Obituaries

Gary (Gab) William Mertens, 75, of Staples, passed away June 17, 2022, surrounded by his loved ones in the comfort of his home, after a short battle of emphysema that flared up after a bout of pneumonia.  Funeral services were held June 27, at the Motley Free Methodist Church. Interment was at...
Pamela Kay Sather, 72, of Wasilla, Alaska, passed away June 11, 2022 at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer, Alaska.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Pamela was born January 28, 1950 to Thomas and Louise Conlin in Staples, where she grew up and later met her one and only...
Rollance (Rollie) Gode, Jr., 95, of Staples, passed away June 13, 2022, at the Lakewood Health Care Center in Staples.  Mass of Christian Burial was held June 24 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples.  Interment was at Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Staples. Rollie was born March 8, 1927 to...
Tiffani Lynn Hazel, 38, died December 16, 2021, when she was fatally  struck by a motor vehicle in Tucson, Arizona.  A Celebration of Life will be held at the family cabin in Pillager on Saturday, July 2, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tiffani was born May 4, 1983 to Mark and Tammy Hazel in Omaha, NE...
Tiffani Lynn Hazel, 38, died December 16, 2021, when she was fatally  struck by a motor vehicle in Tucson, Arizona.  A Celebration of Life will be held at the family cabin in Pillager on Saturday, July 2, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tiffani was born May 4, 1983 to Mark and Tammy Hazel in Omaha, NE...
Douglas Thrugstad, 62, passed away April 5, 2022, after a two-year battle with liver and pancreatic cancer.  A memorial service will be held June 25 at the Green Lantern Bar and Grill from 1 to 3 p.m. Anyone is welcome to come and remember him with the family. There will be coffee, juice, cookies...
Mark Bratlie, 74, Fargo, ND, passed peacefully from this earthly realm on June 11, 2022, under the care of Beehive Homes of Moorhead and Hospice of the Red River Valley. Family was at his side. He lived life fully as a teacher, stained-glass artist, activist, musician and writer. A Celebration of...
Gary Robert Kratzke, 73, of Motley and formerly of North Mankato, died June 6, 2022, at Senior Class Community in Pequot Lakes.  Funeral services were held June 21 at St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church in North Mankato.  Burial was at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.   Gary was born March 17, 1949, to...
Bessie Pearl Clews, 84, of Staples, passed away May 3, 2022, at her home.  A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, June 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Pine Grove Park in Staples. Bessie was born September 23, 1937, to Glen and  Bernice (Sprague) Mills in Appleton. She married Earl Clews. Bessie is...
Phyllis (Converse) Colvin, 87, of Staples passed away March 11, 2022, after a short stay in the hospital. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 18 at the United Methodist Church in Motley.  There will be a visitation for family and friends at 12:30 p.m. followed by the service at 1 p.m....

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