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Archive Obituaries
Stanley A. Beal
01/09/1945-06/14/2014
Stanley A. Beal, age 69 of Aitkin died Saturday, June 14, 2014 at his home in Aitkin. Stanley was born January 9, 1945 in Brainerd, Minnesota the son of Paul and Mabel (Olson) Beal. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin. He went to work at an early age and worked as a mason’s helper and also logged for a time. He then went to work for the railroad and worked for them for 24 years retiring in 1992 due to health reasons. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and anything to do with the railroad. He is survived by his wife Edith Beal of Aitkin; Step sons: Kerry Palmer of Princeton, Mn. Monte (Lenka) Palmer of Destin, Florida, son: Darin Beal of Superior, Wisc.; step daughters: Becky (Steve) McKenney of New Bern, North Carolina; Vanessa (Michael) Fordyce of Baxter, MN.; Keely (Jo) Palmer of Wheat Ridge, Colorado; step daughter in law: Bev Palmer of Brainerd, and daughter: Debbie Oberholtzer of Superior, Wisc.; 16 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Warren Beal and 1 sister Kathryn Pallench, step son: Lanny Palmer and step daughter in law: Anna Palmer. In following Stanley’s wishes no services will be held. His ashes will be interred in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Brian Herbranson
12/05/1983-06/07/2014
Brian Herbranson, age 30 of McGregor died on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota surrounded by his loving extended family and significant other, Nicole Cook. Brian Herbranson was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN, to Gary and Kathy (Apfelbacher) Herbranson on December 5, 1983. He went to school in South St. Paul and spent every summer at the cabin on Big Sandy Lake, MN. He played on the Big Sandy Little League baseball team. He worked both at Willey’s Marine and Sports Shop and for the MN DNR. He graduated from Bemidji State University with a BA degree in Geography and in 2007 was named Outstanding Student of the Year. Brian worked for the State of MN as a Plant Industry Inspector, managing invasive species. He was a Board Member of the Big Sandy Lake Association for five years and a member of the Aitkin County Lakes and Rivers Association. Brian took pride in being an advocate for the environment and lakes. He spent time farming and working on food plots with family and friends. His interests were many including fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, four wheeling and training his dogs. Above all, he loved spending time with his family and friends at the cabin on Big Sandy Lake. Brian is survived by his parents Gary and Kathy Herbranson of McGregor, brother, Jon and Melissa Herbranson of Inver Grove Heights, grandpa Frederick Apfelbacher of South St. Paul, uncles, aunts, close cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jerry and Eldora Herbranson, and Shirley Apfelbacher. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m – Friday, June 13th, 2014 at Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Workman Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lloyd E. Gerard
04/13/1919-06/06/2014
Lloyd E. Gerard, age 95 of Aitkin died Friday, June 6, 2014 at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Lloyd was born April 13, 1919 in Buffalo, Minnesota the son of Raymond and Mary (Lueck) Gerard. He moved with his family to the Aitkin area and attended the Longfellow school and then graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1938. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 serving in Europe and Germany. Upon his discharge he returned to Minnesota and lived in South St. Paul and owned and operated an Auto Body Repair Shop in Inver Grove Heights for over 50 years. He married Charlotte Haase on May 11, 1940 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Charlotte died in 2004. They retired to the Aitkin area in the early 1980’s and has lived here since. He managed the VFW club in Aitkin for a number of years, was a life member of the VFW, American Legion and the Am Vets. He enjoyed spending time playing cards with the residents at Aicota, and talking with the school children about WW II and his experiences. He loved getting thank you notes back from the children. He is survived by one son: Leslie Gerard and Kris Nelson of Aitkin; and daughter: Karen and Don Swanson of Aitkin, 7 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren, Sister: Arlene Savory of Edina, Mn. and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Charlotte, daughter Lynn and two brothers Arvid and Elton. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Burial will be at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. The Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
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Lawrence J. Nelson
11/26/1937-06/05/2014
Lawrence J. (Larry) Nelson, 76, Aitkin passed away June 5, 2014 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center. Larry and his wife, Loa, resided in Aitkin in the historic home known as the Patrick Casey residence or Maryhill Academy (formerly the catholic school). The home was frequently opened to the community. Larry moved to Aitkin with his family when he was in 4th grade. His father was transferred to Aitkin with the Minnesota State Patrol. Larry graduated from Aitkin High with the Class of 1955. His love for the community continued throughout his life and it was a joy to him to return to Aitkin in 2001 since many of his classmates had also returned. Larry was a graduate of the University of Minnesota and after a brief stay with the IRS joined the FBI in August of 1963. He was proud of his FBI career, stationed in Arkansas, California, Washington DC, Alaska and Wisconsin during his tenure. He was promoted to Special Agent in Charge (SAC) during his time in Anchorage and retired as SAC, Milwaukee in 1989, after serving 26 years with the bureau. Larry served as director of security, Assistant General Manager of Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha from 1989 through 1992 when he was pleased to return to Anchorage, Alaska as General Manager for Purcell Security, his primary role to oversee security for the oil companies operating the fields at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Larry and Loa moved to River Falls, Wisconsin in 1996 where they built and operated a Sears Dealer store until 2001 when they moved back to Aitkin. Larry served two terms on the Aitkin City Council, was a member of the Aitkin County Library Board, and a member of the Historical Society. He enjoyed trapshooting as a member of the Wealthwood Gun Club. For many years he was an active member of several Congregational churches and was active in Rotary International, designated a Paul Harris Fellow. Larry had written articles for the Aitkin Independent-Age, and enjoyed his association with the American Peat Technologies Co.. Larry is survived by his wife of 25 years, Loa, son Mark Nelson (Denise) of Cary NC and daughter Kristen Nelson of Anchorage, Alaska, grandson Joseph Nelson (Emily) of Cary NC and great grandsons Henry and Charles and granddaughter Kaitlin Nelson of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Larry’s former wife Jacqueline (Everson) Higby (Gordon) of Anchorage, Alaska. He is also survived by stepdaughter: Michele Schuh (Michael) Anchorage, Alaska, and her children: Sarah and Catherine and Step son Matthew Mueller (Loydene) Hillsboro, Oregon. He is also survived by brothers: Bruce (Donna) Nelson of Woodbury and Dennis Nelson of Andover and several nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter Laura. Larry’s wishes were for cremation and his ashes will be interred at Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Aitkin Library, Riverwood Hospital Foundation or the Jaques Art Center. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 11 AM from the Heartwood Center in Crosby with Chaplain Susan Cline and Rev. Dallas Smith officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dennis Joseph Miller
10/24/1942-06/05/2014
Dennis Joseph Miller, 71, of McGregor, formerly of White Bear Lake, died peacefully linked hand in hand with his wife and two daughters in his home the morning of June 5th, 2014. To all that knew him, his dear family and good friends, Dennis will be deeply missed. He was born in Elk River on October 24, 1942, to Carl and Florence Miller, attended grade school in St. Bernard's in St. Paul, graduated high school from Washington High in 1960 then got his degree from St. Paul Technical College for his career as an electrician. He met his love of his life, Dorothy, in 1961 in Tamarack, MN and they were married at St. Bernard's on February 1, 1964 and just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year. Dennis sincerely dedicated himself to everything he had and was a part of. A proud member of the IBEW 110 for 43 years, the DFL Club in Aitkin, the Tamarack Sportmen's Club, founder of the SISU Skier's Club, a coach to his son’s hockey teams, and most especially with his loving family and friends. He was a skilled craftsman with many things and his finest work was in building a beautiful log cabin on their land in Tamarack. He was an avid outdoorsman with hunting, fishing and camping since he was young and named and registered the Musselshell Creek in Aitkin County. Preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Florence; siblings Norma Curtin, Phyllis Jost and Douglas Miller. He will be sadly missed by his wife Dorothy; children Teresa (Michael) Dippel; Ron (Barbara) Miller; Bonnie (Stephen) Feidt; and Amy Miller; 9 grandchildren, Jennifer, Tera, Nicholas, Katie, Alex, Collin, Hanna, Logan, and Landon; 2 step grandchildren, Matthew, Melissa. Additionally, he was survived by a brother and sister, Leonard (Judith) Miller and Ruthann (Herald) Deering and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. Father Paul Fruth will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. – Tuesday at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com Memorials are preferred to be given to Mesothelioma Cancer Research.
