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Archive Obituaries
James Edward Seibert
11/16/1938-09/30/2017
James Edward Seibert, 78 of Aitkin and Elk River died Saturday, September 30, 2017 at his home. He was born November 16, 1938 in Aitkin to James P. and Catherine (Ryan) Seibert. He attended Aitkin Schools and was a U.S. Navy Veteran. James was united in marriage to Dorothy Irene (Peterson) on July 12, 1960 in Caledonia. They lived in Aitkin, Biwabik, Alaska, Illinois, and then moved to Elk River in 2013. He worked as a carpenter and enjoyed woodworking and cooking, and loved his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy on July 25, 2014, two sisters: Mary and Bev Seibert, grand-nephew Walter Gerald Tessmer IV, and his parents: James P. and Catherine Seibert. James is survived by 2 sons: James Seibert, Jr. of Biwabik and John Seibert of Aberdeen, Washington; Daughter and son-in-law: Tiphani (Jaime) Seibert – Martinez of Elk River; 9 grandchildren 1 sister and brother-in-law: Pat (Don) Hop of Michigan; 5 brothers and sisters-in-law: Richard Seibert of Illinois; Robert (Linda) Seibert of Michigan; Chuck (Marge) Seibert of Illinois; Dave (Barbara) Seibert of Arizona; and Bernie Seibert of Iowa; Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 3:00P.M. – Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Marty Mably will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Waukenabo 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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Daniel W. Christiansen
05/07/1953-09/30/2017
Christiansen, Daniel Wayne, 64, passed into heaven peacefully surrounded by family on Sat. Sept. 30, 2017. Dan had a passionate love for the outdoors. A life of hard work and frugalness afforded him an early retirement to enjoy hunting, fishing, smoking meats, tapping maple trees, flying RC planes, and brewing beer at his home on Rock Lake, McGregor, MN. Preceded in death by brother David. Survived by parents Harvey and Lois; siblings Steve (Georgiann), Stan, Dean (Char), Nancy Dukich (Pete), Amy (Kristine); 9 nieces and nephews, 10 great nieces and nephews; his best friend Dan (Cathy) Hansen. Memorial services will be held 12:00 p.m., Sat., Oct. 7, 2017 United Methodist Church in Aitkin. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials preferred to “Stand up to Cancer” at shopsu2c.org. Rest in Peace U-Da www.srtfuneral.com
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Eugene W. Dahlquist
02/26/1938-09/24/2017
Eugene W. Dahlquist, age 79 of Palisade died Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Gene was born February 26, 1938 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Wayne and Helen (Johnson) Dahlquist. He grew up and attended schools in Palisade and high school in Aitkin where he graduated in 1956. He then went to work for the Soo Line Railroad in 1958 where he worked as a dispatcher and traveling agent. He had worked to old tele-type using Morse code to send messages. He retired in 1998 after 40 years with the railroad. He then moved to the Palisade full time. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and ATVing. After becoming more or less “housebound”, he enjoyed what he called the “Friday Night Happy Hour” with friends at his home. He is survived by his brother Ronald (Arlene) Dahlquist of Walker, Nephews: Steve Dahlquist of Bloomington, Mn., Kevin Dahlquist of Minneapolis, Mn., and partner of 29 years Kathy Will of Palisade and also his tabby Cat Sammy. He was preceded in death by his Mother and Step Father Helen and Herman Ramstad, Father Wayne Dahlquist and his Springer Spaniel Inga. A funeral service will be held Friday, September 29, 2017 at 11 AM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with Rev. William Sass officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Workman Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Clarence Kingsley
08/10/1936-09/24/2017
Clarence M. Kingsley, age 81 of Aitkin died Sunday, September 24, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. Clarence was born August 10, 1936 in Bain Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota the son of Lamont and Cecelia (Oliver) Kingsley. He grew up in the Swatara area and attended the four corners school and then attended the Hill City High School where he graduated as the class valedictorian in 1954. He then went to college for a short time before he served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. Upon his discharge he returned to the Area and married Delores Amundson in June of 1961. They made their home in Palisade for a time and then moved to the Aitkin area where they purchased and operated the Big K until the early 1980’s. Clarence also worked as a heavy equipment operator for Northdale Construction for 35 years. His wife Delores died in 1984. He met Cora McCarty and they resided together until her death in 2008. Clarence was a 44 year member of the Aitkin American Legion Post. He loved auctions, working his trap lines, hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. He also loved taking his family on vacations. He is survived by children: Ray Kingsley of Apple Valley, Mn., Becky (Dale) Lowthian of Richfield, Mn., Roger (Sheila) Kingsley of Apple Valley, Mn., Mary (James) Madland of St. Cloud, Mn.; 14 grandchildren: Josh, Ryan, Blaine, Tyler, Benjamin, Aaron, Jordan, Brandon, Kylene, Alexia, Katie, Allie, Justin, Michael; 1 great grandchild: Parker; Sisters: Carmen Stratemeyer of Murrieta, Ca., Florence (Derald) Landrus of Aitkin; Brothers: Melvin (Marliss) Kingsley of Palisade, Mn., Frank (Muriel) Kingsley of Palisade, Mn., Everette (Donelle) Kingsley of Hill City, Mn.; Sisters in law: Ella Kingsley of Hill City, Mn., Marcia Kingsley of Swan River, Mn., and Joan Kingsley of Aitkin, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Delores in 1984, significant other Cora in 2008, and 3 brothers Howard, Merle and Ernest. A memorial service will be held Saturday October 7, 2017 at 11 AM from the Journey North Church in Aitkin with Rev Dallas Smith officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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B. Eileen Keen
04/26/1919-09/21/2017
B. Eileen “Wotring” Keen, age 98 of McGregor died Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Eileen was born April 26, 1919 in Duluth, Minnesota the daughter of Clark and Mabel (Fix) Wotring. She grew up and attended schools at Big Sandy Lake and the McGregor High School graduating in 1937. She moved to the Twin Cities and met John S. Keen and they were married on May 9, 1945 in Minneapolis. The made their home in Richfield and raised their family until moving to the house which she grew up in on Big Sandy Lake near McGregor. She has lived there since. She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor and the CCW of the church. She was a former member of the Assumption Catholic Church in Richfield, Mn. She had served as township treasurer for over 35 years. She had taught dance in Richfield and McGregor and was a Co-Founder of the McGregor Arts-Inc. She was a published author and was part of the Needles and Pines writers group. She is survived by children: Therese Aguilar of Coon Rapids, Mn.; Jerome Keen of McGregor, Mn.; Tony (Julie Kramp) Keen of Breezy Point, Mn.; Mara Keen of Pine River, Mn. Ben Keen of Fridley, Mn.; Bridget (Steve) Christianson of Batavia, Ill.; 15 Grandchildren; numerous Great Grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John, sons Tim and Dan, 1 grandchild Heidi two brothers and son in law John Aguilar. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 11 AM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. A visitation will also be held Wednesday, September 27 at the Richfield American Legion Post; 6501 Portland Ave. S. from 9 until 10 AM. Burial will be at 11 AM Wednesday at Fort Snelling National Cemetery Assembly area #1. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor, Mn. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Curtis Elroy Gullickson
