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Vivian Uhren, 61

Vivian Fay Uhren, 61, of Vining,  died Friday, October 3, 2014, at Fairview University of Minnesota Hospital, with husband Ken at her side.
Viv was born on June 12, 1953, in Redfield, S.D., to Ralph and Nina Sorensen.
In 1973, Viv graduated from Golden Valley Lutheran College and then worked as a Parish and Youth worker at Hope Lutheran Church in New Hope, Minn.
On July 26, 1975, Viv was married to Ken Uhren and they have resided for most of their married life in rural Vining.
Viv worked as a bank teller and bookkeeper in Fergus Falls from 1978 to 1988 and then became a stay at home mom for the next 18 years. For 13 of those years she worked as a volunteer at Health Resources in Fergus Falls. In 2006, Viv became a part-time Postal Worker and then for 3 years became full-time at the Clitherall Post Office and worked up until she was diagnosed with leukemia in November 2013.
Viv is remembered for her love for her savior, her love of people, her love of music and her singing, her selfless giving, her sense of humor, her many many friends, and especially her love for her family.
Viv is survived by her husband Ken; her children, Rebecca (Tyler) Johnson, Benjamin Uhren, Hannah (Jamie) Boehmer, Michael Uhren; her grandchildren, Ashton, Caitlyn, and Rylan; her mother in law, Rubye;  her brother, Chuck and sister in law, Bonnie;sister Laura and brother in law Mike; brother, Neil and sister in law Kari; sister, Jill and brother in law Ken; sisters in law Sylvia, Cynthia, Carolyn, and Mary; brother in law David, many nieces and nephews, and many many friends.
She is preceded in death by her father Ralph, mother Nina, brother, Paul, niece Joelle, and father in law Howard
Visitation: Friday, October 10 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls and resuming at the Vining Lutheran Church at 7 p.m.
Funeral Services: 11 a.m., Saturday, October 11, at the Vining Lutheran church in Vining with a visitation one hour prior to the service.
Interment: Vining Lutheran Cemetery, Vining
Funeral arrangements are with the Glende-Nilson Funeral Home of Fergus Falls.
Online condolences at www.glendenilson.com

Patty Jokela, 73

Funeral services were held for Patty Jokela, age 73 of New York Mills, on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in New York Mills.
Visitation was held on Friday, October 10, 2014 from 5-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in New York Mills. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the funeral service.
Patty passed away on October 8, 2014 at the Elders’ Home in New York Mills.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral Home, New York Mills.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Patty’s family a message of comfort and support.

Clarence Austin, 75

Visitation was held  for Clarence Austin age 75, of Ottertail, on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 4-6 p.m. with Memorial Services at 6 p.m. at Karvonen Funeral Home in New York Mills.
Clarence passed away on October 7, 2014 at Perham Health surrounded by his loving family.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral Home, New York Mills.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Clarence’s family a message of comfort and support.

Earl Sinna, 76

Memorial Services were held for Earl Sinna, age 76, of New York Mills, on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church with Father George Michael officiating. The hymns were song by the congregation, and accompanied by Lisa Young. Special music was provided by Lisa Werner. Earl was laid to rest in St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery in Otto Township, rural Perham.
Earl James Sinna was born on July 16, 1938 in St. Paul, Minn. His parents were the late Jack (John) and Pauline (Kurkowski) Sinna. Earl grew up in Shoreview, Minn. Earl was employed with JP Sinna & Sons with his father for 20 years and was a member of the 49ers, where he was an iron worker and built many high rises in the Twin Cities area. On April 13, 1957 Earl was united in marriage to Sharon Ann Mullaney in New Brighton, Minn. Their marriage was blessed with 8 children. Earl and Sharon made their home in Shoreview. In 1968, Earl and Sharon moved to Greenwald, Minn., where they owned and operated Earl’s Bar and Supper Club until 1976. Earl and Sharon then made their home in Zimmermann, Minn. until retiring in 2005. In 2005, Earl and Sharon made their home in rural New York Mills to enjoy the area lakes. Earl’s loves were fishing and his beloved fishing buddy Annie.
Earl passed away peacefully on September 30, 2014 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, N.D. surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren at 76 years of age. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.  Preceding Earl in death were his parents; brothers: Dennis and Howie Sinna.
Earl is survived by his wife: Sharon Sinna; children: Jodi Sinna; John (Nancy) Sinna; Jean (Steve) Thran; Jaime (Debbie) Sinna; Jackie (Jim) Deschenes; Tom Sinna; Nicole Hennemann; son-in-law: Rich Henneman; Michael Sinna; 17 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sisters: Marlene Selvog; Irene (Doug) Hamline; Ruth Reiling; sister-in-law: Linda Sinna; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Earl’s family.

