NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) -- Leo Jackson, a former mayor of New London who was credited with being the first black mayor in New England, died Sunday. He was 83. Jackson died at his home in New London, John MacDougall of Byles Memorial Home said. The cause of death was not released. Jackson's election by fellow city councilors in 1979 drew national media coverage. He even received a call from President Jimmy Carter, who won Jackson's endorsement during a presidential primary election fight with Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy in 1980.
CENTER-Mabel Olin, age 92, of Center, died May 25, 2009 at the Medcenter One Hospital in Bismarck. A service in celebration of her life will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, May 30, 2009 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Center with the Reverend Dennis Ristvedt officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 PM Thursday at the Elm Crest Manor Nursing Home in New Salem and from 4:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday at the church in Center where a prayer service will begin at 7:00 PM.
Lela Arne, 96, Turtle Lake, May 24. Jayline Brattain, infant, Minot, May 22. Elmer "Sonny" Genter, 61, Ellendale, May 21. Gertrude Harstad, 99, Valley City, May 24. Bill Hlebechuk, 48, Belfield, May 24. Robert Huber, 74, Bismarck, May 24. Gladys Humphrey, 90. Lisbon, May 25.
Robert Van Dyke, 67, Gackle, N.D., died Monday, May 25, 2009, at Faribault Commons Nursing Home, Faribault, Minn. Memorial service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Haut Funeral Chapel, Jamestown, with Pastor Bryce Tahran officiating. Prayer service: 7 p.m. Friday, Haut Funeral Homes, Jamestown. Burial: Kensal Cemetery, Kensal, N.D. Online guestbook: www. hautfuneralhome.com
Marilyn Andresen, 75, Fargo, formerly Valley City, May 19. James Baird, 64, Langdon, May 22. Beverly Bratholt-Lehman, 74, Fargo, May 23. Raymond Dunnigan, 80, Grand Forks, May 22. Harold Farsdale, 87, Walcott, May 24. Duane Findring, 79, Grafton, May 23. Mary Fuxa, 85, Fargo, May 23. Eileen Gutknecht, 80, Bismarck, May 21. Richard Hable, 18, Colfax, May 23. Ellen Hornberger, 96, Berthold, May 22. Valentina Klein, 88, Dickinson, May 21. Violet Klipfel, 79, Minot, May 21. Marlin Klug, 87, West Fargo, May 21. Deborah Kraft, 55, Bismarck, May 21. June Kringen, 94, Fargo, May 23. Har
Monica Bohart, 93, Jamestown, formerly of Valley City, N.D., died Friday, May 22, 2009, at Hi-Acres Manor Nursing Center, Jamestown. Monica Klaudt was born Oct. 26, 1915, at Wishek, N.D., the daughter of Henry and Katherine (Reiger) Klaudt. She grew up and attended school in Ashley, N.D., graduating from Ashley High School in 1933. She attended the State Normal and Industrial School in Ellendale, N.D., where she graduated from in 1936. She taught school in different school districts for seven years, the last two years in Forbes, N.D. She married Wesley Bohart on Sept.
Ruth Christine (Ritter) Kraft, 69, Jamestown, ND died Monday, May 25, 2009, in her home, surrounded by her loving family with the support of Jamestown Hospice. A prayer service will be held at Lisko Funeral Chapel, Jamestown, at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 17th. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 18th at 10am in St. James Basilica. There will be private interment in Calvary Cemetery. Ruth was born on October 14, 1939 in Arcadia, Kansas to James and Elsie Mae Ritter. She spent most of her early years in Kansas. She graduated from Pierre High School in Pierre, SD in 1957.
URBANA, Ill. (AP) -- Jay Bennett, a former member of the band Wilco, has died at age 45, according to his record label. Bennett died at his Urbana home early Sunday, friend and fellow musician Edward Burch told the Chicago Sun-Times. "We are profoundly saddened to report that our friend died in his sleep ... Jay was a beautiful human being who will be missed," read the posting Sunday on Undertow Music Collective's Web site. Wilco lead singer Jeff Tweedy said in a statement Monday he was "deeply saddened" by Bennett's death.
Joyce Topp, 90, Jamestown, formerly of Carrington, N.D., died Monday, May 25, 2009, at Hi-Acres Manor Nursing Center, Jamestown. Joyce Evelyn Johnson was born June 19, 1918, at Glenfield, N.D., the daughter of August and Christine (Pearson) Johnson. She grew up and attended school in Glenfield. She attended Valley City (N.D.) State College and graduated from Mayville (N.D.) State University. She married Gerald Anderson on April 12, 1943, at Jamestown. She taught for 27 years and was a church organist for many years. He died Jan. 31, 1970.
Ernest Schock, 92, Aberdeen, S.D., formerly of Forbes, N.D., died Monday, May 25, 2009, at his home. Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Aberdeen, with the Rev. Jais Tinglund officiating. Prayer service: 7 p.m. Friday at the church. Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. at the church. Arrangements by Hoven Funeral Chapel, Ellendale, N.D. Burial: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Aberdeen, at a later date. Online guestbook: www. hovenfuneralchapel.com