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Archive Obituaries
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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Earl Severin
03/23/1920-02/27/2009
Earl A. Severin, 88 of Aitkin died Friday, February 27, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born March 23, 1920 in Seavey Township, Aitkin County to Magnus H. and Clara (Schnarr) Severin. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in WW II. On September 24, 1945 in Nashville, TN. Earl was united in marriage to Estelle M. Jones. He was active in local politics, serving as an election official, and serving on the Seavey Township Board. They farmed in the McGrath Area until moving to Aitkin. He is survived by 8 children and their spouses: Rebecca Severin of Stockton, CA. Linda (Ron) Sparrow of El Paso, TX. Mary (Terry) Lynk of Wadena Donna (Robert) Gay of Isle Gary (Pam) Severin of Cold Springs Judy Brown of Denver, CO. Tom of Stacy Carol (Rich) Miller of Albertville 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren 1 sister Harriet Gohde of WI. Besides many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Estelle (Jones) Severin on June 17, 2008 1 sister Marion Grosberg, 5 brothers: Harold, Ernest, Franz ???Ed???, Arnold, an infant brother and his parents Magnus and Clara (Schnarr) Severin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. Monday, March 2, 2009 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend Don Norman will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the Aitkin American Legion Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Post #1727. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jeffrey Schoenbauer
03/09/1954-02/23/2009
Jeffrey E. Schoenbauer, 54 of McGregor died Monday, February 23, 2009 at St. Mary???s Hospice in Duluth. He was born March 9, 1954 in St. Paul to Edmund and Marjorie (Klinkhammer) Schoenbauer. He was a member and very active with Holy Family Catholic Church, McGregor. He enjoyed fishing, the outdoors, refurbishing cars, and remodeling homes, and loved his grandchildren. He is survived by 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Heather (Bryan) Nistler of McGregor Peggy (David) Arola of Columbus 1 son Christian Murphy of McGregor 5 grandchildren Alexander, Isaac, Harrison, Natalie, and Kristin He was preceded in death by his wife Connie Murphy-Schoenbauer, an infant sister Debbie and his parents. Funeral services will be 11am, Saturday, February 28, 2009 at Holy Family Catholic Church, McGregor. Father John Fleischhacker will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Needle Cemetery. Visitation will be 9:30 ??? 11:00A.M. Saturday at the Church. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ole W. Berg
10/23/1932-02/20/2009
Ole W. Berg, age 76 of Tamarack died Friday, February 20, 2009 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. Ole was born October 23, 1932 at Sentinel Butte, North Dakota the son of Martin and Anna (Scherle) Berg. He moved with his family in 1938 to the Isle area and they lived for short times at Malmo, Wealthwood, and Cedar Lake near Aitkin and then moved to Tamarack. He attended schools in Tamarack and also McGregor. When his father had a heart attack, Ole quit school and helped run the family farm. He started working for Potlatch in Cloquet and eventually became a millwright and worked 44 years retiring in 1998. During that time he and his wife also operated a farm on which they raised beef cattle and had a dairy herd. He married Carol J. Thomas on August 7, 1954 at Tamarack. He was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor; the Boilermakers union, the quarter century club at Potlatch. He enjoyed music, hunting fishing, snow skiing and water skiing. He was a very inventive person and could make just about anything he set his mind to. He is survived by his wife Carol Berg of Tamarack; Mother: Anna Berg of McGregor; Children and spouses: Steven and Tammy Berg of Royalton, Mn.; Heather and Brian O???Leary of Litchfield, Mn.; Kathryn and John Antus of Cloquet, Mn.; 4 brothers: Darrell (Daisy) Berg of McGregor; Martin (Linda) Berg of McGregor; H. Fred (Virginia) Berg of Stanchfield, Mn.; Leonard (Kathleen) Berg of Maple Plain, Mn.; 1 sister: Helen (Eugene) Berg of McGregor; 7 grandchildren: John D. Antus II, Jeanne (Levi) Pearson, Shaun O???Leary, Tayler Nagel, Olivia O???Leary, Kylee Berg and Carter Berg. Ole was preceded in death by his Father Martin, I sister Marlene Latvala, and son in law: Thomas Nagel. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 11 AM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Henry Koopman officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 8 PM with a prayer service at 7:30 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery near Tamarack. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Austin J. Pagan