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Ruth \"Tudie\" Westerlund
01/19/1934-05/31/2014
Ruth “Tudie” Westerlund age 80 of Malmo passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014 at her home, surrounded by her family. Ruth was born January 19, 1934 at Fargo, North Dakota the daughter of Arthur and Esther (Hendrickson) Andren. She attended schools in Fargo, Duluth and finally St. Paul where she graduated from Johnson High School. She then attended Hamline University for two years followed by her final years at the University of Minnesota where she received her teaching degree in English, as well as her Library of Science degree. She married her husband of 57 years Gaylard Westerlund on January 17, 1957 in Minnetonka, Minnesota. They moved to Anchorage, Alaska and she taught and was a librarian. They moved back to the Aitkin area in 1963 where they raised their family while Ruth worked as a substitute teacher. In 1975 she went to work at the Rippleside Elementary school as a librarian. She then progressed to the Aitkin High School, still as everyone\'s favorite librarian, and served as librarian, until her retirement in 1993. She enjoyed music, books, horses, researching things, reading, studying and teaching the bible and loved being with her children and grandchildren. She was a member of the National Education Association and Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo. She is survived by her loving husband Gaylard Westerlund of Malmo; Children: Norman (Laurie) Westerlund of Malmo, Neil (Stacy) Westerlund of Malmo, Daughter: Gloria Westerlund of Malmo; Grandchildren: Nicholas, Hunter, Anna, Garrett, Sophia, Thomas, Isabella, Derek and Shana and Sister: Lois (Marvin) Evans of Mundelein, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Esther Andren and step mother Edna Andren. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 6, 2014 at 1 PM from the Bethesda Lutheran Church at Malmo with Rev. James Raisanen officiating. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Arrangements with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Elsie Ruth Dotson
11/22/1938-05/30/2014
Elsie Ruth Dotson, 75 of Aitkin died Fri. May 30, 2014 at her home. She was born November 22, 1938 in Alton, MO. to Arthur and Mary (Williams) Dotson. She is survived by many beloved friends, family, loved ones, acquaintances, foster adults/children. There are no services. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dorothy Jo Johnson
08/01/1922-05/30/2014
Dorothy Jo Johnson, 91 of McGregor died Friday, May 30, 2014. She was born August 1, 1922 in Minneapolis to T.B. and Ruth (Knutson) Thompson. She was raised on her family homestead on Wolf Lake, part of Savanna Portage State Park and graduated from McGregor High School. Dorothy was united in marriage to Fred Johnson in 1941. She loved dancing, gardening, oil painting, and contributed to the VFW and Friends of the Library. She was preceded in death by her husband Fred in 1983; brothers: Reuben, Burt, and Harry Thompson; sister Bernice Molittiere; and her parents T.B. and Ruth (Knutson) Thompson. Dorothy is survived by her children: Rita Alfson, Yvonne (Nils) Sandell, Lorette (Paul) Schmaltz, and Fredrick Johnson, Grandchildren: Kristal (Mike) Sheehy, Kevin (Toni) Alfson, Amelia (Rob Schlederer) Sandell, Elizabeth Sandell, and Nils(Teresa) Sandell, Great-grandchildren: Kristjon (Mindy) Imperio, Kendrick Imperio, and Kacy Alfson, Fred's sisters: Margaret Ann Sherman and Esther Swedberg, Other special relatives and friends. A celebration of life will be 1:00P.M. – Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ronald E. Marcucci
02/11/1940-05/26/2014
Ronald E. Marcucci, 74 of McGregor died Monday, May 26, 2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud. He was born February 11, 1940 in Chicago, IL. to Eugene Joseph and Ruth Johanna (Hendricksen) Marcucci. He graduated high school in Chicago, IL. Ronald was united in marriage to Jean (Robinson) on October 25, 1973 in Glen Ellyn, IL. He most recently worked as a custodian for Robbinsdale School. He loved to fish, garden, and was a Chicago Bears fan. He was preceded in death by his parents. Ronald is survived by his wife Jean of McGregor, 4 children: Cindy Calindo of Chicago, IL., Michell (Jerry) Bousk of Algonquin, IL., Joann (Craig) Fedorenko of Granite Falls, Scott Marcucci of Shakopee, 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. There will be no public services at this time. McGregor Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Gloria Geving
02/21/1933-05/25/2014
Gloria Geving, 81 of Apple Valley and McGregor died Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Augustana Care Center in Apple Valley. She was born February 21, 1933 in Aitkin County to Oscar and Ruby (Barr) Twistol. She graduated from McGregor High School. Gloria was united in marriage to James Geving on June 4, 1955 in McGregor. She loved reading, needle work, gardening, and hummingbirds. She worked for a time as a clerk for Pepsi Cola Co., volunteered with handicap children for District 196, was a member of the Rice Lake Wildlife Refuge board, a former member of Grace Lutheran Church in McGregor and Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley, and attended Round Lake Presbyterian Church in McGregor. She was preceded in death by her husband James on April 15, 2006, brother Richard Twistol, sister Dolores Marlatt, and her parents Oscar and Ruby (Barr) Twistol. Gloria is survived by 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Linda (Chris) Fuller, Susan Zenisek , Jackie (Tom) Guthrie, 6 grandchildren: Jonathan Fuller, Maxx and Marielle Zenisek, Tyler and Kelsie Guthrie, Chauncey Zenisek, 2 brothers and sisters-in-law: Robert (Beverly) Twistol, Dennis (Cathy) Twistol, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 10:00A.M. – Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M., Friday at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Glenna Joann Lowe
01/05/1935-05/25/2014
Glenna Joann Lowe, 79 of Palisade died Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born January 5, 1935 in Aitkin to Glen and Gladys (Slyter) Gillson. She graduated from Aitkin High School and attended business school in the Twin Cities. Glenna was united in marriage to David Donald Lowe on December 16, 1955 in Aitkin. She worked at an insurance company and then as a bookkeeper at Gambles and Marshall Landfill. She was taught by her grandpa to hunt and she enjoyed fishing, bird watching, driving, and tending to her garden and flowers. She was an active member of the Fleming United Methodist church where she loved singing at weddings, funerals and on special occasions. She was preceded in death by her brother Warren Gillson; parents Glen Gillson, Gladys (Slyter)Woodrow, and Art Woodrow. Glenna is survived by her husband David, Daughter and son-in-law: Susan Marie(Greg) Kosbau of Blackduck, Son and daughter-in-law: David Kevin (Michelle)Lowe of Cheney, WA., Special cousin: Laurie Wendorff, 6 grandchildren: Jeremy Lehman, Kimberly Hanna, Krista Kosbau, Candace Aramburu, Chelsea Lowe, and Cameron Lowe, 9 great-grandchildren: Joshua, Micah, Makayla, Nicolas, Ethan, Dawson, Mason, Kennedy, and Carson, 2 brothers and sisters-in-law: James (Josie) Gillson of California and John (Barb) Woodrow of Aitkin, Many special nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Friday, May 30, 2014 at the United Methodist Church of Fleming. Reverend Russell Christensen will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Macville Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral. com
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Diane M. Garbrecht
03/04/1944-05/21/2014
Diane M. Garbrecht, age 70 of Aitkin died Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Diane was born March 4, 1944 at Laurel, Mississippi the daughter of Glen and Elva (Richardson) Bryant. She moved with her family to St. Paul, Minnesota at the age of 5 and attended schools in St. Paul graduating from Humboldt High School. She married Bruce Garbrecht on March 23, 1963 in St. Paul. They lived in St. Paul for a time and then made their home in Rosemount, Minnesota for 30 years. Diane worked as an Interior Designer for many years. She and her husband retired to the Aitkin area in 2000 and have lived here since. She enjoyed cooking and decorating and loved her family. She is survived by her husband Bruce Garbrecht of Aitkin; Children: Bill (Janet) Garbrecht of Evergreen, Colorado; Jeff (Sandy) Garbrecht of Rosemount, Mn.; Greg Garbrecht of Mesa, Arizona; three grandchildren: Sam Maggie and Morgan; brother: Bill Bryant of Aitkin and sister Bev (Duane) Lund of Inver Grove Heights, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother Mick. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 11 AM from Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road in Apple Valley with Rev. Duane Paetznick officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery in West St. Paul. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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John L. Paulson
01/08/1929-05/19/2014
