DL News Staff
Dec. 19, 1920-June 5, 2009 M. Jean Askelson, 68, of Twin Valley, died Friday, June 5, 2009, in Bridges Medical Services, Ada, Minn. Marilyn Jean Boit, known as Jean, was born the daughter of Louis and Edna (Matson) Boit on Dec. 19, 1920 in Dickenson, N.D. She was raised and attended school in the Georgetown, Minn., community. As a young woman she lived in Fargo, and was employed at American Linen Company. On Nov. 1, 1961, Jean married Ted Askelson at Ulen. They made their home on a farm near Borup, Minn., for nearly 40 years.
June 11, 1925-May 31, 2009 Clayton J. Aaser, 83, of McVille, N.D., died Sunday, May 31, 2009 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D. Clayton James Aaser was born to Louis and Emma (Gustafson) Aaser on June 11, 1925 in rural McVille. On Dec. 5, 1944 he married Amie Flaagan at McVille. Clayton spent his life farming and served on numerous committees and boards in the McVille area. Clayton was president of the McVille School Board and was very proud to award two of his children, Robert Zelda, their high school diplomas.
Aug. 3, 1918-June 3, 2009 Willis H. Cummings, 90, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, June 3, 2009 with family and Hospice angels by his side. Willis Howard Cummings was born to Phillip C. and Nora Eugene (Johnson) Cummings on Aug. 3, 1918 near Alexandria. At the age of three, he moved west with his family to Oregon, but they made it only into Montana when they had car problems, and had to turn back to North Dakota. They spent several years residing north of Tower City, N.D. Willis later moved to the Callaway area, and helped build the school there.
Ilene Vavrichek, 92, of Mahnomen, died Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at St. Mary's Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. Visitation is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 7, with a prayer service at 4:30 p.m., in the Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home, Mahnomen. Burial will be in the Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery, Mahnomen. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, June 8 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bejou, Minn. The Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home in Mahnomen is handling arrangements. An online guest book is available at andersonmattson.com.
July 12, 1939-June 3, 2009 Norris N. Erickson, 69, of Rochert, died Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at MeritCare Palliative Care in Fargo. Norris Norlan Erickson, known as "Norrie," was born to Nels and Nora (Hoveland) Erickson on July 12, 1939, in Ada, Minn. He was raised in Twin Valley, along with brothers Leroy and Lyle and sister Edith. Norris served in the U.S. Army from 1959-63, and was stationed in Germany. On July 11, 1964, Norris married Sharon Kading in Felton, Minn.
July 17, 1913-June 1, 2009 Pearl C. Lathrop, 95, of Moorhead, passed away on Monday, June 1, 2009, at Innovis Health Systems in Fargo. Pearl Cecil Kline was born to Herman and Mary (Leonhardt) Kline on July 17, 1913, near Ulen. She grew up on the family farm, attending school in Ulen, and at the age of 15 graduated from Ulen High School. Following high school she worked at the Fairmont Creamery. On June 20, 1938, Pearl married Rex Lathrop. Together they had two children, Jerry and Cindy. Pearl later worked as a banquet server at the FM Hotel and the Biltmore Motel.
Delores A. Eiler, 83, of Fargo, died Sunday, May 31, 2009 at Emmanuel Community Assisted Living in Detroit Lakes, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Surviving Delores are seven children, Sherry (Gene) Erbes of Barney, N.D., Gayle (Perry) Cummings of Fargo, Kathie (Rick) Burchill of Cedar, Minn., John (Karen) Eiler of Fargo, Nancy (Paul) Collins of Detroit Lakes, Paul (Julie) Eiler of Fargo and Julie Halvorson of Moorhead; a sister, Darlene Akers; and foster son, August (Aggie) Puhr of Fargo. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, followed with a 7 p.m.
Nov. 3, 1953-May 30, 2009 Bruce A. Rice, 55, of Detroit Lakes, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2009, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Bruce Allen Rice was born to Hugh and Lois (Wahlstrom) Rice on Nov. 3, 1953 in Pelican Rapids. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pelican Rapids. Bruce attended grade school in District 108 in rural Vergas, and graduated high school in 1971 from Pelican Rapids High School. Bruce married Linda Berg and together they had two sons, Scott and a baby that died at birth. They later divorced.
Sept. 24, 1926-May 31, 2009 Former Waubun resident Virginia M. Muhlenkort, 82, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, May 31, 2009 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Virginia Mae Hawn was born to Harry and Kathryn (Giesen) Hawn on Sept. 24, 1926 in Mitchell, S.D. She moved with her family to Sioux Falls, S.D., where she graduated from St. Joseph's Catholic High School in 1945. Virginia married Oliver Muhlenkort on Nov. 11, 1952 in Sioux Falls, S.D. They moved to Waubun, where Virginia spent her life as a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Jan. 22, 1925-May 31, 2009 Bertha I. Strom, 84, of Detroit Lakes, passed away Sunday, May 31, 2009 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Bertha was born to Emil and Marry (Matchentuhn) Blauert on Jan. 22, 1925 in Frazee. She received her education at the District 49 country school in Height of Land Township. In 1944, she married Wayne Newman. They lived and farmed in rural Detroit Lakes. Wayne died in 1946, and shortly after Bertha and her daughter moved to Arizona and lived on the Newman family ranch. They later returned to the area, and in 1954 Bertha married Paul Miller.