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March 20, 1930-Dec. 30, 2007 Stanley J. Hamernik, 77, of rural Ulen, died in his home on Sunday, December 30, 2007. Stanley Joseph Hamernik was born the son of Frank and Aloise (Dvorak) Hamernik on March 20, 1930, in Walworth Township, on the family farm. He was baptized at Detroit Lakes, and confirmed his faith at Aspelund Lutheran Church, Flom, Minn. As a young boy he grew up on the family farm in section 9 of Walworth Township. He attended country school at District 54, and graduated with the class of 1949 from Ulen High School.
Dec. 3, 1918-Jan. 1, 2008 Marvin W. "Tory" Olsen, 89, of Lake Park, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, January 1, 2008, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley and surrounded by his loving family. Tory was born to Thore and Mary Olsen on Dec. 3, 1918 in Truman, Minn., where he grew up and attended school, graduating from Truman High School in 1936. On June 28, 1952, Tory married Edlin Deloris Rikhus in Altanta Church. They made their home in Lake Park, for 45 years. At the time of Tory's death, they lived in Detroit Lakes. They were blessed with four children.
Dec. 29, 1954-Dec. 24, 2007 Former Graceville, Minn., resident Charlene L. "Charlie" Gray, 52, of Osage, died unexpectedly at her home on Monday, December 24, 2007. Charlene Lynn Gray was born to Jim and Edna (Geyer) Gray on Dec. 29, 1954 in Graceville, Minn. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Patrick's Catholic Church at Collis, Minn. As a young girl, she attended the Holy Rosary Catholic Elementary School and graduated from Graceville Public High School in May 1972. Charlie went on to attend the University of Minnesota-Morris, where she earned a degree in sociology.
Feb. 25, 1915-Dec. 30, 2007 Edna C. Benzinger, 92, of Frazee, died Sunday, December 30, 2007 at the Frazee Care Center. Edna Clara Karger was born to William and Agnes (Blake) Karger on Feb. 25, 1915 in Folden Township, Otter Tail County. She attended country school in Folden Township. On Sept. 23, 1940, Edna married George Benzinger at North Effington Church. They farmed in Douglas County, Minn., until 1963, when they moved to Monravia, Calif. While in Monravia, Edna worked as a custodian for the YWCA. In 1974, the couple moved to Frazee, where they resided at the Rivercrest Apartments.
June 10, 1917-Dec. 25, 2007 Gertrude D. Zurn, 90, of Callaway, died Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at St. Mary's Nursing Center in Detroit Lakes. Gertrude Delores Rohr was born to Nicholas and Mabel (Hancock) Rohr on June 10, 1917 in McHugh, Minn. She attended District 22 School and was a 1935 graduate of Detroit Lakes, High School. Gertrude attended teacher training in Wadena, and graduated in 1936. She taught in several Detroit Lakes rural schools. She married Lawrence H. Zurn on June 10, 1941 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes.
Sept. 18, 1942-Dec. 20, 2007 Eugene William Chaika, 65, of White Earth, died Thursday, December 20, 2007. Surviving Eugene are his children, Eugene, Deanna, Christina, Joshua and Wesley; brother, Oliver; sister, Sharyn; and many grandchildren. A gathering of family and friends is scheduled from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008 at the Ogema VFW Hall, Ogema.
Oct. 19, 1918-Dec. 18, 2007 Joseph Kemper, 89, of Waubun, died on December 18, 2007, at the MeritCare Palliative Care Unit in Fargo. Joe was born to Bernard and Mary (Niehaus) Kemper on Oct. 19, 1918, in Rosedale Township. He attended the Fish Lake Country School and worked on the home farm in Waubun. At the age of 19, Joe was drafted into the United States Army, where he served his country for three years. On Dec. 13, 1943, he married Larraine Haider at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Waubun.
Francis Fox, 56, of White Earth, died Friday, December 21, 2007 at MeritCare in Fargo. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23 at the Anderson~Mattson Funeral Home in Mahnomen. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 24, at the Anderson~Mattson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Lisa Smith officiating. Burial will take place at the Samuel Memorial Cemetery in Naytahwaush.
May 20, 1920-Dec. 18, 2007 Ralph Jepson, 87, of Frazee, died on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at St. Mary's Regional Health Center, Detroit Lakes. Ralph Evan Jepson was born the son of Ray and Floretta (Seger) Jepson on May 20, 1920 in Coleraine, Minn. He began his education in Coleraine before moving with his family to Evergreen Township, where he attended country school, District 84. Ralph then worked in the logging industry in northern Minnesota, and also in the mining field on the Iron Range. Ralph married Patricia Newton on Jan.
Feb. 9, 1926-Dec. 18, 2007 Robert Garfield Aakre, 81, died December 18, 2007 at his home in Rollag. He was surrounded by his children, and his loving wife of 59 years, Ardis. He had been under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Robert, the son of Carl A. and Mabel J. (Nelson) Aakre, was born on Feb. 9, 1926 on his parent's farm in Parke Township, Clay County. When he was five years old, Robert's mother died, leaving his father with nine children to raise.