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Archive Obituaries
Carolyn Becker
09/09/1941-10/26/2007
Carolyn E. Becker, 66 of Aitkin died Friday, October 26, 2007 at her home after a long battle with cancer with her husband at her side. She was born September 9, 1941 in Bertha to Jay O. and Twila E. (Fisher) Barringer. On May 13, 1960 in Northwood, Iowa Carol was united in marriage to Gerald Becker. Carol was a mother, home maker, and heavy equipment operator on road construction. She worked in demo sales for Super One at Baxter. She is survived by her husband Gerald 1 son and daughter-in-law: Gerald, Jr. (Anita) of Eagle Bend One daughter and son-in-law: Lois (Clark) Peysar of Aitkin 7 grandchildren, two great grandchildren and many friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter Linda, father-in-law, brother-in-law, and her parents. Funeral service will be 11:00AM, Monday, October 29, 2007 at Westside Church, Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Burial will be 3:00PM, Monday at Evergreen Cemetery, Long Prairie. Visitation will be 5 to 7PM Sunday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.
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CLOTILDE ZIMMERMAN
03/22/1918-10/25/2007
Cloquet, Mn.; 15 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 son Marvin ???Butch??? Zimmerman; 1 grandson: Glenn Homme; 1 great granddaughter: Valerie Homme; 2 brothers: Roy and Bob and 3 sisters: Irma, Loretta and Esther. Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 28 at 2 PM from the McGregor United Methodist Church in McGregor. Rev. Russell Christensen and Chaplain Rosemary Tobin will officiate. Music will be provided by Jo Schneider on organ and Jim Sheetz will sing a special selection. The congregation will sing ???Amazing Grace??? and ???How Great Thou Art???. Visitation will be Sunday from Noon until the 2 PM services at the church. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery at McGregor. Pallbearers will be grandsons: Rick White, David White, Jim Lund, Jason Lund, Jon Lund, Nathon Bailey, and Adam Bailey. Honorary pallbearers will be: Alvin Hanson, Kenny Boyd, Gene Packer, Dick Sorenson, and Dale Zimmerman. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Don Jensen
07/30/1933-10/25/2007
Don LeRoy Jensen, 74 of Aitkin, formerly of Brooklyn Center passed away suddenly Thursday, October 25, 2007. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He was born July 30, 1933 in Minneapolis to William T. and Hazel M. (Willis) Jensen. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. On August 6, 1955 in Northwood, IA. Don was united in marriage to Pat Leary. He was employed by Western Electric for 32 years. He was an avid gardener, woodworker/carver, woodsman, hunter, and fisherman. He was most comfortable out of doors enjoying nature. Don is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Pat Children: Laurie Jensen, Susan (Kenneth) Burr, Steven Jensen Grandchildren: David Burr, Melissa (Timothy) Feist Brother William E. Jensen Sister Audrey Cortez Many relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be 11:00AM, Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Reverend Cynthia Gray will officiate. Burial with military honors will be in Bethlehem Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8PM, Tuesday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials preferred.
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Jake Zilverberg
03/15/1923-10/21/2007
Jake Zilverberg, age 84 of Aitkin died Sunday, October 21, 2007 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Jake was born March 15, 1923 in Wessington Springs, South Dakota the son of James and Caroline (Noach) Zilverberg. He attended schools in South Dakota and then moved with his family to the Aitkin area at the age of 10. He then attended schools in Aitkin. He helped on the family farm. He married Mary Ann Burgstaler on June 3, 1947 in Crosby. They continued farming for 20 years. He then went into Refrigeration, air conditioning and heating and worked at that for 20 years retiring due to a disability. He enjoyed working on Hit and Miss Engines and he was a master craftsman when it came to building these engines. He was also a very active musician having his own band for many years known as Jake???s Varieties. He played lead guitar and had been playing music since the age of 14. He volunteered many hours over the years to entertaining the residents of the local nursing homes. He was a member of the musicians union, the National Farmers organization, the DFL Party, a former member of the Aitkin Township Board, a former moose club member and had been a member of a number of Pioneer Gas Engine Associations. He is survived by his wife Mary Ann Zilverberg of Aitkin; 1 son and daughter in law: Kenneth Jake and Diane Zilverberg of Aitkin; 2 daughters and spouses: Annette Marie Zilverberg-Russell and husband Ted Russell of Aitkin; Karen Ann Zilverberg Carson and husband Don Carson of Seabrook, Texas; 1 brother: Jim Zilverberg of Grants Pass, Oregon; 5 grandchildren: Lisa Rosio, Cal Rainbolt, Grayson Rainbolt, Mellissa Rainbolt, Tony Rainbolt; 6 great grandchildren: Phillip Rainbolt, Ashley Rainbolt, Aaliyh Rainbolt, Armani Rainbolt King, Amari Rainbolt King, Karina Rainbolt. Jake was preceded in death by his parents, 1 daughter Jeanine Mary Zilverberg; 2 brothers: Mike Zilverberg, Dave Zilverberg and 1 sister Bessie Weimer. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 26, 2007 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church Friday. 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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Joseph C. Jewell
04/17/1917-10/21/2007
Joseph Clinton Jewell, age 90 of Palisade died Sunday, October 21, 2007 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born April 17, 1917 at Merna, Nebraska the son of Joseph W. and Lena (Ferguson) Jewell. He was the seventh in a family of 11 children. He moved with his family in 1927 to Swatara, Mn. He later moved to Tamarack and then in 1933 to the Moose Meadow Community east of Swatara. Joe worked as a farm hand near Swatara until 19 when he entered the C.C.C. Camp at Blackduck, Minnesota. Joe???s father died in 1943 and Joe made a home for his mother. They moved to a farm in Hebron Twp. north of Palisade, where he worked in the woods. Joe married Ruby (Lamke) Reich on April 17, 1946. They purchased the Mike Chrysinger farm adjoining his wife???s farm. They built a new home in 1948. They farmed there until 1967 when they moved to a hobby farm at Rossburg, east of Aitkin. Joe worked for Woodland Container until he retired in 1979. He had been a member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church of Palisade before they transferred their membership to St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin. He had held the office of trustee and deacon at St. Johns. In 1988 they sold their home at Rossburg and moved to Bethany Country Apartments in Brainerd. They became volunteers for the B.C.H. Services until 1993. They also were full time volunteers at the Brainerd State Hospital until the hospital closed. They also volunteered at Bethany Good Samaritan. In 1994 they moved back to Aitkin leaving many friends in Brainerd. One of Joe and Ruby???s dreams was to go to Hawaii and they were able to do this. He is survived by his wife Ruby (Lamke) Jewell of Palisade; daughter and son in law: Shirley and Roger Musil of Ohio; 3 grandchildren: MaryJo, Shawn, and Shane Musil; and 2 great grandchildren; adopted daughters and spouses: Darlene (Reich) and Al Seguin and Carol (Reich) and Ben O???Brien; Joanne (Reich) and Chuck Oaks; brothers: Rollie Jewell of Minneapolis; Archie and Wonda Jewell of Arizona and sisters: Emma Dennison of Aitkin and Vera and Earl Reich of McGregor and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister Ethel Olds, and brothers: James, William, Fred, and Ernest Jewell and an infant brother. And also beloved adopted son Joseph E. Reich. Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 11 AM from St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Burial will be in the Hebron 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 online guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dorothy Ehrler
09/01/1914-10/19/2007
Dorothy Marion Ehrler, 93 of Aitkin died Thursday, October 18, 2007 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born September 1, 1914 in St. Paul to Richard and Bertha (Braun) Cernohous. On April 10, 19 in St. Paul Dorothy was united in marriage to Charles Ehrler. She is survived by daughters Linda (David) Hommes Wendy (Duane) Wagoner Son Keith Ehrler 7 grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren Memorial services will be 2:00P.M., Sunday, October 28, 2007 at First Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Pastor Lance Issacson and Pastor Sandy Berg-Holte will officiate. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin, assisted with arrangements.
