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Delores Ardell (Haugen) Saari, 79, of Henning, passed away peacefully Aug. 19, 2009, at her home at Willow Creek Senior Community. She was born June 2, 1930, at home in Leaf Lake Township, rural Henning, to Carl and Julia M. (Juvrud) Haugen. She graduated from the Henning High School with class of 1948. On July 24, 1949, she married Jacob "Jack" Milton Saari at United Lutheran Church in Henning. Together they made their home and farmed on the Saari Family Farm in Leaf Lake Township. For 35 years, she was employed as a news correspondent for Leaf Lake Township.
Beverly Ann Gritz, 56, of Maplewood, Minn., passed away unexpectedly at her home recently. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, Minn. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday with a prayer service at 5 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. Visitation will also resume one hour prior to the funeral at church. Arrangements are with the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home of New York Mills ( www.karvonenfuneralhome.com ).
George "Billy" Maunumaki, 71, of New York Mills, passed away Aug. 15, 2009, at St. Cloud Hospital. He was born Oct. 12, 1937, at home in Leaf Lake Township, Heinola, to William and Helen (Paatalo) Maunumaki. He attended District 110 North Country School, then graduated from New York Mills High School with the class of 1955. He served in the Army from 1957 to 1959. He took over the family farm in 1960. On Feb. 2, 1963, he married Dixie Kay Sandra Lahti in Evansville, Minn. Their marriage was blessed with five children.
Melvin Arthur Fuller, 84, of Lakewood Health Care Center in Staples, and formerly of Verndale, passed away Aug. 15, 2009, at the Care Center. He was born at home in rural Minnesota on May 3, 1925, to Wesley and Bessie (Reynolds) Fuller. He served in the Navy from Jan. 15, 1945, to Aug. 20, 1946. He married Marian Chilberg on Sept. 20, 1946, at Balsamlund Lutheran Church in rural Aldrich. He served on the Bartlett Township Board for 35 years, and was a member of the Mid-American Dairy Association, the VFW, the Men's Club, and Balsamlund Lutheran Church.
A memorial service will be held for Duane Menk at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 29 at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, two miles south of Bertha on U.S. Highway 71, then right on Palamino Road. The funeral was held in Peoria, Ill., on June 12. All family and friends are invited to the memorial and to St. Paul's Lutheran in Bertha following the ceremony.
Kaino Wilhelmina Hotakainen, 91, of Sebeka, died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at the Green Pine Acres Nursing Home in Menahga, following a long illness. She was born on May 17, 1918, in Sebeka, the daughter of John and Ida (Virtanen) Heino. She grew up on a farm and attended school in the Sebeka area and married Arne Hotakainen on Sept. 14, 1935. They had nine children and farmed together in Paddock Township, where they lived for more than 50 years before moving to town. She and Arne were married for nearly 63 years until his death in 1998.
Dorothy Mae (Oakland) Anderson, 86, of Sebeka, died Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, at the Green Pine Acres Nursing Home in Menahga. She was born on May 13, 1923, in Bisbee, N.D., the fourth of eight children born to Theodore and Mabel (Nelson) Oakland. When she was a small child, the family moved to a farm west of Menahga, where she attended country school and graduated from Menahga High School in 1942. She married Clinton Anderson of Sebeka on Sept. 27, 1942. Clinton (also known as Buster) died in July 2007, just short of their 65th wedding anniversary.
James Alfred "Jim" Gram, 57, died Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, at his residence in Sebeka. He was born July 17, 1952, in Thief River Falls to Ray and MaDonna (Offerdahl) Gram. He graduated from Anoka Vocational School for auto mechanics. His love of cars led him to drag racing with his cousin, Bobby Jaranson. In the early 1970s, he was the first person to ever race a snowmobile more than 100 miles per hour. He drove for Jenkins Oil and proudly served as police chief of the city of Backus, Minn. He also owned the One Stop Convenience Store and Pawn Shop in Jenkins, Minn.
Ruth E. (Beltz) Brandt, 93, passed away Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, at the Elders Home in New York Mills. She was born on June 24, 1916, in Sleepy Eye, Minn., to Hugo and Mary (Krenz) Beltz. She married Raymond H. Brandt on Jan. 12, 1935, at Redwood Falls. She will be remembered as the friendly cashier, for 17 years, at the Ben Franklin Store in Wadena, after which she became a farm wife until 1986 when they retired from farming. She and her husband farmed at Norcross, where she was active in her church. While living in Wadena she enjoyed Bible study gatherings with her friends.
Delores Saari, 79, of Henning, passed away peacefully on Aug. 10, 2009, at her home in Willow Creek Senior Community in Henning. Funeral services are pending. Arrangements are with the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home of New York Mills ( www.karvonenfuneralhome.com ).