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Archive Obituaries
Dorothy J. Kaufmann
12/13/1932-04/13/2011
Dorothy J. Kaufmann, 78 of Aitkin died Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born December 13, 1932 in Minneapolis to Archie and Blanch (Clifton) Goodin. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis. She owned and operated the Silver Dollar Bar in Loretto, MN. for many years, and worked as a teachers aid at Rippleside Elementary School in Aitkin. She was a member of the Aitkin VFW Post #1727and American Legion Post #86 Auxiliaries. Dorothy is survived by 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Colleen (Gary) Finlayson of Aitkin Sharon (Arnie) Wenz of Georgetown, TX. One son and daughter-in-law: Stephen (Barb) Praus of Loretto, MN. 5 grandchildren: Dustin Finlayson, Matthew Finlayson, Jill Brinkman, Jeff Wenz, and Paul Johnson Seven great-grandchildren: Teagan, Blake, Tiffany, Wyatt, Sara, Nora, Lyla, and one on the way. 1 sister: Beverly Booth of Burnsville Many other relatives and friends She was preceded in death by her son Kevin Praus, sister Gloria Henneberry, and her parents Archie and Blanch (Clifton) Goodin. A Time of Gathering will be from 10:00A.M. to 12:00P.M., Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin Lunch will follow at Aitkin American Legion Post #86. www.srtfuneral.com
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Gerald Sandstrom
10/27/1933-04/07/2011
Gerald D. ???Jerry??? Sandstrom, 77 of Crystal died Thurs. April 7, 2011 at his residence. He was born October 27, 1933 in Minneapolis to Arthur and Carrie (Seavey) Sandstrom. He graduated from South High School in Minneapolis. He was a U.S. Marine Corps. Veteran. Jerry was united in marriage to Ruth Fischer in August 17, 1956 in Minneapolis. He owned and operated the Millberg Co. in Saint Louis Park. He enjoyed fishing especially on Mille Lacs Lake. Jerry is survived by his wife Ruth 2 sons: Mike Sandstrom and (Linda Blume) of Elk River Paul (Maria) Sandstrom of Aitkin One daughter Laura Sandstrom of Aitkin 7 grandchildren: Jeremy, Jason, Krista, Melissa, Hallie, Kate, Ashlyn Five great-grandchildren 1 brother: Danny( Donna) Sandstrom of Glen Three sisters: Arlene Munsinger of Burnsville Laverne Rocksted of New Hope Maggie (Denny) Nida of Bloomington Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Carrie (Seavey) Sandstrom, and one brother. Funeral services will be 2P.M. ??? Monday, April 11, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be 12P.M. to 2P.M. Sunday at the funeral home and 1 hour prior to the service. www.srtfuneral.com
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Henry R. Beck
10/28/1922-04/04/2011
Henry R. Beck, age 88 of Palisade, died Monday, April 4, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Henry was born October 28, 1922 at Superior, Wisconsin the son of Olaf and Jennie (Carlson) Beck. He grew up in Palisade and attended the Woodland School in rural Palisade. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II serving with the 101st Airborne. He fought at Normandy and the Ardennes. He was wounded twice receiving two Purple Hearts. Upon his discharge he worked in a Michigan Auto Plant for a time and then returned to Palisade and worked for the U.S. Forest Service. He was a lifelong resident of Palisade and also a lifelong member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade where he was baptized and confirmed. He is survived by 1 brother and his wife: George and Betty Beck of Marysville, Michigan; 3 sister in laws: Phyllis Beck of Brocket, North Dakota, Pat Beck of Minneapolis, Mn.; Opal Beck of Duluth, Mn. and special cousin Terry (Marilyn) Kullhem of Palisade. He was preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 8 at 1 PM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery with military honors by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church Friday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Richard Kosola
09/03/1969-03/26/2011
Richard ???Rick??? Arnold Kosola, 41 of Lawler ??? McGregor died Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born September 3, 1969 in Virginia, MN. to Albert A. Kosola and Gloria J. (Sheppard) Portz. He was employed at Savanna Pallets in McGregor for 15 years. He enjoyed riding motorcycle, fishing, hunting, and being with people of all ages. Rick is survived by his mother Gloria (Jim) Portz of Palo His father Albert (Ellen) Kosola of Mora Brother Terry Kosola of Mt. Iron Sister Kim (Ron) Niday of Chisholm Step-sister Chris (Mark) Martin of Embarrass Step-brother Jimmer (Janel) Portz of Embarrass Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his partner Nina Johnson, maternal grandparents Gerald and Gloria Kolterman, paternal grandparents Gust and Alice Kosola. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. ??? Monday, April 4, 2011 funeral service at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Burial will be in Salo Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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George H. Rowell
07/13/1945-03/25/2011
George H. Rowell, 65 of Tamarack died Friday, March 25, 2011 at St. Luke???s Hospice in Duluth. He was born July 13, 1945 in Bonham, TX. To George M. and Merline F. (Poston) Rowell. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. George was united in marriage to Susan Kaye Bishop on December 10, 1969 in Fort Worth, TX. He is survived by his wife Susan of Tamarack Three children: Sheba (Chad Higgins) Rowell Michael (Sherry) Southern Annie (Daniel) Nielsen 9 grandchildren: Sheena, Jadyn, Ashley, Noah, Ian, Dustin, Jennifer, Angela, Celeste One sister: JoRetta (Leonard Schultz) Ketchum 1 brother: Conrad (Laverne) Wyles Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Kayla Rowell, one sister Teresa Rowell, two brothers Michael and Lester Rowell. Funeral services will be 12:00P.M. ??? Saturday, April 2, 2011 at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, McGregor. Reverend John Yingling will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Friday at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor and 1 hour prior to the service in the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lorraine Wesley
08/30/1920-03/25/2011
Lorraine Wesley, 90 of McGregor died Friday, March 25, 2011 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born August 30, 1920 in Superior, WI. to Reginald A. and Pearl J. (Lozen) Hearle. She was united in marriage to Eddie F. Wesley on February 14, 1949 in St. Paul. They lived in St. Paul, North Branch, and Lindstrom before moving to McGregor. She helped support the local food shelf and enjoyed sketching and painting. She was a member of the local art association and Holy Family Catholic Church. She is survived by four children and their spouses: Sharon Thurner of Rimrock, AZ. John (Marie) Thurner of Akeley Yvonne (Ed) Schwartz of McGregor Cathie Jo Ortega of McGregor 7 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren Sister Arleen (Charles) Stevenson of McGregor Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Eddie, and brother John Hearle. Funeral services will be 9:30A.M. ??? Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. Father Paul Fruth will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. ??? Tuesday at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor with a prayer service at 7P.M. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service in the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Anna E. Jacobson
01/28/1921-03/21/2011
Anna E. Jacobson, age 90 of Aitkin died Monday, March 21, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Anna was born January 28, 1921 at Malmo, Minnesota the daughter of Carl and Ida (Larson) Burman. She grew up and attended the Malmo School. She then went to Yellowstone National Park and worked for the park for several years. She returned to Minneapolis and worked as a seamstress for a time. She married Clifford E. Jacobson on June 6, 1953 at Aitkin, Minnesota. They made their home in Aitkin and she has lived here since. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin; and the Cedar Lake Homemakers. She had volunteered at the Nursing Homes in Aitkin and enjoyed sewing, gardening and painting. She is survived by 3 children: Eunice (Mike) Josephson of Lake Nebagamon, Wisc.; Linda (Rick) Carlson of East Gull Lake, MN.; Randy Jacobson of Buffalo Lake, Mn.; 7 grandchildren; 3 brothers: Earl Burman of Bethel, Mn.; Ernest Burman of Malmo, Mn.; Clarence Burman of Glen, Mn.; 2 sisters: Irene Long of Isle, Mn.; and Loretta Weiss of Norwalk, Calf. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband in 2007 and 1 daughter Sandra Pasell. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 25 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Dorothy Sand officiating. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 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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Patricia L. Smithson
09/02/1955-03/16/2011
Patricia Lynn Smithson, age 55 of Aitkin died Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. Patricia was born September 2, 1955 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Donald and Mary (Dordon) Kalinowski. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from Roosevelt High School. She then went to work as a secretary for IDS. She married Earl A. Smithson Jr. on November 26, 1976 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Eagan where she continued working as a secretary for Sperry-Univac and raising her family. They moved to the Aitkin area in 1991 and she worked a time as a secretary and also did day care. She was a member of the Moose Club, enjoyed being outdoors, camping, fishing, and riding motorcycles. She was a very caring person whose passion was her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband Earl A. Smithson Jr of Aitkin; children and spouses: Nicole (Ashley) Eklund of Malmo, Jammie (James) Rehwinkle of Aitkin, Jesse (Martha) Smithson of Rochester, MN.; 10 grandchildren: Devon Eklund, Mitchell Eklund, Andrew Eklund, Colin Rehwinkle, Cedric Rehwinkle, Dustin Rehwinkle, Jimmy Rehwinkle, Avril Rehwinkle, Odin Rehwinkle, and Michael Smithson. Father and step mother: Don and Florence Kalinowski of Glen; sisters and spouses: Mary Kay (James) Hancock of Minneapolis, Carol (Ed) Robinson of Navare, Florida, Karen (Wally) Hansen of Minneapolis, Donette Flaten of North St. Paul, Mn. She was preceded in death by her mother. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Dean Norman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Loren L. Smith
06/17/1918-03/14/2011
Loren L. Smith, 92 of Aitkin, died Monday, March 14, 2011 at his daughter and son-in-laws home near Aitkin. He was born June 17,1918 at Silver Creek, Wright, MN. to Loren LeRoy and Ida (Repke) Smith. Loren was united in marriage to Phoebe McNurlin on June 15, 1940 in Minneapolis. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in WW II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater with the 122nd Field Artillery Battalion, 161st and 753rd Anti-Aircraft Gun Battalions. He worked for Northland Milk and Ice Cream as an office manager and then for the USDA as a food inspector. He was a member of American Legion Post #471 in Minneapolis, the VFW Post #1816 in Garrison, and a charter member of Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison. Loren is survived by daughter and son-in-law Beth Ann (Steve) Lawrence of Aitkin Son and daughter-in-law Loren (Liz) Smith of Ramsey 7 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren Sister Lila Newman Special friends Greg and Stacy Stockdills of Aitkin Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Loren LeRoy and Ida (Repke) Smith Wife Phoebe (McNurlin) Smith on January 10, 1998 Daughter Kathy Kehr; Grandson Randy Kehr, And three brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be 4:00P.M., Saturday, March 19, 2011 at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison. Reverend Walter Brill will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Garrison Cemetery. Military honors accorded by Garrison VFW Post #1816. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Eloise ''Lois'' Dreher Eloise ???Lois?
