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Marian Signe (Bagdons) Eskeli, 90, passed away March 30, 2009, at the Elder's Home in New York Mills. She was born Nov. 16, 1918, to August and Amanda (Laurenon) Sillanpaa in New York Mills. She married Chester Bagdons on Sept. 20, 1936, in Wadena. Chester passed away in June 1981. She later married Leonard Eskeli in September 1991. They lived in Wadena and later moved to New York Mills, remaining friends after their divorce in 1999. She belonged to the Wadena Assembly of God Church and Eye to Eye.
The Rev. Edward Aloys Nistler, 83, of Crookston, died Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. He was born Aug. 1, 1925, in Albany, Minn., the son of George A. and Anna (Mahowald) Nistler. He was raised in Shooks, Minn., and graduated from Kelliher High School in 1943. He attended St. John's University at Collegeville from 1944-46, and the St. Paul Seminary from 1947-54. He was ordained at St. Ann's Church, Blackduck, Saturday, June 5, 1954, by the Rev. Francis J. Schenk, Bishop of the Diocese of Crookston. He read his first Solemn High Mass in St.
Gary James Heifort Sr., 64, passed away peacefully April 4, 2009, surrounded by his family at the Golden Living Center in Henning. He was born June 20, 1944, in Stillwater, Minn., to George William and Alice Marion (Trosdahl) Heifort. He grew up on the family farm in rural Vining and Clitherall, and attended school in Henning. In February 1965 he enlisted in the Navy and completed basic training in San Diego. He was married to Sandra Karr from May of 1966 to 1973. On April 20, 1974, he married Deborah Lynne Crowe at NAS North Island, San Diego.
Michael John Hagel, 49, of New York Mills, passed away March 25, 2009, surrounded by his loving family and the care of Lakeland Hospice at his home in New York Mills. He was born April 7, 1959 at St. James Hospital in Perham, to Leroy Millard Hagel and Luella (Schwartz) Eskola. He grew up on the family farm in Heinola. In 1970, the Hagel family moved to New York Mills where he attended New York Mills High School. He was employed with Tuffy's in Perham for two years and then later employed with North American Restoration until 1986 when he came home to take care of his son, Joey.
Jerry Neil Wambolt, 69, of Nevis and New York Mills, passed away March 27, 2009, after a long battle with congestive heart failure due to five open-heart surgeries and recent lung and bone cancer. He was born at home on Dec. 6, 1939, to Edward and Alice (Westvik) Wambolt in Nevis. He was the seventh of 10 children. He lived most of his life in the Nevis area with the exception of moving to Sacramento, Calif., in 1998 and moving back to Minnesota in 2005 to New York Mills. He attended Nevis Public School and graduated in 1958.
Lloyd Edwin Ellingworth Jr., 69, of Wadena and New York Mills, passed away March 26, 2009, at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena. He was born March 22, 1940, at home in Oak Valley Township, rural Wadena, to Lloyd Edwin Sr. and Francis Barbara (Zimmerman) Ellingworth. He grew up in the Wadena area and attended school in Wadena. From Oct. 17, 1957, to March 8, 1961, he served in the Navy. He was employed seasonally in Alaska where he worked on the railroad and did construction in the Anchorage area. During the off season he returned to Wadena where he was employed at Homecrest.
Wilma Joyce Wallner, 76, of Bertha, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, at her home on Friday, March 27, 2009, after a courageous, eight-year fight with cancer. She was born Aug. 24, 1932, at Britt, Iowa to Frank and Mary (Geneva Ruhl) Kearney. She married Paul Edward Wallner in Redfield, S.D. on Oct. 31, 1955.