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Archive Obituaries
Curtis J. Braaten
07/04/1937-12/23/2013
Curtis Jerome Braaten, age 76 of Aitkin formerly of Princeton, Columbia Heights and Onamia died Monday, December 23, 2013 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Curtis was born July 4, 1937 at Starbuck, Minnesota the son of Clarence and Gladys (Aaberg) Braaten. He attended schools at Starbuck and then in 1950 moved to Onamia with his family and attended schools there. He married Joan Comstock and they made their home in Columbia Heights, Mn. He worked as an Iron worker in Steel Fabrication. He moved to Princeton in 1983. He married Alta Hope Lind (Kowalsky) on December 12, 1987 in Princeton. They lived in Princeton until they retired to Aitkin in 1994. He was the leader of the legendary Echo Valley Boys Band for over 30 years. He had a radio show in Minneapolis on two stations, KKER and WMIN. He was a member of the Music Union and did many benefits over the years to help many people. He is survived by his wife Alta Hope (Kowalsky) Braaten of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Daniel (Julie) Braaten of Princeton, Mn.; Scott (Chris) Braaten of Princeton, Mn.; Gerald (Kelly) Kowalsky of Aitkin; Lori Kowalsky of Mora, Mn.; Julie (Kevin) Glanz of Aitkin; 17 Grandchildren; 30 Great Grandchildren; 3 Brothers: Adler Braaten of Fridley, MN.; Larry Braaten of Milaca and Dean Braaten of Milaca, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents, Brother Gerald Braaten, Grandson: Joshua Glanz and nephew: Dennis Braaten. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 30, 2013 at 1 PM from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM and continue Monday from Noon until the 1 PM service at the church. Burial will be in the Baldwin Cemetery near Princeton, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Henry Joseph Gregoire
06/01/1942-12/19/2013
Henry Joseph (Mr. HJ) Gregoire, age 71 of rural Aitkin, Glen, Mn., Vietnam War Veteran, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, December 19, 2013. Henry was born June 1, 1942 at Hugo, Minnesota the son of Joseph and Luella (Rogala) Gregoire. He attended and graduated from the Forest Lake High School. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy serving in the Vietnam War. During his time in Vietnam he saved a pilots life when he crashed into the ocean off Vietnam. He married Linda Marie LaMotte, the love of his life, on April 21, 1961 in Hugo, Minnesota. After his discharge he made his home in Stacy, Minnesota and worked as a truck driver and also operated a farm. He built a six bedroom home for his wife and seven children. They lived there for 14 years. In 1978 Henry bought a resort on Mille Lacs Lake (HJ’s Lakeside Resort) and operated that for 25 years. Henry and Linda and Their family worked at the resort. Henry took pride in his knowledge of the lake and had great respect for the lake. In a 1996 article in The Smithsonian, mentioned H.J.’s Lakeside Resort. While Henry was running a neighborhood Launch Trip, he rescued a family of four whose boat had overturned when the winds had gotten bad. Henry closed H.J.’s Lakeside Resort in 2002 and sold the land leaving behind a lifetime of friends that had become more than customers. Henry then bought a farm in Glen where he and his lovely wife enjoyed working every day with their family, until he peacefully went to join our Lord on Thursday. Henry had served on the Lakeside Township Board for 14 years. He was very hard working, unique, humorous, loving person who loved the land, water and animals. If you needed something Henry would give it to you or build it for you. He always had the ability to fix the problem. Anyone who knew Henry knew how much he enjoyed playing practical jokes. He took great pride in his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Linda Marie; Seven Children: Mary Kay, Henry Joseph Jr., Timothy Russell, Daniel Emil, Tracy Lynn, James Aton, and Terry Quinton; Grandchildren: Mike, Jerry, Gabby, Troy, Jonah, Rachael, Brian, Dan Jr., Geoffrey, Eric, Jacki, Steph, Gracy, Jacob, Matthew, Kaitlyn, Josie Rae, Cody, Austin, Kim and Cally; and several great grandchildren and nieces and nephews and 1 brother Jim. He was preceded in death by his parents: Joseph and Luella, brother: Joe, Sisters: Mary Lou and Henrietta, granddaughter: Angel Marie and several stillborn children. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the 11 AM services at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in the Lakeside Cemetery south of Malmo. 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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Kathleen A. Wold
05/27/1948-12/18/2013
Kathleen Ann Wold, age 65 of McGregor died Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at her home in McGregor. Kathleen was born May 27, 1948 in St. Paul, Minnesota the daughter of Robert and Lenore (McShea) Darlow. She grew up in the Lillydale area and attended schools in St. Paul. She married Bert E. Wold Jr. in 1965 in South Dakota. The moved to McGregor and lived there until moving to Alaska in the early 1980’s. They returned to the McGregor area in 1991 and have lived here since. She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. She is survived by her husband Bert Wold Jr. of McGregor; Children and spouses: Amber (Kris) Livingston of West Point, Utah; Holly Wold of McGregor; Cynda (Brian) Keatts of Ham Lake, Mn.; Bert Wold III of McGregor; Amanda (Dan) Helm of Blaine, Mn.; Michael Paverud of Calf.; 14 grandchildren; 4 brothers: Jack (Judy) Darlow of Braham, MN.; Joe (Cheryl) Darlow of Pine City, Mn.; Bill (Sue) Darlow of St. Paul, MN.; Ernest (JoAnn) Darlow of McGregor; and sister: Laurie Barilla of White Bear Lake, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 11 AM from St. Bernard’s Catholic Church at 187 Geranium Ave. West in St. Paul, with Fr. Mike Anderson officiating. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery in St. Paul. A visitation will be held Friday from 3 to 6 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lydia Hyytinen Hogan
03/06/1920-12/17/2013
LYDIA HYYTINEN HOGAN passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at Aicota Healthcare Center in Aitkin, MN. She was born March 6, 1920 to Antti Kuusta (Gust) Hyytinen and Selma Olli. All of her grandparents were from Lappajarvi, Finland. Lydia farmed beside her husband of 65 years, Floyd Daniel Hogan (1909-2005) and was a loving friend of many. Children of that union were Cherie Ann (Jerald C.) Holm and Lauren Terrance (Victoria) Hogan. She is survived by her children, 7 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren, 4 Brothers and spouses: Laurie Olavi, Niilo Matt, Pentti Robert, and Donald Gust Hyytinen many nephews, nieces, other relatives, and a host of brothers and sisters in faith. She was a humble servant of the Lord. Funeral services will be held at the Sorenson Root Thompson Funeral Home, 31 Minnesota Avenue S, Aitkin on Friday morning, December 20, 2013. Public Visitation at 10:30 am with the service beginning at noon. Interment will be in Rabbit Lake Cemetery, Glen Township immediately following the service. Memorials may be directed to the Eagle Lake IA Lutheran Church c/o Dennis Lundin, 1439 Heather Lane, Cromwell, MN 55726 or the Hyytinen-Nelson Endowment Fund at the Jaques Art Center, 121 Second St NW, Aitkin, MN 56431.