05/24/1932-03/14/2011
Eloise ''Lois'' Dreher Eloise ???Lois??? J. Dreher, age 78, of Palisade died Monday, Mach 14, 2011 at her home near Palisade. Eloise was born on May 24, 1932 at Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Charles and Mildred (Pearson) Anderson. She attended schools in a number of towns in Minnesota and graduated from the Wayzata High School. She then worked for the Telephone Co. in Wayzata and raised her children. She married Wayne R. Dreher on August 21, 1965 at Oak Knoll, Mn. They made their home in Minnetonka where she raised her family and ran a day care for many years. She also worked as s seamstress at Minnesota Fabrics, Bags and Baggage and she also did upholstery. In 1996 they purchased the Palisade Caf?? and operated it until 2002. They retired and lived on Waukenabo Lake. She loved home interior decorating, gardening and her grandchildren where her life. She is survived by 9 children and spouses: Cathie Rasmussen of Olympia, Washington, Linda (Paul) Marso of Minnetonka, Mn., Roger Dreher of Palisade, Mn., Jeff (Donna) Dreher of Maple Grove, Mn., Susan (Tom) Bingham of Aitkin, Mn., Kevin Dreher of Big Lake, Mn., Lisa (Stephen) Moosbrugger of Winsted, Mn., Joyce Block of Minnetonka, Mn., Todd (Sarah) Dreher of Palisade, Mn., 24 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 3 sisters: Caroline (Eugene) Narr of Palisade, Mn., Marlene Gunlock of Sauk Rapids, Mn., Barb Anderson of Delano, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wayne in 2006 and 1 brother Maynard. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 18, 2011 at 2 PM from the Hilltop Chapel near Palisade with Rev. Barry Hite and Rev. Charles Carlson officiating. Burial will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Visitation will be from Noon until the 2 PM services at the Church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Marie Antoinette Bzdok
04/27/1929-03/14/2011
Marie Antoinette Bzdok (Nee: Sicard de Carufel) died unexpectedly on March 14, 2011. Preceded in death by parents Philias and Rose Sicard de Carufel, husband Donald J. Bzdok, son Ronald j., baby daughter Mary and granddaughter Kristen M. Survived by children: Linda (Jeff) Hammond, Darlene (Dave) Geiger, Mary Augustine, David (Michelle) Bzdok, Daniel (Diana) Bzdok, Daryl (Roxanne) Bzdok, 17 grandchildren: Jeff Jr., Shawn, Tracey, Don, Chris, Alicia, Dave, Jason, Jeremy, John, Danni, Rebecca, Ronald, Brian, Katie, Jennie, Joseph; 20 great grandchildren: William, Vincent, Fenya, Cecilia, Rosemary, Angelina, Kilian, Kyla, Ava, Sophia, Iris, Lila, Aaron, Cameron, Landon, Haley, Austin, Gavin, Matthew, Emma, and special friend John Halko. Funeral services will be held Saturday March 19 at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with vivitation 1 hour prior to services and also Monday, March 21 at 11 AM from St. Johns of St. Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul 977 5th Street East. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 until the 11 AM services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Frank Joseph Du Chane
08/25/1922-03/10/2011
Frank Joseph Du Chane, age 88 of Aitkin died Thursday, March 10, 2011 at his home. Frank was born August 25, 1922 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Frank and Eva Du Chane. They lived in Aitkin until 1929 when they moved to Baker, Montana. Frank grew up and attended schools there graduating from high school in 1940. He then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942 and served 3 years as a Staff Sergeant until his honorable discharge in 1945. Frank returned to Baker, Montana and worked on a sheep ranch for the next 10 years. He moved back to Aitkin in 1955 and began working at the Land O??? Lakes Turkey Plant. He met Lois Hasbrook while working there and they married on December 18, 1958 in Aitkin. Frank and Lois resided in Aitkin and Foley raising one son until frank???s retirement in 1988. After 6 months of retirement, Frank went back to work at the Oakwood Pheasant Farm in Princeton, Mn. until retiring in 2006. Frank and Lois moved from Foley to Jewell, Iowa and lived there until 1999 at which time they returned to Aitkin. Frank enjoyed family supper, watching Johnny Carson and John Wayne, crossword puzzles, golf and playing cards with ???The Guys???. He especially enjoyed spoiling his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Frank will be remembered for his quick smile and little sayings and so in closing, au revoir frank, until we see you again. He is survived by his wife Lois of Aitkin; son: Tad Du Chane of Huron, South Dakota; grandchildren: Frank Du Chane, Victoria Ladwig; great grandchildren: Kayla Vanderhagen, Kendra Du Chane, Ryland Du Chane, Amanda Du Chane; brother: Owen Du Chane of Aitkin and Daughter in law: Linda (Dan) Du Chane-Danielson. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Walter and 1 infant brother. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 11 AM from St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Little Falls, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Richard B. Moe
05/28/1929-03/07/2011
Richard B. Moe, 81 of Glen died Monday, March 7, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born May 28, 1929 in Minneapolis to Robert J. and Mabel L. (White) Moe. He was a U.S. Marine Corps. Veteran and was also a member of the U.S. Army National Guard. Richard was united in marriage to Shirley (Zea) on November 15, 1953 in Minneapolis. He worked as a meat cutter, owning and operating Red Barn Beef Center in Glen. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Meat Cutters Union, Masons, Scottish Rite, Zuhrah Temple, and Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather to: Wife Shirley of Glen Daughter and son-in-law: Lucille ???Luci??? (Dennis) Liljenquist of Glen Son and daughter-in-law: Mark (Lisa) Moe of Rochester Grandchild: Ian Marcus Moe He was preceded in death by his brother Robert Moe and parents Robert J. and Mabel L. (White) Moe. Funeral services will be 1:30p.m. ??? Friday, March 11, 2011 at Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo. Reverend Jim Raisanen will officiate. Burial with military honors will be in Malmo Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 12:00p.m. to the 1:30p.m. funeral service at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ruth Viola Gray
06/22/1911-03/07/2011
Ruth Viola Gray, 99 of Aitkin died Monday March 7, 2011 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born June 22, 1911 in Atlantic, Iowa to Robert and Caroline Hoffman. She graduated from Aitkin High school in 1929. Ruth was united in marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Lee Gray on July 3, 1931 in Aurelia, Iowa. They farmed and raised turkeys in Morrison Township for over 50 years. After the passing of her husband she moved to Aitkin. She was a member of St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She served as Secretary / Treasurer of the Riverside Cemetery in Morrison Township for many years and organized the Cardinal 4-H Club. Ruth is survived by 3 children: Patsy (Harold) Kubal of Eden Prairie Gary of Aitkin Jerry (Barbara) of Soldotna, Alaska Foster son: Charles (Chris) Courier of Statesville, North Carolina 7 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren One Brother: Hans Hansen, Jr. 4 sisters: Elsie Spect, Betty Beck, Carol Jackson, and Karen Waselchalk Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Lee in 1989. Daughter: Beverly Schoneck Grandson: Richard Kubal Great-grandson: Justin Moore Brothers: Charles Hoffman and James Hansen Sisters: Hazel Lofgren and Helen Johnson And her parents Robert and Caroline Hoffman Funeral services will be 11a.m. ??? Saturday, March 12, 2011 at St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7p.m. Friday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Teresa Kottke
05/23/1960-03/05/2011
Teresa (Terry) A. Kottke, age 50 of Aitkin died Saturday, March 5, 2011 after a long and courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. Terry was a beloved daughter, sister and friend and is survived by her Mother Nancy ???Ruth??? Ryan of Aitkin; Father: Richard ???Dick??? Ryan of Aitkin; Brothers: Thomas (Wendy) Ryan of Carver, Mn.; Timothy (Kathy) Ryan of Aitkin; Sister: Tamara (Kory) Huft if Sioux Falls, S.D.; loving nieces: Emily Ryan, Elizabeth Ryan, and Grace Huft. Nephews: Matthew Ryan, and Jonathan Ryan, along with many other loving friends and family. A memorial service will be 10:00A.M., Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ray Herbert Fowlds
09/08/1917-03/01/2011
Ray Herbert Fowlds, 93 of Palisade died Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born September 8, 1917 in Palisade to Charles and Josephine (Roberts) Fowlds. He grew up and attended schools in Palisade. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in World War II. He earned the American Area, Asiatic-Pacific, and European-African Campaign Medals, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the Purple Heart Medal. Ray was united in marriage to Beverly ???Faye??? (Watson) on May 23, 1954 in Palisade. He is survived by four children and their spouses: Mark (Vivian) of Palisade Hugh of Palisade Holly (Rob) of Elk River Peggy (Robin) of Greenfield 8 grandchildren: Mychal, Ryan, Jill, Cole, Alisha, BriAnna, Matisse, Taylor Five great-grandchildren: Spencer, Jayden, Ava, Isaiah, Jack Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Beverly ???Faye??? (Watson) Fowlds on January 9, 1992, two brothers Ralph and Hugh, and his parents Charles and Josephine (Roberts) Fowlds. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M., Saturday, March 12, 2011 memorial service at the Palisade Community Center & Fire Hall. Reverend Charles Carlson will officiate. Military honors will be provided by Aitkin American Legion Post #86, Aitkin VFW Post #1727, and Palisade VFW Post #1721. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Esther L. Evans
