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Alice Mattfeld, 94

Funeral services were held for Alice Mattfeld, age 94 of Ottertail, on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in New York Mills, with Pastor Kirk Douglas officiating. The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Janell Brakel. Special music was provided by Alice’s daughter, Kari Lee Anderson and Ted Feyder. The pall was placed by Alice’s granddaughters: Julie, Lauri, Jennifer, Angela, Stacy and Kelsey. The pallbearers were Alice’s grandsons: Scott, Jay, Jeffrey, Brent and Casey. Alice was laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery, New York Mills.
Alice Emelia Mattfeld, age 94, of Ottertail. passed away peacefully, January 2, 2017 at Perham Living, Perham, where she had resided since early 2017.
Alice Emelia Koennicke was born on February 12, 1923 at her parent’s home in Homestead Township, rural New York Mills. Her parents were the late Albert and Emelia Herminnie (Jorgenson) Koennicke. Alice was confirmed on May 9, 1937 at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Perham. She was employed as a waitress at Stolls Café in Perham, and later at Welter Brothers Grocery. On May 15, 1945 Alice was united in marriage with George William Mattfeld at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Perham. Their marriage was blessed with four children. Alice and George made their home in Pine Lake Township where they raised their family and farmed, retiring in 1994. In 1995 Alice and George made their home on Rush Lake where they enjoyed fishing year-round, having family and friends over to visit. It was always a “hot spot” for many card game and good food. Alice was an excellent cook, entertaining relatives quite regularly. She loved to quilt, crochet, sew, read, watch sports, and of course fish. Her grandchildren always brought a twinkle to her eye. Alice was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, New York Mills, where she participated on the Centennial Committee, The Trinity Quilters, and Trinity LWML. She was also a leader for the Pine Lake Hustlers 4-H Club, and the Pine Home Homemakers Club. After George’s passing, Alice enjoyed volunteering at Perham Living. Alice’s husband George, passed away on January 30, 2012. She continued to reside on Rush Lake, Ottertail, until early 2017. Alice left a beautiful legacy to all who knew her.
Preceding Alice in death were her parents; husband, George; sisters: Eleanor Beringer and Laverne Koennicke; brother, George (Jeannie) Koennicke; granddaughter, Lynn Marie Davis.
Alice is survived by her children: Cynthia (Robert) Davis of Ottertail; Kayleen (Howard) Imsande of Brainerd, Minn.; Richard (Betty) Mattfeld of Underwood, KariLee (Rick) Anderson of Brainerd, Minn.; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; brother, Albert (Marcella) Koennicke of Fergus Falls; brother-in-law, Alvin (Margaret) Mattfeld of New York Mills; sisters-in–law: Gladys (Henry) Ramus of Perham; Ardene Bartness of Puyallup, Wash.; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Please visit karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Alice’s family.
Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral and Cremation Service, New York Mills.  read entire story. . . .

Elda Pikkaraine, 82

Funeral services were held for Elda Pikkaraine, age 82 of Elk River, Minn. (formerly of Wadena), on Saturday, January 6, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in New York Mills, with Pastor Nicholas Kandoll officiating. The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Charles Cooper. The pallbearers were Jay Bauer, Tim Keppel, Jeff Lillibridge, Tyler Turn, Tanner Turn and Cameron Olson. Elda was laid to rest in Woodland Cemetery, New York Mills.
Elda Mae (Ackerman) Pikkaraine was born on November 12, 1935 in Parkers Prairie. Her parents were the late Lloyd and Esther (Eggert) Ackerman. Elda and her family moved to Bluffton when Elda was six years old. She attended Country School in rural Bluffton. Elda graduated from New York Mills High School with the class of 1953. On June 18, 1955 Elda was united in marriage to Tanie Pikkaraine. Elda and Tanie made their home and resided in Robbinsdale, Minn. until 1962. Then they moved to the Zimmerman, Minn., where they raised their four children. On August 7, 1999 Elda and Tanie retired to Wadena. Tanie passed away on May 25, 2011 at their home in Wadena. Elda then made her home in Elk River, Minn., to be near her children. Elda was very family oriented, spending as much time with them as she could. She loved sewing, quilting, gardening, baking and canning.
On December 31, 2017 Elda passed away at her home in Elk River, Minn. at 82 years of age. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Preceding Elda in death were her parents; husband: Tanie Pikkaraine.
Elda is survived by her daughters: Diane (Jay) Reynolds of Ramsey, Minn.; Patricia (Rick) Turn of Bemidji, Minn.; Cheryl Pikkaraine of Ramsey, Minn.; son, Darrell (Shari) Pikkaraine of Elk River, Minn.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; many other relatives and a host of friends.
In Lieu of Flowers: Fairview Hospice.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Elda’s family a message of comfort and support.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral and Cremation Services of New York Mills.  read entire story. . . .

Darcy Fink, 37

Memorial services for Darcy Fink, age 37 of Wadena, will be held Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Wadena at 11 a.m. A gathering for family and friends will be one hour prior to the service.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 24 at Karvonen Funeral Home of Wadena from 4-8 p.m. with prayer service and sharing time at 7 p.m. It has been requested to wear your best Darcy attire to the visitation.
Please visit karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Darcy’s family.
Arrangements were provided by the Karvonen Funeral and Cremation Service of Wadena.  read entire story. . . .

