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Archive Obituaries
Elizabeth Soderquist
10/08/1937-01/02/2017
Elizabeth (Koenig) Soderquist age 79 of Aitkin died Monday, January 2, 2017 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Elizabeth, known to us as Betty and Liz, was born Oct. 8, 1937 to John and Annette (Wedel) Koenig. She attended school at Aitkin and graduated in 1955. She attended UMD graduating Cum Laude in Elementary Education. She was listed in “Who’s Who” in American college in 1959. In March of 1959, she was hired by the Aitkin School District to teach spring primary in the new Elementary School her father had just completed building. She continued to teach in that District at several grade levels. She often commented that she loved her job when the kids were there and also sitting at her desk after hours preparing for the next day. Elizabeth was very much involved in her church, St. John’s Lutheran, as Sunday School Superintendent and Teacher, VBS Coordinator, Choir and Bible Study. After her retirement in 1995 she was involved in the community she loved; working on the board for Kinship and the Keller Foundation, Hospital Auxiliary, as an Election Judge, member of the Jaques Art Center and reading for Storytime at the library. In July 1959 Elizabeth married John Soderquist. She and her husband loved to travel which they did often. In most recent years were fortunate to spend winters in Orange Beach, AL. She is survived by her husband of 57 years - John, Daughters - Julie (Scott) Smith, Jane (Chris) Hills and Paula Soderquist. Grandchildren: Emily O’Neil, Eric O’Neil, Colleen (Brett) Christensen and Brenda (Jake) Mehr and 3 Great Grandchildren: Lydia, Jonah and Matthias, Sisters: Kathy (Terry) Hanlon and Maryann (Pat Holder. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 6, 2017 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 spring at St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery at Cedarbrook. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Artis Orjala
08/05/1925-01/02/2017
Artis Orjala, age 91 of Aitkin died Monday, January 2, 2017 at Golden Horizons Assisted Living in Aitkin. She was born August 5, 1925 in Newcastle, Wyoming to Oscar and Ruby (Kvenberg) Hoelz. She grew up in Aitkin and graduated from Aitkin High School in 1943. During the war she worked in Washington, DC for the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Artis was united in marriage to Carl Orjala April 30, 1947 in Aitkin, at the United Methodist Church where they were lifelong members. They made their home in East Lake until 1953 when they moved to their farm on the Mississippi River northeast of Aitkin. Artis was an avid gardener and nature photographer and enjoyed exploring the woods and fields near her home with her camera in hand. Her greatest joy was feeding wild birds, which she photographed while seated at her kitchen table, telephoto lens pointed out the open window. With a group of friends she formed the Aitkin Camera Club, which met for monthly slide shows for decades. She was preceded in death by her husband Carl on January 10, 2009; her son Timothy on October 22, 1968; her parents Oscar and Ruby Hoelz; her sister Lois Westling; and her brother Murray Hoelz. Artis is survived by: daughter Janet Orjala of Portland, OR; daughter and son-in-law Ellen and Keith Dobbins of Chanhassen, MN; son Thomas Orjala and his partner Aurora Hill of Coeur d’Alene, ID; son and daughter-in-law Todd Orjala and Krista Herbstrith of Northfield, MN; brother and sister-in-law Joel and Phyllis Hoelz of Aitkin. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Christine, Teuvo, Kailas, Ellis, Lindsey, Evan, Griffin, and Cooper, and three great grandchildren: Sydney, Owen, and Jude. Artis’s family wishes to thank the staff in the Golden Horizons memory care unit for caring for Artis for so many years and for allowing her beloved cat Blackie (whom they also cared for) to live with her. Memorials are preferred to Heartland Animal Rescue Team “HART” in Brainerd. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Monday, January 9, 2017 at United Methodist Church in Aitkin. Reverend Larry Foote will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. – Sunday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. And will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Evelyn A. Olson
03/03/1926-01/01/2017
Evelyn Olson, 90, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all who knew her. Evelyn was born March 3, 1926 in Palisade to Alice and Clarence Carlson. She attended Palisade and Aitkin Public Schools. Evelyn Married Harold Tibbetts in 1944. Together they operated the Tibbetts Cattle Company until Harold’s passing in 1989. Evelyn also worked outside the home, including a position she held for many years at the Aitkin Ben Franklin. In 1991, Evelyn married Don Olson. They resided near Aitkin until Don passed away a few years later. Evelyn enjoyed traveling, and was active in several organizations, including the Aitkin Lioness Club and the Aitkin American Legion Auxiliary. She also served as Aitkin Riverboat queen. Survivors include two sons and daughters in law: Butch and Linda Tibbetts and Chuck and Jan Tibbetts all of Aitkin two daughters: Rita Oaks (Al Pruitt) of Duluth and Sherrie Spartz (Mike Peckels) of Aitkin. Also surviving are four grandchildren and four great grandchildren, one brother: Roger Carlson of Palisade and many nieces and nephews. By Evelyn’s request no public services or celebrations of life will be held. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dorothy R. Smith
08/03/1924-12/26/2016
Dorothy R. Smith, age 92 of Aitkin, Minnesota formerly of Springville, New York died Monday, December 26, 2016 at the Aicota Health Care Center. Dorothy was born August 3, 1924 at East Concord, New York, the daughter of William and Amelia (Meehl) Reed. She grew up in East Concord and attended schools in East Concord and Springville. She graduated from the Springville Griffith Institute in 1940. She married Donald N. Smith on September 15, 1951 at the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Springville. Dorothy had worked at Cook-Waite, M&T Bank, and the Springville Village Office. After the death of Donald in 1998, she married Stanley Lazell Sr. on January 2, 1999. She was a member of the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Springville where she had been active in Sunday school and the church choir and she had served on various boards. She had also volunteered for the Rural Transit in Springville as a dispatcher for many years. She is survived by 2 daughters and son in law: Tracie and Rev. David Becker of Aitkin, Mn. and Kimberlie Smith of Savannah, GA; 2 grandchildren: Christopher Becker of Salt Lake City, UT, and Jamie (Peter) Stephenson of Athens, GA; 1 brother: Harold Reed of South Charleston, WV. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, 1 sister: Amelia Wiese and 1 brother: Kenneth Reed. A funeral service will be held Thursday, December 29, 2016 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. A service and burial at Maplewood Cemetery in Springville, New York will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, MN. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jeanne Louise Thompson
01/24/1933-12/24/2016
Jeanne Louise Thompson, 83, of McGregor MN, passed away Christmas Eve at Solvay House in Duluth after a brief illness. Jeanne was born January 24 1933 in Akron OH the second of three children to Robert and Vesta Greathouse. While home on break from Bowling Green University, a friend's brother introduced her to his Air Force buddy, Charles T. Thompson. They married in 1955 and settled in Silver Bay, then Two Harbors where she worked with pre-school, elementary and special education students as a speech therapist. Following retirement they moved to their cabin on the lake where she was a fixture as the organist at Grace Lutheran Church until November of this year. She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband Chuck. Jeanne is survived by her sons: Robert (Lori), Greg (Kim) and Rod (Karen) Thompson, and godson Scott Lind, along with her brother Robert (Shirley) Greathouse and sister Peggy Hackett; as well as her nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be sent to Solvay House or the charity of your choice in her memory. Memorial service will be 1:00P.M. – Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Visitation will begin at 11:30A.M. until the 1:00P.M. service at the church. Burial will be in Pine Needle Cemetery. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Arden Lyle Westerlund
03/08/1932-12/22/2016
Arden Lyle Westerlund, age 84 of Malmo died Thursday, December 22, 2016 at his home in Malmo Township. Arden was born March 8, 1932 in Malmo Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota the son of Edwin and Dolores (Messersmith) Westerlund. He grew up in Malmo Township and attended the Malmo School. He then worked on farms in the Dakota’s and also on a pig farm near Cedar, Mn. He also worked construction having worked on the Garrison Dam in North Dakota. He married Arlene Nyberg on June 25, 1955 at Malmo, Minnesota. He then made his home near Malmo and took over the operation of the family farm. While he operated the farm he also worked for the township. He retired from operating the farm in 1976 and he started Westerlund Construction and had stayed active in operating that until his death. He enjoyed raising his Belgian Horses, refurbishing the old leather harnesses and resurrecting old hose drawn equipment. Arden was a very hard worker all of his life. He is survived by his wife Arlene Westerlund of Malmo; Children and spouses: Debbie (Russell) Riggs of Malmo, Greg (Donna) Westerlund of Malmo, Karla (Paul) White of Malmo, Jared (Kate) Westerlund of Sammamish, Wash.; 10 grandchildren, 11 Great Grandchildren, 1 brother: Gaylard Westerlund of Malmo and 2 sisters in law: Loretta Westerlund and Marilyn Andrews both of Malmo. He was preceded in death by his parents, 6 sisters and 4 brothers. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 1 PM from Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo with Rev. Paul Andell officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday 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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Helen Louise Craine
