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Archive Obituaries
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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Lloyd E. Davis
06/25/1911-10/03/2008
Lloyd E. Davis, age 97 of Malmo died Friday, October 3, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lloyd was born June 25, 1911 at Malmo, Minnesota the son of George and Alice (Coughlin) Davis. He grew up and attended country school. He had worked most of his life as a dairy farmer near Malmo. He did work as a welder in the Superior Shipyards during WW II. He had also worked on WPA and CCC projects at Ft. Peck, Montana and at Ely, Minnesota. He married Leona Koons on October 1, 1938 in Aitkin. Leona passed away in 1981. Lloyd married Ruth Tierney in May of 1987. Ruth passed away this past year. He had served on the Malmo Township Board and had been a member of the Farmers Union. He is survived by 1 daughter and son in law: Diann and Ronald Hendrickson of Blaine, Mn.; 1 son: Bruce Davis of Aitkin; 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, both wives; 1 daughter Joann Roeker and 9 brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held Monday, October 6, 2008 at 10:30 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. James Raisanen officiating. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Eric Hendrickson, Kent Hendrickson, Blake Hendrickson, Tyler Hendrickson, Todd Christensen and Andrew Christensen. Honorary pallbearers will be: Timothy Christensen and Brandon Hendrickson. 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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Michael M. Grunenwald
08/28/1942-09/29/2008
Michael M. Grunenwald, age 66 of Aitkin died Monday, September 29, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Mike was born August 28, 1942 at Windom, Minnesota the son of Herman and Frieda (Knoll) Grunenwald. He attended school in Windom through third grade and then moved with his family to the Aitkin area. He then attended the Iron Hub Country School and then attended the Aitkin High School from 7 to 12th grade. He graduated in 1961. He worked for Ziske???s as a meat cutter until the early 1970???s. He married Joan L. Bergman on February 15, 1964 at St. Johns Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook. In the Mid 1970???s Mike went to work for the Minnesota Department of Transportation and worked on Hiway maintenance. He retired in 2003. He was a member of St. John???s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook where he had served on its council, had served as clerk for the Aitkin Township Board for two terms, was a member of the Aitkin Quarterbacks Club, and was currently serving as Governor at the Aitkin Moose Lodge. He enjoyed golfing, ice fishing, the Vikings and deer hunting. He especially loved his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Joan of Aitkin; 2 sons: Jeff Grunenwald and Joel Grunenwald both of Aitkin; 2 grandchildren: Jordan and Emma Grunenwald; 3 brothers and sisters in law: Paul and Karola Grunenwald of Great Falls, Montana; Stanley and Millie Grunenwald of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Daniel and Benita Grunenwald of Canon Falls, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 4, 2008 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. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 PM at the church with a prayer service at 7:30. Visitation will continue at the church Saturday from Noon to the service time. 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 Skinaway
06/28/1977-09/29/2008
Emma Lou Skinaway, 31 of McGregor passed away unexpectedly Monday, September 29, 2008. She was born June 28, 1977 in Aitkin to Clifford and Gloria (Sayers) Skinaway. She grew up and attended school at Fond du Lac Ojibwe School and graduated from McGregor High School. Emma devoted her life to her family and her nieces and nephews. She was very fond of traveling and attending NASCAR races at Daytona Beach, FL. Emma lived in the Big Sandy Lake area and was employed with the Minisinaakwaang Leadership Academy School in East Lake. She is survived by her mother Gloria Skinaway of McGregor 5 sisters: Sandra Skinaway of Duluth Lorene Skinaway of Bemidji Elizabeth Skinaway of Duluth Jean (Jason) Lawrence of Bemidji Julie Skinaway of Duluth Three brothers: Clifford Skinaway, Jr. of Duluth Monroe Skinaway, III of Duluth Ken Skinaway of Cloquet 10 nephews, 7 nieces, and 4 great nieces and nephews Many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who all love and miss her very much. She was preceded in death by her father Clifford Monroe Skinaway, Sr. Visitation will begin 4:00P.M., Thursday, October 2, 2008 at the East Lake Community Center, McGregor and will continue until the 11:00A.M., Friday Tribal Rites Ceremony at the Community Center. Melvin Eagle will officiate. Burial will be in the Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Eileen L. Besch
11/04/1921-09/26/2008
Eileen L. Besch, age 86 of McGregor died Friday, September 26, 2008 at her residence at the Northland Village Assisted Living Center in McGregor. Eileen was born November 4, 1921 in St. Paul, Minnesota the daughter of Henry and Lydia (Mudrick) Miller. She grew up and attended schools at North St. Paul and she graduated from the North St. Paul High School. She married Joseph J. Besch on August 21, 1943 in Lake Elmo, Mn. They lived in North St. Paul for a time and then bought a farm near Lake Elmo. She worked for the Strauss Knitting Mills as a seamstress for over 30 years. Upon retirement Eileen and her husband moved to McGregor in 1978. They have lived here since. She has resided at the Northland Village Assisted Living Center for a little over a year. She enjoyed Crocheting, embroidery; jig saw puzzles and especially fishing. She is survived by her son and daughter in law: Tom and Kim Besch of McGregor; 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Joseph in 1990, 2 great grandchildren; 1 brother and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 1 PM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. John Fleischhacker officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 AM until the time of service at the church on Wednesday. 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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Lawrence L. Howard
12/21/1921-09/26/2008
