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Archive Obituaries
Albert A. Christensen
01/10/1926-11/02/2010
Albert A. Christensen, 84 of Aitkin, died Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born January 10, 1926 in Kimberly Township, Aitkin County to Arthur and Rose (DeVenter) Christensen. He graduated from Aitkin High School. He was a U.S. Merchant Marine veteran serving during WW II in the Atlantic and Pacific, finishing his tour with the occupation forces in Japan. Albert was united in marriage to Marian E. Paulsen on September 25, 1950 in Aitkin. They lived in Minneapolis and then spent time living in Aitkin, Ely, Grand Rapids, and Remer prior to returning to Aitkin in the early 1950???s where they have lived since. He enjoyed woodworking throughout his life. He was employed for Lambert Lumber, Deerwood Lumber, and Woodland Container as a buyer and cost estimator. He was a member of Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727, American Legion Lee Post #86, and St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Albert is survived 2 sons: Gregory Christensen of Aitkin, James Christensen of Esko One daughter and son-in-law: Karen and Scott Krawchuk of Aitkin Daughter of his heart: Kari Paulsen and her husband Dusty Cartie of Aitkin 6 Grandchildren: Erik, Nick, Luke, Lea, Ali, and MacKenzie Two great-grandchildren: Ava and Eliot 1 brother and sister-in-law: David and Lynette Christensen of Orange Beach, Alabama One niece and 1 nephew, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Marian on February 18, 2006, One brother Warren Christensen His parents Arthur and Rose (DeVenter) Christensen. Funeral services will be 12:00P.M. ??? Monday, November 8, 2010 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father Justin Fish will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by Aitkin VFW Post #1727 and American Legion Post #86. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Sunday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Music by Alice Hudson and Carla Gutzman. Pallbearers are Erik Christensen, Nick Christensen, Luke Christensen, Lea Christensen, Ali Krawchuk, Kari Paulsen, Dusty Cartie www.srtfuneral.com
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Elsa L. Schularick
10/08/1924-10/29/2010
Elsa L. Schularick, age 86 of Crosby, formerly of Jacobson, beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother died peacefully with her family at her bedside on Friday, October 29, 2010 at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. Elsa was born October 8, 1924 at Albany, New York the daughter of Willard and Bertha Buttron. She attended schools in New York and then attended Barnard College in New York City and then Columbia Medical School for Nursing. She married Walter J. Schularick on May 26, 1945 at Dallas, Texas. She attended the University of Minnesota and received her BA degree in sociology. She worked for the Red Cross as a social case worked before raising her family. They made their home at Long Lake, Mn. After Walter???s retirement they moved to Palm Harbor, Florida. In 1984 they moved to her husband???s home place near Jacobson and rebuilt the home and farm. The sold the farm in 1996 and lived in a number of places before she entered the Cuyuna Regional Care Center 5 years ago. Elsa enjoyed horseback riding, swimming, boating, singing in the choir, artwork, and listening to classical music. She was a scholar who devoted her life to her husband and children. Her deep insight and warmth will be missed by all who knew her and loved her. She is survived by 3 sons and spouses: Martin (Rhoda) Schularick of Jordan, Mn.; Bill (Roxanne) Schularick of Lansdale, Penn.; Joe (Kristine) Schularick of Montevideo, Mn.; 2 daughters and spouses: Robin (Richard) May of Minnetonka, Mn.; Lisa (Richard) Old of Deerwood; 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Walter in 2006 and 1 granddaughter Lisa Jean May. Funeral services will be held Friday, November 5, 2010 at 2 PM from Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Brandi Hacker officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to 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 L. Gnahn
12/25/1911-10/28/2010
Marie L. Gnahn, age 98 of Aitkin died Thursday, October 28, 2010 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Marie was born December 25, 1911 at Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Frederick and Laura (Lueck) Buckman. He grew up at Cedarbrook and attended the Cedarbrook School. She then lived in the Twin Cities for a time doing housework. She married August M. Gnahn on October 7, 1939 at St. John???s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook. They made their home and farmed in Cedarbrook until the Late 1970???s when they retired and moved to Deerwood. Her husband August died in 1983. She moved to the Maryhill Manor in Aitkin at the age of 87 and lived there for the past 11 years. She has resided at the Aitkin Health Services for the past month. She was a member of St. John???s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook and was a member of the Ladies Aid. She had belonged to the neighborhood card club. She enjoyed reading, gardening and the outdoors. She is survived by 2 daughters and son in law: Margaret Latvala of Cedar, Mn.; Mildred and Stan Grunenwald of Grand Rapids, Mn.;2 sisters: Rose Ringhand of Aitkin, Violet Kellerman of Aitkin, sister in law: Pearl Buckman of Deerwood, 8 grandchildren: Carrie (Jim) Jerylo, Jeff Latvala, Albert (Brenda) Grunenwald, Troy (Chris) Grunenwald, Melanie (Caleb) Schauer, Michele (Mike) Rovinsky, Heidi (Paul) Haddix, Steven (Kelly) Grunenwald; and 25 great grandchildren, 1 niece and 3 nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband August in 1983, son in law: Jim Latvala, Brother Harry Buckman, and 2 nieces: Carol Pollard and Bonnie Brant. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 1, 2010 at 11 AM from St. John???s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Burial will be in the St. John???s Lutheran Church Cemetery at Cedarbrook. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lou Saenger LeRoy
08/29/1924-10/22/2010
Louis {Lou} Saenger died Friday, October 22, 2010 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota, after a long illness. He was 86 years old. He was born on August 29, 1924 in Winona to Louis and Anna {Killa} Saenger, the third of five children. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Dorothy {Howard}, brothers George and Richard, and his wife, Dorothy. He is survived by sons Gary {Barbara} of Ogilvie, Kirk of Brainerd, Mark of Rochester, daughter Lou Ann of Rapid City, and brother James of Coon Lake Beach, grandsons Bill {Kathy} of Mora, Christopher of Rapid City and granddaughters Casey and Courtney of Rapid City, and dozens of nieces and nephews. Cremation services were provided through McGregor Funeral Home followed by interment at Victor Hill near Coon Lake Beach.
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Esther L. Gauthier
03/05/1928-10/20/2010
Esther L. Gauthier, age 82 of Tamarack, died Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at the Villa Vista Care Center in Cromwell, Minnesota. Esther was born March 5, 1928 at Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Edward and Hilda (Ness) Nelson. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. She married Lawrence ???Tea??? Gauthier on September 27, 1947 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Columbia Heights until moving to Tamarack, Minnesota in 1975. She has lived here since. She had been a member of the McGregor VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She also enjoyed writing. She is survived by 2 sons and daughters in law: William and Julie Gauthier of Columbia Heights, Mn.; David and Sue Gauthier of Tamarack, 1 daughter and son in law: Diane and Keith Hebzynski of Osakis, Mn.; 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband ???Tea??? in 1993 and 1 brother Melvin. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October26, 2010 at 1 PM at the Tamarack Presbyterian Church on with Pastor Jack Gould officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Salo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Frank J. Mason
05/11/1947-10/20/2010
Frank J. Mason, Naawigiizis, 63, died Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at Villa Vista Care Center in Cromwell. He was born May 11, 1947 in Cloquet to Albert and Emma (Squirrel) Mason. He attended McGregor Schools and worked for the local DAC. He enjoyed bowling, watching wrestling, gambling, and fishing. Frank is survived by his mother Emma Mason and many relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Frank A. Mason. Services will begin at 10:00A.M. ??? Sunday, October 24, 2010 at the East Lake Community Center in East Lake ??? McGregor. Visitation will begin at 4:00p.m., Saturday at the Community Center. Burial will be in the Rice Lake Wildlife Refuge Burial Grounds. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lesley M. Ferguson
05/06/1910-10/17/2010
Lesley M. Ferguson, age 100 of Aitkin formerly of Brainerd died Sunday, October 17, 2010 at the Unity Hospital in Fridley, Minnesota. She was born May 6, 1910 at Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Isaac and Ethel (Oppelt) Cummings. She grew up in Aitkin and graduated from the Aitkin High School. She then attended teachers Normal School. She taught in country schools in the Aitkin area. She married Fred Ferguson on January 28, 1937 at Brainerd, Mn. They made their home in Brainerd since that time. She is survived by 2 daughters: Rochelle Bertram of Aitkin; Kay Ferguson of Mounds View, Mn.; 8 Grandchildren: Fred Bertram, Lesley Young, Rozalyn Gill, Andrew Bertram, Allan Ferguson, Greg Ferguson, Valerie Wise, Matthew Pfaffendorf and 13 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Fred, and 4 brothers. A memorial mass will be held Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Interment will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 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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Dorothy K. Conner
07/13/1925-10/13/2010
Dorothy Kathleen Conner, 85, died Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at St. Mary???s Medical Center in Duluth. She was born July 13, 1925 in Virginia, MN. to Louis and Winnie (Hall) Strand. She was a 1943 graduate of Roosevelt High School , Virginia. That was followed by graduation from Northwestern Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis in 1947 with the degree of Registered Nurse. Dorothy was united in marriage to William L. Conner, Jr. on October 27, 1947 in Virginia. After living one year in Arkansaw, WI. they moved to Aitkin, MN. There she worked doing part and full time nursing at the Miners Hospital, Crosby-Ironton, Aitkin Community Hospital, Public Health Department, and Aicota Nursing Home, before retiring in 1987. She served on the Aitkin Public Health Nursing Advisory Board, the Development Achievement Center Advisory Board, the Hospice Advisory Board, and was a Board Member of the Central Lakes College Nursing Program. She was also a member of Aitkin United Methodist Church and a constituent member of the Palo Congregational Church. After retirement they spent as much time as possible at their cabin on Whiteface Flowage in Makinen, MN. During this time she joined Haarfager Lodge, Sons of Norway, and the Virginia Area Historical Society. She is survived by sons: Michael (Edee) of Isle Randy (Merna) of Eveleth Gregory of Keewatin Kevin (Pam) of Aitkin Daughters: Bonnie (Mike) Conner Landy of St. Cloud Kathleen (John) Gallatin of Aitkin Grandchildren: Chad (Kari) Conner of Isle, Tim (Ashley) Conner of Wait Park, Brian (Rachael) Conner of White Bear Lake, Christine (Mark) Mathieu of Eveleth, Caren Conner of Eveleth, Aaron Conner of Anoka, Ben (Jennifer) Pearson of Rochester, NY., Daniel Pearson of Rochester, NY., Abbey Pearson of St. Cloud, Sarah (Dean) Gill of Sauk Rapids, Katie Gallatin of Pillager, Jenny Gallatin of Minneapolis, Great-grandchildren: Kylee Conner and Brad Conner of Isle Josh Pearson and Jack Pearson of Rochester, NY. Eli Gill of Sauk Rapids She was preceded in death by her husband William, brothers Lowell Strand, Grant Strand, infant grandson Paul Conner, and her parents Louis and Winnie (Hall) Strand. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. ??? Saturday, October 23, 2010 funeral service at the United Methodist Church in Aitkin. Reverend Judith Clark will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Aitkin. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Memorials are preferred in Lieu of flowers to Aitkin United Methodist Church and Palo Congregational Church.