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Gertrude \"Trudy\" Wyman
07/14/1924-12/16/2013
Gertrude “Trudy” Wyman, age 89 of McGregor died December 16, 2013 at Dade City, Florida. Trudy was born July 14, 1924 at Waubun, Minnesota the daughter of Frank and Alice (Fairbanks) Lego. She grew up and attended school in St. Paul. She married Marvin L. Wyman on August 2, 1944 in St. Paul. They lived in St. Louis Park and raised their family. They retired to Lake Minnewawa by McGregor 25 years ago. She volunteered for the American Cancer Society for over 30 years. She is survived by children and spouses: Sharon Sinn of Dade City, Florida; Susan and Charles Krumrie of Minneapolis; Kris and Steve Steege of Burnsville; Marvin Jr. and Nancy Wyman of McGregor; Kevin and Lori Wyman of Burnsville; Jim and Kris Wyman of Brainerd; son in law: Wayne Bergstrom of Middle River, Mn.; 11 Grandchildren: Kevin Westberg, Jeff Sinn, Brandon Steege, Ryan Steege, Mason Wyman, Laura Dahl, Kelly Sinn, Dakota Boyd, Samantha Krogfus, Malorie Adair, Emily Stunek, 7 Great Grandchildren: Hillary Dahl, Morgan Dahl, Brady Westberg, Sierra Westberg, Evertt Westberg, Oliver Adair, Ruby Adair, Sister: Claire Keigen of St. Paul. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Marvin in 2009 and daughter Judy. A gathering will be Saturday, January 11 from 11 AM until 1 PM at which time there will be a prayer service at the McGregor Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Demars officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jerry L. Emery
12/31/1944-12/09/2013
Gerald Lewis Emery, 68 of Glen, died December 9, 2013. He was born December 31, 1944 in Minneapolis to Lewis A. and Doris E. (Manning) Emery. He was a member of the first graduating class of Brooklyn Center High School. He had many careers during his life but in 1976 he started his snow grooming career after designing and building his own snow groomer. Jerry put 35 years plus, worth of effort in planning, building, and developing the Aitkin County trails. He was awarded Groomer of the Year in 2012, inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame, and active in the Mille Lacs Trails Snowmobile Club. He loved the Glen Community and being on Sugar Lake. He was a staple at the Glen parade and the Fish House parade in Aitkin. He was a private pilot and enjoyed flying and muscle cars. He was a First Responder and always took the time to help others. Jerry loved his sons and grandsons, they were his life and joy. He was preceded in death by his parents Lewis A. and Doris E. (Manning) Emery, Uncle Bob Emery, Aunt Dorothy Dammen, and his loving pets. Jerry is survived by his two sons and daughter-in-law: Joe (Sarah) Emery of Aitkin, Jeff Emery of Kodiak, Alaska, Grandchildren: Carson and Cayden Emery, Good Friend: Rose Schumacher of Glen, Brother and sister-in-law: Kent (Kathleen) Emery of Stacy, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, December 13, 2013 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Gene White will officiate. Burial will be in Malmo Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with a prayer service starting at 8:00P.M. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. www.srtfuneral.com
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Robert Beck
04/24/1937-12/06/2013
Robert “Bob” Beck, age 76 of Murphysboro, Illinois, died Friday, December 6, 2013 at the Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis Mo. He was born April 24, 1937 the son of Ernest and Elna (Salmela) Beck in Palisade, Mn. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters in infancy; a sister Violet Satterwhite, brothers: Jim Beck and Stanley Beck, and one nephew. He is survived by sister in laws: Esther Beck of Flagstaff, AZ., Velda Beck of Cloquet, MN., three nieces, two nephews; a great niece and a great nephew. A memorial service will be scheduled for the summer of 2014. Additional information will be provided at a later date. Local arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Robert E. Beck
04/24/1937-12/06/2013
Robert E. Beck 1937 – 2013 Robert E. Beck, age 76, of Murphysboro, IL, Professor of Law Emeritus at Southern Illinois University (SIU), died Friday, December 6, 2013 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born on April 24th, 1937 to Ernest and Elna (Salmela) Beck of Palisade, MN. Professor Beck obtained a JB.S.L. (1958) and an LL.B. (1960) degree from the University of Minnesota and an LL.M. degree (1966) from New York University. From 1962 to 1976 he was an assistant professor and professor at the University of North Dakota School of Law. In 1976 he joined the SIU Law Faculty and retired in August 2002. After retirement, he continued to teach one course per academic year at SIU. Over his career, Professor Beck wrote and lectured extensively on all aspects of natural resources law. He held offices and was a member of numerous committees and panels at the local, state, regional, national and international levels. He authored and co-authored chapters for, and served as Editor-in-Chief of, Waters and Water Rights, from 1991 through 2008. Professor Beck was the recipient of various awards including The Order of the Coif (1960), The Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorship (University of North Dakota, 1975), The Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Emeritus (University of North Dakota, 1987), SIU Law School Faculty Scholar of the Year (1995) and The Clyde O. Martz Teaching Award (Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 2007). An avid traveler, he traveled frequently to see family; friends in Vail, Colorado; a favorite place, Santa Fe, New Mexico and numerous international destinations. He was a devoted advocate and active supporter of environmental preservation. He enjoyed a life-long passion for the visual arts and loved the opera. Family and friends will remember him for his pleasant demeanor, dry sense of humor, encouragement, varied interests and knowledge, and most of all his devotion and thoughtfulness. He will be deeply missed by all. Professor Beck was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters in infancy, a sister Violet Satterwhite, a brother Jim, a brother Stanley and one nephew. He is survived by a sister-in-law Esther Beck of Flagstaff, AZ; a sister-in-law Velda Beck of Cloquet, MN; three nieces; two nephews; a great niece; two great nephews and an extended family of colleagues at SIU. A memorial service will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church, 411 Main Street, Palisade, MN on Saturday, June 21st, at 1:00 PM. Memorial gifts may be made to Green Earth, Inc., P.O. Box 441, Carbondale, Illinois, 62903 or to the SIU Foundation for the benefit of the School of Law Natural Resources Fund, MC 6805, 1150 Douglas Drive, Carbondale, 62901. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson.
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David O. Eide
05/10/1942-11/22/2013
David O. Eide, age 71 of McGregor formerly of Blaine and Minneapolis died Friday, November 22, 2013 at his home near McGregor. David was born May 10, 1942 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Oscar and Inez (Helgeson) Eide. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from the Roosevelt High School. He then served in the U.S. Navy serving on the Air Craft Carrier USS Oriskany. Upon his discharge in 1965 he returned to Minneapolis. He married Jeanette Makela on January 8, 1966 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Blaine and he worked for Superior Platting, Coop Plating and finally with A and M Manufacturing before retiring in 1998. He had been coming to the McGregor area for many years and he and his wife had bought property in 1982 in the McGregor area. The moved to the area in 2003 and have lived here since. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, horseshoes, bean bags and bowling. He is survived by his wife Jeanette Eide of McGregor; 3 sons and spouses: Jere and Lynda Eide of Vancouver, Washington; David Jr. and Nichole Eide of Isanti; Scott and Wanda Eide of Isanti; Daughter and son in law: Laura Jean and Clark Westphal of Isanti; Grandchildren: Casey and fiancé Sharmeta Eide; Kiilie Eide, Gabrielle Eide, Dallas Eide, Megan Eide, Scott Eide Jr.; Coby Eide and Hailey Eide. Great Grandchildren: Keana, Carter and Caster Eide. He was preceded in death by his parents; Granddaughter: Kirsten Simons; brothers: Richard and Allen and Sister Sharon Cook. A celebration of life will be held Friday, November 29, 2013 at 11 AM at the McGregor Funeral Home. A gathering time will be held from 10 AM until the 11 AM services. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Clovella LaVonne Richardson
01/16/1973-11/17/2013
Clovella LaVonne Richardson, 40, died Sunday, November 17, 2013 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. She was born January 16, 1973 in Binghamton, New York. Clovella (Lewis) was united in marriage to Eric Richardson. She was a certified nurses assistant and a homemaker, and attended Corner Stone Church in California. She was preceded in death by her grandmother. Clovella is survived by her husband Eric, 2 sons: Brian (Leslie) Roseland and Reece Richardson, Grandson: Grant Mother: Theda Lewis, Sister: Diane Thompson, Mother-in-law: Irene Richardson Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Mark (Sharon) Richardson, Janine (Scot) Richardson, Janet (John) Myles, Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Friday, November 22, 2013 memorial service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. Reverend Brett Richmond will officiate. www.srtfuneral.com
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Helen C. Wagner
11/10/1929-11/15/2013
Helen C. Wagner, 84 of Palisade died Friday, November 15, 2013 at her home. She was born November 10, 1929 in Climax, MN. She graduated from Fosston High School. Helen (Gudvangen) was united in marriage to Lawrence Wagner March 11, 1950. She enjoyed working on the farm and gardening. She was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence, 12 brothers and sisters and her parents. Helen is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law: Larry (Jackie) Wagner of Palisade, Dean Wagner of Brainerd, Grandchildren: Brian Wagner, Neil Wagner (Erika), Michelle (Dan) Peters, Mike (Tabitha) Wagner, Great-grandchildren: Gracie, Sophia, Isabella, and Dylan Peters, Sabrian and Kellen Wagner, Ian, Devin, and Darek Rono, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Barry Hite will officiate. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. Visitation will be 5P.M. to 7P.M., Friday at the funeral home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service. www.srtfuneral.com
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Steven Thomas Lane
10/18/1949-11/11/2013
Steven Thomas Lane, age 64 of Aitkin formerly of Little Fork and Graceville died Monday, November 11, 2013 at the V.A. Medical Center in Minneapolis. Steven was born October 18, 1949 at Graceville, Minnesota the son of Daniel and Axzine (Frey) Lane. He grew up and attended the Holy Rosary Catholic School in Graceville and graduated from the Graceville High School in 1967. He then served in the U.S. Army and spent time in Vietnam. He then attended Moorhead State University and completed his college studied at the University of Minnesota with a degree in forestry. He went on and received his Silviculturist Certificate. He worked as a District Forester in Tower-Soudan and in Littlefork before moving to Aitkin where he was a DNR Forestry supervisor. He retired in 2009. He was a member of the Little Fork Fire Department, and the Lions Club. Was also a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. He enjoyed his grandchildren, fishing, hunting, golfing, and doing genealogy, playing cards and web site design. He is survived by children: Corey and Anne Lane of McMinnville, Oregon; Kathleen and Darshan Christy of Aitkin; Gina Lane of Duluth, N.; 5 Grandchildren: Grace Lane, Emma Lane, Elijah Christy, Quintin Christy and Bennett Christy; 2 brothers: Richard (Mary) Lane of Graceville, Mn.; Patrick (Betty) Lane of Graceville, MN.; Nancy (Roger) Cauley of Rosemount, Mn.; Marie (Jim) Altrich of Graceville, Mn.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters: Geraldine Lane and Sharon Uhrich. A memorial mass will be held Friday, November 15, 2013 at 2:30 PM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. 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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John Raymond Hurd
03/10/1964-11/07/2013