Lawrence ???Larry??? Howard, age 86 of Aitkin passed away Friday, September 26, 2008 at his home in Aitkin. Larry was born December 21, 1921 in Aitkin the son of Peter and Minnie (Carlson) Howard. He attended the Longfellow School for eight years. He graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1939. He was a member of the US Army and served from 1941 to 1945 as a military policeman. He married Betty Sjodin on December 5, 1946 in Minneapolis. He attended the University of Minnesota and then returned to Aitkin. He worked in the mines, and later as a postman. He was also manager of the Rossburg Telephone Co. and was a clerk for School District No. 9 for 15 years. He also farmed his whole life. He was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Lee Post 86, the Mystic Lodge 213 of Aitkin, the Scottish Rite of Duluth, and the AAD Temple of the Shrine of Duluth. He was a council member and treasurer of the Bethesda Lutheran Church at Rossburg. He had also served on the Kimberly Township Board. Larry was very proud of his family. They meant everything to him. He is loved and will be missed dearly. Larry is survived by his wife of 61 years Betty Howard of Aitkin; Five children and spouses: Carole and Steve Prince of Garrison; Dale and Linda Howard of Aitkin; Janice and Steve Dare of Aitkin; Joanne and Steve Mott of Pequot Lakes; Dan and Dianne Howard of Bellechester, Mn.; Nine grandchildren: Todd (DeLynn) Howard of Brainerd; Amy (Jeremy) Millsop of Deerwood; Heather (Kevin) Schelander of Pequot Lakes; Matthew Bare of Mound; Michael Bare of Las Vegas, Nev.; Alyssa and Sarah Howard of Bellechester, Mn.; Angela and Rachel Mott of Pequot Lakes; seven great grandchildren: Nicholas and Lauren Greiner; Austin, Luke and Logun Schelander; and Brady and Ethan Millsop; six sisters in law: Marge Howard of Aitkin; Leota Howard of Aitkin; Millie Howard of Brainerd; Muriel Howard of Brainerd; Darlene Howard of Merrifield; and Joy Howard of California. Larry was preceded in death by his parents; nine brothers: Luther, Walter, George, Woody, Fran, Bill, Richard,Leonard ???Ole???, and Arnold Howard; and 2 sisters Florence Burlingame and Beatrice Hoffman. A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Burial will be in the Howard Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 7 PM with a Masonic Service at 7 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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Ruby A. Nix
07/03/1921-09/19/2008
Ruby A. Nix, age 87 of Aitkin died Friday, September 19, 2008 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. Ruby was born July 3, 1921 at Glen, Minnesota the daughter of Arnold and Ella (Parker) Westling. She attended schools at East Lake and Glen. While growing up she helped out at home and then as she got older she went out west and worked as a cook???s helper in a logging camp. She married Wendell S. Nix on April 19, 1941 in Aitkin. They lived for a short time in Duluth and then they came back to the Aitkin area and farmed for most of their lives. She has resided at the Aitkin Health Services for the past six years. She was a member of the Glory Baptist Church and the Church???s Ladies Aid. She was also a member of the Birthday Club. She enjoyed cooking and baking, especially baking pies. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting and embroidering. She is survived by 10 children and spouses: Judy Anderson of Brooklyn Center, Mn.; Stanley and Sandy Nix of Aitkin; Jean and Duane Schwarze of Blaine, Mn.; Gary and Laurie Nix of Bloomington, Mn.; Gordon and Nancy Nix of Eden Prairie, Mn.; Richard Nix of Cedar, Mn.; Marie and Gary Otremba of Bloomington, Mn.; Glen Nix of Ham Lake, Mn.; Kathy and Greg Wendorf of Savage, Mn.; Lenore and Mike Croatt of Outing, Mn.; 19 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Ethel Erickson of Isle, Mn.; Ardis Haslack of Shoreview, Mn.; 4 brothers: Lloyd Westling of Tigard, Oregon; Wally Westling, Raymond Westling both of McGrath, Mn. and Roger Westling of Hinckley, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wendell, 1 grandson Keith, 3 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 11 AM from the Glory Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. Burial will be in the Glory Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church Thursday. 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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Kathleen E. Beaudry
08/31/1927-09/17/2008
Kathleen E. Beaudry, age 81 of Aitkin formerly of McGregor and Superior, Wisconsin died Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Mn. She was born August 31, 1927 at Oulu, Wisconsin the daughter of Isaac and Celia (Teppo) Wilkins. She grew up and attended schools at Iron River, Wisc. graduating from the Iron River High School. She married LeRoy Beaudry on November 29, 1947 at Iron River. They moved to Superior, Wisc. And lived there for a time. She attended secretarial school while in Superior. They moved to McGregor, Mn. in 1954 and she worked as a Book Keeper for George Lund???s Pallet factory which later became Savanna Pallets. She worked for them for about 30 years. She also was book keeper at the Savanna Golf Course for a time. She moved to the Aitkin Health Services in 2005 and has resided there since. She was a member of the McGregor VFW Auxiliary, she golfed, bowled, enjoyed music, dancing and camping. She also had bought an airplane and took lessons from Steve Kurtz and had learned to fly. She is survived by 3 daughters and son in law: Lynn and Lance Schultz of Manassas, Virginia; Cis Broussard of McGregor; Jo Holm of Aitkin; 5 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband LeRoy in 2001, 1 son Larry in 2004, and 1 brother John. Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 1 PM from the McGregor Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Norman officiating, Interment will be in the Woodland Cemetery at McGregor. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home Sunday. 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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Mark Root
12/24/1956-09/13/2008
Mark William Root, 51, of McGregor passed away Saturday September 13, 2008. He was born on December 24, 1956 in Grand Rapids to Russell and Myrna (LaDoux) Root. He grew up and attended school in Grand Rapids until serving in the U.S. Army from 1975-1977. He then attended Itasca Community College and Staples Vo-Tech where he became a certified Welder and Machinist. He lived and worked in the Twin Cities until 1991 when he moved to the Big Sandy Lake area and helped his dad at the Shamrock Store and Bait shop. He was employed at Star Tool and Machine since 1995. He devoted his time and life to his three children whom he loved very much and was extremely proud of. He especially enjoyed attending his children???s sporting events where he always cheered the loudest. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, yard work, photography and computers. He is survived by sons Jacob and Kyle and daughter Jessica all of McGregor. Brothers Mike (Jeanie) Root of Blaine, Mn. Jason (Traci) Root of Marble, Mn. Sisters Rhonda (Roger) Fickert of Bejou, Mn. And Jennifer Jarva (Todd Karjala) of Pengilly, Mn. Thirteen Nephews and Nieces and many, many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and friends who will all miss him dearly. He was preceded in death by his father Russell Root, mother Myrna (LaDoux) Root, step mother Sharon (Jarva) Root and Sister Renee (Root) Trahan. Memorial service will be Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 1:00p.m. at the McGregor High school Gymnasium with visitation one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com. A fundraiser for Mark Roots children will be at the Red Rock in McGregor October 11, 2008 staring at 12:00p.m. An account has been set up for donations to the children at any Wells Fargo Bank.