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James Boelter
12/25/1929-10/13/2010
James F. Boelter, 80, of Wasilla, Alaska passed away on Wednesday, October 13, 2010. He was born December 25, 1929 in Madelia , MN . to Friedrich and Grace (Cooling) Boelter. He graduated from McGregor High School in 1948. James was married to Cheri (Sears) Crane and had four children. James married Joyce (Carlson) Boelter in 1986 and was widowed in 2004. He went to Alaska in 1950 and worked as a laborer and drove truck in the summers. From 1955 to 1961 he worked in Chicago and Phoenix. In 1954 ??? 1955 he operated the Texaco Gas Station in McGregor. He formed Sandy Lake Sands & Gravel in 1961 and in 1971 he added the ready-mix plant. He returned to Alaska in 1974 and worked on the Alaska pipeline on the North Slope at Prudhoe Bay for the next 9 years. He loved Alaska and enjoyed watching ther moose that would come in his yard, salmon and halibut fishing, bird watching, and gardening. He took great pride in growing and taking care of his geraniums. He was also very proud of driving the Alcan Highway 62 times. James is survived by special friend Eileen Craig of Palmer, Alaska, children: Jeffrey J. Boelter (Michelle Sheldon) of McGregor, Jane C. Vranish (Dave) of Deerwood, Judy L. Hutar (Jimmy Turek) of Spring Lake Park, Jeri G. Anderson (Joe Tarnowski) of Tamarack, Sister: Doree D. Ekelund (Herman) of McGregor,.10 Grandchildren: Julie, Jill, Joy, Jacy, Jady, Joshua, Jason, Jackie, Jeana, Jayna, 13 great-grandchildren, Jenna, Jake, Jared, Janie, Justice, Joey, James, Jalyn, Julian, Josten, Jayda, Justin, Jackson, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. . He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Grace (Cooling) Boelter, and his wife Joyce Boelter. Visitation will be at 12:30 p.m. and Services at 1:30 p.m. ??? Sunday, October 24, 2010 at Grace Lutheran Log Church, 48115 Lake Avenue, McGregor, MN 55760 (Big Sandy Lake area). Reverend Tom Schaer will officiate. Burial will follow the services. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Gertrud M. Stewart
08/25/1923-10/12/2010
Gertrud M. Stewart, age 87 of McGregor died Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Mn. Gertrud was born August 25, 1923 at Morris, Minnesota the daughter of Frederick and Wilhelmina (Schliep) Toop. She attended schools at Hancock, Minnesota. She then worked for her sister on a farm near Morris for several years. She married Kenneth W. Stewart on May 14, 1946 at Wright, Minnesota. They started out their married life by operating a small farm near Wright. They later moved to a larger far near Tamarack and farmed that until 1971. They then moved to McGregor and operated a grocery store until 1974 at which time they sold that and retired. They had cared for 48 foster children from 1971 until the early 1990???s. They also had been active in transporting people to their doctor???s appointments for a number of years. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, and Our Saviors Lutheran Church. She greatly enjoyed sewing and making quilts of which each of her grandchildren and great grandchildren have one of her quilts. She is survived by children and spouses: Frederick Stewart of Tamarack, Mary Edith and Charlie Weyand of McGregor, David and Pat Stewart of Duluth, Mn., Jo and Mike Turnock of McGregor; 11 grandchildren: Michael Stewart, Joey Stewart, Angela (Ray) DeWitt, Chrissy (Jim) MacDonald, David (Toni) Stewart, Jeremy (Theresa) Weyand, Kenny Williams, Steven (Debbie) Williams, Jamie Williams, Tammy (Randy) Baazard, Tina Turnock, Charlie (Robin) Weyand, Kevin Rouse; 22 great grandchildren; 1 brother: Merton (Emmie) Toop of Washington State; brother in law: Robert (Ramona) Stewart of Tamarack, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kenneth in 1995, 2 brothers and 4 sisters. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 11 AM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. David Becker officiating. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 PM on Friday at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Minnesota. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Cecelia Lorraine Malmgren
02/18/1925-10/05/2010
Cecelia Lorraine Malmgren, age 85 of Aitkin, beloved sister and aunt died unexpectedly after shoulder surgery for a fall, on Tuesday October 5, 2010 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lorraine was a life-long resident of Aitkin, well known by many in our community for her years of work at the Security State Bank. Lorraine was born February 18, 1925 in Aitkin the daughter of Luther J. and Cecelia Malmgren. Lorraine loved her church and also bowling, but her greatest joy was spending time at ???The Farm??? on Lone Lake. She loved to poke around in her flowers and watch her great nieces and nephews at play. Most people will remember Lorraine as a beautiful, quiet and gentle presence in the life of the community. She was all of those things and much more. Jerry and Don and their families knew the ???more??? She is survived by brothers: Luther Jarrold and Donald Elwin (Renee); nieces: Patricia, Beret (Rob Spiewak) and Ericka (Jeff Hickman) nephews: James (Joanne), Robert (MeHee) and D. Gustaf (Wendy Wagner). Also great nieces and nephews: Greggory and Nicholas (Jim), Emily and Jason (Bob), Zachary (Gus), and Jack Odin (Beret). She was preceded in death by her parents Luther J. and Cecelia Malmgren and 1 sister I. Marie. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 15, 2010 at 1 PM from First Lutheran Church with Rev. Dorothy Sand officiating. Visitation will be from Noon to the 1 PM services at the church. Burial will be in the Diamond Lake Cemetery. 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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John ''Jack'' Swedlund John ???Jack???
