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Archive Obituaries
Vivian E. Kelly
04/02/1916-06/13/2008
Vivian E. ???Grandma Bibbin??? Kelly, age 92 of Aitkin died Friday, June 13, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born April 2, 1916 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of John and Wilhelmina Wallin. She attended schools in Minneapolis and then moved with her family to the Glen area in the mid 1930???s. She married Alson D. Kelly on March 31, 1941 in Aitkin. They made their home in the Glen area on the Sugar Lake road. She was one of the last ???Old Timers??? that had settled on the Sugar Lake road. She has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center for the past 2 ?? months. She enjoyed flowers and gardening; cooking and baking; crafts, enjoyed birds and watching deer. She also enjoyed watching golf and reading the Enquirer. She is survived by 4 children and spouses: Darrell Kelly of Aitkin; Faye and Greg Zimpel of McGrath; Charlene and Keith Sampson of Goldfield, Iowa; Dale and Debbie Kelly of Aitkin; 13 grandchildren; and 17 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Alson in 1984, 2 brothers and 1 daughter in law Kathy. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. James Raisanen officiating. Organist will be Edie Orazem and Darwin Bruesewitz will sing ???On Eagles Wings??? and ???Going Home???. Interment will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandchildren: Joe Piecek, Dean Fisher, Nicole Fisher, Suzanne Anderson, Heather Tolander, Heidi Radkiewicz, Jessica Kelly, Ken Kelly, Kim Kelly, Stewart Kelly, Susan Peterson, Joel Sampson, and Jon Sampson. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 PM at the funeral home and also 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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Frieda J. Grunenwald
11/15/1915-06/11/2008
Frieda J. Grunenwald, age 92 of Aitkin died Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Frieda was born November 15, 1915 art Motley, Minnesota the daughter of Rev. Michael and Kunigunda (Liekauf) Knoll. She grew up and attended schools at Motley, Lane, SD.; and Jeffers, Minnesota where she graduated from high school. She married Herman Grunenwald on June 7, 1935 at Jeffers, Minnesota. They lived and farmed in the Jeffers area until the fall of 1950 when the moved to the Aitkin area and bought a farm in Rabbit Lake Twp. of Crow Wing Co. near Cedarbrook. In later years they owned and operated the Tip Top Caf?? in Aitkin for a number of years. She had resided at Maryhill Manor prior to entering the nursing home 2 and ?? years ago. She was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook, was active in the Ladies Aid at the church and had served as the Sunday School Superintendent for over 50 years. She had also served as a 4H leader and enjoyed quilting, singing and was an avid reader. She is survived by 4 sons and spouses: Paul and Karola Grunenwald of Great Falls, Montana; Stanley and Mildred Grunenwald of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Mike and Joan Grunenwald of Aitkin, Mn.; Daniel and Benita Grunenwald of Cannon Falls, Mn.; 12 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; 2 sisters in law: Iona Knoll of Aitkin and Milly Knoll of Jeffers, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Herman in 1991; 2 brothers, 2 sisters and 1 grandson in law: Nate Robinson. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 14, 2008 at 2 PM from the St. Johns Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook with Rev. Sandy Berg-Holte officiating. Ardis Ivory will play the organ and piano and special music will be sung by Paul and Heidi Haddix. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Jeff Grunenwald, Joel Grunenwald, Jordan Grunenwald, Steven Grunenwald, Albert Grunenwald, Paul Grunenwald Jr., Troy Grunenwald, Ronnie Knoll and Chad Shorter. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to 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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Warren Lee Hollingsworth
01/30/1940-05/27/2008
Warren Lee Hollingsworth, age 68, of Aitkin died Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at St. Lukes Hospital in Duluth. Warren was born January 30, 1940 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Horace and Lucille (Townsend) Hollingsworth. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin through his sophomore year and then attended the Ag School in Grand Rapids and graduated from there. He then went to work for the Ford Garage in Aitkin. He served in the U.S. Army and upon his discharge he returned to Aitkin and continued to work for the Ford Garage until 1975. He then worked for Woodland Container for a number of years before he bought the Jewelry store which he has owned and operated. He married Jessie L. Copley on December 25, 1959 in Aitkin. He enjoyed reading and puzzles. He is survived by his wife Jessie Hollingsworth of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Phil and Laurie Hollingsworth of Deerwood, Mn.; Sandra and Gary Fulton of Duluth, Mn.; Erin and Dave Rom of Aitkin; Sean Hollingsworth and Rebecca Kallio of Ironton; 6 grandchildren: Ian Hollingsworth, Christian Rom, Steven Fulton, Nathan Rom, Taylor Hollingsworth, Kayla Berry and foster granddaughter: Phelysha Babcock; 3 brothers and spouses: Alan and Mary Hollingsworth of Pillager, Mn.; Tom and Ana Hollingsworth of Pharr, Tx.; Ira and Lois Hollingsworth of Bone Lake, Wisc.; 1 sister: Mary Ann Palmer of Rogers, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 grandson Michael James Fulton. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 2 PM from the Aitkin Assemblies of God Church with Rev. Dan Turner and Rev. Donald Norman officiating. Interment will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Alan Hollingsworth, Ira Hollingsworth, Tom Hollingsworth, Sean Hollingsworth, Phil Hollingsworth, Gary Fulton, and Dave Rom. Honorary pallbearers will be: Ian Hollingsworth, Christian Rom, Steven Fulton, Nathan Rom, Taylor Hollingsworth, Kayla Berry and Phelysha Babcock. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 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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Laura Lee Anderson-Soleta
09/11/1954-05/25/2008
Laura Lee Anderson-Soleta, age 53 of Minneapolis, formerly of McGregor died Sunday, May 25, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born September 11, 1954 in Cloquet, Minnesota the daughter of Burton Henry and Marjorie Louise (Green) Anderson. She grew up in the McGregor area and attended the Bellhorn Bay Elementary School and graduated from the McGregor High School. She also studied graphic arts at the School of Communication Arts in Minneapolis. She married David Francis Soleta on January 9, 1982 in Minneapolis. Laura had many interests; she particularly enjoyed genealogy research, especially her connection with Suzanne in Sweden that allowed her to discover more about her Scandinavian roots. She enjoyed traveling, reading cookbooks, and scrap-booking. Laura expressed her talents and skill at graphic arts through her enjoyment of art and photography. Laura was a member of the Hiawatha congregation of Jehovah???s Witnesses. She worked as a graphic artist and administrative assistant/word processor at Wells Fargo, Accordia Insurance, (where she was employee of the year in 1999) and Mr. Print among others during her working career. She is survived by her husband Dave Soleta of Minneapolis; Parents: Burton and Margie Anderson of Tamarack; Mother in law: Pat Soleta of Windom, Mn.; Brother: Tom (Connie) Anderson of McGregor; sisters: Cindy (Kim) Risen of Tamarack; Amy (Chris) Moe of Rush City; Brother in law: Douglas (Candi) Soleta of Windom; sister in law: Charlene (Douglas) Woizesche of Windom; nieces and nephews: Josh, Jason, Kyle, Shaila, Shirin, Lydia, Abby, Sammy, Jessica, Eric and Grant. Graveside services will be held Friday, May 30, 2008 at 1 PM at the Round Lake Cemetery with Delmar Peterson officiating. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Minneapolis at the Hiawatha Congregation of Jehovah???s Witness. Local arrangements were with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfunweral.com.
