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Archive Obituaries
Ilene Clara (Mans) Hejny
06/11/1928-06/07/2017
Ilene Clara (Mans) Hejny, 88 of Aitkin died Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born June 11, 1928 in Pine City to Fred and Clara (Witt) Mans. Ilene was united in marriage to George Laverne Hejny on June 20, 1946 in Pine City. She worked at various jobs and was a homemaker. She enjoyed her flowers, gardening, and cooking. She loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and spending time with her husband George. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her husband George on February 28, 2006; 4 brothers: Donald Mans, Raymond Mans, Billy Singer, and Joe Singer; 2 sisters: Bernyce Niles and Carrie Henderson; and her parents Fred and Clara (Witt) Mans. Ilene is survived by her children: Wayne (Martha) Hejny of Ham Lake and Linda Gibbons of Aitkin. 4 Grandchildren: Jodi Glenn (Rodney Smith), Waylon Hejny, Ashley (Jay) Jacobsen, Andrea (Tully) Boushek. 3 Great-grandchildren: Dylan Hejny, Bronson Hejny, Ella Hejny. 3 Step-great-grandchildren: Stella Jacobsen, Lily Jacobsen, Aubriella Jacobsen. 5 sisters and brothers-in-law: Delores Hejny, Margie (Ray) Pavek, Donna (Arnie) Johnson, Eyvonne (Rich) Buckley, Rosemary Werner. 3 sisters-in-law: Betty Mans, Aggie (Rollie) Eull, Marlene Singer. 1 brother-in-law: Dick (Mary) Henderson. Many other relatives and friends. Services for Ilene will be 9:00A.M. – Friday, June 16, 2017 at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Assembly Area #1. Burial will follow the service at the cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Denis Henry Hein
07/14/1935-05/31/2017
Denis Henry Hein, 81 of McGregor, died Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake. He was born July 14 1935 in Colby, WI. to Henry and Ruth (née Butler) Hein. He was the ninth and youngest of a large family. Orphaned by age nine, Denis was raised by his Uncle Phillip and Aunt Katie Hein. He graduated from Stratford High School in 1953. While in school Denis pitched two no-hit baseball games and dreamed of a future in the major leagues. Instead, Denis joined the United States Air Force in 1955, serving four years. He traveled the world, including stints to Paris and Morocco, and partook in the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels, Belgium. Denis returned to the United States in 1959, moving in with his older sister Elsie and her husband, Clarence Kunze, in Prior Lake, Minnesota. He met Opal Iris Grabow at the Sea Girt Inn in Orchard Lake; they married April 29, 1961. Five children resulted from the union: daughter Dori, and sons Denis, Dana, David, and Daryl. Opal passed away October 22, 1984. In May 1985, Denis married Mary (née Dorn) Puckett, and he became a stepfather to Kristina. Mary passed away in 1993. In 1998, Denis retired from his career as a machinist/model-maker for such companies as Kawasaki and FSI. He moved "Up North" to McGregor, Minnesota, purchasing a small cabin on Big Sandy River. In 2000, while mowing his elderly neighbor Edith Ekelund's lawn, Denny met her widowed daughter, Donna (née Ekelund-Jackson). Two years later, Denis and Donna were married, and Denis became a stepfather again, this time to daughter Anita (Thoennes) and sons Rick and Rob Jackson. Denis spent his golden years puttering in his workshop making furniture and catching Northern Pike on Big Sandy Lake. He will long be remembered by numerous friends, loved ones, and family. He was preceded in death by wives Opal Grabow and Mary Puckett, and by great-granddaughter Arabella Tocholke. Denis is survived by his wife Donna; 5 children: Dori, Denis, Dana, David, and Daryl; 4 stepchildren: Kristina, Anita, Rick, and Rob; 8 grandchildren: Christina, Makyla, Travis, Cody, Jaymie, Hailey, Jacob, and Madison; 2 great-grandchildren: Aria and Jayden. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Grace Lutheran Church in McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial with Military honors will be in Pine Needle Cemetery. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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William "Bill" Galliger
03/01/1941-05/29/2017
William Patrick Galliger, age 76 of Aitkin died Monday, May 29, 2017 at his home in Aitkin. William was born March 1, 1941 at Minot, North Dakota the son of Gordon and Dora (Hjelmstad) Galliger. He grew up and attended school in Parchal, North Dakota and graduated from High School there. He then served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 4 years. Upon his discharge he worked a number of different jobs throughout the United States. He then attended the Dunwoody Institute and learned Tool Making. He married Katherine Meyer on August 18, 1972 in Aitkin, MN. The lived in Aitkin and he worked in Minneapolis, Brainerd, McGregor and then for Magnum Machining in Deerwood. He also had attended Central Lakes College where he received a degree in Poultry management. He enjoyed farming, hunting and trap shooting. He had served 4 years as a Farm Island Township Supervisor. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, the NRA, the Marine Corp Association and the Deerwood American Legion Post #0557. William is survived by his wife Katherine Galliger of Aitkin, 3 brothers and sisters in law: Clyde (Cathy) Galliger of Bismarck, North Dakota, Guy (Cindy) Galliger of Fargo, North Dakota and Jay Galliger of Phoenix, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Milo. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 9 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 6 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. The family requests that casual attire be worn at the funeral. www.srtfuneral.com.
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George Joseph Lang
09/25/1930-05/28/2017
George Joseph Lang, 86 of Aitkin, died Sunday, May 28, 2017 at Rivers Edge Assisted Living in Aitkin. He was born September 25, 1930 in Bird Island, Minnesota to Henry and Anna (Baumann) Lang. He served in the U.S. Army from March 19, 1952 to September 5, 1954, a Veteran of the Korean War. George was united in marriage to Sylvia Harriet (Peterson) on June 28, 1968 in Bird Island, Minnesota. He worked for a time at a filling station that was owned by his brother in Cosmos, Minnesota. George and Sylvia moved to Aitkin where he worked and retired from Woodland Container Corporation. He was a member and past Commander from 1981 - 1982 at the Aitkin American Legion, the American Legion color guard and was a leader and cook for the American Legion’s Tuesday hamburger night; He was also a member of the Aitkin VFW and St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. He enjoyed bowling, jigsaw puzzles, Bingo, deer hunting, and taking care of his gardening plants. He was preceded in death by and his parents: Henry and Anna Lang; wife Sylvia Lang on November 3, 2003; two sisters: Margaret Martin and Deloris Pfeffer; brother Donald Lang; and an infant brother: Joseph Lang. George is survived by his sister Agnes Weimer of Aitkin, Brother and sister-in-law: Arnold (Carol) Lang of Cosmos, Goddaughter Nancy Berbue of Brainerd, Sister-in-law: Elvera Lang of Stewart, And many, many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Thursday, June 1, 2017 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will be 4 to 7P.M. – Wednesday, at Sorenson-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Burial with military honors will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post# 1727. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dorothy Lucille Miller
06/02/1915-05/26/2017
Dorothy Lucille Miller, 101 of Palisade, died of a stroke Friday, May 26, 2017 at her home in Van Nuys, California. She was born June 2, 1915 in Brainerd, the first child of Allison Burl and Edna Luella (Runge) Rice. The family moved to Riverton in 1917 and around 1920 they moved to McGregor where they farmed the land until opening a small restaurant in town. She attended elementary and high school in McGregor, graduating in 1933. She continued her education at Duluth State Teacher’s College, graduating in 1936. She taught in rural Minnesota schools for 10 years. Dorothy was united in marriage to Morris Richard Miller on August 23, 1945 in McGregor. She was baptized in the Lutheran Faith February 8, 1948. They built their home in Palisade and lived there until 1951. They moved to North Hollywood, CA. then to Van Nuys, CA. in 1952 and continued to travel back to their home in Palisade every summer. After Morris’ death in 1995, Dorothy still traveled to Palisade, but for shorter stays. She attended San Fernando Valley State College and graduated with a B.A. Degree in Education in 1959. She taught elementary grades in California for 21 years. She retired in June of 1980 and holds Life Certificates in Elementary Education in both California and Minnesota. Her hobbies included: fishing with Morris, sewing, reading, music, poetry, and traveling. She was a Lutheran Church member in Palisade and in Van Nuys, CA. and was a member of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She was also a member of the Edmund G. Rice Society and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She spent her later years writing down her memories, enjoying her grandchildren, and visiting her family. She was preceded in death by her husband Morris on April 6, 1995; two sisters, Betty Halverson and Isla Douglass both of Mahtowa; and her parents: Allison and Edna (Runge) Rice. Dorothy is survived by 4 children and their spouses: Marvin (Marv) and Marjorie (Marge) Miller, Janice (Jan) and Eugene (Gene) Sweet, Robert (Bob) and Elizabeth (Betsy) Miller, Steven (Steve) Miller, 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, Her youngest sister Beryl (husband Delbert) Skeesick of Weiser, ID. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. Reverend William Sass will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Logan Township, Aitkin County, Minnesota. Visitation will be 5 to 8P.M. – Friday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dorothy May Anderson
08/30/1918-05/21/2017
Dorothy May Anderson, 98 of Aitkin, died Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born August 30, 1918 in Hampton, Iowa to Thomas and Lillian (Ladd) Micklewright. Dorothy was united in marriage to Herbert Clemens Anderson on January 22, 1943 in Minneapolis. After marriage they moved to Aitkin for a short time and then moved to Waseca, where they made their home until moving back to Aitkin in 1967. She did upholstery work in her early years and worked at the Aitkin Hospital as an Aide. She loved her cows; and enjoyed sewing, cooking, and playing Bingo at Aitkin Health Services. She is preceded in death by her husband Herbert Clemens Anderson on December 20, 1982; daughter: Charlotte Noonan; son: Dennis Anderson; 2 brothers: Robert and George Micklewright; and her parents Thomas and Lillian (Ladd) Micklewright. Dorothy is survived by her 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Dale Anderson of Duncan, Oklahoma, David (Joanne) Anderson of Cadott, Wisconsin, 8 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, Sister: Eva Adcock of Aitkin, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Diamond Lake Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Shawn Duane Killspotted
07/03/1973-05/17/2017
Shawn Duane Killspotted “Hante Wastena Good Cedar”, 43 of McGregor died Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at his home. He was born July 3, 1973 in Rapid City, South Dakota to Duane Joseph and Pauline (Young Eagle) Killspotted. He graduated from Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota. Shawn was united in marriage to Raina Eliane Aubid on September 23, 2000 in East Lake. He was a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. Shawn is survived by his wife: Raina Killspotted, Children: Olivia Killspotted (Branden Sargent, Sr.), Anthony Killspotted (Mikayla Washington), Candance Killspotted, Grandchildren: Branden Sargent, Jr., Waabigwaniins Killspotted, Mother: Pauline Ashley, Siblings: Jaycee Killspotted, Donovan Killspotted (Yako Webster), Aunty Dolores Hayes, Aunty Vera Martin, Uncle Daryl Young Eagle, Many cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Service and visitation will begin at Dusk – Saturday, May 20, 2017 at East Lake Community Center in East Lake / McGregor, and will continue into Sunday, May 21, 2017. Anton Treuer “Waagosh” will officiate. Burial will be in Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge Burial Grounds, East Lake. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Oscar Alfred Olson Jr.
07/02/1946-05/13/2017
Oscar A. Olson, Jr., age 70 of Bennettville, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 13, 2017, after a day spent with family and friends. He was preceded in death by parents Oscar and Ruth, and by son Stephen. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Marie; sons Joel (Glenn) and Mark; grandchildren Zoey, Noah (Samantha), Abilene, Jacob, Jolie, Josie, Elijah, and Ethan; siblings Ruth, Melissa, and David; sister-in-law Marcy; and many extended family and friends. Oscar was a dedicated husband and father, a successful businessman, an avid fisherman, a member of the 2nd Squadron, 1st Armored Cavalry Regiment, and a Vietnam veteran. He was a long-time resident of Oak Grove, Minnesota, where he served as mayor for several years and was also a city council member. Oscar was a certified NAUI scuba instructor, and he rescued many lost anchors and fishing lures from the bottoms of Minnesota lakes. He was a member of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, spending most of his adult life as a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Francis, Minnesota, where he served as an elder and school board member and sang in the choir. After retiring and moving to Bennettville, Oscar and Marie transferred their membership to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin, Minnesota. He loved animals, especially his two cats Claude and Frank. He loved being on or near the water no matter the season. He read books voraciously, and he read the StarTribune every day. He loved all kinds of music, and he loved singing in the choir. He loved to spend time in his garage with a fire blazing in the wood stove. Oscar was a big man with a big personality and an even bigger sense of humor. He was a walking encyclopedia of jokes, and he welcomed any opportunity to share them with others. He loved his wife, his children, his grandchildren, his God, and his country with his whole heart. He will be sorely missed. Funeral arrangements: Thursday, May 18th, 2017 St. John’s Lutheran Church 324 3rd St. NW Aitkin, MN 56431 Visitation: 10:00-11:00 AM in the sanctuary Funeral service: 11:00 AM Lunch: Following the service in the fellowship hall. Interment following the lunch at Bennettville Cemetery on Farm Island Lake. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Alice "Arlene" Westerlund
12/19/1934-05/09/2017
Alice “Arlene” Westerlund, age 82 of Malmo died Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at her home. Arlene was born December 19, 1934 at Malmo, Minnesota the daughter of Axel and Hilda (Anderson) Nyberg. She attended the Lakeside schools and the attended the Aitkin High School in 1952. She then worked in Minneapolis as a secretary for a time and then also worked at the Arsenal Plant in Arden Hills. She married Arden Lyle Westerlund on June 25, 1955 in Malmo, Mn. They lived in Cedar, MN. for a short time, before returning to Malmo, to take over the Westerlund Family Farm in 1956. They operated the farm until 1976 but continued to live on the home place. She has worked as a waitress at several restaurants over the years and had also worked at Woodland Container, the Aitkin County Court House, Riverwood Health Care Center and had served as the Malmo Town Clerk for 55 years. If you asked Arlene what she loved most of all was the family life of a farmer. She loved the farm and milking cows. Arlene had served as the caretaker of the Malmo Cemetery records and cared for the cemetery as well as the Malmo Park. She took great pride in making sure they both looked their best. She was deeply rooted in politics which was instilled in her at an early age by her father. She had attended many political events as well as a number of Governor’s Balls. You could not find a more loving caring person. Arlene also had a passion for gardening. Arlene is survived by her children and spouses: Debbie (Russell) Riggs of Malmo, Greg (Donna) Westerlund of Malmo, Karla (Paul) White of Malmo, Jared (Kate) Westerlund of Sammamish, Wash.; 12 grandchildren, 12 Great Grandchildren, Sister: Lillian Ojala of New Hope, Mn.; Sisters in law: Wilma Nyberg of Isanti, Loretta Westerlund and Marilyn Andrews both of Malmo Brother in law: Gaylard Westerlund of Malmo; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Arden in 2016 and 10 brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM from the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo with Chaplain Kevin Sahlstrom officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lorene "Lori" Weimer
10/24/1952-05/01/2017
Lorene “Lori” Kay Weimer, age 64 of Hill City formerly of Shoreview died Monday, May 1, 2017. Lori was born October 24, 1952 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Merle and Arlys (Walstrom) Grudem. She grew up and attended schools in Mounds View graduating from the Mounds View High School in 1970. She then attended the University of Minnesota where she received her Bachelor’s Degree. She married Gary Dale Weimer on December 1, 1979 in Aitkin, Mn. They made their home in Shoreview and she worked in retail sales and raised her family. They moved to Hill City in 1997 and have resided there since. She enjoyed catering weddings and events. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She also had many friends and enjoyed spending time with them. Happiness to Lori was having her whole family around the dinner table. Lori is survived by her husband Gary Weimer of Hill City, Children and spouses: Brian (Monica) Weimer of Roseville, Mn., Angela (Jason) Keay of Spring Lake Park, Mn., Brad (Shari) Weimer of Cambridge, Mn., 7 Grandchildren: Boden, Skyla, Hailey, Madison, Kaydence, Teagan and Kendra. She is also survived by a brother Kevin (Althea) Grudem of Woodridge, Ill., and sister in law: Joni Grudem of St. Paul, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother Dean. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 8, 2017 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be Sunday May 7 from 1 to 4 PM at the funeral home and also 1 hour prior to the service on Monday. Burial will be in the Macville Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lillian Mary Anderson
04/23/1923-04/29/2017
Lillian Mary Anderson, 94 of Brainerd, and formerly of Aitkin, died Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Bethany Good Samaritan Society in Brainerd. She was born April 23, 1923 in Isle to Alfred and Mary (Lindholm) Lundquist. She attended school in Thor. Lillian was united in marriage to Harold W. Anderson May 2, 1942 in Beaver Township, Aitkin County, MN. She was a homemaker and seamstress and enjoyed sewing. She was preceded in death by her husband: Harold W. Anderson on March 10, 2003; son: Tim Anderson; 4 brothers: Ernie, Emil, Robert, and Raymond; 3 sisters: Ellen, Eleanor, and Virginia. Lillian is survived by 5 children: Sandra (James) Pratt of Colorado; David (Yvonne) Anderson of Cloquet; Mary Ellen (Fred) Grossman of Grand Rapids; Peter Anderson of Wisconsin; John (Lori) Anderson of Brainerd. Daughter-in-law: Penny Anderson of Finlayson. 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren. 1 sister: Lucille Walz of Brooklyn Park. 1 brother: Clarence (Sandy) Lundquist of Crosby. Many other relatives and friends. A Memorial service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Chaplain Clarence Lundquist will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial with a committal service will be at a later date in Beaver Cemetery, Beaver Township, Aitkin County, MN. www.srtfuneral.com
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Gloria Jean Copley
02/07/1927-04/29/2017
Gloria Jean Copley, age 90 of Buyck, Minnesota formerly of Brainerd, Mounds View and Aitkin died Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Cook Community Hospital at Cook, Minnesota. Gloria was born February 7, 1927 at Glory, Minnesota the daughter of Erick and Mary (Colin) Swanson. She grew up and attended schools in Glory and graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1945. She then attended Bethel University. She married Joseph B. Copley on June 5, 1948 at the Glory Baptist Church at Glory. They made their home in Boulder, Colorado for a year and then moved to the Copley Family farm in Wealthwood Township of Aitkin County for several years. They then moved to the Twin Cities and made their home in Mounds View until 1989 when they retired to Brainerd. Gloria has resided with her daughter and son in law Kathleen and Lawrence Oberg at Buyck, Minnesota. Gloria loved being outdoors and enjoyed canoeing, camping, hunting, gardening, sewing, quilting, jigsaw puzzles and crossword puzzles. Gloria is survived by Children: Byron (Janne) Copley of Leadville, Colo., Kathleen (Lawrence) Oberg of Orr, Mn., Timothy (Becka) Copley of Brainerd, Mn., Jonathan Lee Copley of Poulsbo, Wash., 12 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joseph in 2014, son Steven Jerome Copley, and 10 brothers and sisters. Gloria was the last survivor of the Swanson family of that era. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 2 PM from the Glory Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Meirose and Rev. Lawrence Oberg officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Glory Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Mikal John Leritz
12/20/1957-04/26/2017
Mikal John Leritz, 59 of McGregor, died April 26, 2017 at his residence. He was born December 20, 1957 in St. Paul to John and Patricia (Peterson) Leritz. He is survived by his family and friends. There will be no services at this time. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Kenneth L. Fultz
02/11/1946-04/23/2017
Kenneth L. Fultz, 71 of Palisade, died Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. He was born February 11, 1946 in Tullahoma, Tennessee to Alton P. and Lodema (Henry) Fultz. He attended and graduated from Detroit, Michigan Public Schools. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran serving in the Vietnam War. Kenneth was united in marriage to Lois M. (Dunn) on December 2, 1967 in Little Canada. He was a Detroit Police Officer and Investigator for 25 years, retiring in 1995. He was then employed with the Aitkin Public Schools for 13 years. Kenneth spent his life serving his country, community, and his family. He was preceded in death by his parents. Kenneth is survived by his wife Lois Fultz. 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Diana (Bob) Neumueller, Jamie Fultz (Kevin Ladd), and Karen (Freddie) Weinke. 5 grandchildren: Ray, Ryan, Woodrow, Desmond, and Saydee. 1 great-grandchild: Ryan. A gathering of Kenneth’s family and friends will be 5:00P.M. to 8:00P.M. – Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Marjorie "Marge" Fischer
