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

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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

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Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky

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.

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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.

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Wrolson, Walter W. (1919-2011)

Walter W. Wrolson, 91, of Grand Forks, ND, formerly of Warren, MN, passed away early Wednesday morning, May 4, 2011 at Parkwood Place in Grand Forks, ND.

Walter Wrolson was born on September 8, 1919 in Divide County, ND, the son of Theodore and Annie (Nygaard) Wrolson. He received his elementary education in that area, but then moved to Lowry, MN and lived with his aunt while going to high school in Glenwood, MN. After graduation from high school, he attended The St. Cloud State Teachers College for one year. Walter then enlisted in the Army in the fall of 1941. After his basic training, he went to Officers Candidate School at Ft. Knox, KY. After receiving his commission, he joined the 37th Tank Battalion of the 4th Armored Division. He served in the European Theatre – England, France and Germany. Walter was discharged in the fall of 1945 and started attending the School of Dentistry at the University of Minnesota. He graduated in 1950 and started to practice dentistry at Starbuck, MN. He was called back to the Army for the Korean Conflict. He received his discharge again and returned to his dental practice in Starbuck. In July of 1953, Walter moved to Warren and started a dental practice there. He retired from his practice in 1986 and since has been enjoying hobbies of carving, golfing, bowling and fishing.

He was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Warren American Legion Post #27, Disabled American Veterans and a life member of the Warren Riverside Country Club and the American Dental Association.

Walter was married to Arloine Isfeld of Porter, MN on December 26, 1948. They had two children; Patricia of Escondido, CA and Wayne of Rochester, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Arloine and two brothers, Lawny and Julian.

DuBore Funeral Home

FUNERAL SERVICE: 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Warren, MN.
VISITATION: 5:00 – 7:00 PM on Friday at DuBore Funeral Home in Warren, MN and one hour before services on Saturday at the church.
INTERMENT: Greenwood Cemetery, Warren, MN.
MILITARY SERVICE BY: Warren American Legion Post #27

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky

Cheney, Audrey Deloris (Berg) (1924-2017)

Audrey Cheney, 93, of East Grand Forks, MN, formerly of Warren, MN, passed away on Tuesday evening, November 28, 2017 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.

Audrey Deloris Berg was born on January 19, 1924, in Reynolds, ND, to William C. and Dagny (Sander) Berg. The family moved to Warren when she was a young girl, and Audrey lived nearly the rest of her life there. On June 19, 1943, Audrey was united in marriage to Charles G. Cheney. Shortly afterwards, he left to serve his country during WWII and upon his return, the two raised their family, with Audrey staying home to take care of the children.

In 1973, at the age of 49, Audrey became the owner and operator of the local Dairy Queen. For twelve years Audrey, almost single-handedly, ran an orderly business characterized by excellent products and service. She was able to provide first jobs to many young people and taught them all the value of hard work. In her own words: “If you have time to lean, you have time to clean!” In the fall of 1986, she sold the business and retired alongside her husband, who passed away on July 22, 1989.

She was a member of the Eastern Star, and had been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary since 1948, also serving in the various church circles of Our Savior’s in Warren.

She is survived by her children, Chuck (Margaret) Cheney of West Fargo, ND, Sharon (Jerry) Cook of Overland Park, KS, and Michael (Hollie) Cheney of Warren; eight grandchildren, Brian (Janelle), Alison (Mike), Brian (Amber), Jill (Mike), Jennie (Tom), Jason, Alicia (Kevin), and John (Katie); 15 great-grandchildren; siblings, Lola Fulks, Beverly Stengrim, and Dennis Berg; and longtime friend and employee, Kathy Kiesow Chapin.

Audrey was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Evelyn Harris, William Berg, Geri Reiniccus, Leo Berg, James Berg, Janet Leslie, and Wayne Berg.

Memorials May Be Directed to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

FUNERAL SERVICE: 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Warren, MN.
VISITATION: One hour before services.
INTERMENT: Greenwood Cemetery, Warren, MN

Source: DuBore Funeral Home

Edgar, June Viola (Hamrick) (1927-2017)

June Edgar, 90, of Warren, MN, passed away on Thursday morning, November 30, 2017 at Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, MN.

