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CHILGREN Anna Louise Chilgren, 89, passed away September 18, 2011 at the Lakewood Health Center at the age of 89. Anna was born October 4, 1921 in Rolla, North Dakota to Elvira (Koski) and Charles Johnson. She was raised south of Graceton and graduated from High School in Williams, Minnesota in 1940. On March 17, 1942 she married Emmett Chilgren in Hibbing, Minnesota. They had two daughters, Janette and Vivian. Anna loved her family and friends. She loved dancing, music and traveling. Anna was a member of the First Congregational Church, American Legion Auxillary, and the VFW Auxillary.

Anna is survived by her children, Janette (Lee) Hardy and Vivan (Rich) Kevan; sisters, Irene Gailfus, Hazel Moorman, Grace (Noreen) Hanson; brothers, Walter (Violet) Johnson, Willard (Sue) Johnson, Russell(Casey) Johnson and sister-in-law, Marie Johnson; grandchildren, Dana DeVore, Derek Biddle, Jeffrey (Angela) Hardy, Aaron (Jessica) Hardy; 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Anna is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Emmett; brothers Ray and Glen; sister, Edith Jensen; brothers-in-law Jack Jensen and Clifford Moorman; sister-in-law, Pearl Johnson. A Memorial service for Anna will be September 23, 2011 at 10:30 A.M. at the First Congregational Church in Baudette,MN.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to First Congregational Church in Baudette, MN.