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James B. Simpson
02/21/1929-05/23/2008
James Byrd ???Jim??? Simpson, son of Edward Gilbert and Helen Carolyn Krueger Simpson. was born February 21, 1929, in McGregor, Minnesota. He died Friday, May 23, 2008 at St. John???s Regional Health Care Center in Springfield, Missouri at the age of 79 years. He was born and raised in McGregor where he graduated from high school. In 1948 he moved to Alaska and in 1951 entered the U.S. Army. After faithfully serving his country, he returned to McGregor where he married Patricia Kolb on November 8, 1952 and they have shared this past 55 years together. They made their home in Alaska from 1953 until 1981, where he was a warehouse supervisor for the Department of the Army. Following his retirement they left Alaska and moved to Grovespring, Missouri and purchased the farm Jim had always dreamed of. Jim professed his faith and was a member of the Fairview Methodist Church. He was also a member of the American Legion in Jefferson City, Mo.; and was an active in DAR and DAC. His family and their activities were important to him. Caring for the farm, reading, woodworking, fishing, golfing, and being outdoors gave him great pleasure. Jim was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and uncle, and was a caring neighbor and friend. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed. We celebrate his life and his accomplishments and treasure the memories he created. He will live in our hearts forever. He is survived by his wife Pat of Grovespring, Mo.; four children and spouses: Jim Simpson Jr. and wife Mary of Clinton, Iowa; Terry Simpson of Alaska; Robert Simpson and wife Jean of Ashland, Mo.; Karen Clark and husband Steven of Grovespring, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; two anticipated great grandchildren; 1 sister Elsie Kolstad of Billings, Montana; two brothers: David Simpson of Anchorage, Alaska; Edward Simpson of Des Moines, Iowa and a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Services will be held Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 2 PM from the Holman-Howe Funeral Home in Hartville, Missouri and also Friday, May 30, 2008 at 2 PM from the McGregor United Methodist Church with Rev. Russell Christensen officiating. Interment will be in the Woodland Cemetery in McGregor. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor Larson-Deneen VFW Post. Local arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Mable Coleman
06/28/1909-05/23/2008
Mable V. Coleman, 98 of Aitkin died Friday, May 23, 2008 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born June 28, 1909 in Dalbo, MN. to L. Victor and Emma (Lindgren) Peterson. On May 5, 1934 in Minneapolis, Mable was united in marriage to Roscoe Coleman. She worked as a cleaning lady for Cargil and then at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange. She lived in Minneapolis, Hammel, and then moved to the Malmo area in the 1960???s. In 1990 she moved to the Isle View Apartments prior to her move to Aitkin. She was the family historian and a very caring person who liked music and loved to dance. She was a member of the Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo. She is survived by 2 sisters: Frances Berge of Aitkin Florence Reuter of Alexandria Two brothers and sister-in-law: Roy Peterson of Isle George (Lucille) Peterson of Aitkin. 3 sister-in-laws: Florence Peterson of Robbinsdale Margaret Peterson of Onamia Bette Peterson of Aitkin Besides many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Roscoe in 1961 1 sister Alice White Three brothers Clarence, Levi, and Albert Peterson And her parents L. Victor and Emma (Lindgren) Peterson. Funeral services will be 11AM, Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo, Isle, MN. Reverend Jim Raisanen will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7PM, Tuesday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin, and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. www.srtfuneral.com
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Florence Ericson
08/27/1919-05/23/2008
Florence Ericson, age 88 of Crosby formerly of Aitkin and Golden Valley died Friday, May 23, 2008 at the Hallett Cottages in Crosby, Minnesota. Florence was born August 27, 1919 at Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Thomas and Mary (Beires) Murtaugh. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School. She married Wallace R. Ericson and they lived in the Twin Cities and the Golden Valley area from 1962 until 2001. In 2001 Florence moved to the Hallett Cottages in Crosby and has resided there since. She had worked for Univac for many years. The care she had received at the Hallett Cottages was wonderful, and made her last years enjoyable. She is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Wallace in 1996. A graveside service will be held Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 10 AM at St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. 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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Cynthia Ann Ekman
06/13/1938-05/12/2008
Cynthia Ann (Cyndi) Ekman age 69 of Lawler formerly of St. Paul died Monday, May 12, 2008 at her residence in Lawler, Mn. Cyndi was born June 13, 1938 at McGregor, Minnesota the daughter of Eero and Sylvia Vera (Carlson) Ekman. She grew up and attended schools in McGregor until the age of 9 at which time she moved with her family to Pennsylvania. They moved back to the McGregor area in 1956 and Cyndi graduated from the McGregor High School in 1956. She then moved to St. Paul and worked a time for the St. Paul Insurance Co. and then went to work for the Postal Credit Union which she worked for 37 years retiring in 2000. She then moved to Lawler and lived with her sister and brother in law since. She enjoyed gardening, oil painting, reading, going to movies, and especially traveling. She also was a very active volunteer throughout the years with a number of organizations of which she was very generous to. She is survived by her sister and brother in law: Eleanor and Gregory Rosier of Lawler, Mn.; 1 nephew and spouse: Jeff and Marty Rosier of Hayward, Calf.; 1 niece and spouse: Jennifer and Brent Prueser of Brainerd, Mn.; Aunt: Beatrice Hill of West St. Paul, Mn.; 3 cousins: Daniel Ritchie of St. Paul; Marsha Hill and Gary Hill both of West St. Paul. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 17 at 2 PM from the McGregor Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Juntunen officiating. Burial will be in the Salo Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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James Gross
02/15/1939-05/08/2008
James Francis Gross, 69, of Deerwood formerly of St. Paul passed away Thursday, May 8, 2008 of esophageal cancer at his home surrounded by family. He was born February 15, 1939 in St. Paul to Conrad and Evelyn (Carr) Gross. After attending St. Thomas Military Academy he owned and operated Phillips 66, Anoka Aviation flight school, and the Country Pump in Garrison. Jim had many interests including: golf, flying, automobiles, and cards with friends. He was an active member of the Garrison Commercial Club. Jim and his siblings were one of the original Wonder Bread model families. He is survived by his wife Mary Children: Sandy Furey, Don, and Linda (Mike) Peterson Stepson: Loren Whitney A proud grandpa to: Jill (Rey) Garcia, Jessy Furey, Samantha and Austin Peterson Step grandchildren: Dillion and Cody Whitney Great grandpa to Aleyah and Rohm Garcia Siblings: Jack (Jackie), Gene (Sharon), Tom (Vicki), Bob, Bill (Kathy) Gross Patricia (Dick) Verling And many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Conrad and Evelyn. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:30A.M., Tuesday, May 13, 2008 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Father Howard Eisel will officiate. www.srtfuneral.com
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Edith M. Brubaker
12/12/1920-05/06/2008
Edith M. Brubaker, age 87 of Aitkin formerly of Duluth died Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Edith was born December 12, 1920 in Wadena, Minnesota the daughter of Hjalmer and Mable (Smith) Danielson. She grew up and attended schools in Duluth graduating from the Lakewood High School as Valedictorian of the class of 1938. She lived and raised her family in Duluth. She owned and operated the Hi Banks Resort on Fish Lake for about 10 years. She moved to California in 1983 and lived there until moving back to Minneapolis in 1998. She lived there until moving to Aitkin in 2006 and has resided here since. She traveled extensively through the Elder Hostel Program, had been a member of a choral group in Hemet, California; enjoyed gardening, sewing and her family. She especially loved music and hummingbirds. She is survived by 1 sister: Ethel Stoltz of Hemet, California; 2 sons and spouses: Adrian and Cindy Nelson of Walker, Mn.; Keith and Amy Brubaker of Minneapolis, Mn.; 2 daughters and spouses: Sandra and Jerry Blackledge of Aitkin, Mn.; Donnell and Glen Rank of Minneapolis, Mn.; 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 sisters and 2 brothers and her first husband Edward Nelson. A memorial service will be held in Duluth in July. Details as to the date and time will follow later. 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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Betty I. Johnson
06/07/1928-05/05/2008