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Rodney Dale Holm
05/13/1940-09/12/2008
Rodney Dale Holm, 68 of Palisade died Friday, September 12, 2008 at his home. He was born May 13, 1940 at his grandfather???s house in Morrison Township. His parents were Knute and Ruth (Pratt) Holm. He Grew up in Palisade and graduated from Aitkin High School in 1958. Rod married to LaVonne Lieske in 1959; they had two children Perry and Jaye (Judy). In 1981 he married Judy Lamson. Rod was a man of many talents. He was a farmer, worked construction for Victor Carlson & Sons, and ran the Palisade Mercantile Store. In 1979 he discovered his true calling when he and his wife Judy became over-the-road truck drivers, traveling more than a million miles together until his diagnosis of brain cancer in Dec. of 2006. They drove for Midland Co-ops, Mpls.; Maverick Inc., Rogers; International Transport, Rochester; Nelson Inc., Deerwood; and the last 13 years for Tri-State Transport in Joplin, MO. Rod is survived by his wife Judy Son: Perry (Sheri) of Fergus Falls Daughter: Jaye (Theo) Lawrence-Durbin of Eagan Granddaughters: Kristen and Teagan Riehle of Eagan Brothers: Jerry (Cherie) of Aitkin Mike (Suzi) of Barnesville Sisters: Charity (Kenny) McNeil of Swatara Patsy Sandsness of Columbia Heights Linda Iverson of Omaha, NE. Uncle Melvin (Delores) Holm Aunt Carol (Gene) Hawk Many nieces, nephews, cousins, and his beloved kitties. He was preceded in death by stepdaughters: Patty Anne and Bobbie-Sue Lamson Brother-in-law: Larry Iverson Parents: Knute and Ruth (Pratt) Holm Grandparents: Jasper and Della (Colbert) Pratt and Jacob and Lucy (Geyer) Holm. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. ??? Monday, September 15, 2008 at Bethel Lutheran Church, Palisade. Rev. William Sass will officiate. Private interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Palisade. Honorary pallbearers: Lenny Anderson, Glenn Britney, Wayne Lubbert, Vernon Moore, Lloyd Johnson, Donny Johnson, Russ Kellerman, Harvey Blomberg. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Cecil C. Heidelberger
10/29/1920-09/01/2008
Cecil C. Heidelberger, age 87 of rural Aitkin formerly of McGregor and Andover died Monday, September 1, 2008 at his home. Cecil was born October 29, 1920 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Edward and Elizabeth (Kranz) Heidelberger. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. He served in the U.S. navy during WW II having served as a gunner on the CV10 Yorktown Aircraft Carrier. He married Marion Clinton. They lived in the Twin Cities and he drove cement Truck for Wyatt Ready Mix for over 30 years. He also collected used tires and eventually ended up with the largest stockpile of tires in the state of Minnesota and was known at the Tire King. In 1977 he sold the tires and the sale was front page news in the Minneapolis paper and it also made Time Magazine. He married Patricia Torbenson on December 5, 1981 in Andover. He started a pawn shop in 1983 and operated that for a number of years. He and his wife moved to McGregor in 1998 at started the Northern Lights Mercantile Flea Market. They moved to the north shore of Mille Lacs Lake in 2006 and have lived there since. He enjoyed photography and collecting antiques. He is survived by wife: Patricia Heidelberger of Aitkin; sons and daughters in law: David Heidelberger of Isanti, Mn.; Roy Heidelberger of Moriarity, New Mexico; Roger Heidelberger of Merrifield, Mn.; Neil Heidelberger of Cedar, Mn.; Dale Heidelberger of Rock Creek, Mn.; Richard Heidelberger of Isanti, Mn.; Lyle Torbenson of Zirconia, North Carolina; Harlan Torbenson of Andover, Mn.; daughters and sons in law: Elaine and Ray Ragen of Andover, Mn; Lois Chicoine of Crystal, Mn.; Marlys and Rodney Guthmeullier of McGregor, Mn.; Julie and Scott Jacobsen of Isanti, Mn.; Penny and Mike Denucci of Cedar, Mn. Marna Torbenson of Minneapolis, Mn.; 2 brothers: Floyd Heidelberger of Princeton, Mn.; Clifford Brown of Blaine, Mn.; 42 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters, 3 brothers and 1 grandchild. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 6, 2008 at 1 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. 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.
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Sylvia A. Copley
12/26/1920-08/29/2008
Sylvia A. Copley, age 87 of Aitkin died Friday, August 29, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Sylvia was born December 26, 1920 in Aitkin Co., Minnesota the daughter of William and Agnes (May) Copley. She grew up and attended school in the Bennettville area. She lived with her mother at home for many years prior to becoming a resident at the Aicota Health Care Center in 1971. She worked at the McGregor D.A.C. Mart where she enjoyed her job. She had participated in the Special Olympics in Bowling and had won a number of trophies for her bowling ability. She is survived by 1 brother Arthur Copley of Aitkin and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, 5 brothers and 4 sisters. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Norman officiating. Special music will be provided by Omar and Mary Espeseth. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services 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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Donald Skinaway
07/24/1933-08/28/2008
Donald ???Jolly??? Skinaway, 75 of Onamia died Thursday, August 28, 2008 at his residence. He was born July 24, 1933 in Cloquet to George and Ida (Rawley) Skinaway. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean War. He is survived by many friends and family. He was preceded in death by his brothers Melvin, George, adoptive brother Emery, and his parents. Visitation will begin at 7:30P.M. ??? Sunday at the East Lake Community Center, McGregor and will continue until the 11:00A.M. ??? Monday, September 1, 2008 funeral service in the community center, led by Lee Staples. Burial will be in the East Lake Burial Grounds. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dagny E. Kellerman
08/26/1912-08/26/2008
Dagny E. Kellerman, age 96 of Aitkin died Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Dagny was born August 26, 1912 at Ramsey, Michigan, the daughter of Alex and Ida (Norgaard) Johnson. She moved to the Crosby/Aitkin area as a young child. She grew up and attended schools in the area. She married Andrew Kellerman on September 23, 1930 at Cedarbrook, Minnesota. Andrew passed away in 1955. She went to school in Duluth in 1958 and became a nurse. Dagny has lived in the Aitkin area all of her life. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin. Dagny was a person of strong faith which guided and sustained her through life. Dagny has many friends and family who will always love her and miss her very much. She is survived by 1 son: Cordell Kellerman of Paramount, Calf.; 2 daughters and son in law: Elaine and Joe Kessmeier and Ruth Kellerman all of Las Vegas, Nevada; 1 granddaughter and spouse: Kathy and Van Gordon and great granddaughters Vanessa and Betty Gordon all of Sacramento, Calf.; 1 step grandson: Jon Kessmeier and three great grandchildren: Erik, Kaitlin and Patrick Kessmeier of Alexandria, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband Andrew. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 11 AM from the Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin with Rev. Gunnar Salmonson officiating. Interment will be in the St. Johns Lutheran Church Cemetery at Cedarbrook. Friends may call at the church 1 hour prior to the services on Thursday. 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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Marie W. Clark
11/15/1918-08/25/2008
