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Archive Obituaries
Fred C. Kellerman
02/04/1914-06/23/2009
Fred C. Kellerman, age 95 of Aitkin died Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Fred was born February 4, 1914 at Cedarbrook, Minnesota the son of John and Jennie Kellerman. He attended schools at Cedarbrook. He then worked on the family farm. He married Melvida Monson on April 6, 1941 at Bovey, Minnesota. They made their home in Aitkin. Shortly after his marriage, he served in the US Army during WW II. Upon his discharge, he returned to Aitkin and worked in the Cuyuna Range Mines as a driller. When the mines closed, he went to work for the telephone company in Aitkin and retired from there. He was a life long member of St. Johns Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook. Fred is survived by his wife of 68 years Melvida Kellerman of Aitkin; 1 son: Ron Kellerman of Woodbury, Mn.; 2 daughters and son in law: Joyce Berg of Bloomington, Mn.; Julie and Les McNamee of Burnsville, Mn.; 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 1 daughter: Jean Larson, 1 granddaughter: Janelle Larson; son in law: Al Berg, Parents, 7 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 27, 2009 at 11 AM from St. Johns Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Burial will be in the St. Johns Lutheran Church Cemetery. 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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Tila Friend-Ballinger
09/05/2008-06/21/2009
Tila Friend-Ballinger, (Ni Sho Bin Nas Sha Quay), died Sunday, June 21, 2009 in Onamia. She was born September 5, 2008 in Onamia to Lance Ballinger and Kelly Friend. She is survived by her parents Lance Ballinger and Kelly Friend 2 brothers: Preston Smith, Jr. and Nicholas Ballinger One sister Leoniece Ballinger Grandparents: Jason (Nicole) Vanwert of Onamia Dale Ballinger, Sr. of Onamia Great-grandparents: Doug Sam of Onamia Warren Kingsbury of McGregor And many aunt, uncles, cousins, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her grandmother the late Rebecca Sam. Funeral services will begin 10:00A.M., Thursday, June 25, 2009 at the East Lake Community Center near McGregor. Visitation will begin 8:00P.M., Wednesday at the East Lake Community Center. Burial will be in Rice Lake Refuge Burial Grounds. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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John J. San Felippo
06/27/1923-06/17/2009
John Jack San Felippo, age 85 of Aitkin, died Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at the St. Josephs Medical Center in Brainerd. John was born June 27, 1923 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin the son of James and Sarah (Cowen) San Felippo. He grew up and attended schools in Milwaukee. He then entered the U.S. Navy and he served for 30 years. His naval career spanned WW II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He had served on two ships which were torpedoed and sunk. He loved the Navy passionately. He married Lorraine Larson in the Lat 1940???s. and shortly after he retired in the early 1970???s, she was struck and killed by a drunk driver. Upon his retirement he had moved to the McGregor area. John met Esther Pearson 5 years later and they were eventually married on February 13, 1930 in Minneapolis. They lived in McGregor and in 1984 they purchased a Tree Farm near Aitkin. In 1994 the moved to the Aitkin area and lived on their tree farm. John and Esther shared a great love for the land and they worked hard to keep the Tree Farm in good condition. John was a man with a strong work ethic, sense of duty and fair play, high intelligence, and dry wit. He is survived by his wife Esther of 29 years; 3 children and spouses: Lorilea and Otmar Klimek of Rosemount, Mn.; Jack and Kitty San Felippo of Plymouth, Mn.; Janet and Greg Nyland of Texas; 5 grandchildren: Milena Klimek, Matt San Felippo, Mike San Felippo, Ben Nyland and Katie Nyland, 2 great grandchildren: Dylan San Felippo, and Kaleb San Felippo; 2 brothers: Peter (Doris) San Felippo of Texas; Joe (Rosie) San Felippo of Tennessee; sister: Dolly Linke of Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Al San Felippo and Gino San Felippo. A graveside memorial service will be held in August at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Ft. Snelling Honor Guard. 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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Veronica Belto
06/05/1914-06/16/2009
Veronica R. Belto, 95 a former Racine, WI. resident was called home by the Lord Tuesday, June 16, 2009. She was born June 5, 1914 to Jack and Anna (Vadnais) McCauley in De Graff, MN. She and her family resided in Warba, MN. She moved to Racine, WI. in the early 1950???s where she pursued a nursing career and spent her working years fulfilling her passion by doing what she believed was her life???s purpose, caring for the sick. On December 30, 1954 in Arizona Veronica was united in marriage to Vilja Belto, her wonderful, loving husband. In 1988 upon retirement, the two moved to Bullhead City, AZ. and made this their home, while spending their summers in Aitkin, MN. She is survived by two sons: Edward (Helen) Lindgren of Pengilly, MN. Earl (Charlotte) Lindgren of Aitkin, MN. 7 grandchildren Nineteen great-grandchildren 11 great-great-grandchilden One brother Bill (MAC) McCauley of Prescott, AZ. 1 sister Della Howe of Racine, WI. and many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband Vilja, 6 brothers, 2 sisters. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M., Friday, June 19, 2009 memorial service at St. Paul???s Catholic Church in Warba, MN. Fr. Howard Eisel will officiate. Burial will be in Warba-Feeley Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Kathryn ''Kay'' Beihoffer Kathryn ???K
05/30/2009-06/03/2009
Kathryn ''Kay'' Beihoffer Kathryn ???Kay??? M. Beihoffer, age 79 of Aitkin formerly of Fridley died Saturday, May 30, 2009 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Mn. Kay was born January 21, 1930 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin the daughter of Martin and Hanna (Proehl) Hoppert. She grew up and attended schools in Sheboygan graduating from the Sheboygan Central High School in 1947. She then attended the Milwaukee Hospital School of Nursing and graduated in 1951 from there. She worked at the Hospital until 1953 at which time she moved to Minneapolis and went to work for the University Of Minnesota Hospital in the pediatrics unit. She worked there until 1960. She married Dale L. Beihoffer on August 23, 1958 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Fridley where she raised her family and did day care in her home. In 1988 she and Dale retired to the Aitkin area, living on Farm Island Lake. Kay was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin and former member of St. Phillips Lutheran Church in Fridley. Kay was very active in her church having sang in the Church Choir, providing Home Communion for shut ins, served on the Kitchen Committee, was involved with the ladies circle and had been very active in providing children???s sermons on Sunday???s. She was also a member of the Garden Club, and had volunteered at the Rippleside Elementary School for 20 years. She also enjoyed swimming and rowing, and most of all enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She is survived by her husband Dale Beihoffer of Aitkin; 2 daughters: Mary and Dan Swanson of Aitkin; Anne Beihoffer and special friend Jeff Olson of Oak Grove, Mn.; 6 grandchildren: Luke Swanson, Sarah Swanson, Noah Swanson, Hannah Swanson, Faith Swanson and Leah Swanson; 1 brother: John (Sharon) Hoppert of Sheboygan, Wisc.; 2 sisters: Harriet Stickney of Milwaukee, Wisc.; Ann (Jim) Hoppert Keller of Kohler, Wisc.; and step mother: Leona Hoppert of Sheboygan Falls, Wisc. She was preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter: Angela Glaser, 2 brothers: Frederick Hoppert Sr and Martin Hoppert. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 8, 2009 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson and Rev. Sarah Cordray officiating. Burial will be in the Glory Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, June 7 from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the 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. Jan 21 1930 12:00AM
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Viljo ''Bill'' Johnson Viljo ???Bill??
