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Leo Koehler, 82

Funeral services were held for Leo Koehler age, 82 of New York Mills, on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York Mills with Pastor Ryan Stout officiating. Special music was provided by Jackie Koehler and LaVonne Bjerk, accompanied by Janell Brakel. The pallbearers were Al Muff, Duane Koehler, Jordan Vaughan, Ryan Koehler, Ricky Koehler and Roy Koehler. Leo was laid to rest in St. Peter’s Cemetery, New York Mills.
Leo August Koehler was born on April 17, 1932 at the Perham Hospital in Perham. His parents were the late William and Anna (Kellermann) Koehler.  Leo was baptized on April 24, 1932 in Pine Lake Township, Otter Tail County.  He was confirmed on May 16, 1948 at Trinity Lutheran Church in New York Mills.  Leo attended Country School at District #238 in Homestead Township.  From February 26, 1953 through February 25, 1955 Leo served honorably in the United States Army Military Police.  Leo returned to the family farm in Homestead Township where he dairy farmed, raised beef cattle, hogs and crop farmed.  On March 30, 1980 Leo was united in marriage with Guyla Jo (Heck) Delaney at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York Mills. Together they enjoyed their home on Leo’s farm in Homestead Township.  Guyla passed away on September 30, 2011.  Leo enjoyed hunting, fishing and outdoor sports.
Preceding Leo in death were his parents; wife, Guyla Jo; brothers: Walter Koehler, LeRoy Koehler; sister, Margit Hammer; sister-in-law, Carol Ann Koehler; brother-in-law, Clemence Hammer.
Leo is survived by children: Tara (Hank) Weber, Tom (Lynda) Delaney, David (Cindy) Delaney and Jay Scott Delaney; 6 grandchildren; Jared Delaney, Casey Delaney, Erin (Mitch) Anderson, Kristin (Steve) Andres, Gina (Ted) Tulibaski and Jordan (Kaylee) Vaughan; 8 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Maria Koehler and Arliss Koehler; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral Home, New York Mills.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.comto send Leo’s family a message of comfort and support.

David L. Olson, 64

A Celebration of Life will be held for David L. Olson, age 64 of New York Mills, Minnesota on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.at Augustana Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, Minnesota with Pastor Ben Dorbin officiating.  The honorary pallbearers are Joey Rud, Dean “Peanuts” Perala, Scott Koennicke, Doug Thorson & Devlin Hessig.  Military Honors will be provided by the Memorial Color Guard and Rifle Squad of the Harold T. Swenson V.F.W. Post #612 of Fergus Falls, Minnesota. David will be laid to rest in Knollwood Cemetery in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.
David was born on July 11, 1950 in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.  His parents are Arlene (Hagen) Olson and the late Weldon L. Olson. Dave honorably served his country in the United States Army from 1968 to 1971.  He was a Combat Field Medic and M.P as he performed a tour of duty in Korea. On December 26, 1968 David was united in marriage with Mary Jo Pachel in Fergus Falls, MN. David and Mary were married for 22 years and their marriage was blessed with 4 children.
From 1971-1974 David was employed with the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Department in Fergus Fallsas a custodian and shortly after being hired he was promoted to jailer. As he entered law enforcement, he was the Chief of Police in Battle Lake. In 1975, he accepted a Police Officer position in New York Mills and Dave and Mary made their home there. In 1979, David accepted the position of Chief of Police with the New York Mills Police Department, and heserved as chief until retiring in 1992. David loved to fly as he earned his pilot license in 1981. He was very proud to own and fly his own plane.
David, also known by many as “Big Dave”, had many interests including hunting and trapping. He particularly enjoyed the antelope hunting trips in Wyoming with sons and friends.  Dave was an avid marksman and won many marksman competitions.  He took a special interest in gun collecting and building guns. Dave had a tremendous amount of knowledge about guns and loved to share with his family and friends.  He was very intelligent in general and seemed to know “a lot about everything” and he thoroughly enjoyed sharing that knowledge with people around him.
On March 25th, 1994, Dave was married to long time friend, Ellen Gropper.  They made their home in New York Mills and were married for 16 years. Dave and Ellen enjoyed spending family time with all their children and hosted many gatherings and picnics for them. They also enjoyed traveling to Arizona where they gold prospected.
Perhaps Dave’s most beloved hobby with his boys was drag racing.  They started in 1994 with drag racing his car at BIR in Brainerd and later discovered the racetrack in Sabin, Minnesota. Eventually Dave retired his car and enjoyed watching his sons’ drag race their snowmobiles, he was their biggest fan. They raced for nearly a decade together as Trail Blazers Racing.
He had a very special bond with only daughter. She would frequently stop by his house and they would have date nights. They would spend quality time with each other, cooking and eating fancy meals, or watching movies and just having that special cuddle time in his chair.
Dave passed away on August 27, 2014 in Frazee, Minnesota at 64 years of age.  He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Preceding Dave in death was his father, Weldon Olson and nephew, Leif Olson.
Dave is survived by his children: David Jr. (Delaney) Olsonof Menahga, Matthew
(Vicki) Olson of New York Mills, Mark Olson of New York Mills, Christina (Joe) Weappa of New York Mills; his Step-children: Trudy Gropper of New York Mills; Trent (Riika) Gropper of Richmond; his mother, Arlene Olson of Fergus Falls; 11 grandchildren:  James (Emma), Samantha, Erik, Michael, Cailey, Boyd, Lynsey, Christian, Lexis, Carson and Colton; 5 step-grandchildren: Zavier, Morgan, Jeremy, Tyler and Cheyenne; siblings: Richard (Debbie) Olson and Connie (James) Pitera; nieces: Heidi (Nathan) and Heather; his adored dogs who were always with him: Knute, Scout and RJ and special friends who have deeply touched his heart: Mary Pudas, Ellen Olson, Joey Rud, Doug Thorson, Dean “Peanuts” & Randy “Mickey” Perala and their families, and a host of family and friends.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Dave’s family