Bryton Trosdahl, infant

Funeral services were held for Bryton Trosdahl,  on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ottertail. Visitation was held on Saturday from 9:30-11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Arrangements were provided by the Belmont-Karvonen Funeral and Cremation Service.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Bryton’s family a message of comfort and support.  read entire story. . . .

Eva Lorenzen, 101

Memorial services were held for Eva Lorenzen, age 101 of New York Mills, on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the Elders Home Chapel in New York Mills. A gathering of family and friends was held one hour prior to the memorial service.
Eva will be laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery in New York Mills.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Eva’s family a message of comfort and support.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral and Cremation services of New York Mills.  read entire story. . . .

Kay Kenney, 74

Memorial services were held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 for Kay Kenney, age 74 of Wadena, at Karvonen Funeral Home of Wadena. Kay will be laid to rest at Leaf River Cemetery of Wadena.
Kay Francis Kenney was born August 20, 1943 in St. Peter, Minn. to Frank and Margaret (Barlett) Kenney. She was raised in the Willmar area and attended Willmar public schools. Kay was married to Byron Charles Tjaden on March 10, 1962. Kay and Byron were married for 22 years and were blessed with three children, Brian, Lori, and Jodi. Attending Wadena Vocational Tech, Kay received her degree as a medical secretary. She was employed at Auto Tri-Co of Wadena and Pine Manor of Nevis, Minn. before becoming a nursing assistant at Fair Oaks Lodge of Wadena; Perham Memorial Home and the New York Mills Elder’s Home. Kay enjoyed gardening, flowers, fishing, and playing video games with the grandchildren. She truly loved spending time with family and friends and being at the lake.
On January 13, 2018, Kay passed away at the New York Mills Elders Home of New York Mills. She is preceded in death by her parents and numerous aunts and uncles.
Kay is survived by her three children: Brian (Shea) Tjaden of Wadena; Lori (Dale Larson) Tjaden of Vergas, Minn.; Jodi (Jim) Wegscheid of Wadena; six grandchildren:  Joseph (Calyn) Kenyon; Casey Kenyon; Jesse (Amber Hedin) Kenyon; Stephanie (fiancé, Kyle Diederich) Wegscheid; Josh (Samantha Romann) Wegscheid; Colton Huntsman; four great-grandchildren:  Arlan, Chase and Wenston Kenyon and Timothy Hedin; and a host of friends.
Please visit karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Kay’s family.
Arrangements were provided by the Karvonen Funeral and Cremation Service of Wadena.  read entire story. . . .

Fern Morstad, 92

Funeral services were held for Fern Morstad, age 92 of Vancouver, Wash. (formerly of New York Mills), on January 18, 2018 at 2 p.m. at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York Mills, with Pastor Ryan Stout and Pastor Merv Thompson officiating. The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Janell Brakel. The pallbearers were Steve Keith, Gary Morganroth, Dave Morstad, Chip Oberg, Kyle Johnson and Jeff Haas. Fern was laid to rest in St. Peter’s Cemetery in New York Mills.
Fern Lorraine Oberg was born on March 4, 1925 in Moorhead, Minn. Her parents were the late Martin and Alma (Nodle) Oberg. On April 9, 1949 Fern was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Morstad in Georgetown, Minn. and Fargo, N.D. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Barry and Jane. Fern and Bob made their home in New York Mills where Bob practiced as a dentist and Fern raised their family. After Bob’s retirement, Fern and Bob moved to Washington. Bob passed away on September 7, 2013 at the Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver, Wash. Fern loved teaching anyone, she was a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa Teachers Sorority, a founding member of the Piecemakers Quilting at St. Peter’s Church. She enjoyed church activities, cooking, gardening and flowers. Fern was the first woman to fly in Minnesota and also traveled on a military ship.
On January 9, 2018 Fern passed away peacefully listening to a harp being played at the Orchard Adult Care Home in Vancouver, Wash. at 92 years of age. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Preceding Fern in death were her parents, Alma and Martin Oberg; husband, Robert; grandchild, Joseph Keith; daughter-in-law, Althea Morstad; brother, Milton Oberg; parents-in-law, Dr. Andrew T and Alice Morstad; sisters-in-law, Lavay Yeager and Mary Ann Haakana; brothers-in-law, Ted McDougal, Dr. David Morstad and Dr. Theodore Morstad.
Fern is survived by her daughter, Jane (Stephen) Keith; son, Barry Morstad; four grandchildren: Mackenzie and Whitney Keith, Jesse and Jennifer Reno; sister, Vivian McDougal; brother, Curtis (Lois) Oberg; sisters-in-law, Alice (Miley) Hass, Jackie (Mervin) Thompson, Geneva Morstad and Marilyn Morstad; and many other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral and Cremation Service.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Fern’s family.  read entire story. . . .

Eugene Lohse, 86

Graveside services were held for Eugene Lohse, age 86 of Ottertail, on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Good Shepherd Cemetery in Henning.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Eugene’s family a message of comfort and support.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral and Cremation Services of New York Mills.  read entire story. . . .