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Archive Obituaries
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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Karen Obrestad
07/31/1940-01/15/2009
Karen K. (Brown) Obrestad, 68 of Aitkin died Thursday, January 15, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin after a long battle with cancer. She was born July 31, 1940 in Cass Lake to Harvey Brown and Alice (Morton). She is survived by her mother Alice (Morton) Thompson 2 Sisters: Carol Iden Pat Duffy Two brothers: George Brown LaVerne (Barb) Bunker Many nieces, nephews, great nieces & great nephews. She was preceded in death by her son Robert, sister Ruth, brothers Wayne, Frank, and Tom. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 12:00P.M., Saturday, January 24, 2009 memorial service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend Sarah Cordray will officiate. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Robert Tibbitts
02/10/1922-01/12/2009
Robert Loyd Tibbitts, 86 of Aitkin died Monday, January 12, 2009 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born February 10, 1922 in Morrison Township, Aitkin County to Charles W. and Dora L. (Elmhurst) Tibbetts. He grew up in Aitkin and attended Aitkin Schools. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in the Philippines during WW II. After his service he moved back to Aitkin and ran Bob???s Popcorn Wagon for several years. On January 1, 1949 Robert was united in marriage to Doris Margaret Mary Bonneville at St James Catholic Church, Aitkin. Following marriage he worked many years with his brother Orville selling seed grain. He then worked many years selling Fuller Brush, before spending the last years of his work life with Aitkin Dairy and Aitkin Iron Works. Upon retirement he spent his time at home with his wife and doing yard work and raising a garden. He also spent many mornings with his good friends at Aitkin Tire Shop. Following some health problems he moved to Maryhill Manor and later to Aitkin Health Services. Robert is survived by 4 children: Pam (Virgil) Dufalult of Crookston Gary of Aitkin Tom (special friend Christie Young) of Waconia John (Angela) of Montrose Two grandchildren Paul of Russia and Kelly of Waconia A future grandbaby 4 sisters and brothers-in-law: Winnifred Peterson of Baraboo, WI. Evelyn (Tibbetts) Olson of Aitkin Shirley (Bonneville) & Clifford Yunker of Aitkin Viola (Bonneville) & Walt Erickson of Omaha Many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives in and around the Aitkin area. Many, many friends he made throughout the years at both Maryhill Manor and Aitkin Health Services and the Aitkin area. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Dora Tibbetts Eleven brothers and sisters, Lillian and Walt Grenier, Rose Tibbetts, Doris and Oliver Weston, Harold Tibbetts, Doug and Hannah Tibbetts, Violet and Alfred Tweet, Roxanna and Ambrose Ritter, Kenneth and Pauline Tibbetts, Vernon and Kathryn Tibbetts, Frank Tibbetts, Orville and Peggy Tibbetts. Funeral services will be 11A.M., Saturday, January 17, 2009 at St. James Catholic Church, Aitkin. Fr. Paul Fruth will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727. Visitation will be 4 to 7P.M. Friday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin with a prayers service at 7P.M. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Carl Orjala
01/01/1921-01/10/2009
Carl Orjala, age 88 of Aitkin died Saturday, January 10, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Carl was born January 1, 1921 in Rice River Township near East Lake, Minnesota the son of John and Maria (Rusanen) Orjala. Carl served in the U.S. Army???s 116th Medical Battalion in New Guinea, the Philippines, and Japan during WW II. He married Artis Hoelz on April 30, 1947 in Aitkin. They made their home in East Lake until 1953 at which time they moved to their farm on the Mississippi River northeast of Aitkin. In addition to farming, Carl found great happiness working in the woods. He is survived by his wife Artis of Aitkin; Daughters and sons in law: Janet and Mark Jennings of Duluth, Mn.; Ellen and Keith Dobbins of Chanhassen, Mn.; sons and daughter in law: Thomas Orjala of Coeur d???Alene, Idaho; Todd and Krista (Herbstrith) Orjala of Northfield, Mn. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren: Christine, Teuvo, Kailas, Ellis, Lindsey, Evan, Griffin, and Cooper and 2 great grandchildren: Sydney and Owen. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: John and Wayne, sisters: Mary Kaura, Elsie Bottila, and Anne Kojo and 1 son Timothy. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 16, 2009 at 1 PM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church in Aitkin with Rev. Judith Clark and Rev. Allen Clark Harris officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be Thursday from 7 until 9 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Friday. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. The family wishes to thank Dr. Charles Schotzko and the caring staff of the Aicota Health Care Center.
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Eugene ''Gene'' R. Streeter Eugene ???
01/05/2009-01/07/2009
Eugene ''Gene'' R. Streeter Eugene ???Gene??? R. Streeter, age 74 of McGregor, Mn. died at the Abbott-Northwestern Hospital on January 5, 2009. He was born June 17, 1934 in Minneapolis the son of Earl and Evelyn (Morris) Streeter. He was a graduate of Patrick Henry High School. He married his high school sweetheart Mary in April of 1954. He retired from Western Electric in 1986 and moved to McGregor in May of 1987. He was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church and the McGregor Lions. He is survived by his wife Mary, Children: Todd (Beverly); Susan (Vince) Tyler; grandchildren: Stacy and Andrew; Chris (Christina); Michael, Cameron; and Amanda; Mother Evelyn; Sisters: Loraine Anderson and Rosemary (Douglas) Eidem; brothers: Richard (Joanne); Larry (Sharon); Daniel (Kitty); nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Earl and Keith Anderson. Services will be held Saturday January 10, 2009 at 11 AM at the McGregor High School (148 S. 2nd Ave) with Pastor Dan Heath officiating. Visitation will be held Friday from 5 to 8 PM at Grace Lutheran Church (48115 Lake Ave.) and also 1 hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be in the spring at Pine Needle Cemetery. The McGregor Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Memorials are preferred to the Twin Cities Chapter of the Spinal Cord Society. Jun 17 1934 12:00AM
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Alice L. Ziske
01/19/1919-01/06/2009
Alice L. Ziske, age 89 of Aitkin died Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Alice was born January 19, 1919 at Swatara, Minnesota the daughter of John and Alice (Baty) Biskey. She grew up and attended country school at Swatara and then attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1936. She moved to St. Cloud and worked as a legal secretary there. She married Charles B. Ziske on April 10, 1944 in Duluth, Minnesota. They made their home in Aitkin where she raised her family and later worked part time as a legal secretary. She enjoyed playing golf, bridge; she bowled and loved to dance. She was a member of the Aitkin Eastern Star and was a past worthy matron. She is survived by 3 daughters and sons in law: Susan and Roger Sargent of Chesterton, Indiana; Janelle Ziske of Aitkin; Nancy and Tom Whitehead of Plymouth, Mn.; 4 grandchildren: Janna Mullen, Andrew Sargent, Patrick Whitehead, Sam Whitehead, 1 brother: George Biskey of Minneapolis. She was preceded in death by her husband Chuck, parents, 2 brothers Truman and Freddie and 2 sisters Irene and Bessie. A memorial service will be held Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 2 PM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. A luncheon will follow the service. The Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin is in charge of the arrangements. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Memorials are preferred to the Aitkin Public Library or the HART animal center in Brainerd.