Carol Brutlag, 80

Memorial services were held for Carol Brutlag age 80 of New York Mills, on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ottertail, with Reverend Dr. Karl Weber officiating.  The music was sung by the congregation, accompanied by Marcus Lueders.  The urn-bearers were her children Stephen Brutlag and Margaret Beyer. The honorary urn-bearers were Lloyd Brutlag, Harold Brutlag, Charles Brutlag, Ernest Hagenmueller, Donald Dreyer, Donald Lafferty Robert Scheimann and Wayne Scheimann. Carol will laid to rest in St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Ottertail.
Carol Ann Scheimann was born on October 30, 1933 in Fort Wayne, Ind. Her parents were the late Edgar and Lillian (Springer) Scheimann. Carol was baptized on November 11, 1933 and confirmed on March 30, 1947 at Zion Lutheran Church. Carol graduated from Concordia High School with the class of 1951. She then continued her education at Concordia College in River Forest, Ill., graduating with the class of 1956 with a degree in education. On August 11, 1956 Carol was united in marriage to Marlin Brutlag at Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Ind. Their marriage was blessed with two children. Carol and Marlin made their first home in Fraser, Mich., where Carol taught at St. John’s Lutheran School from 1956-1973. She continued her teaching ministry at St. Peter’s Lutheran School in Richmond, Mich., from 1973-1992. Carol was employed with Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., from 1992-1996, where she had also earned a master’s degree in education. In 1996, Carol and Marlin retired to Minnesota. Carol was involved with Lutherans for Life, and enjoyed reading, bird watching, camping, cooking and hosting.
Carol passed away peacefully on October 1, 2014 at her home in New York Mills, under the care of Lakeland Hospice. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Carol is survived by her husband Marlin; children Stephen (Carolyn) Brutlag of St. Louis, Mo., and Margaret (Richard) Beyer of San Ramon, Calif.; grandchildren Sarah Brutlag, Joel Brutlag, Matthew Beyer, and Duncan Beyer; brothers: Robert (Ramona) Scheimann of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Wayne (Barbara) Scheimann of Addison, Ill.; many other relatives and a host of friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lutherans for Life or to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills.

Floyd Matti, 83

Memorial services were held for Floyd Matti, age 83, of Lino Lakes, Minn., on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 11 a.m. with services at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in New York Mills, with Pastor Don Salo officiating.  The honorary pallbearers were Floyd’s brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law.  Military Honors were provided by the Charles D. Center V.F.W. Post #3289, New York Mills.  Floyd will be laid to rest in Woodland Cemetery in New York Mills.
Floyd Roger Matti was born on April 18, 1931 at home in Newton Township, Otter Tail County, Minn. His parents were the late Everett and Minnie (Isaacson) Matti.  Floyd graduated from New York Mills High School with the class of 1949.  In Dunellen, N.J., Floyd was employed with Art Color Printing Company.  Floyd served honorably in the United States Army as Sergeant First Class during the Korean War from February 28, 1952 to November 28, 1953.  On April 28, 1956 Floyd was united in marriage to Mae Darlene Toppari by the Rev. George Wilson of New York Mills. Their marriage was blessed with 6 children. Floyd and Darlene made their home in Minneapolis and St. Paul for a short time.  In 1961, Floyd and Darlene purchased a house and have resided in Lino Lakes for 56 years.  Floyd retired from the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant after 25 years of service. Floyd was a lifetime member of the New York Mills VFW Post 3289. Floyd was proud of his Finnish heritage. He loved camping, fishing, and the outdoors. He also enjoyed radio, TV, and electronic repair.
Preceding Floyd in death were his parents; brothers: Edmund, Kenneth, Stanley, and Harold Matti; sisters: Mabel Matti; Mildred Szymonowicz; Margaret Bremseth; Marlene Nathe; brothers-in-law: Walter Szymonowicz; Robert Malisheski; sisters-in-law: Lavern Matti; Sharon Matti.
Floyd passed away peacefully on October 3, 2014 at Ecumen Lake Home in North Branch, Minn., at 83 years of age. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Floyd is survived by his wife: Mae Darlene Matti; children: David  (Sharon) Matti of Milford, Ind.; Dale (Jennie) Matti of Lino Lakes, Minn.; Karen (John) Roberts of Moody, Texas; Duane (Pamela) Matti of Linwood, Minn.; Carol Matti of Roseville, Minn.; Bruce Matti of Farmington, Minn.; grandchildren: Laura (Nate) Billing, Amy and Sarah Roberts, Michael, Joshua, Eben, Anders, Frank and Erin Matti; siblings: Glen (Bernice) Matti, Donald (Genevieve) Matti, Mary Ann Malisheski, Myrtle (Roger) Larson, extended family: Roger Bremseth, Bill Toppari, Les (Gwen)Toppari, Don (Ruth) Toppari, Alice Hammett and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Floyd’s family.

