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Christopher R. Edwards, 63, of Grand Rapids, Minn., passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, April 21, 2008 surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. Chris battled a long hard fight with cancer, after being diagnosed exactly one year prior to the date of his death. Christopher Ralph Edwards was born in 1944 in Chicago, Ill. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He lived in California, Oregon and Colorado and moved to Grand Rapids in 1986, then married his wife Becky Gandrud.
Sept. 21, 1917-April 21, 2008 Alice M. Peterson, 90, of Detroit Lakes, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 21, 2008, at St. Mary's Nursing Center in Detroit Lakes, surrounded by her loving family and friends. Alice was the fourth of 10 children born to Clarence and Hilda (Rakstad) Olson on Sept. 21, 1917, in Vining, Minn. She grew up on the family farm, where commitment to family and friends, faith in God, working hard, playing hard, church, music, the 10 commandments, and The golden rule were considered the facts of life. Her marriage to Vernon K. Peterson on Dec.
Oct. 11, 1935-April 19, 2008 Jerome G. "Jerry" Wegscheid, 72, of Wadena, died Saturday, April 19, 2008, at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena. Jerome was born to his parents, Alphonse and Theresa (Langer) Wegscheid on Oct. 11, 1935 in Bluffton, Minn. Jerry married Nellie Hendrickx on June 17, 1958 at the St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Perham. They made their home in Wadena for the past 50 years. Jerry worked for the Wadena Dairy Products as a lab technician from 1960-69.
May 22, 1933-April 19, 2008 Darrel F. Fonder, 74, of rural Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, April 19, 2008 at St. Mary's Regional Health Center, Detroit Lakes. Darrel was born to Edgar and Peggy (Johnson) Fonder on May 22, 1933 in Valley City, N.D., where he was raised and educated until his early teens, when his family moved to Fargo. Darrel graduated from Central High School in Fargo. He married Betty Jane Scobba on June 21, 1967 in Fargo. Darrel worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company for 30 years. In 1969, he and Betty moved to Detroit Lakes to make their home on Munson Lake.
Oct. 12. 1919-April 19, 2008 Bernard A. Marthaler, 88, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, April 19, 2008 at St. Mary's Regional Health Center, Detroit Lakes. Bernard Alex Marthaler was born to Alix and Mary (Bonemeyer) Marthaler on Oct. 12, 1919 in Spring Hill Township, Stearns County, Minn. As a young child, he moved with his family to a farm near Waubun, where he was raised and attended country school. Bernard entered the United States Army in 1943 and served in Italy during World War II. During his service, he received letters from Margaret Quick, who was from Missouri.
May 29, 1919-April 15, 2008 Juliet M. Johnson, 88, of Henning, Minn., passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at Knute Nelson Home Care in Alexandria, Minn. Juliet Marcella Holmes was born to Ole and Emma (Narveson) Holmes on May 29, 1919 at their home in Fargo. She was the youngest of five children. Julie attended Roosevelt Elementary School and graduated from South Side High School in Fargo. She attended business college in Fargo, where she studied banking and bookkeeping. After college Julie moved to St. Paul, where she was employed as the first woman crew chief for Northwest Airlines.
June 19, 1923-April 16, 2008 Frazee native Chester H. "Chet" Conway, 84, of Troy, N.C., passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at his home, enveloped in the love of family and friends by his bedside. Chester Henry Conway was born to Jesse and Grace (Bernard) Conway on June 19, 1923, in Frazee. He lived with his parents on their primitive (no well or electricity) farm near Vergas, until he joined the Navy in 1941.
March 25, 1937-April 11, 2008 Jerome "Jerry" Herman, 71, of Dent, Minn., died Friday, April 11, 2008 at his home on Star Lake. Jerome was born to Valentine and Bernice (Adams) Herman on March 25, 1937, at Sartell, Minn. He graduated from Sauk Rapids High School and enlisted in the Navy. He served in the Seabees (Construction Battalion Unit), 1954-58. On April 1, 1958, Jerome married Karen Lowe in St. Cloud. He graduated from Winona State College, Winona, Minn. He began his teaching career in Illinois, and came to Detroit Lakes in 1966 to continue his teaching.
June 26, 1923-Nov. 9, 2007 Grant Bateman, 84. of Osage, passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2007 at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center in North Palm Beach, Fla. Grant was born to Fred and Jennie Bateman on June 26, 1923 in Osage. He attended elementary school in Osage and graduated from Park Rapids High School with the class of 1941. Following graduation, he attended the teacher training program in Park Rapids. During World War II, he worked at an armament plant in Michigan. Grant taught elementary school in Osage, Pine Point at Ponsford and Park Rapids Elementary School.
June 22, 1931-April 8, 2008 Detroit Lakes native June A. Buck, 76, died Tuesday, April 8, 2008 in Washington. June was born to Eddie and Ellen Brown on June 22, 1931 in Detroit Lakes. On March 8, 1948 she married Bob Buck and they were blessed with five children: Jack, Bob, Sandy, Christy and Brenda. She is lovingly remembered by her five sisters and five brothers; five children and grandchildren. Memorial services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19 at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Renton, Wash.