DL News Staff
Doris I. Specht, 96, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, June 18, 2009 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Doris I. Nelson was born to Clarence and Elfreda (Peterson) Nelson on March 10, 1913 in Viroqua, Wis. She received her early education in Westby, Wis. Doris moved with her family to La Crosse, Wis., when she was in fourth grade, and completed her education there.
March 24, 1934-June 17, 2009 Loren A. Thalmann, 75, of Henning, Minn., died on Wednesday June 17, 2009 at the Henning Golden Living Center. Loren Alvin Thalmann was born the son of Herman and Eleonora (Grefe) Thalmann on March 24, 1934 in Ottertail, Minn., where he grew up and was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church. He attended St. John's parochial school through the eighth grade, and graduated from Henning High School with the Class of 1953. He served in the U.S. Army, 1956-58.
Feb. 15, 1929-June 16, 2009 Gordon D. Sleen, 80, of Pelican Rapids, died suddenly on Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls. Gordon Duane Sleen was born the son of Arnold and Gilma (Nettestad) Sleen on Feb. 15, 1929, at his family's homestead in Erhard's Grove Township. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school at District 146. While growing up, Gordy enjoyed hunting many kinds of animals, fishing and working on the farm. Gordy married Velma Jacobson on Aug. 26, 1949, in Webster, S.D.
April 18, 1923-June 18, 2009 Longtime Osage and Park Rapids area resident George H. McGrane, 86, passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2009 at Diamond Willow in Park Rapids. George Henry McGrane was born on April 18, 1923 in Carsonville Township, near Osage. He grew up on a farm between Osage and Ponsford and graduated from Park Rapids Area High School in 1941. George farmed with his dad, John "Jack" McGrane, and also drove a school bus for Linnell School for 10 years while farming. On June 14, 1945, George married Barbara Ella Johnson of Crookston.
Sarah E. Wanner, 93, Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, June 15, 2009, in her home. Sarah E. Wanner was born on April 19, 1916, in Wilton, N.D., to Andrew and Elizabeth Walker Heinle. She grew up and attended Country School near Wilton. She then moved to the state of Washington where she worked as a housekeeper for several families. On May 25, 1939, she was united in marriage to Alvin Wanner in Washburn, N.D. They made their home and farmed near Mercer, N.D., for many years. In 1960, they moved to Lake Park, where they farmed for seven years.
Jason Anthony Smith, 39, Minneapolis, passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2009, in his home in Minneapolis. Jason is survived by his parents, Alan and Jennie Smith, Audubon; a brother, Murray (Donna) Smith, Clive, Iowa; a sister, Paula Winter, Stillwater; several nieces nephews; grandparents, Victor and Dorothy Smith, West Fargo, N.D.; several aunts and uncles and several cousins. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Lawrence and Lena Viken and an uncle. A memorial gathering is Thursday, June 18, 2009, from 5-7 p.m., with prayer service at 7 p.m., in Wright Funeral Home, Moorhead. A
Irvin P. Wegleitner, 82, Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, June 14, 2009, in Bullhead City, Ariz. Irvin Paul Wegleitner was born on Feb. 22, 1927, to John and Lizzie Wegleitner. He grew up in the St. Paul area. In 1944, he entered the U.S. Navy, serving in WWII. Irv married Lois Hendrickson in 1948. They lived in St. Paul and Ulen for a time and settled in Moorhead in 1952, where they raised their two sons, James and Paul. Irv worked for the City of Moorhead for over 30 years.
Kathryn M. Pettit, 98, Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. Kathryn Marie Lynch was born Feb. 20, 1910, in Staples to Dorse and Doris (Mertens) Lynch. She attended schools in Staples and Sebeka and later attended Moorhead State Teachers College in Moorhead. Kathryn was united in marriage to Robert L. Pettit Sept. 9, 1931, in Verndale. They made their home in Detroit Lakes and she taught in Audubon and, for 18 years, at Washington Elementary School in Detroit Lakes. She retired in 1974. Robert died later that same year.
Maxine J. Ennenga, 77, rural Ogema, died Sunday, June 14, 2009, at her home. Maxine Julian Ennenga was born Feb. 10, 1932, in Ponsford to George and Josephine (Lightning) Norcross. She was raised and educated in Ponsford. Maxine was united in marriage with Frank Bigbear Sr. in 1946 in Ponsford. She worked for Helgrens Vege-table Farm near Dilworth, and later for Ringer Company in Park Rapids. Maxine moved to Minneapolis, where she worked as a housekeeper at a number of hotels, as a seamstress for a drapery manufacturing company and for St. Joseph's Free Store. She and Frank divorced.
Kari L. Winters, 58, Albuquerque, N.M., formerly of Detroit Lakes, died suddenly at her home May 19, 2009. Kari Lee Winters was born Feb. 28, 1951, in Detroit Lakes to Henry and Leona (Tweten) Winters. She is a graduate of St. Luke's Hospital School Of Nursing in Fargo, N.D., and earned her Masters Degree from the University Of Southern California. Kari worked as a psychiatric nurse at the UCLA Medical Center for over 20 years, moving to Albuquerque in 2006.