Rosanne Albrecht, 86, Jamestown, died Saturday, June 13, 2009, at MeritCare Hospital, Fargo, N.D. Rosanne Elizabeth Palmer was born Jan. 21, 1923, McKinley Township, near Kensal, N.D., the daughter of William F. and Mary (Lentz) Palmer. The family moved to a farm north of Courtenay, N.D., where she grew up and attended school. She then attended St. John's Academy, Jamestown, for a year and graduated from Sacred Heart Academy, Fargo, in 1941. She received a year of nursing training at Trinity Hospital, Jamestown, before she moved to Minneapolis to work in the Federal Cartridge defense plant.
Lowell D. Swart, 84, Winona, Minn., formerly of Carrington, N.D., and Minot, N.D., died Sunday, June 14, 2009, at St. Anne Extended Healthcare, Winona. Services: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Central United Methodist Church, Winona. Graveside service: 1:30 p.m. Friday, Grace City Cemetery, Grace City, N.D., with the Rev. Susan Fandrich officiating.
Ruth Kraft, 69, Jamestown, died Monday, May 25, 2009, at her home. Services: 10 a.m. Thursday, St. James Basilica, Jamestown. Prayer service: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Lisko Funeral Chapel, Jamestown. Online guestbook: www. liskofuneralchapel.com
Harold Milton Schwartz, 87, LaMoure, N.D., formerly of Litchville, N.D., died Friday, June 12, 2009, at his home. Mr. Schwartz was born Nov. 19, 1921, at Griswold Prairie Township near Litchville, the son of Henry and Elise (Wegner) Schwartz. He attended school in Prairie Township and then worked on his parents' farm until he was drafted into the military on March 15, 1945. He served in the Pacific Theater, including a period of time on the island of Okinawa. He earned the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, the Victory Medal, the Meritorious Unit Award and Army of Occupation Medal (Japan).
BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) -- Billy Bye, a University of Minnesota football player in the 1940s, died Friday. He was 81. Bye drowned in a boating accident. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office confirmed the death Saturday. He died at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. Authorities say Bye's motor became entangled while he was on Bay Lake on Friday. He freed the motor but was unable to get back in the boat despite attempts by passengers to throw him ropes and lifejackets. His son, Jim Bye, told the Star Tribune in Minneapolis his father was boating with his wife, Sally, and friends.
Della Fischer, 85, New Rockford, N.D., died Saturday, June 13, 2009, at her home under the care of Presentation Hospice, Carrington, N.D. Ida Della Fischer was born July 12, 1923, at Eureka, S.D., the daughter of Adam and Lydia (Kallenberger) Fischer. She grew up at Eureka where she attended school for a short time. She lived with her parents until they moved to Ashley, N.D., in 1973. She lived there with her mother until March 1987, when she moved to 4th Corporation, New Rockford. She attended the New Rockford Evangelical Free Church and was a member of the New Rockford Red Hat Society.
Reuben Schlecht, 81, Medina, N.D., died Sunday, June 14, 2009, at Hi-Acres Manor Nursing Home, Jamestown. Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Medina. Prayer service: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Eddy Funeral Chapel, Jamestown. Visitation: 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Eddy Funeral Home, Jamestown. Burial: Medina Cemetery, Medina.
Thomas Alberts, 63, New Town, June 6. Summer Lone Bear, 17, Mandaree, June 7. Gerhard C. Discher, 92, Fargo, formerly Davenport, June 10. Nicholas Foley, 22, Velva, June 7. David A. Habiger, 49, Casselton, June 9. Donald W. Hazel, 86, Oakes, June 2. Harold Jorgenson, 81, Powers Lake, June 8. Hilda Klein, 96, Lincoln, Neb., formerly Wing and Bismarck, Feb. 16. Francis William Littleghost Jr., 42, St. Michael, June 8. Perry Makeeff, 76, Des Moines, Iowa, formerly Mercer, June 6. Harold Martel, 78, Mayville, June 9. Jason Wade McBee, 34, Minot, June 3.
Naomi Liebelt, 80, Fargo, N.D., formerly of Valley City, N.D., died Thursday, June 11, 2009, at MeritCare Hospital, Fargo. Naomi Jasmine Walker was born May 26, 1929, in French Camp, Calif., the daughter of Theron and Evelyn Walker. She attended school in Bryan, Texas, and Berkely, Calif. She married Lloyd Morris Liebelt in Niles, Calif. They lived in Lodi, Calif., where she worked as a school cafeteria cook for more than 20 years. They moved to Valley City after she retired.
Blanche Bjertness, 89, New Rockford, N.D., died Friday, June 12, 2009, at Elim Care Center, Fargo, N.D. Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, First Lutheran Church, New Rockford. Prayer service: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford. Visitation: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial: Eden Lutheran Cemetery, rural Sheyenne, N.D.