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Jean Thompson, 83

Memorial services were held for Jean Thompson, age 83 of New York Mills, on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. Peterís Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York Mills.
A gathering of family and friends was held one hour prior to the memorial service.  Jean will be laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery in Sabula, Iowa.
Please visit karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Jeanís family.
Arrangements were provided by the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills.  read entire story. . . .

Lois Clausen, 81

Lois Clausen, age 81 of Deer Creek, passed away peacefully at her home on May 18, 2017.
Visitation was held on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Karvonen Funeral Home, Wadena from 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6 p.m. Funeral services were held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wadena on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 11 a.m. with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior.
Lois Clarene Bjerke was born on September 5, 1935 in rural Clark County, S.D. Her parents were Gunder and Ida (Stromsness) Bjerke. Lois graduated from the Lily High School with the class of 1953 where she was a cheerleader and homecoming queen. She was employed at the courthouse in Clark, S.D. On October 20, 1954, Lois was united in marriage with Clifford Clausen at Our Savior Lutheran Church in rural Lily, S.D. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Steve and Susan. Clifford and Lois made their home in Tennessee where Clifford served in the United States Army. They returned to South Dakota where Clifford was a teacher, he also taught in North Dakota and Minnesota. Clifford and Lois moved to Detroit Lakes, Minn. where together they owned and operated The Village Resort on Lake Melissa. In the fall of 1983, they made their home in Deer Creek. Lois loved to bake and cook, socialize with family and friends.
Lois is survived by her husband of 62 years, Clifford Clausen; son, Steve Clausen of Minneapolis, Minn.; daughter, Susan Clausen of Deer Creek; grandchildren: Tiffany, Dustin and Michael; great-grandchildren: Daisy, Devon, Lexy, Talen, Isaiah, Gabby and Michael Jr.; sister, Marlys Clausen of Webster, S.D.; brothers, Clifford (Sharol) Bjerke of Rapid City, S.D., Wesley (Linda) Bjerke of Rapid City, S.D.; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Preceding Lois in death were her parents; grandson, Tyler; siblings: Glen and Gene; brother-in-law, David and nephew, Kevin Clausen.
Arrangements by Karvonen Funeral Home, Wadena.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support to Loisís family.  read entire story. . . .

Nick Roes, 97

Nick Henry Roes was born on April 10, 1920 in Butler Township, rural Menahga, Minn. His parents were the late Andrew and Pauline (Polman) Roes. Nick grew up on the family farm in Butler Township. He served honorably in the United States Air Force from April 11, 1942 to January 10, 1946. Nick returned to the family farm in Butler Township where he farmed and resided his entire life. He loved nature, feeding the deer and planting pine trees.
On May 19, 2017 Nick passed away peacefully at Perham Living in Perham at 97 years of age.
He will be dearly missed by family, neighbors and friends.
Preceding Nick in death were his parents, Andrew and Pauline Roes; sisters: Dora, Jacoba and Mary; brothers: George Roes and Paul (and his wife, Dorothy) Roes.
Nick is survived by his sister, Ida (Harry) Bjorklund of Pelican Rapids, Minn.; brother, Joe Roes of Harwood, N.D.; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Nickís family.
Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills.  read entire story. . . .

Drew Vandermay, infant

Drew Scott Vandermay went to Heaven immediately after he was born on May 19, 2017 at 7:45 p.m. At 18 weeks gestation, Drew was 8.75 inches tall and weighed 7 ounces. He was born and died at the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria, Minn.
Drew is survived by his parents, Jeremy and Connie Vandermay of New York Mills; brothers, Austin and Bryce; sister, Cora; grandparents, Rick Rosenlund of Chisholm, Minn. and Jane Rosenlund of Hibbing, Minn.; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is preceded in death by grandparents, Richard and Claretta Vandermay of New York Mills.
There will be a graveside service officiated by Paul Sneeden on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Woodland Cemetery in New York Mills.
Drew will be greatly missed.
Please visit karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Drewís family.
Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills.  read entire story. . . .