John Leonard Paulson, age 85 of Aitkin formerly of Denver, Colorado died Monday, May 19, 2014 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. John was born January 8, 1929 the son of John and Laura (Brown) Paulson in Nordland Township. He grew up going to schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1947. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1948. He served in Germany and was extended one year because of the Korean War and was sent to Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Denver. After his discharge he started working for a roofing company for a short time. He then moved to Maryland to work for a landscape company. In 1952 he and Lillian McBride, who he met at the arsenal in Denver were married, moved to Newark, New Jersey where he worked for a golf course. In 1954 he and Lillian moved back to Denver where he worked for a golf course for 28 years. He was a mechanic, foreman and superintendent of different courses. In 1983 he went to work for a school district in Commerce City, Colorado as a sprinkler mechanic for underground sprinkler systems. In 1993 he retired, but worked part time until 1996. Lillian died in 1995, so in 1996 he moved back to Aitkin to help his sisters and brother and lived in town until 1999. At that time his sister Leonore passed away. She was the care giver for his brother in law Wilbur Nelson who had broken his neck in 1991 and was in a wheel chair. John became the care giver for Wilbur until Wilbur’s death in 2002. He continued to live in and care for Wilbur’s house until his death. He was an active member of First Lutheran Church and was currently serving on the Property Committee and did many volunteer projects for the church over the years. He is survived by step daughter: Geraldine Fuscsick of Colorado; Sister in laws: Elsie Paulson and Beverly Paulson both of Aitkin, many nieces and nephews, step grandsons: Paul Fuscsick and wife Sheryl of Colorado, George Fuscsick and wife Leslee of Colorado, granddaughter: Lillian Gamet of Colorado, great granddaughters: Chineane Hough-Barron, Jennifer Fuscsick Vest, Brianna Fuscsick Pierce, and Great Great Grandchildren: Kaylee and Hunter Vest and Jackson and James Pierce. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Laura, Wife Lillian in 1995, brothers: Erland, Edwin and Lloyd and sisters Leonore and Erma and 2 nephews and 3 nieces. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen 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 Red Rock Cemetery at Morrison, Colorado. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Velma Torgerson
11/17/1931-05/18/2014
Velma Torgerson, 82 of Aitkin died Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born November 17, 1931 to William and Vera (Crabtree) Packer. She was preceded in death by her husband Weslie in November of 2003 and her parents. Velma is survived by 4 children: Arnold (Renee) Torgerson of Aitkin Marla Peterson of Aitkin Raymond Torgerson of Aitkin Kenneth Torgerson of California 4 grandchildren: John Huffman, Jackie Huffman, Pam (Shawn) Roed, and Krista Torgerson 4 great-grandchildren: Hunter Huffman, Kadelyn Huffman, Jacob Roed, and Jaxon Roed 2 brothers: Rodney (Doreen) Packer of Minneapolis Darrold (Jeanie) Packer of Washington 1 sister: Zelda Torgerson of Minneapolis Many other relatives and friends. In Keeping with Velma’s wishes there will be no services. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dolores M. Guimond
03/22/1928-05/17/2014
Dolores “Dee” M. (Pribyl) Guimond, 86 of Isle passed away peacefully on May 17, 2014. She was born March 22, 1928 in Elysian, MN. to Peter and Elizabeth (Haberman) Pribyl, the youngest of 7 children. She was united in marriage to Arthur F. Guimond on October 10, 1949. They moved to Minneapolis where they raised their family for 20 years. In 1969 they bought Agate Bay Resort on Mille Lacs Lake which they owned and operated for 7 years. After selling the resort Dee worked for Lindy Little Joe in Isle and then for Lakeland Inc. for approximately 25 years, retiring at the remarkable age of 75. Dolores was a wonderful wife, mother, mother in law and grandmother making family her number one priority. She enjoyed gardening, tending to her flowers, and taking long walks. She was a member of the local TOPS Chapter for many years. Dee will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren, family, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Arthur; daughter Renee Marie; four brothers: Hubert, Frank, Donald, and Robert; two sisters: Larene Kerr and Agnes Warner; and her parents. Dolores is survived by her children: Steven (Donna) Guimond of Maple Grove, BJ (Brian) Alexander, Jeff (Jayne) Guimond of East Bethel, Betty (Les) Haglund of Zimmerman, Tim (Kalena) Guimond of East Bethel, 6 grandchildren: Corey Guimond, Anissa (James) Beaman, Trenten and Tanner Haglund, Jena and Kelsey Guimond, 3 great-grandchildren: Haylea, Linsey, and Summer, Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In keeping with the wishes of Dolores, her services will be private. Memorials in lieu of flowers can be made to the Mille Lacs Health System Home Care and Hospice in Onamia. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Paulina Antonia Loehndorf
06/09/1918-05/16/2014
Paulina Antonia Loehndorf, 95 of Andover, formerly of Brooklyn Center and Mason City, IA. died May 16, 2014 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born June 9, 1918 in Clinton, IA. to Henry and Ethel (Howland ) Loehndorf. She graduated from Mason City High School and attended secretarial school. She worked as a Shopper City Girl and retired from Howe Inc. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers: Henry, Brainard, and George, sister-in-law Laura, and beloved young friend Shawna LaClare. Paulina is survived by her niece: Sharon (Jim) Garner, Great-nieces: Amy (George) Jones, Alison (John) Hoffman, Great-great-nieces and nephews: Joren, Kjersten, Lauralyn, Mitch, and Nolan, Special cousin: Audrey Tate, Beloved friends: Romona Custard, David Spillman, and the LaClares, Memorial service will be 1:00P.M. – Friday, May 30 at Zion Lutheran Church, 1601 4th Ave., Anoka. Visitation will begin 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Henry P. Guild
06/15/1922-05/16/2014
Henry P. Guild, age 91 of Aitkin died peacefully in his sleep, Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Henry was born June 16, 1922 in Clarion, Iowa the son of Clarence and Esther Guild. He was the second child of 11 siblings, two of which did not survive the first year of life. As the oldest boy he was often called upon to be a surrogate father to his younger brothers and sisters. He grew up in Austin, Minnesota where he attended schools and graduated from High School. He worked briefly for the Hormel Packing Co. He volunteered for the U.S. Army during WW II and he received further education as a radio technician. Upon his discharge he moved to Minneapolis and attended Dunwoody Institute and graduated and subsequently remained at Dunwoody and taught Electricity. His lifelong interest had been mechanical in nature, excelling in school in mathematics. Later he was recruited to work as a heavy duty truck mechanic for Raymond Trucking C. where he worked until he retired. In 1949 henry married Vivian Groves in Minneapolis. He is survived by a stepdaughter: Joan Lindsey; Sisters: Alice Mappen, Ida Jahren, and Evelyn Richards. He was preceded in death by his wife Vivian, step son Jay Groves, step daughter: Janeth Harvey, Sisters: Minnie Burkhart, Esther Guild, and Brothers Ralph, Calvin and Laurence. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Kimberly Church in Kimberly, Mn. A private interment took place at the Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, www.srtfuneral.com
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Matt David Persons
07/12/1983-05/11/2014
Matt David Persons, age 30 of Sartell died Sunday, May 11, 2014 in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Matt was born July 12, 1983 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Jeff and Yvonne (Rothstein) Persons. He attended schools in Aitkin in his early years and then attended schools in Albany, Mn. where he graduated from High School. He then attended St. Cloud State University where he received a degree in education. He was currently furthering his education at St. Cloud State. He enjoyed gaming, movies and politics. He is survived by parents: Yvonne and Bob Kern of Aitkin; brothers and sisters: Kathleen Persons of Sartell, Mn.; Tim Persons of Minneapolis; Andy (Lisa) Persons of Superior, Wisc.; Robert Kern Jr. of Aitkin and Jennifer Kern of Aitkin; Grandmother: Vera Persons of McLean, Virginia; nieces: Kiara and Ari and nephew: Luke. He was preceded in death by his father: Jeff Persons, grandparents: Bill and Frances Rothstein and David Persons. A service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jeannette E. Brooks
01/29/1924-05/10/2014
Jeannette E. Brooks, 90 of Sugar Lake, Glen Community died Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Clare Bridge Care Center in Plymouth. She was born January 29, 1924 in Richfield to Alfred and Elva (Hughes) Petersen. Jeannette was united in marriage to Dennis Brooks on May 10, 1947 in Northwood, IA. They lived in the Wayzata area and permanently moved to Sugar Lake in 1975. She worked alongside Dennis when he was a carpenter and also sold Avon. They would winter in Florida and enjoyed traveling. She was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo where she did volunteer work. Jeannette liked styling other ladies hair in the nursing home and was a great cook, wonderful mother, and very supportive to her daughters. She was preceded in death by her husband Dennis in 2005, three brothers: Harold, Russell, and Alfred, Jr. “Pete”, and her parents Alfred and Elva (Hughes) Petersen. Jeannette is survived by 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Sharon (George) Grindrod of Ft. Lauderdale, FL., Bette Denny of Lander, WY., Terry (Lynn) Grave of Medina, 5 grandchildren: Bennie Gilyard, Robin Ritchey, Sean (Ronna) Denny, Joshua (Emily) Grave, Nathan (Christine) Grave, 12 great-grandchildren, 1 Brother and sister-in-law: Ralph (Pat) Petersen of Annandale, Her dog: Tinkerbelle, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo. Reverend James Raisanen will officiate. Burial will be in Malmo Cemetery. 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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Ronald Joseph Mate\'
