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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.
Elma Elina Olsen Barrett, 94, of New York Mills, passed away March 23, 2009, at the Elders' Home in New York Mills. She was born Jan. 12, 1915, in Otto Township, rural New York Mills, to Hjalmer and Elizabeth (Hyypio) Olsen. She grew up on the family farm in Otto Township and attended New York Mills public schools. She moved to Duluth and was employed at the Duluth Athletic Club for eight years. On Aug. 20, 1938, she married William Henry Barrett in Duluth. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Mary and Jim.
Chris S. Fultz, 38, a resident of Wadena, and formerly of Las Vegas, passed away Saturday, March 21, at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena. He was born Jan. 18, 1971, to Carolyn Fultz in Spokane, Wash. He married Pearl Hargis in Las Vegas on May 12, 1997. He lived in Wadena for more than 10 years and worked as a lab technician. In his spare time he enjoyed camping, fishing, and spending time with his wife, children and friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 28, in the Assembly of God Church in Wadena with the Rev. Allen Refsland officiating.
Irene Agnes Asmund, 70, passed away March 25, 2009, at the Elders' Home in New York Mills. She was born Sept. 27, 1938, in Perham to Frank and Anna (Coleman) Honer. She grew up in Dent and graduated from the Perham High School with the class of 1957. On June 22, 1957, she married Wallace "Wally" Asmund at Trinity Lutheran Church in New York Mills. Their marriage was blessed with three children: John, Jerry and Jay. She was employed as a nursing assistant her entire life. She enjoyed working at St. James Hospital in Perham, St.
Anthony "Tony" Boyer, 57, of Wadena, passed away March 28, 2009, at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena. He was born Oct. 18, 1951, to John and Tillie (Ament) Boyer in Wadena. He lived his entire life in Wadena and touched the heart of everyone who knew him. He was an avid fan of Elvis, "Walker Texas Ranger," and the Minnesota Twins. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 4 at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena with the Rev. Donald Wagner as celebrant.
Katherine "Girlie" Breuer, 96, of New York Mills, passed away Monday, March 30, 2009, at the Elders Home in New York Mills. She was born Feb. 17, 1913, to William, Sr. and Katherine (Kupfer) Geiser in Bluffton. She married Raymond Barthel, Sr. on Oct. 6, 1931. He passed away on Nov. 15, 1969. On April 26, 1975, she married John Breuer. He passed away June 6, 1977. She was a member of Christian Mothers and the Wadena VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed bingo, gardening, quilting, dancing and socializing. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 2, in the St.