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Luella Trites, 98

Funeral services were held for Luella Trites, age 98 of Henning, on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Henning. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at church.
Luella passed away on July 27, 2016 at the Golden Living Center in Henning.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Luella’s family a message of comfort and support.
Arrangements are provided by Belmont-Karvonen Funeral Home, Henning.

William Helmbrecht, 74

A Celebration of Life was held for William “Cookie” Helmbrecht, age 74 of Henning, on Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 4-6 p.m. at the Belmont-Karvonen Funeral Home in Henning.
William “Cookie” Braaten Helmbrecht was born on June 27, 1942 at home in Folden Township, rural Henning. His parents were the late Ace and Selma (Braaten) Helmbrecht. Cookie grew up on the family farm in Folden Township and graduated from the Henning High School with the class of 1960. He served his country with the United States Army for 23 years, serving in Korea, Vietnam and spent four tours in Germany. Cookie was united in marriage in 1973 to Gail Sharon Schallock. Their marriage was blessed with two children. He was then a recruiter in Fergus Falls, Minn. for three years as they made their home on East Battle Lake. On June 1984, Cookie retired from the United States Army as a Command Sargent Major. He was employed as an assistant manager at Homestead Lumber from 1989-2005. Cookie enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, hunting and spending time with his grandchildren.
Cookie passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family and the gentle care of Knute Nelson Hospice at his home in rural Henning on July 27, 2016. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Preceding Cookie in death where his parents; siblings: Marlin, Faye, Mercedes, Kenny, Shirley, David, Joann, Larry, Acie “Swede” and Robert.
Cookie is survived by his wife, Gail Helmbrecht; daughter, Pamela Jo (Russ) Moran; son, Clay (Jessica) Helmbrecht; seven grandchildren: Anthony, Logan, Abbigail, James, Wyatt, Chris, Shauna and Kass; sisters: Dorine Hagen of Billings, Mont.; Darlene Johnson of Billings, Mont.; brother, Gary (Joyce)  Helmbrecht of San Diego, Calif.; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Please visit belmontfuneral.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Cookie’s family.
Arrangements provided by the Belmont-Karvonen Funeral Home of Henning.

Harold Beishline, 84

Funeral services were held for Harold Beishline, age 84 of Wadena, on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Southbrook Baptist Church in Wadena. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at church.
Harold passed away on July 16, 2016 at the Veterans Home in Fergus Falls, Minn.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.comto send Harold’s family a message of comfort and support.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral Home, Wadena.

Irene Moenkedick, 86

Funeral Mass was held for Irene Moenkedick, age 87 of Perham, on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Perham with Celebrant, Fr. Leo Moenkedick. The music was provided by Irene’s grandchildren. The pallbearers were: Dennis Miller, David Hanson, Tim Schmitz, Dan Storrusten, Tom Mertens, Seth Moenkedick, Brian Moenkedick and Tydan Storrusten. Irene was laid to rest in St. Henry’s Catholic Cemetery, Perham.
Irene Minten was born on January 18, 1929 in Perham. Her parents were the late Peter and Gertrude (VanErp) Minten. Irene graduated from the Little Falls High School with the class of 1947. She attended a post secondary school in Fergus Falls, Minn. where she received a teaching degree in 1948. On June 13, 1950 Irene was united in marriage with John Henry Moenkedick at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Butler. Their marriage was blessed with 11 children. Irene and John made their home on the Moenkedick family farm in rural Perham before moving to Ada, Minn. for a year in 1959. From 1960-1964 they returned to the Moenkedick family farm in Perham. They moved to Mahnomen, Minn. in 1964 and farmed there until 1969 before returning to the family farm in rural Perham. On January 15, 2002 John passed away.
Irene continued to reside on the family farm until making her home at Briarwood in Perham. Irene also resided at Vergas Assisted Living and currently Diamond Willow in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Irene enjoyed reading, gardening and attending decades of sporting events for her children and grandchildren. During the years of her grandchildren births, she was a loving suitcase grandma.
On July 22, 2016 Irene passed away peacefully at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Detroit Lakes, Minn. at 87 years of age. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Preceding Irene in death were her parents; husband, John; son, Nicholas Moenkedick; brothers, Martin Minten, Joe Minten; sister-in-law, Marianne Minten; brothers-in-law, John Weis and Dwaine Altringer.
Irene is survived by her children: Bruce (Paulette) Moenkedick of New York Mills; Judy (Dennis) Miller of Lawton, N.D.; Gregory (Tina) Moenkedick of Verndale, Minn.; Karen (David) Hanson of Mason City, Iowa; John (Charlene) Moenkedick of Deer Creek; Fr. Leo Moenkedick of Gillman, Minn.; Florence (Tim) Schmitz of Hinkley, Minn.; Mary (Dan) Storrusten of Pelican Rapids, Minn.; Andrew (Katy) Moenkedick of Perham; Diane (Tom) Mertens of Devils Lake, N.D.; daughter-in-law, Vickie Moenkedick of Verndale, Minn.; 44 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; sisters: Mary Weis of Emily, Minn. and Lucille Altringer of Waverly, Minn.; sister-in-law, Delores Minten of Perham; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and a host of friends.
Please visit karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Irene’s family.
Arrangements are provided by the Karvonen Funeral Home.

