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Jeffery Saari, 40

Funeral services are pending for Jeffery Saari, age 40 of Henning. Jeffery passed away surrounded by his loving family on August 22, 2015 at Sanford Health in Fargo, N.D. Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills. Please visit karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Jeffery’s family.  read entire story. . . .

Shirley Lewis, 95

Shirley Podas Lewis, R.N., University of Minnesota nursing graduate, traveler and communicator extraordinaire, passed away at home August 13, 2015 at age 95. Her life-long life passion for communication and connection, and her legendary skill for learning the entire life history of anyone, touched many lives and brought countless people together.  Shirley, her 4 children and 2 grandchildren, their spouses, and 3 great-grandchildren, had just celebrated the life of her husband Charles W. Lewis, 95, who passed away July 26. A service celebrating her life will be held this autumn. Memorials suggested to the University of Minnesota School of Nursing Foundation or Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
Shirley grew up in a south Minneapolis family tracing its origins to now-recognized Saami territory in the Scandinavian Arctic. One of 5 children, Shirley enjoyed the companionship of a large U.S. extended family from the Michigan copper country to the Pacific Northwest; family visits fostered her love of travel and connecting with people. Her skills in music were prominent as a school orchestra violinist and church alto soloist. Shirley graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing during WWII, then practiced industrial nursing and joined the Minnesota Nurses’ Guard handling civilian emergencies. She met U of M medical student Charles Lewis, who courted her at Minnehaha Falls; they married 3 days after D-Day.
After Charles’s Navy internship in San Diego and his service in the Pacific and Philadelphia, Shirley and Charles returned to his Henning hometown where he practiced medicine with his father, Dr. A.J. Lewis, and Charles’s medical school classmate Dr. Jay Kevern. In Henning Shirley served leadership roles in volunteer activities such as the Women’s Reading Club, Good Shepherd Lutheran church groups, and the Red Cross. She also started Henning’s first Girl Scout troop, offering new opportunities for girls, and sent graduation gifts to HHS graduates entering health care careers. She shared Charles’s involvement in establishing a first-class nursing home in Henning, and was cited by Minneapolis news columnist George Grim for her cooking he enjoyed as a family guest. Shirley encouraged her children’s education and growth in areas like music from their earliest days, including singing in German. She chauffeured them to science activities, patiently taught them sewing and cooking, and stood by them through space launches on TV and hay fever from summer farm work.
Shirley’s love of travel and the outdoors shone through family trips throughout the US and Canada. She had dollar-saving dining strategies for every occasion, from peanut butter sandwich fixings on cross-country trains to pressure cooker split-pea soup at a high-altitude mountain pass in a fold-top camping trailer. Shirley made friends at every camping venue, in rain shelters and at evening ranger talks.  
Shirley developed the premier vehicle for maintaining family peace: “Show and Tell.” Every letter to and fro was embellished with annotated clippings on myriad topics from archaeology to zebras. Family visits included packets filled with information, prompting discussions far calmer than politics or personal controversies. Shirley’s gift of human connectivity continued on to careful consideration of where each clipping should be sent next.
When Charles suffered a stroke at 60 causing right-sided paralysis and limited speech, Shirley set their course to a busy and inspiring life of community involvement in Cape Coral, Flor. In the following 35 years, while Charles undertook a new career as an artist in a broad range of media and won handicapped golfer trophies, using only his left hand, Shirley advocated for him as a role model for overcoming challenges. Their summer travels included 67 Elder hostels and other trips ranging from Vancouver Island to Great Slave Lake, from Prince Edward Island to the U.S. Southwest. They fearlessly traveled by plane, bus, ferry, train, taxi, and sailboat, amazing their fellow travelers. Shirley sought out volunteer opportunities at two Cape Coral libraries; they participated at the national level in activities of Charles’s military community and the Lindbergh Foundation. They celebrated 50th, 60th, and 70th  anniversaries in Minneapolis, where they most recently lived at Augustana Apartments.
Both Charles and Shirley earned the respect and admiration of all who met them for their courage, resilience, and fostering of connectedness, always focusing on all of life’s possibilities.  
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Donna Salo, 79