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Gerald F. Stofferahn
07/16/1940-01/06/2009
Gerald F. Stofferahn, age 68 of Aitkin died Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Gerald was born July 16, 1940 in Aitkin the son of Walter and Louise (Villeneuve) Stofferahn. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin and McGregor and graduated from Marshall High School in Minneapolis. He then attended a Vo-Tech School in Minneapolis and learned to be a cabinet maker. He married Suzanne Cameron on July 22, 1961 in Minneapolis. He worked in New Hope, Mn. for 12 years and then in 1972 he moved with his family back to Aitkin to begin a position with Woodland Container Co. where he worked as an inspector for 25 years. He moved out to the family farm in 1973 and brought the old farm back to life. He added on to the house, built a barn, and started his own dairy herd, all while working full time at Woodland. He continued this for the next 20 years until 1994 when he sold the farm and moved back to town to begin his own cabinet business called Country Cabinets and Woodworking. He is survived by his wife Sue Stofferahn of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Joe and Sheila Stofferahn of Aitkin; Patty and Les Kingsley of Princeton, Mn.; Tony and Amy Stofferahn of Aitkin; 12 grandchildren: Stephanie, Dylen, Jackson, Shawn, Tarah, Tiffanee, Chad, Jennifer, Jayson, Katelynn, Nicole and Ashley; 2 great grandchildren: Alexzander and Carter; 1 sister: Betty Clausen of Ellicott City, Maryland; 1 brother: Walter Stofferahn Jr. of Minneapolis. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 son Jerald in 1989, 1 brother Arnold and 1 sister Eleanor Roden. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 12, 2009 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Helen A. Gustafson
06/16/1910-01/06/2009
Helen A. Gustafson, age 98 of Aitkin formerly of Palisade and Duluth died Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Helen was born June 16, 1910 in Barron Co., Wisconsin. She grew up and attended schools there. She then moved to Duluth where she worked for a time. She married Albin Gustafson and they moved to the Palisade area and operated a farm. She lived there until moving to the Aicota Health Care Center in 1996. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade and the LCW of Bethel Lutheran Church. She was also a member of the Palisade VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and several brothers and sisters. A memorial service will be held at the Aicota Health Care Center at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, January 20, 2009. The interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery near Rat Lake 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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Connie Kokesh
02/14/1950-12/31/2008
Connie Louise Kokesh, 57 of Zimmerman died Monday, December 31, 2007 at her residence. She was born in Hopkins the sixth child in a family of 12 to Robert J. and Jeanette (Ida) Kokesh on Valentines Day in1950. Connie touched so many lives in her short time here on earth. At 4???8??? she was small in stature but a giant in prayer and faith with an infectious, positive spirit. We could always count on her to listen to us and pray for us. She was born a secretary, which she did as a career for the State of Minnesota for over 25 years until she became disabled and had to retire. Connie continued to be her family???s personal secretary, she was right in the middle of everything that was going on. She was an active member of St. Pious X Catholic Church in Zimmerman and an active member of a recovery group for several years. All who knew her will miss her terribly, but we also know she is now in heaven with Jesus and those who went before her. She was preceded in death by her parents Robert J. and Jeanette Kokesh and her three brothers: Guy, Andy, and Luke. She is survived by 4 sisters and brothers-in-law: Katherine Kokesh (Mike Tibbetts) of Zimmerman Mary (James) Henry of Locust Grove, VA. Jan (Dale) Post of Brooklyn Center Chris (Tom) Basel of Brooklyn Center Four brothers and sisters-in-law: Bob (Nancy) Kokesh of Aitkin Mark (Colleen) Kokesh of Edina Neil (Carolyn) Kokesh of Champlin Tony (Melinda) Kokesh stationed in Okinawa, Japan Twelve nieces and 14 nephews. And a very good friend Debbie O. She was loved by her family and friends. A Rosary in Celebration of Connie???s life will be prayed at St. Pius X Church, 25909 Fourth St. West, Zimmerman at 6:00P.M., Thursday, January 10, 2008. A reception will follow. Funeral services will continue 10:00A.M. Saturday, January 12, 2008 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Garrison. A reception will follow Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. srtfuneral.com
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Virginia M. Blakesley
06/15/1921-12/28/2008
Virginia M. (Sharratt) Blakesley, age 87 of Ross Lake Township died Sunday, December 28, 2008 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, Mn.; She was born on June 15, 1921 near Lynd, Minnesota the daughter of Harry and Tena (Van Breasen) Sharratt. In 1926 the family moved to the Blind Lake area where she attended the Blind Lake School. In 1940 Virginia moved to Aitkin. She worked at the Olympia Caf?? (bus depot) for three years. In 1943, Virginia and her friend Hazel Boyer moved to Minneapolis. They worked as ???Rosie the Riveters??? for Northwest Airlines and sewed canvas goods for the Army at Munsingwear. After returning to Aitkin, she worked for Bouma???s Dry Goods. On November 14, 1945 she married Lloyd F. Blakesley at the Aitkin Methodist Parsonage. Following the wedding and brief honeymoon trip to Alexandria, Mn. Lloyd returned to the naval base in California. In January of 1945, Virginia traveled by train to Long Beach, Calf. The couple lived in Long Beach and then moved to San Diego before returning to Aitkin in November of 1946. The couple moved to a farm on the riverbank north of Aitkin. They lived there until 1948 at which time they purchased the Blakesley farm and became a part of the Ross Lake community where they raised six children. Virginia served as a treasurer for the Ross lake School Board for five years and with the Ross Lake Township for 16 years. She was a member of the Aitkin VFW Auxiliary. In later years she enjoyed going with her husband to naval ship reunions traveling to many places throughout the continental United States and Canada. She is survived by her husband Lloyd Blakesley; her sons: Dennis (Pam Pruitt) Blakesley; Douglas (Hildara) Blakesley; Lyn (Wanda) Blakesley; Bart Blakesley; Daughters: Lovena Blakesley; Laura (Greg) Thornbloom; 1 brother: Richard Sharratt, 1 sister: Joan Lambert; sister in law: Adelene Sharratt; step-brothers: Francis Houwman, William Houwman, step sisters: Jennie Cartie, Helen Enberg, Florence Beebe, Carol Varian, 9 grandchildren: Milagros Blakesley, Scott Blakesley, Virginia Blakesley, Misty (Tim) Sturm, Jeff Blakesley, Marla Thornbloom, Neal Thornbloom, Cole Blanchard, and Kristin Dunham. She is also survived by her beloved dog ???Captain???. She was preceded in death by her parents: Harry Sharratt and Tena Houwman; Step parents: Clara Sharratt and Frank Houwman, 1 brother Elwood Sharratt, 1 sister: Kathleen Oyerbides, step brothers: Andrew Houwman and Pete Houwman, and step sister Elizabeth Cartie. A memorial service will be held Friday, January 2, 2009 at 11 AM with Rev. Barry Hite officiating at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home on Friday. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Galen D. Doub
