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Area Obituaries

Calvin Ristinen 1934-2022

Calvin Arnold Ristinen, age 88 passed away October 30, 2022 at his home in Elizabeth, CO. Calvin was born on October 16, 1934 on the family farm in Becker county. A brother preceded him in death. Calvin served in the Army and was active in Veterans affairs. He was a talented wood worker who contracted…

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Alva Robinson 1935 – 2022

Alva Merle Robinson of Sebeka, passed away on October 25, 2022 at Green Pine Acres/Greenwood Connections in Menahga, Minnesota. Alva was born to Nicholas and Grace on August 15, 1935 in Hennepin County, Minnesota. He was adopted by Earl and Leona Robinson at eight years old and moved to north central Minnesota to the little…

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Jennie Haataja 1929 – 2022

Jennie (Makinen) Haataja, age 93 years, 51 days, passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2022, at The Homestead in Anoka, Minnesota. In May of this year mom was diagnosed with abdominal sarcoma. She chose no treatment. She faced her cancer with dignity and had no fear of death as she knew where she would be…

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David Haataja 1927 – 2022

David Edward Wilhelm Haataja was born on December 20th, 1927 to William and Maria (Alajoki) Haataja, in Runeberg Township, MN. David grew up on the family farm with his parents and fourteen siblings, all of whom preceded him in death: Hildegard, Leonard, Guido, Edwin, Paul, Hanna, Mangna, Sophia, Oscar, Chester, Daniel, Maria, Esaja and Allen.…

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Jayson Graba 1934 – 2022

Jayson Leroy Graba, 88, of Grand Forks, ND, passed away on October 9, 2022, at Valley Senior Living. He was born February 12, 1934, in Wadena County, MN, to his parents Cliff and Cora (Platten) Graba. Jayson grew up on the farm with his six siblings. He moved to Bottineau, ND for college, where he…

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Jerry Mapes 1959 – 2022

Jerry Lee Mapes, passed away peacefully at his home in Menahga, Minnesota surrounded by family and his pets on October 7, 2022, at the age of 63. Jerry was born on October 6, 1959. Jerry graduated from Woodbury Senior High. He was in the Navy four years and when he got out, he had many…

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Steven Hanke 1948-2022

Steven Earl Hanke, age 74 of Park Rapids, Minnesota peacefully entered eternity in Heaven, on October 8, 2022, during a beautiful sunrise over the lake at his beloved family cabin. Steve was born on February 9, 1948 in Des Moines, Iowa to Earl and Marie (Cottrall) Hanke. He grew up on Walnut Hill in West…

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Gilbert Boyer 1932 – 2022

Gilbert William (Bill) Boyer passed away October 4, 2022 at Providence Villa in Sebeka, Minnesota with his daughter Diane holding his hand. He had 90 years of life accomplished. Bill was born March 7, 1932 to Marcus and Abiecie Boyer in Rockwood Township, Wadena County, Minnesota. He was the baby of six children. He lived…

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Romke Zylstra 1927 – 2022

Romke Zylstra, 95, of Nevis, MN died on October 5, 2022 at his home surrounded by loved ones. Romke was born on February 4, 1927 in Friesland, Netherlands, he was the son of Herman and Wiepkje Zylstra. He was united in marriage to Wiepkje (Wilma) Hesselius on April 5, 1951 in Joure, Netherlands. The young…

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Curtis Kreklau, Jr. 1968 – 2022

Curtis Jule Kreklau, Jr., returned to his heavenly home on September 28, 2022, to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Curt, known as ‘CJ’ by his friends and family, was born in Wadena, Minnesota, on December 23, 1968, to Curt Sr. and Margaret Ann (Steinkraus) Kreklau, both of Sebeka. Curt attended Sebeka Elementary…

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