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Jane Olga Koep, 71, Parkers Prairie, died Thursday, March 12, 2009, at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria. Jane was born August 23, 1937 to Gustav J. and Agnes E. (Rabold) Krause in Parkers Prairie. She was baptized October 3, 1937 and confirmed May 20, 1951 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie. She attended Parkers Prairie public schools and graduated in 1955. Following her education she worked at Block's Department Store in Parkers Prairie. She was united in marriage to Erwin J. Koep on March 4, 1957 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Urbank.
Olivia Marie Klimek, 93, died March 6, 2009 at Knute Nelson in Alexandria, where she had been a resident for four months. Olivia was born on Palm Sunday, March 28, 1915 in Urbank, the first of seven children to Joseph and Anna (Kraemer) Suchy. She attended Sacred Heart Parochial School in Urbank and graduated from Parkers Prairie High School at the age of 15. Olivia married Wilbert Klimek on September 26, 1939 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Urbank. They farmed more than 41 years on South Lake Jessie in Alexandria Township and retired to a home near Lake Geneva.
Adeline Ella Miller, 89, Alexandria, died Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at Douglas County Hospital. Adeline was born April 23, 1919 in Fergus Falls to August and Dorathea (Siems) Splittgerber. Adeline was employed at Douglas County Hospital from January 7, 1974 to May 28, 1984. She met many friends, thoroughly enjoyed her job and especially her friendship with Bill Flaig and Sister Patrice. Adeline was preceded in death by her infant son, Richard Franklin Miller. She is survived by her sons, Gordon (Janell) Miller of Broken Arrow, OK, Gary (Vangie) Miller of Nelson, Gale (Abby) Miller of St.
Margaret Theresa Nodland, 86, Alexandria, died March 11, 2009 at her home. Margaret was born October 20, 1922 in Starbuck to Andrew and Rosa (Haack) Sanvik. She graduated from Starbuck High School in 1940 and then attended St. Catherine's College in St. Paul. In 1944, she graduated from the St. Cloud School of Nursing as a registered nurse. On July 3, 1944, Margaret was united in marriage to Henry G. Nodland at St. Kevin's Catholic Church in Minneapolis. For the first three years of their marriage, Henry served in the U.S. Army and Margaret traveled with him to his various assignments.
Karen Joan Collins, 69, Osakis, went to meet her Lord on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at her home. Karen was born May 13, 1939 to Edward and Agnes (Zaviska) Bruzik in Minneapolis. She graduated from Alexandria High School in 1956 and took classes to become a dental assistant. She also kept busy playing in a family band with her brother, Marvin, and an uncle. On April 18, 1960, Karen was united in marriage to Dean Collins in Lake Reno. They lived in Alexandria for five years and then moved to Osakis to raise their family.
Ruth JoAnne "Jo" Hammargren, 77, Alexandria, formerly of Coon Rapids, died March 8, 2009.
Donald R. Merklin, 85, Alexandria, died March 14, 2009 at Douglas County Hospital. Donald was born November 24, 1923 to Helena (White) Merklin in Blue Earth County. While small children, he and his brother, Edward "Eddie" moved to St. Joseph's Orphanage in Wabasha. He moved to live with Mary Trisko on a farm in the Carlos area at the age of 9 years, where he lived until he began working with Mike and Myrtle Forster on a farm in Belle River in 1953.
Raymond S. Miller, 91, died March 12, 2009 at Bethany Home in Alexandria. Raymond was born March 11, 1918, in Redwood County to Jacob and Bertha (Sandburg) Miller. He was baptized in the Presbyterian Church in Delhi and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belview. He attended District 28 East Country School and Belview High School. In May 1942, he was called to military service at Brookley Field, Alabama.
Donald Charles Steenhoven, 77, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2009 in Avon Park, Florida. He was born in Sibley, Iowa to Charles and Mildred (Brunk) Steenhoven. He was a business owner, served in the United States Army, and was a member of the VFW, Moose Lodge and the American Legion. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, war airplanes and attending air shows and he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Micheal "Mike" Tomoson, 58, died suddenly on February 21, 2009 at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan, Kansas. Mike was born April 1, 1950 in Graceville to Charlie and Bertina Tomoson of Alberta. He joined the Army in 1971 and reached the rank of E-4. He was a self-employed truck driver. Mike loved nature, fishing, hunting, spending time with family and friends and vintage trucks. Mike is survived by his daughter, Tina Tomoson; four grandchildren of St.