09/08/1936-05/10/2014
Ronald Joseph Mate’, 77 of Aitkin died Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis. He was born September 8, 1936 in Chicago, IL. to Joseph and Elizabeth (Cherpak) Mate’. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. Ronald was united in marriage to Betty Jean Delcorio March 29, 1958 in Chicago. He was the owner of Makit Drafting Service in Brainerd and was a Chicago sports fan. He was preceded in death by his parents. Ronald is survived by his wife Betty Mate’, Children: Audrey Mate’ of Aitkin, Scott Mate’ of Aitkin, Teresa (Mate’) Kinglsey and Jim Kingsley of Baxter, Matthew Mate’ and Jennifer (Sager) Mate’ of Forest Lake, Nicole (Mate’) Wilson and Dan Wilson of Pinon Hills, CA. 9 Grandchildren: Anthony and Ashley Mate’, Brian and Joel Kingsley, Ethan and Wyatt Mate’, Jessica, Daniel and Nicholas Wilson, Siblings: Eileen (Mate’) Wright and Chuck Wright of Illinois and Richard Mate’, Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, May 23, 2014 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Post #1727. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Donna Marie Dickhausen
03/24/1932-05/09/2014
Donna Marie Dickhausen age 82, of Aitkin died Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Donna was born March 24, 1932 at Bemidji, Minnesota the daughter of Oscar J. and Dagney (Rugsven) Sall. She grew up and attended schools in Bemidji graduating from the Bemidji High School. She then moved to Minneapolis where she worked for the Pillsbury Mills. She married Thomas Dickhausen on February 20, 1954 in Minneapolis. They had lived in Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center, St. Cloud and Avon before retiring to Aitkin. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Deerwood and the Counsel of Catholic Women. She is survived by her husband Tom of Aitkin; son and daughter in law: Dan and Nola Dickhausen of Winsted, Mn.; daughter: Patrice Dickhausen of Aitkin; grandchildren: Erin, Nate, Dustin and Cody; and three sisters: Dorothy Pawlik of Crookston, Mn.; Verna Gagnon of Bemidji, Mn. and Irene (Elwood) Johnson of Bemidji, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 11 AM from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Deerwood with Fr. Dale Nau officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ambros R. Johnson
02/20/1931-05/09/2014
Ambros R. Johnson, age 83 of Aitkin formerly of Champlin died Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. Ambros was born February 20, 1931 at Minneota, Minnesota the son of Magnus D. and Alida M. (Amundson) Johnson. He grew up and attended schools in Minneota graduating from high school in 1949. He then enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy and was a Seabee. He served in Korea, Japan and the Philippines. Upon his discharge he returned to Minnesota and worked for Wangsted Bros. as a carpenter in Minneapolis. He married Sonja “Sunny” L. Olson on April 28, 1956 in Minneapolis. They lived in Brooklyn Center for a time and then moved to Champlin, Mn. where they raised their family in a historic old home that they restored to its former grandeur. He worked as the head carpenter for the IDS Properties for many years and was affectionately known as” Bros the Carpenter”. In 1961 he found property on Tame Fish Lake near Aitkin and built a cabin and his family spent many weekends and summers at the lake. In 1998 he retired to the lake and has lived here since. He was a 50 year member of the Carpenters Local 1644, had been involved in scouting and had served as a Cub scout Master and a Boy Scout Leader. He was very active in his community and served on the Champlin Planning Commission and also served on the City Council. He was honored by being the first recipient of the Fr. Hennepin award. He was very active in the DFL and had served as a state delegate. He was a lifetime member of the Champlin American Legion Post 600. He loved to garden and had beautiful gardens every year. He was also a true craftsman having made many of the furnishings and furniture for his home. He always stood up for social justice. He was very proud of his children, grandchildren and was a best friend to many. His motto was “Be Something”. He is survived by his wife Sonja “Sunny” Johnson of Aitkin; Children: Paul Johnson and Lisa Marie Davison of San Francisco, Ca.; Lisa and Maurice Slepica of Deerwood; Peter and Lynn Johnson of Robbinsdale, Mn.; Ann and Kurt Kisch of Maple Grove, Mn.; Grandchildren: Randy Johnson, Athena Johnson, Veronica Johnson, Merrill “Ace” (Amanda) Slepica, Tyler (Laura Hanson) Moe-Slepica, Josef Slepica, Alex Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Kamilla Kisch, Konrad Kisch, Kenrick Kisch, Great Grandchildren: Thaddeus and Dominik; Sister: Rebecca Bell of Sheridan, Wyoming. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Daniel and 4 sisters: Ethel, Rachel, Mildred and Ellen. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 3:00 PM from First Lutheran Church with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to the 3 PM service time Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery at a later date. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Anne Marie Raatz
06/15/1925-05/03/2014
Anne Marie Raatz, 88 formerly of Aitkin, died Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Pierz Villa in Pierz. She was born June 15, 1925 in Dijon, France to Pierre and Lucy Bredillet. Anne was united in marriage to Verle Raatz July 21, 1945 in Genlis, France. She was a homemaker and farmer in the Aitkin area. She loved baking, gardening, flowers, and was involved in 4-H with her son Denis. She was preceded in death by her parents Pierre and Lucy Bredillet, husband Verle on July 20, 2005, and her brothers and sisters. Anne is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Denis (Louann) Raatz of Rice, Grandchildren: Travis Raatz (Special friend Cathy Voss), Jason (Patty) Kubat, Jen (Tom) Steinkopf, Great-grandchildren: Hailey and Carter Kubat and Gabby and Remi Steinkopf, Many other friends and relatives in France. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Deacon Vern Anderson will officiate. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. – Wednesday at the funeral home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. www.srtfuneral.com
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Nina Erickson
11/15/1936-04/27/2014
Nina R. Erickson, age 77 of Aitkin died Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Nina was born November 15, 1936 at Wahkon, Minnesota the daughter of Leonard and Jane (Thompson) Erickson. She grew up in Wahkon and attended schools in Wahkon and Isle graduating from the Isle High School in 1954. She then moved to Minneapolis and worked for a bank there for a time. She married Dennis Erickson on April 23, 1955 in Columbia Heights, Mn. They lived in Minneapolis, Coon Rapids and Blaine before retiring to Aitkin in 1996. They had been coming to the Aitkin area since 1976 as they had a cabin on Long Lake for many years. They also spent many winters in Florida. Nina enjoyed painting, knitting, reading and doing crossword puzzles. She is survived by 4 Children: Laine and Kathleen Erickson of Andover, Mn; Jill and Robert Bradley of Winona, Mn.; Tod Erickson of Braham, Mn.; and Kip Erickson of Aitkin, Mn. Also 6 Grandchildren: Lacey, Hayley, Danielle, Josh, Jeremy and Andrew; 6 Great Grandchildren: Bricelyn, Lily Marie, Callie, Harlan, Lola Jean, Aiden; 1 sister: Ruth Winland of Willmar, Mn.; and 1 brother: Earnest Erickson of Mora, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Dennis in 2005 and brothers: Ralph Erickson, Louis Erickson and Ray Erickson and Sisters Edith Fisher and Esther Vinge. A graveside service will be held Friday, May 2, 2014 at 1 PM from Faith Lutheran Cemetery in Isle. Rev. Dallas Smith will officiate. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Carol Joanne Erlandson
06/20/1929-04/26/2014
Carol Joanne Erlandson, 84 of Cromwell formerly of Opstead died Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Villa Vista Senior Community – Cardinal Court in Cromwell. She was born June 20, 1929 in Superior, WI. to George William “Bill” and Ann Gertrude (Olson) Linder. Carol was united in marriage to Donald John Erlandson on September 22, 1951 at Opstead Baptist Church. She was a member of Opstead Baptist Church. Carol’s family would like to thank Villa Vista Cardinal Court for their years of care. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald, son Dale at birth, and her parents. Carol is survived by three children and spouses: Donald and Nila Erlandson, Deb and Brian Nobis, David and Virginia Erlandson, 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, Brothers-in-law and sister-in-law: Herbert and Joanne Erlandson, Willis Erlandson, Albert (Bud) Erickson Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Opstead Baptist Church in Opstead/Isle. Reverend Perry Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in Opstead Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. McGregor Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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John Manton Daine Jr.
