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Bernice Elaine VanWie, 89, died March 6, 2009 at Knute Nelson in Alexandria. Bernice was born May 12, 1919 in Randall to Frank and Bertha (Gray) Schneider. She graduated from Little Falls High School. Bernice married John Achter and lived in Minneapolis. In 1958 they moved to Alexandria where she has made her home. John died in 1961.
On February 28, 2009 Victoria Haglund completed her journey on Earth at Knute Nelson Memorial Home and left us to join her Lord and Savior. At her passing she was comforted and surrounded by her family and those who loved her. Vicki (also called Tudie by her immediate family) was born July 16, 1924 in Olivia to A.C. "Fred" Jensen and Victoria Gran Jensen. The Great Depression brought her family to Alexandria where she grew up on 1102 Cedar with her brother, James. After graduating from the old Alexandria High School, she went to Chicago and graduated from the New Style Beauty College.
Lorraine Marie Merten, 83, died February 27, 2009. Lorraine was born August 6, 1925 in Sauk Centre to William and Elizabeth (Otto) Dickhaus. She was raised and schooled in Sauk Centre. After graduating from high school Lorraine worked for Swift and Company poultry processors. On October 29, 1946 Lorraine was united in marriage to Ralph Merten at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. The couple made their home on various farms around Sauk Centre. They retired from farming in 1992 and Ralph died a year later in 1993. In 1994 Lorraine moved from the farm to a home in Alexandria.
Irene Christine Kalina, 87, died March 3, 2009 at Bethany Home in Alexandria. Irene was born May 2, 1921 in Lake Mary Township to Frank and Julia (Simek) Mrnak. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church in Lake Reno Township. Irene attended country school in District 19 until the 8th grade when she continued to help farm with her parents. Irene married Leonard R. Kalina on June 12, 1944 at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church. The couple lived on Leonard's parents' farm in Lake Reno Township, Pope County.
William "Bill" DeGrote, 84, Alexandria died February 28, 2009 at his home. Bill was born September 29, 1924 in Clara City to William DeGrote (born in Germany) and Simka (Tammen) DeGrote (born in Illinois). Bill grew up in Clara City, graduating from high school in June 1943. During high school, he played baseball and basketball for five years and was captain of his basketball team his senior year. He served in the Armed Service (20th Air Force) June 1943 through March 1946 during WWII and was stationed at Guam. After the war, Bill returned to Clara City, working in the family businesses.
Dr. Paul Fynskov, 76, 2113 14th Ave. N., Clear Lake, Iowa died March 2, 2009 at Rochester Methodist Hospital in Rochester after a month-long battle with acute myelogenous leukemia and pneumonia. For more information regarding Paul's journey, visit http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/paulfynskov . A celebration of life service was held March 6 at Zion Lutheran Church in Clear Lake with the Rev. Jeff Ungs of Galilean Lutheran Church officiating.
Loren Robert Skonberg, 85, Glenwood, died March 7, 2009 at Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 14 at 11 a.m. at Glenwood Lutheran Church in Glenwood with visitation one hour prior to the service. Loren Robert Skonberg was born September 27, 1923 to Hjalmer and Olga (Mattson) Skonberg in Clinton, Iowa. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1943, then served in the Army Air Force in England. After the war he attended the University of Iowa, the American Academy of Horology in Denver, Colorado, and the Bradly University in Peoria, Illinois.
Derek Kyle Nelson, 24, died suddenly on Sunday, March 1, 2009 while snowmobiling. Derek was born February 19, 1985 in Alexandria to Kevin and Lois (Nessman) Nelson. He was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Kensington. Derek graduated from West Central High School in 2003. Derek attended Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Detroit Lakes and earned a degree in neon technology. He worked at J&H signing company in Perham for one year. Derek then attended Alexandria Technical College where he received a professional sales degree.
Charles "Charlie" Leraas, 64, rural Barrett, died peacefully Sunday, March 1, 2009 at his home. Charles was born September 25, 1944 in Fergus Falls to Olaf J. and Alice (Thompson) Leraas. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lien Township and graduated from Barrett High School in 1963. He attended Alexandria Technical College where he earned a two-year degree in industrial drafting. On October 4, 1966, Charles enlisted in the Air Force and served in the Philippines. On April 1, 1972, Charles married Marilyn Larson at the First Presbyterian Church in Elbow Lake.
Edna M. Borgeson, 95, Alexandria, formerly of Minneapolis, died February 25, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband, Millard B. Borgeson; her parents; three sisters; one brother; and a daughter-in-law. Edna is survived by a daughter, Arlene (Richard A.) Johnson of Alexandria; son, Dale M. Borgeson of Bloomington; grandchildren, Karna (Jim) Peters, Eric (Maria) Johnson, Kirk Johnson, Erin (Bill) Castelli, Ruth (Jamie) Everett and John Borgeson; 11 great-grandchildren; three nieces and two nephews. Edna was an avid reader, excellent bridge player and followed current events.