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Iva Ruth Mackaman Zanker
12/17/1920-09/30/2018
Iva Ruth (Mackaman) Zanker, 97 of Aitkin died Sunday, September 30, 2018 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born December 17, 1920 in Farm Island Township, Aitkin County to Royal Fred and Georgia Vesta (Simpson) Mackaman. She graduated from Aitkin High School in 1938 and then graduated from Duluth Teachers College in 1943. Iva was united in marriage to Norbert H. Zanker on November 2, 1957 in Aurora. She taught Junior High School Engilsh for 5 years and retired from clerical work at Northwest Airlines after 23 years. She enjoyed reading, card games, and family history. She was a member of Aitkin United Methodist Church, Daughters of the American Revolution-Captain Robert Orr Chapter, Aitkin VFW and American Legion Auxiliary, Aitkin County DFL, Friends of the Library, Jaques Art Center, Aitkin County Historical Society, Daughters of the American Colonists, and New England Women. Iva is survived by 10 nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Norbert on April 23, 1963; twin sister Eva Mackaman; sisters: Flora Achterkirch Cross, Lenore Bern, Geraldine Pederson, and Shirley Meyer; brothers: Royal, Fred, Jr., and Jerrold Mackaman. Graveside service is scheduled for 12:00P.M. - Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Lakeview Cemetery, Aitkin. Reverend Dawn Houser will officiate. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the donors choice. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Jennette Kent
01/18/1932-09/27/2018
Jennette O. Kent, age 86 of Aitkin formerly of Pine City died Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Jennette was born January 18, 1932 at Avon, South Dakota the daughter of Cornelius and Anna Osterdyk. She moved with her family at an early age to Quamba, Minnesota and attended schools at Quamba and then Mora. She moved to the Twin Cities where she worked for 3M for a time. She married Carl E. Kent on June 14, 1952 at Mora, Minnesota. They lived in Pine City, Mn. and farmed for most of their life. They moved to Aitkin in 2016. She loved gardening and especially her flowers. She also enjoyed sewing. She was active in her church Zion Lutheran Church in Pine City where she had served as a Sunday school teacher. She was also a 4-H leader. She helped on the farm and had worked outside the home at different jobs over the years. In her later years her greatest joy was her grandchildren and the adventures they would have. She is survived by her husband Carl Kent of Aitkin; Children: Carla Himler of Papillion, Nebraska, Carl (Shelly) Kent of Bonduel, Wisconsin, Carmen (Ed) Damrau of Webster, South Dakota; Colleen (Phillip) Chute of Aitkin, Minnesota; 13 grandchildren; 9 Great Grandchildren; Brothers and Sisters: Dorothy (Ron) Clipperton of Long Island, New York, Cori (Len) Chandler of New Hope, Minnesota, Alice Clipperton of the Twin Cities, Pat (Mike) Orr of Spokane, Washington, Ken Osterdyk of Forest Lake, Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her parents and son in law Mark Himler. Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 2 PM from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Burial will be on Monday at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Clark, South Dakota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Aitkin.
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Larry R. Fischer
12/23/1947-09/20/2018
Larry R. Fischer, age 70 of Aitkin formerly of the Twin Cities, died Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the V.A. Medical Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Larry was born December 23, 1947 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Raymond and Clara (Zimmer) Fischer. He grew up and attended school at the Maryhill Academy and then attended the Aitkin High Scholl graduating in 1966. He then served in the U.S. Army. He served in Vietnam as an engineer building roads. Upon his discharge he returned to Aitkin for a short time and then moved to Robbinsdale where he worked as a heavy equipment operator on road construction and demolition projects in the twin cities. He married Diane M. Erntson on October 24, 1970 in Minneapolis. They lived in Corcoran until he retired in 2011. He returned to Aitkin and worked for Tom Godward and has lived here since. He enjoyed Hunting, fishing and farming. He was a member of the NRA and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He is survived by his wife Diane Fischer of Otsego, Mn.; Children: Josh (Linnea) Fischer of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; Nick Fischer of Rogers, Mn.; Kristal Fischer of Elk River, Mn.; three Grandchildren: Taylor Kohnen of Elk River, Olivia and Evelyn Fischer of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; Siblings: Madelyn Fischer of Minneapolis, Robert (Lynn) Fischer of Colonial Beach, Virginia; and Debbie (Jon) Nicholson of St. Paul, MN. He was preceded in death by his Parents Raymond and Clara and sisters Rosemary and Gloria. A memorial service will be held for Larry on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 1:00 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Military honors will be by the Aitkin American Legion Post and VFW Posts. A gathering of family and friends will start at 2 PM at the Aitkin Moose Club with light refreshments. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
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Alan Dale Carpenter
10/21/1960-09/18/2018
Alan Dale Carpenter, 57, of McGregor, passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at his home. He was born October 21, 1960 in Cambridge to Dale and RuthAnn (Zeland) Carpenter. Alan enjoyed playing pool, fishing and spending time with family and friends. Alan is preceded in death by his mother, RuthAnn; 1 brother and 1 sister. Alan is survived by his life partner, Janet Irwin of McGregor; father, Dale Carpenter of McGregor; son, Clinton (Jamie)Carpenter of North Bay Village, Florida; 2 daughters, Amy (John) Mondlock of Pierz and Adonna Hancock of Osceola, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Mason, Shawn, Kianna, Hannah, Josh, Rebecca and Alyia; brother, Curt Carpenter of St. Louis Park and sister, Jeanne Daher of Lino Lakes. A Celebration of Alan's Life will be held Saturday, September 29 from 1-4 P.M. in McGregor V.F.W. Post #2747 of McGregor. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home and Cremation Service, McGregor.
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Marcella E. Snider
12/13/1948-09/17/2018
Marcella “Marcy” E. Snider, age 69 of New Hope, Minnesota died Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Marcy was born December 13, 1948 at Grand Rapids, Minnesota the daughter of Andy and Genevieve (Rian) Perkkio. She attended school in Warba and then moved with her family to New Brighton, Minnesota and graduated from Mounds View High School. She went to work for the R.L. Gould Electronics Co. She then worked for U.S. Bank, Target and then 15 years for General Mills Company as a manager of the I.T. division. She lived in New Hope for many years. She is survived by two sons: Tim (Melissa) Snider of Sobieski, Wisconsin, Todd (Courtney) Snider of Green Bay, Wisconsin; Five Grandchildren: Timmy Snider, Madison Snider, Wyatt Snider, Waylon Snider, Myles Snider; Sister: Marie Olson of Isanti, Minnesota; Brothers: Don Saari of Battle Creek, Michigan, Glen Saari of Duluth, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Eugene Saari, Mark Perkkio, brother in law: Oscar Olson and nephew Stephen Olson. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 21, 2018 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be from 1 PM until the 2 PM services. Interment will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
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Jacob Christopher "Jake" Duffney
05/27/1994-09/12/2018
Jacob Christopher “Jake” Duffney, 24, of Aitkin, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, September 12, 2018 due to an automobile accident. He was born May 27, 1994 in Crosby to Christopher Duffney and Tanya Wandersee. Jake worked for Duffney Refrigeration Inc. of Aitkin specializing in HVAC-Refrigeration. Jake loved hunting, fishing, cooking, snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, sports, golfing and driving. Jake especially enjoyed being around people. Jake is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Harold Duffney; grandmother, Pamela Speed. Jake is survived by his father, Christopher (Heather) Duffney of Aitkin; mother, Tanya (Bill Mittelstaedt) Wandersee of Victoria; children, Adalyne Grace Duffney and Stella Mae Weber and their mother, Savannah Hegdahl; brother and sister, Alexander Timothy Duffney of Aitkin, Kendra Joan Mittelstaedt of Victoria, step-brothers and step-sisters, Jake Spolarich of Minneapolis, Amanda Spolarich of Aitkin, Cody and Kyle Mittelstaedt of Bloomington and Kayla Mittelstaedt of Eden Prairie; maternal grandparents, Joan and Robert Wandersee of Aitkin; paternal grandmother, Susan Duffney of Aitkin; grandfather, Brad Speed of Aitkin; nieces, Isabella Faith and Elena Grace Duffney; godmother, Tammy Smerdon of Duluth and godfather, Dennis Ruschmeier of Aitkin; many aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, friends and bro’s. Visitation will be Thursday, September 20 from 5-7 PM in Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin and will continue Friday, September 21, from 10 AM until the 11 AM Service in Journey North Church, Aitkin. Interment will be in Bennettville Cemetery, Hazelton Township, Aitkin County. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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Lloyd E. Johnson