03/03/2009-06/02/2009
Viljo ''Bill'' Johnson Viljo ???Bill??? Johnson, age 92 of McGregor passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Mn. Viljo was born June 22, 1916 in Rice River Twp. of Aitkin Co. the son of Jalmer and Helmi (Kann) Johnson. He was a lifelong member of the Rice River and McGregor communities. He proudly served in the US Army from 1942 to 1945, as a member of the 321st Wildcat 81st infantry division during WW II. He was awarded the Bronze Star during active duty in the South Pacific. He was a life member of the McGregor VFW Post 2747 and served as a member of the funeral detail for military honors for many years. He married Evelyn (Harp) Swanson on November 6, 1948 at Cloquet, Mn. Viljo worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator and he also logged. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, deer hunting, cards, and horseshoes. He was a great story teller who kept his family and friends hanging on to every word. Viljo is survived by his loving wife Evelyne (Freddie) of sixty years; six children: Arlis (Frank) Gardner of Butte, Montana, Ernie (Sandra) Swanson of Brighton, Colo., Robert Johnson of Minneapolis, Mn., Mary Lou (Len) Roiger of Randolph, Mn., Cindy Schuller of Owatonna, Mn., Alan Johnson of Winnemucca, Nevada; 16 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister Elsie Jouppi. His brother Arnie passed away on March 29, 2009. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 1:00 PM from the United Methodist Church in McGregor with Rev. Russell Christensen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Larson-Deneen VFW Post 2747. Burial will be in the Rice River Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com Jun 22 1916 12:00AM
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Eugene R. Parkki
07/26/1948-06/02/2009
Eugene R. Parkki, 60 of Tamarack died Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at his residence. He was born July 26, 1948 in Cloquet to Auno John and Dorothy Ann (Anderson) Parkki. He worked for Savannah Industries and then Lakeside Manufacturing. Eugene enjoyed farming, fishing, four wheeling, and hunting. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Ruth and Robert Sundberg of McGregor Besides other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law Phyllis and Lyle Waisanen, niece Elaine Sundberg, and parents Auno and Dorothy Parkki. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M., Sunday, June 7, 2009 funeral service at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Reverend Joey Blomdahl will officiate. Burial will be in Salo Cemetery. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Sandra Lee Jacques
11/24/1946-06/02/2009
Sandra Lee Jacques In Loving Memory of Sandra Lee Jacques, 62 of Palisade died Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at her home. She was born November 24, 1946 in Mora to Robert and Clara ???Tiny??? (Schmidt) Nelson. Sandra was united in marriage to Frank Jacques on January 21, 1977 in Watertown, SD. She was employed at Paulbeck???s County Market in Aitkin. She was a member of the Red Hatters, Homemakers, quilt and book clubs, and Hilltop Chapel in Palisade. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, crafts, camping, reading and Bible studies. Sandra is survived by her husband Frank Parents Robert and Clara ???Tiny??? Nelson of Blaine Four children: Jacquie (Mark) Kellogg of Flagstaff, AZ. Nancy (Nick) Cucci of Lakeville Paula Murray of Fairmont Cameron (LaMona) Kellogg 9 Grandchildren: Shanna, Brandon, Nicolas, Hannah, Kevin, Zachary, Alex, Isabella, and Angelo Two brothers and sister-in-law: Steven (Carol) Nelson of Forest Lake Stacy Nelson of Wyoming Besides aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M., Tuesday, June 9, 2009 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Barry Hite will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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William A. Dau
10/24/1922-05/25/2009
William A. Dau, age 86 of McGregor formerly of Prior Lake, Mn. died Monday, May 25, 2009 at his home in McGregor. William was born October 24, 1922 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Arnold and Mathilda (Regenauer) Dau. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. During those years he spent the summers at the Regenauer farm near Shell Lake, Wisconsin, of which he had very fond memories. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II serving from 1942 to 1945. Upon his discharge he returned to Minnesota and married Yvonne H. Constant on September 29, 1945 in Minneapolis. They lived in Prior Lake and he worked as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. During the Korean Conflict he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Upon his discharge he returned home and continued working as a letter carrier. Following his retirement he learned the art of gunsmithing and was a very accomplished gunsmith. He and his wife moved to McGregor in 1974 and have resided here since. He was a 48 year member of AA and through AA he volunteered many hours going to the Aitkin County Jail and the Sandstone Federal Prison and helped counsel inmates. He is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: William and Denise Dau of Prior Lake, Mn.; 1 daughter and son in law: Connie and Tom Anderson of McGregor, Mn.; 5 grandchildren: Erin Dau, Annie-Jo Dau, Joshua Anderson, Jason Anderson, Kyle Anderson; 1 great granddaughter: Ashlyn Anderson; 1 sister: Myrtle Berg of Plymouth, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Yvonne in 2005 and 1 sister Arlene. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 1:00 PM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Becky Wagner officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services Saturday at the church. Interment will be Friday, June 5, 2009 at Noon at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery with Military Honors. 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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Earl Reich
04/28/1923-05/23/2009
Earl D. Reich, 86 of McGregor died Saturday, May 23, 2009 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born April 28, 1923 in Hebron Township, Aitkin County to Earle and Lucille (Graham) Reich. On July 24, 1942 Earl was united in marriage to Vera A. Jewell at their home in the Moose Meadow Community. He worked as a farmer, at a gas filling station and Vera Anne Line Jewelry Store in McGregor. He enjoyed painting, gardening and Jewelry. Earl is survived by his wife Vera of McGregor 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Robert (Kathy) of Palisade Don of Palisade One daughter and son-in-law: Judy (Mike) Nelson of Aitkin 7 grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren 2 sisters and brother-in-law: Mavis Higens of Burley, ID. Delores (Laird) Haas of Orefield, PA. Besides other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandchild Jamie, infant sister Doris, and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Wednesday, May 27, 2009 funeral service at the United Methodist Church in McGregor. Reverend Lloyd Olds will officiate. Burial will be in the Fleming Cemetery. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Earl Frentz
05/31/1915-05/23/2009
Earl Henry Taylor Frentz, 93 of Aitkin died peacefully on Saturday, May 23, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin, and went home to be with Jesus. He was born May 31, 1915 in Staples to Vernon and Hulda (Kolbe) Frentz. On August 4, 1941 Earl was united in marriage to Margaret Winquist at Grace Lutheran Church in SE. Minneapolis. He was a 22 year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department, retiring in 1966. He enjoyed to travel, photography, and operating Ham Radio. He was a member of the Minneapolis Police Relief Association and a 70 year ???Life Time??? member of the Masonic Lodge #19 in Minneapolis He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law: Sally (Duane) Russell of Deerwood Son-in-law: Richard Heise of Maple Grove Grandchildren: Margaret (Dean) Swann Allison (James) Talaske Kristy (Travis) Heise Kyle (Susan) Heise Eric Heise Scott (Vanessa) Heise Many great-grandchildren 1 great-great-granddaughter He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years Margaret, daughter Susan, and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 12:00P.M. ??? Thursday, May 28, 2009 funeral service at Assembly of God Church, Hwy. 169, in Aitkin. Reverends Dan & Marlene Turner will officiate. Burial will be in Orono Cemetery, Elk River. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Michael Anthony Jackson
10/31/1988-05/17/2009
Michael A. Jackson, age 20 of Tamarack died as the result of a car accident on Sunday, May 17, 2009 near McGregor. Michael was born October 31, 1988 at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He grew up and attended schools at Mitchell South Dakota. He then moved with his family to Tamarack in 1999 and he attended the Cromwell and McGregor Schools. He had an opportunity to travel throughout the United States seeing many different sites. He most recently returned home to Tamarack in February of this year. He enjoyed working on automobiles and loved to fish. He is survived by his parents: Nels James Duff and Rosezella Jackson of Tamarack; grandmothers: Lila Jackson of McGregor; Arpie Bland of Tamarack; grandfather Ken Bland of Big Fork, Mn.; 1 aunt, 5 uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Robert B. Jackson and 1 aunt. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 1 PM from the McGregor United Methodist Church with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. 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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Harlan H. Bartel
02/21/1937-05/14/2009
Harlan H. Bartel (KA0 VGO) age 72 of Aitkin died Thursday, May 14, 2009 at his home near Aitkin. Harlan was born February 21, 1937 at Biscay, Minnesota the son of Henry and Elsie (Oltmann) Bartel. He grew up and attended school near Cross Lake. He then helped with the family resort, worked as a fishing guide and logged. He later went to the Twin Cities and worked for the Scott Atwater Company. He was a jack of all trades having worked many jobs over the years. He married Sandra L. Ward on July 16, 1964 at Garrison, Mn. The have lived in the Aitkin area since. He was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin; the Ham Operators Club in Brainerd; and the Isaac Walton League. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. In his younger days he raced cars, snowmobiles, motorcycles and go-carts. He is survived by his wife Sandra Bartel of Aitkin; Children and spouses: James Bartel and Kathy Crump of Aitkin; Jane and Terry Lenzen of Aitkin; Keith and Teresa Bartel of Beaver Bay, Mn.; Gina and Mark Wold of Aitkin and Chad Bartel of Ironton, Mn.; 15 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 2 sisters: Verda Girgen of Polk City, Florida and Helen Kilian of Crosslake, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 18, 2009 at 11 AM from St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 6 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Monday. Burial will be at a later date in the Bennettville Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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James Lyle Florek
