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Martha T. Godzala
Martha T. Godzala, 87 of Garrison died Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in her home. She was born February 12, 1930 in Holdingford to Joseph and Elizabeth (Skudlarek) Czech. Martha was united in marriage to Stanley L. Godzala on October 24, 1953 in Sartell. They lived in Rockford for 27 years before moving to Garrison. She was a member of Community Alliance Church in Garrison for the past 22 years. Martha was a very generous person who enjoyed gardening, nature, all animals, going for walks, having coffee with her friends and talking about Jesus to family, friends, and even strangers. She loved and was very proud of her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Stanley on February 29, 1996, daughter Mary Jo, 5 brothers, and her parents: Joseph and Elizabeth Czech. Martha is survived by her 2 daughters: Theresa Heller of Crosby and Joan Lindquist of Coon Rapids, 5 Grandchildren: Caleb (Jenny), Sarah (Bobby), Brittany (Wes), Blake (Sarah), and Lauren, 4 Great-grandchildren: Luke, Dalton, Nina, and Baby L., Sister and brother-in-law: Mary Ann (Bing) Skelton of Clearwater, Brother: Martin Czech of New Jersey, Many other relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 11:00A.M. – Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Community Alliance Church in Garrison. Reverend Michael Palkie will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at 12:05P.M. – Friday, February 24, 2017, Assembly Area #1, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Elizabeth R. Catlin
Elizabeth Catlin, age 79 of Aitkin formerly of Palisade, died Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born August 26, 1937 at Libby Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota the daughter of Edwin and Francis Mae (Tibbetts) Hensel. She attended schools in Aitkin graduating in 1955. She married Chester T. Catlin on November 19, 1955 in Brainerd. They lived in Hibbing for 3 years and then moved to the Palisade area where she raised her family. She had worked as a cook at the Palisade school and also as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She moved to Aitkin in 2003 and has lived here since. She enjoyed playing cards, socializing, cooking, baking, playing penny slots, walking and reading. She was a member of the Aitkin Congregational Church and the Palisade VFW Auxiliary and the Aitkin Legion Auxiliary. She is survived by children and spouses: Greg (Dawna) Catlin of Bovey, Mn.; Tim (Gretchen) Catlin of Aitkin; Brady Catlin of Aitkin; Barb (Warren) Packer of Palisade; Libby Arvidson of Aitkin; Tam (Mike) Hanson of Cedar, MN.; Pam (Tim) Bailey of Hill City, Mn.; daughter in law: Cindi Catlin of Aitkin; 34 grandchildren; 52 Great Grandchildren; brothers: Kenny (Cookie) Hensel, Doug Hensel, Sid (Janice) Hensel, Rod Hensel, Steve (Donna) Hensel; Sisters: Harriet (Harlan) Simonson, Paulette (Ed) Torgerson, Shirley Johnson and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Son: Wes Catlin; Brother: Bill Hensel; Sisters: Joyce Laird, Lucy Hoge; Grandchild: John Bailey and Great Grandchild: Lincoln Catlin. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 11 AM from the Palisade Assembly of God Church in Palisade. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Burial will be in the Hebron Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Ronald "Butch" Florek
Ronald “Butch” Florek, age 76 of Aitkin died Friday, February 10, 2017 at the Aicota Health Care Center after a 13 year battle with cancer. Ronald was born September 30, 1940 at Princeton, Minnesota the son of Joseph and Marcella (Reineccius) Florek. He attended schools at Wealthwood and then Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1958. He worked for a time at the Herter’s Co. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 1959 to 1962. Upon his discharge he went to work for the Reserve Mining Company in Silver Bay. He worked as a maintenance man/welder. He had done maintenance work on the Edmund Fitzgerald when it was in port. He married Patricia Ann Countryman on May 8, 1965 in Minneapolis. He finished his work career with North Star Steel in Newport, Minnesota and then moved to the Malmo area and has lived there since. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, family and friends. He loved to fish and had been fishing in Alaska. He also enjoyed hunting and had the opportunity to hunt in Canada and South Africa. He was a member of the Silver Beaver Rod and Gun Club at Silver Bay, Minnesota. He is survived by children and spouses: Guy (Jill) Florek of St. Joseph, Mn.; Aaron (Lonnie) Florek of Blaine, Mn.; Owen (Rebecca) Florek of St. Paul, Mn.; Brother: Michael Florek of Aitkin; Sisters: Dorothy Gordon of Aitkin and Sharon Nelson of Deerwood; and grandchildren: Nathan, Amanda, Emily and Connor. He was preceded in death by his parents, Brothers: Jerry and Jim and his wife Patricia in 2015. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Dallas Smith officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be in the spring at the Opstead Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Nancy Ann Kooda
Nancy Ann Kooda of McGregor, MN was called to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Born to Floyd and Delia Martin in Duluth, MN on Oct. 5, 1936, Nancy was a blessing to all who knew her. Having skipped one elementary grade, Nancy completed a four year degree from UMD at the tender age of 20 at a time when post secondary education was far from the norm for women. Nancy taught at McGrath and McGregor High Schools on and off for 37 years. Early in her teaching career she met her lifelong partner, Melvin Kooda. Along with teaching and starting a family, Mel and Nancy built and ran a poultry farming business for twelve years, Melko Poultry Farm. Never willing to stop learning and working, Nancy became an Enrolled Agent after her teaching retirement and provided tax and accounting services to hundreds of clients right through to her last day. In addition to helping all she knew in countless ways, Nancy also enjoyed playing cards, golf and an occasional visit to the one-armed bandit. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents: Floyd and Delia Martin and her sister: Lois Marczak. Nancy is survived by her husband of 57 years: Melvin Kooda, her three children: Karen Kooda (Paul Andersen) of Eagan, MN, David (Kathy) Kooda of Grand Rapids, MN and Daniel (Wendy) Kooda of Lakeville, MN. She is also survived by six granddaughters: Abby Stewart, Erika Kooda, Emily Kooda, MacKenzie Kooda, Sydney Kooda and Molly Kooda; and by one great granddaughter: Carrey Ann Stewart. A service of remembrance will be held at Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor, MN on Monday, February 13 at 11:00 AM. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions can be directed to Grace Lutheran Church or to the American Cancer Society.
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