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Anna (Janke) Jokela, 85, of Perham, passed away July 5, 2009, at Perham Memorial Hospital and Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 10, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Perham. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on today (Thursday) with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Perham. Visitation will also resume one hour prior to the service at church. Arrangements are with the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home of New York Mills ( www.karvonenfuneralhome.com ).
Anna Mae Tigges, 83, passed away June 28, 2009. She was born May 5, 1926, in St. Kilian, Minn., the ninth of 11 children to George and Rosa Spahn, recent immigrants from the Volga German Republic. She married Navy CPO Walter J. Tigges of Wadena in 1946 and traveled widely in the United States and Japan while raising her children. Later she worked for 23 years as a medical technician in Sandstone, Minn. She retired with her husband to Sun City, Ariz., in 1984. Most recently she was a resident of Freedom Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Pearl Lillian Gunn, 88, passed away July 4, 2009, at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena. She was born Oct. 30, 1920, to Mathias and Clara (Nicholson) Kallerman at their home in Bluffton Township. She married Loren H. Gunn on Oct. 22, 1943 in her parents' home. She worked for Douglas Aircraft during World War II. As a homemaker she enjoyed cooking and baking, and sharing hospitality in her home. Her hands were busy with knitting, crocheting, and all handwork. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m.
Marjorie Helen (Kraft) Hess, 85, of Clatskanie, Ore., formerly of Verndale, passed away May 30 in Oregon. She was born Dec. 16, 1923, in Verndale, and was the daughter of Clarence and Melvina Kraft. She graduated from Verndale High School. She married Richard Lynn Hess on Dec. 26, 1941. She was a homemaker and together they had nine children. She also worked as a cook for the YMCA in Salem, Ore. They moved from Verndale in 1965 to Portland, Ore., to Clatskanie, Ore. in 1971, to Salem, Ore., in 1979, then back to Clatskanie in 1999. She attended Hope Chapel and Verndale Alliance Church.
Delmer Alvin Bartels, 78, of Henning, died on Monday, June 29, 2009, at the Long Prairie Memorial Hospital. He was born in Clitherall on Feb. 8, 1931, the son of Arnold and Leona (Pieper) Bartels. He grew up in Leaf Mountain Township and attended school there. He then farmed with his father. He entered the Army on July 24, 1953, and was discharged on June 9, 1955. He returned to Minnesota and on July 14, 1956, was married to Kareen (Kay) Sarvela at St. Paul's Church in Henning. They made their home in the Henning area where he farmed and worked for Volden Construction.
Douglas Owen West, 65, of Wadena, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at the St. Cloud Hospital. He was born Jan. 15, 1944, at the Wadena Hospital to Francis and Hazel (Stephens) West. After leaving Menahga, he lived in Cambridge, Minn., Brainerd, Minn., and Little Falls, Minn., before finally moving to Wadena in 1982 to the Trailwood Group Home. He lived there until passing away. He was always very interested in sports. He enjoyed the times when he was able to compete in the state Special Olympics. He also made sure you knew how good of a bowler he was.
John Dennis Malone, 86, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2009, at the Staples Care Center, where he has resided for the past two years. He was born Nov. 3, 1922, on a farm north of Verndale to Patrick and Lena (Tabery) Malone. He grew up in the Wadena area and attended country school through the eighth grade. He married Ione Goeden on June 30, 1948. They farmed west of Bluegrass, and raised a family of 11 children. He was a member of St. Hubert's Parish until 1987 when he retired and moved to Wadena and joined St. Ann's Parish. He was an active member of St.
Ruth Conn, 83, a lifelong resident of Verndale, passed away in her sleep from heart failure on Sunday, June 21, 2009. She was born in Verndale on May 24, 1926, to Daphne (Snow) and Paul Denny. She married Bently Conn on Feb. 21, 1944, in Wadena. Her life revolved around her God, her family, her church, and of course her puppy, Buddy Boy. She served her community as a member of the Verndale Methodist Church, the Verndale Senior Citizens Center, The Verndale Historical Society, the England Prairie Pioneer Club, and the United Methodist Women's Group.
Erma Virginia Grewe, 82, of Eagle Bend, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 20, 2009, at the Touch of Home care home in Eagle Bend. She was born July 7, 1926, to William and Louise (Rudloff) Mottaz at their home in Stowe Prairie Township, Todd County. She graduated from high school and on Nov. 24, 1945, she married Delbert Arnold Grewe at St. John's Lutheran Church in Wadena. Together they operated their farm and raised their children just outside Bertha. She was active in her church and community as a cook and as a member of St.