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Archive Obituaries
Viola I. Weimer
04/15/1922-08/10/2014
Viola I. Weimer, age 92 of Palisade died Sunday, August 10, 2014 at the Aitkin Health Services. Viola was born April 15, 1922 in White Elk Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota the daughter of Fredrick and Esther (Holmquist) Clayton. She grew up and attended school at the Four Corner School House near Bain. She then moved to Crosby and worked as a house keeper and nanny while attending the Crosby-Ironton High School. She graduated as the class Valedictorian. She married Charles Scott on November 8, 1941. They moved to San Diego as her husband served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. During the war they moved to San Francisco where she worked as a truck driver. They then moved to Brooklyn New York in 1943 and returned to San Diego in 1945. In 1947 they bought a farm in White Elk Township and moved there and raised turkeys. Her husband was killed in a car accident in 1973. She married John Weimer on August 28, 1976. They lived in Aitkin while a new house was built on the farm place and in 1978 they moved into the new home and she has lived there since. Her husband John died in 2011. At the age of 51 Viola went back to school and received her degree as an occupational therapist. She worked for 12 years at Leisure Hills Care Center in Grand Rapids. She had also worked over the years as a waitress, a Vet Tech, was an accomplished artist and painted murals in the Twin cities and all the time kept operating the farm. She enjoyed painting, crafts, reading and flowers. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin, the Waukenabo Homemakers, and the Up North Club. She is survived by her son and wife: Patrick (Sandra) Scott of Palisade; 5 Grandchildren, 13 Great Grandchildren and 9 Great Great Grandchildren; Step Children: Diane (Byron) Schlagel of Aitkin; Robert (Colleen) Weimer of Rose Creek, Mn.; Arnold Weimer of Juneau, Alaska; Betty (Roger) Stidolph of Juneau, Alaska; Stanley (Cindy) Weimer of Aitkin; Helen (Jason) Hayes of Creswell, Oregon; Carla Gamman of Bothell, Washington; Alice (Don) Browne of Minneapolis; 12 Step Grandchildren and 10 Step Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by parents, husbands Charles Scott and John Weimer; Sisters: Edith Cord, Mabel Wagner, Bess Wagner, Alice Lambert, Lila Hughes, Cora Clayton and Brother Clarence Clayton. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 18, 2014 at 11 AM from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Burial will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 until 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. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Eugene Sederstrom
09/06/1932-08/09/2014
Eugene G. Sederstrom, 81 of Aitkin died Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born September 6, 1932 in Pittsfield, WI. to Henry and Florence (Langa) Sederstrom. He was a strong man who enjoyed music, playing guitar, singing, and fishing. He loved to be with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers. Eugene was loved and will be missed by his six daughters: Cathy (Kevin) Danielski of Henning, Peggy (Aldo) Sallese of Andover, Tammy Sederstrom of Kenosha, WI., Jackie Phelps of Minneapolis, Debbie Preussner of Wabasha, Dori Chouinard of Lakeville, 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, Brother Norman Sederstrom of Aitkin, Sister Arlene (Ron) Vick of Florida, Many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Saturday, August 16, 2014 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Gene Paul Villeneuve
04/30/1943-08/07/2014
Gene Paul Villeneuve, 71 of Hill City, passed away peacefully on August 7, 2014. He was born April 30, 1943 in Minneapolis to William and Laurine (Pepin) Villeneuve. He served his country in the U.S. Navy. He worked as an electrical engineer. He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his family and friends. He was a friend of Bill W. and touched many people’s lives. He was preceded in death by his grandson Jesse and his parents. Gene is survived by his Wife Robyn, Children: Therese Noren(Dean) and Kathy Pritchard (Randy), Grandchildren: Jill DeMars (Aaron), Nicholas Pritchard, Justin Pritchard, Corey Pritchard, Great-grandchild: Benjamin DeMars Brothers: Frank, Mike (Cheryl), Leroy (Sue), Terry (Chris), Many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. – Sunday, August 10, 2014 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Burial with military honors will be at St. Thomas Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Pat Donna Jean Hart
02/09/1936-07/30/2014
“Pat” Donna Jean Hart, 78 of Aitkin died Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born February 9, 1936 in Aitkin County to Clyde and Agnes (Shankey) Maul. She grew up in the Palisade area and graduated from Aitkin High School. While in School she worked at the Palisade CO-OP grocery store. Pat was united in marriage to Gordon Hart on June 13, 1956 in Sisseton, SD. At the age of 22, both Pat and Gordon went down on their knees and accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. Besides farming with her family for many years near Palisade, she worked at Kare Phree Pines, was a release time teacher at Palisade School, Sunday school teacher at Hilltop Chapel, and owned and operated Country Treasures Antiques. She has been a member of Hilltop Chapel for over 35 years and the WMC (Women’s Missionary Circle). She was preceded in death by 7 siblings and her parents Clyde and Agnes (Shankey) Maul. Pat is survived by her husband Gordon Hart, Daughter and son-in-law: Terry (Brian) Kreiner of Nisswa, 3 sons and daughters-in-law: Steve (Wanda) Hart of Palisade, Michael (Christine) Hart of St. Cloud, Jan (Mary) Hart of Palisade, 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, Sister: Mary “Epe” Bishop of Grand Rapids, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Hilltop Chapel, Palisade. Reverend Barry Hite will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Workman Township. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Monday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Arthur O. Steece
03/12/1929-07/30/2014
Arthur O. Steece, 85 of Deerwood and Crosby died July 30, 2014 at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. He was born March 12, 1929 in Crosby to Roy and Madeline (Getzinge) Steece. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Arthur was united in marriage to Joyce A. Hirdler on June 25, 1953 in Aitkin. He worked as a handy man in the area. He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and wife Joyce on January 16, 1994. Arthur is survived by many relatives and friends. Graveside service will be 1:00P.M. – Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Bay Lake Cemetery, Deerwood. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Kenneth Thomas Kloskin
11/01/1943-07/25/2014
Kenneth Thomas Kloskin, age 70 of Garrison formerly of St. Cloud died Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Mille Lacs Health System Hospital in Onamia. Kenneth was born November 1, 1943 in St. Cloud, Minnesota the son of Ole and Rose Kloskin. He grew up and attended schools in St. Cloud graduating from Cathedral High School. He then started working for the St. Cloud Times Newspaper which turned into a 37 year career working for them in their marketing division. In 2012 he moved to the Garrison area and has lived here since. He is survived by his life partner Kathleen Bialke of Garrison, his children: Jason Kloskin and Kristen Adair and her children: Suzanne Meyer and Nicole Pietrow. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Rot-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dorothy I. Seibert
03/31/1945-07/25/2014
Dorothy I. Seibert, age 69 of Elk River formerly of Illinois, Biwabik, Mn. and Alaska died Friday, July 25, 2014 at her home in Elk River. Dorothy was born March 31, 1945 in Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Wendell and Hazel (Kingsley) Peterson. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin. She married James E. Seibert on July 12, 1960 in Caledonia, Minnesota. They lived in Illinois for a time and then moved to Alaska and lived there for 5 years and then moved to Biwabik, Minnesota and lived there before moving back to Illinois in the early 1990’s. They moved to Elk River, Mn a year ago to live with her daughter due to her illness. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, working with stained glass and working in her flower gardens. She loved her grandchildren and was proud of each one of them. She is survived by her husband: James E. Seibert of Elk River; Sons: James Seibert Jr. of Biwabik, Minnesota; John Seibert of Aberdeen, Washington; Tiphani Seibert-Martinez and husband Jaime of Elk River, MN. 9 Grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Marge Anderson of Aurora, Mn.; Butch Peterson of Otsego, Mn.; Ed Peterson of Anoka, Mn.; David Peterson of McKinley, Mn.; Michael Flannery of Hoyt Lakes, Mn. and Arlo Flannery of Pineville, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents and one great nephew Walter. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Marty Mably officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery near Palisade, Mn. Memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Duane W. Long
05/28/1947-07/21/2014
