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Archive Obituaries
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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Karl Miles
05/03/1916-03/16/2010
Karl Miles, age 93 of Aitkin died Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin after a long illness. Karl was born May 3, 1916 at Eaton, Ohio the son of Ralph and Priscilla (Rautsau) Miles. They moved to Emily, Minnesota when Karl was 9 months old. He attended country school in the Emily area. They later moved to Malmo and then to Aitkin. He worked as a logger, saw mill operator, and truck driver before serving in the U.S. Army for four years during WW II. He served in the in the Pacific Theater of operations. He married Dorothy Lidberg on December 15, 1946 at Aitkin, Minnesota. They made their home in Aitkin for a time and then moved to a farm on Lone Lake near Aitkin. He worked in the Crosby mines and did some carpentry work before spending two summers in Greenland building an air field. He then worked road construction as a heavy equipment operator until his retirement in 1979. He was a past member of the Masons and a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and his family. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Dorothy Miles of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Gary and Barbara Miles of Big Fork, Mn.; Brian and Connie Miles of St. Cloud, Mn.; Frances and Tim Schoneck of Greeley, Colorado, Karla and Randy Patrick of Aitkin; 12 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 2 sisters: Frances Smith of Arizona and Hazel Kath of Atlanta, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters and son Karl Bruce Miles. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 1:30 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Aitkin. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. 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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Wayne D. Dickinson
06/30/1930-03/10/2010
Wayne D. Dickinson, age 79 of Aitkin formerly of the Twin Cities and Mora area died Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at his home near Aitkin. Wayne was born June 30, 1930 in Whited Township of Kanabec County, Minnesota (near Mora) the son of Orlan and Lillian (Dalen) Dickinson. He grew up and attended country school and then the Mora High School. He moved to the Twin Cities and worked for a time. He then joined the U.S. Navy and served from 1950 to 1954. Upon his discharge he returned to the Twin Cities where he and his first wife had their three sons. Wayne also attended the University of Minnesota and received his Associate Degree in Business. He worked for F.W. Dodge a division of McGraw-Hill Publishing starting out as a reporter in 1956. He was promoted to management and worked in offices in Tampa and Miami, Fl., Atlanta Ga., St. Louis, Mo. He finished his career with Dodge as a regional manager in Detroit, Michigan managing 4 offices and 49 employees. as a regional manager. He married Janice M. Rottinghaus on January 8, 1982 at Cincinnati, Ohio. They retired to Hanging Kettle Lake near Aitkin in 1990 where he and his wife built their log home on the lake. His avocation and joy came from carving fishing decoys and waterfowl at which he became very skilled, giving away many of his carvings to family and friends. He also liked fishing, golfing, reading, working outdoors, and especially visiting with his many friends. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, had served as a board member and treasurer of the Jaques Art Center in Aitkin and was a member of the ???Bennettville College Coffee Group???. Wayne was a good and loving son, brother, husband, father and friend. He always looked for the best in people. Wayne is survived by his loving wife Janice Dickinson of Aitkin; 2 sons and daughter in law: Bradley Dickinson and Mary Beth Conzett of Plymouth, Mn; Brian Dickinson of Plymouth, Mn.; former spouse Patricia Dickinson of Sturgeon Lake, Mn., 1 brother and sister in law: Keith and Jeanne Dickinson of Blaine, Mn.; 2 sisters and brother in law: Betty and Don Sjolie of Mesa, Arz. and Marilyn Herring of North Augusta, South Carolina; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and many good and valuable friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 1 son Wayne Jr. in 1977. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register, please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Edith M. Sogard
03/23/1918-03/09/2010
Edith M. Sogard, 91 of Lindstrom and formerly of Kimberly died Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria. She was born March 23, 1918 in Mora to Robert and Gertie (Van Essen) Claggett. She graduated from Mora High School. Edith was united in marriage to Glen Sogard on November 12, 1939 in Aitkin. She lived on a farm for many years near Kimberly and was a 4-H leader. She was a member of the Kimberly Community Church, its ladies aid, and taught Sunday school. They moved to Lindstrom in December of 1987. She volunteered at the nursing home in Chisago City, she enjoyed making quilts for her family, gardening, many kinds of crafts, and loved spending time with her family and grandchildren. Edith is survived by 6 children and spouses: Alton (Margaret) Sogard of Mesquite, TX. Shirley (Lee) Fielder of Alexandria Sheldon (Rosita) Sogard of East Bethel Stanley (Terry) Sogard of Lindstrom Marilyn Sogard of Cedar Rapids, IA. Brian (Kathy) Sogard of Cedar Rapids, IA. 13 grandchildren, twenty-eight great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Glen on March 8, 1989 Sister Ellen Pierce And her parents Robert and Gertie (Van Essen) Claggett Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. ??? Monday, March 15, 2010 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Rick Perry will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery, Kimberly Township. www.srtfuneral.com
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Zinda V. Fossum
04/28/1915-03/04/2010