06/20/1937-09/10/2018
Lloyd E. Johnson 81 of Aitkin died Monday, September 10, 2018 at Aitkin Health Services. He was born June 20, 1937 in Aitkin to Lloyd E. and Gladys (Wickstrom) Johnson. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1955. He attended Duluth Business University where he earned his accounting degree. He was a member of the Army National Guard for a time and then discharged. Lloyd was employed as an accountant with Radford Lumber Company in Duluth. He moved back to the Aitkin area and invested and developed lake shore property, worked with his brother, and logged on his own with a goal to retire at the age of 50 which he accomplished. Lloyd enjoyed his family , especially spending time with his nieces and nephew, whom he loved very much. He was preceded in death by his parents: Lloyd E. and Gladys (Wickstrom) Johnson. Lloyd is survived by his brother: Donald L. Johnson of Palisade Nephew: Todd Johnson of Palisade; 2 nieces: Valerie Dawn Johnson of Minneapolis and Tiffany Johnson of Grand Rapids Following the wishes of Lloyd and his family, there will be no public services at this time. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Richard Allen Hakes
08/01/1939-09/08/2018
Richard Allen Hakes (Dick) died peacefully, surrounded by family at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin, Minnesota on September 8, 2018 at the age of 79. Dick is survived by his wife of 44 years LeeVae Hakes, children: Denise Baker (Jeff) of Grants Pass, Oregon; Jody Slinger (Randy) of Aitkin, Minnesota; and Kathy Fastener (Chris) of Aitkin, Minnesota. Three brothers: Kenneth Hakes of Aitkin, Minnesota, Bill Hakes of Aitkin, Minnesota and Jim Hakes of Deerwood, Minnesota. His pride and joy were his eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Merry Hakes and brother Herbert Hakes. Dick was born August 1, 1939 in Springfield, Minnesota the son of Kenneth and Merry Hakes. He graduated in 1957 from the Springfield High School. That fall, he attended the University of Minnesota on a baseball scholarship for one year. He then attended the University of Minnesota at Mankato for the remaining three years, obtaining a degree in mathematics and physics. Dick married Mary Mueller on August 1, 1961. The couple welcomed two children into their home. They parted in the early 1970’s. After graduation, Dick taught one year in Fairfax, Minnesota. At the close of the first year teaching, he was offered a job in New Ulm, Minnesota. This job included being a basketball coach and an assistant baseball coach. He taught in New Ulm until his retirement in 1996. Dick was an accomplished ball player, tennis player, and in his retirement, a pretty decent golfer. Also in his retirement, he loved to fish, play cribbage, and sing in church and in the Northern Knights quartet. A springtime hobby was helping his brothers tap trees for maple syrup. His sharp wit was enjoyed by his friends, as well as his students. He was passionate about learning and making opportunities for kids to learn. Dick was a kind, gentle man, and as a parent, he encouraged his children to pursue their goals. A celebration of Dick’s life will be held Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 10 AM at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, Minnesota with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. All are welcome to come and celebrate Dick’s life. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Services. The family would like to thank the staff at the Riverwood Clinic and Hospital, the Aicota Health Care Center and Home Health Partners, for the kind and caring assistance they gave Dick during his illness. In lieu of flowers donations may be directed to the donors’ choice.
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Pentti Robert Bob Hyytinen
04/24/1933-09/01/2018
Pentti Robert “Bob” Hyytinen, 85, of Aitkin, died September 1, 2018 at Aicota Health Care Center. He was born April 24, 1933 in Aitkin to Gust and Selma (Olli) Hyytinen. Bob was united in marriage to Marcia Stave on June 23, 1957 in Minneapolis. He graduated from St. Cloud Teachers College in 1955 and, while working and raising a family, he went on to do post-graduate work, earning both a Master’s and Specialist Degree. Bob was an educator for 35 years, having served most of his career as Principal of Shirley Hills Elementary School in Mound. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and (vocal) sports fan. He loved spending time at the cabin he built in the woods. We will always remember him for his integrity, honesty, work ethic, and his ability to build or fix anything. He was very proud of his Finnish Heritage. Bob embodied Sisu (just ask a Finlander what that means). Bob is survived by his loving wife of sixty-one years, Marcia; children: Julie (Daniel) Butler, Elin (Mike) Hyytinen, Beth Hyytinen, Glenn Hyytinen, Neil (Dani) Hyytinen, Dean (Kelley) Hyytinen; grandchildren: Lauren (Matt) Stalcup, Peter Gross, Justin Hyytinen, Sami Hyytinen, Erin Butler, Michael Butler, Jackson Hyytinen, Maxwell Hyytinen, Calvin Hyytinen; Selma Hyytinen; great grandchildren: Henry Stalcup, Alpha Stalcup; brothers: Olavi (Helen) Hyytinen, Don (Lois) Hyytinen; brother and sister-in-laws: John (Marilyn) Stave, Karen (Tom) Ritter, and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents: Gust and Selma Hyytinen; siblings: Vieno Hyytinen, Unto (Blanche) Hyytinen, Ann (Joe) Stuard, Paul (Phyllis) Hyytinen, Lydia (Floyd) Hogan, Martin (Sally) Hyytinen, Niilo (Elene) Hyytinen, Aira (Ralph) Beneke, Lauha (Sidney) Carlson, Roger Hyytinen; and grandson: Clayton Robert Gross. We will celebrate Bob’s life at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin; with visitation beginning one hour before the service. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Burial will be in Rabbit Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, its Food Shelf, or to the charity of your choice.
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Kennth Russell Hurd
01/29/1925-08/29/2018
Kenneth Russell Hurd age 93 years 7 months of Aitkin passed away due to complications of cancer on Wednesday, August 29th 2018 at his home surrounded by all of his children and his loving wife. Kenneth was born on January 29, 1925 in Sigourney, Iowa the son of James and Jennie (Inman) Hurd. Kenneth was united in marriage to Katherine Maul on June 5, 1947 in Aitkin. Kenneth loved to hunt, fish and farm. He was constantly writing in journals. He loved being with his family, grandchildren and friends. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers: Roy, Walt, Leonard, Jim and Don and grandson Mark Hurd. He is survived by his loving wife Katherine and children Paul (Mary) Hurd of Aitkin, Judy (Bob) Peters of Princeton, and Jennie (Rick) Maine of Tamarack; 15 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Private family services will be held a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
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Elaine I. Farah
06/09/1940-08/27/2018
Elaine I. Farah, age 78 of McGregor died Monday, August 27, 2018 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin, MN. Elaine was born June 9, 1940 in McGregor, Minnesota, the daughter of Hjalmer and Effie (Westerlund) Hutar. She grew up on a farm in McGregor and attended the McGregor School graduating in 1958. She married Richard Farah on May 9, 1959 in McGregor. They moved to North Minneapolis and lived there for two years and then moved to Circle Pines, MN in 1966. She worked for Carlson Companies in the promotions department for 15 years. When Richard and Elaine retired, they moved back to McGregor in 1995 and made their home on Big Sandy Lake. She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church. She enjoyed polka and country western music, sewing, and needlepoint. Elaine also loved to go camping and fishing and spend time with family. Elaine is survived by her husband Richard of McGregor; Son: Brent Farah of Circle Pines, MN; Daughters: Kim (Gregory) Anderson of Plymouth, MN, Dawn Nygren of Eden Prairie, MN; Grandchildren: Andrew (Catie) Farah, Eric Anderson, Kevin Anderson, Denae (Charles) Ellson, Danielle Nygren; Great Grandchildren: Mason Farah, Makenna Farah; Brothers: Donald (Carol) Hutar of Wright, MN, Kent Hutar of Ham Lake, MN; Sisters: Joan (David) Whitney of New Hope, MN, Darlene (Chuck) Radtke of Carlton, MN; and Sister in law: Sharon Hutar of Tamarack, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents Hjalmer and Effie Hutar, Brother: Roger Hutar and nephew Michael Hutar. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 11 AM at the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor, MN, with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Rice River Cemetery near McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Julie Ann Lloyd