Duane W. Long, age 67 of Duluth died Tuesday July 21, 2014 at his home. Duane was born May 28, 1947 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Gottfred and Irene (Burman) Long. He grew up and attended schools in Isla graduating from the Isle High School in 1965. He then attended the University of Minnesota Duluth and graduated with a degree in chemistry in 1969. He went to work for a time for the Reserve Mining Co. in Silver Bay and then moved to Duluth in the mid 1970’s and worked for the Lake Superior Sanitary District as a chemist. He then went to work for the University of Minnesota Duluth as a Laboratory Services Coordinator for the Bio-Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Departments at the University. He held that position until his retirement in 2013. Duane had a passion for the environment and volunteered with the State of Minnesota Pollution Control Division helping monitor and sample water quality of streams, lakes and rivers in the area. He eventually helped bring this program into the classroom and labs at the University. Duane was also a longtime and exceptionally dedicated member of the Kenwood Church. He had served on most boards as well as the long range planning committee and church council. He had been active in Sunday services as head usher, communion server and scripture reader. He helped organize and cook several annual dinners, including the Christmas dinner for many years. He had a passion and enthusiasm for youth from Sunday school to youth Groups, to Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry to Lutheran Campus Ministry. Duane is survived by his mother: Irene Long of Onamia; Sister and brother in law: Ellory Christianson and Bill Michaelis of Grey Eagle, Mn.; Brothers and sisters in law: Gary and Jeanne Long of Livonia, Mich. and Steven Long and Mary Kramer of Isle along with nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews and many cousins and aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his father Gottfred Long, Grandparents: Louis and Christina Long and Charles and Ida Burman. A memorial service will be held Friday, July 25, 2014 at 11 AM from the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo with Rev. James Raisanen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Lakeside Cemetery near Malmo. Memorials are preferred to the University of Minnesota Duluth Department of Chemistry and Bio-Chemistry; the Lutheran Campus Ministry of Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lorraine Helen Mindrum
05/04/1934-07/12/2014
Lorraine Helen Mindrum, 80 of Aitkin and formerly of Palisade died Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born May 4, 1934 in Waukenabo to Christopher and Catherine (Lang) Weimer. Lorraine was united in marriage to Lamberth “Swede” Mindrum on Jan 29, 1955 in Aitkin. She enjoyed cooking, baking, was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, and was a grandmother to all. She was preceded in death by her husband “Swede” on October 19, 2007; great-grandson Luke Harwig; brothers: Hank, Frank, Vernon, Marty, Fritz, Ray, Charlie, John, and Albert Weimer; sisters: Marie Clark, Margaret Nollette, and Frances Berg; and her parents Christopher and Catherine (Lang) Weimer . Lorraine is survived by her children: Larry Mindrum (Geannie) of McGregor, Linda Harwig of Palisade, Lynn Mindrum (Steve) of Palisade, Lester (Barb) Mindrum of Palisade, Leslie (Kim) Mindrum of Palisade, Lonnie Mindrum of Palisade, Leeann Mindrum of Palisade, 17 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one on the way, 1 Brother Richard (Elaine) Weimer of Illinois, 2 Sisters Lydia Wiswell of Cologne and Ella Kingsley of Hill City, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 12:00P.M. – Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Barry Hite will officiate. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. – Wednesday at the funeral home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service. www.srtfuneral.com
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Arlen E. Snook
12/18/1938-07/03/2014
Arlen Snook, age 75 of Ironton died Thursday, July 3, 2014 at the Crosby Care Center. Arlen was born December 18, 1938 at Windom, Minnesota the son of Ray and Emma (Eidem) Snook. He attended schools in Windom and then moved to St. James with his family and attended high school in St. James graduating in 1956. He worked various jobs and then moved with his family to the Aitkin area. He worked for the Land O’Lakes Plant and also the Scorpion Co. He married Jackie Mae Mattson on March 2, 1964 in Ironton. He then attended Vo-Tech taking courses in Diesel Mechanic, Psychiatric Technologist and Vending and Amusement. He worked for Hardware Hank in Brainerd and then Coast To Coast in Brainerd and then for Ace Hardware in Emily and then returning to Crosby to finish his career in the hardware business with True Value. He retired in 2001. Arlen loved to tinker with things. He is survived by his wife Jackie Snook of Ironton; Children and spouses: Mitchell (Ruth) Snook of Remer, Daryl (Mickey) Snook of Brainerd, Emma (Rodger) Pratt of Deerwood, Richard Snook of Ironton, Sarah (Don) Morris of Aitkin, Arlene Mock of Riverton; 16 grandchildren, 7 Great Grandchildren, 2 Sisters: Evelyn Swenson of Arizona, Hazel Strenge of Onamia and Brothers: Harold Snook of Brainerd and Curtis Snook of the Twin Cities. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 11 AM from Bethesda Lutheran Church at Rossburg. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 PM Monday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery in Kimberly Township. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lyndon\"Lindy\" Hasskamp