10/26/1931-09/20/2017
Curtis Elroy Gullickson, 85 of Aitkin, left his earthly home to go to his forever home in Heaven with his Heavenly Father on September 20, 2017. He was Born October 26, 1931 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to Severin and Hilda (Peterson) Gullickson. He graduated from Central High School in Eau Claire in 1949. He enlisted in the Army where he served in the Korean War (Pork Chop Hill) from February 19, 1952 through November 18, 1953. He was injured and received a Purple Heart. He also received the Combat Infantry Badge, the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He was in the Army Reserve until March 31, 1960. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, VFW and the DAV. He worked as a machinist at Machine Industries in Chippewa Falls, WI. Curtis was united in marriage to Deanna Mann on April 22, 1967 in St. Paul Park. They had two daughters, Robyn (Gullickson) Modl and Roxanne (Gullickson) Lentz. Curt retired from Machine Industries August of 1995. They then moved from Eau Claire, WI to Aitkin MN. He worked part time at the Aitkin Historical Museum where he enjoyed visiting with the people that would come in. He enjoyed learning about Aitkin and its history. He retired from there to spend time with his family and friends. He enjoyed Auctions, spending time in his garage, community events, milling around town talking with people, but most of all, his family. He adored his doggy Gizmo and Gizmo adored him. He was preceded in death by his parents: Severin & Hilda (Peterson) Gullickson; daughter Roxanne (Gullickson) Lentz; sisters: Avis Fisher and Lavonne Willier. He is survived by his wife Deanna (Mann) Gullickson; Daughter and son in law: Robyn (Tim) (Gullickson) Modl of Aitkin; Grandchildren: Melinda Modl of Aitkin, Travis Modl of Aitkin, Natasha Lentz of Rice Lake, WI., Mikaylee Lentz of Aitkin, Denae Lentz of Rice Lake, WI.; Great grandchildren: Kallie Nickaboine of Aitkin, Jordan Alexander of Aitkin, Ryan Alexander of Aitkin; Great-great granddaughter Olivia Weimer of Aitkin; Many-many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the New Life Church of Aitkin. Reverend Larry Berg 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. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Eau Claire, Wisconsin at a later date. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Beverly A. Paulson
01/17/1935-09/19/2017
Beverly Ann Paulson died Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at home surrounded by her children. Bev was born January 17, 1935, on the family’s farm in the Cedarbrook neighborhood of Aitkin, Minnesota, the daughter of the late Alida and Louis Keil. She attended the Aitkin Public Schools. Bev married “Albert the Good Guy” Paulson on September 25, 1954. They moved to Albert’s family farm where they had a dairy herd. This farm has been in the Paulson family since 1885. They had five children, Lloyd (deceased 2015), Audrey (Chuck Linke), Lou (Robin), Richard (Ellen) and Eric (deceased 2012). Bev is also survived by seven grandchildren, one great grandson, Sister Bonita and Bill Besch, Brother Donald and Lois Keil, sister-in-law Elsie Paulson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bev and Albert started the Red Indian Campground in 1962. It has been in the family continuously since that time. Many family gatherings and softball games took place there. After Albert’s death in 1993, Bev was the manager of the business until 2015. Bev was very active in her community. She was a Lioness for 35 years, serving on multiple committees. She hosted their board meetings in her home for many years. She was in the Ester Circle at First Lutheran Church. She was also a very active member of the Church’s kitchen staff, serving at every event at the church from baptisms to funerals. Bev was a wonderful baker. If you were a customer of Security Bank you would have enjoyed her cookies during the ten years she was the baker at the bank. Bev had many hobbies, she loved to play cards with her special lady friends and make ceramics. She made over 75 nativity sets and gave them as wedding gifts. Bev had a wonderful outlook on life, even through her illness, she was always cheerful and often remarked, “I’ve had a really good life.” Memorials can be made to the Campership fund at the First Lutheran Church. Bev was a faithful contributor to this fund as she wanted all the children to have the ability to attend camp. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 2:30 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be from 1 PM until the 2:30 PM services. Private family interment will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Aaron Joseph (Jeff) Aadland
03/31/1958-09/18/2017
Aaron Joseph (Jeff) Aadland, 59 of Isle died Monday, September 18, 2017 at his residence after a long battle with diabetes complications. He was born March 31, 1958 in Minneapolis to Donald Ray and Dorothy Ellen (Higgins) Aadland. He attended Forest Lake High School and was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He worked as an over the road truck driver. Aaron was united in marriage to EstherRuth Yvonne (Burnham) on October 24, 2015 in Forest Lake. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, camping, archery, reading his Bible, learning new things, studying the Greek language and studying history, especially the Civil War and both World Wars, fixing and tinkering around the house and with vehicles, computers and models. He loved spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his first wife Debra Aadland, brother Myron Aadland, sister Kari Grythe, and his parents Aaron is survived by his wife EstherRuth Yvonne (Burnham) Aadland; Son: Donald Aadland, Jr.; Daughters: Ashley Aadland, Rachel Gay, and Loral Rost; Brother: Steven Aadland; Sisters: Kimberly Jongquist and Kristi Hill; Special nephew: James Bray; Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Monday, September 25, 2017 at Opstead Baptist Church, Isle. Reverend Dan Monson will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial with military honors will be at Rabbit Lake Cemetery, Glen Township, Aitkin County. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Richard Urban Lowe
01/08/1944-09/13/2017
Richard Urban Lowe, 73, of Aitkin and formerly of North Minneapolis, died Wednesday September 13, 2017 at his residence. He was born January 8, 1944 in Minneapolis to Robert Harry and Helen Francis (Banas) Lowe. He graduated from Vocational High School in Minneapolis. He was a United States Marine Corps Veteran, 26th Rifle Company , serving in the Vietnam War. Richard was united in marriage to Rozann Jean (Peach) on June 27, 1964 in Columbia Heights. He worked as a custodian for 35 years at Brooklyn Center Public Schools. After retirement they moved to the Aitkin area in 2004. He was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin Moose Lodge #1060. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, sitting by the camp fire, and having a beer. He loved his dog moose, his chickens, and he especially loved his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Richard is survived by his wife Rozann Jean (Peach) Lowe of Aitkin, 3 children and their spouses: Wendy Jean (Lowe) Brown of Elk River; Robert William (Dolores Alicia) Lowe of North East Minneapolis; Suzanne Marie (Mike) (Lowe) Johnson of St. Michael; Son-in-law: Robert John Brown; 5 grandchildren: Robert Richard Brown, Salana Elizabeth Johnson, Kaylen Alicia Lowe, Autumn Marie Johnson, and Elias Michael Johnson; 2 sisters: Roberta Houssan of Seattle, and Laurel Keenan of Isanti; 1 brother: Steve (Debra) Lowe of Pine City; Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. –Thursday September 21, 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 Saron Cemetery, Glen Township, Aitkin County. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts Glad Post #1727. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to: Wounded Warriors Guide Service, Attn. Treasurer Todd Grewe, 40000 160th Street, Morris, Mn. 56267.