Marie W. Clark, age 89 of Talent, Oregon formerly of California and Minnesota died Monday, August 25, 2008 at her nieces home near Palisade, Minnesota. Marie was born November 15, 1918 at Bird Island, Minnesota the daughter of Christopher and Ella (Stober) Weimer. She moved with her family to the Palisade area at the age of 3. She attended the North Waukenabo School. She worked on the family farm and then moved to St. Paul where she worked for a time and then moved to California where she worked at a diner at the Shasta Dam Project while it was being built. That is where she met Joseph T. Clark. The married Joseph on September 21, 1946 at Redding, Calf. As her husband worked for the Corps of Engineers, he traveled with the various jobs he was assigned to and Marie traveled with him. They spent time in California, New Mexico, and she was living in Talent, Oregon prior to her coming to Minnesota. She was an avid bowler; she knit Afghans, crocheted, and enjoyed baking especially her lemon pies. She always remembered her family members with notes, letters, and telephone calls on special occasions. She is survived by 2 brothers: John and Viola Weimer of Palisade; Richard and Elaine Weimer of Eagle River, Wisc.; 4 sisters: Ella Kingsley of Hill City, Mn.; Lorraine Mindrum of Aitkin, Mn.; Francis Berg of Hill City, Mn.; Lydia Wiswell of Cologne, MN.; 3 sister in laws: Agnes Weimer of Aitkin; Virginia Weimer of Eagle River, Wisc.; Lola Ann Weimer of Hill City; 2 grandchildren: David Webb and Larry Allen and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph and daughter Virginia and 8 brothers and 1 sister. A memorial service will be held Friday, August 29, 2008 at 11 AM from St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Red Bluff, California. Friends may call at the church 1 hour prior to the services on Friday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Wanda Weimer
10/11/1931-08/25/2008
Wanda Weimer, 76 of Aitkin and Blaine died Monday, August 25, 2008 at Unity Hospital in Fridley. She was born October 11, 1931 in Aitkin to Alexander F. and Neta (Gunderson) Mishler. On December 11, 1950 in Minneapolis Wanda was united in marriage to Vernon Weimer. She is survived by 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Wendy (Jim) Lynch of Savannah, WA. Cynthia (Paul) Wenzel of Apple Valley Six sons and daughters-in-law: Lyle (Cheryl) of Del Rio, TX. Michael (ZoAnn) of Minneapolis Randy (Sandy) of Becker Ron (Sharon) of Monticello Charles of Minneapolis Douglas (Dawn) of Blaine 26 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren 2 brothers and sister-in-law: Kenneth (Kay) Mishler of Lakewood, CA. David Mishler of Spansway, WA. One sister Louise Spaid of Brainerd She was preceded in death by her husband Vernon on July 27, 1998, One brother Ted and her parents. Funeral services will be 10:00A.M., Saturday, August 30, 2008 at St. John???s Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8:00P.M. Friday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. A Memorial service will be held 2 to 3:00P.M. Sunday, August 31, 2008 at Clover Leaf Courts in Blaine. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Gerald E. Lindahl
12/27/1932-08/23/2008
Gerald E. Lindahl, age 75 of Aitkin died Saturday, August 23, 208 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Gerald was born December 27, 1932 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Theodore and Helen (Gustafson) Lindahl. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. He then served 2 years in the Air Force. He attended college in the Twin Cities and lived and worked there. He moved to the Emily area in the mid 1960???s and worked as a carpet layer. He married Rose Nies on May 9, 1997 in Emily. The moved to Aitkin in that year and have lived here since. He was a member of the Emily American Legion Post; Art Clubs, the Emily Wesleyan Church, he tutored handicapped in painting and he built race cars and raced them. He is survived by his wife Rose Lindahl of Aitkin; children and spouses: Roseanne and Dwight Reed of Deerwood, Mn.; Ted and Kendra Lindahl of Elk River, Mn.; Melanie and Darrell Lyke of Spokane, wash.; Johns Lindahl of New Mexico; Jerry and Marla Lindahl of New Mexico; step children: Tena and Brent Burgstaler of Aitkin; Tim Nies of Aitkin; Terry and Kathy Nies of Aitkin; 21 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; 3 brothers and spouses: Tom and Nancy Lindahl of Minneapolis; Bob and Joann Lindahl of Bueno Vista, Arkansas; David and Alice Lindahl of Minneapolis. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 son Joe. Funeral services will be held Wednesday; August 27, 2008 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Barry Hite officiating. Special music will be provided by Becky Klingelhofer, Tena Burgstaler, Rev. Barry Hite and Donna Hite. Burial will be in the Saron Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 8 PM and also 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the on-line guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Inez Nikko
09/03/1907-08/21/2008
Inez Nikko, age 100 of Aitkin died Thursday, August 21, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born on September 3, 1907 at Onaka, South Dakota the daughter of Hersey and Mary Johanna Louise (Karteus) Iverson. She moved with her family at a young age to the Aitkin area where she grew up and attended schools graduating in 1926. She then attended Teachers College in St. Cloud. She returned to Aitkin County and taught at the Pine Knoll Country School. She married Iverson Shisler on May 13, 1928 in St. Cloud. She then worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a Star Route Mail Carrier in the Fleming area. She did that for about 20 years. She married William Nikko on August 23, 1960 at Big Fork, Minnesota. She has lived in Aitkin most of her life. She enjoyed poetry and had a poem published in the Great American Poetry Anthology in 1987 and she was awarded the Golden Poet Award in 1987. She also quilted, crocheted, loved music and in her earlier years enjoyed, wild ricing, hunting and fishing. She was also a good wild game cook. She was a recipient of the WCCO Radio Good Neighbor Award in 1954. She is survived by son in law: William Cline of Aitkin; 5 grandchildren: Vivian Pasche of Harris, Mn.; Sally Huhta of Aitkin, Mn.; Connie Anderson of Sauk Rapids, Mn.; Margie Burman of Aitkin, MN.; Yvette Hyovalti of Aitkin, Mn.; 9 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands Iverson Shisler and William Nikko; 1 daughter Dorothy Cline; 1 brother Arlie and 1 sister Clara. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Norman officiating. Special music will be provided by Becky Klingelhofer and Sandy Lake. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Steve Pasche, Rick Huhta, Michelle Swenson, Josh Anderson, Jamie Burman, Justin Burman, Jarred Burman, Ashley Hyovalti, and Linsey Hyovalti. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services on Saturday 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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Harvey Wahlquist
03/06/1923-08/20/2008
Harvey P. Wahlquist, 85 of Aitkin died Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at his residence. He was born March 6, 1923 in St. Paul to William and Elizabeth (Conley) Wahlquist. On August 15, 1942 in St. Paul Harvey was united in marriage to Pauline Kolling. He was a U.S. Airforce veteran serving in WW II. He worked as a mechanic for Zigler Co. and was a member of the 49rs Union for 25 years. He loved to fish and reading and became interested in family genealogy and computers. He enjoyed socializing with family and friends and lending a helping hand to neighbors. Harvey is survived by his wife Pauline 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 He was preceded in death by 1 grandson Daniel, two brothers William and Robert , and his parents. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Mel Kuehn
12/20/1934-08/18/2008