John Raymond Hurd, age 49 of Deerwood, formerly of Tamarack died Thursday, November 7, 2013 at his home. John was born March 10, 1964 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Raymond and Alice (Preston) Hurd. He grew up and attended schools in Tamarack and McGregor and graduated from the McGregor High School in 1982. He worked with his father Timber Contracting cutting timber for the pulp mills. He also worked as a groundskeeper for the Wild Marsh Country Club in Buffalo, Mn. He also had worked white washing and disinfecting barns for farmers. His last job was with the Cuyuna Country Club in Deerwood as a groundskeeper. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and golfing. He also enjoyed watching his children playing sports. He is survived by his daughter: Lynae Hurd of St. Paul and son: Preston Hurd of St. Paul; Parents: Raymond and Alice Hurd of Aitkin; sister: Kathleen and Lenny Berg of Maple Plain, Mn.; brothers: Jere and Marilyn Hurd of Hibbing and Roger and JoAnn Hurd of Carlton, MN. A memorial service will be held at the Tamarack Presbyterian Church on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 11 AM with Rev. Rick Mann officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Woodland Cemetery in McGregor. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Marvelle E. Johnson
02/25/1915-11/05/2013
Marvelle E. Johnson, 98 of Aitkin died Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born February 25, 1915 in Virginia, MN. to Henry and Anna (Boland) Hornemann. Marvelle was united in marriage to Howard W. Johnson. She worked as a stenographer, played the piano and organ, enjoyed traveling, fishing, and was a “rock hound”. She was a member of Central Free Church in Minneapolis. She is survived by family and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. – Saturday, November 9, 2013 funeral service at Westside Calvary Baptist Church in Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Bethany Cemetery, Hermantown. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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William \"Bill\" J. Cummings
04/09/1934-11/04/2013
William “Bill” John Cummings, age 79 of Aitkin died Monday, November 4, 2013 at his home. Bill was born April 9, 1934 in Brainerd, Minnesota the son of Kenneth and Mary (Janzen) Cummings. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1952. He started driving the bulk oil truck for Cumming Bros. while he was in high school. Later he and his brother Pat bought the business and eventually Bill and his wife Pat started Cummings Oil and operated that until he retired in 1992. He married Patricia “Pat” Mickley on August 15, 1956 in Aitkin. They have made their home in Aitkin. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin, served on the Aitkin Fire Department, the Cuyuna Country Club Board, the Minnesota Petroleum Association Board, the Aitkin City Council, was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Lions Club. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He was the recipient of the Warren Potter Lifetime Achievement Award. He is survived by his wife Patricia “Pat” Cummings of Aitkin; 2 Sons and daughters in law: Kent and Jane Cummings of Aitkin, Scott and Karen Cummings of Aitkin; Daughter: Laurie Tibbetts of Stacy, Mn.; 3 Brothers: Greg Cummings of Fountain Hills, Arizona; Pat Cummings of Becker, Mn.; Kevin Cummings of Deadwood, South Dakota; 3 Sisters: Echo Welshons of Aitkin; Judy Ryan of Aitkin; Kay Breen of Brainerd, MN.; 8 Grandchildren: Katie Cummings, John Cummings, Billy Cummings, Kelly Cummings, Kristi Cummings, Mike Tibbetts, Dan Tibbetts, Patti (Chris) Perron; 3 Great Grandchildren: Cameron Tibbetts, Abigail Tibbetts, Morgan Ruschmeier. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 2 Daughters Lisa and Leslie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, November 8, 2013 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7 PM with a Rosary Service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. The visitation will continue Friday from 10 AM until the 11 AM service time at the church. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jane L. Deterling
07/10/1938-10/30/2013
Jane L. Deterling, 75 of Aitkin died Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born July 10, 1938 in St. Peter to Vernon and Mable (Block) Wright. She graduated from Hopkins High School. Jane was united in marriage to Kenneth Deterling. She enjoyed crocheting, fishing, bowling and playing bingo. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents. Jane is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Debbie (Dean) Radtke of Aitkin 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Harold Deterling (Sue) of Buffalo Steven (Maria) Deterling of Aitkin and North Dakota Granddaughter: Nicole Radtke of Aitkin Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. – Friday, November 8, 2013 memorial service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Cynthia Gray will officiate. www.srtfuneral.com
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Peder O. Tollefson
07/28/1944-10/26/2013
Peder O. Tollefson, age 69 of Aitkin died Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Peder was born July 28, 1944 at Eleva, Wisconsin the son of Alvin and Mae (Gunderson) Tollefson. He attended schools in Eleva until he moved with his family to the Aitkin area and he finished school in Aitkin. He worked for the Land O’ Lakes plant and also worked for many of the turkey growers loading turkeys at their farms. He also worked turkey farms in Wisconsin. He lived and worked in Missouri for a time and then moved back to Aitkin and worked at Rutgers for a time. He married Mary Ann O’Brien on July 25, 1975 in Minneapolis. He enjoyed fishing and family. He is survived by his sister and brother in law: Donna and Roger Hasskamp of Aitkin and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife in 1992 and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Friday, November 1, 2013 at 1:30 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Della D. Swanson
09/27/1924-10/25/2013
Della D. Swanson, age 89 of Aitkin died Friday, October 25, 2013. Della was born September 27, 1924 at Lake Norden, South Dakota the daughter of Jens and Kristine (Jensen) Madsen. She grew up and attended schools in South Dakota. She then worked as stewardess for Northwest Airlines in the early days of air travel. During WW II she worked for Honeywell. She married Harold K. Swanson on September 6, 1947 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Richfield and then Minnetonka. They retired to the Aitkin area in 1972 and have lived here since. She was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin. She was always volunteering to help. She was a very active volunteer at the Aitkin Health Services where she did hair and worked with the card recycling. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Ralph and Susan Swanson of Aitkin; 2 daughters and son in law: Jane Swanson of Denver, Colorado and Julie and Dan Johnston of Roseau, Mn.; 5 Grandchildren: Paul Swanson, Dan Swanson, Keith Bodner, Angie Swanson and Jesse Johnston; 6 Great Grandchildren and 1 sister: Donna Ogren of DeSmet, South Dakota. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Harold in 1997, 4 brothers and 3 sisters. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 1 PM from the Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin with Rev. Gunnar Salmonson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at a later date in the Dorris Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Phillip R. Yovicson
06/02/1931-10/24/2013
Phillip R. Yovicson, age 82 of McGregor formerly of Minneapolis died Thursday, October 24, 2013 at his home. Phillip was born June 2, 1931 at South St. Paul, Minnesota the son of Micah and Libby (Carter) Yovicson. He grew up and attended schools in South St. Paul and graduated from the South St. Paul High School. He then enlisted in the U. S. Air Force served during the Korean Wear. Upon his discharge he returned to Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota for two years. He then started working as an over the road truck driver. He married Lillian Jackson in 1961 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Minneapolis and he continued to drive truck. Upon his retirement in 1994 he moved to the McGregor area and has lived here since. He enjoyed working with his hands. He especially enjoyed doing carpentry work. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He loved his daughter Lisa. He is survived by his daughter Lisa Yovicson of McGregor. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Lillian, a sister Phyllis and two brothers Kenneth and Michael. Phillip will be buried at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis on Tuesday, October 29 at 1 pm. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lois A. Gale
09/06/1924-10/24/2013
Lois A. Gale, age 89 of Aitkin formerly of Minneapolis died Thursday, October 24, 2013 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lois was born September 6, 1924 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Harold and Lillian (Schuck) Johnson. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis and graduated from the Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis. After graduation she worked for a time in a bank. She married Lloyd C. Gale on July 5, 1947 in Minneapolis. The made their home in Minneapolis and also the North West Suburbs. As her family grew she worked for a time in the Minneapolis School System and later worked for the Minnesota Department of Health. Upon her husband’s retirement in 1978 they moved to the Aitkin area and she has made her home here since. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin and the Lois Club. She enjoyed swimming, reading, crafting, knitting, playing cards, crossword puzzles, Yatzee, Jig Saw Puzzles and she loved the Twins. Lois' love for family is only surpassed by the love for the Lord. She is survived by children and spouses: Doug and Karen Gale of Grand Marais, Mn.; Steve and Linda Gale of Afton, Mn.; Roger and Vicki Gale of Aitkin; Darlene and Craig Spencer of Cottage Grove, MN.; Sandy and Al Gaines of Medina, North Dakota; 12 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, 1 sister: Shirley and Bill Hooker of Burnsville, Mn.; brother: Les Johnson of Hesperia, Calf.; brother in law: Rusty Greenlund of Golden Valley, Mn.; sister in law: Marlys Gale of Aitkin and care giver Terry Boyer of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lloyd in 2002, grandson Brian, 3 brothers and 5 sisters. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be in the Spencer Cemetery near Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Laura \"Connie\" Lehman
06/06/1926-10/15/2013
Laura “Connie” Cornelia (Fillingim) Lehman, age 87, of McGregor Minnesota passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at the Aicota Health Center in Aitkin Minnesota surrounded by her loving family. She was born the youngest of ten children to Laura Dee (Coker) and Iving Gillis Fillingim on June 6, 1926 in Hemphill County, Texas. She attended two years of college in Amarillo Texas toward a degree as a grade school teacher. She was united in marriage to Robert William Lehman on June 23, 1946 at the Fillingim homestead in Texas. Connie and Bob started their life together in St Cloud, Minnesota where Bob completed his degree in education. They settled in McGregor, Minnesota in 1952 where they raised eight children. Connie was a homemaker and supported Bob throughout his teaching carrier. Her dedication to her family, friends, her community and to her church was a true testament to God’s word and to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Her hobbies included quilting, sewing, and she enjoyed her flowerbeds. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, her parents and 9 brothers and sisters; Leola Root, Leon Fillingim, Eula Newman, E.G. Fillingim, Adolphus (A.T.) Fillingim, William Fillingim, Willis Fillingim, Hugh Fillingim, Horace Fillingim. She is survived by 8 children; Connie Hammond, Leonard Lehman, David (Debra) Lehman, James Lehman, Thomas (Julie) Lehman, Timothy (Lucinda) Lehman, Karol (Alan) Lorincz, Karen (Todd) Hansen; 19 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren and 2 sister-in-laws; LaVerna Fillingim and Elton (Fillingim) Teeters. Funeral services were held on October 19, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church of McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor (www.srtfuneral.com). Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers and can be sent to McGregor United Methodist Church, PO Box 98, McGregor, MN. 55760.
