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Archive Obituaries
Douglas R. Gardner
10/02/1942-11/02/2015
Douglas R. Gardner, age 73 of Aitkin died Monday, November 2, 2015 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Doug was born October 2, 1942 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Lloyd and Inez (Thorsten) Gardner. He moved to Aitkin with his family as a young boy and attended schools in Aitkin and graduated from the Aitkin High School. He then attended college and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in education. He married Janet V. Gunderson on June 6, 1964. He taught school in Cottage Grove for five years. They then moved back to Aitkin and he and Jan have made their home here since. Doug was long time manager of the Birchwood Café. He then went back to school and received a degree to teach special education and he taught school at the Nay Ah Shing School on the Mille Lacs Reservation and then he taught at the Onamia School before he retired in 2010. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, the Aitkin Masonic and Eastern Star Lodges, was a Shriner and played in the Shriners Pipe and Drum Band and was also a member of the Moose Lodge. He enjoyed playing golf and cards with his friends. Doug is survived by his wife Jan Gardner of Aitkin; Children: Stephen (Holly) Gardner of Maple Grove, Mn.; Jennifer (Larry) Mayer of Champlin, MN.; 4 Grandchildren: Zachary, Austin, Madison and Connor; step-father: Vernon Thorsten of Aitkin and sister: Janet Leone of Ham Lake, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Dennis. A funeral service will be held Friday, November 6, 2015 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 PM with a Masonic service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church Friday. Inurnment will be at a later date at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lawrence D. Eklund
07/17/1939-11/01/2015
Lawrence D. Eklund, age 76 of Aitkin died Sunday, November 1, 2015 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lawrence was born July 17, 1939 at Malmo, Minnesota the son of Elmer and Marguarite (Anderson) Eklund. He grew up in the Malmo area and attended the Lakeside Country School and then attended the Isle High School. He began farming with dairy and beef cattle in the Malmo area and also drove a milk truck and picked up the raw milk and delivered it to the creamery in Isle. He married Ruth Ann Peterson on August 24, 1968 in Wahkon, Minnesota. They made their home on the farm near Malmo until moving to a farm north of Aitkin in 1980. They operated the farm near Aitkin until 2009 at which time they moved back to the Malmo area. He had also worked as a maintenance/boiler man for the Aitkin Community Hospital for a number of years. He has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center for the past 3 years. He was an excellent gardener, enjoyed wood carving, his orchard, feeding the birds and squirrels, fishing and the Aitkin County Fair. He loved his time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Ruth Eklund; Children: Ashley (Nicki) Eklund, Paula (Dean) Fisher, Peggy (Robert) Tautges; 11 Grandchildren: Devon, Mitchell, Andrew, Shellby, McKenzie, Jenny, Olivia, Emma, Elijah, Joze and Mya; 2 Great Grandchildren: Piper and Parker. Siblings: Lavonne Cooper, Marlyn (Shirley) Eklund, Jerry Eklund, Corrine Maxwell, Phillip Eklund, Elaine (Dennis) McPheeters, Jean (Phil) Brooks and sisters in law: Helen Eklund and Betes Paulson. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Norman and Roy. Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at a later date in the Lakeside Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Thomas W. Glander
08/07/1946-11/01/2015
Thomas W. Glander, age 69 of Tamarack died Sunday, November 1, 2015 at the V.A. Medical Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Thomas was born August 7, 1946 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Elmer and Ruth (Hjort) Glander. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from Roosevelt High School. He served in the U.S. Army and spent time in Vietnam. Upon his discharge he returned to Minneapolis and began working for the Ford Motor Co. in the St. Paul Assembly Plant where they built the Ford Ranger trucks. He worked for them for 27 years and retired in 2001. He had lived in Richfield and following his retirement moved to the Tamarack area where he has lived since. He married Susan Lee Tuholski on August 11, 1998 in Tamarack. He had been a member of the Richfield American Legion Post. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on cars and he dearly loved his dogs. He is survived by his wife Susan Glander of Tamarack; Children: Amy (Cory) Erickson of Royalton, Mn.; Matt (Nikki) Begnoche of Kearney, Neb.; grandchildren: Taylor, Rachel, Kelsey and Melanie and two brothers: Leland Glander of Bloomington, Mn. and James (Karen) Glander of Burnsville, Mn. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 9, 2015 at 1 PM from the Round Lake Presbyterian Church with Pastor Ron Staudinger officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be Tuesday at 11 AM at the Sunset Memorial Park in St. Anthony, Mn. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Robert L. Guntzburger
11/24/1928-10/28/2015
Robert L. Guntzburger, 86 of McGregor died Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born November 24, 1928 in St. Paul to Lowell and Muriel (Korfhage) Guntzburger. Robert was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Janet (Smith) on March 15, 1952 in Ft. Atkinson, WI. They raised their family in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota, moving to McGregor in 1987. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in the Korean War. He worked over 30 years as an air traffic controller. He was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church, Lions Club, Hastings VFW and American Legion, past president and member of the Big Sandy Lake Association, and an avid Green Bay Packers fan. He was preceded in death by his wife Janet in 2013, granddaughter Kimberly, and his parents. Robert is survived by his children: Ann (Roger) Brinkley of Lynden, WA. Sue Barney of Elgin, IL. Kit (Jeff) Rosch of Duluth, GA. Tom (Kelly) Guntzburger of Duluth, MN. 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren 2 sisters: Carole Bauer of Indiana and Kay Sterling of California Funeral service will be 2:00P.M. – Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Grace Lutheran Church in McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Needle Cemetery. Visitation will be 12:00P.M. – 2:00P.M., Tuesday at the church. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lloyd M. Jarson
06/03/1926-10/20/2015
Lloyd Melvin Jarson, 89 of Malmo, left this earth to rest in peace on October 20,2015 at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis with family members by his side. He was a decorated WWII Marine Veteran serving in the Pacific Theater earning 2 Purple Hearts and a Star, a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was born June 3, 1926 in Winnipeg, Canada to Edward and Christine (Mickelson) Jarson. He attended school in the Malmo area and had many careers throughout his life including working for the city of Blaine as a mechanical and plumbing inspector where he retired. He very much enjoyed family and social gatherings and was very active in Marine Corps social events. He was preceded in death by his parents, wives: Luella (Iverson) and Carolyn (Lindgren), son Kerry, and granddaughter Emily. Lloyd is survived by his children: Linda (Bob) Erck, Richard (Wendi), Clifford (Laura), Lori Johnson(Kevin), Jodie (Gregory) Boutain, Michael (Rozani) Lindgren, Jillane Lindgren. Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who he loved very much. Longtime friend Vi Wehlast. We invite those who loved Lloyd to join us for a celebration of his life with full military honors 2:00P.M. – Sunday, October 25, 2015 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo. Visitation will be 12:00P.M. to 2:00P.M. Sunday at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Memorials are preferred to the Wounded Warriors Project.
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Ralph Crane
06/11/1924-10/19/2015
Ralph Crane, 91 of Aitkin, passed away peacefully in his sleep after a long courageous battle with Alzheimer’s, and with the love of his life Cheri Crane holding his hand Monday, October 19, 2015 at Aitkin Health Services. He was born June 11, 1924 in Erick, OK. to James Milton and Ada (Webster) Crane. He was a U.S. Marine Corp. Veteran serving in WWII. He was united in marriage to Cheri Leigh (Sears) September 22, 1985 in Anchorage, AK. They moved to Minnesota in 2000 and spent summers on Round Lake and wintered in Alamo, TX. He enjoyed going for walks; having coffee, visiting and spending time with friends; reading, debating; listening to, taping, and editing music. He was preceded in death by two sons: Jerry and Shawn Crane, sister Vanell, and his parents. He is survived by his wife Cheri Crane of Aitkin, Son: Gary Crane of Seattle, WA. Daughters: Darlene Halbak of Anchorage, AK. and Cathie Miller of Cleveland, GA. Step-daughters: Jane Vranish, Judy Hutar, and Jeri Anderson, Step-son: Jeff Boelter, Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ralph will be laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Linda June Gillette
01/05/1949-10/18/2015
Linda June Gillette, 66 of McGregor died Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born January 5, 1949 in Cloquet to Lawrence and Lillian (Niemi) Pettit. Linda was united in marriage Jon Henry Gillette on August 14, 1965 in Wright. She was preceded in death by her brother Darrell Pettit and her parents. Linda is survived by her husband Jon, 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Laura (Albert) Kangas of Clear Lake, Marcy (John) Mateyka of Aitkin, Holly (Chuck) Boyd of McGregor, 7 grandchildren: Amanda, Ashley, Ally, Hannah, Alex, Chelsea, and Megan, Brothers and sisters: Raymond Pettit, Joyce (Harland) Marsyla, Marvin (Margaret) Pettit, Leroy Pettit, Ed (Trish) Pettit, Ervin (Lola) Pettit, Shirley (Rick) Hanson, Janice (John) Rollins. 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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Steven Martin Sandberg
03/29/1955-10/18/2015
Steven Martin Sandberg age 60 of Aitkin died Sunday, October 18, 2015 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Steve was born March 29, 1955 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Dave and Lois (Backstrom) Sandberg. He attended schools in St. Louis Park until moving with his family to the Aitkin area in 1966. He attended schools in Aitkin and graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1973. He played football, Basketball and Baseball while in high school. He then attended Moorhead State University where he played football and baseball. He received his bachelors degree in moving arts therapy and he did work with veterans at the V.A. Hospital in St. Cloud. He returned to Aitkin and worked with his father as a carpenter for a number of years and he started taking law enforcement classes and graduated from the Hibbing Law Enforcement Program. He helped coach football at the Aitkin High School for a number of years. He married Kristi Jo Lunde on October 17, 1987 at Bottineau, North Dakota. He started working with the Aitkin County Sheriffs Office in 1991 and currently had ben serving as an investigator for the sheriffs Office. He was a member of the Aitkin United Methodist Church, the Sons of the American Legion, the Masonic Lodge, the Shriners, the Quarterbacks Club, the NRA, the Minnesota Peace and Police Officers Assn. and had served on the Aitkin Volunteer Fire Department for 17 years. Steve truly lived a life worthwhile. He enjoyed visiting outdoor baseball parks with friends, fishing, hunting, cooking and baking, watching sports and spending time with his family. Many describe Steve as a great listener, showing us how much he truly cared for each person he encountered. He had a gentle and loving way about him that made everyone feel special and important. He was also particularly fond of animals and children. Both were attracted to him as he treated them with so much care and compassion. He was committed, supportive, adventurous and had a great sense of humor. Steve could brighten up any room with his soft smile and friendly demeanor which we will miss everyday. Steve is survived by his wife Kristi Sandberg, Daughter: Cassie Sandberg, Mother Lois Sandberg, Sister: Wendy Sandberg, Brothers: Brian (Judy) Sandberg and Rob Sandberg all of Aitkin; father in law: Lyle Lunde, Sisters in law: Teri Lunde and Jeff Doggett, Tami (Dean) Milbrath; nieces and nephews: Lainey Sandberg, Danny Sandberg, Eric Sandberg, Lynnsey Sandberg, Jenna Nelson, Calli Doggett, Stephanie Milbrath, Heather Milbrath; Grandnephew: Royce; Grandnieces: Sienna and Hailey and two grandnieces or nephews on the way. He was preceded in death by his father Dave Sandberg and mother in law: Merle Lunde. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 23, 2015 at 11 AM from the Aitkin High School. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 2 PM until 7 PM with a Masonic Service at 7 PM all at the Aitkin United Methodist Church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home.
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Dwanna H. Berry
03/10/1927-10/14/2015
Dwanna H. Berry, age 88 of Aitkin died Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at the Aitkin Health Services. Dwanna was born March 10, 1927 in Milford, Iowa the daughter of Oscar and Anna (Knudson) Wilson. She grew up and attended schools in Milford graduating from the Okoboji High School in 1945. She married Maurice “Mick” Rehse on August 1, 1946 in Milford. They lived in Howard Lake where they owned and operated a dry cleaning business and in 1966 they moved to Aitkin where they had purchased a Dry Cleaning business and operated that. In 1967 Mick died as the result of fighting a fire with the Aitkin Volunteer Fire Dept. Dwanna married John T. Berry on April 24, 1970. They lived in Aitkin but had spent time in Arizona. She was a lifetime member of the Aitkin American Legion Auxiliary, and the Aitkin United Methodist Church. She enjoyed shopping. She loved spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren; Jon Artmann, James Artmann, Joel Artmann, Jodi Townsend, Sean Johnson, Troy Johnson, Jeremy Rikala, Jeff Rikala, Jason Rikala, Dwanna Packard and John Rehse. Dwanna is survived by children: Linda Rehse (special friend: Ed Walters) of Devils Lake, North Dakota; Debbie (Dean) Johnson of Aitkin, Mn.; Pam (Jerry) Rikala of Aitkin, MN.; Timothy Rehse of Oakland, Maine; 11 Grandchildren; 22 Great Grandchildren and 2 Great Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her Parents; Husbands Mick in 1967 and John in 1997; daughter in law Tammy; Granddaughter Carma; 2 brothers and 6 sisters. Funeral services will be held Monday, October 19, 2015 at 11 AM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Susan Cline, a special friend of the family, and Rev. Dawn Houser officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Aitkin. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Norman E. Washam
03/21/1925-10/11/2015
Norman E. Washam, age 90 of McGregor formerly of Anoka died Sunday, October 11, 2015 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Norman was born March 21, 1925 at Fonda, Iowa the son of Robert and Esther (Anderson) Washam. He grew up and attended schools in Bagley, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army serving in Korea. Upon his discharge he returned to Iowa for a short time and then moved to the Twin Cities where he made his home in Anoka. He worked as a big truck mechanic until he retired in 1990. He moved to McGregor in the early 1990’s and has lived here since. While in McGregor he made and had many good friends. He enjoyed playing pool in his younger days and played Bocce Ball up until this past August. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW. He is survived by his sister: Phyllis Sigler of Coon Rapids, MN.; many nieces and nephews including: Marlene Allshouse of Rockford, Ill.; James Sigler of Hudson, Fla.; Teresa Jerome of Bloomington, Mn.; Tammy Ybarra of Minneapolis, Mn. and Thomas Sigler of Coon Rapids, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother and 1 sister. A celebration of Norman’s life will be held Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 2 to 3 PM with a sharing time at 3 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor, Mn. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Herbert "Herb" Arnold Thorsten
04/01/1918-10/07/2015
Herbert “Herb” Arnold Thorsten, 97 of Aitkin and Moose Lake, died October 7, 2015 at Augustana Mercy Health Care Center in Moose Lake. He was born April 1, 1918 in Santiago to Anton “Tony” and Johanna “Tina (Peterson) Thorsten. He graduated from Becker High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WW II. Enlisting on June 16, 1941 and being honorably discharged on December 8, 1945. He served as a light machine gunner and machine gun NCO. Herb rose to the rank of Sergeant and received the Bronze Arrowhead for service in New Guinea Luzon. Herb was united in marriage to Rose Cecelia Johnson on January 31, 1948. They were married for 45 years until Rose passed away on August 18, 1993. Soon after they were married the couple moved from Becker to Section 12 Lake near Aitkin. After becoming parents to daughter Joan, they purchased a home next to the Methodist Church and moved into the town of Aitkin. This was the Thorsten home until 2002 when Herb moved to Maryhill Manor. In 2010 Herb moved to Moose Lake where his daughter cared for him in her home until December of 2014. From that time until his passing, Herb enjoyed activities and socializing at Augustana Mercy Health Care Center and grew very fond of many of his caregivers. Herb’s occupations included: farming, working for Vern and Inez at Dutch’s which was later called Vern’s Bar and Grill. He owned and operated apartments and rental properties in Aitkin for many years. He was well known by many businesses in Aitkin for his janitorial work later in life. He loved many outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, harvesting wild rice, trapping, tapping maple trees for sap, berry picking, and he was a Sunday fixture working at his wife’s family farm: Norm’s Farm Market in Becker. He was preceded in death by his wife Rose Cecelia (Johnson) Thorsten, parent Anton “Tony” and Johanna “Tina” Peterson Thorsten, brothers: John (Adeline) Thorsten, Henry “Buddy” (Mary) Thorsten, sisters: Olga (Oscar) Johnson, Hilda (Floyd) McLamb, Alice (Bill) Isaac, Elna (Ed) Norell, Patricia McDonald, brother-in-law Emmet Allie, sister-in-law Inez “Inie” Thorsten. Herb is survived by his daughter Joan Thorsten of Moose Lake, brother Vernon Thorsten of Aitkin, brother-in-law Tom McDonald of Aitkin and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 10:00A.M. – Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Faith Lutheran Church in Becker. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Friday 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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Rose Berg
02/11/1920-10/06/2015
Rose Berg, age 95 of Aitkin died Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at the Aitkin Health Services. Rose was born February 11, 1920 at Cedar Rapids, Iowa the daughter of Carl John and Esther Jane (Earhart) Peterson. She attended schools in Cedar Rapids and at the age of 15 moved with her family to the Aitkin area where she attended the Kimberly and Davidson Country Schools. She married Arthur W. “Bill” Berg on December 3, 1939 in Aitkin. They lived in Aitkin for 8 years and then moved to their farm in Kimberly in 1948. They had a dairy farm for many years and in later years raised beef cattle. She lived on the farm for 67 years. She moved into Aitkin Health services earlier in 2015. She also operated her quilt business “Rose’s Quilts” for many years. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, embroidery, baking, logging, and taking care of the grandchildren. She loved her animals and she especially loved being outdoors. Rose is survived by children and spouses: Bob and Karol Berg of Aitkin; Gene and Helen Berg of McGregor; Alice and Del Otto of Minneapolis; Jerry and Jan Berg of McGregor; Pete Berg of Aitkin; 18 grandchildren; 39 Great Grandchildren and 7 Great Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Bill in 2000, 2 sons, 1 daughter and 1 grandson. Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Pastor Rick Mann officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Saron Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Mary Ethel "Echo" (Cummings) Welshons
02/15/1933-10/03/2015
Mary Ethel “Echo” (Cummings) Welshons, 82, of Aitkin, Minn. died Saturday, October 3, 2015, while attending Mass at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin and after receiving the body and blood of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was born February 15, 1933 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Brainerd, Minnesota, to Kenneth and Mary (Janzen) Cummings. She attended Maryhill Academy in Aitkin and graduated from Aitkin High School in 1950. Beautiful and talented, she represented her community as Miss Aitkin in the 1951 Miss Minnesota pageant in Minneapolis. She attended the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. She began corresponding with her future husband, Mervyn Mathias “Red” Welshons, while he served in the Army Corp of Engineers during the Korean War. Their romance blossomed, and they were united in marriage on December 28, 1953 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Before Red’s passing in March of 2014, they had celebrated 60 years of marriage. Echo was lovingly dedicated to Red and she was the joy of his life. Together they raised seven children and enjoyed the blessings of twenty-three grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. They made their homes in Brainerd, Duluth, and Aitkin and spent thirty-five warm and wonderful winters together in Tequesta, Florida. In all of these places they cherished each other and their many friends. She volunteered for many years with numerous community and religious organizations and continued her lifelong interests in music, sewing, needlework, homemaking, and entertaining friends and family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mervyn Mathias (Red); their son, Matthew John; one brother, William (Bill) Cummings; four brothers-in-law, Fr. Glendon Welshons, S.J., Benjamin Welshons, John Welshons, and Michael Ryan; and two sisters-in-law, Patricia (Patsy) Cummings, and Nancy Cummings. Echo is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas (Mary Ann) Welshons of Pine River, and Peter (Cori) Welshons of Aitkin; daughters and sons-in-law Mary Charlotte Welshons of Baxter, Elizabeth (Eric) Hillman of Duluth, Catherine (David) Stampe of Baxter, and Amy (David) McCarthy of Moose Lake; twenty-three grandchildren: Rachel, Jessica, Leslie, Emily, Joe, John, Ben, Mike, Billy, Matt, Nick, Abi, Annie, Isaac, Tom, Amanda, Melissa, Andrew, Megan, Sara, Theresa, David, and Daniel; and sixteen great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Greg Cummings of Plymouth, Patrick (Brenda) Cummings of Becker, Judy Ryan of Aitkin, Kay (Dick) Breen of Brainerd, and Kevin (Faunille) Cummings of Deadwood, SD; sisters-in-law Margaret Welshons and Lois Welshons of Stillwater; and many nieces, nephews , other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, October 9, 2015 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Thursday with a prayer service starting at 7P.M. at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Kim I. Kraemer
01/23/1955-10/03/2015
Kim I. Kraemer, 60, Aitkin, died October 3, 2015, at Riverwood HealthCare Center after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born January 23, 1955, in Wabasha to Robert and Betty Benike. She grew up in the Minneapolis area, moving to Aitkin in 1978. She married Duane Kraemer September 23, 1978 in Aitkin and resided along the Mississippi River north of Aitkin where they raised their two children, Cory and Amber. Kim has been a Tupperware dealer and manager since1978. She worked as a waitress at the 40 Club, with the Aitkin County Sheriff's Department as a jailer, summers with the Aitkin County Land Department, Shopko and as a para with Aitkin Public Schools for the past 20 years. She was a member of St. John's Church of Cedarbrook, Aitkin Sno-Drifters Snowmobile Club, was a Volunteer Snowmobile Safety Instructor for over 30 years and a member of the Monday Night Bowling League at Aitkin Lanes.. She is survived by her husband, Duane; son and daughter-in-law, Cory and Nikki Kraemer; daughter and son-in-law, Amber and Kevin Lindgren; grandchildren, Courtney and Eddy Lindgren, Finn and Teddy Kraemer; mother, Betty Benike, all of Aitkin; brother, Greg (Val) Thomas of Burnsville; sisters, Kathy Anderson of Lakeville and Gail Ramsburg of Emily; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sharon and Ron Dotzler of Aitkin, nieces, nephews and many, many valued friends. She was preceded in death by a son, Travis in 1978; her father, Robert in 1976; brother, Bernard and sister, Jill and two nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 10 at St. John's Church of Cedarbrook at 12 noon with visitation two hours before the service at the church.
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Bernice Dugan
03/24/1917-10/03/2015
Bernice E. Dugan, 98 of Aitkin, died Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born March 24, 1917 in Aitkin to Matt E. and Irene A. (Soderholm) Kullhem. She attended Rat Lake School near Palisade. She was confirmed on June 18, 1933 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. Bernice was united in marriage to Frank O. Dugan December 26, 1961 in Aitkin. She worked at Northshore Manufacturing in Duluth prior to her marriage. She was a homemaker and caregiver to many family members. She enjoyed her beautiful flower and vegetable gardens and loved to travel. Bernice made trips to Europe to visit relatives and also enjoyed wintering in Arizona. She was a member of the Northshore Birthday Club and Bethel Lutheran Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Frank on August 29, 1965, sisters: Linnea Nystrom, Myrtle Hansen, sister-in-law Stella Kullhem, brothers: Melvin Kullhem and Obert Kullhem, and brother-in-law Henry Hansen. Bernice is survived by her sister Ruby Brothers (John) of Grand Forks, ND., Special nieces: Carol (Nystrom) Dammer (Merlyn) of Duluth, Delaine (Hansen) Jacobs (Terry) of Burnsville, Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. Reverend Bill Sass will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Duane William Boelter
12/19/1925-10/02/2015
Duane William Boelter age 89 of Aitkin moved to his eternal home in Heaven on October 2, 2015. Duane was born December 19, 1925 in Blue Earth County, Minnesota. He attended school in Amboy for only a short period of time over the years. The family moved to Garden City, Vernon Center, Soderville and Pine City. A final move was made by Duane, his mother and two brothers John and Melvin to a farm near Tamarack in December of 1973. Duane helped with the farm chores, rode horses and learned to love John Deere tractors. In August of 1984 Duane began attending the McGregor D.A. C. where he worked a variety of jobs. After the death of his mother and brother John, Duane and Mel moved to Aitkin in October of 1987 and lived together in several homes with the supervision of Oakridge Homes. They both became “City Boys” and enjoyed visiting all of the stores in Aitkin on a daily basis. Duane loved people and loved saying “Hi”, shake hands and hug just about everyone. Duane continued to work at the D.A.C. well after retirement age. He took pride in his volunteer jobs of cleaning and shredding paper. He was a hard worked and racked up many hours of volunteering. Some of those jobs included picking up garbage at the city park, ringing the bell at the Salvation Army kettle, playing with the cats at the Hart Rescue Center and participating in Relay for Life and the Aitkin Chili Cook Off. He filled shoe boxes with gifts for some of the neediest children in the world through Operation Christmas Child and collected education labels for the school and pop tabs for the Ronald MacDonald House. If you had a pop can in your hand, you could be sure that Duane and Mel would ask for it first. Duane and Mel eventually moved to the supervised living home run by Oakridge Homes. Duane enjoyed many activities including playing hid guitar and harmonica, traveling and fishing. He had taken a week long Alaskan cruise. He also spent time at Camp Confidence where he enjoyed boat rides, camp fires, and nature walks. Duane also loved to sit outside on summer days and just listen to the birds. One staff member noted that he taught her to be quiet and just listen. Simply going out for coffee and visiting friends would be a highlight for him. Duane will be truly missed by his brother Melvin, family and many very special friends. He was dearly loved by his Oakridge staff, guardian Marilyn Backstrom, niece Deloris and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents Gustav Boelter and Frances Salfifberg; sister: Genevieve Wegner and brothers: Lester, Willard and John. A funeral service will be held Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 11 AM from the Westside Church with Pastor Dallas Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home www.srtfuneral.com.
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Hubert V. Jacobson
01/13/1923-09/27/2015
Hubert V. Jacobson, 92 of Aitkin, died Sunday, September 27, 2015 at Aicota Assisted Living in Aitkin. He was born January 13, 1923 in Fleming Township to Oscar and Caroline (Eskilson) Jacobson. He graduated from Aitkin High School and farmed for most of his life. Hubert was united in marriage to Ruth H. Esau on September 3, 1947 in Aitkin. He enjoyed restoring airplanes with his friends and had a passion for flying. He was on the board of directors for Mille Lacs Electric. He attended the Fleming United Methodist Church for many years and Westside Church in Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Evelyn Thornbloom, 2 brothers: Carroll and Hubert’s twin brother Herbert. Hubert is survived by his wife Ruth Jacobson, Children: Mike (Vicky) Jacobson of Aitkin, Carolyn (Roger) Macy of Brainerd, Alan Jacobson of Aitkin, 6 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and one on the way, 2 brothers: James (Lucille) Jacobson of Phoenix, AZ., Leonard Jacobson of Maplewood, Brother-in-law: Ole Thornbloom of Aitkin, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Westside Church in Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Alice Marie Trotter
03/27/1927-09/26/2015
Alice Marie Trotter, age 88 of Aitkin died Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Golden Horizons Memory Care Unit. Alice was born March 27, 1927 in Newton, Iowa the daughter of Robert and Zelpha (Russell) McWhirter. She grew up and attended schools in Newton and she graduated from the Newton High School in 1945. She married Ronald G. Trotter on February 2, 1946 in Iowa City, Iowa. They lived in Newton where she operated a day care and also had worked at the Maytag Dairy Farm. In 1963 they moved to the Aitkin area and purchased a resort on Round Lake near Garrison and operated Trotters Resort until present. She had also worked for the S&L Clothing Store in Brainerd for many years and she also operated a day care in Brainerd for a number of years. She enjoyed embroidering and collecting owls. She is survived by her son: Denny Trotter of Aitkin; Daughter and son in law: Linda (Dale) Howard of Aitkin; Grandchildren: Todd (DeLynn) Howard, Amy (Darrell) Dwire, Jeff (Char) Trotter, Chad (Stephanie) Trotter, Jamie (Emily) Trotter, Cory (Katie) Trotter, Sheri (Mike) Bruning; 15 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren, 1 sister: Clarice Trotter of Newton, Iowa and brother in law: Terry Trotter of Calf. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ronald in 2004, 2 sisters and 1 brother. Funeral services for Alice will be held Friday, October 2, 2015 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Foote officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 PM at the Funeral Home and continue from 10 AM until the 11 AM. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Heartland Hospice. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ruby D. Wood
07/23/1916-09/20/2015
Ruby D. Wood, 99 of Palisade, died Sunday, September 20, 2015 at her home. She was born July 23, 1916. Ruby was united in marriage to Glenn A. Wood March 26, 1932 in Humbolt, IA. They moved to the Palisade area in 1958. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, making rugs, and farming. She was preceded in death by her husband Glenn, granddaughter Kristi Wood, brothers and sisters, and her parents. Ruby is survived by her son Alvin Wood of Palisade, Daughter Janice Erion of Charles City, IA. 6 Grandchildren: Scott Wood, Tim Wood, Gale “Curly” (Lee) Erion, Queen (Jeff) Jensen, Linda Peters (Jim Walk), Brenda (Paul) Lane, 13 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Monday, September 28, 2015 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend William Sass will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Edwin John Kraemer
06/04/1923-09/17/2015
Edwin J. Kraemer, 92, Aitkin died September 17, 2015 at Golden Horizons Assisted Living. He was born June 4, 1923 in Stearns County, coming to Aitkin in 1945 where he and his wife, Mildred farmed along the Mississippi River, raising turkeys, dairy cattle and beef. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church of Aitkin, Aitkin County Farm Bureau, Aitkin County Turkey Growers Association; served on the Aitkin Creamery Board and 26 years on the Aitkin Township Board; as an election judge and was a 4-H leader for the Channel Champs 4-H Club. Ed enjoyed his last years at Golden Horizons playing cards, Wii bowling and playing Bingo. He is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Duane and Kim Kraemer; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Ron Dotzler; five grandchildren: Cory Kraemer, Katie Trotter, Amber Lindgren, Jason and Justin Dotzler; nine great-grandchildren: Courtney and Eddy Lindgren, Finn and Teddy Kraemer, Nathan and Garrett Trotter, Nolan, Madden and Aiden Dotzler; five brothers and three sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mildred in 2000; seven brothers and three sisters. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, September 25 at 11 a.m. from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Joanne Mapes
11/27/1935-09/16/2015
Joanne L. Mapes, 79 of Tamarack died September 16, 2015 at The Lodge in Elko-New Market. She was born November 27, 1935 in Tamarack to Angus and Laurilee (Kelley) Hawkinson. A gathering of family and friends will be 11:30am – Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Snow Flyers Club in Tamarack. McGregor Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. WWW.srtfuneral.com
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Wayne Lund
06/26/1965-09/15/2015
Wayne H. Lund, age 50 of McGregor died Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at his home near McGregor. Wayne was born June 26, 1965 in St. Louis Park, Minnesota the son of Carroll and Marilyn (Quam) Lund. He grew up and attended schools in Hopkins and graduated from the Hopkins High School in 1983. He worked a number of jobs and then learned the tiling trade. He worked as a tiler in the cities and the McGregor area. He married Kay Marie Pelto on July 30, 1993 in Minneapolis. They moved to the McGregor area in the mid 1990’s and have lived here since. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and collecting agates. He was an avid drummer. He was a member of the Calvary Evangelical Church in Minneapolis. He is survived by his wife Kay of McGregor and sister: Vicki Lund of Brooklyn Center, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Mark Lund. A memorial service will be held Friday, September 25, 2015 at 11 AM from the McGregor Funeral Home with Pastor Joel Seibel officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Janice "Jan" Merritt
10/25/1960-09/13/2015
Janice “Jan: Marie Merritt, age 54 of Tamarack died Sunday, September 13, 2015 at Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake, Minnesota. Jan was born October 25, 1960 at Springfield, Minnesota the daughter of Tracy and Charlene (Haak) Sylvester. She grew up and attended schools in the Barnum area and graduated from the Barnum High School in 1979. She married Robert A. Merritt Jr. on April 27, 1979 in Sisseton, South Dakota. They lived most of their life in the McGregor and Tamarack areas. She worked as a cook for many years working for the McGregor Schools for 12 years and for Mark’s Bar for over 15 years. She enjoyed fishing, gardening and helping people. She was involved with Kids Plus, 21st Century Program through the McGregor Schools and the Tamarack Activities Club. She had also worked for AEOA with the Meals on Wheels program. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband: Robert Merritt Jr. of Tamarack, Mn.; Children: Robert (Sheila) Merritt of McGregor, Mn.; Tabatha (Matt) Peters of Aitkin; Adam Merritt and Amanda Weis of Wright, Mn; 7 Grandchildren; 4 Brothers; 3 Sisters and Step Father: Tracy (Ruth) Sylvester of Mahtowa, Mn. She was preceded in death by her mother. Funeral services will be held Monday, September 21, 2015 at 2 PM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Henry Koopman officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 until 8 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Burial will be in St. Josephs Cemetery at Lamberton, Minnesota at a later date. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Patricia Ann Florek
05/03/1941-09/07/2015
Patricia Ann Florek, 74 of Aitkin, died September 7, 2015 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born May 3, 1941 in Schenectady, NY. to Burdette Irving and Shirley Ann (Crippin) Countryman. Patricia was united in marriage to Ronald “Butch” Carroll Florek on May 8, 1965. She worked as a manager for Collectors Galleries Dept. Store and as a homemaker. She enjoyed bowling, crocheting, knitting, making jewelry, puzzles, cooking, making jelly and jam, and collecting cook books. She loved to spend time with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents. Patricia is survived by her husband Ronald “Butch” Florek, Children: Guy (Jill) of St. Joseph, Aaron (Lonnie) of Blane, Owen (Rebecca) of St. Paul, Grandchildren: Nathan, Amanda, Emily, and Connor, Sisters: Cheryl (Lynn) Hoksbergren of Branson, MO., Linda Schultz of Brooklyn Park, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Opstead Cemetery.
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Linda M. Berg
01/16/1949-09/05/2015
Linda Mae Berg, 66 of McGregor, passed away with her family by her side, Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Golden Horizons in Aitkin after a short battle with dementia. She was born January 16, 1949 at the Draper Maternity Hospital in Aitkin. She graduated from McGregor High School. Linda was united in marriage to Martin Andrew Berg on June 24, 1967 at the Tamarack Presbyterian Church. She had many jobs including working at the feed store, bakery, and the Dairy Queen in McGregor, trucking, bus driver for (AEOA), Auctioneer, real estate, and Foster Care for adults. She enjoyed horses, antiques, traveling, playing cards, dancing, polka, and bingo. She was a member of the Tamarack Presbyterian Church and McGregor Lions Club. She was preceded in death by her husband Martin on January 19, 2011 and her parents Gilbert and Evelyn Eigsberg. Linda is survived by her son: David M. Berg of McGregor, Daughter-in-law: Brenda Besch of Aitkin, Daughter and son-in-law: Deanna E. and Donald Lemke of Shakopee, Grandchildren: Mariah (Tom) Odegaard, Kaylee Lemke (Fiance’ Joel Strehl), Andrea Lemke, Silas Berg, Payton Berg, and Ashlyn Berg, Brother: Gilbert A. Eigsberg, Jr. of Sturgeon Lake, Mother-in-law: Anna Berg of McGregor, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 2:00 P.M. - Sunday, September 13, 2015 at the McGregor School Auditorium in McGregor. Reverend Rick Mann will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7 P.M. - Saturday at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor and 1 hour prior to the service in the Auditorium. www.srtfuneral.com
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Darlene E. Baird
04/15/1937-08/27/2015
Darlene E. Baird, age 78 of Glen, Minnesota died Thursday, August 27, 2015 at her home. Darlene was born April 15, 1937 at Groton, South Dakota the daughter of Wilbert and Ada (Schademann) Luedeke. She grew up and attended schools in Groton graduating from High School there in 1955. She married John Richard Baird on August 4, 1957 at Groton. They made their home in Minneapolis where she raised her family and worked as a seamstress most of her life. She sewed clothing, wedding dresses, quilts, draperies and upholstery. The bought a cabin on Clear lake at Glen and moved up to the cabin in the late 1990’s and have lived here since. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, scrape booking, square dancing and traveling. She was a member of the Glen Community Church. She is survived by her husband Rick Baird of Glen; Children and spouses: Lisa Baird and Daniel Cisler of Golden Valley, Mn.; Daniel and Debbie Baird of Wolf Creek, Oregon; David Baird of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Grandchildren: Daniel Baird, Jason Baird, Michael Baird, Christopher Baird, and Rachel Baird; two great grandchildren: Gabriel and Autumn Baird; Brothers: Bob Luedeke of Rockport, Texas and Dayle Luedeke of Stratford, South Dakota. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 sister Marilyn Olsen. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 2 PM from the Glen Community Church with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. A 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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Gordon O. Fisher
11/29/1949-08/15/2015
Gordon (Gordie) Otis Fisher, age 65, died Saturday, August 15, 2015 at his home near McGregor, MN. Gordie was born in upstate New York on November 25, 1949. At the age of three, he traveled with his family aboard a cargo ship to Hanoi, Vietnam, where his parents served as missionaries with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Southeast Asian culture including exotic pets and foods, Dalat boarding school, and worsening political tensions shaped his childhood. He and his family returned to the United States for a period of time and he graduated from high school in Charles City, Iowa. He began attending Crown College shortly after his family returned to Vietnam, and it was there that he met his future wife, Patty Reigel. They married in 1972 and he completed his bachelor's degree at the University of Minnesota in 1974. Upon graduation he was hired as the executive director of Big Sandy Camp, a job he loved wholeheartedly. Gordie’s ministry at camp spanned thirty-one years, and his impact on thousands of campers and staff members will never be fully realized in this life. His career was cut short by a diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia, and Gordie retired in 2005. Gordie was a loving husband, father and papa and will be remembered for the way he faithfully and humbly served his Savior, as evidenced by his love for his family and his devotion to Big Sandy Camp and its campers. He never tired of watching the sun set over Big Sandy Lake, or marveling at the majestic trees. He adored his grandchildren and made the most of the short amount of time he was given with them. He enjoyed golfing with friends, competitive games of ping-pong at camp and running with his wife. He leaves his wife of 43 years, Patricia Fisher, Daughters: Emily (Clinton) Crowder of Des Moines, Iowa, Rachel (Eric) Rydberg of Brooklyn Park, MN, Mother: Myra Fisher, Grandchildren: Emma, Josiah Gordon and Joshua Crowder, Anders, Elsa and Boden Rydberg, Brothers and Sisters: Carol Fisher-Sours of Mason City, Iowa, David Fisher of Alamo, CA, James Fisher of Northfield, MN, Joyce (Robert) Anderson of Minneapolis, MN, Janice White of Marine on St. Croix, MN, Mother in law: Delores Reigel, In-laws: Sally (Jerry) Sommer of Eldersburg, Maryland, Nancy (Duaine) Berhow of Cannon Falls, MN, Daniel (Leslie) Reigel of Marshfield, WI, Lorraine Reigel of Athol, ID. He was preceded in death by his father, Otis Fisher, father-in-law, Harland Reigel, sister-in-law, Denise Fisher, brother in-laws, Cal Sours and Steve Reigel. A funeral service will be held Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 1 PM at Big Sandy Camp & Retreat Center in the Fisher Chapel with Rev. Gary Russell and Rev. Larry Burg officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, preceding the service. Burial will be at Brooklawn Memorial Gardens in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Memorials to Big Sandy Camp & Retreat Center are preferred. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor, Minnesota. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Leo James Blakesley
06/04/1918-08/15/2015
Leo James Blakesley, 97, Aitkin, Minnesota died Saturday August 15, 2015 at the Riverwood Medical Center in Aitkin. He was born June 4, 1918 Alexandria, Minnesota to Will John and Lovena Emelia (Keim) Blakesley. The family moved to Ross Lake Township, Crow Wing County in 1924 where he attended primary school. He attended high school and graduated from Alexandria Public Schools in 1935. After graduation Leo worked as an auto mechanic for the McGowan Garage in Aitkin. Leo was drafted prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and on November 3, 1941 was inducted into the US Army. He served with the 188th Field Artillery, and was stationed first at Fort Lewis, Washington and then the army depot in Los Angeles, following an injury incurred during training. He attained the rank of Sergeant. Leo married Dorothy Janet Swehla of Aitkin on February 23, 1943 in Tacoma, Washington. Following his discharge from the Army in 1945 Leo worked for Aitkin Public Schools as a bus driver, mechanic, and custodian. He retired in 1981 from the school district after serving his final eight years as the transportation supervisor. He and Dorothy ran a sheep operation and dairy farm, followed by raising beef, for 40 years 10-miles north of Aitkin. Leo was a member of the First Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) of Aitkin. He was an active member of American Legion Post 86 serving in many offices and as 6th District Commander 1986-1987. He was a founding member of the Post 86 Color guard. He was a member of the 40 & 8, Brainerd. He was instrumental in the annual camp preparations at Legionville over several years. He gave time and energy to the development of the State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was a member of Mystic Lodge 213, AF & AM; the Scottish Rite, Valley of Duluth; and Aad Temple of Shiners International, Duluth. He was active in the American Cancer Society, Aitkin County. He served on Aitkin County advisory board for zoning for several years. Leo was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy; his parents; brothers Lloyd, Lester, John, and Bobby Blakesley; and sister Jesse (Blakesley) Hughes. Leo is survived by son and daughter-in-law James Leo and Rose May Blakesley of Aitkin; son Larry Lee Blakesley of Belgrade, Montana; daughter Vicky Ann Blakesley of Sequim, Washington; daughter Cindy Sue Blakesley of Divide, Colorado; and son Gordon Scott Blakesley of Baxter. Leo is also survived by a granddaughter Teresa Marie (Heglund) Klienschimdt (daughter of James and Rose) of Little Falls, and two great grandsons Adam Lee John and Alexander James Scott Heglund. He is survived by granddaughter Anna Christine Blakesley and grandson Alan Jerome Blakesley (children of Gordon). A memorial service with Color Guard honors will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday August 26, 2015 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday August 25, 2015 from 5 to 7 p.m. Internment will be at the Minnesota State Veteran’s Cemetery, Camp Ripley.
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Renee L. Carlson
07/05/1929-08/14/2015
Renee Lois Carlson, age 86 of McGregor died Friday, August 14, 2015 at the Aitkin Health Services. Renee was born July 5, 1929 in St. Paul, Minnesota the daughter of Jacob and Hulda Johnson. She grew up in St. Paul and attended schools there graduating from Murray High School. She married Karl H. Carlson on March 19, 1947 in St. Paul. The made their home in Roseville and she raised her family. Later she went to work as a seamstress for Montgomery Wards making draperies. In 1971 they purchased a cabin next to Karl’s family’s resort (Island Cove Resort) on Big Sandy Lake. In 1981 they retired to Big Sandy Lake. The spent the summers at the lake and wintered in the south west. After Karl’s death in 2005 Renee lived full time at the lake. She enjoyed reading, sewing and gardening. She is survived by 3 children: John (Judy) Carlson of Pine City, Mn.; Susan (Harry) Hagen of Falcon Heights, Mn.; David (Sandra) Carlson of Roseville, MN.; 8 Grandchildren: Brian (Amy) Carlson of Parker, Colo.; Erik (Nichole) Carlson of Oak Grove, MN.; Julie Carlson of Little Canada, Mn.; Daniel (Shannon) Carlson of Duluth, Mn.; Katie Hagen of Little Canada, Mn.; Kara Carlson of Lexington, Mn.; Keith Carlson of Isanti, Mn.; Sara Carlson of Roseville, Mn.; 8 Great Grandchildren and 1 brother: Neil (Peggy) Johnson of Rochester, Mn. She was preceded in death by parents, husband Karl and 1 sister Joanne. A memorial service will be held Friday, August 21, 2015 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church in 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, McGregor, Mn. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Harriet Amundson
08/26/1935-08/05/2015
Harriet May Amundson, age 79 of McGregor died Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Harriet was born August 26, 1935 at Grayling, Minnesota the daughter of George and Lola (Sheeks) Amundson. She attended school in McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School in 1953. She then moved to University Park, Iowa and attended the Chicago Evangelistic Institute for 3 years. She then moved to Greenville, Illinois and attended Greenville College and received her B.S. degree in Education. In 1958 Harriet moved to Alaska and taught school in the interior at Tanana, Alaska where she taught 3rd and 4th grades for 7 years. She then moved to North of the Arctic Circle and taught in several villages there. Her teaching career spanned 23 years. She was named one of the Young Outstanding Women in America in 1967. In 1981 she returned to McGregor and came back to the family farm east of McGregor. She operated the dairy farm until she retired in 2005. She lived at Northland Village in McGregor in 2011 and moved to Aicota Health Care Center in 2012 and has resided there since. She loved farming and gardening. She will be remembered for her strong independent nature, her generosity and her strong faith. She also loved her nieces and nephews. She is survived by nieces and nephews and extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers: George and Howard and 1 sister: Carol Lindberg. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 11 AM from the Tamarack Church of Christ with Andrew Bonsell officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery in McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dorothy Lorraine Winegarner (McKellar)
09/30/1935-08/02/2015
Dorothy Lorraine Winegarner (McKellar) passed away in San Francisco, CA on Aug 2, 2015, at 1:50 P.M. after a courageous battle with a serious illness. She was born in Aitkin, Minnesota on September 30, 1935, at 1.40 P.M. to parents Cecil Edwin Winegarner and Edith Amanda Fossen. Dorothy has joined her parents, grand parents and three siblings who passed at birth. She is survived by her son Kenneth McKellar and Meechai Phantumakomol of San Francisco, CA and daughter Joraine McKellar of Santa Cruz, CA as well as grandchildren Ashley McKellar and Hunter McKellar both of Santa Cruz, CA. While growing up, she attended Palisade School then Aitkin High School. After graduating,she left Northern Minnesota for Business School in Minneapolis. A chance newspaper ad had her and a friend hitchhiking to Los Angeles where she worked for Sherwin Williams Paint Company. While in Los Angeles she met her husband. Later, she and her husband who worked for Douglas Aircraft moved to England. After a year in England, they bought a VW beetle and shared adventures all over Europe. Later, they came back to the United States on the SS Liberte. After returning to the states, she lived in San Jose and Santa Cruz California. While there, she started a business offering secretarial services and raised her children. Later in life she became a successful real estate agent. Finally, she retired to Discovery Bay, CA. Dorothy had three big passions in life: her church, music and travel. She loved her church and was also loved by her church. She regularly sang in the choir and often participated in the activities in her church and community. She learned how to play the Ukulele, and was a founding member of the Delta Strummers Ukulele group.. She visited many parts of the world but especially loved Southeast Asia. Using her well-worn passport, she frequently visited countries such as Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and even saw Cambodia when it first re-opened to tourism. She enjoyed returning to the Aitkin area yearly to visit friends and extended family and attend her Aitkin High School reunions A graveside service will be held on August 24, 2015, at 11:00 A.M. at the Pine Ridge - Emily Cemetery in Emily, Minnesota, followed by a lunch reception at the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Emily, Minnesota. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Aitkin County Historical Society in memory of Dorothy Winegarner.
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Richard E. Lewis
10/02/1937-07/31/2015
Richard E. Lewis, 77 of Aitkin passed away Friday, July 31, 2015 at his home. He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy, Great-grandson Craig Moen, and his parents Edward J. and Olive H. (Christopherson) Lewis. He is survived by Sons: Richard E., Jr.; Douglas (Darlene); and Jeff (Kristi), Daughters: Dawn Stoffels (Fiance’ Dan); Maerene Lewis (Spouse Tim Hanson), 18 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Sister: Virginia Klager, Brother: David, Many other relatives and friends. Graveside service will be 3:00P.M. – Friday, August 7, 2015 at Saron Cemetery, Glen Township, followed by a 4:00P.M.- Memorial service at the 40 Club Convention Center in Aitkin. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dennis Lee Petrick
03/08/1951-07/30/2015
Dennis L. Petrick, 64 of Palisade died July 30, 2015 in Aitkin. He was born March 8, 1951 in Montevideo to Clifford and Thelma (Kaupang) Petrick. He attended McGregor High School and Brainerd Vo-Tech. He was a U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army Veteran serving in the Vietnam War. He worked for BNSF Rail Road as a Foreman. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion, a long time member and MN. State V.P. for the Vietnam Veterans Motor Cycle Club and Lifetime Member of the DAV. He was also a member of the MN. Official Measurers, Bonne & Crocket Measurers, Pope & Younge Measurers, Long Hunter Society and North American Shed Hunters Club. Dennis helped with the Mac Bird Busters and was a firearm safety and conceal & carry instructor. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, loved motorcycles, antiques, and especially his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents: Clifford and Thelma, brother: Michael Petrick and his sister: Connie Lundbohm. Dennis is survived by his wife Rose Petrick Children: Olivia (Ronnie) Perry of Casper, WY., Christopher (Angela) Weimer of Litchfield, Maureen (Russell) Kuykendall of Casper, WY., David (Cherish) Petrick of Ft. Leonardwood, MO., Autumn Pool of Aitkin, 8 grandchildren: Kennah, Echo, Henry, Donald, Michael, Amber, Anthony, and Zara, 5 brothers and sisters: Kathleen Tibbets of Hastings; Thomas (Nancy) Petrick of Manhattan, MT.; Patricia (Gus) Lake of Coon Rapids; Maureen Desutter of Aitkin; Daniel (Ronda) Petrick of Aitkin. His dog and best friend Patty. Many other relatives and friends. Those of us by blood and those of us by brotherhood and choice. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Thursday, August 6, 2015 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman and Reverend Carl Lampa will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lloyd "Hoss" E. Paulson
08/31/1955-07/29/2015
Lloyd “Hoss” E. Paulson, 59 of Aitkin died Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at his home. He was born August 31, 1955 in Aitkin to Albert Lloyd and Beverly Ann (Keil) Paulson. He graduated from Aitkin High School and attended Staples Technical College. Lloyd and his brothers started Paulson Brothers Repair. He worked many jobs, most recently for Hasskamp Bros. Well Drilling. He loved his family and friends and had a great passion for helping others. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and church. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, serving in many different capacities. He was preceded in death by his father Albert and his brother Eric. Lloyd is survived by his mother: Beverly Paulson of Aitkin, Significant other: Theresa Gabrio of Aitkin, Former spouse: Polly Paulson of Champlin, Son and daughter-in-law: Joshua (Debra) Paulson of Aitkin, Daughters: Megan Jo Paulson of Aitkin and Christina Gabrio of Aitkin, Grandson: Eric Lloyd Paulson, Brothers and sisters-in-law: Lou (Robin) Paulson of Barnum and Richard (Ellen) Paulson of Aitkin, Sister and brother-in-law: Audrey (Chuck) Paulson of Travelers Rest, SC. , Many other relatives and friends., Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Reverend Cynthia Gray will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers
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Betty M. Conway
03/19/1922-07/27/2015
Betty Mae Conway, 93, of Aitkin died Monday, July 27, 2015 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born March 19, 1922 in Ankeny, Iowa to Alfred and Pearl (Hildreth) Wilson. Betty was united in marriage to Douglas Martin Conway on August 22, 1941 in Ankeny, IA. She enjoyed traveling, reading, and golf. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sisters, and parents. Betty is survived by her children and spouses: Marty and Sue Conway of Baxter; Steven and Sue Conway of Ankeny, IA.; Michele and Tom Plagman of Aitkin; Chris and Teresa Conway of Nashville, TN.; Barbara and Jeff Jones of Julian, CA.; Cathy and Don Hughes of Aitkin; Nancy and Dan Yokubaitis of Goleta, CA.; 21 Grandchildren and numerous Great Grandchildren. Donations are preferred to Operation Homefront https://www.operationhomefront.net/donate/2247 or American Legion Post 86 c/o Ladies Auxillary 20 1st Ave NE Aitkin, MN 56431 in the memory of Betty Conway. Graveside service will be 11:00A.M. – Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at Lake View Cemetery, Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will begin at 10:00A.M. Tuesday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Phillip Edward Bodway
12/08/1941-07/24/2015
Phillip Edward Bodway, 73 of McGregor died Friday, July 24, 2015 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born December 8, 1941 in Cloquet to Edward and Ruthe (Phillips) Bodway. He graduated from McGregor High School. Phillip was united in marriage to Mary Ann Johnson on October 20, 1962 in Pennok. He was a lifelong hobby farmer which gave him great pleasure and an avid outdoorsman, where he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his son Brett and his parents Edward Bodway and Ruthe Lundeen. Phillip is survived by his wife Mary Ann Bodway, Daughter and son-in-law: Lisa (Tony) Neururer of Grand Rapids, Son and daughter-in-law: Bart (Sheila) Bodway of Windemere, FL., Daughter-in-law: Karen Bodway of Detroit Lakes, Grandchildren: Krista (Mike) Rothstien, Kyle Neururer, Ryan Neururer, Haley Bodway, Jake Bodway, Grant Bodway; and great-granddaughter Emma Rothstien, Brothers and sisters-in-law: Kenny (Carol) Bodway and Kim (Bev) Lundeen, Sisters and brother-in-law: Janice Freitag, Kay (Duane) Betker and Julie Burdick, Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 2:00P.M. – Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Visitation will begin 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Alvin Young
06/25/1946-07/24/2015
Alvin (Al) M. Young, age 69, of McGregor, MN died Friday July 24th at the University of Wisconsin Hospital Madison after complications following liver transplant surgery. Al grew up in McGregor, MN, the son of Knute and Gladyce Young and Robert and Linnea Lampert. He graduated from McGregor High School in 1965 and joined the Marine Corps. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and served two tours. After the war he returned to McGregor where he met his wife Sharon (Sell), became a Master Carpenter, and served as a Volunteer Fireman. He continued to serve his country in the Minnesota National Guard where he received a commission as a Cavalry Officer. He changed careers and later retired from the US Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons. He also retired from the US Army Reserve as a Major. In retirement he traveled, worked occasionally as an emergency dispatcher on various details throughout the United States for the National Interagency Fire Center, EACC, MIFC, and also pursued his passion of big game hunting with close friend, Bruce Ebert, of Cheyenne, WY. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 2747 and the Marine Corps League. He also was a member of American Legion Post 86, the Military Officers Association of America, and Disabled American Veterans. He was preceded in death by his Parents: Knute and Gladyce Young, Robert and Linnea Lampert, Sister: Vera Turner. Al is survived by his wife, Sharon, two children Steven Young of Baltimore, MD, Nancy Vanselow (Robb) of Muskego, WI, and foreign exchange daughter Fabiana Carvalho of Curitiba, Brazil, and her daughter Victoria. He also leaves behind three grandchildren, Shaughnessy, Tucker, and Hunter. Sisters: Alvina Lehtinen, Denver, CO and Gladyce (Charlie) Hurlburt, Tacoma, WA and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and Aunt Pat Schabert, CA. Memorials are preferred to the Marine Corps. Heritage Foundation. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor Father Paul Larson will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial with Military Honors will be 12:30P.M. – Monday August 3, 2015 at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Assembly area #5. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com Refreshments will be served at the Richfield VFW at 66th Street and Portland Avenue North after the burial
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Ronald Isakson
07/08/1933-07/23/2015
Ronald I. Isakson age 82 of McGregor died Thursday, July 23, 2015at his home near McGregor. Ron was born July 8, 1933 at Alexandria, Minnesota the son of Roy and Alyce (Erickson) Isakson. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1955 as a construction engineer. He married Betty Brink on September 21, 1957 in St. Paul, Mn. They lived in Deer Creek where he had a welding shop. In 1962 they moved to the Twin Cities where he worked as a carpenter and construction superintendent. He started Isakson Iron Works in 1972 in New Brighton, Mn. and operated the business until moving to McGregor in 1989. He continued to work as a welder in the McGregor area. He played Santa Claus for the McGregor and Tamarack communities for 33 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Big Bumpa loved spending times with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Betty; Daughters: Rebecca Nelson (Timm), Ann McIalwain (Del), Julie Lehman (Scott); 14 Grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Roy Isakson, and sister: Donna Isakson and brother: Marlyn Isakson. A visitation will be held Sunday, July 26, 2015 from Noon until 2 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Wilma D. Long
03/30/1928-07/22/2015
Wilma D. Long, 87 of Palisade died Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Aitkin Health Services. She was born March 30, 1928 in Flint, Michigan to Lewis and Hilda (Howard) Higley. Wilma was united in marriage to John I. Long on April 10, 1948 in Flint, MI. She lived in Millington, MI. and worked on a farm, then at Vans Photo Service in Flint, MI. and at Lapeer State Home as a housekeeper until 1977. Wilma and John moved to Palisade where she worked on a dairy and beef farm until 1991. They vacationed in Quartzsite, AZ. during the winter months. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and deer hunting. She was preceded in death by her husband John I. Long on March 9, 1992; brother Norman; sister Joyce; and her parents. She is survived by 3 sons: Jack (Evelyn) Long of Mayville, MI. Gilbert Long of Millington, MI. Jerry (Val) Long of Vassar, MI. 1 daughter: Dorothy Long of Palisade, MN. Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, 1 sister: Violet (Terry) Wright of Flint, MI. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M. – Monday, July 27, 2015 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Palisade. www.srtfuneral.com
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Raymond Priem
01/22/1936-07/18/2015
Raymond L. Priem, age 79 of Aitkin died Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Raymond was born January 22, 1936 at Faribault, Minnesota the son of Samuel and Josephine (Aube) Priem. He grew up and attended schools in Zumbrota graduating from the Zumbrota High School in 1955. He then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon his discharge he returned to the Faribault area and married Barbara Ann Wendler on April 22, 1961. They lived in Zumbrota for a time and then moved to Wannamingo, Mn. where they had a small farm and he worked for Cresthaven Ice Cream Co. He started working as a painting contractor and then moved to Aitkin, Minnesota in 1980 and worked as a painter for many years until retiring in 2005. He volunteered as a driver for the veterans van in Aitkin County. He enjoyed fishing and gardening and was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Post. He is survived by sons: Robert and Cindy Priem of Aitkin; Jim Priem of Aitkin, Jeff and Mary Priem of St. Michael, Mn.; 1 sister: Mary (Gary) Bauer of Yuma, AZ. and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Friday, July 31, 2015 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be at a later date at the Calvary Cemetery in Faribault, Mn. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Charlotte Marie Brown
06/26/1933-07/15/2015
Charlotte Marie Brown, 82 of Aitkin died July 15, 2015 at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. She was born June 26, 1933 in Aitkin to Louis and Alida (Norgren) Keil. She grew up in Aitkin and graduated from Aitkin High School. Charlotte was united in marriage to Peter Wyman Brown on February 14, 1953 in Cedarbrook. She worked as a card punch / computer operator for Foley Manufacturing. She was a master basket weaver and enjoyed traveling. She gave of herself and put others needs before her own. She was preceded in death by her sister Betty Bobseen, brother Glen Keil, and her parents. Charlotte is survived by her husband Peter, 4 children: Nancy (James) Watts of Wrens, Georgia, Katherine (Greg) Gemlo of San Diego, California, Marc (Kimberly) Brown of Maple Grove, Teresa (Christopher) Caroon of Coon Rapids, 9 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters: Bonita (Bill) Besch of Aitkin, Beverly Paulson of Aitkin, 1 brother: Donald (Lois) Keil of Aitkin, Many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Tuesday, July 21, 2015 funeral service at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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David Orttel
03/06/1940-07/12/2015
David Lee Orttel, age 75, of McGregor formerly of Elk River died Sunday, July 12, 2015 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. David was born March 6, 1940 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Clayton and Mildred Orttel. He grew up and attended schools at Andover and attended and graduated from Anoka High School. He then served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1961. He married Louise F. Welsh on July 29, 1961 at Anoka, Minnesota. They lived in St. Francis, Mn for a time and he worked selling cabinetry. They then moved to the Elk River area and he worked in Car sales for many years. He retired to McGregor in 2000 and has lived here since. He enjoyed mowing lawn, deer hunting, fishing and family trips. He is survived by his wife Louise Orttel of McGregor; Son and daughter in law: William and Erinn Orttel of Blaine, Mn.; Daughter and son in law: Debra and Jon Pipenhagen of Elk River, Mn.; Grandchildren: Aaron, Anna, Alex, Mariah, Jake and Ryan. Also surviving are 3 sisters: Petty Geving of Blaine, Judy Johnson of Soldotna, Alaska, Bev Stinson of Isanti; 4 Brothers: Gary Orttel, Clayton Orttel, Steve Orttel, and Dan Orttel all of Andover. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Kenneth and 1 sister Karen. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 11 AM from the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor, Mn. with Deacon Mike Barta officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts. Interment will be at a later date at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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John D. Lynne
07/26/1946-07/11/2015
John D. Lynne, 68 of Aitkin died July 11, 2015 at St. Cloud Hospital. He was born July 26, 1946 in Minneapolis to Elmer and Gladys (Spande) Lynne. John was united in marriage to Marlene (Sanford) July 23, 1994 in Minneapolis. He retired from Lucent Technologies working in Telephone installation and repair. He was preceded in death by his brother Elroy and his parents. John is survived by his wife Marlene, Daughter: Tiffany Collins of Eden Prairie, Step-son: Michael (Amy) Fritz of Spring Valley, WI., 4 granddaughters and 1 grandson, 3 brothers: Ronald (Bev) of Rochester, Donald of Minneapolis, Kenneth (Lynn) of Wayzata, Many other relatives and friends. At John’s request there will be no services. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Wayne C. Nelson
06/28/1939-07/10/2015
Wayne Charles Nelson died peacefully in his sleep in Aitkin on Friday, July 10, 2015 at the age of 76 after a courageous battle with cancer. Wayne is survived by his wife Sharon Joan (née DeMuth); sons Wayne Charles (Rita) Nelson Jr., Scott Michael (Cathy Jensen) Nelson, Daniel James (Chris) Nelson, and Wade Chadwick (Nikki Borchardt) Nelson; brother Roger (Anne) Nelson; sister Lois (Andy) Peacock; grandchildren Valerie Nelson, Adam Nelson, Nicholas (Chris) Nelson, Brian (Amy) Nelson, Holly Jensen, Haily Jensen, Hayden Jensen, Sydney Nelson, Taylor Nelson, Quentin Borchardt, Destiny Borchardt and Parker Nelson; one great-granddaughter Addison Nelson; brother in law: Jack Demuth of St. Ansgar, IA; 2 sisters in law: Jean Gragert of Little Falls and Joan Demuth of Lake Charles, LA. and, many good friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Albert and Louise Nelson, his parents-in-law Franklin and Agnes DeMuth, his brother James and his niece Heather Lynn. Wayne was born on June 28,1939 in Minneapolis to Albert and Louise Nelson. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Business. On June 17, 1972, he married Sharon, a Senior Complaint Coordinator at Medtronic, in Watertown, South Dakota. They resided in Burnsville where he worked as an Insurance Representative for Farmer’s Insurance until retiring and moving to Palisade. Wayne was a volunteer, a gardener, a board-game lover, a traveler, and a generous and inquisitive individual who loved the water and nature. He made friends quickly and genuinely loved people of all walks of life. Wayne was an active member of the AA community for over 30 years, and also worked at the Mash-ka-wisen Treatment Center during his retirement as a mentor. Funeral service will be 11:00am, Friday, July 17 at Bethel Lutheran Church (411 Main Street, Palisade.) A visitation will 1hour prior to the service at the church. There will be a reception immediately following the funeral at the Rustic Trail restaurant and a celebration on Friday evening at a private residence. Please inquire for details. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Wayne’s life. Memorials to the family are preferred in lieu of flowers. The family would like to thank the caregivers at Riverwood Healthcare Center and Aitkin Health Services for their efforts, help and support. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Nelson Curtiss Weston
03/28/1926-07/10/2015
Nelson Curtiss “Curt” Weston, age 89 of Palisade died Friday, July 10 2015 at the Golden Horizons Memory Care Center in Aitkin. Curt was born March 28, 1926 at Palisade, Minnesota the son of Charlie and Myrtle (Nelson) Weston. He attended the Weston School while growing up. He married Katherine C. Anderson on April 24, 1954 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. They made their home in the Palisade area where he worked as a logger and operated and owned a sawmill for many years and also farmed his whole life. He enjoyed reading, working with wood, dancing, hunting and spoiling his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Katherine Weston of Aitkin; Sons: Steve and Lynn Weston and Scott Weston both of Palisade; Daughters: Kitti (Todd) Jones of Palisade; Kerri (Jan) Hytinen of Sequim, Wash.; Kristi (Tim Turner) Weston of Aitkin; Salli (Scott Theisen) Weston of Roseville, MN.; Grandchildren: Kristina (Jason) Adams, Trish (Matt) Lueck, Melissa Mindrum, Sarah Weston, Jessica (Ben Hess) Hansen, Jeremy (Frannie Horner) Mindrum, Marla (Pat Briggs) Weston, Emma (Eric) Howe, Nicole Bleeker, Michael Hytinen, Jana (Phillip) Norman; Great Grandchildren: Anna, Brandie, Charlie, Daisy, Damien, Deydriana, Andrew, Dominic, Easton, Emmet, Gavin, Harry, Josh, Kylee, Lawrence, Alea, McKenzie, Majesta, Merrik, Mason, Parker, Presley, Tyler Wyatt; Brothers: Lawrence “Date” (Iris) Weston of Palisade, Clifford “Skip” (Pat) Weston of Magnolia, KY.; Sisters: Violet (Paul) Spolarich of Palisade, Maxine (Wally) Carlson of Little Falls, Marlene Weston of Eden Prairie. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Mark Weston; 3 brothers: Charles “Chub” Weston, Myrle “Sonny” Weston, Earle Weston, Deane Weston and Kenny Weston. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 15 at 1 PM at the Steve Weston Farm in Palisade. John Grimsbo Sr. and Sarah Weston will lead the service. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Betty Sandell
09/16/1929-07/08/2015
Betty Sandell, age 85 of Glen died Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Betty was born September 16, 1929 at Bradford, Minnesota the daughter of Leonard and Cecelia (Swedeen) Linder. She attended schools in Isanti County. She married Donald Findell and they made their home in Walbo where they operated a grocery store. Donald passed away in 1960. Betty married Alfie Sandell on February 4, 1966 in Cambridge. They lived in the Cambridge area until moving to the Glen area near Aitkin in 1976 and she has lived here since. She was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo and had served as its treasurer for a time and also was a member of the council. Betty loved to walk, especially around Clear Lake. She is survived by her husband Alfie Sandell of Glen; Sons and spouses: Dean (Robin) Findell; Dale (Kathy) Findell and David Findell all of Cambridge, MN. Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, 7 Great Grandchildren; 2 Brothers: Kermit Linder of Togo, MN. And Lenny Linder of Effie, Mn and 3 Sisters: Willette Engstrom of Placerville, Calf. Gloria McLean of Denver, Co.; and Jean Reineccius of Redfield, S.D. A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 11 AM from Bethesda Lutheran Church at Malmo with Rev. James Raisanen officiating. A visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Burial will be at a later date at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Charles Chet Smiley
01/31/1925-07/06/2015
Charles “Chet” Smiley, 90 of McGregor died Monday, July 6, 2015 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born January 31, 1925 in Gary, IN. to Edward and Maude Smiley. He grew up in Hammond, IN. and graduated from Hammond Technical High School. He was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force serving during WW II and spending much of his time in Newfoundland. He was employed by Inland Steel / Mittel as an electrician for over 30 years. Chet was united in marriage to Marian (Cathey) September 24, 1949 in Hammond, IN. They would spend every summer vacation fishing on Big Sandy Lake and fulfilled their dream by moving to the lake permanently in 1990. He was a past master of the Hammond Masonic Lodge – Garfield 569, former member of Orak Shrine and the Hammond Optimist Club, past commander of the Hammond VFW Post #802, life member of the American Legion, and a member of Grace Lutheran Church. Chet was an avid Walleye fisherman and sports fan. He loved his Chicago Cubs, Indiana Hoosier Basketball, Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, and the McGregor Mercs. He could be found at almost all the girls and boys basketball games, sitting in the first row of bleachers close enough to the action just in case one of the refs had a question. Rick Passer, please keep his seat warm. He was a friendly, kind, and generous man. One of his last conversations was about how much he loved his family and how lucky he was. We were the lucky ones, Dad. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years Marian, infant son Charles, brother Edward, sisters: Lillian “Pidge”, Bobette, and Peggy, nephew Ron Shindle, and his parents. Chet is survived by his daughter Sandy Henry of McGregor; Grandchildren: Ryan (Beth) Henry of Aitkin, Mark (Ashley) Henry of Bemidji, Lisa Henry of Logansport, IN.; Brother William Smiley of St. Petersburg, FL.; 13 nieces and nephews and their children and grandchildren; Dearest former son-in-law Warren Henry of Hammond, IN.; Best buddy Dick (Cindy) Kush of McGregor; And his cat Mike. Chet’s family would like to thank all the nurses at Riverwood Health Care Center for the wonderful care he received. We will be forever grateful to Dr. Timothy Arnold for all you did. You surely went above and beyond. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Friday, July 10, 2015 memorial service at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. McGregor Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Gordon D. Ellingboe
06/01/1931-06/30/2015
Gordon D. Ellingboe, age 84 of Aitkin passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Gordon was born June 1, 1931 at Sunburg, Minnesota the son of Robert and Lillian (Brakken) Ellingboe. He married Marilyn J. Johnson on July 10, 1954 at Benson, Minnesota. They made their home in Mounds View, Minnesota for 42 years before moving to Elm Island Lake near Aitkin in 1997. Gordon worked for Bethlehem Steel Co. for 42 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Sherman and sister Donna Mae Bendt. He is survived by his wife of 61 years Marilyn; Daughters: Cindy, Diane (Jim), Sons: Douglas and David (LaTonya). Grandchildren: Jennifer, Samuel, Erin, and Olivia. And Great Grandchildren: Becca, Joey and Annabelle. and also his brother Delmar and sister Ardis Marquardt. A memorial service will be held at noon on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Nordland Township near Aitkin with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. A visitation will be at the church 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Diamond Lake Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Yvonne Hanson
12/18/1936-06/27/2015
Yvonne Ida Geraldine (Moe) Hanson, age 78, of Aitkin, Minnesota passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2015 in Aitkin. Yvonne was born December 18, 1936 in McGregor, the daughter of Conrad and Ruby (Hiller) Moe. She grew up in the Grayling community and attended school in McGregor. She was involved with 4-H as a young girl. Yvonne was married to Edwin Hanson on September 17, 1955 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Thor. They lived on a beef farm, where she resided for the past 59 years. She and her husband owned and operated Hanson Brothers Trucking. She was secretary-treasurer of Zion Lutheran Church, a member of the Lee Township board and Aitkin County Cattleman’s Association. She enjoyed wild ricing, picking berries, playing accordion and piano. She loved baking wedding and birthday cakes and working with flower arrangements. She raced in a few local canoe races. She enjoyed travel, especially to Hawaii. Coffee was always on, with home baked goodies, that everyone “moe’d” in half. Yvonne is survived by children and spouses: Kathy and Wayne Appel, Blaine; Judy and Kirt Dotzler, Brooklyn Park; Sherry and Gregory Randa, Kettle River; Timothy and Maerene Hanson, Aitkin. Grandchildren: Wade Appel, Stacy Appel, Ryan Appel, Angela Dotzler, Susan Dotzler, Elizabeth Randa, Amy (Ross) Dodge, Jacob Randa, Amber Lewis, Erika Lewis, Chelbi Hanson. Great grandchildren: Henry Dodge and Isabelle Moen. Sisters: Marjorie Anderson, Milwaukee; and Darlene (Alvin) Hanson, Aitkin. Brother: Phillip Moe, Alaska. Sisters-in-law: Ann Moe, Judy Moe, Donna Moe, Doris Nordean and Sally Hanson. Numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends. Yvonne was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin R. Hanson; son, Kraig Hanson; great-grandson, Curtis Moen; parents, Conrad & Ruby (Hiller) Moe; sisters: Ione Kann, Lucille Ryan; brothers: Ralph Moe, Robert Moe, Norbert Moe, Wayne Moe, and Donald Moe. Funeral service will be 11:00 A.M. – Thursday, July 2, 2015 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Pastor Bill Fox will officiate. Yvonne will be laid to rest at Saron Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service. www.srtfuneral.com
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Susan Rose West
11/11/1948-06/26/2015
Susan Rose West, 66 of Aitkin died Friday, June 26, 2015 at Golden Horizons in Aitkin.She was born November 11, 1948 in Aitkin to Vincent and Mildred (Grose) Fridgen. She graduated from Aitkin High School Class of 1966. She lived in California working as an office manager for Future Disc. In 2001 she moved back to Minnesota and worked in Minneapolis until her retirement. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Gloria Hendricks. Susan is survived by two brothers and sister-in-law: Stephen Fridgen of Aitkin and Gerald (Betty Cooper) Fridgen of Aitkin. A gathering of friends and family will be 11:00A.M. to 12:00P.M. – Friday, July 3, 2015 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Lunch will follow at the 40 Club. Memorials are preferred to Heartland Hospice in lieu of flowers. www.srtfuneral.com
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