12/10/1935-05/11/2009
James Lyle Florek, age 73 of Aitkin died Monday, May 11, 2009 at his home. James was born December 10, 1935 at Princeton, Minnesota the son of Joseph and Marcella (Reineccius) Florek. He attended schools in North Dakota, Princeton, Hillman and Aitkin. He first worked with his uncle building Pole Barns throughout the 5 state area. He then worked for Borson Construction Co. in the Twin Cities and later for Olympic Drywall and Conroy Brothers as a sheet rocker. He married Josephine Wacholz on March 16, 1956. They lived in the Aitkin area most of their live. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, leatherwork, carving, and gardening and also enjoyed building fishing rods. He is survived by 1 son: James Florek of Aitkin; 1 daughter: Julie Florek of Aitkin; 2 grandchildren: Jessie and Christopher; 2 brothers: Ronald Florek of Aitkin; Michael Florek of Aitkin; 2 sisters: Dorothy Gordon of Aitkin and Sharon Nelson of Deerwood. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife in 2004, 1 grandson Thomas, and 1 brother Gerald. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. A visitation time will be held 1 hour prior to the services on Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will be at a later date at the Opstead 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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Patricia McDonald
05/15/1936-05/08/2009
Patricia McDonald, 72 of Aitkin died Friday, May 8, 2009 at her residence, on the eve of her 50th wedding anniversary with husband Tom. She was born May15, 1936 in Becker to Tony and Tina (Peterson) Thorsten. On May 9, 1959 in Minneapolis, Patricia was united in marriage to Thomas McDonald. She was a kind and gentle woman, who loved helping others. She was very involved with women???s advocacy groups. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, C.C.W., and St. James Catholic Church. She is survived by her husband Tom of Aitkin Son Matt McDonald of Aitkin Daughter Maureen McDonald of Atlanta, GA. 2 Grandchildren: Sara Larsen and Amy McDonald Two brother Vern and Herb Thorsten both of Aitkin Besides many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her six brothers and sisters: John, Olga, Hilda, Henry, Alyce, and Elna; her nephew Larry and niece Nancy, and her parents Tony and Tina (Peterson) Thorsten. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. ??? Wednesday, May 13, 2009 memorial service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Deacon Vern Anderson will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Memorial are preferred to Sharing & Caring Hands, 525 North 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN. 55405 Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Kenneth Lyons
09/03/1918-05/05/2009
Kenneth C. Lyons, 90 of Aitkin died Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born September 3, 1918 in Aitkin to Charles and Josephine (Topinka) Lyons. He graduated from Aitkin High School. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in World War II. On November 28, 1942 in Aitkin, Kenneth was united in marriage to Lois Sugrue. He was the former owner and operator of the Rialto Theater in Aitkin and worked as a custodian for First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. He was a member Aitkin American Legion Post #86, Aitkin VFW Post #1727, and First Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Kenneth is survived by his wife Lois of Aitkin One son and daughter-in-law: Charles (Kathy) Lyons of Coon Rapids 1 grandson Christopher Lyons of Milwaukee He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Josephine. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M., Monday, May 11, 2009 funeral service at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Lance Isaacson and Reverend Sarah Cordray will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Mildred Griffin
05/19/1913-05/05/2009
Mildred J. Griffin of Aitkin, formerly of the Twin Cities, died May 5, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin, two weeks short of her 96th birthday. She was born May 19, 1913 in Minneapolis to Edward S. and Gertrude (Pehrson) Johnson. She was preceded in death by husband Richard C. Griffin. Mildred is survived by children: Judy (Dennis) Skinner of McGregor Richard D. (Jean) Griffin of St. Petersburg, FL. She was a proud grandmother of: Scott (Susan) Skinner of Aitkin Todd (Mary Jo) Skinner of Anoka Kristen (Tom) Gannon of Big Lake Karen (Emmett) Fogarty of Belle Plaine Carrie (Nicolas) Octtaviani of Temple Terrace, FL. Ann (Kurt) Herrmann of Tampa, FL. Michael (Kristen) Griffin of Las Vegas, NV. She will be missed by sister Miriam Gustafson of Naples, FL. 12 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was a great reader, enjoyed crossword puzzles, music, and liked writing and reciting poetry. She was proud of her Swedish heritage. HAPPY MOTHER???S DAY MOM! Graveside services will be 2:00P.M. ??? Saturday, May 16, 2009 at Sunset Memorial Park in Minneapolis. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dean Sanford
12/16/1926-05/03/2009
Dean Paul Sanford, 82 of Aitkin died Sunday, May 3, 2009 at his residence. He was born December 16, 1926 in Boise, Idaho to Roland and Edith (Lasher) Sanford. He graduated from Aitkin High School class of 1945. He attended St. Cloud Teachers College, graduating in 1950 with a B.S. degree in mathematics and a minor in physics. On June 27, 1951 in Aitkin, Dean was united in marriage to Corinne ???Kim??? Boudreau. He started his teaching career in Winnebago in 1950. After two years he moved to Brainerd, where he spent the next 32 years teaching junior high mathematics. In addition Dean also taught mathematics for many years at Brainerd Vo-Tech for those pursuing their GED certificates. In summers, he further supported his family by working as a paper carrier for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and selling bait. After his retirement he worked as a substitute teacher for six years. He loved to spend time with his family at his Cedar Lake home near Aitkin. It was a perfect location since Dean was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed deer and duck hunting, ice and walleye fishing. Gardening, and woodcutting. He served as past state vice president of the Minnesota Federation of Teachers, a past president of the Quarterbacks Club in Brainerd, an active member of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, Riceland Chapter, where he served as both past president and corporate director, and as a board member of Cedar Lake Conservancy. He was also a staunch member of the National Rifle Association. Dean was a member of St. Joseph???s Catholic Church in Deerwood where he served on the parish council, the church finance council, as an eucharistic minister, and was a member of the Cuyuna Range Knights of Columbus. He was a charter member of St. Andrew???s Catholic Church in Brainerd. Dean is survived by his wife Corinne 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Michael Sanford of Minneapolis Tom (Steffanie) Sanford of Aitkin Two daughters and sons-in-law: Nancy (Kerry) MacArthur of Houston, TX. Anne (Dan) Johanek of St. Cloud Grandchildren: Rob, Mary, Phillip, Elizabeth and Anna MacArthur; Taylor and Amy Johanek; Hunter, Jeb, Wyatt, Addie, Gus, and Blaise Sanford 1 brother Charles of Falmouth, Maine Besides many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother Donald and his parents Roland and Edith. Funeral services will be 11AM ??? Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at St. Joseph???s Catholic Church in Deerwood. Fr. Howard Eisel will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, Aitkin. Visitation will be 4:30 to 7P.M, Monday at the church and will continue 1 hour prior to the service. Rosary services will begin at 7:00P.M. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to St. Joseph???s Church Building Fund, Deerwood.
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Ellen Sanda
04/12/1922-05/02/2009
Ellen Sanda age 87 of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, a very gracious, sweet lady went home to be with her husband and three of her children on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at the Grand Village Nursing Home in Grand Rapids. Ellen was born on April 12, 1922 at Palisade, Mn. the daughter of Finnish Immigrants; Abel and Ann (Maki) Saastamoinen. She married Jack Sanda on October 14, 1941 at Cloquet, Minnesota. They made their home in East Lake and together had five children; Loretta Jane, Shirley Mae, Dinah Jean, Donald Jack, and Rosemary Ellen. After her husband Jack passed away in 1966, Ellen earned her Home Health and Nursing Assistant certificates. She was well known for her cinnamon rolls that she made at the former Roadside Caf?? in McGregor. One of her many accomplishments, and one of her families proudest moments, was when, at age 67, she graduated from Hibbing Vo-Tech College with a degree in Textiles and Apparel occupations. She sewed clothes, curtains and gifts for her family and friends. She made her home in Grand Rapids where she was a foster grandparent, hospitality hostess, RSVP volunteer, VFW auxiliary member, and a Salvation Army volunteer. Ellen touched the lives of so many with her kind and generous spirit. Her beautiful smile and sparkling blue eyes were a welcome sight to see and made everyone who met her very fortunate. She was not one to complain and was always there to lend a hand. We will miss our gracious Mom, Nana, Granny, Gramma, friend, neighbor, relative very much. She will be in our hearts forever. She will be sadly missed by two daughters: Shirley (Alfred) Maki of McGregor; Rose (Kevin) Weston of Grand Rapids, Mn.; 1 brother: Arvid Saastamoinen of Columbia Heights, Mn.; grandchildren: Dawn, Nona, Nicole, Megan, Lena, Jessie, Christi, and Ashley; 11 great grandchildren and special friends Twyla and Roy Sundin and many other relatives and friends. Ellen went to be at home with her husband Jack, daughters Loretta Jane and Dinah Jean; son Donald Jack; 1 sister, 3 brothers, 1 grandson, 1 granddaughter, and 1 great granddaughter. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 11 AM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Henry Koopman officiating. Burial will be in the Rice River Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Keith Eld, Brian Waddick, Roy Hicks, Mark Taschuk, Steve Sanda and Doug Saastamoinen. Honorary pallbearers will be: Megan Maki, Alfred Maki, Kevin Weston, Vern Kemnitz, and Dennis Olson. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 7 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Thomas Praske