10/13/1921-02/28/2011
Esther L. Evans, age 89 of Aitkin died Monday, February 28, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Esther was born October 13, 1921 at Palisade, Minnesota the daughter of Joseph and Mildred (Hickman) Mougin. She grew up and attended schools in Palisade. She married Noah ???Shorty??? Evans on November 6, 1940 at Palisade, Mn. They moved to Gheen, Mn and then to Meadowlands, Mn. Shorty managed coop stores and Esther helped by working in the stores. In 1962 they moved to Aitkin, Mn and have lived here since. Esther started working at the Aitkin Nursing Home in 1963 and continued until 1997 when she retired. Esther also worked for the Oakridge Homes, operated a mail route for a time and did other various jobs. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin and had been a member of the St. Jude???s Circle. She had been named Aitkin County Senior Citizen of the Year a number of years ago. Esther is survived by her children: Mary (Alvin) Kerr of Freeport, Illinois; Patricia (Gene) Garrett of Success, Mo., Sandra (Marvin Kohout) Voigt of Little Falls, Mn.; Raymond (Betty) Evans of Aitkin; Thomas (Pam Pratt) Evans of Aitkin; Ann Evans of Aitkin; 15 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and many honorary grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband, 1 daughter Jean and 1 sister Mary. A mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, March 7, 2011 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Justin Fish officiating. Burial will be at St. Josephs Cemetery at Elmer, Minnesota. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Monday. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Raymond Kaiser
07/16/1925-02/27/2011
Raymond C. Kaiser, age 85 of Aitkin died Sunday, February 27, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Raymond was born July 16, 1925 at Louisville, Kentucky the son of Charles and Mamie (Hurt) Kaiser. He grew up and attended schools in Louisville. He then enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and served with them at Port Angeles, Washington during WW II. He married Helen L. Sandberg on March 5, 1944 at Port Angeles, Washington. Upon his discharge from the Coast Guard they moved to Minnesota for a short time and then moved to Jeffersonville, Indiana and from there they moved to Okalona, Kentucky. He worked as a TV repairman for many years. They moved to Aitkin, Minnesota in 1961. He worked a short time for Fraley???s Turkey Farm and then went to work for Bertram???s and worked for them until the mid 1990???s at which time he retired. He was a member of the Pine Lake United Methodist Church and the Aitkin American Legion Post. He enjoyed reading and going to plays and dinner theaters. He is survived by 2 daughters: Betty (Jerry Fridgen) Cooper of Aitkin; Judy (Jim) Trott of Brainerd, Mn.; John (Kathy) Kaiser of Madison, Wisc.; 10 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, 1 brother: Leslie Joseph Kaiser of Sarasota, Florida, and 1 sister in law: Bertha Kaiser of Tampa, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Helen in 2001, and brothers and sisters. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 11 AM from the Pine Lake United Methodist Church with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery in the spring. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dean ''Gib'' Holmbo Dean ???Gib??? Emm
06/18/1928-02/25/2011
Dean ''Gib'' Holmbo Dean ???Gib??? Emmett Holmbo, age 82 of McGregor, formerly of Champlin, Mn. died Friday, February 25, 2011 at his home on Portage Lake near McGregor. Gib was born June 18, 1928 at Hibbing, Minnesota the son of Edward and Nora (Bjordahl) Holmbo. He moved at a young age with his family to Northeast Minneapolis and attended schools there and then moved to Champlin and attended the Anoka High School. He married Lois M. Paul on March 17, 1951 at Anoka, Minnesota. He then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon his discharge he returned to Champlin and he and his wife built a home. He worked for Hoffman Engineering for 34 years. He retired to Portage Lake near McGregor in 1995 and has lived here since. He was a 56 year member of the American Legion and was a past commander of the Champlin Legion Post 600. He was also a member of the McGregor VFW Larson-Deneen Post. He had served on both the American Legion and VFW Honor Guards. He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade, had served as a cub master, enjoyed hunting and dearly loved his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Lois Holmbo of McGregor; sons and daughters in law: Brad and Deb Holmbo of Ramsey, Mn.; Pete and Tammy Holmbo of Princeton, Mn.; 6 grandchildren: Jordan Holmbo, Kourtnie Holmbo Ayers, Haylee Holmbo, Adam Holmbo, Josh Holmbo, and Rachael Piere; 6 great grandchildren: Jayda, Kaysen, Hayden, Kaylynn, Charlee, and William. 1 brother: Clyde (Ruby) Holmbo of Champlin; 1 sister: Janis Beckman of Anoka, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 infant brothers. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 1 PM from the McGregor VFW Post with Rev. William Sass officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the VFW. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW Larson-Deneen Post 2747. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held in the spring in Anoka, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Darold Stiner
04/19/1921-02/18/2011
Darold Melvin Stiner, 89 of Palisade, died Friday, February 18, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born April 19, 1921 at his family home in St. Lawrence, SD. to John and Reva (Marshall) Stiner. He grew up and attended school in St. Lawrence, SD. In 1941 he moved to Shelbyville, IL. to be with his mother and soon after was inducted into the U.S. Army. He was a member of Company G, 110th Infantry. On July 28, 1944 he landed at Normandy and was wounded in Percy, France on August 13, 1944. He was awarded a Purple Heart and two Battle Stars. After returning to Illinois, Darold was united in marriage to Dorothy Louise Stiner on February 1, 1946 in Moweaqua, IL. They lived in Christian County and he was employed by Signal Depot in Decatur, IL. In 1962 they moved to Palisade where he farmed and was employed by Ruud???s Gun Lake Potato Farm, CO-OP Feed Store in Palisade, and D.C.O. Rice Patty Corp. He is survived by 6 sons and daughters-in-law: David (Carol) of Palisade Lonnie of Palisade Edward (Theresa) of Ansley, NE. James (Dalisay) of Wyoming, MN. Phillip of Palisade Nelson (Barbara) of Oldsmar, FL. One daughter and son-in-law Beverly (Gregory) Paulson of Dodge Center 12 grandchildren twenty four great-grandchildren 2 half-brothers: Dale Dobson of Oregon James Dobson of Illinois Four half-sisters: Vivian Drake of South Carolina Phyllis Valkman of Washington Lucille Ringheimer of South Dakota Marjore Clark of Iowa Many other relatives and friends He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy on January 28, 2009, 3 half-brothers: Roger Dobson, LaMond Dobson, Alford Stiner Two half-sisters: Norma Dobson, Lenora Fisher Parents John and Reva. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. ??? Saturday, February 26, 2011 at Westside Calvary Baptist Church in Aitkin. Reverend James Scott will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Palisade. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Post #86 and VFW Post #1727. Visitation will be 5 to 7:00P.M. Friday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Harold S. Asp
12/04/1915-02/17/2011
Harold S. Asp, 95 of McGrath died Thusday, February 17, 2011 at Kanabec Hospital in Mora. He was born December 4, 1915 in Willmar to Peter and Annie (Esplind) Asp. He graduated from McGrath High School. Harold was united in marriage to Freda (Kelling) on June 16, 1942 in Jewett Township. He worked 42 years as a contract truck driver for the U.S. Postal Service and was a lifelong farmer. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in McGrath. Harold is survived by his wife Freda 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Betty (Leroy) Damar of Reidsville, NC Suzanne (Mark) Klein of Lindstrom One sister Helen Danielson of McGrath 6 grandchildren: Todd Asp, Joel (Aimee) Asp, Tony (Amanda) Damar, Nancy Damar, Lucas Klein, Breanna Klein Four great-grandchildren: Rebekah Asp, Andrew Asp, Braddock Damar, Molly Damar Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, son Berton, sister Adeline Mickelson, and his parents Peter and Annie (Esplind) Asp. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M., Monday, February 21, 2011 at Zion Lutheran Church in McGrath. Reverend Elliott Malm will officiate. Burial will be in Pliney Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Sunday at the Zion Lutheran church Fellowship Hall and will continue 1 hour prior to the service in the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Marvin J. Lutgen
11/30/1929-02/13/2011