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Ryan Russell Riggs
02/17/1975-09/10/2017
Ryan Russell Riggs, age 42 of Brainerd formerly of Aitkin died Sunday, September 10, 2017 at his father’s home near Malmo. Ryan was born February 17, 1975 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Russell and Mary (Doran) Riggs. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1993. He then went to Florida and worked for a short time. He returned to the Aitkin area where he worked as a cook and bartender. He then worked as a trucker and worked for Godwards Wild Rice Company and Acorn Millworks. He also operated the Party Bus Guys. He was a former member of the Garrison Fire Department, was an EMT and served with the Southern Aitkin County First Responders. He loved hunting and fishing. He is survived by his mother Mary Riggs of Brainerd, Father: Russell (Debbie) Riggs of Aitkin; Brother: Reid (Farren) Riggs of Aitkin, Niece: Dixie Lee Riggs of Aitkin; Aunts: Sally Doran of Shoreview, Mn., Judy Gondvek of Pompano Beach, Florida, Marie Marie (Andy) Bennett of Duluth, and Judy Sucik of Duluth, Uncle: Raymond Riggs of Aitkin and special friends Larry Potter and Andie Borsetti. He was preceded in death by his Grandparents: Bob and Ann Riggs, Margaret and Walter Doran, Uncles: Ron Riggs, John Doran, Aunt: Sharon Riggs and his dog Heighley. A memorial service will be held Friday, September 15, 2017 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Jason Erickson and Rev. Colleen Duffney officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 8 PM at the funeral home. Interment will be at a later date in the Evergreen Cemetery in Brainerd. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dean Michael Ammala
04/01/1962-09/06/2017
Dean Michael Ammala, age 55 of McGregor died Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at his home. Dean was born April 1, 1962 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Edward and Mardell (Ahonen) Ammala. He grew up and attended schools in McGregor and graduated from the McGregor High School in 1980. He then spent 1 year at the Lake Superior College. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He returned to McGregor where he worked various jobs and eventually he worked as a carpenter doing general contracting. He was a member of the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed hunting, sports, building things and the outdoors. He is survived by his daughter: Cassandra Patrick and Michael Foight; granddaughter: Sofia Foight; Mother: Mardell Ammala of McGregor; Brother: Darwin (Pat) Ammala of Palm Bay, Florida; Sisters: Cynthia (Dwight) Broedel of Post Falls, Idaho; Connie (James) Lundgren of Osceola, Wisc.; Colleen (Richard) Morell of Mora, Mn. and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Edward and 1 brother Paul. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 2 PM from the McGregor Funeral Home with Don Niemi officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Maxine Carlson
04/07/1934-09/04/2017
Maxine H. Carlson age 83 of Sartell, MN. Formerly of Royalton and Palisade died Monday, September 4, 2017 at her home in Sartell. Maxine was born April 7, 1934 in Palisade, Minnesota the daughter of Charles and Myrtle (Nelson) Weston. She grew up and attended school in Palisade and High School in Aitkin graduating in 1952. She married Wallace “Wally” Carlson on September 12, 1953 in Palisade. They lived in palisade for a time and then moved to Bloomington, Indiana for two years before returning to Palisade. They then move to Hammond, Indiana. They returned to Palisade before living in Sauk Rapids, Mn., Rice and then Royalton, Mn. where they made their home for 34 years. They have resided at Sartell, Mn. the past four years. Maxine was very active in her church and was a member of the Northland Bible Baptist Church in St. Cloud where she was a member of the Senior Saints at the church. She had taught Sunday school and Bible School for many years. She had a visitation ministry at St. Otto’s in Little Falls. She was a very faithful servant of the Lord’s. She was known for her beautiful flower gardens, enjoyed crafting and doing embroidery and entertaining folks of all ages. She loved to have company and sharing meals at her home. She also enjoyed traveling. She is survived by her husband Wallace “Wally” Carlson of Sartell; Daughters: Karin (Jim) Urbanski of Sartell, Judy (Terry) Burggraff of Owatonna, Mn., Julie (Jim) Palm of Owatonna, Mn., 7 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren, 2 sisters: Violet Spolarich of Palisade and Marlene Weston of Eden Prairie, Mn. and brother Clifford “Skip” Weston of Magnolia, Ky. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Patricia Annette Capetz and 7 brothers. A funeral service will be held Thursday, September 7 at 11 AM from the Northland Bible Baptist Church in St. Cloud with Dr. Thomas Cucuzza officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the time of services at the church. Interment will be in the Fleming Cemetery rural Aitkin at 4 PM Thursday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Harold William Peggs
10/31/1951-08/29/2017
Harold William “Bill” Peggs, age 65 of Aitkin died Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at the Golden Horizons Assisted Living Center in Aitkin. Bill was born October 31, 1951 in Des Moines, Iowa the son of Royal and Helen (Campbell) Peggs. He grew up and attended schools in Des Moines. Bill was a builder. He had a keen eye for designing and constructing exquisite homes. He married Joyce Curran on June 16, 1990 in Des Moines. They lived there for a time and then moved to Rosemount, Mn. He moved to Aitkin 2 years ago and has lived here since. He enjoyed putting together models of the cars he had restored and also enjoyed model trains. Bill had a gentle spirit and witty sense of humor. He experienced God’s love and forgiveness in his last year. He is survived by 4 daughters: Diane (Brian) Ahrenkiel of Waukee, Iowa, Christi (Chris) Power of Van Meter, Iowa; Laura (Sam) Gravel of West Fargo, N.D.; Shannon (David) Reak of Farmington, Mn.; Brother: Gary (Nancy) Peggs of Granger, Iowa; Sister: Karen (Russ) Imoboden of Davidson, North Carolina; Grandchildren: Andrew Ahrenkiel, Caitlyn Gravel, Summer Gravel, Carolyn Power and Caylee Power and Sister in law and special caregiver Tricia Martin. He was preceded in death by his parents Royal and Helen Peggs, Wife Joyce Peggs, Brother: Deanie Peggs, and nephew Kelly Peggs. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the time of service at the church. Interment will be at a later date. Memorials are preferred to the family in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jacqueline Leitschuh
10/09/1940-08/28/2017
Jacqueline L. Leitschuh, age 76 of Garrison died Monday, August 28, 2017 at the Guardian Angels Care Center in Elk River, Minnesota. Jacqueline was born October 9, 1940 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of John and Therese (Hughes) Schaefer. She grew up in North Minneapolis and attended St. Margaret-Mary High School. She married Laurence A. Leitschuh on September 10 1960 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Minneapolis. They lived and raised their family in Minneapolis. In the late 1970’s she started working in the health care industry and retired after 25 plus years. She and her husband Larry retired to the Garrison area in 2002 and she has lived here since. She was a very active member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Garrison. She was a member of the Ladies of the Lake quilters, the Ripple River Quilters, and the Sisters in Sewing. She was also a member of the Aitkin Country Road Classics Car Club and also the “CLUB”. She did Aerobics, gardening and the most important thing was spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her daughters: Sue (Ed) Hein of Zimmerman, Deb (Pat) Hilden of Otsego, Barb (Jerry) Olejar of Otsego, Patti Rahm (Rob Hesley) of Foreston; Grandchildren: Peter Flannery, Sean Flannery, C.J. Rahm, Matt Hilden, Jenny Olejar, Mike Hilden, Jody Olejar, Adrienne Rahm, Bobbi Jo Rahm, Mitch Hilden and Jess Olejar. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Laurence, Brother William and grandchildren: Esden Rahm and John Olejar. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday September 1, 2017 at 11 AM from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Garrison, Minnesota with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Visitation will also be held Friday from 4 to 7 PM with a Rosary Service at 7 PM at Gearty-Delmore Funeral Home in Robbinsdale. Burial will be at a later date in Gethsemane Cemetery at New Hope. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Marvin E. Everett
