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Vera E. Broten, 88

Vera E. Broten, 88, of Park Rapids died Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at Green Pine Acres Nursing Home in Menahga. She was born Jan. 31, 1919 to Edward and Nellie (Sturdevant) Beck on the family farm near Osage. Later, they moved to a farm south of D...

Vera E. Broten, 88, of Park Rapids died Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at Green Pine Acres Nursing Home in Menahga.

She was born Jan. 31, 1919 to Edward and Nellie (Sturdevant) Beck on the family farm near Osage. Later, they moved to a farm south of Dorset, where she continued school. She was confirmed at First English Lutheran-Church. She worked for various farmers in the area.

She married George Brissett Dec. 25, 1938 in Dorset. They lived south of Lake George and worked for and later managed a resort near Lake George. In spring 1942, she moved to her parents' home near Itasca State Park and worked with her brother cutting pulp and later at the Markam Hotel in Bemidji.

In 1946, she married Melvin Broten. They owned and operated Bass Harbor Resort on Eagle Lake. In 1952, they purchased a farm north of Park Rapids and started Broten's Chicken Ranch. She later worked as a driver transporting pas-sengers to Fargo, Grand Forks and surrounding areas and ran a truck stop north of Park Rapids. She moved to Woodrest Nursing Home in Walker and later to North Country Nursing Home and Neilson Place in Bemidji. She returned to Walker and in 2005 moved to Green Pine Acres Nursing Home in Menahga.

She was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Park Rapids. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, serving as president for several years.

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She is survived by her five children, Arthur Brissett, Dee Parks and Alfred (Patsy) Broten, all of Park Rapids, Orn (Ardis) Brissett of Hewitt and Martin Broten of Brooklyn Park; 14 grand-children, 25 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands; three brothers, Walter, Or-ville and Arnold; and sister, Geneva Ensor.

Funeral: Sunday, March 25, at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Park Rapids with Revs. James Neubauer and Matthew Thompson officiat-ing.

Active Casketbearers: Her grandchildren.

Honorary Casketbearers: Remaining grandchildren and members of the Ameri-can Legion Auxiliary.

Interment: Greenwood Cemetery in Park Rapids.

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