05/10/1928-04/25/2014
John Manton Daine, Jr. Age 85 of McGregor, Minnesota passed away peacefully at home on Friday, April 25, 2014. John was preceded in death by his parents: Dr. John Manton Daine and Dorothy Olsen Daine; brother: Dr. William Daine; Sisters: Mary (Allen) Sharp and Diane Cooper. A generous and caring husband and father, he is survived by his wife of 61 years Patricia Daine of McGregor; Son: John Manton (Pamela) Daine III “Matt” of Cypress, Texas; Daughter: Deborah Daine (Marc) Bennett of Glenwood Springs, Colorado and uncle Robert Daine of LaHoya, Calf. John was born in Waubay, South Dakota on May 10, 1928. He was raised in Ames, Iowa and graduated from Ames High School in 1947. Upon graduating from the University of Iowa in 1952 he was inducted into the U.S. Army. John married Patricia Tucker on July 27, 1952 in Iowa, City, Iowa. John was assigned to active duty in Salzburg, Austria, where son Matt was born. In 1954 they returned to Iowa City, Iowa where daughter Deborah was born. In Iowa City John became partners with Pat’s father, John Tucker in Memory Gardens Cemetery and worked there until retiring in 1990 when John and Pat moved permanently to Big Sandy Lake, near McGregor, Minnesota. John embodied the spirit of giving and service throughout his lifetime being an active member of the Lions Clubs International, Elks Club, VFW, American Legion and the Big Sandy Lake Association. John has deeply touched the lives of so many people in so many ways that his spirit will live on for many generations to come. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be at a later date in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Iowa City, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Home Health Partnership (Hospice) or the Lions Clubs International. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dewey G. Annis
11/13/1946-04/22/2014
Dewey Gene Annis, 67, passed away April 22, 2014 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin after a courageous two year battle with cancer. He was born November 13, 1946 in Cloquet to Duane and Helen Annis. After graduating high school Dewey married Delphia Gardner on September 15, 1973 and had two wonderful children. He had worked many jobs throughout his young life. He worked at the Kotka Boarding Home helping his parents with the family business. After the business closed its doors, Dewey began employment at Potlatch Paper Mill in Cloquet where he attained the position of Shipping Foreman. He then worked with O’Day Equipment as a laborer and jobsite foreman. During his youth Dewey enjoyed fishing in Canada with his family, racing his Rupp snowmobile, and an occasional automobile drag race on the side. As years pass and his family grew up Dewey spent his time camping with his family and watching his children play little league, participate in school sports, as well as running a small hobby farm with his wife. He also enjoyed playing cribbage with his kids and with a group of his friends that would meet weekly at the Chalet Lounge. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Beverly Sonneson. Dewey is survived by his son Shawn Annis and grandson Logan Annis both of Mondovi, WI. Daughter Melissa Annis of Aitkin Brother Duane (Sondra) Annis of Orofino, ID. Many nieces and nephews. There are no public services at this time.
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Anita Baldovin
12/14/1925-04/22/2014
Anita Baldovin, 88 of Aitkin died Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born December 14, 1925 at Riddagshausen, Braunschweig, Germany to Leopold Kruegler and Ida Rauch. She attended schools in Germany and came to the United States as a War Bride in 1948. She settled in Aitkin, where she raised her family. Anita married Gilio Baldovin on August 30, 1968 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She and her husband spent several winters in southern Texas. Anita loved to travel. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She was an active lifelong Democrat and a honorary member of the Aitkin County DFL Club where she never missed a fund raiser. She enjoyed crocheting and had made over 340 Afghans which she has given to numerous people and donated many to organizations for their fund raising efforts. She had also made ceramic items which she had painted and given to numerous people and organizations. She has worked on many church and community projects over the years. She had a great laugh and sense of humor. She enjoyed learning new things and had a fantastic memory. She was a person of strong and deep faith and was very proud of her heritage, her children and her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Gilio and son Ronald Greenbush. Anita is survived by daughter and son in law: Rebecca J. and Tom Harrison of Hillsboro, TX.; Two sons and daughter in law: Raymond and Jeannie Greenbush of Burnsville; Randy Greenbush of Houston, TX.; Grandchildren: Heath Harris, Brian Greenbush, Jeff Greenbush and Brad Greenbush and 5 Great Grandchildren and other extended family still in Germany. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Monday, April 28, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Sunday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. A Prayer service will begin at 7:00P.M. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Hill Lake Cemetery, Hill City. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lawrence \"Larry\" Turner
09/02/1936-04/20/2014
Lawrence "Larry" Turner, age 77 of McGregor died Sunday, April 20, 2014 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born September 2, 1936 in Aitkin, the son of Jennie and Claude Turner. He attended schools in Aitkin. He joined the National Guard in 1958. He married Evelyn Thornblad on May 27, 1961 in Cloquet, Mn. They lived there for a short time before moving to McGregor. He managed the McGregor Feed Store for 10 years. In 1970 he went to work for the McGregor School and worked there for 29 years. He has been on the McGregor City Council for over 30 years. He and his wife managed the McGregor Community Center for 10 years. He served on the HUD board and was a charter member of the McGregor Lions Club. He also served on the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association board. He was a member of the American Legion Post 23. He is survived by his wife Evelyn Turner of McGregor; Children: Patty and Jimmie Sprague of Mountain Iron, Mn.; Scott and Judy Turner of Aitkin; Julie and John Lindgren of Silver Bay, Mn.; Grandchildren: Matt, John, Gina and Jeff. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Doris. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM from the McGregor High School Auditorium with Rev. Russell Christensen officiating. A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service at the high school. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery at McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Stewart M. Lehrke
07/20/1931-04/18/2014
Stewart M. Lehrke, age 82 of Aitkin died Friday, April 18, 2014 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Stewart was born July 20, 1931 at Bane, Minnesota the son of Julius and Lena Lehrke. He grew up and attended schools in Bain. He also helped on the family farm. He then logged, worked as a truck driver and also farmed all of his life. He married Sharon G. Field on November 12, 1955 at Sisseton, South Dakota. The lived in the St. Cloud area for a time and then moved to the Aitkin area in 1962 and he has resided here since. He enjoyed hunting, played ball in his younger years and was a former member of the Aitkin Moose Club. He is survived by 3 children: Gloria and Gerry Olsen of Aitkin; Barb and John Woodrow of Aitkin and Scott Lehrke and Jackie Landmeyer of Aitkin; 5 Grandchildren: Denise Lewandowski, Dennis Olsen, Jeff Lehrke, John Lehrke and Aaron Woodrow; Great Grandchildren: Andrew, Matthew and Jacob Lewandowski; Emma and Madison Castro; Tawny and Bailey Leonard; Carsyn Miller and Noah Lehrke and sister in law: Norma Lehrke. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Sharon, 1 grandson Michael Woodrow and 1 granddaughter Kymberly Tholen 3 brothers and 2 sisters. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with a visitation from 4 to 7 PM Tuesday and also 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Everett G. Hove
10/31/1919-04/17/2014
Everett G. Hove, 94 of McGregor and Coon Rapids died Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. He was born October 31, 1919 in Busseyville, WI. to Gust and Josephine (Johnson) Hove. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WW II. Everett was united in marriage to Genevieve Brost on March 4, 1944 in Jefferson County, WI. They lived in Madison, WI., Watertown, WI., and Elkhorn, WI. for a time before moving to St. Paul. They lived in St. Paul until 1980 when they moved to their cabin on Big Sandy Lake near McGregor. They spent winters in Tucson for many years. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. He was preceded in death by his wife Genevieve, infant daughter Christine, 2 brothers Perry and Uline Hove, sister Lavina McKercher, and his parents. Everett is survived by his children: Janis (Barry) Fowler of Coon Rapids, Brian (Kathy) Hove of Fridley, Randy (Kim) Hove of St. Louis, MO., Paul Hove of Circle Pines, Phil (Judy) Hove of Cottage Grove, Brother: Archie D. Hove of Council Bluffs, IA, 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Friday, April 25, 2014 at Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Burial with military honors will be in Pine Needle Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Phyllis A. Guetzkow
03/24/1927-04/16/2014
Phyllis A. Guetzkow, age 87 of Aitkin died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Phyllis was born March 24, 1927 in Superior, Wisconsin the daughter of Phillip and Clara (Marsh) Maisonneuve. She grew up and attended schools in Pine City, Minnesota graduating from the Pine City High School in 1945. She started working for the Federal Government and eventually became the supervisor of the Selective Service Division. She married Lowell Guetzkow on February 12, 1951 in Hawarden, Iowa. They made their home in St. Paul and also spent time at Mille Lacs Lake where she and her husband built a cabin. They retired to the Cabin in 1973 and then spent winters in Florida. She was a charter member of the Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church at Garrison, she had been a member of the Pilgrim Lutheran Church in St. Paul; she enjoyed cooking, liked to fish in her younger days, enjoyed boating, had belonged to the Myr Mar Supper Club, and she loved to have fun. She is survived by her son: Greg Guetzkow of Roseville, Mn.; Brother in law: John Honzalek of Hackensack, Mn.; Sister in law: Lynn McNally of Hackensack, MN.; and relatives Steve (Mary) Honzalek, Kim (John) Bartholomew and Karen (Jim) Widerski. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Lowell in 2000 and a sister in law. A memorial service will be held Monday, May 5, 2014 at 11 AM from Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison with Rev. John Rusnak officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Burial will be in the Rice Lake Lutheran Cemetery near Braham, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Karen Ann Tibbetts