02/13/1941-12/16/2016
Helen Louise Craine, 75 of Hill City died Friday, December 16, 2016 at Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital in Grand Rapids. She was born February 13, 1941 in Monroe, Michigan to Lando and Harriet (Gross) Mentel. Helen was united in marriage to Dennis Craine on June 20, 1980 in Sisseton, South Dakota. She worked in food services and enjoyed gardening, crocheting, cooking, and baking. She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother Don Mentel. Helen is survived by her husband Dennis of Hill City, Children: Robert (Lisa) Samuelson of Hill City, Tina (Dave) Johnson of Woodbury, Maureen (Jim) Eggebraaten of Cloquet, Shawn Samuelson of Hill City, 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, Sister: Joyce (Joe) Goetz of Milan, Michigan, Brother: Kenny (Joann) Mentel of Monroe, Michigan, Other relatives and friends. Private services with burial in Macville Cemetery will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Richard R. Cook
06/02/1932-12/15/2016
Richard R. Cook Sr., age 84 of Palisade died Thursday, December 15, 2016 at the Grand Itasca Hospital in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Richard was born at home on June 2, 1932 in Waukenabo Township of Aitkin County the son of Robert and Louise (Schroeder) Cook. He grew up and attended the Hassman School. He then worked on a farm for a time before enlisting in the U.S. Army on September 29, 1949. After his basic training he was sent to Japan for a short time as the Korean War started while he was enroute to Japan. He was deployed to Korea with the 1st Calvary Division in June of 1950. He was seriously wounded in combat on September 8, 1950. He was eventually evacuated to Japan and then to a hospital in Denver, Colorado for his rehabilitation. He was discharged in June of 1951. Richard was a recipient of the Purple Heart. Upon his discharge he returned to the Aitkin area and worked for a time and then attended Dunwoody Institute where he learned woodworking. He married Rosemary Thorne on May 1, 1955 in Crosby, Minnesota. They lived in Minneapolis and Richard worked for Anderson Windows. They returned to Palisade in 1962 where they operated a Dairy Farm. He operated that until he retired from farming in 1985. Richard kept himself busy after selling the farm by driving truck, cutting grass for Rutgers, working for wild rice growers and the cranberry farms, Hegman Construction and Kent Cummings. He was a member of the Palisade VFW, the Aitkin American Legion, the DAV and AMVETS. He enjoyed fishing, especially ice fishing. In his younger days he made beautiful furniture. He had served as a fire warden for Hebron Township for many years. He was a member of the Fleming United Methodist Church and also the Purple Heart Society. He is survived by his children: Richard (Sheryl) Cook of Machesney Park, Ill., Steven (Becca Person) Cook of Aitkin, Randall (Cheryl Hannah) Cook of Aitkin; 7 Grandchildren, 3 Great Grandchildren, 2 brothers: Robert Lowell Cook of Richfield, Mn., William Cook of Aitkin and sister: Anna Schultz of New Richland, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wife Rosemary in 2000, daughter Heidi in 2007 and 1 sister Marjorie Marovilli. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 11 AM from the Fleming United Methodist Church with Diane Brennan officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday 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. Military honors will be provided by the Palisade and Aitkin VFW's, the Aitkin American Legion, and the Aitkin DAV. Burial will be in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lily Belle Smith
10/22/1927-12/11/2016
Lily B. Smith, 89 of Palisade died Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born October 22, 1927 in Emerald, Wisconsin to Gust W. and Clara B. (Cook) Harer. Lily was united in marriage to Harold F. Smith on April 12, 1946 in Hudson, Wisconsin. She was a homemaker and mother. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the Golden Age Club. She enjoyed puzzles, crocheting, bingo, cooking, baking, and fishing. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold, son Bill, daughter Bobbie, grandson Joe, and her parents Gust W. and Clara B. (Cook) Harer. Lily is survived by 5 daughters and sons-in-law: Diane (Art) Brier of Tamarack, Kathy Zehoski (Dave Schuno) of Welch, Dawn (Dan) Foerster of Tamarack, Susan A. Smith of Tamarack, Charlotte Muraski of Nisswa, Daughter-in-law: Susan B. Smith of Mahtomedi, 15 grandchildren: Richelle, John, Jim, Sarah, Tom, Nicolas, Clara, Kate, Sam, Angelina, Leah, Phillip, Jeremiah, Keith, Andrew, 20 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren, Special cat Tazzy, And many other relatives and friends. The family would like to thank the staff at Aicota Health Care Center for the special care they showed for Lily. Funeral service will be 11:00AM – Thursday, December 15, 2016 at Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. Father “KK.” Kuriakose Nediakala will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Irene C. Bright
03/12/1939-12/11/2016
Irene C. Bright, age 77, of Aitkin died Sunday, December 11, 2016 at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Irene was born March 12, 1939 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of George and Justine (Kerests) Corba. She grew up and attended schools in North Minneapolis and graduated from North High School in 1956. She then attended St. Cloud State University and graduated with her B.S. degree in Math Education in 1959. She took a job for one year teaching math in the McGregor High School. She then met her husband Richard and one year turned into 35 years. When she retired in 1994, she was the school librarian and head of the media center. During those years she went back to school and received her master’s degree in media, again at St. Cloud State University. She married Richard E. Bright on June 25, 1960 in Minneapolis. They have made their home in Kimberly for all of these years. She was a member of the Kimberly Church, had served as the Kimberly Township clerk for 28 years. She had served on the Minnesota Association of Townships and traveled training township officers throughout the state of Minnesota. She owned and operated the Patchwork Fabric Shop in Aitkin for a number of years. Following her retirement she worked at the Stamp Cottage in Crosby of 7 years and the worked for the Office shop in Aitkin for 8 years. She was a member of the Red Hat Club, ADK teacher’s sorority, volunteered at the Riverwood Health Care Center, served on the Aitkin County Board of Adjustment and she was always busy with other community activities. She is survived by her husband Richard Bright of Aitkin; Children and spouses: John (Rebecca) Bright of Iron, Mn.; Christine (Dwight) Bright Marwede of Aitkin, James Bright of Aitkin, Grandchildren: Erianne (Casey) Gibson, Elyssa (Bevan) Bredeson, Taylor Bright, Ally Bright; Great Grandchild: Thor L.W. Gibson and Elyssa is expecting great grandchild number 2; two sisters: Mary Ann Lisk of Minnetonka, Mn. and Dorothy Johnson of Fridley, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter in law Rebecca, brothers in law: Arnie Johnson and Earl “Jack” Lisk. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Rick Perry officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with a prayer service led by Rev. Sandy Berg Holte at 7 PM and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Saron Cemetery in the spring. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Henry M. Bruss
04/25/1927-12/06/2016
Henry Marvin “Bud” Bruss, age 89 of Aitkin died Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin, Minnesota. Bud was born April 25, 1927 at Wood Lake, Minnesota the son of Henry and Mathilda (Wilkening) Bruss. He attended the St. Luke’s Lutheran School in Wood Lake and then the Wood Lake High School. He worked on the family farm for a time and the enlisted in the US Navy and served during WW II serving in the Pacific Theater of operations. He then served in the Navy Reserves from 1947 to 1952. Upon his discharge he attended electrical school in Chicago for a time. He married Elaine D. Plath on October 16, 1949 at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Wood Lake, Minnesota. They moved to the Twin Cities and he worked for the Peterson Cement Brothers for 6 years. Bud and his brother Loren started the Bruss Brothers Contracting Co. doing cement work. They worked together for 13 years. In the off season he drove an oil tanker truck for the Mobile Oil Co. Bud then worked at the Cargill Machine Shop for 3 years. Bud then took a job at Concordia College in St. Paul as the lead maintenance engineer for 8 years. In 1977 they moved to Aitkin and bought and operated the Edgewater Beach Resort until 1991 when they sold the resort. During this same period, Bud worked as the maintenance supervisor at the Aitkin County Court House. He retired in 1991. Bud was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin and had served as its council president. He also sang in the church choir for many years. He was a member of the American Bowling Congress for 34 years. He was a member of the Aitkin Lions Club which he was a past president. He was a Melvin Jones recipient and also had received the Helen Keller Award. He enjoyed bowling, softball, baseball and horseshoes. He had served as a coach in the Aitkin Youth Bowling Leagues. He was always interested in what his grandchildren where doing especially when it came to sports. He is survived by his wife Elaine Bruss of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Tom (Chere) Bruss of Aitkin; Kathy (Terry) Dox of Aitkin; Pam (Larry) Kramer of Aitkin; 8 Grandchildren: Troy Dox, Krista Anderson, Jason Dox, Matthew Bruss, Timothy Bruss, Daniel Novotny, Kelsey Kramer, Robert Kramer; Great Grandchildren: Kenzie Kampen, Carter Dox, Jake Anderson, Mara Dox, Breckin Dox, Hailey Sargent and Sutton Kramer. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Daniel, 3 brothers and 5 sisters. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 11 AM from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin and a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Carol Schoneck
