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Area Obituaries

Stanley Stephenson 1927 – 2023

Stanley Charlton Stephenson – After 95 ½ years, covering 11 decades, Dads’ successful journey here on earth came to an end on January 15, 2023, at his home with his loving wife of 71 1/2 years, Betty, by his side. Dad is preceded in death by his parents, L.C. “Chuck” Stephenson and Effie Pudas Stephenson;…

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Judith MacPherson 1945 – 2023

The world lost a beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother, Judith Ann MacPherson (Pouchnik), 78, on January 12, 2023. She passed away peacefully in Park Rapids MN, after fighting her second battle with cancer. Judy was known best for her kind heart, infectious smile, and ever optimistic outlook on life. She had a love for…

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Glenda Gilster 1948 – 2023

Glenda Joan Bernu was born February 28, 1948 to Dorothy Bernu at her grandparents home in Deer Creek Township. Around 1955 their family moved to the Iron Range where Glenda graduated from Coleraine High School with the class of 1967. In August of 1968 she married Stephen Edwards. To that union her child, David was…

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Susan Latterner 1947 – 2022

Susan (Gammon) Latterner, 75, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on December 27, 2022. Born March 2, 1947 to Harry and Hazel (Halvorson) Gammon in Minnetonka, MN. Susan was married to James Latterner on October 11, 1975. She worked for the City of Shorewood for 20 years. Sue had a way of making…

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Stanley Charlton Stephenson 1927 – 2023

Death Notice: Stanley Stephenson Stanley Charlton Stephenson of Park Rapids (formerly of Sebeka, Minnesota) died on January 15, 2023 at his home in Park Rapids at the age of 95 years. A graveside service will be held at the Sebeka West Cemetery in the Spring of 2023. Arrangements are entrusted to Wevley Funeral Home of…

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LaVerne Markula 1937 – 2023

LaVerne F. Markula, born June 3, 1937, in Menahga, Minnesota, passed away on January 6, 2023. She was a graduate of Menahga High School. She worked as an administrative assistant for North American Life and Casualty Company (later Allianz) in Minneapolis for her entire career. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and…

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Roy Skoog 1927 – 2023

Roy Ernest Skoog, age 95, passed away on January 5, 2023, at Engel Haus Assisted Living in Albertville, Minnesota. He was born in Virginia, Minnesota on November 15, 1927. The third child of Saima and Olaf Skoog, Roy’s early years on the family farm in Wolf Lake were character-building. While his father was in a sanitarium…

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Arleen Matta 1931 – 2022

Arleen Verla Matta, 91, of Fort Madison, IA, passed away at 6:28 a.m. on Monday, December 26, 2022 at the West Point Care Center. She was born on March 2, 1931 in Menahga, MN to Adam and Esther Lake Kinnunen. She married Clifford Mathew Matta on July 23, 1949 in Menahga, MN. She was a…

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Charleen West 1956 – 2023

Charleen West was born was born March 23, 1956 in Graceville, Minnesota and raised on her family farm.  She attended and graduated from Graceville High School in 1974.  Char then attended Fergus Falls community college where she earned her Associates degree and met her future husband Stephen West.  They moved to the Twin Cities and…

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Melroy Holtan 1932 – 2022

Melroy (Mel) Stewart Holtan passed away on December 31, 2022 at 90 years old. He was born September 2, 1932 to Edward Holtan and Agnes (Larson) Holtan in Byron, MN. Melroy graduated from Kasson High School in 1950. Mel worked in construction until he was drafted into the Army in 1952. Mel served his country…

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