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Floyd Joseph Funk, 86, of the Menahga-Park Rapids area, died Saturday, March 28, 2009 at Green Pine Acres Nursing Home in Menahga. He was born Jan. 7, 1923 to Charlie and Henrietta (Bliefield) Funk on his parent's farm near Nimrod. He attended country school near his home. As a young man, he helped his parents run their dairy farm and also ran a trap line. In 1960, he ventured west to Montana where he worked at several large industrial sawmills. He also spent some time timber jacking in the Rocky Mountains.
Maryanne S. Wilson, 88, of Park Rapids, died Sunday, March 29, 2009 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids. She was born Aug. 21, 1920 to George and Louise (Shearer) Schoneberger. She married James A. Wilson on Sept. 16, 1944. They had three children. She is survived by a daughter, Dolly (John) Stennes, of Grand Forks, N.D.; and a son, Steve (Mara), of Nevis; five granddaughters and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Jeff; a grandson, Johnny; a sister, Ruth Kopp; and a brother, Joe Schoneberger. Funeral service: 11 a.m.
Jerry Neil Wambolt, 69, formerly of Nevis, died Friday, March 27, 2009 after a battle with congestive heart failure. He was born Dec. 6, 1939 to Edward and Alice (Westvik) Wambolt in Nevis, 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 New York Mills in 2005. He attended Nevis Public School and graduated in 1958. In 1961 he married Bonnie Kriens of Park Rapids and they were married for 10 years. They had two children: Jodi and Gregory.
Donna Marie Stalpes, 74, of Monticello, formerly of Coon Rapids and Park Rapids areas, died Sunday, March 22, 2009. Funeral service: 4 p.m.
Donald "Donnie" F. Fischer, 60, of Park Rapids, died Monday, March 23, 2009 at his home. He was born to Leo Mathew and Mary Ann (Beierman) Fischer on May 30, 1948 in Humphrey, Neb. He grew up and attended schools in Norfolk, Neb. He moved to Park Rapids in 1967 with his family. He liked to be known as the "Collector" and there wasn't much he didn't collect. He is survived by his mother, Mary Ann Fischer of Park Rapids, two brothers: Dave (Barb) of Laurel, Mont.
Florence E. Sunram, 83, of Frazee, formerly of Ponsford, died Friday, March 13, 2009 at Frazee Care Center, Frazee. She was born Sept. 14, 1925 in rural Osage to Valentine and Jannette (Nugent) Becker. She grew up and attended country school at the Becker School in rural Osage. She later attended school in Park Rapids, graduating from Park Rapids High School. She then attended Bemidji State Teacher's College, where she received a teaching certificate. She taught school at the Potato Lake School near Park Rapids, and later at the Round Lake School and the Bongo School near Ponsford. On Sept.
Dorothy L. Bajenske, 79, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes. She was born Jan. 15, 1930 to Anton and Frances (Patyk) Bajenske. For most of her life she lived on the family dairy farm outside Menahga, where she helped milk cows and perform household chores. In her later years, she lived in a Mahnomen group home and worked through the DAC in jobs such as maintenance at the Shooting Star Casino's bingo hall. During the past year, she lived in a Detroit Lakes group home. She is survived by a sister, Mary Ann Johnson, of Port Charlotte, Fla.
Sandra Jeanne Hoffman Cressel, 71, of Fort Worth, Texas, formerly of Walker, died Saturday, March 21, 2009. She was born Oct. 4, 1937 in Ottumwa, Iowa to Clarence and Margaret Huston Hoffman. At the age of 12, her parents purchased a resort on Leech Lake near Walker, where she attended high school. In April 1955, she met Lance Cressel of Park Rapids, who was in the Air Force and won his way to an assignment at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. They were married on Sept.
Doris Marie Hunter, 88, died Wednesday, March 18, 2009 in Topeka, Kan. after a short illness. She was born Nov. 17, 1920 in Atchinson, Kan. to Canon Sholander and Florence Johnson. After graduation from Topeka High School in 1937, she attended KU and studied accounting. She married John Hunter on May 17, 1941. He died in 1958. After being widowed, she raised her three children alone and put all her children through college. She ran the first half-way house for the Menninger Clinic and was a residential and commercial real estate broker. She opened her first antique shop in Park Rapids.
Lila Jane (Odland) Suvanto, 68, of Menahga, died Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at Green Pine Acres Nursing Home in Menahga. She was born on Feb. 27, 1941 to Henry and Elma (Stahl) Hepola in Menahga, where she was raised and attended school. She married Linden Odland on Dec. 20, 1958. They had seven children. She was a member of First English Lutheran Church in Menahga. She was a life member of the Menahga VFW, where she served as president, senior vice president, conductress and musician. She was also a member of the American Legion and Menahga Gateway Lions, where she was gambling manager.