Zinda V. Fossum, age 94 of Aitkin died Thursday, March 4, 2010 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Zinda was born April 28, 1915 in Nordland Township of Aitkin County Minnesota the daughter of Charles and Inga (Sjodin) Mathson. She grew up and attended the White Oak School in Nordland Township. She helped on the family farm and then worked as a child care provider for a time and also as a waitress at local resorts in the area. During WW II she moved to Seattle, Washington and worked as a ???Rosie the Riveter??? for the Boeing Aircraft Co. She married Clarence Fossum on December 15, 1945 in Aitkin. They made their home in the Aitkin area and she has lived her most of her life. She worked at the Land O??? Lakes Turkey Processing Plant for a number of years. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She participated in quilt making at the church for many years. She was an active member of the VFW Auxiliary in Aitkin and had served as it???s chaplain for many years. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting and gardening. She has resided at the Aitkin Health Care Center for the past seven years. She is survived by 1 daughter: Lois Fossum of Chicago, Ill. And numerous nieces, nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clarence in 1979, 3 brothers and 4 sisters. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 2 PM from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Nordland Township near Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church Tuesday. 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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Yvonne L. Cline
12/02/1924-02/28/2010
Yvonne L. Cline, age 85 of Aitkin died Sunday, February 28, 2010 at her home. She was born December 2, 1924 in Aitkin, Minnesota at her family home the daughter of Carl and Signe (Olson) Anderson. Yvonne grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1942. She then attended the University of Minnesota for a year and then spent a year at the Radio Broadcasting School. She married Thomas B. Cline on June 25, 1948. They lived in St. Paul while he finished law school and then they moved back to Aitkin where Yvonne was a homemaker, businesswoman and manager of their beautiful Farm Island Estate. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Aitkin, the doll club, and the Woodland Chapter of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed flower gardening, antiques, art and dolls. She was a member of the Aitkin Doll Club. She was a collector and well informed about her collections. Yvonne was a classy, gracious, and determined woman who enjoyed her family and friends. She is survived by her three children: Jeffrey Cline of Aitkin; Susan Cline of Aitkin; James and Paula Cline of Valley Center, California; 5 grandchildren: Evan Cline, Aron Cline, Ana Cline, Carl Cline, Caden Cline; 1 great grandchild: Caydence Cline; 2 sister in laws: Vivian Anderson of Aitkin; Loraine Anderson of Chanhassen, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Thomas in 1984, grandson John Cline, 4 brothers: Glen, Lyle, Robert and Don. Funeral services will be held Saturday March 20, 2010 at 11 AM from the First Congregational Church in Aitkin with Rev. Susan Cline officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church.. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. The Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home of Aitkin is in charge of the arrangements.
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Alice J. Newstrom
09/28/1935-02/26/2010
Alice J. Newstrom, 74 of Aitkin died Friday, February 26, 2010 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born September 28, 1935 in Bryant, SD. to Henry and Julia (Russeth) Peterson. Alice was united in marriage to Duane Newstrom in 1961 in New York. She loved her family and enjoyed spending as much time as she could with her grandchildren. She is survived by 6 children and their spouses: John Newstrom of Isanti Sonja (Tim) Knutson of Elk River Karen (Dave) Skaj of Glen Eric (Paula) Newstrom of Coon Rapids Hans Newstrom of Menomonie, WI. Andrew Newstrom of Anoka Nine grandchildren: Tabetha, Brianna, Nicole, Tyler, Cody, Janice, Colton, Julian, and Emma 1 brother and sister-in-law Rev. Raymond (Marvelle) Peterson of Waseca One sister and brother-in-law Joyce (Mark) Case of Minneapolis Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Duane on June 20, 2002 7 brothers and sisters, and her parents. Funeral services will be at a later date. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Randy J. Hilton
08/11/1978-02/26/2010
Randy Joseph Hilton, age 31 of Hill City died accidentally on Friday, February 26, 2010. Randy was born August 11, 1978 at Grand Rapids, Minnesota the son of Larry and Lori (Doree) Hilton. He grew up and attended schools at Hill City graduating from the Hill City High School in 1997. He then attended Technical College in Staples. He worked as a heavy equipment operator and was currently working in the logging industry. He loved the outdoors especially hunting and fishing. The joy of his life was his children as he was a very loving and dedicated father. He is survived by his dad Larry, ma Lori; daughter Samantha Lynn; son Austin Butch??? Joseph; sister Rebecca Ann; brothers Micky Lee; John Robert; Dakota Don; Jack Easton; Evan Joseph; nephews Ethan Jack; Jacob Edward; Johnathan Joseph; grandparents Jack and Carolyn Hilton; LeRoy ???Butch??? and Marilyn Doree and his special friend and companion Maggie, his dog. He was preceded in death by his grandma Amanda Hilton and Aunt Linda Hilton. A memorial service was held Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 2:00 PM from the Swatara Community Center with Rev. Lonnie Lee officiating. Arrangements were 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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Sonja (Hauglid) Vogel
10/28/1942-02/23/2010
Sonja Ann (Hauglid) Vogel, 67 of Glen died Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at her home. She was born October 28, 1942 in Jasper to Ludvig and Anna (Halvorson) Hauglid. She attended Coon Rapids Schools. Sonja was united in marriage to Ralph Vogel in 1967 in Lexington, Kentucky. She enjoyed painting, gardening and loved raising her grandchildren. Sonja is survived by two sons Jimmy Vogel and Jody Vogel Many grandchildren and great grandchildren 4 sisters and brothers-in-law: Linda Hauglid of Malmo Sharon (John) Hawkins of Coon Rapids Lana (Carl) Iverson of Hitchcock, South Dakota Lori (Dan) Houle of Ely Three brothers and sister-in-law: Darren (Phyllis) Hauglid of Malmo Lud Hauglid of Malmo Terry Hauglid of Malmo She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph in 1990 Two sisters: Ardyce Wistrom and Anna Balsimo 3 brothers: Ronnie, James, and Clayton Hauglid And her parents Ludvig and Anna (Halvorson) Hauglid. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. ??? Saturday, March 6, 2010 memorial services at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend James Raisanen will officiate. www.srtfuneral.com