07/27/1951-12/24/2008
Galen D. Doub, age 57 of Aitkin formerly of St. Cloud died Wednesday, December 24, 2008 while out cross country skiing near Deerwood, Mn. Galen was born July 27, 1951 at St. Cloud, Minnesota the son of Delbert and Bernice (Brambrink) Doub. He grew up and attended schools in St. Cloud graduating from St. Cloud Tech in 1969. He then attended St. Cloud area vocational and technical school of drafting and Design Technology graduating in 1971. He then attended St. Cloud State and graduated with a degree in education majoring in Art. He started his teaching career in Adrian, Minnesota and then came to Aitkin and spent most of his teaching career here. He was voted teacher of the year in 1995. He earned his Master of Science in Education Leadership from Southwest State University in 2001. He had served on the Aitkin City Council, was a member of Friends of the Arts, and had been involved with a wide variety of education issues at the Aitkin High School through the years. Galen traveled extensively throughout Europe, South America, Mexico and the United States. He also worked as a teacher in China. Galen???s home in Aitkin, filled with his treasurers from around the world, showcased his creative gifts and his mastery as a gardener was reflected in the exquisite design of the landscaping al around his home on the banks of the Ripple River. In fact, his home was the subject of a number of paintings through the years. Galen loved to visit with friends and family and had wide ranging interests including photography, kayaking, biking, cooking and reading. He was a dedicated member of his community, respected educator and gracious friend. He is survived by 1 sisters and brother in law: Doris and Leroy Kamenick of Oxford, Wisconsin; 1 brother and sister in law: Terry and Debbie Doub of St. Cloud, Mn.; 3 nephews and 1 niece: Todd Kamenick, Wayne Kamenick, Reed Doub and Beth Doub. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Fr. Nicholas Doub and 1 nephew Russell Kamenick. A memorial service will held Tuesday at 7 PM at the Aitkin High School Auditorium with Deacon Bill Stein officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday at the Auditorium from 3 PM until the 7 PM service. Interment will be in the Clear Lake Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Memorial will be used to establish a memorial fund in Galen Doub's name. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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John Fremling
06/26/1929-12/21/2008
John L. Fremling, 79 of Aitkin died Sunday, December 21, 2008 at his residence. He was born June 26, 1929 in Brainerd to John L. and Charlotte E. (Brooks) Fremling. He graduated from Brainerd High School and then from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Mathematics. While at SCSU he played and lettered in Football. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. On October 11, 1958 in Osceola Township John was united in marriage to Vicki Kirgiss. He taught Mathematics for 27 years for the Aitkin Schools and for 3 years at the Crosier Seminary in Onamia. He was a wrestling, football, and track coach for Aitkin Schools. He was inducted into the Minnesota State Wrestling Hall of Fame. He was active in the Gideon ministry where he held various offices. He was a member of the Calvary Westside Church and enjoyed fishing and hunting. John is survived by his wife Vicki 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Steve Fremling of Aitkin Jere (Laurel) Fremling of Aitkin One daughter Jana Fremling of Aitkin 2 grandchildren: Joel and Kaila Two sisters and brothers-in-law: Carla (Richard) Dean of Brainerd Ramona (Grant) Grayson of Billings, MT. 1 brother and sister-in-law Paul (Janet) Fremling of Watersford, MI. besides many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister Christina, 2 brothers Harold and Howard. Funeral services will be 12:00P.M. Saturday, December 27, 2008 at Calvary Westside Church, Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Osceola Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 10:00A.M. Saturday at the church. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Patricia McClellan
11/05/1929-12/20/2008
Patricia ???Pat??? A. McClellan, age 79 of Aitkin formerly of St. Paul died Saturday, December 290, 2008 at her home. She was born November 5, 1929 in St. Paul, Minnesota the daughter of Michael and Mildred (Walker) Kruse. She grew up and attended schools in St. Paul graduating from the Wilson High School in 1947. She worked for a time at the Midway National Bank. She married William McClellan on June 25, 1949 at White Bear Lake, Mn. they made their home and raised their family in Maplewood, Mn. The started coming to Diamond Lake near Aitkin in 1983. They moved to the Aitkin area in 1991 and have lived here since. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin; The Sister To Sister organization and the Red Hats. She is survived by her husband William ???Bill???; Children and spouses: Kathy; Tim and Jill; Jeanne and Perry; Greg; Anne; Bernie; Mary and Billy and Lynn; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 5:30 to 8 PM with a Rosary Service at 7:30 PM led by the Knights of Columbus at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be in the Diamond Lake Cemetery. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Memorials are preferred to the Home Health Partnership Hospice.
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Leonard W. Kittleson
08/26/1919-12/16/2008
Leonard W. Kittleson, age 89 of Aitkin, born August 26, 1919, passed away December 16, 2008. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years Eileen (Bistodeau). He will be greatly missed by his children: Judi Kearney (Jim), Sandra Ramlet, Bill Kittleson (Lisa), and Leneen Kittleson (special friend Dennis); he was blessed with 8 grandchildren: Shannon, Sean, Gavin, and Brendon Kearney; Patrick Ramlet; Ben and Matt Beck; and Bryan Kittleson; and 7 great grandchildren. Leonard loved Elm Island Lake (God???s Country he called it), and his special family and friend up there. The birds, critters and flowers brought him great joy and made this a very special place for him. He also enjoyed the companionship and love of two great four-legged friends; Charlie and Suzi Q. A celebration of his life will be held Friday, December 19 beginning at 1:30 PM and continue until the 3 PM prayer service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin.