Betty I. Johnson, age 79 of Hill City died peacefully at her home in Hill City on Monday, May 5, 2008. She was born June 7, 1928 in Martelle, Iowa the daughter of Louie and Flora (Barber) Anderson. She moved with her family at the age of 4 to Alborn, Minnesota where she grew up and attended schools graduating from the Alborn High School. She then attended and graduated from the St. Luke???s Hospital School of Nursing in 1949. Betty married Henry E. Johnson on June 7, 1957 at Cohasset, Mn. During her nursing career she worked at the Itasca Memorial Hospital and the Itasca Clinic in Grand Rapids, Mn. and also at the Dearborn Hospital in Michigan. She also worked at the Bemidji Hospital while her husband was completing college. They lived in Cloquet for two years while Henry taught at Carlton and then in 1963 moved to a farm outside of Hill City and Henry taught school and was Principal in Grand Rapids for many years. Betty was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church at Palisade; the St. Luke???s School of Nursing Alumni; and a member of the Second Wind Harmonica Band. She is survived by her husband Henry of Hill City; 3 sons and daughters in law: Brad and Becky Johnson of Hermantown, Mn.; Gregory and Kelley Denver of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Kent and Connie Toriseva of Brainerd, Mn.; and 15 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother Robert, 1 sister Lucille, and grandson William Robert. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 12, 2008 at 11 AM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with Rev. William Sass officiating. Interment will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Monday. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lilly Kirgiss
08/28/1908-05/02/2008
Lilly L. Kirgiss, 99 of Aitkin died Friday, May 2, 2008 at Aitkin Health Services. She was born August 28, 1908 in Olivia to Henry and Lydia (Palos) Yunker. On September 26, 1934 in Olivia, Lilly was united in marriage to Lawrence Kirgiss. They farmed until their retirement in the early 1970???s. They moved to Aitkin in 1999 and lived there since. She is survived by 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Vicky (John) Fremling of Aitkin Jill (Joseph) Meyer of Littleton, CO. 10 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren One brother Ezra of CA. And many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence on May 11, 1999 2 sons Lenis and Eldon One brother George And her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M., Thursday, May 8, 2008 memorial service at Westside Church, Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Burial will be in the Osceola Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Wilho R. Pelto
10/28/1923-04/28/2008
Wilho R. Pelto, age 84 of McGregor died Monday, April 28, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Wilho was born October 28, 1923 at Brantwood, Wisconsin the son of Henry and Hulda (Miilumaki) Pelto. He moved with his family at a young age to the Rice River area near McGregor. He attended the Green Valley School and then the McGregor High School graduating in 1942. He then spent time in Alaska and Colorado logging and doing construction work. He returned to the Rice River area in 1954. He married Marcella Ahonen on October 20, 1956 at Moose Lake, Minnesota. They have made their home in the Rice River area since. He worked for the Lakes State Tree Service as a supervisor for many years retiring in 1985. He also worked for the Mille Lacs Electric co. for a time. He had served as sexton for the Rice River Cemetery and the Beaver Township Cemetery for many years. He had served as a supervisor for the Rice River Township. He was a member of the Rice River Senior Citizens. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, having coffee and especially visiting. He is survived by his wife Marcella of McGregor; 5 sons and spouses: Robert and Mary Pelto of McGregor; Fred Pelto of McGregor; William and Diane Pelto of McGregor; Gerald Pelto and Kristen Pedersen of Wasilla, Alaska; John and Kim Pelto of McGregor; grandchildren: James Pelto, Ryan Pelto, Jillian Pelto, Taylor Pelto, Karina Olson and Randeena Olson. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Alfred Pelto and 1 sister Lillian Freeman. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 11 AM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Rev. Hal Kamppi officiating. Special music will be provided by Rev. Hal Kamppi and Bill Haapoja. Interment will be in the Rice River Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be his sons and grandchildren. 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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Elizabeth J. Washburn
12/18/1914-04/28/2008
Elizabeth Julia (Born) Washburn, age 93 of Aitkin died Monday, April 28, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born December 18, 1914 at Little Falls, Minnesota the daughter of Gustav and Fannie (Meckautch) Born. She grew up on a farm at Lake Netta. She was from a family of 16 children. She married David Washburn on September 11, 1933 at Robbinsdale, Minnesota. She was a self taught musician and enjoyed playing the piano, mandolin, accordion and guitar. She is survived by daughters and son in law: Joan and Sam Hovet of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Marla Olson of Garrison, Mn.; Diane Berglund of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Kathy Gronskei of Park Rapids, Mn.; Marianne Washburn of Aitkin; son and daughter in law: Richard and Laura Washburn of Grand Rapids, Mn.; sister: Lillian Rasmussen; Brothers Marvin and Donald Born of Ham Lake, MN.; sisters in law: Donna Born of Osseo, Mn.; Norma Born of Ham Lake, Mn.; Glory Born of Spring Lake Park, Mn.; 18 grandchildren; 37 great grandchildren; 11 great great grandchildren; eight step grandchildren and numerous friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband David Washburn in 1975; an infant child; brothers: Robert Born, Chris Born, Edward Born, Lawrence Born, Harold Born, Bernhart Born; sisters: Johanna Bombarger, Susanna Enloe, Bertha McCormick, Ernestine Osberg, Elisie Matson, Dorothy Sutton, and Laura Soderberg. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 2, 2008 at 11 AM from the Westside Church in Aitkin with Rev. Chuck Merrell officiating. Interment will be in the Morningside Memorial Gardens at Coon Rapids, Mn. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church Friday. 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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Jacqueline Larson
03/13/1937-04/27/2008
Jacqueline Larson 71, of Palisade and formerly of Fridley died Saturday, April 26, 2008 at her residence. She was born March 13, 1937 in Minneapolis to Alphonse and Iva (Snyder) Petron. Jacqueline was united in marriage to Robert E. Larson October 19, 1979 in Anoka. She was preceded in death by her son Patrick Purcell, one sister Mary Susan Wingate, and her parents. Jacqueline is survived by her husband Robert E. Larson of Palisade formerly of Fridley. 3 daughters and son-in-law: Denise Herbst and Leslie (Duane) Carrie all of Coon Rapids, and Mary K McMillan. Three step-children: Michael (Debbie) Larson, Tamara (Jerry) Ivey, and Bradley Larson all of Texas. 11 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Three sisters and brothers-in-law: Betty (Gerald) Skelly of Mounds View Connie (Harry) Hansen of New Brighten Nancy McKay of Minneapolis Besides many other relatives and friends. Services will be at a later date. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Robert C. Jorgensen
07/02/1922-04/27/2008
Robert C. Jorgensen, age 85 of Aitkin died Sunday, April 27, 2008 at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay, Minnesota. Robert was born July 2, 1922 at Nemaha, Iowa the son of Christian and Marie Jorgensen. He grew up and attended schools at Storm Lake, Iowa. He then served in the U.S. Air Force during WW II. He married Ruth J. Thompson on September 25, 1945 at Storm Lake, Iowa. Robert was an excellent builder with his woodworking talents. He is survived by his wife Ruth of Aitkin; 4 sons and spouses: Larry Jorgensen of Aitkin; Gary and Virgie Jorgensen of Duluth, Mn.; Richard and Kathy Jorgensen of Alaska; Michael and Marilyn Jorgensen of Rosemount, Mn.; and a number of grandchildren. No funeral services will be held. 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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Julie Silver
04/27/1953-04/26/2008
Julie Ann Silver, 54 of Aitkin died Saturday, April 26, 2008 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born April 27, 1953 in New Ulm to Harold and Alice (Goertzen) Wile. She grew up in and around the Springfield, MN. area. On December 18, 1994 in Brainerd Julie was united in marriage Ron Silver. She was employed at Paulbeck???s County Market, Aitkin. She is survived by her husband Ron of Aitkin 2 daughters: Carrie Martin of Marshall and Katie Martin of Eagan One step-daughter: Kelly Baugh of Phoenix, AZ. 3 brothers and sister-in-law: Mike Wile of Paynesville Rick Wile of St. Cloud and Randy(Donna) Wile of Blaine Two sisters and brother-in-law: Lori Wile of St. Cloud and Jill (Tim) Puff of Anoka 2 nephews and two nieces She was preceded in death by her first husband Duane Martin and her parents Harold and Alice (Goertzen) Wile. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 12:00P.M., Thursday, May 1, 2008 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend Don Norman will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Emily. www.srtfuneral.com
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Gloria Huddleston
08/29/1922-04/25/2008
