DL News Staff
Sept. 9, 1918-March 23, 2008 Florence I. Johannsen, 89, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, March 23, 2008 at Innovis Hospital, Fargo. Florence Ahlsten was born to August and Mathilda Ahlsten on Sept. 9, 1918 in Taylor Township, Wheaton, Minn. She attended school at District 60. After graduation, Florence attended Beauty School in Fergus Falls, and continued to work there until meeting Duane Johannsen and marrying him in Wheaton in 1941. They moved to Santa Monica, Calif., and lived there before returning to the family homestead in 1942.
Oct. 16, 1917-March 21, 2008 Vergil E. Peterson, 90, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, March 21, 2008 at St. Mary's Regional Health Center, Detroit Lakes. Vergil Evelyn Martinson was born to August and Marie (Moe) Martinson on October 16, 1917 in Audubon Township, where she was raised and educated. As a young adult, she worked at the Edgewater. Vergil married William Peterson on Sept. 29, 1940 at Zion Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes. They made their home in Detroit Lakes. William died on April 20, 1977.
Nov. 1, 1948-March 17, 2008 Detroit Lakes native Donald R. Ueke, Sr., 59, of Sauk Rapids, Minn., died Monday, March 17, 2008 at the Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas, due to a truck accident. Donald was born to Merton and Dorothy (Harms) Buck on Nov. 1, 1948 in Detroit Lakes. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Donald was wounded at Chu Lai and received the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Commendation Medal-Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation, and Gallantry Cross Medal.
Dec. 26, 1927-March 23, 2008 Donald D. Tyge, 80, of Park Rapids, died Sunday, March 23, 2008 at the Heritage Living Center in Park Rapids, surrounded by his loved ones. Donald Dale Tyge was born to Oliver and Addie (Triggs) Tyge on Dec. 26, 1927 in Ayrshire, Iowa. At age seven, he moved with his family to the Ponsford, area where he grew up and attended Round Lake Country School. Donald enlisted in the United States Army on March 7, 1946, and he served in occupied Japan during World War II. He was honorably discharged from the army on March 9, 1954.
May 12, 1925-March 16, 2008 Former Detroit Lakes resident Katharine G. Smith, 82, of North Branch, Minn., died on Sunday, March 16, 208 at the Cambridge Medical Center. Katharine Gloria Anderson was born the daughter of Adolph and Ruth Anderson on May 12, 1925 in North Branch. Her parents were lifelong residents of the community, and she grew up with her family on a farm about one mile north of town. Katharine attended MacPhail School of Music in Minneapolis, where she received a bachelor's degree in piano and voice. This was also where she met Dale Smith and later married him, on Jan.
Oct. 21, 1944-March 18, 2008 John J. Mowers, 63, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at his home. John was born to Joseph and Eleanor (Solberg) Mowers on Oct. 21, 1944 in Robbinsdale, Minn., where he was raised and educated prior to moving with his family to Frazee. John graduated from Frazee High School in 1962. He attended business college in Minneapolis for a short time, until the death of his father. John returned to Frazee and subsequently attended Minnesota Technical College. John married Marie Rowland on Sept. 21, 1972 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes.
Aug. 27, 1931-March 16, 2008 Detroit Lakes native Mary A. Berg, 76, of Superior, Wis., passed away on Palm Sunday, March 16, 2008. Mary Ann Stollenwerk was born the daughter of Joseph and Lillian Stollenwerk on Aug. 27, 1931 in Detroit Lakes. She was a graduate of Detroit Lakes High School. Mary attended Gustavus Adolphus College and received Bachelor of Arts degrees in English, speech and education in 1953.
May 13, 1914-March 17, 2008 Romona I. Bohlin, 93, of Mayville, N.D., died Monday, March 17, 2008, at the Union Hospital in Mayville. Romona Ingrid Bohlin was born on May 13, 1914 in St. Paul, and raised by Gustav and Christina Bohlin in Detroit Lakes. She graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1932. Later, she attended the Teachers Training School in Detroit Lakes and taught three years in Becker County rural schools.
Andrew Hagen, 64, of Detroit Lakes, passed away Tuesday morning, March 18, 2008 in the Palliative Care Unit at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. Andy was a driver for Detroit Lakes Newspapers, on the Ogema carrier route. He is survived by two sons, Alan and Adam Hagen, and one daughter, Carrie Hagen, all of Jamestown, N.D.; and his companion of 14 years, Judy Omundson of Detroit Lakes. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Etta R. Fichtner, 88, of Frazee, died Friday March 14, 2008 at the Frazee Care Center in Frazee. Etta is survived by one son; Richard (Jackie) Fichtner, of Emerado, N.D., and one daughter; Deanna Aires, of Alder Point, Calif.; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Graveside services will be held in the spring at the Holmes United Methodist Church Cemetery in rural Reynolds, N.D. The West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes ( www.westkjos.com ) is handling the arrangements.