01/31/1931-07/01/2014
Lyndon “Lindy” E. Hasskamp, age 83 of Aitkin died Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lindy was born January 31, 1931 in St. Paul, Minnesota the son of Victor Anderson and Mabel Hasskamp. He grew up in the Cedarbrook area where he was raised by his grandparents Henry and Lena Hasskamp. He attended the Cedarbrook Country School and then Aitkin High School, graduating in 1949. In 1951, Lindy enlisted in the U.S. Air Force serving as a Military Policeman. Upon his discharge he returned to the Aitkin area and worked for the Hannah Mining Co. in Crosby. On August 11, 1956, he married Margaret Maudell Dotzler, a childhood neighbor and classmate. His grandfather started a well drilling business in 1902 and Lindy assisted him as he was growing up. At the age of 23, he drilled his first well on his own. He and his brother, Gordon, continued to drill wells under the Hasskamp Brothers name. His son, Dennis, now operates the family owned business that Lindy remained active in until his death. He proudly served on the Mille Lacs Energy Board of Directors for 36 years. He was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Post. Lindy enjoyed spending time with his family, playing bingo, gardening and canning. His latest project was making watermelon pickles just 4 weeks ago. He is survived by children and spouses: Dennis and Teresa Hasskamp of Aitkin; Dorothy and Clint Host of Aitkin; Five Grandchildren: Jennifer (Adam) Schneider, Chad Hasskamp, Adam (Mel) Host, Tony (Kayla) Host, Erin Host; Three Great Grandchildren: Madellyn Schneider, Audrianna Schneider, Bentley Host and One Sister: Ruth “Jo” (Jack) Anderson of Crosby. He was preceded in death by his wife Maudell in 1987, son Dean in 2012, father Victor in 1930, Parents Mabel and Rudy Offt, grandparents: Henry and Lena Hasskamp, siblings: Ann Jones, Dorothy Lange, Herbert Hasskamp, James Hasskamp, George (Dutch) Hasskamp and Gordon Hasskamp. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 7, 2014 at 11 AM at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Cedarbrook with Rev. Sandy Berg- Holte officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, July 6th, from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue from 10 AM until the 11 AM services Monday at the church. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. 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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Albert (Abbie) Halgrimson
02/03/1921-06/29/2014
Albert (Abbie) Halgrimson of Palisade, MN passed away June 29, 2014 at the age of 93. Born February 3, 1921 to parents Albert O. and Alice (Morris) Halgrimson. Abbie and his parents moved from Saskatchewan, Canada to Aitkin County, MN where they lived in both Bain and Brooten, MN. He was a World War II veteran who was stationed at Pearl Harbor and in Italy where he served his country with pride. His marriage to Arline Handt on April 28, 1946 in Rockford, IL produced two wonderful children, Allen (deceased) and Ardis. Abbie was a man who enjoyed life both at work and at home. He was a dedicated employee at McGary Brothers Construction, a butcher for the Palisade Coop Store, a bus driver and truck driver. Additionally, he maintained his own farm of dairy cows and later expanded into beef cattle. A man who loved to joke and was rarely without a smile, Abbie retired in 1983 and spent his twilight years dancing, four-wheeling, working on diamond willow projects, picking wild rice, hunting, fishing, camping, bird watching, and working in his beautiful garden. In addition he was also a life time member of the VFW and served on the board at Palisade’s Mt. Olive Lutheran Church. Abbie was preceded in death by his parents, 10 brothers and sisters, his wife, Arline, and son, Allen. He is survived by a large and loving family that includes his brother Harold, his daughter Ardis, three grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Services will be held Thursday, July 3, 2014 at the Hilltop Chapel near Palisade with Pastor Barry Hite officiating. Visitation begins at 10:00 with services at 10:30. Interment will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery with military honors provided by the Palisade VFW and Aitkin American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin www.srtfuneral.com.
