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Dorothy May Anderson
Dorothy May Anderson, 98 of Aitkin, died Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born August 30, 1918 in Hampton, Iowa to Thomas and Lillian (Ladd) Micklewright. Dorothy was united in marriage to Herbert Clemens Anderson on January 22, 1943 in Minneapolis. After marriage they moved to Aitkin for a short time and then moved to Waseca, where they made their home until moving back to Aitkin in 1967. She did upholstery work in her early years and worked at the Aitkin Hospital as an Aide. She loved her cows; and enjoyed sewing, cooking, and playing Bingo at Aitkin Health Services. She is preceded in death by her husband Herbert Clemens Anderson on December 20, 1982; daughter: Charlotte Noonan; son: Dennis Anderson; 2 brothers: Robert and George Micklewright; and her parents Thomas and Lillian (Ladd) Micklewright. Dorothy is survived by her 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Dale Anderson of Duncan, Oklahoma, David (Joanne) Anderson of Cadott, Wisconsin, 8 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, Sister: Eva Adcock of Aitkin, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Diamond Lake Cemetery.
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Shawn Duane Killspotted
Shawn Duane Killspotted “Hante Wastena Good Cedar”, 43 of McGregor died Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at his home. He was born July 3, 1973 in Rapid City, South Dakota to Duane Joseph and Pauline (Young Eagle) Killspotted. He graduated from Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota. Shawn was united in marriage to Raina Eliane Aubid on September 23, 2000 in East Lake. He was a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. Shawn is survived by his wife: Raina Killspotted, Children: Olivia Killspotted (Branden Sargent, Sr.), Anthony Killspotted (Mikayla Washington), Candance Killspotted, Grandchildren: Branden Sargent, Jr., Waabigwaniins Killspotted, Mother: Pauline Ashley, Siblings: Jaycee Killspotted, Donovan Killspotted (Yako Webster), Aunty Dolores Hayes, Aunty Vera Martin, Uncle Daryl Young Eagle, Many cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Service and visitation will begin at Dusk – Saturday, May 20, 2017 at East Lake Community Center in East Lake / McGregor, and will continue into Sunday, May 21, 2017. Anton Treuer “Waagosh” will officiate. Burial will be in Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge Burial Grounds, East Lake. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Oscar Alfred Olson Jr.
Oscar A. Olson, Jr., age 70 of Bennettville, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 13, 2017, after a day spent with family and friends. He was preceded in death by parents Oscar and Ruth, and by son Stephen. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Marie; sons Joel (Glenn) and Mark; grandchildren Zoey, Noah (Samantha), Abilene, Jacob, Jolie, Josie, Elijah, and Ethan; siblings Ruth, Melissa, and David; sister-in-law Marcy; and many extended family and friends. Oscar was a dedicated husband and father, a successful businessman, an avid fisherman, a member of the 2nd Squadron, 1st Armored Cavalry Regiment, and a Vietnam veteran. He was a long-time resident of Oak Grove, Minnesota, where he served as mayor for several years and was also a city council member. Oscar was a certified NAUI scuba instructor, and he rescued many lost anchors and fishing lures from the bottoms of Minnesota lakes. He was a member of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, spending most of his adult life as a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Francis, Minnesota, where he served as an elder and school board member and sang in the choir. After retiring and moving to Bennettville, Oscar and Marie transferred their membership to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin, Minnesota. He loved animals, especially his two cats Claude and Frank. He loved being on or near the water no matter the season. He read books voraciously, and he read the StarTribune every day. He loved all kinds of music, and he loved singing in the choir. He loved to spend time in his garage with a fire blazing in the wood stove. Oscar was a big man with a big personality and an even bigger sense of humor. He was a walking encyclopedia of jokes, and he welcomed any opportunity to share them with others. He loved his wife, his children, his grandchildren, his God, and his country with his whole heart. He will be sorely missed. Funeral arrangements: Thursday, May 18th, 2017 St. John’s Lutheran Church 324 3rd St. NW Aitkin, MN 56431 Visitation: 10:00-11:00 AM in the sanctuary Funeral service: 11:00 AM Lunch: Following the service in the fellowship hall. Interment following the lunch at Bennettville Cemetery on Farm Island Lake. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Alice "Arlene" Westerlund
Alice “Arlene” Westerlund, age 82 of Malmo died Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at her home. Arlene was born December 19, 1934 at Malmo, Minnesota the daughter of Axel and Hilda (Anderson) Nyberg. She attended the Lakeside schools and the attended the Aitkin High School in 1952. She then worked in Minneapolis as a secretary for a time and then also worked at the Arsenal Plant in Arden Hills. She married Arden Lyle Westerlund on June 25, 1955 in Malmo, Mn. They lived in Cedar, MN. for a short time, before returning to Malmo, to take over the Westerlund Family Farm in 1956. They operated the farm until 1976 but continued to live on the home place. She has worked as a waitress at several restaurants over the years and had also worked at Woodland Container, the Aitkin County Court House, Riverwood Health Care Center and had served as the Malmo Town Clerk for 55 years. If you asked Arlene what she loved most of all was the family life of a farmer. She loved the farm and milking cows. Arlene had served as the caretaker of the Malmo Cemetery records and cared for the cemetery as well as the Malmo Park. She took great pride in making sure they both looked their best. She was deeply rooted in politics which was instilled in her at an early age by her father. She had attended many political events as well as a number of Governor’s Balls. You could not find a more loving caring person. Arlene also had a passion for gardening. Arlene is survived by her children and spouses: Debbie (Russell) Riggs of Malmo, Greg (Donna) Westerlund of Malmo, Karla (Paul) White of Malmo, Jared (Kate) Westerlund of Sammamish, Wash.; 12 grandchildren, 12 Great Grandchildren, Sister: Lillian Ojala of New Hope, Mn.; Sisters in law: Wilma Nyberg of Isanti, Loretta Westerlund and Marilyn Andrews both of Malmo Brother in law: Gaylard Westerlund of Malmo; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Arden in 2016 and 10 brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM from the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo with Chaplain Kevin Sahlstrom officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5 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 Malmo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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