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Constance Taylor, 96

Funeral services are pendiing for Constance “Winnie” Taylor, age 96 of Vining.
Winnie passed away peacefully on April 12, 2015  at Willow Creek Assisted Living in Henning.
Arrangements are with the Belmont Funeral Home of Henning.
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Patricia Jacobson, 73

Funeral services are pending for Patricia Jacobson, age 73 of Moorhead, Minn. (formerly of Deer Creek).
Patricia passed away on April 11, 2015 at Eventide in Moorhead, Minn.
Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills.
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Dorothy Helmrichs, 98

Funeral services were held for Dorothy Helmrichs, age 98 of Deer Creek, on April 14, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Deer Creek, with Pastor Paul Yearyean officiating. The hymns were sung by the congregation accompanied by Linnea Gray. The pallbearers were Don Becker, Dale Becker, Jim Ziells, John Becker, Marvin “Bud” Becker, and Rev. Raymond Hendrickson. Dorothy was laid to rest in Oak Hill Cemetery, Deer Creek.
Dorothy Mae Becker was born on January 2, 1917 in Deer Creek. Her parents were the late Daniel and Eva (Dauber) Becker. Dorothy grew up on the family farm and attend school in Deer Creek. On the evening of February 20, 1936 Dorothy was united in marriage to Raymond Benhart Helmrichs on the Helmrichs homestead. Their marriage was blessed with a daughter, Linda. Dorothy and Raymond made their home on the Helmrichs homestead near Deer Creek where they dairy and crop farmed.  Raymond passed away on July 24, 1985. She continued to live there until entering the Elders’ Home in December 2010. Dorothy was a life time member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Deer Creek, where she was baptized, confirmed, married and an active member of the LWML. She enjoyed gardening, playing cards, quilting and events at the Senior Center.
Dorothy passed away peacefully on April 10, 2015 at the Elders Home in New York Mills, at 98 years of age. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Preceding Dorothy in death were her parents; husband, Raymond; brothers: Elmer, Wilbur, and Les Becker; sisters: Pearl and Ruby.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter: Linda (Bob) Brown of Deer Creek; 2 grandchildren: Brenda (Dave) Hoffman and Joe Brown; 4 great-grandchildren: Bobbi Jo, David, Nicholas, and Desirae and a 5th generation great-great-grandchild due shortly; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral Home, New York Mills.
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Helen Frobom, 89

A celebration of life will be held for Helen Frobom on Saturday, May 9 at 1 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Henning. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service at noon.  
Helen Ruth (Meyers) Frobom was born on November 15, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minn. Her parents were the late Charles and Anna (Flaata) Meyers. Helen grew up on the Canadian prairie near Bromhead, Saskatchewan, but spent most of her married life at the Frobom family farm on Gourd Lake just outside of Henning. Helen graduated from North High School in Minneapolis in 1943 and received her nursing license from Northwestern Hospital School of Nursing in 1947. She worked for several hospitals over the years including St. Andrews, North Memorial, Parkers Prairie, New York Mills and the Henning Nursing Home.
She was married to Eric Frobom on October 28, 1949. Helen and Eric were blessed with seven children: Nan, Eric, Craig, Irene, Rebecca, Carolyn, and Einar. Their table was always open and their home welcoming for all family and friends.  Helen loved  traveling, gardening, playing Scrabble, crossword puzzles, knitting, and could be counted on for something delicious at every bake sale. She was an active and faithful member of Grace Lutheran Church. She began every day with prayerful devotions and a song in her heart with the words “today is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad!”
On Good Friday, April 3, 2015 Helen passed away peacefully at Inter-Faith Care Center of Carlton, Minn., surrounded by loved ones.  She will be dearly missed. Preceding her in death were her husband: Eric Frobom; parents: Charles and Anna Meyers; siblings: Charles, Oliver, Stanley, Al and Marguerite; great grandson, Timothy Reichel.
Helen is survived by her seven children and their spouses, Nan Reichel-Heilman and Jim Heilman of College Station, Texas; Eric Frobom and Kim Dukes of Gordonsville, Va.; Dr. Craig Frobom of Menifee, Calif.; Irene Frobom of Wenden, Ariz.; Dr. Rebecca Hartman of Reading, Pa.; Carolyn and Paul Meysembourg of Esko, Minn.;  and Einar and Karen (Snyder) Frobom of Chaska, Minn.; grandchildren: Amanda (Steve) Wrangham, Stephen (America) Reichel, Warren (Julie) Reichel, Kiersten Frobom, Emily Frobom, Hannah Frobom, Sydney Hartman, Molly Meysembourg, Eric Meysembourg, Benjamin Meysembourg, Noah  Frobom, Ellie Frobom, Olivia Frobom, and Ava Frobom; great grandchildren: Oliver Wrangham, Titus Reichel and Jonah Reichel; brothers: Wallace Meyers and Bob (Arleen) Meyers; sister-in-law, Ethel Meyers; many other beloved nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Helen will be buried next to her husband, Eric, at Grace Lutheran Cemetery. Please direct messages or condolences to Carolyn Meysembourg at or c. (218) 343-4129.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a gift be made in Helen’s honor to Grace Lutheran Church of Henning, MN 56551 or a charity of your choice.