DALZELL Danny Dalzell, 65, of Hallock, Minnesota passed away at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota on Monday, September 26th, 2011. Danny Lloyd Dalzell was born November 18, 1945 at Grafton, North Dakota, the son of Luverne and Alyce (McNeil) Dalzell. He grew up at Walhalla, North Dakota and graduated from high school there in 1964. Danny enlisted in the U.S. Army on December 30, 1964. He served over two years in Viet Nam and returned home December 23, 1967. Danny worked at the Annaconda Aluminum Mine in Kalispal, Montana for several years. He married Linda Owens in 1970. Danny returned to North Dakota and in 1974 married LoAnn Rude at Crookston. They settled in Cavalier and later Hillsboro, North Dakota. Danny and LoAnn moved to Casper and after a year to Glendo, Wyoming where he worked as a heavy equipment mechanic. They moved to Hallock in 1981. Danny worked as a boiler operator at American Crystal Sugar Company for several years. He also worked on several
area farms and at UAP in Hallock. He was a member of the American Legion, the Eagles and the NRA. Family members include his wife, LoAnn; daughters, Charitie (Demetrius) Davis, Palm Coast, FL, Heather Dalzell, also of Palm Coast and Gloria Stanton, Columbia Falls, MT; a son, Daniel “Cody” Dalzell, Lake Bronson, MN; 7 grandchildren, Degan, Kamron, Kadyn, Malia, Malachi, Isaiah and Lucas; brothers, Dennis Dalzell, Leroy, ND, Dale (Sharon) Dalzell, Walhalla and Davie (Sonja) Dalzell, Palmer, AK; a sister, Dianne (Wayne) LaRocque, Moncton, New Brunswick; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Dewey and DeWayne. Memorial services are scheduled for Friday, Octobeer 7th, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in Grace Lutheran Church, Hallock. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Hallock. Rev. Galen Nordin, presiding. Special music provided by the Poppleridge Pickers and Katrice Housker. Honorary casket bearers will be Danny’s grandchildren, Malia Dazell, Degan Davis, Kamron Davis, Kadyn Davis, Malichi Stanton, Isiah Stanton and Lucas Stanton.Visitation will be held at the Austin Funeral Home, Hallock on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.
GRYTHE Olga Grythe, 88, of Thief River Falls, formerly of Badger, MN, died on Sunday, September 4, 2011 in Oakland Park Nursing Home at Thief River Falls, MN.
Olga Grythe, was born Olga Irene Martinson, the daughter of Simon & Martha (Dahl) Martinson, in Ross Township, Roseau County, north of Badger, MN. She grew up and attended school there. She was married to Raymond Grythe on December 20, 1947 in Badger, MN. She and Ray farmed together in Stokes Township, south of Badger for many years. Ray died in 1994 and Olga moved into Summerfield Apartments in Badger.
Olga was a devoted wife and mother. She enjoyed gardening and cooking and was an avid reader. She was especially proud of her Norwegian heritage. She is survived by her daughter—Cindy Pugh of Thief River Falls, MN. 3 grandchildren—David Pugh of Canyon Country, California, Joel Pugh of East Grand Forks, MN and Christine Jones of Thief River Falls & 1 great-granddaughter—Megan Jones. 1 brother—Bennie Martinson of Biwabik, MN and 1 sister—Julia Spangrud of Mound, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son—Wade Grythe, 4 sisters—Selma Blaske, Myrtle Naumann, Alma Dahl & Martha Sluka & 2 brothers—Martin & Clifford Martinson.
Funeral services were held on Monday, September 12, 2011 in Gieseke Funeral Chapel of Greenbush with Pastor Jim Chiristenson, officiating. Donna Graff was the organist. Pallbearers were Joel & David Pugh, Arlen Stenvik & Pastor Jim Christenson. Interment was in the Badger City Cemetery at Badger, MN with Gieseke Funeral Chapel of Greenbush in charge of funeral arrangements.
HANSON Raymond Kenneth Hanson, 82, of Strathcona, MN, died on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at his home in rural Strathcona.
Raymond Kenneth Hanson, the son of Sigurd & Hannah (Engstrom) Hanson, was born September 16, 1928 at Roosevelt, MN. He was one of eight children. He attended school at Roosevelt in Laona Township, Dist 76. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954 in the infantry during the Korean Conflict. Ray & Sonja began their lifelong partnership when they were married on October 5, 1960 in Greenbush. They lived near Moorhead for 3 years before moving to Strathcona.
He was the beloved husband of Sonja for 50 years and the father of their 3 children—Wayne (Dena) Hanson of Strathcona; Kenny Hanson of Strathcona & Anita (Joe) Laurin of Badger, MN. Grandchildren—Janna (Nathan) Lorenson & Zachery (Chelsie) Hanson & 2 great-grandchildren—Kylyn & Joslyn.
3 brothers—Edgar of Williams, MN, Laurence & Gordon of Roosevelt, & several nieces & nephews. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister—Ethel Hecker and 3 brothers—Melvin, Alfred and Walter. Ray was a commercial beekeeper for 50 years. He had developed a passion for beekeeping at a very young age. He spent many winters logging and was an avid trapper. He also had a great love for music and so enjoyed playing his Dobro and pedal steel guitar. His family and friends were his pride and joy. He was a very humble person with a kind and gentle spirit. Funeral Services were held on Sunday, September 18, 2011 in Grace Evangelical Church of Strathcona with Pastor Robert Ludwig, officiating.Special music was provided by Howard Hodne, Robin Johnson, Chris Hamness & Kay Prothero. Pat Ludwig was at the organ. Casket Bearers were Zachery Hanson, Darrell Miller, Chris & Dale Hamness, Howard Hodne, Robert & Earl Wahl. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery at Strathcona with Military Honors provided by Moen-Zimek Post 88, American Legion of Greenbush with assistance from the Minnesota National Guard. Arrangements were with Gieseke Funeral Chapel of Greenbush.
HORVATH Iyone R. Horvath, 88, of Greenbush, formerly of Holdingford, MN died Friday, September 9, 2011 in LifeCare Greenbush Manor.
Iyone R. Horvath was born January 13, 1923 to Herman and Rose Ehrlichman. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Holdingford, MN and graduated from Holdingford High School. She was a lifetime member of the Christian Mothers Society.
JOHNSON Andrew “Andy” Ted Johnson, 30, of Osage, MN died on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at the University of Minnesota Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Andy Johnson was born on August 31, 1981 to Ted and Lori (Lindstrom) Johnson in Grand Forks, ND. Andy had severe congenital heart defects which required surgery when he was just 6 days old.
Andy spent his early years growing up in Hallock, Minnesota. He loved Hallock and the people there dearly. In 1995, he and his family moved to the Park Rapids/Osage area where he attended school and graduated in 2000. Andy lived at Heartland Homes in Park Rapids for the past eight years. He was very happy there and had excellent care. He worked at the Hubbard County DAC since 2000.
Andy was an ardent sports fan. He loved all sports and every team. He had a fantastic memory for coaches’ names, players’ names and statistics. He loved car races and was a devoted Nascar Fan; Dale Earnhardt Jr. was his favorite. He enjoyed fishing year-round with his dad and cousins, and loved spending time with his family. He loved to travel, and visited many places, including California, Florida, Georgia, Chicago, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, Disneyland, the Bahamas, and everywhere in between. Andy was also an avid movie fan. He went to the theater almost every week and had a collection of at least 500 videos and DVDs.
Andy was a confirmed member of Calvary Lutheran Church. His faith was very important to him.
Andy had a very easy-going personality and an infectious laugh. He touched the hearts of so many people, and will be loved and missed by all who knew him.
Andy is survived by his parents- Ted and Lori Johnson of Osage, MN; sisters - Jaimee (Kevin) Frank of Yorkville, Ill; Alissa (Anthony)Gianfortone of Waverly Hall, GA; Grandmother- Marian Johnson of Karlstad, MN; niece and nephews- Zoe and Max Frank, Aiden and NoahGianfortone; aunts and uncles- Jim & Virginia Johnson, Terry & Gail Johnson, Barb & Matt Berg, Jeff & Peggy Lindstrom, Robert & Pat Lindstrom, Diane & Paul Ditmanson, many cousins and relatives and was a friend to all who met him.
Andy was preceded in death by his grandfather Harold Johnson, grandparents; Morris and Marcelyn Lindstrom and his uncle Tom Johnson.
Funeral services will be Saturday, September 10, 2011 – 1:00 PM at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids, Minnesota. Pastor Stephen Norby is the Officiant. The visitation will be on Friday, September 9, 2011 from 5 – 7 PM with a service and sharing time at 6:00 PM at Cease Family Funeral Home Chapel in Park Rapids, Minnesota. Roz Pederson is the organist. The congregational hymns are; “Jesus Loves Me”, “Borning Cry”, “I Come To The Garden” and “Children Of The Heavenly Father”. Honorary Pallbearers are Norman Larson, Willie Klotz, Bill Simpson and Jerry Kimball. The Active Pallbearers are Terry Johnson, Matt Berg, Kevin Frank, Mike Johnson, Nathan Lindstrom and Jason Johnson.
Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids are making the arrangements. Leave online condolences at For more information call 732-7264.
KRAEMER Joe Kraemer

