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Marjorie Fraki, 81

Marjorie Ann Fraki, age 81 of Perham, passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Perham Living Center in Perham.  
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28 at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church of Perham.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.  
Please visit karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of support for Marjorie’s family.
Arrangements are provided by the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills.  read entire story. . . .

Hazel Brown, 100

Funeral services will be held for Hazel Brown, age 100 of New York Mills (formerly of Spruce Groove Township, Menahga, Minn.), on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Perham, with Pastor Jared Nies officiating. The pallbearers were Fred Miller, Joe Brown, Dan Beach, Butch Brown, Rob Brown and Vergil Miller. The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Amy Sobieski. Special music was provided by Nina Miller. Hazel was laid to rest at Greenwood Cemetery in New York Mills.
Hazel Lurana Fuller was born on March 10, 1917 in Lone Rock, Iowa. Her parents were the late Chester and Ethel (Ball) Fuller. In 1918, when Hazel was a year old the Fuller family moved to Bemidji, Minn. and then the family settled in rural Roosevelt, Minn. Hazel attended Warroad Country School, Swift Country School and Rock Well City High School. On December 16, 1937 Hazel was united in marriage with Ernest Brown in New York Mills. Their marriage was blessed with five children. Hazel and Ernest made their home in Spruce Grove Township where they farmed and raised their family. Hazel was an active member of the Jolly Seventeener’s, Tops, Home Makers Social Club, WW1 Ladies Auxiliary #2127 in Perham and a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church since 1953. Hazel enjoyed raising chickens, making quilts, sewing, gardening and traveling.
Hazel passed away peacefully on March 24, 2017 at the Elders’ Home in New York Mills at 100 years of age. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Preceding Hazel in death were her parents; husband, Ernest; son-in-law: Fred Miller; two grandchildren: Joni and Jonnie Brown; four great-grandchildren: Hailey Miller, Eric Miller, Hope Brown and Dackery Brown; sisters: Ida, Pearl, Beryl, Evelyn, Esther and Cleo; brothers: Clarence, Alton, Bill, Ralph and Donald.
Hazel is survived by her daughters: Doris (Gerald) Beach of Sebeka; Ruth Miller of Wadena; sons: Robert (Linda) Brown of Deer Creek; Ernest Brown, Jr. of Staples, Minn.; Lyle (Mary) Brown of Menahga, Minn.; 20 grandchildren and 52 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren; sisters: Ruby Norstebon of Roseau, Minn.; Lois Holcomb of Aurora, Minn.; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Please visit karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Hazel’s family.
Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills.  read entire story. . . .

Christopher Whitehouse, 59

A celebration of life was held for Christopher Whitehouse, age 59 of New York Mills, on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Karvonen Funeral Home in Wadena, with Pastor Ryan Stout officiating. The pallbearers were Jerry Karlson, Brian Osterday, Shawn Lendwehr and Chris Hawkin. Honorary pallbearers were Gary Leaderbrand, Wayne Leaderbrand and Jay Leaderbrand. Special music was provided by Jeff Oakland.
Christopher Joseph Whitehouse was born on March 16, 1958 in Seville, Spain. His parents are Tess Myrtle (Nicgorski) Whitehouse and the late Dr. John “Jack” Franklin Whitehouse, Lt.Col. USAF. Chris graduated from Alhambra High School in Alhambra, Calif. with the class of 1976. He married Emily (Chapman) Livermont on September 10, 1983 in Baldwin Park, Calif. Their marriage was blessed with a daughter, Christina Louise. Chris was a very gifted auto mechanic as he could fix anything with a motor. He was employed with Long Beach Cycle where he worked on motorcycles used in the movie industry and motorcycle racing. Music was his passion--it was a part of his soul. Chris was a talented musician, proficient at the guitar, keyboards, harmonica, drums, and anything else that made a musical noise. He played in various bands including two of his own, The Northern Lights and The RodeDawgz Band. In 1995, Chris made his home in New York Mills where he was employed at Lund Boats. He also worked at Heartland Tire and various Ford dealerships. Chris enjoyed fishing, hunting, music, water skiing, snow skiing, hiking and camping. His greatest loves were for his family, his friends and his music. Chris had a strong faith in our Heavenly Father, God the Creator.
On March 23, 2017 Chris passed away at his home in New York Mills at 59 years of age. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Preceding Chris in death was his father, Dr. John “Jack” Franklin Whitehouse.
Chris is survived by his mother, Tess Whitehouse of Reno, Nev.; daughter, Christina (Christopher) Islas of San Dimas, Calif.; brother, John (Linda Gray) Whitehouse of Santa Rosa, Calif.; sister, Vicki (Gary) Leaderbrand of New York Mills; nieces and nephews: Angela Thomas of Portland, Ore.; Theresa Thomas of Los Angeles, Calif.; John (Brian Martodam) Leaderbrand of Golden Valley, Minn.; Dr. Katie (Dr. Kevin) Leaderbrand-Corcoran of Chicago, Ill.; companion, Vicki Chapman and her children and grandchildren; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Chris’ family a message of comfort and support.
Arrangements were provided by Karvonen Funeral Home, Wadena.  read entire story. . . .

Nicholas Snyder, 62

The Service of Christian Burial was held for Nicholas Snyder, age 62 of Ottertail (formerly of Deer Creek), on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Karvonen Funeral Home in Wadena with Deacon Jerry Snyder presiding. Nicholas was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery, Wadena.
Nicholas James Snyder was born on July 31, 1954 at Wesley Hospital in Wadena. His parents were the late Nicholas Dominic and Esther (Gedde) Snyder. Nick graduated from the Deer Creek High School with the class of 1972. On September 23, 1972 Nicholas was married to Jane Eckhoff at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Henning. Nick and Jane resided and farmed on the Eckhoff farm in rural Deer Creek. They were married for 20 years as their marriage was blessed with three children: Kim, Amanda and Nick Jr. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, fishing and had a great sense of humor. Since 2009 Nick has resided at Grand View Estates in Ottertail.
On March 16, 2017 Nick passed away at Essentia Health in Fargo, N.D. at 62 years of age.
Preceding Nick in death were his parents, Nicholas and Esther; infant brother; brothers: Ronald Snyder, Peter Snyder and Mark Snyder.
Nick is survived by two daughters: Kim (Butch) Barthel of Wahpeton, N.D. and Amanda (Dan) Mueller of New York Mills; son, Nicholas Snyder, Jr. of Deer Creek; seven grandchildren: Keenan, Dylan, Noah, Samuel, Jordan, Allie and Lilly; sister, Carol (Karl) Larson of Osakis, Minn.; brothers: Roger (Charice) Snyder of Champlin, Minn.; Tom (DeAnna) Snyder of Deer Creek; Vern (Marilyn) Snyder of Wadena; sisters-in-law: Barb Snyder of Hewitt and Oyie Snyder of Valencia, Calif.; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Please visit karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of support for Nick’s family.
Arrangements are provided by the Karvonen Funeral Home of Wadena.  read entire story. . . .

Larry VanRoekel, 61

Funeral services were held for Larry VanRoekel, age 61 of Ironton, Minn. (formerly of Verndale), on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Karvonen Funeral Home in Wadena, with Pastor Jim Johnson officiating. Special music was provided by Mikayla and Julia Allen. The pallbearers were Larry’s nephews: Richard Schmitz, Isaac Schmitz, Daniel Boyer, Justin Boyer, Wayne Kopp and Mitchell Kopp. The honorary pallbearers were Larry’s nieces: Sarah Kuismi, Julia Allen, Mikayla Allen, Megan VanRoekel, Brittany VanRoekel, Aubree Booth and Anna VanRoekel. Larry was laid to rest at Greenlawn Cemetery, Verndale.
Larry Joe VanRoekel was born on June 19, 1955 in Rock Rapids, Iowa. His parents were the late Wilbur and Julia (Schmitz) VanRoekel. Larry grew up in Verndale where he attended school. He graduated from Sebeka High School with the class of 1973. Larry served in the United States Army for a short time and then was employed working construction in Minneapolis, Minn. In 1996, Larry married his long-time companion, Aloha Klause in Brainerd, Minn. Larry made his home in Hillman, Minn. where he owned and operated Larry’s Recycling. He made his home on Rabbit Lake, rural Crosby, Minn. for 20 years and recently moved to Ironton, Minn. Larry enjoyed classic cars, fast cars, demo derbys, visiting casinos and playing blackjack.
On March 18, 2017 Larry passed away at Lakewood Health in Staples, Minn. at 61 years of age. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Preceding Larry in death were his parents, Wilbur and Julia and niece, Tonya Boyer.
Larry is survived by his siblings: Lyle Schmitz of Wadena; Linda (Dave) Kuismi of Menahga, Minn.; Cindy (Jerry) Boyer of Staples, Minn.; Sally (Dean) Kopp of Verndale; Allen (Kristi) VanRoekel of Verndale; Rodney (Tara Booth) VanRoekel of Wilseyville, Calif.; Dixie (Mike) Allen of Hewitt,  Minn.; 13 nieces and nephews; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Larry’s family a message of comfort and support.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral Home, Wadena.  read entire story. . . .

Margaret Rankins, 95

Services are pending for Margaret Rankins, age 95 of Staples, Minn. (formerly of Wadena).
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral Home, Wadena.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Margaret’s family a message of comfort and support.  read entire story. . . .