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Archive Obituaries
Richard A. Thrall
04/04/1960-08/03/2010
Richard A. Thrall, age 50 of Aitkin formerly of the Rogers area died Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at his home. Richard was born April 4, 1960 at Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Gerald and Margaret Thrall. He grew up and attended schools in Anoka, Mn. He then served in the U.S. Air Force. He married Brenda Schrade on July 31, 1993 in Anoka. They lived in the Rogers area until moving to Aitkin a year and a half ago. He was a member of AA and had been sober for the past 10 years. He is survived by his wife Brenda Thrall of Aitkin; son: Kyle Stageberg of Rogers, Mn.; daughters: Jordan Slavick of Aitkin, Mn.; Jaime Hanson of Jordan, Mn.; 2 brothers: Bruce Thrall of Sartell, Mn.; Steve Thrall of Bemidji, Mn.; 1 sister: Melissa Sink of Anoka, Mn.; Grandchildren: Kaylin, Gage, and Jayden Crapser all of Aitkin; and his father Gerald Thrall of Rogers, Mn. He was preceded in death by his mother Margaret and step father Wayne Farver. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Pastor Joseph Huss will officiate. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Howell Winston Shawkey
03/28/1943-08/03/2010
Howell ???Winston??? Shawkey, age 67 of Palisade died Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at his home. Winston was born March 28, 1943 at Beckley, West Virginia the son of Herman and Sylvia (Farley) Shawkey. He grew up and attended schools in the Baltimore, Maryland area. He came to the Palisade/McGregor area in 1994 and worked for the Savanna Golf course for 12 years. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and snowmobiling. He is survived by step daughter: Kim Fouty of HaverDeGrace, Maryland; 2 grandchildren: Ashley and Amber; 3 brothers: Charles Shawkey of Jarrettsville, Maryland; Daniel Shawkey of Pensacola, Florida; Billy Shawkey of Glen Burnie, Maryland. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers: David and Richard. A memorial service will be held Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 3 PM at the Big Sand Bar. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Anna Marie Johnson
02/18/1929-07/31/2010
Anna Marie Johnson, 81 of McGregor and New Hope died Sat., July 31, 2010 at Northridge Care Center, New Hope. She was born February 18, 1929 in Ray, MN. to Sherman and Mildred (Nelson) Roderick. Anna was united in marriage to Charles LeRoy Johnson on October 9, 1948 in International Falls. They lived in International Falls, Minneapolis and St. Paul prior to moving to McGregor in the mid 1980???s. She was a homemaker and caregiver to her family. She enjoyed reading, baking, flower gardening, painting, ceramics, taking trips, bowling and re-arranging furniture. Anna loved family gatherings and her grandchildren. She is survived by 2 daughters and son-in-law: Linda (Richard) Elliott of Brooklyn Center Natalie Donovan of Monticello Two sons and daughters-in-law: Charles (Debbie) Johnson of Fountain Hills, AZ. Floyd (Lenae) Johnson of Elk River 11 grandchildren: Aundrea, Adrienne, April, Dennis, Anissa, Aaron, Matt, Chelsie, Joe, Amanda, and Josh Four great-grandchildren: Angelica, Trinity, Wyatt, and Justin 4 brothers: Victor, Rodney, Maurice, and Jim Six sisters: Ruby, Shirley, Karen, Joyce, Julie, and Wanda And many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles on December 31, 2003, 1 brother George, and her parents Sherman and Mildred (Nelson) Roderick. Funeral services will be 10A.M., Thursday, August 5, 2010 at Holy Family Catholic Church, McGregor. Fr. Paul Fruth will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Wednesday at McGregor Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:30P.M., and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Evelyn Marie Nemitz
07/07/1929-07/29/2010
Evelyn Marie Nemitz, age 81 of Aitkin died Thursday, July 29, 2010 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Evelyn was born July 7, 1929 at New Richland, Minnesota the daughter of Helmar A. and Marie O. (Loken) Schumacher. She grew up and attended schools in New Richland graduating in 1947. She married Lloyd H. Nemitz on July 22, 1947 at New Richland, Minnesota. They lived in the New Richland area and farmed. In 1960 they moved to Aitkin were they worked for the Land O??? Lakes Company. Evelyn also worked as a waitress and Bartender in the area for 23 years. She was a life member of the Aitkin American Legion Auxiliary, the VFW Auxiliary and the Aitkin Moose Lodge. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and playing cards. She is survived by 2 sons: George Nemitz of Montour, Iowa; Clifford Nemitz of Aitkin, Mn.; 3 daughters: Ruth Johnston of Blue Springs, Mo., Julie Eastham of Grand Junction, Colo., Lesa Stokes of Onamia, MN.; 4 brothers: Lloyd Schumacher of Albert Lea, Mn.; Marlow Schumacher of Waseca, Mn.; Richard Schumacher of New Richland, Mn.; Paul Schumacher of Waseca, Mn.; 1 sister: Shirley Studnicka of Waseca, Mn.; 12 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lloyd in 2003 and 1 brother Michael Schumacher. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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George Boyd Jr.
11/10/1940-07/25/2010
George Boyd Jr, Native Name: Bebiskaneyaash, age 69 of McGregor died Sunday, July 25, 2010 at his home. George was born November 10, 1940 at Cloquet, Minnesota the son of George and Susan (Manitou) Boyd Sr. He grew up and attended schools at Sawyer, Mn. He then drove truck for most of his life. He drove truck for the Mille Lacs Band for the past 10 years. Prior to that he had worked as a supervisor for the Mille Lacs Casino. He married Patricia Ann Pierce on January 28, 1975 at Webster, South Dakota. They have lived in the McGregor area since their marriage. He is survived by his wife Patricia Boyd of McGregor; 2 sons and daughters in law: Jeff and Tabatha Boyd; George and Katie Boyd II; 1 daughter and son in law: Tanya and Robb Hallquist; 2 sisters: Catherine Hedstrom and Marene Hedstrom all of McGregor; Grandchildren: Branden Sargent, Bradley Sargent, Anthony Sargent, Amber Buckanaga, Alyssa Buckanaga, Aaron Buckanaga, Brittany Boyd, Dakota Boyd, George Boyd IV, Jeffrey Boyd, Isabelle Boyd, Brooke Boyd, and Payton Hallquist. He was preceded in death by his parents: George and Susan Boyd, brothers: Charles Durant, Franklin Boyd, and Lawrence Boyd, sisters: Mable Albino, Angeline Wadena, Susan Patrick, Bernice Phillips, and Louise Day. Funeral services will be held Thursday beginning at 10 AM at the East Lake Community Center with Lee Staples officiating. The wake will beginning at the center Wednesday at 8 PM. Burial will be in the Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Credella Michaletz
06/11/1917-07/21/2010
Credella Marie Michaletz, 93 of Aitkin died Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born June 11, 1917 in Kanawha, IA. to Martin and Tillie (Swelland) Shaw. She and her husband Leonard were longtime residents in the Aitkin area but lived in the Minneapolis area for many years where they were married December 21, 1935 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale. Credella was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her family and made all of them so comfortable no matter how many were at their table. She loved the Lord and prayed always that all of her family would be joining her and Leonard at their dining room table at their mansion in the sky. She loved gardens and had more than one of them. Everything from rhubarb and currents to potatoes and squash. She just loved to can and freeze all of her precious goodies so she could share them. She also loved to bake and of course had to have dessert with every evening meal. She and Leonard along with their children had a dairy and hog farm in the area which is now called New Hope. The children will verify that is where the huge gardens were. Credella did a lot of volunteering in her lifetime. She loved to teach Sunday school, volunteer for the Billy Graham Assoc. in Minneapolis, at nursing homes, and even for the League of Women Voters. Her favorite role in life was that of a grandmother. Every summer the grandkids would take their turns at spending time at Nord Lake. Their grandpa and grandma would spoil them rotten and then send them home to their mom and dads. Real memories were made at Nord Lake. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. Everybody knew her by her beautiful smile and grand laugh. God bless you mom, and save a place for us at your table. Credella is survived by 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Curtis (Carol) Michaletz of Clear Lake Lyle (Dianne) Michaletz of Mantorville and Summerfield, FL. One daughter and son-in-law: Kathy (John) Hanson of Merrifield and Lady Lake, FL. 1 brother Clifford Shaw of Milaca Nine grandchildren: Cindi, Grant, Julie, Shele, Jodi, Stephen, Janelle, Derek, and Carla 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard, infant son Marnold James, grandson David Carpenter, and three brothers Tilford, Luther, and Marnold. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 12:00P.M. ??? Saturday, July 31, 2010 funeral service at Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin. Reverend Gunnar Salmonson will officiate. Burial will be in Dorris Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Nicholas ''Nick'' Patrick Nicholas A.
