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Located in the heart of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, David-Donehower Funeral & Cremation Service is a trusted and compassionate funeral home that has been serving the local community for years. With a long history of providing exceptional service and support to families during their most difficult times, this funeral home has established itself as a beacon of hope and comfort in the region.

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The team at David-Donehower Funeral & Cremation Service is dedicated to providing personalized and dignified funeral services that honor the memory of loved ones. Their commitment to excellence is reflected in every aspect of their work, from the initial consultation to the final farewell. With a deep understanding of the emotional toll that loss can take on families, they strive to create a comforting and supportive environment that allows individuals to grieve and heal.

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Address: 609 US Hwy 10 East, Detroit Lakes, MN, 56501
Phone Number: 1-218-847-4147
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Mary Mae Schnathorst - December 05, 1938 - April 22, 2022

Departed: 04/22/2022 (Detroit Lakes)
Obituary Preview: Mary Mae (Zurn) Schnathorst, 83, of Detroit Lakes passed away peacefully on April 22, 2022 at Sanford in Fargo.
Mary was born at the Perham Hospital on December 5, 1938. She was the fifth of twelve children of Ambrose and Lucy Zurn of Callaway, MN. Mary loved growing up on the Callaway farm with her large family but she hated taking care of the chickens. Mary went to Callaway Elementary School and graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1956. Mary met Karl at his parents’ lake cabin on Buffalo Lake in 1964, they were married on June 5, 1965. Mary worked as an office manager and bookkeeper but her true passion and profession was being a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Throughout her life Mary was active in the Catholic Church in both Callaway and Detroit Lakes and a member of Catholic Daughters. She and her husband, Karl, were active members of the Detroit Lakes Garden Club and spent countless hours in their gardens together. She also enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren’s activities, traveling, cooking, baking, quilting and spending time with her six children, sixteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Mary is survived by her husband of 56 years, Karl, three sons, Mike Brodsho (Jodi Nielson), Vern (Adele) and Jason (Sara) and three daughters, Patty (Mark Charlier), Pam (Brad) Schroeder and Lynn (Garrett) Tews as well as sixteen grandchildren: Carrie, Christina, Carly, Michael, Alex, Casey, Cortney, Tanner, Aaron, Hailey, Adam, Trevor, Colin, Evan, Lily and Wyatt and seven great grandchildren all of whom will forever cherish her loving memory.
Funeral services for Mary will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 12:00 pm at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, MN, with a visitation one hour prior.
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Patricia "Patty" Lynn Clark - May 10, 1962 - April 22, 2022

Departed: 04/22/2022 (Detroit Lakes)
Obituary Preview: Patricia “Patty” Lynn Clark was born on May 10, 1962, in Park Rapids, MN, to Glenn and Pearl Clark. Patty went to school at Pine Point in her early years and received her GED from Park Rapids High School with the class of 1980. After high school, and over the years, Patty worked at Sunnyside Nursing Home as a CNA, Casey’s as a manager, at Shooting Star Casino as a cashier and waitress, and at the 59er as a waitress.
In 1978, she was united in marriage to Laverne Arthur in Pine Point. The couple had one daughter Tonya. The couple separated, and she moved to Detroit Lakes, with Tonya, then to Arizona for a short time before returning home to Minnesota.
Patty enjoyed going to “Pow Wow’s”, playing Keno, and going to the casino but laughing and having fun at family gatherings were her favorite. She loved children and especially her great niece Onna bug.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Jasmine Clark, Tyler Tibbitts, Jessica Brown, and Samantha Clark for taking such exceptional care of Patty.
Patty is dearly loved and missed by her daughter Tonya Arthur (Jeremy Fleischacker); grandchildren Courtney (Logan) Johnson, Britney Mosher (Tony License), Amber Mayberry (Shane Krause), Devin Monroe, Shawna Monroe, Hailey Monroe; siblings Kevin (Barb) Clark, Glenn (Angela) Clark, and Jenene (Doyle) Mayberry; special friend Terry Larson; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Preceding Patty in death are her parents Glenn and Pearl; grandchild Austin Zahn; grandparents Josephine and George Clark, Glenn Clark and Francis.
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Tyler David McCloskey - March 03, 1995 - April 20, 2022

Departed: 04/20/2022 (Detroit Lakes)
Obituary Preview: Tyler David McCloskey was born on March 3, 1995, in Detroit Lakes, MN to David and Lisa (Schave) McCloskey. Tyler went to school in Detroit Lakes, MN, and graduated from Detroit Lakes High School with the class of 2013. Tyler spent most of his adult life as a pizza delivery carrier.
Tyler loved summers in Detroit Lakes fishing. He would work on his car, cook, watch football, wrestling, and MMA fights when time would allow. He also enjoyed working out and playing with his cat Callie. Tyler was always a bright light everywhere he went. He had an unforgettable smile and was always genuine with everyone he met. He had a pleasant personality and was very polite, but most of all, he had a deep love for his family.  Tyler had a way of touching everyone's life, that he met.  We love you and will miss you every moment of every day.
Tyler will be greatly missed by his mother Lisa of Detroit Lakes; father David Jr (Alisha) of West Fargo, ND; sister’s Cassandra McCloskey of Detroit Lakes,MN and  Alexis(Logan) McCloskey of Jackson, MI; grandparents Noel and Ramona Schave of Richville, MN, Edeltrud”Edie”McCloskey of Moorhead, MN;  niece Willow; best friend Derek Kluenenberg of CA; numerous aunts, uncles, extended family and friends.
Preceding Tyler in death are his uncle Scott Schave; Grandfather David McCloskey Sr.; and Uncle Robert McCloskey.
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Elizabeth Zurn - Unknown - April 19, 2022

Departed: 04/19/2022 (Detroit Lakes)
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Clifford Gerard Thompson - July 10, 1958 - April 17, 2022

Departed: 04/17/2022 (Detroit Lakes)
Obituary Preview: Clifford G. Thompson, 63, Detroit Lakes, MN, died Sunday, April 17 at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.
Clifford G. Thompson was born July 10, 1958, in Detroit Lakes, MN to Arville and Ruth (Williams) Thompson.  He grew up on Shorewood Drive, on White Clover Beach Big Detroit Lakes, on The Point Resort.  He attended Holy Rosary School through the 8th grade and is a 1977 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School.  After high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy serving in San Diego, CA, Florida, New Zealand and Greenland.  Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Detroit Lakes where he worked for Johnson Excavating, Jennie-O Turkey Plant in Pelican Rapids, McDonalds, the Detroit Lakes Municipal Liquor Store, Central Market in Detroit Lakes, and was also part owner in Little Shoey’s at the Detroit Lakes Elks Lodge.
Cliff was united in marriage to Gail Schumacher on October 31, 1992, and they made their home on Pelican Lake since that time.
Cliff loved to hunt, fish, host barbeques and spend time with his family. He will be remembered as a very hard worker, and loyal to his wife and family.
Cliff is survived by his wife, Gail of Detroit Lakes; his father and step-mother, Arville (Rita) Thompson of Frazee; siblings Kathleen (Mike) Anderson of Florida and Iowa, Ruth Thompson of Detroit Lakes, Mary (Harlan) Hendrickson of Detroit Lakes, Linda Thompson Rossbach of Detroit Lakes, Suzanne Thompson in California, Jennifer (Paul) Soyring of Callaway, Amy (James) Vogt, Lori (Matt) Van Steenwyk in Wisconsin, Ann (Chris) Brandt of Brookings, SD, and  Aaron Thompson of Frazee.
He was preceded in death by his mother Ruth; sister Theresa Quam and Theresa’s twin boys.
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Norbert Joseph Caulfield - May 20, 1928 - April 16, 2022

Departed: 04/16/2022 (Detroit Lakes)
Obituary Preview: Norbert Joseph Caulfield died peacefully at age 93 on April 16, 2022, at Essentia Health-Oak Crossing Detroit Lakes, Minnesota surrounded by family and under the care of Red River Valley Hospice. Norb was born in Sioux City, Iowa on May 20, 1928, to Sara Caulfield. For the first 16 years of his life, he celebrated his birthday on April 30th. It wasn’t until he applied for a Social Security number, that he found his official birth date. Norb spent his first two years at St Monica’s Home in Sioux City and the following 9 years at St Anthony’s Orphanage. At age 11, he moved to Mapleton, Iowa and the home of Joe and Theresa Thomas. Norb thrived in the small town of Mapleton. He played football (wearing a leather helmet), was twice chosen “Carnival King” and was President of his Junior Class of 36 students. That same year, 1944, LaVonne Head asked him to the Sadie Hawkins dance. We know where that led. Norb was already interested in photography and took photos for his high school yearbooks. He even had his own darkroom. After high school, Norb enlisted in the United States Army. He completed basic training at Fort Lewis, Washington. In 1947, he was deployed to the European Theatre of Operations where he served primarily in Germany. Upon discharge, and thanks to the GI Bill, Norb enrolled in the New York Institute of Photography in New York City. Following graduation in 1949, Norb returned to Iowa and took a job with Genelli Photography Studio in Sioux City. Norb married LaVonne Head in 1951. They went on to have 8 sons. Norb and LaVonne moved to Detroit Lakes in 1962 and established Caulfield Studio, a family business that continues to operate today. They enjoyed travel throughout the world and were very loving and supportive parents. Family meant everything to them. Norb was preceded in death by his wife LaVonne (Head) Caulfield and Mother Sara Caulfield. Norb was an exceptional father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was much loved by his family and community.
He is survived by 8 sons, 20 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Steve (Kathy), Detroit Lakes, MN; Jeff (Kathy), Richfield, MN; Bruce (Susan), Woodbury, MN; Kevin (Richard), London, England; Kent (Laurella), Frazee, MN; Craig (Mary Beth), Detroit Lakes, MN; Mark (Jill) Chaska, MN; and Bob (Danelle) Grand Forks, ND.
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Ronald David Peterson Sr - July 15, 1943 - April 13, 2022

Departed: 04/13/2022 (Detroit Lakes)
Obituary Preview: Ron D. Peterson Sr, of Ottertail, died Wednesday, April 13th, 2022, at his home surrounded by his children.
Ronald David Peterson Sr was born to Robert and Jewel Peterson on July 15th, 1943, in Litchfield, Minnesota.
He grew up in Cosmos, Minnesota where he graduated in 1961. He grew up there with 2 brothers and a sister, Bobby, Ginger and Dale. His parents moved to St. Louis Park for work when he was in high school. He moved in with some neighbors and worked on their dairy farm so he could finish school in Cosmos.  His parents bought land on Lake Minnie Belle were his family and relatives spent a lot of time.  There were large family gatherings there on a regular basis.  Every year the family got together for the bass fishing opener on Memorial Weekend.  This led to multiple competitions, discussions, disagreements, and a lot of fun.  They would also return in the fall for ducks, pheasants, and deer hunting.
In high school he competed in football, basketball, and wrestling. They only had wrestling for one year, but he made it to the regional tournament and began his future interest in the sport. He always enjoyed sports and liked the competition.
After graduation he married his high school sweetheart, Joy Anderson. They were united in marriage on September 8th, 1962, in Cosmos.  They spent a lot of time together and raised 4 children.  They were both active in the community with friends and family. They were happily married until her death on June 10th, 2012.
After Cosmos they moved to the Twin Cities where he attended Augsburg College.  He participated in football and received his degree in biology, physical education, and teaching. It was also where he was introduced to one of the better college wrestling programs in the state.
In 1966 they moved to Maynard, Minnesota where he began his teaching and coaching career.  He taught biology and physical education.  He became the athletic director, coached football, track and wrestling in the town of 500. He spent a lot of time with the kids and developing sports in Maynard.  It is also where he took up golf with his good friend Jeff Price.  He used to have his kids shag golf balls for him behind the school where they practiced.
In 1975 they moved to Truman, Minnesota where he continued his education and coaching career.  He taught biology and physical education, coached and eventually became the athletic director. His coaching career was highlighted by a state championship in football at Prep Bowl I in 1982.  He enjoyed success in wrestling, football and golf. He sent some good athletes off to college to continue their development.
In 1985 they moved to Detroit Lakes, Minnesota where he held the athletic director’s position and re-started the wrestling program.  He eventually moved to the Dean of Students position and retired in 2000. After retirement, he continued with his love of working with young people.  He helped coach youth wrestling, football and helped with Ronita’s dance studio.  He also began driving bus for sporting events in Detroit Lakes and Perham.
In Detroit Lakes they were able to accomplish their dream of living on a lake and build a home on Lake Sallie.  A lot of time was spent fishing and hunting in the area.  Some of his favorite outings with friends and family included pheasant hunting in ND, chasing elk with is bow in the west, shore fishing in Devils Lake, fishing in Alaska and fishing from the dock with his grandchildren.
His family was an important part of his life.  His immediate family of children: Ron Jr, Rachael, Ranette and Ronita.  That family grew in to 12 grandchildren and multiple events that he loved to attend during his time in retirement.  His grandchildren included Ron and Lori’s family of Jordyn, Zachary and Joshua, Rachael and John’s family with Paige and Sara, Ranette and her children TJ, Grady and Brock, and Ronita’s kids Colton, twins Jaden and Hudson, and her youngest Addison. His grandchildren were all active outside of school, and he spent a lot of his time helping where he could and traveling to the different events.
His siblings Robert (deceased), Virginia and Dale were a big part of his life and they continued to gather even after work had drawn them to different parts of the country.  They took turns every few years to gather at one of their houses for a reunion and spend time together.
Ron had a busy life and was an outgoing person.  He enjoyed what he did and the people he did it with.  He had a good life. TO SEND FLOWERS FOR THE SERVICE, PLEASE CALL LOCAL FLORIST DIRECTLY: DETROIT LAKES FLORAL (218) 844-5860 or CENTRAL FLORAL (218) 844-3664
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Joyce Marie Jackson - September 23, 1955 - April 11, 2022

Departed: 04/11/2022 (Detroit Lakes)
Obituary Preview: Joyce Marie Moran was born on September 23, 1955, in Fargo, ND to Robert and Marie (Shaw) Moran. She was raised in Fargo, ND, Ulen, MN and then Rochert, MN. Joyce raised her family of five before starting her career of more than 24 years at RDO in Park Rapids, MN. She retired in December 2018
Joyce enjoyed spending time with her family. Her favorite times with her family were her annual Christmas baking and car trips. In her free time, she also enjoyed playing games on her computer.
There are so many lives that are better because Joyce was apart in their lives.
Deeply loved and missed by Dennis Murray; her children Jeremy (Beth) Moran of Brainerd, MN, Jerod (Susie) Moran of Moorhead, MN, Ed Moran of Ponsford, MN, Rachael (Dan) Nasset of Barnesville, MN, and Jim Stanton, of Mora, MN; sixteen grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and extended family and friends.
Preceding Joyce in death are her parents Robert and Marie; sister Kim Moran; brothers Tim Moran, Pat Moran, and Daryl Moran; Doug Jackson.
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Helen Wippich - August 29, 1929 - April 10, 2022

Departed: 04/10/2022 (Detroit Lakes)
Obituary Preview: “You, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy!” (Psalm 92:4)
Helen Wippich, age 92, of Lake Park, MN passed away peacefully at the Cottage, Ecumen Memory Care, in Detroit Lakes, MN on April 10, 2022.
Helen Pauline Schauer was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Paul, MN on August 29, 1929 to Herbert & Minna (Danner) Schauer. She was later baptized into the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism at Zion Lutheran Church, Jackson & Sycamore, in St. Paul, MN on September 22, 1929. Helen would attend her first eight grades of school at Zion Lutheran parochial school before attending Washington High School, St. Paul, graduating in 1947. After graduation she worked as a key-punch operator for St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance. She also sang in the Twin Cities Acapella Choir under the direction of Dr. Paul Manz.
On June 12, 1954 she married the Rev. Henry W. Biberdorf in St. Paul, MN. They made their home first in Fredericksburg, IA where Henry served St. Paul Lutheran Church. Later she would move with Henry to serve churches in Victor, IA (St. James) and finally in Hillsboro, ND (St. John), where Henry passed away in 1969. Helen continued to live in Hillsboro where she worked for Northwest Bank and Hillsboro Day Care. Later she moved to Fargo, ND, and spent a year as secretary for the North Dakota District, LC-MS.
On September 3, 1986 she married H.A. Voll in Fargo, ND. He died August 14, 1988. She would later marry the Rev. Fred Wippich at her home on Lake Ida on December 26, 2011. Years earlier Fred had been the best man at Helen and Henry’s wedding.
Her greatest joys in life were taking care of her children and raising her voice in praise to God. She also enjoyed tending to her flowers, visiting with friends and relatives, and enjoying life at her home on Lake Ida. Helen was also deeply involved with LWML, as well as directing and singing in her church choirs.
Helen is survived by her husband, the Rev. Fred Wippich; her children, Ann (Dwayne), Tucson, AZ, Richard (Valerie), Carrington, ND, David (Peggy), Grand Forks, ND, and Nancy (Steve), North Ridgeville, OH; six grandchildren, Elliot (Rachel) Spaudie, Kaitlyn (Ben) Van Dyke, Nathanael Biberdorf, Philip Biberdorf, Rachel Biberdorf, and Leah (Leo) Lakpa; and three great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Helen is preceded in death by her parents; husbands, the Rev. Henry Biberdorf and H.A. Voll; two brothers, Bertram Schauer and Herbert Schauer and one sister, Doris Werfelmann.
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Janice Eileen Sonnenberg - February 18, 1934 - April 08, 2022

Departed: 04/08/2022 (Detroit Lakes)
Obituary Preview: Janice Eileen Sonnenberg was born February 18, 1934, in Ottertail, MN to John and Ruby (McLeod) Hanebuth. She passed away at the Frazee Care Center on April 8, 2022, at the age of 88. Janice graduated from Frazee High School in 1952.
She married Robert (Bob) Sonnenberg on June 5, 1952. They made their home in Detroit Lakes, MN. During this time they owned a mink ranch. They were married for over 67 years, before Bob passed away December 4, 2019.
Janice lived a full life, grounded in her faith. Her greatest joy in life was to be surrounded by family and all who loved her. She served many years as 4-H club leader, horticulture chair, and was very active with the Becker County Fair. Janice also served many roles at the Zion Lutheran Church, on the altar guild, and designing floral arrangements. Janice enjoyed gardening, canning her harvest and she was famously known as “The Dill Lady on Hwy 34.”  A Halloween tradition her and Bob participated in was selling pumpkins and decorating for the local community. Her other loves included baking, picking weeds, growing flowers, and crossword puzzles.
Janice is survived by her children, Keith (Shelly) Sonnenberg, Lyle (Sue) Sonnenberg, Neil (Roxanne) Sonnenberg, Sheri (Chris) Olerud; seven grandchildren, Jeremy Sonnenberg, Dawn Eckert, Tina Moore, Jacob Sonnenberg, Justin Sonnenberg, Derek Sonnenberg, Alexis Sonnenberg and fourteen great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers Butch Hanebuth, Jim (Sandy) Hanebuth, brother-in-law Marlo Sonnenberg and sister-in-law Joyce Sonnenberg, many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Janice is proceeded in death by her husband Robert (Bob), parents, stepmother Hilda (Wiebe) Hanebuth, brother Jackie Hanebuth, sister-law-Martha Riewe, and brother-in-law Ronald Sonnenberg, sister-in-law Mary Hanebuth.
A service of remembrance will be held on Tuesday, April 12th at 5:00 pm with a prayer service at 6:30 pm at the David Donehower Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, April 13th at 1:00pm at Zion Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, MN with visitation one hour prior. Interment will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery at a later date. David Donehower Funeral Home is caring for Janice and her family. TO SEND FLOWERS FOR THE SERVICE, PLEASE CALL LOCAL FLORIST DIRECTLY: DETROIT LAKES FLORAL (218) 844-5860 or CENTRAL FLORAL (218) 844-3664
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Jacquelyne Elaine Adams - April 12, 1962 - April 08, 2022

Departed: 04/08/2022 (Detroit Lakes)
Obituary Preview: Jacquelyne Elaine (Basswood) Adams, 59 Of Ponsford, MN passed away peacefully at home on April 8, 2022.
Jacquelyne was born on April 12, 1962, in Park Rapids, MN to Albert and Linda Basswood. She grew up mostly in the Ponsford, MN area. Jacquelyne used one of her many talents and Passions as a Cook for her career most of her life. She loved visiting with family and friends which often included large meals, playing games, long walks, listening to country   music or going to the casino.
Jacquelyne is survived by her children Bruce Leonhardt, David Adams Sr., Michael, Trinity, and Aurora, stepfather Fred       Leonhardt, grandchildren Trinity Buckange, Dayton Adams,    David Adams Jr. Angel Adams, Ian Adams, Emirra Wichern, and Carter Smith, Siblings Donna (Lenny) Smith, Carleen (Lyman) Fineday, Sandra Basswood, Bruce Basswood, Brenda Basswood, Albert Basswood II, Sharon Basswood, and Tommy Basswood, Nephews Leonard Smith, Jimmy Smith and Nieces Blair        Fineday, Ashley Fineday, Melynda Fineday, and Heather        Roberts and Many more.
She is preceded in death by her parents Albert Basswood Jr. and Linda Leonhardt, son Scott Adams and sister Loraine     Basswood.
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Leslie Alan Freiborg - May 14, 1946 - April 07, 2022

Departed: 04/07/2022 (Detroit Lakes)
Obituary Preview: Leslie Alan Freiborg passed away peacefully on April 7, 2022 in Detroit Lakes surrounded by loving family.  Les was born on May 14, 1946 in Roseland Township, MN and married his high school sweetheart Lois Benson of Sacred Heart, MN on June 20,1965.  He began his career working at Ron Vick water skis but shortly after found his passion in sales – selling and servicing Xray equipment for Picker Medical for 18 years. He then moved to Territory Manager for Northern X-Ray Services, before ultimately starting his own company - Valley X-Ray in 1989.  Les was a hard worker and truly loved people.  He didn’t think of his job as work.  He got to spend his days chatting with Xray technicians, solving their equipment problems while often sharing hunting and fishing stories.
Though Les worked hard he loved spending time with Lois, his two daughters and his grandchildren.  He also managed to have a full lifetime's worth of hobbies including fishing, hunting, boating, sporting clay shooting, fine woodworking, and many years of flying RC aircraft he built along with drone flying.  He spent his whole life outdoors and has countless stories of those adventures.
Les is survived by his wife of 56 years Lois Freiborg, daughters Tammy (Michael) Defiel and Kari (Tim) Nuteson, Sisters Lavina (Douglas) Knutson, Carol (Delbert) Winkelman, sister-in-law Barb Freiborg,  grandchildren Danielle (Adam) Spieker, Tyler, Brittney (Alex) Barney, Andrew, and Sam, as well as great-grandchildren Annikah, Arabella, Aurora, Liam, and Nico all of whom will forever cherish his loving memory.
Preceded in death by parents and brother, Roy Freiborg.
A Celebration of Life Open House will be held at David-Donehower Funeral, Detroit Lakes, MN on May 19, 2022 from 1pm-3pm.  The family invites you to join them in the chapel at 2:00pm to share stories you recall or to say a few words as we remember the good times we had with Les. TO SEND FLOWERS FOR THE SERVICE, PLEASE CALL LOCAL FLORIST DIRECTLY: DETROIT LAKES FLORAL (218) 844-5860 or CENTRAL FLORAL (218) 844-3664
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Eulyn Feist - April 21, 1934 - April 06, 2022

Departed: 04/06/2022 (Detroit Lakes)
Obituary Preview: Eulyn Feist age 87 died April 06, 2022, at Oak Crossing Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. A memorial service will take place at a later date in Westfield, North Dakota.
Eulyn Mae Rodenburg was born April 21, 1934, on the family farm near Westfield, North Dakota. She was the daughter of Sidney and Plonieya (VanHeukelom) Rodenburg. She attended rural schools through 6th grade. The family moved to Strasburg, North Dakota where she continued her education, graduating from St. Benedicts in 1952. She attended Valley City State College with a secondary degree in education.
She taught school in Emmons County for two years. She married William F. Feist in Fargo, North Dakota on August 21, 1954. To this union four children were born: Elrene, Roger, Bryan, and William.
Eulyn worked as a bookkeeper for Robert Gibb and sons for twenty-five years and Pleasure Products-Ystebo Drywall (now River Bend Industries) for fourteen years retiring in 1996.
She enjoyed her family, her lake home of Pelican Lake, and winter in Arizona. Eulyn enjoyed playing Pinochle with her senior groups at the NP Depot and Senior Center, all kinds of needle work, and gardening. She was always upbeat with a quick wit and unique sayings, and very proud of her 100% Dutch Nationality.
Eulyn is survived by her children: Erlene (Mitch) Cossette of Lake Park; Roger Feist of Argusville, ND; Bryan (Theresa) Feist of Pelican Rapids; William (Stacy) Feist of Pelican Rapids; grandchildren: Adam Cossette, Heather Thompson (Brandon), Abigail Feist and Taylor Feist; special friend: Michael Holman.
She was preceded in death by her brother: Ronald (Thelma) Rodenburg of Hague, North Dakota; sister: Betty (Norman) VanderVorste of Ellendale, North Dakota.
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Sharon "Sherrie" Lee Erickson - November 07, 1942 - April 05, 2022

Departed: 04/05/2022 (Detroit Lakes)
Obituary Preview: Sharon “Sherrie” Lee (Klemetson) Erickson, 79 passed away on April 5, 2022, at Essentia St. Mary’s hospital in Detroit Lakes, MN. Sharon was born on November 7,1942 in Moorhead, MN to Lyle and Norma (Peterson) Klemetson. Sharon grew up in Flom, MN with her brothers Orrie and Doug. She was baptized at Congregational Church in Glyndon, MN in 1943 and later confirmed at Aspelund Lutheran church in 1957. Sharon graduated from Twin Valley High school in 1960. After high school, she completed one year of business school in Fargo, ND.
She married Robert “Bob” Erickson in 1961 and to this marriage were three children: Rob, Michele, and Kim. Sherrie raised her family in Moorhead MN and worked for Moorhead State University in Moorhead for 35 years in various positions. She retired at age 60 in Flom, MN. Three years ago, Sharon moved to Detroit lakes, MN. She loved spending time with her family and friends, gardening and traveling, especially Europe and Australia. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Sherrie is survived by son: Rob Erickson (Sue Walker), Edina, MN; daughters: Michele (Paul) Martin, Mound, MN and Kim Erickson, Detroit Lakes MN, grandchildren: Evan Martin, Brandon Burns, Ciara Grant, Olivia Erickson, Haley Martin, Madison Erickson, Cole Erickson, great grandchild: Audriana Moses; brother: Douglas "Doug" Klemetson, many nieces and nephews and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Lyle and Norma Klemetson; brother: Lyle ”Orrie” Klemetson; grandson: Dylan Burns. Funeral Services will be held at Aspelund Lutheran Church, Flom, MN at a later date
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John Hoeglund - October 04, 1931 - April 04, 2022

Departed: 04/04/2022 (Detroit Lakes)
Obituary Preview: John Hoeglund, 90, of Detroit Lakes, MN passed away on Monday, April 4, 2022. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, May 13th, 2022, at First Lutheran Church at 11am. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
John Edward Hoeglund was born in Detroit Lakes, MN, son of Nels and Klara Mabel (Patterson) Hoeglund. He graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1949, and Concordia College in 1953. He served in the United States Army in 1953-1955, as a clerk of an anti-aircraft battery in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan.  John then spent his entire career as an insurance agent in Detroit Lakes, MN.
On August 7th, 1964, John was united in marriage to Judith Gienger in Streeter, ND. The couple have been married for over 57 years. John was very proud of his wife, Judy, and their three children and their families.
John was a life-long member of First Lutheran Church. He served the congregation at various times as a choir member, Sunday school teacher, usher coordinator, stewardship chairman, and Church Council President.
John was active in the Detroit Lakes Jaycees.  He held various offices including president and received the chapter’s Distinguished Service Award in 1959. He was also a member of the Detroit Lakes American Legion Post 15 and served for 15 years as chairman for the local Legion Boys State and School Award programs. John was a huge advocate for the Boy Scouts of America and served fifteen years as a scoutmaster and troop committee member. In 1976, he received the highest award given to a scouter on the local level, the Silver Beaver award. John also served as a Detroit Lakes City Councilman for thirty-two years, as a member of the City Planning Commission for thirty- one years, and as a member of the Community Education and Recreation Advisory Committee for twenty- five years.
Deeply loved, John’s passing is mourned by his wife Judith; children Cory (Chris Doran) Hoeglund, Christina (Rob) Spence, and Kent Hoeglund; grandchildren Jack (Tori Doran) Hoeglund, Henry Hoeglund, Liam Spence, and Nolan Spence; nephews Brian (LiGaya) Hill, Perry (Brianna) Gienger, Paul (Kyla) Gienger; nieces Lisa Stay, and Lora (Igor) Princ.
Preceding John in death are his parents Nels and Mabel; sisters Charlotte Hoeglund and Be’Ann (Roger) Hill. TO SEND FLOWERS FOR THE SERVICE, PLEASE CALL LOCAL FLORIST DIRECTLY: DETROIT LAKES FLORAL (218) 844-5860 or CENTRAL FLORAL (218) 844-3664
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Donald L Gustafson - January 07, 1930 - March 31, 2022

Departed: 03/31/2022 (Detroit Lakes)
Obituary Preview: Donald L Gustafson was born to Oscar Albin and Esther Antonia (Ax) Gustafson January 7th, 1930, in Wheaton, MN. He was the youngest of 14 children. Donald loved growing up with his siblings on the family farm hunting for skunks and fishing with his siblings. He attended school in District 39 and Wheaton high school. Donald’s first car was a black, six-cylinder 1929 Chevrolet he bought from his brother, Walter. He belonged to Zion Mission church until confirmed, then Bethlehem Covenant church.
Donald’s first job was building the Wheaton Hospital. At 16, Donald started bartending until owners found out his age one year later. In 1947, while working for Allis Chalmer’s dealer, Donald met JoAnn Gjerde at the corner café in Wheaton, MN, where she worked.
Donald married JoAnn on July 10,1949 and built their first house on the farm in 1950. Donald then worked at the Wheaton lumber yard, grain elevator, and ran two flax yards for flax straw. He also farmed for 3 years on rented land. Donald owned and operated Don’s Bar in Wheaton for 7 years. After selling the bar in 1965, he was self-employed in construction. He would go on to renovate 17 houses and build 2 new houses, approximately building or fixing one a year in Wheaton. Don and JoAnn purchased land around the Strawberry Lake- Ogema area in 1950 and retired there in 1990. Donald loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, he was always looking forward to their next visit.
Donald passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2022, in Detroit Lakes, MN. He was 92 years old.
Donald is survived by his six children: Beatrice Chounard of Detroit Lakes, MN, Kathy (Steve) Terhaar of Dripping Springs, TX, Carol (Dick) Feist of Jordan, MN, Rick (Holly) Gustafson of Ortonville, MN, Dona (Greg) Greiner of Donnelly, MN and Teresa Gustafson of Wheaton, MN, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and sister-in-law Irene McDowell.
Donald is preceded in death by wife JoAnn, parents Oscar and Esther Gustafson, siblings: Marian, Elvie, Evelyn, Walter, Harriet, Gladys, Florence, Delbert, Alf, Emma, Gloria, Ernest, and baby sibling, and great-granddaughter Jayden Olson. TO SEND FLOWERS FOR THE SERVICE, PLEASE CALL LOCAL FLORIST DIRECTLY: DETROIT LAKES FLORAL (218) 844-5860 or CENTRAL FLORAL (218) 844-3664
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David Roger Peterson - June 15, 1953 - March 31, 2022

Departed: 03/31/2022 (Detroit Lakes)
Obituary Preview: David Roger Peterson, 67, of Detroit Lakes, MN, passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2022, at Essentia Health-St Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes.  David was born in Detroit Lakes on June 15, 1953, to Lloyd and Minnie (Erickson) Peterson.  David attended school in Lake Park, MN, and graduated in 1972.  He spent most of his working years at Snappy’s in Detroit Lakes.  He spent most of his retirement years in various senior living facilities in the Detroit Lakes area due to health issues.
David is survived by a brother, Myron (Juneal) Peterson of Thief River Falls, MN; a sister-in-law, Carol Peterson of Fargo, ND; a nephew, Brett (Brittney) Peterson of West Fargo, ND; a niece, Kylie (Matt) Nustad of Cape Coral, FL; grand-nephews, Gavin and Carson Peterson of West Fargo, ND; and several cousins in the lakes area.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Minnie, and a brother, Mark Peterson.
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Dale A Bellcourt - April 27, 1948 - March 31, 2022