Ruth Froslee 103

Ruth Froslee, 103, of Battle Lake, formerly of Vining, died August 27, 2014 at Battle Lake Good Samaritan Society.
Ruth (Peterson) Froslee was born August 10, 1911 in Spring Butte Township, Adams County, N.D. to homesteaders Peter J. and Hilda L. (Johnson) Peterson. She was baptized and confirmed at Cedar Creek Lutheran Church (later Prince of Peace Lutheran Church) in 1926. She attended rural Spring Butte School and graduated from Lemmon High School in Lemmon, S.D. in 1930.  Following this she attended and graduated from Nettleson Business College in Sioux Falls, S.D.
On February 28, 1934 she was married to Hans M. Froslee in Lemmon, S.D. They made their home at Vining, where they lived their entire married life. To this union six children were born. Ruth served as Clerk on the Vining District 103 School Board. She was involved in P.T.A. and other school functions.  As an active member of Vining Lutheran Church she participated in Ladies Aid, Circle, the quilting group, often serving in leadership positions. As a Red Cross member she volunteered at the Henning Nursing Home for many years. Ruth was also a 4-H leader, a member of the Dazzling Daisies Garden Club, and she  belonged to the Vining Leif Erickson Sons of Norway Chapter. Reading, gardening, knitting and needlework were hobbies she enjoyed. Her hospitable manner always made everyone feel welcome in her home. Her children and grandchildren were especially fond of her  ‘famous’ homemade donuts.
In 2004 she moved to Willow Creek Senior Living Center, Henning where she continued to reside until March of 2012 when she became a resident at Good Samaritan Society in Battle Lake. The family wishes to extend gratitude and thankfulness for the concern, care, and love shown to her during her stay at these two facilities.
Her husband Hans died July 13, 1987. She is survived by children, Janice (Roland) Saetre, Vining, Michael (Ginger) Froslee, Vining, Karen (John) Mack, Colorado Springs, Colo., Ardell (Gary) Eide, Mesa, Ariz., Gregory (Gail) Froslee, Vining, and Bruce (Sue) Froslee, Clitherall. She is grandmother to 18 grandchildren, great-grandmother to 34 children and great-great grandmother to one. Also surviving is  her sister, Mildred Peterson, Fergus Falls, Minn., and three nephews, Rodney, Douglas and Keith Peterson, their spouses and families of Lemmon, S.D. Her parents and two brothers, Phillip and Leslie Peterson and their wives preceded her in death
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Battle Lake Good Samaritan  Society, Vining Lutheran Church, or donations to a favorite charity.
Funeral services were held at the Vining Lutheran Church, Vining, on Saturday, August 30, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Dawna Hochstein and Pastor Bradley Froslee officiating. The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Mary King. Special music was provided by Mick Froslee, Ken Gunderson, Malotte Read and Mary King. Casket Bearers and Honorary Casket Bearers Grandsons - Pete Saetre. Mark Saetre, Mick Froslee, Brett Froslee, Trevor Mack, Brien Mack, Ross Eide, Bradley Froslee, Jeff Froslee, Ben Froslee.  Sons-in-law  Rollie Saetre, John Mack and  Gary Eide. Granddaughters – Carrie Derks, Marcia Daly,  Mindy Abbott, Alison Ostapuk, Jessica Burrell, Hilori Froslee, Elizabeth Christianson and Sara Froslee.  Ruth was laid to rest in the Vining Lutheran Cemetery.
Arrangements are provided by the Belmont Funeral Home of Henning, Minnesota.
Please visit www.belmontfuneral.comto leave a message of comfort and support for Ruth’s family.

