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Archive Obituaries
Kent Lee Hutar
06/14/1952-12/24/2018
Kent L. Hutar, 66, Ham Lake, MN, formerly of McGregor, passed away at home on Christmas Eve morning, 2018. Kent was born June 14, 1952 in Aitkin, MN, to Hjalmer and Effie (Westerlund) Hutar. He graduated from McGregor High School in 1970 and attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. Kent was married to Judy (Boelter) Hutar in 1973 and had two children, Jacy and Jady. He worked as an apprentice Ironworker for Local 512 in Minneapolis and joined the U.S. Navy in 1972. He moved to Alaska in 1974 and worked as a journeyman Ironworker for Local 751 for 15 years on the Alaska Pipeline, on the North Slope at Prudhoe Bay and other various pipeline camps. He suffered a work injury in 1987 which caused him to be disabled from that time forward. He loved Alaska and hunting dahl sheep, grizzly bears, and moose and also loved halibut and salmon fishing. He often would cross Cook Inlet in his Zodiak, returning hours later with the tide. He also traveled the Alaska Highway several times. Kent lived with his daughter Jacy in Ham Lake for a number of years, spending every Thursday with his daughter Jady. He was a devoted father and will be missed tremendously by many. His sense of humor and quick wit always kept everyone laughing. Kent is survived by his children, Jacy L. Sorman (James), of Ham Lake, Jady L. Storlien (Tony) of Blaine; 3 grandchildren: Jalyn Constance, Julian Kent, and Josten James; Sisters: Joan Whitney (Dave) of New Hope, Darlene Radtke (Chuck) of Carlton; Brother: Donald Hutar (Carol) of Wright; Sister in law: Sharon Hutar; Brother in law: Richard Farah; and many nieces and nephews and special friends across the states. He was preceded in death by his parents: Hjalmer and Effie (Westerlund) Hutar, sister: Elaine Farah, brother: Roger Hutar and nephew Michael Hutar. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Grace Lutheran Church, 48115 Lake Avenue, McGregor, MN. 55760. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Military Honors will be accorded by McGregor VFW Larson – Duneen Post #2747 and McGregor American Legion Dale Wayrynen Post #23. Burial will be in Rice River Cemetery at a later date in the spring. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home & Cremation Services in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Levi Shannon Russell Westvig
12/04/1996-12/21/2018
Levi Shannon Russell Westvig, age 22 of Aitkin died Friday, December 21, 2018 as the result of a car accident. Levi was born December 4, 1996 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota the son of Shannon and Roxanne (Winckler) Westvig. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 2015. He worked with his father for 6 years at Shannon’s Auto Body Shop in Brainerd for 6 years. He was currently an apprentice electrician and was continuing his schooling to become an electrician. He enjoyed hunting, fishing (both summer and ice fishing). He enjoyed mud racing in his prized maverick. He made maple syrup, was a member of the FFA when he was in High School, and had just started to learn how to kayak and enjoyed the outdoors. He loved watching Wild Hockey games, restoring old tractors with his grandpa and spending time with his girlfriend and riding horses with her. He is survived by his Father: Shannon Westvig of Aitkin, Mother: Roxie Westvig of Aitkin, Siblings: Kailey Westvig of International Falls, Mn.; Josie Westvig of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Zachary Ringhand and Briley Ringhand both of Aitkin; Grandparents: Kenneth and Beulah Westvig of Aitkin; George and Marie Winckler of Grand Rapids, Mn.; two nieces: Isabella Duffney and Elena Duffney both of Grand Rapids, Girlfriend Rachel Hauser of Palisade, Mn., and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 5, 2018 at 2 PM from the Glory Baptist Church rural Aitkin with Rev. Chris Meirose officiating. Visitation will be from 1 PM until the 2 PM services at the church Saturday. Burial will be in the Glory Baptist Church Cemetery in the spring. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Aitkin.
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Stephen "Steve" Ray Frauenshuh, Sr.
05/23/1940-12/16/2018
Stephen “Steve” Ray Frauenshuh, Sr, 78, of McGregor, formerly of St. Paul, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, passed away, Sunday, December 16, 2018 in Essentia St. Mary’s Medical Center, Duluth. He was born May 23, 1940 in St. Paul to Raymond and Betty (Gagnon) Frauenshuh. Steve graduated from St. Paul Murray High School in 1958. He was united in marriage to Nancy McKinney on July 11, 1959 in a The Little Brown Church In The Vale in Nashua, Iowa. Steve attended the University of Minnesota with a BSCE (Civil Engineering) in 1963 followed by his Master’s Degree. As a construction engineer and contractor, Steve managed the construction of many freeways, highways, bridges, roads and streets across Minnesota and neighboring states. Steve was involved in many community activities. He was a star athlete in high school and became a star spectator and fan of all of his children’s and grandchildren’s activities. Steve enjoyed traveling with his wife Nancy and experiencing cultures of Central and South America as well as much of the United States. He especially loved the North Shore of Lake Superior. Steve also enjoyed reading, bird and wildlife watching, gardening and love and companionship of many family pets over the years. The most important thing throughout Steve’s life has been his family and all the special moments, projects and adventures he shared with them. Steve is preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, Phyllis Frauenshuh; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Chuck and Kathleen Wieck. Steve is survived by his loving wife of 59 ½ years, Nancy Frauenshuh; daughter, Louann (Bill) Huebsch, son, Stephen (Cheryl) Frauenshuh, Jr. and daughter, Suzanne (Bob) Geatz; grandchildren, Ben Huebsch (Ashley Green), Dan (Katie) Huebsch, Jake Huebsch, Bridget (Dave) Bohn, Joe (Tammy) Frauenshuh, Trent Meld, Clint (Stephanie) Meld, Levi Meld and Sierra Geatz; great grandchildren, Matthew Bohn, Olivia Bohn, Presley Meld and Athena Meld; brothers, Ronald (Elda Ann) Frauenshuh and David (Sandra) Frauenshuh; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends and his two adopted stray cats, Sweetie and Honey. Services will be Saturday, December 22 at 1 P.M. in Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Pine Needle Cemetery, Shamrock Township, Aitkin County. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Thank you to Pastor Erika Foss for her steadfast strength and love and the ambulance crews with special hugs to Penny Olson and Dake Olson. Special thank you for the compassionate care from the ICU staff at Essentia St. Mary’s in Duluth. Thank you to all the wonderful people who have touched Steve’s life and thereby ours as well. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home and Cremation Services, McGregor.