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John J. Skaj
12/21/1938-12/14/2008
John Joseph Skaj, age 69 of Aitkin died Sunday, December 14, 2008 at the Viewcrest Nursing Home in Duluth, Minnesota. He was born December 21, 1938 in Holdingford, Minnesota the son of Joseph and Martha (Knoll) Skaj. He moved with his family to the Kimberly area at a young age and he then attended school at Kimberly and then the Aitkin High School. He went to work on the railroad with his father in 1956. He moved to Chicago in 1958 where he met and married Joan Otterness. In 1967 he married Helen Fuller. While in Chicago he worked for Nichols Motor Supply from 1973 to 1994. He then moved back to Minnesota where he worked for Savanco until he retired. He is survived by7 Children and spouses: James and Valerie Fuller of Aitkin, Mn.; Jerry and Kim Fuller of Alvarado, Texas; Ann and Tim Anderson of Duluth, Minnesota; Wanda and Martin Bucholz of Boyd, Wisc.; Mike and Leta Skaj of Santa Clara, Calf.; Teresa and Charlie Smith of Bowling Green, Kentucky; David and Karen Skaj of Aitkin, Mn.; 14 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 1 sister: Betty and James Buttler of Aitkin, Mn.; 2 brothers: Paul and Jane Skaj of Aitkin and Walt and Jo Skaj of Wellston, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents and both wives Helen and Joan. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. John Fleischhacker officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery at Kimberly. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church Saturday. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com
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Dallas (Pete) McWilliams
08/13/1951-12/14/2008
Dallas (Pete) Ora McWilliams, age 57 of Fargo, N.D. formally of Aitkin passed away quietly at the Merit Care Hospital in Fargo after a serious illness. He was born August 13, 1951 in Omaha, Nebraska the son of Dallas and Phyllis (Hogan) McWilliams. He moved with his family to the Aitkin area where he attended schools graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1969. After his graduation he served in the U.S. Navy. Upon his discharge he became a long haul over the road truck driver, enjoying the sites, towns, and people he met in all of the continental U.SD. and Canada. He married Paula Pozzi on September 26, 1987 in Fargo, N.D. They traveled and enjoyed their lives together. He is survived by his wife Paula McWilliams of Fargo, N.D.; 1 son: Carey of Fargo, N.D.; 1 daughter Jessie of North Dakota; Two grandchildren: Marcis and Maryann both of North Dakota; his mother: Phyllis Sjodin of Elk River (formerly of Aitkin); three brothers and spouses: Gary and Barb McWilliams and Ron and Evonne McWilliams all of Conway, Arkansas; Mike and Carol McWilliams of Aitkin; three sisters: Linda Anderson of Maplewood, Mn.; Annette Weimer of Elk River, Mn.; Denise Kern of Blaine, Mn.; several nieces and nephews and his close friend Mike of Fargo. He was preceded in death by his father Dallas and one brother Larry. A memorial service will be held Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 2 PM from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church of rural Aitkin with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. Interment will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery in the spring. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts 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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Emma Dennison
04/15/1915-12/13/2008
Emma Dennison, age 93 of Aitkin died Saturday, December 13, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Emma was born April 15, 1915 at Hanover, Kansas the daughter of Joseph and Lena (Ferguson) Jewell. She moved with her family at a young age to the McGregor/Tamarack area where she attended country school. She married Robert Dennison on November 25, 1933 in Brainerd, Mn. They made their home in Ross Lake Twp. of Crow Wing County for many years. Emma moved to the Aicota Health Care Center in the fall of 2003 and has lived there since. She enjoyed doing needlework and crocheting. She is survived by 2 daughters and sons in law: Loraine and Bradley Bodle of Cross Lake, Mn.; Lois and Gene Vance of Phoenix, Arizona; 2 brothers: Rollie Jewell of Anoka, Mn. and Archie Jewell of Phoenix, Arizona; 1 sister: Vera Reich of McGregor; 9 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert in 1988; 2 granddaughters, 1 grandson, 1 sister and 5 brothers. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 19, 2008 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with a visitation 1 hour prior to the services. Burial will be in the Pine Ridge Cemetery at Emily, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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George H. Amundson
03/23/1937-12/08/2008
George H. Amundson, age 71 of McGregor died Monday, December 8, 2008 at St. Mary???s Medical Center in Duluth after a short battle with gall bladder cancer. George was born on March 23, 1937 at McGregor, Minnesota the son of George C. and Lola M. (Sheeks) Amundson. He was raised on the family farm east of McGregor and graduated from the McGregor High School in 1955. The following year, he attended Vennard College where he met Marlene Nitz of Randolph, Nebraska. They married in 1956. She died in 1966. George married Kathy Melser of McGregor in 1986. They lived three miles east of McGregor on farm ground along the Big Sandy River that was homesteaded in 1898 by his Norwegian grandfather Gustav Amundson. George and Kathy operated a dairy and beef farm there. George also drove school bus for the McGregor School District for 29 years. Earlier in his life, George worked for two years on Lake Superior ore carriers. He drove bread trucks while living in Duluth. Also after the death of his first wife, he lived in rural Pierce, Nebraska, where he owned Wee Town, a bar; restaurant, gas station, and community gathering place. He served for 24 years on the McGregor Township Board, including as chairman. Friends and family remember George for his skill of story-telling, his appreciation for his family farm, his love of children, and most of all, for his deep Christian faith and unfaltering love of his Lord. With his first child being born when he was 19 and his last when he was 50, George was blessed with children and grandchildren. He was surrounded by them all of his adult life. He is survived by his wife Kathy Amundson of McGregor; six children and spouses: Lorie and Ted Weinrich of Brookings, South Dakota; Brent and Melanie Amundson; Kevin and Sue Amundson; Lisa and Larry Koehler; and Rachel Amundson all of McGregor; Christopher and Angela Amundson of Norfolk, Nebraska; four step children and spouses: Brenda and Sean Hannafin of Ham Lake, Mn.; Mark and Doris Skaj of Deerwood, Mn.; Tammy and Chuck Blaha of Tower, Mn.; Sarah and Ernie Darlow of McGregor; 2 sisters: Harriet Amundson of McGregor; Carol Lindberg of Plymouth, Mn.; and 24 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Marlene, and unborn child, 1 brother Howard; and granddaughter Madison. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 13, 2008 at 11 AM from Bethany Lutheran Church in Cromwell with Pastor Jack Gould officiating. Burial will be in the Grayling Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services on Saturday 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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Roy M. Polkinghorne
10/23/1916-12/07/2008
