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Archive Obituaries
Donald P. Benjamin
06/05/1942-01/01/2010
Donald P. Benjamin, 67 of Aitkin died Friday, January 1, 2009 at his residence. He was born June 5, 1942 in Crosby to Vernon and Cathryn (Albert) Benjamin. He attended school in Garrison and Brainerd. He served in the U.S. Air Force as an airplane mechanic. He worked for Orrin Thompson Homes and Donnelly Stucco Co. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and farm life on the White Dog Farm in Aitkin. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren. During the last few years, Don enjoyed planting tons of flowers and helping build their new log home. He is survived by his long time partner Jan Boyer 3 Children: Brent (Krista) Benjamin of Zimmerman Stacy (Mark) Kelly of Elk River Kelly Benjamin & Brad Carter of Anoka Ten Grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild 2 brothers: Bruce and Michael Benjamin both of Garrison Seven sisters: JoAnn (Arnie) Cash of Garrison Mary (Warren) Tibbetts of Garrison Kathy (Dave) Tibbetts of Garrison Betty Benjamin of Aitkin Vicky (Jeff) Finch of Garrison Nancy (Jerry) Dudycha of Austin Robin Benjamin of Garrison Many other relatives and friends He was preceded in death by four brothers: Ronald, Roger, Jackie, and Randy Benjamin, and his parents Vernon and Cathryn (Albert) Benjamin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M., Saturday, January 9, 2010 funeral service at Light of the Cross Lutheran Church in Garrison. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Harris G. Johnson
12/16/1917-12/30/2009
Harris G. Johnson, age 91 of Aitkin formerly of Siren, Wisc., St. Paul, MN. and Fairfax, Mn. died Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin, Mn. He was born December 16, 1917 near Fairfax, Minnesota the son of Arthur and Frieda (Besch) Johnson. He attended country schools School and then attended the University of Minnesota for three years. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II and served with the 9th Division. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart. Upon his discharge, he moved to St. Paul and worked as a flooring installer. He then started his own flooring company called Home Floor Company, Inc. and he operated it for about 25 years. He then lived in Siren, Wisc. until moving to the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin in July of 2006. He has lived here since. He was a life member of the VFW. He is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Robert H. and Kathleen Johnson of McGregor, Mn.; 1 daughter and son in law: Cynthia A. and Larry Agurkis of Moose Lake, Mn.; 4 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 2 sisters: Violet Morse of White Bear Lake, Mn.; Irene Vinge of Burnsville, Mn.; 1 brother: Burt A. Johnson of Sun City, Arizona. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 3 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1 PM until the 3 PM services at the funeral Home. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Private Burial will be Friday, January 9 at the Bethel Cemetery near Fairfax, Minnesota. 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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Frances Marie Enberg
09/10/1921-12/30/2009
Frances Marie Enberg, 88 of Aitkin died Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born September 10, 1921 in McMinnville, TN. to Dallas and Mabel (Vosburgh) Holder. Frances was united in marriage to Milton Enberg in Aitkin. She worked as an Accountant for Aitkin County Social services for over 20 years. She enjoyed quilting, bowling, and knitting. She was a member of Seventh Day Adventists. Frances is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Dale and Karen Enberg of Elk River Two grandchildren Korrine DesVernine and Terra Lorentz 2 great grandchildren: Reese DesVernine and Rylan Lorentz Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Milton, brother Everett Holder, and her parents Dallas and Mabel (Vosburgh) Holder Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Sunday, January 3, 2010 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Pastor Robert Brauer will officiate. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ivan J. Dunker
02/22/1942-12/21/2009
Ivan J. Dunker, age 67 of Aitkin formerly of Jackson, Mn., Plymouth, and Princeton/Zimmerman area died Monday, December 21, 2009 at his home near Aitkin, MN. Ivan was born February 2, 1942 at Jackson, Minnesota the son of William and Ruby (Yeadicke) Dunker. He grew up and attended schools in Jackson graduating from the Jackson High School in 1962. He then attended auctioneering schools and did some auctioneering as well as working at the Ford Dealership in Jackson. He also drove a bulk fuel truck for the Federated Coop for a time. He married Karen R. Anderson on August 12, 1966 at Jackson, MN. The lived in Jackson and he began a career as a welder. He worked as a welder for 38 years retiring in 2003. They lived in Plymouth, Mn. from 1972 to 1977 and then lived in the Princeton/Zimmerman area from 1977 to 2003. In 2003 they moved to the Aitkin area and have lived here since. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, enjoyed woodworking and fishing. He is survived by his wife Karen Dunker of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Paul and Zena Dunker of Clearbrook, Mn.; Marc Dunker of Foley, Mn.; Monica and Jeremie Roberts of Princeton, 5 grandchildren: Ethan Dunker, Nikole Dunker, Wesley Dunker, Heavenleigh Roberts, and Andrew Dunker. Also surviving are two sisters: Mildred Muchilinski of Sioux Falls, S.D., Rosemary Kroffron of Jackson, Mn.; two brothers: Norman Dunker of Jackson and Wayne Dunker of Jackson. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers: Maynard and William. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 2:30 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Oak Knoll Cemetery at Princeton, Mn. on Tuesday, December 29 at 11 AM. 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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Jack Morrison
07/11/1920-12/21/2009
Jack T. Morrison, 89 of Aitkin died Monday, December 21, 2009 at St. Benedicts Community Center in St. Cloud. He was born July 11, 1920 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to John and Catherine (Durkin) Morrison. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in World War II. Jack was united in marriage to Florence Aune on October 21, 1939 in Minneapolis. He worked as a truck driver for Dayton???s Co. for 30 years. He volunteered at the VA Hospital and Veterans Homes. He was a Boy Scout leader, very involved with the local food shelf and community activities. He was a life member of the American Legion, VFW, and Cooties. Jack is survived by 1 daughter and son-in-law: Jackie (Roger) Anderson of Minneapolis One son and daughter-in-law: Michael (Kathy) Morrison of Brooklyn Park 1 granddaughter: Kelly Wheeler of Brooklyn Park One great-grandson: Joshua Wheeler of Brooklyn Park 1 sister: Mary Lou Peterson of Bloomington One brother and sister-in-law: Donald (Joyce) Morrison of Bloomington Special nephew: Don (Sue) Morrison of Elk River Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Florence 3 sisters: Isabelle Krause, Dorothy Coleman, Henrietta Morrison Three brothers: Albert, Robert, Patrick Morrison, and his parents John and Catherine (Durkin) Morrison. The family would like to thank all home healthcare nurses in Aitkin and the staff at St. Benedicts Community Center in St. Cloud for the care they showed Jack. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M., Monday, December 28, 2009 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be 11A.M. to 1P.M. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be 2:00P.M., Tuesday, assembly area #4, Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ernest H. Ecklund
09/27/1935-12/21/2009
Ernest H. Ecklund, age 74 of Aitkin died Monday, December 21, 2009 at his home. Ernest was born September 27, 1935 at Wealthwood Township, Aitkin County, Minnesota the son of Simon and Viola (Olson) Ecklund. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin and then served in the U.S. Army. He married Jane Hendrickson in 1955. Upon his discharge he attended the University of Minnesota for four years and received his degree. He then went to work as a salesman for the Johnson Culvert Company and he worked for them for many years. He then worked as a truck driver hauling heavy equipment. He has been retired for about the past 30 years. He was a member of the Masons. He enjoyed golfing, hunting and fishing. He is survived by brothers and sisters: Simon and Nadine Ecklund of Fayetteville, North Carolina; Marie and C.J. Beysellance of Washington, D.C.; Marvin Ecklund of Aitkin; Fern Kieselhorst of Phoenix, Arz.; George and Karen Ecklund of Boulder, Colo.; Eldon and Wendy Ecklund of Costa Rica; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Jane in 1992. A private family service will be held in the summer of 2010. 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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June A. Maron
07/23/1921-12/20/2009
June A. Maron, age 88 of McGregor died Sunday, December 20, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. June was born July 23, 1921 at Barrett, Minnesota the daughter of Simon and Rose (Brekke) Anderson. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from the Minneapolis Vo-Tech High School. She then moved with her family to the Tamarack area and she worked at the Tamarack Hotel. She married Lester F. Maron on August 23, 1940 in Wrenshall, Minnesota. They made their home in McGregor until 1957 at which time they moved to the North Branch area were they operated a small country store. In 1966 they moved to Minneapolis and lived there before moving back to McGregor in 1980. She has lived in McGregor since. She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church and had been very active in the church, A.R.T.S., Inc.; the Friends of the McGregor Library and the Writers club. She was a writer of stories and poems. She recorded the stories of her life and her observations about family, friends, and the world around her in her own petite, precise penmanship. She was proud of her self-published book ???All My Feathers of Time???. She enjoyed being with family and friends, and especially hosting her writers group with whom she published two other books. There was always coffee, cookies and banana bread available when people came to call. She is survived by 2 daughters and son in law: Leslie Maron of Wheaton, Ill.; Marlys (Steven) Ruth of Urbandale, Iowa; grandchildren: Kiirstin Bates, Karen (John) Erikson, Kendra (David) Baxter, Michael (Shannon) Maron, Scott Hirsch, Christopher Hirsch, Bonus Granddaughters: Carla Ruth, Sarah Ruth; Great Grandchildren: Vanessa and Jack Erikson, Haylea, Olivia, and Troy Maron; Matthew and Megan Baxter; nephews: Irving Krueger Jr., Mark Krueger; and also numerous other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lester in 1984, 1 daughter Jacklyn, 1 sister: Lorraine Krueger, and 1 brother: Irving Krueger Sr. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 11 AM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Henry Koopman officiating. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Burial will be Monday, December 28, 2009 at 1:15 PM at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. 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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Marah E. Pratt
