DL News Staff
Oct. 18, 1926-April 6, 2008 Isabelle L. Wohlsdorf, 81, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, April 6, 2008 at her residence. Isabelle L. Olds was born to Grant and Elizabeth (French) Olds on Oct. 18, 1926 in Shell Lake Township, rural Osage, where she grew up and attended country school. On Jan. 13, 1942 she married Peter Nelson. She worked at Swift's Turkey Plant in Detroit Lakes from 1957-64. She then moved to Medford, Ore., where she worked for the Modoc Packing House and the Medford Hotel. Isabelle married Arthur Wohlsdorf on June 20, 1966.
Aug. 8, 1925-April 3, 2008 John Zima, 82, of Waubun, died Thursday, April 3, 2008 at Innovis Hospital in Fargo. John was born to Joseph and Anna (Beran) Zima on Aug. 8, 1925 near White Earth. He attended country school in Maple Grove Township and served with the United States Navy from October 1944 to November of 1946. John married Elaine Dalve on June 7, 1949 in White Earth. They farmed in White Earth Township near White Earth and, starting in 1955, John hauled livestock to the stockyards in Fargo, and grain for area farmers. He retired in 2007.
Sept. 14, 1925-April 3, 2008 Mary B. King, 82, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, April 3, 2008 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Mary Bee Stutzman was descended from a long line of Stutzmans in America. Her ancestors arrived in Philadelphia from Switzerland in 1727. Her great grandfather was among the first to buy railroad land after the Civil War in Milford, Neb. He later filed for homestead land in Chappell, Neb., 300 miles further west. Mary was born on Sept. 14, 1925 in a farmhouse near Wood River, Neb.
Jan. 20, 1919-April 6, 2008 Norman B. Erickson, 89, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, April 6, 2008 at St. Mary's Nursing Center, Detroit Lakes. Norman was born to John and Bertha (Eid) Erickson on Jan. 20, 1919 in the Sundahl Township, near Fertile, Minn. As a young adult he worked with his father in the oil business, as a dealer. Norman married Gladys Knutson on Sept. 17, 1938 in Crookston, Minn. They raised their family in Fertile, and later moved to Detroit Lakes. They moved to Prescott, Wis., where they lived for nine years before returning to Detroit Lakes for their retirement years.
Former Detroit Lakes resident Kenneth Hinshaw passed away on Friday, March 28, 2008 in LaPorte, Ind. Kenneth was born to Stanley and Cathryn Hinshaw in Tulare, S.D. in 1927. He married Lorraine Mortenson in 1950 in LaPorte. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945, and spent four years serving his country.
May 15, 1918-April 3, 2008 Frankie Buttram, 89, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, April 3, 2008 at Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes. Frankie was born to Silas and Delphi (Hartman) Dodd on May 15, 1918 in White Rock, S.D. As a young child, she moved with her family to Vergas, and then to Frazee, where she was raised and educated. She married Ed Fogel in 1937. They made their home in Frazee. Frankie moved to Portland, Ore., in 1947, with her sons Don, Richard, Kenneth and Robert. She married Joe Buttram on Oct. 2, 1949 and had two daughters with him, JoAnne and Linda.
Dec. 24, 1905-March 29, 2008 Clara Dentz, 102, of Mahnomen, died Saturday, March 29, 2008 at MeritCare Pallative Care in Fargo. Adelia Clara Laubach was born to Joseph and Rose (Winter) Laubach on Dec. 24, 1905 in Springhill, Minn.; she was the second of 12 children being brought up on a traditional German farm. Clara started school at age seven, when the family was living in Brooten, Minn.
July 13, 1915-April 1, 2008 Eunice I. Muff, 92, of rural Ogema, died Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at St. Mary's Nursing Center in Detroit Lakes. Eunice Irene Gilbery was born to William and Edith (Champion) Gilbery on July 13, 1915 in Kragnes, Minn. She was raised and educated in the Kragnes-Glyndon area. As a young woman, she worked on a farm as a cook for the farm workers. Eunice married Christian Muff on Dec. 4, 1935 in Glyndon. They farmed in Sugar Bush Township, rural Ogema for their entire married life.
Sept. 14, 1940-March 23, 2008 Former Lake Park resident Charles A. Dahlgren, 67, of Northfield, Minn., died peacefully in the presence of his loving family on Easter Sunday, March 23, 2008. Born on a farm near Lake Park on Sept. 14, 19140, Charles went on to receive bachelor's and master's degrees in industrial engineering from North Dakota State University in Fargo. He enjoyed a successful business career including leadership positions at Cutler-Hammer, Sheldahl, North Star Concrete and his own business ventures.
Aug. 24, 1939-March 29, 2008 Former Detroit Lakes resident Margaret J. "Peggy" Aga, 68, of Eagan, Minn., died Saturday, March 29, 2008 after a courageous, brief battle with cancer. Margaret Jean Finn, also known as Peggy, was born to William and Shirley (Kraeckman) Finn on Aug. 24, 1939, in Chicago, Ill. Peggy moved to California in 1951, and graduated from Pasadena High School in 1957. She married Rhuben Oscar Aga on June 20, 1957, in Pasadena, Calif. They divorced in 1995, and remained very good friends.