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Dale J. Weistroffer
Dale J. Weistroffer, 67 of Palisade, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born June 14, 1951 in Aitkin. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1969. He worked at a Palisade sawmill from the time he was in High School until 1984. Dale was united in marriage to Arlene J. (Burgstaler) July 14, 1973 at the United Methodist Church in Aitkin. He attended NDSU where he received a degree in Engineering. He worked for a time as a civil engineer in Walker and then owned and operated LaMonts Resort on Waukenabo Lake near Palisade. He was a member of Hilltop Chapel. He enjoyed collecting coins, hunting, fishing, and was an avid outdoorsman. Dale loved watching his family and having his children and grandchildren close to him. He was preceded in death by his mother Patricia Weistroffer. Dale is survived by his wife Arlene of Palisade; Children: Rachel Gripentrog of Deerwood; Dusty (Tabbatha) Weistroffer of Palisade; David (Lynn) Weistroffer of Brainerd; Grandchildren: Cole, Andrew, Hannah, Ben, Travis, Wyatt, Colton, Carley, Dawson, Dakota, and Deagan; Great-grandson: Malakai; And many family friends. Memorial service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Hilltop Chapel, Palisade. Reverend Barry Hite will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at Hilltop Chapel. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Aitkin.
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Pamela Kay Elling
Pamela Kay Elling, 56 of Aitkin died Thursday, November 8, 2018 at her home. She was born June 8, 1962 in Cambridge to Delmar Dale and Rhoda Christine (Fuhr) Travis. She graduated from North Branch High School and received her LPN degree from Anoka. Pamela was united in marriage to Mitchel Robert Elling on September 8, 1984 in North Branch. She worked for Golden Horizons Assisted Living & Memory Care in Crosslake and Aitkin where she truly enjoyed her job as an Administrator and Licensed Practical Nurse. In her free time Pamela would go camping and fishing, and she loved being with her family. She was preceded in death by her son: Tyler Michael Elling; brother: Roger Travis; and her parents: Delmar Dale and Rhoda Christine (Fuhr) Travis. Pamela is survived by her husband Mitchel Robert Elling; 2 sons: Timothy Mitchel Elling and Michael Edward Elling both of Aitkin; 2 sisters: Debra Travis and Kathy Goldbloom both of North Branch; Special niece: Jill and many other relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 1:00P.M. – Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rabbit Lake Cemetery, Glen Township, Aitkin County.
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Lois Eileen (Larson) Smedberg
Lois Eileen (Larson) Smedberg Age 84 of Aitkin, Minnesota passed away November 6, 2018 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lois was born on November 3, 1934 in Georgeville, MN, to Alex and Elsie (Boie) Larson. The family later moved to Minneapolis where Lois graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1953. She worked at various jobs through the years while raising her family. Lois is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Richard Smedberg, sons Gregory (Brenda) Smedberg and Mitchell (Teresa) Smedberg; grandchildren Jesse, Angela, Joseph and Adam; and great grandchildren Kayla, Alexandra, Jude and Marley. In addition to her parents, Lois was preceded in death by son, Bradley Smedberg; two sisters and two brothers, Laurel Taylor, Marlaine Anderson, Marvin Larson and Vernon Larson. She will be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members. Lois and Richard lived in Spring Park, Minnesota before building their retirement home on Nord Lake in Aitkin County. Lois loved living at the lake and spending time there with friends and family. Whether it was fishing, playing horseshoes, gardening or sitting around the many, many, many campfires, she enjoyed being a part of it all. If the mosquitos drove everyone indoors, her time was also spent playing cards, shaking dice or doing crossword puzzles. Lois was a member of Ladies Auxiliary of Aitkin American Legion Post 86 where she and Richard have enjoyed participating in activities and entertainment. There will be a gathering for friends and family to celebrate Lois at Aitkin American Legion Post 86 on Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 11 am to 1 pm. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Aitkin.
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Arlene Elizabeth Widmer
Arlene Elizabeth Widmer, 73, of Aitkin, formerly of St. Paul passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at her home. She was born May 21, 1945 in St. Paul to Anton and Ann (Gayer) Himmel. Arlene was united in marriage to Kenneth L. “Witt” Widmer on July 31, 1965 in St. Paul. Arlene worked for MNDOT as a Graphics Art Designer for 39 ½ years. She enjoyed bowling, bingo, going to the casino and especially spending time with her family. Arlene is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Anna Mae Heimerl. Arlene is survived by her loving husband, Ken “Witt” Widmer; children, Maureen (Rick Jorgensen) Widmer, Colleen (Mike Venzia) Widmer, Caroline (Chad) Reshetar, and Elizabeth (Kyle Jacobson) Widmer; grandchildren, Keith, Annalyssa, Paige, Amanda, Brianna, Aiden, Jackson, Kennedy and McKinley; sister, Antoinette Himmel; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, surrogate children and friends. Services are pending. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Aitkin.
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Arthur "Art" J. Rian, Jr.
Arthur “Art” J. Rian, Jr. age 80 of McGregor died Sunday, November 4, 2018 at his home in McGregor. Art was born August 13, 1938 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota the son of Arthur and Lucille (Moe) Rian. He grew up and attended schools in McGregor. He started working at an early age and was a trucker for many years. He also worked as a crane operator in Alaska for 12 summer seasons. He married Minyon B. Bjork on July 8, 1982 at Watertown, South Dakota. They have made their home in McGregor. He also was a carpenter, making many gorgeous shelves, an expert welder, he operated his own saw mill and milled lumber for many friends, was a member of the local 302 union in Alaska. He also enjoyed fishing. He is survived by his wife Minyon Rian of McGregor; Children: Joe (Sue) Rian of McGregor, Jim Rian of McGregor, Jean (Kevin Turnock) Rian of McGregor, Julie (Tim) Nistler of McGregor, George Ripley of Brooklyn Park, Mn., Wendy (Gus) Japp of Cushing, Mn.; 21 Grandchildren. 23 Great Grandchildren and 2 on the way, 3 brothers: Daryl Rian of Tennessee, David (Diana) Rian of Aitkin, John (Carol) Rian of Palisade and sister: Joan Buttler of McGregor. He was loved by many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Ronald and Dennis and 1 sister: Judy. A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 11 AM at the McGregor Community Center with Delmar Peterson officiating. A gathering of friends and family will be from 10 am until the 11 am services with food and sharing to follow the service. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home and cremation service.
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Harold A. Haapoja
Harold A. Haapoja, age 74 of Moose Lake formerly of Tamarack died Sunday, November 4, 2018 in Cloquet, Minnesota. Harold was born December 3, 1943 in Cloquet, Minnesota the son of William S. and Toini Julia (Niemi) Haapoja. He attended schools in McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School in 1961. He then attended the University of Minnesota at Duluth for two years. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 4 years in Vietnam. Upon his discharge he returned to Tamarack and worked for Lakehead Pipeline for several years. He then worked for a time at the Wright Coop and Feed Mill before buying his farm in Tamarack where he farmed for over 20 years. He then went to work at the prison in Moose lake for 10 years and retired from there. He loved singing and was involved in two Finnish singing groups. He also loved acting in plays. He enjoyed being in the woods and meeting new people. He was the family historian/genealogist for the Haapoja family. He had made two trips to Finland to research his family and had met and made many new friends. He is survived by two brothers and sisters in law: William (Judy) Haapoja of Tamarack, Wayne (Nancy) Haapoja of Redwood Falls, MN.; 6 nieces and nephews, 14 grand nieces and nephews and 10 great grand nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 2 PM from the Nelson Funeral Care Funeral Home in Cloquet with Rev. Hal Kamppi officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be at a later date in the Salo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in McGregor
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Alvin Clarence Kliewer
Alvin Clarence Kliewer, 87, of Jacobson, loving Dad, Grandpa and Uncle, passed away Saturday, November 3, 2018 in Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby. He was born October 28, 1931 in Elk River to Albert and Christine (Bulke) Kliewer. Alvin was united in marriage to Elizabeth “Betty” Louise Schilling on June 19, 1954 in Minneapolis. Alvin enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and had a love for the outdoors. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family. Alvin is preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Betty; his parents; 3 children, Dennis Kliewer, Darla Aarestad and Delores Harvey; 5 brothers and 1 sister. Alvin is survived by his children, Dean Kliewer, Dale (Bridget) Kliewer, Darwin (Cindy) Kliewer, Delight (Bobby) Michael, Dianne (Chris) Tenute, Doug (Heather) Kliewer, Deidre (Mark) Harbaugh, Denae (Tim) Dale, Deland (Jennifer) Kliewer, Daryl (Jessica) Kliewer and Darilyn (Berent Dewolfe) Kliewer; 32 grandkids; 17 great grandkids; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Services will be Friday, November 9 at 11 AM in Hilltop Chapel of Palisade with Pastor Barry Hite officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church. Pallbearers will be Alvin's Grandsons. Burial will be in Verdon Cemetery, Verdon Township. To sign the guestbook online, go to: Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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