Departed: 03/31/2022 (Detroit Lakes)
Obituary Preview: Dale Anthony Bellcourt, 73 of Ogema Minnesota passed away on March 31, 2022, at home. Dale was born on April 27, 1948, to Paul & Rosalie (Bellanger) Bellcourt. He grew up in White Earth with his seven siblings, after graduating high school he moved around and various welding and Carpentry jobs. He had four children Connie, Rita, Paula, and Billy. Dale enjoyed Beadwork, art, racing horses and working on a horse farm, fishing, and music.
Dale is survived by his children Connie Eckers, Rita Rogers, Paula Brigenstadin and Billy Bellcourt. Siblings Sandra Larson, Pauline Creed and Florence Tadlock and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents Paul and Rosalie Bellcourt, Brothers Billy Bellcourt, John Bellcourt, Jerry Bellcourt, and Pat Bellcourt.
Service was Monday, April 4, 2022 at White Earth Community Center.
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Mary Lou Simon - April 22, 1954 - March 21, 2022

Departed: 03/21/2022 (Detroit Lakes)
Obituary Preview: Mary Lou (Kirsch) Simon, 67, of Detroit Lakes, MN, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on March 21, 2022, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  Mary was born on April 22, 1954, in Mahnomen, MN. She was one of nine children born to Leo and Verena (Barton) Kirsch. After graduating high school, she met the love of her life, Rick Simon, and they were married on September 9, 1972. Much to Mary’s delight, they began a family shortly after.
As a stay-at-home parent, Mary was hands-on and loved being a mom. Scouts, karate, dance, sleepovers, and a full vanload of kids were her happy place. This love translated into a career in education where she worked in special education, Native community schools, and with adult learners. She was a beloved teacher, dean of students, and principal in several schools across Minnesota. She earned her undergrad and graduate degrees from Minnesota State University-Moorhead and school administrator license from St. Cloud State University.
Mary loved traveling and spending time with family and friends. People were drawn to Mary’s adventurous and outgoing personality which made it easy for her to make friends. She was involved in writing group, prayer groups, and Koinonia retreats.  She had a strong faith and knew that the Lord was bringing her a lifetime of miracles.
Mary is survived by her loving husband Rick Simon, four     surviving children Al (Trista), Underwood; Christy, Fargo; Nicky (Beck), Apple Valley; Glen (Rena), Fergus Falls;    Grandchildren (Izaak, Andy, Zack, James, Jeffrey, Lucy, Eliana, Maryn, Josie); siblings Richard Kirsch (Millie), Waubun; Dave Kirsch, Detroit Lakes; Becky Sheggeby (Carroll), Alexandria, Sister-in-law Shari Kirsch, Mahnomen; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents Leo and Verena Kirsch, son Jeffrey, grandchildren (Emma, Anna),siblings (brothers Kenneth, John, Rodney, Robert and sister Carol), sister-in-law Linda Kirsch, and nephew Kyle Kirsch.
Mary’s family would like to give a special thank you to the team at Sanford Health Home Dialysis which gave her freedom and control over how she could live her life in the last few years. She has had great doctors willing to allow her to continue to fight, include Dr. Wade Swenson from Fergus Falls. Also a thank you to Hospice of Red River Valley, and all our friends and family who have helped during this time of grieving. A memorial scholarship is being set up in Mary’s name
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Marilyn Herzog - August 11, 1948 - March 20, 2022

Departed: 03/20/2022 (Detroit Lakes)
Obituary Preview: Marilyn (Heggeness) Herzog passed on Sunday morning March 20 as a result of a prolonged illness. She was born on August 11, 1948, in Detroit Lakes to Vincent and Margaret (Mclaughlin) Heggeness. She grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1966. That same year, she married Richard Englund, whom she divorced three years later. It was a short marriage, but long enough to have her first son, David.
In 1970, she married the love of her life, Doug Herzog, a fellow classmate from Detroit Lakes, who by now was a U.S. Navy sailor. He whisked her off to an adventure in Hawaii to begin a life of travel, raising a family, sharing kisses, and enjoying life together. They lived in Tennessee, Virginia, Sicily, and Minnesota before settling in Fargo in 1988. They played in a poker club with a wonderful group of friends for over a decade and more recently reconnected with their classmates. They helped organize and attended reunions and lunched with classmates on a regular basis.
Marilyn was an avid reader and enjoyed watching movies and TV shows, cooking, crocheting, and cats. There was always a cat or two in her life. She loved spending time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchild.
She spent a lifetime helping others have a more fulfilling life. As a young adult, Marilyn worked as a nurse’s aide, helping patients of all sorts. Later, she raised two boys into productive, responsible adults. Working as an ombudsman for the aircraft carrier U.S.S. America gave her great pride. As such, she was an advocate, resource, mentor, and counselor for the wives of the sailors stationed on the ship. Just as importantly, she worked at a suicide hotline in Fargo, a voice in the night for people who needed one. Marilyn was there for the people who needed her the most. Before retiring, she worked at Quality Bakery in Fargo, sending people off to work with a donut and a smile.
Marilyn strove to make her friendships meaningful relationships. She cared deeply for the people in her life. She cared about people and about people’s feelings. She made a person feel important, valuable, and heard. She was known for having deep, meaningful conversations that nourished the soul. Marilyn could also be passive-aggressive, but in a sweet way, not forcing anyone to talk to her or visit her a on a special day unless they genuinely desired to. She had a good-natured, sassy, fun streak in her with an infectious smile and a healthy sense of humor. Marilyn had a kind heart. She was gentle, considerate, unselfish, compassionate, and thoughtful. Full of spirit, she fought until the last second, defying all doctor’s predictions.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband Doug, mom and dad Margaret and Vincent, and brother Fred. She is survived by her sons David, Damon (Candy), grandchildren Alex (Britta), Taylor, Maggie, Brady, Jacob, and Bella, and great-grandchild Jaxun.
Marilyn loved the people who were important to her, and they loved her. She will be missed, and she will miss you.
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Winnifred Mae Gillespie - February 07, 1932 - March 20, 2022

Departed: 03/20/2022 (Detroit Lakes)
Obituary Preview: On March 20, 2022 Winnifred “Winnie” Mae (Halvorson) Gillespie passed away at her home, peacefully in her sleep surrounded by love. She was 90 years old.  Born to Wallace and Blanche Halvorson in Milan Minnesota on February 7th, 1932, the second of 8 children.  She spent her growing up years in between Saskatchewan Canada and Minnesota. On February 4th, 1951, Winnifred married her true love Allen D. Gillespie.  They raised their family on a farm south of Audubon. Winnie was a Master Gardner, beekeeper, mentor, home health care provider, and a founding member of the Community Alliance Church.  As a lifelong learner she freely shared her faith and knowledge by mentoring and counseling.  She is active in her church, community, relationships and aspired to connect at a deep level with everyone.  Her interests were broad and personal too.  As an eighth-generation beekeeper she mentored others and passed her skills to her daughter. She was known for her passion for flowers and shared that passion by supplying bouquets for the morning church services marriages of friends and a local flower shop.   Her faith carried her through her life, and it comforted her in her passing. She was survived by her 7 Children, 3 sisters (Fern, Rose & Annette), 3 brothers (Wallace “Swede”, Christian “Chris” and John), 19 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.  Winnie was preceded in death by her husband Allen D. Gillespie of 61 years and her brother Albert Halvorson.   To all her friends, thank you for the gift of your love and support of her and her family.
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Shirley Pauline Thiel - April 05, 1944 - March 20, 2022