07/16/1947-07/20/2010
Nicholas ''Nick'' Patrick Nicholas A. ???Nick??? Patrick, age 63 of Aitkin died Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at Abbott-Northwestern Medical Center in Minneapolis. Nick was born July 16, 1947 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Frank and MaryAnn (Dotzler) Patrick. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1965. He then went to work for the Scorpion Company in Crosby. He Married Vicki L. Torgerson on February 12, 1966 at Crosby, Minnesota. He then served in the U.S. Army from March of 1966 to April of 1969. Upon his discharge he returned to Minnesota and worked for a time For Erie Mining Co near Hoyt Lakes. He then moved back to Aitkin and worked for the REA. He eventually bought a semi and started trucking. He worked for Blomberg Oil Co. and then went into a partnership with Duane Yaggy in trucking for a year. He then worked on his own for about 25 years retiring 2 years ago. He was a former member of the Aitkin American Legion Post and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife Vicki Patrick of Aitkin; Children: Deanna Patrick and Eric Paulson of Aitkin; Cathy Cox and Todd Radke of Aitkin; Dominick Patrick of Aitkin; Scooby ???Christina??? and Ron Harmon II of Aitkin; 5 grandchildren: Douglas C. Banks, Cody Paulson, Nicholas Harmon, Paige Harmon, Samantha ???Sami Jo??? Cox; 6 brothers and sisters: Kathleen Patrick and special friend Palph Fligge of Richfield, Mn.; Frank and Ione Patrick Jr. of Rice Mn.; Randy and Karla Patrick of Aitkin; Josie Ehret and special friend Chris Schwartz of Center City, Mn.; Dan and Geni Patrick of Aitkin; Collette and Russell Tate of St. Paul and his loyal dog Little Bear. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Steve West officiating. Burial will be in the Spencer Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 11 AM until the 1 PM services at the funeral home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Donna I. Tollerud
08/21/1916-07/03/2010
Donna I. Tollerud, age 93 of Tucson, Arizona, formerly of the Tamarack area died July 3, 2010 at her home in Tucson. Donna was born August 21, 1916 in Minneapolis, Mn. the daughter of Otto Henry and Emma (Pedersen) Gatz. She spent her youth in the Tamarack area and graduated from the McGregor High School in 1933. She married Elmer Tollerud on March 7, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois. They moved to Duluth, Minnesota at the start of WW II and Elmer worked in the Ship Yards. After WW II they moved back to Chicago where Donna worked in retails sales until she got her real estate license in 1963. She was successful at selling estate and she and Elmer purchased a number of rental properties that served them well through the years leading towards retirement. In the early 1970???s Donna and Elmer commenced wintering in the Rio Grande Valley at Falcon Lake Reservoir in Zapata, Texas where they continued to winter until the sold their Illinois home and business and relocated to Tucson, Arizona in 1989. Donna Loved to fish, travel, and coming to Minnesota and spending time with her sister Doree and attending the family reunions. She is survived by daughters: Gail D. (Norman) Silcox; Lauren Tollerud; sister: Doree Osterman; grandchildren: Dane N. Silcox, Brett E. Silcox, Stephanie A. (Daryl) Shoben; Marci L. (Chris) Bergquist, Michael J. Dewey; 7 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and Husband of 59 years. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 1 PM from the Round Lake Presbyterian Church near McGregor with Rev. Rika Foss officiating. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Memorial to the Multiple Sclerosis Society are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Margaret V. Lantz
04/06/1927-07/02/2010
Margaret V. Lantz, age 83 of Blaine originally of Aitkin died Friday, July 2, 2010 at Maplewood Care Center. She was born April 6, 1927 in Aitkin to John and Elma (Turner) Stewart. Margaret was united in marriage to Veldon Lantz on March 3, 1947 in Aitkin. She is survived by son Phillip (Kathy) Lantz 2 Daughters: Marjorie Lantz and Sherry (Don) Miller Grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many friends. She was preceded in death by husband Veldon, brothers John and Charles Stewart, Sisters Lenna Sieh, Mickie Nicko, Mildred Cassidy and her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. ??? Wednesday, July 7, 2010 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be in Spencer Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Passion Hard Heart
01/21/1994-07/01/2010
Passion Rose Hard Heart, Shwa Soo Gah Bah We Kwe, 16 of Onamia died Thursday, July 1, 2010. She was born January 21, 1994 in Minneapolis to Nicole (Holm) and Donovan Hard Heart. She enjoyed dancing at Pow Wows, playing basketball and volleyball and being with her family. She was a kind and funny person with a sense of humor that will be missed. She is survived by her mother and step-father Nicole (Jason) VanWert of Onamia Father Donovan Hard Heart of Main 2 sisters: Kelly Friend of Onamia and Lakota Hard Heart of Pine Ridge, SD. Eight brothers: Dakota Hard Heart of Main Emilio Hard Heart of Main Derrick Holm of Onamia Sage Hard Heart of Onamia Ronald Hard Heart of Onamia Donovan Hard Heart of Onamia Chase Holm of Onamia Jesse Red Feather of Pine Ridge, SD. Grandfather Warren Kingsbury, Jr. of Garrison Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her sister Jaylyn VanWert Niece Tila Marie Friend Ballinger Grandparents: Beverly Holm, Ronald Howard, Susan Hard Heart, Frances Good Buffalo, Great-grandparents: Harry and Liza Durant, Great-uncle: Roger Durant 2 great-aunts: Mable Thompson and Harriet Durant Visitation will begin at 5:00P.M., Sunday, July 4, 2010 at East Lake Community Center, East Lake, McGregor, and will continue until the 10:00A.M., Monday funeral service at the center. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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William L. Conner Jr.
06/20/1925-06/26/2010
William L. Conner Jr., age 85 died Saturday, June 26, 2010 at St. Mary???s Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota. Bill was born June 20, 1925 at Virginia, Minnesota the son of William L. and Gladys (Anderson) Conner Sr. He lived in Duluth and Grand Rapids, Mn. before returning with his parents to Virginia, Mn. where he completed his elementary and secondary education. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1943. Following graduation he enlisted in the US Navy and attained the rank of Sonar man First Class during the period of June 1943 to March 1946. He served aboard the USS Impeccable, a minesweeper in the Pacific Theater during WW II. In September of 1946 he enrolled at Hamline University in St. Paul, Mn. and graduated in June 1950 with a BA degree. While at Hamline, he married Dorothy K. Strand in Virginia, MN. on October 27, 1947 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church. His teaching career, which included coaching baseball and basketball, started in Arkansaw, Wi. Next, he spent thirty six years in Aitkin, Mn. where he taught Jr. High Social Studies, Driver Education, and coached football, basketball, and track as well as serving as Athletic Director. He completed is Master???s Degree in School Counseling at St. Cloud State University in 1967 and continued his service at Aitkin Jr. High School by being asked to fill the position of Jr. High Principal from 1968 to 1972. For the next fifteen years he worked as the Jr. High School Counselor and retired in June of 1987. He was a life member of the Minnesota Education Association and the National Education Association, the Aitkin American Legion Post 86, the Mystic Lodge AF&AM of Aitkin. He is survived by his wife Dorothy Conner of Makinen; Sons: Michael (Edee) Isle, Mn.; Randy (Merna) Eveleth, Mn.; Gregory, Keewatin, Mn.; Kevin (Pam) Aitkin, Mn.; Daughters: Bonnie (Mike) St. Cloud, Mn.; Kathleen (John) Gallatin, Aitkin, Mn.; 13 Grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Caroline G. Troland, brother in law: Alfred Troland, and infant grandson Paul Conner. A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 1 PM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Aitkin. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 PM with a Masonic Service at 7 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Memorials are preferred to the Aitkin United Methodist Church and/or the Palo Congregational Church. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Katherine Jacob
03/01/1914-06/24/2010
Katherine Jacob age 96 of Abilene, Texas, formerly of Aitkin (The Thor area) died Thursday June 24, 2010 at Abilene. Katherine was born on March 1, 1914 at Thor, Minnesota the daughter of John Peter and Hannah Amelia (Olson) Erickson. She attended schools at Thor and Minneapolis. She married Ordway ???Kirk??? Kirkaby in 1929. They came to Abilene in 1948 and opened both the Tower Twin and Crescent Drive-Ins in partnership with her brother Rudy Erickson. Katherine owned and operated the theaters until 1969. After the death of her first husband, she later married W.A. ???Jake??? Jacob who also preceded her in death. Katherine was passionate about the care and protection of animals and was active with both the Humane Society and PETA. She enjoyed playing polkas and waltzes and had been a member of several small bands where she played steel guitar and accordion. She is survived by 4 nephews: Art and Larry Erickson of Big Bear Lake, California, Byron Melius of Colleyville, Texas and Richard Schlief of Minneapolis, Mn. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, June 30 2010 at 2 PM at the Saron Cemetery near Aitkin with Rev. Gunnar Salmonson officiating. A visitation will be held Wednesday from 10 AM until Noon at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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LeRoy H. Radke
