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Victor G. Lindahl
Victor G. Lindahl, age 88 of McGregor died Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at his home. Victor was born September 16, 1928 at Howard Lake, Minnesota the son of Oscar and Pearl (Anders) Lindahl. He grew up and attended schools in Howard Lake graduating from the Howard Lake High School in 1946. He then served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. Upon his discharge he married Dolores E. Knutson on June 11, 1949 in Minneapolis, Mn. He then attended Barber College and learned to cut hair. He used that to help fund the rest of his education at the University of Minnesota and St. Cloud State University. He then attended the College of St. Thomas where he earned his Masters and Specialist degrees. He taught history and phy-ed and also coached basketball at the Big Lake High School for several years. He then served as Principal at the Askov High School before serving as principal at the Delano High School from which he retired. His wife Dolores had grown up in the McGregor area and they had been coming to the area for many years before they retired to the area. He was a lifetime member of the McGregor VFW, and a member of the Grace Lutheran Church and the Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity. He was an avid sportsman enjoying all types of sports. He is survived by his wife Dolores Lindahl of McGregor; Daughter and son in law: Trudy and Tim Smith of Jordan, Mn.; Grandsons: Jonathan (Kimberly) Smith of Hilton Head, S.C.; Jed (Tammy) Smith of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Jacob (Tana) Smith of Prior Lake, Mn.; 5 great grandchildren: Sabrina, Abigael, Mason, Maxwell, and Autumn. Also surviving is 1 brother: Eldon “Bud” Lindahl of Los Angeles, Calf. and 1 Sister: Daisy Bender of Winsted, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 2 sisters Ruth and Julia. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral
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Catherine Dybdahl
Catherine “Kate” V. Dybdahl, age 94 of Aitkin died Sunday, August 13, 2017 at her home. Catherine was born June 7, 1923 at Blind Lake, Minnesota the daughter of William and Catherine Christensen. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating in 1941. She was the first Homecoming Queen of Aitkin High School. She married Norman Dybdahl on September 26, 1945 at Richfield, Minnesota. They made their home in Crystal. Upon her husband’s retirement they moved to the Aitkin area in 1986 and have lived here since. She enjoyed spending time with her family and also working in her flower gardens. She is survived by sons and daughters in law: Jay Dybdahl of Plymouth, MN., Chris (Lou) Dybdahl of Otsego, MN., Steven (Wende) Dybdahl of Golden Valley, MN.; daughters and sons in law: Susan (Glen) Rollins of Cave Creek, AZ., Cheryl (Kerry) Gullickson of Robbinsdale, MN., Daughter in law: Liz Pielow; Grandchildren: Jenna, Zach, Molly, Anders, Kjell, Katelyn, Jennifer, Ethan, Connie and Maddy; Great Grandchildren: Cole, Kylee, McKenna, Billy, Carter, Caleb and Finn. Also surviving are special friends Katy McGee and Merlyn Landborg. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Norman, Daughter: Debra, Son in law: Bill Pielow, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Memorials are preferred to the Aitkin Food Shelf. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Margaret "Muggs S. Nelson
Margaret “Muggs” S. Nelson, 97 of Aitkin died Thursday, August 10, 2017 at Rivers Edge Assisted Living in Aitkin. She was born July 18, 1920 in Minneapolis to Lester L. and Hattie E. (Sloan) Newton. She graduated from Grand Rapids High School. Muggs was united in marriage to Arthur “Bud” Nelson November 30, 1943 in Grand Rapids. While Bud was serving in the Army, Muggs worked at the Twin Cities Ammunition Plant and then in Seattle at Boeing Company until Bud came home. They moved back to Minnesota and a couple years later bought Mack’s Shack Restaurant in Aitkin. Muggs operated the restaurant while Bud worked at the post office. After 21 years Muggs had to close because of poor health. She later worked for Hanlon Drug Store and then 1st National Bank in Aitkin until her retirement. She enjoyed cooking, hunting, and fishing. She was a member for over 50 years of both the Order of the Eastern Star #122 and Rebekah Lodge#151. She was also a member of Daughters of Nile #7, a Life member of American Legion Auxiliary Lee Post #86 and the Aitkin United Methodist Church. Muggs is survived by many relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years Bud on January 3, 2008; parents: Lester and Hattie (Sloan) Newton; step-mother Bernetta Newton; brother LeRoy L. Newton; step-sister Franceil; step-brother John; niece Mary Lee; and nephews: Richard Lee, Marty, and Scotty. Visitation will begin at 9:30A.M. followed by the Eastern Star Service at 10:30A.M and then the Memorial service at 11:00A.M. – Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Aitkin. Reverend Dawn Houser will officiate. Burial will be in the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley, Little Falls, Minnesota. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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David B. Lemire
David Benjamin Lemire, age 57 of Becker formerly of Gilbert and Duluth died Thursday, August 3, 2017 at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. David was born January 15, 1960 in Eveleth, Minnesota the son of Virgil and Eleanor (Hedberg) Lemire. He grew up and attended schools in Gilbert graduating in 1978. He then attended motorcycle school in Arizona. He moved to Duluth and worked at a motorcycle shop in Canal Park and then attended the Lake Superior Vo-Tech where he learned to be a machinist. He took a job with the Remmele Company in Big Lake in 1985. He married Jeanne M. Goodlet of Bayfield, Wisconsin on November 30, 1985 in Duluth. They made their home in St. Cloud before he built their home in Becker, Minnesota. Dave worked for the Remmele Company for 32 years as a machinist and manufacturing engineer. He enjoyed gardening, golfing, cooking and grilling, and general cabin life on Hickory Lake. Dave had a great sense of humor and loved to share a cold beer with family and friends! Recently he especially enjoyed his role as “papa” to granddaughter Natalie. He is survived by his wife Jeanne Lemire of Becker; Daughters: Kristen Lemire (Andy Coda) of Duluth, Danielle Lapos (Michael) of Fargo, N.D., Sarah Wingate (J.R.) of Duluth; Granddaughter: Natalie Lapos; Mother: Eleanor Lemire of Aitkin; Brothers: Jeff (Mary) Lemire of Alamogordo, N.M.; and Perry (Denise) Lemire of Duluth. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends Keith and Lynnette Schillewaert and Ken Fry. He was preceded in death by his father Virgil, Sister: Cynthia “Cindy” Paakkonen. A memorial service will be held Friday, August 11, 2017 at 1 PM from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be from 11 AM until the 1 PM services at the church. Interment will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Theodora (Teddy) Engstrom
Theodora Lee (Teddy Talbot) Engstrom, age 69, of McGregor died Thursday, August 3, 2017 at her home on Big Sandy Lake. Teddy was born February 19, 1948 in Duluth, Minnesota daughter of Dave Sr. and Theo Talbot. She attended St. Rose Parochial School in Proctor and then the Proctor High School graduating in 1966. She then married Roger Engstrom on May 28, 1966 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Proctor. She was a stay at home Mom raising two children April and Jim. She was a 46 year member of the Proctor Moose where she loved to volunteer. They bought a cottage on Big Sandy Lake in McGregor in 1989. In 2002 they sold Roger’s family homestead in Proctor where they resided. They then moved permanently to Big Sandy Lake. Teddy soon began volunteering again. She was a member of the MACC, ANGELS, RSVP, and the Dale Wayrynen American Legion Auxiliary. She liked everybody and everybody liked her. She was preceded in death by her parents Dave and Theo Talbot, Brothers: Jason and David Jr. and Daughter April. She is survived by her husband of 51 years Roger; Son Jim (Kathy Sheffield, son Dave fisher), Sister: Debbie Talbot (son Mark), Nephew: Brandon Talbot; Step (MOM) Char Talbot (Scott Ruthford family). She was blessed with two grandchildren that she loved more than anything in this world Cody and Emily Gauthier and Great Granddaughter Kyleigh Rose. “Remember me with smiles and laughter. If you must remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all.” Per her request there will be no funeral.
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Derward Luther "Woody" Gilmore
Derward Luther (Woody) Gilmore, 70, of Hill City, passed away suddenly on Friday, July 21, 2017 at his home. He was born in September 1, 1946 in Grand Rapids, MN to Derward and Marion Gilmore. Proud of his enlistment in the Army, Woody served from 1963 to 1966. He lived most of his life in Saginaw , MN until he retired to Hill City in 2012. Woody was self-employed for most of his life. He worked hard in all his endeavors but always had time for his family and friends. Whenever it was possible he was always trying to help others. Hunting and fishing were his passion especially when shared with his friends and brother. He was preceded in death by his parents and will be deeply missed by his brother, James Gilmore (Karen) and sisters, Wilma Gilmore (Wayne) and Jo Oland (Tim). A private gathering of friends and family to be announce. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements.
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