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Joyce Carol Strand
12/17/1933-06/29/2014
Joyce Carol Strand, age 80 of Palisade formerly of the Twin Cities died Sunday, June 29, 2014 at her home. Joyce was born December 17, 1933 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Alvin and Vivian (Carroll) Tessmer. She grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from Roosevelt High School and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota and later her Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Mankato. Joyce worked various jobs throughout her life which included MMC/HCMC in Minneapolis for several years as a psychiatric social worker and lastly with the State of Minnesota as a vocational counselor. Joyce married Stanley Erickson on September 22, 1984 in Minneapolis. They moved to the Aitkin area in 2000 and became involved in the community by volunteering at the Riverwood Health Care Center. Joyce was an avid quilter and had joined several quilting groups in the area. Joyce also loved to travel and made several trips to Europe and visited several states, including Alaska. Joyce will be sorely missed by her many friends and neighbors but especially her family which includes her husband Stan Erickson of Palisade; 5 Children: Richard (Mary) Strand of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; Carol Breen of Ramsey, Mn.; Russell (Cynthia) Strand of Rolla, Mo.; Connie Strand of Cambridge, Mn.; Randy (Marion) Strand of Frankfurt, Germany; 10 grandchildren and several great grandchildren who loved her and will forever keep her in their hearts. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother Al Tessmer and 1 sister: Laura Olson. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 10:30 AM at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Melissa Carmack and Russell Strand officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Doris Shaw
04/22/1925-06/28/2014
Doris R. (Myers) Shaw, 89 of Aitkin died June 28, 2014 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born April 22, 1925 in Glen to Oaker and Edith (Storm) Myers, and was delivered by her grandmother Hulda Storm who was a mid-wife in the area. She graduated from Aitkin High School. Doris was united in marriage to Paul Shaw on May 17, 1946 in St. Paul. They lived in Fridley for over 50 years before retiring to Aitkin. She worked as an administrative assistant for Quaker Oats. She was past president of PSA / NSA (Professional Secretaries Association). She took Swedish lessons for many years. Doris enjoyed visiting and giggling with her sisters over coffee in the early mornings, Bible studies, quilting, and sewing. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; 3 sisters: ElDorah Holm, Pauline Snyder, and Mabel Cooper; 2 nieces: Jean Holm and Lorry Holm; special friends: Tony and Marie Urban. Doris is survived by her husband Paul Shaw, Daughter and son-in-law: Jill (Michael) Scarcella of Aitkin, Step-son: Jack Turbes-Shaw of Colorado, Daughter-in-law: Marta Shaw of Germany 3 grandchildren: Kimberley (Blake) Lanagan, Stacey Scarcella, and Daryl Shaw, 4 great-grandchildren: Zachary, Jamie, Michael, and Noah Lanagan, 3 sisters and brothers-in-law: Corinne Walker of Alaska, Myrtle (Jack) Savage of California, Jane (Pat) Humphreys of Aitkin, Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Graveside services will be 1:00P.M. – Thursday, July 3, 2014 at Malmo Cemetery, Malmo Township, Aitkin County, MN. Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Donald Frederick Gode
10/08/1926-06/26/2014
Donald Frederick Gode, 87 of Aitkin died June 26, 2014 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born October 8, 1926 in St. Paul to Frederick and Esther (King) Gode. He graduated high school and attended Winona State University and then graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in engineering. He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran serving in WW II. Donald was united in marriage to Virginia Mae Wintz on October 29, 1949 in St. Paul. He worked for Whirlpool as a manufacturing engineer. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a Shriner. He was preceded in death by his wife Virginia Mae Gode and his parents Frederick and Esther (King) Gode. Donald is survived by 1 daughter and son-in-law: Debra (Bill) Budd of Deep Haven, 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Gary (Shari) Gode of Vadnais Heights, Bruce Gode of Ham Lake, 7 grandchildren: Christine, Kelly, and Michelle Budd, Laura, Bryce, Megan, and Matthew Gode, Sister and brother-in-law: Muriel (Ralph) Snyder of Roseville, Other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Monday, June 30, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Aitkin. Reverend Larry Foote will officiate. Burial will be in Bennettville Cemetery. Military honors accorded by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Sunday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with a Masonic service starting at 6:45P.M. The visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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George \"Everett\" Landrus
01/14/1927-06/22/2014