09/19/1935-04/23/2017
Marjorie “Marge” L. Fischer, age 81 of McGregor formerly of Long Lake, Mn. died Sunday, April 23, 2017 at her home near McGregor. Marge was born September 19, 1935 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Louis and Genevieve (Jablonski) Gawronski. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from Minneapolis Vocational School in 1953. She lived and worked in California for a time. She returned to Minneapolis in 1963. She married David P. Fischer on February 5, 1966 in Rockford, Minnesota. They made their home in Long Lake and she worked for Red Owl, now Super Valu as a cashier from 1970 until 1998 when she retired due to health reasons. She and her husband then moved to the McGregor area in 1998 where she has lived since. She is past president of the American Society of Sanitary Engineering Women’s Auxiliary. She enjoyed crocheting, watching and feeding the birds, polka dancing and playing card games. She is survived by children: Deb (Art) Pester of Montrose, Mn., Greg Fischer of Monticello, Mn., Dan Fischer of McGregor and grandchildren, great grandchildren, and sister: Alice Holtzbauer of Howard Lake, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband David in 2012 and two sisters Doris and Irene. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 11 AM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Joshua Reinke officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor, Mn. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jerry Wickstrom
11/06/1936-04/22/2017
Gerald (Jerry) O. Wickstrom, 80, Palisade, MN passed away on April 22, 2017 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin, Minnesota. Jerry was born November 6, 1936 in Aitkin, MN to Oscar and Lillian (Nelson) Wickstrom. He grew up in Palisade attending school in Palisade and Aitkin. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1955. He married the love of his life Betty Koskovich on July 28, 1962. Jerry was a life-long resident of Palisade. He was a man devoted to his community and his family. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, working in his shop, and volunteering to improve his community. Jerry loved his family and family time most of all. Jerry served in the US Army in Germany. He owned and operated Jerry’s Standard Station in Palisade. He worked bridge construction for a time. He then worked at the Palisade Co-operative Station for over 25 years. Before the days of 24 hour credit card purchase gas, people would call at all hours for Jerry to open and get them gas or something for the car. He helped everyone whenever they called. Jerry was a charter member of the Palisade Fire Department; serving as Fire Captain and Fire Chief at different times. He served on the Palisade Fire Department for 46 years. When he retired from the fire department, he received an award from the Governor of MN for being the longest serving volunteer fire fighter in the State. Jerry was also one of the early First Responders, receiving an award from Governor Perpich. He was on the Palisade City Council from 1972-2005, for 33 years. He was a Fire Warden issuing burning permits from 1964-2014, 50 years. Jerry was a charter member of the Palisade Lions Club. He won the Melvin Jones Award for Lions. He was a life-long member of the Palisade Bethel Lutheran Church. He served multiple terms on the Church Council. If you had a question or needed help in Palisade, you went to see Jerry Wickstrom. Jerry is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty; 1 daughter and spouse and 2 sons and spouses: Julie (Bryan) Bachand, Curtis (Aleata) Wickstrom, and Scott (Tammy) Wickstrom. He is survived by 9 grandchildren; Matthias, Lucas, Ethan, Emily, Levi, Blake, Mason, Gillian, and Maria. He is also survived by his brother Carroll (Neva) Wickstrom and sister in law Donna Knutson. He was always proud of his wife, children, and grandchildren. Jerry set an example his whole life for how to be a loving father and exemplary friend. He was preceded in death by his parents Lillian and Oscar Wickstrom and his sister Ruth Carlson. A visitation will be held at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin on Wednesday, April 26 from4-7 pm. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 27 at 11 am at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with visitation 1 hour before. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Loren Chris Narveson
03/23/1933-04/22/2017
Loren Chris Narveson, 84, of Palisade, died Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born March 23, 1933 on a farm in Freeborn County, Minnesota to Iver and Martha (Clemmensen) Narveson. He grew up near Vinton, Iowa. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving from 1953 to 1955 and was extremely proud of his service. He was employed by Rockwell International as a machinist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Loren was united in marriage to Jean (Jacobi) Kline on November 3, 1979 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They moved to McGregor in 1981 where they ran the Shamrock Store for several years. They moved to Palisade where Loren pursued his passions of hunting, fishing, and gardening. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter Trudy Narveson on July 20, 1957, his wife Jean on June 18, 2004, and his parents Iver and Martha (Clemmensen) Narveson. Loren is survived by his son Randy Dewight Narveson of Urbana, Iowa. 2 daughters: Deborah (Timm) Montgomery of Tipton, Iowa. Teresa Gorsh of Urbana, Iowa. 4 Step-children: Tom Kline of Deerwood, Deb (Bryan) Oates of Longville, Donnie Kline of Brainerd, and Brad Kline of Apple Valley. 14 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren. Brother: Gary (Linda) Narveson of McGregor. Many other relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Assembly of God in Palisade. Reverend Ed Sornberger will officiate. A lunch will follow the service. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Pine Needle Cemetery, Shamrock Township, Aitkin County. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Charlotte Ann Violett
07/02/1934-04/19/2017
Charlotte Ann Violett, 82 ofAitkin died Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Evergreen Terrace in Grand Rapids. She was born July 2, 1934 in Aitkin to Walter and Rose (Specht) Petersen. She was preceded in death by her husband Marvin Violett; brother: Bud Petersen; and her parents. Charlotte is survived by her 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Debra (Steve) Kastet of Hibbing, Minnesota. Vicki (Rod) Adams of Loveland, Colorado. 5 grandchildren: Melanie, Nikki, Justin, Kelli, and Lindsey. 7 great-grandchildren. 2 great-great-granddaughters, and 1 great-great-grandson that is due any day. 3 brothers: Duyane Petersen, Jim Petersen, and Warren Petersen. 1 sister and brother-in-law: Marlys (Jim) Dehning. Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11A.M. – Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Gloria Jean Westerlund
05/13/1966-04/16/2017
Gloria Jean Westerlund, age 50 of Aitkin died after a courageous battle with colon and appendix cancer on Sunday, April 16, 2017, a beautiful Easter afternoon surrounded by her family. Gloria was born May 13, 1966 in Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Gaylard and Ruth (Andren) Westerlund. She grew up in the Malmo area and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1984. She then attended the Brainerd Area Vocational School and received her degree in Natural Resources Technology. She worked in Wyoming for the Bureau of Land Management for a couple of years and then worked in Michigan for a time with the fisheries division. She then moved back to the Aitkin area for a time and then moved to Elizabeth, Colorado where she worked in the Planning and Zoning office. She lived there until 1997 when she returned to the Aitkin area. She then worked at the Westerlund Gas Station and then worked for Aitkin County in the Recorders office for a time and then worked in the Land Department. Gloria had a deep love for animals with a special place in her heart for her horse Shadow and her dog Peeper. She loved the outdoors, horseback riding, hunting agates and photography, but her biggest love was her son Thomas. She is survived by her son: Thomas Westerlund of Aitkin; Father; Gaylard Westerlund of Aitkin; Brothers: Norman (Laurie) Westerlund of Aitkin, Neil (Stacy) Westerlund of Aitkin and nieces and nephews: Nick (Simone) Westerlund, Hunter Westerlund, Anna Westerlund, Garrett Westerlund, Sophia Westerlund and Isabella Westerlund. She was preceded in death by her mother Ruth. Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 1 PM from the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo with Rev. Terry Frovik officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Richard "Dick" Siemers
09/07/1940-04/15/2017