11/27/1934-12/01/2016
Carol Schoneck, 82 of Aitkin died Thursday, December 1, 2016 at Aitkin Health Services. She was born November 27, 1934 in Swatara to Theodore and Effie (Chord) Cook. She graduated from Aitkin High School. Carol was united in marriage to Richard Schoneck in 1950 in Colorado Springs, CO. Carol was a full-time homemaker and also sold Avon and was a home health aid. She had a passion for and was an avid gardener. She would exhibit what she grew at the local county fair and shared the extra food that was grown. Carol enjoyed baking, sewing, and reading. She attended and volunteered in activities at St. John's Lutheran Church. Carol is survived by her husband Richard Schoneck, 2 Sons: Steven Schoneck of North Minneapolis, Scott Schoneck (significant other Jennifer Noble) of Bemidji, Grandchildren: Benji and Sam Schoneck , Step grandchild: Isaac Londo, Sister: Betty (Cook) Smith of New Brighton, MN., Other relatives include those that live in Bemidji, Florida, Colorado, and other parts of the United States. A Memorial services will be held and announced in the spring of 2017. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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John Herman Tholen
04/02/1931-11/29/2016
John Herman Tholen, 85 of Aitkin died Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Aitkin Health Services. He was born April 2, 1931 in Aitkin to Herman Heinrich and Alfreida (Eck) Tholen. He grew up in Aitkin and graduated from Aitkin High School in 1949. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran serving in Special Forces in the Korean War for 3 years. After returning home he enrolled into Brown Institute in Minneapolis and studied broadcasting. John was united in marriage to Beverly Shuk. They lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for several years. While in Iowa he played in the back-up band for Fats Domino. He moved to Minneapolis where he worked for KANO Radio in Anoka. He was the manager for Uncle John’s Pancake House in Golden Valley. He appeared on TV ads for the Casey Jones TV show. He moved back to Aitkin and managed the Roadside Restaurant for both Aitkin and McGregor for around 25 years. He played in a band called the Buccaneers for over 30 years. John was united in marriage to Marlene LeRay Modrow on June 8, 1985 in Minneapolis. He became news director for KKIN Radio in Aitkin and was the director of the Golden Oldies program. He wrote a book called “Tears” and also wrote a second book but never had it published. He made trips to Germany in 2000 and 2002 to visit with newly found cousins. He retired to enjoy hunting, fishing, his yard, and his family. He had a big sense of humor, loved to make people laugh, and had a heart of gold. He was preceded in death by his first wife Beverly, daughter Randi, granddaughter Kymberly, baby brother, and his parents. John is survived by his wife Marlene, 2 Daughters: Deb (Joe) Lottmann, Kelli Nelson (Jason Espeseth), Son: Keith Nelson, 2 Grandsons: Jeff (Dani) Lehrke and John (Amy) Lehrke, 2 Granddaughters: Brooke Nelson and Siarra Espeseth, 5 great-grandchildren, Sister: Judy (Martin) Hansen, and 2 nieces. A gathering of family and friends will be 1 to 4P.M. – Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the 40 Club Restaurant in Aitkin. Burial with military honors will be 12:00P.M. – Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Gary O'Neil
03/20/1955-11/26/2016
Gary “Darby” O’Neil, 61 of Aitkin died Saturday, November 26, 2016 at his residence. He was born March 20, 1955 in Aitkin to Dennis and Ruth (Olson) O’Neil. He graduated from Aitkin High School and worked as a truck driver and in construction. He was preceded in death by his parents. Gary is survived by his son and daughter-in-law: Travis (Sarah) O’Neil of Aitkin, 2 grandchildren: Baylie and Brooklyne, 3 brothers: Tom O’Neil, Richard O’Neil, and Dean O’Neil all of Aitkin, Many other relatives and friends. A gathering of family and friends will be at a later date. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Verdell Lucille Brown
10/31/1943-11/24/2016
Verdell Lucille Brown age 73 of Aitkin formerly of McGregor died Thursday, November 24, 2016 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Verdell was born October 31, 1943 at Pine City, Minnesota the daughter of August and Dorothy Lucille (Lewellin) Gehrke. She grew up and attended schools at Wrenshall, Minnesota graduating from the Wrenshall High School in 1961. She married Kenneth Brown on November 11, 1961 in McGregor, Minnesota. She made her home in McGregor where she raised her family and helped on the farm. She lived at the Northland Assisted Living in McGregor for a time and in 2013 she moved to the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and canning. She loved to spend time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is survived by her 3 children: Vicky (John) White of McGregor, Wendy (Wayne) Beauchem of Grandy, Mn.; Matt Brown of Fergus Falls, Mn.; 8 Grandchildren: Vanessa, Amanda, Neil, Sarah, Melanie, Lance, Charles and Shane and 2 great grandchildren: Jaxson and Payton. She is also survived by brothers and sisters: August (Paulette) Gehrke of Grafton, Virginia; Lois (Paul) Stephan of Brook Park, Mn.; David Gehrke of Aitkin; Charles Gehrke of Advance, North Carolina; Debbie (Al) Bergstrom of Mora, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents August and Dorothy Lucille Gehrke, Husband Kenneth Brown, Son Neil Brown, sisters: Shirley and Karen and brothers: Douglas and Raymond. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 11 AM from the McGregor United Methodist Church with Rev. Joel Seibel officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday 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 Woodland Cemetery in McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Hjalmer Toivo Hutar
12/19/1913-11/24/2016
Hjalmer Toivo Hutar, 102 of East Lake died Thursday, November 24, 2016 at Villa Court Senior Community in Cromwell. He was born December 19, 1913 in Rice River Township, Aitkin County to Matt and Ida (Beckman) Hutar. He attended country school in the East Lake and Rice River Township area. Hjalmer was united in marriage to Effie Westerlund on December 31, 1937 in Beaver Township, Aitkin County. He worked as a farmer and logger. He was member of Rice River Lutheran Church and Rice River Seniors. He was an avid trapper, hunter and fisherman, and was a very hard worker who always provided for his family. He was preceded in death by his wife Effie on August 7, 2006, son Roger, grandson Michael, 5 brothers and sisters, and his parents. Hjalmer is survived by 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Donald (Carol) Hutar of Cromwell, Kent Hutar of McGregor, 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Joan (David) Whitney of New Hope, Darlene Radtke (Chuck Jacob) of Carlton, Elaine (Dick) Farah of McGregor, Daughter-in-law: Sharon Hutar of Tamarack, 17 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, December 3, 2016 at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Reverend Hal Kamppi will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rice River Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Sonja Nina Hakes
11/26/1943-11/21/2016
Sonja Nina Hakes, 72 of Aitkin died Monday, November 21, 2016 at Aitkin Health Services. She was born November 26, 1943 in Minneapolis to Emil Konnow and Deloris Lorraine (Thompson) Svenkerud. She graduated from Moorhead High School and then from Concordia College in Moorhead with an Education Major. She worked as a teacher, school librarian, and media specialist. Sonja was united in marriage to Allan Ladd Hakes July 2, 1966 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Moorhead. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, mystery novels and card games such as Tripoley. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her daughter Kristin Spencer, and her parents Emil Konnow and Deloris Lorraine (Thompson) Svenkerud. Sonja is survived by her husband: Allan Ladd Hakes of Aitkin, Daughter: Sarah Hakes of Aitkin, 2 brothers and sister-in-law: Erik Svenkerud of Austin, TX., and Ernie (Barb) Svenkerud of Park Rapids. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, December 9, 2016 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Riley Jo Peterson
10/11/2016-11/21/2016
Riley Jo Peterson age 6 weeks passed away on Monday, November 21, 2016 at the Children Hospital in Minneapolis. The family’s hearts are hurting and heavy as they say goodbye to their amazing baby girl, Riley Jo. She brought so much happiness and joy into their lives. They are comforted knowing that she in such great hands, being welcomed by so many of her family in heaven. . Riley Jo is survived by her parents: John and Bethany Peterson of Palisade; grandparents: Bruce and Erin Beck and Douglas and Linda Peterson of Aitkin; aunts: Ashley Beck, Angie Peterson; uncle: Chad Peterson; great grandmother: Nancy Muehlenhardt of Osakis, godmothers: Ashley Beck and Megan Ladd and other relatives and friends. A private family service will be held. The family wants to thank everyone for their continued thoughts and prayers. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Paul Spolarich