05/28/1942-08/28/2017
Marvin E. Everett, 75 of McGregor died Monday, August 28, 2017 at his home. He was born May 28, 1942 in Pierre, South Dakota to William and Nellie (Langdeau) Everett. He is survived by a son; 1 sister: Marjorie Wilson; 4 nieces: Paula (Dean) Lund, Yvonne (Kevin) Wilson, Julie (Paul) Pearson, Angela Wilson; 13 great-nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends. A Graveside service will be 10:00A.M. – Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Fleming Cemetery, in Fleming Township, Aitkin County. Reverend Dawn Houser will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Raymond E. Kullhem
06/05/1926-08/25/2017
Raymond E. Kullhem, age 91 of Aitkin died Friday, August 25, 2017 at his home. Ray was born June 5, 1926 at Superior, Wisconsin, the son of Uno and Ailie (Beck) Kullhem. He grew up in the Palisade area and attended the Rat Lake School. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II and upon his discharge returned to the Palisade area. He married Verna L. Johnson on April 16, 1955 in Palisade. They moved to Alaska where they lived for a time and then purchased a home in Aitkin where they lived. Ray would go to Alaska and work heavy construction until freeze up and then return home. He did that for 19 years. He started his own business Ray Kullhem Excavating and operated that until he was in his later 80’s. He was a member of the Aitkin American Legion. He enjoyed deer hunting, woodworking making log beds and especially enjoyed coffee time with all of his friends at the Roadside and Riley’s Auto Supply. He is survived by his wife Verna Kullhem of Aitkin, Children: Gary (Marylee) Kullhem of Aitkin, Greg (Tiffani) Kullhem of Aitkin, Gail (Michael) Dickson of Andover; Grandchildren: Tiffany Hartman, Abbi Kullhem, Matthew Dickson, Carson Kullhem, Ailie Kullhem; Great Grandchildren: Harper Hartman , Brynley Hartman and 1 brother Terry Kullhem of Palisade. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 1 brother Lester. A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 31, 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. Interment will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade at a later date. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Clarice A. Johnson
11/23/1942-08/23/2017
Clarice A. Johnson age 74 of McGregor died Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at her home in McGregor. Clarice was born November 23, 1942 in Osakis, Minnesota the daughter of Clarence and Corrine (Sursley) Lennes. She grew up and attended schools in the Osakis and Eagle Bend areas graduating from the Eagle Bend High School. She then attended Beauty School in Golden Valley, Minnesota. She married David Kenneth Johnson on December 29, 1962. After she graduated from Beauty School she went to work as a beautician at the Golden Valley Shopping Center. She worked there until 1976 when they moved to McGregor. She opened a flower shop in McGregor and operated that for a number of years and then went to work for the Vennex Co. Following that she started working for the State Bank of McGregor in 1990 and worked there until 2006 when she retired. She enjoyed gardening and working in her flower gardens, knitting wash clothes shopping and playing cribbage. She is survived by sons: Kenneth D. (Beth) Johnson of Coon Rapids, Jeffrey A. Johnson of McGregor, Brother: Tom Lennes of Eagle Bend, Mn., and Sister: Sheila Falk of Rose City, Mn.; Grandchildren: Danyielle Johnson, Justan Johnson, David (DJ) Johnson, Kayla Johnson and great grandchildren: Rayden, Jace, Damon, Gavin, and Cecelia and special friend Leo Wurm of McGregor. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband David in 2006, Brother Jack Lennes, and Sisters: Karen Lenz, Twyla Piepho, and Michelle Larson. A memorial service will be held Friday, September 1, 2017 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Victor G. Lindahl
09/16/1928-08/15/2017
Victor G. Lindahl, age 88 of McGregor died Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at his home. Victor was born September 16, 1928 at Howard Lake, Minnesota the son of Oscar and Pearl (Anders) Lindahl. He grew up and attended schools in Howard Lake graduating from the Howard Lake High School in 1946. He then served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. Upon his discharge he married Dolores E. Knutson on June 11, 1949 in Minneapolis, Mn. He then attended Barber College and learned to cut hair. He used that to help fund the rest of his education at the University of Minnesota and St. Cloud State University. He then attended the College of St. Thomas where he earned his Masters and Specialist degrees. He taught history and phy-ed and also coached basketball at the Big Lake High School for several years. He then served as Principal at the Askov High School before serving as principal at the Delano High School from which he retired. His wife Dolores had grown up in the McGregor area and they had been coming to the area for many years before they retired to the area. He was a lifetime member of the McGregor VFW, and a member of the Grace Lutheran Church and the Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity. He was an avid sportsman enjoying all types of sports. He is survived by his wife Dolores Lindahl of McGregor; Daughter and son in law: Trudy and Tim Smith of Jordan, Mn.; Grandsons: Jonathan (Kimberly) Smith of Hilton Head, S.C.; Jed (Tammy) Smith of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Jacob (Tana) Smith of Prior Lake, Mn.; 5 great grandchildren: Sabrina, Abigael, Mason, Maxwell, and Autumn. Also surviving is 1 brother: Eldon “Bud” Lindahl of Los Angeles, Calf. and 1 Sister: Daisy Bender of Winsted, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 2 sisters Ruth and Julia. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home.www.srtfuneral.com.
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Catherine Dybdahl
06/07/1923-08/13/2017
Catherine “Kate” V. Dybdahl, age 94 of Aitkin died Sunday, August 13, 2017 at her home. Catherine was born June 7, 1923 at Blind Lake, Minnesota the daughter of William and Catherine Christensen. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating in 1941. She was the first Homecoming Queen of Aitkin High School. She married Norman Dybdahl on September 26, 1945 at Richfield, Minnesota. They made their home in Crystal. Upon her husband’s retirement they moved to the Aitkin area in 1986 and have lived here since. She enjoyed spending time with her family and also working in her flower gardens. She is survived by sons and daughters in law: Jay Dybdahl of Plymouth, MN., Chris (Lou) Dybdahl of Otsego, MN., Steven (Wende) Dybdahl of Golden Valley, MN.; daughters and sons in law: Susan (Glen) Rollins of Cave Creek, AZ., Cheryl (Kerry) Gullickson of Robbinsdale, MN., Daughter in law: Liz Pielow; Grandchildren: Jenna, Zach, Molly, Anders, Kjell, Katelyn, Jennifer, Ethan, Connie and Maddy; Great Grandchildren: Cole, Kylee, McKenna, Billy, Carter, Caleb and Finn. Also surviving are special friends Katy McGee and Merlyn Landborg. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Norman, Daughter: Debra, Son in law: Bill Pielow, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Memorials are preferred to the Aitkin Food Shelf. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Margaret "Muggs S. Nelson
07/18/1920-08/10/2017
Margaret “Muggs” S. Nelson, 97 of Aitkin died Thursday, August 10, 2017 at Rivers Edge Assisted Living in Aitkin. She was born July 18, 1920 in Minneapolis to Lester L. and Hattie E. (Sloan) Newton. She graduated from Grand Rapids High School. Muggs was united in marriage to Arthur “Bud” Nelson November 30, 1943 in Grand Rapids. While Bud was serving in the Army, Muggs worked at the Twin Cities Ammunition Plant and then in Seattle at Boeing Company until Bud came home. They moved back to Minnesota and a couple years later bought Mack’s Shack Restaurant in Aitkin. Muggs operated the restaurant while Bud worked at the post office. After 21 years Muggs had to close because of poor health. She later worked for Hanlon Drug Store and then 1st National Bank in Aitkin until her retirement. She enjoyed cooking, hunting, and fishing. She was a member for over 50 years of both the Order of the Eastern Star #122 and Rebekah Lodge#151. She was also a member of Daughters of Nile #7, a Life member of American Legion Auxiliary Lee Post #86 and the Aitkin United Methodist Church. Muggs is survived by many relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years Bud on January 3, 2008; parents: Lester and Hattie (Sloan) Newton; step-mother Bernetta Newton; brother LeRoy L. Newton; step-sister Franceil; step-brother John; niece Mary Lee; and nephews: Richard Lee, Marty, and Scotty. Visitation will begin at 9:30A.M. followed by the Eastern Star Service at 10:30A.M and then the Memorial service at 11:00A.M. – Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Aitkin. Reverend Dawn Houser will officiate. Burial will be in the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley, Little Falls, Minnesota. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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David B. Lemire
