DL News Staff
May 28, 1933-June 29, 2009 Bernerd J. Rock, Sr., 76 -- also known as "miizhikwaad," which means Ray of Sunshine, and "gitebwaan," which means Old Time Sioux, who was the oldest of Wolf Clan, or "maaingan doodem" --passed away at his home in Cass Lake on Monday, June 29, 2009. Bernerd Jerome Rock was born to Wolf Rock and Nancy (Cummings) Rock LaRose on May 28, 1933 on Star Island, Leech Lake. Bernerd was very active in veterans' affairs and belonged to the VFW Posts from Bagley, Amvets, Bemidji and Red Lake.
March 15, 1957-Jan. 9, 2009 Former Wolverton resident Rhonda K. Van Wechel, 51, of Detroit Lakes, died on Friday January 9, 2009 at the Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Rhonda Kay Van Wechel was born to Lorentz and Elvera (Affield) Van Wechel on March 15, 1957 in Breckenridge, Minn. The youngest of five children, Rhonda resided with her family until she was 21. She attended available special education classes in the Breckenridge and Barnesville, Minn., public school systems. Rhonda's last two years of education were at the Central Education Center in Audubon.
July 4, 1920-June 29, 2009 Pelican Rapids native Clara L. Nelson, 88, of Perham, died Monday, June 29, 2009 at the Perham Memorial Hospital and Home. Clara Lauretta Haugrud was born to Knute and Johanna (Sundstrom) Haugrud on July 4, 1920, on the Haugrud homestead farm north of Pelican Rapids. She attended a country school and graduated from Pelican Rapids High School in 1939. That fall she enrolled at the Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis, and graduated from there in 1941. While attending, LBI, Clara met Everett Nickolie Nelson of Belmond, Iowa.
June 2, 1943-March 28, 2009 Former Waubun-area resident Stephan J. Pederson, 65, of Shevlin, Minn., died Saturday, March 28, 2009 at Regency Hospital in St. Paul, from complications of leukemia. Stephan John Pederson was born to James and Ann Peterson on June 2, 1943 in White Earth, and attended school in Waubun. He married Shelly Moe Pederson on Nov. 6, 1976. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961-1965. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry from the University of Minnesota in 1976. Stephan was employed by the State Fed Forestry in Marcell, Minn.
Former Waubun-area resident David J. Pederson, 62, lost his battle with leukemia on Friday, January 16, 2009. Born at the White Earth Indian Hospital in 1946, David James Pederson attended Waubun Public Schools. From 1963-1967, Dave honorably served his country and was a decorated Vietnam veteran who was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Chicago CG-11.
Sept. 26, 1914-June 29, 2009 Former Detroit Lakes resident Hilda M. Hanebuth, 94, of Sauk Rapids, Minn., died Monday, June 29, 2009 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Hilda was born to Henry and Sophia Bartels on Sept. 26, 1914 in Ottertail. She was baptized on Oct. 11, 1914 at St. John's Lutheran Church, near Ottertail. Hilda attended public school in Ottertail for two years, then continued at St. John's Lutheran School through the eighth grade. She attended high school at Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn., and graduated from there in June 1932.
Oct. 24, 1917-June 29, 2009 George L. Disse, 91, of Detroit Lakes, died peacefully on Monday, June 29, 2009 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family and under care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. George Louis Disse was born to Edward and Sadie (Eidenschink) Disse on Oct. 24, 1917 in Detroit Lakes. He attended school in rural Detroit Lakes, where he worked throughout his life. George married Uda Mae Newman on Oct. 24, 1938.
Dec. 13, 1946-June 9, 2009 Former Frazee resident James E. Stanton, 63, of Vergas, died Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at the Clearwater County Hospital in Bagley, Minn. James Elmer Stanton was born to Walter and Rachael (Gansbery) Stanton on Dec. 13, 1946 in Detroit Lakes. He was a 1964 graduate of Frazee High School and served with the U.S. Air Force, 1965-69. Following his discharge, Jim returned to Frazee, where he did construction work and also worked as a bartender. He retired in 1989 due to ill health. Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and canning.
May 18, 1964-June 13, 2009 Ogema native Faye M. Herrera, 45, of Chicago, Ill., died at her home in on Saturday, June 13, 2009. Faye Marie Haverkamp was born to Lewis and Ethel (Hoban) Haverkamp on May 18, 1964 in Ogema, Minn. She attended school in the districts of Ogema-Waubun, Ulen-Hitterdahl and Glyndon-Felton in Minnesota. Faye moved to the Chicago area and married Angel Herrera. Her greatest joy was spending time with her daughters, family and friends. Faye's love in life was her daughters, and she was so proud of them.
Oct. 7, 1935-June 27, 2009 Wayne A. Olson, 73, of Detroit Lakes, died unexpectedly after surgery on Saturday, June 27, 2009. Wayne Allen Olson was born to Leif Arthur and Hilda Olson on Oct. 7, 1935 in Drayton, N.D., where he attended school. After completing high school, Wayne graduated from the University of North Dakota. Wayne married Ruth Kyllo in 1965. They had two children, Andrea and Leif. Wayne began his professional career in retail, ultimately owning his own department store.