05/16/1926-11/08/2016
Paul Anthony Thomas Spolarich, 90 of Palisade died Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born May 16, 1926 in Tipperary, Iowa to Paul and Helen (Maris) Spolarich. He moved to the Palisade area around 1940 and attended Jackson country school. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean War. Paul was united in marriage Vi (Weston) November 14, 1953 in Palisade. He worked for a time in the mines and was a farmer and logger. He enjoyed farming, hunting, and horses. He was preceded in death by his 4 brothers: George, Joe, Johnny, and Phillip; 5 sisters: Mary, Helen, Francis, Rose, and Rose Mary; great-grandson Bennett Thomas; niece Mary Jane; and his parents Paul and Helen (Maris) Spolarich. Paul is survived by his wife Vi Spolarich of Palisade, 5 sons and daughters-in-law: Rodney (Gaylene) Spolarich of Palisade, Kenny Spolarich of Palisade, Danny (Meg) Spolarich of Duluth, Paul (Angela) Spolarich of Palisade, Robert Spolarich of Palisade, 2 daughters and son-in-law: Paulette Matteson of Aitkin, Jeanine (Craig) LeBlanc, 33 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. A celebration of Paul’s life will be 2:00P.M. – Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Palisade at a later date. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dorothy Carlberg
08/06/1926-11/06/2016
Dorothy Carlberg, age 90 years, 3 months, passed away Sunday, November 6, 2016 at her home in rural Aitkin with Hospice support. She was the widow of Gordon Carlberg. She was born August 6, 1926 in Nottingham, England, the daughter of Arthur John and Ethel Maud Catton Gee. She attended an all-girls school. World War II greatly impacted her life. She was 12 years old when she began serving the war effort. She worked delivering messages in a war office after school. When she was old enough she joined the Royal Air Force in the Women’s Air Corps where she worked 3 miles underground delivering messages to keep the Yanks in the air. In 1945 she married her own Yank, John Pauluk . To this union five children were born, three survived. At an early age she began working at Boots Pharmaceutical. Through her life she was employed in retail. Powers Dept. Store in St. Louis Park was where she met her second husband Gordon. After moving to Aitkin in 1979 she joined the Green Thumb Program. She worked in the Aitkin High School and the Depot Museum. Dorothy was a dedicated and committed worker who loved her jobs and people. Being creative she designed and enjoyed knitting beautiful sweaters. Her hobbies were gardening, feeding the birds, and yelling at the squirrels. She was a great conversationalist and story teller and her pleasant accent made visits very enjoyable. She will be remembered for her great sense of humor and generosity. She gave all she had and lots of love to her family and friends. Dorothy is greatly loved and missed by her children: Cynthia (Dave) Ebeltoft of West St. Paul Gloria (Charles) Gunderson of Rolfe, IA. Dave Pauluk of Modesto, CA. Step-daughters: Lynn (John) Ashby of The Villages, FL. Candy (Mark) Kisley of Yolga, SD. 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, Her dog and body guard Mugsley. Sister Kate Ruth Cole of Nottingham, England She was preceded in death by her husbands, parents, and two baby boys. Funeral service will be 10:30A.M. Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at the 40 Club Restaurant in Aitkin. Burial will be at a later date. Memorials are preferred to: Aitkin County Historical Society/Depot Museum, 20 Pacific St. NW, Aitkin, MN. 56431. The family may be contacted through: Gloria Gunderson, 603 Maple St. Rolfe, IA. 50581. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Jean Ann Fjerstad
12/12/1933-11/04/2016
Jean Ann Fjerstad was born December 12, 1933 and passed away November 4, 2016 at the age of 82. Jean was preceded in death by her parents Henry Johnsen and Hilda (Erickson) Johnsen, her brother Art, twin sister Joan and her oldest son Paul. Jean is survived by her husband Richard, her daughter Nita, sons Bruce (Deb) and Mark (Kim), her 7 grandchildren: Corrina, Todd (Mandy), Elizabeth, Jason (Rebecca), Tammy, Eric (Megan), Karla (Brett), and her 5 great grandchildren Bradi, Taelor, Luke, Lee and Faith and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was born in Duluth, Minnesota and moved to Northeast Minneapolis, and from there spent much of her time in Coon Rapids with her husband Richard. Jean and Richard were married July 9, 1955. They were married for 61 years. When Jean retired from Medtronic they moved to the cabin in Aitkin, Minnesota. Jean loved to fish, summer, winter; day and night it did not matter to her. She was well known for her delicious pancakes and cinnamon rolls. Jean will be missed by many people. A celebration of Jean’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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Helen E. Hansen
04/24/1928-11/01/2016
Helen Edith Lind Hansen, age 88 of Aitkin died Monday, November 1, 2016 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota Helen was born April 24, 1928 at Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of O.G. “Gust” and Edith Lind. She attended the Gun Lake School and then the Aitkin School graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1946. Helen married Jim Hansen on June 9, 1951 at the Fleming Methodist Church, and they were blessed with 5 children; Kevin (Beth), Jeff (Julie), Dan (Cathy), Kim (Sam Thompson), and Salli (Mike Westman). Helen took great joy in family life and loved raising her children – sewing matching Easter dresses for her girls, leading cub scouts, and always being supportive of their life choices. She’s remembered for her kindness, compassion, and easy smile by the children of Rippleside School where she worked for 26 years. Helen was a lifelong member of the Fleming United Methodist Church. She loved the Lord and was very involved with her church. The arrival of 10 grandchildren over the years gave Helen so much happiness. She will be missed by Denise Hawkins, Paul (Ryan) McGuire Grimes, Adam McGuire, Michael Hansen, Rae Thompson, Sean Thompson, Lee Thompson, Jonathan Westman, Emily Westman, and Christina Westman. Helen enjoyed gardening, painting, baking, sewing, quilting and she loved birds. Her children describe her as kind, loving, compassionate, always thoughtful and patient. She avoided controversy and was generous and humble. Helen will always be remembered for her happiness and smile – that sweet smile that was with her right up to the end. She is survived by other members of her family including sister Mil Maliszewski of NJ, brother Maurie (Sherry) Lind of Tn., sisters in law: Hulda Lind of Palisade, Mn., Ardis Lind of Co., brother in law Warren Hauert of Hallock, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jim in 2006, brothers Bob, Carl and Don and sisters Ruth and Lois. There will be a visitation Sunday from 3 to 5 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. We will celebrate Helen’s life Monday, November 7, 2016 at 11 AM at the Fleming United Methodist Church, with a visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Fleming Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Memorials are preferred to the Fleming United Methodist Church.
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Gilbert Joe Wilkes Sr.
06/30/1934-10/30/2016
Gilbert Joe Wilkes Sr. age 82 of McGregor died Sunday, October 30, 2016 at the Northland Village Assisted Living Center in McGregor. Joe was born June 30, 1934 at Wahkon, Minnesota the son of William and Ruth (Birkeland) Wilkes. He attended schools in Wahkon, Federal Dam, Bagley, McGregor and Willow River where he graduated from High School in 1948. Joe served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956. Upon his discharge he returned to Barnum, Minnesota. He married Jane Kallies on July 21, 1956 in Columbus, Ohio. They lived in McGregor for a time and he as McGregor Police officer. He then became a Minnesota State Trooper and lived in Walker, Mahnomen and McGregor prior to his retiring after 14 years of service. He moved to Alaska for a time and then moved to Minneapolis where he married his second wife Bess Boutang on October 5, 1985. He worked at Sears in Minneapolis for a number of years. He moved to Colorado and then to Carthage, Missouri. He moved to McGregor in August of 2015 and has lived here since. He enjoyed sports, photography and had played the trombone in his younger days and had played with the Chimeleski Band. He is survived by children: Gilbert (Georgia) Wilkes Jr. of Seneca, Missouri; Guy (Sue) Wilkes of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; Gary Wilkes of Seneca, Missouri and Jessica (Mike) Bovitz of Juneau, Alaska Grandchildren: Guy Scott, Mason, Dana, Randi, Brodie, Briita, John; Great Grandchildren: Amery, Odessa, Graham, Alaina, Kellen, Sam, Luke and Kate. Sisters: Mary Duffy of Soldotna, Alaska; Margie Wilkes of Minneapolis; brother: Howard Wilkes. He was preceded in death by his parents, Son: Glenn Wilkes, Brothers: Max Wilkes and Norman Wilkes; and Sister: June Utley. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 11 AM from the McGregor United Methodist Church with Diane Brennan officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Foster Cemetery near Wahkon, MN. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor.