Kraemer, Joseph F., age 86 of Williams, MN formerly of Minneapolis. Passed away peacefully September 12, 2011. Preceded in death by wife, Barbara; parents, Mary & Joseph; brothers, George, Leroy, Kernie; and sister, Pauline. Survived by children, Gregory (Eileen), Sheila (David), Michael (Diane), Barb (Bob); grandchildren, Alicia, Trina, Gregory, Joseph, Mike, Bobby, Jacob, Robert, Richard; great-grandson, Bryson; special friends, Alicia Parker & Robert Dolle. Joe managed the Andrews Hotel Bar, Hopkins House, and Nite Hawk Club. He was an avid hunter and sportsman and enjoyed the outdoors and his garden. You couldn’t find a better cook than Joe. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. His spirit will live on in the hearts of all that knew him. Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 AM Monday at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church, 9600 Regent Ave N, Brooklyn Park. Visitation from 4-7 PM Sunday at Evans Nordby Funeral Home, 6000 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center with a prayer service at 7 PM. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Evans Nordby Funeral Home 763-533-3000

LARSON Leona Larson, 81, of Hallock, Minnesota passed away at Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center in Hallock on Friday, September 30, 2011. Leona Margaret Anderson was born in Kittson County on October 22, 1929, the daughter of Levin and Martha (Hoglin) Anderson. She attended school in Hallock and graduated from high school in 1947.
Leona worked as a telephone operator and at Glidden’s Dairy Bar and Dairy for several years. Leona also worked at the Co-op Elevator until her retirement. On September 1, 1950 she married Walter “Swede” Larson. Swede passed away on December 16th, 2006. Leona was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and the “Sewing Club”. Family was especially important to Leona and she enjoyed sewing, quilting, knitting and baking for Swede and the children. Leona became a resident of the nursing center in 2003. Family members include her children, Michael (Deb) Larson, Warroad, MN, Patricia (Ron) Sugden, Battle Lake, MN, Craig (Jody) Larson, Bemidji, MN and Kevin (Melissa) Larson, Hallock; 10 grandchildren, Carmie Larson Storey, Tara Sugden Hanson, Megan Sugden Johnson, Kent Larson, Mark Larson, Casey Larson, Austin Larson, Madisson Larson, Tristan larson, Oscar Larson and Brianna Tolman; 6 great grandchildren, CeCe, Griffin and Maizee Storey, Owen Larson, Thorland Larson and Cash Hanson; three brothers, Linden Anderson, Hallock, Jim (Joan) Anderson, San Jose, CA and Ron (Judy) Anderson, Kragnes, MN; a sister, Janice (Kenneth) Anderson, Hallock; two sisters-in-law, Frances Anderson and Melba (Duane) Younggren, Hallock; two brothers-in-law, Marvin Larson, Jackson, MI and Kermit Erickson, in California; as well as nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a sister, Marlys Erickson and a brother, Melvin Anderson. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, October 6th, 2011 at
11:00 a.m. in Grace Lutheran Church, Hallock. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Hallock. Rev. Craig Bowyer, presiding; Ron Fossell, soloist and Renee Ryden, organist. Honorary casket bearers will be the Sewing Club. Casket bearers will be Leona’s grandchildren. Visitation will be at the Austin Funeral Home on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00p.m.
MOONEY Edward G. Mooney “Buzz”, 60, died on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at his home in Thief River Falls, MN surrounded by his loving family following a three year battle with brain cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Father Rick Lambert presiding. Burial will be held at Blessed Sacrament Cemetery in Greenbush, MN.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service and a 7:30 PM Rosary Service on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Visitation will also be held from 12:30 PM until 1:30 PM on Wednesday at the church.

Edward Gary Mooney Jr. was born on May 9, 1951 the son of Edward David, Sr. and Irene (Bialke) Mooney. He was baptized at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Minneapolis, MN and confirmed at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Leo, MN near Greenbush, MN. Ed attended school in Greenbush, MN graduating 1969. From 1970 until 1993 Ed was married to Lynnae Kjos and to this union two children were born, Lesa and Collin.

Following graduation he entered into service with the United States Navy in June of 1969. During his twenty years of active duty “EDventures”, Ed served as a Dental Technician. He was stationed at the Great Lakes as well as numerous other locations throughout the world including Taiwan, Spain, California, Virginia, and was also stationed in Philadelphia but lived in New Jersey. Ed retired and was Honorably Discharged on July 31, 1989 and he returned to Thief River Falls.

Ed started a computer business out of his house in Thief River Falls which he called “Computer Run.” In 1992 he added the Radio Shack franchise to his business. Through work, Ed met Kari Lokstad and the couple was married on November 1, 1996. Kari brought her daughter, Emily to this union.

