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Archive Obituaries
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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Leslie "Les" Richard Mindrum
03/16/1964-04/26/2018
Leslie "Les" Richard Mindrum, 54, of Palisade, passed away Thursday, April 26, 2018 at his home with his family by his side. He was born March 16, 1964 in Aitkin to Lambert and Lorraine (Weimer) Mindrum. Les graduated from Aitkin High School in 1982. He was united in marriage to Kim Holsten on June 20, 1987 in Palisade. Les worked at Frontier Telephone Company for 12 years and later at Wright Construction as a Telephone Technician. He then worked at Palisade Co-Op for 20 years as a Tire Specialist. Les enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cribbage, crossword puzzles, haying and especially spending time with his granddaughter, Ella Marie. Les is preceded in death by his parents. Les is survived by his loving wife, Kim Mindrum of Palisade; son, Kyle (Kylie) Mindrum of Aitkin; daughter, Casey Mindrum of Palisade; granddaughter, Ella Marie Mindrum; 3 brothers, Larry Mindrum of Aitkin, Lester (Barb) Mindrum of Palisade and Lonnie Mindrum of Palisade; 3 sisters, Linda Harwig of Palisade, Lynn (Steve Evans) Mindrum of Palisade and Leeann (Pat Huff) Mindrum of Palisade; several other relatives and friends. A gathering of family and friends will be Friday, May 4, from 10 AM until the 11 AM Memorial Service in Bethel Lutheran Church, Palisade. Private interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Palisade. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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Kenneth M. Boyd
04/01/1935-04/25/2018
Kenneth M. Boyd age 83 of McGregor died Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Ken was born April 1, 1935 at Cutler, Minnesota the son of Maynard and Edna (Marsh) Boyd. He attended schools at Cutler and then Aitkin graduating in 1953. He then attended the Dunwoody Institute from which he graduated with a degree in welding. He married Patricia “Pat” R. Mohn on October 13, 1956 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Aitkin and he worked in the mines at Crosby for several years. He then worked for Red Rasley until 1963 when he and Red formed a partnership and they purchased the business in McGregor. He and Pat moved to McGregor in 1964. He started the McGregor Dairy Queen with Red Rasley and Jim Woodrow and the Roadside Restaurants with John Solien. He had also owned McGregor Agra Corp for a time. He was currently the owner of Rasley Oil and the McGregor Oil Co. Ken, Pat and family moved to their current home on the lake in 1972. Ken had served in the Minnesota National Guard, was a member of the McGregor Fire Department, McGregor Lions, Aitkin Masonic Lodge, McGregor School Board, McGregor City Council, Aitkin County Jackalopes, McGregor Dollars for Scholars, McGregor Development Corp., Savana Men’s Golf League for over 30 years, the NRA and Grace Lutheran Church. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, traveling, bowling and his annual elk hunting trip to Colorado for over 30 years. Ken’s greatest passion was farming. Ken is survived by his loving wife Pat of 61 years, Children: Chuck (Holly) Boyd of McGregor, Tom (Teresa) Boyd of McGregor, Jeffrey Boyd of McGregor, Patrick (Teresa) Boyd of Stanley, Wisc.; Grandchildren: Chelsea Boyd, Megan Boyd, Ashley Boyd, Tracy Boyd, Katie Boyd, Kacie Boyd, Jordan Boyd, Jacob Boyd, Isabella Boyd, and two sisters: Romaine Bonneville of Aitkin and Eva Clark of Wyoming, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents Maynard and Edna and Brother Glenn Boyd. A memorial service along with a Masonic service by the Aitkin Masonic Lodge will be held for Ken on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 2 PM at the McGregor High School Gymnasium with Rev. Erika Foss officiating at the memorial service. Visitation will be at the schools 1 hour prior to the service. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Memorials will be used to establish a scholarship fund in memory of Ken. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Gordon "Gordy" Pasell
08/25/1928-04/20/2018
Gordon “Gordy” R. Pasell, age 89 of Aitkin died Friday, April 20, 2018 at his home in Aitkin. Gordy was born August 25, 1928 at Palisade, Minnesota and was the son of Ernest and Elsie (Grob) Pasell. He grew up and attended schools in Palisade and Aitkin graduating from Aitkin High School in 1946. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. He returned to Aitkin and married Elizabeth “Betty” Janzen. He worked as an auto mechanic from 1953 to 1974 and then became Aitkin County Veterans Service Officer and served in that position from 1974 until his retirement in 1993. Gordy then worked part time at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home until just a few years ago. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing cards. He will be remembered for his keen sense of humor and love for all of his family and friends. He was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Post and served as commander for two years. He was also a member of the D.A.V. and the Aitkin Moose Lodge. Gordy served on the Aitkin Volunteer Fire Department and was Fire Chief for 10 of those years. Gordy is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth “Betty” Pasell of Aitkin, Children: Tony (Iris) Pasell of St. Louis Park, Mn., Bryan (Jody) Pasell of Sartell, MN., Daughter in law: Julie Pasell of Lino Lakes, Mn., Grandchildren: Nolan (Karlie) Pasell, Shelby Pasell, Marcus Pasell, Hanna Pasell, Taylor Pasell; Great Grandchildren: Kenzie, Kaylie, and Kyler Pasell. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Steven and Sister Beverly Carlson. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin at a later date. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Gladys Honnold