07/19/1918-12/17/2009
Marah E. Pratt, age 91, of Aitkin died Thursday December 17, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Marah was born July 9, 1918 at Barron, Wisconsin the daughter of William and Milicent (Doe) McKee. She grew up and attended schools in Barron. She worked as a secretary and Book Keeper for an Auto Dealership in Rice Lake, Wisconsin for many years. She married Louis Pratt on August 24, 1983 in Watertown, South Dakota. They lived in Aitkin. Louis died in 1995. Marah has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center since 2003. She enjoyed traveling, reading and crossword puzzles. She is survived by 2 sons: Burt Augst of Nashville, Tenn.; and Steve Augst of Brigantine, New Jersey. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Louis. Upon her request no services will be held. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Kenneth Clayton Haug
12/28/1934-12/14/2009
Kenneth C. Haug, 74 of Malmo died Monday, December 14, 2009 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born December 28, 1934 in Fremont Township, Winona County, MN. to Morgan A. and Esther E. (Yatckoske) Haug. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran. Kenneth was united in marriage to Mary E. Johnson on July 19, 1965 in Watertown, SD. He was a Minneapolis Police Officer for 30 years. He enjoyed snowmobiling, rock hounding, hunting, and fishing. He was a member of the Mille Lacs Trails Snow Mobile Club and a Boy Scout Leader. Kenneth is survived by his wife Mary Ellen Haug of Malmo 4 sons and daughters-in-law: Kenneth (Khrissy) Haug, Jr. of Burnsville Mark (Brenda) Freitag of Hickory, NC. Martin Freitag of Grasston David (Rosario) Freitag of St. Anthony 2 daughters: Cheryl Bolles and Sandy Haug both of Minneapolis 19 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren 2 sisters and brother-in-law: Marlyce (Don) Bailey of Fridley Marcia Scott of Hillsboro, OR. Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by an infant son, brother, and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 12P.M., Saturday, December 19, 2009 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend James Walth will officiate. Burial with military honors will be 2P.M., Monday, Assembly #4 in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. www.srtfuneral.com
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Helena C. Dotzler
08/18/1929-12/13/2009
Helena C. Dotzler, age 80 of Aitkin died Sunday, December 13, 1009 at the Park Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Helena was born August 18, 1929 at Manistique, Michigan the daughter of Gustaf and Dorothy (Fredrickson) Rydell. She moved with her family to Aitkin County as a young girl. They lived in Swatara for a time and then moved to the Fleming Community. She attended the Turner School and then the Aitkin High School from which she graduated from in 1947. She married Richard G. Dotzler on August 24, 1948 at Aitkin. She started work in the Aitkin County Auditors office on August 1, 1953 and worked in that office until retiring on January 8, 1991. She was the Aitkin County Auditor from the early 1980???s until her retirement. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, the Aitkin County Historical Society and had been its treasurer for many years; the Jaques Art Center, the Red Hat Society, a bowling league in her younger days, had sat on the state library board, had served as a 4-H leader for the Channel Champs and had been active in 4-H in just about every way. She had been honored by the 4-H for her many years of helping with the Plat Book Project and she had also been honored at the National Level for her many 4-H activities. She had also volunteered many years in helping Seniors do their taxes. She enjoyed traveling, sewing, and collecting trolls and vintage post cards. She had also served on the Spencer Township Board. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Michael and Linda Dotzler of Anchorage, Alaska; 2 daughters and sons in law; Doreen Dotzler and Terry Leonard of Bethesda, Maryland; Diane and Thomas McEvoy of Minnetonka, Mn; 4 grandchildren: Dr. Taryn McEvoy, Dr. Timothy McEvoy, Kelly Dotzler, Shane Dotzler, and great grandchild: Charles Granzin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard in 1984 and infant daughter. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday. Burial will be in the Fleming 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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Regina Theresa Weijanen
07/01/1917-12/10/2009
Regina T. Weijanen, 92 of Aitkin died Thursday, December 10, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born July 1, 1917 at Stevens Point, WI to Ludwig and Annastisa Flatoff. Regina was united in marriage to Paul O. Weijanen on May 2, 1936 in Wisconsin. She enjoyed dancing, gardening, cooking and loved her grandchildren. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Aitkin. Regina is survived by one son and daughter-in-law Dick (Eileen) Weijanen of Glen 2 grandchildren: Teresa (Alan) Savage of Coon Rapids Karen (Shean) Fritts of Orenoco Three great grandchildren: Amanda, Matthew, and Nicole 2 sisters and brother-in-law: Agnes (Bill) Kvatek and Mamie Lisiecki both of Stevens Point, WI. Many nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Paul 5 brothers: Anton, John, Frank, Joseph, and Florian Flatoff Two sisters Anna Jerzak and Louise Przyblski And her parents Ludwig and Annastisa Flatoff Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11A.M., Wednesday, December 16, 2009 funeral service at St. James Catholic Church, Aitkin. Father Justin Fish will officiate. Burial will be in Rabbit Lake Cemetery, Glen Township. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dale E. Lambert
04/24/1933-12/08/2009
Dale E. Lambert, age 76 of Aitkin died Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Dale was born April 24, 1933 at Dassel, Minnesota the son of Eddie and Amanda (Nelson) Lambert. He grew up and attended country schools and then attended the Dassel High School from which he graduated in 1951. He then helped on the family farm before serving in the U.S. Navy for two years. He returned to Dassel upon his discharge and continued helping on the farm. He married Hazel Stangland on June 26, 1959. He was then working for 3M in Hutchinson and his career with 3M spanned 33 years until he retired in 1992. In 1992 they moved to Spirit Lake near Aitkin, Minnesota and have lived there since. He worked at Rutgers Resort as a grounds Keeper for 9 years. He and his wife also spent 5 winters in the Yuma, Arizona area. He and his wife made crafts and sold them at various craft shows. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and woodworking. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited and the Aitkin United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife Hazel Lambert of Aitkin; daughter and son in law: Shirley and Kane Viesselman of Hutchinson, Mn.; 2 grandchildren: Casey Viesselman and Cole Viesselman, and many special friends and family. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 son Alan Lambert in 1989. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 11, 2009 at 11 AM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the service 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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Vernon Miller
09/21/1933-12/07/2009
Vernon Miller, age 76 of McGregor died Monday, December 7, 2009 at the Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, Minnesota. Vernon was born September 21, 1933 at Crosby, Minnesota the son of George and Hilda (Palmer) Miller. He grew up and attended schools in McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School in 1951. He then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Janet A. Mannelin on March 28, 1953 in McGregor, Minnesota. He attended Dunwoody from 1955 to 1957 and learned to do body work on cars. He worked for Iverson Chevrolet in McGregor for two years. He then went to work as a lineman for Mille Lacs Electric and worked for them for 35 years retiring in 1994. He served on the McGregor Fire Department from 1951 to 1983; the McGregor Ambulance Crew Chief from 1975 to 1985, Mayor of McGregor from 1977 to 1980 and 1983 to 1987; had served on the Aitkin Hospital Board for 9 years, was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church and president of the council and had served in many other offices in the church for over 50 years. Vernon had served as a scoutmaster, and taught first aid, gun saftey and snowmobiling saftey. He enjoyed woodworking and RV traveling. Vernon was a loving and devoted Husband, patient and wise father, and loving and proud grandfather. He is survived by his wife Janet Miller of McGregor; Children and spouses: Bruce Miller of McGregor and Nancy Miller of Maple Grove; Colleen and Fred Vivant of Northfield, Mn.; Laura and Jeff Schlagel of Aitkin; Alison and Brent Henze of Lakeville, 13 grandchildren: Chantell (Chad) Johnson, Aliina (Drew) Peterson, Amber Vivant, Courtney Vivant, Brandon Perrine, Levi Perrine, Jonah Perrine, Sampson Perrine, Taylor Vivant, Alex Vivant, Jacob Vivant, Sydney Vivant and Grace Bury; 3 great grandchildren, 1 brother and sister in law: Marvin and Vicki Miller of McGregor; brother in law: Merlin Zimmerman of Cloquet. He was preceded in death by his parents, Daughter Kelly Fischer, son in law: Mark Fischer, and Sister Charlene Zimmerman. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 11 AM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Henry Koopman officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 7 PM at the church and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW Larson-Deneen Post 1727. Burial will be at the Woodland Cemetery at McGregor at a later date. Memorials may be given to Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor, Mn. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Edward Roy Martin
05/25/1931-12/07/2009
Edward Roy Martin (Native Name: Biizhak) age 78 of McGregor died Monday, December 7, 2009 at his home. Edward was born June 25, 1931 at McGregor, Minnesota the son of Jim and Mary (Sam) Martin. He grew up in the Mille Lacs area and attended schools in McGregor. He later lived in Sawyer. He worked as an iron worker in the Twin Cities for many years retiring in 1986. He moved back to McGregor in 1987 and has lived here since. He enjoyed Hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He is survived by 3 children: Lisa Johnson of Minneapolis; Kristopher King and Neil King both of Orr, Mn.; 10 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and 1 sister Agnes Chief, numerous nieces and nephews and Bud his faithful dog. He was preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers and 2 sisters. A wake will begin at 6 PM on Friday December 11 at the East Lake Community Center. The service will be held Saturday at 10 AM at the East Lake Community Center with Lee Staples Officiating. Burial will be in the Sawyer Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Minnesota. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Russell W. Chute
11/22/1920-12/04/2009
Russell W. Chute, age 89 of the Hassman Community died Friday, December 4, 2009 at his home. Russell was born November 22, 1920 at Waldick, Morrison Township, Aitkin County, Minnesota the son of H.E. ???Ed??? and Julia (Hoving) Chute. He attended school in Morrison Township and then attended High School in Aitkin graduating in 1938. He married Lucille M. Cartie on October 12, 1944 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. They started their farm raising turkeys for and dairy. He was a lifetime dairy farmer. He was a past member of St. James Catholic Church, current member of Holy Family Catholic Church, had served on various boards throughout the years. His main concern was always his family and his commitment to hard work on the farm. He is survived by his wife Lucille of Hassman; children and spouses: Anne Schaak of Minneapolis, Theresa and Marshall Hogenson of Prior Lake, Mn.; Betty Chute of Burnsville, Mn.; John and Debbie Chute of Hassman; Phillip and Colleen Chute of Hassman; Nine grandchildren: Michelle, Karl, Aaron, David, Eva, Thomas, Sarah, Alaina, and Owen Russell; 3 great grandchildren: Kyle, Kayleigh, and Kayden; 1 brother: Robert Chute of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Harold, 2 infant brothers and 1 infant sister. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 11 AM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be Monday from 3:30 PM until 6 PM with a prayer service at 5:30 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will also continue Tuesday from 10 to the 11 AM 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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John L. Hogan
07/04/1910-12/04/2009
John L. Hogan, 99 of Aitkin died Friday, December 4, 2009 at Aitkin Health Services after a courageous battle with longevity. He was born July 4, 1910 in Minneapolis to John J. and Nell E. (Conway) Hogan. He graduated from North High School in Minneapolis and attended the University of Washington. He was the Twin Cities Amateur Featherweight Boxing Champion in 1928. John was united in marriage to Ella Howenstein on November 25, 1937 at St. Phillips Church in Minneapolis. He was a United States Navy Veteran serving in World War II. He was employed for 25 years with the Minnesota Highway Patrol and for 11 years with the State of Washington Transportation Commission. At the time of his death John was the oldest retired Minnesota State Highway Patrol Trooper. He was a member of the Aitkin Fire department, former member of the Moose, Eagles, Elks, and Lions clubs, former trustee of St. James Catholic Church, Past Commander of the Aitkin American Legion Post #86, Past Commander and Life Member of the Aberdeen, WA. American Legion Post #5, Past Chef de Gar Voiture of the 40et 8 of Aberdeen, WA. Charter Member of the Knights of Columbus Crosby Council, member of Minnesota Retired Police and Peace Officers Association, and Minnesota retired Highway Patrol Association. He is survived by 2 sons and daughters-in-law: John C. (Mona) of Princeton Thomas P. (Irene) of Montesano, WA. Two daughters and son-in-law: Diane (Russell) Kellerman of Aitkin Mary Jo Hogan of Tacoma, WA. (fiance??? Ron Larson of Aitkin) Son-in-law Charles Schwab of Hugo Daughter-in-law Georgette Hogan of Seattle, WA. 13 grandchildren Twenty-nine great-grandchildren 1 great-grandchild And many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Ella, son Steve, daughter Kathy, granddaughter Jennifer, two brothers Donald and Roy, 3 sisters Irene, Dorothy, and Phyllis, and his parents John and Nell (Conway) Hogan. Funeral Services will be 11:00A.M., Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father Justin Fish will officiate. Burial will be in St. Vincent Cemetery, Osseo. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Tuesday with a prayer service at 6:30P.M. at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Alice Baker
04/26/1909-12/04/2009
Alice Christina Seibert Baker, 100 of Aitkin died Friday, December 4, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born April 26, 1909 in Paradise, MT. to Samuel and Mary (Landrus) Seibert. She grew up on the family homestead and attended Bain Township School. Alice was united in marriage to Maurice Baker on April 19, 1931 in Aitkin. Alice was a homemaker and farmer. In January of 2007 she left her homestead farm and moved to Aicota Health Care Center. She liked living in her new community and in the state she loved the best, Minnesota. She enjoyed farming, traveling, gardening, dancing, crocheting, embroidering, quilting, playing card games, cooking, and baking, but most of all she enjoyed her family. She was a member of the Women???s DFL, Birthday Club, and Farm Bureau. Alice is survived 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Eunice (Harold) Hatfield of Palisade Margie (John) Sauer of Stillwater, OK. Eight Grandchildren: Jerry, Rick, Leonard, and Tim Hatfield, Marilyn, Thomas, and Ruth Koelling and Teresa Dixon 22 great-grandchildren 5 great-great grandchildren One brother and sister-in-law: Art (Jenny) Seibert of Washington 1 sister Edna Clayton of Portland, OR. And many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Maurice G. Baker, an infant son, and her parents. Funeral services will be 10:00A.M., Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Charles Carlson will officiate. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Monday with a prayer service at 7:30P.M. at the funeral home. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service. www.srtfuneral.com
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Mary Jane Fossum
04/08/1934-11/26/2009
Mary J. Fossum, age 75 of Brainerd formerly of Aitkin died Thursday, November 26, 2009 at her residence in Brainerd. Mary was born April 8, 1934 in Litchfield, Minnesota the daughter of William and Amelia (Stueve) Monse. She moved at an early age with her family to the Aitkin area where she grew up and attended schools. She helped on the family farm and also worked at the Turkey Hatchery in Aitkin. She has lived in Aitkin most of her life except the past two years when she has resided in Brainerd. She loved the outdoors, fishing, walking, and visiting family and neighbors, and her travels to Alaska. She is survived by 1 son: Alan Fossum of Forsythe, Montana; Daughters: Annette (Jim Bob) Forkel of Fairbanks, Alaska; Colleen (Tim) Duffney of Aitkin; Charlene (Jeff) Trotter of Aitkin; brothers: Art Monse and William Monse Sr both of Aitkin; sister: Dorothy Wright of Aitkin; Grandchildren: Aimee 9Ryan) Nelson, Levi (Kassie) Duffney, Luke Duffney, Zane Duffney, Kyle Monson, Megan (Joshua) Schienbein, Cody Fossum, Kaija Fossum, Miranda Trotter, Jozee Fossum, great grandchildren: Owen and Beau Nelson. She was preceded in death by her parents, and 2 brothers Vic Monse and Cyril ???Stub??? Monse. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 7:00 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. A gathering time will be from 5 PM until the 7 PM memorial service. 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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Stella Pearson
10/06/1923-11/25/2009
Stella M. Pearson died November 25, 2009, in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was born October 6, 1923 to Fred and Minnie (Brostrom) Samuelson in Isle, Minnesota. She graduated from Isle High School, and received her Registered Nurse degree from Mounds-Midway School of Nursing. She was married to Gunder Pearson on June 1, 1946 at the Opstead Baptist Church. They settled in the Glory Community and were lifelong members of the Glory Baptist Church in rural Aitkin. She is survived by her five children: Yvonne Pearson (Robert Burck) of Minneapolis, Judy Pearson (Steve Maxwell) of Arden Hills, Rebecca Pearson (Mark Warnken) of Stillwater, Doug Pearson of Aitkin, and Ron Pearson (Tricia) of St. Paul; fourteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Lydia, of Isle, Minnesota, and brother Warren of Branson, Missouri. Stella was preceded in death by her husband, Gunder, in 2003; two brothers (Walter and Wilbur), one sister (Darlene), and her parents. Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 30th at 1 p.m. at the Glory Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating, and burial in the Glory Baptist Cemetery. Arrangements were with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin; www.srtfuneral.com.
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Bar
11/27/1934-11/23/2009
Barbara Skorich Barbara M. Skorich, age 74 of Aitkin died Monday, November 23, 2009 at the Aicota Health Services in Aitkin. Barbara was born November 27, 1934 at Duluth, Minnesota the daughter of Harry and Jennie (Wedel) Anderson. She moved with her family to Aitkin in 1944 where she attended school and graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1953. She worked for a time at the Rexall Drug Store in Aitkin. She then attended Beauty School and Advanced Hair Styling School in Duluth. She worked at the Glass Block Beauty Shop as a stylist for six years. She married Nicholas Skorich on August 1, 1959 in Aitkin, Mn. They have made their home in Aitkin for the past 50 years. She was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin; the Tuesday afternoon Bible Study, was a confirmation prayer friend, was a Grand Friend at the Rippleside Grade School in Aitkin, was a care giver to shut ins, family and friends. She enjoyed gardening, growing flowers and playing Bridge with her friends. She is survived by her husband Nicholas Skorich of Aitkin; sister and brother in law: Laura Jean and Merle Peterson of Aitkin; 2 nephews and spouses and their families: Steven and Stella Peterson of Bella Vista, Arkansas and children: Monroe, Ann, Michael, Katie, step children: Brittany, Houston and Dane; Jason and Karna Peterson of Ft. Wayne, Indiana and children: Isaac, Isabel, and Grace; cousins: Betty (John) Soderquist, Maryann (Pat) Holder, Kathy (Terry) Hanlon; Elaine Kienitz, Darla Spencer, Shelby Kuntz, Mark Wedel, Marg Welshons, Bobby Shields, and Martha Zipper; and aunt Irene Wedel. She was preceded in death by her parents Harry and Jennie Anderson and cousin Larry Shields. A memorial service will be held Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 1:30 PM from St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will be at a later date at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley. Memorials are p[referred to St. John's Lutheran Church in Aitkin in lieu of flowers. 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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Linda Dellwo
08/29/1947-11/23/2009
Linda Marie Dellwo, 62 of Garrison and formerly Elk River, died Monday, November 23, 2009 at her residence. She was born August 29, 1947 in St. Paul to Lester and Sadie (Little) Lindblom, Sr. She graduated from Elk River High School. She worked as a restaurant manager. Linda was united in marriage to Mike Dellwo on March 17, 2000 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She was a volunteer at Garrison Food Shelf and for community meals. She was member and past president of Triple L Red Hat Society, the Garrison VFW Auxiliary Post # 1816, Garrison Golden Girls, and Light of the Cross Lutheran Church. Linda was an avid gardener, she loved life and had an unforgettable laugh. She is survived by her husband Mike 3 daughters: Tanya Hagg of Elk River Jamey Thomas of Big Lake Christie Thomas of Elk River Two step-sons: Christopher (Aylona) Dellwo of Brooklyn Center Craig (Jane) Dellwo of Bonifay, FL. 11 grandchildren: Kaylee, Chaz, Kiona, Devonne, Dashawn, Deon, Nicolas, Elizabeth, Alexander, Truman, and Grady One great grandchild Kashton 1 brother Lester (Diane) Lindblom, Jr. of Elk River Two sisters: Debra (Chuck) Gorake of Elk River Donna (Richard) Hayman of Elk River And many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her sister Sandra Heller 3 brothers: Norman, Sherman, and Stanley Lindblom And her parents Lester and Sadie (Little) Lindblom, Sr. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 10:30A.M., Saturday, November 28, 2009 funeral service at Light of the Cross Lutheran Church in Garrison. Reverend Chris Hill will officiate. Burial will be in Garrison Cemetery. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Thelma M. Honeyager
08/03/1914-11/17/2009
Thelma M. Honeyager, 95, lifelong resident of Aitkin died November 17, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center. She was born August 3, 1914 in Aitkin to William and Myrtle (Johnson) Bartles. She graduated from Aitkin High School. Thelma was united in marriage to Walter Honeyager on October 23, 1934 in Superior. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Jane and Don Bauer of Crystal 4 grandchildren: Michael Bauer of Crystal Lynda (Scott) Smeaton of Brooklyn Park Kenneth Johnson of Aberdeen, SD Pamela (Mike) Schifferns of Hastings, NE Four great grandchildren, other relatives and friends She was preceded in death by her husband Walter in 1972, daughter Judith Surface, granddaughter Joy Johnson, 6 brothers and sisters, and her parents William and Myrtle (Johnson) Bartles. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M., Saturday, November 21, 2009 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Spencer Cemetery. Memorial are preferred to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers. www.srtfuneral.com
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George D. Kruse
12/14/1937-10/31/2009
George D. Kruse, age 71 of Tamarack died Saturday, October 31, 2009 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. George had many health issues since having a kidney transplant in 2003. He is finally resting in peace. He will be extremely missed by his whole family and many friends. George was born December 14, 1937 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of George and Beulah (Schwochert) Kruse. He grew up and attended schools in N.E. Minneapolis graduating from Edison High School in 1955. He married Barbara A. Fahrendorff on June 20, 1959 in Minneapolis. They moved to McGregor in 1981 and George sold insurance for the McGregor Agency until he retired in June of 2009. George spent 8 years in the Marine Corps Reserves. He was a member of the McGregor Lions Club and one of its past Presidents, Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, the Ruffed Grouse Society, Tamarack Sportsman???s Club and Ducks Unlimited. He is survived by his wife Barbara Kruse of 50 years of Tamarack; children: Keley (Mark) McNurlin of Aitkin; Kris (Wayne) Baezinger of Billings, Montana; Mike (Lisa) Kruse of McGregor; 8 Grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren and mother in law: Rodina Fahrendorff. He was preceded in death by his parents George and Beulah Kruse, father in law: Russell Fahrendorff, and sister in law: Audrey Bergman. A funeral service will be held Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 11 AM from the McGregor Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Demars officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 PM until 8 PM at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Clifford Ray Rickhoff
08/01/1934-10/30/2009
Clifford R. Rickhoff, age 75 of Aitkin formerly of Fridley, Mn. died Friday October 30, 2009 at his home in Aitkin. Clifford was born August 1, 1934 in Graham Township of Benton County, Minnesota the son of Henry and Florence (Dalton) Rickhoff. He attended school in Benton County and then moved with his family to Fridley and attended schools there. He worked in grocery stores for a time and then served in the U.S. Army. Upon his discharge he returned to Fridley and continued to work for a time in Grocery Stores and then eventually went to work for Harland Check Printing Company as a maintenance man. He married Barbara Neumann in 1960 at Fridley, Mn. They made their home in Fridley. Barbara died in 1984. Clifford retired in 1994. He married Gayle Dietzman in 1986 and they moved to Aitkin in the mid 1990???s and have lived here since. Clifford was an avid fisherman and enjoyed camping. He is survived by his wife Gayle Rickhoff of Aitkin; daughter: Heather Brown of Woodbury, Mn.; son: Craig Rickhoff of Cambridge, Mn.; step children: Mark Edin of Champlin, Mn.; Scot Edin of Princeton, Mn.; Lori Hanson of Crystal, Mn.; brothers: Henry Rickhoff Jr. of Ramsey, Mn.; Don Rickhoff; sister: LaVonne Bishop of Willmar, Mn.; 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his first wife Barbara, infant daughter Heidi, parents, and 2 sisters Connie and Betty. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Interment will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. 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. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ethel Lillian Nelson
12/18/1918-10/27/2009
Ethel Lillian Nelson, 90 of Aitkin died Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born December 18, 1918 in Palisade to Hugo and Maria (Arbor) Beck. She attended schools in Palisade. On July 22, 1939 Ethel was united in marriage to Chester Nelson in Aitkin. She was a house wife and mother, and worked for 15 years as a cook for the Palisade Schools. She was a member and very active at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade and when she moved to Aitkin she became a member of First Lutheran Church and their Ruth???s Circle. Ethel was blessed with many friends and lived her life for her family. She is survived by 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Martha (Leonard) Sundberg of Medford, OR. Marlene (Mike) Bonneville of Sun City, AZ. One son and daughter-in-law: Mike (Judy) Nelson of Aitkin 7 grandchildren: Greg Larson, Jeff Larson, Chad Larson, Cliff Nelson, Keith Nelson, Erik Nelson, and Alexa Sundberg 21 great grandchildren: Leo Sundberg, Jorge Vaca, Javier Vaca, Mary Travera, Samuel Martinson, Josh Martinson, Lydia Martinson, Matt Larson, Stephanie Kalkes, Ashley Gleckler, Kassie Gleckler, Megan Larson, Kaitlin Larson, Karsten Larson, Hanna Nelson, Marhi Nelson, Delaney Nelson, Isaac Nelson, Karena Nelson, Annika Nelson, Kaelie Nelson 4 great-great grandchildren: Nikolas Travera, Diego Vaca, Logan Larson, Madison Larson And other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Chester Two brothers Evald and Einar Beck 2 sisters Ella Olson and Evelyn Johnson Son-in-law Les Larson And her parents Hugo and Maria (Arbor) Beck. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:30P.M., Sunday November 1, 2009 funeral service at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Lance Isaacson will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Palisade. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Russell L. Ruud
06/01/1926-10/22/2009
Russell Lawrence Ruud, age 83 of Palisade, Minnesota died Thursday, October 22, 2009 at the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Newport Beach, California due to a heart attack. Russell was born on June 1, 1926 in Minneapolis the son of William and Helen Ruud. He graduated from Robbinsdale High School in 1944. He entered the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps in 1944 and majored in Electrical Engineering at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When the war ended, he completed his service as a seaman and then transferred to the University of Minnesota graduating in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Industry. In 1964 he was certified to teach Agricultural Education. He married Clarice Harstad on September 1, 1951 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and together they began the Gun Lake Potato Farm. Russell???s study of soils at the U of M led his to Aitkin County???s peat land. In 1949 he bought 160 acres of undeveloped peat land and along with Clarice, by 1956, had established a core of developed potato fields that continues to this day. Russell???s dedication to land conservation and agriculture led him to both educate and lead the community. In 1974 Russell was elected Soil and Water Supervisor of the Second District, taking over from his uncle Albert Ruud, and held that position for 35 years until his death on October 22. He also served as president of the Minnesota Association of Resource Conservation Districts (RC&D) and the Aitkin County Soil and Water Conservation District. He was active with the Minnesota Farmers Union, Onanegozie RC&D Council, the Aitkin County Water Planning Task Force, and Bethel Lutheran Church. He taught High School Agriculture at Maple Lake, Mn., Hoffman, Mn., Pacoima Sr. High School in Los Angeles, Calf., and Milaca High School. He also taught the Veterans Cooperative Farm Management course from 1973 to 1980 at Aitkin, MN. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Clarice of Palisade; 2 sons: Aaron (Phyllis) of Soroti, Uganda; Paul (Judith) of Springfield, VA., five grandchildren: Rebecca (Nic); Melissa, Russell, Willow, Margaret, one great grandchild: Nicodemus. He was preceded in death by his parents William and Helen Ruud and one brother Warren Ruud. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 1:00 PM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with Rev. William sass officiating. Visitation will be from Noon until the 1 PM services at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be in the Holden 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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Robert F. Farrell
02/13/1930-10/20/2009
Robert F. Farrell, age 79 of Aitkin died Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Robert was born February 13, 1930 at Bejou, Minnesota the son of James and Frances Farrell. He grew up and attended school in Mahnomen graduating from the Mahnomen High School. He then served one year in the U.S. Air Force. He then attended college at Mayville, North Dakota and then Bemidji State University where he received a degree in Social Work. He then attended the University of St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri and received his Masters degree in Mental Health. He returned to Mahnomen and worked in the Health and Human Services Department from 1959 to 1965. In 1965 he moved to Aitkin, Mn. and worked as a supervisor in the Health and Human Services office and eventually became the director. He retired in 1990 and has lived in Aitkin since. He enjoyed gardening especially growing orchids. He had a lifelong interest in Latin American Affairs. He was a supporter of the Christian Children???s Fund and the Mission Ensenanza. He was also a strong supporter of orphanages in Mexico and Venezuela. He is survived by 2 brothers: Paul Farrell and Patrick Farrell both of the Twin Cities. He was preceded in death by his parents and 5 siblings. In following Robert???s wishes, there will be no funeral services. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. to sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Hazell S. Cox
08/08/1911-10/19/2009
Hazell S. Cox, age 98 of McGregor died Monday, October 19, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Hazell was born August 8, 1911 at Winona, Minnesota the daughter of Oscar and Clara (Summers) Schneller. She attended schools in Winona and when she moved with her family to the Tamarack area she attended the Balsam Township School. She helped on the family farm. She then moved to St. Paul and worked for her uncle for a time. She then moved to Milwaukee, Wisc. and worked at the Milwaukee Hospital as a nurse???s aid for a time. She then moved to Detroit, Michigan and worked for the Chrysler War Plant during WW II. She married Leonard E. Cox on December 25, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan. They moved to Forest Lake, Mn in 1946 and she worked at the Miller Hospital. In 1962 they moved to McGregor and lived there until 2004 when she and Leonard moved to Aitkin. After Leonard???s death in 2007 Hazell moved back to McGregor and has lived there since. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church; sang with the Harmonettes, was a member of the McGregor Flower Club, AARP, and she enjoyed singing, playing her organ and sewing quilts. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Richard and Karin Cox of McGregor; 4 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leonard, 3 brothers: Oscar, Theodore, Arthur and 2 sisters: Marietta and Violet. Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 1:00 PM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Becky Wagner officiating. Visitation will be from 11 to the 1 PM services at the church Thursday. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery at Winona, Minnesota on Friday, October 23 at 1 PM. 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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Kenneth L. Lidberg
05/18/1943-10/17/2009
