Wittman, Beverly Elain (Ekwall) (1934-2011)

Beverly Wittman, 77, of Warren, MN, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Friday Morning, June 24, 2011 at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND., with her family by her side after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Funeral services were held at 3 PM on Thursday, June 20, 2011 at Zion Lutheran Church in Warren, MN. Visitation was held from 6 to 8 PM on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at DuBore Funeral Home in Warren and one hour before services on Thursday at the Church. Interment was held at Greenwood Cemetery, Warren, MN.

Beverly Elaine Ekwall was born on February 7, 1934 in Thief River Falls, MN, the daughter of Carl and Margaret (Stucy) Ekwall. She was raised in the Goodridge area and graduated from Goodridge High School.

On March 22, 1952, Bev married Laurel Wittman in Goodridge. They made their home in rural Warren where they farmed and raised seven children. She also worked at Arctic Cat and the Good Samaritan Center.

She was a membeer of Zion Lutheran Church, Ladies Aid, Cub Scout Den Leader and a volunteer driver for Marshall County Social Services.

Bev loved spenting time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed baking, cooking, fishing, playing the piano/accordin and working in her flower/vegetable gardens.

Left to mourn her passing are her husband, Laurel; seven children, Laurel Jr. (Sonja) Wittman of Camano Island, Washington, Sharon (Pastor Craig) Haberman of Tracy, Sheryl Northup of Thief River Falls, Larry Wittman of Badger, John (Inna) Wittman of Goleta, CA, Carol (Greg)Kilen, of Warren, and Pamela (Jason) McDonald of Allen, TX; 22 grandchioldren; 8 great-grandchildren; Sisters, Arda Felix of Forest Lake, and Gloria (Jim) Jesperson of Prior Lake; brother, Clinton ( Betty) Ekwall of Big Stone City, SD; sister-in-law, Marlene (Sig) Silnes of Warren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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Wittman, Eleanor Jean “Ellie” (Johnston) (1922-2011)

Eleanor “Ellie” Wittman, 89, of Warren, MN, passed away on Thursday morning, March 31, 2011 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.

Eleanor Jean Johnston was born on March 1, 1922 in Mentor, MN, the daughter of Herbert E. and Anna (Madsen) Johnston. She was raised in Angus, MN where she attended country school before graduating from the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston, MN. Eleanor got her teacher’s training in Warren and taught school at Burnside Country School northeast of Warren for 3 years. On June 12, 1946, she married Orval H. Wittman. They made their home 3 A½ miles northeast of Warren where they farmed. Eleanor worked beside Orval on the farm for 37 years before they retired in 1983. She moved to the Landmark Center in January 2011.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church where she was active with the LWML and a Sunday School superintendent and teacher. She was also a member of the Royal Neighbors of American and an adult leader of the McCrea 4-H for many years.

Eleanor enjoyed camping, handiwork, gardening and reading.

Left to mourn her passing are her husband, Orval; two children, Kay (Dan) Finley of Roaming Shores, OH and Gale (Jo) Wittman of Warren, MN; six grandchildren, Matthew Finley, Jason (Amy) Finley, Eric Wittman, Cole (Kathy) Wittman, Tara Wittman and Abbi Jo Wittman; nine great-grandchildren; siblings, Elaine (Morris) Maruska of East Grand Forks, MN, Stanley Johnston of Crookston, MN and Gene (Jean) Johnston of Angus, MN and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one nephew and several cousins.

DuBore Funeral Home

[Interred Greenwood cemetery]

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Wittman, Laurel E., Sr. (1926-2012)

Laurel Wittman Sr., 85, of Warren, MN, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Friday morning, March 30, 2012 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND with his family by his side after a courageous battle with kidney disease.

He was born December 12, 1926, in McCrea Township, MN. He attended Burnside School in McCrea Township where he completed the 8th grade.

On March 22, 1952, Laurel married Beverly Ekwall in Goodridge, MN. They made their home in rural Warren where they farmed and raised seven children. Laurel loved animals and always envisioned himself farming. Early in life he was involved in 4-H cattle projects and won Grand Champion Beef in 1938. He farmed in partnership with his father John until 1958. Laurel continued to farm until rheumatoid arthritis forced his retirement in 1980. In addition to farming, he was a welder at Artic Cat.

