DL News Staff
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.
Jan. 16, 1914-Nov. 26, 2007 Verna E. Carlisle, 93, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, November 26, 2007 at Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes. Verna Estella Tommerdahl was born to Tillie (Dahl) and Oliver Tommerdahl on Jan. 16, 1914 in Erie, Minn. (Pennington County). She was the oldest daughter of 11 children. In 1929, during the depression, they moved to the Detroit Lakes area. Being the oldest, Verna was called upon to help her mother raise her younger siblings. Verna married Joseph Carlisle on Oct. 16, 1940 in Erie Township.
July 31, 1937-Nov. 26, 2007 Bill E. Archer, 70, of Story, Wyo., passed away on Monday, November 26, 2007 at the historical Fort Mackenzie VA Medical Center in Sheridan, Wyo. Bill was born to Lloyd and Elsie (Walker) Archer on July 31, 1937 in Sheridan. He attended school in Story and Sheridan, Wyo., and went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota. He served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Korean Conflict, and married Constance Schaefer in Sheridan on July 6, 1962. They raised four children together. Bill and Connie returned to live in his beloved Big Horn Mountains in 1995.
Ernest C. Johnson, 67, of Frazee, died Monday, November 26, 2007 at the Frazee Care Center, Frazee. Arrangements are being handled by the West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at www.westkjos.com . A full obituary will appear in Sunday's Detroit Lakes Tribune.
Aug. 27, 1922-Nov. 26, 2007 Gordon St. Claire, 85, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, November 26, 2007, in the Minnesota Veterans Home, Fergus Falls. Gordon B. St. Claire was born August 27, 1922, in Callaway, where he was raised by his great grandmother. At 15 years of age, he moved to Fargo to live with his mother. In February 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Army with the 164th Infantry, and served in Guadalcanal and the Northern Solomons during World War II. Gordon married Lois Hellem on Jan. 6, 1945, in St. Augustine, Fla.
March 27, 1932-Nov. 26, 2007 Arland E. Baumgart, 75, of Perham, died suddenly and unexpectedly from cancer on Monday, November 26, 2007, at Tri County Hospital, Wadena. Arland Elder Baumgart was born the son of Otto and Hedwig (Bahls) Baumgart on March 27, 1932, in Perham. He was in the U.S. Army from 1952-54. On Sept. 19, 1955, Arland married Dorene Manning and together they had seven children. Dorene died in 1999. Arland was employed by Toledo Scales of Little Falls, Minn., Culligan and Dynamic Homes, both in Detroit Lakes, before venturing on his own as a farmer and carpenter.
July 24, 1921-Nov. 26, 2007 Jane Johnston Sheryak Davey, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, November 26, 2007 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Jane Johnston was born to George and Marjorie (Flory) Johnston on July 24, 1921 in Anderson, Ind. Jane started her career as a vocalist in dance bands around the country. In 1945 she moved to Fargo. While working for WDAY, she hosted Red Owl Theatre and was a spokeswoman for many commercial products. In 1960 she moved to the Twin Cities and started working in radio broadcasting on KSTP.
Feb. 1, 1921-Nov. 25, 2007 Rose R. Iverson, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, November 25, 2007 at Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes. Rose Ruth Bastman was born to Benjamin and Ida Hanson Bastman on Feb. 1, 1921 in Lake Park, Iowa. The family moved to Worthington, Minn., when Rose was 13, and she resided there until her marriage to Olof in 1971. They lived in Wolf Point, Mont., and then Fosston, Minn., before moving to Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes, in 1998. Rose loved her family very much.
Dec. 9, 1918-Nov. 24, 2007 Former Detroit Lakes resident Ernest W. Muckala, 88, of New York Mills, passed away on November 24, 2007 at the Elders' Home in New York Mills. Ernest Wilbert Muckala was born to John and Minnie (Carey) Muckala on Dec. 9, 1918 in New York Mills. He grew up on the family farm in New York Mills, and graduated from New York Mills High School with the class of 1938. Ernest drove truck and also farmed in rural New York Mills. On May 19, 1940, Ernest married Elsie Hanninen. Ernest and Elsie made their home in New York Mills.
Aug. 2, 1936-Nov. 25, 2007 Marjorie L. Ruch, 71, of Frazee, died Sunday, November 25, 2007, surrounded by her family and under care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Marjorie Laverne Seffinga was born to Charles and Grace (Crye) Seffinga on Aug. 2, 1936 in Radisson, Wis. She was raised in Lemington, Wis., and attended grade school in Couderay, Wis., later attending high school in Winter, Wis. After completing school, Marjorie married Sherman Ruch and they resided for a short time in Illinois and later Iowa before moving to Anoka, Minn., in the late 1950s.