Roy M. Polkinghorne, age 92 of Aitkin died Sunday, December 7, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Roy was born October 23, 1916 at Littlefork, Minnesota the son of Earnest and Maude (Foster) Polkinghorne. He grew up and attended schools in Littlefork and graduated from High School there. He then worked for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. He married Doris J. Valsvik on January 1, 1942 at International Falls, Minnesota. He then served in the U.S. Army during WW II. He was in the Battle of the Bulge. Upon his discharge in 1946 he returned home and then went to work as an automotive mechanic for Harold???s Chevrolet in Minneapolis. He worked for them until 1975 when he retired. He and Doris lived in Minneapolis until 1978 at which time they moved to the Aitkin area and lived on Nord Lake prior to moving into town in 2002. Roy enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, cutting wood and just being outdoors in nature. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. He had served as a Boy Scout Leader. He is survived by his wife Doris Polkinghorne of Aitkin; 1 son: Ralph Polkinghorne of Los Alamos, New Mexico; 1 daughter: Ann Greer of Indianapolis, Ind.; 3 grandchildren and spouses: Jason Greer and wife Thuy; Amy Williams and husband Douglas; Brian Greer and wife Amanda; 2 brothers: Bruce Polkinghorne and wife Violet of Littlefork, MN.; Clyde Polkinghorne and wife Mary of Warren, Michigan; 1 sister: Lorene Haaversen of Bemidji, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents Earnest and Maude and step mother Margarette; and 3 brothers: Jack, George, and Harold. A memorial service will be held Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Interment will be in the spring at the Oakley Cemetery at Littlefork, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the on-line guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Crystal Wilcox
11/12/1985-12/01/2008
Crystal Marie Wilcox, 23 of Aitkin died Monday, December 1, 2008 in Pine County, as a result of a car accident. She was born November 12, 1985 in Aitkin to Bruce Wilcox and Marcia Hills. She was a 2004 graduate of Brainerd High School and then attended Mankato State University. She was a manager at The Junction south of Aitkin and was involved with CAM???s Ride, a bike rally for Autism. Crystal is survived by her mother Marcia Hills of Aitkin Father Bruce Wilcox of Aitkin 2 sisters and brother-in-law: Jennifer (Larry) Griffin of Aitkin Isabel Wilcox of Aitkin One brother Cole Wilcox of Aitkin Fianc?? Jeff Trudeau of Forest Lake 2 nephews Chase and Donnie Two nieces Donesha and LaRaya Grandmother Iyone Bartels of Deerwood Grandfather Jerry Hills of Aitkin Besides many other aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by grandmother Lorna (Klingelhofer) Hills and grandfather Donald Wilcox. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. Friday, December 5, 2008 at Westside Church in Aitkin. Reverend Judith Clark will officiate. Burial will be in Diamond Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00P.M., Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Terri E. Brightnose
01/11/1944-11/26/2008
Terri E. Brightnose, age 64 died Wednesday, November 26, 2008 at her home near McGregor. She was born January 11, 1944 in Wisconsin the daughter of Edwin and Viola (Jonsten) Lone. She has lived in Manitoba and Minnesota for most of her life. She has resided in the McGregor area for about the past 14 years. She was an artist making Native American beadwork. She is survived by children and spouses: Jack and Sheila Brightnose of Marenisco, Mich.; Gilbert Bear of East Lake, Mn.; Jeff Brightnose of Manitoba, Canada; Bob Brightnose of Manitoba, Canada; Ron Brightnose of Quebec, Canada; and Cindy Hall of Sioux Falls, S.D.; 2 brothers: Elvern Lone of East Lake, Mn.; Edwin Lone of Duluth, Mn.; 2 sisters: Lula Pearl Dale of Monticello, Mn.; and Lucinda Wells of East Bethel, Mn.. A memorial service for Terri will be held at a later date. 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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Margery A. Lanhart
02/01/1954-11/20/2008
Margery Ann (Courier) Lanhart, age 54 of Brainerd formerly of Aitkin, died Thursday, November 20, 2008 at her residence in Brainerd. She was reunited with her daughter Angelique who had preceded her in death. She was born February 1, 1954 the daughter of Melissa Blythe Hammond and Lawrence Courier. She lived in Aitkin for most of her life but has resided in Brainerd the past 8 years. She is survived by her sister Sandy and family, other sisters and brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Frank, Clarence and Francis. A memorial service will be held in the spring of 2009. The Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home of Aitkin is in charge of the arrangements. To sign the online guest register, please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Pete Barker
06/07/1957-11/18/2008
Pete J. Barker, 51 of Aitkin died Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale. He was born June 7, 1957 in Aitkin to Ronald and Eva Mae (Haggard) Barker. He graduated from Onamia High School class of 1975 and then attended the University of Minnesota Duluth studying art and mathematics. He lived in Duluth for 11 years. He moved back to Onamia and worked as a welder for Sasker Manufacturing prior to becoming self employed in the Aitkin area. On September 22, 1992 in Onamia, Pete was united in marriage to Jeanne (Svendsen). He is survived by his wife Jeanne of Aitkin 1 son: Chad (Shannon Bettis) Etzler of Browerville One daughter: Roxanne (Derek) Huhn of Monticello 2 brothers: George (Ann) of Orange Grove, TX. Jim (Pat) of Sauk Rapids Two sisters: Marilyn (Dick) Winn of Ironton Laura Halonen of Brainerd 1 brother-in-law: Roy Ziesmer of McGrath Besides many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother William Line, sister Bertha Ziesmer, 2 nieces Banita Barker and Leonore Winn, one nephew Brian Barker and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M., Saturday, November 22, 2008 memorial service at the Aitkin VFW Robert-Glad Post #1727. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Donald J. Erlandson
08/20/1924-11/18/2008
Donald J. Erlandson, age 84, of Aitkin formerly of the Isle/Opstead area died Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at the Villa Vista Health Care Center in Cromwell, Minnesota. Don was born August 20, 1924 at the Hassman area near Aitkin, Mn. the son of Carl and Hilda (Jacobson) Erlandson. He attended schools in Palisade and then at the age of 14 moved with his family to the Opstead area where he helped his father operate a store. He also worked on farms in the area and he and his father also logged. He married Carol J. Linder on September 22, 1951 at the Opstead Baptist Church. He worked as a heavy equipment operator working on construction projects in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Colorado. He worked on the Minnesota Zoo and the Metrodome. He retired in 1984. He lived in the Isle area most of his life and more recently had moved to Aitkin. He was a member of the 49ers, the Opstead Baptist Church where he had served as a deacon and trustee. He is survived by his wife Carol Erlandson of Cromwell; 3 children and spouses: Donald and Nila Erlandson of Rapid City, South Dakota; Deb and Brian Nobis of Wright, Mn.; David and Virginia Erlandson of Oceanside, Calf.; 9 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 2 brothers and sister in law: Herbert and Joanne Erlandson of Aitkin; Willis Erlandson of Des Plaines, Illinois; 1 sister and brother in law: Lois and Albert (Bud) Erickson of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 son dale at birth; 1 sister Frances and 1 brother Kenneth. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 2 PM from the Opstead Baptist Church near Isle with Rev. Perry Johnson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will be in the Opstead 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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Myron W. Haldy
07/07/1950-11/17/2008