04/01/1946-08/26/2018
Julie Ann Lloyd, 72 of Aitkin died Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born April 1, 1946 in International Falls. She graduated from Robbinsdale High School. Julie was united in marriage to Robert D. Lloyd on April 24, 1965 in Osseo. She loved to collect and was a dealer of antiques for many years. Most recently she was a resident at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her sister: Laura Lee Steinmetz and her parents. Julie is survived by her husband Bob Lloyd; Son David Lloyd; daughter Michelle Lloyd; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers: John and Michael Steinmetz; and her sister Lisa Steinmetz; Many other relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 10:00A.M. – Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Fleming Township, Aitkin County, MN. Diane Brennan will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com Memorial donations are preferred in lieu of flowers to: DAC Mart of Aitkin, 308 Minnesota Avenue, Aitkin, MN. 56431
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Arthur Sheldon Copley
09/23/1928-08/26/2018
Arthur S. Copley, age 89 of Aitkin died Sunday, August 26, 2018 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Arthur was born September 23, 1928 in Brainerd, Minnesota the son of William and Agnes (May) Copley. He grew up in the Bennettville area and attended the East Bennettville School. He then worked for Aitkin County for a time before serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He served in the Fifth Army area and was with the 140th Anti-Aircraft Division. Upon his discharge in 1953 he returned to Aitkin and married Della Jenks on July 18, 1953 in Aitkin. He worked a short time for the Standard Oil Company in Aitkin and then went back to work for Aitkin County with the Hi-way Department. He retired in 1987. He was a lifetime member of the Aitkin American Legion Post. He enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing, making maple syrup and wild ricing. He also enjoyed making homemade ice cream and barbecues. He loved to spend time with his family and friends. He is survived by children: Kathleen (Bruce) Duclos of Aitkin; Debra Copley of Virginia, Minnesota, Patrice Wiebolt of Tampa, Florida; 4 Grandchildren: Zack (Jenn) Nyberg, Kelly (Neil) Torkelson, Glendon (Jami) Nyberg, Sean (Missy Brown) Copley; 8 Great Grandchildren: Stephanie, Nicholas, Marina, Deven, Danielle, Finn, Noah, Caitlyn and 1 Great Great Grandchild Ryker. He is also survived by special friends: Tim Gallery, Bob Thompson, Vern Thorsten and Odette Muehlberg. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Della in 2006, and 8 brothers and sisters. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Susan Cline officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Interment will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Patrick B. Gordon
12/27/1962-08/26/2018
Patrick B. Gordon, 55 of Duluth died Sunday, August 26, 2018 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. He was born December 27,1962 in Ft. Campbell, KY. to Lamar and Dorothy Gordon. He is survived by his mother Dorothy; son Kole Gordon; 2 daughters: Kasie Pinksa and Kristen Gordon. Burial will be at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Cemetery, Cheyenne, Wy. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Gerald Wayne Wagner
04/09/1931-08/18/2018
Gerald Wayne Wagner, 87, of Palisade, passed away Saturday, August 18, 2018 in Golden Horizons Assisted Living, Aitkin. He was born April 9, 1931 in Aitkin to George and Bess (Clayton) Wagner. Gerald was united in marriage to Donna Jean Musil on June 24, 1950 in Aitkin. Together, Gerald and Donna farmed the family farm for many years. Gerald loved to hunt, dance and work. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Gerald is preceded in death by his loving wife, Donna; his parents; 2 brothers, Lyle and Lawrence Wagner; 1 sister, Jean Smith. Gerald is survived by his children, Wayne (Linda) Wagner of Palisade, Karen (Lyle) Ward of Aitkin, Morris Wagner of Grand Haven, Michigan, David (Patricia) Wagner of Vadnais Heights and Allen Wagner of Richlands, North Carolina; 9 grandchildren, Heidi Horning, Rachel Bufinck, James Wagner, Wayne Wagner, Jr., Jason Wagner, Russ Ward, Jeff Ward, Dan Wagner and Stephanie White; many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A celebration of Gerald’s Life will be Saturday, August 25 at 11 A.M. in Waukenabo Community Center, Waukenabo Township, Aitkin County with visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Aitkin.
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Cindy Kay Vikla
01/07/1964-08/07/2018
Cindy Kay Vikla, age 54 of McGregor died at home on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. She was born January 7, 1964 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She grew up in McGregor where she had attended school in special education. She also had attended the Brainerd Vo-Tech and received a degree in Kitchen management. She enjoyed coloring, watching TV especially the Vikings, Twins and Timberwolves and also liked doing puzzles and going to the library. Cindy loved being with family and she loved all animals especially cats. Cindy also enjoyed calling family members and friends to talk and check up on them. She loved her nieces and nephews dearly. Cindy was an extremely kind soul and was friends with everyone she had ever met. She was loved by all and will be greatly missed. She is survived by her parents Floyd and Donna Vikla of McGregor; two brothers and sisters in law: Randy and Sherrie Vikla of McGregor, Bruce and Amy Vikla of Farmington, Mn. Sister and brother in law: Barbara and Paul Nelson of Apple Valley, Mn.; 4 nieces: Jamie, Jessica, Samantha, Jazlyn, Nephew: Alex and 1 great nephew: Zander. A private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
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Robert Allen Anderson
09/25/1932-08/02/2018
Robert Allen Anderson, 85 of Aitkin died Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. He was born September 25, 1932 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He graduated Vocational School in Minneapolis and was a U.S. Air Force Veteran serving in the Korean War. Robert was united in marriage Barbara (Gulden) on November 10, 1956 in Warren, MN. He worked in all areas of the automotive sales industry and was employed by Jay Kline Chevrolet for many years and retired from Brainerd Motors. Robert enjoyed entertaining and being at his cabin He was an active member of the Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86. He is preceded in death and was a loving husband to Barbara (Gulden). He is also preceded in death by his mother: Dhina (Anderson) Runyon. Robert is survived by and was a loving father to: Pamela Schlagel (Dan Leonard); and David (Janis) Anderson of Isle. 4 grandchildren: Shauna (Mitchel), Stephanie, Justin, and Kelsey. 4 great grandchildren: Jackson, Brekyn, Otto, and Parker. Other relatives and friends. Burial with full military honors will be 1:00P.M. - Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery – Camp Ripley in Little Falls. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lewis "Chuck" M. Oaks, Jr.
04/07/1927-08/01/2018
Lewis “Chuck” M. Oaks, Jr., 91, of Aitkin, passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2018 with his family by his side. He was born April 7, 1927 in Libby Township to Lewis and Alice (Menike) Oaks, Sr. Lewis attended West Libby School before joining the Navy and serving during the Asiatic Pacific Campaign. Lewis served on the USS Los Angeles, USS Columbus and the USS Tortuga. Lewis was united in marriage to Joann Audrey Reich on July 28, 1951 in First Lutheran Church of Aitkin. He was an auto mechanic and worked at Hayden Motor, Northern Service and Aitkin Motor. Lewis enjoyed playing the accordion, woodcutting, lawn cutting, tractors, game shows and having a drink with friends. Lewis is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Norma LeRoy. Lewis is survived by his loving wife, Joann Oaks of Aitkin; sons, Lenard (Mary) Oaks of Grand Rapids, Franklin (Mary) Oaks of Aitkin, Kerry (Kara) Oaks of Estacada, Oregon and Lewis (Margaret) Oaks, III of Brainerd; daughters, Karin (Charles) Butler of Aitkin and Luann (Bob) Kriss of Gresham, Oregon; grandchildren, Brandon and Cameron Butler, Bonnie Kehner, Luke Oaks, Adam Kriss, Amy Jones, Jessica Christensen, Carolyn Dominguez, Kara and Joanna Oaks, Mark Oaks, Kathryn Tyler, Mandy Mason and Nikki Chandler; great grandchildren, Katherine, Liam, Caulden, Tridian, Kieran, Lydia, Sydney, Addison, Lewis, Mara Rey, Renee, June, Geneva, Molly, Hayden, Kylie, Ethan, Jackson, Harvey, Alexis, Mario, Natalya, Raiden, Micah, Madelyn, Audrey, Piper and Mila; brother, Robert Oaks of Palisade; sisters, Diane Lande of Wheaton and Dolly Talbert of Luverne; other relatives and friends. Services will be Tuesday, August 7 at 11 AM in First Lutheran Church of Aitkin with visitation 1 hour prior at the church. Military Honors will be provided by Aitkin American Legion Post #86 and Aitkin V.F.W. Post #1727. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen Root Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Aitkin.
