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Mary Ann Conroy, age 66 of Apple Valley passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. Preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Lydia, and sister, Jean. She is survived by her sons: Christopher (Laura) and Collin (Gary Reetz); her beloved grandchildren: Nathan and Ryan; siblings: Ralph 'Tom' (Elaine) Mohr, Ron (Sharyn) Mohr, Lois (Howard) Person, and Gerald 'Scott' (Kathy) Mohr; and many loving relatives and friends. She will be greatly missed by everyone whose life she touched.
Jeffrey Gorden Thorstad, born May 30, 1959 to Gorden and Betty Thorstad of Morris, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 at Mercy Hospital of Coon Rapids, at the age of 51. He graduated from Morris High School in 1977. He married Beverly Sue Mills on March 8, 1980 at Morris. They have 3 children, Thomas, Benjamin and Jennifer.
Ernestine Charles Quasebarth, 86, passed away in Vancouver, Wash., surrounded by members of her family, after complications from a stroke. She was born in Hancock. Minn, on April 15, 1924, to Frances (Erlandson) and Ernest H. Charles. She was the oldest of three siblings. Ernestine lost her mother at the age of 14 and proceeded to take a large part in the raising of her two younger brothers, Erland and Harold. After high school she was accepted to Abbott Hospital's Nursing Program in Minneapolis. When WWII broke out she moved to the Portland area to work in the shipyards as a welder.
Funeral services for Leona Halbe of Morris will be held Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris. Father Tim Baltes will be officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. with a prayer service at 3:30 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Morris. Leona Laura Scheelk, daughter of Otto and Martha (Steuck) Scheelk, was born June 17, 1922 in Leonardville Township near Johnson.
Marvin Earl Wilts, 74, of Herman, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Funeral services for Marvin will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 at the United Methodist Church in Herman with Pastor Mickey Olson officiating. Visitation will be held Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. with a prayer service at 6 at the United Methodist Church in Herman and for one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Interment will be at the Lakeside Cemetery, Herman. Marvin was born on Feb.
Faye Benkowski-Bateman, age 87, of Springfield, Mo., passed away Jan. 20, 2011. She was the daughter of Ward and Dorothy Taylor of Morris and grew up in Stevens County. Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 27 in San Pablo, Calif. with burial at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Funeral services for Elmer Henry Madison of Chokio will be held Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Morris. Rev. Arthur Montgomery will be officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be in Summit Cemetery in Morris. Elmer Henry Madison was born in Rockwood Township in Wadena County on Nov. 25, 1920 to Henry and Marie Madison. He attended Alberta country school grades 1 thru 8. He was one of five children.
Memorial services for Burton Strand of Donnelly will be held Monday, Jan. 31, 2011 at 11a.m. at Kongsvinger Lutheran Church, rural Donnelly. Reverend Judy Gelinske will be officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Burial will be held in the spring in Kongsvinger Lutheran Cemetery. Burton Hansen Strand, son of Moses and Edna (Hansen) Strand, was born Sept. 29, 1931 in Donnelly Township in Stevens County, where he grew up. Burton was baptized on Oct. 18, 1931 by Rev. Andrew Olson and confirmed on Oct. 21, 1945 by Rev.
Burton Strand, age 79 of Donnelly, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. at Kongsvinger Lutheran Church of rural Donnelly, with visitation one hour prior to services at the church. Burila will be held in the spring.
Rudolph Theodore Gulbrandson "Rudy", age 92 of Wasilla, Alaska, formerly of Donnelly, died Jan. 24, 2011 at the Alaska Veterans and Pioneers Home in Palmer, Alaska from complications with pneumonia. Born June 28, 1918, in Donnelly, to Warner and Maud Gulbrandson. Rudy completed school through the 8th grade, was confirmed at Konsvinger Lutheran Church. During WWII he enlisted in the Marines Feb. 2, 1942, and was a member of the 5th Infantry. His time of service was spent in the Pacific Theatre and served in Japan Sept. 1945- Feb. 1946 on occupation duty. Rudy returned home Feb. 6, 1946.