Departed: 03/20/2022 (Detroit Lakes)
Obituary Preview: Shirley Pauline Thiel was born April 5, 1944, in Jamestown, North Dakota, the daughter of Pauline (Moos) Dorval and John Unterseher. She passed away Sunday, March 20, 2022, at Farmstead Assisted Living in Moorhead.
Her father passed away in the war and Shirley was raised with the Dorval family. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Charles Catholic Church in Oakes, North Dakota. Shirley grew up in the Oakes area before moving to Fargo.
Shirley was united in marriage to Gary Thiel in Fargo and this union was blessed with four children. They made their home in Harwood, North Dakota, and Fargo before moving to the Thiel family farm near Ada.
She enjoyed crafts, flea markets, gardening, and making jewelry. Shirley lived in Arizona making turquoise jewelry before moving to Detroit Lakes.
She is survived by her children: Ronald Thiel of Lake Park, MN, Laurie Nason of Moorhead, MN, Cleon Thiel of Portland, OR; children’s father: Gary (Jeanne) Thiel; brother: Gary (Chari) Dorval; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents: Pauline and Lawrence Dorval; father: John Unterseher; daughter: Sandy Smith; sister: Darlene Schmidt.
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Gabriel Clarence Gullickson - April 22, 1979 - March 15, 2022

Departed: 03/15/2022 (Detroit Lakes)
Obituary Preview: Gabe Gullickson age 42, of Detroit Lakes passed away unexpectedly March 15, 2022, surrounded by his family and close friends.
Gabe was born to Bill Gullickson and Loretta Desjarlais on April 22, 1979, in Breckenridge, MN.  Gabe attended grade school in Tintah, MN.  As a child he loved being his older sister’s shadow, learning how to work on cars and other things with his dad which later turned into his passion throughout his life. Gabe attended his high school years in Detroit Lakes, MN.
In 1995, he was employed with Oleson’s Tree Service in Little Falls, MN.  He considered them so much as family, he made it official and married the boss’s daughter Jayme in January 2018 and moved to Detroit Lakes. Gabe enjoyed spending his time with his five children, as each one took interest in different hobbies.   He worked as a mechanic and in manufacturing where he was currently working at BTD Manufacturing in Detroit Lakes, MN at the time of his passing.
Gabe is survived by his wife Jayme Gullickson; sons Wade, Andrew, Gavin, Braeden, and daughter Kaycee; grandson Xavier Maw; sister Tina (Aaron) Lippert and many aunts, uncles, nieces and cousins.
Gabe is predeceased by his mother Loretta Desjarlais; father Bill Gullickson; grandparents Clarence and Christina Gullickson and grandmother Violet Desjarlais. TO SEND FLOWERS FOR THE SERVICE, PLEASE CALL LOCAL FLORIST DIRECTLY: DETROIT LAKES FLORAL (218) 844-5860 or CENTRAL FLORAL (218) 844-3664
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Everett J Mulcahy - February 16, 1930 - March 15, 2022

Departed: 03/15/2022 (Detroit Lakes)
Obituary Preview: Everett J. Mulcahy, 92, Detroit Lakes, MN, passed away on Tuesday, March 15 at Essentia Health in Fargo. Everett Joseph Mulcahy, known as “Shine” was born February 16, 1930 near Barnesville, MN to Edward and Dora (Nicklay) Mulcahy. He attended Assumption Catholic School in Barnesville through the 8th grade.  He took over operation of Mulcahy Dairy in Barnesville delivering milk and dairy products door to door. Shine met Arlene Krauth at a Lenten service and the two of them were united in marriage, November 15, 1951 in Barnesville. After closing the dairy, they farmed near Rollag   until moving to rural Audubon in 1960. In 1979, they sold the farm and moved to another home near Audubon where they lived until moving to Detroit Lakes in 1993. While in Detroit Lakes, Shine worked for Dairy Supply for several years and then delivered parts for Hedahl’s until retiring in 2008.
Shine cherished time with his grandchildren, especially taking them fishing.  He also loved dancing with Arlene, visiting with Denny Stoen, his horses and the Minnesota Twins. He was     often considered to be the best arm-chair manager in the state.
Shine is survived by his wife of 70 years, Arlene of Detroit Lakes, 3 sons and 6 daughters:  Keith (Terry Brenner) of Audubon, Larry (Janet) of Killeen, TX, Thomas (Debbie) of Ontario, CA, Susan (Robin) Hoppert of Detroit Lakes, Linda (Mark) Haverkamp of Detroit Lakes, Patty (Dean) Eilertson of Detroit Lakes, Judy (Russ) Brekken of Audubon, Mary (Kevin) Laney of Audubon, Lori (Mike) Danner of Detroit Lakes.  33 grandchildren, 89 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, 2 brothers and 2 sisters: Agnes Barta of Dilworth, Wally (Carol) Mulcahy of Barnesville, Dorothy (Curt) Cook of Dilworth and Eddie (Marlys) Mulcahy of Barnesville.
He was preceded in death by a son, James, a grandson, Craig, a daughter-in-law, Lynette, 2 brothers, Donald and Curtis and 3 sisters: Bernice, Marge and Lorraine. TO SEND FLOWERS FOR THE SERVICE, PLEASE CALL LOCAL FLORIST DIRECTLY: DETROIT LAKES FLORAL (218) 844-5860 or CENTRAL FLORAL (218) 844-3664 YouTube livestream link:
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Betty Lou Erickson - October 09, 1958 - March 13, 2022

