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Ardis Westrud, 64, of Willmar, died Sunday, April 5, 2009 at her home. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 10 at Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood with Pastor Micha Driscol officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood. An obituary will appear in a future edition of the Enterprise.
Patricia Lynn Tuma, 57, of Pine River and Park Rapids, died Sunday, April 5, 2009 at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale. Funeral services are pending with Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids. For more information call 732-7264. An obituary will appear in a future edition of the Enterprise.
Mildred A. Johnson, 88, of Park Rapids, died Monday, April 6, 2009 at Green Pines Acres Nursing Home in Park Rapids. Funeral services are pending with Cease Family Funeral Home in Park Rapids. Call 732-7264 for funeral information. An obituary will appear in the next issue of the Enterprise.
James "Jim" Edward Sharp, 73, of Menahga, died Thursday, April 2, 2009 at Green Pine Acres Nursing Home in Menahga. He was born on July 15, 1935 to Edward and Lucille (Lyman) Sharp at Wesley Hospital in Wadena. He grew up on a farm in Wadena County and attended school at White Oak in rural Sebeka. After school, he worked doing drywall and trazzel work for Aragoni Brothers. He worked in many cities including San Francisco and Oklahoma City. He married Carol Sherk on Dec. 28, 1956.
Georgia (Erickson) Hitchcock, age 81, of Wyoming, died Thursday, March 12, 2009. She is survived by five children: Steve (Roberta), Christine Ricehill, Karen (Tom) Nesheim, Keven, and Joel (April); eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers in law: Skip Hitchcock, of Wisconsin, and Dick Hitchcock, of Fergus Falls; and two sisters in law: June Terhark and Dorothy Embree, of Park Rapids. She was preceded in death by her husband, David. Funeral service: Tuesday, March 17 at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in St. Paul. Interment: Private.
Daryl A. Sells, 74, of Akeley, died Monday, March 30, 2009 at Innovis Hospital in Fargo, N.D. She was born on Oct. 3, 1934 in Minneapolis to Mark and Anneleise (Ebner) Smith. She attended Ascension Catholic Elementary School in Minneapolis through the eighth grade and then attended North High School, graduating in 1952. In 1954, she married David R. Kalla in Minneapolis. They had six children. The young family made their home in Minneapolis. For a number of years she drove taxi for the Yellow Taxi Co. in Minneapolis.
Laila Harriet Hutchings, 92, of Park Rapids, died Friday, April 3, 2009 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids. She was born on May 8, 1916 in Grant County to Harry and Lillie (Johnson) Stavos. She married Ray Hutchings on July 15, 1937 at Camp Nidos in Ottertail.
Donald Willis Sellin, 74, of Bemidji, died Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji. He was born June 16, 1934 in Todd County to Louis and Martha (Dehnel) Sellin. The family moved to the Solway area and he graduated from Bemidji High School in 1953. After high school, he married Irene Silverthorn and worked on the Iron Range. They came back to Bemidji and he worked at Gambles. In the spring and summers he would go out to Kentucky and Ohio to help construct airport runways. In 1968 he married Doris Chase in Clarissa.
Frederick Homer Burlingame, 77, of Wadena, died Sunday, March 29, 2009 at home. He was born to Homer and Gladys (Schmaus) Burlingame on May 10, 1931 in Pine Point Township in Becker County. He was raised on the North Ponsford Prairie. He attended grade school at Round Lake Country School and graduated from Park Rapids High School in 1950. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in April 1951. While in the service he married Diane Larson, of Fertile, on April 6, 1957 in Minneapolis. He served in Japan, Germany and Alaska.
Rose Alvina Gritz, 87, of Park Rapids, died Monday, March 30, 2009 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids. She was born July 29, 1921 in Breckenridge to John Rudolph and Rose T. (Svoboda) Mikesh. She was their first child. Her father was a farmer and they lived in Campbell, Minn. and Osnabrock, N.D. She went to school through the eighth grade in Osnabrock and country school. She married Roby Edwand Gritz on Dec. 30, 1942. They lived on a rental farm in Diller, Neb. then moved to Burchard, Neb., before settling in Lincoln, Neb. in the early 1950s.