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Lloyd B. Welsh
10/07/1943-08/01/2018
Lloyd B. Welsh, 74 of Big Sandy Lake – McGregor, died of Pulminary Fibrosis of the Lung on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. He was born October 7, 1943 in Blue Earth to William and Loretta (Gettel) Welsh. He graduated high school in St. Francis. Lloyd was united in marriage to Lois Marie (Reimann). He was a hard worker, employed as a heavy equipment mechanic for Bolander & Sons in St. Paul. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, woodworking. He was a “jack of all trades” that could fix just about anything. Lloyd and Lois together enjoyed riding motorcycle, camping, and wintering in Arizona the past 10 years. He was preceded in death by brothers, sisters, and his parents. Lloyd is survived by his wife Lois of Big Sandy Lake – McGregor; 1 sister Louise Orttel of Coon Rapids; and many other family members and friends. Memorial service will be 11:00A.M. Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Grace Lutheran Church of McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home and Cremation Service of McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Imre "Dutch" Lorincz
01/16/1939-07/28/2018
Imre “Dutch” Lorincz, 79 of McGregor died Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born January 16, 1939 in Budapest, Hungary. He graduated high school in Hungary and Immigrated to the United States in 1957after the Revolution of 1956. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War. “Dutch” was united in marriage to Gertrude Johnston on December 2, 1961 in Aurora, Illinois. He was a member of the McGregor VFW Larson-Duneen Post #2747. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons: Raymond in 2016 and Irwin in 2017. “Dutch” is survived by his wife Gertrude of McGregor; 1 son James of California; 1 niece and 1 nephew both of Hungary; and many friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Diane Brennan will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Military honors accorded by McGregor VFW Larson-Duneen Post #2747 and American Legion Dale Wayrynen Post #23. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home and Cremation Service of McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Allan Ladd Hakes
08/28/1943-07/24/2018
Allan Ladd Hakes, 74, of Aitkin, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2018 in Aicota Health Care, Aitkin. He was born August 28, 1943 in Aitkin to Boyd and Dorothy (Erickson) Hakes. Allan was a veteran of The United States Army. He was united in marriage to Sonja Svenkerud on July 2, 1966 in Moorhead. Allan was a Grant Manager for the Department of Transportation in Washington D.C. for many years. He was a member of Lions, Homeless Outreach, First Lutheran Church of Aitkin, Our Saviors Lutheran Church of Temple Hills, Maryland and Aitkin County Historical Society. Allan enjoyed planting tulips which he sold for charities, playing cards, reading, military history, puzzles and spending time with his family. Allan is preceded in death by his wife, Sonja; his parents; daughter, Kristin Spencer and brother, Boyd Hakes. Allan is survived by daughter, Sarah Hakes of St. Cloud; sisters, Martha (Stu) Ketz of Cumberland, Wisconsin and Jennie (Steve Hawrysh) Hakes of Aitkin; brothers-in-law, Erik Svenkerud of Austin, Texas and Ernie (Barb) Svenkerud of Park Rapids; numerous cousins. Services will be Saturday, August 11 at 11 AM in First Lutheran Church, Aitkin with visitation 1 hour prior at the church. Military honors are provided by Aitkin American Legion Post #86 and Aitkin V.F.W. Post #1727. Interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Aitkin. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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Trevor G. Bridgwater
09/03/1935-07/18/2018
Trevor G. Bridgwater, 82 of Aitkin died Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at his home. Funeral Service will be 11:00A.M. – Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Bennettville Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Harry Milton Salo
03/29/1926-07/14/2018
Harry M. Salo,92 of Aitkin formerly of Coleraine, Grand Rapids Area died Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born March 29, 1926 in Coleraine to John and Ina (Antilla) Salo. He graduated from Greenway High School in Coleraine and lived at Trout Lake with his parents until joining the U.S. Navy during World War II. After returning home from the service he attended Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, graduating with a 2 year degree. He worked at Blandin Paper Company until retirement. He enjoyed living in Arizona from October to May each winter and was an avid hiker in the Superstition Mountain Range. He was preceded by his parents and 5 siblings. Harry is survived by 17 nieces and nephews. Services will be at a later date with burial in Coleraine. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Service assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Erland W. Ammala
07/14/1927-07/06/2018
Erland W. Ammala, age 90 of McGregor died Friday, July 6, 2018 at his home. Erland was born July 14, 1927 in Rice River Township of Aitkin County the son of Arthur and Hilda (Haikola) Ammala. He attended the Rice River School and worked on the family farm. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1945 to 1947 and was stationed in Japan. Upon his discharge he worked in California for a time building airplanes. He then returned to McGregor where he operated a milk hauling service and had two routes to take care of. He then started Ammala Excavating in 1961 and operated the business for many years before his son Allen took it over. On June 30, 1956 at Rice River Township Erland married Janet Monson. In May of 1983 at McGregor he married Aurelia Pierce. On June 4, 2008 at the Rossburg Church Erland was united in marriage to Sandra (Nistler) Reich. His work was his main hobby and interest. He worked on many excavation projects throughout the years some of which were: countless number of roads, building Savana Golf Course, Rice Lake Refuge projects and working on the Spirit Mountain Ski Hills in Duluth. He was a pilot and had his own plane and was a charter member of the McGregor Flying Club. He was also a member of the McGregor VFW Post 2747. Erland was preceded in death by his parents, sisters: Ruth Kauppi, Jeanette Capacciola, brother Clyde and infant brother Edward. He is survived by his wife Sandra Ammala of McGregor; Children and spouses: Allen (Janice) Ammala of McGregor, Kari (Gary) Abbott of Tamarack; Step children and spouses: Jeff (Liz) Boyer of Aitkin, Kathy (Denny) Neil of Currituck, North Carolina, Dr. Holly (Lee Valsvik) Boyer of Stillwater; Sister: Dorothy (Robert) Duncan of Baltimore, Ohio; Grandchildren: Chad Huhta, Charla (Vince) Meyer; step grandchildren: Kelly Boyer, Tom Boyer, Max Valsvik, Kiki Valsvik, Brady Neil, Adam Neil; great grandchildren Ellie Meyer and Noah Meyer, step great grandchildren: Oliver Neil and Alina Neil. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 11 AM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Joshua Reinke officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Rice River Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW Post 2747and America Legion Post 23. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home and Cremation Service. www.srtfuneral.com
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John H. Minkkinen
04/05/1925-06/29/2018
John H. Minkkinen, age 93 of McGregor formerly of Kettle River died Friday, June 29, 2018 at his home. John was born April 5, 1925 at Lawton, North Dakota. He moved with his family at an early age to Kettle River and he attended the Kalavale School and the Barnum High School from which he graduated. He then served in the U.S. Army during WW II serving in the Pacific Theater of operations mainly in the Philippines. Upon his discharge he returned to Kettle River and worked as a dairy farmer for many years. He also worked as a telephone lineman and a Health Service Technician at the Moose Lake Treatment Center. He retired in 1987. He married Sigrid Floe on May 5, 1978 in McGregor. They made their home in Kettle River up until 7 years ago when they moved to McGregor. They had been coming to McGregor for many years as Sigrid had grown up there. After John retired he was a Senior Companion for 15 years. He was a member of the Kettle River American Legion Post. He enjoyed woodworking, crossword Puzzles, watching Jeopardy and had made several trips to Branson. He is survived by his wife Sigrid Minkkinen of McGregor; Step Children: Marlene Mednansky of Moose Lake, Mn., Edward (Patricia) Mednansky of McGregor, Katherine Stariha of McGregor; 6 Grandchildren: Rochelle, Amanda, Michael, Angie, Peter, Emily, 6 Great Grandchildren and 2 Sisters: Laverna Field of Lawler, Mn. and Marilyn Anderson of Duluth, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandchild Karina and 8 brothers and sisters. A memorial service will be held Monday, July 9, 2018 at 11 AM from the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor with Rev. Joel Siebel officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Robert Michael Keil
12/10/1944-06/29/2018
Robert Michael Keil, 73, of Aitkin, passed away peacefully, Friday, June 29, 2018 at home surrounded by his family. He was born December 10, 1944 in Minneapolis to Fred and Alice (Rusche) Keil. Robert graduated from Centennial High School in Centerville. He was united in marriage to Susan Freye on September 5, 1964 in Circle Pines. Robert worked at Potlatch for over 25 years. He also operated the Keil Family Farm just outside of Aitkin for many years. Robert enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He also sang and played guitar in a band for a number of years. Robert was always happy and joking with people. Robert loved time with his family and had a special place in his heart for his grandkids. Robert is preceded in death by his wife, Susan; his parents; 3 brothers, Roger, Ronald and Dennis Keil; 2 sisters, Mary and June Keil. Robert is survived by 3 children, Michael (Sandie) Keil of Buffalo, Kimberly Ferrari of Coeur d’Alene, ID and Heather (Shane) Cline of Aitkin; grandchildren, Lukas, Korben and Jadyne Cline and Ashley Ferrari. A celebration of Robert’s Life will be held Saturday, July 7, from 1 to 4 PM at the Keil Family Farm, Aitkin. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Aitkin.