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Lamberth R. Mindrum
08/07/1929-10/19/2007
Lamberth R. Mindrum, age 78 of Aitkin formerly of Palisade died Friday, October 19, 2007 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born August 7, 1929 in Bemidji, Minnesota the son of Ole and Mary (Hedin) Mindrum. He moved with his family to the Palisade area at an early age. He attended schools in Palisade. He farmed for a time and then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and had received the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Stars. Upon his discharge he returned to Palisade and married Lorraine H. Weimer on January 29, 1955. They lived in Aurora, Minnesota and then returned to Palisade in 1956 where they made their home and raised their family. He helped Curt Weston log before he went to work for Woodland Container for 25 years until 1982 when he was disabled due to a car accident. He had also done Rock Work throughout the Aitkin area. He was a member of the VFW Post. He is survived by his wife Lorraine Mindrum of Aitkin; 7 children: Larry Mindrum; Linda Harwig; Lynn and Steve Evans; Lester Mindrum and Barb Lund; Leslie and Kim Mindrum; Lonnie Mindrum; Leeann Mindrum and Tim Wood all of Palisade, Mn.; 17 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Beverly Johnson of Crosby; Ramona (Dick) McConnell of Courdelane, Idaho; 2 brothers: James (Marie) Quade of Nevada; Donald Quade of Palisade. He was preceded in death by his parents Ole and Mary and 1 sister Joanne, 1 great grandson: Luke Harwig, and step father Ted Quade. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Charles Carlson officiating. Interment will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be Wednesday from Noon until the 2 PM services at the funeral home. 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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Dorothy Ehrler
09/01/1914-10/18/2007
Dorothy Marion Ehrler, 93 of Aitkin died Thursday, October 18, 2007 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born September 1, 1914 in St. Paul to Richard and Bertha (Braun) Cernohous. On April 10, 1935 in St. Paul Dorothy was united in marriage to Harlan Ehrler. She is survived by daughters Linda (David) Hommes Wendy (Duane) Wagoner Son Keith Ehrler 7 grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren Memorial services will be 2:00P.M., Sunday, October 28, 2007 at First Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Pastor Lance Issacson and Pastor Sandy Berg-Holte will officiate. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin, assisted with arrangements.
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Lavern R. Wilson
09/18/1931-10/17/2007
Lavern R. Wilson, age 76 of Tamarack died Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at his home. Lavern was born September 18, 1931 at Zimmerman, Minnesota the son of Clarence and Vivian (McKinney) Wilson. He moved with his family at the age of two to Round Lake near Tamarack. He grew up and attended the Northstar School and then the McGregor High School graduating in 1949. He then worked with his father logging and cutting Christmas Trees. He then joined the merchant marines and served on the Ore Carrier Governor Miller and sailed the Great Lakes. He then enlisted in the US Army in 1951 and served during the Korean War. He served overseas in Germany. Upon his discharge in 1953 he came back to the Tamarack area and logged for a time and then moved to the Twin Cities where he bought and operated a grocery store for a time. He then worked for Minneapolis Moline, Minneapolis House Furnishings, Orin Thompson Construction Co., Johnson-Keywood Construction where he worked on the Lock and Dams in Minneapolis; and he also bought, remodeled, and sold homes. He married Arlene E. Nelson on October 27, 1956 in Richfield, Mn. They lived in Minneapolis for a time and then moved to Mora, Mn in 1961 where he owned and operated the Trading Post which dealt in new and used furniture and also antiques. He later moved the store to Grandy, Mn. He then sold the store and went to work for Coles Steel Equipment Co. for 11 years and later worked for the Lowy Carpet Co. in Minneapolis. He then bought the Village Pump in Tamarack and operated that for 27 years retiring in 2002. He was a life member of the VFW, a member of the Mora Legion, a member of the NRA and was active in the Tamarack Business Community. Lavern loved people and especially loved his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Arlene of Tamarack; 2 daughters and son in law: Lennae and David Jackman of Tamarack; Jodi Wilen of Tamarack; 3 grandchildren: Elissa Wilen; Kyle Jackman; and Derek Jackman; sister in law: Joan Wilson, brother in law and sister in law: Alvin and Betty Nelson. and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Wallace in 1995. Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 21, 2007 at 2 PM from the Round Lake Presbyterian Church with Rev. John Yingling officiating. Special music will be provided by Cheryl Meld and Bill Haapoja. Visitation will be held Saturday from 5 to 7 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW Post. Pallbearers will be: Gary Sylvester, Christopher Vogel, Darin Aho, Steve Hanson, Jay Krippner, and Erlin Schultz. Honorary pallbearers are the grandchildren. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. To sign the online guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dorothy Houger
12/22/1922-10/15/2007
Dorothy Mae Houger, age 84 of Aitkin died Monday, October 15, 2007 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. Dorothy was born December 20, 1922 at St. Cloud, Minnesota the daughter of John and Ann (Kortem) Glaiden. She attended school in Osakis graduating from the Osakis High School in 1941. She married Aldyn Houger on October 31, 1942 in Osakis. After marriage they spent most of their time living in Minneapolis, then moved to Aitkin in 1977. During WW II she worked as an Airplane parts inspector. She then worked as a dental assistant. She was known for her outstanding soprano voice, singing solo???s and duets with her husband Aldyn. She was also known for her excellent homemaking skills of Cooking and baking. She also had a very friendly, talkative, cheerful personality. She attended the Westside Church in Aitkin. She is survived by 3 children and spouses: Dennis and Marilyn Houger of Robbinsdale, Mn.; Lynda Aitkin of Minneapolis; Dale and Nancy Houger of Osseo, Mn.; 5 grandchildren: Samuel (Hannah) Houger; Joseph Aitkin; Jason Aitkin; Rebecca (Nick) Worrell; Andrew Houger; 2 step grandchildren: James Foley, Joy Olson; 2 great grandchildren: Kailei Houger and Kaleb Houger; cousin: Mildred Gjertson of Brainerd; sister in law: Dorothy Nan Houger of Park Rapids, Mn. and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Aldyn, 1 sister: Helen Schmitt and 1 brother Don Glaiden. Dorothy???s family would like to thank Reverend Dallas Smith, Westside Church, and her friends Elaine, Esther, and Mark. Memorials are preferred to Feed The Children Charity in lieu of flowers. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M., Thursday, October 25, 2007 at Westside Church, Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Aitkin. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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James Parsons
12/19/1941-10/13/2007
James ???Jim??? N. Parsons, 65 of Aitkin died Saturday, October 13, 2007 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born December 19, 1941 in St. Cloud to Percy and Jeroma (Zenner) Parsons. On August 9, 1986 in McGregor Jim was united in marriage to Bonnie (Johnson). He was preceded in death by one brother and his parents. He is survived by his wife Bonnie of Aitkin 5 daughters and sons-in-law One son and daughter-in-law 14 grandchildren Two brothers and sisters-in-law 4 sisters and brothers-in-law His dog Daisy Mae, other extended family and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11am ??? Thursday, October 18, 2007 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Memorials are preferred in lue of flowers.
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Albert L. Tibbetts
03/19/1916-10/12/2007
Albert L. Tibbetts, age 91 of Aitkin died Friday, October 12, 2007 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born March 19, 1916 in Aitkin, Mn. the son of James W. and Mary (McGillis) Tibbetts. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin and worked on the family farm when his father passed away. He also worked in the woods and later for various construction companies. He also worked for the Scorpion Co. in Crosby. He is survived by 1 daughter: Ann Klein of Brainerd; 2 sons: Albert (Red) Tibbetts of Deerwood; Warren Tibbetts of Garrison; 1 brother: Willard Tibbetts of Aitkin; Seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents: sisters: Mildred, Margaret, and Jesse; brothers: Donald, James, George and wives Gladys and Florence. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 2 PM from the Aitkin Health Services with Rev. Donald Norman officiating. Interment will be in the Lakewood Cemetery in Crosby. Pallbearers will be: Sandy Tibbetts, Roger Tibbetts, Josh Prible, Zachary Klein Carner, Al Tibbetts, Dave Tibbetts, and Craig Schroemel. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Edwin R. Hanson
11/11/1930-10/10/2007
Edwin R. Hanson, age 76 of the Thor Community near Aitkin died Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born November 11, 1930 at Aitkin, Mn. the son of Henry C. and Agnes E. (Johnson) Hanson. He attended school at Thor and then Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1947. He then worked driving truck for his father and the H.C. Hanson Trucking Company. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951 to 1954 and spent time on the Marine Corps Rifle Team. Upon his discharge he returned to the Thor community where he continued trucking and also farmed. He married Yvonne Moe on September 17, 1955 at the Zion Lutheran Church at Thor. He retired from trucking in 1995 and from farming in 2006. He was a member of the Aitkin County Cattleman???s Assoc., was a life member of the Thor Church, was former Aitkin County Commissioner, served as Lee Township Supervisor for over 50 years, the Aitkin American Legion Post, had participated in Golden Gloves Boxing where he was a regional champion and placed second in the state. He also participated in the Minneapolis Aquitennial Canoe Race from Bemidji to Minneapolis in 1947 where he placed 13th. He is survived by his wife Yvonne Hanson of Aitkin; 4 children and spouses: Kathy and Wayne Appel of Blaine, Mn.; Judy and Kirt Dotzler of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; Sherry and Greg Randa of Kettle River, Mn.; Tim and Maerene Hanson of Aitkin; 11 grandchildren: Wade, Stacy and Ryan Apple; Angela and Susan Dotzler; Elizabeth, Amy, and Jacob Randa; Amber, Erika and Chelbi Hanson; 2 brothers and spouses: Alvin and Darlene Hanson of Aitkin; Donald and Sally Hanson of Aitkin; 1 sister: Doris Nordean of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 son Kraig Hanson. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 1 PM from the Zion Lutheran Church at Thor, Mn. with Rev. Gunnar Salmonson officiating. Ihleen Williams will play the organ and Bunny Vall will sing ???Nothing Is Impossible??? and ???Just a Closer Walk with Thee???. The congregation will sing ???How Great Thou Art??? and ???The Old Rugged Cross???. Interment will be in the Saron Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Roger Hanson, Robert Hanson, Mark Hanson, Dale Nordean, John Appel, and Kevin Hoge. Honorary pallbearers will be: Cory Considine, Kendall Vasser, and Stan Gustin. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Memorials are preferred. 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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Caroline Hassman Ryan
08/19/1908-10/05/2007
Caroline Hassman Ryan, age 99 of Aitkin died Friday, October 5, 2007 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born August 19, 1908 in Aitkin the daughter of Ben and Barbara (Foley) Hassman. She attended Aitkin Public Schools and the College of St. Benedict before returning to Aitkin to care for her mother and baby sister. She also worked in the First National Bank for her father until she married Joseph W. Ryan, attorney, on June 27, 1934. Together they raised 6 children. She was a lifetime member of St. James Catholic Church and was active in the council of Catholic Women and in the Maryhill Academy PTA. She was also an early member of the Gray Ladies, the Hospital Auxiliary at the Aitkin Community Hospital. Carol enjoyed golfing and traveling with her husband Joe, but her faith, her family and her home were the focus of her life. She enjoyed gardening and cooking, but most of all she enjoyed tending to and visiting with her family and friends. She is survived by her children and their spouses: Mike and Judy Ryan, Jim and Diane Ryan, of Aitkin; Dick Ryan and special friend Madeleine Lindberg of Fort Francis, Ontario; Mary and Rick Godfrey of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; daughter in law: Helen Ryan of St. Cloud; 17 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; and sisters: Margaret McConnell and Mary Therese Schoepf both of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joe, 1 son Jack, daughter Anne, brother Dick Hassman and sisters: Charlotte Welshons and Corinne Lynch Peterson. A mass of Christian burial was held Monday, October 8, 2007 at St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Interment was in the St. Thomas Cemetery at Aitkin. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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ROBERT F. PURDY
10/09/1931-10/03/2007
Robert F. Purdy, 75 of Aitkin died Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. He Was born October 9, 1931 in Modesto, CA. to Emmett and Francis (Gobble) Purdy. On June 15, 1951 in Carson City, Nevada Robert was united in marriage to Adeline Sjodin. He worked as a building contractor since the mid 1960???s until his recent retirement. His hobbies were rock collecting and polishing, making jewelry, gardening and photography. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, drag racing, and he loved his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Adeline 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Richard (Cindy) of Midland, TX. Rob (Shanna) of Aitkin. Four daughters and sons-in-law: Terri Kautz of Goldfield, NV. Karen (David) Stauffer of Aitkin Vicki Rhodes of Aitkin Jean Purdy (Brian Wright) of Inver Grove Heights 17 grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, son-in-law Judge Robert E. Kautz and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00am, Monday, October 8, 2007 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend Judith Clark will officiate. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery, Nordland Township, Aitkin County.
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Helen Wenzel
01/01/1909-10/02/2007
Helen E. Wenzel, age 98, of Aitkin died October 2, 2007 at the Aitkin Health Care Services. She was born January 1, 1909, in Hampton, Iowa the daughter of John and Cornelia (Greatstreaks) Mickelwright. When she was a young girl, the family moved to Dean Lake Township and later to Canada where she attended school. She married Carl Wenzel on January 2, 1932 in Dean Lake Twp. They farmed there until Carl died in 1965. She sold the farm and moved to Arkansas to be by her sister in law. She became a federal meat inspector in the chicken industry. She later moved back to Aitkin to live with her daughter and son in law Reo and Jim Robertson. She moved to Maryhill Manor where she lived until 2007. She was known for making teddy bears and crocheting. She is survived by her daughter: Janet Salsbury of Los Angeles, Calf.; son in law and wife: Jim and Amy Robertson of Aitkin; Grandchildren: Diana Robertson, Keith Robertson, and Greg Ravensdahl; step-granddaughters: Linda Monse, Vicky Monse Miller, Jeanne Monse, all of Aitkin; 3 great grandchildren; 2 step great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; 1 step great great grandcild; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Carl, son Roger, daughter Mildred (Reo); 1 great granddaughter; 1 step great great grandson; and 9 brothers. Funeral services were held Saturday, October 6 at Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin with Rev. Gunnar Salmonson officiating. Burial was in the Lakview Cemetery in Aitkin. Music was provided by Ilene Williams, Bunny Vall and Bev Just. Pallbearers were: Barney Burgstaler, Dennis Anderson, John Voller, Randy Adcock, Jeanne Monse, and Vicky Miller. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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William D. Rodger Jr.
03/26/1930-09/30/2007
William David Rodger Jr. age 77 of Aitkin formerly of Minneapolis died Sunday, September 30, 2007 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born March 26, 1930 the son of William Sr. and Dorothy (Tourtillotte) Rodger in Minneapolis where he grew up and attended schools. He lived and worked in Minneapolis until moving to the Aitkin area in the early 1980???s. He has lived here since. He is survived by 7 children and spouses: James and Connie Rodger of Centerville, Mn.; Colleen and Greg Durand of Plymouth, Mn.; Donald Rodger of Circle Pines, Mn.; Sue and Steve Ouellette of North Branch, Mn.; Patrick Rodger of Lakeville, Mn.; Mike and Patti Rodger of St. Francis, Mn.; Steve and Rhonda Rodger of Ham Lake, Mn.; Step daughter: Karen Simonson of Aitkin; Many grandchildren and great grandchildren; 1 brother: Bob Rodger. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Dianne in 2004, 1 daughter Rosemary, and 3 sisters: Doris, Mary and Marian. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 5 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating.. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. Interment will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. To sign the on-line guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Donna I. Elling
08/17/1934-09/27/2007
Donna I. Elling, 73 of Aitkin died Thursday, September 27, 2007 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born August 17, 1934 in Bismarck, North Dakota to Fred and Hazel (Boyd) Petersen. In 1954 in Aitkin, Donna was united in marriage to Donald R. Elling. He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law: Steve (Tammy) of Denver, CO. 1 daughter Terry Elling of Aitkin Five grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren One brother Fred Petersen of Aitkin Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00p.m. ??? Wednesday, October 3, 2007 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate.
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Wilson D. Morris
03/29/1917-09/24/2007
Wilson D. Morris, age 90 of Aitkin formerly of Garrison died on Monday, September , 2007 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born on March 29, 1917 in Estherville, Iowa the son of Waller and Julia (Van Fleet) Morris. He enlisted in the US Army during WW II serving stateside. He spent most of his life in construction working in Greenland, Casablanca, Iran, Alaska and many other places. He was a member of the 49ers union.He enjoyed horses,gardening, fishing, hunting, and especially family and friends. He was a master story teller and had a great sense of humor. Upon his retirement from Bolander Construction Co. he moved to Kerry Lake near Garrison. He is survived by 1 sister: Peggy Chester of Apache Junction, Az.; Daughters and sons in law: Judy and Ron Smith of Brook Park, Mn.; Kay and Steve Anderson of Hugo, Mn.; Becky and David Arnold of Montrose, Mn.; sons and daughter in law: Bob abd Tracy Morris of Aitkin; Joe Morris of Phoenix, Az.; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his former wives: Helen Eldeen and Margy Morris, 1 daughter Pat Clement, 1 son Jason Morris, Grandchildren: Julie Baker, Tammi Dalquist and Paul Morris. A memorial service will be held Monday, October 1, 2007 at 11:30 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Donald Norman officiating. Military rites will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. The family prefers memorials. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home.
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Kenneth G. Carlson Sr.
03/08/1940-09/22/2007
Kenneth G. Carlson Sr. (WA0SQW) age 67 of Aitkin formerly of Brooklyn Park, Mn. died Saturday, September , 2007 at his home. Kenneth was born March 8, 1940 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Harry and Inez (Knafla) Carlson. He grew up and attended schools in Robbinsdale graduating from the Robbinsdale High School in 1958. He married Donna Stinson on August , 1963 in Webster, South Dakota. They made their home in Brooklyn Park and he worked product development in office supplies for several Twin Cities based companies. He has owned property in the Glen, Mn. area for over 30 years and retired there in 2002. Kenneth was a Ham Operator and enjoyed working with and fixing computers. He is survived by his wife Donna of rural Aitkin; children and spouses: Scott and Christy Carlson of Rochester, Wash.; Kenneth Jr. and Carol Carlson of Big Lake, Mn.; Lynn and Paul Reichstadt of Champlin, Mn.; Amy and Ben Kervin of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; 14 grandchildren; 2 brothers: Ronald Carlson of Ham Lake, Mn.; Dennis Carlson of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; and 1 sister: Barbara Moen of Queen Creek, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 29, 207 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be from Noon to the 1 PM services on Saturday. Friends may sign the on line guest register at www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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JoAnn Mickelson
12/10/1926-09/20/2007
JoAnn E. Mickelson, age 80 of Deerwood, formerly of the Aitkin area died Thursday, September 20, 2007 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. JoAnn was born December 10, 26 in Malmo, Minnesota the daughter of Henry and Dagmar (Johnson) Hill. She grew up and attended schools in the Malmo area. She married Vernon Mickelson on March 29, 43 in Aitkin. They made their home in the Aitkin area where she raised her family. Once her children were grown she worked at the Riverwood Health Care Center in housekeeping for about ten years. She has resided in the Deerwood area since 91 when her husband passed away. She enjoyed Knitting, crocheting and doing beadwork. She is survived by: 11 children and spouses: Gordon and Sally Mickelson of Apple Valley, Mn.; Darlene and Myron Hetland of Kuttawa, Ky.; Faye Revak of Isle, Mn.; Donald Mickelson of Springfield, S.D.; Robert and Shelly Mickelson of Deerwood, Mn.; Sherril and John Vogel of Inver Grove Heights, Mn.; Harley and Theresa Mickelson of Salem, S.D.; Mary Ann and Thomas Welshons of Pine River, Mn.; George and Lora Mickelson of Columbia Heights, Mn.; Jeni and Steven Serig of Emporia, Kansas; Jean and Gary Sporer of Hibbing, Mn. sister in law: Debbie Mickelson of Coon Rapids, Mn.; 52 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren; 2 brothers: Arliss Hill of San Antonio, Tx.; George Hill of Minneapolis; 6 sisters: Helen Mass of Minneapolis; Florence Peterson of Minneapolis; Mable Mickelson of Isle, Mn.; Dorothy Hinkel of Minneapolis; Ruth Emans of Oceanside, Calf.; Myrtle Emans of Minneapolis, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her Parents; husband Vernon in 91, 2 children: Arthur Mickelson and Betty Lynn Mickelson. Funeral services will be held Monday, September 24, 2007 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Dallas Smith officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 10 AM until the 11 AM services. Interment will be at the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. To sign the Guest Book on-line and leave a memorial message, go to www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Dennis A. Hagquist
06/09/1931-09/17/2007
Dennis A. Hagquist, age 76 died Monday, September 17, 2007 as the result of a tractor accident near Malmo, Mn. Dennis was born June 9, 1931 in Livingston, Montana the son of Alfred and Lilly (Green) Hagquist. He moved with his family to the Malmo area in 1932 where his parents operated a farm. He attended the Clear Lake School and the Aitkin High School graduating from the High School. He enjoyed working with things mechanical and enjoyed fixing them. He operated the family farm for most of his life. He served in the U.S. Army from October 1954 to October 1956. Upon his discharge he returned to the Malmo area and continued operating the farm. Dennis married Phyllis M. Hetterle on October 19, 1969 in Minneapolis, Mn. Dennis has served as the sexton of the Malmo Cemetery since 1961. He also was a former member of the Worldwide Church of God. He enjoyed playing keyboard. He was a wonderful husband and will be dearly missed by his wife Phyllis. He is survived by his wife Phyllis of Malmo and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 sister Shirley. Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 23, 2007 at 1 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Darin Rengo officiating. Rick and Jackie Perry will provide music. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Norman Westerlund, Greg Westerlund, Neil Westerlund, Chad Westerlund, Jeff Westerlund, and Bruce Rengo. Honorary pallbearers will be: Gaylord Westerlund, Arden Westerlund, Willard Westerlund, Jim Hagquist, Donald Hagquist, Larry Toth, Lawrence Klienow, Bill Beseman, Donald Carlson, Harold Carlson, Phil Neese, and Newman Jacobson, Allan Westerlund and Howard Westerlund. Visitation will be Sunday from 11:30 to the 1 PM services at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Virginia May Simons
05/08/1931-09/14/2007
Virginia May Simons, 76 of McGregor died Saturday, September 8, 2007 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born May 8, 1931 in Minneapolis to Henry O. and Bertie (Eck) Hull. On December 27, 1952 in Minneapolis Virginia was united in marriage to John Simons. She is survived by her husband John of McGregor 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Marta Simons (Mark Murtha) of Little Falls Kris (Ben) Morrow of Maple Grove Julie (Jerry) Holmquist of Deerwood Two grandchildren Matthew and John Eidem Brother-in-law Albert Roy of Houston, TX Besides nieces, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her sister Joan Roy and her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00a.m., Saturday, September 15, 2007 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Kris Morrow and Reverend Ron Simons will officiate.
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Neta D. DeShaw
10/25/1921-09/13/2007
Neta D. DeShaw, 85 of Aitkin died Thursday, September 13, 2007 at Aitkin Health Services, Aitkin. She was born October 25, 1921 in Prairieburg, IA. to Henry G. and Minnie (Powers) Fenstermaker. On October 4, 1937 in Cedar Rapids, IA. Neta was united in marriage to Harold N. DeShaw. They moved to Wealthwood in 1956. In her early years she farmed and then worked as a cook and waitress but her main interest was ???Raising Kids???. She enjoyed gardening , fishing, and her card club. She is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law: Harold ???Buck??? (Beverly) of Great Falls, MT. Richard of Aitkin George of Great Falls, MT. Ronald (Connie) of Aitkin 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Patricia DeShaw-Aswegan (Al) of Aitkin Minnie Deshaw-Gandy of Aitkin Carol DeShaw-Thompson (Ken) of Great Falls, MT. Twenty-five grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren Besides other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold on January 14, 1993, grandson Michael, and her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Monday, September 17, 2007 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend Judith Clark will officiate. Burial will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.
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LEONARD BAACK
11/04/1920-09/05/2007
Leonard H. Baack, age 86 of Aitkin died Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born November 4, 1920 in Orienta Twp. of Bayfield Co., Wisconsin; the son of Emil and Marie (Brandt) Baack. He moved with his family at a young age to Minneapolis where he grew up and attended schools. He also attended Dunwoody Institute. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945. Upon his discharge he returned to Minneapolis and married Ireene H. Naslund on June 22, 1945. The lived at Lexington Village, until moving to St. Charles, Illinois in 1956. There Leonard worked for a stamping company for a time and then he founded and owned Fox River Stamping Co. for about 30 years. Upon his retirement he and his wife Irene moved to the Aitkin area where they built their log home in the early 1990???s. They were very active in the building of their dream home. Leonard was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Nordland Twp. and he always looked forward to and enjoyed the Navy Sea Bee???s reunions. He is survived by 1 sister: Leona Cote of Coon Rapids, Mn.; 1 sister in law: Eleanor Baack of Minneapolis; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Irene in 2000, and 2 brothers. Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 9, 2007 at 2 PM from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church near Aitkin with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. Rebecca May will play the organ and Rick Perry will sing ???The Lord???s Prayer??? and ???How Great Thou Art???. The congregation will sing ???In The Garden??? and ???Children of Our Heavenly Father???. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Sunday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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TIMOTHY S. TIBBETTS
09/04/1961-08/29/2007
Timothy S. Tibbetts, age 45 of Belen, New Mexico died after a long battle with cancer at the Vista Care Center in Albuquerque, Mew Mexico on Wednesday August 29, 2007. He was born in Aitkin, Minnesota on September 4, 1961 the son of Mike and Karen (Johnson) Tibbetts. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin. He is survived by his wife Sue of Belen, N.M.; 2 daughters: Nicole and Tina of St. Cloud, Mn; son: Robert of Austin, Tx.; Mother Karen of Brainerd; Father Mike of Bandero, Tx.; sister: Terry of Brainerd; 2 brothers: Mike of St. Paul and John of Kenosha, Wisc. He was preceded in death by his uncle Matthew Tibbetts; grandfather: VernonTibbetts, and Grandparents Harry and Dorothy Johnson. Funeral services will be held Monday, September 3, 2007 at 10 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Dallas Smith officiating. Interment will be in the Round Lake Cemetery north of McGregor. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services on Monday. Memorials are preferred to the family. The Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin is in charge of the arrangements
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ERLING A. WILLPRECHT
08/16/1946-08/27/2007
Erling A. 'Will' Willprecht, 61 of Aitkin died Monday, August 27, 2007 at his residence. He was born August 16, 1946 in Veblin, South Dakota to Gustav and Alma(Henke) Willprecht. On April 1966 in Minneapolis he was united in marriage to Nancy (Bergstrom). He was assistant manager at Freedom Gas Station, Aitkin. He is survived by his wife Nancy 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Dawn (Steve) Krawczyk of Glendale, AZ. Wendy (Mike) LaBarr of Glendale, AZ. One sister: Carol VanSyckel of Burnsville 1 brother and sister-in-law: Myron (Marqurite) of Conroe, TX. Three grandchildren: Timothy, Mathew, and Mykaela LaBarr Besides nieces, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Lowell, and 1 brother-in-law Arlo. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00 P.M. ??? Saturday, September 1, 2007 funeral service at Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church, Aitkin. Reverend Gunnar Salmonson will officiate. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root- Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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Alice Edquist Hansen
09/09/1908-08/25/2007
Alice E. Hansen, 99, of Aitkin died Saturday, August 25, 2007 in Lureldale, PA. She was born September 9, 1908 on a farm in Butler County, Iowa the second daughter of Gustavus and Clara (McCague) Hawley. In December of 1918 at the age of she moved with her family to the Cedar Brook area and then to Aitkin in March of 1919. She graduated from Aitkin Public School in 1926. She attended Normal School in Aitkin and taught at Longfellow School in Rossburg for one year from 1927 ??? 1928. On June 16, 1928 she was united in marriage to Reuben Edquist. Alice went back to teaching in 1955 starting in Bennettville then Wealthwood and Butts all for one year each. In 1958 she taught 5th grade at Deerwood Elementary School for 8 years. During this time she was taking college courses part time from the University of Minnesota, Duluth graduating in 1966. She started teaching 5th grade at the Aitkin Ripple Side Elementary School in 1966 until her retirement in 1974. She was a member of the Aitkin United Methodist Church and the Adah Circle. She was also a member of the Aitkin VFW Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary holding several offices including Past President, the Order of the Eastern Star, serving in most of the offices including Past Worthy Matron.. She was a 50 year member of the Aitkin Rebekah Lodge #151 serving in most offices and was past Noble Grand. She was also Past District President of the Rebekah Assembly. She was preceded in death by her first husband Reuben in December of 1978, three sisters Mabyrn in 1935, Margaret Hawley in 1997, Helen Drake in 1999, one brother Harold Hawley in 2005. Her father in 1946 and mother in 1949. Her second husband of 17 years Arvid Hansen died December 28, 1980. She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law: Harold (Dorothy) of Jarrettsville, MD. 2 granddaughters: Sharon Edquist of Cape Cod, MA. and Diane Kahler of Nottingham, MD Three grandchildren: Adam, Maddie and Logan 3 sisters-in-law: Lucile Hawley of Sun City, AZ. Myrtle Edquist and Eleanore Skatt both of Aitkin. Funeral services will be 2:00P.M., Thursday, August 30, 2007 at Aitkin United Methodist Church. Reverend Judy Clark will officiate. Visitation will begin at 12:00P.M. at the Church. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Aitkin. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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FRANK LYNN PATRICK SR.
10/04/1925-08/22/2007
Frank Lynn Patrick Sr., age 81 of Aitkin died Wednesday August 22, 2007 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Frank was born in Ladysmith, Wisconsin on October 4, 125, the son of Blaine and Josephine (Koll) Patrick. He grew up in the Wealthwood area were he was raised by his foster parents Henry and Margaret Schanno. He married Mary Ann Dotzler on January 16, 146 in Aitkin. He farmed with his wife in Spencer Township. They were married for 55 years at the time of her death in April of 2001. Frank was 17 when he enlisted in the United States Navy. He served during WW II aboard the destroyer, USS Trathen from December 12, 142 to December 18, 146. He was then called back into active service for the Korean War where he was stationed in Jacksonville, Florida from January 3, 150 to November of 151. He is survived by sons and daughters in law: Nick and Vicki Patrick of Aitkin; Frank Jr. (Butch) and Ione Patrick of Rice, Mn.; Randy and Karla Patrick of Aitkin; Dan and Geni Patrick of Aitkin; Daughters and son in law: Kathy Patrick of Richfield, Mn.; Josie Ehret of Center City, Mn.; Colette and Russell Tate of St. Paul; 18 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; step brothers: Bob Patrick of Ladysmith, Wisc.; Milton Patrick of North Branch, Mn.; Step-sister: Patsy Avery of Forest Lake, Mn.; sisters in law: Edna Patrick and Margaret Walz and Brothers in law: William and Godfrey Dotzler and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ann, and infant son, his parents, Foster parents, brothers: Donald Patrick, Kenneth Patrick, Lawrence Patrick, Ralph Patrick and foster sister Mary Schanno. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, August 25 at 11 AM at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 PM with a Rosary Service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Pallbearers will be: Brian Patrick, Paul Patrick, Keith Patrick, Eric Patrick, Dominick Patrick, John Patrick, Isaac Patrick, Aaron Patrick, David Ehret, Ryan Ehret, and Adam Ehret. Honorary pallbearers will be: Joseph Hall, Robert Lobdell, Terry Dotzler, Doug Boyer and Sid Nelson. The Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts will provide military honors. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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PHYLLIS REINERTSON
02/29/1936-08/18/2007
Phyllis Reinertson, 71, met her Lord and Savior with her family by her side Saturday evening, August 1, 2007 at the Rosebud Care Center in Forsyth, Montana. Phyllis was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota on February 29, 1936. She was the fourth and last child of James and Mary Christesen. Her family was in the hotel management business, so Phyllis grew up calling the Front Street Hotel and the Third Avenue Hotel home. She received her education in Grand Rapids graduating from High School in 1954. Her life-long love of music surfaced when she began singing in 6th grade. She studied piano and violin from seventh grade through high school. As an adult she sang in the choir for Billy Graham and Kathryn Kuhlman Crusades. Phyllis was an accomplished seamstress and cook. When her two sons started school, she began pursuing her passion of oil painting. Some of her work took top honors at the Rosebud-Treasure County Fair and the Eastern Montana Fair in Miles City. She also taught home group Bible study classes for 15 years after she met the Lord at age 33. At Bible study during her early years as a Christian someone asked, ???How do you want to be remembered???? She responded saying that she hoped those who knew her could say, ???She always tried her best to do God???s Will.??? In 1955 while she was singing in a church she met a young man named Norm Reinertson. They were married in Fargo, N.D. in 1956. The couple celebrated their 50th anniversary n June of 2006, with a family celebration held in Minnesota. That was a very special time for Phyllis. Norm???s work as a carpenter took the couple from Minnesota to Paradise, Calf., and then back to his home state of Montana over the course of their 50 years together. At the time of Phyllis???s death they were making their home at Rosebud, Montana. She is survived by her husband Norman Reinertson of Rosebud, Mont.; 2 sons and daughter in law: Mitch and Heidi Reinertson of Big Timber, Mont.; Steve Reinertson of Forsyth, Mont.; 2 grandsons: Joey and Josh Reinersten of Minnesota and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters: Helen ???Christy??? Neary, Mary Anne Warren; 1 brother: Donald Christesen. Funeral services were held Wednesday August 22 at Forsyth, Montana. A graveside service will be held Monday, August 27, 2007 at 11 AM at the Macville Cemetery near Swatara. Local arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Frederick Wold
03/03/1935-08/16/2007
Frederick A. Wold, 2 of Aitkin died Thursday, August 16, 200 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born March 3, 1935 in Aitkin to Ernest and Margaret (MacDonald) Wold. He graduated from Aitkin High School. On July 3, 1954 in Aitkin Fred was united in marriage to Carol Schack. He was employed as a Chrysler Auto Parts Manager for 30 years in the Twin Cities prior to moving to the Aitkin area where he worked for Tanner Motors until his retirement. He is survived by his wife Carol of Aitkin 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Debbie Wold of Plymouth Diane (Rick) Jorgensen of Zimmerman Cindy (Randy) Lindberg of Ramsey Two sons and daughter-in-law: Mike (Cheryl) of New Brighton Pat of Champlin grandchildren, two great-grandchildren 2 brothers and sister-in-law: Bob (Marge) of Aitkin John of San Diego Besides other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by two brothers Ernest and Stuart and his parents Ernest and Margaret (MacDonald) Wold. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:30pm, Thursday, August 23, 200 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend Judy Clark will officiate
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JENNIE TURNER
03/14/1915-08/09/2007
Jennie Turner, age 92 of Aitkin formerly of McGregor and the Fleming Community died Thursday, August 9, 2007 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Jennie was born March 14, 191 at Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Mike and Maria (Pahala) Niemi. She grew up and attended schools in the Aitkin area. She married Claude S. Turner on March 4, 1936 in Aitkin. They lived in the Fleming Community and farmed until the mid 190's. They continued to live at the farm until her husband died in 199 at which time she moved to McGregor and lived at the Pioneer Villa. She has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center the past 3 weeks. Music was a large part of her and her husband's life as they played accordian and harmonica. They spent many hours over the years entertaining the residents at the local nursing homes. She was a member of the Fleming United Methodist Church, the Fleming Ladies Aid, the Birthday Club, she enjoyed working the dinners at the Fleming Church, she baked beans for the many DFL Fund Raisers, she loved to can her garden produce and most importantly, her grandchildren were her pride and joy. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Lawrence and Evelyn Turner of McGregor; son in law: Hubert Boyer of Prior Lake, Mn.; 6 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, 1 sister: Sylvia Niemi of Minneapolis. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Claude in 199, 1 daughter Doris, 1 brother Taido, and 2 sisters: Thelma and Celia. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 2 PM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church in Aitkin with Rev. Russell Christensen officiating. Interment will be at the Spencer Cemetery in Spencer Twp. of Aitkin Co. Pallbearers will be: Kerry Boyer, Scott Turner, Kim Boyer, Jim Sprague, Todd Loose, and John Lindgren. Visitation will be Tuesday from to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Dorothy C. Peterson
10/04/1920-01/01/1970
Dorothy C. Peterson, 89 of Aitkin died Thursday, November 5, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born October 4, 1920 in Pine County to Albert and Sarah Jane (Campbell) Cherrier. Dorothy was united in marriage to Anton F. Peterson. She was a school teacher for Mounds View School District. She lived in Roseville prior to moving to Big Sandy Lake and then to Aitkin while wintering in Alamo, TX. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Suzanne (George) Arent of Sanford, FL. One Granddaughter: Lori Arent (Matt Williams) of Ham Lake 2 great grandchildren: Kaija and Cody Lasher And nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Anton, son Fred Peterson Two brothers Roy and Ben Cherrier and 2 sisters Agnes Bratz and Bernice Peterson, and her parents. No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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George C. ''Dutch'' Hasskamp George C.
12/13/1901-09/24/1953
George C. ''Dutch'' Hasskamp George C. ???Dutch??? Hasskamp, age 57 of Aitkin died Monday, June 27, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Dutch was born September 24, 1953 at Crosby, Minnesota the son of Gordon and Ida Mae ???Breezy??? (Chambers) Hasskamp. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1971. He then attended the Vocational School in Wadena and trained as an electrician. He married Diane R. Hanson on May 17, 1975 at Wolf Lake, Minnesota. They made their home in Aitkin and Dutch worked for Bob Nordean at Nordean Electric until 1979 at which time he started Dutch???s Electric which he has operated since. He was a member of St. John???s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook, the Rocky Mountain Elk Federation, and The Minnesota Electrical Association of which he was a past president and was currently serving as a legislative chair for them. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles, snowmobiling, and spending time at his cabin. He is survived by his wife Diane Hasskamp of Aitkin; Children: Brad Hasskamp of Minneapolis; Shawn and wife Katie Hasskamp of Aitkin, Melissa Hasskamp of Ironton, MN.; granddaughter: Savannah Hasskamp; 2 brothers and sisters in law: Jeff and Terri Hasskamp of Aitkin; Keith and Gina Hasskamp of Aitkin and aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 1 sister Helen. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 11 AM from St. John???s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Burial will be in the St. John??? s Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church Thursday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Terrence R. Anderson
12/13/1901-11/15/1946
Terrence R. Anderson, age 63 of Aitkin formerly of Crystal died Friday, February 19, 2010 at his home. Terrence was born November 15, 1946 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Alphons and Rosella (Cassady) Anderson. He moved with his family to the Twin Cities at the age of three where he grew up and attended schools. He also attended school at Montevideo, Mn. He graduated from North High School in Minneapolis in 1964. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army, and served in Germany, and then as a drill instructor at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. Upon his discharge he returned to the Twin Cities and worked for a time for Super Valu. He married LaVonne M. Lemire on January 4, 1969 at Crystal, Minnesota. They made their home and raised their family in Crystal. He worked as a security guard for the Northridge Nursing Facility. He also was a volunteer fireman for the Crystal Fire Department and had served as Deputy Fire Chief. He served with the department from 1971 to his retirement in 1996. He retired due to health issues in 2008 and in December 2008 moved to Aitkin. He was a member of the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Assn., the Teamsters, and the Aitkin American Legion Post 86. He had started the Crystal Fire Explorer Post. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting, and golfing. He also helped coach baseball and softball. He is survived by his wife LaVonne Anderson of Aitkin; 2 daughters and sons in law: Anna and Brent Jablonski of Rogers, Mn.; Jennie and Joe Elsenpeter of Buffalo, Mn.; 1 son and daughter in law: James and Cindy Anderson of Little Falls, Mn.; 9 grandchildren; 6 sisters and spouses: Cheri and Wayne Hempeck of Melrose, Mn.; Lonnie and Ron Olson of Blaine, Mn.; Lezlie and Ken Dadd of Anoka, Mn.; Tammy Anderson of Crystal, MN.; Susan and Jerry Johnson of St. Paul, MN.; Michelle and Tom Steffenhagen of Orlando, Fla.; 1 brother and sister in law: Jack and Stephanie Anderson of Glenwood, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Justin Fish officiating. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com
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Judith L. Prell
12/13/1901-07/31/1944
Judith L. Prell, 67 of McGregor died Monday, August 08, 2011 at her home. She was born July 31, 1944 in McGregor to Arthur and Lucille (Moe) Rian. She graduated from McGregor High School in 1962. Judith was united in marriage to Douglas A. Prell in 1997 in Reno, NV. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, and going to the casino. Judith loved her grandchildren and spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband Douglas 6 children and their spouses: Sandy (Keith) Marsyla of Aitkin Lisa (Curt) Raveill of McGregor Debbie Hanson of Brainerd Linda Hanson of East Bethel Henry (Beth) Schultz of McGregor Aaron Schultz of McGregor 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren 4 brothers: Art (Minyon) Rian of McGregor Daryl (Sue) Rian of Mississippi John (Carol) Rian of Palisade David (Diane) Rian of Aitkin 1 sister: Joan Buttler of McGregor Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Dennis and Ronald Rian and her parents Arthur and Lucille (Moe) Rian. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 12:00P.M., Thursday, August 11, 2011 memorial service at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Reverend Terry Banker will officiate. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Joan Ann Beauchem
12/13/1901-07/19/1944
Joan Ann Beauchem, 67 of Palisade died Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born July 19, 1944 in Oregon, Illinois to John and Flossie (Jackson) Messenger. Joan was united in marriage to John Beauchem on June 2, 1963 in Illinois. She most recently worked at Kelly???s Kitchen in Palisade. She was previously employed as a CNA at Riverwood Extended Care, at the School House Caf?? in McGregor, and cleaned different bars and restaurants in the area. She liked to collect snowmen, lighthouses, and geese. She enjoyed watching the mini donkeys, dogs, and especially her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her grandson Kyle, 2 brothers, 1 sister and her parents. Joan is survived by her husband John Beauchem, Sr. of Palisade 1 Son and daughter-in-law: John (Becky) Beauchem, Jr. of Breckenridge Two Daughters and son-in-law: Tammy Beauchem (Mark Moe) of Palisade Sandra (Chad) VanVickle of Palisade Grandchildren: Chuck, Amber, Derek, Shane, Cody, Angie, Mickayla, Isaac, Breanna, Courtney, and Jake Great- Grandchildren: Kylee, Sabree, Paxten, and one on the way due later in the year. Two sisters, other relatives and friends. Joan???s family would like to give a special ???thank you??? to the staff at Aitkin Health Services for their help. A memorial service will be 1:00P.M. ??? Saturday, October 1, 2011 at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Reverend Charles Carlson will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery at Rat Lake, Workman Township. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Janet R. Wik
12/13/1901-10/13/1942
Janet R. Wik, age 68 of Aitkin died Thursday, February 24, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Janet was born October 13, 1942 at Cook, Minnesota the daughter of Hagvert and Gennie (Johnson) Wik. Janet lived on a farm with her parents at Silverdale, MN. until the mid 1950???s. She then lived at Cambridge, Mn. and Brainerd, Mn. In 1972 she moved, with her friend Audrey, to the Von Reese home at Aitkin. Janet lived there until 1974 when she moved to the Joseph Skaj Home and she lived with Joseph and Martha Skaj for 16 years. She then moved to Carol Hansen???s Foster Home in 1990. She had resided there until moving to Aicota Health Care Center in 2009. Janet had worked at the Aitkin County DAC since 1972 and had participated in the Oakridge Homes programming. She is survived by family friend Clarice Anderson, foster mother Carol Hansen, personal guardian Shirley Scharer and all of her friends and co-workers at the Aitkin County DAC. Janet was preceded in death by her parents and infant brother. A memorial service for Janet will be held Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 1:00 PM at the Aicota Health Care Center with Rev. Donald Norman officiating. Burial will be at the Silverdale 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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Velma J. Gerard
12/13/1901-03/10/1940
Velma J. Gerard, 71 of Aitkin died Monday, November 7, 2011 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born March 10, 1940 in Morrison Township, Aitkin County to Vern and Hazel (Loomis) Nelson. She worked as a secretary. She was united in marriage to Earl Gerard in 1966 in California. There will be no services. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Curtis Randall Erickson
12/13/1901-11/05/1939
Curtis Randall Erickson, 71 of Palisade died Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born November 5, 1939 in Cokato to Vernon and Helmi (Mattila) Erickson. He was baptized at Dassel Mission Covenant Church and confirmed into the Lutheran faith at First Lutheran Church in Dassel. He graduated from Dassel High School in 1958. He was a U.S. Marine Corps. veteran. He worked for his parents hatchery, Minnesota Poultry Service in Dassel. He attended BCA school and became a police officer for the communities of Pine Island, Maple Lake, Cokato, and Dassel. He then worked for 3-M Company in Hutchinson retiring after 27 years of employment. Curtis was united in marriage to Barbara (Anderson) on January 29, 1971 in Dassel. He loved sports, playing basketball for Cokato, Dassel and Kingston teams and also in the Marine Corps. He coached various youth and adult sports teams. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, camper, swimmer, bowler, and enjoyed playing cards and watching any and all sports on TV. Some of his greatest joys were his children and grandchildren and the accomplishments they achieved. He is survived by his wife Barbara Children: Lynn (John) Sowders of Springtown, TX. Nicole (Brian) Smith of Palisade Chantelle (Matt) Erickson of Colorado Springs, CO. Todd (Anne) Erickson of Columbus, OH. Grandchildren: Sarah (Scott) Neely, Mariah Sowders, Joseph Sowders, Geoffrey Sowders, Amisty Smith, Amira Smith, Race Smith, Darian Erickson, Hannah Erickson, Elijah Erickson, Alesha Bergmann, Bethany Bowen, and Izaak Bowen. Brothers: Robert ???Bob??? Erickson of Braham Roger (Marvel) Erickson of Hutchinson Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his son Bryce Erickson, nephew Chad Erickson and his parents Vernon and Helmi (Mattila) Erickson. A celebration of Curtis??? life for friends and family will be held 1:00P.M., Saturday, July 2, 2011 at his home in Palisade. Inurnment will be in Grace Lutheran Cemetery in rural Kingston at a later date. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Allan Roy Wredberg
12/13/1901-07/24/1937
Allan Roy Wredberg, 73 of Palisade, died Monday, July 18, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born July 24, 1937 in Anoka to Alvin and Victoria (Carlson) Wredberg. He attended country school in St. Francis and graduated from St. Francis High School. He served in the National Guard and was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Upon his discharge he returned to Anoka. He moved with his life partner Margaret Perry to Maple Grove and Montrose and settled in Aitkin in 2001. During his life he was a mechanic for United Van Bus and then purchased Prestige Sanitation and Country Wide Sanitation which served North West Minneapolis metro area. He sold Country Wide Sanitation to Randy???s Sanitation and continued to work there until his retirement. He is survived by his partner Margaret Perry of Palisade Daughter: Terri Lubrano of Largo, FL. 4 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Brothers and sisters-in-law: John (Kathy) Ottenstroer of Andover James (Susan) Wredberg of McGregor Thomas Wredberg and partner Isreal Castillo of Bolinas, CA. Sisters and brothers-in-law: Ann (Donald) Scherber of Rogers Joanne (Walter) Brunner of Fairbanks, Ak. Dorthea (Phillip) Morris of Prescott, WI. Aunt: Margaret (Albert) Dorry of St. Paul Uncles: Clifford (Betty) Carlson of Princeton; Willard (Dianne) Carlson of Minneapolis Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter Jackie, father Alvin in 1992, mother Victoria in 1954, stepmother Catherine (Ottenstroer) in 2005, and ex-wife Julia. Memorial services will be 1:00P.M. ??? Thursday, July 21, 2011 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. Reverend William Sass will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service in the church. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Anoka at a later date. Military honors will be provided by Palisade VFW Post #1721 and Aitkin American Legion Post # 86. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Maria H. Lamke
12/13/1901-12/14/1934
Maria H. Lamke, age 76 of Palisade died Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born December 14, 1934 at Straubing, Germany the daughter of Josef and Franziska (Scheingraber) Dietl. She attended school in Straubing and during high school also attended a trade school and earned a degree as a seamstress and tailor. She married Dwaine W. Lamke on February 29, 1956 at Straubing, Germany. They lived in Germany, Arizona and Kentucky before moving to the Palisade area in 1974. Maria raised her family but also worked as a seamstress and tailor, a waitress and in later years a dietary aide at Aicota Health Care Center. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church and had been on the Catholic Council of Women. She enjoyed baking, crafts, crocheting, gardening, sewing, and she loved her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband Dwaine W. Lamke of Palisade; children and spouses: Kevin R. and Shelly Lamke of Aitkin; Linda E. and John Arness of Aitkin; Sandra R. Olson of Hill City, Mn.; Brenda V. and Allen Pundsack of Glencoe, Mn.; Rhonda A. Maxwell of Aitkin; Priscilla M. and Jerry Benson of Garrison, Mn.; 3 sisters: Franziska Bowen of Borger, Tx.; Hildegard Rabe and Rosemarie Koch both of Munchen, Germany; Grandchildren: Melinda Betley, Kristina Peters, Johnathon Arness, Lee Olson, Darik Lamke, Luke Pundsack, Dylan Pundsack, Michelle Maxwell, Mitchell Maxwell; great grandchildren: Jeremy Betley and Logan Peters. She was preceded in death by her parents: Josef and Franziska Dietl, Brother Josef Dietl, sisters: Eleanore George and Johanna Dominelli. A private family service was held. Burial was in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Michael ''Gus'' Johns Michael ???Gus??
12/13/1901-05/24/1934
Michael ''Gus'' Johns Michael ???Gus??? Johns, age 77 of Aitkin formerly of Chicago died Monday, March 28, 2011 at his home near Aitkin. Gus was born May 24, 1934 at Chicago, Illinois the son of Michael and Sophie (Athanas) Johns. He grew up and attended schools in Chicago and also attended Wright Junior College in Chicago. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959. He was a Jazz musician and also worked as a bartender in Washington State before returning to Chicago in 1962. He worked as Manager of the Earl of Old Town, a historic night club, until 1983. He married Carol on February 20, 1987 in Chicago. They moved to Aitkin in 2002 and have lived here since. While in Chicago he also did some amateur acting. He loved playing the piano and following the Chicago Cubs Baseball team. He is survived by his wife Carol Johns of Aitkin; 4 children: Myrna Christian of Scottsdale, Arz.; Charla (Jeff) Dalman of Auburn, Wash.; Abigail Johns of Chicago, Ill., Zachary (Cathy) Johns of Skokie, Ill.; 3 grandchildren: Dalles (Leanna) Christian of Puyallup, Wash.; Morgan Christian of Puyallup, Wash.; Zachary Johns of Skokie, Ill and 2 great grandchildren: Alexander Christian and Benjamin Christian. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Robert. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 11 AM from the Malmo Free Church with Rev. Glenn Browning officiating. 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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Herbert D. Hakes
12/13/1901-03/03/1934
Herbert D. Hakes, age 77 of Spirit Lake near Aitkin died of Parkinson???s disease and Lewy Body Dementia on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born March 3, 1934 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Kenneth and Merry (Welton) Hakes. He moved with his family at a young age to Springfield, Minnesota where he grew up and attended schools graduating from the Springfield High School in 1952. He then went to college at Iowa State and graduated with a BS degree in Dairy Industry in 1956. He married Shirley V. Bahn on September 9, 1956 at Springfield, Minnesota. He went to work for the Carnation Company and they made their home in Cedar Falls, Iowa and their daughter Sue was born there. He then moved to Fairmont, Mn. and worked for the Nelson Ice Cream Company. While living in Fairmont their son Bob was born. The Kemps Company bought out the Nelson Ice Cream Co. and in 1965 Herb was transferred to Winona, Mn. where son John was born. Later in 1965 he transferred to Austin and worked there for Kemps from 1965 until 1990 when he was transferred to the Twin Cities, and they made their home in Plymouth, MN. In 1996 they retired to Spirit Lake near Aitkin. They had been coming to Spirit Lake since the early 1960???s. He had most recently been a resident at the Aicota Assisted Living Center. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Had served on church council, was a longtime choir member, had been active in the Jaycees, Elks, and Kiwanis Club. He had also been involved in Boy Scouts and was a member of the Order of the Arrow. He is survived by daughter and son in law: Sue Hakes and John Gorski of Grand Marais; Sons and daughters in law: Bob and Gretchen Hakes of Minneapolis; John and Jennifer Hakes of Shoreview; 4 grandchildren: Meg, Chris, Ally, and Jake. He is also survived by 4 brothers and spouses: Kenneth (Shirley) Hakes of Aitkin; Richard (LeeVae) Hakes of Aitkin; William (Carla) Hakes of Aitkin; Jim (Barb) Hakes of Deerwood; and nieces and nephews. Also surviving are special friends Deb and Gary Clark of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley in 2007, father Kenneth in 1991 and mother Merry in 2008. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Dorothy Sand officiating. Interment will be at the Diamond Lake Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends will start at 9:30 AM Saturday at the church and go until the time of service. 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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Bryan J. Bailey
12/13/1901-08/10/1933
Bryan J. Bailey, age 76 of Aitkin died Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Bryan was born August 10, 1933 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Clarence and Olga (Holm) Bailey. He attended the South Waukenabo School through the 8th grade and then went to the Aitkin High School graduating in 1952. He then served in the U.S. Army serving in Korea from 1953 to 1955. Upon his discharge he returned to the Aitkin area and then worked in Grand Rapids as an assistant manager for a gas station for a time. He married Christine C. Johnson on September 3, 1955 in Palisade, Mn. In 1957 they purchased a farm in the Waukenabo area and started dairy farming. In 1962 they purchased a farm in the Glory community and continued dairy farming. Bryan worked at the Aitkin Feed Store in the 1960???s and 1970???s. In the early 1990???s they retired from dairy farming. They had also operated a Christmas Tree Farm for many years. They moved to town in 2007. He was a regular attendee of the Glory Baptist Church. He loved traveling to Branson, Mo. and listening to country music. He was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Post, and had served on the Posts Color Guard. He had been involved with the Square Dance Club for 22 years. He also had 28 years of sobriety. He is survived by his wife Christine Bailey of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Lynda J. Root of Chetek, Wisc.; Kathy M. and Dale DeRosier of Trosky, Mn.; Carol J. Nelson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Loren M.J. and Ginger Bailey of Alexandria, Mn.; 8 grandchildren: Jeremy, Craig, Darik, Nicholas, Grant, Erin, Samantha, Jasper; 2 great grandchildren: Emily and Kayla; 1 brother and sister in law: Noel and Alma Bailey of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 1 sister Edith. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 1 PM from Glory Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Glory Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the Glory Baptist Church Building Fund or the Riverwood Lights of Love. 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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Teddy W. Goble
12/13/1901-05/19/1932
Teddy W. Goble, 78 of Palisade, died Monday, July 19, 2010 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born May 19, 1932 in Aitkin County to Vern and Hazel (Olds) Goble. Teddy was united in marriage to Fahma Guenther on December 4, 1954 in Aitkin. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean War. He farmed, logged, drove milk truck, and was involved with Goble Sewer Service. He was employed as a custodian and bus driver for Aitkin Schools for 21 years retiring in 1985. He was an avid outdoorsman, hunting, fishing, and traveling to Canada. He enjoyed snowmobiling, boxing, and baseball. Teddy is survived by his wife Fahma of Palisade 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Gaylen (Leslie) Goble of Aitkin Larry (Debbie) Goble of Palisade Two daughters and sons-in-law: Krys (Dan) Bobseen of Aitkin Janell (Dale) Morris of Aitkin 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren Many cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Richard and Gordon Goble Four sisters: Shirley Pierpont, Bernice Carson, Linda LaValley, Carol Zimmerman And his parents Vern and Hazel (Olds) Goble Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 4:00P.M. ??? Thursday, July 22, 2010 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Don Norman will officiate. www.srtfuneral.com
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Robert Schrier
12/13/1901-06/04/1930
Robert ???Bob??? E. Schrier, 80 of Aitkin died Monday, November 15, 2010 at his residence in Glen Township. He was born June 4, 1930 in Minneapolis to Joseph and Rosalie (Barland) Schrier. He graduated from Columbia Heights High School. He volunteered for the Anoka County ??? Coon Lake Water Patrol. He retired from Minnesota Power. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, Intarsia woodworking, and attending Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo where he liked playing cards. He was a master story teller and jokester. Bob is survived by his 5 children and their spouses: Lee Ann (Larry) Brown of Stacy Lori Guyette of St. Paul Rick (Cindy) Schrier of Charlotte, NC. Teri (Wally) Hackensmith of Wrenshall Joe (Bridget) Schrier of Cloquet Ten grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren Brother Warren ???Butch??? (Monica) Schrier of Apache Junction, AZ. Sister Joan Simonson of Taylor, WI. Good friend & neighbor Dee Olson of Glen Special nephew Arnie Barland of Milaca Lifelong friend Jack Olson of Stanchfield Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife Shirley May (Christopherson) Schrier, second wife Delories Schrier Infant daughter Lynn Jo Schrier Grandson Chris Brown Son-in-law Ray Guyette Brother Richard Schrier And his parents Joseph and Rosalie (Barland) Schrier Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. ??? Saturday, November 20, 2010 memorial service at Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo. Reverend James Raisanen will officiate. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Betty Jo Davies
12/13/1901-05/16/1929
Betty Jo Davies, 81 of Aitkin died Saturday, June 19, 2010 at her residence. She was born May 16, 1929 in Bismarck, North Dakota to Guy I. and Ann L. (Laird) Loomis. She graduated from Aitkin High School. Betty was united in marriage to Donald Davies on January 27, 1948 in Aitkin. She was a homemaker and farmer. She enjoyed flower gardening, reading, and quilting. Betty is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law: Gene (Kim) Davies of Aitkin Dale (Lori) Davies of Aitkin 2 daughters and son-in-law: Peggy Davies of Akeley Julie (Jeff) Hansen of Aitkin Seven Grandchildren: Ann, Eric, Cody, and Kaija Davies, Michael Hansen, and Kaitlyn and Nathan Davies Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald and her parents. Private family services will be held at a later date. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Karin Ann Bailey
12/13/1901-12/18/1928
Karin Ann Bailey, age 82 of Hill City died Monday, October 24, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Karin was born December 18, 1928 at Milaca, Minnesota the daughter of Herman and Ruth (Nelson) Nelson. She grew up and attended schools at Swatara, Hopkins, and Hill City graduating from the Hill City High School in 1947. She then worked for the Munsingwear Company in Minneapolis. She married Rodman Bailey on June 28, 1946 in Hill City, Mn. They made their home in Swatara until 1990 when they moved to Hill City. She worked as a net maker; she did re-upholstery work for many years and also had worked at the Roadside Market in Hill City for a time. She was a member of the Hill City United Methodist Church where she was involved with Bible Studies and Quilting. She was a lifetime member in good standing with the DFL. She loved all crafts and was a perfectionist at all of them.Karin was a kind and giving person who accepted everyone just as they were. She is survived by children and spouses: Dale Bailey of Minneapolis; Cheryl DeWolfe of Forest Lake, MN.; Carla (Dale) Gillson of Hill City; James Herman (Gail) Bailey of Broomfield, Colorado; David (Cynthia) Bailey of Dayton, Mn.; Ruth (Kile) Bailey Holm of Byron, Mn.; Patty Bailey (Friend: Keith Moe) of McGregor, MN.; 14 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; brother: Ronald Nelson of Burbank, Calf.; and sister: Joan Kingsley of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Rodman, one brother and two infant sisters. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 28, 2011 at 11 AM from the Hill City United Methodist Church with Rev. Russell Christensen officiating. Burial will be in the Macville Cemetery at Swatara. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church Friday. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Edward R. Kottke
12/13/1901-01/04/1927
Edward R. Kottke, age 84 of Aitkin passed asway peacefully in his sleep, Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Edward was born January 4, 1927 at Ft. Mills, Corregidor, Philippine Islands the son of Edward and Catherine(Lange) Kottke. He grew up and attended school at Coupeville, Washington graduating from High School there. He then worked on a farm in North Dakota for a time.In 1950 he entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Korea where he received a Purple Heart. Upon his discharge he returned to North Dakota and married Evelyn Abrahamson on April 6, 1954 in Cando, North Dakota. They lived in Cando for a time and then moved to the Aitkin, Minnesota area. He worked for a time as a deputy sheriff. He operated a farm for many years and also did construction work in Aitkin and many of the surrounding communities. His wife Evelyn died in 1984. On December 27, 1986 he married Marilyn K. Pearson in Lakeland, MN. They made their home at the farm. He was a member of the Aitkin VFW, the DAV and attended Glory Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and flying. He loved his cows and his John Deere Tractor. He was a great dad, had a good sense of humor, and always wanted to make people laugh or at least put a smile on their faces. He is survived by his wife Marilyn Kottke of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Rick and Ardel Kottke of Roseburg, Oregon; Cynthia and Tim Hafvenstein of Cloquet, Russell and Sandra Kottke of Morrison, Colorado; Cheryl Kottke of Aitkin; Chad and Roma Kottke of Aitkin; 7 grandchildren: Stephen, Kara, Aaron, Jason, Amy, David and Christiann; 1 great granddaughter: Kaylin and 1 sister: Eva Ramsey of Montana. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1st wife Evelyn, and 1 brother: William and 3 sisters: Adah, Charlotte, and Catherine. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 17, 2011 at 1 PM at Glory Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Mason and Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. Burial will be in the Glory Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church Friday. The Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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