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Archive Obituaries
Donelda I. LaRoche
10/28/1916-02/27/2008
Donelda I. LaRoche, age 91 of Aitkin formerly of Grant Twp. of Washington Co. died Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Mn. She was born October 28, 1916 at Somerset, Wisconsin the daughter of Otto and Katherine (Sontag) Rubow. She grew up and attended schools in the Stillwater area graduating from the Stillwater High School in 1934. She worked for the Extension Office and Farm Bureau for about 5 years. She married Walter C. LaRoche on October 6, 1939 in Stillwater. They made their home in Grant Twp. of Washington Co. where they lived on a farm. She worked as an assistant librarian at the Mahtomedi Schools for about 10 years. She and Walter moved to the Aitkin area in 1974 and she has lived here since. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, was a charter member of the church???s library committee and the quilters group. She had served as a 4H leader for the Beaver Lodge 4H club for 30 years. She had also served as a weather recorder for Farm Island Twp. in Aitkin Co. for the Soil Conservation Service for over 30 years. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, doing any kind of hand work, camping, fishing, painting and she loved gardening. She is survived by 4 daughters: Mavis McGuire of Aitkin; Darlene Colonna of Farmingham, Mass.; Betty (Laverne) Forest of Madison, Wisc.; Marcella (Jack) Isenhart of Omaha, Neb.; 2 sons: Walter LaRoche of Scandia, Mn.; Lester (Robin) LaRoche of Mahtomedi, Mn.; 13 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 1 brother: Orville Rubow of Deerwood, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Walter in 1997, 2 sons in law and 1 daughter in law. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 10 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Sarah Cordray officiating. Interment will be in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens in White Bear Lake, Mn. on Wednesday at 3 PM. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. 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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Virginia F. Okerstrom
09/06/1921-02/26/2008
Virginia F. Okerstrom, age 86 of Aitkin died Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She is survived by her loving husband Neil W. Okerstrom of Aitkin; 1 daughter and son in law: Valetta and David Krisko of Inver Grove Heights, Mn.; 1 brother: Gordon Peterson of Richfield, Mn.; and 1 niece: Merrilee Peterson of Blaine, Mn. Following her wishes, Virginia will be cremated and no services will be held. If you would like to sign the on-line guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Judith E. Grev
09/12/1939-02/24/2008
Judith E. Grev, age 68 of Aitkin formerly of Bloomington died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008 at the Fairview-Southdale Hospital in Edina, Mn. Judith was born September 12, 1939 at Annandale, Mn; was baptized, confirmed and married at St. John???s Lutheran Church and graduated from the Annandale schools. She was an IT graduate from the U of MN in medical technology and worked there as a junior scientist in cholesterol studies. She also worked in the Methodist (Now Park Nicollet) Hospital laboratory. Moving with her teacher husband Julian whom she married in 1962, she had made her homes in Waseca, Faribault, Minneapolis, Regina (Canada), Bloomington and for the past six years on Lone Lake near Aitkin. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin; was active in the Lydia Circle and choir, the Riverwood Hospital Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, and American Society of Clinical Pathologists. She enjoyed traveling in most of the 50 states, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, Spain and Turkey. At home she liked to have company, play bridge and 500, garden, cook, bake and dance. She came from God, a gift of light and love opened and shared, and now returned to Him. She is survived by her husband Julian, two daughters: Kirstin and fianc?? Sean Keady, and Elizabeth and husband Dave Callery; two grandchildren: Erik and Evelyn Callery; sisters and brothers in law: Elaine (Maurice) Hugill, Joyce Ekegren, Ardella (David) Rued, Annette (Ivan) Russell, Carol (Arvid) Anderson, 1 brother and sister in law: Colin (Iva) Gunnerson; Julian???s eight siblings, numerous nieces and nephews and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents: Raymond and Ellen Gunnerson, two brothers and sister in law: Donald and Eileen Gunnerson, Douglas Gunnerson. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also Saturday 1 hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be in the Diamond Lake Cemetery near Aitkin. Memorials to the American cancer Society or First Lutheran???s Music and Radio Ministries and preferred to flowers. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Harold A. Tassinari
07/17/1926-02/20/2008
Harold A. Tassinari, age 81 of McGregor died Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at his residence in McGregor. Harold was born July 17, 1926 at Middleboro, Massachusetts the son of Antonio and Norma (Borsari) Tassinari. He grew up and attended schools in the Middleboro area. He then served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. During his time in the Navy, he saw many parts of the world. Upon his discharge he returned to the East Coast for a time and then moved to Duluth, Minnesota. He worked many mink ranches throughout Minnesota. He then went to work for Star Machine and Tool Co. in McGregor where he worked as a machinist and foreman. He retired after 20 plus years with the company in the early 10???s. He married Alice Trautmiller on May 6, 1968 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was a member of the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts and had served as the VFW???s Post Commander and also served on its Honor Guard Squad. He was also a very active volunteer with the Rice Lake Refuge south of McGregor. He was a member and former president of the Minnewawa Sportsman???s Club and he enjoyed fishing and woodworking. He is survived by 2 sons and spouses: Thomas and Joyce Tassinari of McGregor; Mike and Linda Tassinari of Glencoe, Mn.; 1 daughter: Norma Foley of California; and a number of grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Alice. Interment will take place at a later date at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, Minnesota. Upon Harold???s request there will be no formal services. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Mae J. Graff
06/24/1913-02/10/2008
Mae J. Graff, age 94 of McGregor, Minnesota formerly of Oelwein, Iowa died Sunday, February 10, 1008 at her home near McGregor. She was born June 24, 1913 at Oelwein, Iowa the daughter of George Milford and Mary Lavina (Salisbury) Aldrich. She grew up and attended schools in Oelwein. She married Sylvester Graff on November 2, 1929 at Oelwein. They moved to Wichita, Kansas in 1941 where Mae was employed by Beechcraft during WW II. The Graff???s purchased their home on Big Sandy Lake near McGregor in 1952 and she has lived here since. She spent a lot of time traveling to visit her children and relatives. She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor and had also served as a notary. She is survived by three sons and spouses: Robert and Alice Graff and Edward and Bonnie Graff all of McGregor; Halley and Glenna Graff of St. Augustine, Florida; seven daughters and spouses: Marjorie and John Cox and Barbara Maron all of McGregor; Janice and Gene Mecke of Wichita, Kansas; Connie Snelling of Ft. Collins, Colorado; Dianne and Larry Ladd of Palisade, Mn.; Catherine and Ron Veith of Marthasville, Missouri; and Sylvia and Mike Tilghman of Kansas City, Missouri; 52 grandchildren; 88 (and another due in may) great grandchildren; 17 great great grandchildren as well as nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, 4 siblings, her husband Sylvester in 1991; daughters: Mary Patricia Graff and Jo Dawson; infant son Richard David Graff; four grandchildren and 2 great grandsons. A mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 11 AM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor, Mn. with Fr. John Fleischhacker officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 PM at the church. Interment will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein, Iowa on Monday February 18 at 2 PM. Memorials are preferred to the American Heart Association; American Cancer Society and the Diabetes Foundation. 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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Obert Kullhem
06/07/1932-02/07/2008
Obert A. Kullhem, 75 of Palisade died Thursday, February 7, 2008 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born June 7, 1932 in Palisade to Matt and Irene (Soderholm) Kullhem. He graduated from McGregor High School in 1950. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He worked as a shift supervisor for Conwed Corporation until September of 1985. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, golf, bowling, and snowmobiling. He was a member of AARP, Savannah Country Club, Cloquet Bowling League, NRA, Suomi-Seura/ Finland Society, Aitkin County Historical Society, and Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. He is survived by two sisters and brother-in-law: Bernice Dugan of Aitkin and Duluth Ruby (John) Brothers of Grand Forks, ND. Special cousin Terry (Marilyn) Kullhem of Palisade Many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Melvin and his wife Stella 2 sisters Linnea Nystrom and Myrtle Hansen and her husband Henry, and brother-in-law Frank Dugan Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. ??? Tuesday, February 12, 2008 funeral service at Bethel Lutheran Church, Palisade. Rev. William Sass will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin
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Robert ''Bob'' Wersal Robert ???Bob???
