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Thomas Nousaine, 69

Celebration of Life for Thomas Nousaine, age 69 of Pickney, Michigan will be held at the Winery (old Nousaine farm), north of New York Mills at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday August 9, 2014.   Please join the Nousaine family for lunch and fellowship and to share memories of Tom and our parents August and Inez.   All are welcome and please join us.  It’s been too long since we’ve seen you.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to be given to VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids, Michigan.
Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills, Minnesota.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Tom’s family.

Mary LaCourse, 68

Mary LaCourse age 68, of New York Mills, Minnesota passed away on July 23, 2014 at her home.
No services are planned at this time.
Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills, Minnesota.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Mary’s family a message of comfort and support.

Reuben Simpson, 99

Funeral services were held for Reuben Simpson age 99, of New York Mills, on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York Mills, with Reverend Phil Holtan officiating. The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Janell Brakel. Special music was provided by John Kruger. The pallbearers were Reuben’s grandchildren Brendt, Matt, and Mark Simpson, Travis Hunter, Jim Washe, and Kim Haugen.  The honorary pallbearers were Reuben’s granddaughters, Kristen, Sarah, Beth, Renae, Rhonda, Megan, Michelle, and Tatum. Military Honors were provided by the Charles D. Center V.F.W. Post #3289 of New York Mills, and the Minnesota Army National Guard, Honor Guard of Moorhead, Minnesota. Reuben was laid to rest in Woodland Cemetery in New York Mills.
Reuben Simpson was born on November 7, 1914 in Renwick, Iowa. His parents were the late Edward and Lucy (Martin) Simpson. Reuben met Blanche Anderson in 1937. Reuben served in the National Guard from December 27, 1938 to February 13, 1942. On February 25, 1940 Reuben was united in marriage to Blanche Anderson in Goldfield, Iowa. Their marriage was blessed with five children. Reuben and Blanche made their home in Mountain Lake, where Reuben’s parents resided and farmed. Reuben served honorably in the United States Army during World War II  from February 14, 1942 to September 12, 1945 where he was a tank driver.  He served under General Patton, during the Battle of the Buldge where he received a purple heart. In 1947 Reuben and Blanche moved North of Bluffton, where they farmed. Reuben and Blanche retired from farming in 1979 and then moved into New York Mills in 1993. Reuben and Blanche loved to travel and spent 24 winters in Mercedes, Texas where they enjoyed their southern friends.  Blanche passed away on July 7, 2003. Reuben enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, welding, and even cutting the neighbors hair. He was a 4H leader, active in saddle club, dancing, especially square dancing and for years selling and riding snowmobiles.
Reuben passed away on July 17, 2014 at Perham Health in Perham, at the at 99 years of age. Preceding Reuben in death were his parents: Edward and Lucy Simpson; wife: Blanche Simpson; siblings: Marvel, Ione, Cleone, Norma, Arnold, Rex, Harold, and Edward.
Reuben is survived by his daughter: Sandy (Monty Ness) Hunter of St. Cloud, Minn.; 4 sons: Eddy (Pam) Simpson of Little Rock, Ark.; Gary (Diane) Simpson of Perham; Dean (Kathy) Simpson of Perham; Lynn Simpson of New York Mills; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Reuben’s family.

Mary Clasen, 84

Mary Ann Clasen, 84, of Virginia died on Monday, July 14, 2014.   Mary Ann was born in Hutchinson, Minn., to Arthur and Hertha Buntrock, December 12, 1929. Her family settled in Ottertail, soon afterward.  
She graduated from Henning High School in 1946 and married Alvin Herman Clasen on October 11, 1947, in Ottertail. Mary Ann was a fashion consultant for several department stores in Virginia ; baked delightful bars and cookies for ten years at the former Sue’s Sweet Shop in Cotton, Minn., and loved spending time in her kitchen, especially baking, cooking, and making jams and jellies for family and friends.
She is survived by her children, Steven (Deborah), Hermantown, Minn., Randall (Mary), Eveleth, Minn., and Gregg Clasen, Central Lakes, Minn.; seven grandchildren, Cory (Renee) Clasen, Jeremy (Suzanne) Clasen, Jessie (Keiko) Clasen, Joshua (Amber) Clasen, Jeffery Clasen, Amy (Branden) Jones, and Ryan (Hillary) Matara; fifteen great-grandchildren; sister Alvina Conway, Calif., Ardith Fassett, Flor.; brothers David Buntrock, Russell Buntrock and Arthur Buntrock; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin, sister, Arlene Greenwaldt, brothers Harold Buntrock,  Lyle Cordes and Kenneth Cordes.
Memorial Service were held 1 p.m., Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Cron-Sheehy Funeral Home Chapel, Eveleth.  Pastor Brad Felix will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour before the service at the chapel.  Inurnment will be in Eveleth Cemetery.  To sign the guest book online and to leave a memorial message, go to: www.cron-sheehy.com
Memorials preferred, in the name of Mary Ann Clasen, to the Family Resource Center 507 9th Ave W, Virginia, MN 55734, or any organization that provides crises shelter for children and youth.

