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Henrietta Brady, 70

Funeral services were held for Henrietta (Handt) Brady on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Karvonen Funeral Home in Wadena, with Pastor Larry Bessler officiating. The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Doreen Bessler. The pallbearers were Dano Crandall, Billy Handt, Cory Handt, Geno Handt, Eldwin Davis and Alan Cullifer. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Handt, Barb Herr, Hank Bahe, Bill Bahe, Harold Skov, John Howard, Mike Johnson and Watson Johnson, Jr.
Henrietta was laid to rest in the Catherine Brooks Memorial Cemetery, New York Mills.
Henrietta Louis Handt was born on February 2, 1946 in Belgrade, Minn. Her parents were the late Wille Carl and Louise Henrietta Pomeranian. Henrietta grew up in Hewitt where she was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church. She graduated from the Bertha-Hewitt High School with the class of 1963. Her father passed away unexpectedly in 1963 and Henrietta helped take care of her family by taking employment at National Tea Grocery, Keys Truck Stop and River Inn. Henrietta was also employed at Red Owl and IGA. On December 7, 1974 Henrietta Handt was united in marriage to Robert Russell Brady at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hewitt. Henrietta and Robert made their home in Wadena, Great Falls, Mont. and Calgary, Canada. Robert and Henrietta then moved back to Minnesota where Henrietta was employed at the Super Value in Wadena and the Salvation Army in Fergus Falls, Minn. and Moorhead, Minn.. Robert continued truck driving until his retirement in 2008. They moved back to New York Mils to be closer to family. Henrietta’s faith and family were very important to her. On October 4, 2014 Robert passed away.
Henrietta passed away peacefully on June 21, 2016 at the Elders’ Home in New York Mills at 70 years of age. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Preceding Henrietta in death were her parents; husband, Robert; brothers: Gene, Marvin and Arnie; brother-in-law, John Herr.
Henrietta is survived by her son, William Brady; daughter, Luella Brady; five grandchildren; sister, Barb Herr; brother, Bill (Mary) Handt; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral Home of Wadena.
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Viola Cresswell, 88

Funeral services were held for Viola Cresswell, age 88 of New York Mills, on Thursday, June 23,2016 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in New York Mills with Pastor Kirk Douglas and Pastor Gunard Heikkila officiating. The pallbearers were Dan Paavola, Todd Paavola, John Paavola, David Paavola, Paul Lepisto and Steve Koivula. The music was sung by the congregation, accompanied by Janell Brakel. Special music was provided by Greg Esala and Tom Hammers. Viola was laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery, New York Mills.
Viola Marion Paavola was born on June 26, 1927 in New York Mills. Her parents were the late Fred and Flora (Hietala) Paavola. Viola graduated from the New York Mills High School with the class of 1945. She continued her education at River Forest Concordia College near Chicago, Ill. and began her teaching career at Redeemer Lutheran in Cicero, Ill. In 1949, Viola moved to Detroit, Mich. where she taught at Salem Lutheran and met her future husband, George. In 1951 Viola was united in marriage with George Foster Cresswell at Trinity Lutheran Church in New York Mills. They resided in Dearborn Heights, Mich. until 1971 when they made their home in New York Mills. Viola was an active member at Trinity Lutheran Church, Choir, LWML and the Charles D. Center V.F.W. Auxiliary. She was also a member of Finn Creek, First Chapter of Habitat for Humanity in Otter Tail County, Cultural Center in New York Mills and enjoyed volunteering at the Senior Arts and Crafts Center and Senior Counselor for the Blind. Viola was a Sunday school superintendent and teacher in Michigan and Minnesota. George passed away on April 27, 2007.
Preceding Viola in death were her parents; husband, George; daughter, Virginia; in-laws, Samuel (Mae) Cresswell and Janet Cresswell; brothers: Melvin (Sylvia) Paavola, Edwin (Linda) Paavola, Wilho (Rosie) Paavola, Waino Paavola and infant brother, Erwin Paavola; sisters: Helen (Russ) Lepisto and Vienna (Jack) Koivula; brothers-in-law: Al Venneri, Sylvio Zanardelli and Herbert Cresswell; sisters-in-law: Lois Czoka, Ruth (Joe) Bartolotta, Billie Bedro and Janet (Ron) Adolf; nephews: Larry Paavola, Matthew Paavola, Mark Zanardelli and Sammy Cresswell.
Viola is survived by her daughter, Cynthia (Scott) Cresswell of Rushford, Minn.; sons: George Jr. (Cindy) Cresswell of Fargo, N.D. and Daniel Cresswell of Ottertail; brother, Einar (Elaine) Paavola; sisters-in-law: Maryann Paavola, Dolly Venneri and Evelyn Zanardelli: brothers-in-law: Bill Czoka, George Bedro and Gary Cresswell; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
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Arrangements were provided by the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills.