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Loretta Gaustad, 86

Memorial services were held for Loretta Gaustad on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 3 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with Pastor Keith Lankford officiating.  The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Diane Hermanson.  Special music was provided by Rod Thalmann. The honorary pallbearers were Lorettaís nephews: Bruce Sandahl, Gary Sandahl, Steve Sandahl, Richard Spanswick, Gary Westhaug, Gerry Quam and Don Quam.
Loretta Elaine Ione Gaustad was born April 18, 1930 at home in Leaf Mountain Township, rural Clitheral. Her parents were the late Severt and Hulda (Dahl) Quam. Loretta was baptized on June 22, 1930 and confirmed on October 15, 1944 at Leaf Mountain Lutheran Church. She attended country school and also Battle Lake High School. On March 27, 1954 Loretta was united in marriage to James Edwin Gaustad in Henning. Their marriage was blessed with seven children. Since 1956 Loretta and Jim have made their home in rural Henning. Loretta was employed with Mugs Ice Cream Shoppe, Hulls Landing, Nilla Coffee Shop and also as a nurses aid at the Golden Living Center. She loved to sew and garden and enjoyed canning her harvest. She was an excellent cook and spoiled her family with potato klub, lefsa, donuts and fried chicken.
On May 16, 2016 Loretta passed away surrounded by her loving family at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena, at 86 years of age. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Preceding Loretta in death were her parents, four siblings: Edith Spanswick, Sam Quam, Ray Quam and her twin sister Loraine Sandahl; her grandson, Cameron Sandahl as well as a host of family and friends.
Loretta is survived by her husband, Jim Gaustad, her seven children: Carter (Christine) Sandahl of Careywood, Idaho; Gary (Jill) Hallman of Rochester, Minn.; Jeffery (Deb) Gaustad of Puyallup, Wash.; Janice (Tom) Weinhandl of Henning; Jon (Ann) Gaustad of Underwood; Jay Gaustad of Henning and Jayne (Ron) Cekalla of Little Falls, Minn.; 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.
Arrangements are provided by Belmont-Karvonen Funeral Home of Henning.
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Steve Truax, 63

Funeral mass was held for Steve Truax, age 63 of Deer Creek, on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Annís Catholic Church Parish Center, with Fr. Aaron Kuhn celebrating. The pallbearers were Daryl Schlueter, Josh Seelhammer, Dale Becker, Darren Astle, Mark Meyer, Lyle Horn, Kevin Niemela and Wayne Niemela. Steve was laid to rest in Oak Hill Cemetery, Deer Creek.
Steven James Truax was born to James George and Darlene Jane (Wardien) Truax on March 26, 1953 in Bertha. He graduated from the Deer Creek High School with the class of 1971. Steve was united in marriage with his high school sweetheart, Sandra Sue Novak on July 31, 1971 at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Bluffton.  Their marriage was blessed with 3 children. They resided in Wadena for a short time before making their home in Deer Creek where they farmed. Steve was employed in construction with Bud Buising and farmed with his dad. In 1986, Steve and Sandy purchased an 80 acres hobby farm from Chuck and Irm Perkins. Steve was employed with Homecrest in Wadena for 17 years and then went to work for IFS in Deer Creek and Perham until recently retiring due to illness.
Steve loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and loved watching them play any sports. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, snowmobiling, horse racing and was an excellent cook. Steve was a member of the Deer Creek Rod and Gun and the Deer Creek Cardinal baseball team.
On May 7, 2016 Steve passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family and the gentle care of Knute Nelson Hospice at 63 years of age. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Preceding Steve in death were his grandparents, Ernie and Elsie Wardien, Cliff and Emma Truax; mother-in-law, Lupe Novak; uncle, Earl; nephew, Trevor Blevins; niece Angie Blevins.
Steve is survived by his loving wife of 44 year, Sandra Truax of Deer Creek; children: Michelle (Jon) Gowan of Fergus Falls; Bradley (Carol) Truax of Grand Forks, N.D.; Jeremy (Lisa) Truax of Fergus Falls; parents: Jim and Darlene Truax of Deer Creek; father-in-law, Paul Novak of Fergus Falls; 6 grandchildren: Breanna Buck, Allison Buck, Jillian Buck, Lincoln Truax, Jordan Grochowski and Jacob Grochowski; sisters: Joyce (Scott) Wohlend of Deer Creek, Gail (Monty) Hubble of Anchorage, Alaska and Pam (Steve) Blevins of Deer Creek; brothers: Greg (Kathy) Truax of Fergus Falls and Tim (LuAnn) Truax of Fergus Falls; many nieces, nephew, cousins, other relatives and a host of friends.
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Arrangements were provided by the Karvonen Funeral Home of Wadena.

Delroy Jelinek, 81

Funeral services were held for Delroy Jelinek, age 81 of Henning, on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Henning, with Pastor Jean Claude ďJCĒ Duncan officiating. The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Paul Malecha. The pallbearers were Glenn Scott, Tony Kawlewski, Dr. Jon Wigert. Military Honors were provided by the Minnesota Army National Guard, Moorhead, Minn. Delroy was laid to rest in Trinity Cemetery, Henning.
Delroy Keith Jelinek was born on December 12, 1934 in St. Paul, Minn. His parents were the Joseph and Lauretta (Payne) Jelinek. Del graduated from the Harding High School with the Class of 1953. After graduation, he attended St. Cloud State University. Del proudly served in the United States Army from July 27, 1953 to May 19, 1955. On April 6, 1963 Del was united in marriage to Janice Fae Cox in Sioux Falls, S.D. They resided in St. Paul, where Del was employed with the United States Postal Service. While living in St. Paul, Del was very active in the Masonís and the Shrinerís. They moved to Pine City, Minn., where they owned and operated a Delís Tavern, before making their home in Henning where they owned and operated Jelinek Clothing and Simple Pleasures Ice Cream Parlor. Del enjoyed fishing openers on East Battle Lake with family and friends. On May 14, 2016 Del passed away at Golden Living Center in Henning at 81 years of age. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Preceding Del in death were his parents: Joseph and Lauretta Jelinek.
Del is survived by his loving wife, Janice; daughters: Linda (Greg) Crandall of Isanti, Minn.; Laurie Jelinek of St. Paul, Minn.; son, Anthony (Deb) Jelinek of Lindstrom, Minn.; grandchildren: Hope, Cole and Katie; great-grandson, Eddie; many other relatives and a host of friends.
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Arrangements were provided by the Belmont-Karvonen Funeral Home of Henning.

Dorothy Palubicki, 85

Dorothy Palubicki, 85, passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2016, in Downers Grove, Ill., among her family members. She was a survivor of breast cancer for 27 years. Funeral services and a Mass of Christian burial will be held in July at the Perham Living Chapel in Perham. Details are pending. Please check back at for updated information.
Dorothy Irene Stenger was born on June 7, 1930, at Pelican Rapids, Minn. She was the youngest child of John and Otillia (Von Almen) Stenger. She attended rural school in Dora township and graduated from Pelican Rapids high school in 1947. She earned her initial teacher certification and began teaching at the age of 18. In 1962, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Moorhead State University.
She married Robert Palubicki on August 2, 1951, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dent. She taught in various rural schools in Otter Tail and Wilken Counties. For many years she taught elementary school at Herman, Minn. She was a talented and beloved teacher with a passion for Minnesota history and Ancient Civilizations. She made her classroom come alive with theme-based education long before it was a popular method. Her two generations of students recall the annual plays they produced and performed celebrating eras of Minnesota or world history. Although not a musician herself, she encouraged and coached students and her own children and grandchildren to optimize their musical talent by disciplined practice.
She shared with her husband Bob a love of the living Church and took leadership in integrating Vatican II into their parishes. She was a lifelong learner and avid reader, relying on Books on Tape after her sight began to fail.   She was a generous philanthropist, especially to Catholic Relief Services, Food for the Poor, and Catholic Charities. Her care and concern for the poor and marginalized led her to become politically active throughout her life. Her one regret was that she did not participate in the March on Washington with Rev. Martin Luther King in 1963.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, her mother and father, two sisters, Marcella Stenger and Madelyn Cameron, and her brother Laurence Stenger. She is survived by her daughter Stephanie and son-in-law Michael Kennedy of Downers Grove, Ill.; her son Duane and daughter-in-law Nancy of rural Dent; and her son Anthony and daughter-in-law Pamela; her six grandchildren Rochelle, Christi, John, Bradley, Jamie, and Shannon; and numerous nieces and nephews, friends and relatives.
Dorothy specifically requested that memorials, instead of flowers, be made to charities directly benefiting the poor, in particular, Catholic Charities or Food For The Poor (
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Arrangements are provided by the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills.