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Purl ''Buck'' Ashton Purl ???Buck??? A
06/06/1929-02/21/2010
Purl ''Buck'' Ashton Purl ???Buck??? Ashton, Jr., 80 of Hill City died Sunday, February 21, 2010 at Grand Itasca Hospital in Grand Rapids. He was born June 6, 1929 in Elburn, Illinois to Purl and Margaret (Schmidt) Ashton. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean War,179th Anti Aircraft Artillery Operations Detachment. Buck was united in marriage to Edna LaValle on May 29, 1956 at the United Methodist Church in Palisade. He was a lifelong logger and farmer, owning a 240 acre cattle farm. He worked for Hawkinson Construction in Grand Rapids prior to attending welding school at Itasca Community College. He worked in the iron mines in Babbitt and then went to Barber School in St. Paul becoming a Master Barber and owning his own shop in Hill City. He was employed by the Aitkin County Road and Bridge Highway Dept. for 25 years retiring in 1997. He was a longtime NRA member and 49rs union member, and a member of the Hill City American Legion Post #340 for over 50 years. He was an avid outdoorsman and hunter, and enjoyed watching boxing. Buck is survived by his wife Edna One son Michael Ashton of Hill City 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Rita (Dean) Manthey of Bovey Linda Ashton of Grand Rapids Cindy (Dan) Streitz of Northfield Eight grandchildren: Jamie, Marie, Michelle, Eric, Neil, Melissa, Brandon, Ethan 8 great-grandchildren One sister and brother-in-law: Rosie (Bud) Terebayza of Hill City 3 brothers: Daniel of Hill City Tom of Aitkin Melvin of Duluth Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by two sisters Caroline Carlson and Imogene Lamke, and his parents Purl and Margaret (Schmidt) Ashton. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. ??? Friday, February 26, 2010 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Charles Carlson will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery at Rat Lake, Workman Township, Aitkin County. Military Honors will be accorded by Hill City American Legion Post #340. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Thursday at the funeral home and 1 hour prior to the service. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ethel Marie Leasure
08/22/1935-02/13/2010
Ethel Marie Leasure, age 74 of Palisade died Saturday, February 13, 2010 at her home. Ethel was born August 22, 1935 at Hancock, Maryland the daughter of Marshall and Mary (Boar) Diehl. She grew up and attended schools at Everett, Pennsylvania graduating from the Everett High School in 1953. She married Lester Leasure on July 7, 1961 at Cumber4land, Maryland. They lived in Baltimore, Maryland until 1969 at which time they moved to Florida. They lived in Florida until 1975 and then moved to the Palisade area and have resided here since. She loved quilting and had made thousands of quilts over the years. She is survived by her husband Lester Leasure of Palisade, Children and spouses: Mary and Luther Pumphrey of Marianna, Florida; Ron Leasure and Kimberly Anne Woodley of Manhattan, Illinois; Lester Leroy Leasure Jr. of Aitkin; Gail Leasure and fianc?? Klaus Hecht of East Bethel, Mn.; grandchildren and spouses: Christopher (Karen) Pumphrey of Marianna, Florida; Christina Watts of Marianna, Florida; Jarrett (Kayce) Packer of Anacoca, Louisiana; Jessica (Jason) Horton of Anacoca, Louisiana; Ron Leasure Jr. of Oceanside, Calf.; Great Grandchildren: Miranda Pumphrey, Torryence Packer, Tayler Packer; Sisters: JoAnn (Lee) Gordon of Flourisant, Colo.; Daisy (Milt) Vaughn and Cindy Kegg of Altoona, Kansas and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sons: Robert Marshall Leasure and Steven Marshall Leasure, 6 brothers and 2 sisters. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Pastor Luther Pumphrey officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 PM at the funeral home and also 1 hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery at Marianna, Florida. 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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Corrine (Ackerson) Koepke
12/07/1930-02/13/2010
Corrine P. (Ackerson) Koepke Corrine P. (Ackerson) Koepke, 79 of Aitkin died Saturday, February 13, 2010 at Aitkin Health Services. She was born December 7, 1930 Long Lake Township, Crow Wing County, MN. to Charles and Nellie (Everest) Ackerson. She was united in marriage to Robert Koepke on August 6, 1969 in Ironwood, MI. She worked as a cashier and enjoyed fishing, cooking, canning, and gardening. She is survived by 1 son and daughter-in-law Robert (Susanne) Begordis of Minnetonka Three daughters and son-in-law: Cheryl Forbord of St. Paul Beverly Fastner of Superior, WI. Patricia (William) Thole of Aitkin 17 grandchildren Thirty-eight great-grandchildren 1 brother and sister-in-law: Howard ???Mike??? (Doris) Ackerson of Pillager Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Son Keith Begordis Two daughters: Lorna Larson and Pamela Begordis Son-in-law Bruce Forbord Four brothers: Paul, Lourie, Hugh, Irvin And her parents Charles and Nellie (Everest) Ackerson Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M., Thursday, February 18, 2010 funeral services at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be in Meadowlands Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Curtiss M. Andersen
05/07/1928-02/13/2010
Curtiss M. Andersen, 81 of McGregor died February 13, 2010 at his residence. He was born May 7, 1928 in Irene, South Dakota to Christian and Ida (Knutsen) Andersen. He worked in the print department of the Star Tribune and retired to his home near McGregor. Curtiss is loved and will be missed by many. Memorial services will be 10:00A.M., Saturday, February 20, 2010 at Bread of Life Deaf Lutheran Church, 2901 38th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN. 55406. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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James L. Bender
07/30/1928-02/11/2010