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Steven Joseph Rivers
06/12/1952-10/27/2016
Steven Joseph Rivers, 64 of Aitkin died Thursday, October 27, 2016 at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis. He was born June 12, 1952 in Aitkin to Clayton “Chuck” and Helen (Erickson) Rivers. He was a U.S. Marine Corps. Veteran serving in the Vietnam War. Steve was united in marriage to Mary (Peterson) on July 10, 1976 in Minneapolis. He was a very hard worker as a mason bricklayer by trade, a ready-mix truck driver and was manager at the Knife River Ready Mix plant in Deerwood. He was an avid outdoors man who enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and riding motorcycle. He had a great sense of humor and was always concerned for others. He was preceded in death by his parents Clayton “Chuck” and Mary Helen (Erickson) Rivers, nephew Clayton Rivers, and niece Jessica Glenna. Steve is survived by his wife Mary Rivers of Aitkin 3 sons: Justin (Tara) Rivers of Lighthouse Point, FL. Dan Rivers (Beth Swenson) of Malmo Scott Rivers (Kelly Hunter) of St. Michael 5 grandchildren: Kegan, Ryan, Alexander, Carolyn, and Casey 4 brothers and sisters: Jeff (Marie) Rivers of Chisago City Leslie (Mike) Honan of Gearhart, OR. Susie (Lyle) Glenna of Schafer Cathy Rivers of New Brighton Step-mother: Marcella Rivers of Foley Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Friday, November 4, 2016 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Saron Cemetery. Military honors by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin V.F.W. Roberts-Glad Post #1727. www.srtfuneral.com
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Brad R. Irwin
10/14/1953-10/25/2016
Brad R. Irwin, age 63 of Aitkin died Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at his home. Brad was born on October 14, 1953 in Brainerd, Minnesota the son of Gene and Bettylou (Rosvold) Irwin. At the age of 3 they moved to St. Cloud where he attended schools through the 2nd grade. He then moved to Motley with his family and finished his education and graduated from the Motley High School in 1972. He then attended college at the University of Minnesota Crookston and then North Dakota State in Fargo where he graduated in 1976 with a BS degree in Agricultural Education. He taught school in Melrose for 1 year and then went to work for the ASCS from 1977 to 1986. He married Renee Simons on June 7, 1980 in Fergus Falls, Mn. They lived in Fergus Falls for 1 year and then lived at West Lost Lake, in Underwood, Mn. He was the director of the ASCS program there. They then moved to Glen Ullin, North Dakota in 1988 and worked in Farm Business Management. In 1988 they moved to Aitkin and he went back into education and taught at Central Lakes Community College Farm Business Management. During this time he also went back to school and received his Masters of Education from Southwest State University in Marshall, Mn. He also served as the Extension educator for Aitkin County. In 2008 he started teaching at the Aitkin High School Ag Education, industrial technology and physical science. Brad was also an alternative education instructor for Aitkin Schools shortly after moving to Aitkin. He also taught 1 year at the Pierz High School. He was currently employed as an adjuster with Rain and Hail Crop Insurance Co. and also had served as an Aitkin Township Supervisor and the Aitkin Township Clerk for many years. He had been very involved in his high school and college years with FFA and that continued on into his later life where he had served as an advisor for the FFA for many years. He was a longtime member of the Riceland Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and had been active in the Cattleman’s Association. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, camping, archery, trapping, canoeing and was an avid outdoorsman. He is survived by his wife Renee Simons Irwin of Aitkin; Daughter: Molly Irwin of Moose Lake, Mn., Mother: Bettylou (Lionel) Stelck of Motley, Mn., and sister: Lujean Vacura of Motley, Mn. He was preceded in death by his father Gene and his grandparents. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be held Friday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in the Motley Public Cemetery with a graveside service at 2:30 PM Saturday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Brandon Lee Stanley
09/05/1983-10/22/2016
Brandon Lee Stanley, Native Name: Niizhoobines, age 33 of Palisade died Saturday, October 22, 2016 at his home. Brandon was born September 5, 1983 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of William Hill and Dorothy Stanley. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis and McGregor. He also attended college for a time. He had many hobbies but was a talented artist and did tattooing. He loved being a father and uncle. He is survived by children: Arianna Stanley, Tammy Stanley, Ashlee Stanley, and Paige Anderson and Buddies; Brothers: Troy Friend of Oak Park Heights, Mn.; Thomas Friend (Mary Boyd) of McGregor; Scott Friend of McGregor; Marland Stanley of Naytawash, Mn.; Sean Stanley of Minneapolis; Fiancé: Amanda Boyd of Palisade; Aunt: Jerrie Skinaway. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Jason, 2 sisters: Kelly and Jessica, Uncle Lawrence Skinaway and Aunt: Virginia Goodman. Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 27, 2016 starting at 10 AM at the Ceremonial Building at East Lake. The wake will begin at 6 PM on Wednesday at the Ceremonial Building. Burial will be in the Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Caroline D. Boelter
03/08/1940-10/15/2016
Caroline D. Boelter, age 76 of Tamarack died Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake. Caroline was born March 8, 1940 in McGregor, Minnesota the daughter of Carl and Helen (Tamalae) Brekke. She grew up and attended schools in McGregor. She then moved to Minneapolis where she worked and raised her family. In her later years she attended the Fond du lac College and received her AA degree in liberal arts. She has lived in the McGregor and tamarack area since the early 1980’s. She enjoyed making blankets, doing puzzles, playing cribbage and cards going to polka dances and going to the casino when she got the chance. She was a great gardener. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her significant other: Larry Carl of Duluth, Mn.; Daughter: Connie Moose of Brainerd, Grandchildren: Rachele (Azhibiki Aubid) Moose of McGregor, Rebecca (William Anderson) Moose of Hinckley, Reginna (Vincent Merrill Jr.)Moose of McGregor, Ruby (Dustin Campbell) Moose of Mora, Tonya Mattinas, Flint Mattinas, Shawnee Mattinas, Forest Mattinas, Misty Mattinas, Winston Mattinas, Thomas Mattinas, Angie Mattinas, Salina Mattinas, Keith Mattinas and 10 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John Boelter, 4 daughters and 2 sons, 1 brother and 1 great grandson. A memorial service will be held at the Round Lake Presbyterian Church on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 1 PM with Rev. Arlin Tally officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Donald Leon Hale
06/13/1928-10/09/2016
Donald Leon Hale, 88 of Aitkin died Sunday, October 9, 2016 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born June 13, 1928 in Keswick, Iowa to Arthur and Pearl (Reed) Hale. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran and was employed by the Air Force as an air craft mechanic, serving from 1946 to 1970. Donald was united in marriage to Lois Janette (Workman) on October 15, 1949. Donald was united in marriage to Doris Carlson. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and cutting wood. He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Pearl (Reed) Hale, first wife Lois Janette (Workman) Hale, second wife Doris Carlson Hale, brother Merlyn Hale, 2 sisters: Shirley Leiser and Bonnie Edmundson. Donald is survived by his son: Thomas Lynn Hale of Hopkins, 3 daughters: Connie Lou Krueger (James) of Brainerd, Lou Ann Carlson (Alvin) of Aitkin, Georgia Ann Short (Jack) of Freehold, NJ., Step-son: Gary Carlson (Marilyn), 2 Step-daughters: Kathy Julkowski (Jim), Nancy Carlson (Steve), 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and special friend Mary Mikes. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Maria Chapel, Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Diamond Lake Cemetery. Military honors by: Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post # 1727. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the American Lung Association. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Charles Thomas Pearson
02/28/1940-10/09/2016
Charles T. Pearson, age 76 of Aitkin formerly of Stacy, Mn. died Sunday, October 9, 2016 at his home. Chuck was born February 28, 1940 in St. Paul, Minnesota the son of Elmer and Isabelle (Anderson) Pearson. He grew up in the Glory area and attended schools there and graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1958. He then worked for Woodland Container for a year. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from 1959 to 1967. He was on submarines most of the time. He married Judy M. Flowers on August 28, 1960 in Aitkin. Upon his discharge from the Navy their made their home at Stacy, Minnesota and he worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone and the ATT. Later he operated his own telephone repair and installation service. The retired to Aitkin in 2006 and have lived here since. He loved to play golf with his two brothers and his sister. He enjoyed gardening, playing cards and dominoes, visiting friends and family and cutting wood. Chuck always had a song to sing or whistle. Chuck loved his family dearly and is survived by his wife Judy Pearson of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Thomas (Lynne) Pearson of Lino Lakes, Mn., Andrew (Sarah) Pearson of North St. Paul, Mn., Dawn (Robert) Nelson of White Bear Lake, Mn., Christy (Randy) Heckmann of Anoka, Mn., Grandchildren: Robert (Amanda) Nelson Jr., Alyssa (Mark) Eddy, Joshua Nelson, Kaylee, Connor, Caiden Pearson, Danae, Austin, Elsie Heckmann; Great Grandchildren: R.J. and Seattle Nelson and Piper Eddy; Brother: John (Connie) Pearson of Aitkin, Sister: Shirley White of Brainerd. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Roger Pearson. Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 11 AM from the Glory Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Meirose officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday 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 Glory Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Roger Allen Baldwin
08/18/1927-10/03/2016
