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Lorna Neuschwander

Lorna Arlene (Wells) Neuschwander, 77, of Perham, passed away May 26, 2009, at the Thomas House in Perham.

She was born Oct. 5, 1931 in Richville to Eugene and Lois (Miner) Wells. She grew up in Richville and the rural Ottertail area. She attended Perham High School and graduated with the class of 1951. She married Harold William Neuschwander on Dec. 22, 1951 in Henning. Their marriage was blessed with two children. They resided in Henning and Harold worked construction in Fergus Falls. In 1952, they moved to Riverdale, N.D., where they lived until 1956. On Dec. 2, 1956, they moved to Buckeye, Ariz. where they owned and operated a 76 gas station until 1968, when they moved to Alaska. Harold worked one season at Elmandorf Airbase in Anchorage, Alaska. They then moved back to Buckeye, Ariz., where they stayed until 1968. They resided in Avandale, Ariz., where Harold was a deacon. They moved to Tuscon, Ariz., then to San Diego, in 1968, and resided there until 1987. They moved to Rush Lake in 1987 and wintered in Tuscon. They loved to go places together. She loved to travel and cook. She was also very active in church.

Memorial services were held Monday, June 1, at Basswood Baptist Church, rural Richville, with the Rev. Bert Holmquist officiating. She was laid to rest in the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, Minn. Arrangements were provided by the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home in New York Mills. Online condolences may be sent to

Survivors include her daughter, Lori (Timothy) Gunn of Perham; son, Timothy Neuschwander of Perham; three grandchildren; sister, Jean (Alvin) Meier of Ottertail; sisters-in-law, Mariann (Clark) Ferber of Sandord, Ariz., Della Streich of Washington; brother-in-law, Earl Neuschwander of Tacoma, Wash.; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Lois; her husband, Harold, on Nov. 27, 2001.