Obituaries

Joan Elizabeth Eschenbacher, 66, of Motley passed away May 19, 2017 at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls. Funeral services were held May 23, 2017,  at Lincoln Evangelical Free Church. Interment was at the Bridgeman Cemetery, Pillager. Arrangements were with the Halvorson Johnson Funeral Home....
Rodney David Mertens, 63, of Crosslake, passed away May 17, 2017 at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Hospital in Brainerd. Private family services will be held. Arrangements were by the Brenny Funeral Chapel, Staples. Rodney was born May 7, 1954, in Bertha, to David and Violet (Mapes) Mertens. He...
Agnes Irene Cowell Johnstone, 94, of Ada, passed away May 8, 2017, at the Benedictine Living Community of Ada.   Funeral services were held May 14, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with  Pastor Karen Finnegan officiating. Interment was at Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. Agnes was born...
Delores “Susie” M. Smith, 69, of Philbrook passed away May 6, 2017 at Lakewood Health System Care Center in Staples. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, May 11 at 11 a.m. at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Motley, with visitation one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday....
Carol M. Preisinger, 67,  of New York City, New York, passed away on February 11, 2017 after her battle with breast cancer.  A memorial celebration of her life will be held Friday, May 19, at 2 p.m. at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Staples. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Arrangements...
Mort Patrick Young, 76, of Staples, passed away April 25, 2017, at the Lakewood Care Center, Staples from Parkinson’s disease. Memorial Services  will be held May 6, at 11 a.m. at the Staples Church of Christ with visitation one hour prior to the services at the church. Pastor Barry Klein will...
Frank H. Disterhaupt, 88, of Pillager, passed away April 29, 2017, at Lakewood Health System Care Center in Staples. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 5 at 11:00 a.m. at the Motley Free Methodist Church in Motley with Pastor Jim Johnson officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 4...
Lawrence (Larry) E. Baumgartner, Jr., 60, of Motley, passed away April 23, 2017, at the St. Cloud Hospital. A gathering of family and friends will be held Friday, April 28 at the Taylor Funeral Home, Staples from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. with prayers at 6:00 p.m. The celebration will continue at the Bears...
Kermit Bernell “Bernie” Ness, 79, Pillager, passed away April 23, 2017, at his home. A memorial service celebrating Bernie’s life will be held Friday, April 28, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Lord of Life Church, Baxter. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.  Arrangements are with the...
John Novotny, 84, of Motley passed away April 19, 2017 at the Lake Region Health Care Hospital in Fergus Falls. Services were held April 25 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Motley, with Father Joe Korf officiating.  Interment was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls....

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