04/15/1949-04/16/2014
Karen Ann Tibbetts, age 65 of Aitkin died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 as the result of a car accident near Rockford, Minnesota. Karen was born April 15, 1949 at Pendleton, Oregon the daughter of Vernon and Rose Marie (Hollenbeck) Ford. Karen attended school in Oregon and Northern California before moving with her family to Aitkin in 1966 and she graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1967. She met Dale Tibbetts in High School and then they married on June 8, 1968 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. They had lived in Iowa, Duluth, Brainerd, Sauk Rapids and Medford, Oregon before retiring back to Aitkin in 2005. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She enjoyed traveling with her family, canoeing, camping, and also loved the ocean and lighthouses. She also enjoyed gardening and raising flowers, cooking and baking. The most important thing in her life was spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband Dale Tibbetts of Aitkin; Children: Brian Tibbetts of St. Cloud, Mn.; Lisa Tibbetts of Rockford, Mn.; Grandchildren: Michelle (Brian) Lynch of Rockford, Mn.; Brittany Tibbetts of Buffalo, Mn.; James (Samantha) Nieken of Cokato, MN.; Great Grandchildren: Ellie Lynch, Katie Nieken and Carter Lynch; Sisters: Marion Adams of Hinesville, Ga.; Susan Roring of Aitkin; Sharon (Allen) Miles of Aitkin; Brother: Vernon Ford of Roseburg, Ore. She was preceded in death by her parents and Grandson Alex Tibbetts. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dorene L. TeGantvoort
04/17/1958-04/05/2014
Dorene L. TeGantvoort, age 55 of Palisade died Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Dorene was born April 17, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of George and Maybelle (Lee) Buttkus. She grew up and attended schools in Bloomington graduating from Bloomington Kennedy High School in 1976. She married Gary TeGantvoort on January 11, 1981. The lived in Lakeville Minnesota before moving to Palisade, Minnesota in 1983. They have lived in Palisade Since. She raised her family in Palisade and also worked for an insurance company for a time and also worked several other jobs over the years in the Palisade area. She enjoyed drawing, bird watching, gardening and spending time with family and friends. She is survived by her husband Gary TeGantvoort of Palisade; Son and daughter in law: Tory and Tiffany TeGantvoort of New Hope, Mn.; Daughter and son in law: Crystal and Zach DeFoe of Palisade; 2 brothers: Barry Magnen of Minneapolis, Mn.; Calvin Magnen of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; Sister: Anita Lutgen of Crystal, Mn.; and 2 nephews: Ryan Elsner of Maple Grove, Mn. and Matt Elsner of Brooklyn Center, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 PM and also 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ronald K. Olson
09/29/1954-04/01/2014
Ronald K. Olson, 59 of Aitkin died Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at the Woodland Good Samaritan Society in Brainerd. He was born September 29, 1954 in Aitkin to Kermit and Helen (Johnson) Olson. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1972 and then attended Staples Vo-Tech drafting program. He worked as a computer draftsman for Onan Corporation. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. He was preceded in death by his brother Mike and his parents Kermit and Helen (Johnson) Olson. Ron is survived by his four children: Gabe Olson (Sam), Stephanie (Chris) Farkas, Aaron (Stacy) Olson, Mike Olson, Eight grandchildren, Two sisters and brothers-in-law: Gail (Paul) Anderson of International Falls, Kathy (Cliff) Waltz of Brainerd, One brother and sister-in-law: Steve (Jodi) Olson of Aitkin, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 2:00P.M. – Monday, April 7, 2014 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be in Spencer Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 1:00P.M. until the 2:00P.M. service at the funeral home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Leona M. Kern
09/21/1917-03/30/2014
Leona M. Kern, age 96 of Aitkin died Sunday, March 30, 2014 at the Northland Assisted Living in McGregor. Leona was born September 21, 1917 in Arlington, Minnesota the daughter of Adolph and Annie Schauer. She grew up and attended schools in Arlington. She married Arthur Kern on October 6, 1940 in Green Isle, Minnesota. They had lived in numerous places over the years. She loved to read and do gardening. She is survived by children and spouses: Bon and Yvonne Kern of Aitkin; John Kern of Juneau, Alaska; Carol and Don Dotzler of Nashwauk, Mn.; Art and Dawn Kern of Bemidji, Mn. and numerous grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur, son Ken, daughters Ruth Kern and Irene Olson. AQ gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 1 PM until 3 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Byron H. Lundeen
08/30/1937-03/22/2014
Byron H. Lundeen, age 76 of Aitkin formerly of Minneapolis died Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Byron was born August 30, 1937 at Buffalo, Minnesota the son of Harvey and Hazel (Hedlund) Lundeen. He grew up and attended schools in Buffalo before moving with his family to Minneapolis where he attended Roosevelt High School and graduated from there. He then attended Dunwoody Institute and learned the Plumbing trade. He married Audrey M. Simonson on February 17, 1962 in Minneapolis where they made their home and he worked as a plumber. He retired in 2000 after working 20 years for Hennepin County Medical Center. They moved later to their retirement home on Lone Lake near Aitkin, where his family had been coming to the area for many years. He was a member of the Plumbers Union local #15, Westside Church in Aitkin, Aitkin Habitat for Humanity. Byron enjoyed an array of hobbies: socializing with friends over coffee and a donut, auctions, junk collecting, helping others, horses, sailing, beekeeping and most of all spending time with his grandchildren. Byron is survived by his wife Audrey Lundeen of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Wayne and Gail Lundeen of St. Paul, Mn.; Ronda and Jeff Miller of Minneapolis, Mn.; Melinda and Ted Ewing of Minnetonka, Mn.; 8 Grandchildren: Sienna, Kendal, Grant, Evan, Griffin, Gavin, Quinn and Ava; two sisters: Ruth Olson of Ludington, Mich.; Diane (Tom) Axelson of Laguna Nigel, Calf.; and brother Jim (Bonnie) Lundeen of Des Moines, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother in law Lowell Olson. A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 3 PM from the Westside Church in Aitkin with Pastor Dallas Smith 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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Mervyn Mathias Red Welshons
11/21/1930-03/19/2014
Mervyn Mathias “Red” Welshons, 83, of Aitkin, Minnesota died Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital, on the Feast of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Virgin Mary. He was born November 21, 1930 in Brainerd, Minnesota, to Mervyn Mathias and Charlotte Barbara (Hassman) Welshons. He attended St. Michael Catholic School in Stillwater, MN, and graduated from Stillwater High School in 1948. He attended St. Thomas College in St. Paul and graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration in 1954. He served in the Minnesota National Guard from 1947 to 1951, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1951 to 1953, and was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War. There he was awarded a Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Star, and the United Nations Service Medal. Red was united in marriage to Mary Ethel “Echo” Cummings on December 28, 1953 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin, and their faith in God was the foundation of their marriage. Echo was the love and center of his life, and together they raised seven children. Her constant dedication and support enabled him to create a life of accomplishment and service to others. Red first worked as a Comptroller of Currency for the U.S. Treasury Dept. He was President and an owner of Security State Bank in Pillager, Randall State Bank, Brainerd National Bank, and the First National Bank of Aitkin. He was owner and operator of numerous other business pursuits in Aitkin, Duluth, and Florida. Red was a member of the American Legion, Elks, Lions, YMCA, and the Knights of Columbus. He served on the Diocese of Duluth Finance Council, the parish councils of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin, St. Francis of Assisi in Brainerd, and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth, as well as numerous religious societies and organizations. His hobbies were his faith, his family, and his friends. He was preceded in death by his son Matthew John; two brothers: John Welshons and Fr. Glendon Welshons, S.J.; his parents Mervyn and Charlotte; and brothers-in-law Bill Cummings and Mike Ryan. Red is survived by his wife Mary Ethel “Echo” (Cummings) Welshons; Two sons and daughters-in-law: Thomas (Mary Ann) Welshons of Pine River, and Peter (Cori) Welshons of Aitkin; Four daughters and sons-in-law: Mary Charlotte Welshons of Mora, Elizabeth (Eric) Hillman of Duluth, Catherine (David) Stampe of Baxter, and Amy (David) McCarthy of Carlton; Twenty-three grandchildren: Rachel, Jessica, Leslie, Emily, Joe, John, Ben, Mike, Billy, Matt, Nick, Abi, Annie, Isaac, Tom, Amanda, Melissa, Andrew, Megan, Sara, Theresa, David, and Daniel; and fourteen great-grandchildren; One brother and sister-in-law: Benjamin (Margaret) Welshons, Sr. of Stillwater; In-laws Greg (Nancy) Cummings of Plymouth, Patsy Cummings of Aitkin, Pat (Brenda) Cummings of Becker, Judy Ryan of Aitkin, Kay (Dick) Breen of Brainerd, and Kevin (Faunille) Cummings of Deadwood, SD; And many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 23, 2014, from 3:00- 6:00 p.m. at Sorenson-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin; recitation of the Rosary will begin at 6:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday, March 24th at 10:00 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. The funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m., Monday with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Contributions will be made in Red's honor to his favorite charities.