10/05/1955-05/02/2009
Thomas L. Praske, 53 of Aitkin died Saturday, May 2, 2009 at his residence. He was born October 5, 1955 in Clear Lake, SD. to Paul and Mae (Goodmonson) Praske. He worked as a painter for Homestead Painting for the past 25 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and horses. He loved his grandchildren. Thomas is survived by his mother Mae Praske of Aitkin 4 daughters and sons-in-law: Heather (Darrick) Weimer of Backus Kim (Charles) Teal of Aitkin Kristine Kasper of Little Falls Melanie Schultz of Aitkin One son: Scott Delger of Plymouth 3 step-children: Dacey , Alanna, and Dustin Tibbetts all of Aitkin Twelve grandchildren 3 brothers and sister-in-law: Eugene (Karen) Praske of Aitkin John Praske of Grand Rapids James Praske of Sitka, AK. He was preceded in death by his father Paul Praske. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11AM ??? Friday, May 8, 2009 funeral service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Margaret C. McConnell
01/17/1917-05/01/2009
Margaret Catherine McConnell, age 92 of Aitkin died Friday, May 1, 2009 at the Lakeside Medical Center in Pine City, Minnesota. Margaret was born January 17, 1917 in Aitkin the daughter of Benjamin and Barbara (Foley) Hassman. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1935. She then attended the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Mn. for two years. She then moved to the Twin Cities where she attended the Minnesota School of Business. During WW II she worked in Alaska for the war effort. She also worked in Guam, Seattle, Wash., and in Tennessee. She married Burt McConnell on August 28, 1951. They lived in Florida until 1962 at which time the moved to Aitkin and have lived here since. Margaret was an avid traveler and enjoyed seeing different parts of the world. She also enjoyed reading. In her younger years she enjoyed the game of golf. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. She is survived by 1 daughter and son in law: Pat and Ken Kutz of Grantsburg, Wisconsin; 3 grandsons: Brian Kutz, Sean Kutz, and Brendan Kutz all of Grantsburg. She is also survived by 1 sister: Mary Schoepf of Aitkin and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Burt in 1975, 1 brother Richard Hassman and 3 sisters: Charlotte Welshons, Caroline Ryan, and Corinne Lynch Peterson Funeral services will be held Wednesday May 6, 2009 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 8 PM with a Rosary Service at 7:30 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Goldie Adams
08/03/1916-04/29/2009
Goldie Maye Adams, 92 of McGregor died Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. She was born August 3, 1916 in Maxwell, IA. to Walter and Mary Bennethum. She grew up in Aitkin graduating from Aitkin High School. On October 12, 1935 in Carlton, Goldie was united in marriage to Garry Wilson Adams. They moved to Iowa where they operated a grocery store in Des Moines. She also worked as an administrative assistant for insurance companies. They moved to McGregor in 1966 where she was a very active member of Round Lake Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed crocheting, baking, gardening, and birds. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Dennis (Mary) Adams of Plymouth Daughter-in-law: Mary Adams of Rochester 2 grandsons: Matthew (Shana) Adams of Rockford Ricky Adams of Nevada One granddaughter: Christine (Jeff) Dahle of Stewartville 4 great-grandchildren: Danika, Jakob, Mikayla, and Cameron One sister: Cleo Storm of Knoxville, IA. She was preceded in death by her son Danny in 1981, her husband Garry in 1992 and her parents Walter and Mary Bennethum. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M.- Sunday, May 3, 2009 at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, McGregor. Reverend John Yingling will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 7P.M. Saturday at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dorothy M. Green
11/04/1916-04/29/2009
Dorothy M. Green, age 92 of Aitkin died Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Dorothy was born November 4, 1916 in St. Paul, Minnesota the daughter of Charles and Ruth (Krogstad) Bertram. She grew up and attended schools in St. Paul graduating from Central High School. She then attended nurse???s school for a time in the Twin Cities. She married Elof Green on June 20, 1936 in Aitkin. They made their home on the family farm at Rossburg near Aitkin. She had lived at the home place up until April of 2006 at which time she moved into Aitkin. She was a member of the Aitkin Assembly of God Church where she held numerous positions in the church. She especially enjoyed leading Bible Studies. She had sung for many funerals throughout the years. Her biggest love was to take care of her family. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Jerome (Jerry) and Debra Green of Rockford, Illinois; 4 daughters and sons in law: Karen and Roger Baker of Aitkin; Judith (Judy) and Daryl Wileman of Clark, South Dakota; Ruth Korzenowski of Coon Rapids, Mn.; Kathryn and Roy Miles of Staples, Mn.; 19 grandchildren; 20 Great Grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Elof in 1998, 1 son in law, 3 children, 1 grandchild, 1 great grandchild, 1 sister and 2 brothers. A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 2:30 PM from the Aitkin Assemblies of God Church with Rev. Dan Turner officiating. Visitation will be from 1:30 PM until the 2:30 PM services at the church. Interment will be in the Forest Cemetery in Kimberly Twp. of Aitkin County. 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 E. Ingebrigtson
02/10/1922-04/28/2009
John E. Ingebrigtson, age 87 of McGregor formerly of Crystal, Mn. died Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Mn. He was born February 10, 1922 at Maple Plain, Mn. the son of John and Elise (Moe) Ingebrigtson. He attended Mound School and then moved to Fairhaven, Mn. He married Gladys L. Koivula on October 24, 1945 in Minneapolis. He worked for Northwest Airlines, Oliver Farm Machinery, and later founded Gopher State Tractor Sales. He enjoyed collecting old tractors and was an avid restorer of vintage aircraft, and has now ???Gone West???. John wanted everyone to know that ???I Had A Lot Of Fun In My Life???. He is survived by children: Barbara Ingebrigtson, Jeffrey Ingebrigtson, Travis and Joan Ingebrigtson, Debra and Jim Lund, 10 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 1 sister: Olga Wykoff and 1 brother: Kenneth Ingebrigtson. He was preceded in death by his wife Gladys in 1995. A memorial service will be held Friday, May 8, 2009 at 1 PM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor, Mn. with Rev. Becky Wagner officiating. Interment will be in the Round Lake Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church on Friday. 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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Robert A. Podvin
10/28/1939-04/25/2009
Robert A. Podvin, age 69 of Aitkin died Saturday, April 25, 2009 at the Mille Lacs Health System Hospital in Onamia. Robert was born October 28, 1939 at Baldwin, Wisconsin the son of Meddie A. and Mary L (Shine) Podvin. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. He worked as a mechanical engineer and draftsman for many years. He married Judith Ann Nordby on May 13, 1977 at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The lived in Minneapolis and then retired to Aitkin in 2001. He enjoyed working on tractors and had a passion for black powder guns. He is survived by his wife Judy Podvin of Aitkin; 5 children and spouses: Randy Podvin of Enderlin, North Dakota; Reed and Patty Podvin of Enderlin, North Dakota; Ross and Missy Podvin of Enderlin, North Dakota; Ann and Marion Ramirez of Milaca, Mn.; Krystal Bergsaidth of Hutchinson, Mn.; 19 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Kip Esdall of Cambridge, Mn.; and Betty Walker of Minneapolis. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Richard. A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 11 AM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with Rev. William Sass 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. Interment will be in the Macville 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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Kraig Moe
07/10/1976-04/17/2009
Kraig Wayne Moe, 32 of McGregor Passed away with his dog Sandy by his side Friday, April 17, 2009. He was born July 10, 1976 in Duluth to Wayne M. and Judy C. (Erickson) Moe. He attended McGregor Schools. He was formerly on the McGregor Fire Department and was employed at Pearson Brothers Inc. in Hanover. He enjoyed fixing things and was always helping someone. He is survived by his parents Wayne and Judy Moe of McGregor 1 brother Keith Moe of McGregor Three sisters and brothers-in-law: Kelley (Scot) Gerads of Little Falls Kristy (Gary) Gustafson of Carver Karie Moe of Wrenshall 3 nieces: Meghan, Courtney, Meredith Three nephews: Christopher, Devon, Chance 1 great-niece Caddy and one great nephew Mitchell besides many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. Memorial services will be 2:00P.M. ??? Sunday, April 26, 2009 at McGregor Community Center in McGregor. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Deloris F. Ridge
01/14/1932-04/16/2009
Deloris F. Ridge, age 77 of McGregor, formerly of Minneapolis died Thursday, April 16, 2009 at her home near McGregor. She was born January 14, 1932 in Mankato, Minnesota. She has lived in the McGregor area the past 20 years. She was a member and Past President of the McGregor VFW Post Auxiliary 2747, charter member and past secretary and treasurer of the McGregor American Legion Post Auxiliary #23, past board member of the McGregor Area Clothes Closet, and a member of the Federal Cartridge 20 year Club. She is survived by her husband Richard of McGregor; 3 sons: Rick (Kathy) Blesi of Deerwood, Mn.; Ronald (Gloria) Blesi of Park Rapids, Mn.; Scott Blesi of Jacobson, Mn.; 1 daughter: Theresa Blesi of Hudson, Wisc.; 3 step children: Dawn Ridge and Dan Ridge both of Clear Lake, Mn. and John Ridge of Bloomington, Mn.; 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and special niece Robin McDougal of Minneapolis. In accordance with her wishes, no services will be held. Memorials may be sent to the Larson-Deneen VFW Post Auxiliary #2747. Arrangements were with the McGregor Funeral Home.
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Benita M. Woodrow
10/15/1928-04/15/2009
Benita M. Woodrow, age 80 of Aitkin died Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Benita was born at Winona, Minnesota the daughter of Joseph and Ruby (Shattuck) Gage. She attended schools at Weaver, Mn. then McGregor, Mn. and graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1946. She then worked a number of years at the Ben Franklin Store in Aitkin. She married James L. Woodrow on February 10, 1951 in Aitkin. She lived in Aitkin and raised her family. She had also served as the head officer at the Aitkin Landfill for 8 years. She was a longtime 4-H Leader; she enjoyed gardening and flowers, loved spending time with her grandchildren, was involved with Bible Studies and was a gentle prayer warrior. She is survived by her husband James Woodrow of Aitkin; 2 sons and daughters in law: Dale and Mary Beth Woodrow of Aitkin; Dennis and Joy Woodrow of East Grand Forks, Mn.; 2 daughters and son in law: Betty Marx of Fergus Falls, Mn.; Patricia and Jed Sherman of Maple Grove, Mn.; 13 grandchildren: Cory Hensel, Edie Kowalski, Jenny Marx, Chuck Woodrow, Liz Woodrow, Tim Woodrow, Michael Woodrow, Emily Sherman, Heidi Nelson, Becky Woodrow, Patricia Woodrow, Curtis Woodrow and Keith Woodrow; 10 great grandchildren: Isabelle Hensel, Faith Hensel, Isaac Hensel, Anthony Hensel, Joeseph Woodrow, and Luke Helgeson, Brandon Kowalski, Andrew Kowalski, Daniel Kowalski, and Sarah Kowalski. She was preceded in death by her parents, and 2 brothers: Donald and Lyman Gage. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 5 PM from the Westside Church in Aitkin with Rev. Dallas Smith officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to the Gideon???s. 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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Richard J. Reimer
11/13/1930-04/13/2009
Richard J. Reimer, age 78 of McGregor formerly of Minneapolis died Monday, April 13, 2009. Richard was born November 13, 1930 at Eureka, South Dakota the youngest son of Ed C. and Paulina (Kiepke) Reimer. He attended a rural school near Artas, South Dakota and High School in Zeeland, North Dakota. He married Lucille Elizabeth Roberts on May 26, 1957. They moved to the Minneapolis area finally settling in New Hope in 1968. He worked construction as a heavy equipment operator working on many large construction projects like the Metropolitan Medical Center, Northwest Bank Building, the IDS Center, the Target Center and many more. When he retired he moved to the McGregor area with his longtime girlfriend Janice Johnson. Together they ran the Deer Trails gift shop and flee market. He went to auctioneering school and began holding auctions in the surrounding areas. He has spent the past few winters in Donna Texas. He enjoyed playing softball, bowling, and snowmobile racing. His favorite pastime was playing cribbage and was willing to take anyone on. He will be missed by all who loved to negotiate, by all who loved a good joke, by all who loved a good competitive game and anyone looking for a bargain. He is survived by 4 children and spouses: Curtis Robert and wife Ronda of Maple Grove, MN.; Michael Edward of Richfield; Roberta Lynne of Edina and Richard John Jr. of New Hope; 2 sisters: Verna Ochsner, Renata Ochsner; brother in law: Pete Ochsner, sister in law: Ruth Reimer and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers Ferdinand and Walter. A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 2 PM from the Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Becky Wagner officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Elmer Liljenquist
10/21/1919-04/10/2009
Elmer L. Liljenquist, 89 of Aitkin died Friday, April 10, 2009 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born October 21, 1919 in Glen to Magnus and Juliana (Larsson) Liljenquist. He attended Long Lake School. He was a U.S. Army Air Force Veteran serving in World War II. On June 30, 1947 Elmer was united in marriage to Miriam Hanson. Miriam died September 24, 1963. On August 1, 1964 Elmer was united in marriage to Marion (Larson) Vaith in Aitkin. He was employed at the Aitkin Post Office for 30 years. He was a member of IOOF #164, Aitkin American Legion Post #86, and First Congregational Church in Aitkin. Elmer is survived by his wife Marion One Step-son: Francis (Lael) Vaith of Aitkin 2 step-daughters: Sandra (Jim) MacDonald of Aitkin Romelle (Anthony) Aucone of Rhode Island Eight step-grandchildren and 15 step-great-grandchildren Two sisters-in-law: Helen and Martha Liljenquist both of Aitkin Besides many other relatives and friends He was preceded in death by his first wife Miriam 7 brothers and five sisters: Carolyn, Ingaborg, Carolyn, Brother-Axel, Louis, Magnus, John, Oscar, Julia, Olander, Jennie, Emil, and his parents Magnus and Juliana (Larsson) Liljenquist. Memorial Services will be 1:00P.M. Friday, April 17, 2009 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Reverend Don Norman will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Mary Ann Majka
04/16/1942-04/09/2009
Mary Ann Majka, 66 of Aitkin died Thursday, April 9, 2009 at her home. She was born April 16, 1942 in St. Cloud to Leo and Cecilia (Neumann) Tischbirek. She graduated from Foley High School. On December 31, 1960 Mary was united in marriage to Donald H. Majka at St. John???s Church in Foley. She worked as a secretary at Foley Elementary School and Foley High School. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, quilting, knitting, crocheting, and spinning wool. She is survived by her husband Donald Henry Majka 1 son Donald Cory Majka of Oakdale and his girlfriend Jackie Mattice of Hugo Two daughters and sons-in-law: Marita (David) Burgess of Industry, PA. Angelique (Matthew) Clark of Park Rapids 3 grandchildren: Ashton Joseph Clark, Mikailey Dawn Clark, and Wrigley Matthew Clark One brother and sister-in-law: Leo (Donna) Tischbirek of Citrus Heights, CA. 1 niece Terri, one nephew Brian, besides other relatives and friends. Mary was preceded in death by her son Garrett Clay Mijka and her parents Leo and Cecilia (Neumann) Tischbirek. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:A.M. ??? Tuesday, April 14, 2009 funeral service at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father Paul Fruth will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, Aitkin. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Virgil F. Anderson
07/23/1923-04/08/2009
Virgil F. Anderson, age 85 of Aitkin formerly of McGregor and Tamarack, died Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Virgil was born July 23, 1923 at Elbow Lake, Minnesota the son of Marion and Mathilda (Andresen) Anderson. He attended school in Elbow Lake in his early years and then moved with his family to the McGregor area where he continued his education graduating from the McGregor High School. He then served in the U.S. Army during WW II. Upon his discharge he returned to Minnesota and worked in various communities until returning to McGregor. He married Hazel M. Anderson on December 21, 1963 in Aitkin. They lived in Tamarack until moving to Aitkin in 1980 and he has lived in Aitkin since. He worked for Woodland Container from 1976 to 1986. He has most recently resided at the Aicota Health Carte Center in Aitkin. He was a member of the Aitkin VFW Post, enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and woodworking. He also enjoyed reading books. He was the Poet Laureate of the Aicota Health Care Center. He is survived by 1 daughter in law: Marlys Blake of Aitkin; 2 sisters and brother in law: Florence and Louis Anderson of Tamarack, Edna Peatow of Barrett, Mn., 1 brother and sister in law; Orren and Irene Anderson of Eugene, Oregon; 2 sisters in law: Betty Anderson of Gaylord, Mn.; Pearl Anderson of Elbow Lake, Mn. and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Hazel in 2002, son James Blake in 2003 4 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 13, 2009 at 12:00 Noon from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Marlene Turner officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery near McGregor. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. 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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Gordon T. James
12/27/1937-04/02/2009
Gordon T. James, age 71 of Hill City died Thursday, April 2, 2009 at his home. Gordon was born December 27, 1937 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Cletus and Alva (Skallman) James. He moved with his family to California at an early age where he attended elementary school. He then returned to Minnesota and graduated from the Grand Rapids Ag School. He worked a number of jobs but then worked for the Olson Fish Co. in Minneapolis. He returned to Hill City and worked for Lamco for a time and then went to work for the Hill City School system as a custodian. He worked for them for 25 years retiring in 1996. He married Connie J. (Howard) Holm on September 19, 1970 in Hill City. He enjoyed wood carving and also hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife Connie James of Hill City; Children and spouses: Wendy Jones of St. Cloud, Mn.; Robin and Allen Wagner of Princeton, Mn.; Merri and Craig Ahlstrom of Isanti, Mn.; Suzette Snow of Quamba, Mn.; Walter and April James of Hill City, Mn.; Travis James of Hill City, Mn.; 17 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren; 3 brothers and sisters in law: William and Virginia James of Hill City, Mn.; Robert and Marykay James of Cohasset, Mn.; Daniel James of Hibbing, MN.; 1 sister and brother in law: Jackie and Walter Minor of the State of Georgia. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 2 PM from the Hill City United Methodist Church with Rev. Russell Christensen officiating. Interment will be at a later date in the Macville Cemetery. 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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Arthur Latvala
06/26/1921-04/01/2009
Arthur J. Latvala, 87 of Tamarack died Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at Golden Horizons in Aitkin. He was born June 26, 1921 in Tamarack to Matt and Lilli (Lundgren) Latvala. He attended Tamarack Schools and Aitkin Vocational School as a Machinist. He was a U.S. Army Air Corp. serving in World War II. On July 10, 1947 in Aitkin Art was united in marriage to Helen A. Maijala. He worked for Newton???s Welding Shop, Aitkin Iron Works, and Woodland Container Co. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping, woodworking and was an all around handyman. He is survived by his wife Helen of Tamarack 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Warren (Ronna) Latvala of Ham Lake Bradley (Cindy) Latvala of Isanti 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Cathi (Bob) Loubek of Duluth Brenda (Andy) Pfahnl of Eden Prairie 7 Grandchildren: Nicole Friesen of Steinbach, Manitoba, Jesse Loubek of Duluth, Jeremy Latvala of Isanti, Chelsea Edin of Cambridge, Alex Kervyn-Latvala of University of Manchester, U.K., Katja and Steffen Pfahnl of Eden Prairie 3 Great- grandchildren: Luke, Isaac, and Emma Friesen of Steinbach, Manitoba 5 brothers and sisters-in-law: Eino of Tamarack Lauri (Elvie) of Superior, WI. Howard of Bemidji Don of Blaine David (Pat) of Rogers 2 sisters and brothers-in-law: Dorothy (Bob) Putnam of St. Paul Doris (Don) Nordstrom of Missoula, MT Besides many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by 6 brothers: Rich, Bill, George, Arnie, Norman and Jim. 4 sisters: Fanny Beaudette, Ailie Anderson, Agnes Lehman, and Arlene Latvala. And his parents Matt and Lilli (Lundgren) Latvala. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M. ??? Wednesday, April 8, 2009 funeral service at Westside Church in Aitkin. Reverend Wayne Juntunen will officiate. Burial will be in Salo Cemetery. Military honors will be given by Aitkin VFW Post and American Legion Post. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Clarice L. Billington
09/14/1918-03/30/2009
Clarice L. Billington, age 90 of Cambridge, formerly of McGregor, Mn died Monday, March 30, 2009 at the Grace Point Crossing Care Center in Cambridge, Mn. Clarice was born September 14, 1918 at Minneota, Minnesota the daughter of Swen and Clare (Hall) Kvanbeck. She grew up and attended schools in Minneota graduating from High School there. She married George A. Billington on June 8, 1940 at Marshall, Minnesota. They lived in Tracy, Minnesota and she worked for the Veterans Administration in St. Paul, Mn. In 1980 they retired to McGregor. Her husband George passed away in 1992. She has most recently resided at the Grace Point Crossing Care Facility in Cambridge. She enjoyed gardening and dogs. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Thomas and Linda Billington of McGregor; 1 daughter Judy Billington of Ham Lake, Mn.; 1 granddaughter: Jennifer Morales of Phoenix, Arz and 1 great granddaughter Monica Morales of Phoenix and also 1 sister. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband George 1 brother and 2 sisters. A graveside service will be held Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 3PM at the Lakeview Cemetery near Rat Lake. Rev. Donald Norman will officiate. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Arnie Johnson
06/13/1924-03/29/2009
Arnie F. Johnson, 84 of McGregor died of Myelofibrosis Sunday, March 29, 2009 at his residence. He was born June 13, 1924 in Rice River Township to Jalmer and Helmi Maria (Kann) Johnson. He graduated from McGregor High School, class of 1942. He was a U.S. Army, 10th Mountain Division Veteran. On October 11, 1960 Arnie was united in marriage to Lois Hanson. He worked as a logger, in construction, farming, and drove school bus for McGregor Schools. He loved fishing, was a member of the Rice River Senior Center, and attended Beaver Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife Lois One son and daughter-in-law Eric (Sherry) of Lakeland Three grandchildren: LeeAnne, Lyndsey, and Bradley One great grandchild Caden He was preceded in death two infant sons David and Daniel, one brother Viljo Johnson, one sister Elsie Jouppi, and his parents Jalmer and Helmi Maria (Kann) Johnson. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Saturday, April 4, 2009 funeral service at the United Methodist Church in McGregor. Reverend Russell Christensen and Reverend Don Niemi will officiate. Burial will be in Rice River Cemetery. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dennis W. Johnson
07/12/1930-03/27/2009
Dennis W. Johnson, age 78 of Garrison formerly of Minneapolis died Friday, March 27, 2009 at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Dennis was born July 12, 1930 in Brainerd, Minnesota the son of Mainard and Esther (Wohlers) Johnson. He attended school at Pine Center, Mn. He worked for many years in the Twin Cities in the Construction Industry. He retired to Garrison and has lived here for almost 30 years. He was a member of the Garrison Commercial Club, enjoyed gardening, fishing, NASCAR Racing, snowmobiling racing and giving hay rides in the Garrison area with his John Deere Tractor. He is survived by children and spouses: Bill and Deb Johnson of Crosby, Rick and Melissa Johnson of Brooklyn Center, Mn., T.J. Auberger of Garrison, Tom and Shannon Johnson of Rogers, Mn., Lila and Danny Conroy of Ft. Wayne, Ind., DeDe and Kevin Tabor of Corcoran, Mn., Brother: Carroll Johnson of Duluth, Sisters: Darlene Miller of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Marlys Nash of Eustis, Fla., grandchildren, great grandchildren, Sharon Johnson of Crystal, Mn. and Birdie Johnson of Garrison. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 daughter Teri Rittenour, 1 infant son Scott and 1 brother LeMay. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 6, 2009 at 11:30 AM from the Light of the Cross Lutheran Church in Garrison with Rev. Chris Hill officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the Garrison 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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Marvin L. Wyman
06/03/1922-03/26/2009
Marvin L. Wyman, age 86 of McGregor, formerly of the Twin Cities died Thursday, March 26, 2009 at his home near McGregor. Marvin was born June 3, 1922 in Ventura, Iowa the son of Eddie and Agnes (Schinzel) Wyman. He grew up and attended schools in Iowa, Rockford, Ill. and Minneapolis graduating from West High School. He then entered the US army and served in the Army Air Corps during WW II. He also attended the University of North Carolina for 3 years. Upon his discharge he returned to Minneapolis and married Gertrude ???Trudy??? Lego on August 2, 1944 in St. Paul. They made their home in Richfield and later in St. Louis Park. Marvin worked with his father and brothers as an iron worker and operated their own business erecting steel buildings. He operated Wyco Inc. and Wyman Erection Service Co. They built steel buildings throughout the mid-west. He had been coming to the McGregor area for many years. He had purchased a lot in 1945 and hand built the home there. He and his wife retired to McGregor in 1992 and have lived here since. He had been involved in the Old Timers Hockey League, had served as the Assistant General Manager for the 1964 Olympic Hockey Team, and had also served as Chief of off ice officials for the Minnesota North Stars. He was a pilot, and avid fisherman and hunter. He is survived by his wife Gertrude ???Trudy??? Wyman of McGregor; Children and spouses: Sharon and Herman Sinn of Dade City, Fla.; Susan and Charles Krumrie of Minneapolis; Kris and Steve Steege of Burnsville, Mn.; Marvin Jr. and Nancy Wyman of McGregor; Kevin and Lori Wyman of Burnsville; Jim and Kris Wyman of Brainerd; son in law: Wayne Bergstrom of Middle River, Mn.; 11 Grandchildren: Kevin Westberg, Jeff Sinn, Brandon Steege, Ryan Steege, Mason Wyman, Laura Dahl, Kelly Sinn, Dakota Boyd, Samantha Wyman, Malorie Wyman and Emily Wyman. 4 great grandchildren: Hillary Dahl, Morgan Dahl, Brady Westberg, and Sierra Westberg, 2 brothers: Veryl Wyman of Howard Lake, Mn.; Dale Wyman of Eden Prairie; 1 sister: Maxine Wright of Portland, Oregon. He was preceded in death buy his parents, 1 daughter Judy, and 3 brothers: Stan, Orville, and Roland. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 1 PM from the Big Sandy Community Church near McGregor with Rev. Steve Demars officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Charles ''Chuckie'' Siebert Charles ??
07/10/1946-03/23/2009
Charles ''Chuckie'' Siebert Charles ???Chuckie??? W. Siebert, age 62 of Aitkin died Monday, March 23, 2009 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Charles was born July 10, 1946 at St. Paul, Minnesota the son of Gordon and Shirley (Hinzie) Siebert. He moved at a young age to California where he grew up and attended school. He graduated from High school there and attended two years of college. He then served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Upon his discharge he returned to California and lived there for a time. He married Sharon L. Adcock on November 18, 1991 in Colorado Springs, Colo. They moved to Aitkin, Mn. in 1995 and have lived here since. He worked a number of years for the Oak Ridge Homes in Aitkin. He enjoyed fishing and crocheting. He is survived by his wife Sharon Siebert of Aitkin; Mother: Shirley Siebert of San Jose, Calf.; daughters: Kristin Siebert of Castro Valley, Calf.; Michelle (Bill) Sadler of Aitkin; son: Jeffrey Siebert of Castro Valley, Calf.; Grandchildren: Cody Sadler, Casey Sadler, Andrew Siebert and 1 brother Douglas Siebert. He was preceded in death by his father Gordon. A memorial service will be held Friday, March 27, 2009 at 3 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Bon DeYoung officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Terry M. Wat
10/20/1949-03/20/2009
ters Terry M. Watters, age 59 of Aitkin formerly of Rockford, Ill. Died Friday, March 20, 2009 at her home near Aitkin. Terry was born October 20, 1949 at Rockford, Illinois the daughter of Earl and Lois (Warnes) Lungstrom. She grew up and attended schools in Rockford graduating from Boylan High School in 1967. She then attended Northern Illinois University for a time. She married Vern Watters on August 14, 1995 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They came to the Aitkin area in 1994 and she finished her college degree in Accounting at St. Cloud State University in 1996. She used this degree in the three businesses which they operated over the years. TEMCO was a welding and machine business and then in 1997 they started the Aitkin Rental Center. They had also been involved with the convenience store and gas station ???The Junction???. Terry and Vern had the opportunity to travel to places throughout the world, but appreciate the things at home the most. She is survived by her husband Vern Watters of Aitkin; parents: Earl and Lois Lungstrom of Rockford, Illinois; sons and daughters in law: Shane and Michelle Fitch of Belvidere, Illinois, Todd and Jennifer Watters of Walworth, Wisconsin, 2 daughters and sons in law: Amy and Billy Gardner, Kelly and Chad Simich of Cottage Grove, Mn.; 1 brother and sister in law: Russell and Sue Lungstrom of Rockford, Ill.; 1 sister and brother in law: Deborah and Gary Kilnefelter of Cherry Valley, Il.; 9 grandchildren: Jared, Sadie, Matthew, Jordan, Jacob W., Wyatt, Ethan, Emma, and Jacob F. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, 1 brother Tom and 1 niece Maureen. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 4 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 services at the church on Tuesday. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dennis M. Klatke
05/15/1940-03/20/2009
Dennis M. Klatke, age 68 of Tamarack died Friday, March 20, 2009 at his home. Dennis was born May 15, 1940 at Robbinsdale, Minnesota the son of Henry and Lilleth (Ione) Klatke. He grew up and attended schools in Robbinsdale. He worked on a farm for a short time and then attended Brick Layers School. He was a brick layer for about 30 years. He worked jobs all throughout Minnesota. He married Sandra C. Miqueli on May 13, 200 in McGregor. He was a member of the McGregor Writers Club. He enjoyed photography, fishing, and was an artist and craftsman. He is survived by his wife Sandra of Tamarack; 1 daughter and son in law: Tracy Jo and Joe Antcil of Exeter, Rhode Island; Kyle and Colleen Klatke of St. Michael, Mn.; 2 sisters: Ruth Paske and Pat Olson and 1 brother Duane Klatke all of Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 son. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 11 AM fro the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. John Fleischhacker officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Donald H. Sather
07/12/1956-03/18/2009
Donald H. Sather, age 52 of McGregor died Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at his home after a courageous three year battle with ALS. Donald was born July 12, 1956 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Paul and Marilyn (Larson) Sather. He grew up and attended schools in McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School in 1974. He then started attended St. Cloud State University in 1978 and graduated from there with a degree in Computer Science in 1983. He returned to McGregor to help run the family business. He most recently ran the hardware store in McGregor. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, the McGregor Lions Club, the Tamarack Sportsman???s Club, the Minnewawa Sportsman???s Club and the McGregor Chapter of the MDHA. He enjoyed cars and drag racing, snowmobiling, hunting and trap shooting. He is survived by his parents: Paul and Marilyn Sather of McGregor; sister and brother in law: Linda and Gary Van Slyke of Surprise, Arz.; brothers and sisters in law: Bob and Diane Sather of McGregor; Lee and Kim Sather of McGregor; Curt and Diane Sather of McGregor; nieces and nephews: Aaron Hansen, Greg Frazier-Hansen, Jeffrey Sather, Amy Sather, Becky Sather, Stacey Sather, Eric Sather, Rachel Sather, Addison Don Johnson, and also Christian Murphy. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Alfred and Ruth Sather and Herbert and Ruth Larson. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 23, 2009 at 1 PM from Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Becky Wagner and Rev. Dan Heath officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 8 PM at the church and also 1 hour prior to the services on Monday. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the Minnesota ALS Association, the local Hospice organizations or Grace Lutheran Church of McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Charles B. Rasmussen
12/18/1930-03/17/2009
Charles B. Rasmussen, age 78 of Palisade formerly of Darwin and Minneapolis died Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at his home. He was born December 18, 1930 at Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Nels and Irene (Christianson) Rasmussen. He grew up and attended schools at Oak Knoll, Mn. (The Minnetonka Area). He then worked with his father doing cement work and home construction. He eventually started driving truck over the road and did that for 20 years. He then owned and operated a gas station in Excelsior, Mn. for a couple of years. He also tended bar at his brothers bar called Jacks Tavern in Darwin, Mn. from 1991 to 1999 when it closed. He just recently moved to the Palisade area. He is survived by children: Roger Dreher, Cathie Rasmussen, Susan (Tom) Bingham, Joyce Block, Charles Rasmussen and Charlene Rasmussen. Also surviving are 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers: Victor and Jack and 3 sisters: Viola, Violet, and Margaret. Funeral services will be held Sunday, march 22, 2009 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Barry Hite officiating. Burial will be held on Monday, March 23 at 1 PM at the All Saints Lutheran Cemetery at Darwin, Minnesota. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home on Sunday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Judith Carlson
12/24/1916-03/15/2009
Judith Charlotte Carlson, 92 of Pine River died Sunday, March 15, 2009 at the Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River. She was born December 24, 1916 in Jenkins to Swan and Julia (Aasved) Ness. She graduated from Pine River High School. On April 24, 1937 in Pequot Lakes Judy was united in marriage to Cecil C. Carlson, Sr. They owned and operated Carlson???s Texaco Gas Station in Pine River from 1952 to 1962. She then worked as a clerk at Silbaugh???s Department Store in Pine River for many years. She enjoyed fishing, knitting, crocheting, sewing, and painting. She was a member of Rebekah Lodge and First Lutheran Church in Pine River. She was preceded in death by her husband Cecil C. Carlson, Sr. on January 12, 1983, One brother Oliver Ness, 6 sisters Johanna Halbom, Gertrude Harris, Olea Zigmund, Signa Young, Jenny Bissett, Bertha Virchow, and her parents Swan and Julia (Aasved) Ness. Judy is survived by one son: Cecil C. (Leanne) Carlson, Jr. of Blaine 5 daughters: Marilynn (Gerald) Severson of Cameron, WI. Linda Portner of St. Michael Barbara Brezinsky of Pine River Sandra Schaefer of Baxter Pamela Winter of Albany, OR. 15 Grandchildren: Connie, Kari, Lori, Katherine, Debra, Eric, Andrew, Scott, Tad, Tracy, Jennifer, Jason, Jeffrey, Gesina, Joran 16 Great-grandchildren: April, Jessica, Jacob, Dylan, Jaron, Ashley, Anna, Peyton, Holly, Olivia, Brooklyn, Adreanna, Alexxis, Ashlynne, Josh, Jeanine Special sister-in-law Irene Myres of Pequot Lakes Special niece Dorothy (Dale) Brown of Jenkins Besides many other special relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. Saturday, March 21, 2009 at First Lutheran Church in Pine River. Reverend Bonnie Lomen will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery in Pine River. Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00P.M. Friday at the church and will continue 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday. Memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Cecile Broussard
05/16/1951-03/12/2009
