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John A. Soderquist
03/21/1937-12/30/2017
John Soderquist, age 80 of Aitkin died Saturday, December 30, 2017 at his home. He was born on March 21, 1937 in Aitkin to Runa and Arthur Soderquist, the youngest of 4 children. He attended school in Aitkin, graduating in 1956. After his marriage to Elizabeth (Betty) Koenig in 1959, he worked selling insurance. In 1968, he went to work for U.S. Steel Corp. on the ore boats plying the Great Lakes. During this period, he and his wife had three daughters Julie, Jane and Paula. In 1973 he obtained his 1st Class Pilots license from the U.S. Coast Guard and worked as an officer for the U.S. Steel on various ships until 1982. He was then hired by Upper Great Lakes Pilots guiding foreign ships from all over the world that entered the Great Lakes through the St. Lawrence Seaway system. This is what he did until 1996 when health issues forced him to retire. In retirement, he then turned his focus to perfecting the game of golf. He looked forward to Thursday lunches with his golfing buddies and spending time on the fairways. Off the greens, he was his grandchildren’s number one fan in all their endeavors. He and Betty also traveled extensively. They frequented Gulf Shores, AL for the winter months to enjoy the sun and the sea with in-laws and close friends. His family saw him as a jack-of-all-trades; from a seamstress, carpenter and a patriarch – he encompassed it all. He is survived by: Daughters – Julie (Scott) Smith, Jane (Chris) Hills, and Paula Soderquist. Grandchildren – Emily O’Neil, Eric O’Neil, Colleen (Brett) Christensen and Brenda (Jake) Mehr and three Great Grandchildren - Lydia, Jonah and Matthias. Niece and nephews - Vicki (Bob) Lieske, Chris Swanson, Joanne (Bob) Britten, Mike Boerner, Pat Boerner. Funeral services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Aitkin, Thursday, January 4th at 1:00 PM. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Private family interment to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church.
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EARL ARTHUR SMITHSON, JR.
04/28/1952-12/27/2017
Earl Arthur Smithson, Jr. 65, of Aitkin, passed away Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at home with his family by his side. He was born April 28, 1952 in Minneapolis to Earl and Mary (Gunn) Smithson, Sr. Earl graduated from South High School, Minneapolis. He was a veteran of The United States Army who served during the Vietnam War. Earl was united in marriage to Patricia Kalinowski on November 26, 1976 in Minneapolis. Earl enjoyed riding motorcycle, golfing, softball, fishing and especially spending time with his family. He was a member of Moose Lodge #1060 of Aitkin. Earl is preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; his parents; step-mother, Patricia R. Smithson; brother, Patrick Smithson. Earl is survived by 3 children, Jesse (Martha) Smithson of Baxter, Nicole (Ashley) Eklund of Malmo and Jammie (Jim) Rehwinkle of Aitkin; grandchildren, Devon, Mitchell and Andrew Eklund, Michael and Anton Smithson, Colin, Cedric, Dustin, Jimmy, Avril, Odin, Oscar and Earl Rehwinkle; 3 sisters, Jody (Robert) Reichgeld of Glen, Jackie Switala of Minneapolis and Joanne Wiscovitch of Burnsville. A gathering of family and friends will be Thursday, January 4, from Noon until the 1 PM Memorial Service in Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin with Kim Sletten officiating. Spring inurnment will be in Minnesota State Veteran’s Cemetery, Little Falls. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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Luella Kit Ann Olsen Julum
10/09/1923-12/27/2017
Luella “Kit” Ann Olsen - Julum, 94 of Aitkin died Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born October 9, 1923 in Glen Township, Aitkin County to Alfred and Martha (Johnson) Olsen. She was Baptized July 27, 1924 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Aitkin and Confirmed May 8, 1938 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin Church. After her mother died in April of 1925 she went to live with her Aunt Anna and Uncle Gunder Julum. Kit graduated from Aitkin High School. She worked as a secretary for the Principal and Superintendent at Aitkin Public Schools, Deputy Clerk of Courts for Aitkin County, and Legal Secretary for Ryan, Ryan, and Zimmerman Law Office in Aitkin until her retirement. She was Sunday School Superintendent, a member of the church choir, Miriam Circle (a teen mission circle), Circle Leader for WELCA, and also held various other offices in the church. She was on the Aitkin Public Library Board, Aitkin High School Professional Advisory Board, Jacques Art Center Board, as well as a volunteer. Her hobbies included baking, gardening, music, photography, needle point, sewing, and puzzles. She was preceded in death by her parents Alfred and Martha (Johnson) Olsen; Aunt Anna and Uncle Gunder Julum; brothers: Jens, Arthur, Floyd, and Rudolph Olsen and her sister Alphie Backa; the Julum sisters and brother: Mildred, Esther, Harriette and Elmer (Jerry) Julum; Foster brother: Marvin Carlson; and very special friend : Stephen Kurtz Kit is survived by her Godchildren: Karen Olsen, Barbara Johnson Carlson, and Steven Carl Kurtz; nephew: Thomas Arnold of Hibbing and many special nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church, Aitkin; Jacques Art Center, Aitkin; Aitkin Historical Society, Riverwood Health Care Center Healing Garden, Aitkin. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Jordan Gades will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Aitkin. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Arnold Louis Croatt
02/17/1927-12/25/2017
Arnold Louis Croatt, age 90 of Aitkin died Monday, December 25, 2017 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Arnold was born February 17, 1927 at Hospers, Iowa the son of Louis and Eva (Kemen) Croatt. He attended schools in Hospers where he grew up. He worked at the local grain elevator for a time and then worked for several farms in the area. He married Clara L. Klein on September 27, 1950 at Grandville, Iowa. They operated a farm in Sibley, Iowa and then ran a farm at Hospers, Iowa. In 1968 they moved to Aitkin where he operated a farm up until a few short years ago. He has resided at the Aitkin Health Services for the past year. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. He is survived by children and spouses: Michael L. (Lenore) Croatt of Outing, Mn.; Joseph H. Croatt of Aitkin; Marilyn A. (Steven) Paulsen of Grandville, Iowa; John A. (Samantha) Croatt of Outing, Mn.; Mark A. (Darla) Croatt of Aitkin, Mn., Luke A, (Jeannie) Croatt of Aitkin, MN.; Lois C. (David) Spencer of Aitkin, MN.; 18 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, Brothers: Gerald Croatt of Sheldon, Iowa, David Croatt of Sibley, Iowa; Sisters: Delores Eicher of Minneapolis, Mn., and Mary Croatt of Sioux City, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wife Clara in 1998, 1 grandson Keith, 2 sisters: Lois and Margaret and 1 brother Nicholas. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery at Aitkin, Mn. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Mary Louise Johnson
05/23/1934-12/23/2017
Mary Louise Johnson, 83, Aitkin, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at her home in Aitkin. She was born May 17, 1934, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Lester and Gladys (Rush) Siegfried. Mary attended Aitkin Schools until her senior year when the family (Mother, Stepfather & 3 half-sisters) moved to Cottage Grove, Oregon, where she graduated from Cottage Grove High School. In June of 1953, Mary married Leonard Theide in Cottage Grove, Oregon, and they had one son, Perry. Mary was remarried to Malcolm Kennedy and they made their home in Danbury, Conn. They had two children, Mary Lou and Warren. Mary and Malcolm owned and operated an electronics company. Mary also worked as an administrative assistant to Health Services, Fairfield County, Danbury, Ct. Mary moved back to Aitkin in the 1980’s and married Ronald Johnson on Sept. 11, 2004. She worked as a health care aide in Crosby. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, The Great River Strings Orchestra, the Jaques Art Center, and the Country Road Classics Car Club. Mary played violin, viola, and the dulcimer in the Great River Stings Orchestra, of which she was one of the early founding members. She played in the Fireflies String Quartet, and also enjoyed playing viola in the evening worship services at 1st Lutheran. Mary was a talented, award-winning, artist. She enjoyed painting with oils, watercolors, acrylics, pen and ink; and was a member of the Sunday Afternoon Painters. Among Mary’s many talents, was her interested in geology and, while in Connecticut, belonged to a geology (rock) collectors club. Plus Mary was an avid gardener both with vegetables and in landscaping their lovely yard. Mary is survived by her husband, Ronald Johnson, Aitkin; Sons, Perry Theide, Cottage Grove, Ore. & Warren Kennedy, Morris, Conn.; Daughter, Mary Lou (Pete) Feige, Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren, Kaitlyn Feige and Cara Feige; Sisters: Ariel (Jeff) Glad, Mapleton MN, Janice (Donald) Hasselius, Aitkin MN, Adele (George) Knoerlien, Glyndon MD, and Debra Streichert, California, Brothers: Wayne (Mary) Siegfried, Beaver Dam, Wis.; Roland Siegfried, Knoxville, Tenn. Funeral services will be held Tuesday January 9. 2018 at 11 am from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Rev. Jordan Gades officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the spring at Diamond Lake Cemetery. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to Great River Strings Orchestra, PO Box 202, Aitkin, MN 56431. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root- Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Sandy Spaeth
02/20/1973-12/21/2017
Sandy Spaeth, 44 of Pine River and formerly of Aitkin died Thursday, December 21, 2017 in Pine River. She was born February 20, 1973 in Ham Lake. She was Baptized and Confirmed in the Catholic Church. As a child she was a member of the Girl Scouts of America. She attended elementary and junior high school in Blaine and Graduated after moving to Aitkin. Sandy enjoyed biking, fishing and water skiing. She was preceded in death by her parents Norbert F. Spaeth and Theresa A. (Schoenecker) Spaeth. Sandy is survived by her brother: Dean Spaeth of East Bethel; Sister and brother-in-law: Brenda (Jason) Lindquist of Andover; Nephew: Cody Lindquist; Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, January 5, 2018 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Leota Kelsey
01/18/1925-12/16/2017
Leota Arlene (Kelly) Kelsey, 92 of Aitkin and Venice, FL. died Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Brookdale Assisted Living in Venice, Florida. She was born January 18, 1925 in Perry, Iowa, the daughter of John Maxwell and Edith (Bolle) Kelly. She attended Aitkin Public school and graduated in 1943. As a young adult she enjoyed racing her horse “Tim” at the Aitkin County Fairgrounds and won races. Leota was united in marriage to Bryce Kelsey on December 30, 1945. They enjoyed their house and cabin located on Farm Island Lake for many years while their children were young. She worked as a secretary at Aitkin County Social Services, Aitkin Independent Age, Shing-Wauk Village and Kelsey Abstract Company which later changed to Aitkin County Abstract Company. She was very active at Pine Lake Chapel, teaching Sunday school; youth group; and on church board. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing, china painting, quilting, hunting, fishing and canning garden produce. Leota and Bryce were named Aitkin Riverboat King and Queen during the Riverboat Days celebration. Once Bryce retired in 1982 they traveled south every winter first in a van and then later upgraded to a motorhome. They enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and motorcycling around Aitkin County. They also traveled to Denmark. They made many friends while living in Nokomis at Kings Gate, a gated community in Florida. She enjoyed weekly computer club, quilting and pool league. Leota was preceded in death by her husband, Bryce E. Kelsey on May 21, 2002 and her parents John Maxwell and Edith (Bolle) Kelly. Leota is survived by her son and daughter-n-law: Michael & Pamela Kelsey of Bemidji. Daughters and son-in-law: Linda & Bill Coleman of Palmetto, Florida and Kathleen Kelsey of Aitkin. Granchildren and great-grandchildren: Margot Kelsey and Max and Tracey Kelsey all of Bemidji and son Teal Kelsey; Chris & Marybeth Coleman of Las Vegas, Nevada and daughter Gwenyth Coleman Miller; Shawn Lewis of Crosby; Marcus & Becky Lewis of Langdon, North Dakota and daughter Nadia Lewis. Sister: Connie Hills of Aitkin. Nieces and nephew: Steven & Amy Lehman, Sandra Lehman and Alexandrine Harris. Interment will be in Bennettville Cemetery, Hazelton Township, Aitkin County at a later date. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the guestbook online, go to: info@srtfuneral.com
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Charles Thompson
01/29/1920-12/14/2017
Charles N. Thompson, age 97 of Cromwell formerly of McGregor and Esko died Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the Villa Vista Care Center in Cromwell. Charles was born January 29, 1920 at Automba, Minnesota. He grew up and attended schools in Lawler and then worked in the CCC Camps for a time and then worked in South Dakota on farms. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1944. He returned to the McGregor area and operated the Trolley Bar for a time. He married Viena Hutar on October 4, 1947 in Aitkin. They lived in Esko and Charles worked for Crane Plumbing in Duluth. He worked for them as a sales representative for many years before he retired back to McGregor. He has resided at the Villa Vista in Cromwell for the past 6 years. He enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling and visiting friends and family. He is survived by a brother George Thompson of Duluth and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Viena in 2013, 8 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 11 AM from the McGregor Funeral Home with Rev. Hal Kamppi officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Rice River Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Genevieve Kullhem
08/05/1932-12/11/2017
Genevieve E. Kullhem, age 85 of Aitkin died Monday, December 11, 2017 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Gen was born August 5, 1932 in Portland, North Dakota the daughter of Axel and Alida (Finnell) Knudson. She grew up and attended schools in Portland and graduated from the Portland High School in 1950. She married Richard Nelson in 1951 at Portland. They lived in various communities as her husband Richard managed grain elevators. They moved to Aitkin in 1969 and she has lived here since. She worked as a clerk for the Ben Franklin Store in Aitkin for many years and she also worked for the Paulbeck’s Super Valu and also Paulbeck’s County Market. She married Charles R. Kullhem on September 17, 1988 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She was very active in First Lutheran Church and was a member of the circle groups. She helped start the Prayer Shawl Ministry at the church. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, baking. Playing piano and violin and was a member of the Red Hat Society. She is survived by her husband Charles R. Kullhem of Aitkin; Children: Gloria Paulbeck of Aitkin, Rodger Nelson of Moorhead, Mn., David (Teri) Nelson of Little Canada, Mn.; Step Daughter: Carol Kullhem of Hopkins, Mn., Grandchildren: Mike Paulbeck, Tom Paulbeck, Madison Nelson, Benjamin Nelson; Great Grandchildren: Macy, Drew, Levi, Tori, Evelyn, and Joe Paulbeck; Brothers: Kenard (Loretta) Knudson of Portland, N.D., Gilman (Carolyn) Knudson of Portland, N.D., and Sister: MaryAnn (Ed) Gunderson of Fargo, N.D. She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Richard, brother: Rollan Knudson and sister: Alvia Knudson. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Jordan Gades officiating. Visitation will be Monday December 18 from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the time of services at the church. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Aitkin in the spring. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Lenore Closuit
09/10/1915-12/11/2017
Lenore Closuit, 102, of Aitkin, passed away Monday, December 11, 2017 in Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born September 10, 1915 in Jackson, Tennessee to L.L. and Grace (Petty) Fonville. Lenore graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Masters Degree in Bacteriology. She went on to complete 2 years of Medical School at Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a member of Chi Omega Sorority and Daughters of the American Revolution. Lenore moved to Winona to work at Winona General Hospital. She met Fred Closuit and they were married six weeks later in Jackson, Tennessee on September 23, 1939. They lived in Minneapolis while Fred completed medical school and then came WWII. Fred was a Captain and Medical Doctor to the troops in Burma and India. After the war, Fred and Lenore moved to Aitkin to set up a private medical practice. He built the Aitkin Clinic and practiced there for 50 years. During that time they adopted Fay in 1949 and Charlie in 1952. When Fred retired, Lenore spent the next 20 years working at Grandmas Pantry, a local health food store. Lenore was a great cook, a bridge player, a book club member, an avid walker Lenore was a member of both the United Methodist Church of Aitkin and Journey North Church of Aitkin. Lenore is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Fred Closuit; her parents; son, Charlie Closuit; sister, Jeanne Riddell. Lenore is survived by her daughter, Fay (Dick) Morris of Edina; 3 grandchildren, Julie and Jane Closuit of Fairbanks, Alaska and Joel Bard of Austin, Texas; 2 great grandchildren; nieces, Lyn (Bruce Martin) Closway of Cave Creek, Arizona, Grace Riddell of Kensington, Maryland and Jeanne Scott Riddell of Austin, Texas; nephews, Bruce Closway of Rochester and Dr. Chris (Cheryl) Riddell of Sandy Springs, Georgia. A gathering of family and friends will be Saturday, December 16, from 10 AM until the 11 AM Celebration of Life in Journey North Church, Aitkin. Interment will be in Bennettville Cemetery, Hazelton Township, Aitkin County. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to Children’s Home Society of Minnesota, 1605 Eustis Street, St. Paul, MN 55108, The Dr. Fred and Lenore Closuit Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Fund for Aitkin students, 306 2nd St NW, Aitkin, MN 56431, attn.: Karen Carlson and to the Journey North Church of Aiktin. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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Robin Johnson
10/12/1955-12/09/2017
Robin “Stuba” Dawn Johnson, 62, of Aitkin passed away unexpectedly, Saturday, December 9, 2017 at her home. She was born October 12, 1955 in Moorhead to Orlin and Darlene (Ostenvik) Wasfaret. Robin graduated from Ulen High School. She was united in marriage to Jerry Johnson on July 2, 1976 in Watertown, South Dakota. Robin worked at US Bank in St. Paul for over 15 years before buying a hobby farm in Aitkin. She then worked as a Dietary Aid at Aicota Health Care Center for a number of years. Robin enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, canning, sewing, campfires, playing softball in her younger years. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family. Robin is preceded in death by her father, Orlin Wasfaret and 2 brothers, Randy and Jeffrey Wasfaret. Robin is survived by her loving husband, Jerry Johnson; mother, Darlene Wasfaret; daughter, Kellie Wiethorn; granddaughter, Amanda Wiethorn; sister, Angel (Jack) Heimbuch; brother-in-law, Kevin Johnson; brother-in-law, Lyle (Elena) Johnson; sister-in-law, Noy Wasfaret; sister-in-law, Heidi (Tim) Hehr; sister-in-law, Cindy Larck; several nieces and nephews. A gathering of family and friends will be Friday, December 15, from Noon until the 1 PM Memorial Service in Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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Ramona V. Stewart
11/15/1934-12/08/2017
Ramona V. Stewart, age 83 of Tamarack died Friday, December 8, 2017 at the Villa Vista Care Center in Cromwell, Minnesota. Ramona was born November 15, 1934 at Bowdle, South Dakota the daughter of Jacob and Anna Oster. She grew up and attended schools in Nisland, South Dakota. She then moved to Rapid City, South Dakota where she worked and met her husband who was stationed at the Air Force Base there. She married Robert A. Stewart on July 19, 1952 in Nisland, South Dakota. Ramona raised four children while traveling with her husband during his military career. Upon Robert’s retirement from the Air Force they moved to Tamarack, Minnesota in July of 1974. They have lived in the Tamarack area since. She had worked at the Savana Golf Course, the Greenwood Lodge and the McGregor Motel. She enjoyed bird watching, fishing, flower gardening, playing darts at Banns and she loved people. She is survived by her husband: Robert Stewart of Tamarack, Son: Ronald Stewart of Kingsport, Tenn., Daughters: Rita Stewart of Minneapolis, Rhonda Stewart of Brooklyn Park and nephews: Bill Hubbard of Rapid City, South Dakota. She was preceded in death by her parents, infant son Duane, son Roger, brothers: Delmer and Marvin and Sisters: Lorraine, Dallas and Dorothy. A gathering of family and friends will be held Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 1 to 3 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Interment will be at a later date in the Round Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Nevin Warren Johnson
11/22/1959-12/04/2017
Nevin Warren Johnson, 58, of Bloomington, MN and formerly of McGregor, died Monday, December 4, 2017 at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis after a courageous battle with cancer. Nevin was born January 22, 1959 in Aitkin, Minnesota to Warren and Regina Johnson. He graduated from McGregor High School in 1977. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served nine years and attained the rank of Sergeant. He was stationed in several areas including California, Germany, and Korea. He was later employed at the VA Medical Center for over 30 years serving in various capacities, most recently in the Safety department. Nevin also was a proud member of the Bloomington Fire Department for over 20 years. He was also a dedicated member of McGregor VFW Larson-Deneen Post #2747 and also the McGregor American Legion Dale Wayrynen Post #23. Nevin lived to serve other people, whether it was in the military, the fire department or helping many friends when needed. Nevin’s beautiful daughter, Isabella Rose, of whom he was so proud, will forever be in his heart. Although he resided in the Twin Cities, Nevin’s true roots always remained in McGregor. Nevin always found it important to stay connected with past military members, firemen, co-workers, classmates, relatives, and his many friends. He was preceded in death by parents Warren and Reggie Johnson, and sister, Anne, who died at birth. Nevin is survived by his daughter Isabella Rose (“Rosie”); 2 Brothers and sisters-in-law: Tim Johnson (Debbie) of Cook, MN and Ted Johnson (Karen) of Inver Grove Heights, MN. Nephews: Jacob Johnson of Staunton, VA, Nick Johnson of Inver Grove Heights, MN. Nieces: Kendra Johnson and Bailey Johnson – both of Cook, MN. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00A.M. - Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. Father KK will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. - Friday, December 8 at the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Connie LaVerne Fryar
09/21/1935-11/29/2017
Connie LaVerne Fryar, 82 of McGregor died Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at her residence. She was born September 21, 1935 in Leon, Iowa to Earle Henry and Lois Orrell (Greenleaf) Christenson. She graduated high school in Kansa City, Missouri. Connie was united in marriage to Cecil Wayne Fryar. She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents. Connie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Norma L. (Donald L.) Fredrickson of McGregor; grandchildren: Christopher Easterling of Brainerd, Krystal Easterling of McGregor, and Katharyn Easterling of Barstow, California; great-grandchildren: Layla Duclos and Mystique Easterling. There are no services scheduled at this time. McGregor Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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David Andrew Graf
01/23/1939-11/28/2017
David Andrew Graf, 78, of Aitkin, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. He was born January 23, 1939, in Kansas City, MO, and was adopted by Andrew and Amy (Tarr) Graf. He graduated from Edina High School and attended the University of Minnesota, where he received a Master’s Degree in Education. David married Carol (Streufert) Graf in 1963, and was the proud father of three children, James, Julie, and Amy. He enjoyed a long career as a science teacher in Little Falls, Hastings, and Burnsville public schools and owned two popular Graf’s arts and crafts stores in Little Falls and Burnsville. In 1972, David founded the Little Falls Arts & Crafts Fair, now one of the largest such annual events in the Midwest. David was remarried in 1992, to Beverly Joan (Deal) Graf, and in 2005, they retired to the Graf family homestead on Hammal Lake, outside Aitkin. David enjoyed watching Twins baseball and attending classic car shows. He was active in the Hammal Lake Association, serving as president for many years. He was also a member of the Minnesota Packard Automobile Club and took great pride in his award-winning, restored 1939 Packard. Above all, David cherished time at his beautiful lakefront property, which served as a gathering place and source of precious memories for family and friends throughout his life. He will be remembered fondly for his kindness, soft-spoken wisdom, meticulously-organized garage, and love for his large, extended family. David is preceded in death by his parents and sister Joan (Graf) Hervin. He is survived by his wife Beverly; his children James (Paolina) Graf, Julie (Dennis) Gould, and Amy Graf Hampton; Beverly’s children Chris (John) Witt, Tom (Amy) Bissell, and Jennifer (Emmanuel) Ukutegbe; 21 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Beverly lovingly cared for David through many years of health challenges, for which his family is eternally grateful. David’s family also wishes to thank Home Health Partnership for their extraordinary care, which allowed David to spend his final days at home surrounded by family. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Home Health Partnership or to another hospice or charity of your choice. David’s funeral service will be held Saturday, December 9, 2017, 11:00am, at The Journey North Church in Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Visitation will begin at 10:00am at the church, with a light lunch following the service. A private burial will take place later in the day at Lakeview Cemetery, Aitkin. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Opal H. Arvidson
08/01/1925-11/27/2017
Opal H. Arvidson, age 92 of Aitkin, died Monday, November 27, 2017 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Opal was born August 1, 1925 in Malmo, Minnesota the daughter of George and Bertha (Garrett) Sandberg. She grew up and attended grade school at Malmo and then attended High School in Aitkin graduating in 1943. She married Warren Arvidson on December 18, 1943 in Aitkin County. They made their home in Minneapolis until 1960 when they moved to the Aitkin area. Opal went to work as a Nurse’s Aide in 1963 and worked until retiring in the mid 1980’s. She was also a longtime Avon representative in the Aitkin area. She was a member of the Friends of the Arts, the Golden Age Club and the Maria Chapel Ladies Aid. She enjoyed working in her flower gardens, singing and dancing. She loved people and babies. Opal was a Gold Star Mother. She is survived by children: Ron (Sherry) Arvidson of Aitkin, Dan (Donna) Arvidson of Brady, Montana, Chuck (Cheryl) Arvidson of Aitkin, Philip Arvidson of Aitkin, JoAnne (Edwin) Hall of Helena, Montana, Patricia Arvidson of Maine; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Warren, son James Warren Arvidson who was killed in the Vietnam War, Brother Clarence, and sisters: Isabel and Pearl. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 1, 2017 at 11 AM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Glenn Browning officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7 PM at the funeral home and 1lso 1 hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Diamond Lake Cemetery in rural Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Rory L. Bruneau
06/14/1958-11/26/2017
Rory L. Bruneau, Native Name: Biidaanakwad, age 59 of McGregor died Sunday, November 26, 2017 at his home. Rory was born June 14, 1958 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Manley and Lorraine (moose) Bruneau. He grew up and attended schools in McGregor and then traveled to Alaska where he lived and worked for a time. He returned to the McGregor area and worked as a carpenter. He enjoyed all outdoor sports and enjoyed duck hunting. He did taxidermy and enjoyed going to garage sales. He is survived by sons: Christian Benjamin, Kyle Bruneau, Rory Bruneau Jr., Chris Bruneau; Daughters: Ashley Kangas, Destany Kangas, Mother: Lorraine Farah; Brother: Marvin Bruneau; Sisters: Monica Tobar and Rhonda Weizeneggar. A wake will begin on Wednesday November 29, 2017 at 5 PM at the East Lake Ceremonial Building and continue until the 10 AM service time on Thursday. Skip Churchill will officiate. Burial will be in the Rice Lake Refuge Burial Grounds. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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David J. Thielbar
08/02/1955-11/23/2017
David J. Thielbar, 62 of McGregor died Thursday, November 23, 2017 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born August 2, 1955 in St. Paul to Herbert and Olive (Parenteau) Thielbar. He grew up in Hugo and graduated from White Bear Lake High School. He worked as a plumber. David was united in marriage to Robin T. (Beaver) in 1985 in White Bear Lake. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert. David is survived by his Wife Robin of McGregor. Children: Buffy and Matt Leeb of Grand Rapids; Herb Thielbar of Isanti; and Bonny Thielbar and Jack of Harris. Brothers, sisters and their spouses: Betty (Richard) Deyo, Gene (Bonnie), Tom (Karen), Jerry (Robin), Sarah Thielbar, Rick (Shauna), Sue (Paul) Dean, Walt (Sally), Scott, Mary (Larry) Bergeron. Sister-in-law: Reena, and many other relatives and friends. A celebration of David’s life will be at a later date. McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor assisted the family with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Marlys Lillian Huhta
08/20/1936-11/23/2017
Marlys Lillian Huhta, 81, of McGregor, passed away Thursday, November 23, 2017 in Augustana Mercy Health Care Center, Moose Lake. She was born August 20, 1936 in Lawler to Frank and Lillian (Bodie) Hill. Marlys graduated from McGregor High School in 1954. She was united in marriage to Arvid Samuel Huhta, Sr. on September 4, 1954. Marlys enjoyed sewing, embroidery, cooking, baking and dancing in her earlier years. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Marlys is preceded in death by her husband, Arvid; her parents; 2 brothers, Richard and Bob Hill; 1 sister, Darlene Gudim. Marlys is survived by her children, Sam (Linda) Huhta of Kettle River, Vicki (Dallas) Williamson of Cannon Falls, Dean Huhta of South Dakota and Annette (Dale) Wilkie of Aitkin; grandchildren, Reese (Patti) Huhta, Amanda (Bruene) Rosebrock, Johanna (Owen Gaard) Huhta, Nick Hammer, Sheri (Travis) Ryan, Kristy (Dale) Aho, Chad Huhta, Joshua (Lacey) Wilkie and Dylan (Karly Strickland) Wilkie; 28 great grandchildren; 3 sisters, Delores Werner of Scottsdale, AZ, Janice (Wally) Hietalati of McGregor and Judy Hill of Little Canada; many nieces, nephews and friends. A gathering of family and friends will be Friday, December 1, from 10 AM until the 11 AM Memorial Service in Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Inurnment will be in Rice River Cemetery, Rice River Township. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor.
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Tracy Lynn Budday
05/26/1957-11/16/2017
Tracy Lynn Budday, 60, of Ironton, died Thursday, November 16, 2017 in Aitkin. She was born May 26, 1957 in Virginia to Bruce R. and Marjorie (Sutcliffe) Usher. She worked as a Personal Care Assistant for Recover Health. She was preceded in death by her father Bruce and her nephew Jeremy Warta. Tracy is survived by her mother Marjorie Usher of Aitkin, 2 sisters and brothers-in-law: Cynthia (Steven) Warta of Brainerd, Kristy (Fred) Aschenbauer of Crosby, 1 Brother: Randy Usher of Aitrkin, 3 nieces and nephews, 8 great-nieces and nephews, 2 great-great-nieces and nephews, many other relatives and friends. There will be no services at this time. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Eileen E. Karelis
07/05/1929-11/16/2017
Eileen E. Karelis, age 88 of Aitkin died Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Eileen was born July 5, 1929 in Aitkin the daughter of Victor and Bertha (Olson) Sjodin. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School. She married John K. Karelis on June 12, 1948 in Minneapolis. They lived in Aitkin where they farmed for many years. The raised both beef and dairy cattle. She has lived on the farm her whole life. She enjoyed canning, gardening, fishing, deer hunting, bowling and playing horseshoes. She was a member of the Woodland Chapter 122 Eastern Star in Aitkin. She had a special gift when it came to dealing with animals. She lived for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is survived by Sons: Kimon (Kathie) Karelis of White Bear Lake, Mn; Paul (Kelly) Karelis of Aitkin; Jim Karelis of Aitkin; Daughter: Kaye (Darryl) Palm of Aitkin; Sister: Betty Howard of Aitkin; Grandchildren: Trisha Karelis, Patrick (Jill) Kareils, Molly (Bradley) Boehmer, Zachary (Nicole) Karelis, Gia (Cooper) Rendon; Great Grandchildren: Kalie Jo and Kellen Karelis, Jenecie Karelis, Dylan and Haley Boehmer, Greta and Walter Karelis, Emerson Rendon. She was preceded in death by her parents Victor and Bertha Sjodin, husband: John Karelis, daughter: Diane Karelis and siblings: Adeline, Jeannette, Vivian, LuVerne, and Gillette. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 11 AM from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Rachel Agnes Lund
10/31/1931-11/15/2017
Rachel Agnes Lund , 86 of Aitkin, passed away November 15, 2017 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born October 31, 1931 in rural Palisade to Bendik and Rachel (Nilsen) Grimsbo. She attended local community school, Palisade Elementary School, and then graduated from Aitkin High School. Rachel was united in marriage to Allen Lund, Jr. November 14, 1952 in Crosby. They lived in Princeton for a time while Allen completed his CPA training. They spent most of their working lives in Hopkins, Allen as chief financial officer for a packaging company and Rachel as a nurses aide for a nursing home. They had two sons: Daniel and Michael. They retired to their lake home they built near Emily, MN. After Allen passed away in July of 1994, Rachel continued living at their lake home for a number of years. She then moved to Brainerd where she lived with her son Dan in a home they jointly owned before moving to the Good Samaritan assisted living in Brainerd. Rachel had a stroke that necessitated a move to Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin where she resided for the past ten years. She was an accomplished artist having completed many painting over the years. She also enjoyed gardening especially her flowers. She was preceded in death by her husband Allen in 1994; parents Rachel and Bendik Grimsbo; four sisters: Anna, Olga, Emma, and Hilda; three brothers: Daniel, Nils, and Peter. Rachel is survived by her two sons: Dan and Mike; two sisters: Ruth and Clara; and two brothers: Olaf and John; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. – Tuesday, November21, 2017 memorial service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Emily. www.srtfuneral.com
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JUDITH ARLENE PARRISH
06/09/1935-11/09/2017
Judith Arlene Parrish, 82, of Aitkin, passed away Thursday, November 9, 2017 in Aitkin Health Services, Aitkin. She was born June 9, 1935 in Aitkin to Larry and Ethel (Chute) Hock. Judith worked in home health care for many years. She then worked at Aicota Health Care Center for 21 years and Riverwood Healthcare for 19 years until retiring in 2010. Judith was a great cook. She loved gardening and her flowers and especially loved her family and friends. Judith was an incredible artist and loved painting and woodworking. She was a kind soul and always looked for the good in everyone. She was forgiving, loving and easy to talk to. The grin on her face and the twinkle in her eyes always made you wonder what mischief she was up to. Judith is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Parrish; her parents; son, Larry R. Pratt. Judith is survived by 2 sons, Steve Pratt of Sweet Water, OR and Calvin “Scott” Pratt of Palisade; 2 daughters, Shelly (Robert) Mickelson of Deerwood and Polly Pratt of Aitkin; 9 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 3 sisters, Nancy (Jerry) Lien of Calumet, Laurie (Ken) Tescher of Casper, Wyoming and Penny Bantle of Springfield, Missouri. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 15, from 5-7 PM in Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin and will continue Thursday, November 16 from 10 AM until the 11 AM Service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Aitkin. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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DOROTHY M. HEINLEN
06/20/1920-11/08/2017
Dorothy M. Heinlen, 97, of Isle, formerly of White Bear Lake and St. Paul, passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2017 in Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born June 20, 1920 in St. Paul. Dorothy graduated from White Bear Lake High School. She then worked for the State of Minnesota Department of Employment Security for 32 years until retiring in 1985. Dorothy was very involved in the St. Paul Winter Carnival and was a member of the Senior Royalty. Dorothy loved to square dance in her younger years. She was member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in White Bear Lake as well as Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wahkon. Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Kenneth Hanft; siblings, Marion Sanders, Lorraine Enneking, June Brunet, Jane Van Vooris, James Van Vooris, Donald Van Vooris and Howard Van Vooris. Dorothy is survived by her son, Terry Hanft of Isle; 2 grandchildren, Mark Hanft of Northfield and Rob (Amber) Hanft of O’Fallen, Missouri; many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Services for Dorothy 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, Aitkin.
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Dorothy Mae (Dottie) Paquette
01/12/1919-11/05/2017
Dorothy Mae (Dottie) Paquette, 98 of McGregor died Sunday, November, 5, 2017 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born January 12, 1919 in Chatfield. She graduated from Chatfield High School. Dottie was united in marriage to Martin Roger (Marty) Paquette. She worked for Golden Valley City Hall prior to going into business with Marty at Valley Electric. They moved to McGregor where they purchased and renamed Randy's Tavern to the STOP INN. The STOP INN was well known by visitors from all seasons and famed for the best cheeseburgers in the area for many years. Marty also served as an Electrical Inspector during this time for Aitkin County. Dottie loved to tend to her vegetable garden in the summertime and her favorite winter activity was to participate in the snowmobile poker runs that all the local taverns used to run. She was an avid card player and taught her kids and grandkids many different games and played in the local cribbage and 500 clubs. She was preceded in death by her husband: Martin Roger (Marty) Paquette; son: James Martin (Jim) Paquette; and her parents. Dottie is survived by her Children Judith Marie (Judy) Olson of Apple Valley, CA; Gerald Arthur (Jerry) Paquette of McGregor, MN; 11 Grandchildren: Bob, Steve, David, Ronnie, Curt, Lisa, Jeff, Jeremy, Jacob, Jason, Jenn ,many Great Grandchildren, other relatives and friends. A Gathering to celebrate her life for family and close friends will be held at a later date at her former residence on Big Sandy Lake. McGregor Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Verna L. Kullhem
04/07/1930-11/05/2017
Verna L. Kullhem age 87 of Aitkin died Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Verna was born April 7, 1930 at Palisade, Minnesota the daughter of Arvid and Signe (Beck) Johnson. She attended elementary school in Palisade and High School at Aitkin graduating in 1948. She moved to the Twin Cities and worked there for a time and then returned to palisade and married Raymond E. Kullhem on April 16, 1955 in Palisade. They lived in Alaska for a time and then moved to Aitkin where she has made her home since. She started working as a book keeper for Paul Beyreuther in 1969 and had continued until she retired in 2008. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin and also the Aitkin American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed sewing, baking, doing puzzles, kittens and she especially enjoyed her grandchildren. She is survived by her children: Gary (Marylee) Kullhem of Aitkin, Greg (Tiffani) Kullhem of Aitkin, Gail (Michael) Dickson of Andover, Mn.; Grandchildren: Tiffany Hartman, Abbi Kullhem, Matthew Dickson, Carson Kullhem, Ailie Kullhem; Great Grandchildren: Harper Hartman, and Brynley Hartman. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Raymond in August of 2017, 6 sisters and 1 brother. A memorial service will be held Friday, November 10, 2017 at 1 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at a later date in Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Carol Tripp
01/07/1930-10/31/2017
Carol Tripp, 87 of Aitkin died Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born January 7, 1930 in Edina to Joseph and Amanda (Pavelka) Rousher. She graduated from Eden Prairie High School. Carol was united in marriage to Harold E. Tripp August 13, 1940 in Finlayson. They lived in Blaine until retiring to Lake Minnewawa near McGregor and then moving to Aitkin. She enjoyed going on walks with Harold, golfing, bowling, and reading. She was a life member of the American Legion, V.F.W., and the D.A.V. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold on January 3, 2012; brother; sisters; and her parents. Carol is survived by relatives and friends. Graveside service will be 12:35pm – Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Meet at Assembly Area #6. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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HENRY EMIL JOHNSON
07/13/1929-10/29/2017
Henry Emil Johnson, 88, of Hill City, passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017 in Majestic Pine Assisted Living, Grand Rapids. He was born July 13, 1929 in Kidder County, North Dakota to Emil and Annie (Boatz) Johnson. Henry attended Bunker Township country school for grades 1 and 2. He then moved to Minnesota in 1937 where he attended grades 3 through 8 in Palisade and grades 9 through 12 in Aitkin Public School. He graduated from Aitkin in 1947. Henry attended the North Central School of Agriculture in Grand Rapids for post graduate courses in 1949. Henry joined the United States Air Force in 1950 and received an honorable discharge in 1951. He graduated from Dunwoody Institute in 1954. Henry was united in marriage to Betty Irene Anderson on June 7, 1957 in Cohasset. Henry worked for the Oliver Mining Company in 1957 and graduated from Bemidji State College with a teaching degree in 1961. He taught 6th grade in Carlton from 1961-1963. He then began teaching in Grand Rapids in 1963 until retiring in 1994 as a middle school principal. Henry is survived by his three sons, Brad (Becky) Johnson, Greg (Kelley) Denver and Kent (Connie) Toriseva; brothers, Albert (Helen) Toriseva and Roy (Cheryl) Johnson; sister, Shirley (Myron) Myers; 15 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Henry is preceded in death by his loving wife, Betty; his parents; sisters, Esther (Floyd) Barry and Edna (Phillip) Spolarich; infant brother, Carl Oscar; grandson, William Robert Denver and great grandson Benjamin Shraeder. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 1 from 5-7 PM in Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin and will continue Thursday, November 2 from 10 AM until the 11 AM Service in Bethel Lutheran Church, Palisade with Reverend William Sass officiating. Burial with Military Honors 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, Aitkin.
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Rodney J. Wilebski
08/15/1941-10/29/2017
Rodney J. Wilebski, age 76 of rural Garrison died Sunday October 29, 2017 surrounded by his loving family after a short battle with cancer. Rodney was an avid gambler and loved all types of sports. He was retired from the American National Can Co. in St. Paul. He was a member of the Steel Workers Union Local 7796. He also served in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Rogers. He is survived by 4 daughters: Karen (John) Miller of rural Garrison, Rhonda Wilebski-Arneson of Ladysmith, Wisc., Brenda Byrnes of Maplewood, Mn., Laurie (Bryan) Nelson of Arkansas, Wisc.; 13 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren; Brothers: Darrell Wilebski of Denver, Co., Larry Wilebski of Lakeville, Mn. and Sister: Beatrice (Larry) Weber of Rosemount, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Agnes Wilebski, Brother Thomas and Sister Nancy. A memorial service will be held Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Noon at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. Deacon Roger Marks will officiate and the Camp Ripley Military Honors Detail will provide military honors.
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Edward "Eddie" Saba
06/24/1944-10/26/2017
Edward “Eddie” K. Saba, age 73 of Aitkin formerly of Minneapolis died Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Aitkin Health Services. Eddie was born June 24, 1944 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Nasif and Gladys (Bjelland) Saba. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. He married Rene Croteau in 1965 at Millbank, South Dakota. They made their home in North East Minneapolis and he worked for the City of Minneapolis driving trucks. He and his wife moved to the Emily area where they owned and operated a business for a time and then eventually retired to Aitkin. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. He enjoyed and cared very much for his family. He is survived by his wife Rene Saba of Aitkin; Children: Rebecca Saba of Gilbert, MN., Edward (Karen) Saba of Pelican Rapids, Mn., Steve Saba of Deering, North Dakota; 8 Grandchildren; 3 Great Grandchildren and one due anytime, and Sister: Linda Saba of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Lester Saba and 1 half-brother John Vetrano. A Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday November 2, 2017 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Marlys Krussow
07/24/1928-10/24/2017
Marlys Krussow, 89, passed away October 24, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Florida. She was born on July 24, 1928 to Oscar Olafson and Pearl Heineman Olafson of Dam Lake (Kimberly). She moved to Robbinsdale in her teens and graduated from Robbinsdale High School. That is where she met Orrin Krussow and married on May 22, 1948. They raised their two daughters in the Osseo/ Maple Grove, Minnesota area. Marlys worked as a school cook in Osseo as well as managing her chicken farm. She was well known for her baking and delicious desserts. She loved to socialize and play cards and had an infectious laugh. At retirement she moved to her family homestead on Dam Lake. For the past 5 years she has lived with her daughter in West Palm Beach Marlys was preceded in death by her husband, Orrin. She is survived by daughters Bonnie (Jacob) Richter of West Palm Beach and Carol Adamson of Rochester, MN.; Grandchildren Marla Richter (Ron Knutson),of Savage MN, Justin (Heather) Richter and Ian Adamson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin Services will be graveside at Saron Cemetery, Dam Lake on Friday, Nov 3, 2017 at 2 pm. Rev. Rick Perry will officiate. Arrangements provided by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home of Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Harlon Truman Buisman
06/28/1936-10/23/2017
Harlon “Truman” Buisman, 81, of Aitkin, passed away October 23, 2017 following a long battle with Parkinson’s. He was Born June 28, 1936 in Foreston to John "Jack" and Evelyn (Meyer) Buisman. He graduated from Milaca High School in 1954 and spent the next 4 years in the Air Force. Following his honorable discharge he attended St. Cloud State University where he earned his Bachelors Degree in 1961, Masters Degree in 1964, and played football and baseball. Truman was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Carlson of Milaca on March 29th 1961. Their son Terry was born in 1962 and son John in 1963. He started his teaching career in Sartell and then he and his family moved to Aitkin in 1964 where he taught history, PE, and health while coaching wrestling, football and baseball. His baseball teams were highly successful, most noted in the early and mid70’s with over 100 victories in his 10 year run. He transitioned to a greater administrative role becoming athletic director in 1976 and assistant principal in 1978. He retired in 1994 and Ruth Ann retired in 1997 with time to enjoy many fishing trips and vacations. They moved to Farm Island Lake for 16 years then built their last home in the Black Rock neighborhood of Aitkin. He was an active member at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, American Legion, Lions and Quarterbacks clubs. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother George of Princeton. Truman is survived by his wife Ruth Ann; Sons and daughters-in-law: Terry (Keri) Buisman of Chanhassen and John (Lisa)Buisman of Aitkin; Grandchildren: Samuel, Emma, Madison, and Joseph; Brothers: Donald (Delores) Buisman of West Salem Wi. and Jim Buisman of Willmar; And many other relatives and friends. Truman’s life will be celebrated 11A.M. - Friday, November 3, 2017 at First Lutheran Church, 107 2nd St. SE., Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Presentation of the American flag to honor Truman’s military service will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Post #1727. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. – Thursday, with a prayer service beginning at 7P.M. at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, 31 Minnesota Ave. S., Aitkin. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the life celebration at the church. Private burial will be in Bennettville Cemetery. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to First Lutheran Church in Aitkin & Aitkin High School Athletics. To sign the guestbook go to www.srtfuneral.com
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Esther Villeneuve Lemire
08/12/1925-10/19/2017
Esther Villeneuve Lemire, age 92 of Aitkin died Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Esther was born August 12, 1925 in Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Napoleon and Salome (Gratton) Villeneuve. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in1942. She married Cyril B. Lemire on April 11, 1943 in California. She lived in Aitkin and in 1958 they moved to Minneapolis where they raised their family. They moved back to Aitkin in 1977 and she has lived here since. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church, the Golden Age Club, the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries. She loved to bake pies, make maple syrup, sewing, knitting, quilting canning and gardening. She is survived by Children: Shirley Maxwell, Lavonne Anderson, Connie (Pat) Ordorff and George (Sonja) Lemire; 11 Grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Cyril, twin daughter Bonnie, 5 brothers: Omer, Alfred, William, and Floyd; 4 sisters: Louise Stofferan, Alma Bolduc, Clara Farah, Betty George; and 2 sons in law: Terrance Anderson and Robert Maxwell. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, October 23, 2017 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Richard William Irwin
08/20/1950-10/19/2017
Richard “Dick” William Irwin, 67, of Kansas City, Missouri, formerly of St. Paul, passed away unexpectedly on October 19, 2017 in Aitkin. He was born August 20 1950 in Kansas City, Kansas to William and Norma (Dudley) Irwin. Dick was a veteran of The United States Navy, serving from 1969 to 1973. Dick was then in the reserves until 1985. Dick was united in marriage to Sheli Kieselhorst on June 1, 1996 in Burnsville. Dick was member of St. Paul Barbershop Chorus, Hilltop Barbershop Chorus and Heart of America Barbershop Chorus of Kansas City, Missouri. Dick also sang in the church choir, singing in England and Scotland as well as Carnegie Hall in New York. Dick enjoyed flying radio controlled airplanes. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Dick was a member of Northcross United Methodist Church of Kansas City, Missouri, Barbershop Harmony Society, Mo-Kan Cat Club and Saintly City Cat Club of St. Paul where he was knighted by King Boreas for his service to the Saintly City Winter Carnival Cat Show. Dick was also a member of the American Legion Post#61 of North Kansas City, Missouri. Dick is preceded in death by his father, William Irwin and grandson, Alec Irwin. Dick is survived by his loving wife, Sheli Irwin of Kansas City, MO; mother Norma (Dudley) Irwin of Kansas City, MO; son Scott (Kristina) Irwin of Laporte; daughters, Heather Irwin of Bagley, Wendy Irwin of Bagley, Sara (Cory) Skow of Roberts, Wisconsin and Kayleen (Owen VanHooser) Kelly of Nashville, Tennessee; grandchildren, Jet, Jade, Jasper and Juniper Irwin, Tristan Irwin, Max Vettel, Tori Taylor and Madeline Kelly; sister, Cheri (Kevin) Boydston of Kansas City, Missouri; brother, Bob Irwin of Noble, Oklahoma; several nieces, nephews and friends. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 4th at 11 AM in Northcross United Methodist Church, 1321 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City, Missouri. Graveside Services with Military Honors will be held Friday, October 27 at 10 AM at Assembly Area #2 in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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MELVIN "MIKE" HAROLD SANDBECK
10/11/1952-10/19/2017
Melvin “Mike” Harold Sandbeck, 65, of Aitkin, passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017 in St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud. He was born October 11, 1952 in Aitkin to Melvin B. and Esther A. (Enberg) Sandbeck. Mike was a veteran of The United States Army. He was united in marriage to Deuneece Huff on December 11, 1992 in Aitkin. Mike enjoyed having morning coffee and telling stories at the Roadside Restaurant with his friends. Mike is preceded in death by his wife, Deuneece Sandbeck; his parents; 3 sisters, Evelyn, Pollyanna and Betty Lou; 1 brother, Robert. Mike is survived by his siblings, Kevin, Karen, Richard and Brent; 2 step-children, Joshua and Sarah Kirkpatrick; grandchildren, Brittany, Hannah, Kaylin Kirkpatrick, Freyja Kirkpatrick, Felany Kirkpatrick and Xander Kirkpatrick; great grandchildren, Dayle and Lilly; several nieces and nephews. 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, Aitkin.
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Kenneth George Tetrick
09/21/1926-10/16/2017
Kenneth George Tetrick, age 91 of Aitkin died Monday, October 16, 2017 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Kenneth was born September 21, 1926 in Redwood Falls, Minnesota the son of Wilbur and Emma (Zimmerli) Tetrick. He attended country grade school and graduated from Redwood Falls High School in 1945 where he participated in football and wrestling. He was also active in 4-H where he showed champion cattle. Ken enlisted in the Marine Corps during WW II and after his discharge was called back into service during the Korean War. After serving his country, he attended Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California, graduating with a major in photography. Santa Barbara is also where he met Nancy Stephany (A girl from his hometown) who later became his wife. In 1954 they were married at St. Catherine’s Church in Redwood Falls, Minnesota. They made their home in Minneapolis where Ken was employed at Brown Photo. Ken and Nancy had six children. In 1970 they moved north to Aitkin to raise their family. Ken owned and operated Hasskamp equipment with his longtime friend Noel Hasskamp and in his later years helped out when needed at Auto Valu. Ken was a member of the Aitkin American Legion and VFW Posts where he served in the Color Guard. Ken was always proud to be a Marine. Ken had been active as a Boy Scout Leader, enjoyed farming and gardening and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Nancy (Stephany) Tetrick; 6 children: Greg (Sandy), Brian (Jody), Kelly (Shari), William (Jill), Stephanie, Suzanne (Mark); 14 grandchildren: Nicholas, Melissa, Danielle, Aimee, Garrett, Sara, Matthew, Kathryn, Allison, Nathan, Cassandra, Rachel, Jacob, Annika; 10 great grandchildren: Tucker, Audrey, Chloe, Miley, Ethan, Isabella, Piper, Alexander, Spencer, Waylon; 4 brothers: Russell, Dewey, Roger, Charles; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Wilbur and Emma; two sisters: Lucille and Merlie Ann and one infant sister Priscilla. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 20, 2017 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be at a later date in the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. SEMPER FI
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Barbara A. Greifzu
06/18/1936-10/16/2017
Barbara A. Greifzu, age 81 of McGregor formerly of St. Paul and Woodbury died Monday, October 16, 2017 in McGregor, Minnesota. Barb was born June 18, 1936 in St. Paul, Minnesota the daughter of Alfred and Virginia (Lutz) Greer. She grew up and attended schools in St. Paul graduating from Mechanic Arts High School in 1954. She worked for the Gillette Company in St. Paul for almost 25 years. She married Robert A. Greifzu on March 18, 1988 in St. Paul. They built a home near McGregor and upon retirement in 1992 they moved to McGregor and have resided here since. She was very active in her church, Grace Lutheran Church and the community. She was involved in the Rivers and Lakes Organization, the McGregor Area Clothes Closet where she helped sort clothing and worked in the store. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, served as an election judge, was involved with the women quilters and served many many funeral lunches at Grace Lutheran Church. She is survived by her husband Bob Greifzu of McGregor; Children: Bob (Pat) Olson of Oakdale, Mn., Jim Greifzu and Rebecca Esquera of Minnetrista, Mn., Jeff Greifzu and Steve Perez of Irvine, CA., Jeff (Patti) Harvey of Oakdale, Mn., Honore Harvey and Dave Grunow of Milwaukee, Wi., Grandchildren: Ann (Tom) Leary, Stephen Osmanski, Emma Osmanski, Karen Williams, Jeffrey Harvey, Bre (David) Truong, Vanessa Stusek; Great Grandchild: Greer Leary, and all of Barb’s loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 son Ian Harvey, 4 brothers and 3 sisters. A funeral service will be held Friday, October 20, 2017 at Noon from the Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be from 11 AM until the Noon service. Burial will be at a later date in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Marshall Allen Kearns
03/31/1970-10/16/2017
Marshall Allen Kearns, 47, of Aitkin, formerly of the Twin Cities, passed away unexpectedly, Monday, October 16, 2017 at his home. He was born March 31, 1970 in Long Beach, California to Thomas Kearns and Dee (Robinson) Larson. Marshall was a veteran of The United States Army. He loved playing pool, gaming, fixing computers and rock and coin collecting. Marshall was a jokester who always put a smile on everyone’s face. Marshall is preceded in death by his father, Thomas Kearns. Marshall is survived by his 3 children, Kasie, Alyssa and Mitchell Kearns; ex-wife, Stef Kearns; mother and step-father, Dee and Bob Larson; brothers, Terry (Tiffany) Kearns and Donnie Kearns; step mother, Lori Kearns; many other relatives and friends. A gathering of family and friends will be Saturday, October 21, from Noon until the 1 PM Memorial Service in New Life Church, Aitkin. Military honors will accorded by Aitkin VFW Post #1727 and Aitkin American Legion Post #86. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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Charles Garst Leach
09/05/1951-10/13/2017
Charles Garst Leach, 66 of Aitkin died Friday, October 13, 2017 at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud. He was born September 5, 1951 in Sioux City, Iowa to Roy C. and Ruth (Garst) Leach. He graduated High School in Sacramento, California. Charles was a U.S. Navy Veteran and worked as a nursing Tech in China Lake, California. After being honorably discharged he worked as an LPN for 36 years. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents. Charles is survived by his wife Linda Rushmeyer; Children: Korena (Bowie Rushmeyer) Hammond of Deerwood; Roy Charles (Heather) Leach of Shirley, AR.; Rod (Stacey) Rushmeyer of Bertha; Jodi Christenson of Remer; Tiffany (Mike) Deering of Baxter; Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Saturday, October 28, 2017 memorial service at the Church of The Nazarene in Merrifield. Reverend Ron Christenson will officiate. Military honors will follow the service at the church. Burial will be in Ione, Arkansas. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Terry Nistler
09/07/1944-10/11/2017
Terry R. Nistler, age 73 of McGregor died Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at his home. Terry was born September 7, 1944 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Reinhart and Alice (Johnson) Nistler. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin. He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Ticonderoga during the Vietnam War. Upon his discharge he returned to McGregor for a short time and then moved to Superior, Wisc. And then to Arkansas and finally back to McGregor. He worked as an over the road trucker for many years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was a member of the McGregor VFW Post. He is survived by children and spouses: Terry Nistler II of Stephenville, Texas, Tony (Pamela) Nistler of McGregor, Dan (Jenny) Nistler of Hico, TX, Krystal (Chris) Gerhardt of Dublin, Texas; 9 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren and brothers and sisters: LeRoy “Sonny” (Brenda) Nistler of McGregor, Sandra (Erland) Ammala of McGregor, Joyce (John) Knaack of McGregor, Judy (Roger) Aker of Aitkin, Tom (Sandy) Nistler of McGregor, Peggy (Dick) Ladd of Palisade, Karen (Ray) Marsyla of McGregor, Greg Nistler of McGregor and Joanie (Terry) Benton of Vero Beach, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 son David Nistler. Funeral service will be held Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 1 PM from the McGregor Funeral Home with Rev. Dawn Houser officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery at McGregor. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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MIldred (Rowland) Reinhardt
10/13/1919-10/11/2017
Mildred (Rowland) Reinhardt, age 97 of Palisade died Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Two days before her 98th birthday. Mildred was born October 13, 1919 in Gary, South Dakota the daughter of Walter and Birdie (Griffing) Rowland. She spent her whole childhood in Gary. Mildred had a brother, Charles and they were best friends. Mildred attended schools in Gary and graduated high school in 1937. She then attended State College at Brookings, South Dakota for one year. She then attended the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis. After that she attended the Miss Woods Nursery, Kindergarten, Primary training school in Minneapolis and graduated from there. Mildred married Lawrence “Bud” Reinhardt on February 29, 1944 in Minneapolis and then they moved to Gary, South Dakota where they rented a farm from Art and Anna McKie. Bud was a good farmer but became ill and the doctor advised him to get off of the farm. They purchased a 30 foot mobile home and set off to seek their fortune. After one year of travel they moved to the Palisade area as it appealed to them. Bud’s sister Hazel, and Mildred’s dear friend also lived there. Mildred taught kindergarten for four years at Riverton, Mn. and then 19 years of Kindergarten at the Aitkin Elementary School. Mildred published 6 stories for children, compiled three educational card games for children and from 1987 to present she has published 11 reminiscent books for adults. Mildred cherished teaching, her family, her friends, her flowers, pet dogs and cats. It was a good life all the way. She is survived by her children: Cathleen (Thomas) Gorsuch of Palisade, Steve (Carol) Reinhardt of Palisade, Vivian (Mark) Fowlds of Palisade; Grandchildren: Shanen (Dan) Weimer, Kaija (Brian) Kokesh, Mychal (Ariana) Fowlds, Ryan (Desiree) Fowlds; Great Grandchildren: Meg, Jade, Colton, Broc, Kassie, Wyatt, Katie, Spencer, Ava, Jayden, Isaiah and Hannah. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bud in 1986 and brother Charles. A memorial service will be held Monday, October 23, 2017 at 5:00 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. William Sass officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date in Gary, South Dakota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. All memorials will be donated in Mildred’s name to the Aitkin Elementary Kindergarten Program.
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Richard G. Johnson
06/07/1926-10/09/2017
Richard G. “Bud” Johnson, 91 of McGregor died October 9, 2017 a Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He was born June 7, 1926 in Cedar to Henning R. and Ethel F. (Ekelund). He graduated from McGregor High School in 1944. He was a U.S. Army Air Corp veteran serving in WWII. He worked as a pilot and crop duster, and owned Pine Haven Resort on Big Sandy Lake. He enjoyed flying and giving rides to many family and friends. He loved his land, lake, family; and fixing, building, and working on machinery. He was a member of the former Jack-a-lope Club and Grace Lutheran Church of McGregor. He was preceded in death by his wife: Brenda, 3 sisters: Betty Ann Grefrath, Marion Stacy, and Shirley Ply, and his parents: Henning and Ethel (Ekelund) Johnson He is survived by special nieces and nephew: Darrell Grefrath of McGregor; Sue Wewetzer of Gibbon and Gail Bollinger of St. Paul. Many other Nieces and nephews: Kathie Walz of South Haven; Sandi Penfound of CO.; Dick Ply of CA.; David Ply of OR.; Colleen Crunstedt of Savage; Lynn Hedin of WI.; and Julie Rankila of WI. and other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday October 13, 2017 at Grace Lutheran Church of McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. – Thursday at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. And will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial with military honors will be in Pine Needle Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Elaine Ruth Drahosh
09/27/1947-10/06/2017
Elaine Ruth Drahosh, age 70 of Mille Lacs Lake, Aitkin died Friday, October 6, 2017 at her home. Elaine was born Elaine Ruth Zalesky on September 21, 1947 to Blanche (Sostak) & James Zalesky Jr. She grew up in Willow River, MN and went to Willow River High school. She graduated in 1965. After Graduation she was engaged to David Ronald Drahosh of Willow River, MN and they moved to Fairbanks, Alaska where they were married on July 17, 1965. She and David then began many adventures. Together they started a Company in 1968 in Fairbanks, AK “Superior Roofing” and in the early 70’s they also ran “Arctic Personal Storage” at the Fairbanks Airport. After living in Alaska for a few years they decided to sell the roofing company and try the Resort life for a while and moved back to Minnesota in 1976 and bought Pike Point Lodge in Garrison, MN. In 1978 they sold the resort and purchased their current home on Mille Lacs. They spent their summers in Alaska and winters in MN. In the fall of 1980 they started a construction business in Fairbanks, Alaska “Mnaska Log Homes” making log homes made from Minnesota logs. They then built their own log home in North Pole, Alaska. In 1987 they started "A-1 Roofing" in Fairbanks, Alaska. They returned to Minnesota for the winter months and resumed their roofing and log home business every spring back in Alaska. In 1990 a car accident left Elaine unable to commute back and forth to Alaska and they decided to sell "A-1 Roofing" in Alaska and start "A-1 Roofing" back here in Minnesota. Though now confined to her wheel chair she never let that stop her. Elaine joined the Garrison Lioness in 1977 which is now merged with the Garrison Lions, and has been an active member for 40 years. She received many awards for her continued service. She had been actively involved with the Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church events and served as Secretary for 22 years until recently. She has been a member of the Western Bohemian Willow River Lodge # 346. Through the years she and David raised two sons, Timothy and Terry, and went on many family trips across the US. She was currently taking care of their Bennettville Mini Storage and working for her Son and Daughter in law up until her health would no longer allow her to continue. She enjoyed helping her Church, her Lions Club, making crafts and having her garage sales. She loved getting together with family and friends. Since her accident in 1990 Elaine has had many obstacles and has been an inspiration to many as she showed courage and strength through the years. She is survived by her husband David Drahosh of Aitkin; Two Sons: Tim Drahosh of Aitkin and Terry and Corrine (Ippy) Drahosh of Aitkin; 4 Grandchildren: Michael Drahosh, Sabrina Drahosh, Randy Carter, Lucas Carter; 1 Great Grandchild: Phillip Carter; Brother: James (Marlene) Zalesky III, Sister: RoseAnn (Victor) Doboszenski of Sturgeon Lake, Mn. Mother in law: Marion Drahosh of Moose Lake, Sisters in law: Elaine Booker of Sturgeon Lake, Mn and Barb Davis of Anchorage, Alaska. She was preceded in death by her parents, step children: Donald Carter, Laurie Eggebratten, best friend Iola (Ollie) Thaemert; Sister in Law: Kathy (Drahosh) Flaten and Brother in law: Jimmy Booker. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 13, 2017 at 11 AM from Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church at Garrison with Rev. Thomas Petersen officiating. Burial will be at 3 PM at the Sunnyside Cemetery in Willow River, Minnesota. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home.
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Melvin Dale Christensen
01/07/1922-10/06/2017
Melvin was born Jan. 7, 1922, in Swaledale, Iowa, the son of Alfred and Cecilia Christensen. He attended school at the Swaledale Consolidated School District, from which he graduated May 15, 1940. Melvin worked for his father’s road construction company while in school and after graduation. Mel started college at the University of Iowa in the fall of 1941 with the intention of becoming a doctor. World War II interrupted those plans and he joined the U.S. Army Dec. 29, 1942, and served in the Pacific Theater throughout the war; he was honorably discharged from service Jan. 21, 1946. Melvin achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant as a radio direction finder evaluator in the 119th Signal Radio Intelligence Company. Melvin was rightfully proud of his military service and his important role of locating enemy ships in the vast Pacific Ocean using radio direction finding. Towards the end of the war, Mel travelled to Moscow, Russia, to help the Russian Army install radio direction finding equipment in tanks; the story of which he loved to tell. After the war, Melvin worked at various jobs in the transportation industry, later specializing in the new field of hydraulic power systems. In the late 1960s, he became an instructor at Alexandria Technical College in their new fluid power program. In the early 1970s, Melvin traveled to Alaska for a vacation and fell in love with the state. He moved there and taught marine diesel and automotive mechanics at the Juneau- Douglas School System. After being seriously injured in an explosion aboard a boat he was repairing in 1978 and spending a year and a half in the hospital, Melvin moved to Aitkin where he and his father had owned a Mille Lacs lake cabin since around 1950. Melvin taught for 11 years in the vocational school in Milaca. He also operated a trucking business on the Alaskan Highway hauling large boats and trailers. Those who knew Melvin knew that he was always busy; he had the energy of someone half his age until well into his 90s. Even over the last few years, he was not afraid to take on projects of immense size and go after them with amazing tenacity. Melvin always had a joke and a smile for everyone. Melvin was preceded in death by his parents and sisters. A memorial service will be held for Melvin on Thursday Nov. 2, at the Aitkin American Legion at 4 p.m. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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James Edward Seibert
11/16/1938-09/30/2017
James Edward Seibert, 78 of Aitkin and Elk River died Saturday, September 30, 2017 at his home. He was born November 16, 1938 in Aitkin to James P. and Catherine (Ryan) Seibert. He attended Aitkin Schools and was a U.S. Navy Veteran. James was united in marriage to Dorothy Irene (Peterson) on July 12, 1960 in Caledonia. They lived in Aitkin, Biwabik, Alaska, Illinois, and then moved to Elk River in 2013. He worked as a carpenter and enjoyed woodworking and cooking, and loved his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy on July 25, 2014, two sisters: Mary and Bev Seibert, grand-nephew Walter Gerald Tessmer IV, and his parents: James P. and Catherine Seibert. James is survived by 2 sons: James Seibert, Jr. of Biwabik and John Seibert of Aberdeen, Washington; Daughter and son-in-law: Tiphani (Jaime) Seibert – Martinez of Elk River; 9 grandchildren 1 sister and brother-in-law: Pat (Don) Hop of Michigan; 5 brothers and sisters-in-law: Richard Seibert of Illinois; Robert (Linda) Seibert of Michigan; Chuck (Marge) Seibert of Illinois; Dave (Barbara) Seibert of Arizona; and Bernie Seibert of Iowa; Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 3:00P.M. – Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Marty Mably will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post # 1727. www.srtfuneral.com
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