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Margery Lena (Davies) Howard
12/02/1919-12/13/2018
Margery Lena (Davies) Howard was called to her heavenly home on December 13. She resided at Aitkin Health Services, where she was lovingly accepted and cared for as a member of their family. She was born in Ipswich, South Dakota on December 2, 1919. She was the third child of Chester and Ella Davies. When Marge was eight, Chet and Ella loaded the family in the car and moved from South Dakota to a farm in rural Aitkin. She attended Spencer School and Aitkin High School. She graduated in 1937, and went on to graduate from Crosby Teacher Training. She taught for seven years at different country schools in the Aitkin and Palisade area. After being engaged for five years, Margery and Francis Howard were married on September 15, 1944, while he was home on leave from the Army. They raised their six children in a loving home on a farm just outside of Aitkin. After the kids were out of school, Marge was Bailiff for Aitkin County for 22 years. She was an active member of Bethesda Lutheran Church of Rossburg, where she had served as Ladies Aid President, and organized the Turkey Dinner for many years. She was also a 4-H leader, Boy Scout Den Mother, and Girl Scout Leader, along with anything else that involved her children. Marge belonged to Rebekah’s Lodge, and was a member of the Moose Lodge, Legion Auxiliary, and Aitkin County Historical Society. Marge loved to play Scrabble and do crossword puzzles. She was an avid quilter, embroidering and hand-quilting many of her own quilts, and also doing quilting for others. She won several grand champion ribbons at the Aitkin County Fair, which she attended every year. She looked forward to any, and all, family gatherings. Marge will have a joyous reunion in heaven with her husband, Francis, son, James, grandson, Krane, sisters; Bernice Klingelhofer, Leota Howard, Erma Killeen, and brothers; Glenn, Donald, Larry, Maynard, Calvin, and Everett. Those who are left behind to honor her amazing life are: sons, Wayne “Duff” Howard, of Ottertail, MN, Roger (Linda) Howard of Aitkin, daughters, Jill (Mark) Herron of Merrifield, MN, Lorelie (Bruce) Robinson of Palisade, and Lael (Francie) Vaith of Aitkin, one brother, John (Shirley) Davies, of Crosby, sisters-in-law, Shirley (Everett) Davies of Aitkin, Babe (Maynard) Davies of Florida, Betty (Larry) Howard of Aitkin, and Darlene (Richard) Howard of Brainerd. Fifteen grandchildren, thirty-six great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, who were the joys of her life, are mourning, but will celebrate her full life. Memorial services will be held at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin on Friday, December 21 at 11 AM, with Pastor Jon Yarger officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 on Thursday, December 20 in Sorenson Root Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and one hour prior to services at the church. Committal will be in the Howard Family Cemetery. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorenson Root Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Aitkin
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Linda Rose Farah Thompson
08/11/1948-12/11/2018
Linda Rose Farah Thompson, 70 of McGregor died unexpectedly Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at the St. Cloud Hospital with her family by her side. She was born August 11, 1948 to Roger Louis and Helen Louise (Hetzel) Cunnien. She graduated in 1966 from St. Bernard High School in St. Paul. Linda was united in marriage to Edward James Farah on January 23, 1971 in McGregor. Edward died August 5, 2004. Linda was united in marriage Gary Eugene Thompson in 2014 in McGregor. Linda worked as a secretary for the Alternative Education Program in the McGregor School district and as Secretary for the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor for many years. She was an avid dancer, and enjoyed being at the lake, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. Linda loved and was very proud of her children and grandchildren. She was a hospice volunteer, a member of the VFW Auxiliary and Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. She was preceded in death by her father Roger Louis Cunnien, and her first husband Edward James Farah. Linda is survived by her husband Gary Eugene Thompson; Mother: Helen Cunnien Pollreis; Daughters and sons-in-law: Emily Farah and Jon Miller, Elizabeth and Bill Dean, Kay and Ron Dehn; Son and daughter-in-law: Thomas P. and Jaime Farah; Grandchildren: Drew Dean, Kellan Miller, Jadalyn Dehn, Zane Miller, Mason Dehn, Paige Dean, Jackson Farah, Jolene Farah, Londyn Farah, Brede Miller; Sisters and brothers-in-law: Sue and Bill Fox and Jeanne and Gary Tast; Many other relatives and special friends. Funeral Service will be 11:00A.M. – Monday, December 17, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Sunday at Holy Family Catholic Church with the Prayer Service starting at 6:45P.M. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, McGregor. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home & Cremation Services. www.srtfuneral.com
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Jeffrey A. Binder
11/03/1945-12/09/2018
Jeffrey A. Binder, age 73 of Tamarack, Minnesota died Sunday, December 9, 2018 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Jeff was born November 3, 1945 in West Saint Paul, Minnesota the son of Glendon “Glenn” and Bertha (Frederich) Binder. He grew up and attended schools in West Saint Paul and graduated from the St. Croix Lutheran High School in West Saint Paul. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1963 to 1967 and was a Navy Seal. He married Pamela A. Martin on June 24, 1966 in Brunswick, Georgia. Upon his discharge they moved to the Twin Cities where they made their home. He worked for the 3M company for 35 years retiring in 2003. Jeff’s family had owned property in the Tamarack area since 1945 and he built his retirement home in 2000 and moved to Tamarack permanently in 2006. He then worked as a bus driver for 10 years for the McGregor School District. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Tamarack and also served as an elder for the church. He enjoyed tropical fish aquariums and model trains. He is survived by his wife Pamela Binder of Tamarack; 2 sons: Jeff Binder of Ironton, Mn. and Jerry (Judy) Binder of Blue Springs, Mo.; 12 Grandchildren, 20 Great Grandchildren, 2 Brothers: Richard (Dottie) Binder of Cottage Grove, Mn. and Eugene (Theresa) Binder of Tamarack and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister Anita and 1 great granddaughter Aria. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 11 AM from the Church of Christ in Tamarack with Rev. Ron Staudinger officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW Post and McGregor American Legion Post. Burial will be at a later date at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery in Duluth. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
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Carolyn Tanzi Proctor
12/26/1923-12/08/2018
Carolyn Tanzi Proctor, 94 died Saturday, December 8, 2018 at her home. She was born December 26, 1923 in Hanover, New Hampshire to Ernest and Elizabeth Tanzi. She was united in Marriage to Earle Proctor. Earle died in 20ll. A gathering of family and friends will be in May. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Veva June Richards
11/05/1928-12/08/2018
Veva June Richards, 90, of Aitkin, passed away Saturday, December 8, 2018 in Aitkin Health Services, Aitkin. She was born November 5, 1928 in Aitkin to Clifford and Harriet Wilson. Veva was united in marriage to Wilbur Richards on December 2, 1950 in Crosby. She worked at Sears Café of Minneapolis as well as Fred’s Café of Aitkin. Veva was a member of Moose Lodge #1060 of Aitkin and was involved in Aitkin Head Start. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and visiting with friends and family. Veva loved her nieces and nephews. Veva is preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur; her parents; son, Patrick Richards; siblings, Myrtle Kimball, Claudine Hammond, Faye Larson, Violet Wilson, Marjorie Green, Ilo Vorce, Altha Wilson and Allen Wilson. Veva is survived by 1 sister, Bertha Sanvig of Aitkin; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and her cat, Dolly. Services will be Friday, December 14, at 11 AM in Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bennettville Cemetery, Hazelton Township. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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Betty Stebbins
07/17/1922-12/07/2018
Betty Jane Stebbins, age 96 of Aitkin, died peacefully on Friday, December 7, 2018 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born to Howard E. and Olga (Iverson) Smith, Sr. on July 17, 1922 in Riverside, Illinois. She graduated from Marshall High School in Minneapolis, in their “sight saving class”. She obtained a BA in Sociology at Hamline University in St Paul. After graduating she traveled to Los Angeles and met her future husband at the Palladium in Hollywood. Betty was united in marriage to Frank Stebbins in 1949 in Aitkin and that is where they made their home. The family took summer vacations on the North Shore, Pacific NW, and California. Bettys dream was to be a homemaker, mother, and to have several children so they could play together. Betty was passionate about classical music, reading, and travel. she wrote to many pen-pals as a youth and was able to meet several of them. She received numerous orchids at her wedding from her Hawaiian pen-pal. She was predeceased by her husband Frank, son-in-law Mark Hemmerich, DVM (Jill Stebbins) and her brother, Howard E Smith, Jr. Betty is survived by her 4 children:Holly (John) Grothe of Hibbing; Jill Stebbins, M.D. of Minneapolis; Laurie (Ken) Brackee of Northfield; and Cindy (George) Hemmerich of Milaca; 9 grandchildren: Caitlin Hemmerich, D.D.S. (Kevin Ha) of Minneapolis; SJ Hemmerich (Trixie Maples) of Madison, WI.; Celia Hemmerich (Joe Strangfeld) ofMinneapolis; Natalie Hemmerich of Madison, WI.; Charlotte (Emilio) Pulito of New York City, NY.; Theodore Brackee of Northfield; Sadie (Roy) Ash of Milaca; Sam Hemmerich (Shelby Wild) of Mound; Joseph (Haley) Hemmerich of Milaca; 4 great grandchildren: Olivia, Emily, Brinley and Mae. Other relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 11:00A.M. - Saturday, December 22, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Aitkin. Reverend Dawn Houser will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Aitkin.