Myron W. Haldy, age 58 of Aitkin formerly of Golden Valley, Little Fork, Ely, and Monticello, died Monday, November 17, 2008 at his home near Aitkin. Myron was born July 7, 1950 at Mankato, Minnesota the son of William and Maxine (Johnson) Haldy. He moved with his family as a young child to Virginia, Mn., where he spent his childhood and attended schools. He then moved to Golden Valley, MN. with his family and he attended Robbinsdale High School from which he graduated in 1968. He then attended St. Cloud State and while in St. Cloud he helped get the outdoor recreational program started. Upon his graduation from St. Cloud he then entered the Pharmacy program at the University of Minnesota from which he graduated with his graduate degree in Pharmacy. He worked as a pharmacist in Little Fork, Ely and mostly in Monticello before moving to the Aitkin area in 1999. He then worked for a time at the Mille Lacs Reservation as a pharmacist. Myron had lived his whole life with diabetes. He loved the outdoors, the Boundary Waters; hunting and his trips to the Big Horn Mountains, fishing, and canoeing. In the summer of 1973 he took a canoe trip to the Artic Circle. He was also a participant in the Minnesota sesquicentennial Wagon Train. He enjoyed music, singing, songwriting and playing his banjo and guitar. He married Lynn Hagstrom on Dec. 15, 1973 at Upsala, Mn. and to this union two children were born. Survivors include 2 children and daughter in law: William and Valerie Haldy of Maple Lake, Mn.; Amanda Haldy of Becker, Mn.; 1 sister and brother in law: Diane and Mike Olson of Ham Lake, Mn.; 2 nephews: Matthew Olson of Maple Grove, Mn.; Jacob Olson of Fargo, N.D. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held at First Lutheran Church on Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 1 PM with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Memorials are preferred to the Juvenile Diabetes Fund. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Pauline Wahlquist
02/10/1924-11/12/2008
Pauline M. Wahlquist, 84 of Aitkin died Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born February 10, 1924 in St. Paul to Noey and Florence (McMahon) Kolling. On August 15, 1942, Pauline was united in marriage to Harvey Wahlquist. She enjoyed reading, photography, and fishing. She is survived by 2 daughters and son-in-law: Pauline ???Jake??? Wahlquist of Brook Park Mary (Everett) Parks of Big Lake Three sons and daughters-in-law: Harvey, Jr. (Sandy) of Bovey William (Significant other Carol Roberts) of Brook Park Robert (Berta) of Oak Park 12 grandchildren twelve great-grandchildren 4 nephews and two nieces: Bill, Jean, Mike, David, Jim, and Margie. She was preceded in death by her husband Harvey on August 20, 2008 1 grandson Daniel, one sister Patricia Gear and her parents. Memorial services for Pauline and Harvey will be 11:00A.M. ??? Saturday, November 29, 2008 at St. James Catholic Church, Aitkin. Father Paul Fruth will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be 11:00A.M.-Friday, November 28, 2008 at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dorothy K. Galarneault
08/30/1913-11/10/2008
Dorothy Galarneault, age 95, longtime resident of Aitkin and recent resident at the Terraces of St. Therese in Hopkins; passed away Monday, November 10, 2008 at the Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Mn. Dorothy was born August 30, 1913 at Wells, Minnesota the daughter of Edward and Emilie (Schweer) Kuechenmeister. She grew up and attended schools at Wells and graduated from the Wells High School. She then attended the University of Minnesota where she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and president of Theta Sigma Phi, journalism sorority. She came to Aitkin in 1936 to join the staff of the Aitkin Republican. She married John T. Galarneault on August 6, 1938 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Throughout the years she was active in school, church and community affairs, serving as president of the Aitkin Parent-Teacher Association, the Aitkin Public Library Board, St. James Council of Catholic Women, Brainerd Deanery CCW and Chairman of the Aitkin County Citizens Committee on Aging, the Aitkin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority and the East Central Library Board. She was a charter member of the Aitkin Hospital Auxiliary and one of the organizers of the Lawyers Wives of Minnesota, serving as the first treasurer. She served two terms on the Advisory Committee of the Brainerd Community College, was a member of the State Committee on Library Services, a member of the Blackrock Terrace board, and served as secretary for the Aitkin County Committee for the Minnesota Statehood Centennial in 1958. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, St. James Catholic Church, St. James Council of Catholic Women, the Brainerd Deanery of Catholic Women, the Seven County Senior Federation and the American Association of Retired Persons. She is survived by her four sons and daughters in law: John K. and Margarita Galarneault of Golden Valley, Mn.; Edward and Sharon Galarneault of Pine City, Mn.; Robert and Phyllis Galarneault of Minneapolis; Thomas and Carol Galarneault of Delano, Mn.; one sister: Mrs. W.D. Highsmith of Chapin, South Carolina; nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, the Honorable Judge John T. Galarneault; two brothers and three sisters. Dorothy???s life will be celebrated with a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, November 14, 2008 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Interment will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Memorials are preferred to the Seminarian Fund at the Diocese of Duluth, 2830 E. Fourth Street, Duluth, Mn. 55812. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Julia B. Reser
01/03/1919-11/08/2008
Julia B. Reser, age 89 of McGregor died Saturday, November 8, 2008 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. Julia was born January 3, 1919 in Louisiana the daughter of Richard and Ella (Hopkins) Franklin. She grew up and attended schools in Louisiana. She married Howard F. Reser in 1954 in Peoria, Ill. They then moved to Pittsburgh, Penn. And lived and worked there until 1964 when they moved to Minneapolis. In 1976 the moved to McGregor and owned and operated the Woodland Realty Co. which is now known as McGregor Realty, for about 10 years. She has lived in the McGregor area since. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in McGregor, the Bridge Club; she enjoyed fishing and was a great cook. She is survived by her son Marc Reser of Eagan, Mn.; Grandchildren: Matthew Reser, Raquel Reser and Mac Reser. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 1986; 1 son Eric; and her brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Dan Heath officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. 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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Margene ''Midge'' Compton Margene ???M
10/28/1946-11/07/2008
Margene ''Midge'' Compton Margene ???Midge??? Compton, age 62 of McGregor formerly of Minneapolis, life companion of Vernon Kleve, died Friday, November 7, 2008 at her home. Midge was born October 28, 1946 in Renville Co., Minnesota the daughter of Paul and Viola (Zimmer) Zaske. She grew up and attended schools at Danube, Mn. where she graduated from High School in 1964. She then attended the Willmar Community College. She then moved to Minneapolis where she worked for several medical clinics. She married Lawrence Compton on January 21, 1967 at Renville. Lawrence died in 1971. She continued to work in the Twin Cities until moving to the McGregor area in the mid 1970???s with her life companion Vernon Kleve. They owned and operated the Traders Post for about 25 years. She enjoyed quilting, knitting, crafts, traveling and had a great love for dogs. She is survived by her life companion: Vernon Kleve of McGregor; 3 sisters and brother in law: Shirleeann and Richard Randall of Angola, Indiana; Kaye Smiley of Crawford, Colorado; Norma Zaske of San Diego, Calf.; aunt: Alice Griffith of Olivia, Mn.; cousins; and Vernon???s sons: Vernon Kleve Jr. of Howard Lake, Mn.; Kyle J. Kleve of St. Michael, Mn.; Dan M. Kleve of Howard Lake, Mn.; Robert C. Kleve of Dassel, Mn. and her 2 precious dogs Brandi and Majic. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lawrence and aunts and uncles. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008 at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Pastor Steven G. Johnson officiating. Music will be provided by Bryan Johnson and Kay and Steven Johnson. Visitation will be from 10 until the 11 am services. Burial will be in the Howard Lake Cemetery in Howard Lake, Mn. on Thursday at Noon. Pallbearers will be: Josh Kleve, Adam Kleve, Ryan Kleve, Kevin Kleve, Neil Kleve, and Robert Kleve. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lilian Grace Pearson