James L. Bender, age 81 of Brainerd formerly of Aitkin died Thursday, February 11, 2010 at the St. Josephs Medical Center in Brainerd. James was born July 30, 1928 at Westgate, Iowa the son of Erwin and Clara (Wetzel) Bender. He grew up and attended schools in Westgate. He then worked on a farm for a time before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He served from 1945 to 1947 and was involved with the testing of the Atomic Bomb. Upon his discharge he returned to Westgate and worked for John Deere Co. for a time. He then worked for his uncle and father at the Bender Chevrolet dealership as an auto mechanic. He married Dorothy L. Braatz on July 23, 1950 at Whittemore, Iowa. They moved to Aitkin, Minnesota in 1953 and he worked for Northern Service in Aitkin as an auto mechanic and then worked for Spalj Chevrolet in Crosby before working for Aitkin Motor Company in Aitkin. He retired in 1982 due to health issues. His first love was operating his greenhouse. He operated it from 1971 to 1996. He was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin and had been a Sunday school teacher, sang in the choir and had served as a deacon of the church. He was also a member of the Aitkin American Legion Post. He is survived by 7 sons and daughters in law: Mark and Janet Bender of Coon Rapids, Mn.; Michael and Deborah Bender of St. Paul, Mn.; Jim and Ruth Bender of Aitkin; Jeffrey and Terrianne Bender of St. Paul, Mn.; George and Theresa Bender of Aitkin; Joseph and Michelle Bender of Coon Rapids; and John Bender of Las Vegas, Nevada; 2 brothers: Nathan Bender of Patal, Miss.; Tom Bender of Mt. Carmel, Israel; 1 sister: Emily Sjurseth of Plato Center, Ill; 15 grandchildren: Ross Bender, Leah Bender, Matthew Bender, Travis Bender, Kyle Bender, Daniel Bender, Talia Ostrowski, Steven Bender, Adam Bender, Jeremiah Bender, Joshua Bender, Samantha Bender, Megan Bender, Kristy Bender, Shannon Nistler, 7 great grandchildren: Gracie, Cole, Cade, Cale Ostrowski, Makayla, Rylin and Tate Bender. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Dorothy in 2007, son Richard and 1 brother. A memorial service will be held Monday, February 15, 2010 at 11 AM from St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at a later date at the Minnesota Veteran Cemetery at Little Falls, Minnesota. Memorials are preferred to St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin or The Family Of Christ Lutheran School. 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 L. Monson
03/09/1960-02/08/2010
Michael L. Monson, 49 of Aitkin died February 8, 2010 at his home. He was born March 9, 1960 in St. Paul to Jarrold and Pat (Maddy) Monson. He graduated from McGregor High School, class of 1978. Michael was united in marriage to Lisa Nelson December 3, 1983 at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. He worked throughout Minnesota building log homes for many families. He was a member of the McGregor Fire Dept. He made wood canoes, sculptured with his chain saw, enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, making maple syrup and spending time at the shack. Michael loved his family. He is survived by his wife Lisa 2 Children: Michael and Carli Brother: Marcus of Dallas, TX. Parents: Jarrold and Pat Monson of McGregor And many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Saturday, February 13, 2010 memorial service at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Lance Isaacson will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Michael A. Horsch
09/17/1945-02/06/2010
Michael A. Horsch, age 64 of Aitkin formerly of St. Paul, Mn died Saturday, February 6, 2010 at his home at Blind Lake near Aitkin, Mn. Michael was born September 17, 1945 at St. Paul, Minnesota the son of Urban and Rachael (Hayes) Horsch. He grew up and attended schools in St. Paul graduating from St. Michaels on the Hill in 1963. He drove Taxi for over 37 years in St. Paul and then also worked as a dispatcher for a time. He married Mary Ann Kleinhans on June 13, 1981 at St. Paul. They had been coming to the Brainerd Lakes area for the past 20 years and they moved to Blind Lake in April of 2009. He loved fishing and was a handyman. He had a huge heart and was a savior of people and animals in their times of need. He is survived by his wife Mary of Aitkin; 3 daughters: Lynda Fisher of Maplewood, Mn.; Dawn Acree of Hastings, Mn.; Michele (Allen) Reed of Lake Elmo, Mn.; 1 sister: Sandra Stober of Kent, Washington, 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 PM until the 2 PM services. Memorials are preferred. 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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Nina Marie Johnson
12/19/1955-02/02/2010
Nina Marie Johnson, age 54 of McGregor died February 2, 2010 at her home. She was born December 19, 1955 at Robbinsdale, Minnesota the daughter of Roger and Lorna (Borland) Olson. She grew up and attended schools in Robbinsdale. She lived in Minneapolis until the early 1990???s at which time she moved north and had resided at Moose Lake, Kettle River and for the past 7 years at Lawler, Mn. Nina was a fun loving woman and enjoyed gardening, her dogs and cat, making jams and jellies for the neighbors, she collected pigs, and loved baking. She is survived by her fianc?? Rick Kosola of Lawler; 2 daughters: Tanya (Carlo) Juarez-Sweeney of St. Paul; Rhianna Brodin of Minneapolis; Mother: Lorna Worden of Moose Lake; Brothers: Roger Olson of Minneapolis; Mike Worden of Crystal, Mn.; Grandchildren: Fiona, Gustavo, and Georgio, mother in law: Lois McGregor of St. Anthony and many loving family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her father Roger Olson. A time of gathering will be held Sunday, February 7, 2010 from 1 to 3 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Burial will be in the Salo Cemetery in the summer. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Oscar Espeseth
01/24/1913-01/30/2010
Oscar K. Espeseth, 97, of Aitkin passed away peacefully at his daughter???s home and went to be with his Lord in Heaven Saturday, January 30, 2010. A quiet man whose life spoke volumes, he was born January 24, 1913 in Fosston to Ole and Emma (Ellefson) Espeseth. At the age of 14 he was on his own working odd jobs for a farmer for 25 cents a day. A few years later he left North Dakota in his Model T Ford. While in Aitkin in 1935 Oscar sang in a quartet and played banjo at his older brother Willie???s church. While there he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into his life. In January of 1937 Oscar, on his motorcycle, left with a friend to go find work in Oregon. The summer of 1939 found Oscar back in Aitkin where he met Alice Copley. They were united in marriage September 25, 1941 in Aitkin. He farmed mink and worked for Hannah Mining Co. He enjoyed music, woodworking, trapping, and motorcycles. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Aitkin. They had 7 children and Oscar???s God honoring gift of music continues to carry on through his family today. He is survived by 6 sons and daughters-in-law: Kermit (Charlene) Omar (Mary) David (Dorothy) Larry (Dawn) Lenny (JoEllen) Gary (Carrie) One daughter and son-in-law: Linda (Dan) Danielson 18 grandchildren and many great grandchildren 2 Sisters and brother-in-law: Irene Peterson Val (Craig) Wagner One brother Delmar Other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Alice on January 5, 2008 Stillborn son, 3 brothers, one sister, and his parents. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. Saturday, February 6, 2010 at Assembly of God Church in Aitkin. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M., Friday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Bennettville Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Beverly Just