Mel Kuehn, age 73 of Aitkin died Monday, August 18, 2008 at his home. Mel was born December 20, 1934 at Richardson, North Dakota the son of Carl and Martha (Harmel) Kuehn. He grew up and attended schools in the Washburn, North Dakota area. Upon his graduation he entered the U.S. Army and served from 1954 to 1956 mostly in Germany. Upon his discharge he moved to Minneapolis and went to work. He married Eloise M. Evenson on March 28, 1959 at Hebron, North Dakota. He attended the University of Minnesota studying engineering. Upon completion of his studies he worked a time for the State of Minnesota Hiway Dept. He then worked for the Monarch Co. for a time and then began making pool tables on the side. This side line blossomed into a full time business for Mel. He moved to Grand Rapids, Minnesota where he continued with his Pool Table business. He received a patent for the way in which he used taconite tailings to create the slate table top. He then sold the business and moved to a farm north of Aitkin in 1978. He then raised cattle but his creativeness never stopped and he invented a bi-fold hay rake for which he received a patent. In Mel???s earlier years he also manufactured Water Skis, Hockey Sticks, and Flower Pots. He enjoyed softball, bowling, horse shoes, and table tennis. Mel was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin; the Aitkin Moose Club, the Cattleman???s Association of which he was a past president, and the Minnesota Beef Council where he was the chair of the research and development board. Mel had also served as a farm foreclosure mediator. He is survived by his wife Eloise Kuehn of Aitkin; 1 son and daughter in law: Greg and Angie Kuehn of Park Rapids, Minnesota; 2 sisters and brothers in law: Beverly and Byron Zingg of McClusky, North Dakota; Betty and Lynn Stark of New Salem, North Dakota; sister in law: Carolyn Kuehn of Washburn, North Dakota; 2 grandchildren of which Mel was very proud of: Brian Kuehn of Moorhead, Mn. and Ashley Kuehn of Fargo, North Dakota. He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 brother Donald Kuehn and 1 sister Elaine Ivanecky. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Sarah Cordray officiating. Special music will be provided by Sonja Hagestuen and Norma Lehmann. Interment will be in the Diamond Lake Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Jim Larson, Steve Wilcowski, Steve Reinhardt, Glen Smeltzer, Herm Newton and Paul Kellerman. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also on Thursday 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Eddie Wesley
05/30/1922-08/17/2008
Eddie F. Wesley, 86 of McGregor died Sunday, August 17, 2008 at his residence. He was born May 30, 1922 in Parkers Prairie to Edward I. and Augusta (Buethner) Wesley. In 1939 he enlisted in the CCC camps and served at Wilton for two years. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WW II in Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe and landing at Normandy. He earned an American Theater Campaign Medal, Eamet Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars, Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Medal Eddie was united in marriage to Lorraine (Hearle) Thurner on February 14, 1949 in St. Paul. He was a member of the VFW in Stacy and Holy Family Catholic Church, McGregor. He is survived by his wife Lorraine 4 children: Sharon Thurner of Rimrock, AZ. John (Marie) Thurner of Akeley Yvonne (Ed) Schwartz of Lindstrom Cathie Jo (Robert) Ortega of Irving, TX. Seven grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter 2 Brothers and sisters-in-law: Harry (Bea) of Detroit Lakes Ralph (Sally) of St. Paul Other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters, Bertha, Alice, Vera, and Florence Mae. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M., Friday, August 22, 2008 at Holy Family Catholic Church, McGregor. Fr. John Fleischhacker will officiate. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M, Thursday at McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Donald R Smeby
06/24/1962-08/16/2008
Duck' Donald R. Smeby Donald R. Smeby, age 46 of Palisade formerly of Minneapolis died Saturday August 16, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born June 24, 1962 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Howard and Rose (Castonguay) Smeby. He grew up and attended schools in Robbinsdale and Glenwood, Minnesota. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for a time and upon his discharge he returned to Minneapolis where he worked as a cook. He married Dawn L. Myhre on May 30, 1987 in Robbinsdale. They lived in the Twins Cities until 2001 when they moved to the Palisade area. He worked on refurbishing a log cabin and from that started his business of chinking and staining log cabins. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, motorcycles and playing cribbage. He was a friend to everyone. He is survived by his wife Dawn of Palisade, Father and spouse: Howard and Penny Smeby of Marcell, Mn.; Mother: Rose Smeby of Mesa, Arizona; 2 brothers and sister in law: Tim Smeby of Fridley, Mn.; William (Bill) and Patty Smeby of Elk River, Mn.; 3 sisters and brothers in law: Laura and Steve Manning of San Antonio, Tx.; Pauline and Steve Carroll of Fridley, Mn.; Angela and Jerry Carter of Annandale, Mn.; many much loved nieces and nephews; and his dog Tattoo. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his beloved dog Angus. A memorial service will be held Friday, August 22, 2008 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Jesse Manning officiating. Friends may call 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Fleming Cemetery. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Kleo Hageman
05/01/1920-08/13/2008
Kleo A. Hageman, 88 of McGregor died Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby. He was born May 1, 1920 in Milwaukee, WI. to Russell and Grace (Anders) Hageman. Kleo was united in marriage to Adeline James in 1961. He worked for Minnegasco as a welder from 1952 to 1981. After retirement he moved back to his roots, on his farm near McGregor where he raised beef cattle. Kleo is survived by his wife Adeline ???Jean??? of McGregor 6 daughters and sons-in-law: Shirley James of Minneapolis Kathy Isenor of Eden Prairie Debbie Kehn of North Branch Deanna (Richard) Evans of Fridley Gayle (Don) Koerber of McGregor Cindy (Paul) Gellerman of St Michael Twelve grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren One sister Doris Larson of Oregon Beloved dog Misty Besides other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by one brother Wayne, one sister Irma 2 siblings at an early age, and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M., Tuesday, August 19, 2008 funeral service at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Reverend Dan Heath will officiate. www.srtfuneral.com
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Katie Jo Taylor
04/15/1972-08/06/2008
Katie Jo Taylor, age 36 of Minneapolis died Wednesday, August 8, 2008 at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. She was born April 15, 1972 in Minneapolis the daughter of Benny Skinaway and Marcia Taylor. She grew up in Minneapolis and attended the Heart Of The Earth Survival School. She has lived in Minneapolis her whole life. She enjoyed traveling and was a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. She is survived by her parents: Benny Skinaway of St. Paul; Marcia Taylor of Fargo, N.D.; 3 children: Jules Taylor of Omaha, Neb.; Jasmine and Jordan Taylor of St. Cloud, Mn.; 3 sisters: Rose Taylor of Minneapolis; Theresa Taylor of Fargo and Rita Taylor of Fargo; and grandmother: Marian Skinaway of St. Paul; 2 aunts, 4 uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Services will be held Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 10 AM at the East Lake Community Center with Lee Staples officiating. Burial will be at the Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Robert Adair
10/15/1939-07/23/2008
Robert Orval Adair, 68 of Palisade, died Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at Mercy Medical Center, Coon Rapids. He was born October 15, 1939 in Minneapolis to Orval and Doris Adair. He is survived by his children: Mike and Lisa Adair of Blaine Kenny and Sharon Trocke of Blaine Roger Trocke and special friend Pam of Grand Rapids Michael Trocke of Crosby Theresa Peterson of Crosby Siblings: Joanne and Bill Murphy of Cottage Grove Russ and Rose Adair of Forest Lake Clark and Ida Adair of Roseville Roger and Bev Adair of Mounds View And grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. Services will be 12:00P.M. ??? Friday, August 1, 2008 at Assembly of God Church, Palisade. Pastor Ed Somberger will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin assisted with arrangements.
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Angeline Wadena
07/24/1934-07/20/2008
Angeline B. Wadena, (Gidagigwannebiikwe) 73 of McGregor died Sunday, July 20, 2008 at her residence. She was born July 24, 1934 in Cloquet to George and Susan (Manitou) Boyd, Sr. On July 13, 1972 in Aitkin Angeline was united in marriage to John Wadena. She was a cook for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and a home maker. She was a 2 time Midewin and a member of Drum Societies. She enjoyed bingo, gambling, and spending time with her family and grandchildren. She is survived by 3 sons: Richard Boyd of McGregor Francis Colton of Isle Roger Colton of McGregor Six daughters: Eloise Colton of McGregor Mary Dalquist of McGregor Rosa Colton of McGregor Alida Colton Matrious of Sandstone Jennifer Wadena of McGregor Ruth Sam of Onamia 1 brother George Boyd, Jr. of McGregor Two sisters Kathy Hedstrom and Marene Hedstrom both of McGregor 23 Grandchildren: Melissa, Mary, Amanda, Richard, April, Ruben, John Francis, Dustin, Melissa, Teresa, John Michael, Dyllon, Miigwan, Tammy, John Robert, Charles, Richard Erick, Alex, Angie, Scott, Rae Anne, Brent, and Bryan 3 Great-grandchildren: Axel, Kaitlyn, and Andrel Besides numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, other family, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents George and Susan Boyd, Husband John Wadena, Former husband Roger Colton, Brothers Franklin, Charles, and Lawrance, Sisters Mabel, Susan, Bernice, and Louise. Visitation will begin at 8:00P.M. Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at East Lake Community Center, East Lake/McGregor. Services will begin at 10:00A.M. Thursday at the East Lake Community Center. Tribal Rites will be by Lee Staples. Burial will be in the Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Willard C. Tibbetts
08/05/1919-07/17/2008
Willard C. Tibbetts, age 88 of Aitkin died Thursday, July 17, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Willard was born August 5, 1919 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of James G. and Mary A. (McGillis) Tibbetts. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin. He farmed his whole life and also drove truck for the Cattle Sales Barn, the Aitkin Coop Creamery and the Cuyuna Mines. He married Dora M. Peterson on October 25, 1938 at Little Falls, Mn. They lived in Aitkin ever since. He was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin and the Lutheran Layman???s League. Willard is survived by 2 sons and daughter in law: Harvey and Pat Tibbetts of East Dubuque, Illinois; Rev. Ron Tibbetts of Grey Eagle, Mn.; 1 daughter and son in law: Mary Jean and Richard Peterson of Aitkin; 6 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Dora, 2 sons: Duane and a stillborn baby; 4 brothers: Donald, James, George, and Albert and 3 sisters: Margaret, Jessie and Mildred. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 1 PM from St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Pallbearers will be the grandchildren: Tony Tibbetts, Darren Tibbetts, Jackie Van Meter, Becky Drentlaw, Joan Peterson and Shannon Tibbetts. Honorary pallbearers will be: Tom Arnold, Bill Cook, Frank Duchane, Gary Gray, Herb Thorsten and Vern Thorsten Visitation will be Monday 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. Memorials are preferred to St. Johns Lutheran Church. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Rosemary R. Littman
10/09/1924-07/13/2008
Rosemary R. Littman, age 83 of Aitkin, formerly of McGregor and Brooklyn Center died Sunday, July 13, 2008 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born October 9, 1924 in Albertville, Minnesota the daughter of Francis and Ruth (Lund) Duffy. She grew up and attended schools in North East Minneapolis. She married Rudolph E. Littman on July 25, 1942 at Brooklyn Center, Mn. They lived in Brooklyn Center for over 40 years. She worked as a teacher???s aid at the Earle Brown Elementary School in Brooklyn Center for 15 years. Upon retirement in 1984 they moved to Big Sandy Lake near McGregor. She has been a resident at the Aitkin Health Services for the past year and a half. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in McGregor and former member of Hope Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. She was also a member of the McGregor Lions and past president of the McGregor Lioness Club. She had also helped with the Special Olympics Program. She is survived by her husband Rudy Littman of Aitkin; 2 daughters and spouses: Mikki and Dave Clyne of Princeton, Mn.; Patti and Gerry Page of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; 1 son and spouse: James and Barbara Littman of Champlin, Mn.; 6 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Dan Heath officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be grandchildren: Michael David Clyne, Richard James Clyne, Alexander James Littman, Kara Jean Schmidt, Jessica Lynn Page, and Kelsey Marie Page. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to 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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Herbert ''Milt'' Johnson Herbert M. ??
03/10/1919-07/11/2008
Herbert ''Milt'' Johnson Herbert M. ???Milt??? Johnson, age 89 of Aitkin died Friday, July 11, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born March 10, 1919 in Aitkin the son of Charles and Mary (Olson) Johnson. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School. After graduation he worked for Ziske???s Grocery Store in Aitkin for a time. He married Irja Rikala on March 31, 1941 in Aitkin. He then went to work on the Alaskan Hiway for a time until the U.S. Army inducted him to serve during WW II. He spent time in the Philippines during the war. Upon his discharge he returned to Aitkin and worked for the Aitkin Motor Co. as a car salesman and eventually was a part owner. He retired from the business in 1981. He was a member of the Odd Fellows, the Aitkin American Legion and First Lutheran Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, had bowled and snowmobiled. He is survived by 3 sons and 1 daughter in law: Milt Johnson of Black River Falls, Wisc.; Lowell Johnson and Colleen LeBlanc of Ft. Ripley, Mn.; Ron Johnson of Aitkin; 4 grandchildren: Ed Johnson, Kim Thomley, Michelle Webster, Chad Johnson; 7 great grandchildren: Derek Johnson, Paige Thomley, Wesley Johnson, Emma Webster, Trevor Johnson, Taylor Johnson and Trevor Johnson. Also surviving is 1 sister: Jeanette Nyquist of Minneapolis and 1 brother Kenneth Johnson of Anchorage, Alaska. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Irja, daughter in law Judy, 2 sisters: Lillian and Ruth and 3 brothers: Hugo, Robert and Myron. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Friends may call 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Toimi Cemetery at Brimson, Mn. Military Honors will be provided by the Aitkin American Legion and VFW Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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James Way
06/07/1928-07/06/2008
James Daniel Way, 80 of Aitkin died Sunday, July 6, 2008 at Oakridge Homes, Aitkin. He was born June 7, 1928 in Aitkin to Ellis and Nellie (Bronner) Way. He lived in Aitkin for several years, then at Faribault Day School, Brainerd Regional Human Service Center, and Oakridge Homes. He enjoyed looking at magazines, sitting on the deck or looking out windows, watching people, working at the Developmental Achievement Center in McGregor, going on outings in the community, visits with his mother, and spending time with his Oakridge Homes family. James is survived by his mother Nellie of Aitkin 2 sisters and brother-in-law: Mildred ???Rusty??? Teigland of Chico, CA. Ardie (Don) Meacham of Bemidji Three brothers and sisters-in-law: Aldean (Betty) of Chico, CA. Marvin (Terryl) of Aitkin Dallas (Joyce) of Bemidji Besides many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. ??? Friday, July 18, 2008 memorial service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend Angie Way will officiate. Burial will be at Lake View Cemetery, Aitkin. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Merl Malin