05/12/1939-10/03/2010
John ''Jack'' Swedlund John ???Jack??? Swedlund, 71 of Tamarack, formerly of Coon Rapids died Sunday, October 3, 2010 at St. Mary???s Medical Center, Duluth. He was born May 12, 1939 in Brook Park to Ted and Pearl (Yeiter) Swedlund. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving for 4 years and was a former police officer for Coon Rapids Police Dept. for 24 years. Jack was united in marriage to Lucy (Androli) on August 17, 1984 in Coon Rapids. He was preceded in death by 6 siblings, brother-in-law Joe Pries, and his parents. He is survived by his wife of 26 years Lucy 2 Children: Greg (Teresa), Cheryl (Matthew) O???Donnell, their mother Pat Swedlund 5 grandchildren: Travis, Alicia, Jacob, Hailey, Carlee 1 great-grandchild Skylar 1 sister Mavis Pries Long time friends: Al, Art, and Dave And nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Funeral services with military honors will be 2p.m., Sunday, October 10, 2010 at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, rural McGregor. Rev. Karen Schuder will officiate. Visitation will be 12p.m. until the 2p.m. service at the church. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Kevin Crimmins
02/03/1957-10/02/2010
Kevin Dean Crimmins, 53 of Aitkin, formerly of Brainerd died Saturday, October 2, 2010 at St. Luke???s Hospital in Duluth after a long illness. He was born February 3, 1957 in Princeton to Lowell and Irene (O???Leary) Crimmins. He attended Cooper High School in Robbinsdale. Kevin was united in marriage to Bonita Swenson in June of 1999. He worked as a chef in the Minneapolis area from the mid 1970???s to the late 1980???s at fine restaurants such as Murray???s, 510 Groveland, and others. He took great pride in his work. He loved fishing and the Minnesota Twins. He is survived by his parents Lowell and Irene (O???Leary) Crimmins Brother Darwin Sisters and Brothers-in-law: Patty Gabrick Diane (Todd) Stark Linda (Larry) Ellis And many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11A.M. ??? Saturday, October 9, 2010 funeral service at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father Justin Fish will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Russell C. Haussner Attention Plumbers L
03/19/1920-10/01/2010
Russell C. Haussner, age 90 of McGregor died Friday, October 1, 2010 at his residence near McGregor, Mn. Russell was born March 19, 1920 at St. Paul, Minnesota the son of Raymond and Vina (Porrier) Haussner. He grew up and attended schools at White Bear Lake, Mn graduating from the White Bear Lake High School in 1938. He worked for a short time as a lineman for Northern State Power Co. He then enlisted in the US Army in 1942 and served until 1945. Upon his discharge he returned to the Twin Cities and went to school to learn the plumbing trade. He worked as a plumber for 30 years and was a member of the Plumbers Local 34. He married Dolores Kearny on June 1, 1973 at Pierre, South Dakota. He retired to McGregor, Mn in 1974 and they have lived here since. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed golf and had been a member of the Savanna Country Club for many years. He is survived by his wife Dolores of McGregor; Children and spouses: Judy and Jerry Ball of Scandia, Mn.; Robert and Nancy Haussner of Stillwater, Mn.; Jack and Judy Haussner of McGregor; Susan and Patrick Thomas of New Richmond, Wisc.; Brian and Karin Kearney of Anoka, Mn.; Leslie Davis of Hudson, Wisc.; 13 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren and 1 brothers and sister in law: James and Annette Haussner of McGregor. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 sister Evelyn Marko. A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 11 AM from the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the Larson-Deneen VFW Post of McGregor, MN. Burial will be at the Sunset Memorial Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Deborah Jo Cowan
10/14/1964-09/30/2010
Deborah Jo Cowan, 45 of Aitkin died Thursday, September 30, 2010 at her residence. She was born October 14, 1964 in Madison, WI. to John and Barbara (Gandolph) Cowan. On March 22, 2005 in Aitkin Deborah was united in marriage to Alvin Gruenhagen. She was employed at Great River Gardens. She had a green thumb and loved animals. Deborah is survived by her husband Alvin Gruenhagen of Aitkin 1 daughter Laura Cowan of the Twin Cities Mother Barbara (Dick) Valley of McGregor Father John (Lois) Cowan of McFarland, WI. 3 brothers: Phil (Becky) Cowan of McFarland, WI. John Cowan of McFarland, WI. Rick (Mary) Cowan of Atlanta, GA. 1 sister Reagan Cowan of McFarland Many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1P.M. ??? Thursday, October 7, 2010 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Sandy Berg Holte will officiate. www.srtfuneral.com
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Allen Johnson
09/15/1914-09/28/2010
Allen Johnson, age 96 of Aitkin died Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Allen was born September 15, 1914 at Winnebago, Minnesota the son of Glen and Ada (Jenkins) Johnson. He moved with his family at an early age to the Aitkin area where he grew up and attended schools. He farmed most of his life on the farm on Farm Island Lake, the area which is now known as ???Johnson???s Point???. He married Marverine Zelman on November 22, 1950 in Minneapolis. They made their home on Farm Island Lake. The operated Johnson Farm Island Resort for many years. Allen has resided at the Aitkin Health Services for the past year. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and traveling. He was a member of the Wealthwood Rod and Gun Club. He is survived by niece: Patricia and Russell Olstead of Minneapolis; Grand nephew: Scott Olstead; Jeannie Thompson and Janie Martz both of Aitkin and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Marverine in 2003 and brothers and sisters. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 1, 2010 at 11 AM from Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church at Garrison, Mn. with Rev. Walter Brill officiating. A gathering time will be held from 10 AM until the 11 AM service. Interment will be in the Bennettville Cemetery at a later date. 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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Kenneth W. Wenzel
10/21/1947-09/26/2010
Kenneth W. Wenzel, 62 of Aitkin died Sunday, September 26, 2010 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born October 21, 1947 in Kingsley, IA. to Wayne and Kathleen (Higgenbotham) Wenzel. Kenneth was united in marriage to Linda (Mansk) on July 26, 1997 in Malmo. He worked as a brick layer. He enjoyed spending time with friends and fishing at his cabin on Lake of the Woods. He is survived by his wife Linda Wenzel of Aitkin 1 Daughter Amanda MacDonald of Aitkin Two sons and daughters-in-law: Jonathon (Heather) Wenzel of Wisconsin. Nickolas (Lynn) Wenzel of Aitkin 1 stepson: Gabriel (Anne) Carlstrom of Bemidji Seven grandchildren: Jordan, Jillian, Jackson, Allyson, Gregory, Logan, and Peyton 1 brother and sister-in-law: Jim (Laurie) Wenzel of Kilkenny One sister and brother-in-law: Barbara (Don) Mosloski of Fairmont Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Wayne and Kathleen (Higgenbotham) Wenzel Funeral services will be 5:00P.M., Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Ronnie Tibbetts will officiate. Visitation will be 3pm ??? 5pm Wednesday at the funeral home. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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John E. Sullivan
02/02/1924-09/26/2010
John E. Sullivan, age 86 of Osseo, Minnesota died Sunday, September 26, 2010 at the Maple Grove Hospital in Maple Grove, Minnesota. John was born February 2, 1924 in St. Paul, Minnesota the son of Charles and Lydia (Williamson) Sullivan. He attended schools at Albright, Mn, Howard Lake, Mn. and Aitkin graduating from Aitkin High School. He then served in the Civilian Conservation Corps for a time. He helped build the rock wall and memorial plaque at Garrison on Mille Lacs Lake. He then entered the military and served in the U. S. Marine Corps from April of 1944 to August of 1946. He saw action in Iwo Jima and was present for the flag raising there. Upon his discharge he returned to Minnesota for a time and then moved to Billings, Montana where he married Virginia L. Ward on August 18, 1946. They lived in Billings until 1955 when they moved to St. Paul and he worked for the Koch Oil Refinery until 1970. They then moved to Brainerd, Mn and he worked for the Brainerd schools. In 1975 the moved to Sand Point, Idaho and lived there until 1986 at which time he retired and they moved to Minneapolis and have lived there since. He is survived by family members: Jack (Arden) Bolme of Polson, Montana, Jeffrey (Darlene) Bolme of Brainerd, Linda (Bolme) Dunn of Brooklyn Center, Mn.; Dyanne (Steve) Ulrick of Maple Grove, Mn.; Candace (Patrick) Nelson of Blaine, Mn.; 12 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Virginia in 2005, 1 son Mark and 1 sister Mildred. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Pastor Charles Carlson officiating. Visitation will be from Noon until the 1 PM services Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. 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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Judge Clinton W. Wyant Judge Clinton W
12/25/1931-09/22/2010