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Melvin Milton Boelter
01/25/1924-12/04/2018
Melvin Milton Boelter age 94 of Aitkin moved to his eternal home in Heaven on December 4, 2018. Melvin was born January 25, 1924 in Blue Earth County, Minnesota. He attended school in Amboy for only a short period of time. The family moved to Garden City, Vernon Center, Soderville and Pine City. A final move was made by Melvin, his mother and two brothers John and Duane to a farm near Tamarack in December of 1973. Melvin helped with the farm chores and learned to love John Deere tractors. In August of 1984 Melvin began attending the McGregor D.A. C. where he worked a variety of jobs and working well past his retirement years. He particularly enjoyed working at Paulbeck’s County Market. After the death of his mother and brother John, Melvin and Duane moved to Aitkin in October of 1987 and lived together in several homes with the supervision of Oakridge Homes. They both became “City Boys” and enjoyed visiting all of the stores in Aitkin including Aitkin Eye Center almost daily to have their glasses cleaned. He was a hard worker and racked up many hours of volunteering. Some of those jobs included at the ringing the bell at the Salvation Army kettle, playing with the cats at the Hart Rescue Center and participating in Relay for Life and the Aitkin Chili Cook Off. He filled shoe boxes with gifts for some of the neediest children in the world through Operation Christmas Child and collected education labels for the school and pop tabs for the Ronald MacDonald House. If you had a pop can in your hand, you could be sure that Melvin would ask for the tab. Melvin and his brother eventually moved to the supervised living home run by Oakridge Homes. Melvin enjoyed many activities such as dances, parties, talent shows, traveling and fishing. He took a week long Alaskan cruise and spent time at Camp Confidence. Melvin enjoyed talking on the telephone, visiting, and going out for coffee or a meal. He sent hand made cards to many friends and family on a regular basis. He also played his guitar and sang for many years. Melvin will be truly missed and was dearly loved by his family and many very close special friends including: Oakridge staff, co-guardians Marilyn Backstrom and Shirley Scharrer, niece Deloris Collins and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents Gustav Boelter and Frances Salfifberg; sister: Genevieve Wegner and brothers: Duane, Lester, Willard and John. Melvin and his brother Duane lived together almost 90 years. Now the two are reunited in their forever home. A funeral service will be Saturday, December 8, 2018 – 11:00 AM at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Jordan Gades will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior the service at the church. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Music will be provided by Bryan Johnson, Russ Gilbertson and Steve Olson. Steve will also provide a message. Pallbearers are: Paul Kellerman, Terik Andell, Carey Gallagher, Chris Gallagher, Carlos Glass, and Lonnie MacFarlane. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Allan Lee Schlumpberger
09/05/1948-11/29/2018
Allan Lee Schlumpberger, 70, of McGregor, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2018 in Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis. He was born September 5, 1948 in Little Falls to Roman and Franzella (Goebel) Schlumpberger. Allan graduated from Little Falls High School in 1966. He was united in marriage to Kathleen Mary Beto on December 30, 1967 in Flensburg. Allan owned and operated Countryside Millwork in McGregor from 1996 until he retired in 2007. Allan enjoyed snowmobiling, 4-wheeling and was an avid hunter. Allan also enjoyed remodeling/building houses and loved to fix things “his way”. One of Allan’s favorite sayings was, “If you want to play hard, you have to work hard”. Allan is preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen; his parents; brother, LeRoy; sister, Fran; sister-in-law, MaryAnn; brothers-in-law, Darryl, Al and Mike; nieces, nephews and his many fur babies. Allan is survived by his children, Heidi (Scott DeMars) Nobbs of Albertville, Tammy (Roger Krause) Braun of Buffalo, Allyn Schlumpberger of Moose Lake and dog, Nestle; grandchildren, Joseph Nobbs (Josephine), Kayla Nobbs, Samantha (Wilbur) Rasset, Steven Braun (Kaiti), Justin Acker, Nicole Acker (Justin) and Allan (Corrine) Acker and children; great grandchildren, Nathan Nobbs, Kathleen Nobbs, Kaidyn Kafer, Archer Rasset, Tyler Braun, Carson Hennen and one on the way; siblings, Rita, Jerry, Rose (Jim), Gary (Patty), Sherry (Paul) and Randy (Debbie); sister-in-law, Cele; godchildren, David Schlumpberger and Lisa White; several nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. Services will be Friday, December 7, at 11 AM in McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers please donate to cancer research in honor of Allan. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home and Cremation Services, McGregor.
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Laura Ruth Garbo Shingobe
12/03/1955-11/27/2018
Laura Ruth Garbow Shingobe “Lala”, native name: Bebaamaashiikwe, age 62 of McGregor died Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at her home. Laura was born December 3, 1955 in Minneapolis. Minnesota the daughter of James Shingobe and Julie Shingobe. She grew u and attended schools in Spring Lake Park, Onamia, Santa Cruz, Ca. and El Cajon, Ca. from where she graduated from high school. She also attended college at El Cajon. She started working at the age of 14 and has worked her whole life. She had worked at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, the Cloquet Min-no-aya-win Clinic, and was administrative assistant at the Mille Lacs Clinic. She worked with the Boys and Girls clubs at Mille Lacs and East Lake. She also was a specialist at the academy in East Lake. Her greatest joy in all of her work history was working with children. She enjoyed going to antique stores, garage sales going to Lake Superior to pick rocks and spending time sitting by a fire. She enjoyed nature and being out in the woods. She also enjoyed driving and spending time in the refuge as it brought her solace. He biggest joy came from helping people. She is survived by her sister Valerie Shingobe of Duluth, Brother: David “Niib” Aubid, her Wenh’ enhns: Aanii Aubid, Agaasaa Berger, Biidaanakwad Bell-Bruneau, special nieces and nephews: Darrell Shingobe, Casey Shingobe, Kyle Bruneau, Jessie Bohanon and also other nieces and nephews, special family Vicki Marlow and Allison Clark and also all of the children’s lives she has touched throughout the years. She was preceded in death by her son Matthew Garbow who she loved very much, her parents, brothers: Dusty Aubid, James Shingobe, and Mushkooub and foster sister Marilyn Gould. A wake will start Saturday, December 1 at sundown at the East Lake Community Center with the service starting at 10 AM Sunday December 2 at the center with Dr. Anton Treuer “Waagosh” officiating. Burial will be at the Rice Lake Refuge Burial Grounds. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Minnesota. www.srtfuneral.com
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Roger Brent Butler
10/23/1952-11/26/2018
Roger Brent Butler of McGregor died Monday, November 26, 2018 at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN. He was born October 23,1952 in Owatonna, MN to Emil and Lorraine (Cain) Butler. He grew up on the family farm near West Concord and moved to McGregor 49 years ago has resided there since. He was a graduate of McGregor High School. He owned his own business, Butler Spraying Service and was also a Millwright & member of Local 548. Besides his children and grandchildren, his greatest joy in life was being active in his work. He was an independent and bold man that enjoyed boating, bobcating, and building things. Roger is survived by his partner, Kathi Bombarger, daughters Shaila (Grant) Moody of Mankato and Shirin Butler of Minnesota; brothers Perry of Palm Springs, CA, Steve of Brooklyn Park, Dalen (Jolene) of Hill City, Dan (Tonya) of Aitkin, Randy (Sonia) of Brooklyn Park, Brian (Vicki) of Cedar. Sisters Mona (Donald) McMartin of Claremont, Lorraine (Paul) Mueller of Waldorf, Veletta (Todd) Gartner of Golden Valley, Rhonda (Richard) Egan of Brooklyn Park. Sisters-in-law Nancy DeSota Butler of Belchertown, MA and Wendy Butler Summers of Port Arthur, TX; grandchildren Isaiah, Augustine, Julia and Malachi Moody; Gavin and Hannah Bancroft and their parents, Heather and Tyler. One aunt Bonnie Butler of Dodge Center; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Penny; brothers Loren and Rodney, and nephews Matthew and Willie Mueller. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 1 PM at the McGregor Community Center with Pastor Erika Foss officiating. A visitation will be from Noon until the 1 PM service time. A luncheon will follow the service. A graveside service will be held Saturday December 15, 2018 at 11 AM at the Concord Cemetery in West Concord, Minnesota with Pastor David Breederlon officiating. A luncheon will follow at the American Legion in West Concord. Arrangements with McGregor Funeral Home.
