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Frances Ruth Stearns, 85, of Osage, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2008 at Innovis Hospital in Fargo, N.D. She was born Aug. 21, 1923 in Pensacola, Fla. to Rueben H. and Mary B. (McCleod) Massey. She grew up in Pensacola and attended and graduated from Steven's Catholic School. After graduation she went to work at Mayes Printing Co. in Pensacola. She married Warren Malcom Stearns on May 10, 1946 in Pensacola.
Barbara Ann Andrews, 69, of Park Rapids, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008 at Innovis Hospital in Fargo, N.D. She was born Aug. 21, 1939 in Middletown, Ohio to Norval and Hazel (Stayton) McGraw. She moved as a young child to Silver Bay and attended school in Two Harbors. She married Donald Milton Andrews on Sept. 28, 1958 in Silver Bay. They lived in Silver Bay for a while before moving to Mankato and Illinois. They moved to Park Rapids in 1990, when they bought the Sleeping Fawn Resort. She drove school bus for the Park Rapids school district and also worked at the bowling alley.
Bernard "Bernie" Thomas Belair, 84, of Anoka, formerly of Park Rapids, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2008 at Anoka Care Center in Anoka. He was born July 21, 1924 in Minneapolis to Al and Rose (Sommers) Belair. He attended Catholic grade school at St. Boniface in Minneapolis. Later he attended trade school at Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis and studied electronics. He was inducted into the U.S. Navy in June 1943. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific Philippines area. He was honorably discharged on May 21, 1946. He married Adeline Frances Neumayer on Oct. 18, 1958 in Park Rapids.
Eloyse Alice Barg, 81, of rural Park Rapids, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids. She was born March 7, 1927 in Arago Township, Hubbard County, to Edward and Alice (Broadbent) Horstman. She attended District 33 and 21 country schools, both located in Arago Township. As a young woman, Eloyse ventured to Minneapolis where she worked at the Robin Café. Later she went to California where she did domestic work for several San Bernardino area families. She returned to Park Rapids in 1946. On March 22, 1947 she married Frederick Barg.
Alvin "Buck/Red" Morganson, 88, of Lake George, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2008. He was born Sept. 9, 1920 in Fort Dodge, Iowa to Albert and Myrtle Morganson. In 1934 the family moved to a farm in Lake George. On Oct. 11, 1956 he married Janice Smith, who preceded him in death on Jan. 8, 2008. They owned the Standard Station and Café in Lake George. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II as a front line ambulance driver and was the recipient of the Bronze Star. He also worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), as a lumberjack, a truck driver and a slasher operator.
Beverly "Bev" Jean Jacobson, 61, of Park Rapids, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2008 at her home. She was born Nov. 4, 1947 in Ada to Russell and Lorraine (Benesh) Slininger. She grew up and was raised on the family farm near Ada where she helped with all the chores associated with farming such as milking, haying and field work. She attended school in Ada, where she graduated from high school in 1965. She attended Moorhead State College for one year and Interstate Business College for one year. She married Leo R. Jacobson on Dec. 16, 1967 at Grace Lutheran Church in Ada.
Melvin Fred Torma, 77, of Staples, formerly of Menahga, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2008 at Lakewood Health System Care Center in Staples. He was born to Samuel and Hilma (Hyrkas) Torma Sept. 23, 1931 in Green Valley Township, Becker County. He completed eight years of schooling. He farmed at the family home and served on the township board. He was manager of the Co-op Service Station in Menahga and worked for Renneberg Hardwoods for more than 20 years. He also managed the Menahga Liquor Store for a short time. He married Frances J. Schmidt Etter in 1973.
Marie S. Hanke-Scarcello, 87, of Park Rapids, formerly of Des Moines and Ankeny, Iowa, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008 at her home in Park Rapids. She was born Aug. 19, 1921 in Fairmont to Corbett and Alida (Cassem) Cottrall. She spent her early childhood years in southern Minnesota until her parents moved to Des Moines, Iowa. Later her family moved to Idaho where they farmed and picked fruit in the mountains along Snake River. As a young woman she returned to Des Moines and worked at Younkers Department Store as an elevator operator. In January 1944, she married Earl R. Hanke.
Emil "Skip" Frank Pickar Jr., 71, of Sebeka, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008 at Lakewood Health Care Center in Staples. He was born June 18, 1937 in Meadow Township, rural Sebeka to Emil Frank and Stella Clara (Rice) Pickar. He attended country school at East Gull Lake, rural Brainerd and Franklin School in Brainerd. From 1956 to 1962 he drove truck throughout Minnesota. From 1962 to 1969 he was employed with Carl H. Peterson in Minneapolis as a heavy equipment operator. In 1969 he worked for Orin Thompson Home in Apple Valley. He married Laura Iris Moore on Oct. 8, 1971 in Watertown, S.D.
James "Jim" Calvin Wilkins, 85, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008 in Renton, Wash. He was born Feb. 21, 1923 in Park Rapids to James and Mary Ellen (Groshong) Wilkins. He married Carol Sanford, of Park Rapids, in Renton, Wash. on March 21, 1945 at Renton Lutheran Church. They had three children. He was a commercial and residential carpenter. He built eight homes in the greater Renton area and two homes for his family. He also helped build many apartments in the Seattle area.