DL News Staff
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.
Feb. 14, 1935-March 18, 2008 Waldimir T. "Ted" Nameniuk, 73, of Lake Park, died Tuesday, March 18, 2008, in Sunnyside Care Center, Lake Park. Ted was born to Matt and Josephine Nameniuk on Feb. 14, 1935 in Billings County, N.D. He attended school in Belfield, N.D., graduating with honors and lettering in basketball and football. In 1953, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was trained in electronics repair.
Aug. 14, 1918-March 14, 2008 Elizabeth M. Nybo, 89, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, March 14, 2008 at St. Mary's Regional Health Center in Detroit Lakes. Elizabeth May Vogt was born to John and Julia (Lind) Vogt on Aug. 14, 1918 in Detroit Lakes, where she was raised and educated. Elizabeth graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1936. She married Arne Nybo on Aug. 26, 1940 in Detroit Lakes. They lived in St. Paul and then Spokane, Wash., prior to returning to Detroit Lakes in 1946. After raising their children, Elizabeth worked for Lindrud's Dime Store and the Holland Motel.
Nov. 7, 1931-March 14, 2008 Kenneth V. Skoog, 76, of Wolf Lake, died unexpectedly at his home on Friday, March 14, 2008. Kenneth Virgil Skoog was born to Olaf and Saima (Hillukka) Skoog on Nov. 7, 1931 in Wolf Lake Township. Kenny married Judith Erickson on Oct. 13, 1956 in Detroit, Mich. They made their home in the Wolf Lake area. Thirteen children were born to this union. Kenny was a member of the Laestadian Lutheran Church of Menahga. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his family and friends. His home was open to all. Kenny spent most of his life trucking and farming.
Dec. 17, 1935-March 14, 2008 Former Detroit Lakes resident Jean Fingalson, 72, of Moorhead, died Friday, March 14, 2008, in MeritCare Hospital, Fargo. Jean Ann Marie Fingalson was born the daughter of Glenn C. and Dorothea G. Fingalson on Dec. 17, 1935, in Detroit Lakes. Jean attended Detroit Lakes High School and graduated in 1954. During her high school years she was active in 4-H, Luther League, Sunday school, and also taught Vacation Bible School at Richwood Lutheran Church.
Feb. 6, 1932-March 11, 2008 Garfield E. Branby, 76, of Frazee, died Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at Triumph Hospital in Fargo. Garfield Ernest Branby was born to Gerhard and Esther (Helland) Branby on Feb. 6, 1932, in Glenwood, Minn. He grew up in Glenwood, graduating from high school in 1950. While in Glenwood, Garfield worked for the fisheries hatchery. He entered the U.S. Air Force and served in the Korean and Vietnam wars, leaving with an honorable discharge. On July 7, 1956, Garfield married Cydera Illg at St. Paul's Lutheran Church-Evergreen, Frazee.