Richard “Dick” Siemers, of Aitkin, an accomplished business manager, a dedicated and beloved father, a captain of Mille Lacs, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 15, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minn. Dick was born Sept. 7, 1940 in Minneapolis to Kenneth and Hazel Siemers. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1959 and in 1973 earned a degree in accounting from Brainerd Area Vocational Technical Institute. Dick married Jerry Sack of Inkster, N.D. on Sept. 11, 1961. Together they helped raise six of Dick’s siblings following the death of his parents, as well as four children of their own. He spent much of his life on Mille Lacs Lake, either piloting his own fishing launch or running Myr Mar Lodge, the private supper club north of Garrison owned by his parents and later by himself. He acquired his first launch, “The Dickie,” when he was 13 and would eventually guide thousands of patrons on fishing excursions through his Dick Siemers Launch Service. His 60 foot, double-decker pontoon, perched perennially outside the Blue Goose Inn for two decades was an icon of summer in Garrison, Minn. Dick made the most of his accounting talents. For 26 years, he worked as the business manager for the Onamia Public Schools. He would later spend several years as a tax professional at H&R Block in Brainerd while taking great joy in preparing tax filings for much of his family. In addition to much of his life’s accomplishments, Dick also served two years as an Aitkin County Commissioner, six years as a member of the Hazelton Township Board, was honorably discharged from the Army National Guard of Minnesota, where he achieved the rank of staff Sergeant, and for many years volunteered as treasurer of Shepherd of The Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison. Dick will be deeply missed by his wife, Jerry; four children, Toni (Jerry) Cassady, Ken (Hal) Siemers, Tara (Hal) Creten, Erik (Nicole) Siemers; sisters, Nancy (Bob) Kokesh, Linda McGillis, Glenda (Mike) Murphy, Patti (Rick) Baillif, Sharon (Daryl) Hanson; brothers: Dennis and Douglas Siemers; seven grandchildren: Dillon Heins, Ashley Laurion, Cody Heins, Abby Creten, Quinn Siemers, and Keaton Siemers, and two great grandchildren, Walker and Paxton Laurion. He was preceded in death by his father Kenneth Siemers, his mother, Hazel Siemers, his sister, Tammy Siemers and his half-brother David Barthelemy. A visitation will be held at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home located at 31 Minnesota Ave. S. in Aitkin on Thursday, April 20 from 4 to 7 pm with a prayer service at 7 pm. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 21, at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, located at 10583 Highway 169 in Garrison, beginning with a visitation at 10 am followed by a formal service at 11 am. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
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Regina H. Langer
01/13/1923-04/13/2017
Regina H. Langer, age 94 of Aitkin formerly of Pierz passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Aitkin Health Services. Regina was born January 13, 1923 in the township of Pierz, Mn. the daughter of Joe and Christina Urai. On July 28, 1943 Regina was united in marriage to Ben Langer at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz. Regina was a “strong spirit” from the day she was born. She loved fishing, gardening, sewing, word puzzles, her work, but most of all she loved spending time with family and friends. Regina had a fulfilling life raising three daughters, managing their farm and tending her garden. In 1952 Regina and Ben moved to Brainerd where she worked for Hickerson Garment Factory, and later as head cook at Brainerd High School. In 1969 they returned to Pierz purchasing Eller’s Harness and Shoe Shop which became Langer’s Shoe Service. For 18 years Regina upholstered furniture and was the favored seamstress for miles around. Regina was preceded in death by her husband Ben and daughter Alice Owens. She is survived by her loving family; Daughters: Marjorie (Dave) Nolan of Brainerd and Marce (Tuffy) Boyd of Aitkin; ten grandchildren, twenty four great grandchildren and other relatives and friends. A celebration of Regina’s life will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Pierz Park North Pavilion from 12:00 to 1:30 PM where family, friends and relatives will gather to celebrate her life and accomplishments. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Angeline Wiberg
06/23/1930-04/12/2017
Angeline “Toots” Agnes (Mueller) Wiberg, 86, of Aitkin, died on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born June 23, 1930, in Wadena to Theodore and Rose (Busche) Mueller. The family moved to Minneapolis where she attended school. She graduated from Minneapolis Vocational High School in 1948. She married Oscar Wiberg, Jr., on Dec. 30, 1950 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Coon Rapids and then Anoka. She was employed at Dayton Company department store in Minneapolis, Soo-Line, Midland Coop, and Anoka Electric Co. They moved to Aitkin in 1969 and she was employed at the First National Bank in Aitkin, until 1979. Later, she worked at ProFarm in Hassman. She was a member of the St. James Catholic Church and a past member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Brenda and Brad Birdnow, Hiawatha, IA; Laura and Eric Heglund, Ironton; two grandsons: William Gallatin, Jr. and Philip Lichte; three great-grandchildren: Katlynn Evenrud, and Crystal and Jonathon Gallatin, four step-grandchildren: Gabe and Ginny Birdnow, Adam and Alex Heglund; five step-great-grandchildren; sisters and brother-in law: Barbara Raw, Cold Spring; Susan and James Wredberg, McGregor; sisters-in-law: Joanne Mueller, Coon Rapids; Camilla Mueller, Albertville; Marilyn Mueller, Bloomington; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her stillborn son, Bradley; infant daughter, Mary; parents; husband, Oscar, in 1986; brothers: Albert Mueller, Luverne “Bud” Mueller, Kenneth Mueller; and sister, Anita Tierney. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00A.M. – Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at St. James Catholic Church at 299 Red Oak Drive in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Lunch will follow at the Roberts-Glad VFW Post 1727 in Aitkin. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home of Aitkin. Go to www.srtfuneral.com to sign the online guest register.
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Margaret Ann Sherman
01/07/1933-04/08/2017
Margaret Ann Sherman, 84 of Palisade died Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born January 7, 1933 in East Lake to Axel and Betty (Larson) Johnson. She graduated From McGregor High School and has continued to be involved in the McGregor All Class Reunions. She worked for Sears in Minneapolis from 1950 to 1954. She also worked for Fuller Brush Sales, sold advertising for Lutheran Digest, and was employed as a Census Taker. While living in Minneapolis she became a Minneapolis Lakers basketball fan, attending many games prior to the team moving to Los Angeles. Margaret was united in marriage to Vinton Russell Sherman on September 18, 1954 in Palisade. She was very proud to be the first woman elected as Aitkin County Commissioner serving for 12 years. She was a member of many different boards, organizations and foundations including: being a Little League mother, a member of the Palisade PTA, the school board, charter member of the ELCW and the church choir at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade, the Palisade Community Improvement Committee, the Farmers Union, the Palisade Lions Club, the Long Lake Conservation Camp Board, the Aitkin County Parks Board, the Blandin Foundation, served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Minnesota Counties, the Mississippi Headwaters in Walker, served as President of the State Development - ARDC, a board member and secretary of the Arrowhead Development Association in Duluth, and the IRRRB. She was preceded in death by her parents , Husband Vinton on October 4, 2012, Brothers: Carl “Ed”, Albin, Fred, Elmer, Willard, and infant brother James Johnson. Margaret is survived by: 5 sons and daughters-in-law: Dwight “Ike” of Palisade, Dale of Palisade, Jed (Patti) of Maple Grove, Jason (Ann) of Palisade, and Grant (Lynn) of Palisade. 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. 1 Sister: Esther Swedberg of Minneapolis. 2 sisters-in-law: Lucille and Evelyn Johnson. 1 brother-in-law: Robert Pray. Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. Reverend William Sass will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation to celebrate Margaret’s life will be 6 to 8P.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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Gary John Swanson
08/05/1947-04/06/2017
Gary John Swanson, age 69 of Aitkin went to be with Jesus on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by his loving brother and sisters. Gary was born August 5, 1947 in Aitkin the son of Sigurd and Lucille (Erickson) Swanson. Gary lived in Aitkin at his group home with Adam and Cassandra Stafford. He was loved by them and had excellent care. He was part of their family. He loved camping, 4-Wheeling, bowling and especially loved fishing. He also loved spending time with his family. He had lots of campfires “Up North” on their land and had lots of fishing adventures. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Alan. He is survived by 1 brother: Clyde Swanson of Aitkin; 4 sisters and brothers in law: Linda (Glen) Bakken, Helen (Jeff) Workman and Karen (Jim) Holm all of Aitkin and Darlene (Frank) Horvath of meadowlands; 6 nieces and 12 nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Pastor Jason Erickson will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Saron Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Michael Robert Hillman
09/18/1964-04/01/2017
Michael Robert Hillman, age 52, of Aitkin died Saturday, April 1, 2017. Michael was born September 18, 1964 at Estherville, Iowa the son of Robert and Karen (Gardner) Hillman. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1983. He then attended Wake Forest University and St. Cloud State University. After college, Mike purchased a home and moved to Westfield, Iowa. There he enjoyed hunting, planting trees through his landscaping business, working with his metal coating business, 4-wheeler rides on the roaming hills with his dogs, and especially enjoying time with friends on his boat on the Yankton River and having bonfires at his home. About 10 years ago he returned to his hometown of Aitkin. He enjoyed working with his colleagues at Sanjel (Williston, N.D.) and designing vinyl lettering projects around Aitkin. He also enjoyed hanging out with his friends and riding motorcycles around the Midwest. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his dad and niece and nephew, and attending family gatherings and celebrations for any occasion. He was always there to help anyone in need. Family and friends were very important to Mike. Mike had many good memories of growing up on the farm in Aitkin. He became very passionate about sports when he started his school career, particularly Basketball and Football. “Tiny” as he was called by many, lived life to its fullest. He is survived by his parents: Robert and Karen Hillman of Aitkin; Sister: Nancy (Terry) Nielsen of Minneapolis and nephew Nickolas and niece Ellah. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents. A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 1 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. A private family internment will be at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Gregory L. Seibert
08/16/1950-03/25/2017
Gregory L. Seibert, 66 of Aitkin died Saturday, March25, 2017 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born August 16, 1950 in Aitkin to Chester and Mary (Baker) Seibert. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1968. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. Gregory was united in marriage to Darlene (Packer) on June 21, 1969 in Aitkin. He worked for Land O’ Lakes and Scorpion, and did farm work for E. Julien Davis and also for Hub and Gus Nelson, he was a subcontractor for Mullers. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, reading, nature walks, playing cards, and he loved to visit with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters: Sally Anderson, Bonnie Seibert, and Lorie Seibert. Gregory is survived by his wife Darlene (Packer) Seibert of Aitkin, 2 Sons and daughters-in-law: Jayson (Jessica) Seibert of Aitkin, Mitchell Seibert (Amanda Rice) of Pequot Lakes, Daughter and son-in-law: Brenda (Rick)Bandow of Aitkin, Daughter-in-law: Jamie Miller of Brainerd, 7 Grandchildren: Kayla (Steven) Ronich, Stephanie (Sam) Johnson, Cory Bandow, Bobbi (Nick) Reak, Alexa Seibert, Mikayla Seibert, Levi Rice, 3 Great-grandchildren: Elijah and Ariaana Ronich, Jacob Johnson, 5 Brothers and sisters-in-law: Raymond (Mary Beth) Seibert of Isle, Glen (Judy) Seibert of Cohasset, Randy (Wendie)Seibert of Oregon, Bill (Beth ) Seibert of Wadena, Henry Seibert of Aitkin, 2 Sisters and Brothers-in-law: Judy (Russ) Ellis of Bertha, Connie (Steve) Mostad of Chisholm, Many other relatives and friends. In keeping with Gregory’s wishes there will be no services at this time. Donations and memorials can be made to Aitkin Food Shelf at First Lutheran Church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ann E. Lindberg
05/04/1935-03/19/2017
Ann E. Lindberg, 81 of McGregor died Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Essentia St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. She was born May 4, 1935 in McGrath to Olaf J. and Frances L. (Isley) Otterson. She attended grade school in Wealthwood and graduated from Superior Central High School in Superior, WI. Ann married the love of her life, John Lindberg, on October 28, 1979 at the Blackberry Church in Blackberry near Grand Rapids. She worked beside her husband at Lindberg Pharmacy in McGregor for 23 years before retiring in November of 2001. She enjoyed spending time with her family and occasional visits with her children at Mille Lacs Lake in the summer. She was a member of the Aitkin Seventh Day Adventist Church. Ann was everybody’s friend and loved by all who knew her. She is survived by her husband John “Jack” Lindberg of McGregor, 3 sons and daughters-in-law: Steve (Jenny) La Flamme of Apple Valley, Bill La Flamme of McGregor, Bob (Heidi) La Flamme of Superior, WI., 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Linda (Mike) Lundgren of Circle Pines, Debbie Hagen of McGregor, Laura (Alan) LePage of Blaine, Numerous grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M – Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rabbit Lake Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Vivian Anderson
09/04/1920-03/19/2017
Vivian (nee Peterson) Anderson, 96, of Aitkin died Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin surrounded by her loving family. Vivian was born September 4, 1920 in Glen the daughter of Andrew and Ann (Nickander) Peterson. She attended the Peysar School near Malmo. Vivian was first and foremost a mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. She was also a sister, wife, aunt, neighbor and friend. Everyone who knew her loved her and she had a special relationship with each one of them. A 60 year resident of her much loved 12 Lake, Vivian was a good friend to all who lived on her lake. She knew their names, their stories and their birthdays. She is survived by her children: Bob Chatelle, Nancy (Harvey) Lamke, Betty (Russ) Bolster, Tim (Valerie) Anderson, Mary (Chris) Woodbury, and Ted (Donna) Anderson. She is also has 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 1 PM 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. Interment will be the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. The family would like to thank Aitkin Health Services for the loving, tender care our mother received every day. A special thank you to nurse Jackie Landmeyer, a beacon of light for us through a dark time.
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Herbert Carl Erlandson
10/19/1932-03/16/2017
Herbert Carl Erlandson, 84 of Aitkin died Thursday, March 16, 2017 at his home in Aitkin. He was born October 19, 1932 in Crosby to Carl and Hilda (Jacobson) Erlandson. He graduated from Isle High School in 1951. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Herbert was united in marriage to Joanne (Horan) on June 1, 1956 at Opstead Baptist Church in Opstead. He worked as a logger and owned Herbie’s Saw Mill. He also was a farmer, mechanic, and truck driver. Over the years he and Joanne traveled across the United States together and they almost made it to every state. He enjoyed playing horse shoes, cards, family volleyball matches, helping at Betty’s Day Care, and picking on his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters: Francis Berry and Lois Erickson; 3 brothers: Donald, Kenneth and Willis Erlandson; son-in-law: Ray Evans. Herbert is survived by his wife Joanne Erlandson, 5 children: John Erlandson, Sr., Patti Erlandson, Linda Erlandson, Betty Evans, and Barbara Erlandson, 6 grandchildren: Luke (Kelsi) Evans, Teya (Bert) Nelson, John Erlandson, Jr., Nick Erlandson, Jaya Erlandson, and Jaymee Erlandson, 3 great-grandchildren: Lyla Nelson, Reed Nelson, and Ellie Rae Evans, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Heritage Church (the former Aitkin Assembly of God) in Aitkin. Reverend Jason Erickson will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Herbert’s grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Marla Jean Odegard Berg
12/13/1946-03/15/2017
Marla Jean (Odegard) Berg, 70 of McGregor died Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born Friday, December 13, 1946 in Cloquet the 4th daughter of Orvin Gerhard and Orletta Rose (Kirsch) Odegard. She graduated high school and attended vocational school where she earned her LPN degree. Marla was united in marriage to John Edward Berg January 30, 1965 in McGregor. She enjoyed crocheting, scrapbooking, and Facebook. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 36 years John Edward Berg, sisters: Marjorie Mae Myer and Rose Marlene Boyer, nephews: David Arlen Thompson, Sr., Wally Morgan Thompson, and Timothy Grayson Thompson, great-nephew David Arlen Thompson, Jr., and great-great-nephew Nathan James Boyer. Marla is survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends. According to Marla’s wishes there will not be a funeral service. Instead a celebration of life will be at her home with a potluck and a kegger. The date has not been set at this time. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with the arrangements. Srtfuneral.com
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Betty Jane Quaderer
05/10/1927-03/14/2017
Betty Jane Quaderer, age 89 of McGregor died Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at her home near McGregor. Betty was born May 10, 1927 in Cloquet, Minnesota the daughter of Tom and Emma (Smith) Benjamin. She attended the Flandreau Native American School where she graduated from High School. She married Amos Quaderer in 1955. They lived in Minneapolis where she worked and raised her family. Upon her retirement in 1989 she moved to the McGregor area and has lived here since. She had a passion for fishing. She loved the outdoors and also spending time with her family. She is survived by children: Debra Knutson, Gloria (Terry) Lowrie, Linda Quaderer, Daryl Quaderer, Jill Valentino (Faron Jackson), and Louis Quaderer. Also surviving are numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Emma, 1 daughter Pamela, 2 sons: Danny and Rodney, sisters: Jessie, Alice, Maggie and brothers: Joe, Frank, and Jerry. Services will be held at the East Lake Ceremonial Building on Monday, March 20, 2017 starting at 10 AM with Spiritual Leader Larry “Amik” Smallwood officiating. A private interment will take place at a later date. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Kevin Lee Futhey
07/23/1957-03/10/2017
Kevin Lee Futhey, age 59 of McGregor formerly of Brooklyn Center, Mn. died Friday, March 10, 2017 at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Mn. Kevin was born July 23, 1957 at Crosby, Minnesota the son of Lee and Kathy (Koski) Futhey. He lived in Aitkin until 1965 when he moved with his family to Brooklyn Center where he attended schools and graduated from the Brooklyn Center High School in 1975. He then attended Vo-Tech where he studied mechanics. He worked for Hard Chrome Plating until 1988 and then he went to work for Northwest Airlines for 18 years. He married Patricia Lee Hoover on January 23, 2006 in Aitkin. They made their home in McGregor and Kevin worked for the Lake Superior College in Duluth as a maintenance supervisor. He retired due to health issues in 2011. He was the vice president of the Up North Riders Club. He loved riding ATV’s. He also loved hunting and spending time at the hunting land. He was a member of the McGregor Lions Club and he enjoyed spending time and visiting with all of his friends and family. He is survived by his wife Patty Futhey of McGregor; Sons: Ryan Futhey and Randy Futhey both of Coon Rapids; step daughter: Cassandra Glaser of Ramsey, Mn; step son: LeRoy (Dawn) Swanson of Coon Rapids, Mn.; grandchildren: Jenna, Carter, Brittany, Jordan; great grandchildren: Jaeda, Isla, Akiva, Lola; Parents: Kathy and Lee Futhey of Aitkin; sister: Kerrin (Tim) Brelje of St. Paul and brother Keith Futhey of East Bethel, Mn. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 11 AM until 2 PM at the McGregor Community Center where people may come and share stories and have fellowship with the family. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Peter M. Carlstrom
01/04/1952-03/06/2017
Peter M. Carlstrom, age 65 of McGregor formerly of the Twin Cities died Monday, March 6, 2017 at the Grand Itasca Hospital in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Peter was born January 4, 1952 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Kay and Hildur (Westerlund) Carlstrom. He grew up and attended schools in McGregor where he graduated from High School in 1970. He then attended a Vo-Tech where he learned the carpentry trade. He worked in the Twin Cities for 25 years as a carpenter doing commercial and residential construction. He moved back to McGregor in 1996 and he married Theron “Teddie” Gould on September 8, 2001 in McGregor. They have lived in McGregor since and he continued to work as a carpenter. He has resided at the Evergreen Terrace in Grand Rapids for the past four years. He was a member of the Carpenters Union. He enjoyed hunting and being at deer camp, bowling, gardening, dancing and spending time with his family. He enjoyed playing Santa for the kids at Christmas. He had a knack for being able to make people smile. He is survived by his wife Theron “Teddie” Gould; 4 sons and spouses: Beau Carlstrom, Eric Carlstrom, Elijah (Sarah) Wencl, Cassidy (Cassandra) Wencl; 4 daughters and sons in law: Kjel (Paul) Nordstrom, Megan Carlstrom, Amber (Ron) Wyttenback, Heather (Jon) Belanger; 11 Grandchildren: Sophie, Rhett, Evan, Aubrey, Avery, Jonna, Maverick, Louis, Sydney, Elyssa and Cooper; 2 brothers and sisters in law: Louis (Gay) Carlstrom, Anton (Robin) Carlstrom; 1 Sister: Cinden Carlstrom; Father and mother in law: Jack and Darla Gould and numerous aunts, uncles nieces nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 11 AM at the Victory Mission Church in McGregor with Pastor Jack Gould officiating. A time of gathering will be held from 10 AM until the 11 AM services. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Duwayne Charles Carpenter
09/11/1933-02/27/2017
Duwayne Charles Carpenter, 83 of Aitkin died Monday, February 27, 2017 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born September 11, 1933 in Sheboygan, WI. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in the Korean War. Duwayne was united in marriage to Nancy Kay (Fennema). He worked as an electrician, drove charter bus, and worked at Grand Casino – Mille Lacs. He enjoyed fishing and woodworking. He was a member of the Persian Gulf War Support Group, American Legion, and First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister. Duwayne is survived by his wife Nancy of Aitkin. Children: David (Brandy) Hays of Aitkin, Greg (Chandra) Hays of Chisholm, Marcus (Jessica) Hays of Buffalo, Monica Hays of St. Paul, 10 grandchildren. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with funeral arrangements.
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Rita Ann Lamke
04/05/1954-02/26/2017
Rita Ann (Holm) Lamke 62 of Palisade, Passed away on Sunday February 26, 2017 at Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin Mn. She was born April 5,1954 to Marius (Mossy) and Connie (Landrus) Holm in Aitkin MN where she grew up and later met and married her husband of 44 years Robert Lamke. During her life, Rita was employed as a maid, waitress and cook, but most importantly raised two sons. Rita was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church. Rita enjoyed gardening, crafts, word finds and puzzles. The most important thing she enjoyed was time with her own family, husband, children and grandchildren knowing they were all special in their own ways. Rita had a special bond with her oldest granddaughter Kortney; who did so many helpful and loving things for her grandma. Due to health reasons she wasn’t able to get around as she would have liked to, so having friends and relatives visit meant a great deal to her. Rita had two sister-in-laws Sharon and Linda and a niece Gail who were very special to her. She enjoyed spending time with them and was grateful for all of their help, but most of all their friendship. She is survived by her husband Robert Lamke, her two sons Michael (Shelly) Lamke of Grand Rapids, MN, Cory (Jamie) Lamke of Aitkin, MN. Sister Barb (Dick) Amundsen of Aitkin, MN, Brother Paul Holm of Fergus Falls, MN and a brother-in-law Stanley VanEpps of Aitkin Mn. Many nieces, nephews, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Grandchildren CJ, Reid, Mitchell, Kortney, Brooke, Sophia and Mason. Preceded in death by her infant daughter Kathi, Grandparents, Parents and nephews Reese Holm and Nickolas Rassier. Memorial Services and luncheon will be held on Saturday March 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Waukenabo Town Hall in Palisade MN.
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Randall Lee Green
06/09/1956-02/24/2017
Randall Lee Green, age 60 of Aitkin formerly of Great Falls, Montana died Friday, February 24, 2017 at his home near Aitkin. Randall was born June 9, 1956 at Sheridan, Wyoming the son of Larry and Oline (Wiederrick) Green. He attended schools in Belt, Montana and Lancaster, California where he graduated from high school. He then served in the U.S. Air Force at the end of the Vietnam War. Upon his discharge he worked as an EMT for several years in Great Falls, Montana and then started working as a welder. He joined the union and worked throughout the United States as a pipefitter. He moved to the Aitkin area in 2000 and has lived here since. He married Lori Loken on December 31, 2016 in Aitkin. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, camping, welding, friends, campfires, collecting and building things. He was a member of the Union Local 11 zone 2. Randall especially loved his dogs Jozie and Piper. He is survived by his wife Lori Green of Aitkin; son: Matthew Green of Wildwood, Mo.; Daughters: Jamie Wachob and Corrina Green both of Great Falls, Montana; Sisters: Cindi Green of Great Falls, Montana and Bonnie Green of Gillette, Wyoming and Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Larry and Oline. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 2 PM at the Aitkin Moose Lodge. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, MN. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Anna Oleen Hagen
05/09/1916-02/22/2017
Anna Oleen Hagen, age 100, lifetime resident of Isle, Minnesota died on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Mille Lacs Nursing Home in Onamia. Anna was born May 9, 1916 in Isle, Mn. the daughter of Ole and Anna Hagen. Anna loved to knit wool socks and mittens. Every year you could count on her to donate many pairs of mittens and wool socks to Holden Lutheran’s Lord’s Portion sale. She loved her vegetable gardens, but flowers were her absolute favorite although tomatoes were a close second. Her son Allen was the apple of her eye. She dearly loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Anybody who knew Anna knew she was a kind hearted soul. She will be terribly missed, but we know that she is in Heaven with her loving Lord. Anna is survived by her son Allen Hagen and wife Delores; Grandchildren: Tamara (Ken) Zakovich, Jennifer (David) Hinz, Matthew (Becky) Hagen; seven great grandchildren: Bridger, Evia, Benaiah, Asher, Lydia, Owen and Olivia; Sister: Hulda Conley of Isle. Also surviving are nieces: Marcella Conley, Mary Beth Siebert and nephews: Dale Slette and Jim Conley and many other family and friends. A funeral service will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 11 AM from the Holden Lutheran Church near Isle with Rev. Cathy Hedmark officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Burial will be in the Holden Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Martha T. Godzala
02/12/1930-02/14/2017
Martha T. Godzala, 87 of Garrison died Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in her home. She was born February 12, 1930 in Holdingford to Joseph and Elizabeth (Skudlarek) Czech. Martha was united in marriage to Stanley L. Godzala on October 24, 1953 in Sartell. They lived in Rockford for 27 years before moving to Garrison. She was a member of Community Alliance Church in Garrison for the past 22 years. Martha was a very generous person who enjoyed gardening, nature, all animals, going for walks, having coffee with her friends and talking about Jesus to family, friends, and even strangers. She loved and was very proud of her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Stanley on February 29, 1996, daughter Mary Jo, 5 brothers, and her parents: Joseph and Elizabeth Czech. Martha is survived by her 2 daughters: Theresa Heller of Crosby and Joan Lindquist of Coon Rapids, 5 Grandchildren: Caleb (Jenny), Sarah (Bobby), Brittany (Wes), Blake (Sarah), and Lauren, 4 Great-grandchildren: Luke, Dalton, Nina, and Baby L., Sister and brother-in-law: Mary Ann (Bing) Skelton of Clearwater, Brother: Martin Czech of New Jersey, Many other relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 11:00A.M. – Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Community Alliance Church in Garrison. Reverend Michael Palkie will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at 12:05P.M. – Friday, February 24, 2017, Assembly Area #1, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Elizabeth R. Catlin
08/26/1937-02/12/2017
Elizabeth Catlin, age 79 of Aitkin formerly of Palisade, died Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born August 26, 1937 at Libby Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota the daughter of Edwin and Francis Mae (Tibbetts) Hensel. She attended schools in Aitkin graduating in 1955. She married Chester T. Catlin on November 19, 1955 in Brainerd. They lived in Hibbing for 3 years and then moved to the Palisade area where she raised her family. She had worked as a cook at the Palisade school and also as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She moved to Aitkin in 2003 and has lived here since. She enjoyed playing cards, socializing, cooking, baking, playing penny slots, walking and reading. She was a member of the Aitkin Congregational Church and the Palisade VFW Auxiliary and the Aitkin Legion Auxiliary. She is survived by children and spouses: Greg (Dawna) Catlin of Bovey, Mn.; Tim (Gretchen) Catlin of Aitkin; Brady Catlin of Aitkin; Barb (Warren) Packer of Palisade; Libby Arvidson of Aitkin; Tam (Mike) Hanson of Cedar, MN.; Pam (Tim) Bailey of Hill City, Mn.; daughter in law: Cindi Catlin of Aitkin; 34 grandchildren; 52 Great Grandchildren; brothers: Kenny (Cookie) Hensel, Doug Hensel, Sid (Janice) Hensel, Rod Hensel, Steve (Donna) Hensel; Sisters: Harriet (Harlan) Simonson, Paulette (Ed) Torgerson, Shirley Johnson and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Son: Wes Catlin; Brother: Bill Hensel; Sisters: Joyce Laird, Lucy Hoge; Grandchild: John Bailey and Great Grandchild: Lincoln Catlin. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 11 AM from the Palisade Assembly of God Church in Palisade. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Burial will be in the Hebron Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ronald "Butch" Florek
09/30/1940-02/10/2017
Ronald “Butch” Florek, age 76 of Aitkin died Friday, February 10, 2017 at the Aicota Health Care Center after a 13 year battle with cancer. Ronald was born September 30, 1940 at Princeton, Minnesota the son of Joseph and Marcella (Reineccius) Florek. He attended schools at Wealthwood and then Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1958. He worked for a time at the Herter’s Co. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 1959 to 1962. Upon his discharge he went to work for the Reserve Mining Company in Silver Bay. He worked as a maintenance man/welder. He had done maintenance work on the Edmund Fitzgerald when it was in port. He married Patricia Ann Countryman on May 8, 1965 in Minneapolis. He finished his work career with North Star Steel in Newport, Minnesota and then moved to the Malmo area and has lived there since. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, family and friends. He loved to fish and had been fishing in Alaska. He also enjoyed hunting and had the opportunity to hunt in Canada and South Africa. He was a member of the Silver Beaver Rod and Gun Club at Silver Bay, Minnesota. He is survived by children and spouses: Guy (Jill) Florek of St. Joseph, Mn.; Aaron (Lonnie) Florek of Blaine, Mn.; Owen (Rebecca) Florek of St. Paul, Mn.; Brother: Michael Florek of Aitkin; Sisters: Dorothy Gordon of Aitkin and Sharon Nelson of Deerwood; and grandchildren: Nathan, Amanda, Emily and Connor. He was preceded in death by his parents, Brothers: Jerry and Jim and his wife Patricia in 2015. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Dallas Smith officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be in the spring at the Opstead Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Nancy Ann Kooda
10/05/1936-02/08/2017
Nancy Ann Kooda of McGregor, MN was called to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Born to Floyd and Delia Martin in Duluth, MN on Oct. 5, 1936, Nancy was a blessing to all who knew her. Having skipped one elementary grade, Nancy completed a four year degree from UMD at the tender age of 20 at a time when post secondary education was far from the norm for women. Nancy taught at McGrath and McGregor High Schools on and off for 37 years. Early in her teaching career she met her lifelong partner, Melvin Kooda. Along with teaching and starting a family, Mel and Nancy built and ran a poultry farming business for twelve years, Melko Poultry Farm. Never willing to stop learning and working, Nancy became an Enrolled Agent after her teaching retirement and provided tax and accounting services to hundreds of clients right through to her last day. In addition to helping all she knew in countless ways, Nancy also enjoyed playing cards, golf and an occasional visit to the one-armed bandit. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents: Floyd and Delia Martin and her sister: Lois Marczak. Nancy is survived by her husband of 57 years: Melvin Kooda, her three children: Karen Kooda (Paul Andersen) of Eagan, MN, David (Kathy) Kooda of Grand Rapids, MN and Daniel (Wendy) Kooda of Lakeville, MN. She is also survived by six granddaughters: Abby Stewart, Erika Kooda, Emily Kooda, MacKenzie Kooda, Sydney Kooda and Molly Kooda; and by one great granddaughter: Carrey Ann Stewart. A service of remembrance will be held at Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor, MN on Monday, February 13 at 11:00 AM. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions can be directed to Grace Lutheran Church or to the American Cancer Society.
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Dolores Elaine Haaf
08/03/1941-02/07/2017
Dolores Elaine Haaf, 75 of Aitkin died Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at her residence. She was born August 3, 1941 in Aitkin to Willmer and Clara (Emch) Knight. She grew up in Aitkin and graduated from Aitkin High School. She worked as an inspection clerk with FMC for 23 years. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and the ladies aide. She enjoyed going on cruises, fishing, movies, and shopping. She was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter-in-law: Sue Haaf. Dolores is survived by her sons: Douglas Haaf of Aitkin and Dean Haaf of Mahtomedi, Grandson: Dan Trudeau of Mahtomedi, Granddaughter: Lisa Trudeau of Stillwater, Great-granddaughters: Emily Trudeau of Stillwater, Faith Trudeau of Mahtomedi, and Lillian Trudeau of Mahtomedi, Sister: Marvel Krizan of Pennsylvania, Many other relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, February 17, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery in Aitkin at a later date. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lawrence Peterson
09/03/1927-02/06/2017
Lawrence “Mann” Peterson, age 89, passed away quietly on Monday, February 6, at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin, Minnesota. Larry was born September 3, 1927 and grew up in Columbia Heights, Minnesota with his final home on Lake Wilkins. After high school and prior to serving in the Navy, Larry experienced a bit of travel – working factory jobs in Oregon, pipe fitting in California and the steel mills of Chicago. Larry served a total of five years in the Navy; four active & one Reserves. During his time in the Navy, he was stationed at the North Chicago Great Lakes Naval Station, in Jackson, Mississippi and on several torpedo training ships in the Caribbean with his final Navy stop being Washington D.C. During his Navy days, the best times recalled by him were playing Navy football and having ‘guy fun’ in the Caribbean when he went ashore. In 1947, he married his wife, Ardell, and together they shared over 67-years of marriage, a true example of what a marriage should be. After returning from D.C. to northeast Minneapolis, Larry landed what he often referred to as his greatest job – ‘a peddler’ for the Minneapolis Gas Company where he was employed for over 35-years. Throughout his life, Larry played both football & basketball, many young kids in the Heights will remember him as their coach & mentor. He could often be seen walking the sidelines during a high school football game. In later years, his love of the Minnesota Twins & Vikings never wavered. Over his long and successful life, Larry was truly admired by many, always smiling, joking & laughing, extremely polite and referred to himself as ‘a ladies man’. Even when he said ‘he was on his soapbox’… he was extremely polite. Larry was an accomplished & awarded salesman, successful realtor, longtime pool player, fisherman and card player (mostly, Cribbage). But most of all, Larry was always an avid golfer. Starting at a young age, he could be found on a golf course hunting for balls in all kinds of weather. He and Ardell organized and played in many golf tournaments throughout their married life. They were a dancing pair and Cribbage playing team. Larry & Ardell were and always have been cherished by their many friends from Minnesota to Florida to Texas and especially those who traveled their adventures throughout the years. Larry is survived by children: Susan (Allen) Rosen, Laurie (Don) Carl and John Peterson (Laura Walsh); grandchildren: Cristina Ardell and Tyler Lawrence; great grandchildren: Meghan and Bridget, Michael and Madison; great-great grandson, Jordan; siblings Lorraine Soderquist, Willard (Darla) and Clifford (Carol). Larry was known to many as “Mann”, a name given to him when he was sick at 6-years old and his Dad called him a big man for never crying. He will always be remembered as ‘Uncle Mann’ by his many caring nieces, nephews and their families. Larry was preceded in death by his loving wife Ardell; their son, James; his parents, August & Sigrid; three brothers (Gordon, Erwin, Robert) and two sisters (Irma ‘Sally’ Chies, Evelyn Lechko). A celebration of Larry’s life 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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John R. Ellis
02/13/1922-02/05/2017
John Roger Ellis, age 94 of Aitkin formerly of Palisade died Sunday, February 5, 2017 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. John was born February 13, 1922 at Waukenabo Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota the son of James and Emmalissa (James) Ellis. He grew up and attended schools in Waukenabo Township. He then worked for a time in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He joined the U.S. Army and served during WW II. Upon his discharge he went to the Dakotas where he worked for a time and then went to work for the Quaker Oats Company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He married Donna Loraine Schoonmaker on June 7, 1952 in Aitkin. The lived in Cedar Rapids for 3 years and then moved to the Palisade area where they have lived most of their married life. John worked for the McGarry Construction Company for a time and then went to work in the Mines at Crosby for 15 years. He then went to work for the Coop station in Palisade as a mechanic and worked there for 15 years before he retired. He then worked in the Rice Paddy’s after he had retired. He moved to the Aicota Health Care Center the day after Thanksgiving of 2016. He enjoyed hunting, reading, walking and mowing the lawn. He is survived by his wife Donna Ellis of Aitkin; Children: Wesley and Deb Ellis of Nisswa, Mn.; William and Lynn Ellis of Zimmerman, Mn.; James Ellis of Palisade; Raymond and Irene Ellis of Nisswa; 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers and 3 sisters. A funeral service will be held Monday, February 13, 2017 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Barry Hite and Rev. Charles Carlson officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to7 PM at the funeral home and also 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Palisade VFW Post. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dawn S. Eepeseth