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Ileana Katherine Peterson
11/18/1950-11/16/2018
Ileana Katherine Peterson, 67 of Aitkin died Friday, November 16, 2018 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born November 18, 1950 in Negaunee, Michigan to Eugene and Sylvia (Sari) LaCosse. She graduated High School in Michigan. Ileana was united in marriage to Louis Carl Peterson on December 15, 1970 in Aitkin. She was a homemaker and helped on the family farm. She was preceded in death by her parents. Ileana is survived by her husband Louis of Aitkin, brothers: Stan, Gene, and Robert LaCosse of Michigan, and many other relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 10:15AM – Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery, Kimberly Township, Aitkin County. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Velma Anne (Sidlo) Madeson
09/17/1930-11/15/2018
Velma Anne (Sidlo) Madeson, 88, of McGregor, passed away Thursday, November 15, 2018 at her home. She was born September 17, 1930 at her farm home in Menahga to Edward Roy and Gladys (Etter) Sidlo. She lived on the farm and attended a 1 room Country School. When she was in the 7th grade her family moved to Duluth. She attended Washington Jr. High School and Duluth Central High School and Hurst Business College. She worked for Graybar Electric Co. She was united in marriage to Robert Madeson on February 11, 1950 in First Methodist Church, Duluth. In 1956 they moved to St. Cloud. When her children were all in school she worked for the St. Cloud public schools for 18 years. She held several positions before becoming a living skills aid for handicapped children which she did for 15 years. In 1983 she received lay person of the year award. They retired in 1985 and moved to their lake home on Round Lake north of McGregor. She was a member of United Methodist Church. She taught Sunday School and held various offices in St. Cloud and McGregor. She was a member of United Methodist Women and held a District Office in United Methodist Women for 12 years. Velma and Bob attended weekly bible study till 2010. She was also a member of the Tamarack Golden Age. She enjoyed sewing, embroidering, quilting, reading, working with her flowers and being with family and friends. Velma and Bob enjoyed traveling and camping. They especially enjoyed the Hill Country in Texas. She worked with Bob on many of his building projects as well as building furniture. After Bob did the staining, she did all the sanding and varnishing. Velma is preceded in death by her husband, Bob; her parents; nephew, Larry and daughter-in-law, Sheila. Velma is survived by her children, Rob (Jackie) of Bemidji, Harlan (Cindy) of Rockville, Celeste Madeson of Dover, PA; grandchildren, Amie (Jon Jarvis) Madeson, Martin Ingraham, Mitta (Robbie) Russell and Anne Madeson; great grandchildren, Anika Madeson and Paislie Ingraham; sister Betty Parrish and a niece. Services will be Saturday, November 24 at 11:00 A.M. in McGregor United Methodist Church. Visitation will be 1 hour prior at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to McGregor United Methodist Church or St. Croix Hospice. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
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Bernice A. Otterson
07/11/1935-11/14/2018
Bernice A. Otterson age 83 of Brainerd formerly of Aitkin died Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at the Edgewood Senior Living Center in Brainerd. Bernice was born July 11, 1935 at Paynesville, Minnesota the daughter of Ernst and Alice (Johnson) Shoultz. At the age of 11 Bernice was one of the first successful open heart surgery patience and was only expected to live to the age of 21. She moved with her family to Minneapolis where she attended school and graduated from Patrick Henry High School. She attended a Vo-Tech for a time and then started raising her family. She lived in Minnesota. She met the love of her life in the fall of 1975 and married David Kent Otterson on August 7, 1976 in Crystal, Minnesota. They lived in Crystal for a short time and then moved up to the Aitkin area and lived on the north side of Mille Lacs Lake. She did Adult Foster Care for over 25 years. She was a member of the Aitkin Seventh Day Adventist Church. She loved to sew, crochet, and do ceramics. She also enjoyed gardening flowers and vegetables. In her younger years she was an avid fisherman in both summer and winter. She had a great sense of humor, loved animals, and was a very loving and caring person who loved her children and grandchildren very much. She is survived by children: Rick Otterson of Crosby, Douglas Miller of Brainerd, Randy Otterson of Archbold, OH., Larry (Carol) Miller of Brooklyn Park, Lance Otterson of Archbold, OH., Rita Miller of Brainerd, and Laura Miller of Brainerd, 16 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 1 sister: Linda Keesling of Shakopee, 1 brother: William (Marty) Shoultz of Brownsville, TX. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 31 years: David Kent Otterson on January 19, 2008, parents: Ernest and Alice (Johnson) Shoultz, son Thaddeus (Tad), 4 brothers: Louis, Charlie, Fred, Leroy and 3 sisters: Mary, Alice and Susan. Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Pastor Peter Emig officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Rabbit Lake Cemetery, rural Aitkin. A time of fellowship will follow at 1PM at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Aitkin.
