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Richard James Chrysler Sr., 89, of Park Rapids and formally of Mendota Heights, died Monday, March 16 at Diamond Willow Assisted Living Center in Park Rapids. He was born Oct. 5, 1919 to Louis and Pauline Chrysler on the east side of St. Paul, where he also spent his childhood. He attended Johnson High School and graduated from Cretin High School in 1937. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1952 and William Mitchell law school in 1967. He was a WWII veteran and a member of China-Burma-India hump pilots. After 26 years, he retired from the Air Force to pursue a law degree.
Roberta Mae (Myers) Cox, 72, died Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at her home. She was born on July 7, 1936 in Murdo, S.D. She earned a nursing degree at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D. She married Richard Cox in 1961. They lived in St. Paul, White Bear Lake, Ortonville, Arlington and retired to Osage in 1995. She was involved with Grace Community Church, of Osage, the Osage Lions, St. Joseph's Area Hospice, and Living at Home.
Ellen R. Lockhart, 90, died Monday, March 16, 2009 in Big Lake, Alaska. She was born in Keewatin, on the Iron Range, to John C. and Emilia Henkens Peterson. She graduated from Nevis High School in 1936. She taught all grades in a one-room school in Minnesota, then moved to Oklahoma. She met Forrest and they were married in 1940. In 1943 Forrest was inducted into the U.S. Army. She worked for the Emergency Rubber Project in the guayule fields in California. When the war ended in 1945, they moved back to Minnesota. They moved to Montana in 1948, then on to Pendleton, Ore.
Father Edward Aloys Nistler, 83, died Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. He was born on Aug. 1, 1925 to George A. and Anna (Mahowald) Nistler. He was raised in Shooks and graduated from Kelliher High School in 1943. He attended St. John's University at Collegeville from 1944-46, and St. Paul Seminary from 1947-54. He was ordained at St. Ann's Church, Blackduck, on Saturday, June 5, 1954 by the Most Reverend Francis J. Schenk, D.D., J.C.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Crookston. He read his first Solemn High Mass in St.
Olga Emilia Gulbranson, 96, of Menahga, formerly of Montevideo and Park Rapids, died Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at Green Pine Acres Nursing Home in Menahga. She was born on May 28, 1912 in Divide County, N.D. to Rasmus and Matilde (Pederson) Aalund. She was the eighth of 12 children. She was baptized into the Lutheran faith at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby, N.D. She attended Blooming Prairie Township county school in Divide, N.D. and Oak Grove Academy in Fargo, N.D. She graduated with the class of 1931 from Ambrose North Dakota High School.
Charlotte Pearl Stennes, 91, a long-time Park Rapids resident, died Saturday, March 14, 2009 at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Park Rapids. She was born to George and Elsie (Mienert) Fish in Rosebud, Mont., on April 25, 1917. She grew up in a family of five brothers and two sisters. At the age of 2 , she moved with her family to Fosston, where she received her schooling. As a young woman she was very active in her 4-H club and enjoyed attending dances with her brothers and sisters.
Rhonda Jokela Annette, 58, of Park Rapids, died Thursday, March 12, 2009 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids. Memorial service: 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Park Rapids. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 16 at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please make donations on behalf of Rhonda Annette to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. An obituary will follow in a future edition of the Enterprise. For more information, call 732-5131.
Olga Emily (Aalund) Gulbranson, 96, of Menahga, formerly of Montevideo and Park Rapids, died Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at Green Pine Acres Nursing Home in Menahga. She is survived by her daughter Sandra (George) Thelen, of Park Rapids; three granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation: 10-11 a.m. today (Saturday), March 14 at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial service: 11 a.m. Thursday, March 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Montevideo. For more information call 218-732-5131.
Duane David Flagstad, 71, of Alexandria, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. He was born Feb. 26, 1937 and raised on the family farm in Colfax Township north of Wyndmere, N.D. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead, graduating in 1959 with degrees in business education and psychology; he later received a Masters of Arts degree in public school administration from North Dakota State University. He taught high school business education in Evansville and Detroit Lakes and was the high school principal in Welcome and Belgrade.
Nancy Ann Gilster, 59, of Nimrod, died Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at home under the care of Hospice. She was born Feb. 7, 1950 in Wadena to Dorn and Elaine McCormick. She was baptized and confirmed at the Methodist Church in Sebeka. She grew up on her parent's farm and attended Sebeka Public School with the class of 1968. She married Larry Dean Gilster on Sept. 30, 1967. The couple moved to Nimrod where they raised their family. She worked for the DNR for 27½ years as a fire watcher.