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Jane Myers Humphreys
09/21/1937-06/24/2018
Jane Myers Humphreys, age 80 of Aitkin died Sunday, June 24, 2018 at the Aitkin Health Services. Jane was born September 21, 1937 at home in Glen and was delivered by her midwife grandmother Storm. Jane was the youngest of seven sisters. She attended the Clear Lake country school and graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1955. She then went to Alaska where she lived for a few years and then moved to California. She married Gordon Thomas and raised her family. Jane had many careers including homemaker, office manage and many years with AT&T. She returned from California in 1982 to Minnesota and married Pat Humphreys in 1986. They made their home on Lone Lake and have lived there since 1994. She was a very active retiree in her community. She was a volunteer secretary at the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo for eight years. She was also active in her church homemaker’s organization, using he many talents in sewing, knitting, crocheting and painting. Jane loved to travel but above all else was her love for her family and her devotion to God that brought her the most joy. She was surrounded by family and friends in her last days. She was preceded in death by her parents Oaker and Edith Myers, sisters: El Dora, Doris, Mabel and Pauline. She is survived by her husband Pat of Aitkin; sisters: Myrtle Savage of Freemont, Ca., Corinne Walker of Wasilla, Alaska; Children: William (Kristen) Thomas of International Falls, Mn., Mark (Bobbi) Thomas of North Plains, Or., Sonia (Randy) Haag of Savage, Mn., Stepsons: Kevin (Tina) Humphreys and Todd (Benita) Humphreys all of Spokane, Wash. and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Monday, July 2, 2018 at 11 AM from Glory Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. A visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Sheila Marie (Murdock) Merritt
03/24/1966-06/19/2018
Sheila Marie (Murdock) Merritt age 52, of McGregor, died tragically in an ATV accident on June 19th 2018. She is survived by her husband, Bob Merritt of McGregor; sons, Anthony Mate` of Alexandria and Noah Leone of McGregor; daughters, Ashley Mate` of Aitkin and Danielle Merritt of Colby, Wisconsin; mother, Darlene Erickson of McGregor; father, Dennis Murdock of Anderson, South Carolina; brother, Steve Murdock of McGregor, sister, Mary (Jeff) Priem of McGregor; father-in-law, Bob Merritt, Jr. of Tamarack; sister-in-law, Tabatha (Matt) Peters of Palisade; brother-in-law, Adam (Amanda) Merritt of Wright; nieces, Amanda Dropps, Chloe Merritt and Alyssa James; nephews, Sam Priem, Nathan Weise and Hunter Merritt; grand nephews, Blake James, Austin Murdock, Aiden Murdock and Avery Murdock along with untold numbers of friends. She is preceded in death by her aunts, Bonnie Tillman and Barb Orth and her mother-in-law, Janice Merritt. Sheila was born on March 24th 1966 to Darlene and Dennis Murdock in Aitkin. She attended McGregor Elementary School and graduated from Aitkin High School in 1984. She met her first husband, Scott Mate` and devoted her early life to being a wife and mother. She worked part time at Birchwood Café in Aitkin. Later she had an opportunity to own and operate Marks Bar in McGregor which she owned for 5 years. She then worked for The School House Café in McGregor and then The Roasting House in McGregor where she honed her already amazing culinary skills. She then went into business for herself. With the help of her current husband, Bob Merritt, they started Northwoods Catering. With only "word of mouth" and Sheila's effervescent personality the business grew so much she recruited her sister Mary Priem to move back to help her. In 2016 Sheila won the People’s Choice Award at the Aitkin Gala for her catering. That same year she was awarded Business Woman of the Year by the McGregor Chamber of Commerce. Sheila served on the McGregor City Council for several years and was a member of the McGregor Lions Club and regularly catered their meals. She would often volunteer her services to cook the monthly community meal. Sheila shot trap for several years. First for Ekelund Lumber and later for Northwoods Catering where she won "Top Gun" many years. She was also the driving force behind Family Fun night every Thursday night in McGregor. Sheila always greeted you with a sparkling smile and a sweet voice. In her spare time she enjoyed.....spare time???, who are we kidding, she was so busy all the time. However in fleeting moments of down time she enjoyed riding ATVs, fishing with her husband and hosting family and friends BBQ and bon fire nights. At the time of her death she put aside her personal plans to go cut grass for a lady she took care of. At her own expense, rain or shine every Wednesday she would drive to the nursing home in Carlton to bring this lady coffee and treats and play bingo because this lady had no one else. Sheila always said, "Kill 'em With Kindness" and ironically, it was her kindness that killed her. She loved her friends and family more than anything. This world and certainly this town will never be the same without her. An earthly angle got her wings. We love you Sheila! A Celebration of Sheila’s Life will be held Friday, June 29 beginning at 4 P.M. in McGregor Community Center, McGregor. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements by McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor.
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Kimiko "Jackie" Liljenquist
05/25/1934-06/15/2018
Kimiko “Jackie” Liljenquist, 84 of Aitkin passed away Friday, June 15, 2018 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born in Osaka, Japan on May 25, 1934 with her twin brother Kichiya to Yoshiyuki and Toshiko Kinugasa. She married Meldon Liljenquist on March 17, 1958 in Yokahama, Japan. They later made their home in the Glen area. Through the years she worked at the Land O Lakes facility, Malmo Bay and Spectrum up until her retirement. She enjoyed flower gardening, traveling, knitting, and cooking the most delicious foods. She loved and enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren; she always had those special treats for them, and loved them dearly. She is survived by her husband of 60 years Meldon Liljenquist, daughters and son in laws: Debbra and Kent Lowe, Linda and Frank Ostronski all of Aitkin; Two grandchildren: Kristy (Michael) Klaphake of Delano, Mitch (Angie) Lowe of Monticello and 6 great grandchildren and several special relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and other close relatives. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday June 22, 2018 at 3 PM from the Bethesda Lutheran Church at Malmo with Rev. James Muske officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at a later date at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ramona "Monie" J. Marsyla
06/07/1951-06/15/2018
Ramona “Monie” J. Marsyla, 67 of McGregor died Friday, June 15, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. She was born June 7, 1951 in Cloquet to Wayne and Mable (Schelde) Marsyla. She grew up in Tamarack and attended school in Tamarack and McGregor, graduating from McGregor High School in 1969. Ramona enjoyed spending time with her family especially her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her infant daughter. Ramona is survived by: Daughter and son-in-law: Quinn (Marsyla) Burk and Brian Burk; Granddaughter: Abigael; Grandson: Caleb; 4 brothers, 2 sisters, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A celebration of Ramona’s life will be 2:00P.M. – Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in McGregor. Diane Brennan will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Tamarack - Clark Township. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home and Cremation Service in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Wendy E. (Gustin) Novotny
03/16/1948-06/14/2018
Wendy E. (Gustin) Novotny, 70, Aitkin, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2018 at her home. She was born in Aitkin, March 16, 1948 to June(Osterheim) and Durwood Gustin. She graduated in 1966 from Aitkin High School. After graduation, Wendy first worked and lived in Minneapolis. Later, she moved to California where she loved the ocean and eventually settled back in Aitkin. Wendy is survived by her daughter, Karena and granddaughter, Kendra Schmoll, both of the greater Minneapolis areas; sisters, Jackie (Gustin) Tibbetts of Crosby and Rita (Erickson) Williams of Aitkin; many nieces, nephews and cousins; close friends, Linda Watson and Sybille Abt. Wendy was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Brad Gustin and sister, Ramona (Gustin) Petersen. There will be no services, however, thoughts, messages, memories would be wonderful to share on their website at www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Aitkin.
