Adeline Almer, 78, Fargo, July 14. Milton Burud, 95, Mayville, July 14. Allen Daigle, 84, Security, Colo., formerly Page, July 15.
Graveside services for John and Caroline (Gainsforth) McGillivray will be held July 21, 2009, 11:00 AM, at Highland Home Cemetery, James-town, ND. John Mc-Gillivray was born December 18, 1924 to Howard and Marion McGillivray. John passed away on November 10, 2007. Caroline Gainsforth was born February 7, 1926 to Harry and Thresa Gainsforth.
Elizabeth "Betty" Schneider, 79, Harvey, N.D., died Thursday, July 16, 2009, at St. Aloisius Hospital, Harvey. Elizabeth Bachmeier was born March 15, 1930, near Orrin, N.D., the daughter of George and Theresa (Kuntz) Bachmeier. She married Ambrose Schneider on Nov. 6, 1951, at Selz, N.D. They lived on the Schneider family farm north of Selz. They retired from farming and moved to Harvey in 2000.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Michael Klenfner, a former Atlantic Records music executive who helped transform the Blues Brothers from a "Saturday Night Live" skit into Grammy Award-nominated recording artists, died Tuesday. He was 62. Klenfner died in New York City from complications of congestive heart failure, said daughter Kate Klenfner. In the 1970s, Klenfner helped comedians Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi take their "SNL" act about an American blues and soul revivalist band to the top of the charts.
Alma Opp, 86, Gackle, N.D., died Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at Hi-Acres Manor Nursing Center, Jamestown. Alma Elhard was born April 19, 1923, near Jud, N.D., the daughter of George and Lydia (Kalmbach) Elhard. She grew up near Jud, received her elementary education at a local rural school and helped on the family farm. She married Andrew Raymond Gumke on Nov. 30, 1941, on the Gumke family farm. They moved to Crosby, Minn., where she was a homemaker. In 1960 they moved to the Chicago area. He died Nov. 21, 1964. In 1967 she moved to Gackle. She owned the Deep Rock Station from 1968 to 1972.
Konnie Baker, 44, Bismarck, July 12. Anne Diede, 88, Bismarck, formerly Wilton, July 13. Chad Heilman, 38, Bismarck, July 12. Marcella Martin, 79, Dickinson, July 14. Jean Schulte, 93, Fargo, July 14. Marcella Senn, 81, Hettinger, July 11. Rodney Vigen, 69, Grand Forks, July 11. Melvin Wagner, 80, Grand Forks, July 15. Krista Wilson, 28, Bismarck, July 12. Katherine Zent, 89, Lefor, July 13.
Sherman Lester Montgomery, 92, Carrington, N.D., died Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at Carrington Health Center, Carrington. Mr. Montgomery was born Nov. 20, 1916, at Carrington, the son of William Jr. and Grace (Farquer) Montgomery. He grew up and attended country school at rural Carrington through the eighth grade. He farmed on the family farm for many years. In 1957, they moved to a farm near Lemert, N.D. He worked with the George and Dale Linderman farm for many years. He married Merl Jean Miller on Sept. 12, 1942, at Jamestown.
Richard Blesener, 65, Minot, July 9. Beulah Chapin, 71, New Town, July 11. Alma Erck, 74, Minot, July 7. Elaine Hovland, 75, Ayr, July 13. Edwin Martin, 72, Halliday, July 11. Maxine Mizera, 77, Bismarck, July 13. Clementine Perschke, 83, Center, July 12. Marlys Podolak, 79, Oakes, July 12. Ellena Rau, 81, Napoleon, July 12. William Romanoski, 80, New Rockford, July 12. Clarence Swanson, 93, Bismarck, July 10.
Christ Wegner, 95, Alfred, ND died Sunday evening July 12, 2009 at the Ave Marie Village in Jamestown, ND. Christian Wegner was born October 25, 1913 near Alfred, ND, the son of Gottfried and Pauline (Schlenker) Wegner. He attended the local rural school where he re-ceived his elementary education and grew to manhood. In 1937 he attended Hanson Auto Body School at Fargo. He and Alma Krause were married June 21, 1938 at Alfred, ND. They lived on the family farm until 1941, at which time they purchased a farm 4 miles north of Alfred, where they resided until 1976.
BRISTOL, Va. (AP) -- Sam Church, former leader of the United Mine Workers of America, died early Tuesday after a long illness, the union announced. Church, 72, lived in Pennington Gap in southwestern Virginia. He died at Bristol Memorial Hospital in southern Virginia, union spokesman Mike Kennedy said. A native of Matewan, W.Va., Church began working in the mines in 1965 at Clinchfield Coal Co. in southwest Virginia. He quickly rose through the local union ranks and joined UMWA's headquarters staff in 1975.