Marvin J. Lutgen, 81 of Aitkin died Sunday, February 13, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born November 30, 1929 in Minneapolis to Edward and Dorothy (Bauer) Lutgen. He was a U.S. army veteran serving in the Korean War. Marvin was united in marriage to Marlys (Patrek) on October 9, 1954 in Minneapolis. He worked as a fireman for TCAAP and as a volunteer fireman for the city of Crystal. He also worked in furniture detailing and customer service. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Aitkin Golden Age Club, Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86, and Country Road Classic Car Club. Marvin is survived by his wife Marlys of Aitkin 3 children: Mona of Anoka Michael of Rogers Janine of Minneapolis Six grandchildren: Christine, Nancy, Courtney, Nathan, Ryan, John 5 great-grandchildren: Emma, Madison, Aiden, Evelyn, Ethan, Three sisters and brother-in-law: Phyllis (Jason) Bennett of North Branch Patricia Pichner of Owatonna Janet Doud of Minneapolis 2 sisters-in-law: Jean Lutgen of New Hope Marie Lutgen of North Dakota Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by three infant children, 3 brothers, one sister, and his parents Edward and Dorothy (Bauer) Lutgen. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Funeral Service at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father Justin Fish will officiate. Private interment with military honors will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Edith Kaye Holland
03/21/1939-02/06/2011
Edith Kaye Holland, 71 of McGregor died Sunday, February 6, 2011 at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. She was born March 21, 1939 in Becker to Arthur and Sadie (Hiscock) Negus. She graduated from Becker High School. Edith was united in marriage to Lester William Holland. She enjoyed bowling and horseshoes. She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor, National Horseshoe Pitchers Association, Gopher State Horseshoe Pitchers Association, and was inducted into the Horseshoe Pitchers Hall of Fame. Edith is survived by her husband Lester Holland of McGregor 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Paula (Ronald) Mead of Rogers Vicki (Bill) Halfrich of Maple Grove One son and daughter-in-law: Thomas (Robyn) Holland of Dayton 8 grandchildren: David, Adam, Aaron, Billy, Sara, Sadie, KaylaMae, and Kyle Six brothers and sisters: Jim (Vi) Negus of Princeton Geraldine Hohlen of Elk River Arile Negus of Eau Claire Merlyn (Jerry) Jordan of Pennsylvania Nancy (Del) Backhaus of Becker Sharon Dupont of Monticello Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandson Justin Halfrich, sister Deloris Stellmach, brother Laverne Negus, and her parents Arthur and Sadie (Hiscock) Negus. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M., Thursday, February 10, 2011 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor. Reverend Henry Koopman will officiate. Visitation will be 11:00A.M. ??? 1:00P.M., Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Bill H. Cosby
06/19/1947-02/06/2011
Bill H. Cosby, age 63 of McGregor died Sunday, February 6, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Bill was born June 19, 1947 at Amarillo, Texas the son of Orris and Galena (Taylor) Cosby. He graduated from Memphis Texas High School and then attended Texas Tech University. Bill then attended the academy de Mozarteum at Salzburg University, Austria. He was the primary oboist for the Hamburg, Germany Symphony Orchestra for 15 years and primary oboist for the ???Cats??? musical for 15 years. He moved to the Aitkin area and had worked for Paulbeck???s County Market as a produce assistant. He enjoyed reading, traveling, watching sports, history and cooking. He had been a member of the Texas All-State Band for 3 years, was involved in the Boy Scouts of America and had received the Life Rand and was a member of the Order of the Arrow. He is survived by his brother and sister in law: Robert and Jane Cosby of Lubbock, Texas; two nieces: Kay and Julie Cosby of Richardson, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 2 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Doris May Eddy Freeman
05/15/1929-02/04/2011
Doris May Eddy Freeman, age 81 of McGregor died Friday, February 4, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Doris was born May 15, 1929 in a little log home on the shores of Big Sandy Lake the daughter of Richard and Ethel (Warner) Ekelund. She attended the Rice Lake School, McGregor School and Los Angeles High. In 1946 she married James Thomas Eddy and moved back to Los Angeles, Calf. Where they had two girls, Diane Mae and Deborah Jean. In 1954 they moved to Circle Pines, Mn. There they had one more child, Kenneth James born in 1956. They raised their children in Circle Pines, always spending summers at the cabin up by McGregor. Doris worked at a friends Dairy Queen for many years and then she started cooking at Centennial School, where she retired in 1985. Jim and Doris moved permanently to the cabin, less than a mile from where she was born, and they became active in church and other local activities. Her husband James died in 1989. Doris married Morrel (Bud) Freeman in 1995 and moved to his home at Rice Lake, gaining two more sons and two more daughters. Doris and Bud were active in the Lions and Grace Lutheran Church. Bud passed away in 2004. Doris battled with heart and kidney issues, but was active playing bingo and rummy just two days before passing away. Doris loved cooking, traveling, the ocean, picnics, bon fires, reading, cards, her family and especially her grand and great grandchildren. Doris is survived by two daughters: Diane Eddy, Deborah (Kenton) Dean, daughter in law: Nancy Eddy, stepson: Terry (Julie) Freeman, three stepdaughters: Darlene (Bill) Freeman, Cheryl (Mike) Villeneuve, Jeannie (Mike) Purnick, brothers: Cliff Ekelund, Pete Ekelund, Harry (Barb) Ekelund, Herman (Doree) Ekelund, sister in law: Janice Ekelund, 13 grandchildren: Jesse, April, Elizabeth, Bradley, Abram, Andrus, Maise, Carmen, Stephanie, Shannon, Tony, Deana and Debbie, six great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, both of her husbands, son: Kenneth, step son Steve, brothers: Wallace and Ralph and sister in laws Edith, Dorothy and Ellen. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church Wednesday. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dorothy U. Johnston
03/25/1923-01/31/2011
Dorothy U. Johnston, 87 of Aitkin and formerly Waukenabo died Monday, January 31, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services. She was born March 25, 1923 in Aitkin to Alex and Mabel (Seeley) Nielsen. She graduated from Aitkin High School. Dorothy was united in marriage to Harry W. Johnston on March 7, 1944 in Aitkin. They farmed in the Waukenabo area for many years. She enjoyed vegetable gardening, flower gardening and feeding the birds. Dorothy is survived by her two sons and daughter-in-law: Loren Johnston of Shoreview Harry (Dar) Johnston of Savage 5 grandchildren six great-grandchildren 2 brothers and sisters-in-law: Jimmy (Betty) Nielsen of California Darwin (Neva) Nielsen of Iowa One sister Vena Ellis of Aitkin Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Harry W. Johnston in 1997 Daughter Linda Hogan Brother Marshall ???Mike??? Nielsen Three sisters: Evelyn Holgrimson, Martha Kardell, Opal Nielsen And her parents Alex and Mabel (Seeley) Nielsen. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. ??? Saturday, February 5, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Charles Carlson will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Nancy I. Knutson
09/20/1947-01/28/2011
Nancy I. (Jones) Knutson, age 63 of Aitkin and Brooklyn Center died Friday, January 28, 2011 at he home on Mille Lacs Lake. Nancy was born September 20, 1947 in Minneapolis, Mn. the daughter of David and Jane (Plaisance) Jones. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from Henry High School in 1965. She then joined the U.S. Navy and served for 4 years. Upon her discharge, she returned to Minneapolis and worked for Wells Fargo retiring in June of 2010. She married Mark O. Knutson on March 14, 1983 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He passed away in 2009. She is survived by 1 sister: Carol Jones of Snohomish, Wash., brother in law and sister in law: Jack and Curlie Tyler of St. Louis Park, MN.; and other family and friends. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials are preferred to the Hennepin County Humane Society. Nancy will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dwight E. Damar
11/04/1921-01/25/2011
