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Obituaries          

Janet Thorstenson

Janet Thorstenson, 69, of Pelican Rapids, MN, died Thursday, February 4, 2016 in her home.
Janet Dorothy was born February 15, 1946 to Joe and Dorothy (Motschenbacher) Soland of Pelican Rapids, MN, the oldest of ten children. She graduated from Moorhead High School, Moorhead, MN in 1964.
On July 2, 1965 Janet married Duane Thorstenson at Grace Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND.  They celebrated their 50th  wedding anniversary last summer. Their son, Gary, was born in 1967. They made their home in Fargo until moving to Tamarac Lake in the early 1970s. Janet worked at Larry’s Super Market in the meat department, and then on the box line at the West Central Turkey Plant.
Janet was a member of Zion Lutheran Church on Franklin Lake for many years. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, doing cross stitch, and gardening. She was especially proud of her hybrid irises.  read entire story. . . .

Robert Bjorgo

Robert Bjorgo, age 56, a resident of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, died on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.
Funeral services are pending Larson Funeral Home in Pelican Rapids.
Online Guestbook: www.larsonfuneralpelicanrapids.com.

Claudia Peasley

Claudia Peasley, 73, of rural Erhard died Friday, January 29, 2016, at her home.
Claudia Jean Peasley was born on September 12, 1942, in Mora, Minnesota the daughter of Glenn and Winnie (Obert) Dalbey. She was born again in a Baptist Church in Toledo, Oregon at twelve years old. Claudia attended the Toledo Public School.
Claudia and Earl Peasley were married on April 6, 1959, in Toledo, Oregon. After their marriage they lived in Toledo, Burns, OR,  Blackduck,  MN, Glenrock, WY, Richwood, MN, in 1996, Earl and Claudia moved to Bloomington, MN and managed apartment buildings and in 2004, moved to their present home by rural Erhard. Claudia was a homemaker, had been a Head Start Coordinator, cooked in the Yeolecastle Restaurant and worked as a Dietician Assistant in a hospital both in Burns. She was an avid reader, did crossword puzzles, was the Scrabble Queen and her family also remembered her as the world’s greatest cook. Claudia enjoyed her family and grandchildren.  read entire story. . . .

Pauline Wald

Pauline Wald, 89, Bismarck, ND, formerly of Linton, ND, died Monday, January 18, 2016, ten days before her 90th birthday, at CHI St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Linton. Burial was in the church cemetery.
  Pauline (Bosch) Wald was born on January 28, 1926 in Emmons County to Ignatz and Melonia (Huber) Bosch of Linton. She attended rural Wells District School through the eighth grade. She was raised on the family farm until she married Markus M. Wald on October 22, 1946, when she packed up and moved to his family farm in Napoleon, ND. After 34 years of farming, they retired and moved into their new home in Linton, ND. In 2010 she moved to Marillac Manor in Bismarck.  read entire story. . . .

Mary Loudin

Mary Alice Loudin (née Gorton), 82, of New Bern, NC, passed away January 14, 2016 at Carolina East Medical Center.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Donald Loudin, a daughter, Deborah Ann Loudin and brothers, Thomas and Alan Gorton. Mary is survived by her children, Jeffrey Loudin and wife Michele of Chester Springs, PA; brother George Gorton of Pelican Rapids, MN; two grandchildren, Ashley Michele and Jeffrey John; and one great-grandchild, Leyla Noelle.
Born in Minnesota, Mary graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 1950, then graduated with a teaching degree from the University of Minnesota where she formed a life long bond with the Delta Zeta sorority. She met her husband Don in California where she was teaching and he was an officer in the USAF. Eventually settling and living for many years in Malvern, PA. While living there, Mary worked for the National Liberty Ins. Co.  read entire story. . . .