Dudley Fraki, 84

Services were held for Dudley Fraki on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Apostolic Lutheran Church with Pastor Nicholas Kandoll. The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Louise Amberg. Military Honors were provided by the Charles D. Center V.F.W. Post #3289 of New York Mills.
Dudley Fraki was born at home in New York Mills to Finnish speaking parents in 1931. It is said that he didn’t speak English until he went to kindergarten and he learned to read and write Finnish from his mother, who was a former schoolteacher. Dudley graduated from New York Mills High School in 1949 where a couple years later he joined the United States Army that lead him across the seas to Europe, to be stationed in Germany. After three years of service, he returned to New York Mills where he married Marjorie Trossen in 1955. Dudley started working for the New York Mills Herald when he was 15 years old until he retired in 1992. Over his 40 years at Parta Printers he was a typesetter, printer and responsible for the weekly layout of the newspaper. Additionally, his Finnish language skills were used to help assemble the bi-weekly Finnish newspaper. From 1959-1961, he moved his family to Thief River Falls to continue in the newspaper business, but decided to return to New York Mills to care for his parents. In 1970, he bought a newspaper in Halstad, Minn. where he owned and operated the local newspaper there for a year and a half. His family will always remember Dudley as a quiet man who did not waste words. He enjoyed getting together with family, discussing current politics, bowling on Monday nights, golfing with Wayne Matson and dancing. Dudley’s humor and intelligence will be missed by those who knew him best.
Dudley passed away on July 23, 2016 at Sanford Health in Fargo, N.D.
He will be missed by his loving wife, Marjorie; children: Pamela (Smith), Brian, Paula (Curtis) and Kara; son-in-law’s: Alan Curtis and Larry Smith; daughter-in-law, Kathy (Seifert); grandchildren: Dylan, Taylor and Kyle Curtis, Haley, Emily and Shannon Fraki; step-grandchildren: Jason (Patricia) Smith and Jennifer Grohs; step-great-grandchildren: Daniel and Geogia Smith, Levi Hansmeier, Brianna Kalahar and Easton Grohs; great-great-step-grandchildren: Stella and London Hansmeier; brothers: Duane Fraki and Jim (Dolores) Fraki; nephews: Mitch, Craig and James Billington; nieces: Lisa DePauw, Renee Rodewald, Debora Fournier, Melissa Rhodes and Sheila Freeman; many other relatives and a host of friends.
He is preceded in death by parents, Midian and Anna (Hagel) Fraki; sisters: Mavis (Billington), Dorris and daughter Jean (Nevel); niece, Alicia Billington; brother and sister-in-law Duane and Shirley Trossen.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Dudley’s family a message of comfort and support.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral Home, New York Mills.

Kenneth Davis, 79

Services will be held for Kenneth Davis, age 79 of Browerville, Minn. on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Central Lutheran Church in Elk River, Minnesota from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Kenny passed away on July 23, 2016 at Lakewood Health System in Staples, Minn.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Kenny’s family a message of comfort and support.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral Home, Wadena.