Funeral services were held for Donna Salo age 79 New York Mills, on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in New York Mills, with Pastor Don Salo officiating. The hymns sung by the congregation, accompanied by Janell Brakel. Special music provided by Alvina Kytta. The honorary pallbearers are Donna’s loving grandchildren: Terry Lee Kalmi, Danielle Kalmi, Nick Freeman, Amanda Freeman, Kayse Salo, Kendal Salo and Kori Salo. Donna will be laid to rest in Minnesota Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, Minn.
Donna Mae Salo was born on June 6, 1936 in rural New York Mills. Her parents were the late Verner and Lena (Wiirtala) Skoog. Donna graduated from New York Mills High School with the class of 1954. After high school Donna was employed with Dr. Morstad DDS in New York Mills. On April 27, 1957 Donna was united in marriage with Harold Kalmi. Harold and Donna had 2 children, Terry and Tracey. In 1964 Harold passed away. On April 24, 1965, Donna was united in marriage to Thomas “Tommy” Salo at the home of Rev. George Wilson in New York Mills. Together they had a son Troy Thomas. Donna and Tommy made their home in Blaine, Minn., Tommy was employed with the Grain Belt Brewery for a year and then the Schmidt Brewery for 10 years. In 1977, Donna and Tommy moved back to New York Mills, where Tommy was employed at Land O Lakes in Perham for 20 years. Donna was employed by Swenson Potato Farms for 3 years and in the mid 1980’s with Mid State Auto Auction where she worked until retirement. Soon after retiring she traveled the country with her husband Tom and his Pilot Car Service. She made many friends everywhere she went. Donna enjoyed many years of league bowling, she loved playing in her flower gardens and feeding the hummingbirds, she also liked taking walks in the countryside and working the weekly crosswords in the newspaper. She had a competitive spirit and would take on anyone in a game of cards and she loved her Tuesday night trips to Sebeka with her fellow “Bingo Bags” as Tommy would call them. She enjoyed time in the boat with her family catching fish. Donna was an amazing cook and enjoyed feeding her family and friends every chance she got. She treasured every minute she got to spend with each of her grandchildren and loved them dearly. Donna was a very happy person, always sharing her beautiful smile and never let anything bring her down. Even through trials, pain and suffering she held her head high and fought with a smile. She was a kind, loving, amazing wife, mother, friend and grandmother, she will be dearly missed.
Preceding Donna in death were her husband: Thomas Salo, her parents, her husbands’ parents, Harold Kalmi, Brothers: Bobby, Jack, Jimmy, Sisters: Bernice, Betty, 5 Brothers-in-law, 1 Sister-in-law.
Donna is survived by her sons: Terry (Lisa) Kalmi; Troy (Linda) Salo; daughter: Tracey (Jeff) Freeman; 7 grandchildren: Terry Lee, Nick (Sarah, her children Brody and Heidi), Amanda, Danielle, Kayse, Kendal, and Kori; Great-granddaughter, Maggie Lee; Brother Maurice (Mary) Skoog, Sister; Doris Krueger numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills.
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Mike Johnson, 73