06/10/1949-06/13/2010
LeRoy H. Radke, age 61 of Kimberly died Sunday June 13, 2010 at his residence. LeRoy was born June 10, 1949 at Waseca, Minnesota the son of Reuben and Rose (Dvorak) Radke. He attended schools at Owatonna, Minnesota before moving with his family to the McGregor area at the age of 11. He then attended the McGregor schools graduating in 1968 from the McGregor High School. He married Susanne M. Miller on June 29, 1968 at Kimberly. They lived in the Twin Cities for about four years before moving to Kimberly. They have lived there since. He had worked for B&L Masonry, Aitkin Ready Mix and Northernaire Heating. LeRoy had served on the Kimberly Township Board, played softball in the over 35 league in Aitkin, enjoyed hunting, fishing, making maple syrup and operating his saw mill. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Sue Radke of Aitkin; son Todd Radke and his good friend Cathy Cox of Aitkin; daughter and son in law: Michelle and Cliff Nelson of Jacobson, MN.; five grandchildren: Hannah Nelson, Mahrianna Nelson, Delaney Nelson, Jacob Radke and Trevor Radke, two brothers: Richard Radke of Woodbury, Mn.; Warren Lindman of Forest Lake, Mn.; three sisters: Eileen Kangas of Cass Lake, Mn.; Joann Collier of St. Paul, Mn.; Kim LeaMaster of Duluth, Mn. and step father Eino Latvala of Tamarack, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 18, 2010 at 1 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Rick Perry officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery in Kimberly Township of Aitkin County. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church Friday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Mary Seibert
01/14/1924-06/10/2010
Mary I. Seibert, age 86 of Aitkin died Thursday, June 10, 2010 at Aitkin, Minnesota. Mary was born January 14, 1924 at Hebron, North Dakota the daughter of Roger and Esther (Ladd) Baker. She moved with her family to the Waukenabo area at the age of one. She attended the Waukenabo School. She then worked for a time in Cloquet. She also played guitar and sang at dances in her younger days. She married Chester Seibert on March 21, 1946 at Aitkin. They lived in Buffalo, Minnesota for a short time and then moved to Aitkin where they raised their family. Mary had worked at the Aitkin Community Hospital in the Late 1970???s and early 1980???s. She had lived in Palisade from 2001 to 2006 and then moved back to Aitkin. She enjoyed gardening, embroidery, crossword puzzles and had been a member of the Rossburg Bible Study Club. She loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and dedicated much of her time to them. She is survived by 6 sons and spouses: Raymond (Mary) Seibert of Isle, Mn.; Glen (Judy) Seibert of Cohasset, Mn.; Greg (Darlene) Seibert of Aitkin; Randy (Wendy) Seibert of Medford, Oregon; William (Beth) Seibert of Wadena, Mn.; Henry Seibert of Aitkin; 3 daughters and spouses: Sally Anderson of Brainerd, Mn.; Judy (Russell) Ellis of Bertha, Mn.; Connie (Steve) Mostad of Chisholm, Mn.; sister and brother in law: Dorie (Ellsworth) Semler of Iron Mountain, Michigan; special friend Albert ???AB??? Halgrimson of Palisade; 31 grandchildren, over 40 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Roger and Esther Baker; husband Chester Seibert; daughters: Bonnie Seibert and Lori Seibert and son in law Dale Anderson. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 11 AM from the Hilltop Chapel near Palisade with Rev. Barry Hite officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery in Kimberly Township of Aitkin County. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lillian Koffron Clark
07/25/1917-06/07/2010
Lillian Koffron Clark, (widow of Rev. Harold A. Clark), age 92 of Aitkin died Monday, June 7, 2010 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. Lillian was born July 25, 1917 in Minneapolis where she grew up and attended schools. She also attended Nursing School at the University of Minnesota and at age 63 received a BS degree from Bemidji State University. She married Harold A. Clark on December 18, 1944 in Minneapolis. They served United Methodist Churches in Minnesota in the following communities: Northfield, Dundas, Weaver, Kellogg, Blooming Grove, Racine, Grand Meadow, Clarissa, Eagle Bend, Moran, Caledonia, Hokah, Welcome, Sherburn, Emmanuel, Peqout Lakes, Pine River, and Lester Park in Duluth before Harold???s death in 1977. Lillian worked as a registered nurse or a nursing home administrator in many of these communities where they had served. After her husband???s death, Lillian moved to Lake Ida near Alexandria, Mn. and then moved to Aitkin, Mn in 2001 where she resided at Blackrock Terrace, her daughters Susan???s, and for the last six years at Aitkin Health Services. She had held various offices at the local, district, and conference levels of the United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, reading, scrabble, nature, social issues and watching the Twins. She was a member of the Aitkin United Methodist Church, PFLAG, FOR, and the League of Women Voters. Lillian is survived by four children and spouses: Nancy ???Sunshine??? (Liberty Bradshaw) Goldsberry of Coombs, British Columbia; Rev. Judith (Leon Hixon) Clark of Aitkin; Susan (Rev. Allen) Clark Harris of Aitkin; Robert (Virginia) Clark of Mapleton, Mn.; eight grandchildren: Gary Goldsberry, Michael Wharton, Rebecca Wharton-Liechti, Cece Clark Harris, Keila Smith, Tina Gaul, Teri Haupt, Jordan Clark Harris; thirteen great grandchildren: Domanick Merrell, Carl Bradshaw, Anna Currier, LaKesha Kilburn, Destiny Smith, Rachel Stark, Daunte Stark, Darren Smith, Caden Clark, Aiden Gaul, Ronnie Haupt, DeAndre Kilburn, Autumn Gaul; and numerous friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Rev. Harold A. Clark in 1977. A memorial service will be held Friday, June 25, 2010 at 11 AM at the Aitkin United Methodist Church. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the time of service. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the Fellowship of Reconciliation or any United Methodist Church or Mission of your choice or plant a tree in her memory. To contact the family, condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 362, Aitkin, Mn. 56431. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Olga Margaret Westerberg
06/11/1915-06/05/2010
Olga Margaret Westerberg, 94 of Glen died Saturday, June 5, 2010 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born June 11, 1915 in Glen to Oscar and Emma (Swanson) Westerberg. Olga was one of the last charter members of the Glen Community Church where she was secretary and taught Sunday school for many years. She attended Isle of Pine grade school through the 8th grade. In later years she served hot lunches there and also at the Clear Lake school. She was employed as a clerk in the fabric department at Grandpa Butler???s Store in Aitkin for 50 years. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Anna. Olga is survived by her 2 nieces: Marlyce (Burton) Gustafson and Carol Todd Two great-nephews: Marshall (Jane) Todd and Richard (Jill) Todd 1 great-niece Margaret (Dave) Beck Three great-great nephews: Samuel, Wayne, and Maxwell Todd 2 great-great nieces: Aubrey Todd and Karin Beck Many loving cousins and friends, who were all very special to her. Olga so appreciated her work, loved her church, family, and friends. She will be missed and we will always be thankful for her and cherish the memories. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. ??? Monday June 14, 2010 at Glen Community Church in Glen. Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Burial will be in Malmo Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 4P.M. Sunday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Marjorie F. Burr
08/17/1918-05/27/2010
Marjorie Freida (McPhail) Burr, age 91 of Palisade died Thursday, May 27, 2010 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born August 17, 1918 near St. Lawrence, South Dakota at the farm home of Fred and Bessie (Carr) McPhail. At the age of nine, she with her parents and Brother James moved near Alexandria, Mn. When she was a junior in high school, they moved to Esquagama Lake north of Aitkin. She graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1936. She then attended the Crosby-Ironton Teachers Training Dept. and received her teaching certificate. She taught school in Aitkin County for 36 years. She started out in one room school houses, and later moved to the Palisade School, then to Aitkin and Rippleside schools and then back to Palisade where she retired in 1981. She had received her Bachelors degree from UMD in 1969. She married Harlan Ellsworth Burr on October 7, 1938 in St. Paul, Mn. They lived east of Palisade for about two years and then in December of 1940 moved south of Palisade and developed a homestead. She was a member of the Aitkin Seventh Day Adventist Church where she served as church organist for 50 years along with other church offices. She and her husband had been members of Marantha Volunteers International. They traveled to other countries and in the USA building churches, schools and orphanages. She is survived by 2 daughters and sons in law: Marliss and John Reagan of Azel, Texas; Beverly and Stephen Rawls of McGregor, Mn.; three grandchildren: Gregory and Joni Sanford of Two Harbors, Mn.; Douglas and Joann Sanford of Charleston, S.C.; Cheryl Cothern of Billings, Mont.; 8 great grandchildren; 2 step great grandchildren, 16 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Harlan in 1988 and brother James McPhail. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 31, 2010 at 11 AM from the Aitkin Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor Eugene Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Fleming Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Monday.
