DL News Staff
Feb. 17, 1919-March 23, 2009 Bergit A. N. Laudon, 90, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, March 23, 2009 in Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes. Bergit was born to Ellef and Petra (Hamstad) Falstad on Feb. 17, 1919 on the family homestead in Skandia Township near Kathryn, N.D. She was the eighth of nine children. Bergit was baptized on the family farm and confirmed at Hastings (N.D.) Lutheran Church. She attended Brown School No. 2 for grades 1-8 and was a 1937 graduate of Hastings High School. After graduation, she worked in Fargo, where she met her future husband, James W.
Nov. 3, 1917-May 12, 2009 Mildred Iverson, 91, of Mahnomen, died Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at the Mahnomen Health Center Nursing Home in Mahnomen. Mildred Theresa Gerda Urdahl was born to Knute and Amanda (Thompson) Urdahl on Nov. 3, 1917 in their home in Flaxville, Mont. As a very young girl, she moved with her parents to their family home near Flom, Minn. She attended Sunny Hill School and later Twin Valley High School. Mildred worked as a waitress until she met and married Gerald Iverson on Nov. 11, 1944. They were married at Wild Rice Lutheran Church near Flom.
Aug. 30, 1922-May 14, 2009 Former Ada and Moorhead resident Vernon A. Stevens, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, May 14, 2009 at St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes. Vernon Albert Stevens was born to Harry and Jessie (Davidson) Stevens on Aug. 30, 1922 in Ada, Minn. He was raised and educated near Ada. Vernon later lived near Hibbing, Minn., where he worked in building construction. He moved to Moorhead in the mid 1950's and worked in commercial building construction. He worked as a caretaker for Moorhead State University from 1977 to 1992.
June 21, 1921-May 13, 2009 Evelyn V. Kjono, 87, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Evelyn Viola Hovland was born to Arthur S. and Milla (Watterud) Hovland on June 12, 1921 at Rothsay, Minn. She was baptized and confirmed at South Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Rothsay. Evelyn married Calmer Kjono on Aug. 15, 1937 near Rothsay. They farmed at Rothsay for 13 years before moving to Pelican Rapids in 1950. Evelyn had worked at Simpson and Rybeck Bakery and a short time at the Recreation Center, then at Swan's Drug for 17 years.
May 26, 1958-May 2, 2009 Former Detroit Lakes resident Carneil L. Johnson, 50, of Hartville, Mo., died Saturday, May 2, 2009 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident near her home. Carneil LaRaye Priem was born to Jerry and Arlyss (Arneson) Priem on May 26, 1958. She grew up in the Frazee, Vergas and Detroit Lakes area. She attended school in Frazee and Detroit Lakes. Carneil married Danny Johnson and they resided in rural Detroit Lakes, where they raised their three children: Corey, Dustin and Bobbi Jo.
June 25, 1937-May 12, 2009 Duyane J. Foltz, 71, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at St. Mary's Innovis Health, Detroit Lakes. Duyane was born the son of Joseph and Marie (Veik) Foltz on June 25, 1937, in Humphrey, Neb. At the age of 11, Duyane moved with his family to Frazee, where he continued his education, graduating in 1955. As a young man, Duyane enlisted in the United States Air Force on June 14, 1955. He served as a tail gunner on a B-36 during his time of service. Duyane married Faye Young on Dec. 9, 1958 in Puerto Rico, Mexico on the Ramey Air Force Base.
Margaret R. "Peggy" Backus, 78, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes. Peggy was a long time resident of Chippewa Falls, Wis., and in recent years resided at Lamplighter Manor in Detroit Lakes. She wrote poetry, was a talented musician, and loved her poodles and her children with a passion. Peggy was also a very faithful person, who shared her faith openly with others.
Dec. 28, 1921-April 15, 2009 Thielma J. "Bairn" Blanding, 87, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, April 15, 2009 in her home, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Thielma Jean Bairnson was born to Dr. and Mrs. George Bairnson on Dec. 28, 1921 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Following high school in Cedar Falls, she attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota in 1943 with a degree in medical bacteriology.
William K. Smith, 87, of Detroit Lakes died Monday, May 11, 2009 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Services and interment will be in Michigan. The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes has been serving the family. Online guest registration is available at www.daviddonehower.com .