DL News Staff
May 3, 1946-Dec. 13, 2007 Former Detroit Lakes resident Ronald D. Gunderson, 61, of Roseau, Minn., died Thursday, December 13, 2007 at Veterans Medical Center in Fargo. Ronald was born to Vernon and Julie (Larson) Gunderson on May 3, 1946 in Detroit Lakes, where he was raised and educated. As a young adult, he started with the Job Corps and worked in forestry. A short time later, in 1967, he enlisted in the United States Navy, and received an honorable discharge in 1970. Ronald returned to Detroit Lakes and worked at Swift Hatchery and Fred Mears Auto.
Nov. 11, 1921-Dec. 12, 2007 Former Leonard, N.D., resident Opal A. Sandvig, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at St. Mary's Nursing Center in Detroit Lakes. Opal Agnes Johnson was born to Bernard and Alice (McKay) Johnson on Nov. 11, 1921 near McCleod, N.D. She married Elner Sandvig on Dec. 26, 1940 in Moorhead. They farmed near Sheldon, N.D., and later moved to Leonard, where they both worked at the Leonard School. Elner died in 1972. Opal lived in Fargo and West Fargo for a number of years.
Oct. 8, 1912-Dec. 14, 2007 David C. Roy, 95, of White Earth, died Thursday, December 14, 2007 at St. Mary's Nursing Center in Detroit Lakes. David Charles Roy was born to Joseph and Mary Roy on Oct. 8, 1912 in White Earth. He married Susan Jackson in White Earth on Feb. 7, 1944. David served with the U. S. Army from March 22, 1944 to Nov. 18, 1945. Following his discharge, he returned to White Earth, where he worked in the woods and was a farm hand. He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, trapping, harvesting wild rice and dancing.
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.
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.
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.