DL News Staff
Sept. 14, 1925-March 13, 2009 Former Ponsford resident Florence E. Sunram, 83, of Frazee, died Friday, March 13, 2009 at the Frazee Care Center in Frazee. Florence E. Becker was born to Valentine and Jannette (Nugent) Becker on Sept. 14, 1925 in rural Osage, where she grew up and attended country school at the Becker School in rural Osage. She later attended school in Park Rapids, graduating from Park Rapids High School. She then attended Bemidji State Teachers College, where she received a teaching certificate.
July 3, 1917-March 10, 2009 Lois L. DelMain, 91, of Frazee, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at the Frazee Care Center in Frazee. Lois Louise Evans was born to Fred and Mary (Gross) Evans on July 3, 1917 in Height of Land. She married Neville DelMain. They spent most of their lives in Frazee.
April 26, 1922-March 9, 2009 Wallace F. Mellum, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, March 9, 2009 at Innovis Health in Fargo. Wallace Frederick Mellum was born to Clayton O. and Martha (Bauer) Mellum on April 26, 1922 in Ulen. When he was five years old, his family relocated to Frazee. Wally grew up in the Frazee area, graduating from Frazee High School in 1940. After high school, he attended Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, Ill. In 1942, Wally enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served on the USS Osprey in the Battle of Normandy.
Jan. 15, 1931-March 11, 2009 Bonnie L. Anderson, 78, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes. Bonnie was born to Walter and Cecile (Bakken) Gottsman on Jan. 15, 1931 in rural Park Rapids. She grew up and attended school in Park Rapids, graduating from Park Rapids High School in 1948. On Oct. 22, 1949 she married Jerald Anderson in Dorset, Minn. Over the years they lived in Wadena, Deer Creek and Chokio, Minn., and also Tucson, Ariz. While in Deer Creek, they owned and operated the Deer Creek Café.
Jan. 17, 1921-March 10, 2009 Detroit Lakes native Willis L. Olson, 88, of Glyndon, Minn., died Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at St. Mary's Innovis Health Center in Detroit Lakes. Willis "Willie" Olson was born to Nels and Hannah (Hanson) Olson on Jan. 17, 1921, in Shell Lake Township, Detroit Lakes. He grew up and attended school near Shell Lake. On June 14, 1945, he married Renilda Eitel in Sebeka, Minn. Together they lived in Detroit Lakes for a short time before moving to Glyndon in 1951. They remained in Glyndon until recently moving to Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.
March 2, 1949-March 10, 2009 William "Billy" Day, 60, of Vergas, died Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes, due to an automobile accident. William "Billy" LeRoy Day Jr. was born to William Sr. and Patricia (Anderson, nee Eastman) Day on March 2, 1949 in Superior, Wis. He lived there for 16 years, until he moved to St. Paul. While in St. Paul, Billy worked numerous jobs, until he moved to Vergas in 1990 and opened Billy's Corner Bar. He married Verla Bruhn on Nov. 23, 1991 in Frazee.
April 1, 1929-March 6, 2009 Frazee native Florence L. Dines, 79, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2009 in Washington. Florence Berend was born to Charles and Mable (Voelker) Berend on April 1, 1929 in Frazee, where she grew up and graduated from Frazee High School in 1947. She attended business college in Detroit Lakes and worked as a bookkeeper at the Frazee Creamery Company. She also worked at the welfare office in Fargo before moving to Washington, where she worked as a legal secretary. Florence married Jerry Dines on March 11, 1955.
April 26, 1937-March 1, 2009 Detroit Lakes native John Kertscher, 71, of Battle Lake, Minn., died Sunday, March 1, 2009 in Mesa, Ariz., after a six-month battle with lung cancer. John Henry Kertscher was born to Leonard and Anna (Larson) Kertscher on April 26, 1937 in Detroit Lakes. He graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1955. John served three years in the U.S. Army, and then attended the Wahpeton State School of Science. He worked for Tracy Electric, Ross Laboratories, 3M and Toshiba, all in Mitchell, S.D., before retiring in 1994. John married Darlene Rosenkranz on Aug.
Sept. 25, 1924-March 9, 2009 Florencemary Isaacson, 84, of Detroit Lakes, passed away on Monday, March 9, 2009 at Oak Crossing, Detroit Lakes. Florencemary was born to Gene and Katherine (Timmerman) Akre on Sept. 25, 1924 in St. Paul. The family lived in St. Paul until 1934, when they moved to Fargo. Florencemary, also known as "FM," (a longstanding nickname) graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1942. She attended Concordia College and St. Luke's School of Nursing, where she received her nursing degree. Florencemary met and married Arnold Isaacson.
Former Detroit Lakes resident Irma Marie Thieman, 91, of Plymouth, Minn., passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 10, 2009. Surviving Irma are her daughters, Jane Thieman (George Stodola) of Plymouth and Susie Thieman of Kula, Hawaii; son, Mike (Nancy) Thieman of Lima, Ohio; brother, Theophil "Ted" (Joanne) Greive of Akron, Ohio; two grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her husband, Ray; parents, Theophil and Emma Greive; brother, Norvin "Bud" Greive; sister, Mary Bocksteigel; daughter, Kathy Gall; and son-in-law, Doug Gall.