Harold Menze, 89

Memorial services were held for Harold Menze, age 89 of Ottertail, on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Ottertail, with Reverend Dr. Karl Weber officiating. The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Mary Weber. Military Honors were provided by the Minnesota Army National Guard Honor Guard of Moorhead, Minn.
Harold Allan Menze was born December 18, 1926 in Ottertail. His parents were the late Walter and Ann (Spielmann) Menze. When Harold was a child his family made their home in Minneapolis, Minn. where he attended West High School. Harold served honorably in the Merchant Marines and the US Army from 1943-1952 during World War II and the Korean Conflict. Harold was then employed by the Lawrence National Lab in Livermore, Calif. during the 1950ís. He then moved back to the family farm in Ottertail where he built his home on Portage Lake. Harold was employed by Winzen Research Inc. and BAE Systems in Minneapolis, Minn. until he retired in 1983. Harold enjoyed helping with the many tasks on the Menze family farm. He enjoyed deer hunting and made sure that no bird went hungry on his watch.
Harold passed away on May 12, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Battle Lake, at 89 years of age. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Preceding Harold in death were his parents, Walter and Ann Menze; and brother, Vernon Menze.
Harold is survived by his sister, Joyce Brown of Fremont, Calif.; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are provided by Belmont-Karvonen Funeral Home in Henning.
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Kenneth Moenck, 80

Celebration of Life will be held for Kenneth ďKenĒ Moenck, age 80 of Alexandria, Minn. (formerly of Henning) on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Shalom Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Minn. with Pastor Justin Fenger officiating. The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Virginia Hegre. A memory by Pr. Glenn and Soren Anderson. The pallbearers were Shalom Retired Pastors. Ken was laid to rest in Norderhaug Cemetery, Henning.
Kenneth Davy Moenck, son of W.H. and Ann (Mandsager) Moenck was born in Vincent, Iowa on January 11, 1936. He was baptized March 24, 1936 and confirmed on October 30, 1949 at South Enes Lutheran Church at Vincent, Iowa. He was a graduate of Ft. Dodge, Iowa High School in 1954 and St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn. in 1958 with a BA degree in Communications and History. It was in college that he realized that God was calling him to serve in the ministry of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He entered Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. and graduated with a Master in Divinity in 1962. Ken later received accreditation in counseling and license in social work serving as the Social Work Supervisor for Wadena County Human Services in Wadena County until retirement in 2001. He and Donna Williams of Detroit Lakes, Minn. were married on October 15, 1960 during Kenís internship year at St. Paulís Lutheran Church of Stillwater, Minn. and they were blessed with four children: Debora, Kaj, Robert and Sue. Ken served ELCA parishes at Hope and Bethesda in Northome, Minn. and Mizpah, Minn.; Shepherd of the Hills in Swift Falls, Minn.; Our Saviorís Lutheran in Chokio, Minn.; and Elmo Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie, Minn.; where he served for 30 years, retiring in 2006. The Moenckís made their home in Henning for 40 years. Then they moved to Alexandria, Minn. in 2014 to facilitate Kenís advancing Parkinsonís disease with dementia. He was a resident of Edgewood Vista Assisted Living/Memory Care facility receiving care from a wonderful staff since April 2015.
Ken passed away on May 20, 2016 at the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria, Minn. at the age of 80. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Walter and Ann Moenck; brother, Vernelle; grandchild, Rashaun; grandparents and many aunts and uncles.
Surviving Ken are his wife, Donna; children: Debora (Joel) Hemstad of St. Paul, Minn.; Kaj (Jan) Moenck of St. Louis Park, Minn.; Robert Moenck of Minneapolis, Minn.; Sue Troutman of Hopkins, Minn.; grandchildren: Caitlin, Kyle, Katie, Larelle, Shamika, Sharkira, Bobby Jr., Breana, Elsie and Renee; eight great-grandchildren; aunt, Evelyn Mandsager of Emmetsburg, Iowa; niece, Roxi (Andre) Augustine of Manteca, Calif.; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are with the Belmont-Karvonen Funeral Home in Henning.
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James Ostrom, 88