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Arvid Neil Pearson
10/03/1919-10/13/2013
Arvid Neil Pearson, age 94 of Aitkin formerly of Baudette and Duluth died Sunday, October 13, 2013 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. Neil was born October 3, 1919 at Montrose, South Dakota the son of Arvid and Laura Pearson. He grew up and attended schools in South Dakota. He married his first wife Shirley Ann on December 26, 1940 in Minneapolis, MN. He served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. He then served in the U.S. Naval Ready Reserves from 1947 until 1979 when he retired with the rank of Commander. He Received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. He was a professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota Duluth during which time he had served as Department Head. He also served with UNESCO as Chief Advisor in the Philippines for 5 years. Upon retiring from teaching he lived in Baudette for a time and also Aitkin. His first wife died in 1994. He married Blanche Beyreuther in 1994 and they lived in Baudette and Aitkin. Blanche died in 2012. He enjoyed flying his plane, fishing, hunting, traveling and was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin. Survivors include: Daughter: Judith M. Phelps of Wales, United Kingdom; Step son: Dick Beyreuther of Aitkin; Step Daughter: Beverly Baartmas of Michigan; Brothers: Maynard Pearson of Madison, South Dakota and Donald Pearson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Grandchildren: Peter and Daniel Phelps, Christine Knudson; Great Grandchildren: Miranda, Eleanor, Caroline, Abriel, Haylie, and Benjamin Phelps and Abigail, Caleb, and Caitlyn Knudson. He was preceded in death by his 1st wife Shirley Ann and 2nd wife Blanche; Parents, and brothers: Eugene, John Delano (Jack) and Daryl Pearson. A graveside service will be held Friday, October 18, 2013 at 12:45 PM at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery with Rev. Leonard Phelps officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery Honor Guard. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Elgie Paul Wagner
02/12/1920-10/11/2013
Elgie Paul Wagner, age 93 of Aitkin died Friday, October 11, 2013 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born February 12, 1920 at Wolsey, South Dakota the son of Jacob and Elnora (Frank) Wagner. He grew up and attended schools at Owanka, South Dakota graduating from the Owanka High School in 1938. He then moved with his family to Aitkin, Mn. He first worked picking turkeys. He later worked as a farmhand. He joined the U.S. Army in 1940 and left with the National Guard for training at Camp Claiborne. LA. When World War II broke out in December of 1941 his stay in the service was extended to 54 months of which 39 were spent overseas. He served in the United Kingdom, Algeria, Tunisia, and Italy. He was a member of the 34th Military Police Company, 34th (Red Bull) Infantry Division. He received his discharge from the Army in August of 1945. He then returned to Aitkin and married Leona Emch, the youngest daughter of John and Bertha Emch at the Emch home on Cedar Lake, Aitkin, MN on August 22, 1945. Elgie and Leona purchased a farm in Nordland Township and started dairy farming and also began raising a few turkeys in 1949. The need for new buildings became very evident so they sold their cows and built their first brooder house and continued on to become successful turkey farmers. They farmed for 26 years and then sold their farm in 1971. After selling the farm, they bought a home on Elm Island Lake in Nordland Township. Feeling they were too young to retire at this time, Elgie became employed in the maintenance department of the Aitkin Community Hospital. After ten years, retirement became a reality, offering traveling, gardening and fishing. They moved to Blackrock Terrace Apartments in 1995 and lived there until moving to the Aicota Assisted Living Center in September of 2009. He has been living at the Aicota Health Care Center since February 2011. He is survived by his wife: Leona Wagner of Aitkin; daughter and son in law: Beverly and Alan Gray of Aitkin; Grandchildren: David Gray of Independence, MN Heidi Gray of Minnetonka, MN; sister: Irene Nitz of Hot Springs, Arkansas, brother and sister in law: Donald and Jean Wagner of Bloomington, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister in law: Mark and Phylis Wagner, sister and brother in law: Pauline and Ludvig Pafko, and brother in law: Joel Nitz. A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 11 AM from the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:30 PM until 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Aitkin. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Virginia Hammel
12/31/1932-10/11/2013
Virginia (Ginger) Hammel, age 80 of Aitkin died Friday, October 11, 2013 at the Aitkin Health Services. Survivors include two sons: Douglas and Steven, Daughter: Audrey and husband Ronald Kolquist, Grandchildren: Melissa and Sara Kolquist, Christopher Hammel and wife Amanda, Dustin Hammel and wife Nathania; Brother: George Tyrrell and wife Janet, Sister in law: Kathryn Stratton. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert M. As requested by Virginia, no services will be held. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home.