02/01/2008-02/05/2008
Robert ''Bob'' Wersal Robert ???Bob??? C. Wersal, 60 of Aitkin died Friday, February 1, 2008 at his residence. He was born July 25, 1947 in Fergus Falls to Melvin and Dorothy (Brainerd) Wersal. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. He is survived by his Daughter Kim Anding of Burleson, TX Grandson: Dustin Mother: Dorothy of Aitkin Sister and brother-in-law: Betty (Larry) Mauer of Deer River Two brothers: Jerry of Aitkin Jim of Aitkin He was preceded in death by his sister Linda Ann Wersal and his father Melvin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11A.M., Friday, February 8, 2008 memorial service at Malmo Evangelical Free Church, Malmo. Reverend Glenn Browning will officiate. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Jul 25 1947 12:00AM
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Myrtle Weston
12/13/1901-02/01/2008
Myrtle Weston, age 109, of Aitkin, formerly of Palisade, Royalton and Little Falls, died Friday, February 1, 2008 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, MN. Myrtle was born May 13, 1898 in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of Emil and Matilda (Thorne) Nelson. She grew up and attended schools in Chicago. She married Charley Weston on June 15, 1921 in Chicago. The moved to their homestead north of Palisade, Mn. where they farmed, logged and raised their family. He husband Charley died in 1976. She then moved to Royalton, Mn. in 1977 and lived there for 15 years. She then lived in Little Falls, MN. At Elder Heights for 9 years. She has resided at the Aitkin Health Services for the past 3 years. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, she was the Oldest Gold Star Mother in the United States, she was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade; she enjoyed writing, playing piano, singing, had a great sense of humor and dearly loved her family. She is survived by 7 children and spouses: Lawrence and Iris Weston of Palisade; Curtis and Kathryn Weston of Palisade; Deane Weston and Pearl of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Clifford and Patricia Weston of Magnolia, Kentucky; Violet and Paul Spolarich of Palisade; Maxine and Wallace Carlson of Royalton, Mn.; Marlene Weston of Grand Rapids; 2 daughters in law: Margaret Weston of Aitkin; Martha Weston of Glasgow, Kentucky; 40 grandchildren; and many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Charley; 4 sons: Myrle, Charles Jr., Earle, Kenneth, 3 grandchildren, 1 daughter in law: Geneive Weston; and 12 brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 5, 208 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. William Sass and Rev. Roland Jennings officiating. Visitation will be on Monday from 5 to 8 PM at the funeral home and also 1 hour prior to services on Tuesday. Interment will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. 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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George J. Halverson
11/23/1930-01/27/2008
George J. Halverson, age 77 of McGregor died Sunday, January 27, 2009 at his residence. He was born November 23, 1930 at St. Leo, Minnesota the son of Vic and Ann (Blahasky) Halverson. He grew up and attended schools at St. Leo. He then went to Deadwood, South Dakota where he worked in the Lead Gold Mine for a time. He then continued west, going to California where he drove truck for 11 years. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean War. He returned to Minnesota and continued to drive truck and also worked as a block layer doing construction work in Minneapolis. He moved to the McGregor area in 1970. In 1985 he bought the Cajun Queen Bar north of McGregor and he and his wife have operated it since that time. He married Rae Ann Miller on August 14, 19 in McGregor. He is survived by his wife Rae Ann Halverson of McGregor; 2 daughters: Vicky Leone of McGregor and Cindy of Big Bear, Calf.; 2 step sons: Jon Murdock of Seattle, Wash.; and Jay Murdock of San Diego, Calf.; 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother. A memorial service will be held Friday, February 1, 2008 at 1 PM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr, John Fleischhacker officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor Larson-Deneen VFW Post. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lorin L. Petersdorf
12/17/1921-01/26/2008
Lorin L. Petersdorf, age 86 of Jacobson died Saturday, January 26, 2008 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. He was born December 17, 1921 at Pine City, Minnesota the son of Frank and Sadie (Thomas) Petersdorf. He grew up in the Henrietta and Chokio areas of Minnesota. He then served in the U.S. Army during WW II with the 5th army, Battery D. Artillery. Upon his discharge he returned to Minnesota where he worked a time on the ore carriers on the Great Lakes. He moved to the Jacobson area in 1960 and in 1965 bought his farm where he raised cattle and sheep for many years. He is survived by his significant other: Barbara Jurek of Jacobson; brothers and sisters: Marjorie Hammond of McGregor; Joy and Earl Anderson of Menahga, Mn.; Phillip and Gloria Petersdorf of Duluth; Waldo Petersdorf of Tucson, Arz.; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters: Iola Fortier, Robirda ???Birdie??? Horsman; Phyllis Petersdorf and 2 brothers: Lyle Petersdorf and Wayne Petersdorf. A private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn.
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Joel E. Swedberg
11/25/1918-01/24/2008
Joel E. Swedberg, age 89 of McGregor died Thursday, January 24, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Joel was born November 25, 1918 at Sheriff Lake near Lawler, Mn. the son of John and Anna (Kempianen) Swedberg. He attended the Rice Lake School and then worked on the family farm. He went into construction work and worked as a crane operator building bridges and roads. He retired in 1967 due to injuries resulting from a construction accident. He also farmed in the sheriff lake area. He married Lila M. Pringle on August 27, 1938 in McGregor. They lived in the McGregor area. Lila died in 1985. Joel married Vivian Pylvanen on April 17, 1987 at Moose Lake. They lived in McGregor and Joel has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center the past two years. He was a proud member of the International Operating Engineers Union local 49. He enjoyed hunting, dark house fishing/spearing, music and dancing. He also enjoyed his farm. He is survived by his wife Vivian Swedberg of McGregor; Children: Marvin and Helen Swedberg of Aitkin; Joe and Marcella Swedberg of McGregor; Stanley and Candice Swedberg of Montgomery, Alabama; Sheila and Paul Hoover of McGregor; Beth Ann Swedberg and Caryn Fine of Minneapolis; Laura Struck of Oakhurst, Calf.; 1 step son: Darryl and Sharon Pylvanen of McGregor; 16 grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 2 step great grandchildren, 3 sisters: Ethel ???Babe??? Benvie of Duluth, MN.; Ellen Larson of Orange Co., Calf.; Gladys Lundeen of Cloquet, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Anna Swedberg; 1st wife Lila in 1985, 1 grandson Scott Swedberg, 2 brothers: Floyd Swedberg and Alfred Swedberg, 3 sisters: Edna Pringle, Sally Farrand, and Jean Westlund. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 28, 2008 at 11 AM from the McGregor Funeral Home with Troy Johnson officiating. Interment will be in the Sheriff Lake Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Marvin Swedberg, Joe Swedberg, Stanley Swedberg, Sheila (Swedberg) Hoover, Beth Ann Swedberg, Laura (Swedberg) Struck. Honorary pallbearers will be all of Joel???s grandchildren. Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 6 PM and also Monday 1 hour prior to services at the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Frank C. Schloemer
08/05/1930-01/24/2008
Frank C. Schloemer, age 77 of Hill City, formerly of Sartell and Big Fish Lake near Cold Spring, Mn. died Thursday, January 24, 2008 at his home. He was born August 5, 1930 at St. Cloud, Minnesota the son of Frank and Dorothy (Schwab) Schloemer. He attended schools at St. Joseph, Mn. He started working at Franklin Manufacturing in 1950 and worked there advancing through the ranks until his retirement in 1988 when he was a general foreman. He also worked at Bankers Systems as a custodian engineer for 6 years. He started an orchard in a hay field and tended it over the years to become one of the finest orchards in the St. Cloud area. He married Loretta Salzer on October 2, 1951 at Collegeville, Mn. They lived in Sartell until 1975 when they moved to Big Fish Lake near Cold Spring where he rebuilt and added onto his parent???s cabin. They moved to the Swatara area in 2005. Frank enjoyed hunting and fishing, and playing games with his family and also woodworking. He was a member of St. John???s Catholic Church in Hill City; the NRA, and the North American Hunting and Fishing Clubs. He is survived by his wife Loretta Schloemer of Hill City; 3 sons and spouses: Stephen and Lori Schloemer of Prior Lake, Mn.; Rob and Kim Schloemer of Mora, Mn.; Gary and Peg Schloemer of Rhinelander, Wisc.; 2 daughters and spouses: Jane and Bill Mohs of Avon, Mn.; Connie and Paul Gerster of Half Moon Bay, Calf.; 4 sisters: Marie Prom of St. Paul; Louise Kozak of St. Cloud; Millie Kramer of Blaine; Adeline Gillitzer of St. Cloud; 11 grandchildren: Keith Schloemer, Bryon Schloemer, Angie Schloemer, Gregg Mohs, Shari Schloemer, Haylei Peterson, Jessi Schloemer, Rob Mohs, Phil Schloemer, Gary Schloemer, and Katie Youngblut; 2 great grandchildren Ella and Cole. He was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers: Albert, Hermie and Richie. A memorial mass will be held Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 11 AM from St. John???s Catholic Church in Hill City with Fr. Thomas Galarneault officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Interment will be held at a later date. 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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Merry (Mary) Hakes
09/12/1909-01/23/2008