Isabelle Grace Jorgenson

Funeral services will be held for Isabelle Grace Jorgenson on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Girard Union Cemetery, rural Henning, Minnesota with Pastor Steve Dahl officiating.
Isabelle Grace was born on August 20, 2014 to John Randall and Jessica L. (Holcomb) Jorgenson.  Isabelle entered God’s arms on August 20, 2014, yet she will remain in her family’s hearts forever.
Preceding Isabelle in death was her great-grandfathers, Dick Kvam and Rodney Jorgenson; grandfather, Victor Cavalier.
Isabelle is lovingly remembered by her parents, John and Jessica; her twin sister, Annabelle; sisters, Abby and Reagan Mrnak;  brothers: Jorden Jorgenson and Hunter Mrnak; great-grandparents: Helen Brown, Agnes Jorgenson and Doreen Kvam; grandparents: Heather Cavalier, Alan Holcomb and Don & Rhonda Jorgenson; numerous other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are with the Belmont Funeral Home of Henning, Minnesota.
Please visit www.belmontfuneral.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Isabelle’s family.

Lorraine Sorkness, 93

Lorraine Sorkness, 93, of Vining, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on August 30, 2014 at Park View Estates in Fergus Falls surrounded by her family.
Visitation will be at Belmont Funeral Home in Henning from 5 to 7 p.m. on September 2, 2014 and also one hour prior to the service at the church.  Funeral services are September 3, 2014 at Vining Lutheran Church, Vining, MN with Pastor Dawna Hochstein officiating.  Interment will be at the Vining Lutheran Cemetery.
Lorraine Theresa Johnson was born, the only child of Laura (Halvorson) and Thor Johnson, on March 11, 1921, on the Rangvald Christopherson farm, 4 miles south of Vining.  She was baptized on May 1, 1921, and confirmed on October 14, 1934, at the Vining Lutheran Church.  Lorraine attended Vining Elementary School and graduated, as Valedictorian, with the Class of 1939 from Henning High School.  She was employed at the Vining Post Office from 1939 to 1941.  She moved to California and was employed at a service station and a grocery store.  Lorraine was united in marriage to Rudolph Nikula in 1943.  They moved back to Vining and bought the Corner Grocery Store (now the Post Office) in 1945. They divorced in 1956.  In 1960 Lorraine started working for Avon as a District Sales Manager for 15 counties in northwestern Minnesota.  On May 6, 1961, Lorraine was united in marriage to Eugene Sorkness at the Little Brown Church in Iowa. They made their home in Vining, Minnesota.  Lorraine sold the Corner Store in 1962 and began work as a service representative for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Fergus Falls.  She retired from the company in 1986.
Lorraine was an active participant in her church and community.  Lorraine served as church secretary and also served on the church council and cemetery board. She taught Sunday School and was active in Bible study, quilting, church circle, and WELCA. She served as the Vining Village Clerk and as an election judge and was also on the Vining Village Council and Vining School Board.  She was also an active member of the Sons of Norway and Vining Community Club.
Lorraine lived her faith with a true servant heart.  She was kind, gentle, loving, and generous to everyone and never had a bad word to say about anyone.  She loved having company stop at her house, where she would shower them with chocolate cherry bars and ice cream, or whatever goodies she had on hand, and coffee, of course!  She made the best raisin cookies and Norwegian treats.
Her interests included needle work, quilting, crocheting, making prayer shawls, her writing group, tending her flowers, and keeping her yard looking nice.  For such a gentle soul, she would become surprisingly competitive if you were playing a game of Chinese Checkers, Parcheesi, or Dominoes with her.
Always a smile, always a friend, always helping, forever a mother.
Lorraine is survived by her daughters:  Sonya LaVay, Houston, TX; Rita (Del) Yaeger, Blaine, MN; Ginny (Curt) Peterson, Blaine, MN; son:  Schan (Shari) Sorkness, Fergus Falls, MN; 10 grandchildren:  Derek, Dallas, Tiffany (Mark), Tammy (Garry), Laura (Adam), Tanya, Sarah, Becky, Kyle, and Ryan; and 7 great grandchildren:  Dylan, Nigel, Myles, Jaelyn, Kyla, Elise, and Ryland.  She is also survived by other relatives and a host of friends.
Preceding Lorraine in death were her parents, husband Eugene, and a grandson and two great grandsons.
We would like to thank the Park View staff for the loving care they gave our mother over the last year.  We also extend a huge thank you to Lakeland Hospice and their volunteers for helping us through her final days.
Arrangements were provided by the Belmont Funeral Home of Henning, Minnesota.
Please visit www.belmontfuneral.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Lorraine’s family.