12/13/1901-11/05/2008
Lilian Grace Pearson, the daughter of Brian and Jenni (Johnson) Pearson was stillborn Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. She is survived by her parents Brian and Jenni Pearson of Aitkin Sister Madelyn Brother Samuel Grandparents: Allen and Sandy Pearson of Aitkin Darwin and Edee Johnson of Anoka Great-grandparents: Albin and Doris Pearson of Aitkin Jennie Nix of Aitkin Aunts and uncles: Aaron (Lisa) Pearson Angie (Steve) Mitzuk Patti (Ryan) Lashinski 6 cousins: Sally, Jillian, Tyler, Allison, Ethan, and Evelyn Besides many other relatives and family friends. She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents: Wayne Nix Dean and Elnora Johnson Magnus and Eva Westling You are our precious and beautiful baby girl. You will always be loved. May God bless you and keep you. Funeral services will be 2:00P.M. ??? Sunday, November 9, 2008 at Glory Baptist Church, Aitkin. Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Burial will be in the Glory Cemetery. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Hazel Irene Johnson Cooper
04/16/1919-11/02/2008
Hazel Irene Johnson Cooper, age 89 of Joshua Tree, California formerly of Aitkin died Sunday, November 2, 2008 at the Hi Desert Continuing Care Center at Joshua Tree, Calf. due to congestive heart failure. Hazel was born on April 16, 191 at Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Louis and Emma (Peterson) Johnson. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1936. She then attended and was a member of the class of 1939 at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She began a bookkeeping career that spanned about 50 years. She worked with the US Navy during WW II as a civilian in California. She then worked as an office administrator at the Aitkin Community Hospital for 18 years, and ended her career in the 1990???s as the office administrator at the Neophron Dialysis Clinic in Anaheim. She has resided in California the past 32 years and resided in Yucca Valley the past 91/2 years. She was a lifelong Lutheran and was a current member of Faith Lutheran Church at Joshua Tree, Calf. Hazel was also a member of the Aitkin American Legion Post 86 Auxiliary since 1957. She is survived by 3 sons and daughters in law: Gregory and Susan Cooper of Tustin, Calf.; Geffrey and June Cooper of Joshua Tree, Calf.; Gerald and Cathy Cooper of Silver Lakes, Calf.; 1 daughter: Katherine Cooper of Northfield, Mn.; 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; former husband of 35 years Harold; son Harold E. ???Gene??? Jr.; 1 granddaughter Meghan; 1 brother Lloyd and 1 sister Norma. Funeral services will be held at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Sarah Cordray officiating on Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 11 AM. Interment will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church in Aitkin in memory of Hazel. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Robert A. Lawrenz
03/05/1919-10/29/2008
Robert A. Lawrenz, age 89 of Aitkin formerly of Springfield, Mn. and Dunnellon, Florida died Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Robert was born March 5, 1919 at Springfield, Minnesota the son of Herman and Martha (Nobach) Lawrenz. He grew up and attended schools in Springfield graduating from the Springfield High School and then attended the University of Minnesota for 1 year. He then returned to Springfield and worked as a bank teller from 1939 to 1941 at which time he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WW II. He served with the 389th Bomb Group, 567th Squadron, 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations. He was a navigator on a B-24 Liberator Bomber flying missions over France, Norway, and Germany. He was shot down over enemy territory in France on Jan. 7, 1944 and was a prisoner of war until Sept. 7, 1944. He was discharged from the U.S. Army in November of 1946. He had married Virginia Mae Cook on October 15, 1945 at Springfield, Missouri. They lived in Minneapolis for a time while he went back to the University of Minnesota and then moved back to Springfield, Mn. where he worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier for 30 years. He retired in 1977. In 1983 he and his wife moved to Dunnellon, Florida to spend their retirement years. In December of 2002 they moved to Aitkin, Minnesota and have lived here since. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion. He enjoyed fishing and Golfing and while in Florida he enjoyed hand feeding squirrels and chipmunks. He is survived by his wife Virginia Lawrenz of Aitkin; 12 daughters and son in law: Nancy and Dr. Charles Schotzko of Aitkin; Martha Overby of Shoreview, Mn.; 1 son and daughter in law: Dean and Susan Lawrenz of Glendale, Arz.; 4 grandchildren: David Schotzko of New York City, New York; Kolleen Overby of Minneapolis, Mn.; Jackie Kelly of Tucson, Arz.; and Rachel Lawrenz of Phoenix, Arz. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers: Alfred and Ewald and 1 sister Elizabeth Heitzman. A memorial service will be held at a later date. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. The Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin is in charge of the arrangements.
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Alton H. Sterling
07/15/1926-10/21/2008
Alton H. Sterling, age 82 of Aitkin formerly of Prior Lake, Mn. died Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Alton was born on July 15, 1926 at Kelliher, Minnesota the son of Edward and Hester (Hanson) Sterling. He grew up in Minneapolis but attended the School for the Deaf at Faribault, Mn. He went to work for the Dave Fischbien Manufacturing Company in Minneapolis and worked as a Tool and Die Maker for 39 years. He married Betty Jane Hessburg on April 30, 1949 at Minneapolis, Mn. They lived in Bloomington until 1966 when he and his family moved to Prior Lake. He retired to the Aitkin area in 1985. He was a member of the Minnesota Deaf Fisherman???s Assoc. and he loved fishing, woodworking. He enjoyed sports and had been a Golden Gloves Boxer in his younger years. He is survived by his wife Betty Sterling of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Jack and Sue Sterling of Naples, Florida; Jill and David Ryan of Prior Lake, Mn.; Jean and David Kichler of Stacy, Mn.; Jeff Sterling of Aitkin; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren and 1 sister Betty Thorvig of Minneapolis, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with a visitation 1 hour prior to services. Honorary pallbearers will be the grandchildren: Jennifer Ryan, Kathleen Ryan, Lynn Pieper, Jacob Sterling, Chad Sterling, Ryan LeBeau and Travis LeBeau. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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John J. Gardas
12/17/1946-10/20/2008