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Lorraine E. Boughton
04/08/1925-05/25/2010
Lorraine E. Boughton, age 85 of Aitkin died Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lorraine was born on April 8, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Gustav Elmer and Mathilda (Overdahl) Johnson. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. She married William M. Boughton on November 2, 1945 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Minneapolis until retiring to the Aitkin area in 1986. She has lived here since. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary. She is survived by 4 sons and spouses: Gene (Jody), Mike, Tom (Cindy), and Terry (Jody), Brother LeRoy (Trudy), grandchildren, great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband, and 1 brother Kenny. A short memorial service will be held Tuesday June 1, 2010 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. There will be a time of gathering from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the funeral home Tuesday. Interment will be in the Mound Cemetery in Minneapolis at a later date. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Daniel Phillips
05/07/1960-05/24/2010
Daniel Phillips, age 50 of Aitkin died unexpectedly on May 24, 2010. Daniel was born May 7, 1960 in Bemidji, Minnesota the son of Gene and Delores (Brook) Phillips. He graduated from the Grand Rapids High School in 1978. He loved the outdoors and spending time with friends. He is survived by his mother Delores Phillips, sisters and brothers in law: Sandy (John) Buckner of Glenwood City, Wisc.; Debbie (Ron) Jenson of Princeton, MN.; Lisa Olson of Milaca, Mn.; brother and sister in law: Don (Kris) Phillips of Grand Marais, MN.; nieces: Sarah and Hannah and nephews Isaac, Lucas and Caleb. He was preceded in death by his father Gene and his grandparents. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Pastor Raymond Scott Hurley officiating. A gathering time will be held from Noon until the 1 PM services at the funeral home. His ashes will be interred with his fathers in Burnwell, Kentucky. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association.
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Gail K.
06/09/1934-05/23/2010
Gaines Gail K. Gaines, age 75 of Aitkin died Sunday, May 23, 2010 at the Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Gail was born June 9, 1934 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Edwin and Hazel (Peters) Olsen. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from Marshall High School. She worked in Minneapolis as a typist for a time. She married Alfred Lyle Gaines Jr. on November 26, 1954 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Minneapolis until they retired to the Aitkin area in 1987. She has lived here since. She has most recently resided at Blackrock Terrace in Aitkin. She was a member of the Aitkin United Methodist Church and enjoyed attending bible studied there and also at Blackrock. She also enjoyed playing cards. She had also been a member of the Kraus-Harding VFW Auxiliary. She is survived by 3 children and spouses: Cathy Jo (Bill) Reihe of Blaine, Mn.; Vicky Carter of Elk River, Mn.; Al (Sandy) Gains III of New Leipzig, North Dakota; 6 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; 1 sister and brother in law: Marlys (Jim) Gale of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Alfred in 2007, 1 sister and 1 brother. A memorial service will be held Friday, May 28, 2010 at 11 AM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Interment will be in the Greenlawn Cemetery at Verndale. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Raymond Wolfe
01/15/1937-05/23/2010
Raymond Lee Wolfe, 73 of Aitkin died Sunday, May 23, 2010 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born January 15, 1937 in Columbia Heights to Raymond and Bernice (Foss) Wolfe. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He worked at Electric Machinery in Minneapolis as a shearing operator from May 1972 to June 1974, and at Fremont Community Services in Minneapolis as office assistant from March 1979 to November 1981, and then at Congregate Housing in Minneapolis as a program assistant from March 1984 to April 1989. He was interested in human services, visiting the handicapped and seniors. He enjoyed spending time with friends and taking rides to various places. He was a member of AA. He is survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Lois and Beatrice, brothers Richard and David. Burial with military honors will be 10:30A.M., Friday, May 28, 2010 at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Assembly area #5. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Cornelia W. ''Johnnie'' Stayton Cornel
06/12/1915-05/19/2010
Cornelia W. ''Johnnie'' Stayton Cornelia Wilma ???Johnnie??? Stayton, age 94 of Aitkin died Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at the Aicota Assisted Living Center in Aitkin. She was born June 12, 1915 at Brooksburg, Indiana the daughter of Omer and Beulah (Clemens) Reed. She married Clifford R. Stayton on November 15, 1942 at Champaign, Illinois. They resided there until they moved to Big Pine Lake near Cutler, MN. in 1960. She moved to Blackrock Terrace in Aitkin in 1993 and then to the Aicota Assisted Living. She is survived by two step sons: Clifford T. (Marilyn) Stayton of Normal, Illinois; Charles L. (Joann) Stayton of Overton, Texas; seven grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren; 1 niece Bonnie (Charlie) Bersch of Madison, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clifford, and two sisters Bernice and Eva. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 1 PM at the Bennettville Cemetery with Rev. Mike Palkie officiating. Visitation will be held from 11 AM until 12:30 PM on Tuesday at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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James Strum
07/09/1938-05/16/2010
James Thomas Strum, 71 of Aitkin died Sunday, May 16, 2010 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born July 9, 1938 in Aitkin to Thomas N. and Mary (Forster) Strum. He graduated from Aitkin High School. James was united in marriage to Karen (Wiener) on November 25, 1985 in Las Vegas. He is survived by his wife Karen 2 daughters: Jackie Strum of California Jeanie Strum of Buffalo Four step-children: Greg Hanson of Zimmerman Carl Hanson Eric Loiselle of Mesa, AZ. Brian (Margaret) Loiselle of Mesa, AZ. 3 grandchildren: Dustin, Alli, and Alex Three step-grandchildren: Zachary, Rachel, and Kelly 1 sister and brother-in-law: Diane (Ken) Broadbent of Stacey, MN. Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. ??? Monday, May 24, 2010 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Curtis R. Mott
10/03/1931-05/14/2010
Curtis R. Mott age 78 of Aitkin died Friday, May 14, 2010 at the St. Josephs Medical Center in Brainerd, Minnesota. Curtis was born October 3, 1931 at Montevideo, Minnesota the son of Andrew and Esther (Mortenson) Mott. He attended schools in Montevideo and also Minneapolis where he graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1949. He then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and he served in Korea. Upon his discharge he returned to the Twin Cities and married Donna L. Johnson on September 25, 1954 in Minneapolis. The lived in Minneapolis and he worked as a Sprinkler Fitter installing fire protection systems in buildings. He retired to the cabin which he had been coming to for years on Long Lake near Aitkin. He has lived there since. He was a member of the Long Lake Association of which he had served as president. He was also a member of the Aitkin American Legion Post, the Pipe Fitters Local 417, and the Brainerd Area Amateur Ham Radio Club. He enjoyed fishing, black powder guns and especially operating his ham radio. He is survived by children: Kevin (Debbie) Mott of Waconia; Paul (Sherry) Mott of Bloomington, Mn.; Steve (Joanne) Mott of Pequot Lakes, Mn.; Susan (Ron) Tupy of New Prague, MN. 10 grandchildren: Kevin, Jon, Alexander, Ryan, Angela, Rachel, Amanda, Brian, Stephanie and Nicole; and 1 sister: Sharon Johnson of Lino Lakes, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Donna in 2003, Brother Wesley and grandson Andrew Curtis. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 1 PM from the Bethesda Lutheran Church at Rossburg with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be at the Saron Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. A Masonic service will be held at the graveside accorded by the Aitkin Masonic Lodge. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Anna Nephew
06/30/1928-05/14/2010
Anna Laura Nephew, 81 of McGregor died Friday, May 14, 2010 at her home. She was born June 30, 1928 in Bejou Township, Mahnomen County, MN. to George and Elizabeth (Riescunf) Folstrom. Anna was united in marriage to Elmer Nephew on December 19, 1946 in Ada, MN. They farmed for many years until moving to St. Paul where she worked at Samaritan Hospital for 15 years. She enjoyed puzzles, books, bingo, fishing, Tanya Tucker music, especially the song ??? Strong Enough to Bend???. She is survived by her loving husband of 63 ?? years Elmer 4 Sons and daughters-in-law: Larry of McGregor David (Laura) of Forest Lake James (Shelley) of Roseville Patrick (Debbie) of White Bear Lake Five daughters and sons-in-law: Cheryl (Bob) Eberspacher of Oakdale Kathy (Craig) Jones of Vadnais Heights Mary (Tommy) Moore of St. Paul Patricia (Keith) Burg of Maplewood Lisa (Larry) Nephew of St. Paul 1 sister Cecelia Winkler of Fosston One sister-in-law Evelyn Folstrom of Northfield 20 grandchildren: Melissa, Tammy, Kenneth, Ugene, Terre, Jennifer, Cory, Amanda, Jessie, Sherry, Susan, Curtis, Amy, Mark, Kimberly, John, Michael, Tommy, Chrissy, Joey Twenty great-grandchildren: Ashley Ann, Isaac, Alec, Kaylee, Val, Greta, Clayton, Erika, Kaleb, Mark, Thomas, Autumn, Tiffany, Nathan, Cody, Ethan, Wesley, Niamani, Mariah, Dominick Her dog Abby and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother George Folstrom, Three sisters: Gertrude Omang, Catherine Loesch, and Emma Sova. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. ??? Thursday, May 20, 2010 at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Visitation will begin at 11:00A.M. until the 1:00P.M. service at the church. Burial will be in Concordia Lutheran Cemetery in Fertile. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Garret Michael Reem
02/15/1981-05/14/2010
Garret Michael Reem, age 29 of Sauk Rapids, Mn. died Friday, May 14, 2010 at his home. Garret was born February 15, 1981 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Michael and Sandra (Johnson) Reem. He grew up and attended schools in Esko, Minnesota and graduated from the Esko High School in 1999. He then attended Moorhead State University for 1 year and played football there. He then transferred to Rochester Community College and received his AA degree. He went to work selling time shares in Maine, Branson Mo., and Breezy Point. He then went to work for Integra based out of Brainerd and after that he worked for ATT in telecommunications sales. He was involved in sports when he was in high school, he played softball and enjoyed hunting and fishing. His most enjoyable times where spent with his daughter Malaya. He is survived by his parents: Michael and Sandra Reem of Aitkin; Daughter Malaya Marie Reem of Sauk Rapids, Mn; Sister and brother in law: Jennifer Michelle Reem and Zach Poehlman of San Diego, Calf.; grandmother: Romelle Johnson of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Willard and Beth Reem and Erland Johnson. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 21, 2010 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Mike Palkie officiating. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the 11 AM services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Conrad ''Connie'' Lueck Conrad ???Conn
08/21/1923-05/12/2010
Conrad ''Connie'' Lueck Conrad ???Connie??? A. Lueck, age 86 of Aitkin died Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Conrad was born August 21, 1923 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Frederick and Rose (Schwab) Lueck. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1942. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving in the Pacific during WW II. Upon his discharge he returned to Aitkin and worked on the Cuyuna Iron Range doing exploration drilling. He married Ruth Albrecht on August 12, 1948. He went to work for the Land O??? Lakes Company for five years and spent one year in Alaska doing construction work. He returned to Aitkin and went to work as the City of Aitkin Street Commissioner, a position which he held for 32 years retiring in 1985. He married Joan (Lindberg) Frost on April 6, 1986 in Aitkin. Connie has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center for the past 21/2 years. The staff has made Aicota ???Home??? for Connie during this time. Connie was a longtime member of St, Johns Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook and had served on various boards over the years. He was also a member of the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall Of Fame being inducted in 1993. He had served on the Aitkin Fire Department for 32 years of which 15 years he was Chief. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and Golfing. He was a member of AA. He was a wonderful uncle to all of his nieces and nephews. He is survived by his son Mark Lueck of Aitkin; step sons: Judd Frost of Wayzata, Mn.; John Frost of Rancho Santa Fe, Calf.; 4 step grandchildren: Madeline Frost , Judson Frost, Marcus Frost and Jessica Frost; 1 brother: Fritz Lueck of Aitkin; 2 sisters: Helen Winslow of Two Harbors, Mn.; Mildred Paulson of Aitkin and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Ruth in 1984 and second wife Joan on 2009, 2 brothers: William and Martin, and 4 sisters: Ann Kellerman, Ida Petersen, Hazel Gruenhagen, and Ruth Fenstermaker. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 1:00 PM from St. John???s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 8 PM at the church with a prayer service at 7:30 PM and also 1 hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Bruno V. Salo
11/05/1920-05/11/2010
Bruno V. Salo, age 89 of Aitkin died Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Bruno was born November 5, 1920 in Glen Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota the son of Emil and Hilja (Rantakangas) Salo. He attended country school at glen and then High School in Aitkin graduating at Salutatorian of the class of 1938. He then went to work on the family farm and worked as a dairy farmer for his whole life. He married Leona P. Rich on January 5, 1974 in Aitkin. He has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center for the past five years. He enjoyed anything to do with farming, sauna night, dancing, wild ricing, ice fishing, and visiting family and friends. He especially enjoyed traveling. In 2004 he had the opportunity to travel with his nephew Robert to Finland to see and visit all of the relatives still there. He is survived by nephew Robert (Lois) Salo of Cambridge, Mn.; niece: Marie (Frank) Fryer of Lyle, Mn. and extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Leona in 2003, and brother: Sulo, sister in law: Irene and nephew Richard Salo. Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 2 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Burial will be in the Rabbit Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 6 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and continue Sunday from 1 PM until the 2 PM services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Alvin Matthews
03/03/1917-05/08/2010
Alvin Matthews, of Frederic, WI. and formerly of Aitkin died Saturday, May 8, 2010 At Frederic Nursing Home. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11 A.M. Monday, May 17, 2010 funeral service at Fleming United Methodist Church. Reverend Russell Christensen will officiate. Burial will be in Fleming Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Frank Jacques
06/10/1946-05/08/2010
Frank N. Jacques, Jr., 63 of Palisade died Saturday, May 8, 2010 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. He was born June 10, 1946 in Black Berry to Francis and Verna Mae (Fritz) Jacques, Sr. He was self employed working in many different fields throughout his life. Frank was united in marriage to Sandra Lee (Nelson) on January 21, 1977 in Watertown, SD. They attended Hilltop Chapel together. He enjoyed fishing, camping, bird watching, traveling, golfing, square dancing, watching football, and building things. Frank loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and razzing and joking with friends, but above all spending time with his wife Sandy He is survived by his children: Jacquie (Mark) Kellogg of Flagstaff, AZ. Nancy (Nick) Cucci of Lakeville Paula Murray of Fairmont Cameron (LaMona) Kellogg of LeSueur Grandchildren: Shanna, Brandon, Nicolas, Hannah, Kevin, Zachary, Alex, Isabella, and Angelo Mother: Verna Jensen Father-in-law and mother-in-law: Robert and Clara ???Tiny??? Nelson Brothers, sisters, many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Sandra, infant son Curtis, and his father Francis, Sr. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M., Friday, May 14, 2010 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Barry Hite will officiate. www.srtfuneral.com
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Linda Agnes ''Aggie'' Hanni Linda Agne
11/14/1917-05/08/2010
Linda Agnes ''Aggie'' Hanni Linda Agnes ???Aggie??? Hanni, 92 of Tamarack died Saturday, May 8, 2010 at Villa Vista Care Center in Cromwell with family by her side. She was born November 14, 1917 to William and Elisobet (Korkela)Johnson of Tamarack, where she resided all her life. Aggie married Gust Hanni in January of 1937 in Aitkin. She worked as a cook for the McGregor Schools for over 20 years and loved her job and the people she worked with. She was a member of several bowling teams which was one of her greatest enjoyments. She was a member of the Finnish Lutheran Church in Tamarack. Aggie is survived by her daughter Jean Moe of Coon Rapids Son and daughter-in-law: James (Carol) Hanni of Tamarack Sister-in-law: Mrs. Arthur (Margie) Johnson of Tamarack 7 grandchildren: Jody Moe and special friend Kristi Parlow Jeremy (Cindy) Moe David (Sharyn) Moe Curtis Moe Jacqueline (Tony) Liu Tony (Beth) Hanni Sarah (Shayne) Mitchell Twelve great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Gust, brothers George and Art, sisters Lilly and Florence, and her parents William and Elisobet (Korkela) Johnson. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 12:00P.M., Thursday, May 13, 2010 funeral service at Tamarack Presbyterian Church in Tamarack. Reverend Wayne Juntunen will officiate. Funeral arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ruby Jane Foster
03/04/1915-05/05/2010
Ruby Jane (Meikle) Foster, age 95 of McGregor died Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at the Golden Horizons Assisted Living Center in Aitkin. Ruby was born March 4, 1915 at Nevis, Minnesota the daughter of Henry and Eva (Howard) Meikle. As a young child she moved with her family to Hancock, Mn. and in the mid 1920???s moved again to a farm near Spiritwood, North Dakota. After graduating from the Spiritwood High School, Ruby came to McGregor, Mn where she worked at Sather???s Store. While in McGregor she met Arthur Foster and they married on March 4, 1936. They lived and farmed a short time in Workman Township before moving to the Rochester, Michigan area where Arthur worked for Dodge Farms. In the earl 1950???s the family moved back to Minnesota working in Mahnomen and then Anoka before retiring to Lake Minnewawa near McGregor. Ruby is survived by sons Maurice (Patricia) Foster of McGregor; Roland (Judy) Foster of Princeton, Mn.; grandchildren: George (Joan) Foster of West Allis, Wisc.; Kristine (Mark) Haglund of Zimmerman, Mn.; Ed (Jessica) Foster of Manitowoc, Wisc.; John Foster of Cambridge, MN.; step grandchildren: Michael (Nina) Swanson of Cloquet, Mn.; Kelly (Jim) Hover of St. Cloud, nine great grandchildren, seven step great grandchildren, one great great grandchild and several nieces and nephews. Ruby was preceded in death by her husband Arthur in 1981, parents, all of her siblings: Ruth (Alfred) Sather, Daniel (Arlene) Meikle, Howard (Catherine) Meikle, Eva Harriet (Alfred) Matzek, David (Bernice) Meikle, and Robert (Dorothy) Meikle. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 10, 2010 at 1 PM from the Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Wendell Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 11 AM until the 1 PM services at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Paul E. Filer
08/05/1920-05/01/2010
Paul E. Filer, age 89 of Aitkin died Saturday, May 1, 2010 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Paul was born August 5, 1920 in Buffalo, New York the son of Stanley and Helen (Daly) Filer. He grew up and attended schools in Arcade, New York. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. He served for 8 years which included time during WW II. He was a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was stationed on the USS Aylwin, a target class destroyer. The Aylwin was one of the few ships to get under way and make it out of Pear Harbor. Paul was also involved in many of the key battles of the pacific including Halsey???s assault on the Philippines to liberate the Philippines. Upon his discharge from the navy he stayed in California and met Velores Olson and they married on June 5, 1957 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They lived in California, Dallas, Texas and Kansas City while he worked as a production engineer for the Pepsi-Cola Company. When he retired from the Pepsi Company, he worked in real estate for a time. In 1970 he and his wife purchased the Farm Island Store near Aitkin and operated it until 1976. They made their home on Nord Lake. He was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Post and he also was a very good singer with a wonderful tenor voice. He is survived by his wife Velores Filer of Aitkin; 1 sister: Helen Monaco of Ft. Smith, Arkansas and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers: Robert and Norman and 1 sister: Joan Storms. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 7 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Deacon Bill Stein officiating. Visitation will be from 6 until the 7 PM services at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Alice White
03/10/1937-04/29/2010
Alice M. White, age 73 of McGregor died Thursday, April 29, 2010 at her residence at the Northland Village in McGregor. Alice was born March 10, 1937 at McGregor, Minnesota the daughter of Arnold and Julia (Lounas) Parkki. She grew up and attended schools in McGregor. She married Kenneth D. White on March 29, 1963 at Milbank, South Dakota. They lived in New Hope, Minnesota prior to returning to McGregor where they owned and operated the Savanna Country Club from 1983 to 1992. She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. She is survived by 2 step children: Robert White and Katherine Branley both of Arizona; four step grandchildren, and two step great grandchildren; 2 aunts and 1 uncle: Vivian Swedberg, Marlene and Bob Berglin; 2 brother in laws: Thomas (Jean) White and Jack (Jan) White, and a very special friend Janet Svengard, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Kenneth in 2008. A memorial mass will be held Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 9:30 AM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Cleo F. Busch
03/21/1921-04/27/2010
Cleo F. Busch, 89 of Aitkin died Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at her home. She was born March 21, 1921 in Winner, SD. to Floyd and Mabel (Keck) Burdick. Cleo was united in marriage to Richard K. Busch December 22, 1956 in Bellevue, WA. She was a retired beautician and a homemaker and seamstress. She enjoyed making dolls and crafting. Cleo is survived by her husband Richard Two sons Marvin Kapaska of Easton, WA. and Norman Kapaska of St. George, UT. Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren 2 brothers Gene Burdick of Las Vegas, NV. and Harold Burdick of Bremerton, WA. Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter Ramona Christman, Three sisters: Vera McCune, Inez Kapaska, Leona Burdick and her parents. Memorial service will be 11:00A.M. Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints in Aitkin. Visitation will begin at 9:00A.M. until the 11:00A.M. service at the Church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Pearl V. Bauman
02/04/1934-04/15/2010
Pearl V. Bauman, age 76 of Aitkin formerly of St. Paul died Thursday, April 14, 2010 at her residence near Aitkin. Pearl was born February 4, 1934 at Holdingford, Minnesota the daughter of Paul and Theresa (Waletzko) Rudolph. She moved with her family to St. Paul at a young age and she attended schools there graduating from Mechanic Arts High School. She married Kenneth R. Bauman on May 12, 1951 in St. Paul. She worked as a waitress at Mickey???s Diner for a number of years and then worked for Gould Battery in St. Paul for many years. She then worked for the Colder Products Co. for a time. She moved to Aitkin in 1998 and has resided here since. She was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading puzzles and fishing. She is survived by 1 daughter and son in law: Mary Lou and Brad Gustin of Aitkin; 1 son and daughter in law: Kenny and Cathi Bauman of St. Paul, Mn.; 1 granddaughter: Heather Urbina of Dresser, Wisc.; 3 step grandchildren: Dawn Gustin of Sauk Rapids, Heidi Gustin of St. Cloud, Cole Gustin of Aitkin; 5 great grandchildren; 9 Step Great Grandchildren and 1 Step Great Great Grandchild; 1 brother and sister in law: Dan and Janet Rudolph of Ramsey, Mn.; 2 sisters: Valerie Rudolph of St. Paul; Margaret Cronholm of Midwest City, Oklahoma; 1 sister in law: Elaine Rudolph of the Twin Cities. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 1 son Paul and 2 brothers George and Paul. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 24, 2010 at Noon from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Rick Perry officiating. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Frances Peterson
02/18/1918-04/08/2010
Frances Katherine Peterson, 92 of Aitkin passed away quietly April 8, 2010 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born February 18, 1918 in Aitkin Township the daughter of George and Minnie (Krumhaus) Franz. She attended Cedarbrook Primary School and graduated from Aitkin High School class of 1935. She attended Duluth Business College where she received training as a legal stenographer. She was employed for 9 years as a legal secretary for Ryan Law Office in Aitkin. Frances was united in marriage on December 23, 1944 in Aitkin to Cameron Peterson while he was on military leave from the U.S. Navy. They moved to Miami Beach, FL. and resided there for a year before returning to the Aitkin area. In 1949, after the death of her mother, they moved to her family farm in Cedarbrook where they raised their four children. In 2000, after Cameron suffered a stroke in late 1999, they sold the farm and moved to a home in Aitkin where they lived until moving to Aicota Health Care Center in 2007. She was a life-long active member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin and served as secretary for the Maryhill Parochial School and as a religious instructor for many years. She loved reading, painting, sewing, and baking. She will always be remembered as the ???neighborhood grandma??? and always had a ready supply of cookies, cakes, caramel rolls, and other goodies on hand for any and all, young or old, who would stop by and visit. Frances is survived by her husband of 65 years Cameron Peterson 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Karen (Kenneth) Kopitzke of Afton Jeanne (Kevin) Hanson of Aitkin Two sons and daughters-in-law: Richard (Mary Tibbetts) Peterson of Aitkin Thomas (Elaine Dufresne) Peterson of Middlebury, VT. 2 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild She was preceded in death by an infant granddaughter, brother Leonard Franz, and her parents George and Minnie (Krumhaus) Franz. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. ??? Friday, April 16, 2010 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father Justin Fish will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Thursday at the church and will continue 1 hour prior to the service. A prayer service will begin at 6:30P.M. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Mark R. Hurd
04/11/1978-04/05/2010
Mark R. Hurd, age 31 of Aitkin died Monday, April 5, 2010 at the St. Josephs Medical Center in Brainerd, Minnesota. Mark was born April 11, 1978 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Paul and Mary (Martin) Hurd. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1996. He worked as an auto mechanic at Brookdale Dodge in the Twin Cities and then worked for the Peat Plant in McGregor. After he became ill he worked some odd jobs in the area. He is survived by his parents: Paul and Mary Hurd of Aitkin; Companion: Kim Nelson of Aitkin; Children: Sarah Nelson, Kevin Nelson, and Kaylee Nelson; Brothers: Mike Hurd and Candi of Pine River; Matt and Adrienne Hurd of Aitkin; 2 nephews: Hunter and Noah and 2 nieces: Leelani and Carlee; grandparents: Harriet Martin of Motley, Mn.; and Ken and Katherine Hurd of Aitkin. A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 2 PM from the Westside Church in Aitkin with Steve Olson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Morrison Township at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Louise Mary Klingelhoets