Gloria M. Huddleston, 85 of Aitkin died Thursday, April 24, 2008 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born August 29, 1922 in Peetz, CO. to Henry and Anita (Wilkins) Schlueter. She attended schools in Proctor, Colorado and later graduated from Aitkin High School when she was 72 years old. She moved to Sterling, CO. in 1938 and worked in restaurants. On June 11, 1939 she married Henry Fritzler. They had three children together. She moved to Alliance, NE. in September of 1946 and worked at Montgomery Wards. On February 28, 1948 in Grand Island, NE. Gloria was united in marriage to Archie M. Huddleston. They lived and worked in Nebraska, Iowa and Texas prior to moving to the Fleming area near Aitkin in 1969. She was a foster grandparent at Rippleside Elementary and a foster parent to Joyce Mickelson and Catherine Geisler. She was a member of the Methodist Church and active in the Fleming Methodist Church Mission Circle. She served as a Rehab Chairperson for the American Cancer Society. She is survived by 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Fred Fritzler of Sterling, CO. Jerry (Veta) Fritzler of Sterling, CO. Seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren Four brothers: Vernon, Edward, and Arnold Schlueter all of New Mexico Raymond Schlueter of Colorado 3 sisters: Gwen Fetzer and Marjorie Hradecky both of Colorado and Darlene Blades of New York. Besides many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her son William in 1964 Her husband Archie in 1991 3 sisters: Doris Clemens, Erna Knotthouse, and Elizabeth Marx Three brothers: Harold, Adolph, and Ernest Schlueter And her parents Henry and Anita (Wilkins) Schlueter. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Tuesday, April 29, 2008 funeral service at United Methodist Church, Aitkin. Rev. Judith Clark will officiate. Burial will be Wayne Cemetery, McIntire, IA. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Myrtle M. Edquist
05/04/1916-04/25/2008
Myrtle M. Edquist, age 91 of Aitkin, died Friday, April 25, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Myrtle was born May 4, 1916 at Lynn Township of McLeod County, Minnesota the daughter of Arthur and Lena (Nemitz) Schlueter. She attended country schools near Hutchinson, Mn. She moved to Aitkin, Minnesota in the mid 1930???s and worked as a cook at the 1st Ave. Hotel. That is where she met her husband Elmer Edquist as he sold meat from the farm to the hotel. They married on October 5, 1940 at Frazee, Mn. They moved to Minneapolis and lived there for a short time and then moved to Phoenix, Arizona. They lived there until 1945 when they moved back to the Aitkin area and helped with the family farm on Edquist Lake. They lived on the farm until 1955 at which time they purchased a home in Aitkin and moved to town. Myrtle has lived there ever since. She worked for many years cleaning homes in the Aitkin area. She was a member of First Lutheran Church and was active with the Church Quilters. She enjoyed sewing, playing cards, doing puzzles, gardening and Baking. She especially loved to fish. She is survived by 4 children and spouses: Bob Edquist of Aitkin; Shirley and Lenny Heineman of Cambridge, Mn.; Ardell and Jon Schmidt of Columbia Heights, Mn.; Rod and Joanie Edquist of Arvada, Colorado; 9 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. Also survived by 1 brother and spouse: Virgil (Bud) and Luella Schlueter of Fergus Falls, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Elmer in 1993, and 1 sister Viola Lambert. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at 2 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Sarah Cordray officiating. Music will be provided by Edie Orazem and Robert Nelson. Burial will be in the Diamond Lake Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Jay Heineman, Randy Heineman, James Cornell, Clayton Edquist, Jon Schmidt, and Anthony Schoenecker. Honorary pallbearers will be: Gus Carlstrom and David Hasskamp. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Claudine Hammond
12/30/1924-04/21/2008
Claudine Hammond 83 of Aitkin died Monday, April 21, 2008 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born December 30, 1924 in the Hickory Community of Aitkin to Clifford and Harriet (Hamilton) Wilson. She attended Hickory and Bennettville Schools. On November 30, 1942 in Palisade Claudine was united in marriage to ???Shirley??? Hammond. She is survived by 12 children and their spouses: Patty (Don) Tysk of Crosby Betty (Dennis) Johnson of Aitkin Shirley Hey of Manning, IA Ronnie (Belinda) Hammond of Aitkin Beverly (Keith) Arboleda of Pine River Jimmy Hammond of Crosby Rodney (Chris) Hammond of Aitkin Steven (Terri) Hammond of Aitkin Kathy (Ray) Collins of Aitkin Randy (Debbie) Hammond of Osseo Danny (Korena) Hammond of Garrison Leroy (Dawn) Hammond of Baxter Four sisters: Marjorie Green of Crosby Veva Richards of Aitkin Bertha Sanvig of Aitkin Ilo Elliott of Lyle, WA. 1 brother Allen Wilson of Crosby Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Shirley on May 12, 1993 Four sisters Myrtle Kimball, Fay Overhul, Violet Wilson, Altha Wilson, and her parents. No funeral services will be held. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Genevieve C. Thompson
09/28/1910-04/18/2008
Genevieve C. Thompson, age 97 of Aitkin died Thursday, April 17, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin, Mn. She was born September 28, 1910 in Litchfield, Minnesota the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Mathieu) Weber. At the age of 3 she moved with her family to Aitkin, Mn. where she grew up and attended schools, graduating in 1929. She then attended two years of Business College in Duluth, Mn. She worked in Duluth and when the depression hit, she moved back to Aitkin and worked two years at the Aitkin Creamery and various jobs until she went to work for the Aitkin County Social Services where she worked as a Book Keeper for 18 years retiring in 1975. She married Hans Mattila in 1933 and he passed away in 1936. She then married Robert Thompson in 1939 and they lived in Aitkin until he died in 1985. She then moved to the Aitkin Manor. She has most recently been a resident at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was a very active member of St. James Catholic Church, the Golden Age Club and she enjoyed crafts and gardening. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Jerome and Joan Thompson of Hermantown, Mn.; 2 daughters and sons in law: Arlene and Herman Tellez of Olympia, Wash.; Muriel and Vern Moore of Foley, Alabama; 14 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Hans and Robert; 1 sister Celestine and 1 brother Frank. A memorial service will be held Monday, April 21 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Interment will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery. 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 on-line guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Richard Alvin Turner Sr.
02/12/1942-04/18/2008
Richard Alvin Turner Sr., age 66 of Grovespring, Mo. Died April 18, 2008 at St. John???s Hospital in Lebanon, Mo. He was born February 12, 1942 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Alvin and Wilma (Gilmore) Turner. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin. He then joined the Army National Guard and went to Boot Camp at Fort Leonard Wood. Returning back to Aitkin he served in the Guard for several years. He married Patricia Jo Evans on January 22, 1972. Richard and his brother Marlyn opened and operated Turner Brothers Construction Company, doing general dirt work until he moved to Grovespring in 2001. He ran a mobile equipment repair business for the last several years. He professed his faith in Christ and attended the White Dove Fellowship Church. His family was precious to him and he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. His big-hearted spirit was always evident to all those around him. He had a special gift of creating things through recycling. He enjoyed traveling and sight seeing, watching television, and going on outings. His greatest pleasure was found while drinking coffee and visiting with friends at the caf??. He is survived by his wife Patricia Turner of Grovespring, Mo.; Children and spouses: Richard Jr. and Sandy Turner of Crane, Mo.; Randy and Shelly Turner of Aitkin; Donna Turner of Florida; Robin and Robert Rubbelke of Aitkin; Scott and Allison Rian of Aitkin; Nick Dinger of Aitkin; William and Bonita Turner of Aitkin; Jo and Derrick Schuety of Palisade; Teresa Handberg and Kimberly Turner both of New Richmond, Wisc.; 20 grandchildren; and a great granddaughter; sisters: Myrtle Rosecrans and Glenna Splettstoeszer both of Crosby; Dorothea Gardner of Chetek, Wisc.; brother Myrle Turner of Hillsdale, Wisc.; Marylyn Turner and Larry Turner both of Aitkin and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held Monday, April 28, 2008 at 1 PM from the Fleming United Methodist Church with Rev. Russell Christensen officiating. Visitation will be from Noon until the 1 PM services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Daniel E. Newton
11/11/1931-04/16/2008
Daniel E. Newton, age 76 of Aitkin formerly of Richfield died Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at his home near Aitkin. He was born November 11, 1931 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Daniel and Alma (Murphy) Newton. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. He then served in the US Navy. Upon his discharge he returned to Minneapolis and attended the University of Minnesota where he received his degree in Industrial arts. He taught school in Quincy, Illinois for 1 year and then was hired by the Unisys Company. He worked in Defense Systems Education as a manager. He married Frances R. Voorhees on September 10, 1960. They made their home in Richfield. Daniel retired in 1988 and in 1991 they purchased a home on Sugar Lake near Aitkin and moved there permanently in 1992. He is survived by his wife Frances Newton of Aitkin; 1 daughter and son in law: Kathryn and Steve Ross of Grand Rapids, Mn.; 1 son Dave Newton of Maple Grove, Mn. and two grandchildren: Tony Ross and Haley Ross both of Grand Rapids, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held 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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Diane Clementson
01/28/1958-04/12/2008
Diane Elizabeth Clementson, 50 of Aitkin died Saturday, April 12, 2008 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born January 28, 1958 in Fond Du Lac, WI. to Donald and Rosemary (Lefeber) Gerner. She is survived by her parents Donald and Rosemary of Pine City 2 sons: Lars Clementson of Pine City Beau Ekelund of Aitkin Significant other: Philip Ekelund of Aitkin Mother-in-law: Janice Ekelund of Moose Lake Grandfather William Lefeber of Fond Du Lac, WI. Seven brothers and sisters: Deborah (Bob) Neubauer of Pine City William Gerner of Finlayson John Gerner and (Michele Purdy) of Pine City Mike (Cindy) Gerner of Pine City Kathleen (Pete) Ansley of Thomasville, GA. Lauri (Tim) Graham of Milaca Cory Gerner and (Teresa) of Rush City Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandmother Lefeber Grandfather and grandmother Gerner Nephew Jeremy Cochran Niece Racheal Gerner Great-nephew Zachery Gerner Funeral services will be 11:00A.M., Friday, April 18, 2008 at St. James Catholic Church, Aitkin. Father Paul Fruth will officiate. Visitation will be 4 to 7P.M. Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Norbert D. Moe