June Viola Hamrick was born on June 30, 1927 in Warren, the daughter of Frank and Anna (Olson) Hamrick. She was a life long resident of Warren where she graduated from Warren High School. June attended and graduated from Teachers College in Crookston, MN. On March 2, 1950, she married Ray Edgar in Fosston, MN. They made their home in Warren where they farmed. They also at various times owned and operated Katy’s Kitchen and March Liquid Fertilizer. June taught for several years and was also a teacher and director of the DAC (Day Activity Center) in Warren for many years. After they retired, June and Ray were in home caregivers for Jim, Jack, Darren and Wayne. Ray died on April 1, 2009.

She was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

June enjoyed reading, camping, traveling and many church organizations.

Left to mourn her passing are five children, Susan (David) Lindquist of Chugiak, AK, Rebecca (Scott) Loeslie of Barnesville, MN, Kristy (Craig) Hanson of Grand Forks, ND, Scott (Brenda) Edgar of Warren, MN and Ellen Johnson of Lake City, MN; sixteen grandchildren, Rachel (Mike) Roux, Elizabeth Merrill, Sam Lindquist, Tammy (Jeremy) Weaver, Katie (Jerod) Steer, Matthew (Marcia) Loeslie, Kasey (Bryan) Nikkel, Carmen (Mark) Dargis, Kelly (Kyle) Heinze, Krystina (Nathan) Potucek, Jacob (Amerae) Edgar, Steele Bertils, David Patience, Erin Patience, Miles Johnson and Lillian Johnson; thirty-one great-grandchildren; brother, Lowell (Shirley) Hamrick of Warren, MN; sister-in-law, Rita Edgar of Warren, MN and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ray; siblings, Warren Hamrick and Darrell Hamrick; and great-grandson, Ethan Kuznia.

FUNERAL SERVICE: 3:00 PM on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Evangelical Covenant Church in Warren, MN.
VISITATION: One hour before services at the church.
INTERMENT: Greenwood Cemetery, Warren, MN

Source: DuBore Funeral Home

Zak, Doris Jane (Neegaard) (1924-2009)

Doris Zak, 85, of Erskine, MN, formerly of Sherack, MN, passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at her home in Erskine.

Doris Jane Neegaard was born on January 14, 1924 in Warren, MN, the daughter of Martin and Kristina (Engstrom) Neegaard. She was raised in Warren where she attended Warren High School. On January 10, 1942, she was united in marriage to Robert Zak in Warren. They made their home in Sherack where they farmed. In 2001, they moved to Erskine. Robert died on May 20, 2003.

She enjoyed gardening, canning and cooking. Doris loved animals, especially cats and dogs.

Left to mourn her passing are two children: Gerald (Karen) Zak of Grand Forks, ND and Debbie Zak of Mentor, MN; six grandchildren, Penni, Jason, Kyle, Amber, Stacy and Tyler; great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Myrtle Anderson and Ruby Asp and four brothers, Ralph, John, Walter and Marvin.

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Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky

Znajda, Donna Marie (Matthews) (1929-2006)

Donna Znajda, 77, Warren, MN, passed away on Monday, July 31, 2006 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.

Donna Marie Matthews was born on July 21, 1929 in Minneapolis, MN, the daughter of Stanley and Ovidia (Ottem) Matthews. She was raised in St. Louis Park, MN where she graduated from high school. Donna attended the University of Minnesota Agricultural College in St. Paul, MN. She worked for Land O Lakes as a lab technician and a bacteriologist. Many of her early years were spent “trick riding” in rodeo’s. Donna married Denny Kirkendall on August 21, 1948 in St. Louis Park. On January 21, 1961, she married Theodore “Ted” Znajda. They made their home in Warren. Donna worked for the telephone company for a short period of time before working at the Ken Nelson Agency. She retired after 25 years. Donna also worked part time for Sister Anita Whalen DDS. Ted died on December 24th, 2000.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church, the Roosevelt American Legion Auxiliary, and was the Vice President of the Crookston Machine Knitters Club. Donna was also a Hospice volunteer for several years.

Donna’s world revolved around the love she had for her grandchildren, Taylor and Felicia. She was either spending time watching their events, taking trips with them, or thinking of how she could do something more for “her grandkids”. The highlight of each year was the annual trip she took with her family to Alaska to fish on the Kenai River.

Left to mourn her passing are a son and daughter-in-law, Pat and Karen Znajda of Stephen, MN, grandson, Taylor, granddaughter, Felicia, sister, Janeal Bartko of Columbia Heights, MN, brother, Stanley (Ann) Matthews of Cedar, MN, special friend, Denny Kirkendall of Sonora, CA, several nieces, nephews and cousins, and her group of Alaskan friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister, Deloris.

DuBore Funeral Home

[Interred Greenwood cemetery]
Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky