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Archive Obituaries
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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Iva Ruth Mackaman Zanker
12/17/1920-09/30/2018
Iva Ruth (Mackaman) Zanker, 97 of Aitkin died Sunday, September 30, 2018 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born December 17, 1920 in Farm Island Township, Aitkin County to Royal Fred and Georgia Vesta (Simpson) Mackaman. She graduated from Aitkin High School in 1938 and then graduated from Duluth Teachers College in 1943. Iva was united in marriage to Norbert H. Zanker on November 2, 1957 in Aurora. She taught Junior High School Engilsh for 5 years and retired from clerical work at Northwest Airlines after 23 years. She enjoyed reading, card games, and family history. She was a member of Aitkin United Methodist Church, Daughters of the American Revolution-Captain Robert Orr Chapter, Aitkin VFW and American Legion Auxiliary, Aitkin County DFL, Friends of the Library, Jaques Art Center, Aitkin County Historical Society, Daughters of the American Colonists, and New England Women. Iva is survived by 10 nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Norbert on April 23, 1963; twin sister Eva Mackaman; sisters: Flora Achterkirch Cross, Lenore Bern, Geraldine Pederson, and Shirley Meyer; brothers: Royal, Fred, Jr., and Jerrold Mackaman. Graveside service is scheduled for 12:00P.M. - Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Lakeview Cemetery, Aitkin. Reverend Dawn Houser will officiate. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the donors choice. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Jennette Kent
01/18/1932-09/27/2018
Jennette O. Kent, age 86 of Aitkin formerly of Pine City died Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Jennette was born January 18, 1932 at Avon, South Dakota the daughter of Cornelius and Anna Osterdyk. She moved with her family at an early age to Quamba, Minnesota and attended schools at Quamba and then Mora. She moved to the Twin Cities where she worked for 3M for a time. She married Carl E. Kent on June 14, 1952 at Mora, Minnesota. They lived in Pine City, Mn. and farmed for most of their life. They moved to Aitkin in 2016. She loved gardening and especially her flowers. She also enjoyed sewing. She was active in her church Zion Lutheran Church in Pine City where she had served as a Sunday school teacher. She was also a 4-H leader. She helped on the farm and had worked outside the home at different jobs over the years. In her later years her greatest joy was her grandchildren and the adventures they would have. She is survived by her husband Carl Kent of Aitkin; Children: Carla Himler of Papillion, Nebraska, Carl (Shelly) Kent of Bonduel, Wisconsin, Carmen (Ed) Damrau of Webster, South Dakota; Colleen (Phillip) Chute of Aitkin, Minnesota; 13 grandchildren; 9 Great Grandchildren; Brothers and Sisters: Dorothy (Ron) Clipperton of Long Island, New York, Cori (Len) Chandler of New Hope, Minnesota, Alice Clipperton of the Twin Cities, Pat (Mike) Orr of Spokane, Washington, Ken Osterdyk of Forest Lake, Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her parents and son in law Mark Himler. Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 2 PM from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Burial will be on Monday at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Clark, South Dakota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Aitkin.
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Larry R. Fischer
12/23/1947-09/20/2018
Larry R. Fischer, age 70 of Aitkin formerly of the Twin Cities, died Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the V.A. Medical Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Larry was born December 23, 1947 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Raymond and Clara (Zimmer) Fischer. He grew up and attended school at the Maryhill Academy and then attended the Aitkin High Scholl graduating in 1966. He then served in the U.S. Army. He served in Vietnam as an engineer building roads. Upon his discharge he returned to Aitkin for a short time and then moved to Robbinsdale where he worked as a heavy equipment operator on road construction and demolition projects in the twin cities. He married Diane M. Erntson on October 24, 1970 in Minneapolis. They lived in Corcoran until he retired in 2011. He returned to Aitkin and worked for Tom Godward and has lived here since. He enjoyed Hunting, fishing and farming. He was a member of the NRA and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He is survived by his wife Diane Fischer of Otsego, Mn.; Children: Josh (Linnea) Fischer of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; Nick Fischer of Rogers, Mn.; Kristal Fischer of Elk River, Mn.; three Grandchildren: Taylor Kohnen of Elk River, Olivia and Evelyn Fischer of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; Siblings: Madelyn Fischer of Minneapolis, Robert (Lynn) Fischer of Colonial Beach, Virginia; and Debbie (Jon) Nicholson of St. Paul, MN. He was preceded in death by his Parents Raymond and Clara and sisters Rosemary and Gloria. A memorial service will be held for Larry on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 1:00 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Military honors will be by the Aitkin American Legion Post and VFW Posts. A gathering of family and friends will start at 2 PM at the Aitkin Moose Club with light refreshments. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
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Alan Dale Carpenter
10/21/1960-09/18/2018
Alan Dale Carpenter, 57, of McGregor, passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at his home. He was born October 21, 1960 in Cambridge to Dale and RuthAnn (Zeland) Carpenter. Alan enjoyed playing pool, fishing and spending time with family and friends. Alan is preceded in death by his mother, RuthAnn; 1 brother and 1 sister. Alan is survived by his life partner, Janet Irwin of McGregor; father, Dale Carpenter of McGregor; son, Clinton (Jamie)Carpenter of North Bay Village, Florida; 2 daughters, Amy (John) Mondlock of Pierz and Adonna Hancock of Osceola, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Mason, Shawn, Kianna, Hannah, Josh, Rebecca and Alyia; brother, Curt Carpenter of St. Louis Park and sister, Jeanne Daher of Lino Lakes. A Celebration of Alan's Life will be held Saturday, September 29 from 1-4 P.M. in McGregor V.F.W. Post #2747 of McGregor. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home and Cremation Service, McGregor.
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Marcella E. Snider
12/13/1948-09/17/2018
Marcella “Marcy” E. Snider, age 69 of New Hope, Minnesota died Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Marcy was born December 13, 1948 at Grand Rapids, Minnesota the daughter of Andy and Genevieve (Rian) Perkkio. She attended school in Warba and then moved with her family to New Brighton, Minnesota and graduated from Mounds View High School. She went to work for the R.L. Gould Electronics Co. She then worked for U.S. Bank, Target and then 15 years for General Mills Company as a manager of the I.T. division. She lived in New Hope for many years. She is survived by two sons: Tim (Melissa) Snider of Sobieski, Wisconsin, Todd (Courtney) Snider of Green Bay, Wisconsin; Five Grandchildren: Timmy Snider, Madison Snider, Wyatt Snider, Waylon Snider, Myles Snider; Sister: Marie Olson of Isanti, Minnesota; Brothers: Don Saari of Battle Creek, Michigan, Glen Saari of Duluth, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Eugene Saari, Mark Perkkio, brother in law: Oscar Olson and nephew Stephen Olson. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 21, 2018 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be from 1 PM until the 2 PM services. Interment will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
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Jacob Christopher "Jake" Duffney
05/27/1994-09/12/2018
Jacob Christopher “Jake” Duffney, 24, of Aitkin, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, September 12, 2018 due to an automobile accident. He was born May 27, 1994 in Crosby to Christopher Duffney and Tanya Wandersee. Jake worked for Duffney Refrigeration Inc. of Aitkin specializing in HVAC-Refrigeration. Jake loved hunting, fishing, cooking, snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, sports, golfing and driving. Jake especially enjoyed being around people. Jake is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Harold Duffney; grandmother, Pamela Speed. Jake is survived by his father, Christopher (Heather) Duffney of Aitkin; mother, Tanya (Bill Mittelstaedt) Wandersee of Victoria; children, Adalyne Grace Duffney and Stella Mae Weber and their mother, Savannah Hegdahl; brother and sister, Alexander Timothy Duffney of Aitkin, Kendra Joan Mittelstaedt of Victoria, step-brothers and step-sisters, Jake Spolarich of Minneapolis, Amanda Spolarich of Aitkin, Cody and Kyle Mittelstaedt of Bloomington and Kayla Mittelstaedt of Eden Prairie; maternal grandparents, Joan and Robert Wandersee of Aitkin; paternal grandmother, Susan Duffney of Aitkin; grandfather, Brad Speed of Aitkin; nieces, Isabella Faith and Elena Grace Duffney; godmother, Tammy Smerdon of Duluth and godfather, Dennis Ruschmeier of Aitkin; many aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, friends and bro’s. Visitation will be Thursday, September 20 from 5-7 PM in Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin and will continue Friday, September 21, from 10 AM until the 11 AM Service in Journey North Church, Aitkin. Interment will be in Bennettville Cemetery, Hazelton Township, Aitkin County. 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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Lloyd E. Johnson
06/20/1937-09/10/2018
Lloyd E. Johnson 81 of Aitkin died Monday, September 10, 2018 at Aitkin Health Services. He was born June 20, 1937 in Aitkin to Lloyd E. and Gladys (Wickstrom) Johnson. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1955. He attended Duluth Business University where he earned his accounting degree. He was a member of the Army National Guard for a time and then discharged. Lloyd was employed as an accountant with Radford Lumber Company in Duluth. He moved back to the Aitkin area and invested and developed lake shore property, worked with his brother, and logged on his own with a goal to retire at the age of 50 which he accomplished. Lloyd enjoyed his family , especially spending time with his nieces and nephew, whom he loved very much. He was preceded in death by his parents: Lloyd E. and Gladys (Wickstrom) Johnson. Lloyd is survived by his brother: Donald L. Johnson of Palisade Nephew: Todd Johnson of Palisade; 2 nieces: Valerie Dawn Johnson of Minneapolis and Tiffany Johnson of Grand Rapids Following the wishes of Lloyd and his family, there will be no public services at this time. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Richard Allen Hakes
08/01/1939-09/08/2018
Richard Allen Hakes (Dick) died peacefully, surrounded by family at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin, Minnesota on September 8, 2018 at the age of 79. Dick is survived by his wife of 44 years LeeVae Hakes, children: Denise Baker (Jeff) of Grants Pass, Oregon; Jody Slinger (Randy) of Aitkin, Minnesota; and Kathy Fastener (Chris) of Aitkin, Minnesota. Three brothers: Kenneth Hakes of Aitkin, Minnesota, Bill Hakes of Aitkin, Minnesota and Jim Hakes of Deerwood, Minnesota. His pride and joy were his eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Merry Hakes and brother Herbert Hakes. Dick was born August 1, 1939 in Springfield, Minnesota the son of Kenneth and Merry Hakes. He graduated in 1957 from the Springfield High School. That fall, he attended the University of Minnesota on a baseball scholarship for one year. He then attended the University of Minnesota at Mankato for the remaining three years, obtaining a degree in mathematics and physics. Dick married Mary Mueller on August 1, 1961. The couple welcomed two children into their home. They parted in the early 1970’s. After graduation, Dick taught one year in Fairfax, Minnesota. At the close of the first year teaching, he was offered a job in New Ulm, Minnesota. This job included being a basketball coach and an assistant baseball coach. He taught in New Ulm until his retirement in 1996. Dick was an accomplished ball player, tennis player, and in his retirement, a pretty decent golfer. Also in his retirement, he loved to fish, play cribbage, and sing in church and in the Northern Knights quartet. A springtime hobby was helping his brothers tap trees for maple syrup. His sharp wit was enjoyed by his friends, as well as his students. He was passionate about learning and making opportunities for kids to learn. Dick was a kind, gentle man, and as a parent, he encouraged his children to pursue their goals. A celebration of Dick’s life will be held Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 10 AM at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, Minnesota with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. All are welcome to come and celebrate Dick’s life. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Services. The family would like to thank the staff at the Riverwood Clinic and Hospital, the Aicota Health Care Center and Home Health Partners, for the kind and caring assistance they gave Dick during his illness. In lieu of flowers donations may be directed to the donors’ choice.
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Pentti Robert Bob Hyytinen
04/24/1933-09/01/2018
Pentti Robert “Bob” Hyytinen, 85, of Aitkin, died September 1, 2018 at Aicota Health Care Center. He was born April 24, 1933 in Aitkin to Gust and Selma (Olli) Hyytinen. Bob was united in marriage to Marcia Stave on June 23, 1957 in Minneapolis. He graduated from St. Cloud Teachers College in 1955 and, while working and raising a family, he went on to do post-graduate work, earning both a Master’s and Specialist Degree. Bob was an educator for 35 years, having served most of his career as Principal of Shirley Hills Elementary School in Mound. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and (vocal) sports fan. He loved spending time at the cabin he built in the woods. We will always remember him for his integrity, honesty, work ethic, and his ability to build or fix anything. He was very proud of his Finnish Heritage. Bob embodied Sisu (just ask a Finlander what that means). Bob is survived by his loving wife of sixty-one years, Marcia; children: Julie (Daniel) Butler, Elin (Mike) Hyytinen, Beth Hyytinen, Glenn Hyytinen, Neil (Dani) Hyytinen, Dean (Kelley) Hyytinen; grandchildren: Lauren (Matt) Stalcup, Peter Gross, Justin Hyytinen, Sami Hyytinen, Erin Butler, Michael Butler, Jackson Hyytinen, Maxwell Hyytinen, Calvin Hyytinen; Selma Hyytinen; great grandchildren: Henry Stalcup, Alpha Stalcup; brothers: Olavi (Helen) Hyytinen, Don (Lois) Hyytinen; brother and sister-in-laws: John (Marilyn) Stave, Karen (Tom) Ritter, and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents: Gust and Selma Hyytinen; siblings: Vieno Hyytinen, Unto (Blanche) Hyytinen, Ann (Joe) Stuard, Paul (Phyllis) Hyytinen, Lydia (Floyd) Hogan, Martin (Sally) Hyytinen, Niilo (Elene) Hyytinen, Aira (Ralph) Beneke, Lauha (Sidney) Carlson, Roger Hyytinen; and grandson: Clayton Robert Gross. We will celebrate Bob’s life at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin; with visitation beginning one hour before the service. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Burial will be in Rabbit Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, its Food Shelf, or to the charity of your choice.
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Kennth Russell Hurd
01/29/1925-08/29/2018
Kenneth Russell Hurd age 93 years 7 months of Aitkin passed away due to complications of cancer on Wednesday, August 29th 2018 at his home surrounded by all of his children and his loving wife. Kenneth was born on January 29, 1925 in Sigourney, Iowa the son of James and Jennie (Inman) Hurd. Kenneth was united in marriage to Katherine Maul on June 5, 1947 in Aitkin. Kenneth loved to hunt, fish and farm. He was constantly writing in journals. He loved being with his family, grandchildren and friends. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers: Roy, Walt, Leonard, Jim and Don and grandson Mark Hurd. He is survived by his loving wife Katherine and children Paul (Mary) Hurd of Aitkin, Judy (Bob) Peters of Princeton, and Jennie (Rick) Maine of Tamarack; 15 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Private family services will be held a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
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Elaine I. Farah
06/09/1940-08/27/2018
Elaine I. Farah, age 78 of McGregor died Monday, August 27, 2018 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin, MN. Elaine was born June 9, 1940 in McGregor, Minnesota, the daughter of Hjalmer and Effie (Westerlund) Hutar. She grew up on a farm in McGregor and attended the McGregor School graduating in 1958. She married Richard Farah on May 9, 1959 in McGregor. They moved to North Minneapolis and lived there for two years and then moved to Circle Pines, MN in 1966. She worked for Carlson Companies in the promotions department for 15 years. When Richard and Elaine retired, they moved back to McGregor in 1995 and made their home on Big Sandy Lake. She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church. She enjoyed polka and country western music, sewing, and needlepoint. Elaine also loved to go camping and fishing and spend time with family. Elaine is survived by her husband Richard of McGregor; Son: Brent Farah of Circle Pines, MN; Daughters: Kim (Gregory) Anderson of Plymouth, MN, Dawn Nygren of Eden Prairie, MN; Grandchildren: Andrew (Catie) Farah, Eric Anderson, Kevin Anderson, Denae (Charles) Ellson, Danielle Nygren; Great Grandchildren: Mason Farah, Makenna Farah; Brothers: Donald (Carol) Hutar of Wright, MN, Kent Hutar of Ham Lake, MN; Sisters: Joan (David) Whitney of New Hope, MN, Darlene (Chuck) Radtke of Carlton, MN; and Sister in law: Sharon Hutar of Tamarack, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents Hjalmer and Effie Hutar, Brother: Roger Hutar and nephew Michael Hutar. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 11 AM at the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor, MN, with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Rice River Cemetery near McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Julie Ann Lloyd
04/01/1946-08/26/2018
Julie Ann Lloyd, 72 of Aitkin died Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born April 1, 1946 in International Falls. She graduated from Robbinsdale High School. Julie was united in marriage to Robert D. Lloyd on April 24, 1965 in Osseo. She loved to collect and was a dealer of antiques for many years. Most recently she was a resident at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her sister: Laura Lee Steinmetz and her parents. Julie is survived by her husband Bob Lloyd; Son David Lloyd; daughter Michelle Lloyd; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers: John and Michael Steinmetz; and her sister Lisa Steinmetz; Many other relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 10:00A.M. – Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Fleming Township, Aitkin County, MN. Diane Brennan will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com Memorial donations are preferred in lieu of flowers to: DAC Mart of Aitkin, 308 Minnesota Avenue, Aitkin, MN. 56431
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Arthur Sheldon Copley
09/23/1928-08/26/2018
Arthur S. Copley, age 89 of Aitkin died Sunday, August 26, 2018 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Arthur was born September 23, 1928 in Brainerd, Minnesota the son of William and Agnes (May) Copley. He grew up in the Bennettville area and attended the East Bennettville School. He then worked for Aitkin County for a time before serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He served in the Fifth Army area and was with the 140th Anti-Aircraft Division. Upon his discharge in 1953 he returned to Aitkin and married Della Jenks on July 18, 1953 in Aitkin. He worked a short time for the Standard Oil Company in Aitkin and then went back to work for Aitkin County with the Hi-way Department. He retired in 1987. He was a lifetime member of the Aitkin American Legion Post. He enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing, making maple syrup and wild ricing. He also enjoyed making homemade ice cream and barbecues. He loved to spend time with his family and friends. He is survived by children: Kathleen (Bruce) Duclos of Aitkin; Debra Copley of Virginia, Minnesota, Patrice Wiebolt of Tampa, Florida; 4 Grandchildren: Zack (Jenn) Nyberg, Kelly (Neil) Torkelson, Glendon (Jami) Nyberg, Sean (Missy Brown) Copley; 8 Great Grandchildren: Stephanie, Nicholas, Marina, Deven, Danielle, Finn, Noah, Caitlyn and 1 Great Great Grandchild Ryker. He is also survived by special friends: Tim Gallery, Bob Thompson, Vern Thorsten and Odette Muehlberg. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Della in 2006, and 8 brothers and sisters. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Susan Cline officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Interment will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Patrick B. Gordon
12/27/1962-08/26/2018
Patrick B. Gordon, 55 of Duluth died Sunday, August 26, 2018 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. He was born December 27,1962 in Ft. Campbell, KY. to Lamar and Dorothy Gordon. He is survived by his mother Dorothy; son Kole Gordon; 2 daughters: Kasie Pinksa and Kristen Gordon. Burial will be at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Cemetery, Cheyenne, Wy. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Gerald Wayne Wagner
04/09/1931-08/18/2018
Gerald Wayne Wagner, 87, of Palisade, passed away Saturday, August 18, 2018 in Golden Horizons Assisted Living, Aitkin. He was born April 9, 1931 in Aitkin to George and Bess (Clayton) Wagner. Gerald was united in marriage to Donna Jean Musil on June 24, 1950 in Aitkin. Together, Gerald and Donna farmed the family farm for many years. Gerald loved to hunt, dance and work. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Gerald is preceded in death by his loving wife, Donna; his parents; 2 brothers, Lyle and Lawrence Wagner; 1 sister, Jean Smith. Gerald is survived by his children, Wayne (Linda) Wagner of Palisade, Karen (Lyle) Ward of Aitkin, Morris Wagner of Grand Haven, Michigan, David (Patricia) Wagner of Vadnais Heights and Allen Wagner of Richlands, North Carolina; 9 grandchildren, Heidi Horning, Rachel Bufinck, James Wagner, Wayne Wagner, Jr., Jason Wagner, Russ Ward, Jeff Ward, Dan Wagner and Stephanie White; many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A celebration of Gerald’s Life will be Saturday, August 25 at 11 A.M. in Waukenabo Community Center, Waukenabo Township, Aitkin County with visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. 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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Cindy Kay Vikla
01/07/1964-08/07/2018
Cindy Kay Vikla, age 54 of McGregor died at home on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. She was born January 7, 1964 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She grew up in McGregor where she had attended school in special education. She also had attended the Brainerd Vo-Tech and received a degree in Kitchen management. She enjoyed coloring, watching TV especially the Vikings, Twins and Timberwolves and also liked doing puzzles and going to the library. Cindy loved being with family and she loved all animals especially cats. Cindy also enjoyed calling family members and friends to talk and check up on them. She loved her nieces and nephews dearly. Cindy was an extremely kind soul and was friends with everyone she had ever met. She was loved by all and will be greatly missed. She is survived by her parents Floyd and Donna Vikla of McGregor; two brothers and sisters in law: Randy and Sherrie Vikla of McGregor, Bruce and Amy Vikla of Farmington, Mn. Sister and brother in law: Barbara and Paul Nelson of Apple Valley, Mn.; 4 nieces: Jamie, Jessica, Samantha, Jazlyn, Nephew: Alex and 1 great nephew: Zander. A private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
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Robert Allen Anderson
09/25/1932-08/02/2018
Robert Allen Anderson, 85 of Aitkin died Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. He was born September 25, 1932 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He graduated Vocational School in Minneapolis and was a U.S. Air Force Veteran serving in the Korean War. Robert was united in marriage Barbara (Gulden) on November 10, 1956 in Warren, MN. He worked in all areas of the automotive sales industry and was employed by Jay Kline Chevrolet for many years and retired from Brainerd Motors. Robert enjoyed entertaining and being at his cabin He was an active member of the Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86. He is preceded in death and was a loving husband to Barbara (Gulden). He is also preceded in death by his mother: Dhina (Anderson) Runyon. Robert is survived by and was a loving father to: Pamela Schlagel (Dan Leonard); and David (Janis) Anderson of Isle. 4 grandchildren: Shauna (Mitchel), Stephanie, Justin, and Kelsey. 4 great grandchildren: Jackson, Brekyn, Otto, and Parker. Other relatives and friends. Burial with full military honors will be 1:00P.M. - Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery – Camp Ripley in Little Falls. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lewis "Chuck" M. Oaks, Jr.
04/07/1927-08/01/2018
Lewis “Chuck” M. Oaks, Jr., 91, of Aitkin, passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2018 with his family by his side. He was born April 7, 1927 in Libby Township to Lewis and Alice (Menike) Oaks, Sr. Lewis attended West Libby School before joining the Navy and serving during the Asiatic Pacific Campaign. Lewis served on the USS Los Angeles, USS Columbus and the USS Tortuga. Lewis was united in marriage to Joann Audrey Reich on July 28, 1951 in First Lutheran Church of Aitkin. He was an auto mechanic and worked at Hayden Motor, Northern Service and Aitkin Motor. Lewis enjoyed playing the accordion, woodcutting, lawn cutting, tractors, game shows and having a drink with friends. Lewis is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Norma LeRoy. Lewis is survived by his loving wife, Joann Oaks of Aitkin; sons, Lenard (Mary) Oaks of Grand Rapids, Franklin (Mary) Oaks of Aitkin, Kerry (Kara) Oaks of Estacada, Oregon and Lewis (Margaret) Oaks, III of Brainerd; daughters, Karin (Charles) Butler of Aitkin and Luann (Bob) Kriss of Gresham, Oregon; grandchildren, Brandon and Cameron Butler, Bonnie Kehner, Luke Oaks, Adam Kriss, Amy Jones, Jessica Christensen, Carolyn Dominguez, Kara and Joanna Oaks, Mark Oaks, Kathryn Tyler, Mandy Mason and Nikki Chandler; great grandchildren, Katherine, Liam, Caulden, Tridian, Kieran, Lydia, Sydney, Addison, Lewis, Mara Rey, Renee, June, Geneva, Molly, Hayden, Kylie, Ethan, Jackson, Harvey, Alexis, Mario, Natalya, Raiden, Micah, Madelyn, Audrey, Piper and Mila; brother, Robert Oaks of Palisade; sisters, Diane Lande of Wheaton and Dolly Talbert of Luverne; other relatives and friends. Services will be Tuesday, August 7 at 11 AM in First Lutheran Church of Aitkin with visitation 1 hour prior at the church. Military Honors will be provided by Aitkin American Legion Post #86 and Aitkin V.F.W. Post #1727. 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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Lloyd B. Welsh
10/07/1943-08/01/2018
Lloyd B. Welsh, 74 of Big Sandy Lake – McGregor, died of Pulminary Fibrosis of the Lung on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. He was born October 7, 1943 in Blue Earth to William and Loretta (Gettel) Welsh. He graduated high school in St. Francis. Lloyd was united in marriage to Lois Marie (Reimann). He was a hard worker, employed as a heavy equipment mechanic for Bolander & Sons in St. Paul. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, woodworking. He was a “jack of all trades” that could fix just about anything. Lloyd and Lois together enjoyed riding motorcycle, camping, and wintering in Arizona the past 10 years. He was preceded in death by brothers, sisters, and his parents. Lloyd is survived by his wife Lois of Big Sandy Lake – McGregor; 1 sister Louise Orttel of Coon Rapids; and many other family members and friends. Memorial service will be 11:00A.M. Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Grace Lutheran Church of McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home and Cremation Service of McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Imre "Dutch" Lorincz
01/16/1939-07/28/2018
Imre “Dutch” Lorincz, 79 of McGregor died Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born January 16, 1939 in Budapest, Hungary. He graduated high school in Hungary and Immigrated to the United States in 1957after the Revolution of 1956. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War. “Dutch” was united in marriage to Gertrude Johnston on December 2, 1961 in Aurora, Illinois. He was a member of the McGregor VFW Larson-Duneen Post #2747. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons: Raymond in 2016 and Irwin in 2017. “Dutch” is survived by his wife Gertrude of McGregor; 1 son James of California; 1 niece and 1 nephew both of Hungary; and many friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Diane Brennan will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Military honors accorded by McGregor VFW Larson-Duneen Post #2747 and American Legion Dale Wayrynen Post #23. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home and Cremation Service of McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Allan Ladd Hakes
08/28/1943-07/24/2018
Allan Ladd Hakes, 74, of Aitkin, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2018 in Aicota Health Care, Aitkin. He was born August 28, 1943 in Aitkin to Boyd and Dorothy (Erickson) Hakes. Allan was a veteran of The United States Army. He was united in marriage to Sonja Svenkerud on July 2, 1966 in Moorhead. Allan was a Grant Manager for the Department of Transportation in Washington D.C. for many years. He was a member of Lions, Homeless Outreach, First Lutheran Church of Aitkin, Our Saviors Lutheran Church of Temple Hills, Maryland and Aitkin County Historical Society. Allan enjoyed planting tulips which he sold for charities, playing cards, reading, military history, puzzles and spending time with his family. Allan is preceded in death by his wife, Sonja; his parents; daughter, Kristin Spencer and brother, Boyd Hakes. Allan is survived by daughter, Sarah Hakes of St. Cloud; sisters, Martha (Stu) Ketz of Cumberland, Wisconsin and Jennie (Steve Hawrysh) Hakes of Aitkin; brothers-in-law, Erik Svenkerud of Austin, Texas and Ernie (Barb) Svenkerud of Park Rapids; numerous cousins. Services will be Saturday, August 11 at 11 AM in First Lutheran Church, Aitkin with visitation 1 hour prior at the church. Military honors are provided by Aitkin American Legion Post #86 and Aitkin V.F.W. Post #1727. Interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Aitkin. 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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Trevor G. Bridgwater
09/03/1935-07/18/2018
Trevor G. Bridgwater, 82 of Aitkin died Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at his home. Funeral Service will be 11:00A.M. – Tuesday, July 24, 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. Burial will be in Bennettville Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Harry Milton Salo
03/29/1926-07/14/2018
Harry M. Salo,92 of Aitkin formerly of Coleraine, Grand Rapids Area died Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born March 29, 1926 in Coleraine to John and Ina (Antilla) Salo. He graduated from Greenway High School in Coleraine and lived at Trout Lake with his parents until joining the U.S. Navy during World War II. After returning home from the service he attended Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, graduating with a 2 year degree. He worked at Blandin Paper Company until retirement. He enjoyed living in Arizona from October to May each winter and was an avid hiker in the Superstition Mountain Range. He was preceded by his parents and 5 siblings. Harry is survived by 17 nieces and nephews. Services will be at a later date with burial in Coleraine. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Service assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Erland W. Ammala
07/14/1927-07/06/2018
Erland W. Ammala, age 90 of McGregor died Friday, July 6, 2018 at his home. Erland was born July 14, 1927 in Rice River Township of Aitkin County the son of Arthur and Hilda (Haikola) Ammala. He attended the Rice River School and worked on the family farm. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1945 to 1947 and was stationed in Japan. Upon his discharge he worked in California for a time building airplanes. He then returned to McGregor where he operated a milk hauling service and had two routes to take care of. He then started Ammala Excavating in 1961 and operated the business for many years before his son Allen took it over. On June 30, 1956 at Rice River Township Erland married Janet Monson. In May of 1983 at McGregor he married Aurelia Pierce. On June 4, 2008 at the Rossburg Church Erland was united in marriage to Sandra (Nistler) Reich. His work was his main hobby and interest. He worked on many excavation projects throughout the years some of which were: countless number of roads, building Savana Golf Course, Rice Lake Refuge projects and working on the Spirit Mountain Ski Hills in Duluth. He was a pilot and had his own plane and was a charter member of the McGregor Flying Club. He was also a member of the McGregor VFW Post 2747. Erland was preceded in death by his parents, sisters: Ruth Kauppi, Jeanette Capacciola, brother Clyde and infant brother Edward. He is survived by his wife Sandra Ammala of McGregor; Children and spouses: Allen (Janice) Ammala of McGregor, Kari (Gary) Abbott of Tamarack; Step children and spouses: Jeff (Liz) Boyer of Aitkin, Kathy (Denny) Neil of Currituck, North Carolina, Dr. Holly (Lee Valsvik) Boyer of Stillwater; Sister: Dorothy (Robert) Duncan of Baltimore, Ohio; Grandchildren: Chad Huhta, Charla (Vince) Meyer; step grandchildren: Kelly Boyer, Tom Boyer, Max Valsvik, Kiki Valsvik, Brady Neil, Adam Neil; great grandchildren Ellie Meyer and Noah Meyer, step great grandchildren: Oliver Neil and Alina Neil. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 11 AM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Joshua Reinke officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Rice River Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW Post 2747and America Legion Post 23. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home and Cremation Service. www.srtfuneral.com
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John H. Minkkinen
04/05/1925-06/29/2018
John H. Minkkinen, age 93 of McGregor formerly of Kettle River died Friday, June 29, 2018 at his home. John was born April 5, 1925 at Lawton, North Dakota. He moved with his family at an early age to Kettle River and he attended the Kalavale School and the Barnum High School from which he graduated. He then served in the U.S. Army during WW II serving in the Pacific Theater of operations mainly in the Philippines. Upon his discharge he returned to Kettle River and worked as a dairy farmer for many years. He also worked as a telephone lineman and a Health Service Technician at the Moose Lake Treatment Center. He retired in 1987. He married Sigrid Floe on May 5, 1978 in McGregor. They made their home in Kettle River up until 7 years ago when they moved to McGregor. They had been coming to McGregor for many years as Sigrid had grown up there. After John retired he was a Senior Companion for 15 years. He was a member of the Kettle River American Legion Post. He enjoyed woodworking, crossword Puzzles, watching Jeopardy and had made several trips to Branson. He is survived by his wife Sigrid Minkkinen of McGregor; Step Children: Marlene Mednansky of Moose Lake, Mn., Edward (Patricia) Mednansky of McGregor, Katherine Stariha of McGregor; 6 Grandchildren: Rochelle, Amanda, Michael, Angie, Peter, Emily, 6 Great Grandchildren and 2 Sisters: Laverna Field of Lawler, Mn. and Marilyn Anderson of Duluth, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandchild Karina and 8 brothers and sisters. A memorial service will be held Monday, July 9, 2018 at 11 AM from the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor with Rev. Joel Siebel officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Robert Michael Keil
12/10/1944-06/29/2018
Robert Michael Keil, 73, of Aitkin, passed away peacefully, Friday, June 29, 2018 at home surrounded by his family. He was born December 10, 1944 in Minneapolis to Fred and Alice (Rusche) Keil. Robert graduated from Centennial High School in Centerville. He was united in marriage to Susan Freye on September 5, 1964 in Circle Pines. Robert worked at Potlatch for over 25 years. He also operated the Keil Family Farm just outside of Aitkin for many years. Robert enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He also sang and played guitar in a band for a number of years. Robert was always happy and joking with people. Robert loved time with his family and had a special place in his heart for his grandkids. Robert is preceded in death by his wife, Susan; his parents; 3 brothers, Roger, Ronald and Dennis Keil; 2 sisters, Mary and June Keil. Robert is survived by 3 children, Michael (Sandie) Keil of Buffalo, Kimberly Ferrari of Coeur d’Alene, ID and Heather (Shane) Cline of Aitkin; grandchildren, Lukas, Korben and Jadyne Cline and Ashley Ferrari. A celebration of Robert’s Life will be held Saturday, July 7, from 1 to 4 PM at the Keil Family Farm, Aitkin. 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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Jane Myers Humphreys
09/21/1937-06/24/2018
Jane Myers Humphreys, age 80 of Aitkin died Sunday, June 24, 2018 at the Aitkin Health Services. Jane was born September 21, 1937 at home in Glen and was delivered by her midwife grandmother Storm. Jane was the youngest of seven sisters. She attended the Clear Lake country school and graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1955. She then went to Alaska where she lived for a few years and then moved to California. She married Gordon Thomas and raised her family. Jane had many careers including homemaker, office manage and many years with AT&T. She returned from California in 1982 to Minnesota and married Pat Humphreys in 1986. They made their home on Lone Lake and have lived there since 1994. She was a very active retiree in her community. She was a volunteer secretary at the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo for eight years. She was also active in her church homemaker’s organization, using he many talents in sewing, knitting, crocheting and painting. Jane loved to travel but above all else was her love for her family and her devotion to God that brought her the most joy. She was surrounded by family and friends in her last days. She was preceded in death by her parents Oaker and Edith Myers, sisters: El Dora, Doris, Mabel and Pauline. She is survived by her husband Pat of Aitkin; sisters: Myrtle Savage of Freemont, Ca., Corinne Walker of Wasilla, Alaska; Children: William (Kristen) Thomas of International Falls, Mn., Mark (Bobbi) Thomas of North Plains, Or., Sonia (Randy) Haag of Savage, Mn., Stepsons: Kevin (Tina) Humphreys and Todd (Benita) Humphreys all of Spokane, Wash. and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Monday, July 2, 2018 at 11 AM from Glory Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. A visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service. www.srtfuneral.com.
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