Mike Johnson, 73, of rural Henning died Saturday, August 15, 2015, at his home under the care of Lakeland Hospice.
Michael Owen Johnson was born on April 23, 1942, the son of Cleve and Myrtle (Hoven) Johnson.  He was baptized and confirmed in Nidaros Lutheran Church.  Mike attended country school in Nidaros Township, graduated from Battle Lake High School in 1960, and then continued his education for two and one-half years at North Dakota State University in Fargo.  After college he returned home to farm.   He served six years with the Minnesota National Guard.
Mike and Janet (Trett) Johnson were married on January 21, 1967.  After their marriage they operated a dairy farm south of Clitherall where they lived until 1988, when they moved to their home in Girard Township. Mike was employed with Ottertail Aggregate for fifteen years until his retirement.  He enjoyed John Deere tractors, which he restored and would drive in area parades.  Everything was John Deere. Mike even bought John Deere silverware for Jan one year for Christmas.   He enjoyed visiting with people, always recognizing everyone.  Mike loved teasing his grandchildren along with all kids.  He was an avid sports fan, following the Minnesota Twins and Vikings and all the local school teams.  He was a lifetime member of the Nidaros Lutheran Church where he had served on the council.  He was a member of the Dalton Threshermens Association and had been a member of the Battle Lake Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife, Janet; two daughters, Jana (Byron) Sundbom of Fargo and Julie (Mike) Thompson of Mesa, Ariz..; three grandchildren, Sydney and Isaac Thompson, Molly Sundbom; special cousin who was like a brother, Wayne Johnson of Independence, Minn. and numerous relatives and friends.  Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Cleve and Myrtle Johnson.
Funeral Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at Nidaros Lutheran Church of rural Clitherall
Visitation: Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at the Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Battle Lake.  Additional visitation one hour prior at the church on Wednesday.
Clergy: Pastor Dawna Hochstein
Military Honors: Minnesota National Guard
Interment: Nidaros Lutheran Church Cemetery
Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson of Battle Lake.
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James Dlugos, 86 Eleanore Bunge, 92

Grave side services will be held for James Dlugos age 86 of Fergus Falls and Eleanore Bunge, age 92  of Wooster, Ohio, formerly of Fergus Falls, on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 10 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Cemetery in Henning.
Arrangements are with the Belmont Funeral Home of Henning.
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Shirley Kimber, 86

Funeral services were held for Shirley Kimber, 86 of Henning, on Thursday, August 20, 2015, at 11 a.m., at Water’s Edge Church, formerly First Baptist Church, in Henning with Pastor Jeremiah Rice presiding. The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Becky Justnes. Shirley was laid to rest at the First Baptist Cemetery, Henning. Visitation was held on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, from 5-8 p.m. at Belmont Funeral Home in Henning.
Shirley Ann Kimber was born February 21, 1929, in Henning Township, the daughter of Raleigh and Stella (Anderson) Jensen. She attended country school in rural Henning.
On June 15, 1946 Shirley was united in marriage with George E. Kimber in Ottertail. The couple raised seven children on a farm near Henning. Shirley worked in retail at Dilly’s Grocery in Henning and various other department stores. From 1973 to 1979, Shirley owned and operated Kimber’s Cafe, until her husband’s death. She then moved to Bemidji, Minn. At the age of 60, she earned her GED and attended Bemidji State University, studying education. Her desire to teach led her to volunteer for the Foster Grandparent Program, where she was an encouragement to many elementary aged children. She later moved back to Henning where she continued working as a Foster Grandparent.
Shirley enjoyed working her flower and vegetable gardens, cooking and baking, her many crafts, traveling, playing games, singing hymns, and spending time with her family.
She loved the Lord Jesus and was very active in many areas of her church. Shirley had a passion for ministry which lead her in recent years to serve for “Operation Christmas Child.” This ministry served children around the world by providing them with gifts and the message of salvation.
Shirley passed away on Saturday, August 15, 2015, at Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Raleigh and Stella Jensen, her husband, George Kimber, Sr., siblings Wesley Jensen and Loretta Jensen Sumstad.
Shirley is survived by her children George (Cindy) Kimber, Jr., Deanna (Rick) Hammer, Debra Kimber Crouse, Michael Kimber, Darla Kimber, Brian Kimber and Jeffrey Kimber; eleven grandchildren, twenty-eight great grand children, four great-great grandchildren, siblings Donald Jensen and Vernadine Jensen Harper and sister-in-law Teddy Kimber Harmon and brother-in-law Donald Sumstad.
Arrangements are provided by the Belmont Funeral Home of Henning.
Please visit belmontfuneral.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Shirley’s family.
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