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Anna Bertina (Janke) Jokela, 85, of Perham, passed away July 5, 2009, at Perham Memorial Home. She was born Nov. 23, 1923, at home in Runenberg Township, rural Menahga, to John and Ruth (Johnson) Eklund. She grew up and attended country school in Runenberg Township. On April 11, 1941, she married Howard Janke. They resided in Detroit Lakes and farmed in Evergreen from 1945-73. They also owned and operated the South Shore Resort in Toad Lake from 1966-74. On July 29, 1969, Howard passed away. On May 7, 1972, she married Walter "Wally" Jokela.
William J. Egan, 82, of Henning, died on Monday, July 13, 2009, in Henning. He was born in Detroit Lakes on June 28, 1927, the son of William and Sylvia (Halverson) Egan. He moved to Henning with his family in 1929. He attended school in Henning and was quarterback on Henning's first undefeated football team. He worked as a clerk at the Red Owl grocery store and as a projectionist at the Rex Theater while attending school. He left Henning the night of graduation and joined the Navy. He served on ships in the Philippines.
Carl Melvin Salo, 90, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at his daughter's home in Becker, Minn., with his wife at his side. He was born to Nels and Hattie (Aho) Salo on Feb. 26, 1919, in Paddock Township, Otter Tail County. He married Lillian Saarela on May 31, 1941, at the Sebeka Apostolic Lutheran Church. He and Lillian farmed in Rockwood Township, Wadena County, from 1943-73. He worked at CC Camp at Itasca in 1936-37, and on the Iron Range at Coolage in 1953.
Lawrence Wendell Leeseberg, 93, formerly of rural Wadena, passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, at Bethany Home in Alexandria. He was born June 4, 1916, to Earnest and Edith (LaBarge) Leeseberg in Deer Creek. He married Agnes Noreen "Nora" Theidich on Dec. 24, 1938, in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Henning. They farmed in Henning until 1958 when they moved to Wadena. He worked construction and continued farming in Henning and Wadena. In later years he enjoyed raising and breeding quarter horses, until failing health in November 2002 required him to move to Bethany Home in Alexandria.
Maxine Stella Brown, 77, passed away Dec. 23, 2008, in Tepic, Mexico, while visiting her son and daughter-in-law, who reside in San Blas, Mexico. She was born April 3, 1931, in Barnesville, Minn., the daughter of Austin and Addie Johnson. She attended school grades 1-9 in Hibbing, then moved with her parents to Trent, S.D., where she finished high school. She married Charles Brown on July 23, 1949. They resided in Pelican Rapids for about five years when Charles was working as a heavy equipment operator.
John "Butch" Wallace Jr., 65, passed away unexpectedly on July 4, 2009, at his summer home in Perham. He was born June 3, 1944, in Leavenworth, Kan., to John E. and Kathyrn Biltz Wallace. He graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1962 and entered the Navy after graduation. He served his country for 35 years and retired as a chief petty officer. During his service in Cyprus, he met and fell in love with Eleni Psaropoula and they were married Feb. 17, 1972. After his Navy service, he was employed by the Department of the Army, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.
Joyce Delores Hoyhtya, 79, of Perham, passed away July 2, 2009, at West Central Community Services in Perham. She was born March 23, 1930, in New York Mills, to Aldrich and Ruth (Palo) Hoyhtya. She grew up on the family farm in rural New York Mills. She attended Prairie School District 160. She had resided Scandia Village with her mother, Ruth, for a number of years. She has also made her home at the Sheldon Residence in Richville, the Otter Tail Lake Residence Home on Otter Tail Lake and recently at West Central Community Services in Perham. She was always active and enjoyed keeping busy.