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Irene Carol Lindsey-Gilbertson
10/13/1932-06/13/2018
Irene Carol (Lindsey) Gilbertson, 85 of Aitkin died Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. She was born October 13, 1932 in Minneapolis to Lewis R. and Florence W. (Jeppesen) Lindsey. She enjoyed volunteering for many different organizations including: Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis, Seward Towers Advantage Center, CBVT of Minneapolis Public Schools, and Minneapolis Community Action Group. Irene was employed for many years at Rudolph’s Bar-B-Q in Minneapolis. She was preceded in death by her parents: Lewis and Florence Lindsey and 2 brothers: Lewis “Lew” and Charles “Skip” Lindsey. Irene is survived by 2 sisters: Jean Rains and Lois Neuman both of Aitkin and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Friday, June 22, 2018 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Dawn Houser will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Crystal. www.srtfuneral.com
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Audrey M. Nordgren
03/03/1933-06/11/2018
Audrey M. Nordgren, age 85 of St. Paul formerly of Aitkin died Monday, June 11, 2018 at the Health East St. John’s Hospital at Maplewood, Minnesota. Audrey was born March 3, 1933 in Nordland Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota the daughter of John and Edythe (Skatt) Hillman. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1950. She then attended the St. Cloud Teachers College for three years. She moved to Minneapolis where she worked for the Honeywell Corporation and was an assembly supervisor. She retired from Honeywell in the early 1980’s after 30 years of work. She married Ralph Nordgren in 1958 and he died in 1976. She moved back to Aitkin in 2007 and lived here for 7 years before returning to St. Paul where she has made her home since. She enjoyed flower gardening, traveling, going to casinos and going out to eat with friends. Audrey is survived by 3 brothers: Don Hillman of Aitkin, Terry (Ellen) Hillman of Oakdale, Mn., Bob (Karen) Hillman of Aitkin, brother in law: Richard Jackman of Aitkin, nieces and nephews and their families and very special friend Jeff and Lynn Almsted and family. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband: Ralph Nordgren, Sisters: Marge Way, Ione Tronson, Clarice Jackman, Marlys Hillman; sister in law: Catherine Hillman, nephews: Russ Way, Jerry Tronson, and Mike Hillman. A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 11 AM from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Nordland Township with Rev. Rebecca Hinz officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Peter C. Paulson
05/06/1918-06/07/2018
Peter C. Paulson, 100, of Aitkin, formerly of Chisolm and Hibbing, passed away Thursday, June 7, 2018 in Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born May 6, 1918 in Nordland Township to Peter and Isabella (Temperley) Paulson. Peter attended Aitkin County School and graduated from Aitkin High School in 1937. He was a World War II Veteran of The United States Army who served in the Pacific. Peter was united in marriage to Irene Kangas of Chisolm in 1947. They lived in both Chisholm and Hibbing. Peter retired from Minnesota Ore Division of U.S. Steel in 1982 after 31 years of service. Irene passed away in 2002 and Peter returned to Aitkin in 2006. Peter is preceded in death by his wife, Irene; his parents; 3 brothers, George, Clifton and Chester Paulson; 2 sisters, Elsie Paulson and Helen Dragovich. Peter is survived by his sister-in-law, Mildred Paulson of Aitkin; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Services will be Tuesday, June 12, at 1 PM in Sorensen Root Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin with visitation 1 hour prior at the funeral home. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hibbing. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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Rodney Tillman
05/30/1941-06/07/2018
Rodney A. Tillman, age 77 of Carlton formerly of Tamarack died Thursday June 7, 2018 at the Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton, Minnesota. Rodney was born May 30, 1941 in Tamarack, Minnesota the son of Joseph and Ellen (Lundeen) Tillman. He attended school at Lawler and then McGregor where he graduated from in 1959. He married Grace R. Thompson on July 15, 1961 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The made their home in the tamarack area and farmed. Rodney also had worked for the telephone company, Yukon Industries in McGregor and then Arrowhead Blacktop operating heavy equipment before starting his own company doing dirt work. He had served as president of the Son-Flyers club in Tamarack. He loved to snowmobile and groom trails. He played football in high school and enjoyed watching football and wrestling on TV. Rodney is survived by 3 children and spouses: John and Natalie Tillman of McGregor, Peggy and James VanHoever of Wrenshall, Mn., Tracy and Daniel Gullick of Twig, Mn.; Grandchildren: Jacob VanHoever and Suzanne VanHoever; brothers and sisters: Roger Tillman of Moose Lake, Mn., Jane Hutar of the Minnetonka, Mn., Karen Luer of Moose Lake, Richard (Nancy) Tillman of Champlin, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Jack and Lawrence. A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 1 PM from the Grace Lutheran Church at McGregor with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Salo Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home.
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Harold Frederick Jeffers
05/21/1937-06/06/2018
Harold F. Jeffers, age 81 of the Garrison area died Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at his home. Harold was born May 21, 1937 at Genesee, Pennsylvania the son of Raymond and Nina (Knickerbacher) Jeffers. He grew up and attended schools in Elklund, Pennsylvania graduating in 1954. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1958 having spent three years in Germany. He married Gisela Zink on June 21, 1958 at Elklund, Pennsylvania where they made their home for a time. They lived in Iowa, Alabama and retired to Garrison, Minnesota 19 years ago. He worked as a steel foundry manager for many years. He was a life member of the Garrison VFW Post. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, anything to do with the outdoors, making spaghetti diners and visiting with family and friends. He is survived by his wife Gisela Jeffers of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Cindy (Ron) Cochran of Stateroad, North Carolina; Kelly (Ron) Lingwall of Garrison, Mark (Lara) Jeffers of Baxter, Minnesota; 9 Grandchildren: Dan, Michael, Katie, Stacy (Kyle), Nickolas, Shana (Calvin), Dakota, Makenzie, and Madison; 14 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 sister Kathleen Jeffers. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 11 AM from the Garrison Community Alliance Church with Rev. Mike Palkie officiating. A gathering time will be 1` hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Garrison VFW Post. A luncheon will follow the service at the Garrison VFW Post. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Rosanne Cecilia Hendrickson
10/04/1933-05/30/2018
Rosanna Cecilia (Maddy) Hendrickson, 84 of McGregor passed away surrounded by her family in Baltimore, Maryland on May 30, 2018. She was born October 4, 1933 to Cecilia (Farah) Maddy and grew up and attended school in McGregor and graduated from the College of St. Benedict in 1955. Rosanne received her Masters of Arts (Business Education) in 1963 from the University of Minnesota and a second Masters of Education (Specific Learning Disability) from Florida International University in 1989. Rosanne married Harvey S. Hendrickson in 1963 and spent 45 years in Miami, Florida raising her family and working as a high school teacher until she retired in 2007 to spend more time with her grandchildren. She moved to Ellicott City, Maryland in 2016 to be closer to her son and his family. Rosanne was preceded in death by her husband Harvey, her mother Cele, sister: Pat Monson and nephew Mike Monson. She is survived by her three children and their families: daughters: Mary and Elise, son, Erik and his wife Lynn; five grandsons: Nicholas, William, Benjamin, Avery, and Matthew and two granddaughters: Maggie and Anna; and sister: Barbara Ruzynski and husband Paul and brother in law: Jerry Monson and many relatives and friends. A private graveside service will be held in July at the Woodland Cemetery in McGregor.
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Dennis Herbert Kohlgraf
01/05/1947-05/27/2018
Dennis Herbert Kohlgraf, age 71 of McGregor died Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis surrounded by his wife, daughter and sons. Dennis was born January 5, 1947 the son of Herbert and Audrey Kohlgraf. Dennis had a traveling childhood with his brothers David and Jerome, grew up living and traveling the country in a silver stream trailer to wherever the work his father was doing at the time. All of the family then settled in McGrath, MN. Once out of school, Dennis spent time in the military and upon being honorably discharged; he met Louise Stahl and were married May 3rd, 1969 at McGrath, MN. He then went to school and became an automotive mechanic. He helped raise his three children Joseph, Kristine and Nicholas and supported and backed his family for many years. Dennis was involved in many community and civic groups ranging from large too small. After moving to McGregor, he worked for the Minnesota Department of Transportation for 41 years. He was very involved in his church throughout the years and enjoyed woodworking, cars, ATV’ing, and time with family and friends. He is survived by his wife Louise Kohlgraf, Children: Joseph (Michelle) Kohlgraf, Kristine (Thomas) Nelson, and Nicholas (Hollie) Kohlgraf; many grandchildren, brothers: David (Angela) Kohlgraf, Jerome (Eunice) Kohlgraf, and many nieces, nephews and relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents Herbert and Audrey Kohlgraf. Dennis lived a wonderful life filled with family and friends and will be greatly missed. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 2 to 4 PM at the Rice River Community Center on Hwy 65 south of McGregor. Memorials are preferred to the Riverwood Health Care Infusion Center. Arrangements were with the McGregor Funeral Home.