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Merlin G. Mapes
04/14/1928-10/06/2013
Merlin G. Mapes, age 85 of the Glen area died Sunday, October 6, 2013 at his home. Merlin was born April 14m 1928 at Colgate, North Dakota the son of Emry and Grace (Erickson) Mapes. He grew up and attended schools in Tamarack and graduated from the McGregor High School in 1946. He enlisted right out of school in the U.S. Navy and served for 4 years. He had served at the Great Lakes Naval Training Base, California, Texas, and at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. Upon his discharge he moved to Maryland and worked as a diesel mechanic for the Greyhound Bus Lines. He then moved back to Minnesota and worked for Interstate Diesel and in 1972 they moved to the Aitkin area and he worked for the McGregor School Bus Garage and then for Aitkin Motor Co. in Aitkin. After he retired he would work part time for Auto Value delivering parts. He married Maxine C. Billeter on November 12, 1965 in Columbia Heights, MN. They lived in the Twin Cities before moving to the Aitkin area in 1972. He served on the Malmo Town Board for many years. He had played in various bands in his younger days. He loved to read. He enjoyed helping his neighbors and he could fix just about anything. He also enjoyed inventing things and working on his hobby farm where over the years he raised just about every animal. He is survived by his wife Maxine Mapes of Aitkin; Son and daughter in law: James (Cheryl) Bodin of White Bear Lake, MN; Daughters and sons in law: Bunny (Dale) Wiersema of Ely, Mn.; Marie (Dan) Gordon of Aitkin; Mary Mapes of Aitkin; 9 Grandchildren: Myia Paradis, Eric Masurka, Sara Bodin, Cody Bodin, Travis Bodin, Daniel Gordon, Kenneth Gordon, Emma Plagge and Connor Plagge; 12 Great Grandchildren; 2 Brothers: Roger Mapes of Aitkin; Donald (Judy) Mapes of Arkansas; Sister: Dorothy Smith of Texas; Sister in law: Doris Mapes of Laurel, Maryland. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 Brother: Philip, 1 Sister: Marion and 1 Grandson: Paul Richard Masurka. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. A visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date at the Malmo Cemetery. 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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Marian A. Smiley
11/28/1924-10/04/2013
Marian A. Smiley, 88 of McGregor died Friday, October 4, 2013 at her home. She was born November 28, 1924 in Hammond, Indiana to Taylor and Pauline (Achor) Cathey. She graduated from Hammond High School. She worked as a clerk for I.H.B. Rail Road. Marian was united in marriage to Charles “Chet” Smiley on September 24, 1949 in Hammond, Indiana. Marian is survived by her husband Charles “Chet” Smiley Daughter: Sandy Henry, Grandchildren: Ryan (Beth), Mark (Ashley), and Lisa, Great-grandchildren: Alex, Natalie, and Hailey. Memorial service will be 11:00A.M. – Monday, October 7, 2013 at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. McGregor Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Christina Elizabeth Mackrell
06/11/1928-10/01/2013
Christina Elizabeth Mackrell, 85 of Aitkin died Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born June 11, 1928 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to William and Christina (Campbell) Marth. Christina was united in marriage to Thomas L. Mackrell, Sr. on August 30, 1954 in Robbinsdale. She worked in manufacturing and was a homemaker. She enjoyed dancing, fishing, bowling, golf, and loved her family. She was a past member of the Zurah Eastern Star and Garrison Commercial Club. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas L. Mackrell, Sr. on December 21, 1990, daughter Colleen Johnson, 3 brothers: Albert, William, and Neil Marth, and her parents William and Christina (Campbell) Marth. Christina is survived by her children: Thomas L. Mackrell, II of Aitkin, Linda Mackrell of Aitkin, Bonnie Kichler of Aitkin, Step-children: Richard Mackrell of Golden Valley and Sandra Mackrell of Minneapolis, 8 grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, Brothers: Ted, Bob, Monte, and Gordon “Pinky” Marth, Other relatives and friends. A celebration of life will be 1p.m. to 4p.m. – Thursday, October 10, 2013 at the VFW Andy Kokesh Post #1816 in Garrison. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Arthur F. Guimond
09/19/1925-09/29/2013
Arthur F. Guimond, 88 of Isle passed away Sunday, September 29, 2013 at his home surrounded by family and friends. He was born September 19, 1925 in Faribault to Adamore and Josephine (Carpentier) Guimond. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in World War II. On October 10, 1949 Arthur was united in marriage to Dolores M. Pribyl. They moved to Minneapolis and raised their family. While in Minneapolis he worked as a carpenter for 20 years. In 1969 Arthur bought Agate Bay Resort on Mille Lacs Lake which he operated for 7 years before retiring. Although “retired”, he continued his carpentry work for another 20 years helping build or remodel many cabins and homes in the area. He was an avid fisherman and participated in many fishing tournaments on Mille Lacs Lake and was known for his keen knowledge of the best fishing areas on the lake. He was very active in PERM (Proper Economic Resource Management) for many years. He was preceded in death by his daughter Renee, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and his parents. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 63 years Dolores, Children: Steven (Donna) Guimond, Rebecca (Brian) Alexander, Jeff (Jayne) Guimond, Betty (Les) Haglund, Tim (Kalena) Guimond, 6 grandchildren: Corey, Anissa, Trenten, Tanner, Jena, and Kelsey, 3 great-grandchildren: Haylea, Linsey, and Summer, Brother: Joel (Marcie) Guimond, Many other relatives and friends. A gathering for family and friends will be held at his home on Mille Lacs Lake Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 2P.M. – 5P.M. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Russell L. Way
11/09/1942-09/25/2013
RUSSELL WAY It is with great sadness the family of Russ Way announces his passing, Wednesday, September 25, at CentraCare Hospital in St. Cloud. Russ was born in Aitkin November 9, 1942 to Lawrence (Bill) and Marge Way. Russ graduated from Aitkin High School with the Class of 1960. He served in the US Navy during the Viet Nam War and worked for Reserve Mining Company after discharge. Russ began a long career as a truck driver in the early 80’s working for various trucking companies in Minnesota. He had proudly driven over a million accident free miles. Russ was preceded in death by his father, Bill, in 1990, his grandparents, Aunts Catherine Hillman and Marlys Hllman, and uncle Hank Fageroos. He is survived by his mother, Marge of Aitkin; Brother Steve (Jennifer) of Cambridge and Sister Linda (Art Martin) of Cloquet. Nephew and nieces are Daren Way (Melissa) of East Bethel, Elizabeth Gustafson (Bill) of Circle Pines and Andrea Hanek (James) of Duluth. Five great-nephews also survive; Jake Way, Nikolai Stout, Archer and Junior Hanek. Odin Russell Hanek, named for Russ, was born last year on Russ’ birthday; something that brought great joy to him in a difficult time. He is also survived by his good friend, Vicky Richards of Eau Clair. Several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many wonderful friends also survive. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 11 AM 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. 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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Donald A. Lind
05/20/1921-09/21/2013
Donald A. Lind, 92 of Palisade died Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born May 20, 1921 in Aitkin to Olaf and Edith Lind. He attended Gun Lake School and Aitkin High School. He enjoyed working as a farmer. Donald was united in marriage to Hulda M. Kaetterhenry on July 25, 1952 in Aitkin. They were both active members in the Headwaters Camping Chapter. He was a past member of the Farmers Union and the Minnesota Cattleman’s Association. He served on the Fleming Town Board and the Palisade Co-Op Oil Board. Don enjoyed playing horseshoes and cards, gardening, deer hunting, dancing, traveling, and volunteering. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers Bob and Carl, 2 sisters Ruth and Lois, and his parents Olaf and Edith Lind. Don is survived by his wife Hulda (Kaetterhenry) Lind of Palisade, 1 Brother: Maurice Lind of Crossville, TN., 2 Sisters: Mildred Maliszewski of Belvidere, NJ., Helen Hansen of Aitkin, Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. – Friday, September 27, 2013 at Fleming United Methodist Church, Fleming Township. Reverend Russell Christensen will officiate. Burial will be in Fleming Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. – Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. www.srtfuneral.com
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Paul Ivan Grostad
01/28/1931-09/19/2013
Paul Ivan Grostad, 82 of McGregor died Thursday, September 19, 2013 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born January 28, 1931 in McGregor to Otto and Tena (Moe) Grostad. He Graduated from McGregor High School and enjoyed working as a dairy farmer. Paul was a U.S. Army Veteran Serving in the Korean War. He was treasurer of the McGregor Township board and sexton of Grayling Cemetery for many years. He was preceded in death by his sister Joyce, 3 brothers: Marvin, Ottwell, and Robert and his parents Otto and Tena (Moe) Grostad. Paul is survived by his sister-in-law: Thora Grostad of McGregor. Many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Monday, September 23, 2013 funeral service at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Reverend Gunnar Salmonson will officiate. Burial with military honors will be in Grayling Cemetery, McGregor Township. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lavina \"Tootie\" Burr
10/12/1922-09/17/2013
