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Darwin Alan Kliewer
07/13/1961-01/16/2019
Darwin Alan Kliewer, 57, of Aitkin, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, January 16, 2019 in Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. Darwin was born July 13, 1961 in Jacobson to Alvin and Elizabeth “Betty” (Schilling) Kliewer. Darwin was united in marriage to Cindy O’Neil on July 29, 1991 in Sisseton, South Dakota. He enjoyed gardening, lawn work, woodworking, watching T.V. shows and family road trips. Darwin is preceded in death by his parents; 3 siblings, Dennis Darla and Delores. Darwin is survived by his loving wife, Cindy; 3 children, Bryanna Kliewer, Myranda Kliewer and Meghyn Kliewer; siblings, Dean Kliewer, Dale (Bridget) Kliewer, Dianne (Chris) Tenute, Doug (Heather) Kliewer, Deidre (Mark) Harbaugh, Denae (Tim) Dale, Deland (Jennifer) Kliewer, Daryl (Jessica) Kliewer and Darilyn (Berent Dewolfe) Kliewer; several nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. Services are pending. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Aitkin.
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Hannah C Call
02/05/1919-01/15/2019
Hannah C. Call, 99 of Aitkin and formerly of the Sheriff Lake, McGregor Area died Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born February 5, 1919 in Sheriff Lake to Gabriel and Hanna (Frans) Carlson, Sr. She attended school at Sheriff Lake. Hannah was united in marriage to Philip Enoch Call on October 21, 1948 in Lawler. She enjoyed fishing, flower gardening, music, playing the piano and guitar, and singing. She was a member of the Sheriff Lake Gospel Tabernacle Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Philip on August 18, 1997; Brothers: Gabriel Carlson, Jr., Emil Carlson, and David Carlson; Sisters: Lillie Carlson, Ruth Mattson, Hilma Barnes, Elsa Carlson, and Ina Papke; And her parents Gabriel and Hanna (Frans) Carlson, Sr. Hannah is survived by her daughters: Evangeline Call of Duluth and Rachel Call of Saint Paul; And many other special relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Saturday, January 26, 2019 at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Reverend Joel Seibel will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Sheriff Lake Cemetery, Spalding Township, Aitkin County. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home and Cremation Services in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Stuart D. DeMenge
04/22/1940-01/15/2019
Stuart D. DeMenge, age 78 of McGregor died Tuesday, January 15, 2019 while logging in Kimberly Township. Stuart was born April 22, 1940 at McGregor, Minnesota the son of Frank and Mildred (Pringle) DeMenge. He grew up and attended schools in McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School in 1958. Stuart worked with his uncles logging while he was in high school. He also worked up on the Iron Range for a short time with his cousin Marvin Swedberg. He married Sandra Jean Ruth on November 30, 1963 in Golden Valley, Minnesota. They lived in Anoka for a time and he worked on bridge construction in various jobs and eventually as a crane operator. They moved to McGregor and he went back to his love of logging and being in the woods. Stuart was a hard worker and loved his family dearly. He enjoyed helping and teaching his family and friends. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and raising his buffalo. He is survived by his wife Sandy DeMenge of McGregor; Children and spouses: Mark (Linda) DeMenge of McGregor, Rebecca (John) Bright of Iron, Mn., Kurt (Brenda) DeMenge of Waller, Tx., Justin (Carleen) DeMenge of Sauk Rapids, Mn.; Grandchildren: Danelle DeMenge, Dusty DeMenge, Erianne Gibson, Elyssa Bredeson, Crystal Dolgener, Justin Jones, Patrick Bryne, Matt DeMenge, Paige Erickson, Tyler DeMenge; Great Grandchildren: Dawson, Thor, Diana, Maverick, Lacey, Shelby, Delaney, Pierce, Alaina, Alexander, Kinsley, Kolton, Isabella, Lincoln; Sister: Brenda (LeRoy) DeMenge Nistler of McGregor, and Sister in law: Helen Berg of McGregor. He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Mildred DeMenge, brother Burt and sister Sheila. A funeral service will be held Monday, January 21, 2019 at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Deacon Mike Barta officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 8 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church Monday. Interment will be in the Lansford Cemetery near McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. www.srtfuneral.com
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Herman Carl "Bud" Scharrer
04/24/1933-01/13/2019
Herman Carl “Bud” Scharrer, 85, of St. Louis Park, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2019. He was born April 24, 1933 in Aitkin to Andrew and Hulda (Ringhand) Scharrer. Bud graduated from Aitkin High School in 1951. He worked at Land O’ Lakes hatchery in Aitkin as well as U.S. Steel. Bud was also a Porter on the Great Lakes Cargo Ship, SS Arthur M. Anderson and was on Lake Superior the night the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank. Bud is survived by 1 brother, Carl (Shirley) Scharrer of Aitkin; several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. A graveside service will be held Thursday, January 17 at 2 PM in Lakeview Cemetery, Aitkin. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Aitkin.
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Helen (Houwman) Enberg
02/22/1922-01/13/2019
Helen (Houwman) Enberg, age 96 of Aitkin died Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Aitkin Health Services. Helen was born February 22, 1922 to Holland immigrants Janka and Frank Houwman in Wessington Springs, South Dakota. The Houwman family moved to the Hassman area of Aitkin in 1933. Helen married Donald Enberg in 1942. After Donald returned from serving in WW II they lived south of Aitkin for their remaining years. Before she lost her sight, Helen enjoyed belonging to the neighborhood quilting club, baking, watching movies with her dear friend LuAnn, entertaining and most of all, mowing her large yard with her John Deere riding mower until she was 94. She is survived by sons: Gary (Jackie) of Aitkin, Rodney of Motley, Grandchildren: Joseph Enberg, Christopher Enberg, Paul Enberg, Shae Gaulke, Jaron Enberg; thirteen great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren and her sister Florence Beebe along with numerous nieces and nephews. Helen was preceded in death by her mother Janka, step mother Tina, father Frank, husband Donald, brothers: Andrew Houwman, Pete Houwman, William Houwman, Francis Houwman, sisters: Elizabeth Cartie and Jenny Cartie. A private memorial service and interment will be held in the spring. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service. www.srtfuneral.com
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Hope Braaten
10/19/1944-01/12/2019
Hope Braaten, 74, of Aitkin, passed away Saturday, January 12, 2019. She was born October 19, 1944 in Galesburg, Illinois to Willard and Alta (Woolley) Lind. Hope was united in marriage to Gerald Kowalsky on May 14, 1960 in Cove. Gerald passed away on November 13, 1982. Hope was then united in marriage to her second husband, Curtis Braaten on December 12, 1987 in Princeton. She enjoyed visiting with friends and especially enjoyed time with her children and grandchildren. Hope was a member of Aitkin Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post #86. Hope Is preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Gerald Kowalsky and Curtis Braaten; son, Scott Braaten; grandson, Joshua Glanz; several brothers and sisters. Hope is survived by her children, Daniel (Julie) Braaten of Princeton, Gerald (Kelly) Kowalsky of Aitkin, Lori Kowalsky of Mora and Julie (Kevin) Glanz of Aitkin; 15 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; brother, Willard (Irene) Lind of New York. Visitation will be Friday, January 18, from 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM in Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin and will continue Saturday, January 19, from 11 AM until the 12 PM Service in Zion Lutheran Church, Princeton. Burial will be in Baldwin Cemetery, Princeton. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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Karen Elizabeth Rouse
06/06/1938-01/11/2019
Karen Elizabeth Rouse, age 80 of McGregor passed away on January 11, 2019. Karen was born on June 6, 1938 in Minneapolis. A 1956 graduate of South West High School and remained in close contact with many friends. Karen and Richard moved to Big Sandy Lake where she enjoyed sitting on her deck, pontoon rides, watching the hummingbirds, tending to her flowers and nurturing friendships. She was preceded in death by her parents Jannet and Larry Barette, and her loving husband Dick. She is survived by dog and companion Rosie; son: Doug of Arizona, daughter: Jennifer (Mark) Bollman of Ramsey, granddaughter: Allison, sister: Joan of Washington, brother: Greg (Geri) of Chanhassen and several nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 2 PM from Grace Lutheran Church in McGregor, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Karen will be deeply cherished and missed by all. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Arleen Marie Johnson
01/05/1934-01/08/2019
Arleen Marie Johnson, 85 of Garrison died Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born January 5, 1934 in Popple Grove, Mahnomen County, Minnesota to Alfred Henry and Lillie Marie (Sogaard) Reitan. She was a member of the Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison. Arleen enjoyed gardening and loved her pets. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother: Ralph Reitan. Arleen is survived by her daughter and son in law: Mary and Lee Newton; Granddaughter: Leeann (Aaron) Newton Son and daughter in law: Kevin (Diane) Johnson; Brother: Leo Reitan; And many special friends There will be no local services. Memorials are preferred to the local Humane Society. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lorraine Ann Hanson
10/26/1927-01/06/2019
Lorraine Ann Hanson, 91 of Aitkin died Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born October 26, 1927 in Saint Paul to Ralph and Annie (Rom) Andersen. Lorraine was united in marriage to Russell Joseph Hanson on June 26, 1946 at Jehovah Lutheran Church in Saint Paul. Lorraine worked as a wild rice processing technician, a “home engineer”, and was a great mother. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, Scandinavian baking, canning, scrapbooking, reading, and puzzles. She was a member of the Dorris Community Ladies Aid, and a 50 year member and past president of the Order of the Eastern Star Woodland Chapter #122. She was preceded in death by her husband: Russell Hanson on December 22, 1994, and her parents: Ralph and Annie (Rom) Andersen. Lorraine is survived by 3 sons and daughter-in-law: Bruce Hanson of Aitkin; Dennis Hanson of Minneapolis; Bill (Tanya) Hanson of Brainerd; 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Susan (William) Leavitt of Las Vegas, NV.; Randie (Rick Evenson) Johnson of Prior Lake; 9 Grandchildren: Rachel, Matthew, Nathan, Ryan, Erica, Dustin, Wyatt, Jenna, Megan; 9 great-grandchildren; Brother: Bill Andersen of White Bear Lake; Many other special relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Doug Larson will officiate. Visitation will begin at 10:00A.M. and an Eastern Star Service at 10:50A.M. on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Dorris Cemetery in the Spring. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com In Lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Alzheimer Association, ALZ.ORG.
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Elizabeth "Liz" Ann Heggem
02/22/1958-01/03/2019
Elizabeth “Liz” Ann Heggem, also known to her family as Lizzie and to her grandchildren as Gramma Lizzie, died Thursday, January 3, 2019 peacefully at home in the loving arms of her family after living with brain cancer for three years. A lifelong Minnesotan, Liz was born February 22, 1958 in Little Falls, the daughter of Darrel Dean and Mary Grace (Norris) Rosenow. She grew up and attended schools in Brainerd and Gaylord and graduated from St. Peter High School. She attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education. She met the love of her life, Mark, her freshman year, and upon their graduation they married in Christ Chapel at Gustavus Adolphus College on June 21, 1980. She taught kindergarten and first grade at Chosen Valley Elementary School in Chatfield for one year before they moved to Minneapolis for Mark’s medical training and began raising their family. She was a substitute teacher in various school districts from 1981 to 2005. She and her family moved to Aitkin in 1988 when Mark took a job with Ripple River Medical Center. She served on the task force for the new Aitkin Library, volunteered at Rippleside Elementary School, and belonged to the Ripple River Quilters and other quilt guilds, the Riverwood Auxiliary, Minnesota Public Radio, and First Lutheran Church. She enjoyed teaching her children and grandchildren, quilting, cross-stitching, baking, tennis, golf, hiking, camping, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, volleyball, gardening, birdwatching and feeding, loon watching, theater, music, road trips and traveling, books and reading, and maple syruping. As a nature lover, some of her favorite places in the world were National and State Parks, the North Shore, Lake Superior, the Boundary Waters, and Nord Lake. She is survived by her loving family members: husband Dr. Mark Heggem of Aitkin; children and spouses: Joshua (Shauna) Heggem of Fergus Falls, MN, Andrew (Nicolina) Heggem of Nashville, TN, Nathan (Matthew Dittes) Heggem of Brooklyn, NY; parents: Darrel and Mary Rosenow of St. Peter, MN; grandchildren: Aidan Heggem, Oliver Heggem, Elliot Heggem, Ezra Heggem, Nova Heggem; brothers: David Rosenow of Sauk Rapids, MN, Darrel Dean (Lucy) Rosenow Jr. of Minneapolis, MN, Charles “Chuck” (Kathy) Rosenow of Ramsey, MN; numerous nieces and nephews and golden retriever, Saba. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, aunts, and uncles. A celebration of life will be held Friday, January 11 at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge on at 6 PM with a gathering time starting at 5 PM. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Memorials are preferred to the Givens Brain Tumor Center at Abbott Northwestern Neuroscience Institute, 800 East 28th Street Suite 304 Piper Building, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407-3799. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Terrance "Terry" Lane Toll
03/01/1959-12/30/2018
Terrance “Terry” Lane Toll, 59, of Palisade, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018 in St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud. He was born March 1, 1959 in Deephaven to James and Marilyn (Stuart) Toll. Terry was united in marriage to Joan Kroening on November 25, 2017 in Palisade. Terry was a very hard worker and loved the outdoors. Terry is preceded in death by his father, James Toll. Terry is survived by his loving wife, Joan Toll of Palisade; children, Maureen (Kyle) Foster of Apple Valley, Wesley Toll of Eden Prairie, Genna Toll of Hopkins and Shelby Toll of Minneapolis; mother, Marilyn Toll of Wayzata; brothers, Kevin (Mary) Toll of Amarillo, Texas and David (Tammy) Toll of Shell Lake, Wisconsin. Services are pending. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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