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Dale J. Weistroffer
06/14/1951-11/08/2018
Dale J. Weistroffer, 67 of Palisade, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born June 14, 1951 in Aitkin. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1969. He worked at a Palisade sawmill from the time he was in High School until 1984. Dale was united in marriage to Arlene J. (Burgstaler) July 14, 1973 at the United Methodist Church in Aitkin. He attended NDSU where he received a degree in Engineering. He worked for a time as a civil engineer in Walker and then owned and operated LaMonts Resort on Waukenabo Lake near Palisade. He was a member of Hilltop Chapel. He enjoyed collecting coins, hunting, fishing, and was an avid outdoorsman. Dale loved watching his family and having his children and grandchildren close to him. He was preceded in death by his mother Patricia Weistroffer. Dale is survived by his wife Arlene of Palisade; Children: Rachel Gripentrog of Deerwood; Dusty (Tabbatha) Weistroffer of Palisade; David (Lynn) Weistroffer of Brainerd; Grandchildren: Cole, Andrew, Hannah, Ben, Travis, Wyatt, Colton, Carley, Dawson, Dakota, and Deagan; Great-grandson: Malakai; And many family friends. Memorial service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Hilltop Chapel, Palisade. Reverend Barry Hite will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at Hilltop Chapel. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Pamela Kay Elling
06/08/1962-11/08/2018
Pamela Kay Elling, 56 of Aitkin died Thursday, November 8, 2018 at her home. She was born June 8, 1962 in Cambridge to Delmar Dale and Rhoda Christine (Fuhr) Travis. She graduated from North Branch High School and received her LPN degree from Anoka. Pamela was united in marriage to Mitchel Robert Elling on September 8, 1984 in North Branch. She worked for Golden Horizons Assisted Living & Memory Care in Crosslake and Aitkin where she truly enjoyed her job as an Administrator and Licensed Practical Nurse. In her free time Pamela would go camping and fishing, and she loved being with her family. She was preceded in death by her son: Tyler Michael Elling; brother: Roger Travis; and her parents: Delmar Dale and Rhoda Christine (Fuhr) Travis. Pamela is survived by her husband Mitchel Robert Elling; 2 sons: Timothy Mitchel Elling and Michael Edward Elling both of Aitkin; 2 sisters: Debra Travis and Kathy Goldbloom both of North Branch; Special niece: Jill and many other relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 1:00P.M. – Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rabbit Lake Cemetery, Glen Township, Aitkin County. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lois Eileen (Larson) Smedberg
11/03/1934-11/06/2018
Lois Eileen (Larson) Smedberg Age 84 of Aitkin, Minnesota passed away November 6, 2018 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lois was born on November 3, 1934 in Georgeville, MN, to Alex and Elsie (Boie) Larson. The family later moved to Minneapolis where Lois graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1953. She worked at various jobs through the years while raising her family. Lois is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Richard Smedberg, sons Gregory (Brenda) Smedberg and Mitchell (Teresa) Smedberg; grandchildren Jesse, Angela, Joseph and Adam; and great grandchildren Kayla, Alexandra, Jude and Marley. In addition to her parents, Lois was preceded in death by son, Bradley Smedberg; two sisters and two brothers, Laurel Taylor, Marlaine Anderson, Marvin Larson and Vernon Larson. She will be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members. Lois and Richard lived in Spring Park, Minnesota before building their retirement home on Nord Lake in Aitkin County. Lois loved living at the lake and spending time there with friends and family. Whether it was fishing, playing horseshoes, gardening or sitting around the many, many, many campfires, she enjoyed being a part of it all. If the mosquitos drove everyone indoors, her time was also spent playing cards, shaking dice or doing crossword puzzles. Lois was a member of Ladies Auxiliary of Aitkin American Legion Post 86 where she and Richard have enjoyed participating in activities and entertainment. There will be a gathering for friends and family to celebrate Lois at Aitkin American Legion Post 86 on Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 11 am to 1 pm. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Aitkin.
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Arlene Elizabeth Widmer
05/21/1945-11/06/2018
Arlene Elizabeth Widmer, 73, of Aitkin, formerly of St. Paul passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at her home. She was born May 21, 1945 in St. Paul to Anton and Ann (Gayer) Himmel. Arlene was united in marriage to Kenneth L. “Witt” Widmer on July 31, 1965 in St. Paul. Arlene worked for MNDOT as a Graphics Art Designer for 39 ½ years. She enjoyed bowling, bingo, going to the casino and especially spending time with her family. Arlene is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Anna Mae Heimerl. Arlene is survived by her loving husband, Ken “Witt” Widmer; children, Maureen (Rick Jorgensen) Widmer, Colleen (Mike Venzia) Widmer, Caroline (Chad) Reshetar, and Elizabeth (Kyle Jacobson) Widmer; grandchildren, Keith, Annalyssa, Paige, Amanda, Brianna, Aiden, Jackson, Kennedy and McKinley; sister, Antoinette Himmel; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, surrogate children and friends. Services are pending. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Aitkin.
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Arthur "Art" J. Rian, Jr.
08/13/1938-11/04/2018
Arthur “Art” J. Rian, Jr. age 80 of McGregor died Sunday, November 4, 2018 at his home in McGregor. Art was born August 13, 1938 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota the son of Arthur and Lucille (Moe) Rian. He grew up and attended schools in McGregor. He started working at an early age and was a trucker for many years. He also worked as a crane operator in Alaska for 12 summer seasons. He married Minyon B. Bjork on July 8, 1982 at Watertown, South Dakota. They have made their home in McGregor. He also was a carpenter, making many gorgeous shelves, an expert welder, he operated his own saw mill and milled lumber for many friends, was a member of the local 302 union in Alaska. He also enjoyed fishing. He is survived by his wife Minyon Rian of McGregor; Children: Joe (Sue) Rian of McGregor, Jim Rian of McGregor, Jean (Kevin Turnock) Rian of McGregor, Julie (Tim) Nistler of McGregor, George Ripley of Brooklyn Park, Mn., Wendy (Gus) Japp of Cushing, Mn.; 21 Grandchildren. 23 Great Grandchildren and 2 on the way, 3 brothers: Daryl Rian of Tennessee, David (Diana) Rian of Aitkin, John (Carol) Rian of Palisade and sister: Joan Buttler of McGregor. He was loved by many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Ronald and Dennis and 1 sister: Judy. A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 11 AM at the McGregor Community Center with Delmar Peterson officiating. A gathering of friends and family will be from 10 am until the 11 am services with food and sharing to follow the service. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home and cremation service.
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Harold A. Haapoja
12/03/1943-11/04/2018
Harold A. Haapoja, age 74 of Moose Lake formerly of Tamarack died Sunday, November 4, 2018 in Cloquet, Minnesota. Harold was born December 3, 1943 in Cloquet, Minnesota the son of William S. and Toini Julia (Niemi) Haapoja. He attended schools in McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School in 1961. He then attended the University of Minnesota at Duluth for two years. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 4 years in Vietnam. Upon his discharge he returned to Tamarack and worked for Lakehead Pipeline for several years. He then worked for a time at the Wright Coop and Feed Mill before buying his farm in Tamarack where he farmed for over 20 years. He then went to work at the prison in Moose lake for 10 years and retired from there. He loved singing and was involved in two Finnish singing groups. He also loved acting in plays. He enjoyed being in the woods and meeting new people. He was the family historian/genealogist for the Haapoja family. He had made two trips to Finland to research his family and had met and made many new friends. He is survived by two brothers and sisters in law: William (Judy) Haapoja of Tamarack, Wayne (Nancy) Haapoja of Redwood Falls, MN.; 6 nieces and nephews, 14 grand nieces and nephews and 10 great grand nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 2 PM from the Nelson Funeral Care Funeral Home in Cloquet with Rev. Hal Kamppi officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be at a later date in the Salo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in McGregor
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Alvin Clarence Kliewer
10/28/1931-11/03/2018
Alvin Clarence Kliewer, 87, of Jacobson, loving Dad, Grandpa and Uncle, passed away Saturday, November 3, 2018 in Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby. He was born October 28, 1931 in Elk River to Albert and Christine (Bulke) Kliewer. Alvin was united in marriage to Elizabeth “Betty” Louise Schilling on June 19, 1954 in Minneapolis. Alvin enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and had a love for the outdoors. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family. Alvin is preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Betty; his parents; 3 children, Dennis Kliewer, Darla Aarestad and Delores Harvey; 5 brothers and 1 sister. Alvin is survived by his children, Dean Kliewer, Dale (Bridget) Kliewer, Darwin (Cindy) Kliewer, Delight (Bobby) Michael, Dianne (Chris) Tenute, Doug (Heather) Kliewer, Deidre (Mark) Harbaugh, Denae (Tim) Dale, Deland (Jennifer) Kliewer, Daryl (Jessica) Kliewer and Darilyn (Berent Dewolfe) Kliewer; 32 grandkids; 17 great grandkids; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Services will be Friday, November 9 at 11 AM in Hilltop Chapel of Palisade with Pastor Barry Hite officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church. Pallbearers will be Alvin's Grandsons. Burial will be in Verdon Cemetery, Verdon Township. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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Dick R. Weijanen
05/14/1937-10/28/2018
Dick R. Weijanen, 81 of Aitkin passed away peacefully at his home in Aitkin on Sunday, October 28, 2018. He was born May 14, 1937 in Aitkin to Paul and Regina (Flatoff) Weijanen. Dick was united in marriage to Eileen Zilverberg on December 16, 1967 in Aitkin. He worked for 34 years at Woodland Container in Aitkin and then at Paulbeck’s County Market in Aitkin for around 10 years. He enjoyed being outdoors, sawing wood, fishing, WW II movies, his cat buddies, and visiting with family and friends. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, rural Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Regina (Flatoff) Weijanen. Dick is survived by his wife Eileen 2 daughters: Teresa Weijanen – Savage of Maple Grove, MN.; and Karen (Shean) Fritts of Oronoco, MN. 3 grandchildren: Amanda and Matt Savage; and Nicole Fritts. Many other relatives and friends. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Thursday, November 1, 2018 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Nordland Township, Aitkin County. Reverend Rebecca Hinz will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Rabbit Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Rayne Joseph Maron
05/13/1960-10/23/2018
Rayne Joseph (RJ) Maron, age 58 of Duluth formerly of McGregor left this world on October 23, 2018 to enter his heavenly home. RJ was born May 13, 1960 in Aitkin, Minnesota, the son of Barbara (Graff) Maron and the late Raynold Maron. RJ grew up in McGregor where he attended and graduated from the McGregor High School in 1978 and went on to receive a degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He thoroughly enjoyed technology (especially robotics), music, reading, watching and listening to the Minnesota Twins with his dad, and spending time with his nieces and nephews. RJ leaves to mourn his departure: his mother, Barbara, two brothers: Karl (Angie), Bradley (Donna), both of Watkins, Colorado; three sisters: Gretchen (Ken) Vork of St. Cloud, Minnesota, Melissa (Ron) Halloff of Gilbert, Arizona, Sara (Jon) Passer of McGregor, Minnesota, 13 nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and numerous cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. He was receded in death by his father Raynold, in 2006. A memorial service will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 1:30 PM with a visitation 1 hour prior to the service at the church. In remembrance of RJ, those who wish to make contributions to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (nami.org) or Northland Counseling Center (Attn: Angela, 215 Second Avenue, Grand Rapids, Minnesota 58744).