10/10/1953-02/03/2017
Dawn S. Espeseth, age 63 of Aitkin died Friday, February 3, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd, Minnesota. Dawn was born October 10, 1953 in Aitkin the daughter of Paul and Phyllis (Pavek) Hyytinen. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1971. She married Larry Espeseth on November 7, 1970 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. They lived in Minneapolis and Anoka for a time and then returned to Aitkin in 1975 and have lived here since. Dawn worked with her husband in the masonry business for all of these years taking care of all of the office and book work that needed to be done. Dawn enjoyed gardening, sewing and reading. She enjoyed being at home and loved her grandchildren dearly. She is survived by her husband: Larry Espeseth of Aitkin; Sons and daughter in law: Troy and Ann Espeseth and Jason(Kelli Nelson) Espeseth all of Aitkin; grandchildren: Austin, Jacob, Ginelle, Ashley, Brooke, Landyn, and Siarra; 2 Great Grandchildren: Finnley and Eleanor Dawn; Sister: Diane Landstad of Aitkin; Brother: Craig Hyytinen of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents Paul and Phyllis Hyytinen, Brother Gary Hyytinen and father in law and mother in law: Oscar and Alice Espeseth. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 10, 2017 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Rabbit Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Brandon Russell Harwig
03/14/1995-02/03/2017
Brandon Russell Harwig, age 21, of Crosby died Friday, February 3, 2017 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. Brandon was born March 14, 1995 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Joseph Harwig and Melissa Cutter. He grew up and attended the palisade school and then the Crosby Schools where he graduated from High School in 2013. He then started working in the construction industry and worked as a union laborer. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, 4 wheeling, snowmobiling, motorcycles, snowboarding, skateboarding, working with his hands and was always busy fixing things. Brandon is survived by his mother: Melissa Cutter of Crosby, father and step mother: Joseph and Jodi Harwig of Palisade; brother and sisters: Paige Harwig, Brook Harwig, Logan Decent, Nevaeh Cutter all of Crosby; Elizabeth Harwig of Palisade, Natalie Halvorson of Aitkin; grandparents: Russell and Sandy Cutter of Crosby, Linda Harwig of Palisade, Roy Harwig of Olathe, Kansas; great grandparents: Yvonne and LeRoy Sanvig of Deerwood; girlfriend: Brandi Hallin of Ironton and a number of aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his great grandparents: Lamberth Mindrum and Lorraine Mindrum and Brother Luke Joseph Harwig. A funeral service will be held Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11 AM from the Journey North Church in Aitkin with Rev. William Sass officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Steven Michael Bare
11/27/1955-01/30/2017
Steven Michael Bare, age 61 of Aitkin died Monday, January 30, 2017 at his home. Steve was born November 27, 1955 at Marshfield, Wisconsin the son of Arnold and Dorothy (Smith) Bare. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin where he graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1973. He then attended the St. Cloud Technical College studying Business Management. He started working for Bonne’s Shoes in St. Cloud. He married Janice Howard on May 14, 1977 and they lived in the Twin Cities and he worked for Bonne’s Shoes in St. Paul. In 1983 they moved back to Aitkin where he worked with his parents operating Bare’s Bootery. He bought the business from his parents in 2002 and operated it until his retirement in August 2015. He was a very active member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. He was a very dedicated volunteer to the Aitkin Little League program. He was also active in the Aitkin Children’s Center, Aitkin Quarterbacks Club, Aitkin Chamber of Commerce, Aitkin Retail Committee, Aitkin Dollars for Scholars, and was an enthusiastic booster for all of the Aitkin Athletic programs. He played softball for many years in the Aitkin league and played hockey in his younger days. While in high school, he played football and baseball. He enjoyed following his children's activities as they grew up. He enjoyed fishing with the boys, family and friends and serving as the fishing guide. He also liked hunting, camping, snowmobiling and 4-wheeling. He loved working in the store and all of his customers were very special to him especially the relationships he developed over the years with them. What brought him the most joy was his growing family – his sons, his daughters-in-law, and granddaughter Ella. He is survived by his wife: Janice Bare of Aitkin; sons and spouses: Matthew (Kristen) Bare of Vadnais Heights, Mn., Michael (Alexandra) Bare of Halstad, Mn.; granddaughter: Ella; brother and sister-in-law: Douglas and Mary Bare of Aitkin; mother-in-law: Betty Howard of Aitkin; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Dale and Linda Howard of Aitkin, Carole and Steve Prince of Garrison, Mn., Joanne and Steve Mott of Pequot Lakes, Mn., Dan and Dianne Howard of Bellechester, Mn., and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Dorothy Bare; and father-in-law, Larry Howard. A memorial service will be held Friday, February 3, 2017 at 11 a.m. from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Howard Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. Memorials can be made to Aitkin Dollars for Scholars.
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Elizabeth Alma Lidfors
03/14/1917-01/27/2017
Elizabeth Alma Lidfors, age 99 of Aitkin died Friday, January 27, 2017 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born March 14, 1917 in Crosby, Minnesota, the second child of C.E. and Alma Nelson Skone. She was baptized on June 10, 1917 and later confirmed on May 22, 1932 at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood, Minnesota. Her family lived in Deerwood, so she attended elementary school there and then graduated from Crosby-Ironton High School in 1935. After high school she attended the University of Minnesota and later graduated from Minnesota School of Business. While working as a waitress at the Blue Goose in Garrison, she met Henry Lidfors who was the cook. On June 10, 1940 Betty and Hank were married in Cresco, Iowa at the Immanuel Lutheran Church. After marriage they lived outside of Aitkin where Hank had a milk route, and then they moved to Deerwood while Hank worked in the mines. In 1946 they moved to Aitkin, when they purchased Deerwood Lumber Co. from Betty’s father. Their marriage was blessed with four children: John Henry, Rebecca Elizabeth, Mary Beth and Bernice Ann. Betty was a faithful member of First Lutheran Church, serving as Sunday School superintendent, teacher of Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and was an active member of LCW and her circle. She and Hank attended services regularly and participated in Bible Study. They would entertain many visiting pastors and guests of the church and enjoyed getting acquainted with many special friends as a result. Betty enjoyed her family and friends. She was a committed homemaker and caregiver to her husband and children, encouraging all to do their best. She loved cooking, entertaining extended family often, and gathering with friends at their home in Aitkin, Hamlet Lake, Cedar Lake or in Mesa, Arizona. Over the years her hobbies included card playing (she loved to play bridge), embroidering, and cross stitching, teaching ceramics, and playing golf. Betty believed that volunteering was very important. She was active in the Red Cross, serving as the blood chairman for many years and was a Gray Lady, she was a Home Health Aide, a Girl Scout Leader, and a member and officer of PTA. Betty and Hank spent 22 winters in their mobile home in Mesa, Arizona after retirement. In 1999 they sold their home on Cedar Lake and moved to Blackrock Terrace in Aitkin for eight years. In April of 2007 they moved to Aicota Assisted Living and Hank moved to the Aicota Health Care Center in February of 2009. Betty moved to Heartwood in Crosby in August of 2010 where she lived until moving to Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin on August 9, 2012. She is survived by two daughters: Rebecca (John) Jungas of Mountain Lake, Mn. and their daughters: Kristin Engbrecht and grandchildren: Alexander and Madison of Rochester, Mn. and Karna (Dave) Hagen and grandchildren Evan and Cole of Shakopee, Mn.; Bernice Hayes (Rod Cornell) of Duluth and her daughters: Natasha Oreskovich (Shannon Smith) of Woodbury, Mn.; and Brittany (Joe) Mathews of Minneapolis, Mn.; brother and law and sisters in law: Arnold (Marian) Lidfors of St. Louis Park, MN; several nieces and nephews: Leslie Skone, Elizabeth Lee, James Terry, Susan Macaulay, Timothy Robinson, Kathleen Miller, Robert Lidfors, William Lidfors, Vernon Lidfors, Lorraine Lidfors, and many special cousins and friends. Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years who passed away on January 18, 2010, her parents C.E. and Alma Skone, brother and sister in law: Edward and Lorraine Skone, brother Jacky Skone, sister and brother in law Dorothy and Robert Terry, sister in law: Vera Robinson, children: John Henry-“Bam” and Mary Beth Lidfors; great granddaughter: Annika Nilson and nieces Cynthia Skone and Virginia Lidfors and nephews Terry Skone and Brian Skone. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 30, 2017 at Noon from the First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Blessed be the memory of Elizabeth Alma Lidfors.
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