Merry (Mary) D. Hakes, age 98 of Aitkin formerly of Springfield, Mn. died Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born September 12, 1909 at Pine Knoll, rural Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Oliver and Mary (Beaulieu) Welton. She attended country school through the 8th grade and then moved to Aitkin where she attended the Aitkin High School and worked in a restaurant while attending school. She graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1927. She then went to the Crosby Normal Teachers Training School. She than taught school at Lone Lake, Ross Lake, and Little Pine. She married Kenneth R. Hakes on April 25, 1933 at Brainerd. They lived in Aitkin for a time and then moved to Springfield, Mn. where they raised their family. They returned to Aitkin in 1970 and lived on Spirit Lake. They moved to the Blackrock Terrace in 19. She lived there until moving into the Aicota Health Care Center about four years ago. She was a member of the Aitkin United Methodist Church, was one of the founding members of the Chow Mien Dinner at the Springfield United Methodist Church, she had been involved with the Eastern Star while in Springfield, she enjoyed playing cards, golfing, and fishing. In her younger days she enjoyed hunting pheasant and partridge. She also enjoyed dancing, even up until recently. She is survived by 5 sons and daughters in law: Herb Hakes of Aitkin; Kenneth and Shirley (Liz) Hakes of Aitkin; Richard and LeeVae Hakes of Aitkin; William and Carla Hakes of Aitkin; Jim and Barb Hakes of Deerwood; 17 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; 1 brother Warren Welton of Brainerd. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kenneth in 19, 2 daughters in law: Shirley V. Hakes, and Shirley E. hakes; 4 brothers: Christopher, Brian, Lester, Frank, and 5 sisters: Gertrude, Mabel, Eleanor, Bessie and Fern. A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 11, 2008 at 11 AM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church in Aitkin with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Interment will be in the spring at the Diamond Lake Cemetery. Friends may call at the church 1 hour prior to services on Monday February 11. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the on-line guest register got to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jeanette Grubb
08/02/1922-01/22/2008
Jeanette M. Grubb, age 85 of Aitkin died Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born August 2, 1922 at Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Victor and Bertha (Olson) Sjodin. She grew up and attended schools in the Aitkin area. She then attended teacher???s normal school in Crosby. She spent time in California during WW II working in the shipyards. She then returned to the Aitkin area and she taught schools at East Bennettville, Wealthwood, Glory, Palisade, the Butts School and then eventually at Lawler and McGregor. She taught in the McGregor School system from 1962 to 1983 when she retired. She married William Grubb on June 4, 1943 at her home, the Sjodin Farm. They lived in the Aitkin area and then moved to Lawler when she began teaching there. She lived there until moving back to Aitkin after her retirement in 1983. He husband died in 1999. She lived at Blackrock for a time and then has lived at Oak Haven with the Olson family for the past five years. She enjoyed traveling having been to Hawaii, California and spending winters in Texas. She also enjoyed gardening, fishing, and playing cards. She had been involved in the bowling leagues in McGregor and she was an excellent cook, especially when it came to pies. She is survived by 2 daughters: Beverly Cluff of Aitkin; Debra Grubb and husband Dayton Jones of La Canada, Calf.; 7 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, 3 sisters: Betty Howard, Eileen Karelis, and Adeline Purdy all of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William in 1999, 1 daughter Pamela Grenosky in 1993, 2 brothers: Gillette Sjodin and Luverne Sjodin and 1 sister: Vivian Wells. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 2 PM from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church of rural Aitkin with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services. Interment will be at the Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery in the spring. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Johnny ''Sod'' Anderson Johnny ???Sod?
08/05/1955-01/22/2008
Johnny ''Sod'' Anderson Johnny ???Sod??? Anderson age 52 of Aitkin died Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Houston, Texas. Johnny was born August 5, 1955 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of John and Dorothy (Foss) Anderson. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from the Patrick Henry High School in 1973. He entered the U.S. Army and served for two years. Upon his discharge he returned to Minneapolis and attended welding school. He then went to work doing sewer and water construction. He moved to Palisade and built some log cabins and then returned to construction work. He married Cheryl Tate on September 13, 1997 in Aitkin. They have lived in the Aitkin area since. He has been a member of the Palisade Mountain men since 1980. He is survived by his wife Cheryl Anderson of Aitkin; Mother: Dorothy ???Doff??? Anderson of Palisade; brothers and sisters and spouses: Dick and Jan Gatz of Garrison; Cheryl and Fritz Burfeind of McGregor; Bob and ???Eileen??? Gatz of Hill City, MN.; Roger and Shelly Anderson of Anoka, Mn.; Margie and Bob Meger of Minneapolis; Doug and Barb Anderson of Oak Grove, Mn.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father John, 1 niece Shari Meger and his dog Vic. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 11 AM from the Westside Church in Aitkin with Rev. Rick Perry officiating. Interment will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church. To sign the online guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Cora McCarty
06/22/1931-01/20/2008
Cora McCarty 76, of Aitkin died Sunday, January 20, 2008 at Aitkin Health Services, Aitkin. She was born June 22, 1931 in Minot, N.D. to Alex and Edna (Miller) Bumgarten. She is survived by special friend Clarence Kingsley of Aitkin 5 daughters and sons-in-law: Mary (James) Madland of St. Cloud Linda McCarty of Cowette, OK. Bonnie Chew of Benson, AZ. Connie McCarty of Tulsa, OK. Barbara Worcester of Park Rapids Four sons and daughters-in-law: Donald (Anita) Wallin of Nisswa Bill (Lynda) Wallin of Pequot Lakes Benjamin (Brenda) McCarty of Tulsa, OK. Kenneth McCarty of Phoenix, AZ. 2 sisters: Betty Wallin of Nisswa Charlotte Bumgarten of Goodletville, TN. One brother and sister-in-law: Robert (Ernie) Bumgarten of Minneapolis and Florida Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren besides other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by three brothers William, David, Carl one sister Margie Varga and her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. ??? Saturday, January 26, 2008 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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DAVID K. OTTERSON
05/01/1932-01/19/2008
David Kent Otterson, age 75 of Aitkin died Saturday, January 19, 2008 at the Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born May 1, 1932 at McGrath, Minnesota the son of Olaf and Frances (Isley) Otterson. He attended high school in Superior, Wisconsin. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1951 and was honorably discharged in 1955. He served in Korea as a boiler operator. He was awarded the National Defense, Navy Occupation, China Service, United Nations, and Korean Service medals, badges and citations. When he returned home he worked as a truck driver for about 15 years and also sold insurance for the Modern Woodman. He also worked for the Grand Casino as a shuttle Bus driver in security for 10 years. He and his wife also did adult foster care for over 20 years at their home on the north side of Mille Lacs Lake. He loved snowmobiling. He is survived by his beloved wife of 31 years Bernice Otterson of Aitkin; Children: Rick Otterson of Aitkin; Douglas Miller of Brainerd; Randy Otterson of Brainerd; Larry and Carol Miller of Maple Grove; Lance and Grace Otterson of Archbold, Ohio; Rita Miller of Baxter; and Laura Miller of Aitkin; 16 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 2 sisters and spouse: Annie and Jack Lindberg of McGregor and Jean Durkee of McGregor. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 son Thaddeus (Tad), and 1 brother Charles. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Pastor Robert Brauer officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11 until the 1 PM services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Rabbit Lake Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Pallbearers will be: Rick Otterson, Randy Otterson, Lance Otterson, Tony Otterson, Braun Otterson, Larry Miller, Todd Alguire, and Brian Andrews. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the on-line guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Laurence Croteau
06/12/1925-01/14/2008
Laurence D. Croteau, 82 of McGregor died Monday, January 14, 2008 at Community Memorial Hospital, Cloquet. He was born June 12, 1925 in Virginia, MN. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in WW II. He worked as a foreman for Gus Lagerquist Elevator Company, Minneapolis. On February 8, 1986 Laurence was united in marriage to Marjorie (Hohenstein) in Wright, MN. He was a supporter of Ducks Unlimited and a man of many interests including; the love of the old west, reading, coin collecting, trapping, hunting, fishing and the outdoors. Laurence is survived by his wife Marjorie 2 daughters and son-in-law: Julie (Daryl) Willock and Sandra Cotter all of Blaine. Two grandchildren: Brandi (Mark) and Allen Cotter 3 step-children from a previous marriage: Danny, Dale, and Michelle Five step-sons: Dan Thomas, Larry Thomas, Richard Thomas, Alan Thomas, and Scott Thomas 11 step-grandchildren four step-great-grandchildren 2 brothers and sister-in-law: LeRoy (Irene) of Mora Bob of Elko, NV. He was preceded in death by two brothers Ed and John and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. ??? Saturday, January 19, 2008 funeral service at McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor.
