DL News Staff
Nov. 19, 1936-July 8, 2009 I. Joann Christianson, 72, a lifelong Osage area resident, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, following a period of declining health and surrounded by her loved ones, at the Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Ione Joann Condit was born to Clair and Gwendolyn (Frazier) Condit on Nov. 19, 1936 near Osage. She grew into womanhood on her parent's family farm in Osage Township, and attended country school nearby through the eighth grade. She went on to attend high school in Park Rapids, where she graduated with the infamous Class of 1954.
Sept. 3, 1930-July 6, 2009 Delores A. Cookman, 78, of Mahnomen, passed away Monday, July 6, 2009 at the MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. Delores was born to parents Christopher and Elizabeth (Tibodeau) Humbert on Sept. 3, 1930 in Mahnomen. She grew up in the Mahnomen area, and attended schools in Ogema and Mahnomen. Delores was employed as a runner by the Regional Treatment Center for several years, and it is there that she met her future husband, Robert Cookman. They were married on Oct.
Oct. 5, 1943-July 8, 2009 Marie Alice Wright, 65, of Frazee, died at her home in rural Frazee on Wednesday July 8, 2009 with great spirits, after a two-year battle with cancer, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Marie Alice Nadeau was born to Leo and Geneva (Perkins) Nadeau on Oct. 5, 1943, in Presque Isle, Maine. She married Gary Wright on March 17, 1962 in Presque Isle. She loved fishing, bowling, family and friends. She worked as a waitress, nursing assistant, and was co-owner of A&W Small Engine Repair for many years. Surviving Marie are her husband, Gary Wright Sr.
April 14, 1945-July 6, 2009 Sandra "Sandy" Hanneman, 64, of rural Elizabeth, Minn., died Monday, July 6, 2009, at her daughter's home. Sandy was born the daughter of Herbert and Caroline (Lane) Hanneman on April 14, 1945, in Fergus Falls. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Elizabeth. She attended Fergus Falls schools and worked on the family farm. On Feb. 19, 1965, Sandy married Gordon Julsrud in Sisseton, S.D. The couple lived and farmed in Elizabeth Township until 1981.
Oct. 3, 1976-July 6, 2009 Former Vergas resident Lee R. Bahls, 32, of West Fargo, died on Monday, July 6, 2009 in his home. Lee Reuben Bahls was born to Arlin and Shawna (Earley) Bahls on Oct. 3, 1976 at Detroit Lakes. He grew up in Vergas, and graduated from Perham High School. He attended Oak Hills Bible College near Bemidji, and later graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in electrical engineering. Lee was employed as an engineer at Fargo Assembly Company. On July 22, 2000, Lee married Callie Sell in Pelican Rapids.
Nov. 4, 1925-June 29, 2009 Former Ogema resident James J. Kraker, 83, of Jacksonville, Fla., died Monday, June 29, 2009 at St. Vincent Health Center in Jacksonville. James Joseph Kraker was born to John and Mary Ann (Lorsung) Kraker on Nov. 4, 1925 in Ogema, where he attended grade school. He graduated from Waubun High School in 1943. Following graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served his country for 30 years before retiring from the Navy. After retirement, he went to work for North American Van Lines, where he worked for another 30 years.
Dec. 11, 1984-July 4, 2009 Kayla M. Norcross, 25, of Ponsford, died Saturday, July 4, 2009 from injuries received in an automobile accident near Ponsford. Kayla Marie Norcross was born Terry Peake and Lorene Norcross on Dec. 11, 1984 in Detroit Lakes. She spent her early years with her grandparents, George "Joe Bush" and Margaret Fairbanks. She attended Pine Point School and was a 2003 graduate of the Circle Of Life School in White Earth.
March 26, 1964-July 4, 2009 Gregory P. Norcross, 45, of Ponsford, died Saturday, July 4, 2009 from injuries received in an automobile accident near Ponsford. Gregory Paul Norcross was born to Myron and Margaret (Rock) Norcross on March 26, 1964 in Park Rapids. He was raised and educated in Ponsford and attended Park Rapids High School. He later attended Moorhead State College, where he took some writing classes, and the Northwest Technical College in Detroit Lakes, where he took the chef's training course.
Oct. 31, 1986-July 4, 2009 Charlene R. Norcross, 22, of Ponsford, died Saturday, July 4, 2009 from injuries received in an automobile accident near Ponsford. Charlene Roberta Norcross was born to Charles Peake and Rhonda Norcross on Oct. 31, 1986 in Detroit Lakes. She spent her early years with her grandparents, George "Joe Bush" and Margaret Fairbanks. She attended Pine Point School, Park Rapids High School and was a 2004 graduate of the Circle of Life School in White Earth. She later attended the Northwest Technical School auto body program in Detroit Lakes.
Nov. 15, 1980-July 4, 2009 Scott W. "Curl" Adams, 27, of Ponsford, died Saturday, July 4, 2009 from injuries received in an automobile accident near Ponsford. Scott Wayne Adams was born to Gerald and Jacquelyne (Basswood) Adams on Nov. 15, 1980 in Detroit Lakes. He attended school in Pine Point, Glyndon and Park Rapids, Minn. During his working life he was a cook at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen. Scott married Sarah Perrigo on Feb. 14, 2006 at White Earth.