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Douglas Berg, 68

Arrangements are pending for Douglas Berg, age 68 of Perham.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Douglas’ family a message of comfort and support.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral and Cremation Services of New York Mills.  read entire story. . . .

Paul Novak, 95

Funeral Mass will be held for Pau Novak, age 95 of Deer Creek, on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s the Baptist Catholic Church in Bluffton, with Father Aaron Kuhn officiating. The pallbearers and military honors were provided by Elmer Goche V.F.W. Post #3922 of Wadena. Paul was laid to rest in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Bluffton.
Paul Raymond Novak was born on April 15, 1922 in rural Benton, Iowa. His parents were the late Augustine Ray and Myrtle Del Roudybush. Paul grew up on the family farm in Benton, Iowa. He honorably served in the United States Coast Guard from October 14, 1942 to March 2, 1946. Paul and Lupe both served during World War II and met at the USO in Paris, France. Paul was a Seaman First Class on the Destroyer USS Joyce DE 317 from 1942 to 1946. He served on eleven trips to Europe, England, Ireland, Africa, Scotland, and France. Their sister ship Leopold USS 319 was hit with a German torpedo and sunk near Ireland. They picked up the only 28 survivors of a crew of 200, the others froze in the water. It was a night of tough seas and 10-foot waves. The Germans were trying to torpedo Paul’s ship when they were picking up the frozen sailors in the water. On another mission, they captured a German Submarine that had torpedoed a huge tanker. They didn’t find it at first, it was hiding under the tanker it had hit. They only knew it was there among the debris because it moved. Dropping 12 depth charges that brought it up to the surface. They fired on the German’s with armor piercing rounds, as the German’s came out to use their deck gun and Paul’s crew changed to anti-personnel rounds. The German’s surrendered, and they took 15 prisoners. Paul’s crew saved the crew from the torpedoed tanker. On their 11 missions, they had 30 possible. On June 21, 1949 Paul was united in marriage with Lupe Helena Torres at St. Clair’s Catholic Church in Clarinda, Iowa. Together Paul and Lupe raised their family, farmed and resided near Shambaugh, Iowa for 20 years. They moved to California for a short time and returned to Minnesota. For years Paul was employed with York Industries and Community Action in New York Mills. Paul was employed as a machinist with Glenwood Manufacturing in Glenwood, Minn. and enjoyed carpentry. Paul and Lupe made their home in Oak Valley Township, rural Deer Creek where they farmed for over 30 years and enjoyed deer hunting and fishing. Paul also was employed at Lund Boats, retiring in 1987. Paul is a Life Member of the Elmer Goche Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3922, Wadena.
Survived by daughters: Linda Walker of Andover, Minn.; Sandra Truax of Deer Creek; Anita (Bob Werner) Rehm of Long Prairie, Minn.; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lupe and son-in-law, Steve Truax.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Paul’s family a message of comfort and support.
Arrangements were provided by Karvonen Funeral and Cremation Services of New York Mills.  read entire story. . . .

Doreen Lawson, 51

Doreen Lawson, age 51 of Perham, passed away suddenly at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, N.D.
A private family service will be held.
Arrangements by Karvonen Funeral and Cremation Service, New York Mills.
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Darlene Nikkari, 80

Darlene Nikkari, age 80 of Staples, Minn. passed away peacefully on July 7, 2017 at Lakewood Health Care Center, Staples, Minn.
A memorial service was held on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Karvonen Funeral Home in Wadena, with visitation held on Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 4-7 p.m. Darlene will be laid to rest in Pioneer Cemetery, Wadena.
Darlene Alice (Leske) Nikkari was born right after the Depression on February 17, 1937 in Evergreen Township in Ottertail County to Henry and Ida (Redetzke) Leske. It was during a snowstorm so her father couldn’t get to the midwife. He ended up delivering the twelve-pound Darlene himself. She was the eighth of ten children. She attended school in New York Mills and graduated in 1955. On August 16, 1958, she married Allen Nikkari. Coincidentally they were married in 1958 and they were married 58 years. They had two children, Barbara Lynn and Chadley Allen. They would live and work on the dairy farm until June 2014 when both of them would go into assisted living. She loved flower and vegetable gardening. In her earlier years, she bowled on a league in New York Mills. Darlene also played on the Homemaker’s softball team. Her children and grandchildren were the highlight of her life. She did Grandma’s Daycare for all of her grandchildren, which were very dear to her. Most important to her was her faith, which she embraced in 1973. Darlene and Allen hosted a Sunday Fellowship meeting in their home for 35 years.
Darlene is survived by daughter, Barbara (Todd) Uselman and son, Chadley (Lavonne Ware) Nikkari; granddaughters: Cassandra (Jeremy) Lentz, Michaela and Ashley Lehmkuhl; grandson, Branden Nikkari; step-grandsons: Dale, Aaron and Justin Uselman; great-grandchildren: Abigail and Clayton Lentz.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Darlene’s family a message of comfort and support.
Arrangements by Karvonen Funeral Home, Wadena.  read entire story. . . .

