Obituaries

Eugene “Gene” Smith, 77, of Fargo, ND passed away December 2, 2020, at his home with family at his side and under the gentle care of Red River Valley Hospice. A public memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18, at the Schuller Family Funeral Homes’ Verndale Chapel in...
Barbara Ann Longbella,  83, died Dec. 6, 2020, of Alzheimer’s. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Barbara was the eighth of Daniel and Marian (Kisler) Spencer’s 10 children, born Sept. 13, 1937, in Brainerd. She grew up in nearby Staples and would spend weekends walking to the...
Charlotte Seely, 76, of Browerville, passed away December 2, 2020. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Interment was held at the Motley Public Cemetery.   Charlotte was born March 20, 1944, to Paul Rexford and Alice Waneta (Smith) Seely in Staples. She was an only child. Charlotte...
Gerald “Jerry” Dennis O’Keefe, 86, of Staples passed away November 30, 2020 at his home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples. Visitation will be held one hour prior.  Interment will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. Gerald...
James Allen Mohler, 86, of Staples, passed away peacefully at Lakewood Care Center December 2, 2020, surrounded by his loving family,  following a brief battle with Covid-19 with underlying Parkinson’s Disease. A private service will be held at Sacred Heart Church, Staples, Dec. 15. A celebration...
Heinrich “Henry” Kopka, 85, of Waite Park, formerly of Staples, passed peacefully into the next life November 28, 2020, at home surrounded by family. The family will hold a private ceremony and a celebration of life at a future date. Henry was born July 11, 1935 to Gustav and Marie (Lipka) Kopka in...
Sandra Bacon, 75, of Fridley, passed away November 27, 2020.  Funeral services were held Dec. 7 at the Miller Funeral Home, Fridley.  Interment was at Morningside Memorial Gardens. Sandy was born July 18, 1945 to Percy and Lucy (Shaffer) Stevens in Staples. She married Darrell Bacon. She had four...
Gordon Sampson, 84 of Motley, passed away November 26, 2020 at Sanford Hospital, Fargo.  A celebration of life will be held in the spring of 2021. Gordon was born to Peter and Christine (Johnson) Sampson on October 22, 1936 in Ayr, North Dakota. He graduated from Motley High School and enlisted in...
Donald “Don” Niemann, 88, of Staples, passed away peacefully at his home on November 22, 2020. Services for Don will be held at a later date.  Donal Gustave Niemann was born July 27, 1932 to Gust A. Niemann and Elizabeth M. (Korsten) in Little Falls. He married Barbara A. Myers in Long Prairie on...
 Angeline (Angie) Gillson, 70, of Pillager, passed away at her home November 24, 2020.  Services were held Dec. 1 at Casino Assembly of God Church. Interment was at Wildwood Cemetery, Pillager. Angie was born February 3, 1950 to the J. Wesley and Joyce Carlson in Brainerd. She grew up in the...

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