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Archive Obituaries
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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Mary Haagensen
12/30/1933-06/26/2015
Mary Margaret Haagensen, 81 of McGregor died peacefully at her home surrounded by family on Friday, June 26, 2015. She was born December 30, 1933 in Calumet, Michigan to Joseph and Rose (Smuk) Strauss. Mary was united in marriage to Dale Peter Haagensen on July 9, 1954 in Texas. She worked various jobs and enjoyed going to the casino. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter Jawnni Rose Reynolds, grandson Brennan White, sister Helen, 2 brothers: Eddie and Joseph, and her parents. Mary loved her family, she is survived by her husband Dale, 4 daughters and sons-in-law: Paulette Kutasevich of Superior, WI, Rosie (John) Reynolds of McGregor, Janet (Brad) White of Chaska, Donna (Brad) Haagensen of Colorado and Wisconsin, Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, 4 sisters: Dorothy, Pat, Marilyn, and Carol, 1 brother: Bernie, Many other relatives and friends. A celebration of life will be 1:00P.M. - Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at the McGregor Community Center in McGregor. Visitation will begin at 12:30P.M. A lunch will follow the celebration of life at the community center. McGregor Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lillian J. Edstrom
02/24/1931-06/26/2015
Lillian J. Edstrom ( Honnold), Age 84, of Mt. Iron and Aitkin, surrounded by her family, passed away peacefully into the arms of her Lord on June 26th, 2015. She is survived by sons Scott (Della) Edstrom of Edina, Zachary “Chip” ( Marybeth) Edstrom of Coon Rapids, sister Donna O’Meara of West Des Moines, brother Ray Honnold of Orr, grandchildren, Chris, Zac ( Christina), Laura (Adam), Bryan (Summer), Matt (Lisa) and great grandchildren, Chase, Olivia, Brynn, Jack, Lucy, Maggie, Ellie and Jack. She was preceded in death by her parents Zac and Laura Honnold , brother Father Larry Honnold and husband of 50 years Richard Edstrom. Lillian was an elementary school teacher for over 40 years at the Mt. Iron Elementary School. She also enjoyed quilting , sewing and was an avid reader. She enjoyed her many neighborhood friends and fellow teachers and truly treasured her family , especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren. A mass and celebration will be held on Wednesday July 1st at 1:00PM at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church at 5701 Eden Ave in Edina. A visitation and greeting will be 1 hour prior to the mass. Lunch will be served afterwards. There will also be a small memorial gathering in Mt. Iron the week of July 6th for her many family and friends in Mt. Iron and Virginia. Additional details will be provided at a later date. Lillian will be laid to rest at the Greenwood Cemetery next to her husband Richard. The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the staff at the Aitkin Health Services Care Center who watched over Lillian and provided her care and comfort. We also wish to recognize and thank our cousin Sandy who helped and guided us all these last 9 months. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you please send your donation or contributions to the American Diabetes Association in Lillian’s memory. Sorensen – Root – Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com 218-927-2614
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Jennie H. Cartie
10/09/1918-06/19/2015
Jennie H. Cartie, age 96 of Aitkin died Friday, June 19, 2015 at her home. Jennie was born October 9, 1918 at Wessington Springs, South Dakota. She attended grade school in South Dakota and then moved with her family to the Aitkin area and continued her education at Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1936. She married Thomas Cartie on November 6, 1939 in Aitkin. She has lived in Aitkin most of her life. She raised her family, farmed and worked at the Aitkin Turkey Plant for many years. She enjoyed fishing, reading, playing cards, gardening, the outdoors and she loved her family. She is survived by Sons: Jerry and Andi Cartie of Aitkin; Robert and Carolyn Cartie of Aitkin; Daughter: Arlene Bertrand (Jesse Monse) of Aitkin; Brother: Francis (Ellene) Houwman of Pengilly, Mn.; Sisters: Helen Enberg of Aitkin and Florance Bebee of Portland, Or.; 14 Grandchildren, 36 Great Grandchildren and 7 Great Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband, 3 Brothers, 1 Sister, 1 Daughter, 1 Grandson, 1 Great Grandson. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be at the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Leona Elsa Roseanne (Emch) Wagner
01/13/1922-06/15/2015