Don Vandermay, 78

Funeral services were held for Donald Vandermay, age 78 of New York Mills, on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in New York Mills, with Pastor Kirk Douglas officiating. The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Cindy Becker. The pallbearers were Jerry Vandermay, Rodney Vandermay, Barry Toews, Jr., Michael Toews, Jennifer Moline, Dan Vandermay, Richard Vandermay and Luke Vandermay. Don was laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery, New York Mills.
Donald Jake Vandermay was born on July 3, 1939 in Homestead Township, rural New York Mills. His parents were the late Jake Herman and Lila Viola (Luoma) Vandermay. Donnie grew up in New York Mills. He attended New York Mills High School, and graduated with the class of 1957. He proudly served in the United States Navy, retiring in 1975. On November 8, 1958 Donnie was united in marriage to Mildred Faye DeGeest in Bellingham, Wash. Their marriage was blessed with three children: Margaret, Shirley and Roger. The Vandermay family moved to New York Mills. Donnie was employed at Coop Services in New York Mills. Donnie was very involved in the United States Navy and Trinity Lutheran Church.
On July 10, 2017 Donnie passed away at 78 years of age at the Hadley House in Perham. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Donnie is preceded in death by his parents: Jake and Lila.
Donnie is survived by his daughters: Margaret (Peter) Sepanski of Perkinston, Miss.; Shirley (Barry) Toews of Brainerd, Minn.; son, Roger (Mary) Vandermay of Ada, Minn.; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchilden; brother, Dennis Vandermay of St. Cloud, Minn.; sister-in-law: Charlotte White of Washington; brother-in-law, Charles (Bambi) DeGeest of Texas; other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements were provided by Karvonen Funeral and Cremation Services, New York Mills.
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Robert Mayer, 89

Memorial Mass was held for Robert “Bob” Mayer, age 89 of Perham, on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 4 p.m. at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Perham, with Fr. Matthew Kuhn officiating. Inurnment was in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Frazee, Minn.
Robert John Mayer was born on September 20, 1927 in the Frazee Village, Becker County, Minn. His was the son of Leonard John and Lenora (Wambeke) Mayer. Bob graduated from the Frazee High School with the class of 1945. He honorably served in the United States Army from January 1, 1946 to July 1, 1947. Bob attended the Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, Minn. graduating with a trade degree and then returned home to work with his brother, Jim. On June 28, 1952 Bob was united in marriage with Kathleen Winter. Bob was employed with Wilcox Lumber Yard in Frazee, Minn. the Detroit Lakes Highway Department and 25 years at St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes, Minn. as the maintenance engineer.
On July 8, 2017 Bob passed away at Essentia Health in Fargo, N.D. at 89 years of age. He will be missed by his family and friends.
Preceding Bob in death were his parents; brother, Jim and his wife, Peggy.
Bob is survived by his wife of 65 years, Kathleen Mayer of Perham; two daughters: Jill (Tom) Mickelson and Amy (Scott) Witkop; four sons: Mike Mayer; James (Brenda) Mayer; Greg (Kim) Mayer and Eric (Bonnie) Mayer; grandchildren: Adam Mayer, Vanessa Mayer, Lisa (Jon) Dahl, Nora (Frasier) Bodie, Whitney Mayer, Phillip (Stasia) Mickelson, Jamie (Mike) Johnson, Alex (Missy) Mickelson, Sally (Jake) Rux, Matt (Julie) Witkop Cassie (Matt) Rossing, Lee (Karen) Witkop, Rikki (Dan) Conwell, Victoria Mayer, Byron Hirst and Tanner Mayer; 19 great-grandchildren; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Robert’s family a message of comfort and support.
Arrangements were provided by Karvonen Funeral and Cremation Services in New York Mills.  read entire story. . . .

Roy Mulske, 62

Roy Allen Mulske, 62 of New York Mills, died Saturday, July 8, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family following a long battle with cancer.
A gathering will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 2 p.m., with a memorial service stating at 4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, New York Mills. Inurnment will take place in Hazelton, N.D. at a later date.
Roy was born June 25, 1955, the son of Bruno Mulske and Natalia (Hoffert) Mulske. Roy was one of twelve children and was raised on the family farm Southeast of Hazelton, N.D. It was here where he learned his hard work ethics. Roy often spoke of being four years old and driving the old Plymouth behind the grainery back and forth as a kid and when he was six years old he was driving tractors and trucks to the field. On the farm he was in charge of taking care of around 1000 chickens. Roy often talked about taking engines out of vehicles at a young age and there was never any parts left over. He was educated in Hazelton, N.D.  After completing eighth grade he left school to help his dad with custom combining, where they would go as far as Texas and work their way back. They also moved big buildings, grain bins and did mechanical work. After he left the farm he moved to Dickinson, N.D. and started his own business, Roy’s Repair and also worked as a Foreman for Kolling and Kolling. In 1973 he expanded and started Roy’s Mobile Home Transporting. Later he moved to Wahpeton, N.D. and worked as a Foreman for Dahls Industrial Tools of West Fargo, N.D. where he traveled a lot. In April of 1988 one of the jobs brought him to Perham where he was renovating the swimming pool at the PACC. It was then that he met the love of his life, Cheech. He left Dahl’s and Roy and Cheech went in a partnership with Roy’s Manufacturing Home Repair and Transporting in the Dilworth, Minn. and Glyndon, Minn. area and later moved to Butler on Cheech’s family farm. Roy was known as a hard worker with a strong work ethic. All he knew was work. He worked in his spare time and he even worked in his sleep. He enjoyed challenges. He took on jobs others turned down because they thought were impossible. Some people called him “Macgyver.” He was a kind, caring person with a good sense of humor. He enjoyed the outdoors, farming, gardening, ice fishing, hunting, and camping. He loved to play games from softball, bean bag toss, horse shoes, and cards. He especially loved pinochle! He enjoyed spending time with family and friends but most of all spending time with his grandchildren.
Roy is survived by his other half of 30 years, Kathleen (Cheech) Rosenthal and her daughters: Shirley (Paul) Peterson of Wadena and Michelle (Dustin) Peterson of Wadena; grandchildren Brianna, Liz, Wyatt, Hailey, Charlie, Peyton, Preston and Mia Peterson; three brothers and sisters-in-law: Bruno Jr. (Sharon) Mulske of West Fargo, N.D.; Jim (Betty) Mulske of Champlin, Minn.; Todd Mulske of Cleveland, N.D.; brother-in law, John Bambenek of North Branch, Minn.; six sisters and brothers-in-law: Josephine (Dennis) Weichel of Bismarck, N.D.; Vickie (Lawrence) Bambenek of Minot, N.D.; Karen Kautzman of Bismarck, N.D.; Joan (Daniel) Meuchel of Mandan, N.D.; Sandra (Paul) Kerzman of Bismarck, N.D.; Carol (Paul) Anderst of Bismarck, N.D.; sister-in-law, Cleone Mulske of Hazelton, N.D.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Roy was preceded in death by his daughter, Laurie Sue from a previous marriage; father and mother, Bruno Sr. and Natalia (Hoffert) Mulske; brother, Dennis Mulske; sister, Rita Bambenek and brother-in-law, Michael Kautzman.
Roy will always be loved and deeply missed by his family and friends.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send a message of comfort and support to Roy’s family.
Arrangements by Karvonen Funeral and Cremation Service, New York Mills.  read entire story. . . .