DL News Staff
Feb. 28, 1929-Dec. 10, 2007 James W. Johnson, 78, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, December 10, 2007 of acute myelogenous leukemia, at Innovis Hospital, Fargo. James Wendell Johnson was born to parents William and Hilda (Gudvangen) Johnson on Feb. 28, 1929 in Fosston, Minn. He was raised on a farm northeast of Fosston. He attended Lade School District 187 through grades 1-8, and graduated from Fosston High School in 1947. Jim entered the United States Army in August 1951. He served with the 24th Infantry Division, 13th Field Artillery Battalion. He received his discharge in August 1953.
April 1, 1918-Dec. 9, 2007 Frances M. Olson, 89, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, December 9, 2007 at St. Mary's Nursing Center, Detroit Lakes. Frances M. Leitheiser was born to Joseph and Cora (Gobel) Leitheiser on April 1, 1918 in rural Detroit Lakes. She grew up and attended country school in Erie Township. She worked for a family in Detroit Lakes as a housekeeper until her marriage to Albert H. Olson on Oct. 31, 1938, in Detroit Lakes. They lived and farmed in the Audubon, Minnesota area for many years. They moved into Detroit Lakes in 1988. Albert passed away Feb. 25, 1994.
April 28, 1932-Dec. 2, 2007 Clarence Beaulieu, 75, of Rice Lake, Minn., died on Sunday, December 2, 2007 at the Mahnomen Health Center in Mahnomen. Clarence M., the son of Robert and Jenny Mae (Smith) Beaulieu, was born April 28, 1932, on the White Earth Indian Reservation. As a young child he lived in Naytahwaush, until moving to Flandreau, S.D., to attend school. After graduating from Pipestone school he returned to Rice Lake. Clarence served his country in the Untied States Army. On April 1, 1954, he was united in marriage to Rosella Stevens in Bagley, Minn.
Sept. 9, 1914-Dec. 4, 2007 LeRoy V. Bergen, 93, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at his home in Detroit Lakes. LeRoy Vincent Bergen was born to Joseph and Mary (Hudon) Bergen on Sept. 9, 1914 in Detroit Lakes. He attended Holy Rosary School and then joined his parents in their truck farm business. In 1935, he and his brother, Lawrence founded Bergen Wholesale Florists, a business that the family still operates today. LeRoy married Martha Tembrock on July 25, 1938 in Ogema.
May 21, 1920-Dec. 6, 2007 Wesley H. Schlauderaff, 87, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, December 6, 2007 at St. Mary's Nursing Center of Detroit Lakes. Wesley Henry Schlauderaff was born to Henry and Lydia (Bohnsack) Schlauderaff on May 21, 1920 in Detroit Lakes, where he was raised and attended school at District 39. He married Anna Amundson from Ogema on Nov. 6, 1945 in Detroit Lakes. He lived his entire life in the same house, on the farm where he was born. He farmed with his Dad and brother Harvey until 1952.
March 20, 1907-Dec. 4, 2007 Becker County native Sister Martha Esser, 100, of Crookston, died December 4, 2007 at Villa Saint Vincent Nursing Home, Crookston, where she had resided since May 2003. Emma Ann Esser was born to Henry and Anna (Schmitz) Esser on March 20, 1907, at Two Inlets, the third child in a family of 10; five boys and five girls. When Emma was seven years old, she became very ill and was given the privilege of making her First Holy Communion. Emma attended school in Two Inlets. Even at an early age she thought about becoming a sister.
Monika Anna Tibbetts, 63 of Bemidji, died Thursday, December 6, 2007 at the North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Cease Family Funeral Home, Bemidji, and one hour before the start of services at the church. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Bemidji with the Rev. Mark Kindem officiating. Interment will be at the Hubbard Cemetery in Hubbard, Minn. Cease Family Funeral Home, Bemidji, has been entrusted with arrangements.
Oct. 10, 1922-Dec. 5, 2007 Lloyd Larson, 85, of Lake Park, died Wednesday, December 5, 2007, at Sunnyside Care Center, Lake Park. Lloyd was born Herbert and Emma (Olson) Larson on Oct. 10, 1922 to in Lake Park. He grew up and attended school in rural Lake Park. After his schooling he went to work on the family farm. He married Ione Hagen on June 20, 1954 in Northwood, ND. Together they made their home on the farm, and continued to farm until he retired in 1977. Lloyd enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting and gardening.
March 24, 1959-Nov. 30, 2007 Robert J. Burt, 48, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, November 30, 2007 in rural Detroit Lakes. Robert Joseph Burt was born to Robert and Vivian (Dodds) Burt on March 24, 1959 at Ainsworth, Neb. As a child, he moved to Detroit Lakes, where he grew up and attended school. After school, he moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, where he worked on offshore oil rigs and began working in construcction.
Former Detroit Lakes area resident Dorothy M. Wise, 81, of Long Lake, Minn., died Sunday, December, 2, 2007. Dorothy began her nursing career in the Military Nursing Cadet Corps during World War II and then continued in the nursing profession for 30-plus years. She spent many years as a Cub Scout den mother and was an EMT for the Hickson, N.D., Fire Department.