Verlin Scheer, 65

Funeral services were held for Verlin Scheer age 65 of Battle Lake, on Friday, October 3, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Wood Lake, Minn., with Reverend Dr. Joel G Koep and Reverend Dr. Karl Weber, Pastors officiating. The hymns were sung by the congregation and accompanied by Audrey Schrader. Special music was provided by Anna Berg and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Choir.  The pallbearers are Keith Klinghagen, Tim Bode, Brian Bode, Paul Grudt, Nathan Bode and Chad Beckler. Military Honors were provided by American Legion Post #556 of Wood Lake, Minn.; with Taps provided by Jarett Berg. Verlin was laid to rest in St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Wood Lake, Minn.
Verlin Harold Scheer was born on September 11th, 1949 in Clarkfield, Minn., to Harold and Viola (Neuman) Scheer. He was baptized into Christ November 20, 1949 at Silo Lutheran Church in Cottonwood, Minn. Verlin grew up in Wood Lake, Minn. He was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Wood Lake on April 28, 1963. After graduating from Wood Lake Public School in 1967, he attended Granite Falls Technical School for two years before enlisting in the United States Air Force.
On June 20, 1970 Verlin was united in marriage to Beatrice Bode at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Posen Township, Wood Lake, Minn. Three sons were born to this union, Richard, Jonathan and Joshua. They lived in rural Wood Lake until moving to their lake home near Battle Lake, in January 2014. There they became members of the ever welcoming St John’s Lutheran Church of Ottertail.
He served as a machinist at Norton AFB California and RAF Lakenheath, England from 1969 to 1973 during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in 1973 and served in the Air Force Reserve until 1975.
Verlin was active in St. Luke’s Lutheran Church as a youth leader, financial secretary, elder and president of the congregation. He also served in his community as a school board member of both Echo-Wood Lake and Lakeview School Districts.  He was the treasurer of the Posen Town Board for 29 years from 1983 to 2012.
He started his career in the IT department at North Star Mutual Insurance in Cottonwood, Minn., in 1974. He retired as one of the senior vice presidents in 2014.
Some of his most joyous times of Verlin’s life were spent with family and friends at their lake home on Round Lake. He was always an avid hunter and fisherman and held cherished memories from the many trips that he took.
Most important and always to remember is how grateful he was for the gift of life without end from our Lord Jesus Christ who is the resurrection and the life.
Verlin is survived by his wife Beatrice of Battle Lake; Son Jonathan (Laura) of South Haven, Minn.; their children Jessica, Noelle, Kara, and Rachel. Son Rev. Joshua (Holly) of Cheyenne, Wyo. and their children Madelyn, Genevieve, Wilhelm, and Frederick. Sister Cindy (Randy) Klinghagen of Clara City, Minn.; Brothers and sisters in law: Dianne Bode of Burnsville, Minn., Robert and Charlotte Bode of Wood Lake, Minn.; Curt and Sandy Bode of South Haven, Minn.; Kevin and Karin Bode of Phoenix, Ariz.; Elizabeth and Peter of Wood Lake, Minn. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Preceded in death by son Richard, parents Harold and Viola Scheer, parents-in-law Ezra and Renetta Bode, brother-in-law Butch Bode, niece Sanndy Olson and nephew Nathan Klinghagen.
Arrangements were provided by Belmont Funeral Home, Henning.
Please visit www.belmontfuneral.com to send Verlin’s family a message of comfort and support.