William “Billy” Berthiaume, 66

Memorial services will be held for William “Billy” Berthiaume, age 66, of Hewitt, Minnesota on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Wadena, Minnesota with Father Aaron Kuhn officiating. The pallbearers were Kyle Berthiaume, Brandon Bertiaume, Jacob Berthiaume, and Hailey Berthiaume. The honorary pallbearers were Gene Schwab, Jarred Schwab, Brookeanda Harne, Jack Pogue and Angelica Conrad. Services will also be held at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, Minnesota on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Meyers officiating. Bill was laid to rest in Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo, Minnesota.
William Alan Berthiaume was born on March 7, 1948 in Monticello Village, Minnesota. His parents were Leone Agnos Kalway Berthiaume and the late Raymond (Francis) Berthiaume. Billy grew up on the family farm in Monticello. Bill served honorably in the United States Army from March 14, 1968 to March 4, 1970. On January 15, 1970 Billy was united in marriage to Eleonore Ursula Sickert in Idar, West Germany. Their marriage was blessed with 2 children. Billy and Eleonore made their home first in Rockford in 1971 and then Cokato. He was employed as a carpenter at a cabinet factory and Porta Dock until his retirement in 1980. Bill and Eleonore then made their home in Lowry and Park Rapids. For the last 15 years, Billy and Eleonore made their home on the family farm west of Hewitt. Billy enjoyed horses, carpentry, fishing, wood sculptures, playing around with the skidder, and spending time with his family, grandchildren and friends. Billy has a heart bigger than the universe. He welcomed many with open arms and gave people 2nd chances in life. Over the years he became an adopted dad and grandpa to many. Billy passed away on July 9, 2014 surrounded by his loving family at his home west of Hewitt under the care of Legacy Hospice.
Preceding Billy in death were his father: Raymond (Francis) Berthiaume; son: William Alan Berthiaume Jr; brothers: Raymond Jr., Jerry and Frank Berthiaume; several nieces and nephews.
Billy is survived by his wife: Eleonore; son: David Berthiaume; mother: Leone Agnes Berthiaume; 4 grandchildren: Kyle, Brandon, Jacob, and Hailey Berthiaume; sisters: Carol, Leone, Peggy (Bud), Rose (Kevin) and Pam (Joe); brothers: Mike, Dale, and Russell; brothers and sisters-in-law, Rod and Martina; Vanessa and Chris; Kathy and Matt; nieces, nephews, many other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills, Minnesota.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Billy’s family.

Louise Frederick, 94

Funeral Service will be held for Louise Frederick age 94, of Henning, on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Henning.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 20, from 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Henning.  Visitation will resume one hour prior to the Funeral Service at church on Monday.
Louise passed away on July 16, 2014 at Golden Living Center in Henning.
Arrangements are provided by Belmont Funeral Home, Henning.
Please visit www.belmontfuneral.com to send Louise’s family a message of comfort and support.

Kenneth Koehler, 80

Kenneth Kimball Koehler was born on April 9, 1934 in Burns Township, rural Elk River, Minn. His parents were the late Henry and Dora (Nickerson) Koehler. Kenneth attended Country School District #45 in Burns Township and graduated from Elk River High School in 1952. From December 15, 1952 to October 11, 1958 he served honorably in the United States Air Force. After serving he was employed by Western Electric in California until 1958, when he returned to Elk River and worked at Greenberg’s Implement in Nowthen. He was then employed by Control Data in Minneapolis until 1973. Kenneth then moved to Pine Lake Township in New York Mills and farmed with his brother Earl until his retirement.
Kenneth passed away on July 19, 2014 at Sanford Health in Fargo, N.D. at the age of 80. Preceding him in death were his parents; and his sisters: Irene Stelten, Grace Hovind and Mona Augustson; and his brothers: William, Carl, Donald, Harold and Earl Koehler.
He is survived by his sister: Marjorie Koehler of Perham; and his brothers: Howard (Marlette) Koehler of St. Anthony, Boyd Koehler of Coon Rapids and Robert (Virginia) Koehler of Elk River along with many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills, Minnesota.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Kenneth’s family.