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David Anderson, 73, and Nancy Anderson, 66, of Bluffton, passed away July 12, 2009, at their home in Bluffton. David Anderson was born July 7, 1936, in Odessa, Minn., to Sam and Lona (Holliston) Anderson. He grew up in and attended school in Graceville, Minn. He operated a mink farm in Montevideo for a short time before moving to Portland, Ore., where he was employed in the shipyards. Nancy Ann Even was born April 22, 1943, in Minneapolis, to Clarence and Mildred (Eklund) Even. She graduated from Hopkins High School with the class of 1961.
Rosa L. Johnson, 100, of Staples, died Sunday, July 12, 2009, at Lakewood Health System. She was born July 27, 1908, in Bemidji, the daughter of Thomas and Rosetta (Beaumont) Wold. After graduating high school in 1926, she taught school for a number of years. She married Clifford Johnson in 1932. She loved her family. She always followed her children's sporting events. She enjoyed Bingo, fishing, reading, crossword puzzles and board games. She also liked to play cards, especially 500 and pinochle. Her fifth-generation grandbabies were very special to her. Services will be 11 a.m.
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.