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March 20, 1907-Dec. 4, 2007 Becker County native Sister Martha Esser, 100, of Crookston, died December 4, 2007 at Villa Saint Vincent Nursing Home, Crookston, where she had resided since May 2003. Emma Ann Esser was born to Henry and Anna (Schmitz) Esser on March 20, 1907, at Two Inlets, the third child in a family of 10; five boys and five girls. When Emma was seven years old, she became very ill and was given the privilege of making her First Holy Communion. Emma attended school in Two Inlets. Even at an early age she thought about becoming a sister.
May 21, 1920-Dec. 6, 2007 Wesley H. Schlauderaff, 87, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, December 6, 2007 at St. Mary's Nursing Center of Detroit Lakes. Wesley Henry Schlauderaff was born to Henry and Lydia (Bohnsack) Schlauderaff on May 21, 1920 in Detroit Lakes, where he was raised and attended school at District 39. He married Anna Amundson from Ogema on Nov. 6, 1945 in Detroit Lakes. He lived his entire life in the same house, on the farm where he was born. He farmed with his Dad and brother Harvey until 1952.
Sept. 9, 1914-Dec. 4, 2007 LeRoy V. Bergen, 93, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at his home in Detroit Lakes. LeRoy Vincent Bergen was born to Joseph and Mary (Hudon) Bergen on Sept. 9, 1914 in Detroit Lakes. He attended Holy Rosary School and then joined his parents in their truck farm business. In 1935, he and his brother, Lawrence founded Bergen Wholesale Florists, a business that the family still operates today. LeRoy married Martha Tembrock on July 25, 1938 in Ogema.
Oct. 10, 1922-Dec. 5, 2007 Lloyd Larson, 85, of Lake Park, died Wednesday, December 5, 2007, at Sunnyside Care Center, Lake Park. Lloyd was born Herbert and Emma (Olson) Larson on Oct. 10, 1922 to in Lake Park. He grew up and attended school in rural Lake Park. After his schooling he went to work on the family farm. He married Ione Hagen on June 20, 1954 in Northwood, ND. Together they made their home on the farm, and continued to farm until he retired in 1977. Lloyd enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting and gardening.
Monika Anna Tibbetts, 63 of Bemidji, died Thursday, December 6, 2007 at the North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Cease Family Funeral Home, Bemidji, and one hour before the start of services at the church. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Bemidji with the Rev. Mark Kindem officiating. Interment will be at the Hubbard Cemetery in Hubbard, Minn. Cease Family Funeral Home, Bemidji, has been entrusted with arrangements.
March 24, 1959-Nov. 30, 2007 Robert J. Burt, 48, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, November 30, 2007 in rural Detroit Lakes. Robert Joseph Burt was born to Robert and Vivian (Dodds) Burt on March 24, 1959 at Ainsworth, Neb. As a child, he moved to Detroit Lakes, where he grew up and attended school. After school, he moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, where he worked on offshore oil rigs and began working in construcction.
Former Detroit Lakes area resident Dorothy M. Wise, 81, of Long Lake, Minn., died Sunday, December, 2, 2007. Dorothy began her nursing career in the Military Nursing Cadet Corps during World War II and then continued in the nursing profession for 30-plus years. She spent many years as a Cub Scout den mother and was an EMT for the Hickson, N.D., Fire Department.
Doris M. Melby, 79, of Hawley, died peacefully Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at the Wyoming home of her son Royal. She is survived by her children, Dr. Lorrie (Stephen Bailey) Melby, Randy (Victoria Stickney) Melby, Royal (Terri Melby-Schaefer) Melby; four grandchildren; siblings, Lorraine Slininger, Glenn Benesh, Marvin Benesh, Clifford Benesh and Janice Miller; several nieces, nephews, family and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, John and Clara (Durling) Benesh; husband Russell Melby; and siblings, Eleanor deVries, Arnold Benesh and Kenneth Benesh.
Feb. 20, 1923-Nov. 30, 2007 Della R. Stiyer, 84, of Ogema, died Friday, November 30, 2007 at St. Mary's Regional Health Center in Detroit Lakes, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Della Rachel Yoder was born to Jacob and Nettie (Forner) Yoder on Feb. 20, 1923 in Ladysmith, Wis. At age six, she moved with her family to Wheaton, Minn., and then to Sugar Bush Township, rural Ogema in 1946. She attended teacher training and taught in a rural Wheaton school for a year prior to marrying Louis "Lee" Stiyer. The wedding took place on Dec. 24, 1943 in Wheaton.
Feb. 9, 1922-Dec. 1, 2007 Former Detroit Lakes resident Mary R. Peterson, age 85, of Faribault, Minn., died of congestive heart failure on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at the St. Lucas Care Center in Faribault. Mary Rebecca Cowles was born to Dr. Edgar and Anna Cowles on Feb. 9, 1922 in Detroit Lakes. She graduated from Holmes High School in Detroit Lakes in 1940. She married Lawrence "Pete" Peterson in 1941. They moved to the Minnetonka area, where her husband owned a construction company. Mary worked in Wayzata at Hillcrest Nursing Home in the physical therapy department.