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Laraine M. Lueders Paulsen
03/27/1940-05/24/2018
Laraine M. Lueders Paulsen, 78 of Rochester, formally of Aitkin, passed away May 24, 2018 at the Reflections Care Suites in Northfield, MN. She was born March 27, 1940 in Perham, Mn. the daughter of Fred and Dorothy (Thompson) Lueders. She graduated from the Perham High School. For many years she was the food service director at Aitkin High School. Upon moving to Rochester she was employed at St. Pius X School for several years. Laraine was the proud parent to Eugene (Janice) Watson Seoul, South Korea; Paul Watson, Farmington, Mn.; Dennis (Tracy) Watson, Farmington, Mn.; step daughter: Kari (Dusty) Cartie, Aitkin, MN. She is survived by seven grandchildren, brother C. Russell Lueders, Sturgis, Michigan; sister in law Eileen Deering, McGregor, Mn. and Margaret Lueders, Scio, Oregon. She was preceded in death by her husband Eugene Paulsen in 2009, parents, sisters Corinne and Betty and Brother Richard. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 2 PM from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Howard Anthony Michels
09/24/1934-05/23/2018
Howard Anthony Michels, 83 of Aitkin passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in 1934 in Black River Falls, Wisconsin to John and Bernadette Michels. After graduating high school from McCahill Catholic School in Lake City he met Betty Frances Erkel, his wife of 63 years. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War. Upon returning home to Lake City, he joined his father in farming. Howard and Betty were united in marriage in 1955 at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Lake City. He went on to study computer programming at Brown Institute and became a systems analyst for 3M where he worked until retirement . Howard cherished spending time with his family and friends. He was known for his colorful stories, Grandpa Howard’s irresistible cookies, and for giving back to his community. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church and volunteered for a variety of organizations including Rides for Health, Tax Aide for AARP and the US Census Bureau. He frequently visited residence at the local nursing home and enjoyed talking and visiting with family, friends, and complete strangers alike. Using his own words, “My definition of a neighbor is the person next to you. So visit with your neighbor and make him smile. The world will be a happier place.” He also enjoyed traveling, fishing, card games, Sunday drives, and the casino. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Bernadette Michels; sisters and brothers-in-law: Alice (Donald) Schad and Marie (Butch) Rothgarn. Howard is survived by his wife Betty Michels of Aitkin; 7 children: Sharon O’Neill (Jimmy Hehn) of Oakdale; Bill (Mary) Michels of Minneapolis; Ron (Jean) Michels of Lake City; Sue (Bob) Meier of Oakdale; Dan (Kristen) Michels of Cooper Landing, Alaska; Teresa (Jeff) Ripley of Anchorage, Alaska; Dave Michels (Jennifer Wilbanks) of Soldotna, Alaska; 13 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:A.M. – Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Saint James Catholic Church, 299 Red Oak Drive, Aitkin, MN. 56431. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at a later date. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727. Funeral arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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James R. Spaeth
01/14/1942-05/20/2018
James Robert Spaeth, 76 of Aitkin passed away peacefully at home Sunday, May 20, 2018. He was born January 14, 1942 in Tracy to Joseph “J.J.” and Esther (Jasperson) Spaeth. He grew up on Cedar Lake and attended school in Aitkin, graduating from St. John’s Prep School in Collegeville in 1960. Jim was united in marriage to the love of his life Barb Braun on June 15, 1963 in Glen Ullin, North Dakota. He worked as a loan officer and assistant vice president of 1st National Bank of Aitkin and owned Sunset Bay Resort on Cedar Lake for 40 years. Jim loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was blessed to have many life-long friends and resort guests who he enjoyed socializing and spending time with. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, Aitkin Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Jaycees, and the Cedar Lake Conservatory. He was preceded in death by his parents: Joseph “J.J.” and Esther (Jasperson) Spaeth. Jim is survived by his beloved wife Barb Spaeth of Aitkin; Daughter and son-in-law: Leisa (David) Leonard of Minneapolis; Son and daughter-in-law: Joseph “Jay” (Kelly) Spaeth of Clear Lake; Grandchildren: Adam and Nathan Leonard, Anthony Shaney, Dylan, Angelle, and Madison Spaeth; Grand-dogs: Leia and Louie; Sisters: JoAnn Hurley of Phoenix, AZ. and Bette (Tom) Kotula of Brainerd; Sisters-in-law: Vernice Keller of Bismarck, ND., Marietta (Gordon) Horst of Glen Ullin, ND., Michele (Lee) Redington of Denver, CO.; Brothers-in-law: Daryl (Donna) Braun of Bismarck, ND. and Gary (Rose) Braun of Bismarck, ND.; Many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Friday, May 25, 2018 funeral service at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the American Cancer Society and the Alzheimer’s Association.
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Maximus Zane Russell
05/16/2018-05/16/2018
Maximus Zane Russell, baby boy of Anna Gunter and Donovan Russell was born sleeping on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in Aitkin. He was 7 lbs, 9 oz and 20 in long. He had lots of dark hair like daddy and a button nose like mama. He was practically perfect in every way. He will be dearly missed. Maximus is survived by his parents, Anna Gunter and Donovan Russell of Aitkin; maternal grandparents, Regina and Josh Seibert-Tibbetts of Aitkin; paternal grandmother, Colleen Russell of Crosby; maternal great grandparents, Raymond and Mary Beth Seibert of Isle; paternal great grandmother Russell of Arizona; several aunts, uncles and cousins. A Private family service was held. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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Patricia Ann Volkman
08/02/1942-05/10/2018
Patricia Ann Volkman, 75 of Aitkin died Thursday, May 10, 2018 at her home in Aitkin. She was born August 2, 1942 in Nisswa to Claude Dolan and Frances Taylor. Patricia was united in marriage to Gary H. Volkman on January 12, 1988 in Maui, Hawaii. She worked as an over the road semi-truck driver where she enjoyed traveling with her husband. She most recently worked in General Services for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. She enjoyed watching her health, exercising, being active, and keeping in shape. She loved fishing and the outdoors. She was a member of First Lutheran Church and their quilting group. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter: Jane Christensen; and step-daughter Katie Volkman. Patricia is survived by her husband Gary; 2 daughters: Michele (Dan) Piispanen of Aitkin; Kari Beeler of Seattle, WA.; 2 step-daughters: Heidi (John) Taylor of Red Wing; Lisa (John) Tuerk of Owatonna; Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; 1 brother: Larry McKinney (Jo) of Zimmerman; 2 sisters: Dianne (Ellwood) Carlson of Anoka; Jennifer Hoffman (Mike) of Mora; And many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, May 19, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery – Camp Ripley, Little Falls at a later date. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Anna Mae Rach
05/27/1955-05/08/2018
Anna Mae Rach, 62 of Aitkin died Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born May 27, 1955 in Bertha, MN. to Donald and Betty (Scott) Kozitka. She graduated from Staples High School. Anna was united in marriage Dennis George Rach on August 24, 1974 in Staples. She was retired having worked most recently in retail and sales. She loved and adored her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father: Donald Kozitka and two sisters: Carol and Sue. Anna is survived by her husband Denny; 2 children and their spouses: Heidi (Jori) Packer and Chad (Erin) Rach; 2 grandchildren: Hunter and Alexander Packer; Mother: Betty Scott; 2 brothers: Butch and Duane; 3 sisters Patty, Belinda, and Dawn (Dan); And many other relatives and friends. To remember and honor Anna, a gathering of family and friends will be 12:00PM to 3:00PM – Saturday, May12, 2018 at the 40 Club Convention Center in Aitkin. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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REBEKAH DAWN SEIBERT
05/07/1982-05/08/2018
Rebekah Dawn Seibert, 36, of McGregor, passed away unexpectedly with her 5 year old daughter, Charlotte Josephine Chouinard on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 as the result of a car accident. She was born May 7, 1982 in Aitkin to Gerald Fredrickson and Sandra (Tierney) Fredrickson. Rebekah enjoyed gardening, drawing, singing, going for walks, being outdoors, agate picking, naps in the sunshine, baking and especially spending time with her kids and life partner, Joseph “J.C.” Chouinard. Rebekah is preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Charles Stevenson; paternal grandparents, Adeline and Hjalmar Fredrickson; uncle, Mark Tierney; aunt, Jennifer Fredrickson. Rebekah is survived by her life partner, Joe “J.C.” Chouinard of Grand Rapids; son, Jack Seibert of McGregor; daughter, Averie Fredrickson-Seibert of McGregor; mother, Sandra (Thomas Martin) Fredrickson of Crosby; father, Gerald Fredrickson of McGregor; brother, Christopher (Jessica) Fredrickson of Hutchinson; sister, Jeana (Rodger) Cahoon of Tamarack; maternal grandmother, Arleen Stevenson of McGregor. Services for Rebekah and her daughter, Charlotte will be held Saturday, June 2, at 11 AM at the McGregor High School. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the school. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. A CaringBridge site has been established for Rebekah’s son, Jack Seibert, who was seriously injured in the accident and his sister, Averie Fredrickson-Seibert. The Rebekah Seibert Memorial Fund has been set up at Members Cooperative Credit Union of Aitkin for the future care of Jack and Averie. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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CHARLOTTE JOSEPHINE CHOUINARD