Roger Allen Baldwin, 89 of Aitkin died Monday, October 3, 2016 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born August 18, 1927 in Grant County, MN. to Howard Joseph and Gilma Tonetta (Bjore) Baldwin. He Graduated from Hoffman High School in Hoffman, MN. class of 1945. He attended Chester Groth Music Studio in Minneapolis and Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis on the G.I. Bill. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in World War II. Roger was united in marriage to Ronae Rosengren on September 9, 1949 at Saron Lutheran Church in Big Lake. He worked many jobs including auto service work at Big Lake Motor Sales, a section hand for N.P. Rail Road, and an auto mechanic for R.H. Rosengren in Big Lake. He owned and operated Roger’s Cafe in Big Lake and then became the Postmaster for Big Lake. He was a member for 33 years of the Big Lake Volunteer Fire Dept. and retired as the assistant chief, the Big Lake American Legion Post #147 for over 60 years and served as past commander, Big Lake Commercial Club, Sherburne County Conservation Club, Sherburne County DFL, and First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Richard. Roger is survived by his wife Ronae Baldwin of Aitkin, 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Jay (Cynthia) Baldwin of Bloomfield Township, MI., Jon Baldwin of Glenco, 3 grandchildren: Alex, Daniel, and Jessica, Sister and brother-in-law: Marlys (Evan) Johnson of Elk River, Other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, October 14, 2016 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 by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post # 86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post # 1727. Burial will be in the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Janice Mae Meyer
04/07/1947-10/01/2016
Janice Mae Meyer, 69 of Palisade died Saturday, October 1, 2016 at her home. She was born April 7, 1947 in Minneapolis to Gordon and Lucille (Udstrand) Armour. Janice was united in marriage to Kevin L. Meyer on February 17, 1967 in Mexico. She is survived by her loving family. Services will be at a later date. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Fahma Joy Goble
05/15/1932-09/30/2016
Fahma Joy Goble, 84 of Palisade, died September 30, 2016 at her home. She was born May 15, 1932 in McGregor to Louis and Pansy (Kuenthop) Guenther. She graduated from Aitkin High School in 1950. Fahma was united in marriage to Teddy William Goble on December 4, 1954 in Aitkin. She had many occupations including: calling square dances, working at Guenther’s Resort on Esquagama Lake, farming, foster care, and homemaking. She enjoyed crocheting depression era rag rugs, going to craft sales, picking wild rice, splitting wood, hunting and fishing. She was preceded in death by her husband Teddy on July 19, 2010, sister Fern Booker, and her parents. Fahma is survived by her children: Gaylen (Leslie) Goble of Aitkin, Larry (Debbie) Goble of Palisade, Krys (Dan) Bobseen of Aitkin, Janell (Dale) Morris of Aitkin, 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, Many other relatives and friends. A celebration of life will be 3:00P.M. – Friday, October 7, 2016 at Waukenabo Town Hall. Reverend Bill Sass will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the town hall. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Edward Walter Peysar
09/21/1931-09/29/2016
Edward Walter Peysar, 85 of Aitkin died Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born on September 21, 1931 to Walter and Minnie (Johnson) Peysar of Malmo. He attended country school through the 8th grade and received his GED in the military. While roller skating at the Malmo Community Hall, Eddie met Marilyn Mattson, daughter of Arvo and Lillian Mattson. Eddie left for the army in 1954, and after serving in Germany, he returned home in October 1956. Eddie and Marilyn were married that December. Before and after leaving for the military, Eddie worked for several area electricians. Together, Eddie and Marilyn started Peysar Electric in 1961out of their home just south of Aitkin. Eddie did a lot of wiring, and they began selling Easy brand appliances, marketing them through booths at the county fair. On December 6, 1974, they opened a store in downtown Aitkin, across from the Birchwood Cafe. They sold many brands of appliances over the years, including Maytag beginning in 1981. They worked side by side to operate the business with Marilyn doing the books and selling appliances and electrical supplies. Appliances that they sold are still working today in many homes and businesses in the area; and if you took a drive with Eddie, you would hear about which buildings he wired and what make and model appliances he delivered there (and when). From new construction to remodeling, from commercial and residential wiring to fixing lamps in exchange for coffee and cookies, Eddie's done it all wearing his green work clothes. In 2001, Eddie and Marilyn were given the Warren Potter Lifetime Achievement Award by the Aitkin Chamber of Commerce. Eddie was very proud to be a 47-year member of the Aitkin Lions Club. He was the longest-standing member of the club and was the first in the club to be named a Melvin Jones Fellow. He was also honored with the Helen Keller Award, a Hearing Research Fellowship, and a Leader Dogs for the Blind Founders Tribute. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Aitkin and the Aitkin American Legion. Eddie and Marilyn loved spending time with family and friends, especially at Spirit Lake. After Marilyn passed away in 2009, Eddie continued to make morning visits to the “round table” at the Birchwood Café and enjoyed many happy hours and meals at the Buck Hill Farm. He was very proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and loved to hear and share stories about them. Eddie is survived by sons Jeffrey (Judy), Kirk, and Clark (Lois) and daughter Tiffany (T.J.) Gustin; six grandchildren – Kristi (Thomas) Just, Kelli (Bryan) Crowther, Sara and Brooke Peysar, and Thomas and Raija Gustin; two great-grandsons - Orinn Just and Wyatt Crowther and three great-granddaughters - Abigail Just and Tenley and Hattie Crowther, brother Roger Peysar, brother-in law Calvin (Deanna) Mattson, five nephews, cousins, and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister-in-law Phyllis, and wife Marilyn. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. - Thursday, October 6, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Wednesday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial with military honors will be in Rabbit Lake Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Linda Helen Moose
03/05/1961-09/27/2016
Linda Helen Moose, Niiyogaabawiikwe, 55 of Lake Minnewawa, died Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Anishinabe Aindiyung Assisted Living in Hinckley. She was born March 5, 1961 in Minneapolis to Lawrence Leonard Moose and Caroline (Brekke) Boelter. She attended Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. She helped her mother make blankets for Pow Wows. She enjoyed drawing and art. Her artwork was published in books and was made into a statue. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, grandson, niece, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters. Linda is survived by her parents: Lawrence Leonard Moose and Caroline (Brekke) Boelter, 4 children: Rachele Moose (Azhibik Aubid), Rebecca Moose (William Anderson), Reginna Moose (Vincent Merrill, Jr.), Ruby Moose (Dustin Campbell), 5 grandchildren: Aaliyiah, Ayden, Avery, Ada, and Leland, 3 sisters: Connie Moose, Pamela Moose, Kimberly Moose, 6 nieces, 5 nephews, 2 great-nieces, 2 great-nephews, Aunt Pauline Moose and Uncle Gilbert Moose. Funeral service will be 10:00A.M. – Saturday, October 1, 2016 at East Lake Community Center in East Lake. Visitation will begin at 7:00P.M. – Friday at East Lake Community Center. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery, McGregor. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Arlene Blackford
08/04/1931-09/26/2016
Arlene J. Blackford, age 85 of Aitkin formerly of McGregor and Minneapolis died Monday, September 26, 2016 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Arlene was born August 4, 1931 at Rock Creek, Minnesota the daughter of Walter and Elsie (Rodbom) Erickson. She grew up and attended schools at Rock Creek. She then moved to the Twin Cities and worked for the Society of the Blind and worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis. She married Robert Gene Blackford on December 14, 1963 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Minneapolis and she raised her family. Robert died in 1973. She moved to South Carolina and lived there from 1983 to 1989. She then moved back to the Twin Cities and in 1993 moved to Tamarack and later to McGregor. She has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center for the past 8 years. In her younger years she enjoyed doing crocheting and puzzle books. She also enjoyed playing the piano and singing. She is survived by 2 Daughters: Jodie Blackford of Aitkin, Debra Blackford of Onamia, Son in law: Johnny Nielsen of Odense, Denmark, 2 Sisters: Delores Erickson of Aitkin, Corrine Lindemann of San Jose, Calf.; 2 Brothers: Ronald (Betty) Erickson of Rush City, Mn., Robert (Janice) Erickson of Deerwood, Mn., Sister in laws: Wanda Erickson of North Branch and Barbara Erickson of St. Louis Park, Mn. and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 1 infant son Michael, 3 brothers: Lawrence, Wayne and Leslie and 1 sister: Eldora Coyle. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 11 AM from the Aitkin New Life Church with Rev. Larry Burg officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Rabbit Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Kerry W. Boyer
02/28/1959-09/25/2016
Kerry W. Boyer, age 57 of Aitkin formerly of Prior Lake died Sunday, September 25, 2016 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Kerry was born February 28, 1959 in Duluth, Minnesota the son of Hubert and Doris (Turner) Boyer. He grew up and attended schools in Prior Lake and graduated from the Prior Lake High School in 1977. He worked various jobs in the Twin Cities and then did over the road trucking for a time. He married Irmgard K. Schreiner on June 6, 2000 in Aitkin. They made their home in Aitkin and he has been a longtime school bus driver for the Aitkin school district. He enjoyed hunting. He is survived by his wife Irmgard Boyer of Aitkin; Father: Hubert (Cecelia) Boyer of Prior Lake, Mn., Sister: Kelly (Todd) Loose of Prior Lake, Mn., step children: Cathy (Steve) Rock of Apple Valley, Mn., Carry (Carleton) Smee of Nevis, Mn., Michael (Sarah) Kelley of Andover, Mn., 8 Step Grandchildren, 2 nieces: Ashley Elsner and Chelsea Loose, 1 great niece and 2 great nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother Doris and 1 brother Kim. A funeral service will be held Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Spencer Cemetery at Aitkin, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lawrence E. "Date" Weston
06/24/1923-09/22/2016