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Beatrice Toots Bridge
04/19/1942-03/18/2014
Beatrice “Toots” Bridge, 71 of Aitkin died Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital. She was born April 19, 1942 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota to Ole and Mary (Gangl) Olson. Toots was united in marriage to George Mack Bridge on December 21, 1970 in Watertown, S.D. She worked as a home health aide. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, Dorris Norwegian Lutheran Church, Order of the Eastern Star, and Sons of Norway. She was preceded in death by her husband George, son Donald Veeder, brother Clarence, two sisters: Gladys and Mildred, and her parents. Toots is survived by her children: Twyla Bergstraser (Doug Haaf) of Aitkin, Debra (Mark) Jensen of Rice, Mack (Trina) Bridge, Steve Bridge, Greg Bridge all of Cromwell, Linda Bridge Entzi of Bismarck, ND., 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, Many other relatives and close friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Saturday, March 29, 2014 funeral service at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Mellissa Carmack will officiate. Burial will be in Dorris Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Wilma F. Holder
05/06/1923-03/16/2014
Wilma F. Holder, age 90 of Bennettville, died Sunday, March 16, 2014 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Wilma was born May 6, 1923 at Bennettville, Minnesota the daughter of Ernie and Ella (Hall) Carr. She grew up and attended the Bennettville Country School and then attended the Aitkin High School graduating in 1940. She married Everett P. Holder on May 9, 1942 in Hibbing, Minnesota. They made their home in Bennettville where they farmed and raised their family. She was a member of the Pine Lake United Methodist Church and had served on the Board of Trustees, was Choir Director, Organist and was active in all of the different committees of the church. She also filled in as church organist for other church’s when they needed an organist. She also served on the Bennettville Cemetery Board for 34 years. She had been very active in organizing the Bennettville Softball and Baseball organizations. She loved to sew and also bake. Her specialty was biscuits and Gravy. The coffee pot was always on and there was always fresh bread and cinnamon rolls. She is survived by her children: Dianne (Ted) Reem of Ramsey and Aitkin; Pat (Maryann) Holder of Aitkin; Mike (Jillayne) Holder of Maplewood, MN.; 6 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren; two brothers: Lloyd Carr and Lester Carr; three sisters: Elaine Froehle, Barbara Coolbaugh, and Verna Korte. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Everett in 2004, Infant son Richard, Brother Lauren Carr and Sisters Bernice Glasgow and Vera Hohisel. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 11 AM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ronald Patrick Silver
10/02/1947-03/14/2014
Ronald Patrick Silver, age 66 of Aitkin died Friday, March 14, 2014 at his home. Ron was born October 2, 1947 in Rutherfordton, North Carolina the son of Horace Stolks and Katherine Elizabeth (Butler Silver. As a child in a distinguished military household, his young years were spent in Okinawa, Japan; Panama; and Fort Bliss, Texas. In Fort Bliss, Texas he attended Irvin High School where he excelled at JROTC which inspired his ongoing interest in military history, his avid support of veterans, as well as his membership in the Patriot Guard. He moved to Ross Lake in 1966 and finished high school in Aitkin. He went on to attend Brainerd Community College to be a draftsman. After finishing his two year degree he became a pioneer paramedic in 1976 for Aitkin County. He worked for the Aitkin County Highway Department for 30 years. This amateur historian also enjoyed riding his motorcycle, building models, and volunteering in his Star Trek Fan Club. He is survived by his daughter Kelly Baugh of Phoenix, Az.; step daughters: Carrie Martin of Washington D.C., Katie Shadrick of New Prague, Mn.; granddaughters: Ashlee Nelson and Bryanna Baugh as well as countless lives he has heroically influenced and touched. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Julie Silver in 2008. A funeral service will be held Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Donald Norman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Pine Ridge Cemetery at Emily, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ailie I. Jensen
06/23/1914-03/13/2014
Ailie I. Jensen, age 99 of McGregor died Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet, Minnesota. Ailie was born June 23, 1914 at Superior, Wisconsin the daughter of Konstant and Martha (Stahlberg) Martilla. She moved with her family at a young age to Remer, Minnesota where she attended schools. She then moved to Minneapolis where she worked for the Sister Kenny Institute and also Abbott Hospital in Minneapolis. She then moved to Lawler, Minnesota and owned and operated a bar for about five years. She married Howard Jensen on October 30, 1975 in Aitkin, Minnesota. She then went back to school and attended college and received her Practical Nursing Degree. She then worked for the Moose Lake State Hospital, the Aitkin Hospital and also Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. At the age of 80 she retired from nursing and then became a Volunteer Grandparent at the McGregor schools and did that until the age of 95. She was a member of the McGregor VFW Auxiliary; enjoyed painting pictures, she loved to read and write, she played piano and loved to bake. She is survived by five children and spouses: Rudy Mayerle of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Ron and Dee Mayerle of Oro Valley, Arizona; Alex DeWynter of St. Louis Park, Mn.; Willie and Judy Kivisto of Addison, Illinois; Sylvia Ryan of Hugo, MN.; 8 Grandchildren and Great Great Grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister: Anita Hill of Aitkin, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Howard in 1995, 1 daughter: Nancy Walker and Three brothers: Willie Hill, Wayne Hill and Leslie Hill. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 11 AM from the McGregor High School Auditorium with Pastor Joel Seibel officiating. Burial will be in the Salo Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday March 21 from 4 to 7 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also one hour prior to the service at the school. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Martha M. Liljenquist
05/15/1917-03/13/2014
Martha M. Liljenquist, 96 of Aitkin died Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born May 15, 1917 in Faribault to Clyde and Agnes (Shankey) Maul. Martha was united in marriage to Oscar Liljenquist on November 26, 1936 in Aitkin. They started farming in the Palisade area in 1938 and retired over 40 years later. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade and First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her husband Oscar in 1999, granddaughter Tammy Liljenquist, daughter-in-law Verna Liljenquist, four brothers, and two sisters. Martha is survived by 2 sons: Harold Liljenquist (special friend Annetta Diedrich) of Edina, Lee (Corrine) Liljenquist of Fairmont, 5 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren, 2 sisters: Mary Bishop of Grand Rapids and Donna (Gordon) Hart of Aitkin, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, April 5, 2014 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen and Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 6P.M. – Friday, April 4 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Clifford Arnold Ekelund
09/22/1920-03/10/2014
Clifford Arnold Ekelund, 93 of McGregor died Monday, March 10, 2014 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born September 22, 1920 in Duluth to Richard and Ethel (Warner) Ekelund. He attended McGregor Schools. Clifford was united in marriage to Ellenmarie Ann Johnson April 25, 1943 in California. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy August 12, 1944, serving in WW II, and was honorably discharged February 27, 1946 as Fireman 1st Class. He worked as an excavator and drove school bus for 18 years for McGregor Schools. He was preceded in death by his wife Ellenmarie, 2 brothers Wally and Ralph, 1 sister Doris Eddy Freeman, and his parents. He is survived by 2 sons: Cliff Ekelund of Oregon and Richard Ekelund of Oregon. 1 daughter: Joanne Burnsed of McGregor 6 grandchildren: Scott Besser of McGregor, Mike Tibbetts of Moose Lake, Kurt Ekelund of Oregon, Chad Ekelund of Oregon, Rick Ekelund of Oregon, Rodney Ekelund of Oregon. 3 brothers: Pete Ekelund of Oregon, Harry (Barbara) Ekelund of McGregor, Herman (Doree) Ekelund of McGregor, Many great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Services will be in the Spring of 2014. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Douglas M. Conway
02/05/1921-03/04/2014
Douglas M. Conway, age 93 of Aitkin died Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Douglas was born February 5, 1921 at Barnoldswick, Great Britain the son of Thomas and Annie Conway. He moved with his family to Des Moines, Iowa at a young age. He grew up and attended schools in Des Moines and graduated from High School there. He married Betty Mae Wilson on August 22, 1941 at Ankeny, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a B-17 Bombardier during WW II. His plane was shot down behind enemy lines and he spent 6 months missing in action, and the underground helped shelter him until France was liberated. Upon his discharge, he returned to Des Moines and started an investment company. He then started working in funeral service starting International Funeral Service Co. Eventually he merged his company with Service Corporation International and sat on their Board of Directors for many years. In 1977 he and his wife moved to San Diego, Calf. In 1996 they moved to Cross Lake, Mn and then to Aitkin in 2002. He loved playing golf and enjoyed traveling in their motor home and also traveling throughout the world. He is survived by his wife Betty Conway of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Marty and Sue Conway of Baxter, Mn.; Steven and Sue Conway of Ankeny, Iowa; Michele and Tom Plagman of Aitkin; Christopher and Teresa Conway of Franklin, Tenn.; Barbara and Jeff Jones of Julian, Calf.; Cathy and Dr. Donald Hughes of Aitkin; Nancy and Dan Yokubaitis of Santa Barbara, Calf.; 21 Grandchildren and numerous Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Norman and James. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Evelyn Beatrice Forsman