01/15/1960-08/03/2017
David Benjamin Lemire, age 57 of Becker formerly of Gilbert and Duluth died Thursday, August 3, 2017 at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. David was born January 15, 1960 in Eveleth, Minnesota the son of Virgil and Eleanor (Hedberg) Lemire. He grew up and attended schools in Gilbert graduating in 1978. He then attended motorcycle school in Arizona. He moved to Duluth and worked at a motorcycle shop in Canal Park and then attended the Lake Superior Vo-Tech where he learned to be a machinist. He took a job with the Remmele Company in Big Lake in 1985. He married Jeanne M. Goodlet of Bayfield, Wisconsin on November 30, 1985 in Duluth. They made their home in St. Cloud before he built their home in Becker, Minnesota. Dave worked for the Remmele Company for 32 years as a machinist and manufacturing engineer. He enjoyed gardening, golfing, cooking and grilling, and general cabin life on Hickory Lake. Dave had a great sense of humor and loved to share a cold beer with family and friends! Recently he especially enjoyed his role as “papa” to granddaughter Natalie. He is survived by his wife Jeanne Lemire of Becker; Daughters: Kristen Lemire (Andy Coda) of Duluth, Danielle Lapos (Michael) of Fargo, N.D., Sarah Wingate (J.R.) of Duluth; Granddaughter: Natalie Lapos; Mother: Eleanor Lemire of Aitkin; Brothers: Jeff (Mary) Lemire of Alamogordo, N.M.; and Perry (Denise) Lemire of Duluth. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends Keith and Lynnette Schillewaert and Ken Fry. He was preceded in death by his father Virgil, Sister: Cynthia “Cindy” Paakkonen. A memorial service will be held Friday, August 11, 2017 at 1 PM from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be from 11 AM until the 1 PM services at the church. Interment will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Theodora (Teddy) Engstrom
02/19/1948-08/03/2017
Theodora Lee (Teddy Talbot) Engstrom, age 69, of McGregor died Thursday, August 3, 2017 at her home on Big Sandy Lake. Teddy was born February 19, 1948 in Duluth, Minnesota daughter of Dave Sr. and Theo Talbot. She attended St. Rose Parochial School in Proctor and then the Proctor High School graduating in 1966. She then married Roger Engstrom on May 28, 1966 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Proctor. She was a stay at home Mom raising two children April and Jim. She was a 46 year member of the Proctor Moose where she loved to volunteer. They bought a cottage on Big Sandy Lake in McGregor in 1989. In 2002 they sold Roger’s family homestead in Proctor where they resided. They then moved permanently to Big Sandy Lake. Teddy soon began volunteering again. She was a member of the MACC, ANGELS, RSVP, and the Dale Wayrynen American Legion Auxiliary. She liked everybody and everybody liked her. She was preceded in death by her parents Dave and Theo Talbot, Brothers: Jason and David Jr. and Daughter April. She is survived by her husband of 51 years Roger; Son Jim (Kathy Sheffield, son Dave fisher), Sister: Debbie Talbot (son Mark), Nephew: Brandon Talbot; Step (MOM) Char Talbot (Scott Ruthford family). She was blessed with two grandchildren that she loved more than anything in this world Cody and Emily Gauthier and Great Granddaughter Kyleigh Rose. “Remember me with smiles and laughter. If you must remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all.” Per her request there will be no funeral.
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Doryce E. Kooiman
05/23/1939-07/27/2017
Doryce E. Kooiman, 78 of Aitkin died Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born May 23, 1939 in Pease, MN. to Albert and Grace (Ruis) Godeke. She graduated high school and worked as an office manager. Doryce (Godeke) was united in marriage to Roger D. Kooiman August 7, 1959 in Minneapolis. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, and traveling with her sisters. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin and Nord Lake Association. She was preceded in death by her husband: Roger D. Kooiman on August 11, 2016; brother: Michael Godeke; and her parents: Albert and Grace (Ruis) Godeke Doryce is survived by her son and his friend: Tim Kooiman (Jennifer) of Champlin; Daughter and son-in-law: Julie (Kevin) Kowalski of Brainerd; Brother and sister-in-law: Leon (Sue) Godeke of Arden Hills; 2 sisters and brother-in-law: Dorene Lord of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Cheryl (Brian) Ellingson of Clear Lake; 3 grandchildren: Ryan Pace, Drew Kooiman, and Nathan Kooiman; Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. Saturday, August 12, 2017 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be Pease Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Virgil P. Lemire
12/22/1929-07/21/2017
Virgil P. Lemire, 87 of Aitkin died Friday, July 21, 2017 at his residence. He was born December 22, 1929 in Merced, California to Benjamin and Evelyn (Reilly) Lemire. He attended Hickory Lake grade school and Aitkin High School. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1947 and was a veteran of the Korean War. He served at Woodrush, Lightship, and the Brookland Shipyards. Virgil was united in marriage to Eleanor Charlotte Hedberg on November 22, 1952 in Aitkin. They moved to the Iron Range where they resided for 43 years and he worked as a heavy equipment operator at Hoyt Lakes, LTV, Erie Mines. After retirement in 1995 they moved back to the homestead near Aitkin where Virgil grew up. They wintered in Texas and Virgil enjoyed playing pool and won many awards. He also enjoyed, reading Louis L’amour books, making maple syrup, and wood carving. He was a member of the American Legion and the Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his daughter: Cindy (Lemire) Paakkonen; son-in-law: Richard Paakkonen; 2 brothers: Oliver and Robert Lemire; sister: Lois Chouinard; and his parents: Benjamin and Evelyn (Reilly) Lemire. Virgil is survived by his wife of 64 years: Eleanor C. (Hedberg) Lemire of Aitkin, Minnesota; 3 sons and daughters-in-law: Jeffrey (Mary) Lemire of Alamogordo, New Mexico; David (Jeanne) Lemire of Becker, Minnesota; Perry (Denise) Lemire of Duluth, Minnesota; 7 grandchildren: Jennifer, Jeff, Jr., Kristen, Danielle, Sarah, Ted, and Joe; 5 great-grandchildren: Lincoln, Gavin, Holden, Bennett, and Natalie; Brother and sister-in-law: Herb (Kathy) Lemire of Robbinsdale, Minnesota; Sister-in-law: Beatrice Lemire of Aitkin, Minnesota; Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Father David Forsman and Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post # 1727. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Derward Luther "Woody" Gilmore
09/01/1946-07/21/2017
Derward Luther (Woody) Gilmore, 70, of Hill City, passed away suddenly on Friday, July 21, 2017 at his home. He was born in September 1, 1946 in Grand Rapids, MN to Derward and Marion Gilmore. Proud of his enlistment in the Army, Woody served from 1963 to 1966. He lived most of his life in Saginaw , MN until he retired to Hill City in 2012. Woody was self-employed for most of his life. He worked hard in all his endeavors but always had time for his family and friends. Whenever it was possible he was always trying to help others. Hunting and fishing were his passion especially when shared with his friends and brother. He was preceded in death by his parents and will be deeply missed by his brother, James Gilmore (Karen) and sisters, Wilma Gilmore (Wayne) and Jo Oland (Tim). A private gathering of friends and family to be announce. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dennis J. Landborg
01/31/1946-07/20/2017
