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Alan Dale Carpenter
Alan Dale Carpenter, 57, of McGregor, passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at his home. He was born October 21, 1960 in Cambridge to Dale and RuthAnn (Zeland) Carpenter. Alan enjoyed playing pool, fishing and spending time with family and friends. Alan is preceded in death by his mother, RuthAnn; 1 brother and 1 sister. Alan is survived by his life partner, Janet Irwin of McGregor; father, Dale Carpenter of McGregor; son, Clinton (Jamie)Carpenter of North Bay Village, Florida; 2 daughters, Amy (John) Mondlock of Pierz and Adonna Hancock of Osceola, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Mason, Shawn, Kianna, Hannah, Josh, Rebecca and Alyia; brother, Curt Carpenter of St. Louis Park and sister, Jeanne Daher of Lino Lakes. A Celebration of Alan's Life will be held Saturday, September 29 from 1-4 P.M. in McGregor V.F.W. Post #2747 of McGregor. To sign the guestbook online, go to: Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home and Cremation Service, McGregor.
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Marcella E. Snider
Marcella “Marcy” E. Snider, age 69 of New Hope, Minnesota died Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Marcy was born December 13, 1948 at Grand Rapids, Minnesota the daughter of Andy and Genevieve (Rian) Perkkio. She attended school in Warba and then moved with her family to New Brighton, Minnesota and graduated from Mounds View High School. She went to work for the R.L. Gould Electronics Co. She then worked for U.S. Bank, Target and then 15 years for General Mills Company as a manager of the I.T. division. She lived in New Hope for many years. She is survived by two sons: Tim (Melissa) Snider of Sobieski, Wisconsin, Todd (Courtney) Snider of Green Bay, Wisconsin; Five Grandchildren: Timmy Snider, Madison Snider, Wyatt Snider, Waylon Snider, Myles Snider; Sister: Marie Olson of Isanti, Minnesota; Brothers: Don Saari of Battle Creek, Michigan, Glen Saari of Duluth, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Eugene Saari, Mark Perkkio, brother in law: Oscar Olson and nephew Stephen Olson. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 21, 2018 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be from 1 PM until the 2 PM services. Interment will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
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Jacob Christopher "Jake" Duffney
Jacob Christopher “Jake” Duffney, 24, of Aitkin, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, September 12, 2018 due to an automobile accident. He was born May 27, 1994 in Crosby to Christopher Duffney and Tanya Wandersee. Jake worked for Duffney Refrigeration Inc. of Aitkin specializing in HVAC-Refrigeration. Jake loved hunting, fishing, cooking, snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, sports, golfing and driving. Jake especially enjoyed being around people. Jake is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Harold Duffney; grandmother, Pamela Speed. Jake is survived by his father, Christopher (Heather) Duffney of Aitkin; mother, Tanya (Bill Mittelstaedt) Wandersee of Victoria; children, Adalyne Grace Duffney and Stella Mae Weber and their mother, Savannah Hegdahl; brother and sister, Alexander Timothy Duffney of Aitkin, Kendra Joan Mittelstaedt of Victoria, step-brothers and step-sisters, Jake Spolarich of Minneapolis, Amanda Spolarich of Aitkin, Cody and Kyle Mittelstaedt of Bloomington and Kayla Mittelstaedt of Eden Prairie; maternal grandparents, Joan and Robert Wandersee of Aitkin; paternal grandmother, Susan Duffney of Aitkin; grandfather, Brad Speed of Aitkin; nieces, Isabella Faith and Elena Grace Duffney; godmother, Tammy Smerdon of Duluth and godfather, Dennis Ruschmeier of Aitkin; many aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, friends and bro’s. Visitation will be Thursday, September 20 from 5-7 PM in Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin and will continue Friday, September 21, from 10 AM until the 11 AM Service in Journey North Church, Aitkin. Interment will be in Bennettville Cemetery, Hazelton Township, Aitkin County. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. To sign the guestbook online, go to: Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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Lloyd E. Johnson
Lloyd E. Johnson 81 of Aitkin died Monday, September 10, 2018 at Aitkin Health Services. He was born June 20, 1937 in Aitkin to Lloyd E. and Gladys (Wickstrom) Johnson. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1955. He attended Duluth Business University where he earned his accounting degree. He was a member of the Army National Guard for a time and then discharged. Lloyd was employed as an accountant with Radford Lumber Company in Duluth. He moved back to the Aitkin area and invested and developed lake shore property, worked with his brother, and logged on his own with a goal to retire at the age of 50 which he accomplished. Lloyd enjoyed his family , especially spending time with his nieces and nephew, whom he loved very much. He was preceded in death by his parents: Lloyd E. and Gladys (Wickstrom) Johnson. Lloyd is survived by his brother: Donald L. Johnson of Palisade Nephew: Todd Johnson of Palisade; 2 nieces: Valerie Dawn Johnson of Minneapolis and Tiffany Johnson of Grand Rapids Following the wishes of Lloyd and his family, there will be no public services at this time. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Aitkin.
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Richard Allen Hakes
Richard Allen Hakes (Dick) died peacefully, surrounded by family at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin, Minnesota on September 8, 2018 at the age of 79. Dick is survived by his wife of 44 years LeeVae Hakes, children: Denise Baker (Jeff) of Grants Pass, Oregon; Jody Slinger (Randy) of Aitkin, Minnesota; and Kathy Fastener (Chris) of Aitkin, Minnesota. Three brothers: Kenneth Hakes of Aitkin, Minnesota, Bill Hakes of Aitkin, Minnesota and Jim Hakes of Deerwood, Minnesota. His pride and joy were his eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Merry Hakes and brother Herbert Hakes. Dick was born August 1, 1939 in Springfield, Minnesota the son of Kenneth and Merry Hakes. He graduated in 1957 from the Springfield High School. That fall, he attended the University of Minnesota on a baseball scholarship for one year. He then attended the University of Minnesota at Mankato for the remaining three years, obtaining a degree in mathematics and physics. Dick married Mary Mueller on August 1, 1961. The couple welcomed two children into their home. They parted in the early 1970’s. After graduation, Dick taught one year in Fairfax, Minnesota. At the close of the first year teaching, he was offered a job in New Ulm, Minnesota. This job included being a basketball coach and an assistant baseball coach. He taught in New Ulm until his retirement in 1996. Dick was an accomplished ball player, tennis player, and in his retirement, a pretty decent golfer. Also in his retirement, he loved to fish, play cribbage, and sing in church and in the Northern Knights quartet. A springtime hobby was helping his brothers tap trees for maple syrup. His sharp wit was enjoyed by his friends, as well as his students. He was passionate about learning and making opportunities for kids to learn. Dick was a kind, gentle man, and as a parent, he encouraged his children to pursue their goals. A celebration of Dick’s life will be held Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 10 AM at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, Minnesota with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. All are welcome to come and celebrate Dick’s life. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Services. The family would like to thank the staff at the Riverwood Clinic and Hospital, the Aicota Health Care Center and Home Health Partners, for the kind and caring assistance they gave Dick during his illness. In lieu of flowers donations may be directed to the donors’ choice.
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