Lavina “Tootie” Burr, age 90 of Aitkin died Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lavina was born October 12, 1922 at Middle River, Minnesota the daughter of Martin and Catherine (Haug) Hanson. She moved with her family at an early age to the Fleming area where she attended country school and then she attended the Aitkin High School graduating in 1940. She married Vernon A. Burr in 1942. She raised her family and worked on the farm while her husband worked. She was a member of the Fleming United Methodist Church, the Ladies Aid and TOPS. She enjoyed fishing, hunting and the outdoors. She is survived by her son Darold “Darry” Burr of Aitkin and daughter and son in law: Cathy and Bill Graham of Brainerd; 2 Grandchildren: Tammi and Angie 4 Great Grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Vernon in 1984 and 1 Granddaughter. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 1 PM from the Fleming United Methodist Church with Rev. Russell Christensen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the Fleming Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Melvin Clarence Hamman
10/05/1930-09/17/2013
Melvin Clarence Hamman, 82 of Isle died Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at the VA Hospital in St. Cloud. He was born October 5, 1930 on a farm in Grant County, Milbank, South Dakota to Joseph and Ella (Hagen) Hamman. He attended country school at Geneso #4. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in the Korean War. After being discharged he worked in the oil fields at Wolfpoint, Montana and then returned to Milbank and worked as a carpenter. Melvin was united in marriage to Ruth Elaine Gommer on September 30, 1955 in Minneapolis. He worked as a prototype sheet metal machinist at Pako Corp. in Golden Valley for 27 years. After Pako Corp. closed he worked at Artograph in Plymouth for 3 years retiring in 1991 and then moving to their home by Mille Lacs Lake, Isle. He was a lifetime member of the VFW in Milbank, SD, a member of the Military Service Association in Isle, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers, and Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo. He was preceded in death by his brother Earl and his parents Joseph and Ella (Hagen) Hamman. Melvin is survived by his wife Ruth, Brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Dean (Linda) Gommer, Nieces: Heidi and Allyson. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Wednesday, September 25, 2013 funeral service at Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo. Reverend James Raisanen will officiate. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls. Memorials are preferred to Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo Music Department. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dave M. Sandberg
09/16/1926-09/15/2013
Dave. M. Sandberg, age 86 of Aitkin died Sunday, September 15, 2013 at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Dave was born September 16, 1926 in Hazelton Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota the son of John and Jessie (Carr) Sandberg. He attended the West Bennettville School and then the Aitkin High School graduating in 1944. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served during WW II. Upon his discharge he returned home and went to work doing carpentry work with Cliff Schroeder. He married Lois E. Backstrom on April 27, 1950 in Aitkin at First Lutheran Church. They moved to the Twin Cities where they lived and raised their family until 1966 when they moved back to Aitkin. He continued working as a carpenter into his mid-70’s before he put down his hammer. He was a member of the Aitkin Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite and the Shriners, was a member of the Aitkin American Legion and the Sons of the American Legion; had served on the Bennettville Cemetery Board, had served many years on the Aitkin City Council; was a member of the Quarterbacks Club and was a Past President of the club. He had played baseball for the Hickory Team, he played softball for many years, he had bowled for the Aitkin Iron Works Team for many years, and he enjoyed hunting and fishing and especially enjoyed working. He is survived by his wife Lois Sandberg of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Wendy Sandberg of Aitkin; Brian and Judy Sandberg of Aitkin; Steve and Kristi Sandberg of Aitkin; Rob and Shelly Sandberg of Rice Lake Wisconsin; 5 Grandchildren: Lainey (Jeremy), Dan, Eric, Lynnsey and Cassie; 3 Great Grandchildren: Mya, Jalynn, Brenan and 1 expected to arrive in April; and Sister: Marvel (Glen) Baumgartner of Milwaukee, Wisc. and his devoted companion Cooper, his dog. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Robert and 1 sister: Helen Kaiser. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 20, 2013 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 8 PM and also 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home on Friday. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jane A. Pearson
12/11/1944-09/06/2013
Jane Pearson, 68, passed away of mesothelioma on Friday, September 6 in the Aicota Nursing Home. Jane had many friends and family around her during her final days. Jane was born in Aitkin (across the street where she lived for the past 17 years) on December 11, 1944. She grew up in the Glen community and attended Clear Lake Elementary School and graduated from Aitkin High School in 1962. After graduating from high school she went to the Minnesota Beauty Academy in Minneapolis. Jane worked at a shop in Richfield, Lindy’s in South Minneapolis and later purchased Lindy’s and renamed the shop Calamity Jane’s Cut & Curl. She also worked at The Terrace Hair Design in Uptown area of Minneapolis. When she returned to Aitkin to care for her mother and father, she opened a shop downtown Aitkin also known as Calamity Jane’s. She closed her shop in Aitkin and retired in December 2011. Jane was an only child, never married, and no children. She is survived by aunts and uncles, many cousins and wonderful friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Violet Pearson. A memorial service will be held at Glory Baptist Church on Sunday, September 22 at 3:00 p.m. and visitation beginning at 2:30 with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. Burial will be in the Glory Cemetery. Following the service refreshments will be served in the Glory Community Center. Arrangements made by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Clarence Burman
03/31/1926-09/03/2013
Clarence A. Burman, age 87 of Glen died Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Clarence was born March 31, 1926 in Lakeside Township of Aitkin County the son of Carl and Ida (Larson) Burman. He attended country schools and then attended the Aitkin High School graduating in 1944. He spent time working on farms and also logging and worked for his uncle at Burman’s Resort on Mille Lacs Lake in his younger days. He also worked a time for Industrial Aggregate in the Twin Cities. He returned home to the farm to help with the farm and cows. He married Ellen M. Lindgren on November 19, 1949 in Aitkin. They made their home on the family farm and operated the farm and Clarence also worked for the Bureau of Mines drilling test holes. He then worked for the Lane water well drilling company for a time before he went to work for Lampert Lumber in Aitkin and he worked for them for 26 years retiring in the late 1980’s. He had been very active in the 4-H program, was an avid stamp collector, enjoyed deer hunting and fishing and watching the wildlife. He is survived by his wife Ellen Burman of Glen; 3 sons and spouses: Warren and Margie Burman of Aitkin; Dwight and Linda Burman of St. James, MN.; Kevin and Kris Burman of Stanchfield, Mn.; 8 Grandchildren: Jamie Burman, Justin Burman, Jarred Burman, Mike Burman, Doug Burman, Greg Burman, Brent Burman, and Lindsay Burman; 4 Great Grandchildren: Aidan, Sophia, Mason and Elijah; 2 Sisters: Irene Long of Onamia; Loretta Wiess of Los Angeles, Calf., 2 Brothers: Olander (Dorothy) Burman of East Bethel, Mn.; Ernest (Maria) Burman of Malmo. He was preceded in death by his parents and Sister Anna. Funeral services will be held 11:00A.M. - Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo with Rev. James Raisanen officiating. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church Saturday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ralph D. Hegman
07/25/1928-09/01/2013
Ralph D. Hegman, age 85 of Brainerd formerly of Aitkin, died Sunday, September 1, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Society-Woodland Care Center in Brainerd. Ralph was born July 25, 1928 in Crosby, Minnesota the son of Ezra and Stella (Forsmark) Hegman. He grew up and attended the Gun Lake Country School and then the Aitkin High School. He then attended Moody Bible School in Chicago, Illinois and then John Brown University in Salem Springs, Arkansas. He served as a minister in the Community Church in Valley Farms, Arizona; the Presbyterian Church in Brainerd, Mn. and the Community Church at Ossipee from which he retired after 24 years of service there in 1994. Ralph continued to do ministerial work in the area until his health declined. He enjoyed stamp collecting, fishing and motorcycles. He had also been very active in the Boy Scouts. He is survived by one brother and sister in law: Glenn and Barb Hegman of Sarona, Wisc.; 3 sisters and brothers in law: Geraldine Dunbar of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Marian and Elson Dykstra of Worthington, Mn.; Linda and LeRoy Clow of St. Vincent, Mn. and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 sister Eleanor Ann. A memorial service will be held Friday, September 6, 2013 at 2 PM from the Good Samaritan Society Woodland Care Center in Brainerd with Rev. Charles Carlson officiating. A visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the care center. Burial will be in the Fleming Cemetery on Friday morning at 10 AM. The Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin is in charge of the arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Donald Allen Carter
04/25/1964-08/29/2013
Donald Allen Carter, age 49 of Aitkin died Thursday, August 29, 2013 at his home in Wealthwood Township of Aitkin County. Donald was born April 25, 1964 in Fairbanks, Alaska the son of Michael and Karen (Madden) Carter. He grew up and attended schools in Cloquet graduating from the Cloquet High School in 1982. He then attended the Lake Superior College for 2 years. He served in the U.S. Army from 1986 until 1992 when he was discharged. During his enlistment he spent time in Germany. Upon his discharge he returned to Germany and lived there for 11 years before moving back to the Aitkin area in 2004. He worked for a time at Stern Rubber and then worked for Northwood’s Equipment as a service manager for about 5 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and flying toy helicopters. He also enjoyed doing small projects and he and his lifetime partner built their home near Mille Lacs Lake. He is survived by his lifetime partner: Cathy Kersey of Aitkin; Parents: Mike and Karen Carter of Midway, Alabama; Dave Drahosh of Aitkin; Children: Randy and Lucas Carter of Karlsruhe, Germany; Grandchild: Phillip Carter of Germany; Sisters: Lauree Eggebraaten of Superior, Wisc.; Michelle Shanda of Lino Lakes, Mn.; Diane Chapman of Blaine, Mn.; Theresa Gould of Rogers, Mn.; Ann Marie Quinn of Zimmerman, Mn.; Brothers: Terry Drahosh and Tim Drahosh both of Aitkin; Grandmothers: Lorraine Carter of Cloquet, MN., Marion Drahosh of Moose Lake, MN. And numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Larry Anderson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Brenton Joel Sherman