Dennis J. Landborg, 71 of Aitkin, died Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Dennis has fought a battle against “Agent Orange” for the past 40 years. He was born January 31, 1946 in Ham Lake to Melvin C. and Victoria Elizabeth (Strecker) Landborg. He graduated from Anoka High School. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in the Vietnam War. Dennis was united in marriage to Merlyn Mary (Fiddyment) on April 16, 1977 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in East Bethel. He served as a councilman and then mayor of Ham Lake. In 1972 he joined the Minnesota State Highway Patrol and retired in 1998 after being elected Aitkin County Sheriff, serving in that position until 2005. He was a member of the McGregor VFW Post #2747and First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers: Phillip and Ronnie Landborg and his son-in-law: Joe Schmitz. Dennis is survived by his wife Merlyn Landborg of Aitkin 3 daughters and son-in-law: Rhonda Landborg of St. Francis Stacy Schmitz of Paynesville LaNae (Dave) Ashton of Aitkin 5 grandchildren: Levi Landborg, Ryan Lowers, Craig Ashton, Nora Ashton, and Andrew Schmitz 1 brother and sister-in-law: Kenny (Lois) Landborg of Deerwood Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 10:30A.M. – Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 8P.M. – Monday, July 24 at the church and will continue 1 hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Burial with military honors will be 4P.M. Tuesday at Our Saviors Lutheran Cemetery in Soderville, Ham Lake. Reverend Dan Nordin will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the Vietnam Veterans of America. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Merrill M. Honnold
03/30/1938-07/15/2017
Merrill M. Honnold, age 79 of Wealthwood Township died Saturday, July 15, 2017 at his home. Merrill was born March 30, 1938 at McCone City, Montana the son of Raymond and Erma (Murray) Honnold. He moved to the Wealthwood area with his family at the age of two. He attended the Wealthwood One-room School through the 7th grade and then attended Aitkin Schools and graduated from Aitkin High School in 1956. He attended Hamline University and graduated in 1961 with a degree in Economics. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1963. Upon his discharge he lived in the Twin Cities and worked for St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co. and later for Kresge’s as a manager trainee. He started a career with the Social Security Administration in Kansas City, Missouri in 1965. He married Marijean Snowden on July 4, 1968 in Kansas City, Missouri. He continued his career with the Social Security Administration in Rock Spring, Wyoming and then Moses Lake and Seattle Washington until he transferred to Baltimore, Maryland in the early 1990’s. He retired from Social Security in 1995. He married Patti Marie Wilcox on May 24, 1997 in Baltimore County, Maryland. They moved to Minnesota in 1999 and have resided in the Mille Lacs Lake area for the past 15 years. He was a member of the Bethesda Lutheran Church at Malmo and the Bethesda Lutheran Church Romeo’s. He volunteered with AARP as a tax preparer. He enjoyed bike riding, roller blading, running, cross country skiing, hunting and photography. He enjoyed spending time on his “Forty”. He loved the outdoors and especially teaching his grandchildren how to fish. He also enjoyed debating the current affairs. He is survived by his wife Patti Honnold of Aitkin; Son: Martin Honnold of Sun City, AZ.; Daughters: Amanda (Roman) Wilcox of Baltimore, Maryland; Natasha (Matthew) Nicholson of Clear Lake, Iowa; Alexandria (Dan) Lichty of Waterloo, Iowa; and 7 Grandchildren: Annamaria, Caleb, Elisabeth, Esther, Isabella, Grace, Sebastian; One sister: Gwendolyn (Russell) Hass of Eyota, MN. and Merrill has numerous relatives throughout the Midwest. He was preceded in death by his parents, Brother Thomas and Sister Caroline. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 9:30 AM from Bethesda Lutheran Church at Malmo with Rev. Terry Frovik officiating. Visitation will be from 8:30 to the 9:30 services. Burial will be at a later date in the Diamond Lake Cemetery near Aitkin. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Memorials are preferred to Twin Cities Public Television or Minnesota Public Radio. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Katherine J. Hill
02/25/1954-07/15/2017
Katherine Jean Hill, age 63 of McGregor died Saturday, July 15, 2017 at McGregor, Minnesota. Katherine was born February 25, 1954 at Cass Lake, Minnesota the daughter of Alvy and Emmarose (Hatfield) Algers. She grew up and attended schools in Chicago, Ill. And then moved back to Minneapolis and lived there for a time before moving to Bagley, MN. She then moved to McGregor where she has lived the past 20 years. She was involved in a number of churches when she lived in Minneapolis and helped people with home decorating. She enjoyed sewing, beading, the outdoors and she loved to fish. She was a loving helpful woman who was always there to lend a helping hand. Katherine loved her grandchildren dearly. She is survived by children: Candace Hill of Onamia, Donald D. Hill, Edward R. Hill and Kelly L Hill all of McGregor, Dawn M. Hill of Rice Lake, Mn.; Grandchildren: Patrick J. Hill, Randy L. Hill, Cassandra L. Hill, Nikko J. Hill, Renee L. Hill, Catherine J. Hill, Carlos J. Taylors Jr., James D. Rabideau, Jalonny D. Hill, Pacer J. Hill, Aleah L. Hill, Allayah L. Hill, and Jacob W. Hill; Great Grandson: Daniel J. Hill; Brothers: James P. Hill of Rice Lake, MN., Alvin Hill of Naytahwaush, MN., Sisters: Cynthia L. Boyer of Bagley, MN., Gloria J, Hill of Rice Lake, MN., and Sharon Hill of Springfield, MO. and many nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass will be held at the Holy Family Catholic Church on with Fr. Kuriakose Nediakala officiating. Visitation will be 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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Alice Jane Hudson
01/01/1925-07/09/2017
Alice Jane Hudson, age 92 of Aitkin died Sunday, July 9, 2017 at her home. Alice was born January 1, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Arthur and Clara (Holter) Griswold. She grew up and attended schools in North Minneapolis graduating from North High School in 1942. She then attended the Minneapolis College of Music where she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees. She taught for a time at Fremont, Minnesota and in 1948 moved to Aitkin and taught music at the Aitkin High School until 1960. Alice married William Hudson on July 1, 1950 in Anoka, Minnesota. They made their home in Aitkin and she has lived here since. After she stopped teaching she worked as a choral and music director at First Lutheran Church where she had three choirs which she directed. She also played organ for Bethlehem Lutheran Church for a number of years and had also played organ for the Glen Community Church, the Aitkin Methodist Church and 15 years for St. James Catholic Church. Alice was instrumental in starting the production of “Handel’s Messiah” here in Aitkin and conducted that choir for 10 years. Alice was very active in the Heartland Animal Rescue Team (HART) where she served on the board since its inception and was chairman for 6 of those years. Alice had served 12 years on the Aitkin School Board, 4 years on the State Board of Psychology, served 3 years as a representative for Aitkin County on the Health Systems Agency of Western Lake Superior (15 counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin), two year board member of the Lakes Area Music Association, served 3 years as a representative on the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, and had co-chaired the City of Aitkin Red Cross fund drive. Alice had served a time as temporary editor for the Aitkin Independent-Age. She is survived by daughter: Susan Hudson of St. Paul, Mn. and son: John (Joni) Hudson of Aitkin and 1 sister: Margrett Bill of Deerwood, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William in 2001 and two brothers: Ervin and Russell. A memorial service will be held Friday, July 28, 2017 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen and Rev. Paul Andell officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at a later date. Memorials are preferred to Heartland Animal Rescue Team (HART). Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Regina Johnson
01/17/1917-07/07/2017