05/21/1931-04/12/2008
Norbert D. Moe, age 76 of Mounds View, Mn. and formerly of McGregor died Saturday, April 12, 2008 at his home. Norbert was born May 21, 1931 in McGregor, Mn. the son of Conrad and Ruby (Hiller) Moe. He grew up and attended schools in McGregor. He served in the U.S. Army and upon his discharge he returned to McGregor. He married Ann Stein on June 13, 1959 at the Thor Church. They lived in Minneapolis for two years and then moved to Mounds View, Mn. where they have lived for the past 44 years. He had worked as a logger, on the railroad, in Alaska as a cement mason, at Flower City in Minneapolis, and for the Iron Workers Local 512 International Association of Bridge and Building Construction. He enjoyed wild ricing, fishing, working on cars, fixing this and that, picking berries, making maple syrup, snowmobiling, downhill skiing, raking leaves, picking up acorns and tending to his Mounds View homestead. He is survived by his wife Ann Moe of Mounds View; daughter and son in law: Schaille and Mike Morse of Blaine; 2 sons and fianc??: Steven Moe of Mounds View; Sheldon Moe and Krista Eagles of Andover; Granddaughter Molly; sisters: Marjorie Anderson of Milwaukee, Wisc.; Darlene (Alvin) Hanson of Aitkin; Yvonne Hanson of Aitkin; brothers: Phillip Moe of Alaska; Wayne (Judy) Moe of McGregor and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents: Conrad and Ruby Moe; sisters: Lucille Rian, Ione Kann, brothers: Ralph Moe, Robert Moe and Donald Moe. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Gunnar Salmonson officiating. Burial will be in the Saron Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 PM at the funeral home and also Saturday from Noon until the 1 PM services. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Rot-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Pearl E. McPheeters
01/09/1911-04/10/2008
Pearl E. McPheeters, age 97 of Aitkin died Thursday, April 10, 2008 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Mn. Pearl was born January 11, 1911 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Edward and Barbara (Guttenberg) Michaelis. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. She then went to work for a Candy Company in Minneapolis and following that she worked for the Nash-Finch Coffee, Co. She moved with her family to Webster, Wisc. And that is where she met her husband. She married Irvin D. McPheeters Jr. on September 18, 1933 in Minneapolis. They moved to Minneapolis in 1941 and she worked for the Red Dot Potato Chip Co. and also Zins Master Bread Co. In 1957 they purchased a cabin on Farm Island Lake near Aitkin and in 1963 they moved permanently to the lake. In 1987 Pearl moved to Maryhill Manor in Aitkin and has resided at the Aitkin Health Services for the past 6 years. She was a member of St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin; the Ladies Aid, and the Tuesday Bible Study Group. She enjoyed Crocheting, quilting and especially loved fishing. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Richard and Mavis McPheeters of Aitkin; 1 daughter and son in law: Shirley and Larry McGerr formerly of Nisswa, Mn.; 5 grandchildren and spouses: Jeffrey and Tammy McPheeters; Mark and Kathy McPheeters; Shawn McPheeters; Michael and Bonnie McGerr; Scott and Judy McGerr; 10 great grandchildren; 8 great great grandchildren; 4 sisters in law; Maxine Stone of Webster, Wisc.; Iola Rachner of Webster, Wisc.; Doris Schauers of Siren, Wisc.; Myrtle (Galen) Budd of Grantsburg, Wisc.; John Nagy of Webster, Wisc. and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Step father John Lund; Husband Irvin in 1977; 1 brother: Harvey Michaelis; 1 sister: Ethel McPheeters; daughter in law: Judy McPheeters. Funeral services will be held Sunday April 13, 2008 at 4 PM from St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be at the church 1 hour prior to services on Sunday. Services will also be held Monday, April 14, 2008 at 3 PM at the Swedberg Funeral Home in Webster, Wisc. With Rev. John Siedschlag officiating. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery in Webster, Wisc. Funeral arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and the Swedberg Funeral Home in Webster, Wisc. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Richard Buckholtz
05/06/1950-04/10/2008
Richard Thomas Buckholtz, 57 of Aitkin died Thursday, April 10, 2008 at his residence. He was born May 6, 1950 in Duluth to Richard and Mabel (King) Buckholtz. He graduated from Aitkin High School class of 1968. He then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelors degree in teaching. On September 15, 2005 in Aitkin Richard was united in marriage to Julie (Dickover). He worked at the Isle Municipal Liquor Store and then at Grand Casino. He enjoyed playing poker, bowling, playing the drums in a band, hunting and fishing. Richard loved spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife Julie Daughter Ashlee Buckholtz of Isle 5 step-children: Dan Thornton, Jr. ???D.J.??? of Isle Tina (Bryan) Wright, Tammy Lohman, and Jessica Lohman all of Twin Lake, MI. Jacob Lohman of Aitkin Six grandchildren: Alyssa, Joey, Brandon, Ian, Gavin, and Cameron Sister Kathleen Buckholtz of Soldotna, AK. Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Richard and Mabel. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M., Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Rev. Phil Strzelecki will officiate. Burial will be in Diamond Lake Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home and 1 hour prior to the service. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Kenneth White
08/10/1922-04/09/2008
Kenneth D. White, 85 of McGregor died Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at Aitkin Health Services. He was born August 10, 1922 in St. Paul to Dan and Mildred (Davidson) White. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran. On March 29, 1963 in Milbank, SD. Kenneth was united in marriage to Alice Parkki. He worked for Nordic Packing in New Hope prior to owning and operating Savanna Country Club north of McGregor from 1983 to 1992. Recently he worked at the country club as a grounds keeper mowing fairways. He was a member of the Robbinsdale Eastern Star and Shrine Club, a charter member of McGregor Lions Club, and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, McGregor. He is survived by his wife Alice of McGregor 2 children: Bob White and Katherine Branley both of Arizona Three grandsons, 1 granddaughter, two great grandchildren 2 sisters: Florence Kraus of Minneapolis Patricia Kirk of California Two brothers and sisters-in-law: Thomas (Jean) of McGregor Jack (Jan) of McGregor He was preceded in death by two brothers: James and Robert, and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00 A.M., Monday, April 14, 2008 funeral service at Holy Family Catholic Church, McGregor. Fr. John Fleischhacker will officiate the service. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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John T. Franz
08/12/1954-04/08/2008
John T. Franz age 53 of Aitkin died Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at the St. Josephs Medical Center in Brainerd. He was born August 12, 1954 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of John T. and Loretta (Zigan) Franz. He grew up working on the family farm and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School. He then attended college in Duluth graduating with his degree in Emotional Behavior Disorders. He had worked in the Duluth, Aitkin and Crosby School Districts and also for the State of Minnesota in Brainerd. He married Joni Hogg on October 3, 2007. He and Joni had been longtime friends and together for the past 17 years. He had been a foster parent to over 20 children over the years. He had a passion and dedication to farming and his family. He also enjoyed carpentry. He is survived by his wife Joni Franz of Aitkin; 2 sons: Sean and Matthew, 2 daughters: Molly and McKinzi; numerous foster children, mother Loretta Franz of Aitkin; 8 siblings and spouses; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Sarah Cordray officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be given to the John Franz Memorial Fund at the Peoples Bank of Aitkin. 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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Alvina H. Kelling
10/22/1913-04/07/2008
Alvina H. Kelling, age 94 of Aitkin died Monday, April 7, 2008 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Alvina was born October 22, 1913 at Medina, North Dakota the daughter of Bernard and Josephine (Westman) Jacobson. She moved at a young age first to Canada and then to the Malmo area where she grew up and attended schools. She worked for a time at the grocery store in Malmo. She married Joe Kelling on November 22, 1933 at Malmo. They made their home in the Malmo and Glen areas and raised turkeys. They then moved to Staples, Mn and lived there until moving to Aitkin in 1959. They then moved to Merrifield, Mn. and lived there until 1995 when her husband Joe died. She moved to Aitkin and had lived at the Maryhill Manor until moving to the Aitkin Health Services two years ago. She had attended First Lutheran Church and enjoyed bible studies. She is survived by 4 sons and daughters in law: Dale and Sandy Kelling of Spicer, Mn.; Kenneth and Ada Kelling of Pillager, Mn.; Gene and Mabel Kelling of Aitkin, Mn.; Larry and Kathy Kelling of Randall, Mn.; 1 daughter: Connie Schmidt of Circle Pines, Mn.; 1 brother: Newman and Joy Jacobson of Aitkin; 1 sister Myrtle Graham of Blaine, Mn.; 16 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joe in 1995, 1 brother Clifford and 1 sister Lorene. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 10, 208 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Burial will be in the Pliny Cemetery near McGrath, Mn. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lauri Hemmila