Laurel was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and gun collecting. He was an inventor, whether it was gardening, photography, or leather work, he was a master of the materials at hand. Laurel was a lifetime learner and continuously read almanacs and encyclopedias. Laurel also loved visiting at the coffee shop and conversations with family and friends over a game of cards.

Left to mourn his passing are seven children, Laurel Jr. (Sonja) Wittman of Camano Island, WA, Sharon (Pastor Craig) Haberman of Tracy, MN, Sheryl Northup of Thief River Falls, MN, Larry Wittman of Badger, MN, Jon (Inna) Wittman of Goleta, CA, Carol (Greg) Kilen of Warren, MN and Pamela (Jason) McDonald of Allen, TX; twenty-two grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Marlene (Sig) Silnes of Warren, MN and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Beverly.

DuBore Funeral Home

[Interred Greenwood cemetery]

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Wittman, Orval “Buddy” (1921-2013)

Orval “Buddy” Wittman, age 92 years, of Warren, Minnesota, passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Center in Warren. Orval was born in Warren on March 12, 1921 to Charles and Caroline (Hartwig) Wittman. He lived his entire life on his farm until 2010. He attended Burnside School.

He was a member of McCrea 4-H Club and a leader for many years. He served on the Warren Co-op Creamery Board, Warren Co-op Shipping Association Board, and was the Cattle Superintendent at the Marshall County Fair. He also worked at Nelson Motor Company and the Angus Elevator.

In 1963, he received the Honorary Dairyman Award and in 2007 his farm became a Minnesota Century Farm.

On June 12, 1946, he married Eleanor Johnston. They made their home northeast of Warren, where they farmed together for 37 years before retiring in 1983. They also enjoyed camping and making crafts. Eleanor passed away March 31, 2011.

Left to mourn his passing are his two children: Kay (Dan) Finley of Roaming Shores, OH and Gale (Jo) Wittman of Warren; six grandchildren: Matthew (Jennifer) Finley, Jason (Amy) Finley, Eric Wittman (Tara Hancock), Cole (Kathy) Wittman, Tara Wittman and Abbi Jo Wittman (Caleb Zilmer); and nine great-grandchildren.

[Interred Greenwood cemetery]

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Woinarowicz, Phyllis (1949-2007)

Phyllis Woinarowicz, 58, of Thief River Falls, MN, passed away on Friday evening, November 30, 2007 at the Northwood Deaconess Health Center in Northwood, ND.

Phyllis Woinarowicz was born on May 27, 1949 in Stephen, MN, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Mager) Woinarowicz. She spent her early years in the Stephen area where she attended Stephen High School. She moved to Oakland Park Nursing Home in Thief River Falls, MN in 1990.

She enjoyed visiting with family and friends and doing various activities.

Left to mourn her passing are ten sisters and seven brothers: Cecilia (William) Teske of Grafton, ND, Blanche Kostrzewski of Strandquist, MN, Anna Mae (Duane) Jeffrey of East Grand Forks, MN, Irene Kazmierczak of Strandquist, MN, Eleanor (Daniel) Kostrzewski of Argyle, MN, Martha (Don) Tuszynski of Decatur, IN, Dorothy Hillestad of Grand Forks, ND, Marlene (James) Bishop of Warroad, MN, Kay Kennedy of Dallas, TX, Judy Rahier of Fargo, ND, Leonard (Adeline) of Euclid, MN, Eddie (Lilly) of Sulphur Springs, TX, Sylvester (Kay) of Midway City, CA, Michael (Sharon) of Fargo, ND, John of Alvarado, MN, Ernest C. (Pat) of Newfolden, MN and Duane (Shirley) of Fertile, MN, sixty-six nieces and nephews and many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brother-in-laws and two nephews.

[Interred Calvary Catholic cemetery]

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Axelson, Axel Severus (Johannson) (1872-1921)

Warren Sheaf – 23 Feb 1921

Rosewood, Minnesota

Axel Axelson, one of the early settlers of this place, passed away quietly at the Warren Hospital last Thursday morning, with cancer of the stomach, which although progressing more or less for the last twelve years, has not been considered serious and not until the last year been sufficiently grave to curtail the activities of this industrious man.