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Verna A. Ackerman
04/27/1924-10/19/2018
Verna A. Ackerman, 94 of Aitkin, died Friday, October 19, 2018 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born April 27, 1924 in Kimberly Township, Aitkin County to Oscar F. and Nora (Smith) Johnson. She graduated from Aitkin High School in 1941. Verna was united in marriage to Lynn F. Ackerman on December 25, 1942 in Kimberly Township. She worked for a time at the Aitkin Hospital as office manager. She also worked on the family farm and was a homemaker and mother. She was the treasurer for the Lone Lake Country School Board and was a member of the United Methodist Church and its women’s circle. She enjoyed dancing, traveling, going on road trips and Sunday drives, watching the deer, sewing, embroidering needle work, flower gardening and making crafts for the church craft fair. She was preceded in death by her husband: Lynn F. Ackerman on June 2, 2015; 1 sister: Ruby Gruhlke; 1 brother: Bernerd Johnson; and her parents. Verna is survived by her daughter: Ellen Smith of Fridley 3 sons and daughters-in-law: Jerry (Susan) Ackerman of Aitkin; Ron and (RaeLynn) Ackerman of Green Lake, WI.; Scott Ackerman of Elk River; 9 grandchildren: Ray Smith, Shannon Redlin, John Smith, Jeff Ackerman, Amy Murzyn, Stacy Mancl, Mallory Winger, Seth Corbin, Olivia Ackerman. Many great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Aitkin. Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery, Nordland Township, Aitkin County. www.srtfuneral.com
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Leland Alan "Ole" Thornbloom
12/31/1928-10/19/2018
Leland Alan “Ole” Thornbloom, 89, of Aitkin, passed away Friday, October 19, 2018 in Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born December 31, 1928 in Sauk Centre to Swan and Nellie (Gray) Thornbloom. Ole is a veteran of the United States Army who served during WWII. He was united in marriage to Evelyn Jacobson on May 28, 1955 in Aitkin. Ole enjoyed carving and painting duck decoys, building canoes, golfing, fishing and spending time outdoors. Ole is preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; his parents; 2 sisters, Gladys Nesseth and Thelma Thornbloom. Ole is survived by 4 children, Greg (Laura) Thornbloom of Aitkin, Mark (Liz) Thornbloom of Aitkin, Karen (Larry) Langlois of Duluth and Richard (Dawn) Thornbloom of Maple Grove; grandchildren, Marla (Stephen ) Decker of Hastings, Neal Thornbloom of Aurora, Amanda Langlois of Duluth, Brooke Langlois of Duluth and April Kellerman of Aitkin; 2 great grandchildren, Trevor Kellerman and David Decker; sister, Darlene McLennon of St. Paul. Services will be Saturday, November 3, at 1 PM in Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Military Honors will be provided by Aitkin American Legion Post #86 an Aitkin V.F.W. Post #1727. Memorials are preferred to the Nature Conservatory or the Jaques Art Center. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Aitkin.
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John Robert Akerson
02/02/1939-10/16/2018
John Robert Akerson, age 79, of Palisade died Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. John was born February 2, 1939 at Center City, Minnesota the son of George and Alice (Erickson) Akerson. He grew up and attended schools in Lindstrom and graduated from the Lindstrom High School in 1957. He then served in the U.S. Air Force from 1957 to 1960. He served in Sherman, Texas, Indianapolis, Indians and Thuley, Greenland. He married Ardy Thompson on November 13, 1958 in Roseville, Minnesota. Upon his discharge they made their home in Lindstrom where he worked on a pipeline. He then went to school to become a draftsman. He worked for Smith Systems in Princeton and then for Arctic Cat before going to work for MOTEK in Cambridge, Mn. where he worked in sales. He retired in 2001 and they built their retirement home on Round Lake near Palisade and have lived here since. He was a member of the Hilltop Chapel, the Country Road Classic Car Club of Aitkin, MSRA, and the Up North Club. He enjoyed old cars, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and camping. He is survived by his wife Ardy Akerson of Palisade, Sons: Steven Akerson of Braham, Mn., Todd Akerson of Cambridge, Mn.; Grandchildren: Erin (Ryan) Ellis, Heather Akerson, David Akerson, Tori Akerson, Gregory Akerson; Great Grandchildren: Audriana Ellis, Rogan Ellis, Beckett Ellis, Aniela Ellis. He was preceded in death by his parents, son David, sister Nancy and step brother Norman. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 11 AM from the Journey North Church in Aitkin with Rev. Barry Hite officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at a later date in the Union Cemetery in Cambridge, Minnesota. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin American Legion and VFW Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
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Doris Lorraine Pearson
02/22/1925-10/16/2018
Doris Lorraine (Falk) Pearson, 93 of Aitkin, entered into Heaven on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at Aicota Health Care Center where she had been a resident since 2016. She was born February 22, 1925 in Braham, MN to Roy and Lorraine (Eklund) Falk. Her family later moved to Duluth. In 1944 she graduated from Denfeld High School. She worked as a telephone operator during this time and was always proud of her work experiences at “the phone company”. Doris was united in marriage to Albin (Beanie) Pearson on February 13, 1945 at the Salvation Army in Duluth and celebrated 70 years together in 2015. After Albin was discharged from the military later in 1945, they moved to the Glen/Malmo area and began farming. It was there they raised their five children. Doris worked for Clint Wyant, Attorney, and the Aitkin Abstract Company for a number of years before she retired. She loved gardening, playing Rook, travel, jigsaw puzzles, campfires, watching birds, the Twins, canning and even fishing if she had the chance. She was an active member of Glory Baptist Church where she served in a number of positions, was a Sunday School teacher and a member of Women's Ministries. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albin in 2015; her parents; two brothers, Ken and Don; and one great-granddaughter, Lilian Pearson. Doris is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law: Steve (Evon) Pearson, Allen (Sandy) Pearson, and Greg (Cathie) Pearson all of Aitkin; two daughters and sons-in-law: Kathleen (Mark) Campbell of Garrison, and Lenore (Stuart) Rapoport of Brooklyn Park. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be on Sunday, October 21 at 2 PM with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service at the Glory Baptist Church. There will also be a visitation on Saturday, October 20, from 5 to 7 PM at Sorenson-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be at the Glory Cemetery immediately following the service. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Aitkin.