Rick Loerzel

Rick J. Loerzel, age 44, of Pelican Rapids, MN, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 19, at Essentia Health in Fargo, North Dakota.
Rick J. Loerzel was born August 9, 1971 in Detroit Lakes, MN, to Paul and Mary Ann Loerzel of Perham, MN.  He graduated from Pelican Rapids High School in 1989.  He was married to Irina Greben on February 23, 2006, and together they have a daughter, Hannah Mary Ann.
A co-owner of the Tesoro Convenience Store in Pelican Rapids, Rick was an active community member, and proudly served as a past member of Pelican Volunteer Fire Department. He always had a great interest in cars, and took pride in driving his ’76 Caddy with his beloved daughter, Hannah.
Rick is survived by his parents, Paul and Mary Ann, Perham, MN; his daughter, Hannah Mary Ann, Pelican Rapids; brothers: Scott (Bonnie) Loerzel, Perham, Luke Loerzel, Pelican Rapids, and several nieces and nephews.  read entire story. . . .

William Van Bramer Fish

William Van Bramer Fish, 65, of Charleston, SC, formerly of Pelican Rapids, MN and Minneapolis, MN, died Friday, January 1st at his residence. Bill was a genuinely friendly and warm hearted man, a loving and supportive father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Bill was born in Minneapolis on June 1st, 1950. He graduated from Hopkins High School in 1970. He loved fishing and the out of doors and spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his son, Edward B. Fish of American Canyon, CA; daughter, Julie Fish, and grandchildren, Shane and Lisa, all of Kalamazoo, MI; sister, Susan Fish of Brimson, MN; brothers, Myron “Mike” Maher, Jr. (Barbara) of Stafford, VA, and Thomas Fish (Sharon Reeck) of Charleston, SC; brother-in-law, W. Rick Riddle of Minneapolis, MN; and numerous nieces and nephews.  read entire story. . . .

Dalyce Axness

Dalyce Virginia Axness, age 91, of Pelican Rapids, MN, passed away Friday, January 15, 2016, at Lake Region Healthcare, Fergus Falls, MN.
Dalyce Virginia Hanson was born October 28, 1924 in Rollag, MN the daughter of Walter and Emma (Ishaug) Hanson. She was baptized and confirmed at West North Immanuel Lutheran Church. Dalyce attended District School 14 near Rollag, and graduated from Pelican Rapids High School in 1943. She attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN for one year, and the McPhail School of Music in Minneapolis, MN where she took vocal lessons. Dalyce worked at Minneapolis Moline for many years where she developed life-long friendships.
In 1949 she was united in marriage to Loren John Jongeward. They adopted twin sons, Daniel and David, in 1962.  John passed away in 1964. In 1966, Dalyce, Daniel, and David moved to Pelican Rapids, MN where she worked for J.P. Wallace State Bank and later worked at the West Central Turkey Plant. In 1981 Dalyce was united in marriage to Luvern Axness and lived on the farm until 2013 when they moved back to Pelican Rapids.  Dalyce loved living back on a farm.  read entire story. . . .

Pastor Erwin Toso

Pastor Erwin Toso, age 86, died on Saturday, January 9, 2016, at Essentia Health in Detroit Lakes, MN.
Erwin Juel Toso was born at the farm home in Erhard, MN, on December 25, 1929, to Martin and Mable (Weik) Toso. He attended Pelican Rapids High School. After graduating, he worked on a farm for 4 years with the intent to follow his first love, farming; but, the Lord called him into His service so Erv left the farm and headed to Concordia College, graduated, and went on to complete a Bachelor of Theology at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN.  Being a frugal man who lived within his means, he paid for his education by working for the Idaho Forestry Service as a camp boss, cutting hair, and renting out his car.  read entire story. . . .

