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Thomas E. Belka, of Morris, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 at Kindred Hospital in Fargo, N.D., with family at his side. He was 64 years of age. Thomas Edward Belka was born on Jan. 22, 1947 to Edward and Marguerite (Abel) Belka in Detroit Lakes. After his family spent a brief time in Alabama during the Korean War, they returned to Minnesota where he attended Fergus Falls public schools. He was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America, and was awarded the first Pro Deo et Patria (God and Country) medal ever given out at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Apitz (nee Erickson), born 10-14-22 in Bertha, died 12-7-11 in Tucson, Ariz. After graduating in home economics from the University of Minnesota in 1944, Betty taught in Hancock. There she met Frederick A. Apitz. They were married on 12-27-45. Betty taught throughout the area--Alberta, Henning and Morris. She taught home economics in Morris from 1960-1971, heading up the FHA (Future Homemakers of America) for several of those years. She was an active member of First Lutheran Church in Morris, adding her alto voice to the choir.
Funeral services for Nora Mickelson of Cyrus will be held on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus. Reverend John R. Smith officiated. Burial will be in Cyrus South Cemetery. Nora Mickelson, age 95, passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2011, at Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood. The Pedersen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial services for Michael Lindstrom of Morris will be held Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Federated Church in Morris. Reverend John R. Smith will be officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church.
Darren Kunz, age 40, of Fergus Falls, passed away Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 under the care of Lakeland Hospice at Sheridan House, Fergus Falls, after nearly a year long battle with cancer. Darren Andrew Kunz was born Jan. 24, 1971, in Fergus Falls, to Peter and Jean (Moore) Kunz. Darren attended school in Fergus Falls and was in the class of 1989. Darren was an avid ball player, and was especially active in football, baseball, and wrestling in high school.
Eugene "Gene" Christianson, 71, Princeton, died Sunday, Dec. 11 at his home in Princeton. Eugene was born on May 18, 1940 in Starbuck, son of Obert and Elmira (Hanson) Christianson. He grew up and was educated at Cyrus, graduating from Cyrus High School in 1958. He and his brother, Wayne, lived at Farwell and Gene served in the Army National Guard from 1962 to 1968. He was united in marriage with Sheilah Faye Rust in Cyrus on Jan. 21, 1967. They made their home in Cyrus and the surrounding area until Aug. 3 of 1976, when they moved to Cold Spring.
A Memorial service for Craig Krosch of Sweet, Idaho, was held at his ranch on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. Craig passed away at the age of 69 on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011 at his home. Craig was born in Morris, Nov. 26, 1941 to Marvin and Margaret (Allis) Krosch.
Steven Guggisberg, age 67, of Starbuck, MN, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester. A Mass of Christian Burial will held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at Church of the Sacred Heart in Glenwood, with Father Peter Kirchner officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7 on Thursday at the funeral home in Glenwood and on Friday at the church, one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Glenwood. Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.
Theodore (Ted) Edward Uehling III, age 51, formerly of Morris, died Oct. 29, 2011 in Portland, Ore. He was born in Columbus, Ohio Nov. 15, 1959. Friends may leave tributes at www.anewtradition.com/obituaries . Memorials can be made to The Nature Conservancy ( www.nature . org)
A memorial service for Verna Lauraine (Karsten) Rinkenberger of Chokio, will be held Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Chokio. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at the church. Lunch served following service. Pastor Gloria Anderson will serve as clergy. Verna was called home to be with Our Lord on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 at the Glenwood Lakeview, Good Samaritan Society, having lived 88 years and 3 months. Verna L.