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James R. Spaeth
James Robert Spaeth, 76 of Aitkin passed away peacefully at home Sunday, May 20, 2018. He was born January 14, 1942 in Tracy to Joseph “J.J.” and Esther (Jasperson) Spaeth. He grew up on Cedar Lake and attended school in Aitkin, graduating from St. John’s Prep School in Collegeville in 1960. Jim was united in marriage to the love of his life Barb Braun on June 15, 1963 in Glen Ullin, North Dakota. He worked as a loan officer and assistant vice president of 1st National Bank of Aitkin and owned Sunset Bay Resort on Cedar Lake for 40 years. Jim loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was blessed to have many life-long friends and resort guests who he enjoyed socializing and spending time with. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, Aitkin Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Jaycees, and the Cedar Lake Conservatory. He was preceded in death by his parents: Joseph “J.J.” and Esther (Jasperson) Spaeth. Jim is survived by his beloved wife Barb Spaeth of Aitkin; Daughter and son-in-law: Leisa (David) Leonard of Minneapolis; Son and daughter-in-law: Joseph “Jay” (Kelly) Spaeth of Clear Lake; Grandchildren: Adam and Nathan Leonard, Anthony Shaney, Dylan, Angelle, and Madison Spaeth; Grand-dogs: Leia and Louie; Sisters: JoAnn Hurley of Phoenix, AZ. and Bette (Tom) Kotula of Brainerd; Sisters-in-law: Vernice Keller of Bismarck, ND., Marietta (Gordon) Horst of Glen Ullin, ND., Michele (Lee) Redington of Denver, CO.; Brothers-in-law: Daryl (Donna) Braun of Bismarck, ND. and Gary (Rose) Braun of Bismarck, ND.; Many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Friday, May 25, 2018 funeral service at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the American Cancer Society and the Alzheimer’s Association.
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Maximus Zane Russell
Maximus Zane Russell, baby boy of Anna Gunter and Donovan Russell was born sleeping on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in Aitkin. He was 7 lbs, 9 oz and 20 in long. He had lots of dark hair like daddy and a button nose like mama. He was practically perfect in every way. He will be dearly missed. Maximus is survived by his parents, Anna Gunter and Donovan Russell of Aitkin; maternal grandparents, Regina and Josh Seibert-Tibbetts of Aitkin; paternal grandmother, Colleen Russell of Crosby; maternal great grandparents, Raymond and Mary Beth Seibert of Isle; paternal great grandmother Russell of Arizona; several aunts, uncles and cousins. A Private family service was held. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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Patricia Ann Volkman
Patricia Ann Volkman, 75 of Aitkin died Thursday, May 10, 2018 at her home in Aitkin. She was born August 2, 1942 in Nisswa to Claude Dolan and Frances Taylor. Patricia was united in marriage to Gary H. Volkman on January 12, 1988 in Maui, Hawaii. She worked as an over the road semi-truck driver where she enjoyed traveling with her husband. She most recently worked in General Services for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. She enjoyed watching her health, exercising, being active, and keeping in shape. She loved fishing and the outdoors. She was a member of First Lutheran Church and their quilting group. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter: Jane Christensen; and step-daughter Katie Volkman. Patricia is survived by her husband Gary; 2 daughters: Michele (Dan) Piispanen of Aitkin; Kari Beeler of Seattle, WA.; 2 step-daughters: Heidi (John) Taylor of Red Wing; Lisa (John) Tuerk of Owatonna; Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; 1 brother: Larry McKinney (Jo) of Zimmerman; 2 sisters: Dianne (Ellwood) Carlson of Anoka; Jennifer Hoffman (Mike) of Mora; And many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, May 19, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery – Camp Ripley, Little Falls at a later date. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Judith Ann Collins
Judith Ann Collins, age 78 of Aitkin died Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Judith was born January 27, 1940 at Crosby, Minnesota the daughter of Arthur and Anna Sanbeck. She grew up in Aitkin and attended Aitkin schools. She married James Collins on August 17, 1957. They made their home on a farm east of Aitkin, farming most of her life and serving as Glen route mail carrier. She enjoyed farming and caring for her grandchildren and great granddaughter. She was a lifetime member of Bethesda Lutheran Church at Rossburg. She is survived by sons: Doug (Jeanie) Collins and Rick (Janice) Collins of Aitkin; Grandchildren: Joe (Ashley) Collins, Brian (Cora) Collins, Mitch Collins, Matt Collins, and Isaac Collins, Great granddaughter: Anna Rose and one brother Cliff Sanbeck. She was preceded in death by her husband James in 2017, parents and brothers: Kenneth and Ray Sanbeck. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Friday, May 18, 2018 at Bethesda Lutheran Church at Rossburg with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Visitation will be Thursday 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 Saron Cemetery at Dam Lake. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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