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Archive Obituaries
Lois Carlson
01/31/1937-01/27/2016
Lois Jean Carlson, age 78 of Palisade died Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at her home. Lois was born January 31, 1937 in Palisade the daughter of George and Elizabeth (Giel) Lehman. She had moved to a number of places in the mid-west with her family before returning to the Palisade area where she attended the McGregor High School graduating in 1957. She married Roger J. Carlson on June 29, 1958 in Brainerd, Minnesota. They made their home near Palisade where they raised their family and she helped on the family farm. She has lived there since. She was a member of the Aitkin Seventh Day Adventist Church. She loved to cook and was a great hostess always making sure every guest was well fed. She enjoyed gardening and canning. She also collected cookbooks and had some of her recipes published. She is survived by her husband Roger Carlson of Palisade; Children: Cary (Dale) Pearson of Moberly, Mo., Susan (Mearl) Gibbs of Salt Lake City, Utah, Curt (Karen) Carlson of Palisade, Nancy (Tim) Krumholz of Woodridge, Ill., Burt Carlson of Palisade; 4 Grandchildren: Lori, Debbie, Katie and Kristi; 2 Great Grandchildren: Eddie and Tyler; 2 Sisters: Audrey Zummach of Vancouver, Wash., Carol Bolmberg of Babbitt, MN., 2 Brothers: Gilbert Lehman of Cody, Wy. And James Lehman of Brainerd, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 1, 2016 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Pastor Eugene E. Johnson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Fleming Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Robert Hess
12/28/1937-01/22/2016
Robert C. Hess, age 78 of McGregor died Friday, January 22, 2016 at his home on Lake Minnewawa. Robert was born December 28, 1937 in Athens, Wisconsin the son of Ferdinand and Elsie (Telschow) Hess. He grew up and attended schools in Athens and graduated from the Athens High School. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958. Upon his discharge he moved to Minneapolis. He married Thelma Jaqua on June 11, 1960 in Minneapolis. The lived in Minneapolis for a short time and the built a home in Coon Rapids and moved there in 1963. He worked for UPS as a driver until he retired in 1997. They moved to Lake Minnewawa in 1997 and he has lived there since. He was a member of the McGregor VFW and the Minnewawa Sportsman’s Club. He participated in the Bean Bag and Bocce Ball Leagues. He enjoyed dancing, fishing, reading Louis LaMore Westerns, being on the lake boating and just sitting and relaxing in the sun. He is survived by daughters: Dawn Hess of Princeton, Mn., Michelle Beckensten of Coon Rapids, Mn., Grandson: Tony Beckensten, and life partner: Bernice Maattala of McGregor. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Thelma in 1998 and 2 sisters: Florence and Lorraine. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Gladys Rose Paquette
04/29/1920-01/21/2016
Gladys Rose Paquette, 95 of Aitkin and formerly of Brooklyn Park and North East Minneapolis passed away peacefully Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Gladys was united in marriage to Roger Harvey Paquette on August 30, 1947 at St. Ann’s Church in Minneapolis. She enjoyed swimming, boating, bowling, and playing cards. She was preceded in death by her husband Roger in 2004, brothers and sisters, and her parents Julius and Rose (Klocek) Kuzniewicz. Gladys is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Renee (Robert) Rodenborn of Aitkin, Son and daughter-in-law: Gregory (Jacalyn) Paquette of Crosslake, 5 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter, Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00A.M. – Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at Saint James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Saint Thomas Cemetery, Aitkin. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Duane "Butch" Hermans
10/10/1950-01/16/2016
Duane “Butch” Hermans, age 65 of Aitkin, Mn., a wonderful, kind man, died on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at his home in Aitkin. Always called Butch, he was born October 10, 1950 in Two Harbors, Minnesota the son of Harley and Hazel Hermans. He grew up and attended schools in Two Harbors graduating in 1969. He married Susan Price on October 29, 1971 in Two Harbors. They moved to St. Paul in 1975. He had suffered two industrial accidents while he worked for Northstar Steel and Farmland both located in St. Paul. Through the rest of his life he suffered constant pain, and never complained. He was always a hard worker and loved all of his jobs. They moved to Aitkin in 1996 and he worked 13 years for Auto Valu, then at Paulbeck’s County Market until present. He adored his wife and five children, camping, working in his yard and garage, working with the Oakridge group, and loved opportunities to help others and never said no when and wherever help was needed. He was preceded in death by his parents and Sister Sharon Pratt and an infant niece. He is survived by his wife of 43 years Susan Hermans of Aitkin and children: Amy of Duluth, Mn., Peter of Brainerd, Mn., Aaron, Chad, and Billy of Aitkin, Mn., and infant grandson Chase Mikel Hermans of Brainerd, Mn. He is also survived by sister: Diane Wifall of St. Paul, Mn.; mother in law: Laverne Enger of Aitkin, Mn., Sisters in law: Nancy Salo of International Falls, Mn., Joy Lichtsinn of Hastings, Mn., Melanie(Dale) Poelvoorde of California, Tim (Dawn) Price of Braham, Mn., Tony (Estibaliz) Price of Arizona, Tom (Lori) Price of Stacy, Mn., and many nieces, nephews and many dear friends. A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 2 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Antoinette "Ann" Boyland
06/30/1924-01/15/2016
Antoinette “Ann” Boyland, age 91 ½ of McGregor, died Friday, January 15, 2016 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Ann was born June 30, 1924 in St. Paul, Minnesota the daughter of Ignatius and Eva (Carpinski) Hytruszka. She grew up and attended schools in St. Paul. She then moved to the Lawler area and lived with her Sister and brother in law. She married Murl H. Boyland on March 7, 1943 in McGregor and they made their home in the Lawler area where she raised her family. In 1979 she and her husband moved to Pioneer Villa and she lived there until moving into the Northland Village Assisted Living in McGregor in 2009. She has resided at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin for the past 2 years. Ann enjoyed crocheting, quilting, reading, gardening doing puzzles, riding bike, going for walks, playing bingo and dice and fishing. Ann loved to make people laugh. She is survived by children: Anthony “Tony” Boyland of International Falls, Minnesota; Shirley (Jerry) Blokzyl of Cambridge, Mn., Carol Maki of Aitkin, MN., Paulie Boyland of McGregor, Mn., 9 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Murl in 1992, daughter Mary Garvey, and grandson: Kerry Maki, 1 brother and 8 sisters. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 11 AM at the McGregor United Methodist Church with Pastor Joel Seibel officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery at McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Terrance H. Edwards
09/28/1942-01/11/2016
Terrance H. Edwards, age 73 of Aitkin died Monday, January 11, 2016 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Terrance was born September 28, 1942 in Aitkin the son of Garyl M. and Grace Anne (Ryan) Edwards. He grew up and attended schools at Rossburg, Kimberly and Aitkin. He then served in the U. S. Air Force from March of 1961 to November of 1962. Upon his discharge he returned to the Aitkin area and worked various jobs but spent most of his life working as a truck driver. He enjoyed fishing. He is survived by children: Mike (Susan) Edwards of Brainerd; Nicholas Edwards of Brainerd; Brothers: Victor Edwards of Casper, Wyoming, Garyl Edwards of Minneapolis, Stephen Edwards of Massachusetts, Sisters: Judith Irving of Indiana, Barbara Mattala of Duluth, Pamela Shavinsky of Aitkin, Donna Edwards of Minneapolis, Rose Howell of Fridley, Mn., Doris Skaj of Deerwood and 1 grandson: Samuel M. Stubbs. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers. A memorial gathering will be held Friday, January 22, 2016 from 9:30 AM until 11:30 AM and burial will be at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley at 1 PM. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Kenny D. Peterson
05/10/1948-01/10/2016
Kenny D. Peterson, 67 of Aitkin died Sunday, January 10, 2016 at his home. He was born May 10, 1948 in Browning, MT. to George and Justine (Flammond) Peterson. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart for being wounded in combat. Kenny was united in marriage to Tami (Kemp) on June 15, 1996 at their home in rural Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his son Chris Peterson, granddaughter Makayla Yost, and his parents. Kenny is survived by his wife Tami Peterson of Aitkin, 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Mariah (Freddie) Hernandez of Phoenix, AZ., Amanda (Jon) Yost of Emily, Nicole Kemp of Aitkin, 11 grandchildren, many siblings, other relatives, and friends. Service will be 3:00P.M. - Saturday, February 13, 2016 at the V.F.W. Roberts-Glad Post #1727 in Aitkin. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ervin R. Adams
09/16/1941-01/10/2016
Ervin R. Adams, age 74 of Aitkin, died Sunday, January 10, 2016 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Ervin was born September 16, 1941 in Glendorado Township of Benton County, Minnesota the son of Ben and Tillie (Nunn) Adams. Ervin lived most of his life in the Aitkin area and worked primarily as a farm laborer for the Gaylard Westerlund family when he wasn’t salvaging scrap iron from auctions where he always arrived early enough to get bidding number 1. Ervin enjoyed watching TV, putting together jigsaw puzzles and playing bingo. Ervin is survived by siblings: Mable Young of Bena, Mn., Jane Kampa of Cambridge, Mn., John Adams of Bagley, Mn., and Roger Adams of Grand Forks, N.D. He was preceded in death by his parents and Brother Fred Adams. A memorial service will be held in the summer. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Samuel H. Gash
06/04/1945-01/10/2016
Samuel H. Gash, 70 of Aitkin died Sunday, January 10, 2016 at his home. He was born June 4. 1945 in Martinsville, Indiana to Frank and Betty (Scott) Gash. He graduated from Eminence High School in Indiana. He worked many jobs including truck driver and Blacksmith. Samuel was united in marriage to Pamela (Maxwell) on June 14, 1997 in Billie Creek Village, Park County, Indiana. After his retirement they moved to the Aitkin area. A gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date. Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, V.F.W., and the Wounded Warrior Project. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Virginia Ann Goodman
03/07/1941-01/04/2016
Virginia Ann Goodman, 74 of McGregor died January 4, 2016 at her residence. She was born March 7, 1941 in Pipestone to Lawrence Edwin and Mary Jane (Martin) Skinaway. Virginia was united in marriage to Harley Goodman. She enjoyed playing bingo, visiting with her family, and loved her dog. Virginia is survived by her sister: Jerrie Skinaway, Special niece: Jamie Skinaway, Nephews: Troy Friend, Tom Friend, Marland Stanley, Scott Friend, Brandon Stanley, Sean Stanley, Lee Roberts, Great-nephews: Jesse Thunder, Terrance Thunder, Jr., Alex Skinaway, Cody Skinaway, Great-niece: Ashley Skinaway, Many other special great-nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 10:00A.M. – Friday, January 8, 2016 at East Lake Community Center in East Lake. Visitation will begin at 6:00P.M. – Thursday at the East Lake Community Center. Burial will be in Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Clarence Courier
10/31/1920-01/03/2016
Clarence A. Courier Jr. age 95 of rural Aitkin died Sunday, January 3, 2016 at his home. Clarence was born October 31, 1920 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Clarence and Florence (Gratton) Courier. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin. He then served in the U.S. Army during WW II. Upon his discharge he returned to the Aitkin area and married Delia S. Kastenak on April 24, 1944 in Backus, Minnesota. He and his wife operated a dairy farm on the Great River Road for many years. He also worked for the State of Minnesota Forestry Department for many years. He enjoyed hunting; fishing, reading, watching wrestling on TV and watching his children play softball. He is survived by children: Rose Tretter of Hillman, Mn.; Donald (Lori) Courier of Aitkin, Tony Courier of Chicago, Ill.; 6 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren and daughter in law: Ruth Courier of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Delia in 2006, son Joe and daughter Julie and his brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 11 AM from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Morrison Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Theresa Spaeth
09/23/1937-01/01/2016
Theresa A. Spaeth age 78, of Aitkin formerly of the Wilkins Lake area passed away peacefully Friday, January 1, 2016 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Theresa was born September 23, 1937 at Eden Valley, Minnesota the daughter of Andrew and Emma (Johnson) Schoenecker. On June 21, 1958 she married Norbert Spaeth at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. The couple moved to the Blaine/Ham Lake area where they raised their family. They retired to Wilkins Lake in the Aitkin area in 1994 where they enjoyed the outdoor life with family and friends. Theresa enjoyed being a homemaker and the great outdoors, camping, fishing, hosting family and friends and an occasional visit to the casino. In 20145 they sold their lake home and moved into Aitkin. Theresa is survived by her husband: Norbert of Aicota Care Center in Aitkin; children: Dean of East Bethel, Mn.; Brenda (Jason) Lindquist of Andover, Mn. with grandson Cody; and Sandy Spaeth of Duluth. Also surviving is brother: Robert (Frances) Schoenecker of Eden Valley, Mn.; sisters: Betty (Erv) Frei of Burnsville, MN.; Lois (LeRoy) Polzin of Brownton, Arlene (Dick) LaHoud) of Burnsville. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Jerome and David and sisters: Kathleen Becker, Rose Ann Lauer and Jeanie Meyer. A memorial mass will be held Friday, January 8, 2016 at 10:30 AM from St. James Catholic Church (299 Red Oak Drive) in Aitkin with Fr. George Zeck officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the time of service at the church. Burial will be in the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Claude Anderson
11/30/1921-12/31/2015
Claude C. Anderson, age 94 of Aitkin passed away peacefully on December 31, 2015 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin, Mn. surrounded by his family. Claude was born November 30, 1921 in Blue Earth, Minnesota and grew up in the Mankato area, and served in the U.S. Navy SeaBee Division during WW II. As a prominent St. Paul businessman he established the CPA firm of Anderson & Seiberlich in 1948, served as president of the Minnesota Society of CPA’s, was active in the St. Paul business community with the Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, participated in the St. Paul Winter Carnival as the Prince of the West Wind and served on the board of directors for many prominent businesses. He also enjoyed horseback riding with the Caballero’s Del Norte of Minnesota and Carefree Rancheros of Arizona and also hunting at the Traverse Hunting Club were some of his many passions. He was preceded in death by son Bruce Arnold. He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years Harriet, four children: Curt, Claudia (John) Meehan, Jeffrey (Rose, and Todd; Grandchildren: Sloan (Mark) Schepers, Karna Anderson, Brad (Heather) Meehan, Brian (Karin) Meehan, Matthew (Michelle) Meehan, April Anderson, Paul (Jill) Cusick, Jessica Anderson, Brooke Anderson, Great Grandchildren: Megan Platt, Aislinn and Larkan Schepers, Caleb and Hannah Meehan, Faye Meehan, Great Great Grandchildren: Macey Johnsten, Sydney and Evalyn Cusick. A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 11 AM from the St. James Lutheran Church at 460 W. Annapolis and Cherokee, West St. Paul. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. A luncheon will follow the service. Burial will be at the Acacia Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin, Mn. or personal preference. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Taimi Wirta
03/16/1920-12/30/2015
Taimi M. Wirta, age 95 of Aitkin formerly of McGregor died Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Taimi was born March 16, 1920 in Arthyde, Minnesota the daughter of Victor and Hulda (Niemi) Beck. She grew up and attended schools in McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School in 1938. She married Wilho J. Wirta on October 8, 1938 in Aitkin. They made their home in the East Lake area for many years. Taimi helped her husband in the Logging industry and also with Christmas Trees and Boughs. She also worked for a number of years as a Home Health Aide. After Wilho passed away in 1988 Taimi continued to live at East Lake until moving to Black Rock Terrace in Aitkin in 1996. Taimi has resided at the Aitkin Health Services for almost 8 years. She enjoyed gardening and her flowers beds, music and homemade bread with a cup of coffee. The Finnish word “sisu” meaning determination, bravery and resilience best describes Taimi. She is survived by her daughter: Kathleen Lewandowski of Waite Pak, Mn.; 2 granddaughters: Beth Lewandowski of Apple Valley, Mn.; and Janet Lewandowski of London, England; sister in law: Leona Hammer, 10 nieces and nephews, special cousin Doris Wayrynen and large extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wilho, sister: Agnes Martin and son in law: Bud. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 11 AM from the McGregor United Methodist Church in McGregor with Donald Niemi officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Rice River Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Nathan James Boyer
