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Vienna E. Noponen, 88, of New York Mills, passed away March 26, 2009, at the Elders' Home in New York Mills. She was born Feb. 3, 1920, in Cloquet, Minn., to Charles and Hilja (Sallila) Pajari. She grew up in Floodwood, Minn., graduating from Floodwood High School with the class of 1939. She attended trade school and was employed with Great Northern Burlington Railroad as a telegrapher on the Iron Range for 37 years. In 1948, she married Olaf Sainio, and their marriage was blessed with two children, William and Lynn. On Aug. 26, 1972, she married Elvin Marley Noponen in Florenton, Minn.
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.
Timothy Mark Doll, 53, of Deer Creek, died Friday, May 22, 2009, at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena. He was born Dec. 9, 1955, in Morris, Minn., the son of Francis and Ethel (Anderson) Doll. He lived his first four years in Norcross, Minn. In 1959, his family moved to Deer Creek, where he grew up and attended school. He worked with his parents on their dairy farm at Deer Creek and also worked for a time with Wright's Tree Service. Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 26 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Henning with the Rev. Randy Maland officiating.
Toivo Emil Eskola, 82, of New York Mills, passed away May 23, 2009, at the Elders' Home in New York Mills. He was born July 11, 1926, at home in Newton Township, rural New York Mills, to Peter Emil and Sanna (Aho Maki Niska) Eskola. He grew up on the family farm three miles south of New York Mills with his only sibling Alma. He was baptized in 1927 by Matt Erkila and confirmed by John Paana on June 29, 1941, at the Apostolic Lutheran Church. He attended District 105 country school. He worked on the railroad when he was 16 years old.
Edwin Charles Prescher, 92, of Battle Lake, died Friday, May 22, 2009, at his home at the Lakeview Senior Living Apartments in Battle Lake. He was born Aug. 18, 1916, in Omaha, Neb., the son of Emil and Bessie Mae (Kramel) Prescher. He attended school in Omaha. On Sept. 23, 1938, he was secretly married to Bette Ruth Wilson. One year later they had a public wedding. They were happily married for almost 68 years. He was a tool and die maker and worked many years for Baker Ice Machine Company in Omaha.
Kyle William Boyer, 41, of rural Sebeka, died May 19, 2009, at Innovis Health in Fargo, N.D., after his long fight with his failing liver. He was born June 4, 1967, in Park Rapids, the son of Gilbert (Bill) and Delora (Hagerman) Boyer. He grew up on his parents' farm and attended Sebeka Public School with the class of 1985. He also attended Northwest Technical College of Wadena where he studied vocational plumbing. After graduating he worked for the Cenex Co-op station for many years while he ran the family farm.
Andrew John Schmith, 86, of Aldrich, passed away, unexpectedly, on April 7, 2009, at the family farm in Verndale. He was born June 9, 1922 to Nicholas and Emma (Geber) Schmith in Wadena. He served as a sergeant in the Army from November 1942 to December 1945. He married Elsie McDowell on June 2, 1948, and their marriage lasted until her death in October 1978. He later married Ardy Nelson on June 5, 1987. Other than his time in the service and three years in South Dakota, he lived his entire life in the Wadena, Verndale and Aldrich communities.