Harold Beishline, 84

Funeral services were held for Harold Beishline, age 84 of Wadena, on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Southbrook Baptist Church in Wadena. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at church.
Harold passed away on July 16, 2016 at the Veterans Home in Fergus Falls, Minn.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.comto send Harold’s family a message of comfort and support.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral Home, Wadena.

Michael Brakefield, 67

Mike went home to be with Jesus on July 17, 2016 at the age of 67. Through his 14-month battle with cancer, the Lord gave many lessons of His faithfulness in times of trial and joy.
Mike was born September 2, 1948 to George and Frances (Teiken) Brakefield in Detroit Lakes, Minn. He was raised on the family farm east of White Earth, Minn. At the age of 16, his father passed away suddenly and Mike stepped into his father’s shoes to help his mom run the farm. He attended school at St. Benedict’s Mission in White Earth, Minn. and graduated from the Waubun High School with the class of 1966. Mike and Karen (Green) were married November 15, 1969 in White Earth, Minn. They were blessed with six amazing children: Greg (Stacy), Matthew, Paul (Kathy), Adam (Amy), Kate (Riley) and Ann (Giani). Mike accepted Jesus as his Lord and Saviour in 1985 at a T.E.C. He was water baptized in 1988 after completing his discipleship class at the New York Mills Assembly of God Church. Mike’s calling in life was to be a farmer. Besides a five year stint working in Minneapolis, Minn. he spent his time farming and doing woodworking, in which he enjoyed seeing God’s hand in the work he did. Mike adored his 11 grandchildren: Mackenzie and Joshua, Ryan, Hayley, Payton and Sydney, Julieanna and Collin, Alysa, Adiya and Waylon.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his family and five siblings: Carolyn Eiynck (Jim), Tom (Barb), Jim (Janice), Jeanne Sitzman (Jon), Bill (Eva) and Scott (Debbie).
A celebration of Mike’s life was held on July 29, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at the Karvonen Funeral Home. His memorial service was held on July 30, 2016, 11 a.m. at the Karvonen Funeral Home of Wadena.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to SonRise Christian School.
Please visit karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Mike’s family.
Arrangements are provided by the Karvonen Funeral Home of Wadena.

Barbara Amundson, 83

Memorial services were held for Barbara Ann Amundson, age 83 of Rochester, Minn. on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 2 p.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church (due to construction at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church) in Henning.
Please visit www.belmontfuneral.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Barb’s famly.
Arrangements are with the Belmont-Karvonen Funeral Home in Henning.

Barbara Eckhoff, 60

Services were held for Barb Eckhoff, age 60 of Henning, on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Henning.
Barbara Anne Gribbon was born on August 14, 1955 in Wadena. Her parents were the late Marvin and Ethel (Tervola) Gribbon. Barb was baptized on November 11, 1958 at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in New York Mills. She was confirmed on May 31, 1970 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Henning. Barb graduated from the Henning High School with the class of 1973. On September 16, 1973 Barb was united in marriage with Scott Eckhoff at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Henning. Barb was employed at the Junction Café which she purchased in 1985. She owned and operated Barb’s Cafe which became a place to stop, not just for delicious homemade food, but a place where people went to feel part of a community. Barb was employed for a short time at the Golden Living Center in Henning and Curries TV in Wadena and then went on the road to various construction projects with Scott. Barb read many books in her free time, and loved to ride her motorcycle with Scott. Her sister created Beads of Courage, a non-profit organization that helps children coping with cancer and serious illness nationwide that is headquartered in Tucson, Ariz. Barb and Scott enjoyed volunteering their time for Beads of Courage when they wintered in Tucson, Ariz.
Barb passed away at her home in rural Henning, on July 8, 2016 at 60 years of age. She was a spirited and fun woman with a contagious laugh and will be deeply missed by all of her family and friends who loved her.
Preceding Barb in death were her parents, Marvin and Ethel.
Barb is survived by her husband, Scott Eckhoff; son, Paul (Tina) Eckhoff; four grandchildren: Tayler, Ashlyn, Shelby and Easton; three sisters: Deb (Scott) Gaustad, Pam (Bob) Musielewicz and Jean Gribbon; two brothers: Mike (Shannon) Gribbon and Tom (Bea) Gribbon; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Beads of Courage.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Barb’s family a message of comfort and support.
Arrangements are with the Belmont-Karvonen Funeral Home of Henning.