Curtis Magnuson, 65

Memorial services were held for Curtis Magnuson, age 65 of Wadena, on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Belmont Funeral Home in Henning with Pastor Steve Dahl officiating.
Military honors were provided by Elmer Goche VFW Post #3922.Curtis will be laid to rest in Swedish Lutheran Cemetery in Parkers Prairie.
Curtis Marvin Magnuson was born on June 10, 1949 in Alexandria, Minn. His parents were the late Earl Donald and Selma Victoria (Klimp) Magnuson.  Curtis grew up on the family farm in rural Henning.
He attended Grace Lutheran Church and graduated from Henning High School with the class of 1968.  Curtis honorably served in the United States Army from October 3, 1968 to August 25, 1972 and was stationed in Korea and Germany. When Curtis returned from the military he resided in Litchfield, Minn.  Curtis was employed making cabs for IH for several years. Curtis moved to Fargo, N.D. He became disabled with emphysema. Curtis, later moved to St. Cloud, Minn. Following that Curtis lived in an apartment in Staples, Minn., and on September 18, 2012 made his home at the Comfort Care Cottage in Wadena.  
Curtis passed away peacefully on October 3, 2014 at the Tri-County Hospital in Wadena, at 65 years of age. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Preceding Curtis in death are his parents.
Curtis is survived by his brothers: Clifford of Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Clayton  of Clitherall; Craig of Battle Lake; and Charles (Karen) of Chaska, Minn.; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews; his cat: Miss Kitty; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are with the Belmont Funeral Home of Henning.
Please visit www.belmontfuneral.com to send Curtis’ family a message of comfort and support.

Robert Brady, 74

Funeral services were held for Robert Brady age 74 of New York Mills, on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church in New York Mills, with Pastor Larry Bessler officiating. The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Doreen Bessler. The pallbearers were Dano Crandall, John Howard, John Waln, Michael Malone, Bill Poppe, and Keith Waln. The honorary pallbearers were Harold Skov, Bill Handt, Myron Waln, Robert Nelson, and Alan Cullifer.
Robert Russell Brady was born on September 8, 1940 in Sherbrook, Quebec, Canada. His parents were the late William Bernard and Luella Marion (Davies) Brady. Robert grew up in Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada. He was employed as an over the road truck driver in Canada. He met Henrietta Handt in 1973. On December 7, 1974 Robert was united in marriage to Henrietta Handt at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hewitt, Minn. Their marriage was blessed with 3 children.  Robert and Henrietta made their home in Wadena. He was employed as an over the road trucker for Canam Express, Poleman Transfer in Wadena, Whiley and Thompson, Tri-line, and International Transport.  Robert was able to take a couple of years off from trucking in order to earn his GED and attend Wadena Technical College. After school, Robert and Henrietta then made their home in Great Falls, Mont. for two and a half years. Robert and Henrietta then moved back to Minnesota where Robert continued truck driving until his retirement in 2008. Robert enjoyed trucking even after retirement, fishing and detailing vehicles.
Robert passed away peacefully on October 4, 2014 at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena, at 74 years of age. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Preceding Robert in death were his parents; brother: John Earl Brady.
Robert is survived by his wife: Henrietta Brady; children: Marleen (Brady) of Kitchner, Ontario, Canada; William Brady of New York Mills; Luella Brady of New York Mills; 8 grandchildren; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Robert’s family.