Dwight Emanuel Damar was born November 4, 1921 in the Damar homestead log house near Malmo, Minnesota to Charles and Rose Damar. He died January 25, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin, Minnesota. From the time he was little until he could no longer walk, Dwight loved to be in the woods. He told how he and his little sister Helen would try to eat their breakfast quickly and run off to the woods before their mother could redirect them to some awful task such as weeding the garden. Early school years were at Lakeside school, which was located in the corner of what is now Norman Springer???s farm. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1939. As a young man, Dwight worked the home farm while his Dad was working in the shipyards near Bremerton, Washington. He enlisted in the Army and entered active duty November 29, 1944, ironically, his brother Haven???s birthday, who was training on B-17 bombers at the time. His tour of duty took him to the Philippines and Japan, but he never saw intense combat. Dwight was honorably discharged November 13, 1946. Other than a four-month summer of employment in Alaska in the late 1940???s Dwight spent the rest of his life at the home farm. He made his living as a carpenter, working along side his brother Louie for many, many years. Their handiwork can be seen in volumes of homes in the Malmo/Isle area. Dwight also did some of the woodwork in the Opstead Church. As a hobby he made intricately designed jewelry boxes and built furniture and lamps from unique woods such as burls. He was a voracious reader and had a near encyclopedic knowledge of World War II. Deer hunting, guns and shooting were his passions and he enjoyed discussing them with a friend or two over a cup of coffee. The last four years Dwight was able to hunt, he couldn???t walk to his stand, but he drove his little Ford tractor, backed it down in the brush and climbed into the heated box stand. Each year he shot a deer. Dwight was a member of the NRA and the Opstead Baptist Church. Dwight is survived by his brother in law Herb Hjelm and nieces and nephews: Dorothy (Larry) Elg, Leroy (Betty) Damar, Ann (Loren) Larson, Rodney (Lynn) Damar, Gordon (Mary) Hjelm, Marcia (Peter) Aagaard, Greg (Pamela) Hjelm. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Louis, Leroy and Haven, and sisters Margaret and Helen. Funeral service will be 11:00am - Saturday January 29, 2011 at Opstead Baptist Church, rural Isle. Visitation will be 5 ??? 8pm - Friday at the church and will continue one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Opstead Baptist Cemetery. Dwight would be honored with donations to the NRA or Opstead Baptist Church in lieu of flowers. Funeral arrangements are with Sorenson-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Thomas Otto Martz
02/12/1957-01/24/2011
Thomas Otto Martz, 53, of Wealthwood Township Community on the north shore of Mille Lacs Lake, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, January 24, 2011. Tom had battled pancreatic cancer since last summer. He was born February 12, 1957 in Aitkin to Ross and Kathryn (Hartman) Martz. He attended Aitkin public schools and graduated from Aitkin High School in 1975. He then attended Brainerd Vocational Technical College studying welding and auto-body repair. From 1978 to 1988 he was employed as a welder at FMC Corp., a Fridley based defense contractor which produced the Trident I submarine launched missile. After a short stint at Potlach Corp. in Brainerd, he started his own welding business. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. ???Tom the Welder??? appreciated the generous care-giving he received in his final days from friends: Julie Florek, Gary Garonsin, Glen Seuss, and from his brother Bob. Tom???s own giving spirit enabled his mother to spend her last years at home. He is survived by daughter Ashley M. Trunk and her friend Isaac D. Benson of Malmo Grandson Jace R. Benson of Malmo Brother J. Robert (Bob) Martz of Aitkin Niece Tara (Chris) Renaud of New Hudson, MI. Nephew Shawn R. Martz of Aitkin Uncle Stanley Hocks of Andover Many cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Ross Martz in 1962, his mother Kathryn (Hartman) in 2006, and his step-father George Harrison. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. ??? Thursday, January 27, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Susan Cline will officiate. Burial will be in Malmo Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Martin A. Berg
10/19/1941-01/19/2011
Martin A. Berg, age 69 of McGregor died Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Martin was born October 19, 1941 at Wealthwood, Minnesota the son of Martin and Anna (Scherle) Berg. He moved with his family to Tamarack. He grew up and attended schools in Tamarack and McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School in 1961. He then served in the U.S. Army. Upon his discharge he returned to Tamarack and farmed for a time. He married Linda Eigsberg on June 24, 1967 at Tamarack. Martin also worked as a truck driver, auctioneer and real estate broker and drove bus for the McGregor Schools for 16 years. He had lived in the Tamarack/McGregor area his whole life. He was a member of the McGregor Lions, the Tamarack Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed deer hunting, playing cards and traveling. He had been involved with the 4-H program for many years. He was very involved in many community events. His favorite thing to do was spend time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife: Linda Berg of McGregor; 1 son and spouse: David Berg and Brenda Besch of Aitkin; 1 daughter and spouse: Deanna and Donald Lemke of Shakopee, Mother: Anna Berg of McGregor, 6 grandchildren: Mariah, Kaylee, Silas, Andrea, Payton, Ashlyn, brothers and sisters: Darrell (Daisy) Berg of Tamarack, Helen (Eugene) Berg of McGregor, Helmer (Ginny) Berg of Stanchfield MN., Leonard (Kathy) Berg of Maple Plain, Mn., sister in law: carol Berg of Tamarack and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Martin, brother Ole, Sister Marlene Latvala, brother in laws: Burton Demenge and Norman Latvala. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 11 AM at the McGregor Community Center in McGregor. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the Community Center on Tuesday. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor Larson-Deneen VFW Post. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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LeeAnn J. Cosgrove
03/04/1944-01/18/2011
LeeAnn J. Cosgrove, age 66 of McGregor formerly of Crystal, Mn. died Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at the University of Minnesota Fairview Hospital. LeeAnn was born March 4, 1944 at Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Peter and Judith (Torsdahl) Boersma. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from North High School in 1962. She married Patrick Cosgrove on May 9, 1964 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Crystal, Minnesota. The purchased a cabin on Horseshoe Lake near McGregor in 1987 and moved there permanently in 2000. She was very involved with the Minnewawa Sportsman???s Club. She enjoyed darts, bowling and playing Bocce Ball. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Pat and Pam Cosgrove of Coon Rapids, Mn. 2 daughters and son in law: Kristin Trizulny of Plymouth, Mn. Amy and Todd Schoeben of Bloomington, Mn. significant other: Frank Sweeney of McGregor; 7 Grandchildren: Caylene, Lindsey, Alex, Alyssa, Mary, Brian and Abby. She is also survived by sisters and brothers in law: Betty (Mel) Hill of Santa Paula, Calf.; Carol Caffee of Carlisle, Iowa; Marlys (John) Dick of Minneapolis; brothers and sisters in law: Don (Joyce) Boersma of New Hope; Bob (Fran) Boersma of Maple Grove. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Patrick in 2000, and 1 sister LaVonne. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 24, at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 6 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Helen Ann (Skaj) Priem
04/11/1922-01/17/2011
Helen Ann (Skaj) Priem, 88 of Aitkin and formerly of McGregor died Monday, January 17, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born April 11, 1922 in Holdingford to Michael and Anna (Berschik) Varhalla. She graduated from Holdingford High School. Helen was united in marriage to Alexander M. Skaj on January 30, 1940 in Holdingford. After Alexander passed away she was united in marriage to Earl F. Priem on May 6, 1970 in Duluth. She enjoyed gardening, playing cards, reading, doing crossword, quilting, knitting, and crocheting. She made maple syrup and loved cooking for her family. She was a member of the McGregor VFW Auxiliary, Holy Family Catholic Church and its Council of Catholic Women. Helen is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Jim (Charlene) Skaj of Hugo Daughter and son-in-law: Pat (Al) Melser of Embarrass Daughter-in-law: Mary Skaj of Aitkin 8 grandchildren: Bob Melser, Joe Skaj, Amy Field, Jim Skaj, Melissa Skaj, Vicky Diffley, Michael Skaj, Martin Skaj Twenty-three great grandchildren 1 sister Lorraine Embry of Illinois Many nices, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her first husband Alexander M. Skaj, Second husband Earl F. Priem, Son Andy Skaj, 6 brothers: Ray, John, Ben, Andy, Elmer, and Mike Varhalla Six sisters: Irene Francisco, Betty Wing, Marie Wagner, Margaret Varhalla, Rose Varhalla, Ann Lucia and her parents Michael and Anna (Berschik) Varhalla. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. ??? Friday, January 21, 2011 at Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. Fr. John Fleischhacker will officiate. Burial will be in Union Woodland 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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Lucille O. Benjamin
09/17/1914-01/10/2011