05/29/1985-08/26/2013
Brenton Joel Sherman, 28 of Grand Rapids died Monday August 26, 2013 in Grand Rapids. He was born May 29, 1985 in Marshall to Scott and Cindy (Castellano) Sherman. He lived with his family in Marshall until he was 6 years old then they moved to Aitkin in 1991. He attended Rippleside Elementary School and graduated from Aitkin High School in 2004. During high school he participated in the golf program and worked for Aitkin Discount Foods as a meat cutter and also at Paulbeck’s grocery store. Brent attended Minnesota Technical College in Wadena. He graduated with a diploma in HVAC and plumbing. He worked at Minnesota Diversified Industries in Grand Rapids where he has lived for the past 2 years. He enjoyed outside sports such as fishing, deer and grouse hunting, and camping. He really enjoyed the outdoor life of northern Minnesota. He will remain in our hearts forever and will be sadly missed by: His parents: Scott and Cindy of Aitkin, Brother: Russell of Aitkin, Grandfather: Ron Castellano of Sauk Rapids, Uncle: Bo Castellano of Babbitt, Special friend: Karissa Glanz of Aitkin, Many aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friends from Aitkin and Grand Rapids. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Rose Castellano, grandmother Dorothy Sherman, grandfather Lester Sherman, and uncle Kim Sherman. Funeral service will be 3:00P.M. – Friday, August 30, 2013 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Thursday 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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Bennett Thomas Burke
08/09/2011-08/26/2013
Bennett Thomas Burke, age 2 of Palisade died Monday, August 26, 2013 at his home in Palisade. Bennett was born August 9, 2011 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Collin Burke and Cortney Spolarich. He grew up in Aitkin and Palisade. He loved anything with a motor, especially motorcycles, snowmobiles and 4-wheelers. He enjoyed stroller rides, animals, the outdoors and gardening where he grew his own sunflowers. He is survived by his Parents: Cortney Spolarich and Spencer Nutting of Palisade; Collin Burke and Lindsey Carlson of Aitkin; Grandparents: Rodney and Gaylene Spolarich of Palisade; Thomas and Sherri Burke of Aitkin;; Aunts and uncles: Jeremy and Andria Spolarich of Bloomington, Mn.; Trista Spolarich and Steven Bredeson of Minneapolis; Dan Burke and Nikki Fiske of Aitkin; Adam Burke and Andrew Burke both of Aitkin; Cousins: Sadie, Marin and Charlotte Spolarich of Bloomington; Great Grandparents: Paul and Violet Spolarich of Palisade; Nora Wilke of Palisade; Richard and Sonja Bruns of Spirit Lake, Iowa; Kathryn Beisell of Anamosa, Iowa. He was preceded in death by great grandfathers: J.C. Burke and Emery Wilke and great uncle Steven Freeman. A funeral mass will be held Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 3 PM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be from 2 PM until the 3 PM services at the church. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery in Palisade. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Melvin L. Johnson
03/15/1927-08/22/2013
Melvin L. Johnson, age 86 of Tamarack died Thursday, August 22, 2013 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, MN. Melvin was born March 15, 1927 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of John E. and Gertrude (Geving) Johnson. He attended school in Tamarack through the 8th grade and then attended the McGregor High School graduating in 1945. Mel then served in the U.S. Army during WW II. Upon his discharge in November of 1946 he returned to Tamarack and Married Rose E. Nyberg on September 25, 1948 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. They lived in Buhl, MN. Where Mel worked in the mines for a time. He moved back to Tamarack in 1951 and bought a farm and raised dairy cattle until the late 1980’s. After he quit dairy farming he raised beef cattle up until about 2010. He moved into the Northland Assisted Living in January of 2012 and in May of 2013 moved to the Aitkin Health Services. Mel had served as an Aitkin County Commissioner, Aitkin County Soil and Water Conservation Board, the Lakes and Pines Board, Arrowhead Regional Corrections Board, the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Posse, was a Clark Township Supervisor, Fire Warden, member of the N.E. Minnesota Corrections Committee, was a McGregor School board member, was a member of the Larson-Deneen VFW Post 2747, was a founding member of the Tamarack Sno-Flyers Club and was one of the founding organizers of the Tamarack Hey-Days. He enjoyed snowmobiling, ATV’ing and hunting. He is survived by 1 daughter and son in law: Kristine and Michael Fuqua of Willmar, Mn.; Brother and sister in law: Lester and Irene Johnson of Bemidji, Mn.; Grandchildren: Alan Johnson, Wade Johnson, Erica Krolak, Nicholas Johnson, Jonah Fuqua, Courtney Rose, Great Grandchildren: Signe Johnson, Ethan Johnson, Ilee Johnson, Ava Krolak, Mya Krolak, Mazzy Johnson, Good Friend: Carol Hageman. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Gertrude Johnson, Wife Rose Johnson; Sons: Kelvin Johnson and Kerry Johnson. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 4 PM from the McGregor High School Auditorium with Rev. John Pressler officiating. Visitation will be from 2:30 PM until the 4 PM services at the auditorium. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin, Mn. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Caroline Mae Narr
04/19/1934-08/18/2013
Caroline Mae Narr, age 79 of Lake Waukenabo near Palisade died Sunday, August 18, 2013 at her home. Caroline was born April 19, 1934 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Charles and Mildred (Pearson) Anderson. She had attended schools in Little Falls, Wayzata, New Prague and Excelsior. She then went to work for the telephone company as an operator. She met Eugene Narr and they were married on June 30, 1950 at her parent’s home in Wayzata, Minnesota. They lived in Oak Knoll, Wayzata, Medicine Lake and then Plymouth. She and her sister Eloise worked as upholsterers for 11 years working out of Caroline’s home. She and Eugene owned property on Lake Waukenabo near Palisade since 1968 and they retired to the lake in 1989 and have lived here since. She had served as the secretary for the committee on Aging in Aitkin County, was clerk of the Waukenabo Township, secretary of the management team for the Waukenabo Community Center, and was secretary for the Hilltop Chapel. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, knitting, sewing, quilting, and bird watching. She is survived by her husband: Eugene Narr of Palisade; Children and spouses: Wendy and Gene Shavlik of Spring Park, Mn.; Steve and Valerie Narr of Plymouth, Mn.; Daniel and Sally Narr of Columbia Heights, Mn.; Randy Narr of New York Mills, Mn.; Sandra and Mark of Toepper of Perham, Mn.; 19 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 1 sister: Marlene Anderson of Sauk Rapids, Min. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 great grandchildren, 1 brother Maynard and 2 Sisters Eloise and Barbara. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 11 AM from the Hilltop Chapel with Rev. Barry Hite and Rev. Charles Carlson officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM at the Hilltop Chapel and also 1 hour prior to the time of services at the church on Thursday. Burial will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Richard F. Keely
08/09/1920-08/11/2013
Richard F. Keely, age 93 of McGregor died Sunday, August 11, 2013 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Richard was born August 9, 1920 at Staples, Minnesota where he grew up and attended schools. He worked for Honeywell before marrying Alma Bruggman in 1983 in McGregor. He has resided in McGregor since then. He had a love for aviation from flying airplanes in his younger days, and then enjoyed hanging out at the Aitkin and McGregor airports when he was no longer able to fly by himself. In the 1980’s he owned his own plane which was one of his most prized possessions. He was always on the go and enjoyed bingo, driving to Grandy for broasted chicken, snowmobiling and riding his motorcycle. He is survived by a stepson: Darrell (Sharon) Bruggman of McGregor; step daughter: Patricia Pickles of McGregor; Step granddaughter: Mindy (Shawn) Hoover of McGregor; Step grandson: Danny (Samantha) Pickles of Superior, Wisc.; and 4 step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Alma in 2005, 3 sisters and 1 brother. A visitation will be held Thursday, August 15, 2013 from 5 to 7 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home with a prayer service at 6:45 PM at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home.
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Raymond Lindberg
06/29/2031-08/11/2013
Raymond Wayne Lindberg, age 82 passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, August 11, 2013. He was born June 29, 1931 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of John and Sonia Lindberg. Ray was an avid golfer and also loved to fish and hunt and spend time outdoors with family and friends. Ray enjoyed traveling and spending winters at his home in Texas. Ray was a hard worker throughout the years, and helped many people. He had owned a successful construction company, L.P.W. in New Brighton, MN. and when he moved to McGregor he owned and operated Willey’s Sport Shop for 18 years. He is survived by his wife Donna of 63 years; daughter: Susan and sons Steven and David and grandchildren Todd Lindberg and Katie and her longtime boyfriend Eric. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Mayo Clinic. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor, MN.
