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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.
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.
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.
Feb. 20, 1923-Nov. 30, 2007 Della R. Stiyer, 84, of Ogema, died Friday, November 30, 2007 at St. Mary's Regional Health Center in Detroit Lakes, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Della Rachel Yoder was born to Jacob and Nettie (Forner) Yoder on Feb. 20, 1923 in Ladysmith, Wis. At age six, she moved with her family to Wheaton, Minn., and then to Sugar Bush Township, rural Ogema in 1946. She attended teacher training and taught in a rural Wheaton school for a year prior to marrying Louis "Lee" Stiyer. The wedding took place on Dec. 24, 1943 in Wheaton.
Feb. 9, 1922-Dec. 1, 2007 Former Detroit Lakes resident Mary R. Peterson, age 85, of Faribault, Minn., died of congestive heart failure on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at the St. Lucas Care Center in Faribault. Mary Rebecca Cowles was born to Dr. Edgar and Anna Cowles on Feb. 9, 1922 in Detroit Lakes. She graduated from Holmes High School in Detroit Lakes in 1940. She married Lawrence "Pete" Peterson in 1941. They moved to the Minnetonka area, where her husband owned a construction company. Mary worked in Wayzata at Hillcrest Nursing Home in the physical therapy department.
Doris M. Melby, 79, of Hawley, died peacefully Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at the Wyoming home of her son Royal. She is survived by her children, Dr. Lorrie (Stephen Bailey) Melby, Randy (Victoria Stickney) Melby, Royal (Terri Melby-Schaefer) Melby; four grandchildren; siblings, Lorraine Slininger, Glenn Benesh, Marvin Benesh, Clifford Benesh and Janice Miller; several nieces, nephews, family and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, John and Clara (Durling) Benesh; husband Russell Melby; and siblings, Eleanor deVries, Arnold Benesh and Kenneth Benesh.
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.
July 31, 1937-Nov. 26, 2007 Bill E. Archer, 70, of Story, Wyo., passed away on Monday, November 26, 2007 at the historical Fort Mackenzie VA Medical Center in Sheridan, Wyo. Bill was born to Lloyd and Elsie (Walker) Archer on July 31, 1937 in Sheridan. He attended school in Story and Sheridan, Wyo., and went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota. He served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Korean Conflict, and married Constance Schaefer in Sheridan on July 6, 1962. They raised four children together. Bill and Connie returned to live in his beloved Big Horn Mountains in 1995.
Jan. 16, 1914-Nov. 26, 2007 Verna E. Carlisle, 93, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, November 26, 2007 at Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes. Verna Estella Tommerdahl was born to Tillie (Dahl) and Oliver Tommerdahl on Jan. 16, 1914 in Erie, Minn. (Pennington County). She was the oldest daughter of 11 children. In 1929, during the depression, they moved to the Detroit Lakes area. Being the oldest, Verna was called upon to help her mother raise her younger siblings. Verna married Joseph Carlisle on Oct. 16, 1940 in Erie Township.
Aug. 27, 1922-Nov. 26, 2007 Gordon St. Claire, 85, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, November 26, 2007, in the Minnesota Veterans Home, Fergus Falls. Gordon B. St. Claire was born August 27, 1922, in Callaway, where he was raised by his great grandmother. At 15 years of age, he moved to Fargo to live with his mother. In February 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Army with the 164th Infantry, and served in Guadalcanal and the Northern Solomons during World War II. Gordon married Lois Hellem on Jan. 6, 1945, in St. Augustine, Fla.