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Ervin Proell, 89 Ervin Bernard Proell, 89, Alexandria, formerly of Osakis, died March 26, 2009 at Knute Nelson in Alexandria. Ervin was born February 15, 1920 to Johannus and Anna (Hinnenkamp) Proell in Sauk Centre. He grew up in the Sauk Centre and Padua area, where he attended country school. He was baptized into the Catholic faith at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Following his education he worked on the family farm. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945, serving in Europe and Alaska.
Michelle Peacock, 64 Michelle "Dee Dee" Marie Peacock, 64, died March 12, 2009 in Victorville, California. Michelle was born March 18, 1944 to James and Elayne (Sorenson) Quinn in Pasadena, California. She graduated from Jefferson High School and then moved to Los Angeles, California. She worked for Crocker National Bank for many years. There she met her future husband, Hal Peacock.
Ruth Morisette, 83 Ruth Elizabeth Morisette, 83, Osakis, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria. Ruth was born November 4, 1925 to J. William and Amy (Frazier) Jahn in Montevideo. She grew up in Montevideo and graduated from Montevideo High School. She taught country school for two years. She was united in marriage to Bernard J. Morisette on June 17, 1946. Following their marriage they farmed near Ghent until 1960, when they moved to Osakis to farm. Her husband died in January of 1988.
Richard Barten, 67 Richard Joseph Barten, 67, died March 25, 2009. Richard was born May 17, 1941 in Elrosa to Nicholas and Cecelia (Deters) Barten. He graduated from Sauk Centre High School in 1959. After graduation he served two years in the Army and four years in the National Guard and was honorably discharged on December 18, 1966. Richard met Virginia Benton in Houston, Texas in 1968 and on May 10, 1969, the couple was married in Dallas, Texas. The Bartens returned to Minnesota in 1971, where Dick worked for Juno Tool and Plastics for 11 years.
Ruby Dahl, 89 Ruby Soderman Westensee Dahl, age 89, was born September 9, 1918 and passed away May 14, 2008 in Sedona, Arizona. She is survived by her brother, Robert Soderman of California; her sister, Ruth Grimes of Roseville; and cousins, Shirley, Shorty, Pete, Barbara, Irene, Judy, Dolly, Evelyn, Willard, Aldrich, Linda and Luvern. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rudoph Soderman; and husbands, Westensee and Dahl. Her grandfather, John August Olson of Evansville, was a writer of many hymns.
Dona Mae Wagner, 79, Alexandria, formerly of Osakis, died Monday, March 23, 2009, at Bethany Home in Alexandria. Dona was born May 10, 1929, to Edward and Agnes (Zaviska) Bruzik in Hudson Township, Douglas County. She grew up in the Forada area where she attended country school and graduated from Alexandria High School in 1946. Following her graduation she worked at the Red Owl Grocery Store in Alexandria. She was united in marriage to Otto J. Wagner on June 17, 1947, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria.
Gladys L. Martinson, 82, Randall, died February 10, 2009. Gladys was born August 7, 1926 in Alexandria to Oscar and Katie (McColley) Covel. She was united in marriage to Roy Martinson on October 27, 1946 in Alexandria. Following their marriage, they farmed and made their home in the Randall area. In 1964, the family moved back to the Martinson family farm, where Roy had been born and raised. Gladys was a member of Randall Presbyterian Church, VFW Auxiliary, and a past member of the Randall Seniors. She was a volunteer at the Lutheran Home for many years.
Egner William Henry Zastrow, 90, Alexandria, died March 22, 2009. Egner was born May 18, 1918 in Leaf Valley Township to Frank and Alvina (Brueske) Zastrow. He attended school at Leaf Valley. On December 2, 1940 Egner was joined in marriage to Phyllis Swenson in St. Paul. During World War II Egner served in the United States Army Air Corps. Following his service, Egner owned and operated a number of businesses, including an implement business and car dealerships. Following Egner's retirement, he and Phyllis wintered in southern Texas for the next 25 years.
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Wayne Tolson Kuester was born in Remer on September 9, 1927 to the Rev. H.W. and Florence Tolson Kuester. The family moved to Chamberlin, SD and then to Alexandria, where Wayne spent the rest of his life. Wayne went to be with the Lord on March 19, 2009 at the age of 81. He was a gentle, caring person with a very good sense of humor who enjoyed his family and friends. After serving in Germany during WWII, Wayne was united in marriage to Helen Peterson on February 7, 1949.