DL News Staff
June 18, 1972-Aug. 22, 2009 Former Detroit Lakes resident Jennifer "Jen" Mindermann, 37, of New York Mills, died Saturday, August 22, 2009 at her sister's home, surrounded by her loving family. Jennifer Leigh Anderson was born to Terry and Lynn (Ruona) Anderson of Detroit Lakes on June 18, 1972 in Minneapolis, along with her twin sister, Jean. Jen and her sister Jean were baptized together on Dec. 1, 1974 and confirmed on June 7, 1987 at the Congregational Church in Detroit Lakes. Jen grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1990.
July 10, 1920-Aug. 24, 2009 Wilma E. Wagner, 89, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, August 24, 2009 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Wilma Elizabeth Jordan was born to Harry and Hannah (Bohlin) Jordan on July 10, 1920, in Detroit Lakes, where she grew up and attended school, graduating from Detroit Lakes High School in 1938. Wilma married Albert Wagner on March 1, 1940 in Detroit Lakes. Following their marriage the couple lived in Arizona for three years. In 1943 they moved to Barnesville, Minn., where they farmed. In 1960 they moved to Lake Park, where they continued farming.
Dec. 30, 1922-Aug. 23, 2009 Mary Schafbuch, 86, of Foley, Minn., died Sunday, August 23, 2009 at the Foley Nursing Center. Mary Schoelkoph was born to Otto and Frances (Bertek) Schoelkoph on Dec. 30, 1922 in Mahnomen County. Mary graduated from Crookston High School in 1946. She married Vernon Schafbuch on Nov. 28, 1947 at Zion Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. She worked at Fingerhut and as a nurse's aide at the Foley Nursing Center for several years. Mary was a devoted animal lover and contributed regularly to the Humane Society.
March 1, 1953-Aug. 19, 2009 Ethan John Widme, 56, of rural Audubon, died Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes. John was born to Aldus and Vera (Critts) Widme on March 1, 1953 in Ada, Minn. He was baptized and confirmed at Wild Rice Lutheran Church, rural Twin Valley. John was raised and educated in Twin Valley, graduating from high school there in 1971. He married Dorey Myers, and together they had one daughter. John worked in construction for several years. John later married Pam Crooks in Detroit Lakes.
July 25, 1921-Aug. 11, 2009 Longtime Pelican Lake summer resident Doris R. Trepp, 88, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at Woodbury Health Care Center in the Twin Cities, after a life rich with family and friends. Doris Ruth Robison was born the daughter of Carl and Ruth (Wilkins) Robison, on July 25, 1921 in Marietta, Okla. -- less than 14 years after Oklahoma achieved statehood.
April 5, 1932-Aug. 21, 2009 Charles Wallace "Wally" Rawson, 77, of Detroit Lakes, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 21, 2009 at Innovis Health in Fargo. Wally was born to Claude and Sue (Maynard) Rawson on April 5, 1932 in Pettibone, N.D., where he was raised and educated, graduating high school in 1950. As a young man he served as a corporal in the United States Marine Corps in Korea, from October 1951 to Oct. 25, 1953. Wally married Luella Dalbol on March 10, 1952 in Moorhead. Together they raised five children.
Jan. 18, 1939-Aug. 18, 2009 Roger Parsons, 70, of New York Mills, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at his home in rural New York Mills. Roger Allen Parsons was born on Jan. 18, 1939 in Reedsburg, Wis. He grew up in Chicago, Ill., and was cared for by Donald and LaNore (Vanderlinde) Taylor. Roger attended Chicago Vocational School and served in the United States Navy from Jan. 31, 1956 to Sept. 19, 1957. After returning to Chicago, Roger was employed with Chromium Mining and Smelting. On July 23, 1960 Roger married Mary Ann Obarski at St. Bronislava Church in Chicago.
Oct. 3, 1921-Aug. 19, 2009 Ruth J. Odland, 87, of Detroit Lakes, died peacefully on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Ruth Jost was born to Peter and Maye (Holzer) Jost on Oct. 3, 1921 in Sioux Falls, S.D. She was a graduate and valedictorian of Sioux Falls Washington High School, and attended Sioux Falls College.
March 26, 1930-Aug. 10, 2009 Former Detroit Lakes resident Patricia J. Anhalt, 79, passed away on Monday, August 10, 2009. Patricia Joan Merrett was born to Dr. Paul and Violet Merrett on March 26, 1930 in Winnipeg, Canada. She was raised in Detroit Lakes and Valley City, N.D. Patricia met the love of her life, Walter Anhalt, while they were in high school. After they graduated, Walt joined the Army and Pat got her degree from the College of Medical Technology in Minneapolis. They were married in 1951, and began their 57-year adventure together.
May 17, 1941-Aug. 9, 2009 Harry "Smiley" Gress, 68, of Ulen, died on Sunday August 9, 2009 at Fairview University Medical Center in Minneapolis. Harry was born to Peter and Matilda Gress on May 17, 1941 in Mandan, N.D., where he was raised on a farm and educated. Harry joined the United States Army in 1959 and was honorably discharged in 1961. His tour of duty included Germany. Harry married Carol Knutson in 1965 in Glendive, Mont. He spent most of his life pursuing his passion of playing the guitar and singing.