Judge Clinton W. Wyant Judge Clinton W. Wyant died Wed. Sept. 22, 2010 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born December 25, 1931 at O'Neill, Nebraska to Charles (Chic) and Mary Wyant. He moved with his family at a young age to the Waukenabo Lake Area where he lived the rest of his life. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1950 and graduated from St. John's Univesity in Collegeville in 1954. While working several jobs he attended St. Paul College of Law (Today's William Mitchell College of Law) and graduated in 1958.He married Sophia (Trix) Stalzer on September 6,1958. He was a practicing attorney in the Aitkin region from 1958 to 1978. He was appointed District Court Judge of the Ninth Judicial District of Minnesota on December 1, 1977 by Governor Rudy Perpich. He served as Judge from 1977 to 1993 when he retired due to disability. Between 1993 and 2003 he enjoyed his retirement and his life with Trix at their Waukenabo Lake home on The Point. In 2003 he entered the Aicota Health Care Center and has been a resident there until his death. Judge Wyant served in many organization in the area and held many leadership roles in those organizations. He was an active sportsman and outdoorsman and an avid community activist and leader. He was a leader in the DFL party and a change agent on the precinct, county, district, state and national level including representing Minnesota at threee national Democratic conventions (1964, 1968, 1976). He was former chair of the Aitkin Airport Commission, national award winner for his leadership of the Aitkin Jaycees, active member of the Aitkin Lions and Jack-a-Lope clubs. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church. He was an avid big game hunter having made trips to Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Colorado and throughout the midwest. He was involved his entire life in community theater, vaudville and sing/variety clubs. Clint was also one of the pioneer wild rice farmers in Aitkin County and active in the Wild Rice Assoc. He is survived by his wife Sophia ''Trix'' Stalzer Wyant, loving children: Maria Stalzer Wyant Cuzzo of Duluth; Charles (Ania) Wyant of O'Fallon, Mo.; Amy (Jake) Wyant of Aitkin; ten grandchildren: Ben Wyant, Alex Cuzzo, Brandon Wyant, Mitchell Rubbelke, Megan Rubbelke, Jonah Jaskowiak, Lucas Wyant, Nate Jaskowiak, Carlie Wyant, Maddie Wyant; sister: Mary (Greg) Ruprecht of Duluth, nieces: Debra Ruprecht of Duluth, Sharie (Brad) Kimball of Colleyville, Texas and many cousins and friends. Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, September 27, 2010 at 11 AM at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Visitation will be Sunday at the church from 4 to 7 PM with a Roasry Service at 7 PM and continue Monday 1 hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Memorials are preffered which will be dispersed to local worthy causes by the Wyant family. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Marion Liljenquist
10/30/1914-09/19/2010
Marion Agnes Liljenquist, 95 of Aitkin died Sunday, September 19, 2010 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born October 30, 1914 in Blooming Pairie to Peter C. and Agnes (Yentsch) Larson. She graduated from Blooming Prairie High School class of 1932. Marion was united in marriage to Wallace Vaith on July 14, 1944. They moved to Aitkin in 1945. She worked for Mille Lacs Electric for 16 years. She was an active member and past president of Aitkin VFW Post #1727 Auxiliary and Aitkin American Legion Post #86 Auxiliary. She was also a member of Rebekah Lodge, Priscilla Club, Lakeview Cemetery board, and the First Congregational Church. Marion was united in marriage to Elmer Liljenquist on August 1, 1964. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law: Sandra (Jim) MacDonald of Aitkin Romelle (Anthony) Aucone of Cranston , R.I. One son and daughter-in-law Francis (Lael) Vaith of Aitkin 7 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, 2nieces and 3 nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband Wallace Vaith, her second husband Elmer Liljenquist, one sister Lorraine Carrol ???Mewee???, and her parents Peter and Agnes (Yentsch) Larson Memorial services will be 1:00P.M. ??? Friday, September 24, 2010 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Reverend Don Norman will officiate. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Eleanore M. Skatt
12/16/1917-09/17/2010
Eleanore Marie Skatt, age 92 lifelong resident of the Aitkin area died Friday, September 17, 2010 at the Aitkin Health Services. Eleanore and her twin Elmer were born on December 16, 1917 at Duluth, Minnesota to Rudolf and Alma Edquist. The family moved to Aitkin when the twins were toddlers and resided south of Aitkin on a farm near Edquist Lake. As a youngster, Eleanore attended the Hilltop School and later graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1935. After high school, Eleanore worked in Minneapolis as a maid but her heart stayed behind in Aitkin where a young man, Sigward Skatt, had caught her eye at the Luther League young people???s activities at the Mariah Chapel. Sig and Eleanore were the first couple to be married at the Maria Chapel in 1940. They resided in Michigan for two years and returned to Aitkin in 1942. The Skatt family farm near Lone Lake became their home. Along with farming, Sig and Eleanore worked at Shingwauk Resort for many years where Eleanore was a cook. She later was the morning cook at the Aitkin Community Hospital from which she retired in 1987. Her love of cooking and sharing good food with family and friends will long be remembered by many. Eleanore???s love and care for people along with her sense of humor will be dearly missed. Eleanore is survived by son: Duane Skatt of Aitkin, Daughters: Sharyl (Grant) Odegard of Duluth, Bev Nix of Aitkin, Jan Luff of Colorado; Grandchildren: Kelly (Luff) Mason, Melinda (Nix) Lanham, Christopher Odegard; Great Grandchildren: Kati McCormick, Nicolas Lanham, Caleb Lanham, Rebekah Lanham, and Grace Lanham. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Sig in 1974, siblings Elmer, Mabel, Ruth and Reuben, and son in law Bill Luff. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 11 AM from Bethlehem Lutheran Church near Aitkin with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be in the Diamond Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Rot-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com
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Marjorie Mayer
02/27/1921-09/16/2010
Marjorie M. Mayer, 89 of Isle died Thursday, September 16, 2010 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born February 27, 1921 in Monticello to Ray and Edith (Wagner) Miller. She was in the civil service stationed in Utah during WW II. She was employed by the Hitchcock factory in Minneapolis and farmed in the Malmo area until 1981. She loved cars, and was a member of the Opstead Baptist Church. She is survived by one brother and sister-in-law: Lawrence (Loretta) Miller of Prior Lake Sister-in-law: Anna Miller of Isle Many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her first husband Stanley Florek in 1956, and her second husband Fred Mayer in 1981. Two sisters: Helen Lind and Agnes Larson 5 brothers: Tim, Kenny, Corky, Dick and Tom Miller And her parents Ray and Edith (Wagner) Miller. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M., Saturday, September 25, 2010 memorial service at Opstead Baptist Church in Opstead. Rev. Perry Johnson and Gary Lambert will officiate. Memorial are preferred to Opstead Baptist Church building fund. Sorensen-Root- Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Julia Mannelin McKay
02/14/1910-09/13/2010
Julia Mannelin McKay, age 100 of McGregor died Monday, September 13, 2010 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Mn. Julia was born February 14, 1910 at Sandstone, Minnesota the daughter of Paul and Sarah (Mack) Korpi. She grew up and attended schools in Finlayson and graduated from the Finlayson High School in 1928. She then attended Business College in Minneapolis. She then began working for the bank in Finlayson. She had also worked as a telephone operator in Finlayson. She married Walter Mannelin on Dec. 16, 1933 at Finlayson. Julia was a stay at home mom, but she managed the farm while her husband was away from home. In 1943 they sold the farm and moved into Finlayson when her husband joined the Merchant Marines. In 1948 when her husband Walt left the Merchant Marines, they sold the house in Finlayson and moved to the McGregor area. After two years Walt returned to sailing on the high seas and Julia and the girls moved into McGregor. Julia worked at the Locker Plant and later at the drive in where she worked as a cook. Later Julia worked as a cook in Nisswa and spent winters in Oregon or Reno Nevada where she worked as a hotel maid. She had also worked as a bookkeeper in the creamery in Finlayson. She later moved to Crosby and was a foster grandparent at the Brainerd State Hospital until her marriage to Clarence McKay in 1975. They then moved to Lake Minnewawa near McGregor. After Clarence died she moved into McGregor and later moved to Pioneer Villa in McGregor. Even though at age 83 she was legally blind, she took care of herself until the age of 96 at which time she became the first resident of the new Northland Village assisted living facility in McGregor. She resided there until moving to Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin in April of 2009. She is survived by 2 daughters and son in law: Janet Miller of McGregor; Julia and Erwin Plagens of Enumclaw, Washington; 7 grandchildren: Bruce Miller, Colleen (Fred) Vivant, Laura (Jeff) Schlagel, Alison (Brent) Henze, Tad (Kim) Olafson, Jed (Dianna) Olafson, Dell (Karin) Plagens, Annette (Gary) Vranizan, 22 great grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; 1 sister: Ruth Brabec of Willow River, Mn and brother Nestor (Edith) Korpi of Arden Hills, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter Kelly Miller Fischer,4 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 2 PM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Henry Koopman officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be at a later date in the Finnish Lutheran Cemetery at Finlayson, Mn. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home.