03/18/1930-01/27/2010
Beverly Just, age 79 of Aitkin died Wednesday, January 27, 2010 as the result of a catastrophic stroke. Beverly was born March 18, 1930 at the Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, the third child and only daughter of Henry A. and Esther O. (Peterson) Gustafson. She had two older brothers Gerald and Henry. As a preacher???s daughter, Bev moved frequently with her parents. She lived in Minneapolis, East Grand Forks, Vancouver BC, Seattle, Chicago, and Charles City, Iowa. Bev studied sociology at the University of Minnesota, Seattle Pacific University in Washington and North Park University in Chicago. She worked for a time at the State Hospital in Fergus Falls, Mn. caring for those who were unable to care for themselves. An accomplished musician, Bev played cello, piano, organ, guitar, and auto-harp, and she had a strong alto voice that could do double duty as a tenor. Bev met her husband Bill while her parents served a Swedish Covenant Church in Winthrop, Mn. Bev???s mom would write letters about a kind young man who took care of his brother. Bev would come and watch Bill play ball and hit towering home runs. It was love that was forged with strong values and a commitment to family and faith. Bev and Bill were married on May 2, 1952 at Winthrop, Mn. They moved to Aitkin on their honeymoon, May 3, 1952 and they would make Aitkin their home for nearly 58 years. In 1956 they purchased Trackage Oil Station in Aitkin, and in 1962 bought Blegen???s Bait and renamed it Bill???s Sportsman???s Service (aka The Shop), and built a business that they sold to their son Paul and his wife Catherine in 1982. Bev was active in two local churches in Aitkin, Bethel Lutheran Brethren and Calvary Westside before she became a charter member of the Timberwood Church in Nisswa, Mn. Bev enjoyed life, leading Bible studies in homes and other various locations. She was a fan of waterskiing and reading a good book. She is survived by her children and spouses: David and Cindy; Paul and Catherine; Rebecca and Ron; John and Tanya; and Tim and Holly; Grandchildren: Benjamin(Jessica), Melissa, Nathanael (Jessi), Elizabeth, Thomas (Kristi), Sarah, Phillip, William, Anna, Morgan, Anika, and Ellie, and Great Grandchildren: Orinn, Abigail, and Hannah. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband William in 2000, grandson Jonathan. A Memorial Service will be held Monday February 1, 2010 at 1:00 PM from the Timberwood Church at Nisswa with Pastor John Just officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 PM Sunday at the funeral home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church. A private family burial will be held prior to the service at the Forest Cemetery at Kimberly. 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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Roger John Jacobson
07/31/1929-01/25/2010
Roger John Jacobson, age 80 of Aitkin died Monday, January 25, 2010 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Roger was born July 31, 1929 at Grand Rapids, Minnesota the son of Ernest C. and Anna (Bird) Jacobson. At the age of one he moved with his family to French Lake near Aitkin. Roger graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1947. He served in the Aitkin National Guard unit the 194th Tank Battalion which was activated in 1951 during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge, he worked distributing Purina Feeds throughout Minnesota and the Dakota???s and also hauled feed and grain to turkey farmers in this area. For several years Roger worked out of St. Cloud with Anderson Trucking and St. Cloud Meat Packing before moving back to Aitkin in 1966. Roger began making fiberglass hoods for the Scorpion Snowmobile Company of Crosby. He then worked with the Aitkin School District for a number of years driving bus and later supervising that department. Still later, he became involved in the design and manufacture of a variety of fiberglass products until his retirement in 1992. Roger is survived by his wife Nancy of nearly 60 years; children and spouses: Steve and Ginny Jacobson of Aitkin; Jim Jacobson of Fort Worth, Texas, Susan and Mike Ackerman of Deerwood, Tom and Lisa Jacobson of Merrifield, Mn.; Marjorie and Amir Safaie of Mountain House, Calf.; 1 brother Robert C. Jacobson of Minnetonka, Mn.; sister: Margaret and Felix Thompson of Chanhassen, Mn; six grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. The Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home of Aitkin was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Alphild J. Halverson
04/06/1915-01/23/2010
Alphild J. Halverson, age 94 of Aitkin died Saturday, January 23, 2010 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Alphild was born April 6, 1915 at Barnes, North Dakota the daughter of John and Andrea (Ipsen) Larson. She grew up and attended country school at Barnes. She helped on the family farm and then married Norman A. Halverson in 1939 at Litchfield, North Dakota. They made their home in Ogilvie, Minnesota and then in 1952 they moved to Minneapolis. They lived there until Norman???s retirement and then the moved to Yuma, Arizona and lived there until Norman???s death in 1988. Alphild moved to the Aitkin area to be closer to her children and has lived here for the past 18 years. She enjoyed baking cookies, canning, and making quilts. She was a very active person and volunteered for numerous things. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Wayne R. and Patricia Halverson of Aitkin; 2 daughters and son in law: Barbara and Robert French of Pinehurst, North Carolina; Sharon Bradley and special friend Dick Orr of Aitkin; 6 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Norman in 1988, 1 brother Milton and 1 sister Dagney. No services will be held in accordance with her wishes. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the on-line guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Teresa Marie ''Terri'' Ellis Teresa Ma