11/10/1919-03/03/2014
Evelyn Beatrice Forsman, 94 of Aitkin died Monday, March 3, 2014 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born November 10, 1919 in Waverly, Bremer County, Iowa to Fred and Louise (Nicolaus) Giesler. She came to Aitkin County when she was 2 years old with her parents and 7 siblings, settling on a farm north of Aitkin. She attended school and graduated from Aitkin High School. When she was younger she enjoyed deer hunting and fishing. Evelyn was united in marriage to Clarence Forsman on July 30, 1941 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She volunteered as a cook at Lutheran Island Camp in Henning and helped care for several foster children. She loved traveling with Clarence, playing cards, cribbage, and visiting with family and friends. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She is survived by many relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence in 1999 3 brothers: Merle, Harold, and Fred Giesler 4 sisters: Lucile Thomas, Grace Petrin, Kathryn Miller, and Esther Hoge And her parents Fred and Louise (Nicolaus) Giesler Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Saturday, March 8, 2014 funeral service at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Burial will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to St. John's Lutheran Church of Aitkin. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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John C. Cox
07/17/1933-03/03/2014
John C. Cox, age 80 of McGregor died Monday, March 3, 2014 at the Sanford Medical Cardiac Care Center in Fargo, North Dakota. John Charles Cox was born during the heart of the Depression in Union County, Iowa, to Ralph John and Leona Maude (Dunn) Cox on July 17, 1933. His early years were spent attending the country school and working on the family farm alongside his father, mother, and two sisters. In 1949, John enlisted in the Iowa National Guard and later was given the opportunity to re-enlist in the newly formed United States Air Force where he earned his wings as a flight engineer on the B-29 Bomber. On February 4, 1956, he married Marjorie Ann Graff in Wichita, Kansas. He continued his military service and was stationed at a number bases in France and throughout the United States, serving as a jet mechanic and a missile maintenance technician. Later, he found his true calling as an Electronics instructor in the military technical training school, where in 1968 he was recognized as the 3362nd Technical Training Wing Outstanding Instructor of the Year. During his military service he served on a number of base, school, and church organizations, including the NCO Club, the Rod and Gun Club, the Parent-Teacher Association, and the Boy Scouts of America. John retired after 23 years of service at the rank of Master Sergeant. John and Marjorie moved to McGregor, MN in the summer of 1973 where he was a very active member of the Holy Family Catholic Church serving as an usher, lector, religious educator, and acolyte. In addition, he served on a number of different community organizations including the Arrowhead Community Development Corporation, the McGregor Area Food Shelf, the American Legion Post #0023, and the Knights of Columbus Council #4619. He attended Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids and served as the Veteran’s Education Officer for the Northeast Minnesota Community Colleges. He also was active in local and state politics, and was elected to multiple terms on the McGregor School Board. He was honored as Minnesota Volunteer of the year in 1998. In the spring of 1978, John graduated summa cum laude from Bemidji State University with a degree in Vocational Education. A longtime advocate of the advantages of education and giving people second chances, he turned to teaching Adult Basic Education for McGregor and Aitkin, and for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in East Lake, helping many students achieve their educational goals. He retired from teaching in 2008. John always enjoyed good coffee, good food, good conversation, and a good game of cards. His two favorite greetings were “Hey, Tiger!” and “Hello, Sunshine!” When not watching car races at the track, or on television, John spent his time reading the newspaper or science fiction. He also enjoyed competing against his wife and family while watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, often viewing early episodes to gain a competitive advantage. John is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Marjorie Ann (Graff) Cox of McGregor, Minnesota; a sister, Margaret “Peggy” (Richard) Osborne of Greeley, Colorado; daughters, Jacqueline Porter of Des Moines, Iowa, Joyce (Dale) Brekke of Tamarack, Minnesota, Judy (George) Langhorst of Moose Lake, Minnesota, Jeanette Cox of Ely, Minnesota, Jill (Anthony) Crawford of Rosemount, Minnesota and Jennifer Stewart (Scott Novak) of Albertville, Minnesota; sons, Ralph (Mary) Cox and James Cox of Thief River Falls, Minnesota; grandchildren, Marjorie (Nicolas) DeJong, John (Rachel) Cox, Patrick (Jessica) Cox, Elizabeth Cox, Mathias Langhorst, Alexander Crawford, Rosella Stewart, Clinton (Annette) and Erin Porter, Chris and Michael Cox , and Alicia (Brent) Pettigrew; great-grandchildren, Aisling and Maeve Cox, Serenity and Karyna Cox, Marcus and Nyla DeJong, Christian Cox, Shane and Zach Cox, and Emma, Gaberiel, and Addison Pettigrew; as well as several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law from the Graff family and many nieces, nephews, friends, and former students. John was preceded in death by his parents Ralph John and Leona Maude Dunn, two sons, James Michael Cox and John Charles Cox, two grandsons, Dale Andrew Brekke and Mòises Albert Langhorst, and a sister, Virginia Ann (Gene) Roe. MAY HIS MEMORY BE BLESSED. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, March 10, 2014 at 1 PM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be from 11 AM until the 1 PM services at the church Monday. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery near 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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Rebecca Lynn Jones
10/12/1954-03/01/2014
Rebecca Lynn Jones, of Aitkin, MN, passed away at her home surrounded by her family, on Saturday, March 1st, 2014. She was born in Peoria IL, to the late William and Lucille Jones. She graduated from Pittsfield high school in 1972. She Attended Eastern Illinois University before moving to Colorado. She and her family moved to Aitkin, MN in 1983 where she became a very active member of the community. Becki was a member of the Aitkin chamber of commerce and Aitkin retail committee. She also played viola in The Great River Strings Orchestra. She owned and operated Gramma's Pantry, the local health food store for 29 years. Becki truly loved her customers. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, traveling with her family and friends, good food and great music. Becki is survived by her 2 children; Peter Lowe Jr of Fort Ripley, MN and Brekke Lowe (fiance’, Dave Schuety) of San Diego. She is also survived by 2 Grandchildren, Caden and Lucille Schuety. Becki has three sisters, Julie Bucknam of MapleGrove, MN; Karen Gowen (husband Bruce) of Guatemala; and Jeri Franz (husband Gentz) of Jacksonville, Illinois. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Aitkin. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5-7pm at Sorenson-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Dorris Cemetery followed by a reception at the Beanery in Aitkin.
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Ron Hammond
05/11/1947-03/01/2014
Ron Hammond age 66 of Aitkin died March 1, 2014 at his home. He was born May 11, 1947. He is survived by his wife; Belinda Hammond, and three daughters and two sons in law, four grandchildren, four great grandchildren and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son in law. In honoring his wishes there will be no services. Arrangements with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home.
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Leila F. Jacobs
04/16/1934-02/28/2014
Leila F. Jacobs, age 79 of McGregor died Friday, February 28, 2014 at the Evergreen Terrace Nursing Home in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Leila was born April 16, 1934 in Medford, Wisconsin the daughter of Fredrick and Caroline (Diels) Glamann. She grew up and attended schools in Medford and graduated from the Medford High School in 1951. She married Hans Krausse on September 15, 1951 in Medford. They lived in Medford until 1959 when they moved to McGregor, Minnesota. He husband Hans died in 1968. She married Gordon Jacobs on November 1, 1969 in Palisade. She began and operated the LJ Electrical Manufacturing Co. in 1979 and ran it until 2008. He husband Gordon died in 2000. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church; the McGregor Lioness, she had taught Sunday school, enjoyed gardening, bird watching and reading. She is survived by daughters: Sandra (Mark) Miller of McGregor; Dorothy (Bruce) Bjelland of Nashwauk, Mn.; Lori (Alan) Cornett of Anoka, Mn.; step children: Mike (Carol) Jacobs of Ham Lake, Mn.; Paula (Jim) Henderson of McGregor; Tim Jacobs of Ham Lake; 13 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, brother: Harvey Glamann and sister in law: Donna Glamann. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Hans and Gordon, and brother Clarence. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery in the spring. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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