06/28/1920-04/05/2010
Louise Mary Klingelhoets, 89 of Aitkin formerly of Howard Lake, Mn., died Monday, April 5, 2010 at Golden Horizons Assisted Living and Memory Care in Aitkin. Louise was born June 28, 1920 at Winsted, Minnesota the daughter of Arthur and Magdalena Remer. She grew up and attended schools in Winsted. She lived and operated a farm in Howard Lake, Minnesota for many years. She then lived in Minneapolis for a time before moving to Aitkin in 2007. She enjoyed playing piano, gardening and canning, playing checkers, hunting, fishing and garage sales. She is survived by 5 sons and spouses: Donald (Mary) Klingelhoets of Waverly, MN.; Anthony (Gerlene) Klingelhoets of Waverly, Mn.; Louis (Teresa) Klingelhoets of Aitkin, Mn.; Mark (Gwen) Klingelhoets of Long Lake, Mn.; Alan Klingelhoets of Howard Lake, Mn.; 2 daughters and spouses: Alice (Ken) Larson of Howard Lake, MN.; Elaine (Tom) Robb of Woodstock, Georgia; 1 sister: Ann Westrup of Winsted, Mn.; 23 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Magdalena Remer; spouse: Louis; son: John; brothers: Anthony, Hans, Clemence, Steven and Sister Rose Habisch. A memorial mass will be held Monday, April 26, 2010 at 11 AM from St. Mary???s Catholic Church in Waverly, Minnesota with Fr. Timothy Cloutier officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary???s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 AM until the 11 AM services at the church on Monday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Constance J. Hall
04/16/1924-04/04/2010
Constance J. Hall, age 85 of Aitkin died Sunday, April 4, 2010 at her residence at Golden Horizons in Aitkin. She was born April 16, 1924 at Gardner, Mass. The daughter of Donald and Helen (Channing) Snyder. She grew up and attended schools in Gardner graduating from the Gardner High School. She then attended college in Mass. She married John N. Hall in 1946 at Gardner, Mass. They lived for a time in Niskayuna, New York and then moved to Newark, Delaware and lived there for many years. Upon retirement they moved to West Virginia. Constance moved to the Aitkin area in 2004 to be closer to family. She had lived at Blackrock and most recently at Golden Horizons. She had been a member at the Aitkin United Methodist Church, the Aitkin Writers group and had been the Blackrock correspondent for the Aitkin Independent Age. She is survived by 1 daughter and son in law: Pat and John Francis of Aitkin; 5 grandchildren: Ashley Hall, Sayre Hall, Gabrea Anderson, Aaron Francis, Justin Francis, 5 great grandchildren: Robert Anderson, Ryan Anderson, Emma Anderson, Kian Francis, Rylan Francis. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John N. Hall, 1 son: Jon C. Hall and 1 brother: D.D. Snyder. A memorial service will be held Friday, April 16, 2010 at 3 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Greg Spofford officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Harvey ''Bud'' Knutson Harvey ???Bud??
10/22/1926-04/03/2010
Harvey ''Bud'' Knutson Harvey ???Bud??? Knutson, 83 of McGregor died Saturday, April 3, 2010 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born October 22, 1926 in Balsam Twp., Tamarack to Ted and Sylvia (Deremo) Knutson. He was a U.S. Marine Corp. veteran serving in WW II. Bud was united in marriage to Audrey Green on May 20, 1955 in Grand Rapids. He worked as a trucker, heavy equipment operator, and for the State of Minnesota DNR & Parks. He enjoyed gardening, yard work, and rock work. Bud is survived by his wife Audrey 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Karla Peterson (James) of Mahtowa Karen (Jeff) Foryziak of Blaine Pam (Todd) Hoyhtya of McGrath Seven grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren One brother and sister-in-law: Eugene (Donna) Knutson of Palisade 1 sister Donna Rohlf of Washington And other relatives and friends He was preceded in death by his brother Ted, II and his parents Ted and Sylvia (Deremo) Knutson. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. ??? Saturday, April 10, 2010 memorial service at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, McGregor. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lois E. Thompson
08/27/1931-04/02/2010
Lois E. Thompson, age 78 of Crosby, formerly of McGregor and St. Cloud, died Friday, April 2, 2010 at the Hallett Cottages in Crosby. She was born August 27, 1931 in McGregor, Minnesota the daughter of Earl and Esther (Wilson) Caird. She grew up and attended schools in the McGregor area. Lois married Harvey J. Thompson on May 12, 1948 in Aitkin. They lived in McGregor until entering nursing school in 1967 in St. Cloud. Lois graduated the St. Cloud School of Nursing in 1970 and worked as a nurse in the St. Cloud area for over 30 years until her retirement in 2002. In her last years she has resided at the Hallett Cottages in Crosby. Lois was a dedicated caretaker of people of all ages and all stages, she also loved all of God???s creation, tending to her flowers and gardens, birds and yard from dawn to dusk. She was an avid animal lover, especially dogs, and faithfully walked he miniature schnauzer daily. Mostly she loved her family and cherished their visits. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Andy and Clare Thompson of Brainerd, daughter and son in law: Terri and Ed Martin of Staples, Mn.; 7 grandchildren, and one sister Phyllis Lucky of Gresham, Oregon. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, and husband Harvey Thompson in 1994. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 9, 2010 at 1 PM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Becky Wagner officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery near Rat Lake. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lila L. Hughes
09/04/1916-04/02/2010
Lila L. Hughes, 93 of Aitkin died Friday, April 2, 2010 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born September 4, 1916 in Esquagamah Township, Aitkin County to Frederick S. and Esther A. (Holmquist) Clayton. Lila was united in marriage to Duane ???Dootch??? Hughes on April 9, 1934 at the Lutheran Parsonage in Hill City. She worked as a school bus driver for Swatara and Hill City schools, a cook for Swatara school, a nurses aid and as a waitress for restaurants in Hill City, while being a homemaker and mother. She enjoyed sewing, hunting, gardening, and cooking. She was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church, Waukenabo Homemakers, and Up North Bible Study. Lila is survived by 4 daughters and sons-in-law: Lola Ann Weimer of Hill City Muriel (Edward) Rassier of Hill City Laurel ???Fritsie??? (Dennis) Lamke of Palisade Lynn (Delbert) Nyhous of International Falls Eleven grandchildren: Dean, Gary, Russ, Rita Ann, Mark, Terry, Mary Anne, Sandra, Tamara, Sherece, JoEll 29 great-grandchildren and 26 great-great grandchildren Two sisters and brother-in-law: Alice Lambert of Crosby Viola (John) Weimer of Palisade Many other relatives and friends She was preceded in death by her husband Duane ???Dootch??? Hughes, an infant son, two grandsons: Reed Weimer and Duane Nyhous, 1 great grandson Dylan Nyhous, son-in-law Martin Weimer, four sisters, 1 brother, and her parents. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. ??? Friday, April 9, 2010 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily followed by a time of fellowship at 3:00P.M. at Waukenabo Town Hall. Visitation will be 4 to 7P.M. ??? Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Curtis Johnson
12/28/1915-03/30/2010
Curtis J. Johnson, 94 of McGregor and Aitkin died March 30, 2010 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born December 28, 1915 in Rush Point to John and Christine (Forse) Johnson. Curtis was united in marriage to Irene Wicklander on January 24, 1942 in Fort Dix, NJ. He was a U.S. Army First Sergeant serving with the First Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th (Red Bull) Infantry Division during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, and received other citations of achievement. He worked as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Minneapolis. After retirement he started Christian Realty North in McGregor. He lived on Big Sandy Lake for 32 years prior to moving to Aitkin. He was a member of McGregor VFW Larson-Duneen Post #2747, McGregor Lions Club where he was a past president, and Grace Lutheran Church where he served on the church council and president. Curtis is survived by his son and daughter-in-law: Tom (Dawn) Johnson of Tamarack Daughter and son-in-law: Sue (Tom) Pretzel of Big Sandy Lake, McGregor 2 granddaughters: Karen Pretzel of San Diego and Katie Pretzel of Minneapolis Brother: Paul Johnson of Apple Valley Sister: Jeanette Opitz of Brooklyn Center Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Irene (Wicklander) Johnsonon on May 4, 1998, six brothers and sisters and his parents John and Christine (Forse) Johnson. Funeral services will be 1pm, Monday, April 5, 2010 at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Becky Wagner will officiate. Visitation will be 11am to 1pm, Monday at the church. Burial with military honors will be in Pine Needle Cemetery. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Michael Dean Williams
04/05/1962-03/30/2010
