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Dorothy Alvina (Pratt) Ostby, 92, of Rochester, Minn. (formerly of Hudson) died on Tuesday, July 22, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester. Dorothy was born on May 2, 1916, in North Hudson to Ralph and Hilda (Kurrasch) Pratt. She grew up in North Hudson, where she attended elementary school, and graduated from Hudson High School. In July of 1938, Dorothy married Robert Melton in North Hudson. The two were blessed with five children. In 1967, Robert passed away. In 1972, Dorothy was married to James Ostby in Hudson. The marriage to James brought two more children to the family.
E. Murray Edin of Baldwin and Spooner died on Tuesday, July 22, at his home in Baldwin at the age of 67. Murray was born in Pine City, Minn., to Florence and Emmett Edin on Feb. 14, 1941. He moved with the family to Hudson when he was a freshman at Hudson High School. He graduated with the class of 1959 and attended college at River Falls. Murray was employed with 3M Corp., St.
Scott Davis, 47, of Hudson, formerly of St. Paul, will be dearly missed. He passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 16, five days after his 47th birthday. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth. He is survived by his love of 21 years, Lisa Burdine; children, Megan Davis, Molly, Missy and Jeff Burdine; father, Frank Davis; sisters, Karen (Jack) Montgomery and Jo Davis; and many loved ones. Scott was an incredibly hard worker and a talented artist. You can see his creativity and handiwork in a variety of places, but some of his most recent are in River Falls.
Crystal May Sielaff, 93, of Hudson, formerly of Minneapolis and Mountain Home, Ark., died Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at the Comforts of Home in Hudson. She was born in Buffalo Lake, Minn., on May 15, 1915, to Harvey and Hattie (Fischer) Reep. Crystal had done her schooling in Minneapolis along with her college while attending the University of Minnesota and graduating in 1934. On April 6, 1940, she married Bruce Sielaff. Throughout Crystal's life she enjoyed doing handcrafts, reading and gardening.
Paul A. Lund of DeBary, Fla. (formerly of Ellsworth, Wis.), 77, passed away on Thursday, June 26, after a long illness. Paul is survived by his wife of 50 years, Delores, and their children, Paul W. Lund (Beth) of Maplewood, Minn., Tammy Hojat (Shervin) of Austin, Texas, Mark Lund (Diane) of Eau Claire, Wis., and Adele Lund of Woodbury, Minn.; five grandsons, one granddaughter and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Jack Lund of St.
Merilyn Ronzheimer Richie was born on May 23, 1928, to parents Myles and Mable Ronzheimer in Valley City, N.D. An aspiring musician, Merilyn became quite the entertainer in her home town, where at the age of 16, she performed her own vocal recital. Her musical abilities did not stop there. Merilyn was an accomplished pianist who also played the clarinet and the accordion. Family reunions would not have been the same without Merilyn's music. At the age of 18, Merilyn attended Hamline Methodist University in St.
Timothy John Smedstad, 49, a resident of rural Fergus Falls, Minn., passed away July 9, 2008. Timothy was born on Oct. 8, 1958, in Fergus Falls, the son of Maynard and Shirlee (Stromert) Smedstad. He grew up in Fergus Falls and graduated in 1977 from Fergus Falls High School. After high school, he attended Staples Vo-Tech and completed the graphic arts program. On Oct. 18, 1980, he married Kristi Balken at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and the couple had one son, Reece.
Ardelle Clifford "Dell" Rude, Stillwater, died Sunday, July 6. He was the son of Alf and Amanda Rude and was married in 1958 to Janet Roberta Pierson. He is survived by his wife, Janet; a son, David (Deborah); six grandchildren, Jason, Elizabeth, Jonathon, Christopher, Mario and Nathan; two sisters, Shirley Klenk and Joyce (Roger) Swanson. Preceding him in death were his parents; four children, Leonard, James Paul and Karen; and a brother, Roger. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 10, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m.
Hans-Jurgen Kordt, 66 of North Hudson died Thursday, July 10. Hans was born Dec. 27, 1941, in Liegnitz, East Germany, to Hans-Werner Matthias and Lisbeth Gertrud Kordt. His father was killed during the war in 1944; his mother started to flee from the Soviet troops but became ill and died in 1945. Thereupon, Hans Kordt was put into an orphan's home at age 4. It was not until 1951 that his aunt Dina in West Germany succeeded in getting him out of the East Zone. Hans wanted to start a new life. He had the firm desire to immigrate to the United States and was willing to start from the bottom.
Frederick Titmarsh, 81, of Hudson, formerly of Roberts, and prior to that, England, died suddenly Wednesday, June 25, at his residence. Frederick was born on June 8, 1927, in Landsworth, England, the son of Frederick and Florence (Webb) Titmarsh. He was raised in Landsworth where he attended school. On March 19, 1960, he was united in marriage to Hilda Vinnicombe in Middlesex, England, where they were the owners of The Bell and The Old Oak Tree Bar/Pub. They moved to Hudson when Frederick began a dedicated career with Nor-Lake of Hudson. He worked 20 years as a refrigeration mechanic.