Obituaries

Russ Friesen

Russell J. Friesen, 77, Monticello

Russell James Friesen, age 77 Monticello, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 5,
2013, at Centra Care Health of Monticello.  Visitation will be Friday Nov. 8, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, 250 E. Broadway, Monticello.  Further visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral at the church Saturday.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. at Lake Union Evangelical Covenant Church, 74562 County State Aid Highway 19, South Haven, Minn.  Pastor Eric Marx will officiate.  Private interment will be at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens of Crystal.  Funeral arrangements are with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello.

Russell was born near Windom, Minn on November 14, 1935 to Henry and Chrystal (Schminowski) Friesen, the third of nine children.  He served in the US Navy during the 1950’s.  On Jan. 18, 1964, he was married to Betty Selby, and he inherited three children Monica Albert, Ann Dravis and William Cooper.  Betty passed away on June 4, 1998.  On Nov. 13, 1999, he was married to Nancy Dahlen, and he inherited two sons, Jeremy and John Dahlen.  Russ worked most of his life as a truck driver for Pioneer Paper and Briggs Transportation.  Russ and Betty were active at First Baptist Church of Monticello, and currently Russ and Nancy were active at Lake Union Evangelical Church in South Haven.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Chrystal;  wife Betty;  son William;  infant brother Weldon, and brothers Richard and Raymond.  Russell is survived by his wife, Nancy;  children Monica Albert, Ann Dravis, step sons Jeremy (Janice) Dahlen and John (Jessica) Dahlen;  17 grandchildren;  numerous great grandchildren;  two great great grandchildren;  brothers Robert Friesen, Ronald (Deloris) Friesen and Randy (Donna) Friesen;  sisters Carol (Dave) Groff, Sandy (Doug) Buchan;  sisters-in-law Judy Friesen and Elisa Friesen and many nieces and nephews.

Duane Christensen

Duane A. Christensen, 82, Buffalo

Duane A. “Chris” Christensen, 82, Buffalo, Minn., passed away Nov. 2, 2013, with his family at his side.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1-3 p.m., at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, 250 East Broadway, Monticello.  The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. Pastor Pete Martinson will officiate. Interment will be at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls, on Friday at noon.
Chris was born March 22, 1931, in Meadow, S.D. He graduated from Litchfield High School and was active in sports, winning first place at the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament in 1949.  Chris served in the Korean War and was active in the Jaycee’s, VFW, Cooties, and as a hospital volunteer at the St. Cloud VA. He also loved to hunt, fish and garden.
Chris is survived by his wife Velma; and daughter Johanna. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; sister; and two great nephews.

Pearl Ogard

Pearl G. Ogard, 96, Buffalo

Pearl Gladys Ogard, 96, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at her home in Buffalo, Minn.
Visitation will be at Peterson-Grimsmo Funeral Chapel, 250 E. Broadway, Monticello, Minn. on Thursday, Nov. 7, 10-11 a.m.  Services will follow at 11 a.m. Private interment will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery where she will be placed to rest alongside her husband Loyal.
Pearl was born in Westbury, Minn. on Sept. 10, 1917.  When her husband was killed in action in WWII, Pearl joined and served in the Minneapolis chapter of the Gold Star Wives. At one time she served as president of the local.  She retired after 21 years at Dayton Hudson Company. Pearl spent most of her adult life helping others. Hundreds of hours were devoted to volunteering and giving to the Veterans Hospital, her church, Catholic Charities and St. Joseph’s home for children. Numerous charities over many years benefited greatly from Pearl’s help and contributions.
Pearl is survived by daughters Amy (Darold) Burg, Lola (Kenneth) Stewart; son Curtis Ogard (best friend Donna Hanson); brother Elon (Jane) Piche; 13 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Elizabeth Piche; husband Loyal Ogard; daughter Marcia (Douglas) Olafson; sister Alice (Henry)Fugere; brothers, Chester and Manley (Virginia) Piche; grandson David Ogard; great-grandsons Brandon Lanie and Derek Burg; great-great-granddaughter Payton Waldermarsen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Joe’s Children’s Home or ALS.

Franklin Denn

Franklin E. Denn, 92, Monticello

Franklin E. Denn, Sr., 92, Monticello, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center of St. Cloud.
Visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 7, 4-8 p.m., at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, 250 East Broadway, Monticello.  There will be a Prayer Service at 5 p.m., with Pastor Mark Stahl officiating, and a Military Service at 7 p.m. Interment will be at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery of Little Falls on Friday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m.
Franklin was born on Dec. 22, 1920, in Monticello, to Wilson and Cecillia (Hencel) Denn. He attended and graduated from Monticello High School in 1938.  Franklin served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1944 to 1947. He was united in marriage to Mabel Danner on Oct. 30, 1943, in St. Petersburg, Fla. He lived and farmed in Monticello Township his entire life. He was a member of the Wright County Planning Commission for many years.  He also served as a director of the Minnesota Association of Townships.  Franklin was a supervisor for Monticello Township for over 41 years, and was currently still serving at the time of his death.
Franklin is survived by his three children Franklin, Jr. (Julie), Ronald (Lisa), and Rosalyn;  six grandchildren;  and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in 2005;  brothers, Donald and Lowell;  and sister Jeanette.

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