John J. Gardas, Jr., 61 of Aitkin died Monday, October 20, 8 at his residence. He was born December 17, 1946 in Minneapolis to John and Irene (Stffanko) Gardas, Sr. He was formerly employed at Honeywell. He enjoyed the Mille Lacs Lake area and Fisher???s Resort. John is survived by his father John of Brooklyn Center 3 daughters: Heather Englund of Otsego Jessica Gardas of Otsego Sara Gardas of Crystal One step-daughter Jenny Budziak of Crystal 5 grandchildren: Mackenzie, Devin, Hunter, Isabell, and Joseph Eight brothers and sisters: Michael, Jerry, Rick, Jim, Chris, Christine, Dan, and Gary Special friend Lori Gardas He was preceded in death by his mother Irene and special friend Patricia Franklin. Memorial services will be 2PM ??? Saturday, November 1, 8 at the River of Life Church, Elk River. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral is assisting with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Willard M. Hagman
03/27/1923-10/15/2008
Willard M. Hagman, age 85 of Aitkin completed his final mission on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Willard was born March 27, 1923 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Charles and Josephine (Peterson) Hagman. He grew up in the Aitkin area attending grade school at Kimberly and then high school in Aitkin graduating in 1941. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served during WW II. He served in the 8th Air Force as a bombardier on a B-17. He flew 35 missions. He was discharged in 1945 and married Lois E. Nickander on May 26, 1945 at Kimberly. They Dairy farmed in Kimberly Township until 1979. Willard also drove school bus for 18 years. He has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center for the past 2 ?? years. Willard was a life member of the American Legion and VFW Posts in Aitkin; had served on the Kimberly Church Board, the Saron Cemetery Board, the Kimberly Township Board for 27 years, and the Aitkin School Board. Willard had also served on the Mille Lacs Electric Board for 35 years and on the UPA/GRE Board for many years. He was also a member of the Minnesota Chapter of the8th Air Force. He enjoyed woodworking and playing cards. He is survived by his wife Lois Hagman of Aitkin; 1 son and daughter in law: Lance and Tracy Hagman of Hinckley, Mn.; 3 daughters and sons in law: Terry and Howard Sylvester of Sauk Rapids, Mn.; Barb and Will Byler of Apple Valley, Mn.; Debbie and Hugh Janzen of Aitkin; 12 grandchildren: Alysa Swenson, Scott Sylvester, LaJean Larsen, Janean Dyke, Darren Byler, Steve Janzen, Chris Hagman, Sarah Emery, Adam Janzen, Charlie Hagman, Bethany Hagman and Alex Hagman; 15 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Josephine Hagman; 1 brother Harris Hagman; 2 great grandchildren: Nicholas Janzen and Damon Byler. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 10 AM from First Lutheran Church with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery in Kimberly Township. Pallbearers will be Steve Janzen, Scott Sylvester, Chris Hagman, Darren Byler, Charlie Hagman, Alex Hagman, and Adam Janzen. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be held Friday from 5 to 8 PM with a prayer service led by Rev. Lance Isaacson at 7:30 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dennis L. Welcome
08/26/1942-10/11/2008
Dennis L. Welcome, age 66 of Remer formerly of Palisade and the Twin Cities died Saturday, October 11, 2008 at the Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Dennis was born August 26, 1942 at Blooming Prairie, Minnesota the son of Dallas and Lavina (Dahle) Welcome. He moved with his family at an early age to the Palisade, Mn. area were he attended grade school and then attended High School in Aitkin graduating in 0. While in High School he was on the Wrestling team. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in July of 0 and served overseas until his discharge in 3. He continued his duty in the Army Reserves until 2002 when he retired from the Reserves. He married LeeAnn Banks on April 9, 6 in Aitkin. They made their home in Minneapolis, Maple Grove and Otsego. He worked as a machinist for the Honeywell Corp for 35 years. He married Petra J. Voss on June 20, 1992 in Brooklyn Park, Mn. They lived in Ramsey until moving to the Remer-Longville area in 203.He loved hunting, was active in his church, and enjoyed watching football and four wheeling with friends. He is survived by his wife Petra J. Dunkley-Welcome of Remer; Children and spouses: Scott and Trisha Welcome of Big Lake, Mn.; Terri and Dale Schmidt of Buffalo, Mn.; Kent Welcome of Mound, Mn.; step children and spouses: Danny and Dawn Dunkley of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; Wanda and Stan Cram of Rochester, Mn.; Lisa and Mike Mullenberg of Zimmerman, Mn.; Mark Dunkley of Prior Lake, Mn.; Mother: Lavina Welcome of Anoka, Mn.; Brothers and spouses: Michael and Aldora Welcome of Heartland, Wisc.; Kevin and Breselda Welcome of Downey, Calf.; Gene and Robin Welcome of Ham Lake, Mn.; Mark and Joann Welcome of Isanti, Mn.; sisters and spouses: Sharon and Larry Merrick of McHenry, N.D.; Sandy and Denny Larsen of Royalton, Mn.; Andrea and Frank Rassier of Blaine, Mn.; Linda and Frank Petruska of Hopkins, Mn.; Lynn Welcome of Champlin, Mn.; 17 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Dallas and 1 brother David. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. John Monsong officiating. Interment will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Margaret Adams
03/09/1947-10/10/2008
Margaret A. Adams, 61 of Aitkin passed away Friday, October 10, 2008 at her home. She was born March 9, 1947 in Mankato to Amador and LaVonne (Nelson) Chaves. She attended school in Belle Plaine. On September 12, 1994 in Mankato Margaret was united in marriage to Billie Adams. In 1995 they relocated to Aitkin, where she enjoyed fishing gardening, sewing and needle work. Her main focus in life centered around her family. She made quilts for family and friends and also gifts for her church. She is survived by her husband Billie 5 children: Paul Schaak of Waterville Sandra (Mark) Arens of Webster Jeffery (Margaret) Schaak of Montgomery Roger Schaak of Waterville Anne (Kenny) Reinke of Litchfield 6 Step-children: Evelyn, Billy, Terry, Sarah, Jenice, and John 23 grandchildren 13 great-grandchildren 5 brothers and sisters: Mary Ellen (LeRoy) Oestriech of Chaska Jerome (Mary) Chaves of Le Sueur James Chaves of St. Paul Thomas (Joyce) Chaves of Belle Plaine Michael (Cheryle) Chaves of Henderson Besides many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Amador and LaVonne (Nelson) Chaves. Funeral services will be 11AM ??? Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at St. James Catholic Church, Aitkin. Fr. Paul Fruth will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, Aitkin. Visitation will be 5 to 8P.M. Monday with a Rosary Service at 7:30PM at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Elsie M. Fillips
01/01/1906-10/09/2008
Elsie M. Fillips age 102 died Thursday, October 9, 2008 at Freedom Pointe Assisted Living Center in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Elsie was born in 1906 at Greenwood, Wisconsin the daughter of Otto and Lydia Decker. She moved to the Aitkin area in 1946 with her husband and 3 children. For 30 years they operated the Hide-A-Way Resort on Sugar Lake near Glen. After Harold passed away in 1980, Elsie continued to live on Sugar lake for a few years before moving to Maryhill Manor in Aitkin where she resided for many years prior to moving to Freedom Pointe. Elsie was a longtime member of the Glen Community Church She is survived by 2 daughters and son in law: Beverly and Fred Donner and Marilyn Schroeder; 1 son and daughter in law: Bruce and Diane Fillips; 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 17, 2008 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Skip Reeves and Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. Interment will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home. 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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