07/29/1952-01/22/2010
Teresa Marie ''Terri'' Ellis Teresa Marie (Terri) Ellis, age 57 of Palisade died Friday, January 22, 2010 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. Teresa was born July 29, 1952 at White Bear Lake, Minnesota the daughter of Arthur and Marcella (Cunningham) Schenk. She grew up and attended schools in the White Bear Lake area graduating from high school there. She married Thomas Ellis on January 9, 1971 at White Bear Lake. They lived in Minneapolis for a short time and then moved to Palisade where they farmed for many years. Teresa went back to school at the age of 42 and attended the Duluth Business University and received her AA degree and graduated salutatorian of her class. She worked as a ward secretary the Crosby Medical Center and for the last 13 years worked as the medical secretary for the Home Health Partnership. She was a member of the Hill City Assembly of God Church. She loved to sing, enjoyed crocheting, snowmobiling, had a great sense of humor, and was an excellent cook. She was able to travel to Africa in 2008 to see her grandson. She is survived by her husband Tom Ellis of Palisade; 2 sons and daughter in law: Don and Luann Ellis of Sauk Rapids, Mn.; Jason Ellis of Palisade; daughter and son in law: Amanda and David Ombengi of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; 4 grandchildren: Aeron Korhonen, Alexander Ellis, James and Robert Ombengi; 1 brother: Art Schenk of St. Paul, Mn.; 4 sisters: Mary Thompson of Chippewa Falls, Wisc.; Sue Murphy of St. Paul, MN.; Pat Wright of Wyoming, Mn.; Sally Annett of Mounds View, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother Michael. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 1:00 PM from the Aitkin Assembly of God Church with Rev. Gerard Valley officiating. Burial will be at a later date at the Waukenabo Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 until 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the on-line guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com
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Paul R. ''Doc'' Watson Paul R. ???Doc?
04/09/1934-01/19/2010
Paul R. ''Doc'' Watson Paul R. ???Doc??? Watson, age 75 of McGregor died Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. ???Doc??? was born April 9, 1934 at Palisade, Minnesota the son of George and Nellie (Pilon) Watson. He attended schools in McGregor, Aitkin and Owatonna. After his schooling in Owatonna he moved to the McGregor area and have lived and worked with the Sather family for 52 years. He enjoyed being a farm hand and he took much pride in his work at the Sather???s Store. He enjoyed doing puzzles, riding the John Deere tractor, and gardening. He loved music and singing. He loved being around people. He is survived by 2 brothers: George ???Bud??? Watson and Donald Watson both of Oregon and 1 sister Adline Kincaid of Nevada. He is also survived by the Whole Sather Family of who had been a huge part of his life these past 52 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Arnold and 2 sisters Hazel and Vivian. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 23 at 1 PM at Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor. Visitation will be from 11 AM until the 1 PM services. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. 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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Henry N. Lidfors
07/07/1916-01/18/2010
Henry N. Lidfors, age 93 of Aitkin died Monday, January 18, 2010 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Henry was born on July 7, 1916 at home in Bock, Minnesota the third son of Erik John and Anna Lidfors. He attended elementary school at Bock and graduated from the Ogilvie High School in 1934. Hank grew up helping on the family farm and he enjoyed playing basketball on the Ogilvie Basketball Team. Shortly after graduating he went to work at a CCC Camp for three years at Garrison, Mn. On June 10, 1940 he was united marriage to Elizabeth Skone at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cresco, Iowa. Hank worked at a dairy farm delivering milk, he also worked as a mechanic at the iron ore mines in Ironton, and then in 1946 he and Betty purchased the Deerwood Lumber Co. in Aitkin from her father C.E. Skone. Deerwood Lumber was a logging and sawmill operation, and Hank changed it into a retail lumber yard. They sold the business and retired in 1979. Hank was a longtime, dedicated, faithful member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, serving on the building committee after the church???s fire in 1953, was a deacon, Sunday school teacher, member of First Lutheran Brotherhood, served as a delegate to synodical convention at Seattle, and served as an usher for many years. He was a member of the Aitkin Fire Dept., the Jaycees, and Lions Club, as well as serving on the Aitkin School Board. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing softball, bowling, golfing, card playing, watching baseball, and football. He and Betty spent 22 winters in Mesa, Arz. after retirement. They sold their home on Cedar Lake and moved to Blackrock Terrace in Aitkin for 8 years and then in April of 2007 they moved to Aicota Assisted Living, and Hank moved to Aicota Nursing Home in February 2009. Henry is survived by his wife of 69 years Betty of Aitkin; 2 daughters: Rebecca (John) Jungas of Mountain Lake, Mn.; Bernice (special friend Blaine) Hayes of Duluth; Grandchildren: Kristin (Wes) Engbrecht, Karna (Dave) Hagen, Natasha Oreskovich, Brittany Hayes, great grandchildren: Alexander and Madison Engbrecht; Evan and Cole Hagen, brother and sister in law: Arnold (Marian) Lidfors of St. Louis Park, Mn.; sister in law: Vera Robinson of Forest Lake, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents, children: John-Bam and Mary Beth Lidfors, brothers Carl, Harold, and Clifford Lidfors, great granddaughter Annika Nilson, brothers and sisters in law: Edward (Lorraine) and Jacky Skone, Dorothy (Robert) Terry, nieces Cynthia Skone, and Virginia Lidfors. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 22, 2010 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 PM and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church Friday. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery 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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Maureen Hogan ''Reenie'' Maureen Judit
08/17/1938-01/18/2010
