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Luella J "Sally" Phillips
Luella J. “Sally” Phillips, age 75 of Aitkin formerly of McGregor died Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Sally was born February 3, 1942 in Douglas County, Wisconsin the daughter of Robert and Ovedea (Lokken) Burger. She attended schools in Wisconsin and the moved to the McGregor area where she lived most of her life. She worked at the McGregor Lanes as manager for many years. She also drove school bus and worked as a teacher’s aide in the McGregor Schools. She had lived at the Northland Village assisted living center in McGregor prior to moving to the Aicota Health Care Center about one year ago. She loved bowling and would bowl every day of the week if she could. She also had managed a girls’ softball team. She is survived by children and spouses: Brenda Erickson of Blaine, Mn., Edward (Samantha) Phillips of Duluth, Mn., Peg (Tim) Terwilliger of Pillager, Mn., Julie Peterson of McGregor, Mn. and Barb (Dennis) Morris of Aitkin, Mn.; 5 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; 1 brother: Leroy Burger of South Range, Wisc., 2 sisters: Diane Sellers of Iowa City, Iowa, Shirley Burger of Superior, Wisc. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 grandson Michael, 5 brothers and 2 sisters. A time of sharing will be held at 1 PM on Friday January 19, 2018 at the McGregor Funeral Home. A gathering time will be from Noon until the 1 PM sharing time on Friday. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor.
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Helen B. Hicks
Helen B. Hicks of Palisade died Friday, January 5, 2018 at Golden Horizons in Aitkin. She was born May 26, 1927 in Palisade to Jonas V. and Betty L. (Olsson) Anderson. She graduated from Aitkin High School. Helen was united in marriage to Thomas P. Hicks on September 4, 1948 in Palisade. She was a homemaker, and worked as a home health aide, and at the Land O’ Lakes Turkey Plant in Aitkin. She enjoyed sewing, quilting at church, and patch work. She was Treasurer for Waukenabo Township, a member of the Farm Bureau, Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade, VFW and American Legion Auxiliary and a founding member of the Waukenabo Homemakers Club. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas on April 27, 2003; son-in-law: Larry McCulley; 4 brothers: Herb, John, Eric, and Harry Anderson; 7 sisters: Mae, Mildred, Betty, Florence, Margaret, Selma, and Hazel; And her parents: Jonas V. and Betty L. (Olsson) Anderson. Helen is survived by 4 sons and daughters-in-law: Thomas D. Hicks of Cloquet, Randy D. (Wendy) Hicks of Pell Lake, WI., David W. Hicks of Isanti and Jim H. (Dawn) Hicks of Palisade; 2 daughters and son-in-law: Betty A. (Maurice) Ashton of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, and Becky J. McCulley of Brainerd; 13 Grandchildren: Amy, Austin, Brian (Olivia), LeeAnne, April (Kris), Larry (Jill), Lacey (Dylan), Megan, Matthew, Sara (DJ), Race (Holly), Cassie (Mike), and Jimmy; Many great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; Sister: Rose Backstrom of Aitkin; and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 12:00P.M. – Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. Reverend William Sass will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Carol Jane Kritzel Balmer
Carol Jane Kritzel Balmer, age 73 of Aitkin died Thursday, January 4, 2018 at her home. Carol was born January 24, 1944 at Saint Peter, Minnesota the daughter of Harry and Helen (Splittstoesser) Kritzel. She graduated from the Winthrop High School and then went on to attend Mankato State University. There she met her future husband, George Balmer of Welcome, Minnesota. They were married on August 2, 1964 in Fairmont, Minnesota. They lived in the Fairmont area for several years where their daughter Lynn Marie was born in 1966. They moved to Hector, Minnesota and lived there for two years before moving to Aitkin in 1970. Carol worked at various jobs including dress shops, Title 1, teacher’s aide at Rippleside Elementary and a merchandiser for Hallmark and American Greeting Card Companies for over 25 years. She did volunteer work with the hospital auxiliary, Red Cross Bloodmobile, Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, Conformation Release Classes, Brownie and Jr. Girl Scout Leader, Aitkin County Girl Scout Chairman for several years and 4-H leader. Carol especially enjoyed working with children. Carol is survived by her husband of 53 years George; One Daughter: Lynn Marie Brown, Granddaughter: Brittny (Jason) Wold; two great grandsons: Tanner and Holden Wold; Nieces: Kathy (Mike) Gessner, Margret (Terry) Taugher and one Nephew: Mick (Vicky) Sawyer. She was preceded in death by her parents Harry and Helen (Splittstoesser) Kritzel, Sister: Beverly Sawyer, Brother in law: Jim Sawyer, and Niece: Debra (Sawyer) Schleeve. A memorial service will be held Friday, January 12, 2018 at 11 AM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Larry Foote officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the time of service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in the spring at Spencer Cemetery near Aitkin
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Paul M. Shaw
Paul M. Shaw, 101 of Aitkin died January 4, 2018 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born December 8, 1916 in River Falls, WI. to J. Emerson and Loura (Sylvester) Shaw. He worked for the Sioux Line Rail Road as an accountant and Engineer. Paul was united in marriage to Doris (Myers) on May 17, 1946 in Saint Paul. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2014 and his parents. Paul is survived by his daughter and son-in-law: Jill (Michael) Scarcella; son and daughter-in-law: Jack (Marta) Shaw; 3 grandchildren: Kimberley (Blake) Lanagan, Stacey (Donna) Scarcella, and Daryl Shaw; 4 great-grandchildren: Zachary, Michael, Noah, and Jamie Lanagan; 3 sisters-in-law: Jane (Pat) Humphreys, Myrtle Savage, and Corinne Walker; Many other relatives and friends. Memorial service will be in the spring of 2018. Burial will be January 10, 2018 in Malmo Cemetery, Malmo Township, Aitkin County. Funeral arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Reverend Stanley Raymond Erickson, 90, of Aitkin, Mn passed away Thursday, January 4, 2018 in Golden Horizons Assisted Living, Aitkin, Mn. He was born August 7, 1927 in Fergus Falls, Mn to Raymond and Esther (Fisher) Erickson. Stanley was a veteran of The United States Marines. Stanley went on to graduate from Augsburg College, Augsburg Theological Seminary and later Social Services at Mankato State College. He was a Lutheran Pastor in New Effington, South Dakota, Coon Rapids, Minnesota and Garretson, South Dakota. Stanley then became a Placement Officer for the State of Minnesota. Stanley was united in marriage to Joyce Carol Strand on September 22, 1984 in Minneapolis. Stanley enjoyed building houses. He built his last house when he was 70 years old. He also enjoyed woodworking, World War II memorabilia and traveling overseas with his wife, Joyce. Stanley was a member of First Lutheran Church of Aitkin and was involved in Men’s Bible Study. Stanley is survived by his children, Gordon (Karen) Erickson of Poway, California, David (Ruth) Erickson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Danny Erickson of Minneapolis, MN, Mark (Laura) Erickson of Anchorage, Alaska, Russell (Elizabeth) Erickson of Ramsey, MN, Randall (Marion) Strand of Frankfurt, Germany, Carol Breen of Ramsey, Mn, Connie Strand of Cambridge, Mn, Rick (Mary) Strand of Plymouth, Mn and Russell Strand of Flagstaff, Arizona; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister, Arlene Rix of Fergus Falls. Stanley is preceded in death by his wife, Joyce and his parents. A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be Thursday, January 18 at 1 PM at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Assembly Area #2. Memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church of Aitkin. To sign the guestbook online, go to: Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.