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William ''Bill'' H. Smith William ???B
04/11/1951-09/08/2010
William ''Bill'' H. Smith William ???Bill??? H. Smith, 59 of Tamarack died unexpectedly Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at his home. He was born April 11, 1951 in St. Paul to Harold and Lily (Harer) Smith. He graduated from Park Senior High School in Cottage Grove and was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He worked in construction as a brick layer. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He is survived by his parents Harold and Lily (Harer) Smith of Palisade 3 sons: Keith Smith of St. Paul Park Jeremiah Smith of Tamarack And Phillip Smith Five sisters: Diane (Art) Brier of Tamarack Kathy (Dave) Zehoski of Welch Dawn (Dan) Foerster of Tamarack Susan A. Smith of Tamarack Charlotte Muraski of Crosby Former wife Susan B. Smith Other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister Roberta Just Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11am, Monday, September 13, 2010 funeral service at Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. Fr. Paul Fruth will officiate. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Pauline Snyder
02/06/1927-09/06/2010
Pauline Snyder, 83 of Aitkin died Monday, September 6, 2010 at her residence in Oak Grove. She was born February 6, 1927 in Aitkin County to Oaker and Edith (Storm) Myers. She graduated from Aitkin High School. Pauline was united in marriage to Jack Snyder on March 26, 1949 in Mason City, IA. She was employed at Honeywell for 31 years. She was a member of Aitkin Christian Women and the Glen Community Church. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Ada (Larry) Siluk of Oak Grove 2 grandchildren: Andrea Siluk of Blaine and Angela (Jason) Castrovinci of Ramsey Four sisters and brothers-in-law: Doris (Paul) Shaw of Aitkin Corinne Walker of Alaska Myrtle (John) Savage of California Jane (Pat) Humphreys of Aitkin Cousins: Dorothy Hermanson and Maxine Mapes Many other cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Jack on December 8, 1990 Two sisters: El Dorah Holm and Mabel Cooper And her parents Oaker and Edith (Storm) Myers. Graveside services will be 2:00P.M. ??? Sunday, September 12, 2010 at Malmo Cemetery in Malmo. Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Lunch will follow at Glory Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Michael Foley Ryan
05/17/1935-09/06/2010
Michael Foley Ryan, age 75 of Aitkin died Monday, September 6, 2010 at St. Mary???s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. Michael was born May 17, 1935 at Brainerd, Minnesota, the son of Joseph and Caroline (Hassman) Ryan. He grew up in Aitkin and attended Maryhill Academy and then attended St. John???s Preparatory School at Collegeville. He then went on to attend St. John???s University at Collegeville. After his graduation he attended William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. He worked as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge, the Honorable Edward Devitt. He joined his father in his law practice in Aitkin in 1963. The practice was known as Ryan and Ryan Lawyers. He was a lawyer in Aitkin ever since that time. He married Judith Ann Cummings on June 20, 1959 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. He had served on the Board of Governors for the State Bar Association for a number of years. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church. He served on the Riverwood Hospital Board for 20 years, and was board chair for many of those years. He served on the Cuyuna Country Club board for 25 years. He was a strong supporter of St John???s Abbey and University at Collegeville. He loved hunting and fishing and working ???The Farm??? raising beef cattle and horses. He especially loved spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife Judy of Aitkin; children and spouses: Joe and Wendy Ryan of Park Rapids, MN.; Dan and Angie Ryan of Aitkin; Molly and Brian Baker of Maple Grove, MN.; Patty and Brooks Welter of Scottsdale, AZ; Anne and John Wicka of Chanhassen, MN., and 10 grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers: Dick Ryan of Aitkin, Jim and Diane Ryan of Aitkin, sister: Mary and Rick Godfrey of Oklahoma City, OK. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Jack, and one sister, Anne. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 11 AM at St. James Catholic Church. Fr. Jerry Schik, Fr. Clem Gustin, and Fr. Paul Fruth will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 PM with a Rosary Service at 7:30 PM at the St. James Catholic Church and will continue Saturday from 10 AM until the 11 AM services. Memorials are preferred to the St. James Catholic Church Building Fund, the Crosier Fathers and Brothers of Onamia, and the Riverwood Foundation. 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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Steve W. Wige
05/01/1955-08/31/2010
Steve W. Wige, age 55 of Aitkin died Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Steve was born May 1, 1955 at Big Fork, Minnesota the son of Donald and Delores (O???Brien) Wige. He grew up and attended schools in Norwalk, California and then moved back to the area and attended school in Grand Rapids, Hill City and Aitkin. Following graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 1973 to 1976. He returned to the Aitkin area and lived here until 1981 at which time he returned to California. He moved back to Aitkin in 1999 and worked for Woodland Container and then for Clow Stamping in 2004. He enjoyed playing video games, watching videos and was involved with supporting International Ministries. He is survived by his father Donald Wige of Aitkin; 2 brothers: Tim Wige of Fridley, Mn. and Tyler Wige of Erie Pennsylvania; 1 sister: Susan Cook of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his mother Delores Wige; and 2 brothers Kelly Wige and Keith Wige. A graveside service will be held Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 11 AM at the Spencer Cemetery with Rev. Rick Perry officiating. 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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Clinton H. Hanson
05/07/1926-08/25/2010
Clinton H. Hanson, 84 of Aitkin died August 25, 2010 at his home. He was born May 7, 1926 in Aitkin to Herman and Nora (Packer) Hanson. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1944. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in WW II. He retired from Woodland Container, Aitkin. He is survived by many relatives and friends. There will be no services. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Betty J. Pitcher
04/05/1924-08/15/2010
Betty J. Pitcher, age 86 of Garrison died Sunday, August 15, 2010 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Mn. Betty was born on April 5, 1924 at St. Paul, Minnesota the daughter of Fred and Irene Elizabeth (Casey) Stenger. She grew up in St. Paul and attended schools there graduating from White Bear Lake High School. During WW II she worked at the Arms Plant for a time. She married John Wallace Pitcher on April 7, 1945 in St. Paul. They lived in St. Paul until and then moved the Marine on the St. Croix in 1960. They lived there until retiring to Garrison in 1979. She was a member of Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church at Garrison, the Garrison VFW Auxiliary, and the Garrison Seniors Club. She also had served as a fire warden in the Garrison area for many years. She was very active in her church and loved bible studies. She is survived by 2 sons and daughters in law: Jack and Pam Pitcher of Lakeland, Mn.; Kevin and Rose Pitcher of Bloomington, Mn.; 2 daughters and sons in law: Judy and Henry Echart of Pine River, Mn.; Sue and Mike Mardaus of Marine on the St. Croix, Mn.; 11 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 11 great great grandchildren, 2 sisters: Irene Berthiaume of Blaine, Mn.; Marty Zeches of Wyoming, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 1 brother and 3 sisters. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 20, 2010 at 11 AM from the Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Burial will be in the Garrison Cemetery. 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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Earl O. Osberg
01/17/1925-08/12/2010
Earl Olaf Osberg, 85 of Aitkin died Thursday, August 12, 2010 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born January 17, 1925 in Aitkin to Erick and Inga (Hansen) Osberg. He attended grade schools in the Aitkin area. He loved to go fishing and visit the farm with his uncle Hans. He was formerly employed by Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home, county social service department, and Ukura???s Big Dollar Store. Earl was a faithful member of Assembly Of God Church in Brainerd and Aitkin, and was a very loving and kind person. He is survived by one sister Violet Lemoine of Lovell, WY. Special cousin and caregiver Georgiana Wold of Aitkin And many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Erick and Inga (Hansen) Osberg 3 sisters: Sadie Peterson, Ruth Olson, and Lila Gates One brother Allan Osberg, 3 nephews, one niece, loving aunts and an uncle. Funeral services will be 3:00P.M. ??? Sunday, August 15, 2010 at Assembly Of God Church in Aitkin. Reverend Don Norman will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be 1:00P.M. ??? Monday in Evergreen Cemetery in Brainerd. Funeral arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Judith H. Erickson Egstad
06/28/1925-08/05/2010