Kenneth L. Lidberg, 66 of Aitkin died Saturday, October 17, 2009 at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He was born May 18, 1943 in Aitkin to Bror Emanuel and Helmi Elvera (Elkie) Lidberg. He graduated from Aitkin High School. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran. He retired from working at Brainerd Public Schools and was a member of the 49rs Union. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and Vikings football fan. Kenneth is survived by his son Scott Lidberg of Spring Lake Park Daughter and son-in-law: Julie (Kirk) Gulland of Parshall, CO. 6 grandchildren: Michael, Samantha, Hailey Jo, Jessica, Brady, and Kayla Four sisters and brothers-in-law: Donna (Stan) Rice of Roseau Dorothy (Carl) Miles of Aitkin Ruthie Ringo of Aitkin Carol (Ron) Luoma of Barnum Other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister Gerry Lidberg Three brothers Richard, Francis, and Robert and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. ??? Thursday, October 22, 2009 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend James Walth will officiate. Burial will be in Malmo Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Post # 86 and Aitkin VFW Post # 1727. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dee E. Blanchard
07/24/1921-10/12/2009
Dee E. Blanchard, age 88 of Aitkin formerly of Deerwood and Minneapolis died Monday, October 12, 2009 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Dee was born July 24, 1921 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Charles and Ruth Blanchard. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. He married Jeannette L. McLean in November of 1941. He worked in Minneapolis for a time and then was inducted into the US Army in 1944 and served during WW II spending time in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He returned to Minneapolis upon his discharge and worked for the Honeywell Corporation. He moved to the Deerwood area in 1989 and lived there for a number of years before moving to Crosby. He has resided at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin for the past five years. He enjoyed playing the harmonica, fishing, camping and the outdoors. He also enjoyed drawing. He is survived by sons and daughters in law: Dennis and Mary of Two Rivers, Wisconsin; Lance and Corinne of Dayton, Mn.; Byron and Laurie of Anoka, Mn.; daughter and son in law: Bonnie and Jim of Deerwood; 15 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 1 sister: LaVeral McLean of Minneapolis. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Jeannette in 1991, 1 son Rick; 6 sisters and 2 brothers. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 1:00 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Norman officiating. Burial will be in the Deerwood Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com
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Cyril Lemire
05/19/1921-10/11/2009
Cyril B. Lemire, 88 of Aitkin died October 11, 2009 at Aitkin Health Services after an eight year struggle from a debilitating stroke. He was born May 19, 1921 south of Aitkin to Jeremiah and Anna (Paquette) Lemire. On April 11, 1943 Cyril was united in marriage to Esther Villeneuve in California. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II, in the European Theatre under General Patton. After returning from the war they moved to Minneapolis for work and to raise their family. He returned to Aitkin after retirement . He was truly a hard worker and provider for all. He enjoyed producing maple syrup, cutting wood, cribbage, hunting, fishing, family gatherings, dancing, socializing, and pie. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Golden Age Club, and St. James Catholic Church. Cyril is survived by his wife of 66 years Esther 3 Daughters and sons-in-law: Shirley Maxwell LaVonne (Terry) Anderson Connie (Pat) Ordorff One son and daughter-in-law: George (Sonja) Lemire 11 grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, 1 great great-grandchild, 1 Sister Laura Cassady Many other special relatives and friends He was preceded in death by 3 sisters, one brother and his parents Jeremiah and Anna (Paquette) Lemire. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Tuesday, October 13, 2009 funeral service at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father Justin Fish will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Clyde Lesh
11/16/1917-10/05/2009
Clyde R. Lesh, 91 of Aitkin died Monday, October 5, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born November 16, 1917 in Aberdeen, South Dakota to Charles and Elenore (Rehfeld) Lesh, Jr. He graduated from high school in Minneapolis and then joined the U.S. Navy Reserve. He was a veteran of World War II serving with the Submarine Corps. Clyde was united in marriage to Dorris M. (Parmenter) on October 20, 1945 in Minneapolis. They lived on Horseshoe Lake and operated the Sub Club in Bennettville from 1947 to 1961. He then started a tree farm He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and VFW. Clyde is survived by his nephew Dean Eggena and Cindy Holden of Crosslake Nieces: Nona (Marvin) Smith of Annandale Diane (John) Bruns of Maple Lake He was preceded in death by his wife Dorris and his parents. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. ??? Saturday, October 10, 2009 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will begin at 10:00A.M. Burial will be in Bennettville Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Post #1727. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ronald Joseph Shereck
07/15/1933-10/01/2009
Ronald Joseph Shereck, age 76 of Glen died Thursday, October 1, 2009 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Ronald was born July 15, 1933 at Lankin, North Dakota the son of Gilbert and Adeline (Dritina) Shereck. He worked in the iron ore mines until he joined the Army at the age of 21 and served during the Korean War. He married Marie Maki on December 8, 1956 in Hibbing, Minnesota. They had five children. They purchased the Glen Store in 1983 and operated it until 1996. After retirement he served on the Glen Township Board for 7 ?? years. He enjoyed plowing snow, snowmobiling, deer hunting, fishing, reading and woodworking. He is survived by his wife Marie Shereck of Glen; Children and spouses: Doreen and John Polzin of Mora, Mn.; Mark and Vicki Shereck of Virginia, Mn.; Linda and Brad Swanson of Cambridge, Mn.; Kevin and Jen Shereck of Aitkin; Tim and Sarah Shereck of Aitkin; Grandchildren: Trisha (Brent) Curtis; Nicole (Tim) Kram; Tyler Swanson; Ashley Shereck; Karly Shereck; Haley Shereck; five step grandchildren; three great grandchildren; brothers: John (Margaret) Shereck of Bagley, Mn.; Dennis Shereck of Bagley, MN.; Vern (Barb) Shereck of Blaine, Mn and numerous nieces and nephews and other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister Dorene and 1 brother James. A memorial service will be held Monday, October 5, 2009 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Fr. Justin Fish officiating. Interment will be at the Rabbit Lake Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services. 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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Donald A. Holstein
06/15/1930-09/24/2009
Donald A. Holstein, age 79 of Palisade died Thursday, September 24, 2009 at the Evergreen Terrace Care Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Donald was born June 15, 1930 at Maddock, North Dakota the son of Angelo and Mildred (Volden) Holstein. He grew up and attended school in the Maddock area and then at Devils Lake before moving to Palisade with his family in 1947. He worked on the family farm near Palisade for his whole life. He has resided at the Evergreen Terrace for the past three months. He enjoyed deer hunting, riding four wheelers, and cutting firewood. Donald is survived by brothers and sisters: Lynn Holstein of Devils, Lake, North Dakota; Marvin and Bev Holstein of Palisade, Mn.; Jimmie Holstein of Ulen, Mn.; Janet and Richard Kelley of Siren, Wisconsin; Linda and Homer Whitlock of Plano, Texas; Susan Holstein of Palisade, Mn.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister Joan and 1 brother Dennis. A memorial service will be held Monday, September 28, 2009 at 1:00 PM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with Rev. William Sass officiating. Interment will be at a later date in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to 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 the www.srtfuneral.com.
