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Jerry Wickstrom
Gerald (Jerry) O. Wickstrom, 80, Palisade, MN passed away on April 22, 2017 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin, Minnesota. Jerry was born November 6, 1936 in Aitkin, MN to Oscar and Lillian (Nelson) Wickstrom. He grew up in Palisade attending school in Palisade and Aitkin. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1955. He married the love of his life Betty Koskovich on July 28, 1962. Jerry was a life-long resident of Palisade. He was a man devoted to his community and his family. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, working in his shop, and volunteering to improve his community. Jerry loved his family and family time most of all. Jerry served in the US Army in Germany. He owned and operated Jerry’s Standard Station in Palisade. He worked bridge construction for a time. He then worked at the Palisade Co-operative Station for over 25 years. Before the days of 24 hour credit card purchase gas, people would call at all hours for Jerry to open and get them gas or something for the car. He helped everyone whenever they called. Jerry was charter member of the Palisade Fire Department; serving as Fire Captain and Fire Chief at different times. He served on the Palisade Fire Department for 46 years. When he retired from the fire department, he received an award from the Governor of MN for being the longest serving volunteer fire fighter in the State. Jerry was also one of the early First Responders, receiving an award from Governor Perpich. He was on the Palisade City Council from 1972-2005, for 33 years. He was a Fire Warden issuing burning permits from 1964-2014, 50 years. Jerry was a charter member of the Palisade Lions Club. He won the Melvin Jones Award for Lions. He was a life-long member of the Palisade Bethel Lutheran Church. He served multiple terms on the Church Council. If you had a question or needed help in Palisade, you went to see Jerry Wickstrom. Jerry is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty; 1 daughter and spouse and 2 sons and spouses: Julie (Bryan) Bachand, Curtis (Aleata) Wickstrom, and Scott (Tammy) Wickstrom. He is survived by 9 grandchildren; Matthias, Lucas, Ethan, Emily, Levi, Blake, Mason, Gillian, and Maria and sister in law Donna Knutson. He was always proud of his wife, children, and grandchildren. Jerry set an example his whole life for how to be a loving father and exemplary friend. He is also survived by his brother Carroll (Neva) Wickstrom. He was preceded in death by his parents Lillian and Oscar Wickstrom and his sister Ruth Carlson. A visitation will be held at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin on Wednesday, April 26 from4-7 pm. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 27 at 11 am at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with visitation 1 hour before. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home.
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Charlotte Ann Violett
Charlotte Ann Violett, 82 ofAitkin died Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Evergreen Terrace in Grand Rapids. She was born July 2, 1934 in Aitkin to Walter and Rose (Specht) Petersen. She was preceded in death by her husband Marvin Violett; brother: Bud Petersen; and her parents. Charlotte is survived by her 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Debra (Steve) Kastet of Hibbing, Minnesota. Vicki (Rod) Adams of Loveland, Colorado. 5 grandchildren: Melanie, Nikki, Justin, Kelli, and Lindsey. 7 great-grandchildren. 2 great-great-granddaughters, and 1 great-great-grandson that is due any day. 3 brothers: Duyane Petersen, Jim Petersen, and Warren Petersen. 1 sister and brother-in-law: Marlys (Jim) Dehning. Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11A.M. – Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
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Gloria Jean Westerlund
Gloria Jean Westerlund, age 50 of Aitkin died after a courageous battle with colon and appendix cancer on Sunday, April 16, 2017, a beautiful Easter afternoon surrounded by her family. Gloria was born May 13, 1966 in Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Gaylard and Ruth (Andren) Westerlund. She grew up in the Malmo area and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1984. She then attended the Brainerd Area Vocational School and received her degree in Natural Resources Technology. She worked in Wyoming for the Bureau of Land Management for a couple of years and then worked in Michigan for a time with the fisheries division. She then moved back to the Aitkin area for a time and then moved to Elizabeth, Colorado where she worked in the Planning and Zoning office. She lived there until 1997 when she returned to the Aitkin area. She then worked at the Westerlund Gas Station and then worked for Aitkin County in the Recorders office for a time and then worked in the Land Department. Gloria had a deep love for animals with a special place in her heart for her horse Shadow and her dog Peeper. She loved the outdoors, horseback riding, hunting agates and photography, but her biggest love was her son Thomas. She is survived by her son: Thomas Westerlund of Aitkin; Father; Gaylard Westerlund of Aitkin; Brothers: Norman (Laurie) Westerlund of Aitkin, Neil (Stacy) Westerlund of Aitkin and nieces and nephews: Nick (Simone) Westerlund, Hunter Westerlund, Anna Westerlund, Garrett Westerlund, Sophia Westerlund and Isabella Westerlund. She was preceded in death by her mother Ruth. Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 1 PM from the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo with Rev. Terry Frovik officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home.
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Richard "Dick" Siemers
Richard “Dick” Siemers, of Aitkin, an accomplished business manager, a dedicated and beloved father, a captain of Mille Lacs, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 15, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minn. Dick was born Sept. 7, 1940 in Minneapolis to Kenneth and Hazel Siemers. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1959 and in 1973 earned a degree in accounting from Brainerd Area Vocational Technical Institute. Dick married Jerry Sack of Inkster, N.D. on Sept. 11, 1961. Together they helped raise six of Dick’s siblings following the death of his parents, as well as four children of their own. He spent much of his life on Mille Lacs Lake, either piloting his own fishing launch or running Myr Mar Lodge, the private supper club north of Garrison owned by his parents and later by himself. He acquired his first launch, “The Dickie,” when he was 13 and would eventually guide thousands of patrons on fishing excursions through his Dick Siemers Launch Service. His 60 foot, double-decker pontoon, perched perennially outside the Blue Goose Inn for two decades was an icon of summer in Garrison, Minn. Dick made the most of his accounting talents. For 26 years, he worked as the business manager for the Onamia Public Schools. He would later spend several years as a tax professional at H&R Block in Brainerd while taking great joy in preparing tax filings for much of his family. In addition to much of his life’s accomplishments, Dick also served two years as an Aitkin County Commissioner, six years as a member of the Hazelton Township Board, was honorably discharged from the Army National Guard of Minnesota, where he achieved the rank of staff Sergeant, and for many years volunteered as treasurer of Shepherd of The Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison. Dick will be deeply missed by his wife, Jerry; four children, Toni (Jerry) Cassady, Ken (Hal) Siemers, Tara (Hal) Creten, Erik (Nicole) Siemers; sisters, Nancy (Bob) Kokesh, Linda McGillis, Glenda (Mike) Murphy, Patti (Rick) Baillif, Sharon (Daryl) Hanson; brothers: Dennis and Douglas Siemers; seven grandchildren: Dillon Heins, Ashley Laurion, Cody Heins, Abby Creten, Quinn Siemers, and Keaton Siemers, and two great grandchildren, Walker and Paxton Laurion. He was preceded in death by his father Kenneth Siemers, his mother, Hazel Siemers, his sister, Tammy Siemers and his half-brother David Barthelemy. A visitation will be held at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home located at 31 Minnesota Ave. S. in Aitkin on Thursday, April 20 from 4 to 7 pm with a prayer service at 7 pm. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 21, at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, located at 10583 Highway 169 in Garrison, beginning with a visitation at 10 am followed by a formal service at 11 am. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
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Regina H. Langer
Regina H. Langer, age 94 of Aitkin formerly of Pierz passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Aitkin Health Services. Regina was born January 13, 1923 in the township of Pierz, Mn. the daughter of Joe and Christina Urai. On July 28, 1943 Regina was united in marriage to Ben Langer at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz. Regina was a “strong spirit” from the day she was born. She loved fishing, gardening, sewing, word puzzles, her work, but most of all she loved spending time with family and friends. Regina had a fulfilling life raising three daughters, managing their farm and tending her garden. In 1952 Regina and Ben moved to Brainerd where she worked for Hickerson Garment Factory, and later as head cook at Brainerd High School. In 1969 they returned to Pierz purchasing Eller’s Harness and Shoe Shop which became Langer’s Shoe Service. For 18 years Regina upholstered furniture and was the favored seamstress for miles around. Regina was preceded in death by her husband Ben and daughter Alice Owens. She is survived by her loving family; Daughters: Marjorie (Dave) Nolan of Brainerd and Marce (Tuffy) Boyd of Aitkin; ten grandchildren, twenty four great grandchildren and other relatives and friends. A celebration of Regina’s life will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Pierz Park North Pavilion from 12:00 to 1:30 PM where family, friends and relatives will gather to celebrate her life and accomplishments. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Angeline Wiberg
Angeline “Toots” Agnes (Mueller) Wiberg, 86, of Aitkin, died on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born June 23, 1930, in Wadena to Theodore and Rose (Busche) Mueller. The family moved to Minneapolis where she attended school. She graduated from Minneapolis Vocational High School in 1948. She married Oscar Wiberg, Jr., on Dec. 30, 1950 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Coon Rapids and then Anoka. She was employed at Dayton Company department store in Minneapolis, Soo-Line, Midland Coop, and Anoka Electric Co. They moved to Aitkin in 1969 and she was employed at the First National Bank in Aitkin, until 1979. Later, she worked at ProFarm in Hassman. She was a member of the St. James Catholic Church and a past member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Brenda and Brad Birdnow, Hiawatha, IA; Laura and Eric Heglund, Ironton; two grandsons: William Gallatin, Jr. and Philip Lichte; three great-grandchildren: Katlynn Evenrud, and Crystal and Jonathon Gallatin, four step-grandchildren: Gabe and Ginny Birdnow, Adam and Alex Heglund; five step-great-grandchildren; sisters and brother-in law: Barbara Raw, Cold Spring; Susan and James Wredberg, McGregor; sisters-in-law: Joanne Mueller, Coon Rapids; Camilla Mueller, Albertville; Marilyn Mueller, Bloomington; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her stillborn son, Bradley; infant daughter, Mary; parents; husband, Oscar, in 1986; brothers: Albert Mueller, Luverne “Bud” Mueller, Kenneth Mueller; and sister, Anita Tierney. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00A.M. – Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at St. James Catholic Church at 299 Red Oak Drive in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Lunch will follow at the Roberts-Glad VFW Post 1727 in Aitkin. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home of Aitkin. Go to to sign the online guest register.
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Margaret Ann Sherman
Margaret Ann Sherman, 84 of Palisade died Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born January 7, 1933 in East Lake to Axel and Betty (Larson) Johnson. She graduated From McGregor High School and has continued to be involved in the McGregor All Class Reunions. She worked for Sears in Minneapolis from 1950 to 1954. She also worked for Fuller Brush Sales, sold advertising for Lutheran Digest, and was employed as a Census Taker. While living in Minneapolis she became a Minneapolis Lakers basketball fan, attending many games prior to the team moving to Los Angeles. Margaret was united in marriage to Vinton Russell Sherman on September 18, 1954 in Palisade. She was very proud to be the first woman elected as Aitkin County Commissioner serving for 12 years. She was a member of many different boards, organizations and foundations including: being a Little League mother, a member of the Palisade PTA, the school board, charter member of the ELCW and the church choir at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade, the Palisade Community Improvement Committee, the Farmers Union, the Palisade Lions Club, the Long Lake Conservation Camp Board, the Aitkin County Parks Board, the Blandin Foundation, served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Minnesota Counties, the Mississippi Headwaters in Walker, served as President of the State Development - ARDC, a board member and secretary of the Arrowhead Development Association in Duluth, and the IRRRB. She was preceded in death by her parents , Husband Vinton on October 4, 2012, Brothers: Carl “Ed”, Albin, Fred, Elmer, Willard, and infant brother James Johnson. Margaret is survived by: 5 sons and daughters-in-law: Dwight “Ike” of Palisade, Dale of Palisade, Jed (Patti) of Maple Grove, Jason (Ann) of Palisade, and Grant (Lynn) of Palisade. 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. 1 Sister: Esther Swedberg of Minneapolis. 2 sisters-in-law: Lucille and Evelyn Johnson. 1 brother-in-law: Robert Pray. Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. Reverend William Sass will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation to celebrate Margaret’s life will be 6 to 8P.M. – Friday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church.
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