Janet Hanson, 77

The memorial service for Janet Hanson will be held at 11 a.m. on April 18, 2015 at the Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena, with Pastor Nate Loer officiating. Friends may call at the chapel on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.
Janet was born on December 30, 1937, to Jess and Edith (Wessendorf) Penoyer in Windom, Minn. She attended Windom High School. Janet was united in marriage to Duane Hanson on May 28, 1955, in Windom, Minn. The couple moved to Colorado in the fall of 1978 and in the spring of 1979 they moved back to Detroit Lakes, Minn., until 1995. They then moved to Westbrook, Minn., until 1998 and then made their final home in Henning. Throughout the moving Janet kept busy as a homemaker and raising their children. Janet also worked as a clerk at Ostenson’s Dime Store, National Tea grocery store in Windom, Minn., and at Hamburg’s Garden Center in Henning, and later in Wadena.
Janet loved being in the garden and landscaping around their home. She taught Sunday School,  enjoyed knitting hats and mittens for The Damien Trees, and  taking trips to the casino! Janet treasured spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Janet suffered a massive stroke on March 23, 2015 and passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Emmanuel Ecumen Care Center in Detroit Lakes, Minn.
Janet was preceded in death by her parents Jess and Edith; son Darry; daughter Glenda Miller; sister Margaret Gohman.
She is survived by her loving husband Duane; son Gregory; daughter Penny; sisters Barbara Johnson and Sandy Petty; grandchildren Darry and Jacob Hanson, Timothy, Todd, and Travis Miller; Brandi Davidson, Jessie and Cassie Stubblefield, Christina and Austin Osmonson; great-grandchildren Brody and Savannah Hanson, Timothy, Jordan, and Isabella Miller, and Maci Davidson.
Arrangements provided by Schuller Family Funeral Homes in Wadena (

Ruth Imsande, 96

Funeral services were held for Ruth Imsande, age 96 of New York Mills, on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in New York Mills, with Pastor Kirk Douglas officiating. The music was provided by the congregation, accompanied by Cindy Becker. Special music was provided by Kyle Cogger.  The pallbearers were Douglas Imsande, Gene Imsande, Louella Johnson, Leanne Mickley, Lauri Cogger, and Renee Swenson.  Ruth was laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery, New York Mills.
Ruth Mae Primasing was born on May 16, 1918 in De Smit, S.D. Her parents were the late Henry and Julia (Page) Primasing. The Primasing family moved to Minnesota when Ruth was nine years old. Ruth was baptized on November 23, 1935 and confirmed on November 29, 1936 in Blowers Township. On September 28, 1935 Ruth was united in marriage to Carl Frederick Imsande at the parsonage in Sebeka, Minn. Their marriage was blessed with three children.  Ruth and Carl purchased the family farm from Carl’s parents in 1946. Together they raised their family and farmed in Homestead and Blowers Townships. Ruth and Carl moved to New York Mills in the summer of 1970 after they retired from farming. They enjoyed traveling to Alaska and both coasts after their retirement. Carl passed away on December 29, 1994. Ruth enjoyed helping with Sunday school and Bible school, quilting, gardening, and embroidering.  She was member of the alter guild, blue bird sewing club, and active at the senior citizens center.
Ruth passed away peacefully on April 3, 2015 at the Elders Home in New York Mills, at 96 years of age.She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Preceding Ruth in death were her parents: Henry and Julia Primasing; husband: Carl; son: Duane; son-in-law Glen Eckert; grandchildren: Sandy and David; grandson-in-law: John Piatt; great-grandchild Tristan Phelps; brother: Clayton (Elsie) Primasing; sisters: Dorothy (Henry) Peterson; Charlotte (Henry) Becker; Phyllis (Hubert) Saari; Mary (Stanley) Grant.
Ruth is survived by her daughter: LaVonne Eckert of Thief River Falls, Minn.; son: Leroy (Bernice) Imsande of Lino Lakes, Minn.; daughter-in-law: Diane Imsande of Richmond, Minn.; 9 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills.
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Merlyn Cordes, 77