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Sylvester T. Holstein
03/25/1933-09/24/2009
Sylvester T. Holstein, age 76 of Grand Rapids and formerly of Palisade died Thursday, September 24, 2009 at the Evergreen Terrace Care Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Sylvester was born March 25, 1933 at Maddock, North Dakota the son of Angelo and Mildred (Volden) Holstein. He grew up and attended schools in Maddock and Devils Lake before moving to Palisade with his family in 1947. He worked on the family farm near Palisade for his whole life. He has resided at the Evergreen Terrace for the past three years. He enjoyed cutting firewood, hunting, fishing and talking with and helping out his neighbors. He is survived by brothers and sisters: Lynn Holstein of Devils Lake, North Dakota; Marvin and Bev Holstein of Palisade, Mn.; Jimmie Holstein of Ulen, Mn.; Janet and Richard Kelley of Siren, Wisconsin; Linda and Homer Whitlock of Plano, Texas; Susan Holstein of Palisade, Mn. and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister Joan, and 2 brothers Dennis and Donald. A memorial service will be held Monday September 28, 2009 at 1:00 PM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with Rev. William Sass officiating. Interment will be at a later date in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to 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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Louise I. Eng
09/24/1913-09/22/2009
Louise I. Eng, age 95 of Aitkin died Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Louise was born September 24, 1913 near Palisade, Minnesota the daughter of Axel and Britta (Ohlson) Eng. She grew up and attended country schools in Fleming Township and later attended school in Aitkin. At an early age she moved to Minneapolis and worked as a nanny. She later worked for the University of Minnesota as head pastry chef at Sanford Hall retiring in 1979 at which time she moved back to Fleming Township and lived with her sister Ellen. They enjoyed gardening, traveling, having coffee for the neighbors, and was a faithful member of the Christian Women???s Group. Since 1997 she spent every day visiting her sister Ellen at Aicota Health Care Center until her death in February of 2009. Louise is survived by one nephew: Clayton (Sherri) Peterson of Erhard, Minnesota; one niece: LuRae Melaas (Mike Stras) of Underwood, Minnesota; great nieces: Rebecca (Brian) Beckius of Buffalo, Minnesota; Sarah (Chris) Syverson of Fargo, North Dakota; great nephew: Tim Peterson (Brittany Zahler) of St. Cloud, Minnesota; great great niece: Ellen Louise Beckius; great great nephews: Victor John Beckius and Jackson Carl Peterson. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Oscar Eng, two sisters: Edith Peterson and Ellen Eng and brother in law: Luverne Peterson. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 1 PM from the Fleming United Methodist Church with Rev. Russ Christensen and Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Burial will be in the Fleming Cemetery in Fleming Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota. 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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Clifford Johnson
07/04/1908-09/21/2009
Clifford R. Johnson, 101 of Aitkin died Monday, September 21, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born July 4, 1908 in South St. Paul to John and Ida (Swanson) Johnson. He started school in South St. Paul, then moved to Bain before moving back and attending high School in South St. Paul. Clifford was united in marriage to Grace Bronner on September 21, 1935 in Hill City. He worked in the stockyards in South St. Paul, as a farmer, and logging. He enjoyed trapping, hunting, fishing, dancing, picking berries, ricing, gardening, crossword puzzles, and making things out of wood. He was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church of Rossburg. Clifford is survived by his wife Grace 4 daughters and sons-in-law: Christine (Bryan) Bailey of Aitkin Marlene Kingsley & (Warren Witt) of Palisade Muriel (Frank) Kingsley of Palisade Shirley (John) Johnson of Reedsport, OR. Ten grandchildren: Lynda Root, Kathy (Dale) DeRosier, Carol Nelson, Loren (Ginger) Bailey, Janet Kingsley, Brad Kingsley, Jeff Kingsley, Kent (Barb) Kingsley, Kurt (Lisa) Ekelund, Chad (Jen) Ekelund 13 great-grandchildren, twelve step-great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-granchildren He was preceded in death by his parents John & Ida Johnson, two brothers Willis and Walter, and his granddaughter Brenda. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M., Friday, September 25, 2009 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Sandy Berg-Holte will officiate. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 7:00P.M. Thursday, with a prayer service at 7:00P.M. at the funeral home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service. www.srtfuneral.com
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LaVonne Stapp
03/22/1925-09/19/2009
LaVonne M. Stapp, 84 of Aitkin died Saturday, September 19, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born March 22, 1925 in Lake Preston, SD. to Thomas and Birdie (Buer) Stapp. She graduated from Aitkin High School class of 1942. She did clerical work in Minneapolis and then worked at Stapp???s Resort on Gun Lake prior to moving in to the city of Aitkin. She moved into Aicota Health Care Center in 2002. LaVonne is survived by her friends and staff at Aicota Health Care Center. A memorial service will be 1:30P.M. ??? Monday, October 12, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Burial will be in Fleming Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Joyce M. Gustin
03/12/1937-09/16/2009
Joyce M. Gustin, age 72 of Aitkin died Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Joyce was born March 12, 1937 in Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Ole and Marjorie (Woodcock) Anderson. She grew up attending schools in Palisade and Aitkin. She married Joseph Reich on August 29, 1953 in Palisade, MN. They lived in various communities in northern Minnesota prior to Joseph???s death in October of 1966. Joyce married Stanley Gustin on October 16, 1968 in Aitkin and they lived in the Dam Lake area where they operated the Dam Lake Store for a number of years and also operated Lone Spruce Turkey Farm until retiring in 2000. Joyce was a member of the Bethesda Lutheran Church at Rossburg and served as its church organist for over 25 years. She also served on the HUD Board and Glen Township Board for many years currently serving as its chair. She enjoyed painting, cooking, knitting, crocheting, mowing the lawn and birds. She also golfed for many years. She is survived by her husband Stan Gustin of Aitkin; children and spouses: Joseph Reich of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Cathy and Brian Anderson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Kristine and David Wagner of Hibbing; T.J. and Tiffany Gustin of Aitkin; Scott and Joy Gustin of St. Cloud; Daughter in law: Kathy Davis of Aitkin; 21 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 1 brother and sister in law: Hollis and Anita Anderson of Aberdeen, South Dakota; sister: Elaine Stegmaier of Agra, Kansas. She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband Joseph Reich; son: Michael Reich; and infant daughter Laura. A memorial service will be held Monday, September 21, 2009 at 11 AM from Bethesda Lutheran Church at Rossburg with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Interment will be in the Saron Cemetery at Dam Lake. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to 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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Clarence ''Pat'' Patrick Clarence W. P
12/30/1909-09/16/2009
Clarence ''Pat'' Patrick Clarence W. Patrick, age 99 of Aitkin formerly of the Tamarack area died Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Mn. Clarence was born December 31, 1909 at Hazel, South Dakota the son of Sanford and Ann (Kallstrom) Patrick. He moved with his family to the Tamarack area in 1920 and attended the Tamarack school until 1929 at which time he moved to Flint, Michigan. While in Flint he was employed by the General Motors Company for 17 years and attended trade school for tool making. In 1943 he was drafted into the U.S. navy and was stationed at various bases along the east coast. In 1945 he met Lillian Briere of Lowell, Massachusetts and was married on February 16, 1946 in Aitkin, Mn. They lived in Aitkin and purchased Pat???s Diner which they operated until 1971 when he retired. C.W. was also a gunsmith in the area since 1946. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. He is survived by nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Lillian in 1997, three brothers Leslie, Edward, and Donald and 1 sister: Mabel Johnson. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Justin Fish officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be in the Round Lake 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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Henry Riley
01/26/1924-09/14/2009
Henry J. Riley, 85 of Aitkin died Monday, September 14, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born January 26, 1924 in Morrison Township, Aitkin County to Henry and Eva (Cook) Riley. He graduated from Aitkin High School class of 1942. He was proud to be one of the first Eagle Scouts in Aitkin. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WW II and attended ASTC in Syracuse, NY while in the service. Henry was united in marriage to Laurene Christian on March 5, 1946 in Webster, SD. He was a John Deere dealer in Grand Rapids and Aitkin for many years and owned Napa Riley Auto Parts in Aitkin and Milaca. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. He is survived by his wife Laurene Brother and sister-in-law: Cecil (Stephanie) of Aitkin Sister: Lorraine Riley ??? Eason of El Toro, CA. Brother-in-law: William Hunt of Hudson, WI. And many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother Romuald, two sisters Julia Riley and Cora Hunt, and his parents. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. ??? Friday, September 18, 2009 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father Justin Fish will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Thursday with a Rosary service at 7:30P.M. at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Mary Ellen Moriarty
12/04/1939-09/14/2009
Mary Ellen Moriarty, 69 of Aitkin died Monday, September 14, 2009 at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. ??? Saturday, September 26, 2009 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father Clem Gustin will officiate. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. with a prayer service at 7:30P.M., Friday in the church and 1 hour prior to the service. Funeral arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com A full obituary will appear later.
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John William Palthe
04/14/1926-09/12/2009
John William Palthe, age 83 of Aitkin died Saturday, September 12, 2009 at the Centra Care Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. John was born April 14, 1926 in St. Paul, Minnesota the son of Dutch immigrants John and Lena (Gerding) Palthe. He grew up in Little Canada, Minnesota. John enlisted in the U.S. Navy on his 18th birthday and served two years of active duty during WW II. Upon his discharge john was employed as a machinist at the American Can Company and then as a tool designer for Sperry Univac. John married Elaine Fristrom on October 21, 1967 in Minneapolis, Mn. They started their married life together in Roseville, Minnesota and were blessed with three daughters. John took early retirement from Sperry Univac and moved his family to Aitkin in 1983 to live his dream of building his family???s home and enjoying the splendors of the great outdoors. Through the years john was an active inventor, thinker, craftsman, reader, gardener, fisherman and conservationist. With his love of nature and passion for the environment, John???s kind and gentle spirit left a mark on all he met. John is survived by his loving wife Elaine ???sweets??? of 42 years, and three children and spouses: Kari and Eric Palthe Anderson; Kirsten and John Schoeller; Kaisha and John Rafferty. John also has seven grandchildren: Jack, Carson and Jayden Schoeller, Evan and Joshua Anderson; Avery and John Rafferty and also one sister: Gertrude Braun. He was preceded in death by his parents; Lena and John; a sister Ann and niece Linda Miller. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Visitation will be at the church 1 hour prior to the services on Wednesday. Interment will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Margaret ''Margie' Long Margaret I. ??