Lucille O. Benjamin, age 96, of Rogers, formerly of Aitkin died Monday, January 10, 2011 at the Wellstad of Rogers. Lucille was born September 17, 1914 at Twin Brooks, South Dakota the daughter of Peter and Elene (Wick) Olson. She grew up and attended schools at Twin Brook. She then attended teacher college at Mankato Normal School and also had attended the University of Minnesota. She taught at Lake Crystal from 1935 to 1937. She married Fergus MacGregor on April 9, 1938 at Aitkin, Mn. They operated the Shingwauk Resort for many years. Fergus died in 1964. Lucille then married John Nobel on March 4, 1966 at Minnetonka, Mn. John died in 1976. Lucille then married William Benjamin and they lived at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and she taught at the Pine Crest School. William died in 1996. Lucille then moved back to Minnesota and had resided in care facilities for the past 10 years. She is survived by nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Monday, January 17, 2011 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Paula Colton and Rev. Mike Fossen officiating. Burial will be at the Lakeview Cemetery in the spring. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Carl Arnold Lindgren
06/12/1919-01/02/2011
Carl Arnold Lindgren, age 91 of Aitkin died Sunday, January 2, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born June 12, 1919 at Duluth, Minnesota the son of Carl Johnson and Anna Lindgren. He lived in Duluth for a time but moved to Aitkin and lived in Nordland Township on his grand parent???s farm. He married Mabel Johnson on May 25, 1941 at Aitkin. They lived in Nordland Township and he worked as a farmer and he also worked various other jobs throughout his lifetime. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and had served on the church council. He has also served as the Nordland Township Assessor for many years. He enjoyed cutting wood and in the fall he cut pine boughs to make Christmas wreaths. He enjoyed the outdoors. He is survived by his wife Mabel Lindgren of Aitkin; 2 sons and daughters in law: Kenneth and Billie Lindgren of Aitkin, Gary and Mary Lindgren of Aitkin; 2 daughters and son in law: Shirley and Morris Kewitsch of Brainerd, Elaine Lindgren of Aitkin; 5 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 11 AM from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Nordland Township of Aitkin County with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lucille M. Jones
01/18/1917-01/01/2011
Lucille M. Jones, 93 of Aitkin died Saturday, January 1, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born January 18, 1917 in Inavale, NE. to John and Julia (Walstad) Marker. She was united in marriage to Rev. William C. Jones on September 16, 1944 in Evanston, IL. She is survived by 4 daughters and sons-in-law: Julie Bucknam of Maple Grove Karen (Bruce) Gowen of South Jordan, UT. Jerilyn (Gentz) Franz of Jacksonville, IL. Rebecca Jones of Aitkin Eighteen grandchildren: Kelly Andreoli, Allison Bucknam, Jay Gowen, Allie Maldonado, Joseph Gowen, Don Gowen, William Gowen, Liesel Devaul, Nathan Gowen, Sean Gowen, Travis Gowen, Forrest Gowen, Gentzy Franz, Kari McBride, Maggie Franz, John Franz, Peter Lowe, Brekke Lowe 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Reverend William C. Jones, grandson Jakob Franz, and her parents John and Julia (Walstad) Marker. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. ??? Thursday, January 6, 2011 at United Methodist Church in Aitkin. Reverend Larry Foote will officiate. Burial will be in Dorris Cemetery. Visitation will be 4pm to 6:30pm Wednesday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. And will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Thomas E. Eberhardt Thomas E, Eberhard
07/25/1945-12/30/2010
Thomas E. Eberhardt Thomas E, Eberhardt, age 65 of Aitkin died Thursday, December 30, 2010 near Milaca, Minnesota as the result of a plane accident. Thomas is survived by his parents: Ruth and Paul Eberhardt of Beaumont, Texas, brother: David Eberhardt, Sister: Judy Swartz; Son and daughter in law: Paul and Kim Eberhardt, daughter: Sally Eberhardt and 4 granddaughters. Thomas was born July 25, 1945 at Massillon, Ohio and was the eldest of four children. He went to Ohio State University and earned a degree in industrial Engineering, and also met his future wife Elinor. After graduation, he moved to Rhode Island where he and his wife had their first child Paul. Two year later he moved to Easton, Pa. where they had their secons child Sally. A true entreprenuer, thomas started his first business there in 1978 and has been his own boss since. After and exhaustive search of over 400 lakes all over the country, Thomas and Elinor settled on Cedar Lake and moved the businesses to Aitkin, Mn. Thomas loved Aitkin and soon became very involved in the community. He was a charter member and first president of the Aitkin Lakes Rotary Club, was on the Airport Commission, founded and histed the annual riverboat race during Riverboat Heritage days, and served as president of the Cedar Lake Association. During the reorganization of American Peat Technology, Thomas took over as CEO and lead the company to prosperity. His true passion was his family. Both of his children have moved to Aitkin in recent years, a rare blessing he truly appreciated. A lifelong fisherman, he was happiest on his pontoon boat with his grandchildren. He never missed a chance to toast the sunset, Cedar lake, and ''Our Good Fortune''. He will be dearly missed by all those fortuinate enough to have had their lived touched by his heart. Thomas was one of those rare people who lived his life to the fullest in the way he deemed best. A memorial tribute will be held Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 1:30 PM at the Westside Church in Aitkin. Rev. Dallas Smith and Rev. Vern Broughton will officiate. A gathering time will be from Noon until the 1:30 PM service time. Memorials are preferred to the Susan G. Komen Cancer Fund on the Elinor and Thomas Eberhardt Fund Site, or to the Jaquest Art Center or Riverwood Healing Garden. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Elinor C. Eberhardt
02/21/1946-12/30/2010
Elinor C. Eberhardt, age 64 of Aitkin died Thursday, December 30, 2010 near Milaca, Minnesota as the result of a plane accident. Elinor is survived by two brothers: Carl Dodge and Kenneth Dodge; son and daughter in law: Paul and Kim Eberhardt, daughter: Sally Eberhardt and four granddaughters. Elinor was born in Cleveland, Ohio on February 21, 1946 the daughter of Thelma and Lawrence Dodge. She graduated from Shaw High School and the went to Ohio State University where she earned a BS in Chemistry and met her future husband Thomas. After Thomas graduated, they moved to Rhode Island and had their first child Paul. They later moved to Easton, Pa. where they had their secons child Sall. Elinor then helped her husband start their first business by obtaining a degree and license as a certified public accountant. Elinor lived in Easton for 19 years helping Thomas start and run two more businesses. She was a very active member of the American Association of University Women including acting as treasurer, secretary, and president of her chapter. After their daughters graduation, Elinor and Thomas moved their businesses to Aitkin, Mn., the place they would call home for the rest of their lives. Elinor was very active in the Aitkin Community. She was a founding board member of Riverwood Hospital, an active supporter of the Jaques Art Center, a founding member of the Aitkin Garden Club, and volunteered time working in the healing garden. Elinor was very creative. She sewed, gardened, baked, and made beautiful pottery that she displayed and sold at the Jaques Art Center. She was a loving mother and grandmother who will be sorely missed by her family, friends and community. Elinor's death came shortly after winning a battle with stage III breast cancer. She went through the ordeal with a strength, grace and good nature that touched and inspired all that knew her.Not many people can leave this world without any enemies, but Elinor was one of those rare people. A memorial tribute will be held Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 1:30 PM at the Westside Church in Aitkin. Rev. Dallas Smith and Rev. Vern Broughton will officiate. A gathering time will be from Noon until the 1:30 service time at the church. Memorials are preferred to the Susan G. Komen Cancer Fund on the Elinor and Thomas Eberhardt Memorial Fund Site, or to the Jaques Art Center or Riverwood Healing Garden, all causes Elinor was active in supporting. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Donald Kiffmeyer
12/13/1940-12/21/2010
Donald J. Kiffmeyer, 70 of Aitkin died Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at his residence. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. ??? Thursday, December 23, 2010 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father Justin Fish will officiate. Visitation will be 4 to 8:00P.M. at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ione Hulderson
09/28/1931-12/13/2010
Ione Hulderson, 79, lifelong resident of Aitkin died Monday, December 13, 2010 at St. Mary???s Medical Center in Duluth. She was born September 28, 1931 in Glen to Martin and Myrtle (Morris) Berggren. She is survived by 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Don (Eunmi) Hulderson of Graham, Washington David (Shelly) Hulderson of White Bear Lake, Minnesota One daughter and son-in-law: Doreen (Jim) Southwick of Casper, Wyoming 5 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren 1 brother and sister-in-law: Basil (Ruth) Berggren of Wisconsin One sister: Dorothy Williams of Aitkin Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her great-grandson, sister Elnora Johnson and her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. ??? Friday, December 17, 2010 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Dorothy Sand will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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David Joseph Aleman
