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Obituaries - Mar. 16, 2018


Sally J. Baglien

Sally Jean Baglien, 73, of Fergus Falls, passed away peacefully at home with her loving family by her side, on Monday, March 12, 2018. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, with a 7 p.m. public prayer service, at Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls, and resumes at 9:30 a.m. prior to services at the funeral home on Friday. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 16 at the Olson Funeral Home Chapel in Fergus Falls with Deacon Chuck Kampa officiating. Interment will be at Knollwood Memorial Gardens in Fergus Falls. Arrangements are with Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls.

She was born on Sept. 23, 1944, in Duluth, to Eino J. and Jean A. Holappa. Sally graduated from Virginia High School in 1962, and then attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth, studying journalism. In November 1963, Sally married Lawrence J. Arkulary. They had three children, Robert, Deanne and Peter. On April 22, 1986, Sally married Milton K. “Milt” Baglien in Detroit Lakes.

Sally enjoyed being a licensed realtor and was employed by the Otter Tail County Health Department as an Administrative Secretary. She also served on the Viking Library System Board of Directors, as well as helping to manage the Fergus Falls American Legion with her husband Milt. Sally and Milt had also owned and operated the Pebble Lake Take Five in Fergus Falls.

Sally was a loving wife and mother. She loved spending time with her family, reading, traveling, and playing bingo with her special friends.

Survivors include her children, Robert (Lisa) Arkulary, Deanne Arkulary Stertz and Peter Arkulary; mother, Jean Holappa; sister, Peggy R. (Thomas) Brula; grandchildren, Cassandra Stertz, Jesse (Danielle) Stertz, Sarah Stertz, Jacob Stertz, Joshua (Carolyn) Arkulary and Jared Arkulary; and five great-grandchildren.

Sally was preceded in death by her loving husband, Milton K. Baglien; and father, Eino Holappa.

William A. Laitinen

William A. “Bill” Laitinen, 53, of Hoyt Lakes, died on Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Essentia-St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 16 at the Bauman-Cron Funeral Home Chapel in Virginia. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service. Family services provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia.

He is survived by his wife, Sherrie; children, Veronica Laitinen of International Falls, William Jr. and Krista Marie Laitinen, both of Hoyt Lakes; step-children, Amanda Peters, Tracy Peters, Nancy Peters, William Peters and Caralee Peters; granddaughter, Sherrie; mom, Katherine “Katy” Laitinen of Cook; brother, Trevor (Marie) Rintala of Virginia; sister, Tylene Laitinen of Cook; and numerous extended family and friends.

Roger D. Anderson

Roger Dale Anderson, 65, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Ely. A Celebration of Life gathering is being planned for this summer for all family and friends to share precious memories, play music, and raise a glass. Further information regarding, date, time and venue will be forthcoming.

Roger was born on Aug. 14, 1952, to Milton and Audrey Anderson. He was one of three brothers. He graduated from JFK High School in Babbitt in the class of 1970. He attended St. Cloud State and Vermilion Community College. He married LaDonna Kim Steenerson on Sept. 4, 1976. Roger worked for the Frontier Telephone Co. for 32 years before retiring in 2007. He loved to play guitar and harmonica, sharing his gift of music with his family and wonderful circle of friends. He coached Little League and hockey for many years before becoming a snowboard enthusiast, at age 40, with his son Aaron. His love of sports was known to all. His favorite pastimes included reading, snorkeling on Burntside Lake, and caring for his one-and-only, special grandson, Noah Wallace. Roger was a wonderful husband and fun-loving person whose mere presence touched so many lives. He is not gone - just gone ahead.

Roger is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Kim; their son, Aaron Wallace of Duluth; grandson, Noah Wallace of Ely; Noah’s mother, Carrie Weisinger of Ely; special granddaughter, Odessa Dusich of Hibbing; brother, Byron (Sue) Anderson of Missoula, Mont., and nieces, Erika (JP) Dooley and Alisa (Tyler) Hayes; brother, Karl Anderson of Babbitt and nephews, Jack and Josh Anderson; mother-in-law, Audrey Steenerson, and brother-in-law, Kari Steenerson, both of Babbitt; sister-in-law, Kay Chisel, nephew, Cory Chisel (Ade and Rhodes) and niece, Tara Pohlkotte (Jason, Owen and Ava), all of Appleton, Wis.

George J. Dusich

George J. Dusich, 85, of Virginia, formerly of Babbitt, passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at Chris Jensen Nursing Home in Duluth. A Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, March 14 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely with Fr. Bill Skarich as celebrant. Inurnment was in the Ely Cemetery. Arrangements were with Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia.

He is survived by his children, Jerry (Deb) Dusich of St. Cloud, Lorie (Doug) Wiermaa of Ely and Randy (Camy) Dusich of Woodbury; grandchildren, Richie (Molly) Milovich and Nicholas (Sarah) Milovich; great-granddaughter, Annabelle; sister, Mary Pendergast; stepsister, Rosemary Coombe; brothers Larry (Paula) Dusich and Bernie (Kari) Dusich; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marie A. Wright

Marie Ann Sanden Wright, 76, of Elk River, passed away peacefully after a long battle with kidney disease on Thursday, March 1, 2018.ÊA memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 17 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1506 Main St.WW NW in Elk River, with visitation one hour prior. Interment will be in Big Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with Dares Funeral Service.

Marie was a longtime owner of Wright’s Way Bait & Tackle inÊGheen.

She is survived by her daughter, Nicole (Mark) Klimstra; grandchildren, Travis and Michelle Klimstra; son, Lloyd Wright; grandchildren, Daniel, Teresa, Trinity andÊArrayaÊWright; great-granddaughter, Justice (Teresa) Wright; former husband and friend, Melvin Wright;Êand brother, David Sanden.

She was precededÊinÊdeath by her parents, Arthur and Evelyn Sanden; twin sister, Margaret Johnson; older brother, William Sanden; and granddaughter, Nicole (Lloyd) Wright.

Mary M. Mavetz

Mary Margaret Junke Mavetz, 92, of Ely, passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at Carefree Assisted Living in Ely. A memorial service is being planned for early July. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

She is survived by her children, Beckie )Whitney Meddaugh) Lobe, Mary Jo (Ric) Toman, Darlene (Brian) LaFrenier and Al Mavetz; twelve grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and sister Jean (Gary) Johnson.


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