Merlyn Henry Cordes, of Henning, passed away peacefully at home on April 5, 2015 at the age of 77 after a short battle with small cell carcinoma. It was his wish to be at home, surrounded by his family and their love. Visitation was held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 from 1-2 p.m. Memorial services were held on April 7, 2015 at the Belmont Funeral Home of Henning at 2 p.m. with Pastor Steve Dahl officiating. Cremation services will be handled by Karvonen & Sons Funeral Home.
Merlyn was born on January 31, 1938 - a calm, cold, sunny day in Leaf Lakes Township on the family farm to Herman A. and Anna (Neels) Cordes. He was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Henning. He attended school in Henning, graduating high school in 1956. After high school, he worked hard on the family farm, assisting to put three of his siblings through college. He enlisted in the Army Reserve in January, 1957 and was a PFC stationed at Camp McCoy, Wisc., where his platoon was on standby for deployment during the Korean War. He was medically discharged in 1961. He also worked as a mechanic at Cordes Implement and Perham Creamery as a milk truck driver.
He married Cheryl Whitley on October 20, 1962 in Lake Worth, Flor., and together they had five children: Shellie, Scott, Sheldon, Stephanie and Sharlene. They divorced in 1974. On February 14, 1983, he married Colleen Kimber in Sisseton, S.D. They moved to Garden City, Kan., in September, 1989 where he worked for Garden City Farm Equipment as a foreman until moving back to the Henning area in 2006 after retiring.
Merlyn had a passion for his Kubota tractor, puttering in the yard, collecting John Deere memorabilia, telling stories, fishing and spending time with his family.
Merlyn was proceeded in death by his parents, Herman and Anna Cordes; an infant son, Sheldon Jay Cordes; brothers, Virgil and Lowell Cordes; and nephew, Jon Palm. He is survived by his wife, Colleen, of Henning; children: Shellie Gades of Melby, Minn.; Scott Cordes of Garden City, Kan.; Stephanie (Jared) Harnack of Wadena; Sharlene Cordes of Wichita, Kan.; eight grandchildren and six (plus one on the way) great grandchildren; sister, Vivian Palm of Henning, sister-in-law, Royce Cordes, of Springfield, Mo.; sister, Caryl (John) Hansen of Eden Prairie, Minn.; sister, Luann (Ed) Schuchmann, of Jensen Beach, Flor.; brother, Derald (Doris) Cordes of Stuart, Flor. and twin brother, Myron (Shirley Harley) Cordes of Fargo, N.D. and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are with the Belmont Funeral Home of Henning.
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Wayne Jorud, 76

Wayne Jorud, 76, of Fergus Falls, died Sunday, April 5, 2015, at Sanford Health in Fargo, N.D.
Wayne D. Jorud was born on March 29, 1939 in Tordenskjold Township, Minn., the son of Clifford and Mildred (Albertson) Jorud. Wayne grew up on a farm in rural Battle Lake, and graduated from Battle Lake High School in 1957. He spent the summers during school working for area farmers.  Wayne entered school at the North Dakota State College of Science, graduating in 1960 with a degree in Civil Engineering Technology.
Wayne served in the Army Reserves for a total of six years, was a pole-climbing instructor, and was called upon for six months of active duty service.  After the Army Reserve, he was hired by the Minnesota Department of Transportation in 1960, where he worked as a Land Surveyor for 42 years.
Wayne met Arlene Walvatne in 1961 at the Dairyland in Fergus Falls, and they were married on February 16, 1963. Wayne built their home himself in 1976, where they raised their two sons, Jon and Matthew.
He was active in Bethel Lutheran church as an usher, trustee and a member of the Building committee.
He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, travelling and working in his shop. Wayne especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren; they put a glimmer in his eye.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents Clifford and Mildred.
He is survived by his wife Arlene (Walvatne) of Fergus Falls; two sons, Jon (Lisa) Jorud of Nowthen, Minn., and Matthew (Jessica) Jorud of Fergus Falls; grandchildren, Reece, Thor, Greta, Harlo, Rocky and Archie; a sister, Yvonne (Gordon) Lehman; and two brothers, Dennis (Becky) Jorud, and Daryl (Renae) Jorud.
Visitation:  5-7 p.m. Thursday, with a 6:30 p.m. Prayer Service, at Glende-Nilson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls, and one hour prior to services at the church
Memorial Service:  11 a.m. Friday, April 10, 2015, at Bethel Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls
Clergy:  Rev. Ed Monson
Interment:  Oak Grove Cemetery, Fergus Falls