Regina Bertha Johnson, age 100 of Cloquet formerly of Glen died Friday, July 7, 2017 in Cloquet, Minnesota. Regina had just celebrated her 100th birthday in January. Regina was born January 17, 1917 in Kiel, Germany the daughter of August and Bertha Moeller. She moved with her family in 1929 to Minnesota where they joined her mother’s family. They homesteaded in Kimberly clearing the land with horses and hand tools, building a home, farm and a life in their new country. Regina attended high school in Aitkin and graduated at the top of her class. She then travelled to California and worked as a maid for a time before returning to Minneapolis where she attended business school. Regina met Don Johnson and they married on November 14, 1947 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Hopkins and she worked for the Hopkins School District as a baker at the Hopkins High School for 20 years retiring in 1978. Her husband Don also retired that year and they built a small house north of Glen just a mile from where her grandparents and aunt had settled. They attended and became part of the Malmo Bethesda Lutheran Church Community. Regina joined the choir, the homemakers group, served as the church bookkeeper for a time and had served acres of cake slices to the congregation and guests as the celebrated special events and also mourned the loss of family members. Her husband Don passed away in 1985 and she continued to live in her home until 2011 when she moved into Aitkin. In 2013 she moved in with her son and daughter in law in Barnum and most recently had resided at the New Perspective Assisted Living in Cloquet. She enjoyed crocheting, needle point, crossword Puzzles and loved to work in her flower gardens. She enjoyed traveling and had been to Germany three times to visit family. She loved her family and especially enjoyed being with her grandchildren and following their careers. She is survived by 2 sons and daughter in law: Robert D. Johnson of Ironwood, Michigan, David J. (Molly) Johnson of Barnum, MN.; Grandchildren: Keirsa K. Johnson and Erik D. Johnson both of Boston, Mass. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and 1 sister Edith O’Donnell. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 11 AM from Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo with Rev. Terry Frovik officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Nicholas Andrew Justen
07/15/2000-07/07/2017
Nicholas Andrew Justen, age 16 of Aitkin died Friday, July 7, 2017 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Nicholas was born July 15, 2000 in Brainerd, Minnesota the son of Jeremy and Dene (Quandt) Justen. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin and was going to be a senior at the Aitkin High School this fall. He had played football, golfed and had worked on sound and lighting for the one act plays. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, Bowling, Skiing, Snowmobiling and trapping. He also loved working on his Trans-Am. He was a confirmed member of St. James Catholic Church and was involved with the youth group there. He loved to spend time with his friends. He is survived by his parents: Jeremy and Dene Justen of Aitkin; brother: Brendan Justen of Aitkin; Sister: Mikaela Justen of Aitkin; Grandparents: Dwight and Donna Quandt of Villard, Mn. and Donald and Paula Justen of Aitkin; Great Grandmother: Verna Quandt; Aunts and uncles: Dwight Quandt Jr. of Villard, Mn., Daniel (Jenifer) Justen of Brook Park, Mn., Michael (Maggie) Justen of Stillwater, Mn., Aimee (Michael) Schmit of Cambridge, Mn., Paul Justen and fiancé Tabitha of Ramsey, Mn., Joy (Clinton) Bridewell of Pierz, Mn., David (Dana) Justen of Aitkin, Maryrose (Shane) Knutson of Pierz, Mn. and numerous Cousins. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, July 14, 2017 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. David Forsman officiating and Fr. Justin Fish concelebrating. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Maria M. Burman
11/18/1934-07/06/2017
Maria M. Burman, age 82 of Aitkin passed away peacefully, Thursday, July 6, 2017 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Maria was born November 18, 1934 to John and Selma Johnson. She and her 2 sisters, Bertha and Janet lived on a farm in Idun Township until they moved to Isle to live in a larger home in the southern part of town. Mom always said that her favorite place to read was sitting in the bee hives because she knew that no one would bother her there .She graduated from the 12th grade and was an Isle Warrior-quite an accomplishment back in those days for a girl to go to school thru the 12th grade. After graduation she went to the big city of Minneapolis and worked at the Sears tower. She did some traveling around the states with girlfriends. She moved to Malmo and worked as a telephone operator at the Malmo exchange where she met dad. On June 29th, 1956 Maria married Ernest Burman. She had three children, one of which died in a still birth. Her children are Cathy Buhlmann and Tom Burman. She lived her life for her kids. Going to all of the school activities, being Sunday school and Bible School teacher and superintendent, and a 4-H leader. Many events were held in her home with extra kids. The neighborhood kids all knew that they were welcome to come over and stay for a meal. While she was being a neighborhood mom, she was also working at the Land O Lakes turkey plant. Many evenings, Tom and Cathy would do our homework at the long tables waiting for her to get off work. They could see her working on the assembly line through the window in the door by our table. Then she got a full time job bookkeeping for Gambles. She worked there until 1984 when Everett Davies offered her a job in the Aitkin County Recorder’s office. She worked in that office and the Auditor’s office and retired from work in 1999. By that time she had 3 precious jewels – her grandchildren – John Buhlmann, Brian Burman, and Molly Burman. She loved all of them dearly. She was very proud of them all and would cut all of the articles in the paper about them. Even though she had retired from work, she still went to Fishers Resort and cooked. She had always wanted to own a restaurant; this was the next best thing. In 2015, mom and dad moved to town to live at the Aicota Assisted Living Facility until about 2 months ago Maria is survived by: husband Ernest Burman, daughter Cathy Buhlmann (Kurt) Aitkin, son Tom Burman (Maureen) Aitkin, and grandchildren – John Buhlmann (Sue) Aitkin, Brian Burman, Grand Rapids, and Molly Burman, Aitkin. She was preceded in death by a son, parents: John and Selma Johnson, and 2 sisters – Bertha Spangler and Janet Huber. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 11 AM from the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo with Rev. Terry Frovik officiating. Visitation will be 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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Lucinda Ann Greiner
09/07/1937-07/05/2017
Lucinda Ann Greiner, 79 of Aitkin, Minnesota and Aurora, Illinois died Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Golden Horizons Assisted Living in Aitkin. She was born September 7, 1937 in Aurora, IL. to Edgar E. and Helen E. (Miller) Elder. She graduated from Aurora East High School in Illinois. Lucinda Ann (Elder) was united in marriage to Raymond Matthew Greiner on October 20, 1956 in Aurora, IL. She worked as a bookkeeper in the medical and health care industry. She was preceded in death by her son Daniel and her parents. Lucinda is survived by her husband Ray Greiner of Aitkin, 5 Children and their spouses: Rebecca Greiner of North Aurora, IL.; Tom (Marsha) Greiner of Dundee, FL.; Susan (Wes) Knight of Aurora, IL.; Charles Greiner of Mesa, AZ.; Jennifer (James) Becker of Bloomington, MN.; And many other relatives and friends. There will be no services at this time. Memorials are preferred to Heartland Hospice and Golden Horizons Assisted Living. Sorensen-Root-Thompson in Aitkin assisted with arrangements
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LeRoy Stunek
10/21/1928-07/04/2017