12/15/1920-04/18/2018
Gladys Honnold, 97, of Aitkin, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2018 in Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born December 15, 1920 in Sentinel Butte, North Dakota to Otto and Hulda (Hultberg) Nordin. Gladys was united in marriage to Guy Honnold on January 4, 1940 in Glendive, Montana. They lived in Medora, North Dakota for 1 year before moving to Aitkin in 1941. Gladys lived on Lone Lake for 71 years. She enjoyed sewing, crochet, embroidery, quilting (she made quilts for her children and grandchildren), gardening (especially flowers), taking pictures, scrap booking, playing cards, watching the Timberwolves (she played basketball in high school) and especially spending time with her family. Gladys also enjoyed sending greeting cards to people. She took her family on a Caribbean cruise for her 80th birthday. Gladys loved her cats and dogs. She was a member of United Methodist Church of Aitkin, Order of the Easter Star Woodland Chapter #122, 4-H Leader, Maria Chapel Ladies Aid, Lone Lake Birthday Club, Forever Young, Support The Troops, American Legion Post #86 Auxiliary of Aitkin, Riverwood Hospital Auxiliary, Grand Friend Program at Aitkin Elementary School, Recycling Cards Volunteer, Aicota Health Care Center Volunteer, Whist Card Club, Bowling League, Rebecca Circle, Sunday School Teacher and Bible School Teacher. Gladys had amazing strength and perseverance and was devoted to God and her family. Gladys is preceded in death by her loving husband, Guy; her parents; her dear son, Dennis; 3 brothers, Fritz, Harry and Rueben. Gladys will be deeply missed by her children, Steven (Sara Persselin) Honnold of Kodiak, Alaska and Sheila (Kenneth) Opatz of Rush City; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Honnold; grandchildren, Zane (Heather) Honnold, Meagan (Schorr Johnson) Honnold, Jarred (Jamie) Opatz, Janae (John) Bower and Theo Honnold; great grandchildren, Evan and Seth Opatz, Gavin, Grant and Garrett Bower, Alec, Owen and Emory Honnold, Denny and Allie Johnson; many nieces nephews and friends. A gathering of family and friends will be Saturday, April 28, from 3-5 PM with an Eastern Star Service at 4:30 PM in Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. A gathering of family and friends will also be held Sunday, April 29, from 1 PM until the 2 PM Memorial Service in United Methodist Church of Aitkin. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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Rose M. Cooper
03/15/1919-04/18/2018
Rose Mary (Eide) McGillis Cooper age 99 of Aitkin died Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Rose was born March 15, 1919 in Brainerd, Minnesota the daughter of Lewis and Ida (Cyr) Eide. She grew up and attended Catholic School in Brainerd and then public school. She worked as a waitress in her younger years. She married John McGillis on May 6, 1939 in Aitkin. John worked on road construction in Minnesota and North Dakota and Rose travelled with him. They also lived in Duluth for a time while John worked in the shipyards, and then moved back to Aitkin where she has lived most of her life. She operated the Shell Café in Aitkin from 1954 to 1957 and also from 1960 to the mid 1960’s. Rose worked at the Weedless Bait Co. in Aitkin and had also worked at Myr Mar on Mille Lacs Lake for a number of years. Rose also worked at the Old and New A&W in Aitkin and the Aitkin Dairy Queen. Rose married Harold Cooper on March 24, 1990 in Aitkin. Rose cleaned homes well into her 80’s. She was a very accomplished seamstress and loved gardening. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She is survived by Son: Mike McGillis of Aitkin; Daughter: Gretchen (Steve) Wold of Aitkin, 9 Grandchildren, 16 Great Grandchildren, and 5 Great Great Grandchildren, 1 Brother: George Eide of Brainerd, 1 Sister: Doris Noakes of Brainerd. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husbands John McGillis in 1978 and Harold Cooper in 2000, Son Jack McGillis, 2 Brothers and 4 Sisters. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 11 AM from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be Friday, May 4 from 5 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. Private burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery at Cedarbrook. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Warren "Wally" Walter Petersen
11/25/1941-04/14/2018
Warren “Wally” Walter Petersen, 76, of Aitkin, passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018 in Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born November 25, 1941 in Aitkin to Walter and Rose (Specht) Petersen. Wally graduated from Aitkin High School in 1960. He then went on to serve in the Army National Guard. Wally worked in the Taconite Mines as a Mine Operator and was also a heavy equipment operator in California for a short time. He returned home and worked for Gravelle Plumbing of Aitkin for several years as well as the City of Aitkin. Wally loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting. He especially loved spending time with his family and grandchildren. Wally is preceded in death by his wife, Ramona; his parents; siblings, Charlotte, Bud and Chub. Wally is survived by 2 sons, Jeff (Debi) Petersen of Pillager and Cory (Janet)Petersen of South Haven; grandchildren, Abby, Kyleigh, Dustin, Marissa and Kyle; siblings, Pete Petersen of Aitkin, Marlys (Jim) Dehning of Cuyuna and Jim (Karen) Petersen of Chattanooga, Tennessee; many other relatives and friends. A gathering of family and friends will be Saturday, April 28, from 10 AM until the 11 AM Memorial Service in Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post #86 of Aitkin and V.F.W. Post #1727 of Aitkin. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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Teresa M. Rippie
07/21/1951-04/13/2018
Teresa M. Rippie, age 66 of McGregor died Friday, April 13, 2018 at her home. Teresa was born July 21, 1951 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Robert and Bernice (Young) Buckley. She grew up and attended schools in Robbinsdale where she graduated from high school. She then attended the College of Saint Catherine’s where she earned her degree in education. She married Erwin R. Rippie on August 4, 1972 in Crystal, Mn. They lived for a short time in New Brighton and then moved to Dayton, Mn. where Teresa worked as a school administrator for over 20 years. She and her husband had been coming to the McGregor area for many years and in 1998 they moved to the area permanently. Teresa was very involved in the McGregor Library and the McGregor Flower Club. She was also a master gardener. She is survived by her husband Erwin Rippie of McGregor, Sons: Travis Rippie of Inver Grove Heights, Mn. and Trenton Rippie of McGregor. Also surviving are two grandchildren: Lillian and Joseph. She was preceded in death by her parents. A gathering of friends and family will be held at a later date at their restaurant The Horseshoe Lake Inn. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Earl Gerard
06/09/1936-04/12/2018
Earl Joseph Gerard, 81 of Aitkin died Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born June 9, 1936 in St. Louis, Missouri to John J. and Theresa Gerard, Sr. He graduated high school in 1954 in St. Louis. While in school he enjoyed participating and excelled in many different sports. He was a U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Veteran. He moved to southern California and met Velma Loomis. Earl was united in marriage to Velma on February 12, 1966. He worked as a mechanic and retired as a supervisor at LA Transit bus station. In June 1986 they moved to Aitkin. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and loved spending time with his grandchildren He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Velma on November 7, 2011. Earl is survived by his son and daughter-in-law: Joe and Robin; Daughter and son-in-law: Jaennin and Ken; Brother: John; Sister: Theresa; Grandchildren: Kyle and Emily And many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. There are no services scheduled at this time. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Loren Forbes
04/18/1952-04/12/2018
Loren L. Forbes, age 65 of Aitkin formerly of Chaska died Thursday, April 12, 2018 at his home in Aitkin from cancer. Loren was born April 18, 1952 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Lloyd and Marvell (Hall) Forbes. He grew up in Minnetonka, Mn. where he went to school. He worked for many years in refrigeration manufacturing. He worked for the ADC Company and then Mammoth where he retired from last year. He had also worked part time as a bartender in Chaska at the American Legion Post in the past years. He moved to the Aitkin area when he retired. He had been coming to his cabin on Bay Lake most weekends to fish and be with friends. He was the ultimate fisherman, enjoyed it greatly. He had been a member and past president of the Chaska Jaycees, made furniture and enjoyed helping others remodel their homes. He will be greatly missed by friends and family. He is survived by his son Todd Forbes of Chaska; 4 siblings: Andrea Johnson of Inver Grove Heights, Mn., George VanDeusen of Pensacola, Florida, Shirley (Roger) Husted of Mesa, Az., Cheryl Hilke of Fontana, Calf. and special friend Margaret Mooers of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by 10 other siblings and his wife Joann in 2016. A gathering of family and friends will be held at the Aitkin American Legion on Saturday, May 5. 2018 from 1 to 3 PM. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Willie Edward Nelson
02/03/1935-04/10/2018
Willie Edward Nelson,83 of Aitkin and formerly of Onamia, died Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born February 3, 1935 in Onamia to Edward John and Esther Hanna Nelson. Willie was united in marriage to June Marie Kendall on January 22, 1955 in Saint Paul. He worked for Pearson Candy Company, making candy for many years and then in building construction. He loved riding his John Deere Tractors and watching old movies, especially those that starred John Wayne. He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters: Myrtle Ore and Lucille Bodin; and 1 brother: Roy Nelson. Willie is survived by his wife: June Nelson of Aitkin; Daughter: Susan Hawkins of Isle; Grandchildren: Jessica Hawkins (Tom Hoppe), Amanda (Jake) Strecker and Malissa Hawkins; Great-grandchildren: Faith Thompson, Tyler Thompson, Anthony Baylor, Alexis Bonney, William Bonney, Tucker Strecker, Paige Strecker; Brothers: Jim (Sandy) Nelson of Saint Paul, Donald Nelson of Hutchinson, Harold Nelson of Onamia; Sisters: Irene Lancrain of Mora, Florence Ore of Princeton, Darlene (Jack) Purdy of Aitkin; Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Monday, April 16, 2018 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Pastor John Stiles will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Valerie King
06/26/1945-04/08/2018
Valerie “Val” Lynne King, 72, of Backus, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2018. She was born June 26, 1945 in Minneapolis to Russell and Anna (Herman) Johnson. Val is survived by her son, Russell (Cindy) Sheehan of Breezy Point; daughter, Jennifer Swiggart of Backus; granddaughter, Chelsea Swiggart; great grandson, Logan Swiggart; sister, Robin (Chuck) Meyer of Big Fork. To honor Val’s wishes, no services will be held. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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Ruben L. Wienke
11/11/1937-04/08/2018
Ruben Lawrence Wienke, age 80 of Aitkin formerly of New Richmond, Wisc. died Sunday, April 8, 2018 at his home on Mille Lacs Lake. Ruben was born November 11, 1937 at Forest, Wisconsin the son of Lawrence and Evalyn (Dumke) Wienke. He grew up and attended schools in Amery and New Richmond, Wisconsin graduating from the New Richmond High School in 1955. He married Marlis A. Westrom on June 23, 1955 at Bessemer, Michigan. They made their home in New Richmond and Ruben worked several jobs one with Stromberg-Carlson Communications. He took a permanent job with them and he and Marlis and their family moved many times due to his job and had lived in Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and Kansas. He had gone to work for the United Telephone Co. in Missouri which became Sprint-United Communications. He retired in 2000 and he and Marlis moved to their retirement home on Mille Lacs Lake near Aitkin. He enjoyed fishing, boating, feeding the birds and animals. He loved life and especially loved his family and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Marlis Wienke of Aitkin; sons: Randy Wienke of Aitkin, Brian Wienke of Jacksonville, North Carolina, Dale Wienke of Davenport, Iowa, David (Samantha) Wienke of Ft. Riley, Kansas, Daughter: Lorie (Jim) Wressell of Fifty Lakes, Mn. Brother: Orville (Patt) Wienke of St. Paul, 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, April 23, 2018 from 1 to 3 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, MN. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dorothy A. Wersal
08/23/1928-04/07/2018
Dorothy A. Wersal, age 89 of Aitkin died Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Dorothy was born August 23, 1928 at Sanborn, Minnesota the daughter of Charles and Amy (Briggs) Brainerd. She grew up and attended schools in Sanborn and then married Melvin M. Wersal on September 5, 1946 at Sanborn. They lived in Springfield, Elbow Lake, Hibbing, Chisholm, Cook and then Bloomington before moving to Mille Lacs Lake in the late 1970’s. She lived there until 2005 when she moved in with her son and then in 2009 moved to the Aicota Health Care Center and has lived there since. She enjoyed sewing, gardening and in her younger days deer hunting and fishing. She loved her cats and dogs. She and her husband had collected aluminum and scrap metal around the Aitkin area and would bring it to the Twin Cities where they would sell it to dealers. She is survived by her son Jim Wersal of Glen, Daughter: Betty Mauer of Bemidji, MN.; 9 Grandchildren and many Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Melvin and two sons Jerry and Robert. A gathering of family and friends will be held Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 11 AM until 1 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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James Willis Aldrich
08/10/1941-04/06/2018
James Willis Aldrich, 76 of McGregor - On April 6, 2018 James Willis Aldrich passed away peacefully at Chappy’s Nursing home in Hill City, Minnesota. Jim was born to Margaret (Luek) Aldrich and Willis ‘Lee’ Aldrich on August 10th 1941 in Oelwein, Iowa. Jim graduated from Oelwein High School in 1960. In October of 1960, Jim married Diane Kleiss of Fredricksburg Iowa, and shortly thereafter moved to Northfield, Minnesota where Jim started a 38-year Railroad career working for the Minneapolis-Northfield and Southern and Soo Line Railways. The couple lived in the communities of Northfield and Nerstrand in Southern Minnesota until 1974, when they purchased Aitkin Lake Resort, in northern Minnesota. Jim was an avid outdoorsman and conservationist, he loved trapping mink, hunting ducks, and fishing anything that would bite. Jim was a modern day mountain man, a craftsman, a creator and a poet. Jim loved the Proverbs, he often gave sound advice that is lost in our culture. Waste not Want not, don’t say can’t – can’t never did anything.” Jim always asked questions, conversed well, took interest in people, loved youth and encouraged them always. He loved to Trap shoot, play poker, visits with friends, was a supporter of the Mercuries, and never missed a Track Meet. Jim was the last of his immediate family to pass, he is survived by his sons; Timothy Aldrich, of Silver City, New Mexico, Aaron (Stacy) Aldrich of Chisago Lakes, MN. and Jesse (Sandra) Aldrich of McGregor, MN. and his nine grandchildren, Laura, Alexander, Hannah, Jacob, Isaac, Maciah, Isabella, Eva, and Andrew. His greatest dream was that the ‘Resort’ live on through his children and his grandchildren. Jim's family wishes to extend it's deepest gratitude to all those who loved and cared for him during his final years, Maxine Miller, Sue Aldrich, all the doctors and all those at Chappy's. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, April 13, 2018 at Grace Lutheran Church in McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss and Reverend Mark Wagner will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Oelwein, Iowa. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Doris J. Polkinghorne
02/13/1918-03/31/2018
Doris Josephine (Valsvik) Polkinghorne, age 100 of Aitkin died Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin, Minnesota. Doris was born February 13, 1918 at Roseau, Minnesota the daughter of Lars and Ann (Carlson) Valsvik. She attended schools in Warroad and then International Falls where she graduated from. She married Roy M. Polkinghorne on January 1, 1942 at International Falls. Doris had worked for a time as a dental assistant and then did secretarial work while Roy served during WW II. They moved to Minneapolis where she worked for the Minneapolis Public School System at a school for disabled children until she retired in 1978. Doris and Roy then moved to the Aitkin area, to a home they built and lovingly named “JoMar” on Nord Lake. Doris had a deep love of gardening, and surrounded JoMar with flowers of all kinds. She also enjoyed canning all of the vegetables that she and Roy grew in their many gardens, in addition to sewing, embroidery, reading and taking walks. In 2002, Doris and Roy moved into town. Doris has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center for the past 3 years. Doris was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Doris is survived by a son: Ralph Polkinghorne of Los Alamos, New Mexico; Grandchildren: Jaeson (Thuy) Greer, Amy (Douglas) Williams, and Brian (Amanda) Greer and Great Grandchildren: Carter Williams and Annabel Greer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Roy in 2008, Daughter: Ann Nelson in 2016, and 4 brothers and 7 sisters. A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 2:00 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Oakley Cemetery at Little Fork, Minnesota at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. Should friends desire, the family requests and memorial donations be made to First Lutheran Church of Aitkin.
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Clarice Joyce Jackman
11/18/1935-03/29/2018
Clarice Joyce Jackman, 82 of Aitkin died Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born November 18, 1935 in Nordland Township, Aitkin County, Minnesota to John P. and Edythe I. (Skatt) Hillman. She attended country school in Nordland Township and graduated from Aitkin High School in 1953. After graduation she attended Brainerd Vo-Tech. Clarice was united in marriage to Richard Irwin Jackman on April 20, 1963 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She was a homemaker and worked as a secretary at the ASCS office, and a Medical Transcriptionist at the Crosby Clinic. She was a member of First Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School. She was a 4-H and Cub Scout Leader. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and flower gardening. She was preceded in death by her parents John and Edythe (Skatt) Hillman, sisters: Marjorie Way, Ione Tronson, and Marlys Hillman. Clarice is survived by her husband Richard Jackman of Aitkin; 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Karl (Danielle) Jackman of Brainerd and Mark (Lynn) Jackman of Chaska; 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Lori (Donald) Courier of Aitkin and Lisa (Chris) Ramsay of Edina; Grandchildren: Gabrielle Courier, Taylor Courier, Quinn Ramsay, Cy Ramsay, Ethan Jackman, Finnegan Jackman, and Delaney Jackman; 3 brothers and sisters-in-law: Donald Hillman of Aitkin, Robert (Karen) Hillman of Aitkin, and Terrance (Ellen) Hillman of St. Paul; 1 sister: Audrey Nordgren of St. Paul; Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Thursday, April 5, 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 in Lakeview Cemetery, Aitkin. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ernest E. Burman
10/08/1924-03/24/2018
Ernest E. Burman age 93 of Aitkin formerly of Malmo died Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Ernest was born October 8, 1924 at home in Malmo, Minnesota the son of Charles and Ida (Larson) Burman. He grew up and attended school in Malmo. As a young man he set off with a neighbor friend to the farm fields of North Dakota to find work. At the age of 19 he was drafted into WW II. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Rockbridge in the South Pacific until his honorable discharge at the end of WW II. Upon his discharge he worked at Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in California and then as a carpenter in Minneapolis. He returned home to Malmo and married Maria Johnson on June 29, 1956. He built his home and raised his family in Malmo. He worked for the Aitkin Public Schools for over 30 years as a bus driver and mechanic until his retirement at age 65. Ernest was especially proud of his children and grandchildren. He loved spending time with his family. Over the years, holidays, birthdays and weekly gatherings were spent with brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. These were times that he greatly enjoyed and looked forward to. He enjoyed deer hunting with Tom and his friends but really enjoyed the stories and visits that came with it. Ernest is survived by his children: Cathy (Kurt) Buhlmann and Tom (Maureen) Burman all of Aitkin; Grandchildren: John (Sue) Buhlmann of Aitkin, Molly Burman of Aitkin, Brian Burman of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Sister: Loretta Weiss of California, sister in law: Ellen Burman of Aitkin, brother in law: Jim Huber of Minneapolis, and many loved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Maria, son Robert lost in childbirth, parents Charles and Ida Burman, brother: Earl and Clarence Burman and sisters: Anna Jacobson and Irene Long. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11 AM from the Malmo Evangelical Free Church with Rev. Ken Polle officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Martin Louis Butcher
09/25/1952-03/19/2018
Martin Louis Butcher, 65, of McGregor, passed away Monday, March 19, 2018. He was born September 25, 1952 in Hibbing to Orland and Mary (Byerly) Butcher. Martin attended McGregor High School before joining the United States Navy. Martin was a Dairy Farmer as well as a Bus Driver for McGregor Schools for several years. Martin is preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers, Tom, Ken and John. Martin is survived by his wife, Terri Butcher of Aitkin; children, Jacob (Erika) Butcher, Alysa (Andrew) Mentges, Dawna (Jake) Bernhagen and Raechel (Sam) Crites; 9 grandchildren; siblings, Roland (Gayle) Butcher, Jim (Sue) Butcher, Roberta Perpich and Leland (George Ann) Butcher; several nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 27 from 10 AM until the 11 AM Service in Journey North Church, Aitkin with Pastor Dallas Smith officiating. 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, Aitkin.
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Linda Marie Cummings
07/31/1942-03/10/2018
Linda Marie Cummings, Age 75 of Aitkin died Saturday, March 10, 2018 at her home. Linda was born July 31, 1942 in Aitkin the daughter of John Paul and Isabelle Mae (Fredrick) Pirner. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin and graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1960. She then attended the School of Cosmetology in Minneapolis. She then returned to Aitkin and started her own beautician shop in town and operated that from 1963 to 1971. She then moved her shop out to her home and operated there until retiring in 2008. She married Eugene W. Cummings on May 29, 1965 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church and had sang in the church choir, a former member of the Moose, enjoyed getting together with her friends and doing crafts, she enjoyed growing potted flowers and baking. Her favorite time of the year was Christmas. She loved to decorate the home for the holidays. She loved her family but especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband Gene Cummings of Aitkin; Daughters: Kristen Cummings-Danzl of Yuma, Az.; Stefanie (Dale) Thomas of Farmington, Mn.; Grandchildren: Nathan Cummings, Hunter Thomas, Hayden Thomas, Hudson Thomas; Brothers: Bruce (Carol) Pirner of Crosby, Terry (Kathy) Pirner of Coon Rapids, Mn., Sisters: Paulette Peltoma of Duluth, Mn., Donnas (Marty) Tahja of Duluth, Mn.; Sister in law: Joanne Pirner of Aitkin; and very special cousin Renee (Greg) Fliss of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents: John and Isabelle Pirner; brother: Al Pirner; son in law: Mark Danzl and brother in law: Robin Peltoma. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home.
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Florence Ann Doerr
11/28/1932-03/09/2018
Florence Ann Doerr, 85 of Aitkin, MN. died Friday, March 9, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born November 28, 1932 in Minneapolis to Samuel and Anna (Kozub) Natysin. Florence was united in marriage to Dennis Doerr on June 2, 1951 in Minneapolis. She enjoyed sewing, Gardening, cooking, and especially spending time with her family and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents: Samuel and Anna, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters. Florence is survived by her husband Dennis of Aitkin, MN.; Son and daughter-in-law: Duane (Kathy) Natysin of Coon Rapids, MN.; Daughters and sons-in-law: Virginia (Geoff) Sharples of Cold Spring, MN.; Carol (Garold) Olsvig of Arland, WI.; Geraldine (Craig) Moen of Prairie Farm, WI.; Diana (John) Welle of Aitkin, MN.; Charlotte (Tom) Hastings of Buffalo, MN.; 20 grandchildren and 25 great- grandchildren; Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. Friday, March 16, 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 the First Lutheran Church of Arland Cemetery in Arland, Wisconsin. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfunersal
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Harriet Emily Kamstra
05/08/1931-03/06/2018
Harriet Emily Kamstra, 86, of Aitkin, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born May 8, 1931 in Milaca to Wieber and Sena (Santama) Kamstra. Harriet graduated from Milaca High School. Harriet worked at The Garment Factory and Fingerhut for several years before moving to California in 1965. While in California, Harriet worked at Ace Industries, Blue Chips Stamp Company and Willa Case before returning to Minnesota in 2003. She enjoyed embroidery and various other crafts. Harriet is preceded in death by her parents; 2 sisters, Angeline Kamstra and Dorothy Haberman; brother-in-law, Ray Haberman. Harriet is survived by her son, Jon (Barb) Kamstra of Elk Mound; 3 grandchildren, Deidra, Meredith and Alexander; sisters, Carol (Gary) Meixell of Milaca and Betty (Earle) Carlson of Aitkin; several nieces and nephews. A graveside service is tentatively set for Saturday, May 5th in Pease Christian Reformed Church Cemetery, Pease, MN. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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Sylvia Hauser
05/07/1917-03/04/2018
Sylvia Hauser, 100, of Aitkin and formerly of McGregor died Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born May 7, 1917 in Menahga the daughter of Nick and Hilma (Jarvinen) Luoma, both Finnish immigrants. She attended school and graduated from Menahga High School. She was united in marriage to Alec Bokovoy on February 28, 1942 in Minneapolis, where they made their home. Alec passed away May 13, 1964. On September 4, 1970 she married Wilbert Hauser. In September of 1971 they moved to Aitkin County near McGregor, where they had a 10,000 chicken farm operation for the sale of eggs. They sold the farm in 1979 to retire. Prior to 1971 Sylvia was employed by the State of Minnesota for 33 years, 10 years with the Secretary of State and 23 years as a statistician with the Department of Employment Security. Sylvia was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor from 1971 to the present. She enjoyed reading, music, sewing, and travel. She was fluent in the Finnish language and enjoyed 3 trips to Finland to visit relatives. She had also studied the Spanish language and found that useful when traveling in Mexico, Spain, and Costa Rica. She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Alec Bokovoy in 1964, her second husband Wilbert Hauser in 2001, and a brother and sister, both in infancy. Sylvia is survived by 3 step-children and their spouses: Grant Hauser, Jeffrey Hauser, and Camille Dombovy; 8 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Friday, March 9, 2018 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in McGregor. Reverend Joshua Reinke will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Menahga Village Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Darrel Olson
09/14/1932-03/01/2018
Darrel R. Olson, 85, of McGregor, died peacefully, Thursday, March 1, 2018, at his home. Darrel was born September 14, 1932, in Ivanhoe, MN, the son of Wesley and Irene (Jacobsen) Olson. As a child he attended the Rat Lake School, on 232 near Larson’s Barn in McGregor, and then in Minneapolis, returning to McGregor for high school. While still in high school, Darrel became a member of the National Guard of Aitkin and he joined the U.S. Army at the age of 18. For his courageous service during the Korean War, among other honors, he was awarded 3 Bronze Stars. Upon his discharge he returned to McGregor and married Jackqueline Knaack on September 3, 1955, in McGregor. They lived briefly in Princeton, MN, and Kansas before making their home in McGregor for the rest of their lives. For a time, he owned and operated Bowen & Olson Tree Cutting Service. He also worked in and around McGregor for Pineland Telephone Company, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Snelling Oil, Atec, and Yukon Furnace. On the side, he bartended for Roger’s Bar and Mark’s Bar. Darrel was a 20-year member of the McGregor Fire Department, a member of Mount Mariah Masonic Lodge 327 and Mystic Masonic Lodge 213, and the Duluth Valley of the Scottish Rite. He was a charter member of the McGregor Lions Club and their 2nd President. Military service, and being a veteran, was very important to Darrel. He was a member of the McGregor American Legion Dale A. Wayrynen Post 23 and as a life member of the McGregor VFW Post 2747 he served as the Post Commander for many years and also as the 6th District Commander. He enjoyed fishing, building things, gardening, and he “liked to mow.” He is survived by his wife Jackie Olson of McGregor; 4 Children: Wesley (Janet) of Duluth, Penny of McGregor, Duane of McGregor, and Roger of Biwabik; 5 Grandchildren: Kristie (Robert), Travis (McKenzie), Amanda (Wesley), Wesley, and Dake (Stephanie); 14 Great Grandchildren: Haley, Lexie, Aja, Jaren, Justin, Zane, Keaton, Kaleigha, Kacey, Malaya, Gloria, Kaylee, Sean, and Theodore; and 2 brothers: LaVene (Judy) Olson of Milton, WV, and Lyle (Shirley) Olson of Beach Island, SC. His parents and 1 infant brother, Wesley, preceded him in death. Burial will be at the Fort Ripley Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors. A memorial service, and gathering for all family and friends, will be held at the McGregor VFW on Saturday, March 17, 2018, beginning at 1pm with a Masonic Memorial. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home.