06/20/1957-12/07/2010
David Joseph Aleman, age 53 of Aitkin died Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at West Saint Paul, Minnesota. David was born June 20, 1957 at Los Angeles, California the son of David and Elsie Carmon (Salcedo) Aleman. He grew up and attended schools at San Bernardino, Calf. He then entered the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and served for 23 years. He served in the Iraq war. The ship which he was serving on was torpedoed during the war. He worked in the engine rooms keeping ships running. He was discharged in 1989 and retired from the Navy. Most recently he had worked at the Grand Casino at Mille Lacs. He is survived by 3 children: David Aleman, Christina Aleman, and Levi Aleman; Mother: Carmon Ginkel, Father: David Aleman; 2 brothers: Don Aleman and Tony Aleman, 1 sister: Diane Aleman, Aunt and uncle: Daniel and Nellie Aleman. He was preceded in death by his sister Deborah Jo Santo. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 2 PM At Glory Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Glory 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. To sign the online guest Register please goes to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Milford P. Peterson
03/01/1921-12/05/2010
Milford P. Peterson, age 89 of Aitkin died Sunday, December 5, 2010 at his home on Dam Lake. Milford was born March 1, 1921 at Litchfield, Minnesota the son of Saldon and Christine (Turck) Peterson. He grew up and attended schools in Litchfield. He then served in the U.S, Navy during WW II. Upon his discharge he returned to Litchfield and worked for a Silo Company at Lake Lillian. He then moved to Minneapolis and worked for the Model Stone Company and also did some construction work. He then became a block layer which he did for 50 years. He married Alta I. Danielson on April 15, 1950 at Litchfield, Mn. They made their home in Bloomington, Mn. for 35 years. In 1985 they retired to Dam Lake near Aitkin, Mn. and have lived here since. He was a member of the Bloomington VFW Post. He enjoyed Hunting, Fishing, Woodworking and working on anything mechanical. He is survived by his wife Alta Peterson of Aitkin, 2 sisters: Geraldine Jackson of Lake Lillian, Mn. and Laura Hobben of Robbinsdale, Mn. and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 son Michael Peterson and 1 daughter Suzanne Fitzgerald. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 11 at 1:30 PM from the Kimberly Community Church with Rev. Rick Perry officiating. Burial will be in the Saron Cemetery in the spring. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Arvel ''Red'' Landsverk Arvel I. ???Re
02/20/1928-11/30/2010
Arvel ''Red'' Landsverk Arvel I. ???Red??? Landsverk, age 82 of Aitkin formerly of the Fargo/Moorhead area died Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at Aitkin, Minnesota. Red was born February 20, 1928 at Fosston, Minnesota the son of Knut and Anna (Vennes) Landsverk. He attended country schools at Fosston and then attended the Hillcrest Academy at Fergus Falls, Mn. graduating in 1946. He then attended Augsburg College for a year. He also attended schools in Montana and Washington before serving in the U.S Air Force during the Korean War. He married Gloria P. McAuley on October 24, 1953 at Halstad, Mn. Upon his discharge in 1954 he attended Moorhead State University graduating in 1955. He lived in the Fargo area and then moved to Hendrum, Mn. for several years. He worked for the Internal Revenue Service as a field agent. He then went to work for the Small Business Administration as a management specialist. He and his family made their home in Moorhead from 1963 until 2005. In 2005 Red and Gloria moved to Aitkin Mn. and have resided here since that time. He had served as church treasurer for Christ the King Lutheran Church in Moorhead. He also sang in the church choir. He enjoyed family camping and traveling. He is survived by his wife Gloria of Aitkin; 7 sons and spouses: Doug (Sue) Landsverk of Aitkin, Rolf Landsverk of San Jose, Ca., Don (Robin Holt) Landsverk of Eugene, Or., Eric (Robin MacKillop) Landsverk of Live Oak, Ca., Kris Landsverk of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, David (Beth) Landsverk of Maple Grove, Mn., Mike (Karen) Landsverk of Becker, Mn., 9 Grandchildren and 1 Great Granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers: Arthur and Obert and 2 sisters: Evelyn and Alice. A memorial service will be held Friday, December 3, 2010 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Dorothy Sand officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church Friday. Burial will be at the Landsverk Cemetery in Fosston, Mn. next summer. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ricardo Kolodji
06/24/1967-11/30/2010
Ricardo ???Rico??? Cinco Kolodji, 43 of Deerwood died Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at Mille Lacs Hospital in Onamia. He was born June 24, 1967 in Manila, Philippines. He graduated from Belgrade High School and then attended vocational college. Rico was united in marriage to Polly (Thue) on July 31, 1999 in Sandstone. He was employed at the Grand Casino in Hinckley and Mille Lacs, working as a Compliance Liaison. He enjoyed music and playing many different instruments. He spent time in the outdoors picking agates and blueberries, canoeing, fishing and camping with his family. He always found time to help people in need and to play catch with his children. Rico was a good father, husband, son, and brother. He is survived by his wife Polly 3 children: Anthony Miller, Mikayla Kolodji, and Logan Kolodji Parents: Robert and Jan Kolodji of Aitkin Two brothers and sisters-in-law: Allyn (Beth) Kolodji of Mora Dean (Julie) Kolodji of Mora 2 sisters and brothers-in-law: Diane (Rich) Rasmussen of Front Royal, VA. Karen Kolodziejczyk (Jeffrey Slater) of North St. Paul And many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. ??? Monday, December 6, 2010 memorial service at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Dorothy Sand will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Edith Irene Smith
03/18/1912-11/26/2010
Edith Irene Smith, age 98 of Aitkin died Friday, November 26, 2010 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Irene was born March 18, 1912 at Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Gustav and Anna (Anderson) Nelson. She grew up and attended grade school in Malmo. At the age of 10 she moved with her family to Illinois where she graduated from High School and attended two years of Business College. She then went to work for the Walgreens Drug Co. She married Robert Smith on July 9, 1933 at LaGrange, Illinois. During WW II she worked for the McDonald-Douglas Company. In 1957 she and her husband moved to the Glen Community for a few years. They then returned to Illinois where she worked as a bookkeeper and accountant for the Tupperware Company. She did that until she retired in 1980. They then moved to Tennessee and lived there for 18 years. In 1998 she moved to Aitkin and has lived here since. She was a member of the Aitkin Community Hospital Women???s Auxiliary. She enjoyed baking, sewing and gardening. She was also a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She is survived by her daughter: Bette Lou Peterson of Aitkin; grandson: Ronald Smith of Minnetonka, Mn.; great grandchildren: Jamie (Justin) Fisher and Lauren (Brian) Kessen. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert in 1985, 1 brother and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 1 PM from the Glen Community Church at Glen, Mn. with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 2 to 4 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church Sunday. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the Glen Community Church or the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Wayne D. Thompson
12/08/1961-11/18/2010
Wayne D. Thompson, 48. of Aitkin passed away on Thursday November 18, 2010 at his home surrounded by family. A memorial service was held 11AM, Monday November 22, 2010 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral home with Pastor Dallas Smith officiating. He was born December 8,1961, in Webster South Dakota to Jack and Frances (Frankie) Thompson. He resided in the Mille Lacs area for most of his life. He worked in many aspects of the construction trade including his own construction company from 1994 to 2004. The past three years he was employed with Geo paint and finish. He is survived by loving wife Judy Thompson, Aitkin; Son Randy Thompson, Brainerd; Daughter Amanda Geisthardt, New Richmond WI; Twins Mary Thompson, Richfield; Darrell Thompson, Alexandria; Stepdaughter Mindy Webeck, Wahkon; Stepgrandchildren Natalie Webeck, John DeCoursey, Alex DeCoursey all of Wahkon; Father Jack Thompson, Aitkin; Brother Lee Thompson, Garrison; Sister Jackie Dockery, Tennesee; Nephew Tom Thompson, Tennesee; Cheryl (Matt) Pojonowski, St. Cloud; Nephew Stephen Schueller, St. Cloud; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and his very special best friend, one time business partner Jeff Jandro, Faribault MN. He is preceded in death by his Mother Frances (Frankie) Thompson, Niece Andrea Schueller, Grandparents LaVon and Irene Thompson, Lawrence and Bertina Benson. He wil be greatly missed by his family and friends.