Judith H. Erickson Egstad, age 85 of Aitkin died Thursday, August 5, 2010 at her home. She was born June 28, 1925 at Grand Forks, North Dakota the daughter of Jentoft and Josephine (Hanson) Halvorson. She grew up and attended schools in Grand Forks and then attended Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Fergus Falls graduating in 1943. She then lived in the Twin Cities for a time and Then New York City for a time. She married Russell H. Erickson on June 7, 1947 at Grand Forks, North Dakota. They made their home in Bloomington, Mn until they retired to Aitkin, Mn. in 1986. Russell died in 1995. Judith married Bernard ???Bud??? Egstad on March 25, 1998 in Aitkin. They have made their home in Aitkin. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin. She enjoyed sewing, knitting and reading. She had served as the church librarian at Bethel Lutheran. She is survived by her husband Bernard ???Bud??? Egstad of Aitkin; daughter and son in law: Nancy and Dale Erickson of Grand Forks, North Dakota; 4 Grandchildren and spouses: Heidi and Len Philpot, Stacy and David Scott, Jeffrey and Kayla Erickson, Holly and Justin Swanson; 12 great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Jeanette Jacobson of Platte, South Dakota; Jeanive Solheim of Platte, South Dakota; 5 step children: Jude and Allan Bjerkaas of Columbia, Maryland; Bernard ???Roy??? and Ruth Egstad Jr. of Aitkin; Richard and Debra Egstad of New Prague, Mn.; Carl and Carolyn Egstad of Platte, South Dakota; David and Erin Egstad of Jordan, Mn.; 12 Step grandchildren; 17 step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1st husband Russell in 1995 and 2 grandsons Kevin and Kyle. Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 9, 2010 at 11 AM at Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin with Rev. Gunnar Salmonson officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Burial will be at the Spencer Cemetery at Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Richard A. Thrall
04/04/1960-08/03/2010
Richard A. Thrall, age 50 of Aitkin formerly of the Rogers area died Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at his home. Richard was born April 4, 1960 at Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Gerald and Margaret Thrall. He grew up and attended schools in Anoka, Mn. He then served in the U.S. Air Force. He married Brenda Schrade on July 31, 1993 in Anoka. They lived in the Rogers area until moving to Aitkin a year and a half ago. He was a member of AA and had been sober for the past 10 years. He is survived by his wife Brenda Thrall of Aitkin; son: Kyle Stageberg of Rogers, Mn.; daughters: Jordan Slavick of Aitkin, Mn.; Jaime Hanson of Jordan, Mn.; 2 brothers: Bruce Thrall of Sartell, Mn.; Steve Thrall of Bemidji, Mn.; 1 sister: Melissa Sink of Anoka, Mn.; Grandchildren: Kaylin, Gage, and Jayden Crapser all of Aitkin; and his father Gerald Thrall of Rogers, Mn. He was preceded in death by his mother Margaret and step father Wayne Farver. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Pastor Joseph Huss will officiate. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Howell Winston Shawkey
03/28/1943-08/03/2010
Howell ???Winston??? Shawkey, age 67 of Palisade died Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at his home. Winston was born March 28, 1943 at Beckley, West Virginia the son of Herman and Sylvia (Farley) Shawkey. He grew up and attended schools in the Baltimore, Maryland area. He came to the Palisade/McGregor area in 1994 and worked for the Savanna Golf course for 12 years. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and snowmobiling. He is survived by step daughter: Kim Fouty of HaverDeGrace, Maryland; 2 grandchildren: Ashley and Amber; 3 brothers: Charles Shawkey of Jarrettsville, Maryland; Daniel Shawkey of Pensacola, Florida; Billy Shawkey of Glen Burnie, Maryland. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers: David and Richard. A memorial service will be held Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 3 PM at the Big Sand Bar. 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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Anna Marie Johnson
02/18/1929-07/31/2010
Anna Marie Johnson, 81 of McGregor and New Hope died Sat., July 31, 2010 at Northridge Care Center, New Hope. She was born February 18, 1929 in Ray, MN. to Sherman and Mildred (Nelson) Roderick. Anna was united in marriage to Charles LeRoy Johnson on October 9, 1948 in International Falls. They lived in International Falls, Minneapolis and St. Paul prior to moving to McGregor in the mid 1980???s. She was a homemaker and caregiver to her family. She enjoyed reading, baking, flower gardening, painting, ceramics, taking trips, bowling and re-arranging furniture. Anna loved family gatherings and her grandchildren. She is survived by 2 daughters and son-in-law: Linda (Richard) Elliott of Brooklyn Center Natalie Donovan of Monticello Two sons and daughters-in-law: Charles (Debbie) Johnson of Fountain Hills, AZ. Floyd (Lenae) Johnson of Elk River 11 grandchildren: Aundrea, Adrienne, April, Dennis, Anissa, Aaron, Matt, Chelsie, Joe, Amanda, and Josh Four great-grandchildren: Angelica, Trinity, Wyatt, and Justin 4 brothers: Victor, Rodney, Maurice, and Jim Six sisters: Ruby, Shirley, Karen, Joyce, Julie, and Wanda And many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles on December 31, 2003, 1 brother George, and her parents Sherman and Mildred (Nelson) Roderick. Funeral services will be 10A.M., Thursday, August 5, 2010 at Holy Family Catholic Church, McGregor. Fr. Paul Fruth will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Wednesday at McGregor Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:30P.M., and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Evelyn Marie Nemitz
07/07/1929-07/29/2010
Evelyn Marie Nemitz, age 81 of Aitkin died Thursday, July 29, 2010 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Evelyn was born July 7, 1929 at New Richland, Minnesota the daughter of Helmar A. and Marie O. (Loken) Schumacher. She grew up and attended schools in New Richland graduating in 1947. She married Lloyd H. Nemitz on July 22, 1947 at New Richland, Minnesota. They lived in the New Richland area and farmed. In 1960 they moved to Aitkin were they worked for the Land O??? Lakes Company. Evelyn also worked as a waitress and Bartender in the area for 23 years. She was a life member of the Aitkin American Legion Auxiliary, the VFW Auxiliary and the Aitkin Moose Lodge. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and playing cards. She is survived by 2 sons: George Nemitz of Montour, Iowa; Clifford Nemitz of Aitkin, Mn.; 3 daughters: Ruth Johnston of Blue Springs, Mo., Julie Eastham of Grand Junction, Colo., Lesa Stokes of Onamia, MN.; 4 brothers: Lloyd Schumacher of Albert Lea, Mn.; Marlow Schumacher of Waseca, Mn.; Richard Schumacher of New Richland, Mn.; Paul Schumacher of Waseca, Mn.; 1 sister: Shirley Studnicka of Waseca, Mn.; 12 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lloyd in 2003 and 1 brother Michael Schumacher. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. 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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George Boyd Jr.
11/10/1940-07/25/2010
George Boyd Jr, Native Name: Bebiskaneyaash, age 69 of McGregor died Sunday, July 25, 2010 at his home. George was born November 10, 1940 at Cloquet, Minnesota the son of George and Susan (Manitou) Boyd Sr. He grew up and attended schools at Sawyer, Mn. He then drove truck for most of his life. He drove truck for the Mille Lacs Band for the past 10 years. Prior to that he had worked as a supervisor for the Mille Lacs Casino. He married Patricia Ann Pierce on January 28, 1975 at Webster, South Dakota. They have lived in the McGregor area since their marriage. He is survived by his wife Patricia Boyd of McGregor; 2 sons and daughters in law: Jeff and Tabatha Boyd; George and Katie Boyd II; 1 daughter and son in law: Tanya and Robb Hallquist; 2 sisters: Catherine Hedstrom and Marene Hedstrom all of McGregor; Grandchildren: Branden Sargent, Bradley Sargent, Anthony Sargent, Amber Buckanaga, Alyssa Buckanaga, Aaron Buckanaga, Brittany Boyd, Dakota Boyd, George Boyd IV, Jeffrey Boyd, Isabelle Boyd, Brooke Boyd, and Payton Hallquist. He was preceded in death by his parents: George and Susan Boyd, brothers: Charles Durant, Franklin Boyd, and Lawrence Boyd, sisters: Mable Albino, Angeline Wadena, Susan Patrick, Bernice Phillips, and Louise Day. Funeral services will be held Thursday beginning at 10 AM at the East Lake Community Center with Lee Staples officiating. The wake will beginning at the center Wednesday at 8 PM. Burial will be in the Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Credella Michaletz
06/11/1917-07/21/2010
Credella Marie Michaletz, 93 of Aitkin died Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born June 11, 1917 in Kanawha, IA. to Martin and Tillie (Swelland) Shaw. She and her husband Leonard were longtime residents in the Aitkin area but lived in the Minneapolis area for many years where they were married December 21, 1935 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale. Credella was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her family and made all of them so comfortable no matter how many were at their table. She loved the Lord and prayed always that all of her family would be joining her and Leonard at their dining room table at their mansion in the sky. She loved gardens and had more than one of them. Everything from rhubarb and currents to potatoes and squash. She just loved to can and freeze all of her precious goodies so she could share them. She also loved to bake and of course had to have dessert with every evening meal. She and Leonard along with their children had a dairy and hog farm in the area which is now called New Hope. The children will verify that is where the huge gardens were. Credella did a lot of volunteering in her lifetime. She loved to teach Sunday school, volunteer for the Billy Graham Assoc. in Minneapolis, at nursing homes, and even for the League of Women Voters. Her favorite role in life was that of a grandmother. Every summer the grandkids would take their turns at spending time at Nord Lake. Their grandpa and grandma would spoil them rotten and then send them home to their mom and dads. Real memories were made at Nord Lake. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. Everybody knew her by her beautiful smile and grand laugh. God bless you mom, and save a place for us at your table. Credella is survived by 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Curtis (Carol) Michaletz of Clear Lake Lyle (Dianne) Michaletz of Mantorville and Summerfield, FL. One daughter and son-in-law: Kathy (John) Hanson of Merrifield and Lady Lake, FL. 1 brother Clifford Shaw of Milaca Nine grandchildren: Cindi, Grant, Julie, Shele, Jodi, Stephen, Janelle, Derek, and Carla 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard, infant son Marnold James, grandson David Carpenter, and three brothers Tilford, Luther, and Marnold. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 12:00P.M. ??? Saturday, July 31, 2010 funeral service at Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin. Reverend Gunnar Salmonson will officiate. Burial will be in Dorris Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Nicholas ''Nick'' Patrick Nicholas A.