Darlene Rustad

Darlene Laverne Olson Orsund Rustad, 79, of Bemidji, MN died Monday, January 4, 2016 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Darlene Toso was born on February 6, 1936 to Martin and Mabel (Weik) Toso in the Maplewood hills near Erhard, MN.  Darlene began a lifetime of caregiving at the age of 11, when her mother died and she began to take care of her younger brother and father.  She moved into town a couple years later to continue her schooling, and worked as a nanny for the Korda family, returning to the farm on weekends.  Darlene graduated from Pelican Rapids High School in 1954.  She studied at Concordia College and Wahpeton School of Science, graduating with a certificate in nursing.  On February 11, 1956 she married Ron Olson and later had one son, Daniel.  Darlene was also a “second mother” to many nephews and nieces who came to live with her and finish school while their parents were in the mission field in Madagascar.  While working as a nurse for Korda Clinic, Pelican Valley Hospital, Darlene also helped with the family business, Olson’s Menswear.  After Ron died in 1985, Darlene returned to school to become a Registered Nurse and finished her career at the Pelican Rapids Clinic. In 1993, she married Al Orsund and cared for him throughout his illness and eventual death.  In 1999 Darlene married Don Rustad and they split their time between Pelican Rapids and Sun City AZ, where Darlene continued caring for friends and neighbors for years.  read entire story. . . .

(Marlene) JoAnn Solum Davis - July 16, 1933 - October 2015
Carol Tanberg - June 20, 1942 - October 7, 2015
Donald Nelson - October 29, 1933 - October 7, 2015
Evelyn Lamm - May 30, 1923 - October 9, 2015
Linda Himes - March 11, 1948 - October 15, 2015
JoAnn Bina - September 9, 1940 - October 15, 2015
Martha Haugen - January 19, 1930 - October 18, 2015
Arlene Albrecht - October 9, 1930 - October 20, 2015
Lisa Rudie - October 24, 1971 - October 19, 2015
Luann Norman - October 3, 1963 - October 23, 2015
Dela Johnson - February 18, 1919 - October 24, 2015
Lucas Jenkins - June 2015 - October 25, 2015
Leroy Klovstad - June 22, 1930 - October 29, 2015
Ann Newhall - 1951 - November 11, 2015
James Drechsel - March 18, 1930 - November 11, 2015
Alan Malingen - December 7, 1926 - November 19, 2015
Jennifer Sandstrom - July 29, 1949 - November 20, 2015
Louise Babb - October 25, 1916 - November 20, 2015
Otto "Fred" Kratzke - March 11, 1926 - November 24, 2015
Brenda Johnson Danze - May 24, 1950 - November 25, 2015
Douglas Johnson - February 6, 1956 - November 27, 2015
Eunice Nedrud - February 16, 1919 - November 28, 2015
Arland Willie Elton - March 7, 1926 - December 5, 2015
Robert “Smiley” Smilonich - March 4, 1931 - December 8, 2015
Dwight Maack - August 30, 1946 - December 8, 2015
Mavis Juliet (Hovland) Ness - August 10, 1931 - December 14, 2015
Richard “Rick”  Wilcox - October 14, 1947 - December 19, 2015
Lloyd Waalen - 1948 - December 12, 2015
Darrell Samuelson - August 14, 1940 - December 22, 2015
Carlton J. Stras - May 30, 1930 - December 27, 2015
Marland Dow - December 30 2015
Dolores Gilbertson - July 12, 1929 - January 1, 2016
William Van Bramer Fish - June 1, 1950 - January 1, 2016
Darlene Rustad - February 6, 1936 - January 4, 2016
Norma Rust - January 25, 1925 - January 8, 2016
Loretta Harr - May 8, 1037 - January 8, 2016
Pastor Erwin Toso - December 25, 1929 - January 9, 2016
Mary Alice Loudin - January 14, 2016
Daylce Axness - October 28, 1924 - January 15, 2016
Pauline Wald - January 28, 1926 - January 18, 2016
Rick Loerzel - August 9, 1971 - January 19, 2016
Claudia Peasley - September 12, 1942 - January 29, 2016
Janet Thorstenson - February 15, 1946 - February 4, 2016