02/01/1940-07/02/2008
Merl Dean Malin, 68 of McGregor died Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at the VA Medical Center, Minneapolis. He was born February 1, 1940 in Charles City, Iowa to Arthur Lee and Evelyn Mae (Hutton) Malin. He was involved in aviation since he was 15 years old. He graduated from McGregor High School in 1958. He was in the Minnesota National Guard and a U.S. Navy Veteran. He ran the operations at the McGregor Airport from 1963 until his marriage. On February 17, 1968 in McGregor Merl was united in marriage to Mary Lounas. After marriage they moved to New Mexico where he was in aviation and owner/broker of Century 21 Malin Realty and other real-estate companies. They moved back to the McGregor area in 1998. He enjoyed Tennis and loved traveling, hunting and the outdoors. He was on the board of directors for Easter Seals and was a member of the Civitan Brothers in New Mexico. He was a life member of the DAV and a member of the Amazing Grace Christian Church in McGregor. He is survived by his wife Mary 2 sons: Matthew, serving in the military in Crete, Greece Mark and Char of McGregor Six grandchildren: Malissa, Justin, Michael, Marcus, Jonathan, and Mya 1 sister: Norma Horner (significant other Jerry Horsman) of McGregor Besides many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 3:00P.M.- Friday, July 11, 2008 funeral service at Holy Family Catholic Church, McGregor. Reverend Bob Mankaka will officiate. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Leonard Bauer
08/29/1921-06/30/2008
Leonard E. Bauer, 86 of Aitkin died Monday, June 30, 2008 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born August 29, 1921 in Goltry, OK. to Alec and Eva (Milacek) Bauer. He was a U.S. Army Air Corp. Veteran serving in WW II. He was a member of the Carpenters Union Local #87 of St. Paul. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Leonard is survived by 4 sons and daughter-in-law: Leonard (Linda) of Aitkin Robert of Olympia, WA. John of Aitkin Brian of Tulsa, OK. 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren Two brothers and sisters-in-law: Valentine (Donna) of North St. Paul John (Mattie) of Sapulpa, OK. 1 sister and brother-in-law: Adeline (Fred) Donath of Clear Lake, WI. Special friend: June Hanson of Willernie He was preceded in death by his son Kevin Edith Ritche-Bauer 4 sisters: Eva Dabruzi, Elizabeth Rosenbush, Angeline Jones, and Clara Bowers One brother Alexander And his parents. Visitation will begin at 9AM until the 11AM, Thursday, July 3, 2004 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Kenneth P. LeCocq
08/27/1953-06/30/2008
Kenneth P. LeCocq, age 54 of Hill City died Monday, June 30, 2008 as the result of a drowning accident. Kenneth was born August 27, 1953 at Mora, Minnesota the son of Paul J. and Winifred (Erickson) LeCocq. He attended schools at McGrath and graduated from the Isle High School. He then spent two years at Technical College for Food Service Management. Ken played almost as hard as he worked. His first love was spending time with his kids and grandkids, followed closely by his love for friends and his many hobbies. He enjoyed playing baseball, basketball, racquetball, fishing, hunting, and everything to do with horses. He is survived by his wife Bonnie LeCocq of Aitkin; 2 daughters and sons in law: Desiree and Ty Sjodin of Crosby, Mn.; Lynn and Paul Lundgren of Lakeshore, Mn.; Trevor LeCocq of Madison, Wisconsin; Mother: Winifred LeCocq of Elk River, Mn. 8 grandchildren: Alexis Liljenquist, Elizabeth Liljenquist, Grace Liljenquist, Zach Sjodin, Tyson Sjodin, Olivia Lundgren, Madelynn Lundgren, Mason Lundgren; 4 brothers: Alvin LeCocq of Moose Lake, Mn.; Richard LeCocq of Mora, Mn.; Robert LeCocq of Rochester, Mn.; Bruce LeCocq of Isle, Mn.; 1 sister: Clarice Mitchell of Elk River, Mn. and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 6, 2008 at 3 PM from the Westside Church in Aitkin. Visitation will be Saturday from 4 to 7 PM at his farm in Hill City. Burial will be in the Pliny Cemetery at McGrath, Minnesota. Pallbearers will be: Cameron LeCocq, Keldon LeCocq, Doug Mitchell, Rick LeCocq, Jake LeCocq, Jade LeCocq, Rob Sanders; Honorary pallbearers: Jonathon Miller and Nathan Christian. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Diane K. Laucamp
08/11/1947-06/28/2008
Diane K. Laucamp, age 60 of Tamarack died Saturday, June 28, 2008 lost her battle with ovarian and peritoneal cancer after a three year courageous struggle at St Lukes Hospital in Duluth. She was born August 11, 1947 at Tipton, Iowa the daughter of Paul D. and Marjorie (Achey) Shultz. She grew up attending schools in Oklahoma and Iowa graduating from Wilton High School at Wilton, Iowa. She then attended the University of Iowa where she received a degree in History. She then attended the University of Minnesota at Duluth where she received her Masters degree in education. She taught 1st and 3rd grades at the McGregor School for over 28 years. She married Robert J. Laucamp on September 28, 1968 at Big Lake, Minnesota. She was a Sunday School Teacher at the Tamarack Presbyterian Church for over 20 years, had served on the Tamarack City Council; volunteered extensively in the community; enjoyed gardening, reading, and traveling. She is survived by her husband Robert Laucamp of Tamarack; 3 daughters: Trish (Craig) Johnson of Cloquet, Mn.; Katy Laucamp of Elbow Lake, Mn.; Leah Laucamp and fianc?? Kurtis Parson of Tamarack; 6 grandchildren which she dearly loved: Clayborne, Tye, Dayne, Rhiley, Noah, and Zoee. Also surviving is 1 sister: Yvonne Mundy of Jasper, Ind. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother Paul D. Shultz Jr. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 1 PM from the Round Lake Presbyterian Church with Rev. John Yingling officiating. Jackie Robitaille will play the piano and Peggy Baumgardt will sing ???In The Garden??? and ???Swing Low Sweet Chariot???. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Tom Anderson, Kenny Onstad, James Onstad, Jake Maijala, Tom Markley, Craig Johnson, Kurtis Parson, and Scott Missling. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 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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Harold O. Aker
11/09/1915-06/27/2008
Harold O. Aker, age 92 of Aitkin formerly of Coon Rapids, Thief River Falls and Crookston, Mn. died Friday, June 27, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Harold was born November 9, 1915 at Nielsville, Minnesota the son of Ole and Hilma (Vigstol) Aker. He grew up and attended schools in Nielsville. He then worked on the family farm for a number of years. He married Ella Mae Rude on October 10, 1942 in Climax, Minnesota. They farmed for a time and then moved to California and lived there for a couple of years before returning to Minnesota and lived at Grygla. They then moved to Thief River Falls, Mn. and he worked for the Land O??? Lakes Co. He transferred to Aitkin, Minnesota in 1954 and worked for the Land O??? Lakes plant here until 1962. He then moved to Crookston and worked in sales selling farm implement equipment. He moved back to Thief River Falls in 1982 and lived there until moving to an assisted living facility at Coon Rapids, Mn. in 2003. He lived there until just recently when he became a resident of the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He had been a member of the Thief River Falls Golden K Club, Zion Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids; had served on the church board at Abundant Life Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, and he had volunteered many hours driving people to hospital and clinic appointments over the years. He is survived by 1 son and daughters in law: Roger and Judy Aker of Aitkin; 1 daughter and son in law: Connie and Dale Olmstead of Coon Rapids, Mn.; 3 grandchildren: Tami (Randy) Buschmann, Gina (Maurice) Grover, and Eric (Leanne) Olmstead; 5 great grandchildren: Cory Buschmann; E.J. Buschmann, Ryan Buschmann, Bergen Grover and Jackson Olmstead; 2 sisters: Gladys Mahalek of Milwaukee, Wisc.; and Doris Harrison of Crestview, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ella in 1993, 2 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 1 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Nancy Isaacson will play the piano and organ and the congregation will sing ???When The Saints Come Marching In???; ???Amazing Grace???, and ???What A Friend We Have In Jesus???. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, Mn. on Wednesday at 1 PM. Pallbearers will be: Eric Olmstead, Maurice Grover, Randy Buschmann, Cory Buschmann, E.J. Buschmann, and Ryan Buschmann. Honorary pallbearers will be Jackson Olmstead and Bergen Grover. 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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Maynard E. ''Andy'' Anderson Maynard E