07/16/1947-07/20/2010
Nicholas ''Nick'' Patrick Nicholas A. ???Nick??? Patrick, age 63 of Aitkin died Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at Abbott-Northwestern Medical Center in Minneapolis. Nick was born July 16, 1947 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Frank and MaryAnn (Dotzler) Patrick. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1965. He then went to work for the Scorpion Company in Crosby. He Married Vicki L. Torgerson on February 12, 1966 at Crosby, Minnesota. He then served in the U.S. Army from March of 1966 to April of 1969. Upon his discharge he returned to Minnesota and worked for a time For Erie Mining Co near Hoyt Lakes. He then moved back to Aitkin and worked for the REA. He eventually bought a semi and started trucking. He worked for Blomberg Oil Co. and then went into a partnership with Duane Yaggy in trucking for a year. He then worked on his own for about 25 years retiring 2 years ago. He was a former member of the Aitkin American Legion Post and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife Vicki Patrick of Aitkin; Children: Deanna Patrick and Eric Paulson of Aitkin; Cathy Cox and Todd Radke of Aitkin; Dominick Patrick of Aitkin; Scooby ???Christina??? and Ron Harmon II of Aitkin; 5 grandchildren: Douglas C. Banks, Cody Paulson, Nicholas Harmon, Paige Harmon, Samantha ???Sami Jo??? Cox; 6 brothers and sisters: Kathleen Patrick and special friend Palph Fligge of Richfield, Mn.; Frank and Ione Patrick Jr. of Rice Mn.; Randy and Karla Patrick of Aitkin; Josie Ehret and special friend Chris Schwartz of Center City, Mn.; Dan and Geni Patrick of Aitkin; Collette and Russell Tate of St. Paul and his loyal dog Little Bear. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Steve West officiating. Burial will be in the Spencer Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 11 AM until the 1 PM services at the funeral home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Donna I. Tollerud
08/21/1916-07/03/2010
Donna I. Tollerud, age 93 of Tucson, Arizona, formerly of the Tamarack area died July 3, 2010 at her home in Tucson. Donna was born August 21, 1916 in Minneapolis, Mn. the daughter of Otto Henry and Emma (Pedersen) Gatz. She spent her youth in the Tamarack area and graduated from the McGregor High School in 1933. She married Elmer Tollerud on March 7, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois. They moved to Duluth, Minnesota at the start of WW II and Elmer worked in the Ship Yards. After WW II they moved back to Chicago where Donna worked in retails sales until she got her real estate license in 1963. She was successful at selling estate and she and Elmer purchased a number of rental properties that served them well through the years leading towards retirement. In the early 1970???s Donna and Elmer commenced wintering in the Rio Grande Valley at Falcon Lake Reservoir in Zapata, Texas where they continued to winter until the sold their Illinois home and business and relocated to Tucson, Arizona in 1989. Donna Loved to fish, travel, and coming to Minnesota and spending time with her sister Doree and attending the family reunions. She is survived by daughters: Gail D. (Norman) Silcox; Lauren Tollerud; sister: Doree Osterman; grandchildren: Dane N. Silcox, Brett E. Silcox, Stephanie A. (Daryl) Shoben; Marci L. (Chris) Bergquist, Michael J. Dewey; 7 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and Husband of 59 years. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 1 PM from the Round Lake Presbyterian Church near McGregor with Rev. Rika Foss officiating. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Memorial to the Multiple Sclerosis Society are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Margaret V. Lantz
04/06/1927-07/02/2010
Margaret V. Lantz, age 83 of Blaine originally of Aitkin died Friday, July 2, 2010 at Maplewood Care Center. She was born April 6, 1927 in Aitkin to John and Elma (Turner) Stewart. Margaret was united in marriage to Veldon Lantz on March 3, 1947 in Aitkin. She is survived by son Phillip (Kathy) Lantz 2 Daughters: Marjorie Lantz and Sherry (Don) Miller Grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many friends. She was preceded in death by husband Veldon, brothers John and Charles Stewart, Sisters Lenna Sieh, Mickie Nicko, Mildred Cassidy and her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. ??? Wednesday, July 7, 2010 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be in Spencer Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Passion Hard Heart
01/21/1994-07/01/2010
Passion Rose Hard Heart, Shwa Soo Gah Bah We Kwe, 16 of Onamia died Thursday, July 1, 2010. She was born January 21, 1994 in Minneapolis to Nicole (Holm) and Donovan Hard Heart. She enjoyed dancing at Pow Wows, playing basketball and volleyball and being with her family. She was a kind and funny person with a sense of humor that will be missed. She is survived by her mother and step-father Nicole (Jason) VanWert of Onamia Father Donovan Hard Heart of Main 2 sisters: Kelly Friend of Onamia and Lakota Hard Heart of Pine Ridge, SD. Eight brothers: Dakota Hard Heart of Main Emilio Hard Heart of Main Derrick Holm of Onamia Sage Hard Heart of Onamia Ronald Hard Heart of Onamia Donovan Hard Heart of Onamia Chase Holm of Onamia Jesse Red Feather of Pine Ridge, SD. Grandfather Warren Kingsbury, Jr. of Garrison Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her sister Jaylyn VanWert Niece Tila Marie Friend Ballinger Grandparents: Beverly Holm, Ronald Howard, Susan Hard Heart, Frances Good Buffalo, Great-grandparents: Harry and Liza Durant, Great-uncle: Roger Durant 2 great-aunts: Mable Thompson and Harriet Durant Visitation will begin at 5:00P.M., Sunday, July 4, 2010 at East Lake Community Center, East Lake, McGregor, and will continue until the 10:00A.M., Monday funeral service at the center. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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William L. Conner Jr.
06/20/1925-06/26/2010
William L. Conner Jr., age 85 died Saturday, June 26, 2010 at St. Mary???s Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota. Bill was born June 20, 1925 at Virginia, Minnesota the son of William L. and Gladys (Anderson) Conner Sr. He lived in Duluth and Grand Rapids, Mn. before returning with his parents to Virginia, Mn. where he completed his elementary and secondary education. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1943. Following graduation he enlisted in the US Navy and attained the rank of Sonar man First Class during the period of June 1943 to March 1946. He served aboard the USS Impeccable, a minesweeper in the Pacific Theater during WW II. In September of 1946 he enrolled at Hamline University in St. Paul, Mn. and graduated in June 1950 with a BA degree. While at Hamline, he married Dorothy K. Strand in Virginia, MN. on October 27, 1947 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church. His teaching career, which included coaching baseball and basketball, started in Arkansaw, Wi. Next, he spent thirty six years in Aitkin, Mn. where he taught Jr. High Social Studies, Driver Education, and coached football, basketball, and track as well as serving as Athletic Director. He completed is Master???s Degree in School Counseling at St. Cloud State University in 1967 and continued his service at Aitkin Jr. High School by being asked to fill the position of Jr. High Principal from 1968 to 1972. For the next fifteen years he worked as the Jr. High School Counselor and retired in June of 1987. He was a life member of the Minnesota Education Association and the National Education Association, the Aitkin American Legion Post 86, the Mystic Lodge AF&AM of Aitkin. He is survived by his wife Dorothy Conner of Makinen; Sons: Michael (Edee) Isle, Mn.; Randy (Merna) Eveleth, Mn.; Gregory, Keewatin, Mn.; Kevin (Pam) Aitkin, Mn.; Daughters: Bonnie (Mike) St. Cloud, Mn.; Kathleen (John) Gallatin, Aitkin, Mn.; 13 Grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Caroline G. Troland, brother in law: Alfred Troland, and infant grandson Paul Conner. A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 1 PM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Aitkin. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 PM with a Masonic Service at 7 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Memorials are preferred to the Aitkin United Methodist Church and/or the Palo Congregational Church. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Katherine Jacob
03/01/1914-06/24/2010
Katherine Jacob age 96 of Abilene, Texas, formerly of Aitkin (The Thor area) died Thursday June 24, 2010 at Abilene. Katherine was born on March 1, 1914 at Thor, Minnesota the daughter of John Peter and Hannah Amelia (Olson) Erickson. She attended schools at Thor and Minneapolis. She married Ordway ???Kirk??? Kirkaby in 1929. They came to Abilene in 1948 and opened both the Tower Twin and Crescent Drive-Ins in partnership with her brother Rudy Erickson. Katherine owned and operated the theaters until 1969. After the death of her first husband, she later married W.A. ???Jake??? Jacob who also preceded her in death. Katherine was passionate about the care and protection of animals and was active with both the Humane Society and PETA. She enjoyed playing polkas and waltzes and had been a member of several small bands where she played steel guitar and accordion. She is survived by 4 nephews: Art and Larry Erickson of Big Bear Lake, California, Byron Melius of Colleyville, Texas and Richard Schlief of Minneapolis, Mn. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, June 30 2010 at 2 PM at the Saron Cemetery near Aitkin with Rev. Gunnar Salmonson officiating. A visitation will be held Wednesday from 10 AM until Noon at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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LeRoy H. Radke
06/10/1949-06/13/2010
LeRoy H. Radke, age 61 of Kimberly died Sunday June 13, 2010 at his residence. LeRoy was born June 10, 1949 at Waseca, Minnesota the son of Reuben and Rose (Dvorak) Radke. He attended schools at Owatonna, Minnesota before moving with his family to the McGregor area at the age of 11. He then attended the McGregor schools graduating in 1968 from the McGregor High School. He married Susanne M. Miller on June 29, 1968 at Kimberly. They lived in the Twin Cities for about four years before moving to Kimberly. They have lived there since. He had worked for B&L Masonry, Aitkin Ready Mix and Northernaire Heating. LeRoy had served on the Kimberly Township Board, played softball in the over 35 league in Aitkin, enjoyed hunting, fishing, making maple syrup and operating his saw mill. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Sue Radke of Aitkin; son Todd Radke and his good friend Cathy Cox of Aitkin; daughter and son in law: Michelle and Cliff Nelson of Jacobson, MN.; five grandchildren: Hannah Nelson, Mahrianna Nelson, Delaney Nelson, Jacob Radke and Trevor Radke, two brothers: Richard Radke of Woodbury, Mn.; Warren Lindman of Forest Lake, Mn.; three sisters: Eileen Kangas of Cass Lake, Mn.; Joann Collier of St. Paul, Mn.; Kim LeaMaster of Duluth, Mn. and step father Eino Latvala of Tamarack, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 18, 2010 at 1 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Rick Perry officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery in Kimberly Township of Aitkin County. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the 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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Mary Seibert