06/09/1997-02/20/2009
Austin J. Pagan, age 11 of McGregor died as the result of injuries in a car accident on Friday, February 20, 2009 near McGregor. Austin was born June 9, 1997 at San Antonio, Texas the son of Jose and Michelle (Burke) Pagan. His father was in the military and they had lived throughout the U.S. and Germany until just recently moving to the McGregor area. Austin was a student in the 6th grade at the McGregor School. He enjoyed reading, music, had played Pony Football, and loved being a big brother. He is survived by his parents: Jose and Michelle Pagan of McGregor; brothers and sisters: Solomon, Constance, Amelia, Julianna, and Christian all of McGregor; grandparents: Cynthia Thompson of McGregor, Michael Burke of Tacoma, Wash.; Juana and Erbin Pagan of Perth Amboy, New Jersey; Great Grandparents: Donna Grundy of Corning, Calf.; Charles Martin of McGregor and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 27, 2009 at 9:30 AM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Henry Koopman and Rev. Robert Volkert officiating. Burial will be in the Lansford Cemetery near McGregor. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 9 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com
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Lillian Williams
11/05/1921-02/18/2009
Lillian A. Williams, 87 of Aitkin died Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born November 5, 1921 in Aitkin to Jacob and Marie Skarbakka. She graduated from Aitkin High School in 1938. Lillian was united in marriage to Russell Williams in 1940 in Duluth. She worked as a secretary at Foley Manufacturing in Minneapolis. She was a longtime 4-H leader and a member of Forever Young. Lillian is survived by her two daughters and son-in-law: Marilyn Bergum of Princeton, and Sharon (Reg) Nelson of Brainerd. 4 grandchildren: Julia Garvey, Jonathan Bergum, Christopher Nelson, and Michele Ruettimann, 8 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by 5 brothers, 2 sisters, and her parents. Services will be held at a later date.
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Lillian A. Williams
11/05/1921-02/18/2009
Lillian A. Williams, 87 of Aitkin died Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born November 5, 1921 in Aitkin to Jacob and Marie Skarbakka. She graduated from Aitkin High School in 1938. Lillian was united in marriage to Russell Williams in 1940 in Duluth. She worked as a clerk at Foley Manufacturing in Minneapolis. They farmed in Glen Township most of their adult lives. She was a longtime 4-H leader and a member of Forever Young. Lillian is survived by her two daughters and son-in-law: Marilyn Bergum of Princeton, Sharon (Reg) Nelson of Brainerd. 4 grandchildren: Julia Garvey, Jonathan Bergum, Christopher Nelson, and Michele Ruettimann, 9 great-grandchildren, 1 brother-in-law: Al Williams 2 sisters-in-law: Dorothea Williams and Beatrice Skarbakka Besides numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by 5 brothers, 2 sisters, and her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M., Sunday, March 29, 2009 memorial service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Burial will be in Malmo Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Timothy J. Yaggy
11/11/1955-02/15/2009
Timothy J. Yaggy, age 53 of Palisade died Sunday, February 15, 2009 at his home. Tim was born November 11, 1955 at LaCrosse, Wisconsin the son of Bernard and Mabel (Schake) Yaggy. He grew up and attended schools in St. Francis, Minnesota. He moved to the Aitkin area in the fall of 1974. He worked as a music teacher and also a musician as a lead guitarist. He enjoyed music, playing cards and pool. He is survived by his mother Mabel Yaggy of Palisade, 2 brothers: Dennis (Leila) Yaggy of Cambridge, Mn.; Duane Yaggy of Palisade, 1 sister: Bonnie Johnson of Waterloo, Iowa, and numerous aunts, uncles nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Bernard Yaggy, 3 brothers: William Owens, Jerry Johnson, Robert Owens and 1 sister Janis Yaggy. Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be from 1 PM until the 2 PM services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Spencer Cemetery near Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Beverly L. Donnelly
08/15/1927-02/14/2009
Beverly L. Donnelly, age 81 of McGregor died Saturday February 14, 2009 at St. Luke???s Hospital in Duluth and went to be with her beloved husband George on Valentines Day. Beverly was born August 15, 1927 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from Minneapolis Roosevelt High School in 1945. She then attended Beauticians School and worked for a short time as a beautician. She married Lt. Col. George C. Donnelly on April 1, 1948 at Des Moines, Iowa. The lived all throughout the United States and retired to the McGregor area in 1986. They had been coming to the McGregor area since 1949. She was a member of the McGregor VFW and American Legion Auxiliary posts, a member of the lions club; former moose lodge member, and a member of the Daughters of the Republic. She enjoyed gardening and collecting hummingbirds. She also worked with the Multiple Sclerosis Society and had run meat raffles throughout the McGregor area. She is survived by children and spouses: Patrick (Cheri) Donnelly of Ironton, Mn.; Brian (Jan) Donnelly of Balsam Lake, Wisc.; Colleen Donnelly of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; Eileen (Thomas) Colby of DeLand, Florida; Sean (Wendi) Donnelly of Deltona, Florida; Collin (Terrah) Donnelly of McGregor; 1 brother: Axel ???Buzz??? Fritz of Minneapolis; 18 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband George, Parents Axel and Beatrice, daughter in law: Carol Donnelly, grandson David Donnelly. Bev will be greatly missed by her family and extended family of friends who knew her as ???Ma??? or ???Gramma Bev???. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 20, 2009 at 1 PM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. John Yingling officiating.. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 8 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church Friday. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com
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Gerald Wilson
03/16/1938-02/11/2009
Gerald ???Jerry??? T. Wilson, 70 of Aitkin died Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born March 16, 1938 in St. Paul to Edward and Bertha (Barker) Wilson. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran. On December 10, 1963 in Mounds, SD. Jerry was united in marriage to Marjorie (Everett). At the age of 15 he played in a band and later in years started his own band and continued to play for many years as Western Express and Jivin Ivan and retired after 56 years. He owned a roofing company and worked as an assembler and welder at American Hoist and Derick in St. Paul. They moved to the Aitkin area in 1972 where he worked as an independent mechanic for Aitkin Motors. He then worked as an Auditor for Lakes and Pines in Mora, besides many other jobs. He was instrumental in starting and volunteered for the Aitkin County Rescue Squad. He was a member of the Fleming United Methodist Church. Jerry enjoyed woodworking, his horses, camping and having coffee with his friends at the Roadside Restaurant. His friends and family were very important to him. He is survived by his wife Marjorie Daughters: Paula (Dean) Lund of Crosby Yvonne Wilson of Baxter Julie Wilson (Paul Pearson) of Aitkin Angela Wilson (Frank Parkki) of Aitkin Jeri Lee Wilson of St. Paul Dianna Wilson of St. Paul Teddy Wilson of Nebraska Connie Wilson of St. Paul Grandchildren: Adam, Shawn, Dylan, Samantha, Alyssa, Brittany, Jennifer Step grandchildren: Jeremy (Gina) and Craig Step great granddaughter Kayla Brothers: James Wilson of New Brighton and William (Nancy) Wilson of Aitkin Sister Carol (William) Siercks of Mounds View He was preceded in death by his son Edward, 2 brothers Robert and LeRoy, 1 sister Marie Mix and his parents Edward Wilson and Bertha Matthews. Visitation will begin at 12:00P.M. until the 2:00P.M., Tuesday, February 17, 2009 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend Russell Christensen will officiate. Burial will be in Fleming Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Bernard ''Bernie'' Latterell Bernard ?
02/06/2009-02/08/2009
Bernard ''Bernie'' Latterell Bernard ???Bernie??? A. Latterell, age 84 of McGregor, died Friday, February 6, 2009 at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. Bernie was born May 31, 1924 at Foley, Minnesota the son of Paul and Abigail (Campbell) Latterell. He grew up and attended schools in Foley. He also lived in South Dakota for a time and then in Detroit, Michigan. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during WW II. He served in the Atlantic and was part of a number of ships that captured a German U Boat and towed it to Bermuda. They were able to recover information from the U-Boat that helped the Allied forces break the Germans secret code which eventually helped win the war. Upon his discharge, he moved to the Twin Cities. He married Myrtle Wedell on May 1, 1954 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Richfield. He owned and operated a convenience store in Minneapolis and later owned and operated the Duck Inn Bar in Minneapolis. His wife died in 1988 and in 1989 he retired to the McGregor area. He married Jessie Schoonmaker Ryan on June 25, 1994 in Aitkin. They made their home in the McGregor area. He was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor, AARP, was a life member of the VFW and had belonged to AA and had been sober for over 30 years. He enjoyed hunting, traveling and playing cards. He especially enjoyed his naval ship reunions. He is survived by his wife Jessie Latterell of McGregor; Children: Mary Lee (David) Hanson of Apple Valley, Mn.; Dan Latterell of Cloquet, Mn; step children: Jerry (Judy) Ryan of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Betty Christian of Palisade, Mn.; Christella (John) Nelson of Aitkin; Richard (Patti) Ryan of Brainerd, Mn.; Marcy (David) Daun of Palisade; James (Jodi) Ryan of Los Cruces, New Mexico; 20 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; 1 sister: Rita Gannon of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Myrtle, 4 brothers, 1 sister, 1 step daughter Doris and 1 step son in law Dale. Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 11 AM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. John Fleischhacker officiating. Burial will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW Post in McGregor and the Military Honors Detail at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 8 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. May 31 1924 12:00AM
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Wendell ''Bill'' Cassady Wendell ???Bi
08/28/1924-02/08/2009
Wendell ''Bill'' Cassady Wendell ???Bill??? W. Cassady, age 84 of Aitkin formerly of Spring Lake Park, Minnesota died Sunday, February 8, 2009 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born August 28, 1924 in Paynesville, Minnesota the son of William and Cora (Bliven) Cassady. His mother died when he was only four and he was in an orphanage in St. Cloud for a time. His family reunited with his and they moved to Lawler for a short time and then to Aitkin where he grew up and attended schools. He worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps at the camp near Emily. He joined the U.S. Army and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WW II. Upon his discharge he returned to Aitkin and married Laura Mae Lemire on November 6, 1948. They moved to Spring Lake Park and made their home there for many years. He worked for Electric Machinery Manufacturing Co. for 35 years retiring in 1986. They moved back to the Aitkin area 6 months ago. He was a life member of the VFW, a member of the American Legion, a member of St. Timothy???s Catholic Church in Blaine and St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. He had served on the Spring Lake Park Volunteer Fire Dept. and had also served as a fire warden for the Spring Lake Park area. He is survived by his wife Laura Cassady of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Jerry (Toni) Cassady of Aitkin; Rick (Joyce) Cassady of Ham Lake, Mn.; Pat Cassady of Apple Valley, Mn.; Tim (Jill) Cassady of Elk River, Mn.; John (Lori) Cassady of Buffalo, MN.; 15 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 1 sister: Florence (Bill) Rengo of Duluth, Mn.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Mike, sisters: Genevieve, Cora, Dora, and Rosella. A mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, February 14, 1009 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Francis Paquette officiating. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery at Aitkin. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. 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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Lawrence Skinaway
06/10/1958-02/03/2009
Lawrence Melvin Skinaway, Azhoo shi gaabo, 50 of Big Sandy Lake, McGregor died Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at his residence. He was born June 10, 1950 in Minneapolis to Lawrence and Mary Jane (Martin) Skinaway. He is survived by his girlfriend Norma Janke of McGregor 2 sisters: Virginia Goodman of Big Sandy Lake Jerrie Skinaway of Minneapolis Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister Dorothy Stanley and his parents. Visitation will begin at 4:00P.M., Friday, February 6, 2009 and will continue Saturday until the burial in the East Lake Burial Grounds. Tribal Rites will be given by Lee Staples. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ellen L. Eng
09/01/1916-02/02/2009
Ellen L. Eng, age 92 of Aitkin died Monday, February 2, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Ellen was born September 12, 1916 in Fleming Twp., of Aitkin County, Minnesota the daughter of Axel and Britta (Ohlson) Eng. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School. During WW II she worked with the Rationing Department and then had worked at the Land O??? Lakes Turkey Plant in Aitkin and then worked with Bryce Kelsey at the Recorders Office for Aitkin County and then at the Aitkin Abstract Office. She enjoyed traveling with her sister Louise especially up the North Shore, knitting, crocheting, entertaining her family and friends, gardening and volunteering for fundraisers. She was a faithful member of the Fleming United Methodist Church, was a 4-H leader, served on the Fleming Town Board and the Fleming Cemetery Board, and the United Methodist Ladies Aid. She is survived by 1 sister: Louise Eng of Aitkin; 1 nephew: Clayton (Sherri) Peterson of Erhard, Mn.; 1 niece: LuRae Melaas (Mike Stras) of Underwood, Mn.; Great nieces: Rebecca (Brian) Beckius of Buffalo, Mn.; Sarah (Chris) Syverson of Fargo, N.D.; great nephew: Tim Peterson (Brittany Zahler) of St. Cloud, Mn.; great great niece: Ellen Louise Beckius; great great nephews: Victor John Beckius and Jackson Carl Peterson. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother Oscar Eng, 1 sister: Edith Peterson and brother in law: LuVerne Peterson. Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 5, 2009 at 2 PM from the Fleming United Methodist Church with Rev. Russell Christensen officiating. Burial will be in the Fleming Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services on Thursday at the church. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ida L. Miller
04/19/1911-02/02/2009
Ida L. Miller, age 97 of Belle Plaine, Minnesota formerly of Aitkin, Winnebago and Grand Marais, died Monday, February 2, 2009 at The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine. Ida was born April 19, 1911 at New Lisbon, Wisconsin the daughter of Ira and Ida (Parker) Butterfield. She moved with her family at a young age to Blooming Prairie, Mn. and then to Grand Marais, Mn. where she grew up and attended schools. She married Truman W. Miller on October 16, 1928 at Grand Marais. They made their home in the Grand Marais area until 1943 at which time they moved to the Winnebago, Minnesota area. They live there until moving to the Aitkin area in 1953. She had resided in the Aitkin area until 1995 when she moved to Minneapolis to live with her daughter. In October 2004 she moved to The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine, Mn. and had resided there since. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, needlework and enjoyed watching and feeding the birds. She had been a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Nordland Township near Aitkin. She is survived by 3 children: Rose Suserud of Good Thunder, Mn.; Phillip and Janet Miller of Austin, Mn.; Ida W. Miller of Minneapolis; 6 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Truman in 1975, 1 son Bert in 1965, 2 sisters: Ruth and Mabel and 2 brothers Ira and Harry and 1 son in law: John Suserud. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 1 PM from Bethlehem Lutheran Church near Aitkin with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery near McGregor, Minnesota. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the time of service at the church on Tuesday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Phyllis Collins
08/21/1936-01/31/2009
Phyllis A. Collins, 72 of Aitkin died Saturday, January 31, 2009 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born August 21, 1936 in Little Falls to Swen and Mildred (Johnson) Nielson. She graduated from Aitkin High School. Phyllis was married to Jesse Coonfield. They lived in Enid, OK. for a time and later divorced. She moved back to Minnesota in 1978 to be closer to her family. She was a Ward Secretary for 20 years at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin retiring in 1999. She loved her pets and was a member of First Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Phyllis is survived by one daughter and son-in-law: Kim (Ed) Fuller of Aitkin 1 son and his fianc??e: Ron (Linda Walters) Coonfield of Brainerd Five grandchildren: Nicole Fuller of Detroit Lakes Megan Fuller of Turtle Lake, WI. Brianna Fuller of Aitkin Bruce Coonfield of Brainerd Ronald Coonfield of Brainerd 5 great-grandchildren: Trinity Michlitsch, Ryan Michlitsch, Izabelle Miller, Beau Coonfield, Chloe Coonfield One brother and sister-in-law: Keith (Monica) Nielson of Springhill, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents Swen and Mildred (Johnson) Nielson and one brother Swen Nielson, Jr. Visitation will begin at 9:00A.M. until the 11:00A.M., Thursday, February 5, 2009 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Sarah Cordray will officiate. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Catherine Ukura
04/30/1932-01/30/2009
Catherine L. Ukura, 76 of McGregor died Friday, January 30, 2009 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born April 30, 1932 in Kettle River to George Isaac and Aina Elizabeth (Laitinen) Minkkinen. She graduated from McGregor High School. On July 29, 1950 in Minneapolis Catherine was united in marriage to Kenneth Ukura. She is survived by her son Mark of McGregor 4 grandchildren: Andrea (Kory) Marsyla of McGregor Bret Ukura of Tamarack Karl White of Pensacola, FL. Anna White of Pensacola, FL. Two great-grandchildren: Ashley and Zerek Marsyla 3 brothers and sisters-in-law: John (Sigrud) Minkkinen of Kettle River Toivo (Delores) Minkkinen of Duluth Sulo Minkkinen of Cloquet Four sisters: Pearle Wilen of Lawler Laverna Field of Rice River Marilyn Anderson of Two Harbors Ellen Grothe of Minneapolis Sister-in-law: Marie Minkkinen Besides many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth, Daughter: Mary White, Brother: George Minkkinen, 2 sisters: Sylvia Wierimaa and Linda Lund and her parents George and Aina (Laitinen) Ukura Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Friday funeral service at the United Methodist Church in McGregor. Reverend Russell Christensen will officiate. Burial will be in Beaver Cemetery. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Florence ''Flo'' Farah Florence ???Flo
05/18/1920-01/29/2009
Farah Florence ???Flo??? D. Farah, age 88 of McGregor, died Thursday, January 29, 2009 at St. Marys Medical Center in Duluth. Florence was born May 18, 1920 in Tamarack, Minnesota the daughter of William and Elisabeth (Korkola) Johnson. She grew up and attended schools in Tamarack and High School in McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School. She then worked at the Farah Brothers Cafe as a waitress. She married Joseph P. Farah on July 23, 1942 in Deerwood, Minnesota. They made their home in McGregor where she raised her family and worked with her husband for many years in the Hardware Store. She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church where she volunteered many hours over the years. She was also a Life member of the McGregor VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed bowling, ceramics and cooking for her family and friends. Her pride and joy was her family. She is survived by 1 daughter and son in law: Carol and Gene Grossman of Tamarack, Mn.; 1 son and 2 daughters in law: Dennis and Bonnie Farah of McGregor; Linda Farah of McGregor; 11 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 1 sister: Agnes Hanni of Tamarack; 2 sisters in law: Cecelia Maddy of Aitkin, Margie Johnson of Tamarack; special nieces: Pat Monson of McGregor, Barbara Ruzynski of Bismark, N.D., Roseanne Hendrickson of Miami, Florida and other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Joseph, 1 son Edward, 2 brothers and 1 sister. A mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. John Fleischhacker officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery in McGregor. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 PM at the church with a prayer service at 6:45 PM. The visitation will continue Tuesday 1 hour prior to the service 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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Dorothy Stiner
08/17/1922-01/28/2009
Dorothy Louise Stiner, 86 of Palisade died Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at her home. She was born August 17, 1922 in Moweaqua, IL. to Ernest and Tressie (Ewing) Stiner. She grew up and attended rural schools in Christian County, IL. On February 1, 1946 she was united in marriage to Darold M. Stiner. They lived in Christian County until moving to Palisade in 1962 and began to farm. She was a homemaker, farmer and mother of seven. She enjoyed fishing and traveling and was a member of Westside Calvary Baptist Church in Aitkin. Dorothy is survived by her husband Darold 6 sons and daughters-in-law: David (Carol) of Palisade Lonnie of Palisade Edward (Theresa) of Ansley, NE. James (Dalisay) of Wyoming, MN. Phillip of Palisade Nelson (Barbara) of Oldsmar, FL. One daughter and son-in-law: Beverly (Gregory) Paulson of Dodge Center 12 grandchildren, Twenty-two great-grandchildren 1 brother: Donald Stiner of Owaneco, IL. Two sisters: Josephine Gillen of Taylorville, IL. and Goldie Ragan of Shelbyville, IL. Besides many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Tressie Stiner, one sister Elizabeth Munson, and two brothers Frederick and Charles Stiner. Funeral services will be 11 A.M., Saturday, February 7, 2009 at Westside Calvary Baptist Church in Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Palisade. Visitation will be 5 to 7 P.M. Friday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin, and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials will be sent to Northwestern College Student Scholarship Fund in St. Paul (A Christian College of Liberal Arts). www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lydia Geneva Eastman
10/28/1914-01/24/2009
Lydia Geneva Eastman, age 94 of Aitkin, passed away on Saturday, January 24, 2009 at the Aitkin Health Services. Lydia was born October 28, 1914 in Foreston, Minnesota the daughter of Adolph and Tekla (Strand) Olson. She grew up in the Foreston area on the Olson family farm and attended schools in Milaca, graduating with the Class of 1933. She then moved to Minneapolis and attended the Minneapolis Business School. She met and married Verne Eastman, her husband of 48 years and became a homemaker. When Verne retired they moved to the Aitkin area and built their home near Ripple Lake. She enjoyed gardening both flowers and vegetables, and always entered numerous items at the count fair. She was a member of the local flower club, art club and became inspired to do still life paintings. In 1988 Lydia fulfilled her dream of being a teacher when she became a volunteer foster grandparent at Rippleside grade school. She enjoyed working with the children and helping the teachers for over 10 years. She may well be remembered by those students as ???Grandma Lydia??? and then ???Grandma Clause??? during the Christmas season. She was a long time member of the Christian Science Church and a reader at the local Christian Science Society Sunday services. Lydia is survived by 2 sons and daughters in law: Jack and Mary Eastman of St. Cloud, Mn.; Jay and Diane Eastman of Aitkin, Mn.; 7 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild, Hannah Marie. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Verne in 1987, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and 1 grandchild, A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 1 PM from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Nordland Township with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. A visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Minneapolis in the spring. 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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Eleanor May Fielder
05/04/1916-01/24/2009
Eleanor May Fielder, age 92 of Aitkin, died Saturday, January 24, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Eleanor was born May 4, 1916 in Crosby, Minnesota the daughter of Louis and Ida (Carlson) Larson. She was a graduate of the Aitkin High School, class of 1934. She married Francis Fielder on August 6, 1935. They owned and operated the Fielder and Sons Dairy and also the Fielder Sales Barn in Aitkin. She was employed by the State of Minnesota Learning Center for 16 years until her retirement in 1984. She was a member of the Easter Star and the Rebekahs. She volunteered over 500 hours as a member of the Ground Observers Corps in the 1950???s. She was an active member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin and was a volunteer at the Aitkin Hospital and the Aitkin Library. She is survived by 4 children and spouses: Michael and Liz Fielder of Globe, Arizona; Lee and Shirley Fielder of Alexandria, Mn.; Dianne and David Moore of Plymouth, Mn.; Thomas and Peg Fielder of Aitkin, Mn.; nine grandchildren: Michael Fielder, Gregory Fielder, Sabrina Prosenick, Stephanie Heseltine, Kathryn Shinn, Erica Nowak, Michele Peterson, Jennifer Pauling, and Jeffrey Fielder; 18 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild, Also surviving is 1 niece: Clarice Estey and 1 nephew John Hendrickson. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters: Louise Vanderpool and Erma Hendrickson. The family wishes to thank the Aicota Staff for caring for Eleanor for the past 9 ?? years while she has been a resident there. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dorothy Parkki
09/03/1915-01/21/2009
Dorothy A. Parkki, age 93 of Tamarack died Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at the Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet, Minnesota. Dorothy was born September 3, 1915 at Tamarack, Minnesota the daughter of Ed and Fannie (Bakka) Anderson. She was the last surviving child of the Anderson family. She grew up and attended the Sheriff Lake Country School. She married Auno J. Parkki on September 3, 1938 at Sheriff Lake. They made their home in the Salo area where she has lived most of her life. She worked as a cook for a number of restaurants in the area and also worked as a cook at the McGregor High School She also worked many years for Lakeside Manufacturing. She attended the Golden Age Club and enjoyed fishing and flower gardens. She is survived by 1 daughter and son in law: Ruth and Robert Sundberg of McGregor; 1 son: Eugene Parkki of Tamarack; 2 sisters in law: Clara Anderson and Mary Anderson both of Duluth and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Auno, 1 daughter and son in law: Phyllis and Lyle Waisanen, 1 granddaughter: Elaine Ann Sundberg, 5 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 2 PM from the McGregor Funeral Home. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services. Burial will be in the Salo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Alta May Blakesley
11/04/1921-01/21/2009
Alta May Blakesley, age 87 of Aitkin, died Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at Aitkin, Minnesota. She was born November 4, 1921 near Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Ernest and Irena (Tool) Woodrow. She grew up and attended the Butts School and then attended the Aitkin High School graduating in 1939. She then moved to the Twin Cities where she attended Business School and also worked in the Twin Cities. She married Lester G. Blakesley on August 23, 1946 in Aitkin. They lived south of Aitkin for a short time and then bought their farm on Blind Lake in 1947 and have lived there ever since. She was a member of the Aitkin VKW Ladies Auxiliary, had been a member of the Channel Belles Homemaker Club, and had been active in the Blind Lake Sharp Shooter 4H Club. She enjoyed gardening, making quilts and refinishing furniture. She is survived by 5 children and spouses: Jack Blakesley of Emily; Judy and Dennis Carpenter of Cambridge, Mn.; Leslie and Eugene Peters of Palisade, Mn.; David Blakesley of Aitkin; Linda Blakesley of Proctor, Mn.; 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 1 brother: Jim Woodrow and 1 sister Anna Lou (Amy) Hansen both of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lester in 1999, 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Barry Hite officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the funeral. 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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Irene Howe
08/16/1923-01/16/2009
Irene Howe, 85 of Palisade died Friday, January 16, 2009 at Rio Grande Regional Hospital, McAllen, TX. She was born August 16, 1923 in Palisade to Eric M. and Florence (Hansel) Franzen. She attended school in Palisade and graduated from Aitkin High School, class of 1942. On October 28, 1944 in Long Beach, CA. Irene was united in marriage to Eugene Howe. She worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a Postmaster. She served on the Palisade City Council, was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Palisade Lions, and Bethel Lutheran Church. She is survived by 1 daughter and son-in-law: Marlene (Cliff) Monnier of Hermantown Two sons and daughters-in-law: Gordon ???Buzz??? (Jackie) Howe of Mendota Heights Eric (Susan) Howe of Palisade 6 grandchildren: Roger Monnier, Kara Picconatto, Kathy Oaks, Eric Howe, Jr., Erin Howe, and Katie Bertrand Four great grandchildren 1 brother and sister-in-law Gordon (Donna) Franzen of Granada Special friend Vivian Anderson She was preceded in death by her husband Eugene Howe, her second husband Harry Jacobson, and her parents Eric M. and Florence (Hansel) Franzen. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M., Thursday, January 22, 2009 at Bethel Lutheran Church, Palisade. Reverend William Sass will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 ??? 8P.M., Wednesday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin, and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Verna M. Goetsch
02/24/1934-01/16/2009
Verna M. Goetsch, age 78 of McGregor formerly of the Opstead and McGrath area died Friday, January 16, 2009 at St. Mary???s Medical Center in Duluth, Mn. Verna was born February 24, 1930 at Opstead, Minnesota the daughter of Albert and Ellen (Braustrom) Erickson. She grew up and attended school in the McGrath area. She then moved to the Twin Cities where she worked and met she met her husband to be. She married Harvey E. Goetsch on June 26, 1948 at Opstead, Mn. They made their home in Highland Park, Mn until 1971 at which time they moved to McGrath and then in 1973 they moved to the McGregor area and she has lived here since. She had worked many jobs throughout her life but she especially enjoyed being a caregiver for the senior citizens of the area for over 20 years. She was an active member of the McGregor VFW Post 2747 Auxiliary. She was also instrumental in starting the McGregor Lakes AARP Chapter 4416. She is survived by 2 sons: Michael Goetsch of Inver Grove Heights, Mn., Dennis Goetsch of McGregor; 3 grandchildren: Patrick, Laurie and Christopher and 7 great grandchildren. Also surviving is 1 brother Bud Erickson of Aitkin and 1 sister Doris Shields of Anoka, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harvey in 1992, 3 brothers: Clifford, Lloyd and Bon and 1 sister Eileen. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 12:00 Noon from Grace Lutheran Church of McGregor with Rev. William Sass officiating. Interment will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services on Saturday at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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