Area Death Notices

Wayne Helgenset, 73    

    McIntosh & Thief River Falls – Wayne Helgenset, 73, of McIntosh Senior Living, formerly of Thief River Falls, passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at Essentia Health Hospital in Fosston.
    Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at McIntosh Senior Living with the Rev. Gordon Syverson officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Erskine.
    Military honors will be provided by the National Guard Honors Team. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home, serving McIntosh, and messages of condolence may be sent at

Bernice E. Spenst, 95    

    Thief River Falls – Bernice Evangeline (Newton) Spenst, born July 13, 1921, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2017, at the Thief River Falls Care Center.
    Funeral services will be held at the Swiss Mennonite Church in Alsen, ND, on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation being held at the church one hour before the time of services.
    Online guestbook available at

Gary P. Lofberg, 79    

    Thief River Falls – Gary Lofberg passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at the Thief River Care Center in Thief River Falls.
    Memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church with Reverend John Golv and Reverend Ale Tulu Officiating. Burial will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls following the meal.
    Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
    Condolences may be sent to

Donna M. Carlson, 79    

    Plymouth & Thief River Falls – Donna M. Carlson, 79, of Plymouth, formerly of Thief River Falls, passed away on July 10, 2017.
    Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 17, 2017 at Washburn McReavy in Edina.