09/07/2009-09/08/2009
Margaret ''Margie' Long Margaret I. ???Margie??? Long, age 89 of Aitkin formerly of the Malmo area died Monday, September 7, 2009 at the Golden Horizons Assisted Living Center in Aitkin. She was born May 21, 1920 at East Chicago, Indiana the daughter of John and Margaret (Potchen) Voros. She worked as a beautician for many years and after her marriage to Carl Long they moved back to Carl???s family homestead in Malmo, Mn. where she has lived for many years. She was a talented artist, and she made many drawings and paintings for her church, family and friends. She was also blessed with a heart of gold that could not turn away any of God???s creatures two legged or four. Most recently Margie had resided at Blackrock Terrace and then at the Golden Horizons where she had met some wonderful people. She is survived by sisters: Monice O???Neill of Indiana; Regina Justice of Florida and sister in law: Irene Long of Isle, Mn. and also many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her Husband Carl in 1997, parents: Margaret Voros Burge, John Voros; sister: Theresa Cook Bohnenstiehl and Brother Reginald Burge. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 11, 2009 at 11 AM from the Malmo Evangelical Free Church with Rev. Glenn Browning officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Burial will be in the Lakeside Cemetery near Malmo. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. May 21 1920 12:00AM
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Dorothy L. Johnson
06/18/1912-09/02/2009
Dorothy L. Johnson, age 97 of Aitkin formerly of Minneapolis died Wednesday, September 2, 209 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Dorothy was born June 18, 1912 the daughter of Walter and Edith (Anderson) Harris. She grew up in North East Minneapolis and attended schools there. She then attended cosmetology school and worked as a beautician for many years. She married Harold L. Johnson in the Late 1940???s and they made their home in Minneapolis. She has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin for the past two years. Dorothy enjoyed gardening and the outdoors. She is survived by sons and spouses: Robert and Marlys McNevin of Aitkin; Donald and Arlene McNevin of Aitkin; Dale Johnson of Edina; 12 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harold in 2000 and two brothers. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 11 AM from the Malmo Evangelical Free Church with Rev. Glenn Browning officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Hillside 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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Adeline Purdy
07/11/1933-08/29/2009
Adeline C. Purdy, 76 of Aitkin died Saturday , August 29, 2009 at her residence in the Aicota Assisted Living Facility in Aitkin. She was born July 11, 1933 in Aitkin to Victor and Bertha (Olson) Sjodin. She graduated from Aitkin High School. Adeline was united in marriage to Robert F. Purdy on June 15, 1951 in Carson City, NV. She enjoyed reading, puzzles, gardening, going out for dinner, traveling, and she loved her grandchildren. Adeline is survived by: 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Richard (Cindy) of Midland, TX. Rob (Shanna) of Aitkin. Four daughters and sons-in-law: Terri Kautz of Brainerd. Karen (David) Stauffer of Aitkin Vicki Rhodes of Aitkin Jean Purdy (Brian Wright) of Inver Grove Heights 17 grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren 2 sisters and brother-in-law: Eileen (John) Karelis of Aitkin Betty Howard of Aitkin Other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, a granddaughter, Son-in-law Judge Robert E. Kautz, 2 brothers: LuVerne and Gillette Sjodin, Two sisters: Vivienne Wells and Jeannette Grubb, and her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. ??? Monday September 7, 2009 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Reverend Judith Clark will officiate. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Jeanette Eloise Lindman
12/13/1901-08/27/2009
Jeanette Eloise Lindman was born and died August 27, 2009 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. She is survived by her mother Gina Lindman, father Alex Murphy Sister Vallery Lindman Grandparents: Dennis & Ruth Lindman and Ron & Jackie Probasco Great grandparents: Jeanette Lindman and Charles & LaDonna Carlson And many other relatives and family friends. Graveside funeral services were 11:00A.M. ??? Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at Fleming Cemetery. Reverend Barry Hite officiated. Arrangements were with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Bernice J. Pojanowski
12/12/1937-08/25/2009
Bernice J. Pojanowski, age 71 of the Palisade area formerly of Isle died Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Mn. Bernice was born December 12, 1937 in Wisconsin the daughter of Alfred and Gladys (Weizski) Kitchenmaster. She attended schools in Wisconsin. She then worked as a child care provider for a time. She married Eugene J. Pojanowski on July 10, 1954 at Circle Pines, Minnesota. They lived at Marine on the St. Croix for a short time and then moved to Scandia, Mn. where the owned and operated a gas station and restaurant. They sold that and moved to Circle Pines and lived there until 1964 when they purchased a farm near Isle, Mn. They moved to the farm and worked the farm for 36 years until 2000 when they sold the farm and retired to the Palisade area. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, crocheting, birds, bowling, bingo and especially her family, neighbors and friends. She is survived by her husband Eugene Pojanowski of Palisade; Children and spouses: Laurie and Bruce Richards of Isle, Mn; Genice and Allan Rogers of Isle, Mn.; John and Karen Pojanowski of Isle, Mn.; Tammy Pfaff and Jess Hendershot of Mora; Mn.; 14 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; sisters: Delores Wachsmith of Hinckley, Mn.; Lila Kiel of Isle, Mn.; Carol Chapman of Yuma, Arz.; Janice Holms of Yuma, Arz.; brother: Alfred Kitchemaster of Hinckley, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother Richard. A funeral mass will be held Friday, August 28, 2009 at 11 AM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery near Palisade. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church on 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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Timothy William O'Brien
12/13/1901-08/24/2009
Timothy William O???Brien, age 47 of Wesley Chapel, Florida died Monday, August 24, 2009. He was born in Duluth, Minnesota and moved to Florida in 1996. He worked as a systems engineer for Verizon Data Services in Temple Terrace, Florida. He was a member of St. Mark The Evangelist Catholic Church in Tampa, Florida and served on its steering committee for the new church. He is survived by his wife of 13 years Amy (Bobseen) O???Brien; son Aaron and daughter Destiny; Parents: William and Jody O???Brien of Iron River, Wisconsin; brother: Patrick O???Brien of Superior, Wisconsin; sisters: Holly (Tony) Cross and Kelly (Travis) Lewis all of Iron River, Wisconsin; and three nephews: Nathaniel, Michael, and Travis Jr. He was preceded in death by 1 nephew Ryan. A funeral Mass will be held Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 1 PM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Justin Fish officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Local arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. The family wishes donations to the St. Mark The Evangelist Catholic Church Building Fund. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Donald W. Nelson
05/11/1936-08/23/2009
Donald W. Nelson, 73 of Aitkin died Sunday, August 23, 2009 at his residence. He was born May 11, 1936 in Red Wing to August Hilmer and Laura (Breuer) Nelson. He graduated from Red Wing High School. Don was united in marriage to Nancy (Town) on November 23, 1957 in Rochester. He was employed by Northwestern Bell/US West for 37 years retiring in 1990. He then worked 5 winters at Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, MT. while at the same time building his retirement home in the summers. Don was a talented craftsman, an avid outdoorsman and an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife Nancy 4 children: Daniel (Diane) Nelson Faye (Chris) Ostroot Chris (Nicki) Nelson Eric Nelson Three grandchildren: Aaron, Alexandra, and Ian 2 brothers Norman Nelson Gary (Janice) Nelson One sister Janet Warren Mother-in-law Rose Town And other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents August Hilmer and Laura (Breuer) Nelson. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M., Saturday, August 29, 2009 funeral service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Reverend Cynthia Gray will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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