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Tracy Lynn Budday
Tracy Lynn Budday, 60, of Ironton, died Thursday, November 16, 2017 in Aitkin. She was born May 26, 1957 in Virginia to Bruce R. and Marjorie (Sutcliffe) Usher. She worked as a Personal Care Assistant for Recover Health. She was preceded in death by her father Bruce and her nephew Jeremy Warta. Tracy is survived by her mother Marjorie Usher of Aitkin, 2 sisters and brothers-in-law: Cynthia (Steven) Warta of Brainerd, Kristy (Fred) Aschenbauer of Crosby, 1 Brother: Randy Usher of Aitrkin, 3 nieces and nephews, 8 great-nieces and nephews, 2 great-great-nieces and nephews, many other relatives and friends. There will be no services at this time. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements.
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Rachel Agnes Lund
Rachel Agnes Lund , 86 of Aitkin, passed away November 15, 2017 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born October 31, 1931 in rural Palisade to Bendik and Rachel (Nilsen) Grimsbo. She attended local community school, Palisade Elementary School, and then graduated from Aitkin High School. Rachel was united in marriage to Allen Lund, Jr. November 14, 1952 in Crosby. They lived in Princeton for a time while Allen completed his CPA training. They spent most of their working lives in Hopkins, Allen as chief financial officer for a packaging company and Rachel as a nurses aide for a nursing home. They had two sons: Daniel and Michael. They retired to their lake home they built near Emily, MN. After Allen passed away in July of 1994, Rachel continued living at their lake home for a number of years. She then moved to Brainerd where she lived with her son Dan in a home they jointly owned before moving to the Good Samaritan assisted living in Brainerd. Rachel had a stroke that necessitated a move to Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin where she resided for the past ten years. She was an accomplished artist having completed many painting over the years. She also enjoyed gardening especially her flowers. She was preceded in death by her husband Allen in 1994; parents Rachel and Bendik Grimsbo; four sisters: Anna, Olga, Emma, and Hilda; three brothers: Daniel, Nils, and Peter. Rachel is survived by her two sons: Dan and Mike; two sisters: Ruth and Clara; and two brothers: Olaf and John; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. – Tuesday, November21, 2017 memorial service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Emily.
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Judith Arlene Parrish, 82, of Aitkin, passed away Thursday, November 9, 2017 in Aitkin Health Services, Aitkin. She was born June 9, 1935 in Aitkin to Larry and Ethel (Chute) Hock. Judith worked in home health care for many years. She then worked at Aicota Health Care Center for 21 years and Riverwood Healthcare for 19 years until retiring in 2010. Judith was a great cook. She loved gardening and her flowers and especially loved her family and friends. Judith was an incredible artist and loved painting and woodworking. She was a kind soul and always looked for the good in everyone. She was forgiving, loving and easy to talk to. The grin on her face and the twinkle in her eyes always made you wonder what mischief she was up to. Judith is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Parrish; her parents; son, Larry R. Pratt. Judith is survived by 2 sons, Steve Pratt of Sweet Water, OR and Calvin “Scott” Pratt of Palisade; 2 daughters, Shelly (Robert) Mickelson of Deerwood and Polly Pratt of Aitkin; 9 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 3 sisters, Nancy (Jerry) Lien of Calumet, Laurie (Ken) Tescher of Casper, Wyoming and Penny Bantle of Springfield, Missouri. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 15, from 5-7 PM in Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin and will continue Thursday, November 16 from 10 AM until the 11 AM Service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Aitkin. To sign the guestbook online, go to: Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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Dorothy M. Heinlen, 97, of Isle, formerly of White Bear Lake and St. Paul, passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2017 in Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born June 20, 1920 in St. Paul. Dorothy graduated from White Bear Lake High School. She then worked for the State of Minnesota Department of Employment Security for 32 years until retiring in 1985. Dorothy was very involved in the St. Paul Winter Carnival and was a member of the Senior Royalty. Dorothy loved to square dance in her younger years. She was member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in White Bear Lake as well as Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wahkon. Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Kenneth Hanft; siblings, Marion Sanders, Lorraine Enneking, June Brunet, Jane Van Vooris, James Van Vooris, Donald Van Vooris and Howard Van Vooris. Dorothy is survived by her son, Terry Hanft of Isle; 2 grandchildren, Mark Hanft of Northfield and Rob (Amber) Hanft of O’Fallen, Missouri; many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Services for Dorothy will be held at a later date. To sign the guestbook online, go to: Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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Dorothy Mae (Dottie) Paquette
Dorothy Mae (Dottie) Paquette, 98 of McGregor died Sunday, November, 5, 2017 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born January 12, 1919 in Chatfield. She graduated from Chatfield High School. Dottie was united in marriage to Martin Roger (Marty) Paquette. She worked for Golden Valley City Hall prior to going into business with Marty at Valley Electric. They moved to McGregor where they purchased and renamed Randy's Tavern to the STOP INN. The STOP INN was well known by visitors from all seasons and famed for the best cheeseburgers in the area for many years. Marty also served as an Electrical Inspector during this time for Aitkin County. Dottie loved to tend to her vegetable garden in the summertime and her favorite winter activity was to participate in the snowmobile poker runs that all the local taverns used to run. She was an avid card player and taught her kids and grandkids many different games and played in the local cribbage and 500 clubs. She was preceded in death by her husband: Martin Roger (Marty) Paquette; son: James Martin (Jim) Paquette; and her parents. Dottie is survived by her Children Judith Marie (Judy) Olson of Apple Valley, CA; Gerald Arthur (Jerry) Paquette of McGregor, MN; 11 Grandchildren: Bob, Steve, David, Ronnie, Curt, Lisa, Jeff, Jeremy, Jacob, Jason, Jenn ,many Great Grandchildren, other relatives and friends. A Gathering to celebrate her life for family and close friends will be held at a later date at her former residence on Big Sandy Lake. McGregor Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.
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Verna L. Kullhem
Verna L. Kullhem age 87 of Aitkin died Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Verna was born April 7, 1930 at Palisade, Minnesota the daughter of Arvid and Signe (Beck) Johnson. She attended elementary school in Palisade and High School at Aitkin graduating in 1948. She moved to the Twin Cities and worked there for a time and then returned to palisade and married Raymond E. Kullhem on April 16, 1955 in Palisade. They lived in Alaska for a time and then moved to Aitkin where she has made her home since. She started working as a book keeper for Paul Beyreuther in 1969 and had continued until she retired in 2008. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin and also the Aitkin American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed sewing, baking, doing puzzles, kittens and she especially enjoyed her grandchildren. She is survived by her children: Gary (Marylee) Kullhem of Aitkin, Greg (Tiffani) Kullhem of Aitkin, Gail (Michael) Dickson of Andover, Mn.; Grandchildren: Tiffany Hartman, Abbi Kullhem, Matthew Dickson, Carson Kullhem, Ailie Kullhem; Great Grandchildren: Harper Hartman, and Brynley Hartman. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Raymond in August of 2017, 6 sisters and 1 brother. A memorial service will be held Friday, November 10, 2017 at 1 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at a later date in Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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