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Lyndel William "Sonny" Compton, 63, a resident of Divide, Colo., and formerly of Deer Creek, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2009, at the Pikes Peak Hospice in Colorado Springs, Colo., after a courageous battle against cancer. He was born Jan. 30, 1946, in Portland, Ore., to Frederick Compton and Violet (McLaughlin) Snook. He was a 1964 graduate of Deer Creek High School and attended Bemidji State University. He married Barbara L. Frey on Sept. 28, 1974, in Luverne, Minn. He enjoyed reading, fishing and playing golf. He was an avid sports enthusiast who loved being surrounded by family.
Charles Louis Winkelman, Sr., 68, passed away peacefully March 29, 2009, while on vacation in Arkansas. Charles Louis Winkelman, Sr. was born on May 14, 1940, in Minneapolis to Ralph Carl and Irene Marie (Trost) Winkelman. He grew up in Minneapolis and attended Minneapolis South High School. On Dec. 13, 1958, he married Virginia Lee Fernendez and their marriage was blessed with four children. He was employed with Jackson Graves in Minneapolis. In 1978, he moved to Denver, Colo., where he was employed with 7-Eleven as a district supervisor.
Ethel Louise (Moore) Thompson, 82, of Henning, died Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena. She was born on April 20, 1926, in Bathgate, N.D., the daughter of William and Isabel (Capitan) Moore. She grew up in Bathgate and graduated from high school there. She was the star basketball player at Bathgate High School. During World War II, she worked as a telegraph operator in Harwood, N.D. She married James Thompson on Oct. 18, 1946, after the war ended. They moved to Neche, N.D., and later to Minneapolis.
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.