08/10/1926-03/31/2008
Lauri Mattias Joel Hemmila, 81 of McGregor died Monday, March 31, 2008 at Community Memorial Hospital, Cloquet. He was born August 10, 1926 in East Lake to Joel and Tyyne (Randa) Hemmila. He attended East Lake School, Riverside School and then McGregor High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II. On December 20, 1947 in East Lake Lauri was united in marriage to Lorraine Ammala. He drove milk truck hauling bulk and cans for Old Home Creamery in Moose Lake for 20 years. He then worked at McGregor Schools as a janitor for 12 years and as a bus mechanic for 9 years retiring in 1988. He was a member of the McGregor VFW and Our Saviors Lutheran Church, McGregor. He is survived by his 7 children and spouses: Carol (Brian) Butkiewicz of Omro, WI. Bob (Diane) Hemmila of LeHigh Acres, FL. Jane (Tom) Heikkila of Cromwell Alice (Doug) Haataja of Cloquet Maryann (Dallas) McGee of Sturgeon Lake Jim (Trinity) Hemmila of Cohasset Karen (Dave) Schwinn of Cloquet 25 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren Brother and sister-in-law: George (Aurelia) Hemmila of Wright He was preceded in death by his wife Lorraine on February 14, 2007 and his parents Joel and Tyyne (Randa) Hemmila. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 3:00P.M., Saturday, April 5, 2008 funeral service at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Henry Koopman will officiate. Burial will be in Rice River Cemetery. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lois J. Winum
03/29/1928-03/29/2008
Lois J. Winum, age 80 of Shakopee, formerly of the McGregor area died Saturday, March 29, 2008 at the Shakopee Friendship Manor. Lois was born March 29, 1928 in Minneapolis, MN. the daughter of Harold and Sylvia (Sorenson) Anderson. She grew up and attended schools in Madison, Wisconsin graduating from High School there. She moved to Deerwood, Mn. for a short time and then to Minneapolis where she met and married Charles E. Winum on April 30, 1949 in Minneapolis. They lived in Minneapolis and Lois worked as a book keeper and treasurer for the Record Shop in Edina, Mn. for about 20 years. Her husband Charles passed away in 1969. She continued to live in Minneapolis until moving to Fleming Lake in the McGregor area in 1987. She lived there until moving to the Shakopee Friendship Manor in September of 2006. While living in the McGregor area she served as the Fleming Township Bookkeeper for 13 years. She was also a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church and had been active in the church choir and bible studies. She was also a Lioness, served as an election judge and was a member of the Republican Party. She did very beautiful needlework. She loved people, her animals and the outdoors but was still a very independent person. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Charlie and Kris Winum of Brainerd, Mn.; 2 daughters and son in law: Anne Winum of Edina, Mn.; Jennifer and Jonathan Pendleton of Minneapolis, Mn.; 2 grandchildren: Jake and Ben Stillman. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Charles. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. John Fleischhacker officiating. Friends may call 1 hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Interment will be Friday at 11:15 AM at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Anne Schroeder
05/10/1913-03/25/2008
Anne A. Schroeder, age 94 of Aitkin formerly of McGregor, died Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born May 10, 1913 in Eveleth, Minnesota the daughter of William and Hilma (Jussila) Hietalati. She grew up and attended schools in Eveleth. She then worked as a nanny for a time in Chicago, Ill. She married Wilbur A. Schroeder on May 23, 1941 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. They lived for a time in North Dakota and then moved to Alaska in 1951 and lived there until moving to McGregor, Mn in 1970. She has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center the past 3 years. She was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed attending the bible studies at the Aicota Health Care Center while she was a resident there. She loved to sew, knit and crochet. She also enjoyed gardening. She started the Hietalati-Schroeder Scholarship fund at the McGregor High School. Memorials are preferred to the scholarship fund. She is survived by 1 brother: Ralph Hietalati of Silver Bay, Mn.; 4 sisters: Ellen Huhta of Duluth, Mn.; Edith Bode of Gilbert, Mn.; Aileen Maijala of Fowler, Colo.; Shirley Sprague of Virginia, Mn.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wilbur in 1992, 5 brothers and 4 sisters. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 1 PM from the McGregor Funeral Home with Rev. Hal Kamppi officiating. Interment will be in the Salo Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home. 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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Edmund A. Berg
05/04/1927-03/24/2008
Edmund A. Berg, age 80 of Aitkin formerly of Minneapolis died Monday, March 24, 2008 at his home near Aitkin. He was born May 4, 1927 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Amund and Anna (Braa) Berg. He grew up and attended schools in North East Minneapolis. He then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served during WW II in Guam and China. Upon his discharge he returned to Minneapolis and eventually started working for the Dispatch Oven Manufacturing Company in Minneapolis. He worked there for 39 years retiring in 1989. He married Jean D. Skeates on March 17, 1951 in Minneapolis. They lived in Minneapolis until his retirement and then moved permanently to the Aitkin area. They had been coming to the Aitkin area since 1978 where they owned a place on Ripple Lake. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin; he and his wife had been very active in the Meals on Wheels program for many years. He loved fishing, hinting and especially his family. He was an outstanding mechanic and could fix anything. One might call him a Jack of all Trades. He is survived by his wife Jean Berg of Aitkin; children and spouses: Charles and April Berg of Andover, Mn.; Mike Berg of Minneapolis; David and Michelle Berg of White Bear Lake, Mn.; Patricia Berg of Aitkin; Bonnie and Dennis Fadroski of Henderson, Nevada; 4 grandchildren: Gina Berg, Joe Berg, Charlie Berg, and Brian Fadroski. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Ivar. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Memorials are preferred top the Lydia Circle at First Lutheran 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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Leonard Gunn
01/27/1938-03/24/2008
Leonard R. Gunn, 70 of Palisade died Monday, March 24, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born January 27, 1938 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to Raymond and Deliah (Moffat) Gunn. On July 9, 1960 in Foxwarren, Manitoba Leonard was united in marriage to Anne Cooper They moved to the United States in 1970. He loved working as a farmer and then as a mechanic. He taught diesel mechanics and hydraulics at Century College in White Bear Lake. He enjoyed nature by camping, boating, hunting, fishing, and woodworking. He was a Boy Scout leader, a member of the Power Squadron and the Hilltop Chapel of Palisade. Leonard is survived by his wife Anne of Palisade 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Glenn (Tina) of Palisade Rob of Port Angeles, WA. Four grandsons: Jake, Ryan, Cody, and Justin Gunn Brother and sister-in-law: Bruce (Joyce) of Prince George British Columbia Sister and brother-in-law: Roberta (David) Lloyd of Cobble Hills, British Columbia Uncle: Byron Moffat of Carberry, Manitoba Sister-in-law: Colleen McIntyer of Winnipeg, Manitoba Besides many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his son Gordon and his parents Raymond and Deliah (Moffat) Gunn Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. ??? Saturday, April 5, 2008 memorial service at Hilltop Chapel, Palisade. Reverend Barry Hite will officiate. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to Hilltop Chapel, Minnesota Conservation, and S.A.V.E. (Suicide Awareness voices of Education).
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George Specht
07/08/1916-03/22/2008
George G. Specht, 91 of Aitkin died Saturday, March 22, 2008 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born July 8, 1916 in Aitkin to Charles and Annie (Schwab) Specht. He attended the Cedar Brook School. In 1945 George was united in marriage Elsie Hansen. They worked many long hard years farming on the home place in Cedar Brook. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, gardening, and playing cards with his family and friends. During his later years, latch hooking became his hobby winning him many ribbons at the county fair. He was a member of St. John???s Lutheran Church, Aitkin. He is survived by Elsie Specht of Aitkin 1 daughter and son-in-law Betty (Joe) Balk of Savage One sister and brother-in-law Margaret (John) Martin of Brainerd Besides many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his sisters Rose Petersen, Mary Petersen, and Kathryn Bergstrom; brothers John, Carl, and Bill Specht and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Thursday, March 27, 2008 funeral service at St. Johns Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Burial will be in Spencer Cemetery. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
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Roxana ''Roxie'' Ritter Roxana Roxi
03/07/1911-03/20/2008
Ritter Roxana Roxie A. Ritter, age 97 of Aitkin died Friday, March 21, 2008 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Mn. Roxie was born March 8, 1911 in Aitkin Co., Minnesota the daughter of Charles and Dora (Elmhurst) Tibbetts. She grew up and attended country school. She married Ambrose M. Ritter on October 20, 1929, in Aitkin County, Minnesota. They moved to Chokio, Minnesota and lived there for a number of years before returning to Aitkin. Ambrose started Ritter Sewer Service in 1943 and the business has been in operation since. Roxie was kept busy raising her family over the years. In her later years she worked for the Wild Rice Plant in the packaging division and she had also served as a home health aid. She was a member of the Moose Lodge, St. James Catholic Church and the church women???s council, and the PTA. Roxie enjoyed gardening, sewing and spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by her 5 children and spouses: Lois and Larry Fyle of Nisswa, Mn.; Ronald and Lin Ritter of Aitkin; Patrick and Evelyn Ritter of Aitkin; Mary Jo and Bud Sergent of Pequot Lakes, Mn.; Wendie and Larry Bunnell of Aitkin; 19 grandchildren; 7 step grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren; 7 great great grandchildren; 1 brother: Bob Tibbitts of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ambrose in 1995; 2 grandchildren: Jed Fyle and Krista Ritter; 4 sisters and 6 brothers. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Special music will be provided by: Granddaughter Holly Wiebolt, Judy Koep, Barb Sjoblad, Bob Cummings, and Matt Hill. Interment will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery at Aitkin. Pallbearers will be grandsons: Nickolas Wenzel, Jon Wenzel, Mark Ritter, Corey Ritter, Bret Sergent, Troy Sergent, Tony Fyle, Jeremy Fyle, Kevin Ritter, Kemp Ritter, Keith Ritter, and Kameron Ritter. Honorary pallbearers will be granddaughters: Marcy MacAulay, Gisele Nelson, Monica Sergent, Holly Wiebolt, Michele Sadusky, Kelly Spohn, and Amanda MacDonald. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 6 PM and also continue Tuesday from 10 AM until the 11 AM services. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Marie D. Moss
10/21/1930-03/20/2008
Marie D. Moss, age 77 of Sacred Heart, Minnesota formerly of Hill City died Thursday, March 20, 2008 at the North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. She was born October 21, 1930 at Buffalo, Minnesota the daughter of Cleatus and Gladys (Pettis) Rasset. She grew up and attended schools in Buffalo graduating from high school in 1948. She worked for Honeywell in Minneapolis for a time and then returned to Buffalo and worked as a seamstress for the Wonderalls Co. She married Clarence O. Moss on August 17, 1962 in Menominee, Wisc. They lived in Cumberland for a time and she worked at a canning factory. They then lived in Hawaii while Clarence served in the U. S. Army Marie worked on the Military Base. They then moved to Ogden, Kansas and she worked on a base there. The then moved to Montrose, Mn. and she worked for her brother in a restaurant. In 1968 they moved to Hill City, Mn. and she worked for the Land O??? Lakes Turkey Plant in Aitkin until it closed in 1984. She also worked at the Harbor Restaurant in Grand Rapids and then she worked at the Nursing Home in Deer River., Mn. In December of 2000 they moved to Sacred Heart, Mn. to their daughter???s home as Clarence need additional care. She has lived there since. She loved gardening, camping, fishing, had taught Sunday school for many years at St. Johns Catholic Church in Hill City and had been a member of the VFW Auxiliary. She is survived by8 children and spouses: Harvey and Jeanette Moss of Big Lake, Mn.; Helen and Dean Weimer of Hill City; Magdalena Moss and Michael Morin of Sacred Heart, Mn.; Michael and Ann Moss of Elk River, Mn.; Timothy and Mary Moss of Hill City, MN.; Thomas and Kim Moss of Hill City, MN.; Robert and Kristeen Moss of Hill City, Mn.; Rebecca and Paul Anderson of Sacred Heart, MN.; step daughter: Thinda Wenner of Lake Moore, Ill.; 33 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; 2 brothers: Jay Rasset and Dale Rasset both of Montrose, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clarence in 204, 1 sister, 1 brother, 1 grandchild and 1 great grandchild. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 10:30 AM from St. John???s Catholic Church in Hill City with Fr. Thomas Galarneault officiating. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. 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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Ronald Dyer
09/17/1943-03/19/2008
Ronald W. Dyer, 64, widower of Sandra Jo (Christy) Dyer died March 19, 2008 at his residence in Aitkin, MN. He was born September 17, 1943 in Crookston to Merrill and Ruth (Mauritson) Dyer. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He retired after 30 years of service from the United States Postal Service in Minneapolis and St. Paul. After retirement he moved to his lake home in Aitkin. Ronald is survived by his mother Ruth 2 daughters and son-in-law: Shelly (Doug) Argenbright of Fishersville, VA. Judy Christy of San Diego, CA. Two grandchildren: Colin and Kayley Argenbright 1 brother and sister-in-law: Maurice (Meri) Dyer of Elgin IL. Two sisters and brothers-in-law: Beverly (Robert) Dean of Onalaska, WI. Marsha (Paul) Waind of Grand Forks, ND. Besides many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends that will miss him. Memorial services will be 3:00P.M., Saturday, April 26, 2008 at First Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Reverend Sarah Cordray will officiate. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the American Diabetes Association. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Betty Bobseen
03/11/1930-03/16/2008
Betty Jean Bobseen, 78 of Aitkin died Sunday, March 16, 2008 at Cuyuna Regional Care Center, Crosby where she had been a resident since December. She was born March 11, 1930 in Aitkin County to Louis L. and Alida L. (Norgen) Keil. On September 11, 1947 in Aitkin Betty was united in marriage to Frank Bobseen, Jr. She enjoyed flowers, crocheting, and ???collecting children???. She loved helping animals. She was a member of the flower club in Hazelton Township, 500 card club, United Methodist Church, Pine Lake Chapel, and was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. She is survived by two sons and daughter-in-law: Daniel (Krys) Bobseen of Aitkin Mark Dinon of St. Paul 4 daughters and sons-in-law: Mariann (William) Borden, II of Aitkin Alida (David) Scott of Palisade Diane Halligan of Aitkin Amy (Timothy) O???Brien of Wesley Chapel, FL. One son-in-law: John Seberg of Aitkin 1 brother and sister-in-law: Donald (Lois) Keil of Aitkin Three sisters and brothers-in-law: Charolette (Peter) Brown of Aitkin Beverly Paulson of Aitkin Bonita (Lewis ???Bill???) Besch of Aitkin 12 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren Besides other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank, Jr. on August 15, 1995 Daughter Susan Seberg Brother Glen Keil Infant sister Donna Mae Keil Brother-in-law Lloyd Paulson And her parents Louis and Alida Keil. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. Saturday, March 29, 2008 funeral service at United Methodist Church, Aitkin. Reverend Judith Clark will officiate. Burial will be in Bennettville Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Andrew Skaj
10/29/1940-03/11/2008
Andrew (Andy) M. Skaj, age 67 of Aitkin died Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at the Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Andy was born October 29, 1940 at Holdingford, Minnesota the son of Alexander Martin and Helen Ann (Varhalla) Skaj. He moved with his family to Aitkin art a very young age and then they moved to Chicago for a time before returning to Aitkin. Andy attended schools in McGregor and Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1958. He then entered the military serving in the Unites State Marine Corps from 1958 to 1962. Upon his discharge he returned to Aitkin and worked a short time driving milk truck. He then answered an ad at the Aitkin Independent-Age and was hired as a type setter. In the late 1960???s he began operating a small offset press. Andy served as general manager of the Age for several years and in 1996 when Dick Norlander purchased the business, Andy became the commercial printing manager. He retired from the Age after having worked there for 40 plus years. He married Mary Hart on October 7, 1967 in McGregor, Mn. He was a member of the Aitkin Lions and was currently the gambling manager, Aitkin Rotary, the Dam Lake Sportsman???s Club, Knights of Columbus, Minnesota Newspaper Association where he had worked at their museum at the State Fair for many years; past president of the Aitkin Chamber of Commerce, had served as president for Dollars for Scholars, had served on the Glen Township Board for over 35 years and had held several positions; was a member of St. James Catholic Church; Lifetime member of the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts,and had been very active civically in all of the events in Aitkin. He is survived by his wife Mary Skaj of Aitkin; 2 children and spouses: Amy and Dave Field of Sammamish, Washington; Joe and Tawnya Skaj of Aitkin; 5 grandchildren: Marissa, Shaylee, Shawnee, Kayla, and Averie; Mother: Helen Priem of Aitkin; Brother: Jim (Charlene) Skaj of Sylmar, Calf.; Sister: Pat (Al) Melser of Embarrass, Mn; mother in law: Lorraine Hart of Aitkin and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Alexander. Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 1 PM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services Sunday and also Saturday from 4 to 7 PM with a Knights of Columbus Service at 7 PM and a Rosary Service at 7:30 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be in the Rabbit Lake Cemetery rural Aitkin. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Memorials are preferred to St. James Catholic Church in lieu of flowers.