Departed: 03/13/2022 (Detroit Lakes)
Obituary Preview: Betty Lou (Gjerde) Erickson, 63 of Detroit Lakes, MN passed away on March 13, 2022, at Essentia Health St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes, MN surrounded by loved ones. Betty was born on October 9, 1958, to Jim and Babe (Cogger) Gjerde. She was one of ten children; they were raised in the Strawberry Lake and Callaway area. After receiving her GED, Betty followed a big passion of hers and furthered her education at the DL Tech in a Culinary program. She went on to work at multiple restaurants in the area. Besides her love of cooking, Betty displayed her wonderful heart by taking care of others as a Home Health Aide, including caring for her brother Alan. Betty had three children Aaron, Tim, and Angela. She enjoyed being with her long-time companion Bill Foster, however, her world ultimately revolved around her granddaughter Quinn. Betty and Quinn were the best of friends & whenever anyone would come over, Quinn would always ask when they would leave so it could just be her and Betty. Betty loved taking drives through Tamarac Wildlife Refuge and enjoyed finding treasures at thrift stores with her mother and sisters at a place they were known to call "Diggin', ND" aka Fargo, ND.  Betty was best known for making her family's infamous Potato Dumplings and cooking to feed an army of people.
Betty is survived by her children Aaron (Jenny) Erickson, Tim (Tracy) Erickson, Angela (Jos) Erickson, grandchildren Quinn,Daniel, and Brantley, siblings Myrna, Lynda (Willie) Hultin, Lorraine (Duane) Lindsay, Loretta Gjerde, Debbie Mosher, Jerry (Lisa) Gjerde, Alan Gjerde, Sandy (Matt Mess) Olson and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in Death by her parents Jim and Babe Gjerde and sibling Jimmy Carrabou.
The family of Betty Erickson would like to extend their sincere thanks and gratitude to the dedicated team of Essentia Health ICU nurses and Chaplain Kurt Jacobson for their support and care. TO SEND FLOWERS FOR THE SERVICE, PLEASE CALL LOCAL FLORIST DIRECTLY: DETROIT LAKES FLORAL (218) 844-5860 or CENTRAL FLORAL (218) 844-3664
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an obituary?

An obituary is a written notice that announces the death of a person, typically including their name, age, date of birth and death, and a brief biography. It may also include information about their family, accomplishments, and any notable achievements.

Why are obituaries important?

Obituaries serve as a way to share the news of a loved one's passing with friends, family, and community members. They provide an opportunity to celebrate the person's life, share memories, and offer condolences to those who are grieving.

Who typically writes an obituary?

In most cases, the obituary is written by a family member or close friend of the deceased. Funeral homes or mortuaries may also assist in writing the obituary or provide templates to help guide the process.

What information should be included in an obituary?

A typical obituary includes the person's name, age, date of birth and death, place of residence, occupation, education, and any notable achievements or accomplishments. It may also include information about their family, hobbies, and interests.

How long should an obituary be?

The length of an obituary can vary depending on the publication or online platform. Generally, it should be concise and to the point, ranging from a few sentences to a few paragraphs at most.

Can I include photos or other multimedia in an obituary?

Yes, many online obituary platforms and some print publications allow you to include photos, videos, or other multimedia elements to enhance the tribute to your loved one.

How do I submit an obituary to a newspaper or online platform?

The submission process varies depending on the publication or platform. Typically, you can submit an obituary through their website or by contacting their editorial department directly. Be prepared to provide the necessary information and payment for publication.

How much does it cost to publish an obituary?

The cost of publishing an obituary varies widely depending on the publication, location, and length of the obituary. Some online platforms offer free or low-cost options, while print newspapers may charge by the word or line.

Can I write my own obituary in advance?

Yes, it is possible to write your own obituary in advance. This can be a therapeutic exercise in reflecting on your life and legacy. However, keep in mind that your loved ones may still need to review and finalize the details after your passing.

What is the difference between an obituary and a death notice?

A death notice is a brief announcement of someone's passing, often including only basic information such as name, age, and date of death. An obituary provides more detailed information about the person's life and accomplishments.

Can I include humor or personal anecdotes in an obituary?

Absolutely! An obituary should reflect the personality and spirit of the person who has passed away. Including humorous stories or personal anecdotes can help celebrate their life and make the tribute more meaningful.

How do I handle sensitive or difficult information in an obituary?

If there are sensitive or difficult aspects of the person's life that you're unsure how to address in the obituary, consider consulting with family members or close friends for guidance. It's essential to be respectful and honest while still celebrating their life.

Can I include charitable donations or memorial information in an obituary?

Yes, many families choose to include information about charitable donations or memorial funds in lieu of flowers. This can be a meaningful way to honor their loved one's memory and continue their legacy.

How long does it take for an obituary to be published?

The publication timeline varies depending on the platform or newspaper. Online obituaries may be published immediately, while print newspapers may take several days or even weeks to appear in print.

Can I edit or update an obituary after it's been published?

In some cases, it may be possible to make minor corrections or updates to an obituary after publication. However, significant changes may not be allowed due to space constraints or editorial policies.

What if I need to correct errors in an already-published obituary?

If you discover errors in a published obituary, contact the publication or platform directly as soon as possible. They may be able to issue a correction or reprint the revised obituary.

Can I republish an obituary at a later date?

Sometimes families want to republish an obituary on anniversaries or special occasions. Check with the original publication or platform for their policies on republication.

How do I find old obituaries from years ago?

You can try searching online archives, genealogy websites, or local libraries for old obituaries. Many newspapers also maintain archives of past issues that can be accessed for research purposes.

Can I use social media to share an obituary?

Absolutely! Social media platforms can be a convenient way to share news of a loved one's passing with friends and family who may not have access to traditional print publications.

Are online obituaries permanent records?

In many cases, online obituaries are archived permanently and remain accessible for years to come. This provides a lasting tribute to your loved one and allows future generations to access this important family history.

Can I create a memorial website or page instead of an obituary?

Yes! Memorial websites or pages offer a more extensive way to celebrate your loved one's life and legacy. They can include photos, stories, videos, and other multimedia elements that might not fit in a traditional obituary.

How do I cope with grief when writing an obituary?

Writing an obituary can be a challenging task during a difficult time. Consider seeking support from friends, family, or professional counselors as you navigate this emotional process.

What if I'm struggling with writer's block when writing an obituary?

If you're having trouble getting started or finding the right words, try brainstorming with family members or friends who knew your loved one well. You can also seek inspiration from other obituaries or online resources.

Can I include quotes or poems in an obituary?

Absolutely! Quotes, poems, or lyrics that resonate with your loved one's personality or spirit can add depth and meaning to the tribute.

How do I ensure accuracy when writing an obituary?

To ensure accuracy, verify key details such as dates, names, and places with multiple sources before submitting the obituary for publication.

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Jeffery Isleworth is an experienced eulogy and funeral speech writer who has dedicated his career to helping people honor their loved ones in a meaningful way. With a background in writing and public speaking, Jeffery has a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting heartfelt and authentic tributes that capture the essence of a person's life. Jeffery's passion for writing eulogies and funeral speeches stems from his belief that everyone deserves to be remembered with dignity and respect. He understands that this can be a challenging time for families and friends, and he strives to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Over the years, Jeffery has helped countless families create beautiful and memorable eulogies and funeral speeches. His clients appreciate his warm and empathetic approach, as well as his ability to capture the essence of their loved one's personality and life story. When he's not writing eulogies and funeral speeches, Jeffery enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and traveling. He believes that life is precious and should be celebrated, and he feels honored to help families do just that through his writing.