DL News Staff
April 9, 1925-Dec. 8, 2007 Viola Saice, 82, of Mahnomen, died Saturday, December 8, 2007, at the MeritCare Palliative Care Unit in Fargo. Viola B. Foster was born to Dan and Viola (Folstrom) Foster on April 9, 1925, in Island Lake, Minn. As a young girl, she attended school in Mahnomen. In 1943, Viola married Saul Saice. The couple continued to live in Mahnomen, where Viola raised their family. Often inseparable, Viola and her sister Edith enjoyed one another's company and spent endless hours together.
Oct. 19, 1933-Dec. 8, 2007 Former Detroit Lakes resident Marlys Staberg McFadden, 74, died Saturday, December 8, 2007 after a prolonged illness. Marlys was born to Arthur and Pauline Staberg on Oct. 19, 1933 in Grand Forks, N.D. She grew up in Detroit Lakes, and then attended the University of Minnesota. While living in Baltimore, Md., she was active in the Republican Party, managing several political campaigns and served as a legislative assistant in the Maryland House of Delegates. In addition, Marlys was a genealogist, compiling extensive research for family and friends.
June 1, 1936-Dec. 12, 2007 Robert J. "Bob" Flett, 71, of Dent, Minn., died Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at his home in Dent, where he had been under the extended care of Lakeland Hospice since August of this year. Robert had been ill for some time with pulmonary fibrosis. Robert James Flett was born to William and Mary (Peterson) Flett on June 1, 1936 in Minneapolis, where he was raised and attended school. He worked as a youth at the Minneapolis ballpark, and did many other small jobs until he started work in the ceramic trade with Dale Tile in Minneapolis.
July 28, 1950-Dec. 9, 2007 Former Ogema resident Gerald L. "Jerr Bear" Kozitka, 57, of Indego, Calif., died Sunday, December 9, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nev. Gerald Lee Kozitka was born to Clarence and Joyce (Liezert) Kozitka on July 28, 1950 in Detroit Lakes. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ogema. Gerald attended Waubun Public Schools, and later worked in building construction in the Ogema-Waubun area. He attended Farrier College in Sturgis, S.D., and became a professional farrier, traveling throughout the entire United States shoeing horses.
Aug. 14, 1944-Dec. 6, 2007 Monika A. Tibbetts, 63, of Bemidji, died Thursday, December 6, 2007 at the North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji. Monika Anna Kraus was born to Anton and Anna Kraus on Aug. 14, 1944 in Rockendorf, Germany. She was one of nine children, and graduated from Westler High School. She worked for a dry cleaning service until she met and married Lyle Earl Tibbetts of Zerkel, Minn., on Dec. 22, 1964 in Bonbaden, Germany. Monika lived her life to the fullest, enjoying her family and friends.
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.
June 28, 1923-Dec. 9, 2007 Doris A. Olson, 84, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, December 9, 2007 at Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes. Doris was born to Victor E. and Amy A. (Johnson) Leasure on June 28, 1923 in Underwood, N.D. She was raised and educated in Audubon and Detroit Lakes, graduating from Detroit Lakes High School in 1941. Doris married Elmer Olson on Dec. 30, 1949 in Sisseton, S.D. As a young adult, she cooked in numerous cafés in Detroit Lakes before cooking for the Detroit Lakes school system.
Aug. 25, 1952-Dec. 2, 2007 Raemonda Eugenia "Mona" Olson, 55, died unexpectedly on Sunday, December 2, 2007 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska. Mona was born to Raymond Schultz and Delores Gilley on Aug. 25, 1952 in Des Moines, Iowa. During her childhood, her family moved to Oregon, where she grew up, attending and graduating from high school. She married Greg Olson on Oct. 12, 1991. They moved to Hewitt, Minn., in September 1992. She received her certified nursing degree from Wadena Technical College in Wadena.
Dec. 29, 1946-Dec. 10, 2007 Caroline F. Blake, 60, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, December 10, 2007 in her home. Caroline Frances Blake was born to Harvey and Jean (Crane) Blake on Dec. 29, 1946 in San Diego, Calif. She moved with her family throughout California, and attended school there. Caroline moved to the Greenbush, Minn., area and married Laurel Majer. They were married for 12 years, and farmed near Greenbush. They divorced in 1980, and Caroline moved to Warroad, Minn., then to Holt, Minn.