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Tommy Tietge
12/06/1944-01/12/2008
Tommy E. Tietge, 63 of McGregor died Saturday, January 12, 2008 at his residence. He was born December 6, 1944 in Dayton, OH. to Fred and Virginia (Ellis) Tietge. On October 21, 1989 Tommy was united in marriage to Jeannie (Brown) in Phoenix, AZ. He worked as a welder for Floe International in McGregor for 16 years. He enjoyed motorcycles, nature, the outdoors, and loved ???God???s country.??? He is survived by his wife Jeannie of McGregor 4 daughters: Stormy Coffee of Phoenix, AZ. Wendi Teer, Raine Story, and Amanda Tietge all of Dallas, TX. One granddaughter Ashley Keller og McGregor Besides many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home.
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Randall ''Randy'' Brekke Randall D. ??
04/01/1954-01/11/2008
Randall ''Randy'' Brekke Randall D. ???Randy??? Brekke Sr., age 53 of Duluth, formerly of the McGregor area died Friday, January 11, 2008 at St. Lukes Hospital in Duluth. He was born April 1, 1954 in Minneapolis the son of Carl and Marlys (Johnson) Brekke. He grew up in the McGregor area near his grandparents Levi and Sophie Johnson until he was a First grader at which time his family moved to Duluth. He has lived in Duluth since. He worked as a cement finisher for several construction companies in the Duluth area. He was a member of the local cement finishers union. He is survived by a son Randall Jr. and mother Marlys Brekke both of Duluth and 1 nephew Terrance Jr. of Esko. He was preceded in death by his father Carl Brekke in 2005, twin brother Terrance Sr. in 1988 and his grandparents. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 1 PM from the Round Lake Presbyterian Church, rural Tamarack, with Rev. John Hammack officiating. Interment will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be from Noon until the 1 PM services at the church. The McGregor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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Kathleen Schlumpberger
09/11/1951-01/11/2008
Kathleen M. Schlumpberger, age 56 of McGregor formerly of the Twin Cities died Friday, January 11, 2008. She was born September 11, 1951 in Little Falls, Minnesota the daughter of Charles and Eva (Olson) Beto. She attended country schools near Little Falls. She married Allan L. Schlumpberger on December 30, 1967 at Flensberg, Minnesota. They moved to the Twin Cities and made their home there until moving to McGregor, Mn. in 1993. They have lived here since. She enjoyed and had all kinds of pets, loved snowmobiling and four wheeling, and she especially loved her family. She is survived by her husband Alan Schlumpberger of McGregor; 2 daughters: Heidi Nobbs and Tammy Braun both of Buffalo, Mn.; 1 son: Allyn Schlumpberger of McGregor, Mn.; 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; 2 sisters: Jeanette Schroeder of St. Cloud, Mn.; Sharon Kramer of Cushing, Mn.; 2 brothers: Donald Beto and Leroy Beto both of Little Falls, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother and 4 sisters. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 1 PM from the McGregor Funeral Home with Fr. John Fleischhacker officiating. Visitation will be from Noon until the 1 pm 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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Alice Espeseth
04/06/1922-01/05/2008
Alice M. Espeseth, 85 of Aitkin died Saturday, January 5, 2008 at Aitkin Health Services, Aitkin. She was born April 6, 1922 in Hazelton Township, Aitkin County to Bill and Agnes (May) Copley. On September 25, 1941 Alice was united in marriage to Oscar Espeseth in Aitkin. She worked for a time at the Aitkin Hospital. She enjoyed auction sales, cooking, baking, music and loved her family and the Lord. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church, Aitkin. Alice is survived by her husband Oscar Seven children and their spouses: Kermit (Charlene) of Aitkin Omar (Mary) of Bay Lake Dave (Dorothy) of Aitkin Larry (Dawn) of Aitkin Linda (Dan) Danielson of Aitkin Lenny (Joellen) of Aitkin Gary (Carrie) of Cross Lake 18 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren 1 brother Art Copley, and one sister Sylvia Copley both of Aitkin Besides many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by a stillborn son 5 brothers: Clarence, Ruben, William, Frank, and George Copley Three sisters: Edna Jacobs, Ella Thomas, Minnie Copley and her parents Bill and Agnes (May) Copley. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. ??? Friday, January 11, 2008 at Assembly of God Church, Aitkin. Reverend Dan Turner and Reverend Don Norman will officiate. Burial will be in Bennettville Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. srtfuneral.com
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Jeanette Lyman
09/30/1915-01/04/2008
Jeanette C. Lyman, age 92 of Aitkin died Friday, January 4, 2008 at her home. Jeanette was born September 30, 1915 at Pickens County, South Carolina the daughter of Vernon and Viola (Garren) Julian. She grew up and attended schools in Pickens and lived there until 1963 when she moved to Aitkin, Mn. She married Gilbert Lyman on September 14, 1971 at Watertown, South Dakota. They continued to live in Aitkin. Gilbert died in 1990. Jeanette was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. She enjoyed gardening, knitting, cooking, walking and volunteering. Jeanette???s greatest pleasure came from the beauty of a simple life. She is survived by 2 daughters: Ruth Ryan and Pat Watson both of Aitkin; 2 sons: George Holcomb of Birmingham, Alabama; Charles Holcomb of Gaffney, South Carolina; 1 brother: Hyott Daves of South Carolina; 3 sisters: Sue McKinney and Lucille Brazille both of Pickens, South Carolina and Shirley Bristow of Florida. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Gilbert and 1 daughter Jean Jewell. As Jeanette requested, there will be no services held. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the on-line guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Arthur ''Bud'' Nelson Arthur ???Bud???