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Jennie Mae Ihde
08/25/1927-02/27/2018
Jennie Mae Ihde, age 90 of Aitkin formerly of Moline, Illinois and Bemidji, Mn. died Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Jennie was born August 25, 1927 in Bemidji, Minnesota the daughter of Henry and Vira (Custard) Nelson. She grew up and attended schools in Bemidji. She married Walter William Ihde in Bemidji after he had returned from WW II. They lived in Bemidji until 1960 when they moved to Iowa and in 1966 to Moline, Illinois. They had been coming to the Aitkin area to Ripple Lake where they eventually bought a cabin which they had planned to make into their retirement home. Her husband died in 1985 and she sold the cabin to her son Robert and he made it into a year round home. As Jennie’s health began to fail she moved to Aitkin from Moline in 2014 and has resided at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She enjoyed hunting and fishing. She is survived by her Son and Daughter in law; Robert and Linda Ihde of Aitkin; 1 Sister: Reva Rhue of Minneapolis; 2 Grandchildren: Laura Rasmussen of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and James Ihde of Franklin, Tenn., and 2 great grandchildren: Gabi and Ben Ihde both of Franklin, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband Walter, 2 Children: Paulette Rounds and Pat Ihde, 7 Sisters and 1 Brother. A graveside service will be held in July of 2018 at the Diamond Lake Cemetery. Notification will be published once a day and time is determined. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Brenda Jean Bohlin
12/30/1959-02/25/2018
Brenda Jean Bohlin, 58 of Aitkin died Sunday, February 25, 2018 at her home. She was born December 30, 1959 in Minneapolis to William Hollis and Donna Lee (Larson) Bohlin. She graduated from Aitkin High School in 1978. She worked as a dispatcher for the Carpenters Union District Council. She was preceded in death by her parents. Brenda is survived by her life partner Ross Dixon of Aitkin; 2 Sisters and brother-in-law: Lynn Shegstad of Minneapolis; Karen (Scott) Cummings of Aitkin; 1 brother: Joe Bohlin of Florida; Nieces and nephews: Kelli (Brent), Kristi (Anil), and Bill (Missy); Great nieces: Morgan and Brooke; and many other relatives and friends. A gathering is being planned by Brenda’s family and will be posted when completed. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Duane Allen Russell
08/26/1946-02/25/2018
Duane Allen Russell, age 71, of Deerwood, MN was born in Minneapolis on August 26, 1946 and died on February 25, 2018 in Saint Augustine, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents Glen and Marion Russell. He is survived by his wife of 48 years Sally, and also his daughters: Margaret (Dean) Swann and Allison (James) Talaske, his grandsons: Sam (Lauren) Swann and Mark Swann, his brothers: Jim (Liz) Russell and Roger (Renae) Russell, and his sisters: Gloria (Jack) Holmstrom and Arlene (Robert) Gunderson. He openly shared his Christian faith and his love of Jesus, family, friends, fishing, traveling, and hockey. He was in the U.S. Navy from 1964-1968. He worked for Hennepin County Adult Corrections from 1977-2001 as the Supervisor of Operating Engineers. Funeral services will be at Crosby Assembly of God Church 604 Oak St. Crosby, MN 56441 on Saturday, March 24 at 12 PM, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Lunch to follow. Arrangements with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. 218-927-2614 www.srtfuneral.com
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RICHARD "RICK" ELDON ATHEN
10/17/1954-02/23/2018
Richard “Rick” Eldon Athen, 63, of Aitkin passed away Friday, February 23, 2018 in Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born October 17, 1954 in Maplewood to Eldon and LaDonna (Jentink) Athen. Richard was united in marriage to Helen Cherry. Richard enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. Richard is preceded in death by his parents. Richard is survived by his son, John (Colleen) Peterson of St. Paul; siblings, Dennis Athen o Aitkin, Colleen Minder of Aitkin, Gary Athen of St. Pual, David Athen of St. Paul, Rita Athen of Forest Lake, and Barb Athen of St. Paul; several nieces, nephews and friends. Burial with Military Honors will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis at a later date. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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