Mr. Axelson whose old country name was Axel Severus Johannson, was born at Hammarland, Sweden on May 2, 1872, and when but 16 years entered the career of a sailor as cook on the sail ship “John”, between Sundsvald and London. After six years employment at this trade Mr. Axelson on May 3rd 1893 emigrated to America and came to Warren and for many years was employed as a farm hand.

Tempted, however, by the government’s free land in those days he in March of 1898 came to this place, but finding all free lands here by that time occupied, he purchased the right to his present farm east of here from Martin Lee who had homesteaded it at the time. Married early at Warren he made his home here for a few years until his wife died when he again made his home in Warren until March 18th 1903 when he was united in marriage with Miss Julia Jacobson of that place, and again came here and has since made this place his home.

To mourn, besides his wife, are nine children Viola, Victor, Minnie, Julia, Alma, Herman, Otto, and Emil, all residents of this place, from his first marriage Nels Axelson, at present a resident of Idaho, his aged father Axel Johannson and one sister Mrs. Ella Mattson both residents of Sweden.

[Interred Rindal cemetery]

Gilbertson, Denny Lee (1956-2013)

Denny L. Gilbertson 57, of Thief River Falls, MN died on Monday, July 1, 2013 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.

Funeral services will be held Monday, July 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Johnson Funeral Service Chapel in Thief River Falls, MN with Reverend Robert Dahlen Officiating. Burial will be held at the Holt Cemetery following the service.

Visitation will be held Sunday, July 7, 2013 from 5 – 7 PM at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls and also Monday prior to the service.

Denny Lee Gilbertson was born February 25, 1956 at Red Lake Falls, MN son of the late Lyle and Olga (Nelson) Gilbertson. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith in Holt, MN. He attended school in Holt and also Newfolden High School.

He moved to Williston, ND where he worked on the Oil Field for three years. He then moved to Minneapolis, MN where he worked as maintenance man and other various jobs. Denny moved back to Northwest Minnesota where he continued to live and work at the Turkey plant.

Denny enjoyed hanging out with his buddies, fishing, and sporting events including the Twins and Vikings and just sitting outside taking in nature. He also enjoyed spending time with his little great nephew.

Denny is survived by three siblings: Karen (Wallace) Knutson, Kennedy, MN, Delray (special friend Nancy) Gilbertson, Thief River Falls, MN, Cheryl (Barry) Nelson, Newfolden, MN, nieces and nephews Kelly Burger, Randy Knutson, Shane Gilbertson, Chad (Erica) Nelson, Tara (Jeremy) Nelson and Dawn Gilbertson, great-nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Lyle and Olga and brother Tobin.

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Gilbertson, Lyle Allan “Tobin” (1945-2012)

Lyle “Tobin” Gilbertson, 67, died on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND, with his daughter by his side.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Monday, August 20, 2012 at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Holt, MN, with Rev. Sheila Michaels officiating. Burial will be held at Holt Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5-8 PM, Sunday, August 19, 2012 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Monday.

Lyle Allan Gilbertson was born on February 7, 1945 to Lyle and Olga (Nelson) Gilbertson in Thief River Falls, MN. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith in Holt. He attended school and graduated from Newfolden High School in 1963.

He proudly served his country in the US Navy and was stationed in Viet Nam for some time.

After being Honorably Discharged from the Navy he returned home to Northwest Minnesota. He was united in marriage to Dianne Helgeland and to this union one daughter was born.

Tobin worked in several different places. He worked for the Pipeline for several years, the turkey plant, and with Dean Kaushagen for some years.

Tobin was a proud American who served in the color guard with the VFW in Thief River Falls. He has walked in many parades carrying the colors of our nation and stood at the graves of many fallen soldiers to honor the dead. He bartended at the VFW and also served as a trustee for many years. He was active in many other activities with the VFW and enjoyed pinochle and cribbage every Saturday, and doing crossword puzzles. Watching the Twins and Vikings was also a favorite pastime.

Tobin is survived by one daughter Dawn Gilbertson, Thief River Falls, MN, grandson Connor Hansen, Thief River Falls, MN, four siblings: Karen (Wallace) Knutson, Kennedy, MN, Delray (special friend Nancy) Gilbertson, Thief River Falls, MN, Cheryl (Barry) Nelson, Newfolden, MN, Denny Gilbertson, Thief River Falls, MN, mother of his daughter Dianne Gilbertson, Thief River Falls, MN, several nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Lyle in 1999 and Olga in 2012.