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Harry Perry
05/06/1913-03/10/2008
Harry Perry, 94 of Aitkin died Monday, March 10, 2008 at his residence. He was born May 6, 1913 at Rossburg to Henry and Katherine (Pendergast) Perry. He grew to manhood in the Rossburg area, working on farms and in the woods. His father died in 1919 so Harry helped support the family and didn???t complete his schooling. In 1936 he went to Montana and worked in a logging camp. He returned to Minnesota in 1948 and farmed with his brother and nephew at the Morris-Johnson Dairy Farm. He worked hard until late in his life, and he was always a gentle man. He enjoyed dancing, country western music, baseball, and loved little children. Harry is survived by his sister Mildred Howard of Brainerd Brother and sister-in-law Raymond (Phyllis) Morris of Aitkin And many nieces,nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and five sisters. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M., Friday, March 14, 2008 at Bethesda Lutheran Church Rossburg with Reverend Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Visitation will be 5 to 8:00P.M., Thursday at the Church and 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be 6:00A.M., Tuesday, May 6, 2008 in Forest Cemetery, Kimberly Township. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Jessie Abbott
05/31/1913-03/08/2008
Jessie M. Abbott, age 94 of Aitkin died Saturday, March 8, 2008 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Jessie was born May 31, 1913 at Aitkin the daughter of Marion Clifford and Alma M. (Duchane) Oppelt. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1932. She then worked as a cook and waitress at various restaurants and cafes in the area and also in Grand Rapids and Bemidji. She operated her own caf?? in Garrison in 1938 and 1939. She married Allen Hill on April 11, 1940 at Yuma, Arizona. They lived at 29 Palms, Calf. for a time and then moved back to Aitkin in 1941. They then lived in various places in the United States before permanently settling in Aitkin in 1946. She worked as a cook at the Blafus??? Rest Home from 1948 to 1951 and cooked at the Rippleside School from 1958 to 1961. Her husband Allen died in 1966. She then went to work at the Aitkin Community Hospital as a cook in 1967. She had also worked as a cook at the Crosby Hospital, and Andy???s Cafe in the mid 1970???s. She married Roy Abbott in 1971 and he preceded her in death in 1974. Jessie also did catering and had served as hostess at the 40 Club in Aitkin in the late 1970???s. She was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary, a 40 year member of the Legion Auxiliary, member of the Elks Club, the Rebbekah Lodge, the Aitkin Community Hospital Auxiliary, the All Class Reunion Committee, and was a member of the Aitkin United Methodist Church. Jessie loved fishing. She is survived by 3 children and spouses: Kay and Jim McKersie of Apache Junction, Arizona; Mike and Elaine Hill of Aitkin; Lynn Futhey of Aitkin; 7 grandchildren; a number of great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild; 1 brother: Frank Oppelt of Ironton, MN.; 3 sisters: Mabel Caddy of Crosby, Ruth Lehrke of Ironton, Lorna McDonald of North Oaks, Mn. and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1st husband Allen in 1966, 2nd husband Roy in 1974, 3 sisters: Arsalie, Audrey, and Sara and 2 brothers: Bud and Glen. A memorial service will be held Friday, March 14, 2008 at 11 AM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church in Aitkin with Rev. Judith Clark and Rev. Larry Foote officiating. Interment will be in the spring at the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church on Friday. 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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Dennis Gelhar
11/21/1941-03/07/2008
Dennis D. Gelhar, age 66 of McGregor, died Friday, March 7, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin, Mn. Dennis was born November 21, 1941 at Little Falls, Mn. the son of Edwin and Helen (Perovitz) Gelhar. He moved with his family to Burnsville in early 1950. He went to school and graduated from the Burnsville High School in 1959. He attended a union carpenter apprentice program. He married Jean E. Matko on August 11, 1962 in Minneapolis. They lived in Burnsville, Elko, MN. then moved to McGregor in 1977. He worked as a carpenter. He operated a construction company in the cities from the early 1970???s until his retirement in 2001. After retiring he drove logging truck in the McGregor area until 2007. He was a member of the carpenters union, Holy Family Catholic Church and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He is survived by his wife Jean Gelhar of McGregor; 4 sons Joseph (Angela) Gelhar of Burnsville; Steve Gelhar of McGregor; Paul (Rita) Gelhar of McGregor; Anthony Gelhar and fianc?? Heather Swanson of St. Paul; and 6 grandchildren: Kelly, Mary, Kristen, Daniel, Amy and Cole. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Johns Fleischhacker officiating. Interment will be in the Rice River Cemetery of rural McGregor. A luncheon will follow at the church. A visitation will be held Saturday from 9 am until the 11 AM services at the church. To sign the online guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn.
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Jessie Miller
06/20/1911-03/04/2008
Jessie E. Miller, 96 of Aitkin and formerly of St. Paul died Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at Aitkin Health Services. She was born June 20, 1911 in St. Paul to John and Elizabeth (Gerdes) Fredell. In October of 1927 Jessie was united in marriage to Arthur N. Miller. She was a resident of Black Rock Terrace prior to moving to Aitkin Health Services. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Shirley and Alfred Sarracco of Lone Lake, Aitkin 3 grandchildren: Sharon Fiske of Bennettville, Aitkin Michael A. Sarracco of Negaunee, MI. Debra (Scott) Nordby of Blaine Six great grandchildren: Laura Fiske, Nicole Fiske, Charlie Sarracco, Dennis Sarracco, Brad Nordby, and Greg Nordby 1 great great granddaughter August Sarracco One sister-in-law Viola Ayd of West St. Paul She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur on October 31, 1973 Her sister Dorothy Maxey and her parents. Graveside services will be 12:00P.M., Saturday, March 8, 2008 at Calvary Cemetery, in St. Paul. Memorial are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Marie Christy
02/22/1913-03/03/2008
Marie Christy, 95 of Aitkin died Monday, March 3, 2008 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. A full obituary will run later. www.srtfuneral.com
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Marie Christy
02/22/1913-03/03/2008
Marie Christy, 95 of Aitkin died March 3, 2008 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born February 22, 1913 in West Union, Mn. to Harry and Alfa Finch. She and her husband Joseph owned and operated Bradley???s Resort on Farm Island Lake. She is survived by her daughter Judith Christy ??? Maqueda of Aitkin 4 grandchildren: Darshan Christy, Sandy Hoy, Christy Hamm, and Judy Christy Five great grandchildren: Elijah Christy, Sarah Hoy, Cassidy Hamm, Christopher Hamm and Quintin Christy 1 sister Laura Williams She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Two daughters: Patty Hoy and Sandy Dyer Memorial service will be 1:00P.M. ??? Saturday, April 26, 2008 at First Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Reverend Sarah Cordray will officiate. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Eunice H. Hagen
09/28/1921-03/01/2008
Eunice H. Hagen, age 86 of Aitkin formerly of Alexandria, Mn. passed away March 1, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin, Mn. Eunice was born September 28, 1921 in Fargo, North Dakota the daughter of Hal and Fanny (Reigle) Harris. She grew up and attended schools in Moorhead, Mn. She also attended the Moorhead State Teacher College. She married Loren Hagen of Fargo on September 17, 1941. They lived many years in Moorhead. Eunice and her late husband Loren spent their retirement years in Alexandria, Minnesota where they were members of the First Congregational United Church of Christ. They had many friends, and participated in a variety of community and church related functions. Throughout her life, Eunice???s most cherished role was that of wife, mother and grandmother. She was a devoted homemaker. She volunteered of her time freely throughout the years at her church, the cub scouts, schools, and nursing homes. She was an active long time member of the PEO. Eunice had a passion for reading and would read any mystery novel she could find. She also enjoyed baking and cooking and was an excellent hostess. She is survived by 2 sons and spouses: Michael and Carolyn Hagen of Aitkin; Jeffery and Jeannie Hagen of Wayzata, MN.; four grandchildren: Doug Hagen, Kara Hofmeister, Justin Hagen, and Neely Hagen; and three great grandchildren: Taylor and Cooper Hagen and Libby Hofmeister. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Loren, and a son L. Douglas Hagen. A funeral service will be held Friday, March 7, 2008 at 11:30 AM from the O.E. Larson-Osborne Mortuary at 2301 Central Ave., Minneapolis. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Elfrieda Fredericks
01/20/1911-02/29/2008
Elfrieda E. Fredericks, age 96 of Aitkin died Friday, February 29, 2008 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. She was born January 20, 1911 at Lake Wilson, Minnesota the daughter of Daniel and Ernestine (Lamberg) Miller. She was unable to complete her schooling because her mother died at a young age and Elfrieda had to stay home to help take care of the family. She married Charles C. Fredericks. They came to the Aitkin area in 1946 when they purchased the Rustic Lodge on Cedar Lake. Her husband died in 1958, but Elfrieda continued to run the resort another 19 years before retiring in 1977. She also had a pussy willow business which she ran until 1963. She enjoyed baking, making quilt tops, fishing and working with pussy willows. She had been an active member of St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin, St. John???s Ladies Aid and Lutheran Women???s Missionary League. Elfrieda is survived by many nieces, nephews and special friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and six sisters: Celena, Edith, Louise, Mary, Olga, Edna and two brothers: Daniel and Albert. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 11 AM from St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. 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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Ray W. Peoples
02/01/1917-02/29/2008
Ray William Peoples, age 91 of Aitkin formerly of the Woodward and Perry Iowa areas died Friday, February 29, 2008 at his home on Cedar Lake near Aitkin, Mn. Ray was born February 1, 1917 at Woodward, Iowa the son of William and Wilhelmina (Appenzeller) Peoples. He grew up and attended schools at Woodward graduating from High School there. He also worked on the family???s farm. He worked for Continental Oil Company delivering gas for a time. He was married to Mary McCollom from 1939 to 1962. He served in the U.S. Navy Armed Guard during WW II. Upon his discharge he returned to Perry, Iowa and worked for the Milwaukee Railroad retiring in 1977. He married Kaye Harmann on May 4, 1963 at Bethany, Missouri. They purchased property on Cedar Lake near Aitkin, Mn. in 1976. They made Cedar Lake their permanent home in 1992. He was a lifetime member of the Perry Rod and Gun Club at Graettinger, Iowa; a lifetime member of the VFW, a 50 plus year member of the Moose Lodge, and a 43 year member of the American Legion. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and he dearly loved his dogs. He is survived by his wife Kaye Peoples of Aitkin; 2 sons: Bill (Theresa) Peoples of Garland, Texas; Randy (Shirley) Harmann of Perry, Iowa; 3 daughters: Nancy Wilson of Napa, Calf.; Tania Straker of Perry, Iowa; Lori (Dale) Davies of Aitkin; 10 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Wanda Paulsen of East Peoria, Ill.; and Mary Jane Fry of Orangevale, Calf. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Kenneth and 2 sons: Pat Peoples and David Harmann. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 1:30 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Visitation will be held Monday from 5 to 7 PM and also 1 hour prior to services on Tuesday at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Interment will be held later at the Peoples Cemetery at Woodward, Iowa. 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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