Michael Dean Williams, 47 (???almost 48???) of Palisade died Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at his home after a long battle with melanoma. He was born April 5, 1962 in Webster Springs, WV. the son of Alvin and the late Hildred (Morton) Williams. Alvin was in the Air Force so Mike moved many times during his youth. He graduated high school in Warrensburg, MO. which he considers his hometown. After attending a semester of college he joined the U.S. Army. While stationed in Germany he met Beverly (Ruud) Johnson. He came to Palisade to marry her on May 21, 1983. After being honorably discharged at Fort Campbell, KY. in March of 1984 they returned to Palisade, where he resided until his death. He worked for a wild rice farm, Reich Oil and later McGregor Lanes, purchasing the business in 2004 and enjoyed bowling 4 nights a week. He also worked as a night janitor for McGregor Public School. He joined the McGregor Volunteer EMT in 1994. He played for the softball team and later turned his love of the game into umpiring until 2009. Mike is survived by his wife Beverly Two daughters: Christina Williams of Palisade and Stephanie Williams of Aitkin His father Alvin of Liberty, MO. Brother and sister-in-law: Charles (Cheryl) Williams of Smithville, MO. Brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Dave (Marilyn) Ruud of Palisade Nieces and nephew: Kendra and Ashley Williams, Jennifer (Mike) Hagel, Gene (Jamie) Ruud 2 great-nieces and one great-nephew At Mikes request there will be no sad funeral. A ???Wake/Party??? celebrating his life will be 5P.M. to 10P.M. ??? Saturday, April 17, 2010 at McGregor Lanes. Bring a story or pictures to share. A private family burial will be in Fleming Lake Cemetery. Memorials will be donated to the McGregor Youth Bowling Scholarship Fund. McGregor Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. srtfuneral.com
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Roger Wold
11/12/1927-03/30/2010
Roger G. Wold, 82 of Aitkin died Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born November 12, 1927 in Minneapolis to Edwin and Esther (Hansen) Wold. He moved with his parents to Aitkin in 1929. He was baptized September 11, 1930 and was confirmed in 1949 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin. He attended grade school and high school in Aitkin. He always had a keen interest in automobiles and could identify them by make and model. In 1945 he enlisted in the U.S. Army, stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas in an anti-aircraft artillery unit. He returned to work at Land O??? Lakes Creameries Inc. Roger was united in marriage to Georgiana Eimer on June 9, 1950 in Iron Hub. In 1960 he had strong feelings about starting his own business and on February 1, 1960 he started Village Auto. In 1969 Northern Service Co. burned to the ground and the two dealerships merged. The new entity was named MacDonald-Wold Inc. automobile sales and service in Aitkin and Roger was named president. In 1993 Roger suffered with kidney and liver disease and in May of 1994 he received a liver and kidney transplant. (We thank the donor and The Lord for giving him this wonderful gift). He later had a stroke that left him with no left peripheral vision and congenital heart failure. Roger and his family were honored by the Aitkin Chamber of Commerce in 2000 with the Warren Potter Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church serving on the financial board, Aitkin JayCees, Lions Club, MADA county representative, and AA. Roger is survived by his wife Georgiana M. Wold 3 sons and daughters-in-law: Mark (Gina) Wold, Steve (Gretchen) Wold Scott (Cheryl) Wold all of Aitkin One daughter and son-in-law: Julie (Jack) Solien of Aitkin 8 grandsons: Eric Wold, Jason Wold, Ben Solien, Joe Solien, Chris Wold, Brandon Wold, Brian Wold, Jordan Wold Two great-grandsons: Tanner and Ian Wold 1 sister and brother-in-law: Beverly (Richard) Burman of Edina Many other relatives and friends He was preceded in death by his parents Edwin and Esther (Hansen) Wold. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery. Military honors by Aitkin American legion Lee Post # 86 and VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727. Visitation will be 5 to 8P.M. Monday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with a prayer service at 8P.M. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Laura M. Coil
03/17/1919-03/28/2010
Laura M. Coil, age 91 of Aitkin died Sunday, March 28, 2010 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Laura was born March 17, 1919 in Oelwein, Iowa the daughter of Corliss and Rose (Stermer) Nelson. She moved at an early age with her family to Aberdeen, South Dakota where she grew up and attended schools graduating from High School in 1936. She then attended Business College for two years. She moved to San Francisco and worked in the shipyards during WW II. She then moved back to Aberdeen and worked for Montgomery Wards. She married Earl R. Coil on May 5, 1951 at Browns Valley, Minnesota. They lived at Westport, South Dakota for a time and then moved to the Minneapolis area in 1954. In 1967 they moved to Aitkin, Minnesota and she has lived here since. She worked at the Birchwood Caf?? and also the Aitkin Surplus Store. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. She had also served as a 4-H leader when her children were members. She is survived by four children and spouses: Corliss Amundson of Aitkin; Doug and Vicki Coil of Aitkin; Michelle and Skip Vogtlin of Aitkin; Kim Watson of Dayton, Mn.; 10 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and step brother: Gene Wolters of Aberdeen, South Dakota. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Earl in 1992, 2 sisters and 2 brothers. A visitation will be held Tuesday from 5 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, March 31 at 11:00 AM at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery with Fr. Peter Richards officiating. A memorial Mass will be held Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 10 AM from St., James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Justin Fish officiating. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Michael James Dixon
10/18/1985-03/23/2010
Michael James Dixon, age 24 of McGregor, Mn. formerly of Chaska, Mn. died Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at the Luther Midelfort Medical Center in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Michael was born October 18, 1985 at Shakopee, Minnesota the son of James and Lori (Freeberg) Dixon. He grew up in Chaska were he attended schools graduating from the Chaska High School in 2004. He was baptized and confirmed at the Moravian Church in Chaska. He was currently attending Stout State University at Menominee, Wisconsin and was to graduate this spring with a degree in Business Administration. He was a member and current vice president of the Kappa Lambda Beta Fraternity. He enjoyed intramural sports. His biggest joy was being able to hunt and fish and just being in the outdoors. He is survived by his parents: Lori and James Dixon of McGregor; girl friend: Kelsi Holverson of Coon Rapids, Mn.; step sister: Angela Taylor of Chaska, Mn., niece, nephew and aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Cora and Ralph Dixon and Jean and Loren Freeberg. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Becky Wagner officiating. Interment will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 8 PM at the church and continue from 10 AM until the 11 AM services on Tuesday. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Alice Mae Thompson
05/04/1917-03/19/2010
Alice Mae Thompson, 92 of Aitkin died Friday, March 19, 2010 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born May 4, 1917 in Gonvick to Delois and Florence (Scofield) Morton. She was preceded in death by her first husband Harvey Brown and her second husband Joseph Thompson, five children: Wayne Brown, Frank Brown, Ruth Jennings, Tom Brown, and Karen Obrestad, and her parents. Alice is survived by 2 daughters and son-in-law: Carol (Dennis) Hill of Aitkin Pat Duffy of Aitkin Two sons and daughter-in-law: George Brown of Bloomington LaVerne (Barbara) Bunker of Elk River 1 grandson: Grant (Susan) Iden of Bloomington Two great-grandchildren: Courtney and Tierney Many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. ??? Wednesday, March 24, 2010 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Lance Isaacson will officiate. Burial will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. www.srtfuneral.com
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Eleanor Gamradt
08/04/1918-03/17/2010
Eleanor J Gamradt, age 91 of Aitkin formerly of Brainerd and Bock died Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Eleanor was born August 4, 1918 in Bogus Brook Township of Mille Lacs County the daughter of Axel and Esther Johnson. She grew up on a farm and attended school district 28 and then attended the Milaca High School graduating in 1936. She then moved to Minneapolis and went to work for the Sears Company. She married Orval Gamradt on October 12, 1940 in Princeton, Minnesota. They lived in various communities but she lived in Brainerd for 20 years before moving to Aitkin in 1991. She worked as a clerk for Sears in Brainerd for many years. She had been a member of First Lutheran Church in Brainerd and had been a member of the Brainerd Ladies Auxiliary. She was the family photographic historian. She also enjoyed dancing. She is survived by 4 sons and daughters in law: Dennis Gamradt of Janesville, Wisc.; Dean Gamradt of Crosby, Mn.; Bruce and Sheila Gamradt of West Palm Beach, Fla.; Gary and Maureen Gamradt of Eagan, Mn.; 1 daughter: Elizabeth Ann ???Lisa??? Davies of Aitkin; 7 grandchildren: Angie, Adam, Gretchen, Jonathan, John, Ann, Eric; 2 brothers: Dean Johnson of Mora, Mn., Merlin Johnson of Mora, Mn., 1 sister Janice Leith of Mesa, Arz. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Orval in 1968, 1 brother Burton and 1 sister Nancy. Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 1:00 PM from the Emmanuel Lutheran Church at Bock, Minnesota. Visitation will be Saturday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Sunday. Memorials are preferred to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Bock. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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