Cecile Broussard, 57 of McGregor died Thursday, March 12, 2009 at St. Mary???s Hospital in Duluth. She was born May 16, 1951 in Superior, WI. to LeRoy and Kathleen (Wilkins) Beaudry. She is survived by two sisters: Jo Holm of Aitkin and Lynette (Lance) Schultz of Manassas, VA. 3 nieces and 2 nephews. She was preceded in death by an infant son Christopher, brother Larry, and her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M., Saturday, March 28, 2009 memorial service at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Reverend Don Norman will officiate. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Richard ''Dick'' Spartz Richard ???Dic
03/05/2009-03/09/2009
Richard ''Dick'' Spartz Richard ???Dick??? Spartz, age 64 of Aitkin died Thursday, March 5, 2009 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Dick was born February 4, 1945 at Northfield, Minnesota. He grew up and attended schools in Northfield graduating from the Northfield High School. He then served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Upon his discharge he attended the FAA school and became an Air Traffic Controller. He worked until his retirement in 2000. He married Sherrie E. Tibbetts on April 22, 1994 in Aitkin. Upon his retirement they moved to the Aitkin area and have lived here since. He enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife Sherrie Spartz of Aitkin; son: Paul Spartz of Palmer, Alaska; 1 brother: Bob (Jane) Spartz of Roseville, Mn.; sisters: Marlene (Lowell) Rygg of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Nancy (Dean) Johnson of Roseville, Mn.; Linda (Don) Pond of Carlton, Oregon; Judy Empey of Farmington, Mn.; Cathy (Bill) Collins of Rosemount, Mn.; Special lifelong friends: Doug and Gary Solseth of Andover, Mn.; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Pastor Rick Perry officiating. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Feb 4 1945 12:00AM
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Marilyn Mae Peysar
04/16/1935-03/09/2009
Marilyn Mae Peysar, age 73 of Aitkin died Monday, March 9, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Marilyn was born April 16, 1935 in Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Arvo and Lillian (Niemi) Mattson of the Rossburg area. They moved to the Rabbit Lake area in 1943 where they raised cows and turkeys. When Marilyn was 16, her parents had their second child, Calvin. She attended several country schools before attended the Aitkin High Scholl from which she graduated in 1953. While roller skating at the Malmo Community Hall, Marilyn met Edward Peysar, son of Walter and Minnie Peysar of Malmo. Eddie left for military service in 1954 and returned in October of 1956. They were married two months later on December 1, 1956 in Aitkin. Together they started Peysar Electric in 1961 out of their home just south of Aitkin. Eddie did a lot of wiring, and they began selling Easy brand appliances, marketing them through booths at the county fair. On December 6, 1974, they opened a store in downtown Aitkin across from the Birchwood Caf??. They sold many brands of appliances over the years, including Maytag beginning in 1981. Marilyn was secretary and treasurer of the business since the start. She was primary salesperson for appliances and electrical supplies. She spent many evenings and weekends helping Eddie deliver appliances and occasionally helped pull wire too. Marilyn and Eddie were awarded the Warren Potter Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 by the Aitkin Area Chamber of Commerce. Marilyn was a charter member of the Lioness Club, now called the Aitkin Riverboat Lions. She received the Lioness of the Year Award in 1988-89 and had held club offices. She was a member of St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin and the Aitkin American Legion Auxiliary. She is survived by her husband Edward Peysar of Aitkin; children and spouses: Jeffrey and Judy Peysar, Kirk Peysar, Clark and Lois Peysar, Tiffany and T.J. Gustin all of Aitkin; six grandchildren: Kristi (Thomas) Just; Kelli (Bryan Crowther) Peysar; Sara and Brooke Peysar, Thomas and Raija Gustin; 3 great grandchildren: Orinn Just, Abigail Just and Wyatt Crowther; 1 brother: Calvin (Deanna) Mattson of Aitkin; five nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 13, 2009 at 11 AM from St. Johns Lutheran Church with Rev. David Becker officiating. Burial will be in the Rabbit Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Memorials are preferred to St. Johns Lutheran Church in Lieu of flowers. 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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John ''Jack'' Christensen John ???Jack
03/02/2009-03/04/2009
John ''Jack'' Christensen John ???Jack??? E. Christensen, age 81 of Aitkin died Monday, March 2, 2009 at his home in Aitkin. Jack was born October 13, 1927 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of William and Kate (McGillis) Christensen. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1945. He then entered the U.S. Army and served at the end of WW II and served overseas in Saipan at the Western Pacific Base. Upon his discharge he moved to the Twin Cities and attended Radio School. Following that he moved to California and went to work for U.S. Steel and was a Relations Manage for them and later worked for Consolidated Aluminum in California. He returned to Aitkin in 1979 to take care of his mother. He was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Post #86, St. John???s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook, and was the church historian; and he belonged to the Aitkin County Historical Society. He also had been involved in a number of the Community Plays. In his younger days he was a dance instructor at Arthur Murray???s in Minneapolis. He is survived by Sisters: Catherine Dybdahl of Aitkin; Margaret St. Cyr of Florida; step son Mark of California; and nieces and nephews. Also surviving is good friend Florence Tarr of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters: Beatrice Christensen, Bette Duncan, 1 brother William Christensen and two infant sisters Josephine and Patricia Ann. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 1 PM from St. Johns Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Interment will be in the St. Johns Lutheran Church Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Memorials are preferred to St. Johns Lutheran Church Scholarship Fund. 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. Oct 13 1927 12:00AM
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John ''Jack'' Gilbert John ???Jack???
02/28/2009-03/02/2009
John ''Jack'' Gilbert John ???Jack??? L. Gilbert, age 76 of Aitkin formerly of the Twin Cities died Saturday, February 28, 2009 at his home in Aitkin. Jack was born January 6, 1933 in Bloomington, Minnesota the son of Ralph and Virginia (Johnston) Gilbert. He grew up and attended schools in Bloomington and St. Louis Park. He then served in the U.S. Army and was in the Korean War. Upon his discharge from the army he returned to the Twin Cities and started working as a Heavy equipment operator mainly driving Dump Trucks for construction companies. He also did a number of other jobs from working at the Star Tribune Newspaper, driving ambulance, and working at Hub Cap Haven for a number of years. He married Susan Kay Roddy on February 27, 1981 in Anoka, Minnesota. They moved to the Aitkin area in 1996 and have lived here since. Jack had been the custodian at the Pine Lake Rest Stop on Hwy 169 and also had written a column in the Aitkin Age for the past 8 years on fishing and the outdoors. He enjoyed Fishing and hunting. In his younger days he drove race cars and did ski jumping. He also loved to go to the Casino. He is survived by his wife Susan of Aitkin; children and spouses: Mike (Kim) Gilbert of Fairfield, Calf.; Jan (Guy) Treanor of Eden Prairie, Mn.; Marty (Shelli) Gilbert of Maple Grove, Mn.; Lisa Thorsen of Maple Grove, Mn.; Brett (Michelle) Gilbert of Brainerd, Mn.; 11 grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Don (June) Gilbert of Mesa, Arz.; Punky (Tom) Boeser of Bloomington, Mn.; Jo (Roy) Moen of Apache Junction, Arz.; Bobbie (Del) Heideman of Plato, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 daughter Jody. A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Lisa Thorsen officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home 1 hour prior to the services on Thursday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Jan 6 1933 12:00AM
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Myrtle Duffy
08/18/1917-03/01/2009
Myrtle (Mueller) Duffy, age 91 of Aitkin formerly of McGregor and Minneapolis; died Sunday, March 1, 2009 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Myrtle was born August 18, 1917 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Robert and Ann (Platzer) Mueller. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. She married John L. Duffy Jr. in August of 1941. Myrtle lived and worked in North Minneapolis for many years. She moved to the Lake Minnewawa area near McGregor in 1985 where she had enjoyed spending time since she was a child. She has resided at the Aitkin Health Services for the past nine years. She is survived by 1 daughter: Linda Ronich (Hjalmer Fredrickson) of McGregor; two granddaughters: Penny (Chaz) Long of Ironton, Mn.; Barb (Carl ???Red???) Fredrickson of Mora, Mn.; two grandsons: Danny Ronich (Jennifer Lux) of McGregor; Frank (Roxanne) Ronich of Winneconne, Wisc.; Eight great grandchildren: Kim (Gene) Davies of Aitkin; Jeff (Melissa) Fredrickson of Eagan, Mn.; Missy (Nathan) Pojanouski of Mora, Mn.; Jesse Ronich, Steve Ronich, Jenna Ronich all of McGregor; Derek Ronich of Winneconne, Wisc.; Fallon Ronich of Hampton, Virginia; 2 great grandchildren: Kaija and Cody Davies of Aitkin, Mn. and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband John in 1983; 1 brother: Robert (Earl) Mueller and 1 sister: Margaret (Beauchane) Creapo. A funeral service will be held Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 11 AM from the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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