DL News Staff
July 10, 1936-Feb. 9, 2008 Jeanette M. LaGue, 71, of Naytahwaush, died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Saturday, February 9, 2008. Jeanette was born to Sidney and Gerda (Nordberg) LaVoy on July 10, 1936 in White Earth. She married Theodore LaGue of Waubun in April 1955, and began a life as a military wife. She was a devoted wife, mother, and daughter who spent most of her life helping others. While raising her five sons, she also worked various jobs and volunteered in her church and community.
Feb. 20, 1915-Jan. 9, 2008 Becker County native Nellie H. Cary, 92, of Middletown, Ohio, died Wednesday, January 9, 2008 in Ohio. Nellie was born to Nels and Hulda Westgard on February 20, 1915 in Becker County. She lived most of her life in the Ulen area, where she was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church for nearly 50 years. In 2001 Nellie moved to Middletown to be near her son, Raymond, and she joined Zion Lutheran Church there.
Jan. 2, 1916-Feb. 7, 2008 Former Frazee resident Patrick I. Murray, 92, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, February 7, 2008 at St. Mary's Care Center, Detroit Lakes. Patrick was born to Patrick and Bertha (Jarvis) Murray on Jan. 2, 1916 in East Grand Forks, Minn., where he was raised and educated, graduating from Scared Heart High School. Patrick subsequently graduated from the University of North Dakota, and began working for the city of East Grand Forks in the Electric Utility Department. Patrick married Claire Rehor in November 1964 in East Grand Forks.
Sept. 3, 1916-Feb. 3, 2008 Virginia C. Mikkelson was born the daughter of Christian and Margaret (Ryan) Mikkelson on Sept. 3, 1916 in Aberdeen, S.D. That year she won her first beauty contest, selected as the 'Prettiest Baby in Aberdeen.' Virginia grew up in Aberdeen, Rockford, Ill., and Oakes, N.D. In Oakes she enjoyed participating in the high school drama club; performing in plays, musicals and declamation speaking. After graduating high school Virginia worked in district government offices in Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fargo before moving to Lisbon, N.D., in 1938.
July 2, 1924-Feb. 4, 2008 Nathan L. Perrine, 83, of Rochert, died on Monday, February 4, 2008 in his home, with his family by his side and under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Nathan LeRoy Perrine was born the son of Ignatius and Minnie (Miller) Perrine on July 2, 1924 in Sherburn, Minn. He moved with his family to Rochert, where he was raised and attended country school. In March 1943, he enlisted in the United States Army, and served during World War II. Following his honorable discharge in November 1944, Nathan moved back to Rochert.
Sept. 3, 1937-Feb. 2, 2008 Ronald E. Lewis, 70, of Evergreen, Minn., died Saturday, February 2, 2008 at his home. Ronald Edward Lewis was born to Harry G. and Violet Lewis on Sept. 3, 1937 in Dilworth. He served in the United States Army from 1957-59. Ron later retired from Burlington Northern Railroad after more than 30 years of dedicated service. Ron was a man who had a deep and active passion for the great outdoors. He deeply loved the beauty of nature and wildlife and he lived every moment of his life with endless enthusiasm and energy doing something that reflected that passion.
Jan. 19, 1950-Jan. 29, 2008 Detroit Lakes native Loree G. Emerson, 58, of Minneapolis, died on January 29, 2008, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis. Loree was born to Marinette (Fuhs) and Gordon Emerson on January 19, 1950 in Detroit Lakes. She was a 1968 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School. Loree attended both the St. Cloud Beauty College and Rasmussen Business College. She worked as a beautician, a home health aide and most recently operated a home day care.
Dec. 20, 1959-Jan. 26, 2008 Former Detroit Lakes resident Wendy A. Wallin, 48, of River Falls, Wis., passed away from cancer on Saturday, January 26, 2008. Wendy was born to Dick and Judy Wallin on Dec. 20, 1959 in Minneapolis. She graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1978, and was employed at the Hudson Wal-Mart for 19 years. Wendy loved playing cards, fishing, camping, dancing and spending time with her family and friends.
March 2, 1944-Jan. 27, 2008 Waubun area native LeRoy E. Altenhofen, 63, of Grand Junction, Colo., died Sunday, January 27, 2008 at his home. LeRoy Edwin Altenhofen was born to Jake and Rose Altenhofen on March 2, 1944 in Sugarbush Township. He was one of 13 children. LeRoy graduated from Waubun High School in 1962, and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1963, serving proudly for 26 years and achieving the rank of CMSGT. Upon retiring from the service in 1989, he went to work for Toshiba America Medical for 14 years. LeRoy met his wife Glenda Young in Shafter, Calif.
Sept. 15, 1963-Jan. 29, 2008 Mari Jo French, 44, of Blackduck, Minn., died on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at her home near Blackduck. Mari Jo was born to Marvin Joseph and Evelyn Marie (Brown) French on Sept. 15, 1963 in Park Rapids. She grew up at Pine Point and attended elementary school in Osage, then went to Park Rapids Area schools, graduating in l982. She attended the Northwest Technical School in Bemidj, graduating from there in l999.