03/16/2013-05/08/2018
Charlotte Josephine Chouinard, 5, of McGregor, passed away unexpectedly with her mother, Rebekah Dawn Seibert on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 as the result of a car accident. She was born March 16, 2013 in Aitkin to Joseph “J.C.” Chouinard and Rebekah Dawn Seibert. Charlotte loved playing Legos with her dad, singing, coloring, picking rocks, playing with her brothers, sister and cousins, swinging with grandpa, going to the lake, Swimming, gardening, playing PAW Patrol, playing with her friends at day care and going to preschool. Charlotte was an amazing child who wanted to be a weather girl and a mermaid when she grew up. Charlotte is preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Joseph Chouinard. Charlotte is survived by her father, Joseph “J.C.” Chouinard of Grand Rapids; siblings, Jack Seibert of McGregor, Averie Fredrickson-Seibert of McGregor, Joseph “J.D.” Chouinard of Tamarack and Maxwell Chouinard of Tamarack; maternal grandmother, Sandra (Thomas Martin) Fredrickson of Crosby; maternal grandfather, Gerald Fredrickson of McGregor; paternal grandmother, Lori Pudlick of McGregor; uncles, Christopher (Jessica) Fredrickson of Hutchinson and Shane Chouinard of Hinckley; aunts, Jeana (Rodger) Cahoon of Tamarack and Melinda Pudlick of Aitkin; several cousins. Services for Rebekah and her daughter, Charlotte will be held Saturday, June 2, at 11 AM at the McGregor High School. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the school. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. A CaringBridge site has been established for Charlotte’s brother, Jack Seibert, who was seriously injured in the accident and his sister, Averie Fredrickson-Seibert. The Rebekah Seibert Memorial Fund has been set up at Members Cooperative Credit Union of Aitkin for the future care of Jack and Averie. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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Judith Ann Collins
01/27/1940-05/08/2018
Judith Ann Collins, age 78 of Aitkin died Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Judith was born January 27, 1940 at Crosby, Minnesota the daughter of Arthur and Anna Sanbeck. She grew up in Aitkin and attended Aitkin schools. She married James Collins on August 17, 1957. They made their home on a farm east of Aitkin, farming most of her life and serving as Glen route mail carrier. She enjoyed farming and caring for her grandchildren and great granddaughter. She was a lifetime member of Bethesda Lutheran Church at Rossburg. She is survived by sons: Doug (Jeanie) Collins and Rick (Janice) Collins of Aitkin; Grandchildren: Joe (Ashley) Collins, Brian (Cora) Collins, Mitch Collins, Matt Collins, and Isaac Collins, Great granddaughter: Anna Rose and one brother Cliff Sanbeck. She was preceded in death by her husband James in 2017, parents and brothers: Kenneth and Ray Sanbeck. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Friday, May 18, 2018 at Bethesda Lutheran Church at Rossburg with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Saron Cemetery at Dam Lake. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Rebekah Dawn Seibert
05/07/1982-05/08/2018
Rebekah Dawn Seibert, 36, of McGregor, passed away unexpectedly with her 5 year old daughter, Charlotte Josephine Chouinard on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 as the result of a car accident. She was born May 7, 1982 in Aitkin to Gerald Fredrickson and Sandra (Tierney) Fredrickson. Rebekah enjoyed gardening, drawing, singing, going for walks, being outdoors, agate picking, naps in the sunshine, baking and especially spending time with her kids and life partner, Joseph “J.C.” Chouinard. Rebekah is preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Charles Stevenson; paternal grandparents, Adeline and Hjalmar Fredrickson; uncle, Mark Tierney; aunt, Jennifer Fredrickson. Rebekah is survived by her life partner, Joe “J.C.” Chouinard of Grand Rapids; son, Jack Seibert of McGregor; daughter, Averie Fredrickson-Seibert of McGregor; mother, Sandra (Thomas Martin) Fredrickson of Crosby; father, Gerald Fredrickson of McGregor; brother, Christopher (Jessica) Fredrickson of Hutchinson; sister, Jeana (Rodger) Cahoon of Tamarack; maternal grandmother, Arleen Stevenson of McGregor. Services for Rebekah and her daughter, Charlotte will be held Saturday, June 2, at 11 AM at the McGregor High School. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the school. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. A CaringBridge site has been established for Rebekah’s son, Jack Seibert, who was seriously injured in the accident and his sister, Averie Fredrickson-Seibert. The Rebekah Seibert Memorial Fund has been set up at Members Cooperative Credit Union of Aitkin for the future care of Jack and Averie. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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Charlotte Josephine Chouinard
03/16/2013-05/08/2018
Charlotte Josephine Chouinard, 5, of McGregor, passed away unexpectedly with her mother, Rebekah Dawn Seibert on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 as the result of a car accident. She was born March 16, 2013 in Aitkin to Joseph “J.C.” Chouinard and Rebekah Dawn Seibert. Charlotte loved playing Legos with her dad, singing, coloring, picking rocks, playing with her brothers, sister and cousins, swinging with grandpa, going to the lake, swimming, gardening, playing PAW Patrol, playing with her friends at day care and going to preschool. Charlotte was an amazing child who wanted to be a weather girl and a mermaid when she grew up. Charlotte is preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Joseph Chouinard. Charlotte is survived by her father, Joseph “J.C.” Chouinard of Grand Rapids; siblings, Jack Seibert of McGregor, Averie Fredrickson-Seibert of McGregor, Joseph “J.D.” Chouinard of Tamarack and Maxwell Chouinard of Tamarack; maternal grandmother, Sandra (Thomas Martin) Fredrickson of Crosby; maternal grandfather, Gerald Fredrickson of McGregor; paternal grandmother, Lori Pudlick of McGregor; uncles, Christopher (Jessica) Fredrickson of Hutchinson and Shane Chouinard of Hinckley; aunts, Jeana (Rodger) Cahoon of Tamarack and Melinda Pudlick of Aitkin; several cousins. Services for Charlotte and her mother, Rebekah will be held Saturday, June 2, at 11 AM at the McGregor High School. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the school. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. A CaringBridge site has been established for Charlotte’s brother, Jack Seibert, who was seriously injured in the accident and his sister, Averie Fredrickson-Seibert. The Rebekah Seibert Memorial Fund has been set up at Members Cooperative Credit Union of Aitkin for the future care of Jack and Averie. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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Maxine Rae Maijala
01/14/1947-05/06/2018
Maxine Rae Maijala, age 71 of Tamarack died Sunday, May 6, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Maxine was born on January 14, 1947 at Cloquet, Minnesota the daughter of John and Elma (Isaacson) Gillette. She grew up and attended schools in Tamarack and then McGregor. She married James Maijala on August 3, 1963 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cloquet. They made their home in Tamarack where they farmed and proudly raised four children. They did live in North Dakota and Colorado for a short period early in their marriage. Maxine was a doting mother, making many of her children’s clothes, actively participating in schools and community events, and truly making the most out of raising them. When the children were older, Maxine took a job at the local post office, then soon working herself to Postmaster. She proudly retired after 20 plus years with the Tamarack Post Office. Earlier she was active with the Tamarack Sno-Flyers Club, later with the Tamarack Golden Age Club and more recently a local AA group. She also very much enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, traveling, quilting/sewing, gardening, farming, going to sporting events, socializing and spending time with the grandchildren. She is survived by her husband James Maijala of Tamarack, Children and spouses: Jeff and Virginia Maijala of Junction City, Oregon, Jake Maijala and Michelle Harrington of Tamarack, Joanne and Brian Switzer of Tamarack, 11 Grandchildren, 1 Great Grandchild, Mother in law: Ruth Maijala of Tamarack and many nieces, nephews extended family and special friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, son John Maijala, brother Jon Gillette, sister Doralie Haapoja and father in law: Walter Maijala. A funeral service will be held Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 1 PM from the Bethany Lutheran Church at Cromwell with Pastor Ron Staudinger officiating. Visitation will be at the church 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Salo Cemetery in Salo Township of Aitkin County. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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