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Theresa Ann Taylor
12/31/1974-11/16/2010
Theresa Ann Taylor, (Baanag), 35 of Fargo, ND. Died Tuesday, November 16, 2010 in Fargo, ND. She was born December 31, 1974 in Minneapolis to Benny Skinaway and Marcia Jean Taylor. She was a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. She loved and enjoyed life. Theresa is survived by 3 children: Angelo Rodriguez of Fargo, ND. Raylen Rodriguez of Minneapolis Marco Taylor of Minneapolis Four sisters: Rita Taylor of Fargo Rose Taylor of Minneapolis Monica Skinaway Round Lake, WI. Samantha Skinaway of Round Lake, WI. 1 brother Benny Skinaway, Jr. of Round Lake, WI. Two aunts: Lisa Carpenter of McGregor Melissa Skinaway of St. Paul She was preceded in death by her sister Katie Jo Taylor and her parents. Funeral services will be 10:00AM, Sunday, November 21, 2010 at East Lake Community Center in East Lake ??? McGregor. Melvin Eagle will officiate. Burial will be in the Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. Visitation will begin at 4:00PM, Saturday at East Lake Community Center. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dale M. Nelson
10/14/1914-11/13/2010
Dale M. Nelson, age 96 of McGregor formerly of Brooklyn Center died Saturday, November 13, 2010 in McGregor. Dale was born October 14, 1914 at Kimball, Minnesota the son of Fred and Grace (Mumford) Nelson. He grew up and attended schools in Kimball graduating from the Kimball High School. He then worked in the CCC Camps for a time. In 1936 he and his brother Paul moved to Montana for work. He married Glendora Ann Burns on May 26, 1937 at Great Falls, Montana. He began working for the General Motors Company in 1951 in Montana. In 1959 he moved to Brooklyn Center, Mn. and continued to work for GM. He retired from GM in 1972. He lived in Brooklyn Center until 2007 at which time he moved to McGregor and has resided here since. He was a member of the Masons. He enjoyed traveling and playing the piano. He is survived by 3 sons and spouses: Dale and Bonnie Nelson Jr. of Great Falls, Montana; David and Linda Nelson of McGregor; Dirk and Lois Nelson of Kearney, Nebraska; 9 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 1 sister: Marilyn Stockinger of Great Falls, Montana; 1 brother: Fred Nelson of St. Cloud, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Glendora in 2004, 2 daughters and 3 brothers. Services will be held Wednesday Nov. 17 at 1 PM from the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor with Rev. Steve DeMars officiating. Visitation from 11 AM until the 1 PM services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Mound Cemetery at Brooklyn Center at a later date. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Genevieve M. Hove
03/28/1921-11/08/2010
Genevieve M. Hove, age 89 of Coon Rapids and McGregor died Monday, November 8, 2010 at her daughter???s home in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. To know Genevieve was to love her. Genevieve was born March 28, 1921 at Cross Plains, Wisconsin the daughter of Ed and Mamie (Brovald) Brost. She grew up and attended schools at Cross Plains and then at Verona, Wisconsin where she attended and graduated from the Verona High School in 1938. She was the Senior Class Prom Queen. She then worked for a time as a secretary during WW II. She then married Everett G. Hove on March 4, 1944 in Jefferson County, Wisconsin. They lived in Madison, Wisc. for a time and then had lived at Watertown, Wisc. and Elkhorn, Wisc. before moving to St. Paul, Mn. They lived in St. Paul until 1980 at which time they moved permanently to their cabin on Big Sandy Lake near McGregor. They had spent winters in Tucson, Arz. For 26 years. She has resided in Coon Rapids for the past 3 years in the winters and at the lake during the summers. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and had been active in a number of the women???s groups in the church. She had been involved with quilting, Meals on Wheels, enjoyed golfing and painting. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary. She is survived by her husband Everett G. Hove of McGregor; children and spouses: Janis and Barry Fowler of Coon Rapids, Brian and Kathy Hove of Fridley, Mn.; Randy and Kim Hove of St. Louis, Mo., Paul Hove of Circle Pines, Mn., Phil and Judy Hove of Cottage Grove, Mn., 13 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren; 2 brothers: Kenneth (Jean) Brost of Madison, Wisc., Edward (Janice) Brost of Madison, Wisc., 1 sister: Betty Wanek of Tucson, Arz. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 infant daughter Christine and 1 brother Dean. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 15, 2010 at 2 PM from Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from Noon until the 2 PM services at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Edith L. Glidden
04/14/1915-11/07/2010
Edith L. (Feltman) Glidden, age 95 of Aitkin died Sunday, November 7, 2010 at the Bethany Good Samaritan Society in Brainerd. Edith was born April 14, 1915 at Steward, Illinois the daughter of George and Florence (Mae) (Robinson) Feltman. They moved to Villard, Mn. and then to the Aitkin area. She married Richard Glidden on March 25, 1936 near Aitkin. The lived and farmed in the Aitkin area where they raised their family. She worked at the State Hospital in Brainerd as a care giver for many years. After the death of her husband Richard in 2006, she moved to Brainerd and has resided at the Bethany Good Samaritan Nursing Facility since. She enjoyed sewing, doing embroidery work and she was a wonderful cook. She is survived by her children and spouses: Roger and Dorothy Glidden of Aitkin; Norma Beyett of Winder, Georgia, Kenneth Glidden of Mounds View, Mn.; Irene and Les Fetters of Milaca, 13 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and 14 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard in 2006, siblings Roy, Paul, Eleta Hoeper, two grandchildren and two sons in laws. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Donald Norman officiating. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 PM at the funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services on Saturday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Elizabeth L. Johnson
06/26/1939-11/05/2010
Elizabeth L. Johnson, 71 of Aitkin died Fri., Nov. 5, 2010 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born June 26, 1939 in Mayville, ND to Joseph and Lillian (Bjorseth) Johnson. She graduated from Mayville High School and then attended St. Luke???s Hospital nursing school in Fargo, ND. She worked at the University of Minnesota and then North Memorial Medical Center as an R.N. and an Enterostomal Therapist. After her retirement in 1995 she moved to Aitkin County. She enjoyed traveling, quilting, gardening, reading and baking. Elizabeth is survived by special friend Pat Erkel of Aitkin 1 Nephew Daniel Tolzin of Bloomington One niece Lisa ???Shanan??? Tolzin of Minneapolis 2 great-nieces: Lillian and Juliette Kline Brother-in-law Stanley Tolzin of Bloomington Other relatives and friends She was preceded in death by her sister Kathryn (Johnson) Tolzin 2 brothers Robert and Joseph Johnson Niece Kimberly Gray And her parents Joseph and Lillian (Bjorseth) Johnson A Special thank you to the staff at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. Memorial services will be 11AM, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in rural Aitkin. Reverend Cynthia Gray will officiate. Visitation is 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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