08/19/1928-06/26/2008
Maynard E. ''Andy'' Anderson Maynard E. ???Andy??? Anderson, age 79 of Palisade died Thursday, June 26, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Andy was born August 19, 1928 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Charles and Mildred (Pearson) Anderson. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Donna E. Boyes on July 9, 1955 in Minnetonka, Mn. He worked for Norwest Bank retiring in 1989 after 23 years of working for the bank. They moved to Palisade and he was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade and the Aitkin American Legion Post 86. He is survived by his wife Donna Anderson of Palisade; 1 daughter and son in law: Linda and Scott Nylander of Montrose, Mn.; 1 son and daughter in law: Dale and Gwen Anderson of Minnetonka, Mn.; 4 grandchildren: Kalley and Dana Anderson; Loren Palmer and Mitchell Palmer. 4 sisters: Eloise Dreher of Palisade; Caroline Narr of Palisade; Marlene Anderson of Sauk Rapids, Mn.; and Barbara Anderson of Montrose, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 30, 2008 at 1 PM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with Rev. Charles Carlson officiating. Maxine Miller will play the organ and Tambrey Kullhem will be soloist. Solos will be ???Day By Day??? and ???One Day At A Time???. The congregation will sing ???Precious Lord Take My Hand???. Private family burial will be in the Summit Park Cemetery in Wayzata. Military honors will be provided by the Wayzata American Legion Post 118. Pallbearers will be: Scott Butkowski, Todd Dreher, Scott Nylander, Jim Narr, Kurtis Boyes, and Loren Palmer. Honorary pallbearers will be: Gene Narr, Curt Boyes, Dick Danielson, Marv Butkowski and Steve Narr. Visitation will be Sunday 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 Monday. Memorials are preferred to the Struthers Parkinson Center in Golden Valley, Mn. or Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Gerald W. Vork
12/16/1934-06/24/2008
Gerald W. Vork, 73 of McGregor died Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at his residence. He was born December 16, 1934 in Minneapolis to Howard and Catherine (Exberger) Vork. He worked in transportation for Land O??? Lakes and Red Owl until his retirement. He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law: Tony (Heidi) Vork of Little Fork 4 grandchildren: Zak, Tyler, and Quinton Vork and Nick Ringsby One great-granddaughter: Althea Ringsby 1 son-in-law: Randy Ringsby One brother and sister-in-law: Bud (Bonnie) Vork of Hayward, WI. Besides nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter Cheri Ringsby 1 brother Bill and his parents. A gathering of friends will be held Saturday, July 12, 2008 from 11 to 1 PM at the Bayview Event Center at 687 Excelsior Blvd. Excelsior, Mn. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Bessie Engebretson
09/05/1926-06/23/2008
Bessie L. Engebretson, 81 of Hill City died Monday, June 23, 2008 at Bethany Good Samaritan Village, Brainerd. She was born September 5, 1926 in Grand Rapids to John and Alice (Baty) Biskey. She grew up and attended school in Swatara and Hill City and 1 year in Aitkin. She lived in the Swatara area and then Warroad for 10 years. On September 19, 1960 in Sisseton, S.D. Bessie was united in marriage to George Engebretson. They moved to Walker in 1968 where she worked at the Sears Co. for 19 years and at the Cass County Museum. She is survived by her 4 Children: Richard E. Bishop of Grand Rapids Vernon J. (Charlotte) Bishop of Hill City Bonnie (Rodney) Oberton of Grand Rapids Ronald (Carolyn) Engebretson of Owatonna 14 grandchildren, many great grandchildren One sister Alice Ziske of Aitkin 1 brother George Biskey of Spring Lake Park And many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband George in 1989 Two brothers Truman and Fred, 1 sister Irene, and her parents. Funeral services will be at a later date. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Estelle Severin
06/02/1927-06/17/2008
Estelle M. Severin, 81 of Aitkin died Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born June 2, 1927 in Cotton Town, TN. to Ernest B. and Annie (Gorley) Jones. On September 24, 1945 in Nashville, Estelle was united in marriage to Earl A. Severin. They farmed in the McGrath area until moving to Aitkin. She was an Aitkin County Volunteer, driving and cleaning homes for the elderly. She attended Malmo Evangelical Free Church. The most important thing in life to Estelle was her family and friends. She is survived by her husband Earl A. Severin six daughters and sons-in-law: Donna (Robert) Gay of Isle Mary (Terry) Lynk of Wadena Carol Severin of Foreston Rebecca Severin of Stockton, CA. Linda (Ron) Sparrow of El Paso, TX Judy Brown of Denver, CO. 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Gary (Pam) of Cold Springs and Tom of Stacy, MN. Eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren Two sisters and brother-in-law Virgie Honeycutt and Betty(Wilbur)Hall all of Tennessee She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, and 1 sister . Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1PM, Friday, June 20, 2008 funeral service at Malmo Evangelical Free Church, Malmo. Reverend Glenn Browning will officiate. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Geraldine Skog
03/16/1922-06/16/2008
Geraldine B. Skog, age 86 of Aitkin, the Glory community, died Monday, June 16, 2008 at her home. She was born March 16, 1922 at Clinton, Iowa the daughter of Albert and Bernadine (Paysen) Machamer. She grew up and attended schools in Clinton. She then moved with her family to the Aitkin, the Doris community. She married Ralph E. Skog on May 10, 1941 in Aitkin. They lived in the Aitkin area until moving to Glory in 1955 and she has resided there since. She had worked for the Aitkin Community Hospital and Nursing Home for 29 years as a nursing assistant. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, reading, sitting on her deck and spending time with her family. She was a member of the Glory Baptist Church, the Women???s Mission Circle, and the Birthday Club. She is survived by 6 sons and daughters in law: Raymond and Ferne Skog of Blaine, Mn; Richard and Carol Skog of Aitkin, Mn.; Randall and Diane Skog of Jackson, Ohio; Wayne and Doris Skog of Deerwood, Mn.; John and Barbb Skog of Anoka, Mn.; Darrell and Amy Skog of Isanti; 2 daughters and sons in law: Brenda and David Overly of Park Rapids, Mn.; Beverly and Denny Sleen of Park Rapids, Mn.; 30 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 1 sister: Irene Erickson of Aitkin, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ralph; 1 brother Raymond; and 1 granddaughter. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 11 AM from the Glory Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. Music will be provided by Mary and Omar Espeseth, John Pearson, and Anna Campbell. Burial will be in the Glory Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Raymond Skog, Richard Skog, Randall Skog, Wayne Skog, John Skog, Darrell Skog, David Overly, and Denny Sleen. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church 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.
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