01/02/2008-01/03/2008
Arthur ''Bud'' Nelson Arthur ???Bud??? Nelson, age 86 of Aitkin died Wednesday, January 2, 2007 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin, Mn. Bud was born September 2, 1921 at Trommald, Minnesota the son of Nels and Judith Nelson. He grew up and attended schools in Grand Rapids graduating from the Grand Rapids High School in 1939. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II and Korea spending 21 years in the military. He married Margaret Newton on November 30, 1943 at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. They made their home in Aitkin where Bud worked as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years retiring in 1977. Bud also served on the Aitkin Volunteer Fire Dept. for over 30 years and was its secretary for many years. He was also a 50 year member of the Aitkin American Legion Post and had been a very active member of its military honors detail, a 50 member of the Aitkin VFW Post, and a 50 year member of the DAV. He had also been a member of the Mason for 53 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing gardening and cooking. He is survived by his wife Margaret ???Muggs??? Nelson of Aitkin; 1 brother: Clifford Nelson of Grand Rapids, MN.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 3 sisters: Ardell Hill, Loretta Schrupp and Harriet Shannon. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 11 AM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. A Masonic service will be held Monday at 7 PM with visitation time starting at 6 pm at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Interment will be at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, Minnesota. 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 on-line guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Sep 2 1921 12:00AM
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Frances A. Reich
07/10/1914-01/03/2008
Frances A. Reich, age 93 of Aitkin died Thursday, January 3, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born July 10, 1914 at Fairchild, Wisconsin the daughter of Guy and Ila (Bangle) Boatman. She moved with her family at an early age to the Palisade area where she attended schools. She married Rutherford L Reich on July 18, 1932 in Palisade. They made their home in the palisade area and farmed for many years. They retired in 1969 at which time they moved to Aitkin. She has lived in Aitkin since. She was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church at Rossburg, loved flowers and gardening, enjoyed needlework and knitting and especially enjoyed her family. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Wayne and Sally Reich of Rochester, Mn.; 1 sister: Burma Walker of Eau Claire, Wisc.; 7 grandchildren and spouses: Kevin (Sheila) Reich, Kelvin Reich, Pam (Neil) Clemens, Sue (Brian) McCoy, Greg (Pam) Reich, Kim Reich, Kelly (Lyn) Reich, 17 great grandchildren, 15 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Rutherford in 1998, 1 son Warren, 1 sister Marge, and 1 grandson Joe Reich. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 11 AM from the Bethesda Lutheran Church at Rossburg, Mn. with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Joyce Gustin will play the organ and the congregation will sing: Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art, Precious Lord Take My Hand, and Borning Cry. Interment will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery at Palisade, Mn. Pallbearers will be: Kevin Reich, Kelvin Reich, Greg Reich, Kelly Reich, Kim Reich, and Lisa Reich. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 PM at the Church and also 1 hour prior to services on Tuesday 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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Kenneth Holten
10/27/1932-01/02/2008
Kenneth O. Holten, 75 of McGregor passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born October 27, 1932 in Minneapolis to Peter K. and Mattie C. (Thompson) Holten. On December 13, 1951 Ken was united in marriage to Carole Fjerstad in Mason City, IA. They made their home in Brooklyn Center. He worked at Honeywell for 37 years retiring in 1988 as a property manager of MAVD. Since his retirement they moved to their lake home in McGregor, and he was a chairman of Workman Township board and a member of Grace Lutheran Log Church. His greatest joy was his family. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carole 1 daughter and son-in-law: Leslee (Cal) Curtis One son and daughter-in-law: David (Debbie) Holten Grandchildren: Jesse (Danielle) Holten, Angela (John) Bladow, Carrie Sharpe, Lisa (Ray) Martin, Cyndee Curtis Great grandchildren: Noah Sharpe, Hannah Bladow, Aidan Holten, William Bladow, Evan Bladow, and Samantha Holten 1 sister: Audrey Hench Besides many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Peter and Mattie (Thompson) Holten and sister Donna Hansen. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M., Saturday, January 5, 2008 at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Dan Heath will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 8P.M. Friday at McGregor Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials given to Grace Lutheran Log Church Memorial Garden Fund.
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Earl Olson
08/02/1917-12/27/2007
Earl M. Olson, age 90 of Hill City died Thursday, December 27, 2007 at his home. Earl was born August 2, 1917 in the Opstead Community of Aitkin Co. the son of Louis and Ellen (Magnuson) Olson. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School. He married Alice O. Harseim on September 3, 1938 in Aitkin. They lived in Aitkin for a time and then in 1948 moved to the Twin Cities where he built a home in Bloomington, Mn. They lived there until the 1970???s when they built there home north of Hill City. Earl worked as a carpenter all of his life building homes. He enjoyed hunting, loved nature and enjoyed all of God???s creations in many creative ways. He is survived by 1 son: Gordon Olson of Hill City; 2 daughters and sons in law: Diane and Gary Miller of Rogers, Mn.; Elaine and Steve Mahan of Richfield and Hill City, Mn.;1 brother: Kenneth Olson of Cambridge, Mn.; 5 Grandchildren: Daniel Miller, Laurieann Miller, Joylynn Gonzales, Michael Mahan, and John Mahan; 2 great grandchildren: Arianna Mahan and Alexander Mahan. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Alice in 1994, and 2 brothers. A celebration of Earl???s life will be held Sunday, December 30, 2007 at Noon from the Faith Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, MN. The burial will be held Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 11 AM at the Opstead Baptist Cemetery in southern Aitkin Co. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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David Handt
06/30/1936-12/26/2007
David L. Handt, 71 of Palisade died Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at his residence. He was born June 30, 1936 in Belgrade to Carl and Agnes (Paulson) Handt. On December 15, 1956 David was united in marriage to Doris Christensen in Palisade. He worked for the railroad and in a screw factory in Illinois for 8 years prior to moving back to Palisade. While in Palisade he farmed, drove milk truck, worked at Pro Farm, and for Tommy Thompson Farms. His hobbies were hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling. He enjoyed farming and loved his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Doris of Palisade 4 sons and daughters-in-law: Terry (Kitty) of Palisade Greg (Mary) of Aitkin Jim (Jackie) of Isanti Bruce of Palisade Two daughters and sons-in-law: Barbara Lund and Lester Mindrum of Palisade Dianne (Mike) Olson of Sandstone 15 Grandchildren: Brad, Melissa, Miranda, Justin, Kari, Kevin, Ashley, Tenille, Zach, Renae, Austin, Kirstin, Kelsey, Katie, Simon Five great-grandchildren: Timothy, Tryston, Matthew, Hannah, Carter 1 brother: Paul of Rockford, IL. Two sisters: Agnes ???Lorraine??? Halgrimson and Carol Beauchem both of Palisade Besides many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren, 2 sisters, and his parents Carl and Agnes Handt. Visitation will be 2 hours prior to the 1:00P.M., Saturday, December 29, 2007 funeral service at Bethel Lutheran Church, Palisade. Reverend William Sass will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Florence Burlingame
12/01/1908-12/22/2007
Florence E. ???Howard??? Burlingame, age 99 of Aitkin formerly of Brainerd and Minneapolis died Saturday, December 22, 2007 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born December 1, 1908 in Kimberly Twp. of Aitkin Co., Minnesota the daughter of Peter and Minnie (Carlson) Howard. She grew up in Kimberly Twp and attended the Longfellow school District #9 and then the Aitkin High School graduating in 1927. She was the outstanding student of the class of 1927. She then went to Minneapolis and studied to be a nurse at the Asbury-Methodist Hospital in Minneapolis. She married Raymond E. Burlingame on October 5, 1936 in Minneapolis. She worked as a nurse at the Methodist Hospital for many years retiring in the early 1980???s. She moved to Brainerd, Mn. in 1993 and lived there before moving the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin in 2003. She was a lifelong member of Bethesda Lutheran Church at Rossburg and she was an avid Twins and Vikings fan. She is survived by 1 brother: Lawrence Howard of Aitkin and 7 sisters in laws. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Raymond in 1965, and 1 son David, 9 brothers and 1 sister. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 5, 2008 at 1 PM from the Bethesda Lutheran Church at Rossburg with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Interment will be in the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Memorials are preferred to the Bethesda Lutheran Church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the on-line guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Audrey Danielson
08/02/1937-12/19/2007
Audrey Lou Danielson, age 70 of Aitkin formerly of Duluth, Mn. died Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born August 2, 1937 in Superior, Wisconsin the daughter of Lenard and Hazel Wilcox. She married Ronald L. Danielson on May 29, 1965 in Duluth, Mn. She worked at Northern Electric in Duluth for many years and then made pacer puppets for children with disabilities. She enjoyed music, sewing, and crafts of all kinds. Audrey???s family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Charles Schotzko and the staff of the Aitkin Health Services. She is survived by 1 daughter and son in law: Renee and Marvin Bruneau of McGregor; 1 brother and sister in law: Robert and June Wilcox of Duluth, Mn.; 8 grandchildren: Erin Bruneau, Bret Ukura, Amanda Bruneau, Lance Vandeberg, Amber Bruneau, Jeremy Atwood, Austin Vandeberg, and Gavin Atwood, and also nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her Parents, husband Ronald, 1 daughter Andrea Hope Peterson and 1 son Clayton Danielson. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 1:30 PM from the McGregor Funeral Home with Fr. John Fleischhacker officiating. Interment will be at a later date at the Grayling Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn.
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Carolyn Kay Jarson
01/03/1940-12/18/2007
Carolyn ???Kay??? Jarson, 67 of Isle died Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born January 3, 1940 in Wahkon to emil and Margaret (Packard) Ross. On June 22, 1985 Kay was united in marriage to Lloyd Jarson in St. Francis. She is survived by her husband Lloyd 7 children: Jodie (Gregory) Boutain of Cambridge Michael (Rozani) Lindgren of Coon Rapids Jillane Lindgren of Isanti Linda (Bob) Erck of Blaine Richard (Wendi) Jarson of Ramsey Clifford (Laura) Jarson of Coon Rapids Lori Johnson of Cambridge Numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren Two sisters: Phyllis Wood of Willmar Patricia Douglas of New Brighten She was preceded in death by her parents.
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Janet E. Fredrickson
07/13/1936-12/15/2007
Janet E. Fredrickson, age 71 of McGregor died Saturday, December 15, 2007 at her home. She was born July 13, 1936 in Wright, Minnesota the daughter of Dennis and Doris (Guitare) Burdick. She attended the North Star School north of Tamarack and then attended the McGregor schools. She married Norris Fredrickson on July 23, 1955 in Aitkin. They lived for a time at Fondulac and Bemidji, Mn. before returning to McGregor where she raised her family. She enjoyed quilting, gardening and canning, baking and bird watching. She is survived by 4 sons and daughters in law: Ronald and Shelley Fredrickson; David and Beth Fredrickson; DuWayne and Suzy Fredrickson; Darrell and Coralie Fredrickson; 1 daughter and son in law: Mary and John Wilen all of McGregor; 14 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; 8 brothers: Roger Burdick, Jerry Burdick, Russ Burdick, DuWayne Burdick, all of Tamarack; David Burdick of North Augusta, S.C.; Wallace Burdick of Minneapolis; Dale Burdick of Aitkin; Joe Burdick of North Pole, Alaska; 3 sisters: Pearl Bruggman of McGregor; Carol Hageman of McGregor; Joyce Shokes of Johns Island, S.C. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Norris in 2003, and 2 brothers. A memorial service will be held Friday, December 21, 2007 at 11 AM from the Victory Mission Church in McGregor with Jack Gould officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services. 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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ALFRED GAINS JR.
08/03/1933-12/14/2007
Alfred and Hazel (Fales) Gaines. He grew up and attended country school and then the Verndale High School. He then worked on the family farm before entering the U.S. Navy from Dec. of 1951 to Dec. 1955, and served in Korea. He married Gail K. Olsen on November 26, 1954 in Minneapolis. Upon his discharge he returned to Minneapolis and worked as a master machinist for 31 years. After he retired they moved to Aitkin, MN. In 1987 and have lived here since. He was a member of the Kraus-Hardig VFW Post in Spring Lake Park, Mn.; First Lutheran Church in Aitkin; and he especially enjoyed Hunting, Fishing and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife Gail Gaines of Aitkin; 3 children: Cathy Jo and William Reihe of Blaine, Mn.; Vicky Carter of Elk River, Mn.; Al and Sandy Gaines of New Leipzig, N.D.; 6 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; 1 sister: Ardy Tourville of Inver Grove Heights, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 1 PM from First Lutheran Church with Rev. Sarah Cordray officiating. Friends may call at the church 1 hour prior to services on Tuesday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com
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Michael S. ''Yogi'' Orpin Michael S. ?
12/01/1963-12/14/2007
Michael S. ''Yogi'' Orpin Michael S. ???Yogi??? Orpin, 44 of Aitkin died Friday, December 14, 2007 at his home. He was born December 1, 1963 in Aurora to Richard and Sandra (Hanson) Orpin. He worked as a carpenter. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited . He enjoyed the outdoors hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and rock collecting. He also enjoyed collecting coins and restoring antique furniture. He was thoughtful and caring and touched a lot of people. He loved his three daughters very much. Yogi is survived by his three daughters Chelsi, Staci, and Holli 5 brothers: Bryan Hagen of Brainerd Mark Orpen of Aitkin Aaron Hagen of Aitkin Matt (Brooke) Orpin of Lindstrom Larry (Marlene) Cummings of Bismarck, MO. One sister: Lisa (Connie Mack) Robinson of Bonaire, GA. 2 step-brothers: Dale Hagen of Hill City David (Chris) Hagen of Hill City One step-sister: Dawn (Jim) Hicks of Palisade Father: Richard (Joyce) Orpin of Apache Junction, AZ Mother: Sandra Hagen of Aitkin Step-father: Dave (Mary Jo) Hagen of Aitkin. Besides many extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M., Friday, December 21, 2007 at First Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Reverend Sarah Cordray will officiate. Burial will be in Bennettville Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the Church. Memorials are preferred to Yogi???s 3 daughters in lieu of flowers. www.srtfuneral.com
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Richard J. Biskey
05/09/1938-12/13/2007
Richard John (Dick) Biskey, beloved husband, Dad, Grandpa, Son, Brother and Dear Friend, age 69 of Haypoint, Mn. passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, December 13, 2007 following a painful battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in his parent???s home on May 9, 1938, he mostly lived his entire life in Haypoint. The only son of Truman and Hazel (Trepanier) Biskey, he attended schools in Hill City graduating from the Hill City High School in 1956. He served in the U.S. Navy as a boilerman for four years. He continued this profession working in the power plant at Blandin Paper Company for 31 years. He married Dorothy Pikus on December 26, 1956 at Swatara, Mn. Dick???s hobbies included hunting, fishing, and camping with family and friends. He designed and built over 40 log homes in Minnesota and Wisconsin and provided many area homes with lumber and paneling. He also raised cattle for the past 50 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Dorothy; five children: Julie White; Jeannie (Luke) Croatt; John; Pam (Kurt) Pierce; Mary Lou (Tyrone) Dunham; 12 grandchildren: Heidi, Jesseca, Ashley, Briana, Tyler, Nathan, Chris, Mikayla, Kori, Jenna, Ethan, Joshua; Mother: Hazel Biskey; two sisters: Darlene (Eddie) Landrus; Bev (Tom) Smith; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death this past summer by his father John Truman Biskey. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 10 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Thomas Galarneault officiating. Burial will be at the Macville Cemetery at Haypoint, Mn. Military honors will be provided by the Hill City American Legion Kames Kobernat Post 340. Visitation will be Wednesday 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 Thursday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the guest register on line please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Kathryn Tibbetts Kalberg
04/03/1919-12/12/2007
Kathryn C. (Tibbetts) Kalberg age 88 of Aitkin died Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born April 3, 1919 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Carl and Stella (Bushey) Graves. She moved with her family to the Aitkin area at a young age and she attended schools in Aitkin until her junior year in High School at which time she moved to Detroit Lakes, Mn where she graduated from High School. She married Vernon Tibbetts and they lived in Detroit Lakes for a time before moving back to Aitkin. Vernon died in 1963. Kathryn married Cy Kalberg and they continued to live in Aitkin. Cy died in the mid 1970???s. Kathryn worked for the Aitkin schools for about 10 years, was an active member of St. James Catholic Church for over 50 years. She was active in 4-H for all of the years her children participated in 4-H. She loved to play Bridge, playing with different local groups. She also loved to travel and she spent a great deal of time in Dallas, Texas with her family. Her active interest in current events and her interesting perspective on different issues made for stimulating conversations with her. Her children will miss her wonderful cooking and her love of beautiful flowers. She is loved and will be missed by her family and friends. She is survived by 2 daughters: Mary Massey of Dallas, Texas; Cyndi of Phoenix, Az.; three sons: Michael of Bandera, Tx.; Richard of Scandia, Mn.; Steven of Galveston, Tx.; Two sisters: Patricia of Detroit Lakes, Peggy of Fargo, N.D.; and 1 brother: James of Garland, Tx. She was preceded in death by her parents: Karl and Stella Graves; 2 sons: Ronnie and Matt; 3 grandchildren: Tim, Greg and Neil. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, December 17 at 10 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Interment will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery at Aitkin. Visitation will be held Sunday from 4 to 7 PM with a Rosary service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Marvelle A. Hartfiel
09/05/1933-12/09/2007
Marvelle A. Hartfiel, age 74, beloved wife and mother, of rural Deerwood formerly of Anoka died Sunday, December 9, 2007 at her home. She was born September 5, 1933 at Princeton, Minnesota the daughter of Ben and Marie (Carlson) Quickstrom. She grew up and attended school at Dalbo, Mn. and then attended the Princeton High School graduating in 1951. She married Chuck Hartfiel on November 22, 1951 in Williamsburg, Virginia. The made their home in Anoka, MN. where they raised their family. She was a very successful realtor in the metro area being a top seller for 15 years. She moved up to the Deerwood area in 1996 and has lived here since. She had worked for the Beacon-Coldwell Realty office in Garrison. She was a member of the Light of The Cross Lutheran Church in Garrison, Mn.; the Legion Auxiliary, the Red Hat Club, a number of Realtor Associations, and she was a Mom to many. She is survived by her husband Chuck Hartfiel of Deerwood; Daughter: Gay Hartfiel Kohlbeck and spouse Tom of Andover; 2 sons: Jon Hartfiel of Anoka; Ben Hartfiel of Anoka; 4 grandchildren: Jonathan Hartfiel, Jarvis Hartfiel; Jiliane Hartfiel; Kyle Kohlbeck; 2 sisters: Lois Pomerleau of Crystal, Mn.; Judy St. Clair and spouse Dick of Andover; 1 brother: Hayes Quickstrom Sr. and spouse Joan of Princeton, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sons: Van and Pat. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 14, 2007 at Noon from Light Of The Cross Lutheran Church in Garrison, Minnesota with Rev. Chris Hill officiating. Interment will be at the Bellwood Cemetery at Zimmerman, Mn. with Rev. Dean Wirz officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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May Christensen
05/19/1921-12/08/2007
May Christensen, 86 of Aitkin died Saturday, December 8, 2007 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born May 19, 1921 in Bain to Adrian and Dieuvertje (Joffe) Bronner. May was united in marriage to Arthur Christensen on September 16, 1939 in Aitkin. She worked at Land O??? Lakes Turkey Plant, Aitkin, the Palisade CO-OP Store, Carefree Pines now known as Big Sandy Lodge, McGregor, and she was a Foster Grandmother at Palisade School. She was a member of the Palisade CO-OP Guild, Bethel Lutheran Church, Palisade and its Ladies Aid. She enjoyed bowling in Aitkin and McGregor, and loved gardening, fishing, and camping. She is survived by 5 daughters and sons-in-law: Doris (David) Handt of Palisade and their children Barb, Terry, Greg, Jim, Diane, Bruce Dorothy Lage of Missouri and her children Trent and Kimberly Frances (Kile) Watson of Coon Rapids and their children Kevin and Cindy Karen (Robert ???Bud???) Carlson of Bemidji and their children Troy, Keith, and Michelle Marilyn (David) Ruud of Palisade and their children Jennifer and Gene Twenty-nine great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren Three sisters and brother-in-law: Nellie Way of Aitkin Grace (Clifford) Johnson of Aitkin Dena Mensing of Sandstone Besides many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur on November 8, 2007 2 great-grandchildren: Carl and Joshua One brother and one sister from Holland Also 2 sisters: Elizabeth Wolleat and Laura Wiltgen Four brothers: Adrian, Pete, Jake, and Cornelius And her parents Adrian and Dieuvertje (Joffe) Bronner Visitation will begin 2 hours prior to the 1:00P.M., Wednesday, December 12, 2007 funeral service at Bethel Lutheran Church, Palisade. Reverend William Sass will officiate. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Nora Swanson
06/19/1930-12/07/2007
Nora Swanson, 77 of Aitkin died Friday, December 7, 2007 at her residence. She was born June 19, 1930 in Malmo to Charles and Jennie (Forsberg) Johnson. On April 30, 1966 Nora was united in marriage to Conrad Swanson in Brainerd. She loved quilting, playing card and going to garage sale and to the casino. She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law Sue (Dennis) Fuller of Tampa Bay, FL. 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Steve Sharp and Dale (Cynthia) Sharp all of Rochester. Eight grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and one sister Ida. Besides many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Conrad on March 23, 2000, seven brothers and sisters and her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 10AM ??? Sunday, December 16, 2007 memorial service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend Donald Norman will officiate.
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Clifford D. Wederstrom
04/13/1929-12/06/2007
Clifford D. Wederstrom, 78 of McGregor died Thursday, December 6, 2007 at his residence. He was born April 13, 1929 in Cannon Falls to Edward and Elsie (Pribnow) Wederstrom. On January 27, 1951 in South St. Paul Clifford was united in marriage to Arlys Boche. They lived and raised their family in South St. Paul. He worked for Hamms Brewery for 31 years. They visited the McGregor area since 1965 and in 1991 they made their home there. He is survived by his wife Arlys One daughter Lorelee Wederstrom of Minneapolis 1 son Kevin Wederstrom of Cottage Grove Two sisters: Helen Johnson of South St. Paul Delores Hedin of Bloomington Besides many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son Edward, brother Elmer, two sisters Berniece Olson and Dorothy Nelson, and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 12:00P.M. ??? Tuesday, December 11, 2007 funeral service at McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ardele M. Kimball
08/03/1923-12/01/2007
Ardele M. Kimball, age 84 of Aitkin died Saturday, December 1, 2007 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born August 3, 1923 at Glenwood, Minnesota the daughter of A.M. and Lilah (Johnson) Steece. She moved with her family to Aitkin at the age of 11 and attended schools here graduating from the Aitkin High School. She then attended Teachers Normal School and taught at Bain. She married Irvin Rhodes on June 3, 1946. They lived in Aitkin and she taught at rural schools at Stark Lake and Iron Hub. She also taught many years at the Garrison School. She returned to college and received her masters??? degree in special education. She finished her teaching career in Brainerd, retiring in the early 1980???s. Her husband Irvin died in 1981. She married James Kimball in August of 1984, and she continued living in Aitkin. She was a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary, past president of the 6th district, and past president of the Aitkin Legion ladies Auxiliary, a charter member of the Aitkin Doll Club, was active in the Breast Cancer Support Group, and volunteered in tutoring children with their studies. She is survived by 2 sons: Bradley Rhodes of Aitkin; Bryan Rhodes of Duluth, 3 grandchildren: Christopher, Ann and Evan. 1 brother: Arvel Steece of Shelburne, Mass. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands: Irvin in 1981, James in 1989, and 1 brother. A memorial service will be held Friday, December 7, 2007 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from Noon until the 1 PM services. To sign the online guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Mildred A. Huth
08/29/1927-11/28/2007
Mildred A. Huth, age 80 of McGregor died Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at the North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. Mildred was born August 29, 1927 in St. Paul, Minnesota the daughter of Jean and Anna (Stoehr) Tibesar. She grew up in St. Paul and attended the Washington High School. She lived in St. Paul until 1982 when she moved to the McGregor area and lived on Lake Minnewawa. She had been a member of the Minnewawa Sportsman???s club, enjoyed playing cards, loved life on the lake and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by 2 sons: Robert Flaherty of Phoenix, Arizona; Gary and Linda Honan of St. Paul; 7 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Paul Huth in 1992. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 1, 2007 at the McGregor Funeral Home with Fr. John Fleischhacker officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 10 to the 11 AM services at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Roselawn Cemetery in St. Paul. To sign the on-line guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn.
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James C. Hawke
06/21/1928-11/27/2007
James C. Hawke, 79 of Aitkin died Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at his residence. He was born June 21, 1928 in Minneapolis to Walter and Grace (Prior) Hawke. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in World War II and the Korean War. On June 23 1951 in Stockton, CA. James was united in marriage to Blanche Redmon. He worked as a Journeyman Electrician. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and cribbage. He was a member of IBEW #292, Fleet Association, USS John R. Craig Association, USS Highbee Association, Tin Can Sailors Association, and Malmo Evangelical Free Church. James is survived by his wife Blanche 3 sons and daughters-in-law: Michael (Carol) of Farmington Larry of Eden Prairie Walter (Kelli) of Farmington Two daughters and sons-in-law: Kathleen (Gary) Loeppky of Edge Wood, NM. Lisa (George) Schaab of Oakdale 1 brother and sister-in-law: Gerald (Dee) Hawke of Apache Junction, AZ Grandchildren: Joshua Hawke, Rachel (Nick) Cochrane, Faith (Nate) Harshe, Naomi Loeppky, Jennifer and Jessica Schaab, Cody, Tori and Mackenzie Wiseman, Ryan Loeppky, Jennifer (Ron) Scott. He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Grace Hawke, brother Thomas Hawke, and son Ronald Hawke. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11AM ??? Friday, November 30, 2007 funeral service at Westside Church, Aitkin. Reverend Tom Schintz will officiate. Military Honors are by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion. Burial will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. srtfuneral.com.
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Shirley V. Hakes
05/22/1936-11/15/2007
Shirley V. Hakes, age 71 of Aitkin formerly of Austin, Mn and Plymouth, Mn. died Thursday, November 15, 2007 at her home. She was born May 22, 1936 at Montevideo, Minnesota the daughter of Alvin and Pauline (Fiene) Bahn. She moved with her family to Springfield, Mn. where she attended schools and graduated from the Springfield High School in 1954. She then attended Mankato State Teachers College for two years. She married Herb Hakes on September 9, 1956 in Springfield, Mn. They lived at Cedar Falls, Iowa while Shirley continued her education at the University of Northern Iowa. She graduated with a BS degree in Elementary Education. In 1958 they moved to Fairmont, Mn. and then to Winona in 1964 and then they moved to Austin, Mn. where they made their home and raised their family. She taught at the Congregational Nursery School. In 1990 they moved to Plymouth, Mn. and she taught pre-school there. In 1996 they moved to Spirit Lake near Aitkin. While living here she worked as a substitute teacher for the Aitkin School system and taught in the Tiny Tots program. She and her family had started coming to Spirit Lake in 1961. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin; served as a mentor in the Kinship Program, served as a board member for the Friends of the Arts, was instrumental in establishing the Kids Camp at Rutgers Resort; she helped design the new nursery at First Lutheran Church, and Shirley was a very project oriented person. She is survived by her husband Herb of Aitkin; 3 children and spouses: Sue Hakes and John Gorski of Grand Marais, Mn.; Bob and Gretchen Hakes of Minneapolis; John and Jennifer Hakes of Shoreview, Mn.; 4 grandchildren: Meghan, Chris, Allyson and Jacob. Also surviving is her mother in law: Mary Hakes of Aitkin; and Brothers and Sisters in law and other extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, and 1 sister Beverly. A celebration of Shirley???s life will be held Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson and Rev. Sarah Cordray officiating. Interment will be at the Diamond Lake Cemetery on Wednesday at 9 AM Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Tuesday. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the guest register or leave a message, go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Arthur J. Christensen
07/10/1918-11/08/2007
Arthur J. Christensen, 89 of Aitkin died Thursday, November 8, 2007 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born July 10, 1918 in Bain to Carl and Bethel (Dixon) Christensen. He worked in the C.C.C. Camps in Two Harbors. On September 16, 1939 in Aitkin Arthur was united in marriage to May Bronner. He was a school bus driver in McGregor and was manager for the Co-op service station in Palisade for over 25 years. He was a member of Farmers Union, and Bethel Lutheran Church, Palisade. He loved fishing, woodworking, gardening, and jig saw puzzles. He was preceded in death by 2 great-grandchildren Carl and Joshua Three brothers Rex, Jim, Ben, and his parents Carl and Bethel Christensen He is survived by 5 daughters and sons-in-law: Doris (David) Handt of Palisade and their children Barb, Terry, Greg, Jim, Diane, Bruce Dorothy Lage of Missouri and her children Trent and Kimberly Francis (Kile) Watson of Coon Rapids and their children Kevin and Cindy Karen (Robert ???Bud???) Carlson of Bemidji and their children Troy, Keith, and Michelle Marilyn (David) Ruud of Palisade and their children Jennifer and Gene Twenty-nine great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren One sister and brother-in-law: Emaline (Ellis) Halgrimson of Alexandria Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 2P.M., Monday, November 12, 2007 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Visitation will be 4 ??? 6P.M., Sunday at the funeral home and 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery.
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Donald Bonneville
08/23/1928-11/06/2007
Donald Bonneville, age 79 of Aitkin died Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born August 23, 1928 in Aitkin the son of Albert and Theresa (Halama) Bonneville. He graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1946 and then entered the U.S. Army in 1946 and was discharged in 1948. He earned the WW II Victory Medal and the Occupation Medal. He married Romaine Boyd on November 4, 1950 at the Maynard Boyd Home. He was a machinist 1st Class and he and his wife owned the Pine Lake Lumber Company. He enjoyed fishing, watching birds and being with his family. He was a member of the Pine Lake Chapel and was a trustee in the church. He is survived by his wife Romaine of Aitkin; Daughters: Julie Bonneville, Debra Usher and husband Randy; Janet Bonneville; and Patty Erickson all of Aitkin; 1 sister: Deloras Teske of California; 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in dreath by his parents, 3 sisters and 5 brothers. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 10, 2007 at 11 AM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Judith Clark and Rev. Larry Fotte officiating. Interment will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Visitation will be friday 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 Saturday.
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Kathy Lynn Doty
04/05/1952-11/03/2007
Kathy Lynn Doty, age 55 of Pillager died Saturday, November 3, 2007 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Kathy was born April 5, 1952 at Martinez, California the daughter of Lawrence and Betty (Wood) Andreoff. She moved with her family at a young age to Minneapolis where she grew up and attended schools. She then worked at a Nursing Home in New Hope for a time. That is where she met her husband Thomas E. Doty. They married on May 21, 1971 at Watertown, South Dakota. They lived at Plymouth, Mn. on Medicine Lake for a time and then moved to California in 1973. They lived there until 2001 when they moved back to Minnesota. They lived in Palisade for a year and then moved to Pillager where they have lived since. She had been involved in coaching soccer, worked as a crossing guard and served as a Den Mother with the Cub Scouts while they lived in California. She is survived by her husband Thomas Doty of Pillager; 2 sons and daughters in law: Matthew Earl and Rosie Doty of Las Cruces, New Mexico; Daniel Thomas and Kelly Doty of Lathrop, California; 3 grandchildren: Catarina Diane Doty, Tyler Thomas Doty and James David Coble. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother Steve. Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 8, 2007 at 1 PM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the on-line guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Mary Ellen Joerg
01/12/1953-11/01/2007
Mary Ellen Joerg, age 54 of Aitkin died Thursday, November 1, 2007 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer. Mary was born January 12, 1953 in Mankato, Minnesota the daughter of Walter and Mary Kehoe. She grew up and attended schools in Mankato graduating from Good Council Academy in 1971. She then attended Minnesota State at the Waseca Campus graduating with a degree in Horticulture. As part of her internship she came to Aitkin and worked at the Switzerland Trail Greenhouse. After her internship, she was offered a job at the greenhouse which she took. She married Nicholas C. Joerg on May 19, 1979 in Mankato. They moved to Aitkin and have lived here since. She had been involved with Girl Scouts and more recently was very involved with the support group for cancer patients at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center. She is survived by her husband Nick of Aitkin; 2 daughters: Kelly Joerg of Lake Crystal, Mn.; Kayla Joerg of Aitkin; 2 grandchildren: Ayden Hutchens and Austin Hutchens both of Lake Crystal, Mn. 4 brothers: Pat Kehoe of Semi Valley, Calf.; Denny Kehoe of Santa Cruz, Calf.; Gary Kehoe of Santa Cruz, Calf.; and Kevin Kehoe of Mankato, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 sister Sharon. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, November 6, 2007 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. 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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Katherine B. Wellner
06/25/1936-10/28/2007
Katherine B. Wellner, age 71 of McGregor died Sunday, October 28, 2007 at Miller-Dwan Medical Center in Duluth, Mn. She was born June 25, 1936 at Swatara, Minnesota the daughter of Antoine Barney and Melvina Bevins. She grew up and attended country schools at Swatara. She stayed with her grandparents and later moved to Minneapolis where she worked as a supervisor for the Sweet Neck Wear Tie Co. for over 30 years. She retired in the Mid 1980s and then moved to the McGregor area near Big Sandy Lake and has resided here since. She was a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, enjoyed sewing and quilting and was always making sure her family was taken care of. She is survived by 4 children and spouses: Bobby and Darlene Houle of Thief River Falls, Mn.; Karen and Rick Sampson of Maple Plain, Mn.; Stephanie Houle of Minneapolis; Shawn Wellner of Minneapolis; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and 1 sister: Shirley of Minneapolis. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 daughter Kimberly Wellner, 1 sister Jeanette, and 1 brother Conrad. Services will be held Thursday, November 1, 2007 at the East Lake Ceremonial Building with Lee Staples officiating. The wake service will begin at 4 PM at the Ceremonial Building. Burial will be at the Macville Cemetery near Swatara, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home.
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Donald Thomsen
11/26/1928-10/28/2007
Donald F. Thomsen, 78 of Isle died Sunday, October 28, 2007 at his residence. He was born November26, 1928 in Fairmont to Floyd and Minnie (Raatz) Thomsen He worked as a farmer and was very proud to be a U.S. Marine serving in World War II. He is survived by his sister Lois Thomsen-Abel, 3 nieces, six nephews besides other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Betty Lofquist, and 1 brother Earl Thomsen. Funeral services will be 10A.M. Saturday, November 3, 2007 at Lakeside Cemetery, Lakeside Township, Aitkin County, MN. Reverend Perry Johnson will officiate. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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