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Lillian E. Balsley
06/06/1920-08/07/2013
Lillian E. Balsley, age 93 of Maple, Wisconsin formerly of Palisade, Mn. died Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at the Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, Mn. Lillian was born June 6, 1920 in Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of John and Minnie (Baisden) Packer. She grew up and attended schools in Bain, Mn. She married Perry R. Balsley on June 26, 1937 in Aitkin. They lived in Duluth and Palisade where she raised her family and also her niece and two nephews following the death of their parents. She had worked for dry cleaners in Duluth and also worked as a nurse’s aid at Hillcrest in Duluth. In later years she also cared for an elderly lady at Nimrod, MN. She moved to Maple, Wisconsin in 2009 and has lived with her daughter Mary since. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She had been involved in the Moose Club, loved picking strawberries, cooking and enjoyed the outdoors. She also helped raise her great grandchildren. She is survived by 2 daughters: Charlotte (Dan) LaBarge of Superior, Wisc.; Mary Beal of Maple, Wisc.; 19 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and numerous great great grandchildren. Also surviving are nieces and nephews including Warren, Jerry and Eileen the children she raised. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Perry in 1980, son Jerry and daughter Shirley and 9 brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 16, 2013 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Charles Carlson officiating. Visitation will be from Noon until the 2 PM services. Burial will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Margie J. Marsyla
02/17/1944-08/03/2013
Margie J. Marsyla, age 69 of McGregor died Saturday, August 3, 2013 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Margie was born February 17, 1944 at Watertown, Minnesota the daughter of Roman and Rose (Buldec) May. She grew up in Corcoran, Minnesota and attended schools in Rockford where she graduated from High School in 1962. She then moved to Minneapolis and worked for the Honeywell Company. She married Donald Kral in 1963. They lived in the cities for a time and then moved to California where he ran a construction company. They then moved to Cassville, Missouri. When Donald passed away Margie moved back to Minnesota making her home in Corcoran for a time and then in Brooklyn Park. She worked for Daily Printing. She married Lyle Marsyla on February 28, 1987 in Crystal, Minnesota. Upon their retirement in 2000 they moved to the McGregor area and they have lived here since. She was very active in the Lake Minnewawa Association and had served as its secretary for many years. She was also the chairman of the Lake Minnewawa Garage Sale for a number of years. She had worked a time at the McGregor Dairy Queen where she was a cake decorator, and she had done many wedding cakes over the years. She also enjoyed crocheting, sewing, playing cards, spending time with family and being a snowbird and spending winters in Arizona. She is survived by her husband Lyle Marsyla of McGregor; Children: Destry (Margie) Kral of Cambridge, Mn.; Candace Kral of McGregor; Tammy (Dave) Johnson of New Prague, Mn.; Theresa Marsyla (Kelly Vancleve) of New Prague, MN.; Teri (Mark) Yahnke of New Prague, MN.; 11 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren; 2 Sisters: Stephanie (Sid) Hughes of Emily, Mn.; Rosemary (Butch) Bauer of Annandale, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, First Husband Donald, and 2 Brothers: Donald May and Melvin May. A memorial mass will be held Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 11 AM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services and a lunch and gathering will be held at the McGregor Community Center following the service. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home.
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Esther Hoge
04/11/1911-08/02/2013
Esther “Grandma” Barbara Hoge, 102 of Aitkin died Friday, August 2, 2013 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born April 11, 1911 in Finchford, Butler County, Iowa to Fred Charles and Lucy Bertha (Nickalaus) Giesler. She moved with her parents and seven brothers and sisters to Aitkin by train in 1923. She graduated from Aitkin High School in 1929 and then attended two years of Vo-tech in Brainerd. Esther was united in marriage to John Gerhard Hoge on September 3, 1929 in Aitkin. They lived and farmed in Cedar Brook for 60 years. She worked as a cook for Aitkin Schools and Aicota Health Care Center. She was a 4-H leader for 30 years. She moved to the Aitkin Manor after Gerhard passed away in 1991. In 2010 she moved to Aicota Assisted Living and in 2013 to Aicota Health Care Center. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin, American Legion Auxiliary, Catholic Women\'s Council, the Golden Agers, Aitkin County Committee on Aging, Seven County Senior Citizen’s Group, Women’s Relief Corps. Esther loved all sports and participated in an all girl basketball team during her high school years. She continued to attend games of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren until her death. She was preceded in death by her husband John Gerhard Hoge, son Jerome Hoge, three brothers: Merle, Harold, and Fred Giesler, three sisters: Lucile Thomas, Grace Petrin, and Kathryn Miller, and her parents. Esther is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Gertrude (Jerome) Wiederholt of Prescott, AZ., Sister: Evelyn Forsman of Aitkin, 11 grandchildren and their spouses, 3 step-grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 8P.M., Tuesday with a prayer service starting at 7:30P.M. at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Francis Henry Johnson
05/30/1925-07/31/2013
Francis Henry Johnson, 88 of Aitkin died Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale after a fall at his home. He was born May 30, 1925 in Rossburg to Arthur George and Helen Ida Rose (Perry) Johnson. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1944 and then attended UofM North Central School of Agriculture in Grand Rapids. Francis was united in marriage to Margaret “Marge” Huber November 10, 1951 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. In the mid 1940’s he started a farming partnership with Richard Morris. They were the first in the area to have parlor milking and were featured in many magazines. Starting in the late 1940’s he enjoyed playing baseball for the Rossburg team for many years. He was an avid deer hunter. Francis was the last customer served at Ziske’s lunch counter and was a strong supporter of the Roadside Restaurant. He served on the Spencer Township board. In 1957 he was named Outstanding Young Farmer. He was a member of (ASCS) Agriculture Stabilization Conservation Service, (NFO) National Farmers Organization, Saint James Catholic Church, and former member of the Knights of Columbus. Francis was a lifelong farmer and an outstanding role model to his children, grandchildren, and entire family. He was preceded in death by his son Gregg Johnson, sister Kathryn Allen, two brothers George and Darrell Johnson, and his parents. Francis is survived by his wife Marge, Daughter and son-in-law: Bonnie (Tom) O’Neil of Aitkin, Son and daughter-in-law: Scott (Jodie) Johnson of Aitkin, Daughter-in-law: Lisa Johnson of Woodbury, Sister: Viola Kinniburgh of Kalispell, MT., 9 grandchildren: Kelli O’Neil, Kacie O’Neil (Scott Oyen), Kory O’Neil (Amanda MacDonald), Matthew (Maureen) Johnson, Michelle Johnson (D.J. Jorgensen), Kari Jo (Peter) Faulhaber, Zachary Johnson, Ryan (Angela) Mann, Shelly Mann (Ryan Moen), and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, August 9, 2013 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, Aitkin. Visitation will be 5 to 8P.M. – Thursday with a prayer service starting at 7:00P.M. at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flower. www.srtfuneral.com
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Bernice Rinta
06/27/1939-07/28/2013
Bernice D. Rinta, 74 of McGregor died Sunday, July 28, 2013 at her home. She was born June 27, 1939 in Aitkin to Einer and Clara Lenea (Brown) Hanson. Her parents died at a young age and Bernice was raised by Fred and Julia Misfeldt. She graduated from Aitkin High School. Bernice was united in marriage to Henry Rinta on November 30, 1957 in Aitkin. She enjoyed gardening, reading, traveling, cooking, bingo, and watching the Minnesota Twins. She loved spending time with her family. Bernice is survived by her four children: Tony (Kim) Rinta of Stillwater, Kay Koerber (Chuck Rawlings) of McGregor, Karen (Ted) Johnson of Inver Grove Heights, Kris Rinta (Chris Pierce) of McGregor, Four grandchildren: Gina (Josh) Henderson, Taylor Rinta, Nolan Rinta, and Nick Johnson. Two great-grandchildren: Emma and Jax Henderson, Sister: Vera Lamb, Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry in 1994; brother Gerald Hanson; three sisters: Audrey Midthun, Mildred Miller, Clarice Schutz; and her parents: Einar and Clara Lenea (Brown) Hanson and Fred and Julia Misfeldt. Funeral services will be 10A.M., Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Needle Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Friday at the church and will continue 1 hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Bill Wuorio
07/18/1939-07/23/2013
William “Bill” John Wuorio, 74 of Isle died July 23, 2013 at Fairview University Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born July 18, 1939 in Duluth to Peter and Helen (Peterson) Wuorio. He graduated from Duluth Denfeld High School. Bill was united in marriage to Judy (Mahler) on July 10, 1970 in Saginaw. He worked for many years as an Ice Road Trucker. He was former state champion and past president of the Minnesota Trap shooters Association. He was a very avid sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. He was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo. He was preceded in death his uncle Carl and his parents Peter and Helen (Peterson) Wuorio. Bill is survived by his wife Judy, Four daughters and sons-in-law: Terri (George) Drimel, Debbie (Mike) Appelwick, Rhonda (Jordan) Flagstad, Renee (Stephane) Tsamba-Massala; 11 grandchildren: Amanda, John, Eric, Aaron, Megan, Taylor, Kenzie, Bo, Christian, Olivia, Oceanne; Six great-grandchildren: Liam, Reese, Kyler, Hunter, Isabelle, Lydia; Brother: Pete Wuorio, Sister: Lana Roerkhol; Many other relatives and friends. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the 1:30P.M. – Monday, July 29, 2013 funeral service at Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo. Reverend James Raisanen will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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