Leona Elsa Roseanne (Emch) Wagner, age 93, of Aitkin died Monday, June 15, 2015 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Leona was born Friday, January 13, 1922, to John and Bertha (Domjohn) Emch at Plato, Minnesota. She moved to Aitkin in 1925 with her parents and some of her siblings to a farm and resort on Cedar Lake. She worked on the family resort. She became a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Aitkin at the age of three. She met Elgie Wagner when his family moved to Aitkin in 1938, and they got to know each other through Walther League at St. John’s Lutheran Church. A typical date for them would be going to a movie-tickets were thirty-five cents each. After the movie they would each get an ice cream sundae for ten cents, which left ten cents for a church offering (this dollar represented a whole day’s wage). She worked at the Aitkin Bakery while Elgie was serving overseas during WW II. When he returned, they were married on August 22, 1945 at the Emch home on Cedar Lake. They purchased a farm in Nordland Township. They began as dairy farmers and then started raising a few turkeys in 1949. The need for new buildings became very evident, so they sold their cows and built their first brooder house and continued on to become successful turkey farmers. They farmed for 26 years, selling their farm in 1971. They bought a home on Elm Island Lake in Nordland Township. Feeling that they were too young to retire at this time, Elgie worked at the Aitkin Hospital and Leona worked at Butler’s selling lots of drapery and upholstery fabric. After retirement, they enjoyed their time at the lake fishing and gardening. They also had an opportunity to travel. They moved to Blackrock Terrace apartment in 1995 and lived there until moving to Aicota Assisted Living in September of 2009. Leona enjoyed gardening and many crafts, including quilting. She was a member of the quilting group at St. John’s helping to provide many quilts for the needy. She was also known for her cooking and baking. While living at Blackrock, she would provide treat for morning coffee on each Monday. She had been living at the Aicota Nursing Home since May of 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband Elgie, Parents, brothers and sisters in law: Hank and Martha Emch, John and Esther Emch, Clarence and Ella Emch, Edward and Frances Emch, Walton Emch, sisters and brothers in law: Clara and Willmer Knight, Laverna and Hans Buhlmann and Lillian and John Kuse. She is survived by her daughter and son in law: Beverly and Alan Gray of Aitkin; Grandchildren David Gray of Independence, Mn. and Heidi Gray of Minnetonka and brother in law Donald Wagner and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Monday, June 22, 2015 at 11 AM from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Jon Rusnak officiating. 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. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Albin Edward Pearson
03/14/1923-06/12/2015
Albin “Beanie” Edward Pearson, 92 of Aitkin died Friday, June 12, 2015 at Aitkin Health Services. He was born March 14, 1923 in Aitkin to Carl Simon and Augusta Sophia (From) Pearson. He attended rural county school and Ag School. He was a U.S. Army Air Force Veteran serving in the 8th Air Force as a Tail Gunner on B-17’s flying 31 missions over Germany and occupied France during World War II. Albin was united in marriage to Doris Loraine (Falk) on February 13, 1945 in Duluth. He owned and operated his own farm in the Glen/Malmo area, and also worked as a painter. He sold real estate for a few years after selling his farm. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, raising apples and berries, and playing games. He was a charter member of Glory Baptist Church, past Aitkin School Board member and a Malmo Township Supervisor. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: George, Elmer, David, Milton, and Gunder; sisters: Selma, Freda, and Esther; great-granddaughter Lilian Pearson. Albin is survived by his wife Doris Loraine Pearson; 3 Sons and daughters-in-law: Steve (Evon) Pearson, Allen (Sandy) Pearson, Greg (Cathie) Pearson all of Aitkin; 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Kathleen (Mark) Campbell of Holdingford, Lenore (Stuart) Rapoport of Brooklyn Park; 13 grandchildren: Kristina Franzen, Aaron (Lisa) Pearson, Kara Franzen, Tanya (Kevin) Pietz, Kamala (Dan) Dekok, Brian (Jenni) Pearson, Matthew Pearson, Melissa (Billy) Norenberg, Angie (Steve) Mitzuk, Erik (Aimee)Rapoport, Trent Pearson, Rebecca (Miguel) Noriega, Samantha Rapoport; 16 great-grandchildren: Delaney & Danielle Dekok, Sally & Jillian Pearson, Madelyn & Samuel Pearson, Evelyn, Ian, & Lydia Mitzuk, Arik & Carter Pietz, Sophie Norenberg, Layla, Allison, & Julia Rapoport, Elijah Rodriguez; Brother and sister-in-law: Robert (Mary) Pearson of Shoreview, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Glory Baptist Church, Aitkin. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Friday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church Saturday. Burial with Military Honors will be in Glory Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Florence F. Tibbetts
12/02/1930-06/12/2015
Florence F. Tibbetts, 84 of Aitkin died Friday, June 12, 2015 at Aitkin Health Services. She was born December 2, 1930 in Aitkin County to Stanley and Lillian (McKenna) Keath. She worked as a cashier at the Jacobson Co-Op Store and as a Home Health Aid in Columbia Heights. She enjoyed Bible study, puzzles, cooking, dancing and listening to music, and she love her grandchildren. She was a member of the Jacobson Community Center – homemakers, civics club. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, and 2 grandchildren. Florence is survived by 2 sons and daughter-in-law: George Tibbetts of Preston, Clinton (Brenda) Tibbetts of Fridley, 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Linda (Marvin) Amundson of McGregor, Deborah (Jeffery) Nelson of Washburn, ND., 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 12:00P.M. – Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Pastor Ed Sornberger will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Marjorie Horsman Hammond
09/26/1919-06/06/2015
Marjorie J. (Horsman) Hammond age 95 of Aitkin formerly of the McGregor area died Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Marjorie was born September 26, 1919 at Henriette, Minnesota the daughter of Frank and Sadie (Thomas) Petersdorf. She grew up and attended schools in Henriette. She then moved to Spring Valley, Minnesota where she worked as a housekeeper. She married Ronald Horsman on June 26, 1937 in Cresco, Iowa. The made their home in Spring Valley and Chatfield, Minnesota before moving to Vancouver, Washington during WW II. They moved back to Spring Valley and in 1947 they moved north of McGregor to Verdon Township and had lived in the area since. Her husband died in 1969. She married Harold Hammond on February 14, 1982 in McGregor. She had worked as a cook and also worked at Hoppe’s Pharmacy for many years as a clerk/cashier. She was a member of the McGregor United Methodist Church, and past member of the McGregor VFW Auxiliary, She enjoyed gardening, reading books and playing Rumicube. She is survived by children and spouses: Richard (Lynda) Horsman of Jacobson, Gereld “Jerry” (Annie) Horsman of Apache Junction, Arizona, Clair (Barbara) Horsman of Florence, Colorado, Alan Horsman of Snoqualmie, Washington, Ronnie Horsman of McGregor, Phyllis (Lynn) Hebig of Spring Valley, Mn.; John (Sonia) Horsman of Cosmos, Mn.; 22 Grandchildren, 41 Great Grandchildren, 3 step sons, and numerous step grandchildren and step great grandchildren and 1 sister Joy Anderson of Menahga, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ronald Horsman in 1969 and husband Harold Hammond in 2004 and 8 brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM from the McGregor United Methodist Church with Pastor Kris Geer officiating. Burial will be in the Ball Bluff Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 1 to the 2 PM services at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dawson Nando VanPortfliet
02/15/2001-06/04/2015
Dawson Nando VanPortfliet, age 14 died Thursday, June 4, 2015 at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Dawson was born February 15, 2001 in Crosby, Minnesota the son of Dennis and Melissa (Schrupp) VanPortfliet. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin. He enjoyed music and taught himself how to play the guitar. He was very active in the Boy Scouts and was only three merit badges short of becoming and Eagle Scout. He enjoyed martial arts, Longboarding, writing and drawing, camping and the outdoors. He also enjoyed cooking and was great when it came to solving computer problems. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his parents: Dennis and Melissa VanPortfliet of Aitkin; Sister: Kobie VanPortfliet, Grandparents: Mary Schrupp of Aitkin; Robert Schrupp of Marshall, Mn.; Tim and Jill VanPortfliet of Thornton, Colorado; Close family friends Greg and Elyse Fagan of Colorado and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and friends. A funeral service will be held Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and continue Thursday from 9:30 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lynn F. Ackerman
04/09/1919-06/02/2015
Lynn F. Ackerman, 96 of Aitkin died Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born April 9, 1919 in Bemidji to Carl and Gena (Olson) Ackerman. He graduated from Aitkin High School class of 1937. He worked at the C.C.C. camps from 1939 to 1941. Lynn was united in marriage to Verna Johnson December 25, 1942 in Kimberly. He had many occupations including farming and owner of Lakeland Art Gallery. He enjoyed golfing, wildlife painting, boundary waters canoe trips, hunting, fishing, raising corn, and traveling. He was a member of Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, Ruffed Grouse Society, and Aitkin United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his brothers: Harley, Wayne, Claris Ackerman, twin brother Glenn Ackerman, sister Bernice Curran, and his parents. Lynn is survived by his wife Verna, 3 sons and daughters-in-law: Jerry (Susan) Ackerman of Breezy Point, Ron (RaeLynn) Ackerman of Green Lake, WI., Scott (Kelly) Ackerman of Elk River, Daughter: Ellen Smith of Fridley, 9 grandchildren: Ray Smith, Shannon Redlin, John Smith, Jeff Ackerman, Amy Murzyn, Stacy Ackerman, Mallory Winger, Seth Corbin, Olivia Ackerman, 15 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, June 12, 2015 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Judith Clark will officiate. Burial will be in Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery, Nordland Township. Visitation will be 5:00P.M. to 7:00P.M. Thursday at the funeral home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service. www.srtfuneral.com
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Doris Handt
04/12/1940-05/28/2015
Doris Elaine Handt, age 75 of Palisade died Thursday, May 28, 2015 at her home. Doris was born April 12, 1940 at Dodge Center, Minnesota the daughter of Arthur and May (Bronner) Christensen. She moved with her family at a young age to Bain and then to Palisade. She attended schools in McGregor and Aitkin. She married David L. Handt on December 15, 1956 in Palisade. They lived in Illinois for eight years and then moved back to Palisade. They operated a dairy farm for many years. Doris also worked as a cook at the Palisade Café and eventually became the owner of the café. Later she owned and operated the Palisade Coop Mercantile. She had also worked as a cook at the Roadside Restaurant in McGregor and had worked at Kare Phree Pines in McGregor. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church and the Church Women’s Group. She was also a member of the Red Hat Ladies. She loved her annual trips to Canada to fish. She enjoyed picking Blue Berries and sewing. She is survived by sons and daughters in law: Terry and Kitty Handt of Palisade, Greg and Mary Handt of Aitkin, Jim and Jackie Handt of Isanti, Mn., Bruce Handt of Palisade, daughters and sons in law: Barbara and Lester Mindrum of Palisade, Dianne and Mike Olson of Finlayson, Mn.; 15 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and one more on the way; 4 sisters: Dorothy Lage of Cairo, Mo., Fran Watson of Palisade, Karen Carlson of Bemidji, Mn., and Marilyn Ruud of Palisade. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband David. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 11 AM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with Rev. William Sass officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and continue Wednesday from 10 AM until the 11 AM services. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Mary Lorraine (Pickles) Kiekow
06/22/1944-05/27/2015
Mary Lorraine (Pickles) Kiekow, age 70 of Aitkin died Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at her home. Mary was born June 22, 1944 in McGregor, Minnesota. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin. She then moved to Sat. Cloud and worked at the St. Cloud Hospital for a time. She married Jerome “Jerry” Kiekow on February 9, 1963 at Poplar Creek, Minnesota. They lived in St. Cloud for a time and then moved to Hill City, MN. then lived in Montana and Wyoming before moving to Buffalo, Minnesota where they lived for 17 years. She worked at a clothing factory for a time and then worked for Tonka Toys for 10 years. They then moved to the Aitkin area and have lived here since. She had worked at the Mille Lacs Grand Casino for 13 years. She is survived by her husband Jerry Kiekow of Aitkin; Daughter Cheryl Ann Kiekow (Dan Eggersgluss) of Monticello, MN. Grandson Maxwell; 4 sisters: Lois Keil of Aitkin, Betty Eklund of Aitkin; Patricia Rooney of Cambridge and Shirley Skowski of Cambridge. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother. A private family service 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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Carol John "C.J". Meacham
12/24/1928-05/22/2015
Carol John “C.J.” Meacham, 86 of McGregor died Friday, May 22, 2015 at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center Hospice in Duluth. He was born December 24, 1928 in Workman Township, Aitkin County to George and Jenny (Edwards) Meacham. He attended Rat Lake School and McGregor High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WW II. After the war he worked as an iron ore drill operator in many parts of the U.S., Greenland, and Iceland. C.J. was united in marriage to Lois Kormann on January 29, 1961 in Granite Falls. He attended Molar Barber School in Minneapolis and then owned and operated Meacham Barber Shop in South Minneapolis. He also owned and managed income/rental properties. C.J. enjoyed gardening and cutting and splitting wood. He served on the Aitkin County Hospice Board and as a volunteer. He was a lifetime member of the VFW, past president of McGregor Lions, and a member of Grace Lutheran Church. He was preceded in death by his parents and 11 brothers and sisters. C.J. is survived by his wife Lois, Daughter and son-in-law: Susan (Thomas) Viker of Arden Hills, Son and daughter-in-law: David (Debra) Meacham of Coon Rapids, Grandchildren: Fred and John Viker, Sister: Dorothy Groth of Cromwell, Many other relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 1:00P.M. – Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial with military honors will be in Pine Needle Cemetery. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com. Memorials are preferred to the donors choice in lieu of flowers.
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Mary Ellen Haug
04/17/1938-05/06/2015
Mary Ellen Haug, 77 of Malmo died Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Golden Horizons in Aitkin. She was born April 17, 1938 in Flint, MI. to Walter and Doris (Marks) Johnson. Mary was united in marriage to Kenneth C. Haug on July 19, 1965 in Watertown, SD. She served as Aitkin County Commissioner for 12 years. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth, son Marty, Infant son, sister Martha, and father Walter. Mary is survived by her mother Doris Johnson of Milwaukee, WI. 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Mark (Brenda) Freitag of Hickory, NC. David (Rosario) Freitag of St. Anthony, MN. 2 brothers: Dick and Steve Johnson both of Milwaukee, WI. 22 grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo. Reverend James Raisanen will officiate. Burial will be in Marquette, MI. 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 Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
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Donna Marie Dale
07/10/1948-04/26/2015
Donna Marie Dale, age 66 of Aitkin, died Sunday, April 26, 2015 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Donna was born on July 10, 1948 in Aitkin where she grew up and attended schools. She moved to Duluth and did factory work for a time and then worked in one of the Duluth Schools. She married Clifford J. Dale on September 22, 1973 in Cloquet, Mn. They lived in Duluth, Aitkin, Palisade, Bemidji and Brainerd before settling back in Aitkin over 30 years ago. She has lived here since. She was a former mentor for the Kinship Program. She enjoyed scrapbooking, painting and collecting dolls. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband Clifford Dale of Aitkin; Sons and spouses: Tim and Denea Dale of Aitkin; Adam and Misty Dale of Aitkin; Grandchildren: Josh, Mason, Dakota, Emma, Kristen, Kenneth, Jason, Larry and Cody; Brother Pat and Sister Patty. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 sister. A memorial service will be held Friday, May 1, 2015 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Barry Hite officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. A lunch will follow at Aitkin City Park. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Alice Marie Brophy
04/13/1927-04/22/2015
Alice Marie Brophy, Age 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday April 22, 2015 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center. Alice was born on April 13, 1927 In Mt. Vernon, Illinois to Carl and Lela Pace. Alice graduated Roosevelt high school, St Louis, Mo in 1943 then attended Miss Hickey’s school for secretaries in St Louis Mo, graduating in 1944. Alice married W. Don Brophy on April 21, 1946 in Florissant MO. After moving to Minneapolis in 1953 Alice worked for various accounting and law firms until her retirement in 1989. She and Don moved to their home on Briggs Lake near St. Cloud. Alice stayed busy with various volunteering opportunities and was the president of the Shrine Auxiliary for a number of years. In 1999 Alice moved to Aitkin and stayed busy with her hobbies of cross stitch, crosswords puzzles, church groups along with volunteering recording the local newspaper for the visually impaired, calling bingo and crafting at Aitkin Health Services. Alice enjoyed 6 years at Blackrock Terrace from 2008 until moving to Crosby in 2014 where she continued to enjoy her hobbies, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband W. Don Brophy, Son Douglas Jennings, Daughter Beverly, Grandson Michael Jennings. She is survived by Sons, Michael (Deborah), Thomas (Pam), and Tim (Maggie), 9 Grand Children and 10 Great Grandchildren. There will be a Celebration of Alice’s Life at New Life Church in Aitkin, MN. 2:00P.M. - Saturday May 2, 2015. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Aitkin. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Georgiana Marie Wold
10/27/1928-04/21/2015
Georgiana Marie Wold, age 86, of Aitkin died April 21, 2015 at Riverwood Health Care Center. Georgiana was born October 27, 1928 to Richard and Anna (Eischenbacher) Eimer. She grew up and attended grade school in Iron Hub, Minnesota. She graduated from Aitkin High School in 1946. After high school she worked as a bookkeeper for Land O’ Lakes Corporation and eventually became office manager. It was here that she met her future husband Roger Wold. They were married June 9, 1950. In March 1952, they made the long journey to Anchorage, Alaska where Roger started construction and Georgiana worked in the accounting department for the Civil Aeronautics Administration. They returned back to Minnesota and after the birth of her three oldest children, she worked at Security State Bank and was a member of the Aitkin Community Hospital Board. She later took a bookkeeping job at the Aitkin Public Schools. In 1964, she went to work with her husband who had started Village Auto Sales that eventually became Wold-Buick – GMC, Inc. and later became MacDonald-Wold, Inc. She continued to work at the dealership as accountant and business manager until she retired in 1999. She was active in the Chamber of Commerce. She was a driving force of the organization of the first Aitkin All Class Reunion in 1984. She was member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Aitkin and was active in Bible Study Classes, taught Sunday school and served as Sunday School Superintendent for many years. She served as the choir director for the church for 45 years. She had a deep love for God, her family, and her community. She was preceded into death by her husband, Roger G. Wold in 2010; three brothers, one sister, and parents. She is survived by daughter, Julie (Jack) Solien of Aitkin, three sons, Mark (Gina) Wold, Steven (Gretchen) Wold, and Scott (Sheryl) Wold all of Aitkin. 8 Grandchildren, Eric Wold, Jason Wold, Chris Wold, Brandon Wold, Joe Solien, Ben Solien, Brian Wold and Jordon Wold; and 4 Great-Grandchildren, Ian Wold, Tanner Wold, Harper Solien, and Addison Solien. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 30 2015 at 11 AM from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Rodina Fahrendorff
05/06/1919-04/20/2015
Rodina Fahrendorff, 95 of McGregor and Aitkin died Monday, April 20, 2015 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born May 6, 1919 in Howard Lake to Isaac and Myrtle (Gore) Compton. She was preceded in death by her husband Russell, daughter Audrey Bergman, and her parents. Rodina is survived by her children: Barbara Kruse, Diane (Bob) Cherioli, Betty Maznio, and Russell Fahrendorff, Jr. 17 grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery, Minneapolis. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Rick Charles Benjamin (Nay Tumigwan Nabe)
06/26/1972-04/19/2015
Rick C. Benjamin (Nay Tumigwan Nabe), Bullhead Clan age 42 of McGregor died Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Mn. Rick was born June 26, 1972 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Jerry and Katherine (Baptiste) Benjamin Sr. He grew up between East Lake and Cloquet and attended the Fond Du Lac Ojibwe School and graduated from there. He then went to work for the Mille Lacs Grand Casino and then worked for the Mille Lacs Band as a maintenance engineer. He has lived in the East Lake area for most of his life. He was a member of the Big Drum Society, he loved to hunt, and it was a big part of his life. He also enjoyed riding 4 wheelers and spending time with his family. He is survived by his sons: Joe Benjamin and Jordan Benjamin both of McGregor; brothers and sisters: Jerry (Dora) Benjamin of McGregor, Sharon Benjamin of Minneapolis, Frank (Colleen) Benjamin of Onamia, Maurice (Brenda) Benjamin of McGregor, Lisa (John) Benjamin of McGregor, Kevin (Sherry) Benjamin of McGregor, Thomas (Vanessa) Benjamin of McGregor; mother of his children: Keley Kruse of McGregor; Adopted family: Larry Smallwood of Hinckley, Pete Gahbow of Onamia, Bill Gahbow of Onamia, Eric Gahbow of Onamia, Tammy Gahbow of Onamia and Nancy Gahbow of Minneapolis and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 23, 2015 beginning at 10 AM at the East Lake Community Center with Skip Churchill officiating. The wake will begin on Wednesday evening at 4 PM. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery at McGregor. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home McGregor.
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