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Gilbertson, Lyle (1912-1999)

Lyle Gilbertson, 87, died Sunday, May 16, 1999 at his home in rural Holt.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, 1999 at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Holt. Yvonne Larson will be the organist, and vocal music will be provided by Don Lunke. Casketbearers will be his grandchildren, Kelly Burger, Tara Nelson, Dawn Gilbertson, Randy Knutson, Shane Gilbertson and Chad Nelson. Burial will be in the Holt Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday, May 19) with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Green Funeral Home in Thief River Falls. Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

Lyle Gilbertson was born on April 20, 1912 in Fillmore county of North Dakota, the son of Christ and Hilma (Ellingson) Gilbertson. When he was young he moved with his family to Ruso, ND where he attended school. Lyle moved to Holt where he worked as a farm laborer and in construction.

In 1943 he was united in marriage to Olga Nelson. Lyle served in the United States Army from 1942 until 1945 in the 13th Armored Division during World War II.

He was a member of Nazareth Lutheran Church, American Legion of Middle River and a lifetime member of the VFW in Thief River Falls.

Lyle is survived by his wife, Olga; two daughters, Karen (Wallace) Knutson of Kennedy and Cheryl (Barry) Nelson of Newfolden; three sons, Lyle Allan “Tobin” Gilbertson and DelRay Gilbertson, both of Thief River Falls, and Denny Gilbertson of Minneapolis; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Hjalmer of California; one sister-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Edna Gonderman and Lillian Sorenson; and two brothers, Lewis and Clarence.

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Gilbertson, Olga Theoline (Nelson) (1919-2012)

Olga Gilbertson, 92, formerly of Holt, died on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 at Oakland Park Communities in Thief River Falls.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Holt, with Rev. Sheila Michaels officiating. Casket bearers will be Olga’s grandchildren. Interment will follow in the Holt Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be for one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Olga Theoline Nelson was born July 11, 1919, on the farm in Mud Lake to Knute and Karen (Ellingson) Nelson. She was baptized at 7 days old because they didn’t expect her to live. She grew up in Mud Lake and attended country school. She was confirmed at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Holt. She stayed with her Uncle Ole and Aunt Martha Ellingson to attend high school and graduated from Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls.

After graduating from high school, Olga worked at the Sanitarium in Thief River Falls. She married Lyle Gilbertson on July 17, 1943. Lyle entered the service, and during World War II, Olga and her sister Gladys lived in California and Texas and worked at the defense plants. She returned to Thief River Falls. Following the war, they moved to back to Holt.

Olga worked all the time. She worked cleaning houses, in the potato fields, and at the Land O’Lakes Turkey Plant in Thief River Falls for many years. In 1963, she started work at the Carlson Bakery in Thief River Falls and retired from Gary’s Bakery in the late 1990s. She was the friendly face behind the counter at the bakery.

Olga loved quilting, embroidering, and crocheting. She liked to grow flowers and flower gardens around her home. She was always outside in the summer tending to her yard. Every Tuesday, Olga would bake bread, buns and homemade soup. She belonged to Nazareth Lutheran Church and was active with the Circle and the quilters. Olga was a gentle, soft-spoken woman. She also enjoyed feeding and watching the birds.

She is survived by five children: Lyle Allen “Tobin” Gilbertson, Thief River Falls, Karen (Wallace) Knutson, Kennedy, DelRay (special friend Nancy) Gilbertson, Thief River Falls, Cheryl (Barry) Nelson, Newfolden, and Denny Gilbertson, Thief River Falls; six grandchildren: Dawn Gilbertson, Thief River Falls, Kelly Burger, Hallock, Randy Knutson, Kennedy, Shane Gilbertson, Park Rapids, Chad (Erica) Nelson, Viking, and Tara (Jeremy) Nelson, Thief River Falls; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister Clara Reierson, Holt; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Olga was preceded in death by her husband Lyle on May 16, 1999; parents; three sisters: Gladys Anderson, Emma Moberg and Anna Nelson; brother Johnie Nelson; and infant brother Edwin Nelson.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky