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Archive Obituaries
Robert McCleary
02/04/1928-03/13/2016
Robert B. McCleary, age 88 of Aitkin died Sunday, March 13, 2016 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Robert was born February 4, 1928 at Waterbury, Connecticut, the son of George and Rachel (Bryan) McCleary. He grew up and attended schools in Watertown, Ct, and graduated from the Watertown High School. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1948 serving in Korea. Upon his discharge he returned to Connecticut and attended the Cheshire Academy for 1 year. He then attended Hamline University in St. Paul, Mn. where he received his degree in Physical Education and Health. He taught 1 year at Atwater, MN. and then married Joy Souther on June 5, 1954 in St. Paul, Mn. They moved to Oahu where he taught at the Mid Pacific Institute. They then moved back to Minnesota where he taught school at Ogilvie, Mn for 1 year prior to moving to Aitkin in 1956 to teach at the Aitkin High School. He taught Physical Education, Health and Earth Science and coached in the Aitkin Schools. He started the town hockey program in the early 1970’s in Aitkin. He was a member of the Aitkin United Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, planting trees, traveling and camping. He had been to all 50 states and all of Canada. He loved the Canadian Rockies especially the Banff area. He also had travelled to England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, and Europe. He especially loved watching his grandchildren compete in their school athletic events. He is survived by his wife Joy McCleary of Aitkin; Daughters: Maureen (Tom) Burman of Aitkin; Beth (Roy) Joki of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Son: Rob McCleary and wife Teresa McNelly of Duluth, MN.; 6 Grandchildren: Morgan McCleary, Alec McCleary, Brian Burman, Molly Burman, Erin Joki and Brynn Joki and 1 sister: Jane Neale of Middlebury, Ct. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 1 brother George. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 11 AM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Dawn Houser officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Jon Gillette
11/29/1943-03/11/2016
Jon Henry Gillette, age 72 of McGregor formerly of Tamarack died Friday, March 11, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Jon was born November 29, 1943 at Cloquet, Minnesota the son of John and Elma (Isaacson) Gillette. He grew up and attended schools in Tamarack and McGregor. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1964. Upon his discharge he returned to Tamarack and worked as an electrical lineman for a number of years. He lived in Big Fork, Carlton and Cloquet. He married Linda June Pettit on August 14, 1965 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wright. Jon went to work for Barko Loaders in Duluth, as a welder and shop supervisor. He then moved back to Tamarack and worked for Yukon Industries in McGregor as Supervisor and plant foreman. After that he went to work for TempCo. In Aitkin Jon also drove school bus for a number of years. He had served as a supervisor for Clark Township. Jon could fix and build anything and would make sure that it would stay operating. He is survived by 3 daughters: Laura (Albert) Kangas of Clear Lake, Mn.; Marcy (John) Mateyka of Aitkin; Holly (Chuck) Boyd of McGregor; 7 Grandchildren: Amanda, Ashley, Ally, Hannah, Alex, Chelsea and Megan; Twin Brother: Joe Gillette of Joshua, Texas and Sister: Maxine (James) Maijala of Tamarack. He was preceded in death by his wife Linda, parents and 1 sister. A celebration of Jon’s life will be held Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Noon from the Tamarack Sno-Flyers Club. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Wright. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ralph Starkka
04/20/1926-03/09/2016
Ralph N. Starkka, age 89 of Garrison formerly of Brainerd, died Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at his home. Ralph was born April 20, 1926 at Ludden, North Dakota the son of Erik and Marie (Havisto) Starkka. He grew up and attended schools at Ludden and took some college classes from a university in Chicago. He worked for a time at a motel in Fergus Falls and then moved to Brainerd, Mn. in 1951 and went to work for the Burlington Northern Railroad. He worked for the railroad for 35 years retiring in 1986. He married Cindy R. Martin on February 14, 1994 in Las Vegas. They made their home on Mille Lacs Lake near Garrison for the past 22 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading and traveling. He loved his dogs and cats. He was a member of the Brainerd Masonic Lodge and also the National Railroad Assoc. He is survived by his wife Cindy Starkka of Garrison; Daughters: Bonnie Starkka of Brainerd, Nancy Quance of Staples; Brothers and sisters: Helen Koski of Minneapolis, Roy Starkey of Brainerd, Gloria Mae Fitch of Brainerd, Carl Starkka of Brainerd, Raymond Starkka of Lake Shore, Lorraine Dunlop of Sun City, Arz.; 5 grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Marlys, two children: Grace and David, 2 sisters and 1 brother. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Susan Cline officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
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Loren Watson
03/02/1950-03/08/2016
Loren G. Watson, age 66 of Aitkin died Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. Loren was born March 2, 1950 in Aitkin the son of Walter and Pearl (Emmert) Watson. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1968 where he lettered in football, wrestling and baseball. He then served in the U.S. Air Force from 1969 to 1972. Upon his discharge he returned to the Aitkin area and worked in the woods and also worked construction. He has lived in the Aitkin area his whole life. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and in his younger years enjoyed playing softball and baseball. He is survived by 4 brothers: Curtis Watson of Aitkin; Donald Watson of Palisade; Richard Watson of Palisade; Charles Watson of Aitkin 2 sisters: Gloria Loe of Gardena, North Dakota and Carol Rian of Palisade and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held Friday, March 18, 2016 at 1 PM from the Hilltop Chapel with Rev. Barry Hite officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at a later date in the Riverside Cemetery in Morrison Township. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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John Woodcock
01/15/1953-03/07/2016
John Franklin “Woody” Woodcock, 63 of Pillager died Mon. March 7, 2016 at his sister and brother-in-law Marian (Ron) Weiss’ home in Aitkin. He was born Jan. 15, 1953 in Minneapolis to Benjamin F. and Marian L. Woodcock. Woody loved challenges. He was a member of 10th Special Forces Group, 101st Airborne. After his military career he was as an over the road trucker in the U.S. and Canada. He moved to Phoenix, AZ. where he built a career in construction and heavy equipment. His family was glad to see him return to Minnesota to work for Costco where he made many friends. His was always a happy face at the door greeting many with “Oh, Hi”. Woody was a very simple, loyal, fun loving, spiritual man. He loved his dog Mijo (my little son). He had a real gift of making friends and his family is very thankful for those friends for making his life so full. Woody’s family would like to thank the members and friends of First Baptist Church in Pillager, Costco staff and friends, and many friends from KC’s Saloon for making his life a life he loved while living in Pillager. He is preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Lynn Meier and nephew Ron Weiss Jr. (JR) Woody is much loved and will be missed by his sisters: Marian (Ron) Weiss Jane (Don) Mosher Nancy (Ray) Votava Brothers: Jeff Woodcock (Debbie) Holtz Mark (Troy)Woodcock He had many special nieces and nephews: Jill, Nicole, Tracey, Dan, Alyssa, David, Brian and Michael, as well as Sylvia, Anna and Adriana and Olivia. A Celebration of his life will be Saturday April 9th at 12:00P.M. at the First Baptist Church in Pillager. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the Church. A luncheon will follow at the Church. John will be privately interred at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis with Military Honors at a later date. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. Memorials are preferred to First Baptist Church in Pillager.
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Eleanor Mattson
11/29/1922-03/05/2016
Eleanor L. Mattson, age 93, of Aitkin died Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Eleanor was born November 29, 1922 at Glory, Minnesota the daughter of Erick and Helen (Moline) Ecklund. She grew up and attended schools in Glory. She moved to Minneapolis and worked as a maid for a time. Eleanor then moved back to the Glory area and married Edwin Mattson on April 24, 1943 in Aitkin. They made their home in the Glory area. She raised her family and then went to work as a nurse’s aid at the Aitkin Nursing Home for 20 years. After she retired she cleaned homes for a number of years. She has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center since November of 2011. She was a member of the Glory Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, picking berries and making jam and embroidery. She was a very hard working person. She is survived by 1 daughter: Mary Warnke of South St. Paul, Mn.; son: John Mattson of Aitkin; 2 grandchildren: Jessica Mattson of Juneau, Alaska; Sean Mattson of Gustavus, Alaska; 4 great grandchildren: Serena, Clarence, Johanna and Briana; 2 sisters: Emily Bourne of Rolling Hills Estates, California; Adeline Gutenkauf of Aitkin, Mn.; 2 brothers: Donald Ecklund of Gainesville, Fl. and Erick Ecklund of Sheridan, Wy. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Edwin, daughter: Karin, son: Richard, 1 grandson: Brian, son in law: Ken Warnke, 3 sisters and 4 brothers. A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2 PM from the Glory Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Meirose officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Glory Baptist Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Jeffrey Taylor
10/19/1950-02/29/2016
Jeffrey A. Taylor, age 65 of Palisade and Barnum died Monday, February 29, 2016 at his daughters home in Barnum, Minnesota Jeff was born October 19, 1950 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota the son of Paul and Dorothy (Sallberg) Taylor. He grew up in Grand Rapids attended schools there and graduating from the Grand Rapids High School. He married Nancy Lynn King on November 3, 1973 in Coleraine. They made their home in Grand Rapids and Jeff began his career with the U. S. Postal Service. They moved to San Jose, California and they lived there for 15 years before moving back to Minnesota to the Elk River area in 1990. The moved to Palisade in 1994 and he worked at the Aitkin Post Office since. He had just recently retired after 40 years with the Post Office. He loved to read. He collected hats (a couple hundred dozen as he would answer when asked how many). He also enjoyed being outdoors. He had no profound beliefs in religion or spirituality. He is survived by two daughters: Ellen Taylor and Ben Kamben of Barnum, Mn; Julia Taylor of Minneapolis; his mother: Dorothy Raymond of Grand Rapids; sisters: Kris Taylor of Rosemount, Mn.; Pam Gothberg of Oregon; Jo Math of Eagan, Mn and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, his beloved wife of 40 plus years Nancy who died in 2014, sisters: Deb Spry and Iva Spry and brothers: Lance Taylor and William “Butch” Spry. A gathering time for friends and family will be held Thursday, March 10 from 4 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Corinne M. Newell
09/17/1938-02/28/2016
Corinne M. Newell, age 77 of St. Clair Shores, Michigan died Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Traverse City, Michigan. Corinne was born September 17, 1938 at Perham, Minnesota the daughter of Fred and Dorothy (Thompson) Lueders. She grew up and attended schools in Perham graduating from the Perham High School. She then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served until her discharge in 1958. She married Fritz W. Newell on May 24, 1958 at the Richard Gebaur Air Force Base in Missouri. The lived in Belton, Mo. for a time and then moved to Kansas and lived there for a time before living in various places before she settled in St. Clair Shores, Michigan She was very involved in the school activities and also worked in retail sales. She enjoyed traveling, needlework, reading and having lunch with her friends. She is survived by 1 son: Steven R. Newell of Tampa, Florida; Daughters: Suzanne C. Brown of Traverse City, Michigan, Laurie B. Newell of Roseville, Michigan, Christine K. Newell of Harrison Township, Michigan, 1 Brother: Charles R. Lueders of Sturgis, Michigan; 2 Sisters: Elizabeth Seeling of Hastings, Minnesota and Laraine Paulson of Rochester, Minnesota; Grandchildren: Jesse Brown, Ryan Newell, Kyle Newell, Nick Gembarski; Great Grandchildren: Xavier Taschereau, Logan Newell, Lily Newell, Steven Newell, and Elin Newell. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother: Richard Lueders, her ex-husband Fritz Newell and her companion of 30 years William Brock. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 7, 2016 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ingeborg Knutson
07/01/1923-02/27/2016
Ingeborg J. Knutson, 92 of Aitkin died Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Golden Horizons in Aitkin. She was born July 1, 1923 at Bygland Township of Polk County, Minnesota which is near East Grand Forks. She was the daughter of Halvor and Gunhild (Rystad) Helle. She grew up and attended schools in Bygland Township and was Baptized and Confirmed in the Bygland Lutheran Church. She married Arnold A. Knutson on February 14, 1942 in Crookston, Minnesota. They made their home in Grand Forks for a time and then moved to Argyle, Minnesota where they farmed. Later they moved to St. Paul, Minnesota and then to Glen, Minnesota where she and her husband operated Arnie’s Auto Service in Greater Downtown Glen. They operated the business until her husband’s death in 1995. She continued to live in Glen until 2004 when she moved in with her daughter Diane in Malmo. She then later moved to Aitkin and lived at Maryhill Manor for a time and in 2011 she moved to the Golden Horizons Assisted Living in Aitkin. She enjoyed gardening, reading and baking cookies. She was known to her grandchildren and other family members as the “Cookie Grandma”. She was a longtime member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She is survived by daughters and spouses: Hazel (Gary) Johnson of Aitkin, Diane Knutson and Glenn Hall of Isle, Mn.; 9 Grandchildren, 18 Great Grandchildren and 2 Great Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Arnold, one daughter Arlene Schultz, 4 sisters and 5 brothers. Funeral Service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Nordland Township, Aitkin. Reverend Cynthia Gray will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Donald David Dotzler
03/30/1954-02/24/2016
Donald D. Dotzler passed away February 24, 2016 in his home. He was born on March 30, 1954 in Crosby to Frank and Sara (Banks) Dotzler. He graduated from Aitkin High School where he was active in football and wrestling. He started work at Hannah Butler Mining Company (US Steel), where he continued to work for 40 years. Don enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting and spending time with his family. He was a loving father and husband who worked hard to provide for his family. He cared deeply for his brothers and sisters. Don adored his grandchildren. He was looking forward to retirement and spending more time with his loved ones. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Dotzler and his brother William Dotzler. Donald is survived by Carol Dotzler his loving wife of 35 years; two daughters, Karly Lillo (Mike) of Brainerd, Sara Karr (Kris) of Deerwood; four grandchildren: Payton and Addison Lillo, and Nicholas and Alyssa Karr; his mother, Sara (Banks) Dotzler of Aitkin; his sisters, Ruth Erickson (Jerry) of Minnetonka, Elaine Schafer (Ron) Oak Park, Eileen Ternus Dent; his brothers, Phillip Dotzler (Judy) Aitkin, Ronald Dotzler (Sharon) Aitkin; his sister-in-law, Linda Dotzler of Aitkin; and numerous nephews and nieces. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church-Cedarbrook. Reverend Sandy Berg-Holte will officiate. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery-Cedarbrook. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. – Monday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with a prayer service at 7:00P.M. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Donald J. Jenkins
04/17/1948-02/22/2016
Donald J. Jenkins, 67 of Aitkin died Monday, February 22, 2016 at his home. He was born April 17, 1948 in Cumberland, MD. He graduated from Mounds View High School. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in the Vietnam War. He worked as a contractor and sales for a paving Company. He is survived by many family and friends. Memorial service will be 1:00P.M. – Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Bradshaw Funeral Home, 4600 Greenhaven Dr., White Bear Lake. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Torivio Yanez, Sr.
04/01/1961-02/21/2016
Torivio “Chulo” A. Yanez Sr., 54 of McGregor, died Sunday February 21, 2016 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born April 1, 1961 to Torivio and Katherine (Arthur) Yanez in Fentriss, Texas. Torivio lived in Fentriss, Texas for many years then moved to Minneapolis, MN where he raised a family. He moved to McGregor in 2011 where he met his future wife Eloise Colten and they were married the following year. Torivio is survived by his wife Eloise Yanez; sons Robert Tayler, Torivio Yanez Jr., Jeremy Yanez, Dennis (Rhonda) Yanez, Rudy Yanez; daughters Marilyn (Kareem) Yanez, Celestal (Reynaldo) Yanez, Katherine “Kat” (Earl Sr.) Yanez; brothers Marcus Yanez, Antonio (Mona) Yanez; sisters Jaunita Yanez, Carmen (Michael) Yanez, Sally Yanez; numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother LaVerne Yanez; uncle Rudy Yanez. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 26, 2016 at the East Lake Community Center, East Lake/McGregor. Visitation will begin at Dusk on Thursday at the Center. Burial will be in the Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds, McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Clarence Moose (Beshan)
06/01/1931-02/20/2016
Clarence Moose (Beshan), 84 of McGregor died Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Maple Ridge Care Center in Spooner, WI. He was born June 1, 1931 in Hayward, WI. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in the Korean War. Clarence was united in marriage to Madeline Greene Merrill. He worked for BNSF Rail Road. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Madeline, son Louis, grandson Johnand his brothers and sisters. Clarence is survived by his 5 children: Michael DeNasha, Arlene Debrot, Frank Moose, Rose Oshogay, Louise Villebrun. 4 step-children: Brenda Moose, Lucille Merrill, Wesley Merrill, Vincent Merrill, Sr. Special granddaughter: Renee Johnson, Special friend: Denise Kulhanek, Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be 10:00A.M. – Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the East Lake Community Center in East Lake/McGregor. Visitation will begin at Dusk on Tuesday at the Center. Burial will be in the Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Marilyn Louise Bartel
10/10/1928-02/20/2016
Marilyn Louise Bartel, 87, passed away peacefully February 20, 2016 at Aicota Health Care Center. She was born October 10, 1928 in Huron, SD , the daughter of Herbert and Faye (Straud) Niemann. She and Norbert J Bartel were married on August 26, 1951. Together they owned and operated Bartel Pharmacy in Parkston, SD until his passing in 1975. Marilyn thoroughly enjoyed her family, friends and reading. Despite longstanding health difficulties, she was a loyal supporter of her children and grandchildren's activities and was the last to leave her grandchildren's wedding celebrations. She was known to read a large book within one day and to give the best bear hugs to all who came to visit. Her strength, tremendous kindness and faith will always be our inspiration. Marilyn is survived by her sister, Edna Furr, Peacham, VT; Sister-in-law, Ruth Bartel, Lacrosse, WI; children, Pam (Darcy) Johnson, Aitkin MN; Steve (Terri) Bartel, Madison, SD; Michelle Herron, Aitkin; grandchildren Joe, Ben, Mike Johnson; Jeremy (Megan) Bartel; Justin (Billie) Bartel; Kristin (Mike) Jorgenson; Amber, Carissa , Jenae Herron; great-grandchildren Rilynn, Hayden, Reid, and Bennett; many loving nieces, nephews, friends and kind Aicota staff. She will be missed by many more family and friends. Gone before her are her husband and great-grandson, Briar Steven Bartel; her parents; step father, Herman Koetzle; sister, Lorraine Helen; Brothers-in-law, Harvey Bartel, Robert J Furr, Leonard Bartel; niece, Karen Bartel; nephews, Bobby Furr, Adam Furr Guest, Patrick Richard Furr, and Greg Guest. Lots of love and hugs, Grandma"B". We'll love you forever. Arrangements are with Sorensen- Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. A prayer service was held for family on February 20th and a remembrance service was held on February 23rd at Aicota Assisted Living. A gathering of family and friends will be held this summer in Parkston, SD.
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Betty Kovall
05/28/1933-02/19/2016
Betty (Bailey) Kovall, died peacefully on Friday, February 19th, 2016 at the age of 82. Betty Bailey was born on May 28th, 1933, to Thomas and Ella (Lewis) Bailey in Manganese, MN. She graduated from Crosby-Ironton High School in 1951. In 1957 Betty was married to Frank Kovall in Butte, Montana. For the next 24 years, Betty, along with her family, followed the military life, moving throughout the United States and Europe. She returned to the Crosby-Ironton area in 1975. She was a realtor for over 20 years and eventually was owner of Riverboat Realty in Aitkin. She “retired” in 1996 and moved to Deadwood, SD. In 2003 she returned to selling real estate and recently again retired in 2014. Mom will be deeply missed by her family, but we will cherish so many memories…... Milk shakes, her amazing gardens, quilts she made, the many stories of the good old days, her beautiful cottage in the Black Hills, love of sports, and cheesy bread, to name a few. She loved to dance, do pull tabs and the slots, cook and bake for family, garden, take walks with her dog “Jazz”, and watch her grandchildren in all of their activities. She is survived by daughters: Kathleen Kovall of Rapid City, SD. Colleen Chambers of Belle Plaine, MN. Sons: Mark Kovall and wife Pam of Annandale, MN. Steven Kovall and wife Jenny of Remer, MN. 12 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Harlan, Archie, Tim, and Owen, and sister Lola. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Saint James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, McGregor. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Monday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, with a time of sharing at 7:30P.M. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Laurene Riley
07/30/1921-02/12/2016
Laurene Riley, age 94 of Aitkin, died Friday, February 12, 2016 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin, MN. Laurene was born July 30, 1921 in Crosby, Minnesota the daughter of Thomas and Myrtle (Cowan) Christian. She lived in various communities with her family and then settled in the Aitkin area. She married Henry J. Riley on March 5, 1946 in Webster, South Dakota. They made their home in Aitkin and she helped her husband Henry run a John Deere Implement Co. and also the Riley Napa Auto Parts in Aitkin. She worked as a bookkeeper for many years. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, knitting and had enjoyed playing golf for many years. She is survived by 1 sister: Kathleen Franzen of Staples, Mn. many nieces and nephews, good neighbors Mike, Glen and Dorothy, special niece: Sheila D’Angelo, very good friend Betty Robling. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Henry in 2009, 2 brothers: Douglas Christian and Clifford Christian and 2 sisters: Frances Sullivan and Evelyn Harris. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, February 19, 2016 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with a Rosary Service at 7 PM. Visitation will continue Friday 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Tracy L. Reich
03/05/1970-02/08/2016
Tracy L. Reich, age 45, of McGregor died Monday, February 8, 2016 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Tracy was born March 5, 1970 in Aitkin the daughter of Robert and Kathleen (Turnock) Reich. She grew up and attended schools in Palisade and Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1987. She attended the Brainerd Community College for a time. She raised her family with her life partner Tim Halvorson in Cromwell for a time and then in McGregor. She worked for a time at the McGregor Schools and then went to work at the Holiday Station as the manager of the Deli Department. She worked there for the past 12 years. She enjoyed going 4-wheeling, painting pottery and loved decorating for holidays especially the Christmas season. She is survived by her life partner: Tim Halvorson of McGregor; Children: April (Joe) Anderson of Pine City, Mn.; Cody Halvorson of McGregor; Parents: Bob and Kathy Reich of Palisade; brother: Jeremy (Aida) Reich of McGregor, mother in law: Corrine Halvorson of McGregor and Grandmother: Vera Reich of McGregor. She was preceded in death by her brother: Jamie Reich and grandparents. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 11 AM from the McGregor United Methodist Church with Pastor Joel Seibel officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services. Burial will be in the Fleming Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Viola "Vi" Johnson
01/30/1915-02/08/2016
Viola “Vi” M. Johnson, age 101, of McGregor died Monday, February 8, 2016 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Viola was born January 30, 1915 in New Prague, Minnesota the daughter of Thomas and Anna (Prchal) Wrabek. She grew up in New Prague and then St. Paul where she graduated from Mechanic Arts High School in 1931. She married Kenneth W. Johnson on October 12, 1932 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Minneapolis and raised their family. She was owner/operator of the Fireside Inn on Franklin Ave. in Minneapolis, and was a good friend to many in that community. She operated the tavern from 1946 to 1976. In 1977 she and her husband moved to Big Sandy Lake near McGregor and she has lived here since. She was a member of the McGregor Flower Club and the Duplicate Bridge Club, of which she had served as its secretary. She enjoyed doing hand work of all types, especially quilting, crocheting and knitting. She also enjoyed gardening and loved being outdoors and enjoyed everything Mother Nature had to offer. She loved her family dearly and especially looked forward to their weekend visits. She is survived by her children: Dale (Ardie) Johnson of Minneapolis, Bruce (Virginia) Johnson of Edina, Margo (Gary) Gisselman of Minneapolis; 12 Grandchildren: David, Vicki (Chris), Jeff (Rita), Brian (Amy), Brad (Judy), Greg (Mary), Bob (Anne), Gary (Jennifer), Ken (Melanie), Ted, Sam, Ben (Deirdre); 17 Great Grandchildren: Lucas, Maia, Franklin, Brody, Avery, Victoria, Tyler, Charlie, Ellie, Marnie, Carter, Ali, Nate, Lily, Hank, Roxy and Murphy. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kenneth, 1 grandson Thomas Patrick, 1 brother and 2 sisters. A memorial service will be held Monday, February 15, 2016 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Regina Darlene Egley
06/28/1943-02/07/2016
Regina Darlene Egley, 72 of Crosby and formerly of Bennettville died Sunday, February 7, 2016 at her home in Crosby. She was born June 28, 1943 in Aitkin to Severt Hans and Margaret Mina (Bergland) Reither. She graduated from High School in Colorado and then graduated from Brainerd Community College with an A.S. Degree and Beauty School in Brainerd earning her Cosmetology License. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and cooking. She was a member of the Aitkin Rebekah Lodge #151. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Eric Egley, 2 brothers Ben and Franklin Lee Reither, sister Mina May Miron. Regina is survived by her 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Severt Egley of Crosby Jeff (Margaret) Egley of Minneapolis 1 brother: Radforf Reither of Neillsville, WI. Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. There will be no services. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Hugo A. Watson
03/28/1929-01/30/2016
Hugo A. Watson, 86 of Aitkin died Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born March 28, 1929 in Palisade to Floyd and Erma (Shanholtzer) Watson. Hugo was united in marriage to Geneva (Schoonmaker) on June 18, 1955 in Aitkin. He worked road construction in Iowa for a time and then farmed wild rice and logged in the area for many years. He enjoyed logging big trees and loved hunting and fishing. He was a member of the 49rs Union, The Gideons, and the United Methodist Church of Palisade. Hugo was a very loving Father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by his wife Geneva Watson in 1990, one sister Faye Fowlds, four brothers: Clifton, Clyde, Lloyd, and Kile Watson, and his parents Floyd and Erma Watson. Hugo is survived by 3 daughters and son-in-law: Karla Harper of Texas, Pam Hall of Phoenix, AZ., Kelli (Stephen) Paccico of Harrington Park, N.J., 1 son and daughter-in-law: Kenneth (Lisa) Watson of Corpus Christi, TX., 7 grandchildren: Kati (Brad) Russell, Jeff Hall, Sarah (Wade) Anderson, Lyssa Harper, Jeremy Watson, Matthew Paccico, Jenny Paccico, 2 great-grandchildren: Charlie Anderson and Emma Russell, 3 sisters: Opal Beck of Duluth, Celia (Rick) Doty of Florida, Cheri (Craig) Funk of Nebraska, 4 brothers: Allen (LaVonne)Watson of Morris, David Watson of Iowa, Bert (Karen) Watson of Mora, Glen (Barb) Watson of Palisade, Many other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lois Carlson
01/31/1937-01/27/2016
Lois Jean Carlson, age 78 of Palisade died Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at her home. Lois was born January 31, 1937 in Palisade the daughter of George and Elizabeth (Giel) Lehman. She had moved to a number of places in the mid-west with her family before returning to the Palisade area where she attended the McGregor High School graduating in 1957. She married Roger J. Carlson on June 29, 1958 in Brainerd, Minnesota. They made their home near Palisade where they raised their family and she helped on the family farm. She has lived there since. She was a member of the Aitkin Seventh Day Adventist Church. She loved to cook and was a great hostess always making sure every guest was well fed. She enjoyed gardening and canning. She also collected cookbooks and had some of her recipes published. She is survived by her husband Roger Carlson of Palisade; Children: Cary (Dale) Pearson of Moberly, Mo., Susan (Mearl) Gibbs of Salt Lake City, Utah, Curt (Karen) Carlson of Palisade, Nancy (Tim) Krumholz of Woodridge, Ill., Burt Carlson of Palisade; 4 Grandchildren: Lori, Debbie, Katie and Kristi; 2 Great Grandchildren: Eddie and Tyler; 2 Sisters: Audrey Zummach of Vancouver, Wash., Carol Bolmberg of Babbitt, MN., 2 Brothers: Gilbert Lehman of Cody, Wy. And James Lehman of Brainerd, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 1, 2016 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Pastor Eugene E. Johnson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Fleming Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Robert Hess
12/28/1937-01/22/2016
Robert C. Hess, age 78 of McGregor died Friday, January 22, 2016 at his home on Lake Minnewawa. Robert was born December 28, 1937 in Athens, Wisconsin the son of Ferdinand and Elsie (Telschow) Hess. He grew up and attended schools in Athens and graduated from the Athens High School. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958. Upon his discharge he moved to Minneapolis. He married Thelma Jaqua on June 11, 1960 in Minneapolis. The lived in Minneapolis for a short time and the built a home in Coon Rapids and moved there in 1963. He worked for UPS as a driver until he retired in 1997. They moved to Lake Minnewawa in 1997 and he has lived there since. He was a member of the McGregor VFW and the Minnewawa Sportsman’s Club. He participated in the Bean Bag and Bocce Ball Leagues. He enjoyed dancing, fishing, reading Louis LaMore Westerns, being on the lake boating and just sitting and relaxing in the sun. He is survived by daughters: Dawn Hess of Princeton, Mn., Michelle Beckensten of Coon Rapids, Mn., Grandson: Tony Beckensten, and life partner: Bernice Maattala of McGregor. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Thelma in 1998 and 2 sisters: Florence and Lorraine. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Gladys Rose Paquette
04/29/1920-01/21/2016
Gladys Rose Paquette, 95 of Aitkin and formerly of Brooklyn Park and North East Minneapolis passed away peacefully Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Gladys was united in marriage to Roger Harvey Paquette on August 30, 1947 at St. Ann’s Church in Minneapolis. She enjoyed swimming, boating, bowling, and playing cards. She was preceded in death by her husband Roger in 2004, brothers and sisters, and her parents Julius and Rose (Klocek) Kuzniewicz. Gladys is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Renee (Robert) Rodenborn of Aitkin, Son and daughter-in-law: Gregory (Jacalyn) Paquette of Crosslake, 5 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter, Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00A.M. – Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at Saint James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Saint Thomas Cemetery, Aitkin. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Duane "Butch" Hermans
10/10/1950-01/16/2016
Duane “Butch” Hermans, age 65 of Aitkin, Mn., a wonderful, kind man, died on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at his home in Aitkin. Always called Butch, he was born October 10, 1950 in Two Harbors, Minnesota the son of Harley and Hazel Hermans. He grew up and attended schools in Two Harbors graduating in 1969. He married Susan Price on October 29, 1971 in Two Harbors. They moved to St. Paul in 1975. He had suffered two industrial accidents while he worked for Northstar Steel and Farmland both located in St. Paul. Through the rest of his life he suffered constant pain, and never complained. He was always a hard worker and loved all of his jobs. They moved to Aitkin in 1996 and he worked 13 years for Auto Valu, then at Paulbeck’s County Market until present. He adored his wife and five children, camping, working in his yard and garage, working with the Oakridge group, and loved opportunities to help others and never said no when and wherever help was needed. He was preceded in death by his parents and Sister Sharon Pratt and an infant niece. He is survived by his wife of 43 years Susan Hermans of Aitkin and children: Amy of Duluth, Mn., Peter of Brainerd, Mn., Aaron, Chad, and Billy of Aitkin, Mn., and infant grandson Chase Mikel Hermans of Brainerd, Mn. He is also survived by sister: Diane Wifall of St. Paul, Mn.; mother in law: Laverne Enger of Aitkin, Mn., Sisters in law: Nancy Salo of International Falls, Mn., Joy Lichtsinn of Hastings, Mn., Melanie(Dale) Poelvoorde of California, Tim (Dawn) Price of Braham, Mn., Tony (Estibaliz) Price of Arizona, Tom (Lori) Price of Stacy, Mn., and many nieces, nephews and many dear friends. A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 2 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Antoinette "Ann" Boyland
06/30/1924-01/15/2016
Antoinette “Ann” Boyland, age 91 ½ of McGregor, died Friday, January 15, 2016 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Ann was born June 30, 1924 in St. Paul, Minnesota the daughter of Ignatius and Eva (Carpinski) Hytruszka. She grew up and attended schools in St. Paul. She then moved to the Lawler area and lived with her Sister and brother in law. She married Murl H. Boyland on March 7, 1943 in McGregor and they made their home in the Lawler area where she raised her family. In 1979 she and her husband moved to Pioneer Villa and she lived there until moving into the Northland Village Assisted Living in McGregor in 2009. She has resided at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin for the past 2 years. Ann enjoyed crocheting, quilting, reading, gardening doing puzzles, riding bike, going for walks, playing bingo and dice and fishing. Ann loved to make people laugh. She is survived by children: Anthony “Tony” Boyland of International Falls, Minnesota; Shirley (Jerry) Blokzyl of Cambridge, Mn., Carol Maki of Aitkin, MN., Paulie Boyland of McGregor, Mn., 9 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Murl in 1992, daughter Mary Garvey, and grandson: Kerry Maki, 1 brother and 8 sisters. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 11 AM at the McGregor United Methodist Church with Pastor Joel Seibel officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery at McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Terrance H. Edwards
09/28/1942-01/11/2016
Terrance H. Edwards, age 73 of Aitkin died Monday, January 11, 2016 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Terrance was born September 28, 1942 in Aitkin the son of Garyl M. and Grace Anne (Ryan) Edwards. He grew up and attended schools at Rossburg, Kimberly and Aitkin. He then served in the U. S. Air Force from March of 1961 to November of 1962. Upon his discharge he returned to the Aitkin area and worked various jobs but spent most of his life working as a truck driver. He enjoyed fishing. He is survived by children: Mike (Susan) Edwards of Brainerd; Nicholas Edwards of Brainerd; Brothers: Victor Edwards of Casper, Wyoming, Garyl Edwards of Minneapolis, Stephen Edwards of Massachusetts, Sisters: Judith Irving of Indiana, Barbara Mattala of Duluth, Pamela Shavinsky of Aitkin, Donna Edwards of Minneapolis, Rose Howell of Fridley, Mn., Doris Skaj of Deerwood and 1 grandson: Samuel M. Stubbs. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers. A memorial gathering will be held Friday, January 22, 2016 from 9:30 AM until 11:30 AM and burial will be at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley at 1 PM. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Kenny D. Peterson
05/10/1948-01/10/2016
Kenny D. Peterson, 67 of Aitkin died Sunday, January 10, 2016 at his home. He was born May 10, 1948 in Browning, MT. to George and Justine (Flammond) Peterson. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart for being wounded in combat. Kenny was united in marriage to Tami (Kemp) on June 15, 1996 at their home in rural Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his son Chris Peterson, granddaughter Makayla Yost, and his parents. Kenny is survived by his wife Tami Peterson of Aitkin, 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Mariah (Freddie) Hernandez of Phoenix, AZ., Amanda (Jon) Yost of Emily, Nicole Kemp of Aitkin, 11 grandchildren, many siblings, other relatives, and friends. Service will be 3:00P.M. - Saturday, February 13, 2016 at the V.F.W. Roberts-Glad Post #1727 in Aitkin. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ervin R. Adams
09/16/1941-01/10/2016
Ervin R. Adams, age 74 of Aitkin, died Sunday, January 10, 2016 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Ervin was born September 16, 1941 in Glendorado Township of Benton County, Minnesota the son of Ben and Tillie (Nunn) Adams. Ervin lived most of his life in the Aitkin area and worked primarily as a farm laborer for the Gaylard Westerlund family when he wasn’t salvaging scrap iron from auctions where he always arrived early enough to get bidding number 1. Ervin enjoyed watching TV, putting together jigsaw puzzles and playing bingo. Ervin is survived by siblings: Mable Young of Bena, Mn., Jane Kampa of Cambridge, Mn., John Adams of Bagley, Mn., and Roger Adams of Grand Forks, N.D. He was preceded in death by his parents and Brother Fred Adams. A memorial service will be held in the summer. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Samuel H. Gash
06/04/1945-01/10/2016
Samuel H. Gash, 70 of Aitkin died Sunday, January 10, 2016 at his home. He was born June 4. 1945 in Martinsville, Indiana to Frank and Betty (Scott) Gash. He graduated from Eminence High School in Indiana. He worked many jobs including truck driver and Blacksmith. Samuel was united in marriage to Pamela (Maxwell) on June 14, 1997 in Billie Creek Village, Park County, Indiana. After his retirement they moved to the Aitkin area. A gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date. Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, V.F.W., and the Wounded Warrior Project. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Virginia Ann Goodman
03/07/1941-01/04/2016
Virginia Ann Goodman, 74 of McGregor died January 4, 2016 at her residence. She was born March 7, 1941 in Pipestone to Lawrence Edwin and Mary Jane (Martin) Skinaway. Virginia was united in marriage to Harley Goodman. She enjoyed playing bingo, visiting with her family, and loved her dog. Virginia is survived by her sister: Jerrie Skinaway, Special niece: Jamie Skinaway, Nephews: Troy Friend, Tom Friend, Marland Stanley, Scott Friend, Brandon Stanley, Sean Stanley, Lee Roberts, Great-nephews: Jesse Thunder, Terrance Thunder, Jr., Alex Skinaway, Cody Skinaway, Great-niece: Ashley Skinaway, Many other special great-nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 10:00A.M. – Friday, January 8, 2016 at East Lake Community Center in East Lake. Visitation will begin at 6:00P.M. – Thursday at the East Lake Community Center. Burial will be in Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Clarence Courier
10/31/1920-01/03/2016
Clarence A. Courier Jr. age 95 of rural Aitkin died Sunday, January 3, 2016 at his home. Clarence was born October 31, 1920 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Clarence and Florence (Gratton) Courier. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin. He then served in the U.S. Army during WW II. Upon his discharge he returned to the Aitkin area and married Delia S. Kastenak on April 24, 1944 in Backus, Minnesota. He and his wife operated a dairy farm on the Great River Road for many years. He also worked for the State of Minnesota Forestry Department for many years. He enjoyed hunting; fishing, reading, watching wrestling on TV and watching his children play softball. He is survived by children: Rose Tretter of Hillman, Mn.; Donald (Lori) Courier of Aitkin, Tony Courier of Chicago, Ill.; 6 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren and daughter in law: Ruth Courier of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Delia in 2006, son Joe and daughter Julie and his brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 11 AM from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Morrison Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Theresa Spaeth
09/23/1937-01/01/2016
Theresa A. Spaeth age 78, of Aitkin formerly of the Wilkins Lake area passed away peacefully Friday, January 1, 2016 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Theresa was born September 23, 1937 at Eden Valley, Minnesota the daughter of Andrew and Emma (Johnson) Schoenecker. On June 21, 1958 she married Norbert Spaeth at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. The couple moved to the Blaine/Ham Lake area where they raised their family. They retired to Wilkins Lake in the Aitkin area in 1994 where they enjoyed the outdoor life with family and friends. Theresa enjoyed being a homemaker and the great outdoors, camping, fishing, hosting family and friends and an occasional visit to the casino. In 20145 they sold their lake home and moved into Aitkin. Theresa is survived by her husband: Norbert of Aicota Care Center in Aitkin; children: Dean of East Bethel, Mn.; Brenda (Jason) Lindquist of Andover, Mn. with grandson Cody; and Sandy Spaeth of Duluth. Also surviving is brother: Robert (Frances) Schoenecker of Eden Valley, Mn.; sisters: Betty (Erv) Frei of Burnsville, MN.; Lois (LeRoy) Polzin of Brownton, Arlene (Dick) LaHoud) of Burnsville. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Jerome and David and sisters: Kathleen Becker, Rose Ann Lauer and Jeanie Meyer. A memorial mass will be held Friday, January 8, 2016 at 10:30 AM from St. James Catholic Church (299 Red Oak Drive) in Aitkin with Fr. George Zeck officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the time of service at the church. Burial will be in the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Claude Anderson
11/30/1921-12/31/2015
Claude C. Anderson, age 94 of Aitkin passed away peacefully on December 31, 2015 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin, Mn. surrounded by his family. Claude was born November 30, 1921 in Blue Earth, Minnesota and grew up in the Mankato area, and served in the U.S. Navy SeaBee Division during WW II. As a prominent St. Paul businessman he established the CPA firm of Anderson & Seiberlich in 1948, served as president of the Minnesota Society of CPA’s, was active in the St. Paul business community with the Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, participated in the St. Paul Winter Carnival as the Prince of the West Wind and served on the board of directors for many prominent businesses. He also enjoyed horseback riding with the Caballero’s Del Norte of Minnesota and Carefree Rancheros of Arizona and also hunting at the Traverse Hunting Club were some of his many passions. He was preceded in death by son Bruce Arnold. He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years Harriet, four children: Curt, Claudia (John) Meehan, Jeffrey (Rose, and Todd; Grandchildren: Sloan (Mark) Schepers, Karna Anderson, Brad (Heather) Meehan, Brian (Karin) Meehan, Matthew (Michelle) Meehan, April Anderson, Paul (Jill) Cusick, Jessica Anderson, Brooke Anderson, Great Grandchildren: Megan Platt, Aislinn and Larkan Schepers, Caleb and Hannah Meehan, Faye Meehan, Great Great Grandchildren: Macey Johnsten, Sydney and Evalyn Cusick. A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 11 AM from the St. James Lutheran Church at 460 W. Annapolis and Cherokee, West St. Paul. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. A luncheon will follow the service. Burial will be at the Acacia Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin, Mn. or personal preference. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Taimi Wirta
03/16/1920-12/30/2015
Taimi M. Wirta, age 95 of Aitkin formerly of McGregor died Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Taimi was born March 16, 1920 in Arthyde, Minnesota the daughter of Victor and Hulda (Niemi) Beck. She grew up and attended schools in McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School in 1938. She married Wilho J. Wirta on October 8, 1938 in Aitkin. They made their home in the East Lake area for many years. Taimi helped her husband in the Logging industry and also with Christmas Trees and Boughs. She also worked for a number of years as a Home Health Aide. After Wilho passed away in 1988 Taimi continued to live at East Lake until moving to Black Rock Terrace in Aitkin in 1996. Taimi has resided at the Aitkin Health Services for almost 8 years. She enjoyed gardening and her flowers beds, music and homemade bread with a cup of coffee. The Finnish word “sisu” meaning determination, bravery and resilience best describes Taimi. She is survived by her daughter: Kathleen Lewandowski of Waite Pak, Mn.; 2 granddaughters: Beth Lewandowski of Apple Valley, Mn.; and Janet Lewandowski of London, England; sister in law: Leona Hammer, 10 nieces and nephews, special cousin Doris Wayrynen and large extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wilho, sister: Agnes Martin and son in law: Bud. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 11 AM from the McGregor United Methodist Church in McGregor with Donald Niemi officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Rice River Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Nathan James Boyer
12/07/2006-12/29/2015
Nathan James Boyer, age 9, of Brainerd died Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born December 7, 2006 in Crosby. Nathan was in 3rd grade at Garfield Elementary School in Brainerd. He earned the Peace Maker Award at his school. He enjoyed entertaining, singing, dancing, music, and putting on shows. He was an avid fisherman and Minnesota Wild Hockey fan. He was very athletic, riding his bike and running. Nathan was very loving and caring, always wanting to help and give to others. He was a member of Communitas Church in Brainerd. He was preceded in death by his great-grandmother Marlene Boyer, uncle Greg Turnock, and cousin Nicholas Petragnani. Nathan is survived by his mother Jamie Boyer of Brainerd, Brother: Jenkin, Sister: Nevaeh, Aunts and uncles: Andrea and Mark Harmon of Aitkin and Carly and Shane Caird of Bloomington, Grandparents: Robert and Faye Griffith of Hill City and Ruth and Todd Mason of Bloomington, Great-grandfather: Dick Boyer of Aitkin, Great-grandparents: Chuck and Sharon Griffith of Pennsylvania, Many other aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Pastor Bob Evans will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 8P.M. – Monday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Curtis Jacobs
03/03/1930-12/28/2015
Curtis Lee Jacobs, age 85 of Aitkin formerly of the McGregor area (Big Sandy Lake), died Monday, December 28, 2015 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Curtis was born March 3, 1930 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Mark E. and Gwendolyn H. (Widger) Jacobs. He attended schools in McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School in 1948. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon his discharge he returned to McGregor and logged with his brother for a time. He then went to Alaska and learned the cement trade. He returned to McGregor and married Bernice L. Cyrus on April 16, 1958 at the Round Lake Church near McGregor. They made their home on Big Sandy Lake and Curtis worked as a cement contractor for many years retiring at the age of 73. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and carving, being in his work shop, painting pictures on canvas and just being outdoors. He is survived by his wife: Bernice Jacobs of Aitkin; Son: Mark (Lynne) Jacobs of McGregor; Daughter: Lisa (Robert) Maki of Elephant Butte, New Mexico; 6 Grandchildren: Janelle (Richard) Sickels, Sunnah (Shane) Doesken, Ashley Jacobs, Heath Maki, Amy (Jason) Dotzler, Michelle (Tyler) Teed, 5 great grandchildren and brother: Donald Jacobs of McGregor. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 infant children and 3 brothers. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 1 PM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Daniel Strang
10/20/1975-12/25/2015
Daniel Lee Strang, age 40 of Aitkin died Friday, December 25, 2015 at his home. Daniel was born October 20, 1975 at Milaca, Minnesota the son of Lee and JoAnne (Renner) Strang. He grew up and attended schools in Milaca and Albert Lea, Minnesota. He made his home in Albert Lea where he started raising his family and worked in manufacturing. He moved to Braham, Mn. about seven years ago and just moved to the Aitkin area in September. He has been disabled for the past five years. He enjoyed fishing. He is survived by his children: Arista, Dominik and Tayler Strang all of Aitkin; his mother JoAnne Strang of Aitkin; brothers: Dave Strang of Aitkin and Gary Strang of Foley, MN. He was preceded in death by his father Lee. Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Eunice Hatfield
04/27/1931-12/24/2015
Eunice E. Hatfield, age 84 of Bain Township died Thursday, December 24, 2015 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Eunice was born April 27, 1931 in Bain Township of Aitkin County the daughter of Maurice and Alice (Seibert) Baker. She had attended schools in the Dakotas, Montana and graduated from High School in St. Cloud in 1949. In 1949 she moved with her family to a farm in the Bain area. She married Harold Hatfield on January 5, 1955 at the home place in Bain Township. They farmed in the Bain area all of their married years and raised their family. She had worked for Woodland Container Co. as a book keeper for a number of years and also did all of the Book Keeping for the family farm and business for over 60 years. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, sewing, gardening, the farm cows and fishing. She loved her grandchildren dearly. She is survived by her husband Harold of rural Palisade; Sons and spouses: Jerry Hatfield of Palisade, Rick (Sandy) Hatfield of Hill City, MN.; Leonard Hatfield of Hill City, MN.; Tim (Janet) Hatfield of Hill City, MN.; 12 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 1 sister: Margie (John) Sauer of Houston, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother William. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Barry Hite and Rev. Charles Carlson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Roger O. Wright
11/18/1922-12/20/2015
Roger O. Wright, 93 of Aitkin died Sunday, December 20, 2015 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born November 18, 1922 in Aitkin County to Leo and Edith (Shisler) Wright. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1940. He was raised on a farm two miles north of Aitkin where the family raised registered Guernsey cattle and pedigreed Rhode Island Red chickens. He farmed through his school years up until 1947. In 1947 he established his own homestead a mile and half west of Aitkin on Highway 210. He changed his profession to auto mechanic, welder, and used car dealer, and he began his business as Roger Wright’s Repair Shop. Roger was also a musician who played accordion and drums. His mother, Edith Wright got him his first accordion in his teen years, and he began playing for dances in 1940. He formed a band called the Melody Aces. He, along with his wife, June Wright and other local musicians played music and entertained well into his retirement years. Roger was married in 1950 to Jeanette Thurston, and they had three children: Larry, Randy, and Patty. They divorced in 1964. In 1965, Roger married June Olson in Minneapolis, MN, and they had one daughter, Diane. In addition to music and mechanic work, Roger loved to spend time with family and friends. He also enjoyed fishing, cooking, gardening, and playing card games and checkers. He was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Edith Wright and two brothers Robert and Donald. Roger is survived by his wife June of Aitkin, 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Larry (Sandra) Wright of North Carolina, Randy (Kathy) Wright of Florida, 2 daughters and son-in-law: Patty (Jim) Close of Georgia, Diane (Wright) Zilverberg of Minnesota, Step-daughter and her husband: Patrice (Dick) Eller of Minnesota, 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Saturday, December 26, 2015 at United Methodist Church in Aitkin. Reverend Dawn Houser will officiate. Visitation will be 11:00A.M. to 1:00P.M. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Brian VonDeLinde
09/22/1972-12/17/2015
Brian D. VonDeLinde, age 43, of McGregor died Thursday December 17, 2015 at his home in McGregor. Brian was born September 22, 1972 in St. Paul, Minnesota the son of Dennis and Judith (Hart) VonDelinde. He graduated from the Cromwell High School in 1990. In high school he participated in Cross Country and later he had run in some mini-marathons. He especially enjoyed music, bowling, playing cards and board games. He also volunteered at the Wright Senior Center and enjoyed participating in the Wrong Days in Wright and also other various community events. He is survived by his mother: Judy VonDeLinde of McGregor; father: Dennis VonDeLinde of Little Falls, Mn.; sister and brother in law: Karen (John) Koupal of Brandon, South Dakota nephew: Brady Koupal and nieces: Hannah and Kelsey Koupal all of Brandon, South Dakota and his grandfather: Jacob VonDeLinde of St. Paul, Mn. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Herman and Hazel Hart, Fred Kelm and Helen VonDeLinde. A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 1 PM with a visitation 1 hour prior to the service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Wright, Minnesota. Burial will be in the Wright Public Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Kevin L. Conner
05/26/1953-12/09/2015
Kevin L. Conner, age 62, of Aitkin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. Kevin was born May 26, 1953 in Aitkin, Minnesota the #4 son of William and Dorothy (Strand) Conner. He attended schools in Aitkin and graduated from the Aitkin Public Schools in 1972. Kevin was united in marriage to Pamela (Dotzler) Conner on September 20, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy Seabees in 1972. Kevin was assigned duty in one of the largest peacetime constructions on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. The complex accommodates the Navy’s largest ships and biggest military cargo jets. This base proved invaluable when Iraq invaded Kuwait in August of 1990 and Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm were launched. Kevin was granted an honorable discharge as an Ensign E-3 in 1975. Kevin then attended St. Cloud Technical College and graduated from three programs. He worked for Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin for 30 years. Kevin was a member of the Wealthwood Rod and Gun Club for many years. He enjoyed “fixing” things, family activities, fishing and boating, Harley motorcycles, snowmobiling, traveling, 4-wheeling, duck hunting, “going to the cabin”, Rock Music, movies, drums, photography, watching football and building Star Wars Lego sets for fun and therapy while dealing with cancer. Kevin is survived by his loving wife: Pamela (Dotzler) Conner, son: Aaron Conner; siblings: Michael (Edee) Conner, Randy (Merna) Conner, Greg Conner, Bonnie (Mike) Landy, and Kathy (John) Gallatin; nephews and nieces: Chad (Kari) Conner, Tim (Ashley) Conner, Brian (Stacey) Conner, Chris (Mark) Mathieu, Caren Conner, Ben (Jennifer) Pearson, Dan (Lindsey) Pearson, Abbey Pearson, Sarah Gill, Katie Gallatin, Jenny (Ben) Quam, William Dotzler, James Dotzler, She’lin Dotzler, Stacy Taylor, Thomas Prall, Cousins, great nephews and nieces; father in law: James Dotzler, brother in law: David (Deb) Dotzler, sister in law: Lois (Mike) Pratt and family pet Miss Lily. He was preceded in death by his parents William and Dorothy Conner and mother in law: Sheila Dotzler. The Seabee motto is “We Build, We Fight”. For 15 years, Kevin courageously fought first primary sclerosing cholangitis, then Crohn’s disease, in addition liver, colon and stomach cancers. Through his example, he taught those close to him how to love and how to live. Together, we will celebrate Kevin’s life at a memorial tribute at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home on Sunday, December 13, 2015 from 1 to 4 PM. Burial will be at a later date near Whiteface River. A very special thank you for the loving support and care from the administration and employees of Riverwood Health Care Center over the years, the St. Cloud VA Health Care System for honoring a veteran through end of live care, and HomeHealth Partnership for hospice care. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lucille Chute
06/15/1919-12/04/2015
Lucille M. Chute, age 96 of Aitkin died Friday, December 4, 2015 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. Lucille was born June 15, 1919 in Spencer Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota the daughter of Cyprian “Phillip” and Mary (Graton) Cartie. She attended the Hassman School and then the Aitkin High School from where she graduated in 1938. She then attended and graduated from the Duluth School of Business. She worked for Aitkin County at the Farm Service Agency for a number of years. She married Russell W. Chute on October 12, 1944 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. They made their home and operated their farm in the Hassman area. Russell and Lucille raised turkeys through 1958 but their main focus was their dairy herd. They operated the farm for over 50 years. Lucille was a charter member of the Lucky 13 4H club and served as a leader for over 50 years. She had been active with the Council of Catholic Women at St. James Catholic Church. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. She had been very involved with numerous community events throughout the years. She was very supportive of her children and grandchildren. She was everyone’s adopted grandmother. She is survived by her children and spouses: Anne Schaak of Minneapolis, Theresa and Marshall Hogenson of Prior Lake, Mn.; Betty Chute of Burnsville, Mn.; John and Debbie Chute of Aitkin; Phillip and Colleen Chute of Aitkin, Mn.; Grandchildren: Michelle (Pat Horn) Schaak, Karl Schaak, Aaron (Janet) Schaak, David Schaak, Eva (Jeff) Widder, Thomas (Casey) Chute, Sarah (Fiancé: Elias Peterson) Chute, Alaina Chute, Owen Chute and Ben Hogenson. Great Grandchildren: Kyle, Kayleigh, Kayden, Julia and Isabella. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Russell on December 4, 2009, and all of her brothers and sisters. A mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Paul Larson officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with a prayer service at 7 PM and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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James N. Sylvander
04/16/1923-12/03/2015
James N. Sylvander, age 92 of Aitkin formerly of Minneapolis died Thursday, December 3, 2015 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin, Minnesota. James was born April 16, 1923 in Minneapolis the son of Enoch and Selina (Enefer) Sylvander. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. He then served in the U.S. Army during WW II. Upon his discharge he returned to Minneapolis. He was married to Mary M. Kenosha on March 30, 1942 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Minneapolis and James worked for the Chicago-Northwestern Railroad, first as a fireman and then as a switchman, from 1954 to 1984 when he retired. He and his wife moved to the Aitkin area in 1998 and he has lived here since. He loved to fish. He is survived by a daughter: Deanna Maunu of Aitkin; son: Bill Sylvander of Golden Valley, Mn.; 11 Grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary in 2005 1 sister and 4 brothers. A service will be held Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 12:30 PM at the Crystal Lake Cemetery Chapel in Minneapolis. A visitation will be held Wednesday from 4 to 6 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also from Noon until the 12:30 PM service at Crystal Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Violet "Vicki" Struve
12/03/1931-11/30/2015
Violet “Vicki” D. Struve, age 83 of McGregor died Monday, November 30, 2015 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Vicki was born December 3, 1931 at Tamarack, Minnesota the daughter of Oscar and Lydia (Franklin) Brekke. She attended schools in Tamarack and then McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School in 1949. She then moved to Minneapolis and worked for a time. She married Gus Peterson on October 31, 1953 at the Grace Lutheran Log Church at McGregor. They moved to New York State where they lived and started their family. Gus died in 1967. Vicki met and married Patrick Struve in 1969 in the Twin Cities and they made their home with a blended family of 10 in Muncie, Indiana. They had lived in the communities of Marshall, Madison, St. Cloud, Hastings, and then moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa where they lived from 1980 to 1996. During that time Vicki attended college and received her bachelor’s degree in accounting. In 1996 they moved to Balsam Lake, Wisconsin and she lived there until her husband Patrick died in 2011. In 2012 she moved to McGregor and has lived here since. She had worked most of her life as a book keeper and accountant. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, canning, playing golf and cribbage. She was always active in the churches where she lived. She was a great mother of 8 children. She is survived by her children: Mike (Liz) Struve of Marshall, Mn.; Sharon (Brian) Napstad of McGregor, MN.; John (Jill) Struve of Calhan, Colorado; Jeff Struve of San Diego, Calf.; Gary Peterson of Salt Lake City, Utah; Ann (Steve) Benson of Burnsville, Mn.; Glenn Peterson of Scofield, Wisc.; 19 grandchildren; 10 Great Grandchildren; 1 brother: James (Susan) Brekke of Park City, Utah and Sister: Dr. Grace Brekke-Guemple of Dent, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husbands Gus in 1967 and Patrick in 2011, 1 daughter Lori and 3 brothers. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 10:30 AM at Grace Lutheran Church in McGregor, MN. With Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Ellsburg Township Cemetery at Melrude, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor, Mn.www.srtfuneral.com.
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Doris M. Ukura
03/29/1940-11/16/2015
Doris M. Ukura, age 75 of rural McGregor died Monday, November 16, 2015 at her home. Doris was born March 29, 1940 in McGregor, Minnesota the daughter of Ernest and Tyyne (Niemi) Niemi. She grew up and attended school in McGregor until the 6th grade when she moved with her family to Duluth. She graduated from Central High School in Duluth in 1958. She then attended the University of Minnesota at Duluth for two years, pursuing Home Economics. She married Richard M. Ukura on August 5, 1961 in Duluth. They made their home in Beaver Township on their farm. Doris worked for a couple of years at the State Hospital in Moose Lake. She then worked for a time at the Lawler Coop. She then opened and operated her store McGregor Fabrics until 1980. Doris then went back to work at the State Hospital in Moose Lake and worked as a secretary until retiring in 2002. Doris was a member of the Ladies Kavela, the Jarvenpaa Choirs, and the Kanteleen Soittajat, was active in the Farmers Union, had served as a fire warden for over 50 years, had served as an officer for Beaver Township and had served as secretary for the Beaver Evangelical Church. Doris enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She especially enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren on Mille Lacs Lake. She is survived by daughters: Jodie (John) Mirsch of Lawler, Julie Ukura of Lawler; Grandchildren: Lance (Rachel) Sprague, Lacey Sprague, Layne Sprague; Brothers: James (Karen) Niemi of Venice, Florida; Gerald (Bonnie) Niemi of Duluth, Mn.; Dennis (Kathy) Niemi of Lindstrom, Mn.; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Richard in 1992 and 1 sister Judith Faye. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 11 AM from the United Methodist Church in McGregor, Mn. Rev. Hal Kamppi and Don Niemi will officiate. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 7 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church Saturday. Burial will be in the Beaver Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Richard Holzinger
02/04/1930-11/14/2015
Richard Holzinger, 85, of Palisade died Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born February 4, 1930 in Minneapolis to Frank and Teresa “Toots” (Ledo) Holzinger. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. Richard was united in marriage to Cora (Kalevik) on July 26, 1975 at Gausdal Church in Georgeville, MN. He worked for GM Parts in Edina for 30 years retiring at the age of 50. They moved to Waukenabo in 1980. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed taking his family fishing with him. He was a member of Hilltop Chapel. He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Cassandra Harms, and brothers George and Ed Holzinger. Richard is survived by his wife Cora, Children: Steve Saucier of Santa Maria, CA., Renee Saucier of Minnetonka, Todd Saucier of Palisade, John (Lynne) Saucier of Circle Pines, Pauline (Tim) Fahey of Longville, Peter Rite of Oakdale. 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, Sister-in-law: Angie Holzinger of Elk River. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Hilltop Chapel. Reverend Barry Hite will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial with military honors will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Mary Ann Nordean
06/24/1944-11/14/2015
Mary Ann Nordean, 71 of Deerwood died Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. She was born June 24, 1944 in Crosby to Walter C. and Florence F. (Richards) Dehning. She graduated from Crosby High School. Mary Ann was united in marriage to Gary H. Nordean September 29, 1979 in Iron Hub. She enjoyed painting with oils, knitting, crocheting, reading, cooking, baking, and e-mailing pen pals. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law Ken Runberg. Mary Ann is survived by her husband Gary, Brother: Ralph Dehning of Iron Hub, Sister: Shirley Runberg of Breezy Point, Brother-in-law: Roger Nordean of St. Cloud, Nieces and nephews: Rick Runberg, Julie Strang, Chris Dehning, Michelle Dehning, and Melody Dehning, Many great-nieces and great-nephews. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, November 20, 2015 at Cascade United Methodist Church in Deerwood. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Melissa Marie Moen
08/19/1969-11/12/2015
Melissa Marie Moen, 46 of McGregor died Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born August 19, 1969 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Curtis and Karen (Nelson) Moen. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, SD. in 1992 and then graduated from the University of Sioux Falls in 1994 with a degree in social work. From 1995 to 2003 she worked as a technical support technician for Gateway 2000. She moved to McGregor in 2004 and worked for MASH-KA-WISEN Treatment Center in Sawyer as an Admission Coordinator until her passing. Her true passion always centered around children, family, and farm animals. She always found time to stay active in the community; outreach programs through her church, Boy Scouts, and sustainable farming programs. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Michael Moen, and her grandchild. Melissa is survived by her significant other Ron Rasmussen of McGregor, Sons: Tony Moen (Amber) and Corey Moen all of Duluth, Step-sons: Ethan Rasmussen and Cody (Karla) Rasmussen all of Sioux Falls, SD., Grandchildren: Marlee and Isabelle, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, November 27, 2015 at Victory Mission in McGregor. Visitation will begin 1 hour prior to the service at the Mission. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Everett D. Davies
02/28/1934-11/05/2015
Everett Davies, age 81 of Aitkin died Thursday, November 5, 2015 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Everett was born February 28, 1934 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Chester and Ella (Petersen) Davies. He grew up and attended school in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1952. In December of 1952 Everett and his brother Cal purchased the Pure Oil Gas Station in Aitkin and operated that. In 1956 he entered the U.S. Army and served mostly in Germany before being discharged in 1958. He returned to the Gas Station which his brother Cal had continued to run in his absence. The sold the station in 1959. Everett had worked as various jobs and then started worked for the Aitkin County Assessor’s office. He married Shirley J. Kehl on November 16, 1963 in Aitkin. In 1975 he started working for Marvin Midthun at the Aitkin County Abstract Office and later purchased the company from him. In 1983 he went to work as the Aitkin County Recorder and held that position until his retirement in March of 1997. Shirley ran the Abstract Office until it was sold in 1995. Everett worked with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home after his retirement for about 10 years. He had served on the Board of Directors for Security State Bank in Aitkin for over 20 years. He was also a member of the Aitkin American Legion and was a staunch supporter of the Aitkin Historical Society. He enjoyed gardening, visiting with people and spending time with his family especially his nieces and nephews. He is survived by his wife Shirley Davies of Aitkin; sister: Margery Howard of Aitkin; Brothers: Maynard Davies of Florida and John Davies of Crosby and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Bernice Klingelhofer, Leota Howard, Erma Killeen, and Five Brothers: Glenn, Larry, Don, Calvin and Clarence. Services will be held Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Noon at the 40 Club Convention Center in Aitkin with Lorelei Robinson officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the Noon services. Burial will be at a later date in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Memorials are preferred to the Aitkin County Historical Society or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Edna A. Spolarich
09/11/1933-11/03/2015
Edna A. Spolarich, age 82 of Hay Point died Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at her home. Edna was born September 11, 1933 at Kitter County, North Dakota the daughter of Emil and Annie (Boatz) Johnson. She moved with her family at the age of 5 to the Palisade area where she grew up and attended schools and then she attended the Aitkin High School and graduated from there in 1951. She worked for a time at the Ben Franklin Store in Aitkin. She married Philip Spolarich on September 11, 1954 at McGregor, Minnesota. They made their home in Grand Rapids for a time and in 1958 the bought a farm at Hay Point and have lived there since. She worked for over 30 years as an employee of Quadna Mountain Resort. She also spent many years working on spring tree planting and various other projects for the State of Minnesota and Aitkin County. She dearly loved working in her garden and canning. In her earlier years she enjoyed grouse and deer hunting each fall. She was and extremely strong and loving mother who taught her children many very important life lessons. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. She is survived by children: Cindy (Darrell) Gillson of Hill City; Sandra Landrus of Hay Point; Ray Spolarich of Hay Point; brothers: Henry Johnson of Hill City; Albert Toriseva of Bagley, Mn.; Roy Johnson of Grand Rapids and sister: Shirley Myers of Hill City. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Philip in 1991 1 brother Karl Oscar and sister: Esther Barry. A private family graveside service was held at the Macville Cemetery with Rev. William Sass officiating. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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