Lawrence Emil “Date” Weston, age 93 passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the Aicota Assisted Living Center in Aitkin, MN. He was born June 24, 1923 in Palisade, Minnesota the son of Charley and Myrtle Weston. He grew up in Palisade and attended the Weston Country School. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II. He served with the 1381st Engineering Distribution Petroleum Co. He served in central Burma and India from October of 1943 to April of 1946 when he was discharged. He married Iris May Carlson on April 4, 1951 at the Palisade United Methodist Church. Together they shared 65 years of marriage, an amazing example of what a marriage should be. He and Iris raised six children. He always put his wife and family before everything else. He had a deep pride and love for his family and his greatest joy was spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be sadly missed, but his memories will live on in our hearts forever. He worked for the Aitkin County Hiway Department, in the Palisade shop, for 28 years as a grader operator. When he wasn’t at work for the county, he enjoyed working at his sawmill which he owned and operated with the help of his sons. He also farmed on his property. He enjoyed deer hunting and passed the joy of hunting on to his children and grandchildren. He had a great love of music and especially enjoyed singing hymns. He also played the harmonica. He was a member of the Hilltop Chapel. His faith in God was something he lived out before us daily. He believed in God’s faithfulness and trusted in Him as his Lord and Savior. He is survived by his wife Iris of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Duane (Bernice) Weston of Palisade, Shirlene (Ken) Bland of Warba, Glen (Debra) Weston of Hill City, Kevin Weston of Hill City, Sharon (Jerry) DeWitt of Palisade, and Sandra (Rick) Hatfield of Hill City; 12 Grandchildren: Amanda (Ricky) Kreuth of Breezy Point, Crystal (Josh) Lewins of Coleraine, Kelly (Josh) Villebro of Grand Rapids, Cory (Beth) Weston of Cloquet, Ashley Rose Weston of Hill City, Robert (Taya) DeWitt of Outing, Raymond (Angela) DeWitt of Palisade, Randy (Emy) DeWitt of Palisade, Emily (Justin) Major of Chisholm, Neil (Jennifer) Hatfield of Hill City, Derrick (Val) Hatfield of Hibbing, Amber (Steve) Silliman of Big Fork; 20 Great Grandchildren: Austin, Adriana, Annabelle, Kael, Kendal, Will, Teeley, Judah, Bryan, Justice, Damian, Rylee, Ava, Cody, Chase, Hunter, Gunner, Alison, Connor and Caroline; 1 brother: Clifford (Pat) Weston of Magnolia, Kentucky, Sisters: Maxine (Wallace) Carlson of St. Cloud, Violet (Paul) Spolarich of Palisade, J. Marlene Weston of Eden Prairie. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Charles Jr., Myrle, Curtiss, Earle, Deane, Kenneth and daughter in law: Rosemary Weston. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 30, 2016 at 2:30 PM from the Hilltop Chapel with Rev. Barry Hite and Rev. Charles Carlson officiating. Visitation will be from 1 PM until the 2:30 PM services at the church. Burial will be in the Fleming Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Palisade and Hill City VFW’s. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Robert Ambrose Feero
12/28/1925-09/14/2016
Robert Ambrose Feero, 90 of Aitkin and a resident of Aicota Health Care Center, went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. He was born December 28, 1925 in Grand Rapids to Lee and Dina (Carlson) Feero. He lived with his parents in Jacobson and graduated from Hill City High School in 1944. Robert was united in marriage to Marilyn Ruth (Johnson) on August 3, 1956 in Blue Earth. He farmed in Blue Earth, Belgrade, and Princeton. He owned Princeton Realty and sold real estate from 1970 until retiring in 1992. He moved to Aitkin in 1994 and lived there for 4 -5 years then went full time R.Ving for 3 years and after lived at Qudana Resort in Hill City and then moving back to Aitkin in 2005. He spent some winters in Arizona and Texas. He was member of Princeton Evangelical Free Church for many years and then became a member of Westside Church in Aitkin. He enjoyed R.Ving, 4 wheeling, and hunting grouse, but his greatest joy was snowmobiling in many states with many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Lee Feero, sister Irene (Frank) Duncan. Robert is survived by his wife of 60 years Marilyn Feero of Aitkin, Children: Richard Feero of Ohio, Bradley (Debbie) Feero of Zimmerman, Grandchildren: Taylor (Liz), Austin, Nolan, Jesse, and Jamie, Great Grandchild: Cayden, Brother: Emery (Elaine) Feero of Brooklyn Park, Sisters: Donna (Ed) Viren of Billings, MT., Mariette (Larry) Seiffert of Cambridge, Sister-in-law: Marie Feero of Florida, Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Due to construction in Westside Church, the memorial service will be 2:00P.M. – Sunday, September 25, 2016 at the 40 Club Convention Center in Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Aitkin. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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William "Bill" LeRoy Johnson
11/25/1936-09/13/2016
William “Bill” LeRoy Johnson, 79 of Glen died Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born November 25, 1936 in Forest Lake to Wilbert and Joyce (Russ) Johnson. He graduated from Forest Lake High School. He was an Air National Guard and U.S. Army Veteran. Bill was united in marriage to Cheri (Farstad) on June 21, 1975 at Zion Lutheran Church in Anoka. He worked for 30 years as a commercial truck driver in the Beer industry and retired from Mark VII Sales. He enjoyed his cabin that he built in Avon, the lake, woodworking, duck, deer, and bow hunting, 4 wheeling with friends, spending time at state parks, cards and marble games, baking, gardening, and canning. He loved his family and especially his grandchildren. He was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church. He was preceded in death by his son Billy, great-granddaughter Ella, Brother Dick, sisters: Deloris and Darlene, and his parents. Bill is survived by his wife Cheri Johnson of Glen, Son: Todd Johnson (Tonia) of Cohasset, Daughters: Lynette (Jack) Tibadeau of Storden, Kathryn (Glen) Stangler of Isanti, Amy Farness of Imperial Beach, CA., Foster daughter: Frankie McDaniel of St. Cloud, 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild, Brother: Steve (Benny) Johnson of Haywood, CA., Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Monday, September 19, 2016 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo. Reverend Paul J. Mattson will officiate. Visitation will be 1:00 to 3:00P.M. Sunday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be provided by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727. www.srtfuneral.com
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Kaye A. Lewis
05/18/1937-09/13/2016
Kaye Ann Lewis, age 79 of Aitkin formerly of the McGregor area died Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Kaye was born May 18, 1937 in Canton, Ohio the daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth (Harney) Cowgill. He attended schools in Canton and then she moved with her family to Colorado where she continued her education. She then lived in Colorado for a time and then moved to Askov, Minnesota and then to McGregor area where she raised her family. She loved horses and enjoyed doing puzzles, being outdoors and knitting. She is survived by her children: Holly (Jeffery) Smith of Aitkin; Bart Bender of Fargo, N.D.; Jeff (Kristine) Lewis of Baxter, Minnesota; Maerene Lewis and Tim Hanson of Aitkin; 10 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren and 1 brother: Kevin (Carol) Cowgill of Grand Junction, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 great grandchild. A private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Sara E. Dotzler
04/07/1918-09/10/2016
Sara E. Dotzler, age 98 of Aitkin died Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Sara was born April 7, 1918 in Irondale Township of Crow Wing County the daughter of Grover and Martha (Hatton) Banks. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin. She then attended teacher’s normal school in Crosby, She taught school at White Oak, Pine Knoll and the Jungle School. She married Frank W. Dotzler on September 6, 1941 in Aitkin. They made their home in Cuyuna for several years and then moved to Cedarbrook where she lived until 2013. She worked at the Aitkin County Court House in the Auditors office for a number of years and in 1968 started working for the Aitkin Independent age. She worked for the newspaper until her retirement in 1998. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, reading, canning, birds and cats. She is survived by children and spouses: Ruth (Gerald) Erickson of Minnetonka, Mn.; Elaine (Roland) Schafer of Oak Park, Mn.; Eileen Ternus of Dent, Mn.; Phillip (Judy) Dotzler of Aitkin; Ronald (Sharon) Dotzler of Aitkin; daughter in laws: Linda Dotzler of Aitkin; Carol Dotzler of Aitkin; 19 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Frank, sons: William and Donald, 5 brothers and 5 sisters. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM with a Rosary at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Frederick Stewart
01/07/1948-09/07/2016
Frederick F. Stewart, 68 of Aitkin formerly of Tamarack died Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at the Aicota Assisted Living Center in Aitkin. Frederick was born January 7, 1948 at Brainerd, Minnesota the son of Kenneth and Gertrud (Toop) Stewart. He grew up in Tamarack and attended the North Star School, Tamarack School and then the McGregor Schools where he graduated from in 1966. He then attended college in Morris, Minnesota for a time. He served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1971 in Vietnam as a nurse. Upon his discharge he returned to Tamarack and married Diane Kay Schliauter on March 13, 1976 in Wright. They made their home in the Tamarack area. Frederick served in the National Guard from 1971 to 1998. He worked as a LPN at the Aitkin Hospital, the Moose Lake Hospital, Nopeming and the Cromwell Nursing Home. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, playing cards, crossword Puzzles watching westerns and the Minnesota Twins and especially enjoyed spending time with his granddaughter. He is survived by his sons: Michael Stewart of Aitkin; Joey Stewart of Tamarack; Granddaughter: Shelby Stewart of Crystal, Texas; Sisters: Mary Edith (Charlie) Weyand of McGregor; Doreen Jo (Mike) Turnock of McGregor; Brother: David (Patricia) Stewart. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Diane in 2005. A gathering of friends and family will be held Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 1 PM until 3 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts at 3:30 PM. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home.