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Elizabeth Jane "Liz" Perrine
08/17/1932-10/12/2018
Elizabeth Jane “Liz” Perrine, 86, Aitkin, formerly of McGregor, died Friday, October 12th, 2018, at River's Edge Assisted Living in Aitkin, Minnesota. Liz was born on August 17th, 1932, in Cornell, Wisconsin, to Victor and Margaret (Lorenz) Constans. As a young girl Liz moved to Blue Earth, Minnesota, and graduated from high school in 1950. Liz married her high school sweetheart Don Perrine on May 2nd, 1953, in Blue Earth, Minnesota. During their first 20 years of marriage, Don worked as a band director in Iowa, during which time they were blessed with seven sons and one daughter. Although Liz worked at various jobs or volunteer positions in the healthcare field, Liz's primary focus was being a wife and mother. She excelled at this position. In later years, she was promoted to the position of grandmother, and later, great-grandmother. Liz and Don provided their children with an idyllic childhood both in Iowa Falls, IA, and later on the shores of Big Sandy Lake near McGregor, MN. Life was filled with camping, boating, water skiing, skating, hockey, sledding and many games of "Kick the Can". Liz was known for her brownies, pies, and potato salad. She enjoyed reading and paint by number and was the most loyal McGregor Mercs fan ever! Liz is preceded in death by her husband, Don; her parents; 4 brothers, Louie, Richard, Bill and Wendy. Liz is survived by her sister-in-law Linda (Dennis) O'Neil of Winnebago, MN; and children Mark (Megan Dickey) of Ashland, WI; Pat (Judy Lounas) of Aitkin, MN; Tim (Jody Gearhart) of Breezy Point, MN; Mitch (Mary Koerber) of Cologne, MN; Paul (Judy Sheperd) of McGregor, MN; Mary (Mark Vinje) of Aitkin, MN; Chris (Jessie Faust) of Waverly, IA; and Tom (Julie Wencl) of Crookston, MN. Liz is also survived by 34 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and her River's Edge Assisted Living family and staff. Services will be Friday, October 19 at 11 AM in Holy Family Catholic Church, McGregor. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Pine Needle Cemetery, Shamrock Township. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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Shirley Jean Ciesinski
10/27/1936-10/10/2018
Shirley Jean Ciesinski, age 81 of Garrison died Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at the Mille Lacs Health System in Onamia. Jean was born October 27, 1936 at Shelby, Nebraska the daughter of Floyd and Norma (Rosenberry) Hester. She grew up in Shelby. She married LeRoy Ciesinski on April 27, 1963 at Port Hueneme, California. They lived there until 1967 when they moved to Kodiak, Alaska. They moved back to Port Hueneme, California in 1968 and lived there until the endo of 1970. They then made their home on Minnesota Point at Duluth, Minnesota until 1975 and then moved to Schuyler, Nebraska until 2003 when they moved to Garrison, Minnesota and have lived in Garrison since. She enjoyed knitting, quilting, and crocheting. She volunteered with the Mounted Eagles Program for handicapped individuals in Brainerd. She also enjoyed dancing, line dancing and clogging. She was a member of the Light of the Cross Lutheran Church in Garrison and also a member of the Garrison VFW 1816 Auxiliary and served with their color guard. She had spent many years as a semi-truck driver with her husband traveling the United States. She is survived by her husband LeRoy Ciesinski; Children: Cindy Fox, Jerry (Rose) Bailey and George (Lezlee) Ciesinski; Grandchildren: Anthony Joseph Ciesinski,Becky Nelson, Daniel Bailey, and Jessica Sparks; Great Grandchildren: Zonie Nelson, Zearina Nelson, Jaxon Bailey, Natlee Sparks and Nora Sparks; and 2 sisters: Donna Rodercord and Clara Armstrong. She was preceded in death by her parents, Children: Bobby Barker, Donald Barker, Charles Bailey; 1 brother Rex and 2 sisters Mildred and Marge. A funeral service will be held Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 11 AM from the Light of the Cross Lutheran Church in Garrison with Rev. Juli Sutton-Deem officiating. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the 11 AM service at the church. Burial will be in the Shelby Cemetery in Shelby, Nebraska on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 10 AM. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Aitkin.
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Jeane Alta Francis
01/12/1925-10/10/2018
Jeane Alta Francis, 93, of Aitkin, formerly of Freemont, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2018 in Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born January 12, 1925 in Wirt Township, New York to Glen and Mary (Deisroth) Corbin. Jeane was united in marriage to John W. Francis on November 28, 1946 in Friendship, New York. Jeane was a Librarian for the Freemont Ohio School System for many years. She enjoyed birdwatching and all things nature. Jeane is preceded in death by her husband John in 2013; her parents and 8 brothers and sisters. Jeane is survived by 3 sons, John (Pat) Francis of Aitkin, Robert (Cheryl) Francis of Leland, North Carolina and Richard (Caren) Francis of Worthington, Ohio; grandchildren, Gabrea Anderson of Aitkin, Aaron Francis of Phoenix, Arizona, Justin Francis of Minneapolis, Scott Francis of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, Julie Francis of Leland, North Carolina, Rebecca Francis of Dublin, Ohio, Hannah Francis of Bourbonnais, Illinois and Andrew Francis who is currently serving in the United States Army in South Korea; great grandchildren, Kian and Rylan Francis, Stella and Lucca Francis, Mackenzie and Ashling Francis, Robert, Ryan and Emma Anderson; her beloved cat, Alex. Private family services will be held at a later date. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Aitkin.
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Mary Jean Tibbetts Peterson
01/13/1945-10/05/2018
Mary Jean (Tibbetts) Peterson, 73 of Aitkin, made her journey home to heaven, after having a heart attack at home on Friday, October 5, 2018. She was born at The Draper Maternity Home in Aitkin on January 13, 1945 to Willard and Dora (Peterson) Tibbetts. They lived on a farm at Cedarbrook before moving to town, and then finally settling on a farm north of Aitkin on Little Pine Route. She worked as a waitress during high school at Fred’s Cafe and Roadside Restaurant. After graduation from Aitkin High School in 1963, she worked as a Secretary for Carl Wright Insurance. She moved to Minneapolis to work as a Secretary, where she met and then married Alan Drentlaw of Northfield in 1964. Their daughter Becky was born in July of 1965. They lived in New Brighton and Farmington before the Xerox Company transferred them to the Duluth Branch and they moved to Wright. She loved the rural farm life, her 6 horses, and taking road trips in her Volkswagen beetle. Mary was an avid softball player, affectionately nicknamed “Wiggles” due to her stance at home plate when preparing to bat. In 1977, Mary was united in marriage to Richard Peterson of Aitkin, whom she had known since riding the school bus together as children. They lived in Aitkin, as well as Long Prairie, St. Cloud and Hopkins. Richard and Mary enjoyed 40 years of marriage, friendship, travel and fun times with friends and family. Mary attended Minneapolis Community College, receiving her AA Degree in 1988. She graduated Phi Theta Kappa from St Cloud University in 1991 with a BS degree in Elementary Education K-6. She taught at Trinity Lutheran School in Sauk Rapids, and was also a k-3 Teacher and Principal at Trinity Lutheran in Long Prairie. Mary loved working with children and enjoyed teaching them as well as seeing the world through their eyes. Mary was an active member and a “church lady” in good standing at both St John’s Lutheran Church of Aitkin, and Immanuel Lutheran Church of Iron Hub. She taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School at St Johns and also at Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. She enjoyed bible studies with Pastor Becker, singing in the choir, and fellowship with friends and family. She very much enjoyed her work as Director of The Sterns County Pioneer Camp. Upon returning to the Aitkin area in 2005, she became the Administrator at The Depot Museum in Aitkin, finally using her extensive knowledge and love of the area and its ancestors to fulfill her duties there. She retired in 2009 and had been enjoying time relaxing at their property along the Mississippi. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Duane ”Greasy”; sister-in-law Patsy (Harvey), and a granddaughter born sleeping. Mary is survived by her husband Richard of Aitkin; Daughter Rebecca Drentlaw of Aitkin; Brothers: Harvey Tibbetts of east Dubuque IL and Rev. Ronald Tibbetts of Aitkin; Sister-in-law Patti Wanous of Malmo; Grandson Nicholas Nessel of Minneapolis; and many cousins, nephews, nieces, other family and good friends. Her spunky spirit and witty comebacks will be greatly missed by all. Funeral Service will be 11A.M. – Thursday, October11, 2018 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Aitkin. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Wednesday with a prayer service at 7P.M. at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Aitkin. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Margaret Louise Franke
03/30/1923-10/03/2018
Margaret Louise Franke, 95, resident of Aitkin for 18 years, died Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born March 30, 1923 in Stillwater to Clinton Evans and Clara Emelia (Herre) Chaffee. She graduated from Washburn High School in Minneapolis and then attended Minneapolis Business College. Margaret was united in marriage to Edwin J. Franke on July 2, 1949 at St. James Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. They lived in St. Paul before retiring to Bass Lake near Sandstone. They then moved to Florida to Enjoy golfing and the sunshine. She worked at Northwestern Bell and after marriage was a homemaker and mother. She was a Sunday School teacher for 28 years, a member of the Zephyr Hills Chorus for 5 years, and a pianist for Shepherd of the Hills Choir. She enjoyed music and played the violin and piano. She loved her dog “Silkie” and the many birds that she cared for. She was preceded in death by her husband Ed in 1988 and her parents. Margaret is survived by daughters and sons-in-law: Chere (Tom) Bruss of Aitkin; Dawn (Ron) Reichel of Maplewood; 5 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Florida. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Alyce Ann Hansen
01/01/1970-10/03/2018
Alyce Ann Hansen, 92 of Aitkin and formerly Palisade, died Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born January 20, 1926 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She graduated High School in Grand Forks, ND and then attended business school in Minneapolis. Alyce was united in marriage to George E. Hansen February 22, 1964 in Minneapolis. She was a homemaker and mother, and enjoyed gardening and going for walks. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. She was preceded in death by her husband George on March 28,2002; brothers and sisters; and her parents. Alyce is survived by her son Dale Hansen of Palisade and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Monday, October 8, 2018 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. Reverend William Sass will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery at Rat Lake, Workman Township, Aitkin County, MN. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Earle W. Carlson
06/30/1928-10/02/2018
Earle W. Carlson, 90 of Aitkin died Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at his home. He was born June 30, 1928 in Minneapolis to Gunner and Della (Westin) Carlson. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters. Earle is survived by his wife Betty, son Douglas, and 2 grandchildren: Vanessa and Mitchell. A private burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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John "Terry" Kullhem
12/25/1927-10/02/2018
John “Terry” Kullhem, 90, of Palisade, passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2018 in Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born December 25, 1927 in Palisade to Uno and Ailie (Beck) Kullhem. Terry graduated from Aitkin High School in 1945. He was united in marriage to Marilyn Jones on September 18, 1965 in Palisade. Terry worked with L.G. Carlstrom Construction for many years and is a retired member of the Palisade Fire Department. Terry was also a member of the Aitkin County Historical Society. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, woodworking, going to auctions and especially enjoyed spending time with the love of his life, Marilyn and their family. Terry is preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; his parents; two brothers, Lester and Raymond Kullhem. Terry is survived by 2 children, Lisa (Bud) Vipperman of Ironton and Mike Kullhem of Garrison; grandchildren, Karissa, Kori and Tanner; great grandchildren, Landon and Gracelynn; other relatives and friends. Services will be Tuesday, October 9, at 11 AM in Bethel Lutheran Church, Palisade. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Palisade. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Aitkin.
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Nancy T. Jacobson
09/16/1929-10/01/2018
Nancy Louise (Thomas) Jacobson, 89, of Aitkin, passed away Monday, October 1, 2018 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born September 16, 1929 in Aitkin to Harry A. and Lucille E. (Giesler) Thomas. She was preceded in death by her husband Roger John Jacobson of Aitkin and her sister Gladys (Thomas) Elwood of Peoria, IL. Nancy is survived by her 5 children and spouses: Steven (Ginny) Jacobson of Aitkin; James Jacobson of Ft. Worth, TX.; Susan (Mike) Ackerman of Deerwood; Thomas (Lisa) Jacobson of Merrifield; Marjorie (Amir) Safaie of Livermore, CA.; She also leaves behind: 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 1 sister: Helen Olson of Stillwater; 1 brother and sister-in-law: Stan (Faye) Thomas of Ashville, NC.; Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. After graduating high school she attended St. Cloud State University and graduated with a 2 year teaching degree. She returned to her home town area to teach for a few years at Palisade School before working with the school nurse at Aitkin High School and then ending her work career with Aitkin County. Like most mothers and grandmothers she was an amazing baker. She is known within her family for her crazy cake and rhubarb jams and sauces. Others have tried, but no one has come close to hers, as they were perfection. Until the day she passed she never missed sending a birthday or holiday card to those she cared about. Nancy was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She will be remembered by her family as their biggest fan, strongest supporter, and greatest friend. This is how she would want to be remembered A private memorial service will be held for her family in the summer of 2019. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Marilyn Susan Cole
04/11/1940-09/30/2018
Marilyn Susan Cole, 78 of Brainerd, formerly of Aitkin passed away Sunday, September 30, 2018 in Woodland Good Samaritan Village, Brainerd. She was born April 11, 1940 in Mandan, North Dakota to Alphone and Eleanore (Legrid) Cole. Marilyn graduated from Moorhead High School. Marilyn lived, worked and raised her family in Barnsville, MN and Lewistown, Montana most of her life. Marilyn was a Kitchen Manager for the State of Montana. She also owned and operated a catering business in Great Falls, Montana. She spent the last 20 years in the Aitkin/Brainerd area. Marilyn was very proud of her family’s Norwegian heritage. She loved gardening, canning, cooking, catering, playing the flute and piano, listening to music, holidays (especially Halloween), watching the Vikings and Twins and especially spending time with her family. Marilyn was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Brainerd and former member of First Lutheran Church of Aitkin. Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Eleanore Cole. Marilyn is survived by her children, Charles (Therese) Butenhoff of Aitkin, Pamela (Charlie) Brown of Fairfield, Montana, John (Kim) Butenhoff of Walla Walla, Washington, Ann Marie (Brett) Tuss of Lewistown, Montana and Peder (Becky) Butenhoff of New York Mills; grandchildren, Ashley, Connor, Maren, Amanda, Christopher, Alysa, Kelsey, Jacob, Joseph, Anika, Olivia and Briar; great grandchildren, Norah, Charlie, Hattie, Elisabeth, Emma, Harper and Matilda; sister, Janet (Richard) Peterson of Aitkin; former husbands, George Butenhoff and Tom Schule. Services will be Thursday, October 4, at 11 AM in First Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at church. Memorials are preferred to Kitchen Ministry of First Lutheran Church, 107 2nd Street SE, Aitkin, MN 56431. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
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