When Ed was a child he had the nickname of “Buzz” which was given to him by his aunt, Florence because he was always busy buzzing around the house. This nickname stuck with him throughout the years. Ed was a very selfless person, was always considerate of others, had a great sense of humor, and had a beautiful mind. Ed put the fun in fun and he had a great personality and lived a full life. He was actively involved in his son Collin’s DJ business, (Backdraft). He lived and loved every day of his life and loved to spend time with family and friends at Maple Lake. Ed loved travel, work & play, everything he did he did with passion.

Ed was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Knights Of Columbus, Eagle’s Club, Lion’s Club, and American Legion Post in Thief River Falls. He supported many events and fundraisers in the community and was active in the Arts Council, local bull ride committee and was instrumental in reestablishing the local cancer support group.

Survivors include his loving wife, Kari; children, Lesa (Ken) Hagman, Collin (Stacie) Mooney and Emily Blue, all of Thief River Falls; grandchildren, Roxanna, Ken Jr., Blade, Kyle, and Ciera; great-granddaughter, Reese; father, Edward D. (Etta) Mooney Sr. of Thief River Falls; siblings, Ronald (Colette) Mooney of Greenbush, Kenneth (Valerie) Mooney of Thief River Falls and his baby-sister, Terri (Dennis) Brazier of Greenbush; and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his mother, Irene in 1996; and his grandparents.
PETERSON Leslie Peterson, 70, of Williams, Minnesota, passed away August 29, 2011, in Madison, Wisconsin, surrounded by loving family and friends.

Les was born on September 2, 1940, in Karlstad, Minnesota, to Evald and Patrice Peterson. He is survived by his wife, Noel (Becker), of 50 years and their three children, Charlene (Greg McGraw), Scott (Marti), Patrick (Julie), and seven grandchildren (Amanda and Casey McGraw, Kylie, Corey, and Jordyn Peterson, and Dalton and Savannah Peterson). He is also survived by five sisters, six brothers, numerous in-laws and extended family members, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, infant twin sons, and infant grandson.

A celebration of Les’ life was held in Wisconsin on September 3, 2011. A Memorial Mass for Les will be held on Saturday, October 1, at 4:30 p.m. at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Williams, Minnesota. Refreshments will be served after mass.

WEISS Virginia “Ginger” M. Weiss age 59, of East Grand Forks, MN died Sunday, September 11, 2011 at the Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND.
WHEELOCK Vivian Marie Wheelock was born April 6, 1933 to Dan and Ethel Wheelock in Birchdale, MN. She passed away peacefully at home in Hillsboro, Oregon on Sept. 22nd, 2011 from cancer. Vivian grew up in Birchdale and attended grade school at Birchdale and Border, MN. Vivian attended Indus High School for 3 years. Her mother and she then moved to Minneapolis, MN where her mother obtained work as a home care nurse and Vivian attended Robinsdale High School, graduating as an honor student. Vivian spent 1 year in nurses training at University of Minnesota and eventually worked for Northwestern National Life Insurance.

On Jan 7. 1955 Vivian married John Grund, whom she had known since age 10, and they moved to their farm in Pitt, MN. Four sons were born to them: Eric, Dan, John Michael and Theodore who, along with their families, including 9 grandchildren, survive her. Her husband John, two brothers; George of International Falls, MN and Stanley of Georgia also survive her. Preceding Vivian in death were her parents, her brothers Lester and Dean, and her sister Doris.

In 1964 John and Vivian left the farm and moved to Oregon. Vivian took a job at a health spa to help the family when John was hospitalized in 1965 and later worked in nursing homes in Washington County. In 1975 she obtained her real estate license and sold real estate until retirement. Vivian’s natural joys were her family first and then gardening. She was happy when she had her little shovel in hand and could weed the flowerbeds. She also enjoyed cooking and having friends over for dinner. Vivian suffered a stroke in 2004, which left her without the use of her left arm and leg, but she continued to do her favorite things, gardening and cooking. She even continued to bake homemade bread and her famous pies.

Vivian embraced the teachings of Jesus Christ at an early age and showed her love for Him in her life. She loved deeply and will be sorely missed. Her faith sustained her to the end.

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