01/14/1924-06/10/2010
Mary I. Seibert, age 86 of Aitkin died Thursday, June 10, 2010 at Aitkin, Minnesota. Mary was born January 14, 1924 at Hebron, North Dakota the daughter of Roger and Esther (Ladd) Baker. She moved with her family to the Waukenabo area at the age of one. She attended the Waukenabo School. She then worked for a time in Cloquet. She also played guitar and sang at dances in her younger days. She married Chester Seibert on March 21, 1946 at Aitkin. They lived in Buffalo, Minnesota for a short time and then moved to Aitkin where they raised their family. Mary had worked at the Aitkin Community Hospital in the Late 1970???s and early 1980???s. She had lived in Palisade from 2001 to 2006 and then moved back to Aitkin. She enjoyed gardening, embroidery, crossword puzzles and had been a member of the Rossburg Bible Study Club. She loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and dedicated much of her time to them. She is survived by 6 sons and spouses: Raymond (Mary) Seibert of Isle, Mn.; Glen (Judy) Seibert of Cohasset, Mn.; Greg (Darlene) Seibert of Aitkin; Randy (Wendy) Seibert of Medford, Oregon; William (Beth) Seibert of Wadena, Mn.; Henry Seibert of Aitkin; 3 daughters and spouses: Sally Anderson of Brainerd, Mn.; Judy (Russell) Ellis of Bertha, Mn.; Connie (Steve) Mostad of Chisholm, Mn.; sister and brother in law: Dorie (Ellsworth) Semler of Iron Mountain, Michigan; special friend Albert ???AB??? Halgrimson of Palisade; 31 grandchildren, over 40 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Roger and Esther Baker; husband Chester Seibert; daughters: Bonnie Seibert and Lori Seibert and son in law Dale Anderson. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 11 AM from the Hilltop Chapel near Palisade with Rev. Barry Hite officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery in Kimberly Township of Aitkin County. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. 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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Lillian Koffron Clark
07/25/1917-06/07/2010
Lillian Koffron Clark, (widow of Rev. Harold A. Clark), age 92 of Aitkin died Monday, June 7, 2010 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. Lillian was born July 25, 1917 in Minneapolis where she grew up and attended schools. She also attended Nursing School at the University of Minnesota and at age 63 received a BS degree from Bemidji State University. She married Harold A. Clark on December 18, 1944 in Minneapolis. They served United Methodist Churches in Minnesota in the following communities: Northfield, Dundas, Weaver, Kellogg, Blooming Grove, Racine, Grand Meadow, Clarissa, Eagle Bend, Moran, Caledonia, Hokah, Welcome, Sherburn, Emmanuel, Peqout Lakes, Pine River, and Lester Park in Duluth before Harold???s death in 1977. Lillian worked as a registered nurse or a nursing home administrator in many of these communities where they had served. After her husband???s death, Lillian moved to Lake Ida near Alexandria, Mn. and then moved to Aitkin, Mn in 2001 where she resided at Blackrock Terrace, her daughters Susan???s, and for the last six years at Aitkin Health Services. She had held various offices at the local, district, and conference levels of the United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, reading, scrabble, nature, social issues and watching the Twins. She was a member of the Aitkin United Methodist Church, PFLAG, FOR, and the League of Women Voters. Lillian is survived by four children and spouses: Nancy ???Sunshine??? (Liberty Bradshaw) Goldsberry of Coombs, British Columbia; Rev. Judith (Leon Hixon) Clark of Aitkin; Susan (Rev. Allen) Clark Harris of Aitkin; Robert (Virginia) Clark of Mapleton, Mn.; eight grandchildren: Gary Goldsberry, Michael Wharton, Rebecca Wharton-Liechti, Cece Clark Harris, Keila Smith, Tina Gaul, Teri Haupt, Jordan Clark Harris; thirteen great grandchildren: Domanick Merrell, Carl Bradshaw, Anna Currier, LaKesha Kilburn, Destiny Smith, Rachel Stark, Daunte Stark, Darren Smith, Caden Clark, Aiden Gaul, Ronnie Haupt, DeAndre Kilburn, Autumn Gaul; and numerous friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Rev. Harold A. Clark in 1977. A memorial service will be held Friday, June 25, 2010 at 11 AM at the Aitkin United Methodist Church. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the time of service. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the Fellowship of Reconciliation or any United Methodist Church or Mission of your choice or plant a tree in her memory. To contact the family, condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 362, Aitkin, Mn. 56431. 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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Olga Margaret Westerberg
06/11/1915-06/05/2010
Olga Margaret Westerberg, 94 of Glen died Saturday, June 5, 2010 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born June 11, 1915 in Glen to Oscar and Emma (Swanson) Westerberg. Olga was one of the last charter members of the Glen Community Church where she was secretary and taught Sunday school for many years. She attended Isle of Pine grade school through the 8th grade. In later years she served hot lunches there and also at the Clear Lake school. She was employed as a clerk in the fabric department at Grandpa Butler???s Store in Aitkin for 50 years. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Anna. Olga is survived by her 2 nieces: Marlyce (Burton) Gustafson and Carol Todd Two great-nephews: Marshall (Jane) Todd and Richard (Jill) Todd 1 great-niece Margaret (Dave) Beck Three great-great nephews: Samuel, Wayne, and Maxwell Todd 2 great-great nieces: Aubrey Todd and Karin Beck Many loving cousins and friends, who were all very special to her. Olga so appreciated her work, loved her church, family, and friends. She will be missed and we will always be thankful for her and cherish the memories. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. ??? Monday June 14, 2010 at Glen Community Church in Glen. Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Burial will be in Malmo Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 4P.M. Sunday 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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Marjorie F. Burr
08/17/1918-05/27/2010
Marjorie Freida (McPhail) Burr, age 91 of Palisade died Thursday, May 27, 2010 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born August 17, 1918 near St. Lawrence, South Dakota at the farm home of Fred and Bessie (Carr) McPhail. At the age of nine, she with her parents and Brother James moved near Alexandria, Mn. When she was a junior in high school, they moved to Esquagama Lake north of Aitkin. She graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1936. She then attended the Crosby-Ironton Teachers Training Dept. and received her teaching certificate. She taught school in Aitkin County for 36 years. She started out in one room school houses, and later moved to the Palisade School, then to Aitkin and Rippleside schools and then back to Palisade where she retired in 1981. She had received her Bachelors degree from UMD in 1969. She married Harlan Ellsworth Burr on October 7, 1938 in St. Paul, Mn. They lived east of Palisade for about two years and then in December of 1940 moved south of Palisade and developed a homestead. She was a member of the Aitkin Seventh Day Adventist Church where she served as church organist for 50 years along with other church offices. She and her husband had been members of Marantha Volunteers International. They traveled to other countries and in the USA building churches, schools and orphanages. She is survived by 2 daughters and sons in law: Marliss and John Reagan of Azel, Texas; Beverly and Stephen Rawls of McGregor, Mn.; three grandchildren: Gregory and Joni Sanford of Two Harbors, Mn.; Douglas and Joann Sanford of Charleston, S.C.; Cheryl Cothern of Billings, Mont.; 8 great grandchildren; 2 step great grandchildren, 16 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Harlan in 1988 and brother James McPhail. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 31, 2010 at 11 AM from the Aitkin Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor Eugene Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Fleming Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Monday.
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Lorraine E. Boughton
04/08/1925-05/25/2010
Lorraine E. Boughton, age 85 of Aitkin died Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lorraine was born on April 8, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Gustav Elmer and Mathilda (Overdahl) Johnson. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. She married William M. Boughton on November 2, 1945 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Minneapolis until retiring to the Aitkin area in 1986. She has lived here since. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary. She is survived by 4 sons and spouses: Gene (Jody), Mike, Tom (Cindy), and Terry (Jody), Brother LeRoy (Trudy), grandchildren, great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband, and 1 brother Kenny. A short memorial service will be held Tuesday June 1, 2010 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. There will be a time of gathering from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the funeral home Tuesday. Interment will be in the Mound Cemetery in Minneapolis at a later date. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Daniel Phillips
05/07/1960-05/24/2010
Daniel Phillips, age 50 of Aitkin died unexpectedly on May 24, 2010. Daniel was born May 7, 1960 in Bemidji, Minnesota the son of Gene and Delores (Brook) Phillips. He graduated from the Grand Rapids High School in 1978. He loved the outdoors and spending time with friends. He is survived by his mother Delores Phillips, sisters and brothers in law: Sandy (John) Buckner of Glenwood City, Wisc.; Debbie (Ron) Jenson of Princeton, MN.; Lisa Olson of Milaca, Mn.; brother and sister in law: Don (Kris) Phillips of Grand Marais, MN.; nieces: Sarah and Hannah and nephews Isaac, Lucas and Caleb. He was preceded in death by his father Gene and his grandparents. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Pastor Raymond Scott Hurley officiating. A gathering time will be held from Noon until the 1 PM services at the funeral home. His ashes will be interred with his fathers in Burnwell, Kentucky. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association.
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