Clayton Magnuson, 67

Funeral services were held for Clayton Magnuson, age 67 of Clitherall, on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 3 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Henning, with Pastor Rud Wasson, Jr. officiating. Military honors were provided by Minnesota Army National Guard of Moorhead, Minn. Clayton was laid to rest in the Swedish Lutheran Cemetery in Parkers Prairie, Minn.
Clayton Marvel Magnuson was born on June 10, 1949 along with his twin brother, Curtis, at St. Lukes Hospital in Alexandria, Minn. His parents were the late Earl Donald and Selma Victoria (Klimp) Magnuson.
They resided in Parkers Prairie, Minn. and moved to a farm in rural Henning. Clayton attended Grace Lutheran Church and graduated from the Henning High School with the class of 1968. After graduation, he proudly enlisted in the United States Army and completed basic training at Fort Louis, Wash. in November of 1968. On January 24, 1969, he completed a cooking course at Fort Lee, Va. Clayton operated mess halls and was personal chef to Brigadier General Bennett at Fort Shafter in Honolulu, Hawaii. He served many presidents as well. Clayton also trained in Australia and served tours in Korea, Fort Ord, Calif., Texas and Colorado. Clayton married Shirley Han on May 1, 1973 in Kauai, Hawaii. They had one son and Clayton became a step-father. After Clayton retired from the army he returned to Minnesota and spent the rest of his life in Clitheral, Minn. near Stuart Lake. He was employed at the Metz Bakery in Fergus Falls, Minn.; Mid-America Cheese in Fergus Falls, Minn. and Land O Lakes in Perham.
Clayton enjoyed summer and winter fishing and duck hunting. His favorite pass time was relaxing on his deck with his dog, Kirby.  
On July 7, 2016 Clayton passed away at the Golden Living Center in Henning, at 67 years of age. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Preceding Clayton in death were his parents; brothers, Curtis and Clifford.
Clayton is survived by his daughter, Judy (Peter); sons: Steve, Richard and Alex; grandchildren: Michael, Ariel, Alisha and Chase; brothers: Craig of Battle Lake, Minn. and Charles (Karen) of Chaska, Minn.; numerous other relatives and a host of friends.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Clayton’s family a message of comfort and support.
Arrangements are provided by Belmont-Karvonen Funeral Home of Henning.

Hilja Davis, 106

Memorial services will be held for Hilja Davis, age 106 of New York Mills, on July 28, 2016 at Karvonen Funeral Home Chapel in New York Mills, with Pastor Don Salo officiating. The hymns will be sung by the congregation, accompanied by Janet Tumberg. Special music will be provided by Andy Tumberg. Hilja was laid to rest in St. Peter’s Cemetery, New York Mills.
Hilja Augusta Thompson was born on August 20, 1909 in Newton Township, New York Mills. Her parents were the late Herman and Augusta (Huotara) Thompson. Hilja grew up and attended school in New York Mills. After school, Hilja moved to Crosby, Minn. where she worked as a house keeper for 10 years. On June 30, 1934 Hilja was united in marriage to Donald Davis at her parents farm home at New York Mills. Their marriage was blessed with five children. Hilja and Donald made their home in Kindred, N.D. for five years. In 1940 Hilja and Donald moved back to New York Mills where they bought their farm and raised their family. After Hilja and Donald retired in 1971, they moved into New York Mills, and during the winters they would travel to Donna, Texas. They resided in their New York Mills home until her husband of 53 years, Donald Davis, passed away on January 9, 1987. In 1998 Hilja was the first resident to move into the Heritage Manor Complex in New York Mills. During her time there she volunteered at the Elders’ Home, where she so very much enjoyed reading to people, writing letters for residents and visiting others that had no family or friends to visit them. She continued this until 95 years of age. In earlier years she enjoyed volunteer work with the Red Cross, Meals On Wheels and the Bloodmobile. Hilja was a lifelong member of St. Peters Lutheran Church.  She enjoyed gardening and was known for her beautiful flowers, baking (where she was known as “Cookie Grandma”), crocheting and knitting.
Preceding Hilja in death were her husband, Donald Davis; parents: Augusta (Thompson) Maki and Herman Lauri Thompson; step-father, William Maki; sisters: Selma (Thompson) Ollie, Tena (Thompson) Ruikka, Bjorklund; brothers: August Thompson, Everd Thompson, Vernon Thompson; half-brothers: Eino Maki, Andrew Maki, Edward Maki; and grand-daughter, Lynn Marie Davis.
Hilja is survived by her five children: Donald H. (Susan) of Circle Pines, Minn.; Patricia Rowe of New York Mills, Roger Davis of Challis, Idaho; Robert (Cindy) Davis of Ottertail; Gary (Joan) Davis of Lakewood, Colo.; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Hilja’s family a message of comfort and support.
Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills.