Maureen Judith Hogan, ???Reenie???, 71, of Aitkin died Monday, January 18, 2010 at her home. She was born August 17, 1938 in River Falls, WI. to Charles and Mona (Nelson) Dorgan. Reenie was united in marriage to Daniel Hogan on May 18, 1975 in Stillwater. She enjoyed cooking and nature. Reenie loved her family and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her husband Dan Hogan Sons: James Daniel (Julie) Hogan of White Bear Lake Raymond Edward Hogan And Daniel and Brian Daughters: Lauri Ann (Steve) Roeglin of Aitkin And Debbie, Lisa, and Maureen Brothers: Dennis Daniel (Debra) Dorgan of Circle Pines Brian James Dorgan of Washington Sisters: Patricia Kay (Ron) Johnson of Chisago City Bonny Belle (Tom) Brown of Fruitland Park, FL. Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Charles Dorgan. A celebration of her life will be held in the Summer. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Catherine Hillman
04/20/1930-01/13/2010
Catherine Hillman, 79, of Aitkin died Wednesday, January 13, 2010, at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born April 20, 1930, in St. Paul to Otis and Katherine (McBride) Keena. Catherine was united in marriage toDonald Hillman on September 22, 1956 in St. Paul. She worked as an X-Ray Technician at the Aitkin Hospital and Crosby Hospital for 38 years. She volunteered her time at her church and hospital. In 2001, she was an honorary chair for the Riverwood Health Care Center ???Lights of Love???. She was a very active member of St. James Catholic Church, serving funeral lunches and with the prayer chain. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, Donald to Alaska and Hawaii. Catherine is survived by her husband Donald 2 daughters and son-in-law: Caroline (Brian) Warden of Budapest, Hungary Sheila Hillman of Big Sur, CA. One son and daughter-in-law Eric (Elizabeth) Hillman of Duluth 9 grandchildren: Erin, Nathan, and Megan Warden, Emily, Joseph, John, Benjamin, Michael, and Billy Hillman Two brothers and sisters-in-law: John (Jana) Keena of Little Canada Tom (Lori) Keena of St. Paul 1 sister Sally Richardson of Sacramento, CA. Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her sister Mary Ellen Delisle, infant brother James, and her parents Otis and Katherine (McBride) Keena Funeral services will be 11:00A.M., Wednesday, January 20, 2010, at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father Justin Fish will officiate. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M., Tuesday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. A Rosary service will begin at 7P.M. and the prayer service will begin at 7:30P.M. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dave A. Andrews Sr.
10/28/1936-01/11/2010
Dave A. Andrews Sr., age 73 of rural Aitkin died Monday, January 11, 2010 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Dave was born October 28, 1936 in St. Paul, Minnesota the son of August and Florence (DePew) Andrews. He grew up and attended schools in St. Paul and graduated from Johnson High School in 1954. He played football and also played hockey in the Canadian Major Jr. League and was involved with the Minnesota North Stars Hockey Team. He worked as a carpenter for many years. He married Marilyn K. (Liljenquist) Westerlund on May 30, 1980. Dave had been coming to the Aitkin area and staying at the Whitewood Resort on Spirit Lake in the 1970???s. He moved to the area permanently in 1980. He was instrumental in building the new Bethesda Lutheran Church as he worked as the superintendent on that project, he was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church, he enjoyed golfing, playing pool, hunting, fishing, camping and just about anything outdoors. He also enjoyed building model ships. He is survived by his wife Marilyn Andrews of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Jeanne Johnson and spouse Mark Dussel of Eagan, Mn.; Julie and Dick Miller of Naples, Florida; Dave and Connie Andrews Jr. of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Kevin and Regina Westerlund of Duluth, Mn.; Mark and Heidi Westerlund of Aitkin; Glenn and Amber Westerlund of Aitkin; Kari and Greg Lund of Coon Rapids; Lori and Bret Swanson of Aitkin; 15 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held Friday, January 15, 2010 at 2:00 PM from Bethesda Lutheran Church at Malmo with Rev. James Raisanen officiating. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church 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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Dorothy Wright
01/07/1927-01/11/2010
Dorothy Marie Wright, 83 of Aitkin died Monday, January 11, 2010 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born January 7, 1927 in Grove City to William and Amelia (Stueve) Monse. Dorothy was united in marriage to Norman Wright on December 26, 1949 in Aitkin. She was secretary for the local Farmers Bureau for many years. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church, the Sunshine Club, the local card club and homemakers club. She enjoyed gardening and painting, and loved her grandchildren. Dorothy is survived by her husband Norman 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Carolyn (Russell) Kingsley of Palisade Barb (Harvey) Whipps of Aitkin Theresa (Bob) Tautges of St. Mathias Two sons and daughter-in-law: Greg Wright of Carlyle, IL. Quentin (Kristy) Wright of Blair, NE. 15 grandchildren: Uriah, Olivia, Matt, Josh, Jacob, Manny, Alanna, Lorin, Maggie, Caleb, Katie, Shelby, Dylan, Peyton, Deanna Eight great-grandchildren 2 brothers and sister-in-law: William (Marlene) Monse of Aitkin Art Monse of Aitkin Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her son Steven, one sister Mary Jane Fossum, 2 brothers Victor and Cyril Monse, and her parents William and Amelia Monse. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. ??? Saturday, January 16, 2010 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father Justin Fish will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lois Lyons
02/10/1921-01/10/2010
Lois Lyons, 88 of Aitkin died Sunday, January 10, 2010 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born February 10, 1921 in Aitkin to John ???Jack??? and Hulda (Johnson) Sugrue. She graduated from Aitkin High School. Lois was united in marriage to Kenneth Lyons on November 28, 1942 in Aitkin. She worked in the probation office of the Aitkin County Court House and also operated the Rialto Theater with her husband Kenneth. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Lois is survived by her son Charles (Kathy) Lyons of Coon Rapids One grandson Christopher Lyons of Milwaukee, WI. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth on May 5, 2009, one brother Jack Sugrue, and her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M., Friday, February 12, 2010 memorial service at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Lance Isaacson will officiate. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Robert L. Johnson