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Debra M. Johnson
07/04/1960-09/07/2016
Debra M. Johnson, age 56 of Aitkin died Wednesday, September 7, 2016 surrounded by family and friends at her home. Debra was born July 4, 1960 in Aitkin. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1978. She had worked at the Great River Gardens, the Freedom Gas Station, the Aitkin American Legion, The Aitkin Municipal Liquor Store, the Blue Goose and the Pine Inn. She also owned her own landscaping company and also was the owner of Bginagins. She was a very hard worker. She enjoyed gardening, collecting rocks, doing jig saw puzzles, making Christmas wreaths and decorations, , riding bikes, being outdoors, and her cats. She always looked forward to being with family and friends for the holidays. She is survived by her mother: Bertha Sanvig of Aitkin; Children: Alisha (Cody Stewart) Johnson of Aitkin, Benjamin Johnson of Deerwood, Carlianna Johnson of Aitkin, 3 Grandchildren: Damien, Ezra and Felicia; brothers and sisters: Robert (Maria) Johnson of Glencoe, Mn., Lilly (Larry) Turner of Aitkin, Linda Sheperdson of Crosby, Dale (Lori) Johnson of Pelican Rapids, Mn., Lois Johnson of Garrison, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers: Gerald Johnson and Michael Johnson. A gathering of family and friends will be held Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 1 PM to 4 PM at the Aitkin American Legion Post. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-0Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Julia C. Cartie
04/18/1943-09/06/2016
Julia C. (Bodle) Cartie passed away September 6, 2016, at Assumption Home, Cold Spring, MN, following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Julia was born in Aitkin, MN on April 18, 1943, to William Henry and Mildred (Moritz) Bodle. She was a 1961 graduate of Aitkin High School. Julia attended Brainerd Junior College in 1961-62, Blue Mountain Community College, Pendleton, OR, in 1972-73, and St. Cloud State University, 1975-78. Julia graduated summa cum laude from St. Cloud State University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education. Post graduate studies at St. Cloud and Bemidji State Universities led to her graduation summa cum laude from Bemidji State University in 1991 with a Master’s Degree in Business Education. Julia worked as a secretary for Western Union, North American Life & Casualty Co., State Farm Claims, and the Vice President of St. Cloud State University. She began her teaching career at Pine River High School, 1978-79. She taught accounting at Brainerd High School from 1979 until her retirement in 1999. April 20, 1963, Julia married Michael Cartie at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin, MN. They have three children, Michele (Dan) Soldner, Bozeman, MT, Bradley (Marlyce) Cartie, Farmington, MN, and Kimberly (Andy) Wandmacher, Robbinsdale, MN; Seven grandchildren, Emily (Antonio) Lupo, Chicago, IL, Brian (Britney) Soldner, Hutchinson , MN, Timothy (Katie) Soldner, Lewisville, MN, Sydney Cartie, Farmington, MN, Mason Cartie, Farmington, MN, Madeline Wandmacher, Robbinsdale, MN, and Alison Wandmacher ,Robbinsdale , MN; and four great-grandchildren, Remington Soldner, Lewisville, MN, Layne Soldner, Hutchinson, MN, and Mario and Henry Lupo, Chicago, IL. Julia is also survived by brothers Howard Bodle, Moundville, AL, and Brad (Lorraine) Bodle, Crosslake, MN, and sister Barbara (George) Ruiz, Savage, MN. Julia was preceded in death by her parents, William Henry (Hank) Bodle and Mildred (Moritz) Bodle, and sisters Norma Taylor Treska Benner, Helen Banks, and Ruth Odegard. Per Julia’s request, there will be no visitation nor funeral. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. Interment will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Emily, Minnesota.
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Beverly Clara Leonard
01/31/1936-09/06/2016
Beverly Clara Leonard, 80 of Aitkin died Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at Golden Horizons in Aitkin. She was born January 31, 1936 at the family farm near Wadena to Leonard and Mathilda (Kaufman) Schwartz. She moved with her family to Verndale in 1942. She was the first homecoming queen for Verndale High School in 1952 and graduated in 1953. Beverly was united in marriage to Laurence Arlin Leonard on October 19, 1955 in Verndale. She worked at many jobs including: day care, bookkeeping, Mille Lacs Electric, Aitkin County Social Services, proof reader at Aitkin Independent Age, and owned and operated Deerwood Lumber in Aitkin with her husband Laurence. She was a volunteer at Riverwood Health Care Center and for Lights of Love, chairman for Relay for Life and for several years helped as a volunteer, past president for Aitkin Mrs. Jaycees, was a member and very involved at Saint James Catholic Church where she taught Catechism and served as a Eucharistic Minister, and enjoyed her ladies craft group. She was preceded in death by her husband Laurence on December 28, 2005, brother Jim Schwartz, and her parents Leonard and Mathilda (Kaufman) Schwartz. Beverly loved her family and especially her grandchildren very much. She is survived by her 4 sons and daughters-in-law: Dan Leonard of Aitkin, Brian (Sonia) Leonard of Maple Grove, Gary (Rea) Leonard of Brooklyn Park, Dave (Leisa) Leonard of Brooklyn Park. 9 grandchildren: Jill, Cole, Daniel, Peter, Matthew, Cara, Isaac, Adam, Nathan. 3 great-grandchildren: Jack, Kane, Elora 2 brothers and sisters-in-law: Martin (Lelia) Schwartz of Owatonna and Steve (Gail) Schwartz of Carlton. 2 sisters and brother-in-law: Dorothy Ann Lehner of Verndale and Barb (Roman) Moench of Wadena. Sister-in-law: Marian Schwartz of Beaver Dam, WI. And many other relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, September 16, 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. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Mary Ann Slade
03/21/1921-09/05/2016
Mary Ann Slade, 95 of Aitkin, passed away Monday September 5, 2016 at Aitkin Health Services. A private family funeral service will be held at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home on Saturday September 10, 2016 at 11:00 am with Pastor Dawn Houser of Aitkin United Methodist Church officiating. Burial/Interment will follow at Lake View Cemetery. Mary was born in Ironwood, MI to John and Rose (Sokolovic) Bunjevac on March 29, 1921. She went to high school in Ironwood and graduated in 1939. She married Frederick Arthur Slade on February 1, 1941 in Ironwood. In 1954 they moved their family to Hoyt Lakes, MN where Art worked for Pickands Mather & Co. Mary is a founding member of Trinity Methodist Church in Hoyt Lakes. She and Art enjoyed traveling, attending grandchildren’s events, auctions and antiquing. Mary was an avid reader, an excellent seamstress, enjoyed cooking, baking and home projects. Mary is preceded in death by her parents, John and Rose; three brothers Nick, Peter and Steve Bunjevac; and four sisters Regina Tiziani, Millie Dural, Helen Ledvina, and Katherine LaSota. Mary is survived by her sisters Ann Clark of Greenville, SC, Rose White of Fridley, MN, and Julia Brew of Bloomington, MN; brother John (Patricia) Bunjevac of Ironwood, MI.; son James (Cathee) Slade of Colfax, WI; daughter Jeanne (Tom) Rikala of Aitkin; three grandchildren Jennifer (Jim) Cummings of New Brighton, MN, Jeff (Angie) Kjelstrom of Aitkin, and Larry (Jessica) Slade of Chippewa Falls, WI; and ten great-grandchildren. Private family services will be held. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, MN. www.srtfuneral.com. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the caring staff of Aitkin Health Services.
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