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Area Obituaries

Rita Wilwant, 77

Rita Wilwant, of Lancaster, Minn., passed away in her home on Friday, April 12, 2024. Rita (Peterson) Wilwant was born July 6, 1946, to Evelyn and Maitland Peterson of Lancaster. She graduated from Lancaster School in 1964. She married James Wilwant in February 1965. They lived in Lancaster, Hallock and near Hallock until they bought…

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John Stanley Potrament, 77

John Stanley Potrament, of Hallock, Minn., passed away in Kittson Memorial Nursing Home on Saturday, April 13, 2024. John was born to Stanley Vincent Potrament and Kristine Katherine (Wilhardt) Potrament on Jan. 24, 1947. They lived in Lancaster, Minn. When he was 14 in the summer of 1962, John started working at Glidden’s farm, rural…

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Richard Cosley, 82

Richard Cosley, 82, a lifelong Pembina/St. Vincent area farmer passed away at Woodside Village in Grand Forks, N.D., on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. Richard Walter Cosley was born Oct. 31, 1941, at Hallock, Minn.,, the son of Walter and Eleanor (Grube) Cosley. Dick grew up on the family farm and attended McArthur Country School and…

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Susan Marie Gatheridge, 63

Susan Marie Gatheridge, 63, of Humboldt, Minn., passed away Sunday, March 31, 2024, holding the hand of the love of her life and husband, Ronald Gatheridge, at home surrounded by family. She was born in Milwaukee, Wis. on April 22, 1960, to Nancy and Robert Knutowski. Her parents settled in Presque Isle, where they owned…

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Elizabeth Lapp, 93

Elizabeth Lapp, departed for her heavenly home on April 3, 2024, at the age of 93. She was born to Lillian (Anderson) and Richard H. Lapp on Jan. 12, 1931, in St. Vincent, Minn. Elizabeth graduated from Northwest School at Crookston in 1949, followed by Deaconess School of Nursing in 1952. She also graduated from…

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Stephen A. Walukievicz, 91

Stephen A. Walukievicz, 91, of Lancaster, Minn., passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 24, 2024, at Kittson Memorial Health Care Center Nursing Home in Hallock, Minn. A Christmas baby, Steve was born on Dec. 25, 1932, in Poppleton Township, Minn., to Sylvester and Marie (Sobieracki) Walukievicz. Steve lived and farmed most of his life on…

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Evelyn (Evie) Brien-Wells, 75

Evelyn (Evie) Marie Brien-Wells of Hitchcock, Texas, passed away on March 12, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. Evelyn was born to Larry and Jo Svedin of Hallock, Minn., on Aug. 9, 1948. She graduated as valedictorian of Lake Bronson High School in 1966 and in 1969 received her RN from Lutheran Deaconess Hospital School…

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Brian Buria, 62

Brian Patrick Buria of Bigfork, Minn., formerly of Mountain Iron, Minn., suddenly passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at his home. Brian was born on Jan. 25, 1962, to Steve “Muffy” and Sandra (Kottke) Buria in Virginia, Minn. After graduating from Mountain Iron High School, Class of 1980, he attended Mesabi Community College and…

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Karen M. Boisner, 85

Karen M. Boisner, 85, of Babbitt, Minn., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024. She was born March 8, 1938, in Lancaster, Minn., to Emil and Evelyn (Oasheim) Hanson and grew up in Caribou, Minn. She married Dale C. Boisner on Dec. 28, 1955, at the First Lutheran Church in rural Lancaster and they had been…

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Dorothy Jean Ness, 95

Dorothy Jean Ness, 95, of Grand Forks, N.D., passed away Feb. 7, 2024, at Valley Senior Living, Grand Forks. Dorothy was born Dec. 21, 1928, the daughter of George and Madelyn (Kelly) Koons in Westhope, N.D. After graduating from Westhope High School, Dorothy went on to get her teaching certificate and taught in a one-room…

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