James I. Ostrom, 88, Henning, formerly Wahpeton, N.D., passed away, Monday, May 9, 2016 at Lake Region Healthcare, Fergus Falls. The Funeral Mass was held on Thursday, May 19 at 10:30 a.m., at St. Johnís Catholic Church, Wahpeton, N.D. with Rev. Dale Lagodinski as celebrant. Visitation was on Wednesday, May 18 from 5-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Prayer Vigil at Willow Creek Chapel, Wahpeton, with a 4:30 p.m. Rosary. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery Wahpeton, N.D. with Military Honors by Wahpeton Military Unit. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to a charity of your choice or St. Johnís School. Arrangements have been entrusted with Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton, N.D.  
James Irwin Ostrom was born April 6, 1928, the son of Irwin E. and Grace S. (Fairbanks) Ostrom in Faribault, Minn. He grew up in Faribault and graduated from Bethlehem Academy in 1946, where he participated in football and basketball.  Jim served in the US Marine Corps immediately following WWII from July of 1946 to November of 1948 and was called back into the Marines from November of 1950 to January of 1952, serving in the Korean Conflict. Upon returning from the service he enrolled at St. Johnís University, Collegeville, Minn. After graduating, Jim worked in insurance with his brother, Dick, in Faribault, Minn. In 1954 he accepted a job with First National Bank in Wahpeton, N.D., working in the insurance department. It was here that he met a teller named Rosemary Langenwalter; they were united in marriage on the 18th of October 1958 in Wahpeton. In 1961 they moved to St. Cloud, Minn. They returned to Wahpeton in 1965 and Jim started Valley Insurance. Rosie started working at Valley Insurance in 1974; they sold the business to their daughter Amy in 1993. Jim continued to work there until the family sold the agency in 2008. In July of 2013 Jim and Rosie moved to Henning, to live closer to their daughters.
Jim was a long time member of St. Johnís Catholic Church, Wahpeton, N.D., where he was on the finance committee for several years. He served on the board on the Professional Insurance Agents and was active in the Wahpeton community: serving in Jaycees, Knights of Columbus, Eagles, American Legion and VFW.
Jim is survived by his wife of 58 years, Rosie, Henning, MN; three daughters, Jean Ostrom Blonigen, Fargo, N.D.; Amy (Mike) Ostrom Ahlfs, Ottertail and Mary (Mark) Ellenson, Henning; six grandchildren: Taylor and Jack Blonigen, Mattie (Kyle) Haberman, Sadie Ellenson, Jessie Dumm, Megan Ellenson, and two great-grandchildren, Blain and Bailey.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Joanne, and three brothers, Dick, Tom and Jack, his grandson, Travis, and many sisters and brothers-in-law.