LeRoy L. Stunek, age 88 of Bloomington, formerly of Aitkin, Minneapolis and Anoka died Tuesday July 4, 2017 in Bloomington, Minnesota. LeRoy was born October 21, 1928 in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota the son of Herman and Tillie (Blasky) Stunek. He grew up and attended the Trinity Lutheran Parochial School in Sauk Rapids. He then served in the U.S. Air Force from 1948 to 1952. Upon his discharge he married Betty Lu Buckman on February 26, 1954 in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. He worked as a salesman for a time and then worked at the Post Office in New Brighton, Mn. from 1965 until 1971. In 1967 they moved to N.E. Minneapolis and in 1971 moved to Anoka. He then went to work for the Air National Guard in Minneapolis and worked for them until retiring in 1982. He moved his family to Aitkin, Minnesota in 1982 and had lived here until 2010 when health issues forced him to move to Twin Cities for his care. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin where he had served as a deacon, had ushered for many years and had served as chairman of the Brainerd Circuit Mission Committee which was instrumental in starting several new churches in the area. He was also past commander of the Aitkin American Legion Post. He enjoyed fishing and golfing. He is survived by two sons and daughters in law: Peter and Lori Stunek of Zimmerman, Mn., and Chris and Coralee Stunek of Big Lake, Mn.; Two brothers: Herb Stunek of Brainerd, Mn. and Eugene Stunek of Blaine, Mn. and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 8, 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. Interment will be Monday, July 10 at 9 AM at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley, Mn. with full military honors. Rev. Steve Benson will officiate at the comital service. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Gary Keith Erickson
12/30/1946-06/25/2017
Gary Keith Erickson, 70 of Aitkin died Sunday, June 25, 2017 at his home. He was born December 30, 1946 in Aitkin to Albert “Bud” and Lois Mae (Erlandson) Erickson. He graduated from Isle High School in 1964. After high school he attended college and was a member of the National Guard. Gary was united in marriage to Sandra Kay Norman on October 24, 1970 in Crosby. He worked many jobs and most recently was the owner of Cedarbrook Lumber Company in Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his mother: Lois Mae (Erlandson) Erickson and his brother: Brian Erickson. Gary is survived by his wife of over 46 years Sandy Erickson of Aitkin; father: Albert “Bud” Erickson of Aitkin; son and daughter-in-law: Jason (Kara) Erickson of Aitkin; daughter and son-in-law: Jill (Brent) Katzenberger of Ironton; 8 grandchildren: Sharayah (Kodie) Krautkremer; Lincoln, Solomon, and Everen Erickson; Barrett, Levelyn, Scarlett, and Bexton Katzenberger; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law: Bob (Jane) Erickson of Arizona and Mark (Miriam) Erickson of Florida; 1 sister: Susan Erickson of Aitkin; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Don and Gloria Norman of Aitkin; many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Journey North Church in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. Jason Erickson, Rev. Glenn Browning, and Rev. Dallas Smith will officiate. Music will be provided by Jill Katzenberger and Michael Janetis. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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James Joseph Collins
09/06/1933-06/17/2017
James Joseph Collins, age 83 of Aitkin died Saturday, June 17, 2017. James was born September 6, 1933 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Joseph and Eileen Collins. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1951. He then entered the National Guard and was activated and served in the U.S. Army in Korea where he was wounded. Upon his discharge he worked for Johns-Manville Company near Chicago Illinois for a time and then returned to the Aitkin area where he worked Hiway construction for a time and then worked in the Mines at Crosby. He married Judith Ann Sanbeck on August 17, 1957 in Aitkin. They made their on a farm east of Aitkin where they eventually built their home. He farmed most of his life but also worked a milk route and also had a contract mail route from the mid 1960’s to 2000. He served the Glen route which later was known as HC 5. In 1969 he went to work in Virginia, Mn. as a state patrol dispatcher for two years. He then worked for Rasley Oil Co driving a bulk oil truck and in 1972 he went to work for the Aitkin Count Sherriff’s office as a dispatcher, a job which he held for 25 years retiring in 1997. He enjoyed his farming, hunting, fishing, and especially enjoyed time with the grandchildren and family. He was a member of the Aitkin VFW, Aitkin American Legion Post, the Disabled American Veterans, the Teamsters Union and Bethesda Lutheran Church of Rossburg where he had served on council for many years and was also church treasurer for many years. He is survived by his wife Judy Collins of Aitkin; Sons and daughters in law: Doug (Jeanie) Collins and Rick (Janice) Collins all of Aitkin; brother in law: Cliff Sanbeck of Aitkin and grandchildren: Joe (Ashley) Collins, Brian(Cora) Collins, Mitch Collins, Matt Collins, Isaac Collins, and great granddaughter Ann Rose. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Mary Gene. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 23, 2017 at 1:00 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7 PM and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Saron Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Angeline Louise Bodeker
10/25/1935-06/14/2017
Angeline Louise Bodeker, 81 of Aitkin died Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. She was born October 25, 1935 in Graham, Benton County to Richard and Myrtle (Hafner) Bartel. She graduated from Crosby – Ironton High School. Angeline was united in marriage to Douglas F. Banks, Sr. on April 27, 1957 in Crosby. Douglas died in 1973. Angeline was united in marriage to Eugene “Bud” E. Bodeker on March 6, 1976 in Aitkin. She worked as a bookkeeper at Aitkin Feed Store and at Hyytinen Hardware Hank in Aitkin. She was a homemaker and mother. She enjoyed Sewing and Quilting, and was a member of the American Legion and Moose Lodge. She was preceded in death by her first husband Douglas F. Banks, Sr. on November 19, 1973; her second husband Eugene “Bud” Bodeker on November 6, 2001; two brothers: Bobby Bartel and Dick Bartel; and her parents: Richard and Myrtle (Hafner) Bartel. Angeline is survived by 5 children: Douglas (Bonnie) Banks of Pillager, Mark (Janice) Banks of Villard, Tammy Banks (Jeff Hagen) of Elk River, Steven (Trudy) Banks of Minneota, Lynn (Greg) Mattice of Nowthen, 10 grandchildren: Kyle Banks, Klaire Banks, Jordan Keith, Douglas (Nichelle) Banks, Jared (Stacy) Green, Jessica Nelson, Adam Shipman, Kimberly Shipman, Megan Mattice, and Taylor Mattice. 5 great-grandchildren: Hayden & McKenzie Banks, Haily, Paige, and Sutter Green. 9 brothers and sisters: Vonnie Sanvig, Jimmy Bartel, David Bartel, Donna Bartel, Otto Bartel, Mel Bartel, Tiny Judd, Joyce Bartel, and Janet Morin. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Monday, June 19, 2017 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Brian Ricke will officiate. Burial will be in Bennettville Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m, Sunday at the funeral home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service.
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Thomas Partridge
06/11/1949-06/12/2017
Thomas Michael Partridge, age 68 of McGregor died Monday, June 12, 2017 at his home in McGregor Thomas was born June 11, 1949 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Russell and Theresa (Sobotta) Partridge. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from South High in 1967. He married Carol Ness in 1967 and they lived in Minneapolis for a time and then moved to Starbuck, Minnesota. They returned to Minneapolis for a short time and then moved to Superior, Wisconsin where he operated a restaurant for a number of years and then also operated a food truck. He moved to McGregor in 2003 and has resided here since. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by his daughter Tracy Partridge of Superior, Wisc.; Sister: Sharon (Partridge) Murray of Tamarack, Mn.; nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his 2 sons: Russell and Michael; sister: Jean Partridge Kehoe; long-time significant other: Cheryl Birk; and his parents. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Kuriakose Nediakala officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be June 29, 2017 at 2:00PM in Greenwood Cemetery, Superior, Wisconsin. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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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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