12/07/2006-12/29/2015
Nathan James Boyer, age 9, of Brainerd died Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born December 7, 2006 in Crosby. Nathan was in 3rd grade at Garfield Elementary School in Brainerd. He earned the Peace Maker Award at his school. He enjoyed entertaining, singing, dancing, music, and putting on shows. He was an avid fisherman and Minnesota Wild Hockey fan. He was very athletic, riding his bike and running. Nathan was very loving and caring, always wanting to help and give to others. He was a member of Communitas Church in Brainerd. He was preceded in death by his great-grandmother Marlene Boyer, uncle Greg Turnock, and cousin Nicholas Petragnani. Nathan is survived by his mother Jamie Boyer of Brainerd, Brother: Jenkin, Sister: Nevaeh, Aunts and uncles: Andrea and Mark Harmon of Aitkin and Carly and Shane Caird of Bloomington, Grandparents: Robert and Faye Griffith of Hill City and Ruth and Todd Mason of Bloomington, Great-grandfather: Dick Boyer of Aitkin, Great-grandparents: Chuck and Sharon Griffith of Pennsylvania, Many other aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Pastor Bob Evans will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 8P.M. – Monday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Curtis Jacobs
03/03/1930-12/28/2015
Curtis Lee Jacobs, age 85 of Aitkin formerly of the McGregor area (Big Sandy Lake), died Monday, December 28, 2015 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Curtis was born March 3, 1930 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Mark E. and Gwendolyn H. (Widger) Jacobs. He attended schools in McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School in 1948. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon his discharge he returned to McGregor and logged with his brother for a time. He then went to Alaska and learned the cement trade. He returned to McGregor and married Bernice L. Cyrus on April 16, 1958 at the Round Lake Church near McGregor. They made their home on Big Sandy Lake and Curtis worked as a cement contractor for many years retiring at the age of 73. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and carving, being in his work shop, painting pictures on canvas and just being outdoors. He is survived by his wife: Bernice Jacobs of Aitkin; Son: Mark (Lynne) Jacobs of McGregor; Daughter: Lisa (Robert) Maki of Elephant Butte, New Mexico; 6 Grandchildren: Janelle (Richard) Sickels, Sunnah (Shane) Doesken, Ashley Jacobs, Heath Maki, Amy (Jason) Dotzler, Michelle (Tyler) Teed, 5 great grandchildren and brother: Donald Jacobs of McGregor. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 infant children and 3 brothers. A memorial service will be held in the spring and once a time is picked, notification will be sent out. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Daniel Strang
10/20/1975-12/25/2015
Daniel Lee Strang, age 40 of Aitkin died Friday, December 25, 2015 at his home. Daniel was born October 20, 1975 at Milaca, Minnesota the son of Lee and JoAnne (Renner) Strang. He grew up and attended schools in Milaca and Albert Lea, Minnesota. He made his home in Albert Lea where he started raising his family and worked in manufacturing. He moved to Braham, Mn. about seven years ago and just moved to the Aitkin area in September. He has been disabled for the past five years. He enjoyed fishing. He is survived by his children: Arista, Dominik and Tayler Strang all of Aitkin; his mother JoAnne Strang of Aitkin; brothers: Dave Strang of Aitkin and Gary Strang of Foley, MN. He was preceded in death by his father Lee. Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Eunice Hatfield
04/27/1931-12/24/2015
Eunice E. Hatfield, age 84 of Bain Township died Thursday, December 24, 2015 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Eunice was born April 27, 1931 in Bain Township of Aitkin County the daughter of Maurice and Alice (Seibert) Baker. She had attended schools in the Dakotas, Montana and graduated from High School in St. Cloud in 1949. In 1949 she moved with her family to a farm in the Bain area. She married Harold Hatfield on January 5, 1955 at the home place in Bain Township. They farmed in the Bain area all of their married years and raised their family. She had worked for Woodland Container Co. as a book keeper for a number of years and also did all of the Book Keeping for the family farm and business for over 60 years. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, sewing, gardening, the farm cows and fishing. She loved her grandchildren dearly. She is survived by her husband Harold of rural Palisade; Sons and spouses: Jerry Hatfield of Palisade, Rick (Sandy) Hatfield of Hill City, MN.; Leonard Hatfield of Hill City, MN.; Tim (Janet) Hatfield of Hill City, MN.; 12 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 1 sister: Margie (John) Sauer of Houston, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother William. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Barry Hite and Rev. Charles Carlson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Roger O. Wright
11/18/1922-12/20/2015
Roger O. Wright, 93 of Aitkin died Sunday, December 20, 2015 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born November 18, 1922 in Aitkin County to Leo and Edith (Shisler) Wright. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1940. He was raised on a farm two miles north of Aitkin where the family raised registered Guernsey cattle and pedigreed Rhode Island Red chickens. He farmed through his school years up until 1947. In 1947 he established his own homestead a mile and half west of Aitkin on Highway 210. He changed his profession to auto mechanic, welder, and used car dealer, and he began his business as Roger Wright’s Repair Shop. Roger was also a musician who played accordion and drums. His mother, Edith Wright got him his first accordion in his teen years, and he began playing for dances in 1940. He formed a band called the Melody Aces. He, along with his wife, June Wright and other local musicians played music and entertained well into his retirement years. Roger was married in 1950 to Jeanette Thurston, and they had three children: Larry, Randy, and Patty. They divorced in 1964. In 1965, Roger married June Olson in Minneapolis, MN, and they had one daughter, Diane. In addition to music and mechanic work, Roger loved to spend time with family and friends. He also enjoyed fishing, cooking, gardening, and playing card games and checkers. He was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Edith Wright and two brothers Robert and Donald. Roger is survived by his wife June of Aitkin, 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Larry (Sandra) Wright of North Carolina, Randy (Kathy) Wright of Florida, 2 daughters and son-in-law: Patty (Jim) Close of Georgia, Diane (Wright) Zilverberg of Minnesota, Step-daughter and her husband: Patrice (Dick) Eller of Minnesota, 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Saturday, December 26, 2015 at United Methodist Church in Aitkin. Reverend Dawn Houser will officiate. Visitation will be 11:00A.M. to 1:00P.M. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Brian VonDeLinde
09/22/1972-12/17/2015
Brian D. VonDeLinde, age 43, of McGregor died Thursday December 17, 2015 at his home in McGregor. Brian was born September 22, 1972 in St. Paul, Minnesota the son of Dennis and Judith (Hart) VonDelinde. He graduated from the Cromwell High School in 1990. In high school he participated in Cross Country and later he had run in some mini-marathons. He especially enjoyed music, bowling, playing cards and board games. He also volunteered at the Wright Senior Center and enjoyed participating in the Wrong Days in Wright and also other various community events. He is survived by his mother: Judy VonDeLinde of McGregor; father: Dennis VonDeLinde of Little Falls, Mn.; sister and brother in law: Karen (John) Koupal of Brandon, South Dakota nephew: Brady Koupal and nieces: Hannah and Kelsey Koupal all of Brandon, South Dakota and his grandfather: Jacob VonDeLinde of St. Paul, Mn. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Herman and Hazel Hart, Fred Kelm and Helen VonDeLinde. A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 1 PM with a visitation 1 hour prior to the service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Wright, Minnesota. Burial will be in the Wright Public Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Kevin L. Conner
05/26/1953-12/09/2015
Kevin L. Conner, age 62, of Aitkin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. Kevin was born May 26, 1953 in Aitkin, Minnesota the #4 son of William and Dorothy (Strand) Conner. He attended schools in Aitkin and graduated from the Aitkin Public Schools in 1972. Kevin was united in marriage to Pamela (Dotzler) Conner on September 20, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy Seabees in 1972. Kevin was assigned duty in one of the largest peacetime constructions on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. The complex accommodates the Navy’s largest ships and biggest military cargo jets. This base proved invaluable when Iraq invaded Kuwait in August of 1990 and Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm were launched. Kevin was granted an honorable discharge as an Ensign E-3 in 1975. Kevin then attended St. Cloud Technical College and graduated from three programs. He worked for Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin for 30 years. Kevin was a member of the Wealthwood Rod and Gun Club for many years. He enjoyed “fixing” things, family activities, fishing and boating, Harley motorcycles, snowmobiling, traveling, 4-wheeling, duck hunting, “going to the cabin”, Rock Music, movies, drums, photography, watching football and building Star Wars Lego sets for fun and therapy while dealing with cancer. Kevin is survived by his loving wife: Pamela (Dotzler) Conner, son: Aaron Conner; siblings: Michael (Edee) Conner, Randy (Merna) Conner, Greg Conner, Bonnie (Mike) Landy, and Kathy (John) Gallatin; nephews and nieces: Chad (Kari) Conner, Tim (Ashley) Conner, Brian (Stacey) Conner, Chris (Mark) Mathieu, Caren Conner, Ben (Jennifer) Pearson, Dan (Lindsey) Pearson, Abbey Pearson, Sarah Gill, Katie Gallatin, Jenny (Ben) Quam, William Dotzler, James Dotzler, She’lin Dotzler, Stacy Taylor, Thomas Prall, Cousins, great nephews and nieces; father in law: James Dotzler, brother in law: David (Deb) Dotzler, sister in law: Lois (Mike) Pratt and family pet Miss Lily. He was preceded in death by his parents William and Dorothy Conner and mother in law: Sheila Dotzler. The Seabee motto is “We Build, We Fight”. For 15 years, Kevin courageously fought first primary sclerosing cholangitis, then Crohn’s disease, in addition liver, colon and stomach cancers. Through his example, he taught those close to him how to love and how to live. Together, we will celebrate Kevin’s life at a memorial tribute at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home on Sunday, December 13, 2015 from 1 to 4 PM. Burial will be at a later date near Whiteface River. A very special thank you for the loving support and care from the administration and employees of Riverwood Health Care Center over the years, the St. Cloud VA Health Care System for honoring a veteran through end of live care, and HomeHealth Partnership for hospice care. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lucille Chute
06/15/1919-12/04/2015
Lucille M. Chute, age 96 of Aitkin died Friday, December 4, 2015 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. Lucille was born June 15, 1919 in Spencer Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota the daughter of Cyprian “Phillip” and Mary (Graton) Cartie. She attended the Hassman School and then the Aitkin High School from where she graduated in 1938. She then attended and graduated from the Duluth School of Business. She worked for Aitkin County at the Farm Service Agency for a number of years. She married Russell W. Chute on October 12, 1944 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. They made their home and operated their farm in the Hassman area. Russell and Lucille raised turkeys through 1958 but their main focus was their dairy herd. They operated the farm for over 50 years. Lucille was a charter member of the Lucky 13 4H club and served as a leader for over 50 years. She had been active with the Council of Catholic Women at St. James Catholic Church. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. She had been very involved with numerous community events throughout the years. She was very supportive of her children and grandchildren. She was everyone’s adopted grandmother. She is survived by her children and spouses: Anne Schaak of Minneapolis, Theresa and Marshall Hogenson of Prior Lake, Mn.; Betty Chute of Burnsville, Mn.; John and Debbie Chute of Aitkin; Phillip and Colleen Chute of Aitkin, Mn.; Grandchildren: Michelle (Pat Horn) Schaak, Karl Schaak, Aaron (Janet) Schaak, David Schaak, Eva (Jeff) Widder, Thomas (Casey) Chute, Sarah (Fiancé: Elias Peterson) Chute, Alaina Chute, Owen Chute and Ben Hogenson. Great Grandchildren: Kyle, Kayleigh, Kayden, Julia and Isabella. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Russell on December 4, 2009, and all of her brothers and sisters. A mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Paul Larson officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with a prayer service at 7 PM and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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James N. Sylvander
04/16/1923-12/03/2015
James N. Sylvander, age 92 of Aitkin formerly of Minneapolis died Thursday, December 3, 2015 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin, Minnesota. James was born April 16, 1923 in Minneapolis the son of Enoch and Selina (Enefer) Sylvander. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. He then served in the U.S. Army during WW II. Upon his discharge he returned to Minneapolis. He was married to Mary M. Kenosha on March 30, 1942 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Minneapolis and James worked for the Chicago-Northwestern Railroad, first as a fireman and then as a switchman, from 1954 to 1984 when he retired. He and his wife moved to the Aitkin area in 1998 and he has lived here since. He loved to fish. He is survived by a daughter: Deanna Maunu of Aitkin; son: Bill Sylvander of Golden Valley, Mn.; 11 Grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary in 2005 1 sister and 4 brothers. A service will be held Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 12:30 PM at the Crystal Lake Cemetery Chapel in Minneapolis. A visitation will be held Wednesday from 4 to 6 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also from Noon until the 12:30 PM service at Crystal Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Violet "Vicki" Struve
12/03/1931-11/30/2015
Violet “Vicki” D. Struve, age 83 of McGregor died Monday, November 30, 2015 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Vicki was born December 3, 1931 at Tamarack, Minnesota the daughter of Oscar and Lydia (Franklin) Brekke. She attended schools in Tamarack and then McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School in 1949. She then moved to Minneapolis and worked for a time. She married Gus Peterson on October 31, 1953 at the Grace Lutheran Log Church at McGregor. They moved to New York State where they lived and started their family. Gus died in 1967. Vicki met and married Patrick Struve in 1969 in the Twin Cities and they made their home with a blended family of 10 in Muncie, Indiana. They had lived in the communities of Marshall, Madison, St. Cloud, Hastings, and then moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa where they lived from 1980 to 1996. During that time Vicki attended college and received her bachelor’s degree in accounting. In 1996 they moved to Balsam Lake, Wisconsin and she lived there until her husband Patrick died in 2011. In 2012 she moved to McGregor and has lived here since. She had worked most of her life as a book keeper and accountant. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, canning, playing golf and cribbage. She was always active in the churches where she lived. She was a great mother of 8 children. She is survived by her children: Mike (Liz) Struve of Marshall, Mn.; Sharon (Brian) Napstad of McGregor, MN.; John (Jill) Struve of Calhan, Colorado; Jeff Struve of San Diego, Calf.; Gary Peterson of Salt Lake City, Utah; Ann (Steve) Benson of Burnsville, Mn.; Glenn Peterson of Scofield, Wisc.; 19 grandchildren; 10 Great Grandchildren; 1 brother: James (Susan) Brekke of Park City, Utah and Sister: Dr. Grace Brekke-Guemple of Dent, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husbands Gus in 1967 and Patrick in 2011, 1 daughter Lori and 3 brothers. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 10:30 AM at Grace Lutheran Church in McGregor, MN. With Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Ellsburg Township Cemetery at Melrude, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor, Mn.www.srtfuneral.com.
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Doris M. Ukura
03/29/1940-11/16/2015
Doris M. Ukura, age 75 of rural McGregor died Monday, November 16, 2015 at her home. Doris was born March 29, 1940 in McGregor, Minnesota the daughter of Ernest and Tyyne (Niemi) Niemi. She grew up and attended school in McGregor until the 6th grade when she moved with her family to Duluth. She graduated from Central High School in Duluth in 1958. She then attended the University of Minnesota at Duluth for two years, pursuing Home Economics. She married Richard M. Ukura on August 5, 1961 in Duluth. They made their home in Beaver Township on their farm. Doris worked for a couple of years at the State Hospital in Moose Lake. She then worked for a time at the Lawler Coop. She then opened and operated her store McGregor Fabrics until 1980. Doris then went back to work at the State Hospital in Moose Lake and worked as a secretary until retiring in 2002. Doris was a member of the Ladies Kavela, the Jarvenpaa Choirs, and the Kanteleen Soittajat, was active in the Farmers Union, had served as a fire warden for over 50 years, had served as an officer for Beaver Township and had served as secretary for the Beaver Evangelical Church. Doris enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She especially enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren on Mille Lacs Lake. She is survived by daughters: Jodie (John) Mirsch of Lawler, Julie Ukura of Lawler; Grandchildren: Lance (Rachel) Sprague, Lacey Sprague, Layne Sprague; Brothers: James (Karen) Niemi of Venice, Florida; Gerald (Bonnie) Niemi of Duluth, Mn.; Dennis (Kathy) Niemi of Lindstrom, Mn.; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Richard in 1992 and 1 sister Judith Faye. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 11 AM from the United Methodist Church in McGregor, Mn. Rev. Hal Kamppi and Don Niemi will officiate. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 7 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church Saturday. Burial will be in the Beaver Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Richard Holzinger
02/04/1930-11/14/2015
Richard Holzinger, 85, of Palisade died Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born February 4, 1930 in Minneapolis to Frank and Teresa “Toots” (Ledo) Holzinger. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. Richard was united in marriage to Cora (Kalevik) on July 26, 1975 at Gausdal Church in Georgeville, MN. He worked for GM Parts in Edina for 30 years retiring at the age of 50. They moved to Waukenabo in 1980. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed taking his family fishing with him. He was a member of Hilltop Chapel. He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Cassandra Harms, and brothers George and Ed Holzinger. Richard is survived by his wife Cora, Children: Steve Saucier of Santa Maria, CA., Renee Saucier of Minnetonka, Todd Saucier of Palisade, John (Lynne) Saucier of Circle Pines, Pauline (Tim) Fahey of Longville, Peter Rite of Oakdale. 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, Sister-in-law: Angie Holzinger of Elk River. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Hilltop Chapel. Reverend Barry Hite will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial with military honors will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Mary Ann Nordean
06/24/1944-11/14/2015
Mary Ann Nordean, 71 of Deerwood died Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. She was born June 24, 1944 in Crosby to Walter C. and Florence F. (Richards) Dehning. She graduated from Crosby High School. Mary Ann was united in marriage to Gary H. Nordean September 29, 1979 in Iron Hub. She enjoyed painting with oils, knitting, crocheting, reading, cooking, baking, and e-mailing pen pals. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law Ken Runberg. Mary Ann is survived by her husband Gary, Brother: Ralph Dehning of Iron Hub, Sister: Shirley Runberg of Breezy Point, Brother-in-law: Roger Nordean of St. Cloud, Nieces and nephews: Rick Runberg, Julie Strang, Chris Dehning, Michelle Dehning, and Melody Dehning, Many great-nieces and great-nephews. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, November 20, 2015 at Cascade United Methodist Church in Deerwood. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Melissa Marie Moen
08/19/1969-11/12/2015
Melissa Marie Moen, 46 of McGregor died Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born August 19, 1969 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Curtis and Karen (Nelson) Moen. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, SD. in 1992 and then graduated from the University of Sioux Falls in 1994 with a degree in social work. From 1995 to 2003 she worked as a technical support technician for Gateway 2000. She moved to McGregor in 2004 and worked for MASH-KA-WISEN Treatment Center in Sawyer as an Admission Coordinator until her passing. Her true passion always centered around children, family, and farm animals. She always found time to stay active in the community; outreach programs through her church, Boy Scouts, and sustainable farming programs. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Michael Moen, and her grandchild. Melissa is survived by her significant other Ron Rasmussen of McGregor, Sons: Tony Moen (Amber) and Corey Moen all of Duluth, Step-sons: Ethan Rasmussen and Cody (Karla) Rasmussen all of Sioux Falls, SD., Grandchildren: Marlee and Isabelle, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, November 27, 2015 at Victory Mission in McGregor. Visitation will begin 1 hour prior to the service at the Mission. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Everett D. Davies
02/28/1934-11/05/2015
Everett Davies, age 81 of Aitkin died Thursday, November 5, 2015 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Everett was born February 28, 1934 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Chester and Ella (Petersen) Davies. He grew up and attended school in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1952. In December of 1952 Everett and his brother Cal purchased the Pure Oil Gas Station in Aitkin and operated that. In 1956 he entered the U.S. Army and served mostly in Germany before being discharged in 1958. He returned to the Gas Station which his brother Cal had continued to run in his absence. The sold the station in 1959. Everett had worked as various jobs and then started worked for the Aitkin County Assessor’s office. He married Shirley J. Kehl on November 16, 1963 in Aitkin. In 1975 he started working for Marvin Midthun at the Aitkin County Abstract Office and later purchased the company from him. In 1983 he went to work as the Aitkin County Recorder and held that position until his retirement in March of 1997. Shirley ran the Abstract Office until it was sold in 1995. Everett worked with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home after his retirement for about 10 years. He had served on the Board of Directors for Security State Bank in Aitkin for over 20 years. He was also a member of the Aitkin American Legion and was a staunch supporter of the Aitkin Historical Society. He enjoyed gardening, visiting with people and spending time with his family especially his nieces and nephews. He is survived by his wife Shirley Davies of Aitkin; sister: Margery Howard of Aitkin; Brothers: Maynard Davies of Florida and John Davies of Crosby and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Bernice Klingelhofer, Leota Howard, Erma Killeen, and Five Brothers: Glenn, Larry, Don, Calvin and Clarence. Services will be held Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Noon at the 40 Club Convention Center in Aitkin with Lorelei Robinson officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the Noon services. Burial will be at a later date in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Memorials are preferred to the Aitkin County Historical Society or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Edna A. Spolarich
09/11/1933-11/03/2015
Edna A. Spolarich, age 82 of Hay Point died Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at her home. Edna was born September 11, 1933 at Kitter County, North Dakota the daughter of Emil and Annie (Boatz) Johnson. She moved with her family at the age of 5 to the Palisade area where she grew up and attended schools and then she attended the Aitkin High School and graduated from there in 1951. She worked for a time at the Ben Franklin Store in Aitkin. She married Philip Spolarich on September 11, 1954 at McGregor, Minnesota. They made their home in Grand Rapids for a time and in 1958 the bought a farm at Hay Point and have lived there since. She worked for over 30 years as an employee of Quadna Mountain Resort. She also spent many years working on spring tree planting and various other projects for the State of Minnesota and Aitkin County. She dearly loved working in her garden and canning. In her earlier years she enjoyed grouse and deer hunting each fall. She was and extremely strong and loving mother who taught her children many very important life lessons. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. She is survived by children: Cindy (Darrell) Gillson of Hill City; Sandra Landrus of Hay Point; Ray Spolarich of Hay Point; brothers: Henry Johnson of Hill City; Albert Toriseva of Bagley, Mn.; Roy Johnson of Grand Rapids and sister: Shirley Myers of Hill City. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Philip in 1991 1 brother Karl Oscar and sister: Esther Barry. A private family graveside service was held at the Macville Cemetery with Rev. William Sass officiating. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Douglas R. Gardner
10/02/1942-11/02/2015
Douglas R. Gardner, age 73 of Aitkin died Monday, November 2, 2015 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Doug was born October 2, 1942 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Lloyd and Inez (Thorsten) Gardner. He moved to Aitkin with his family as a young boy and attended schools in Aitkin and graduated from the Aitkin High School. He then attended college and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in education. He married Janet V. Gunderson on June 6, 1964. He taught school in Cottage Grove for five years. They then moved back to Aitkin and he and Jan have made their home here since. Doug was long time manager of the Birchwood Café. He then went back to school and received a degree to teach special education and he taught school at the Nay Ah Shing School on the Mille Lacs Reservation and then he taught at the Onamia School before he retired in 2010. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, the Aitkin Masonic and Eastern Star Lodges, was a Shriner and played in the Shriners Pipe and Drum Band and was also a member of the Moose Lodge. He enjoyed playing golf and cards with his friends. Doug is survived by his wife Jan Gardner of Aitkin; Children: Stephen (Holly) Gardner of Maple Grove, Mn.; Jennifer (Larry) Mayer of Champlin, MN.; 4 Grandchildren: Zachary, Austin, Madison and Connor; step-father: Vernon Thorsten of Aitkin and sister: Janet Leone of Ham Lake, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Dennis. A funeral service will be held Friday, November 6, 2015 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 PM with a Masonic service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church Friday. Inurnment will be at a later date at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lawrence D. Eklund
07/17/1939-11/01/2015
Lawrence D. Eklund, age 76 of Aitkin died Sunday, November 1, 2015 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lawrence was born July 17, 1939 at Malmo, Minnesota the son of Elmer and Marguarite (Anderson) Eklund. He grew up in the Malmo area and attended the Lakeside Country School and then attended the Isle High School. He began farming with dairy and beef cattle in the Malmo area and also drove a milk truck and picked up the raw milk and delivered it to the creamery in Isle. He married Ruth Ann Peterson on August 24, 1968 in Wahkon, Minnesota. They made their home on the farm near Malmo until moving to a farm north of Aitkin in 1980. They operated the farm near Aitkin until 2009 at which time they moved back to the Malmo area. He had also worked as a maintenance/boiler man for the Aitkin Community Hospital for a number of years. He has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center for the past 3 years. He was an excellent gardener, enjoyed wood carving, his orchard, feeding the birds and squirrels, fishing and the Aitkin County Fair. He loved his time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Ruth Eklund; Children: Ashley (Nicki) Eklund, Paula (Dean) Fisher, Peggy (Robert) Tautges; 11 Grandchildren: Devon, Mitchell, Andrew, Shellby, McKenzie, Jenny, Olivia, Emma, Elijah, Joze and Mya; 2 Great Grandchildren: Piper and Parker. Siblings: Lavonne Cooper, Marlyn (Shirley) Eklund, Jerry Eklund, Corrine Maxwell, Phillip Eklund, Elaine (Dennis) McPheeters, Jean (Phil) Brooks and sisters in law: Helen Eklund and Betes Paulson. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Norman and Roy. Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at a later date in the Lakeside Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Thomas W. Glander
08/07/1946-11/01/2015
Thomas W. Glander, age 69 of Tamarack died Sunday, November 1, 2015 at the V.A. Medical Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Thomas was born August 7, 1946 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Elmer and Ruth (Hjort) Glander. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from Roosevelt High School. He served in the U.S. Army and spent time in Vietnam. Upon his discharge he returned to Minneapolis and began working for the Ford Motor Co. in the St. Paul Assembly Plant where they built the Ford Ranger trucks. He worked for them for 27 years and retired in 2001. He had lived in Richfield and following his retirement moved to the Tamarack area where he has lived since. He married Susan Lee Tuholski on August 11, 1998 in Tamarack. He had been a member of the Richfield American Legion Post. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on cars and he dearly loved his dogs. He is survived by his wife Susan Glander of Tamarack; Children: Amy (Cory) Erickson of Royalton, Mn.; Matt (Nikki) Begnoche of Kearney, Neb.; grandchildren: Taylor, Rachel, Kelsey and Melanie and two brothers: Leland Glander of Bloomington, Mn. and James (Karen) Glander of Burnsville, Mn. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 9, 2015 at 1 PM from the Round Lake Presbyterian Church with Pastor Ron Staudinger officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be Tuesday at 11 AM at the Sunset Memorial Park in St. Anthony, Mn. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Robert L. Guntzburger
11/24/1928-10/28/2015
Robert L. Guntzburger, 86 of McGregor died Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born November 24, 1928 in St. Paul to Lowell and Muriel (Korfhage) Guntzburger. Robert was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Janet (Smith) on March 15, 1952 in Ft. Atkinson, WI. They raised their family in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota, moving to McGregor in 1987. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in the Korean War. He worked over 30 years as an air traffic controller. He was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church, Lions Club, Hastings VFW and American Legion, past president and member of the Big Sandy Lake Association, and an avid Green Bay Packers fan. He was preceded in death by his wife Janet in 2013, granddaughter Kimberly, and his parents. Robert is survived by his children: Ann (Roger) Brinkley of Lynden, WA. Sue Barney of Elgin, IL. Kit (Jeff) Rosch of Duluth, GA. Tom (Kelly) Guntzburger of Duluth, MN. 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren 2 sisters: Carole Bauer of Indiana and Kay Sterling of California Funeral service will be 2:00P.M. – Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Grace Lutheran Church in McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Needle Cemetery. Visitation will be 12:00P.M. – 2:00P.M., Tuesday at the church. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lloyd M. Jarson
06/03/1926-10/20/2015
Lloyd Melvin Jarson, 89 of Malmo, left this earth to rest in peace on October 20,2015 at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis with family members by his side. He was a decorated WWII Marine Veteran serving in the Pacific Theater earning 2 Purple Hearts and a Star, a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was born June 3, 1926 in Winnipeg, Canada to Edward and Christine (Mickelson) Jarson. He attended school in the Malmo area and had many careers throughout his life including working for the city of Blaine as a mechanical and plumbing inspector where he retired. He very much enjoyed family and social gatherings and was very active in Marine Corps social events. He was preceded in death by his parents, wives: Luella (Iverson) and Carolyn (Lindgren), son Kerry, and granddaughter Emily. Lloyd is survived by his children: Linda (Bob) Erck, Richard (Wendi), Clifford (Laura), Lori Johnson(Kevin), Jodie (Gregory) Boutain, Michael (Rozani) Lindgren, Jillane Lindgren. Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who he loved very much. Longtime friend Vi Wehlast. We invite those who loved Lloyd to join us for a celebration of his life with full military honors 2:00P.M. – Sunday, October 25, 2015 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo. Visitation will be 12:00P.M. to 2:00P.M. Sunday at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Memorials are preferred to the Wounded Warriors Project.
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Ralph Crane
06/11/1924-10/19/2015
Ralph Crane, 91 of Aitkin, passed away peacefully in his sleep after a long courageous battle with Alzheimer’s, and with the love of his life Cheri Crane holding his hand Monday, October 19, 2015 at Aitkin Health Services. He was born June 11, 1924 in Erick, OK. to James Milton and Ada (Webster) Crane. He was a U.S. Marine Corp. Veteran serving in WWII. He was united in marriage to Cheri Leigh (Sears) September 22, 1985 in Anchorage, AK. They moved to Minnesota in 2000 and spent summers on Round Lake and wintered in Alamo, TX. He enjoyed going for walks; having coffee, visiting and spending time with friends; reading, debating; listening to, taping, and editing music. He was preceded in death by two sons: Jerry and Shawn Crane, sister Vanell, and his parents. He is survived by his wife Cheri Crane of Aitkin, Son: Gary Crane of Seattle, WA. Daughters: Darlene Halbak of Anchorage, AK. and Cathie Miller of Cleveland, GA. Step-daughters: Jane Vranish, Judy Hutar, and Jeri Anderson, Step-son: Jeff Boelter, Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ralph will be laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Linda June Gillette
01/05/1949-10/18/2015
Linda June Gillette, 66 of McGregor died Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born January 5, 1949 in Cloquet to Lawrence and Lillian (Niemi) Pettit. Linda was united in marriage Jon Henry Gillette on August 14, 1965 in Wright. She was preceded in death by her brother Darrell Pettit and her parents. Linda is survived by her husband Jon, 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Laura (Albert) Kangas of Clear Lake, Marcy (John) Mateyka of Aitkin, Holly (Chuck) Boyd of McGregor, 7 grandchildren: Amanda, Ashley, Ally, Hannah, Alex, Chelsea, and Megan, Brothers and sisters: Raymond Pettit, Joyce (Harland) Marsyla, Marvin (Margaret) Pettit, Leroy Pettit, Ed (Trish) Pettit, Ervin (Lola) Pettit, Shirley (Rick) Hanson, Janice (John) Rollins. Private family services will be held at a later date. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Steven Martin Sandberg
03/29/1955-10/18/2015
Steven Martin Sandberg age 60 of Aitkin died Sunday, October 18, 2015 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Steve was born March 29, 1955 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Dave and Lois (Backstrom) Sandberg. He attended schools in St. Louis Park until moving with his family to the Aitkin area in 1966. He attended schools in Aitkin and graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1973. He played football, Basketball and Baseball while in high school. He then attended Moorhead State University where he played football and baseball. He received his bachelors degree in moving arts therapy and he did work with veterans at the V.A. Hospital in St. Cloud. He returned to Aitkin and worked with his father as a carpenter for a number of years and he started taking law enforcement classes and graduated from the Hibbing Law Enforcement Program. He helped coach football at the Aitkin High School for a number of years. He married Kristi Jo Lunde on October 17, 1987 at Bottineau, North Dakota. He started working with the Aitkin County Sheriffs Office in 1991 and currently had ben serving as an investigator for the sheriffs Office. He was a member of the Aitkin United Methodist Church, the Sons of the American Legion, the Masonic Lodge, the Shriners, the Quarterbacks Club, the NRA, the Minnesota Peace and Police Officers Assn. and had served on the Aitkin Volunteer Fire Department for 17 years. Steve truly lived a life worthwhile. He enjoyed visiting outdoor baseball parks with friends, fishing, hunting, cooking and baking, watching sports and spending time with his family. Many describe Steve as a great listener, showing us how much he truly cared for each person he encountered. He had a gentle and loving way about him that made everyone feel special and important. He was also particularly fond of animals and children. Both were attracted to him as he treated them with so much care and compassion. He was committed, supportive, adventurous and had a great sense of humor. Steve could brighten up any room with his soft smile and friendly demeanor which we will miss everyday. Steve is survived by his wife Kristi Sandberg, Daughter: Cassie Sandberg, Mother Lois Sandberg, Sister: Wendy Sandberg, Brothers: Brian (Judy) Sandberg and Rob Sandberg all of Aitkin; father in law: Lyle Lunde, Sisters in law: Teri Lunde and Jeff Doggett, Tami (Dean) Milbrath; nieces and nephews: Lainey Sandberg, Danny Sandberg, Eric Sandberg, Lynnsey Sandberg, Jenna Nelson, Calli Doggett, Stephanie Milbrath, Heather Milbrath; Grandnephew: Royce; Grandnieces: Sienna and Hailey and two grandnieces or nephews on the way. He was preceded in death by his father Dave Sandberg and mother in law: Merle Lunde. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 23, 2015 at 11 AM from the Aitkin High School. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 2 PM until 7 PM with a Masonic Service at 7 PM all at the Aitkin United Methodist Church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home.
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Dwanna H. Berry
03/10/1927-10/14/2015
Dwanna H. Berry, age 88 of Aitkin died Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at the Aitkin Health Services. Dwanna was born March 10, 1927 in Milford, Iowa the daughter of Oscar and Anna (Knudson) Wilson. She grew up and attended schools in Milford graduating from the Okoboji High School in 1945. She married Maurice “Mick” Rehse on August 1, 1946 in Milford. They lived in Howard Lake where they owned and operated a dry cleaning business and in 1966 they moved to Aitkin where they had purchased a Dry Cleaning business and operated that. In 1967 Mick died as the result of fighting a fire with the Aitkin Volunteer Fire Dept. Dwanna married John T. Berry on April 24, 1970. They lived in Aitkin but had spent time in Arizona. She was a lifetime member of the Aitkin American Legion Auxiliary, and the Aitkin United Methodist Church. She enjoyed shopping. She loved spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren; Jon Artmann, James Artmann, Joel Artmann, Jodi Townsend, Sean Johnson, Troy Johnson, Jeremy Rikala, Jeff Rikala, Jason Rikala, Dwanna Packard and John Rehse. Dwanna is survived by children: Linda Rehse (special friend: Ed Walters) of Devils Lake, North Dakota; Debbie (Dean) Johnson of Aitkin, Mn.; Pam (Jerry) Rikala of Aitkin, MN.; Timothy Rehse of Oakland, Maine; 11 Grandchildren; 22 Great Grandchildren and 2 Great Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her Parents; Husbands Mick in 1967 and John in 1997; daughter in law Tammy; Granddaughter Carma; 2 brothers and 6 sisters. Funeral services will be held Monday, October 19, 2015 at 11 AM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Susan Cline, a special friend of the family, and Rev. Dawn Houser officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Aitkin. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Norman E. Washam
03/21/1925-10/11/2015
Norman E. Washam, age 90 of McGregor formerly of Anoka died Sunday, October 11, 2015 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Norman was born March 21, 1925 at Fonda, Iowa the son of Robert and Esther (Anderson) Washam. He grew up and attended schools in Bagley, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army serving in Korea. Upon his discharge he returned to Iowa for a short time and then moved to the Twin Cities where he made his home in Anoka. He worked as a big truck mechanic until he retired in 1990. He moved to McGregor in the early 1990’s and has lived here since. While in McGregor he made and had many good friends. He enjoyed playing pool in his younger days and played Bocce Ball up until this past August. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW. He is survived by his sister: Phyllis Sigler of Coon Rapids, MN.; many nieces and nephews including: Marlene Allshouse of Rockford, Ill.; James Sigler of Hudson, Fla.; Teresa Jerome of Bloomington, Mn.; Tammy Ybarra of Minneapolis, Mn. and Thomas Sigler of Coon Rapids, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother and 1 sister. A celebration of Norman’s life will be held Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 2 to 3 PM with a sharing time at 3 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor, Mn. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Herbert "Herb" Arnold Thorsten
04/01/1918-10/07/2015
Herbert “Herb” Arnold Thorsten, 97 of Aitkin and Moose Lake, died October 7, 2015 at Augustana Mercy Health Care Center in Moose Lake. He was born April 1, 1918 in Santiago to Anton “Tony” and Johanna “Tina (Peterson) Thorsten. He graduated from Becker High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WW II. Enlisting on June 16, 1941 and being honorably discharged on December 8, 1945. He served as a light machine gunner and machine gun NCO. Herb rose to the rank of Sergeant and received the Bronze Arrowhead for service in New Guinea Luzon. Herb was united in marriage to Rose Cecelia Johnson on January 31, 1948. They were married for 45 years until Rose passed away on August 18, 1993. Soon after they were married the couple moved from Becker to Section 12 Lake near Aitkin. After becoming parents to daughter Joan, they purchased a home next to the Methodist Church and moved into the town of Aitkin. This was the Thorsten home until 2002 when Herb moved to Maryhill Manor. In 2010 Herb moved to Moose Lake where his daughter cared for him in her home until December of 2014. From that time until his passing, Herb enjoyed activities and socializing at Augustana Mercy Health Care Center and grew very fond of many of his caregivers. Herb’s occupations included: farming, working for Vern and Inez at Dutch’s which was later called Vern’s Bar and Grill. He owned and operated apartments and rental properties in Aitkin for many years. He was well known by many businesses in Aitkin for his janitorial work later in life. He loved many outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, harvesting wild rice, trapping, tapping maple trees for sap, berry picking, and he was a Sunday fixture working at his wife’s family farm: Norm’s Farm Market in Becker. He was preceded in death by his wife Rose Cecelia (Johnson) Thorsten, parent Anton “Tony” and Johanna “Tina” Peterson Thorsten, brothers: John (Adeline) Thorsten, Henry “Buddy” (Mary) Thorsten, sisters: Olga (Oscar) Johnson, Hilda (Floyd) McLamb, Alice (Bill) Isaac, Elna (Ed) Norell, Patricia McDonald, brother-in-law Emmet Allie, sister-in-law Inez “Inie” Thorsten. Herb is survived by his daughter Joan Thorsten of Moose Lake, brother Vernon Thorsten of Aitkin, brother-in-law Tom McDonald of Aitkin and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 10:00A.M. – Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Faith Lutheran Church in Becker. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Friday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Rose Berg
02/11/1920-10/06/2015
Rose Berg, age 95 of Aitkin died Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at the Aitkin Health Services. Rose was born February 11, 1920 at Cedar Rapids, Iowa the daughter of Carl John and Esther Jane (Earhart) Peterson. She attended schools in Cedar Rapids and at the age of 15 moved with her family to the Aitkin area where she attended the Kimberly and Davidson Country Schools. She married Arthur W. “Bill” Berg on December 3, 1939 in Aitkin. They lived in Aitkin for 8 years and then moved to their farm in Kimberly in 1948. They had a dairy farm for many years and in later years raised beef cattle. She lived on the farm for 67 years. She moved into Aitkin Health services earlier in 2015. She also operated her quilt business “Rose’s Quilts” for many years. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, embroidery, baking, logging, and taking care of the grandchildren. She loved her animals and she especially loved being outdoors. Rose is survived by children and spouses: Bob and Karol Berg of Aitkin; Gene and Helen Berg of McGregor; Alice and Del Otto of Minneapolis; Jerry and Jan Berg of McGregor; Pete Berg of Aitkin; 18 grandchildren; 39 Great Grandchildren and 7 Great Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Bill in 2000, 2 sons, 1 daughter and 1 grandson. Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Pastor Rick Mann officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Saron Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Mary Ethel "Echo" (Cummings) Welshons
02/15/1933-10/03/2015
Mary Ethel “Echo” (Cummings) Welshons, 82, of Aitkin, Minn. died Saturday, October 3, 2015, while attending Mass at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin and after receiving the body and blood of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was born February 15, 1933 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Brainerd, Minnesota, to Kenneth and Mary (Janzen) Cummings. She attended Maryhill Academy in Aitkin and graduated from Aitkin High School in 1950. Beautiful and talented, she represented her community as Miss Aitkin in the 1951 Miss Minnesota pageant in Minneapolis. She attended the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. She began corresponding with her future husband, Mervyn Mathias “Red” Welshons, while he served in the Army Corp of Engineers during the Korean War. Their romance blossomed, and they were united in marriage on December 28, 1953 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Before Red’s passing in March of 2014, they had celebrated 60 years of marriage. Echo was lovingly dedicated to Red and she was the joy of his life. Together they raised seven children and enjoyed the blessings of twenty-three grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. They made their homes in Brainerd, Duluth, and Aitkin and spent thirty-five warm and wonderful winters together in Tequesta, Florida. In all of these places they cherished each other and their many friends. She volunteered for many years with numerous community and religious organizations and continued her lifelong interests in music, sewing, needlework, homemaking, and entertaining friends and family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mervyn Mathias (Red); their son, Matthew John; one brother, William (Bill) Cummings; four brothers-in-law, Fr. Glendon Welshons, S.J., Benjamin Welshons, John Welshons, and Michael Ryan; and two sisters-in-law, Patricia (Patsy) Cummings, and Nancy Cummings. Echo is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas (Mary Ann) Welshons of Pine River, and Peter (Cori) Welshons of Aitkin; daughters and sons-in-law Mary Charlotte Welshons of Baxter, Elizabeth (Eric) Hillman of Duluth, Catherine (David) Stampe of Baxter, and Amy (David) McCarthy of Moose Lake; twenty-three grandchildren: Rachel, Jessica, Leslie, Emily, Joe, John, Ben, Mike, Billy, Matt, Nick, Abi, Annie, Isaac, Tom, Amanda, Melissa, Andrew, Megan, Sara, Theresa, David, and Daniel; and sixteen great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Greg Cummings of Plymouth, Patrick (Brenda) Cummings of Becker, Judy Ryan of Aitkin, Kay (Dick) Breen of Brainerd, and Kevin (Faunille) Cummings of Deadwood, SD; sisters-in-law Margaret Welshons and Lois Welshons of Stillwater; and many nieces, nephews , other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, October 9, 2015 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Thursday with a prayer service starting at 7P.M. at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Kim I. Kraemer
01/23/1955-10/03/2015
Kim I. Kraemer, 60, Aitkin, died October 3, 2015, at Riverwood HealthCare Center after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born January 23, 1955, in Wabasha to Robert and Betty Benike. She grew up in the Minneapolis area, moving to Aitkin in 1978. She married Duane Kraemer September 23, 1978 in Aitkin and resided along the Mississippi River north of Aitkin where they raised their two children, Cory and Amber. Kim has been a Tupperware dealer and manager since1978. She worked as a waitress at the 40 Club, with the Aitkin County Sheriff's Department as a jailer, summers with the Aitkin County Land Department, Shopko and as a para with Aitkin Public Schools for the past 20 years. She was a member of St. John's Church of Cedarbrook, Aitkin Sno-Drifters Snowmobile Club, was a Volunteer Snowmobile Safety Instructor for over 30 years and a member of the Monday Night Bowling League at Aitkin Lanes.. She is survived by her husband, Duane; son and daughter-in-law, Cory and Nikki Kraemer; daughter and son-in-law, Amber and Kevin Lindgren; grandchildren, Courtney and Eddy Lindgren, Finn and Teddy Kraemer; mother, Betty Benike, all of Aitkin; brother, Greg (Val) Thomas of Burnsville; sisters, Kathy Anderson of Lakeville and Gail Ramsburg of Emily; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sharon and Ron Dotzler of Aitkin, nieces, nephews and many, many valued friends. She was preceded in death by a son, Travis in 1978; her father, Robert in 1976; brother, Bernard and sister, Jill and two nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 10 at St. John's Church of Cedarbrook at 12 noon with visitation two hours before the service at the church.
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Bernice Dugan
03/24/1917-10/03/2015
Bernice E. Dugan, 98 of Aitkin, died Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born March 24, 1917 in Aitkin to Matt E. and Irene A. (Soderholm) Kullhem. She attended Rat Lake School near Palisade. She was confirmed on June 18, 1933 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. Bernice was united in marriage to Frank O. Dugan December 26, 1961 in Aitkin. She worked at Northshore Manufacturing in Duluth prior to her marriage. She was a homemaker and caregiver to many family members. She enjoyed her beautiful flower and vegetable gardens and loved to travel. Bernice made trips to Europe to visit relatives and also enjoyed wintering in Arizona. She was a member of the Northshore Birthday Club and Bethel Lutheran Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Frank on August 29, 1965, sisters: Linnea Nystrom, Myrtle Hansen, sister-in-law Stella Kullhem, brothers: Melvin Kullhem and Obert Kullhem, and brother-in-law Henry Hansen. Bernice is survived by her sister Ruby Brothers (John) of Grand Forks, ND., Special nieces: Carol (Nystrom) Dammer (Merlyn) of Duluth, Delaine (Hansen) Jacobs (Terry) of Burnsville, Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. Reverend Bill Sass will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Duane William Boelter
12/19/1925-10/02/2015
Duane William Boelter age 89 of Aitkin moved to his eternal home in Heaven on October 2, 2015. Duane was born December 19, 1925 in Blue Earth County, Minnesota. He attended school in Amboy for only a short period of time over the years. The family moved to Garden City, Vernon Center, Soderville and Pine City. A final move was made by Duane, his mother and two brothers John and Melvin to a farm near Tamarack in December of 1973. Duane helped with the farm chores, rode horses and learned to love John Deere tractors. In August of 1984 Duane began attending the McGregor D.A. C. where he worked a variety of jobs. After the death of his mother and brother John, Duane and Mel moved to Aitkin in October of 1987 and lived together in several homes with the supervision of Oakridge Homes. They both became “City Boys” and enjoyed visiting all of the stores in Aitkin on a daily basis. Duane loved people and loved saying “Hi”, shake hands and hug just about everyone. Duane continued to work at the D.A.C. well after retirement age. He took pride in his volunteer jobs of cleaning and shredding paper. He was a hard worked and racked up many hours of volunteering. Some of those jobs included picking up garbage at the city park, ringing the bell at the Salvation Army kettle, playing with the cats at the Hart Rescue Center and participating in Relay for Life and the Aitkin Chili Cook Off. He filled shoe boxes with gifts for some of the neediest children in the world through Operation Christmas Child and collected education labels for the school and pop tabs for the Ronald MacDonald House. If you had a pop can in your hand, you could be sure that Duane and Mel would ask for it first. Duane and Mel eventually moved to the supervised living home run by Oakridge Homes. Duane enjoyed many activities including playing hid guitar and harmonica, traveling and fishing. He had taken a week long Alaskan cruise. He also spent time at Camp Confidence where he enjoyed boat rides, camp fires, and nature walks. Duane also loved to sit outside on summer days and just listen to the birds. One staff member noted that he taught her to be quiet and just listen. Simply going out for coffee and visiting friends would be a highlight for him. Duane will be truly missed by his brother Melvin, family and many very special friends. He was dearly loved by his Oakridge staff, guardian Marilyn Backstrom, niece Deloris and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents Gustav Boelter and Frances Salfifberg; sister: Genevieve Wegner and brothers: Lester, Willard and John. A funeral service will be held Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 11 AM from the Westside Church with Pastor Dallas Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home www.srtfuneral.com.
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