Paul Bosen, 92

Paul Bosen, 92, of Henning, died October 7, 2014 at Murphy House Clitherall. He was surrounded by his family, while under the care of Mary Murphy and Lakeland Hospice. Paul Rueben Bosen was born June 15, 1922 in Battle Lake, to Peter and Amy (Erickson) Bosen.  He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran of Battle Lake.  He attended grades 1-12 in Battle Lake High School.
On October 25, 1943 he married Elsie Christenson and to this union two children were born; Jerry and Bonnie. Paul was a devoted father and made it his life’s mission to raise his children.  He was also known to have a car full of their friends.
Paul went onto serve his country in August, 1942 to December, 1945.
He was a sergeant and a Telegraphic Technician while stationed in Italy.  After his tour of duty, he returned to farming near Vining, worked for ACS Farm Program and served on the School Board District of 133.  He then quit farming and went to work at Mark Sand and Gravel where he served on the Union Board.   He retired after 21 years.
Paul fell in love - and on December 17, 1976 - he married Lucy Knutson and gained four daughters; Diane, Debbie, Darlene and Dawn.  Paul continued that same early devotion and passion to family and was a wonderful father to his six children. In 1991 Paul and Lucy retired to “Girard Paradise.”
Paul was known for his wit, honesty, and the many “pocket angels” and “Red Hearts” he gave to family and friends. He was most happy playing tricks on his family, grandchildren and friends. He also loved ice fishing with his best friend Cliff West and his grandchildren. He especially loved and enjoyed going for coffee and supper with Lucy.
Paul is survived by his wife Lucy, his sister Polly Kubie, son Jerry (Claudette) Bosen, daughters Bonnie (Boyd) Olson, Diane (Don) Beastrom, Deborah (Bruce) Nelson, Darlene (Joe) Gladhill, Dawn (Dan) Erickson, his 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, a special niece Vicky who called him “dad,” and many other wonderful nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his brothers; Harold, Lawrence, Ed, Bill and Fritz, his sisters; Stella, Gladys and Mabel.
Arrangements were provided by Belmont Funeral Home, Henning.
Please visit www.belmontfuneral.com to send Paul’s family a message of comfort and support.

Harry Sanda, 89

Memorial services were held for Harry Sanda, age 89, of Moorhead, Minn., (formally of New York Mills) on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Karvonen Funeral Home in New York Mills with Pastor Don Salo officiating. The hymn was sung by Eric Roggenkamp. Harry was laid to rest in Woodland Cemetery in New York Mills.
Harry Rudolph Sanda was born on December 2, 1924 in Grey Eagle, Minn. His parents were the late Gust and Elsie (Maki) Joki. Gust passed away in 1926, when Harry was 2 years old. Elsie, remarried Erland Sanda in 1930 and he adopted Harry. Harry attended Country School at District #110 North in Otto Township. On June 7, 1952 Harry was united in marriage to Doris Velma Eldora Hendrickson at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in New York Mills. Their marriage was blessed with 6 children. Harry was employed with Arvig until 1960. Harry and Doris made their home in New York Mills before moving to Velva, N.D. in 1960 where he was employed with Verendrye Electric. Doris passed away in 1971. Harry met Therese Feuerhelm in 1978 and they were companions until her passing on March 16, 2007. Harry retired in 1986. He enjoyed spending winters in Arizona and summers in Minot, N.D. He sold his property in North Dakota and continued spending winters in Arizona and summers at Loon Lake in Vergas, Minn. Harry made his home in New York Mills in 2012 and then made his home in Moorhead, Minn., in late 2013. Harry enjoyed sign painting, fishing, hunting, golf, slow pitch softball, pool, dancing, going on long walks and helping at the New York Mills baseball field by climbing the poles to change the lights in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Harry passed away peacefully on September 20, 2014 at the Eventide Lutheran Home at 89 years of age. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Preceding Harry in death were his parents; wife: Doris; infant daughter: Victoria; son: Jerome; brothers: Herbert and Melvin Sanda.
Harry is survived by his son: Jeffrey Sanda of Fargo, N.D.; daughters: Janelle (Robert Arusell) Sanda of Fargo, N.D.; Ginger (Joel) Kumpula of Willow, Alaska; Jayne (Jim) Knight of New York Mills; 7 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Harry’s family.