D., graduating from Glenfield High School in 1931. As a young adult she ventured out on her own, moving to Fargo and later, Minneapolis, working as a waitress. Jeanette married Harold O. Anderson on June 3, 1941 in Cheyenne, Wyo.
Aug. 5, 1917-Dec. 27, 2008 Harry W. Wesley, 91, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, December 27, 2008 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. Harry Wilbur Wesley was born Aug. 5, 1917 to Edward and Augusta (Buethner) Wesley in North Effington Township, Parkers Prairie, Minn. He attended school in Elmo Township, Minn. Harry was in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC's) from 1937 to 1942 and served in the Army Air Corps from 1942 until 1946. He was an active member of the VFW in Frazee.