Dorismae Mattson, 77

Dorismae Viola Jampsa Mattson, born (and raised) in Wolf Lake, on Wednesday, May 3, 1939 to George and Viola (Marjamaa) Jampsa, sister to Kenneth Clifford Jampsa, passed away peacefully with family at her bedside early Friday morning, July 15, 2016 in Coupeville, Wash.
In 1957 sweethearts Doris and Morris married and were whisked away on their navy adventure, which led them to Kansas, Midway Island, Calif. and Whidbey Island, Wash. Doris always managed to keep busy while raising three children: Mark, Mona and Diane. She worked as a seamstress, telephone operator, administrative assistant and office manager. Once Morris retired from the Navy in 1975, the Mattson family moved to Oregon to work with Doris’ brother, Ken and his spouse, Darlene in their Cozy Homes construction business. After building a number of lovely homes in the Portland, Ore. and surrounding area, the Mattson family managed to lure Ken and Darlene to Whidbey Island, Calif. There on the island they continued building homes and eventually assembled the Penn Cove Restaurant in Coupeville, Calif. Doris enjoyed the day to day operations of the restaurant and the administration work as well; it was a family run business all the way, with many generations working together. When Doris finally retired, she and Morris made a habit of RVing all around the Pacific Northwest. They made their way down south to Yuma, Ariz. during the winter months, caught Seattle Mariners spring training in Peoria, Ariz. and explored the markets of Mexico. The greatest joy Doris had was her grandchildren, Larissa and Travis. She cherished any time she spent with them, but Morris and her loved to take them camping. She enjoyed sitting around the campfire with them, teaching them to swim, ride a two-wheel bike, and taught them to drive a stick shift for the first time. Oh, the giggles and laughs that brought! Doris made a trip to Finland with Larissa. They visited with old friends, relatives and Doris passed on the Finnish culture and traditions to Larissa (especially saunas and Finnish beer). Doris kept busy with gardening, sewing and attending Oak Harbor Lutheran Church once Morris and she finally settled down in Oak Harbor, Wash.
Doris is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Morris Mattson of Oak Harbor, Wash.; sisters-in-law: Darlene Jampsa of Rockford, Ill. and Judy Koste of Perley, Minn.; children: Mark Mattson of Tacoma, Wash. and Mona Hooker of Coupeville, Wash.; grandchildren: Larissa (Tom) Bauer of Marysville, Wash., Travis Hooker of Clinton,Wash.; cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Doris is preceded in death by her parents, George and Viola Jampsa and brother Ken Jampsa.
A graveside service was held for Doris at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 25, 2016 at Sunnyside Cemetery in Coupeville, Wash. with Pastor Jay Decker officiating.
Arrangements are entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home and Cremation of Oak Harbor, Wash.
Please visit Dorismae’s Book of Memories page online at www.wallinfuneralhome.com to share memories and condolences.