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Janet Margaret (Brede) Baker, 75, Oroville, California, died from cancer April 8, 2009 at Chico, California. Janet was born February 14, 1934 in Carlos. She was raised in the Alexandria area before moving to California. Janet enjoyed her life in the country, raising her horses and animals. She is survived by her brothers, Mike Brede of St. Francis and Myron Brede of Nelson. A memorial service for Janet was held April 11 at Janet's ranch in Oroville with the Rev. Rod Platte as officiant. A private interment was held. A00009B2009AR22
Ruth Elizabeth Bjurlin, 97, died April 13, 2009 at Knute Nelson in Alexandria. Ruth was born March 26, 1912 in Ben Wade Township, Pope County, to Carl and Freda (Anderson) Rosengren. She was baptized at Ben Wade Covenant Church in Ben Wade Township. Ruth attended country school at District #26 in Ben Wade Township through the 8th grade. She then attended Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis where she graduated at the top of her class. Ruth was united in marriage to Alford Bjurlin on March 24, 1937 at Ben Wade Covenant Church.
Andrew "Andy" Eugene Gill, 42, Alexandria, went to be with Jesus on April 11, 2009. Andy was born May 4, 1966 to Donald and Veronica (Schwegel) Gill. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Casselton, ND. Andy graduated from Central Cass Public School in Casselton. During and after school, Andy worked for many local farmers, including SB&B Farms of Casselton. After graduation he attended one year at Moorhead Tech, majoring in fun and socializing. Andy moved to Becker to work at K&O Farms, raising potatoes.
Arthur "Art" R. Meier, 92, Parkers Prairie, died April 16, 2009 at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria. Art was born October 15, 1916, the oldest of nine children to Ferdinand and Emeilie (Besel) Meier in Corlis. He lived in Butler, Frazee and the Perham area while growing up. Following his education, he moved to the Lansing, Michigan area where he worked in a factory and attended a machine shop and welding school until being drafted into the service in 1943. He served in the U.S. Air Force during WWII, working as an airplane mechanic while stationed in England.
Karolyn L. Nord, 71, Alexandria, died April 18, 2009 at Douglas County Hospital. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 21 at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church. Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net .
Mildred L. Rolfzen, 90, Alexandria, died April 17, 2009 at Bethany Home. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 21 at 11:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church. Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net .
Blanche Rose Benson, 65, Alexandria, died April 13, 2009 surrounded by her family. She had fought a courageous battle with myelofibrosis and leukemia. Blanche was born January 18, 1944 in Friend, Nebraska to Leo and Rose (Korniek) Jirsa.
Rural Minnesota CEP (RMCEP) has been awarded $2.5 million in stimulus funding from the Department of Employment and Economic Development. The emphasis for this funding will be on summer employment for youth.
Vera Yvonne Wilke, 85, Miltona, died Monday, April 13, 2009, at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria. Vera was born May 19, 1923 to Robert and Gladys (Wagner) Olson in Douglas County. Her family lived in the Carlos area before moving to the Deer Creek area where Vera attended school. She graduated from Deer Creek High School in 1941. Following her education, she worked as a waitress at the Minnesouri Club on Lake Miltona during the summer months and as a housekeeper in the Twin Cities. She was united in marriage to Laurence Wilke on January 17, 1943 at the church parsonage in Deer Creek.
Natalia "Tommy" Josephine Obert, 86, Alexandria, died April 14, 2009. Natalia was born March 7, 1923 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to Tollef and Ragna Thompson. Her family moved to Worthington when she was very young. In Worthington, she acquired a reputation as a tomboy, and thus her lifelong nickname of Tommy. The Thompson family eventually moved to St. Paul and then Minneapolis, where Natalia graduated from Marshall High School. She met John Obert in Minneapolis. They were married in Dallas, Texas on May 12, 1944.