12/10/1921-01/08/2010
Robert L. Johnson, age 88 of Aitkin died Friday, January 8, 2010 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Robert was born December 10, 1921 at Aitkin, MN. the son of Louis and Emma (Peterson) Johnson. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WW II as a pilot and flew 51 combat missions in the 24 Liberator from 1941 to 1945. He also served in the U.S Air Force from 1950 to 1955. He received his bachelor???s degree from Purdue University and his master???s degree in Civil Engineering from University of California at Berkley. He married Lola M. Ramsey in 1944 in Charleston, South Carolina. He headed the State Board of Health Water Purification Program in Florida and was based out of Jacksonville, Florida. He later worked for Honeywell as an engineer on the Space Shuttle Program. He retired back to Aitkin in the early 1980???s and has lived here since. He married Dorothy Maples in 1991. He enjoyed building and designing things, politics and current events. He was a member of the 376 Heavy Bombardment Group Veterans Association, the Aitkin American Legion, and First Lutheran Church. He is survived by 1 son: Alan Johnson of Astor, Florida; daughter: Janet Allison of Jacksonville, Florida; 1 sister: Lois Tracy of St. Paul, Mn.; 5 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son: Bruce Johnson, sisters: Norma Corolla, Hazel Cooper, and brother Lloyd Johnson. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 16, 2010 at Noon from Bethlehem Lutheran Church with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dorothy Brown
08/11/1920-01/06/2010
Dorothy Elizabeth Brown, 89 of Pine River died Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at St. Joseph???s Medical Center in Brainerd. She was born August 11, 1920 in Evanston, Illinois to Ernest and Regina (Meier) Recher. She graduated from Evanston Township High School and then attended MacMurray College. Dorothy was united in marriage to Robert Stannard Brown, Sr. on April 12, 1942 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They lived in Park Rapids from1948 to 1967 prior to moving to Pine River. For many years she volunteered at the Kitchigami Regional Library in Pine River. She enjoyed playing dominos and other games with her family, reading to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and working on her crossword puzzles. She is survived by 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Robert (Brenda) Brown, Jr. of Lutz, FL. Tom (Betty) Brown of Moorhead Six grandchildren: Kimberly (Jason) Brezinsky, Lacey Brogle (Fianc????? Matt Gifford), Summer Brown, Eric, Michael, and Steven Brown 3 great-grandchildren: Jaron, Peyton, and Brooklyn Brezinsky Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Regina Recher, Husband Robert, Sr., daughter Susan Brogle, grandson Nathan Brown Two brothers: Roland and Eugene ???Bud??? Recher and her sister Mary Ellen Arndt. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M., Saturday, January 9, 2010 funeral service at United Methodist Church in Pine River. Reverend Dianne Ciesluk will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Frances ''Frankie'' A. Clasen Frances
03/22/1913-01/05/2010
Frances ''Frankie'' A. Clasen Frances ???Frankie??? Clasen, age 96 of Aitkin died Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. ???Frankie??? was born March 22, 1913 at Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Nels and June (Mackaman) Landgren. She grew up and attended schools in Crosby graduating from the Crosby High School in 1930. She then went to work at the Aitkin County Court House in the Clerk of Courts office. She then moved to the Recorders office and worked for Bryce Kelsey. She married Walter D. Clasen on June 5, 1938 in Aitkin and they made their home here for most of their lives. They lived in Bloomington, Mn for a time and while there she worked for Federal Stamping Inc. They moved back to Aitkin in 1971 and retired. They wintered in Texas for 11 years. She was a member of the Aitkin Congregational Church and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She enjoyed taking pontoon rides on the lake. Her grandparents settled on Cedar Lake and since then there have been 6 generations of her family to live on Cedar Lake. She is survived by daughter and son in law: Jacquelyn and Gary Enberg of Aitkin; 2 grandsons and spouses: Joseph and Heidi Enberg, Christopher and Stacey Enberg, great grandchildren: Jacob, Zachary, Samantha and Madeline Enberg all of Aitkin. Also surviving is a sister in law: Isabelle Clasen of Long Prairie, Mn., nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Walter in 1994, 1 brother: Myron Landgren, 1 sister and brother in law: Eunice and Del Ulman. A time of gathering and sharing will be held Thursday, January 7 from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Interment will be in the spring at the Diamond Lake Cemetery. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Christ Eugene Halgrimson
09/18/1927-01/02/2010
Christ Eugene Halgrimson, 82 of Palisade died Saturday, January 2, 2010 at St. Cloud Hospital. He was born September 18, 1927 in Brooten to Albert and Alice (Morris) Halgrimson. He was united in marriage to Agnes Lorraine (Handt) on June 30, 1950 in Rockford, IL. He is survived by his wife Agnes Lorraine (Handt) Halgrimson of Palisade 3 children: Dale & Thelma Maxine & Jim Darrell & Carol, all of Palisade Four grandchildren: Pastor Christopher (Rebecca) Miller of Edinburg, ND. Thomas Miller of Aitkin Eric (Casie) Halgrimson of Palisade Amanda (Jason ) McQueen of Everett, WA. 1 great-granddaughter Grace Miller of Edinburg, ND. Three brothers: Melvin of Elk River Albert of Palisade Harold (Barbara) of Tucson, AZ. Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by four brothers: Alfred, Olaf, Mervin, and Ellis 4 sisters: Otilda, Ida, Myrtle, and Edith And his parents Albert and Alice (Morris) Halgrimson. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M. ??? Tuesday, January 5, 2010 funeral service in Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverends William Sass and Christopher Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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