George “Everett” Landrus, age 87 of Palisade, died Sunday, June 22, 2014 at the Essentia St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. He was born January 14, 1927 in Morrison Township of Aitkin County the son of George J. and Golda F. (Shanholtzer) Landrus. He attended country schools in Morrison and Waukenabo Townships before attending the Aitkin High School. He moved to Duluth and worked there for a time before serving in the U.S. Army during WW II. He returned to Minnesota and went to welding school in Duluth. He married Laurel Lucy Schoonmaker on June 4, 1949. They lived in various places in Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota and Washington before returning to the Palisade area in 1965 where they lived and farmed. Everett worked as a pipe fitter for industrial construction projects until his retirement in 1990. He was a member of the Pipe Fitters Union Local 589, Virginia, Mn. He enjoyed farming, deer hunting feeding the hummingbirds and making maple syrup. He is survived by children and spouses: Raymond Landrus of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Linda and Roger Howard of Aitkin; Larry and Sandra Landrus of Zimmerman, Mn.; Steven and Mary Landrus of Palisade, Mn.; David Landrus of Swatara; 10 Grandchildren; 13 Great Grandchildren; Brothers and Sisters: Edward (Darlene) Landrus of Coon Rapids, Mn.; Lois Lenzen of Foley, Mn.; Thelma (Alfred) Kingsley of Palisade; Robert Landrus of Palisade; Arnold (Donna) Landrus of Hill City; Anthony (Mary) Landrus of Anchor Point, Alaska; Randall (Ruth) Landrus of Hill City; Gary Landrus of Toutle, Wash.; Kenneth (Lissa) Landrus of Aitkin; Lucille (Richard) Draper of Aitkin; Vernon (Wilma) Landrus of Aitkin; Judy (Dale) Johnson of Castle Rock, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Laurel, son Donald, Grandson: Krane Howard; Great Granddaughter: Kiyauna-Rae Landrus, and two sisters: Leona and Eileen. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 27, 2014 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Gary Landrus officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Waukenabo 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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Patricia J. Cummings
09/20/1936-06/21/2014
Patricia Joan Cummings, age 77 of Aitkin died Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Pat was born September 20, 1936 at the Red Door near Malmo, Minnesota the daughter of Elwin and Ann (Algren) Mickley. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1954.. She then attended the Brainerd Community College and worked for Horton Photo Studio in Brainerd. She married William John Cummings on August 15, 1956 in Aitkin. They made their home in Aitkin where she raised her family and she was the book keeper for Cummings Oil and Cummings Transport until 2011 when she retired. She was a member of the Women’s Aitkin Jaycees, St. James Catholic Church where she taught religious education classes and helped serve many funeral lunches over the years. She is survived by her children: Kent (Jane) Cummings of Aitkin; Scott (Karen) Cummings of Aitkin; Laurie Tibbetts of Stacy, Minnesota; Grandchildren: Katie Cummings, John Cummings, Billy Cummings, Kelly Cummings, Kristi Cummings, Mike Tibbetts, Dan Tibbetts, Patti (Chris) Perron; Great Grandchildren: Cameron Tibbetts, Abigail Tibbetts, Morgan Ruschmeier, Isabella Tibbetts; and 1 brother: Terry (Theresa) Mickley of St. Michael, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, step father: Russell Dickey, Husband William, Daughters: Leslie and Lisa, two brothers: Tom and Jerry Mickley and sister: Audrey Lucachick. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 7 PM with a Rosary service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Joseph Byron Copley
06/03/1926-06/21/2014
Joseph Byron Copley, age 88 of Brainerd died Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the Essentia St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. Joseph was born June 3, 1926 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Joseph and June (Sherrick) Copley. He grew up and attended schools in Wealthwood. He received his G.E.D. at the age of 50. He joined the U.S. Navy and served during WW II in the Pacific Theater of Operations. Upon his discharge he returned to the Aitkin area and married Gloria Jean Swanson on June 5, 1948 at the Glory Baptist Church. They lived in Boulder, Colorado for a year and then moved to the Twin Cities where Joseph worked for Northwest Airlines until his retirement in 1989. He and Gloria then moved to Brainerd where they have resided since. He was a member of the Faith Baptist Church in Brainerd. He enjoyed Beekeeping, woodworking and making maple syrup. He had built 3 homes in his younger days. Joseph was steadfast and faithful in his relationship with the Lord and his wife. He is survived by his loving wife Gloria Copley of Brainerd; Children and spouses: Byron (Janne) Copley of Leadville, Colorado; Kathleen (Lawrence) Oberg of Orr, Mn.; Timothy (Becka) Copley of Brainerd; Jonathan Lee Copley of Poulsbo, Washington; 12 grandchildren; several Great Grandchildren; sisters: Frances Henderson of Brainerd; Jessie Hollingsworth of Aitkin; Margaret Copley of Aitkin; Laura Luoma of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Carrie Ahrendt of Seabeck, Washington; and brother: Roland Copley of Aberdeen, South Dakota. He was preceded in death by his parents, and son Steven Jerome Copley. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 11:30 AM at Faith Baptist Church in Brainerd with Pastor Max Day officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11:30 AM services at the church. Burial will be in the Glory Cemetery near Aitkin. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Lorraine W. Cartie
02/14/1935-06/18/2014
Lorraine W. Cartie, age 79 of Aitkin died Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lorraine was born February 14, 1935 in Canby, Minnesota the daughter of Rudolph and Ella (Flohr) Steinke. She grew up and attended schools in Canby and after her graduation she moved to Aitkin. She married Gordon Cartie on December 21, 1953 at Granite Falls, Minnesota. They made their home in Aitkin and she raised her family. She did day care for many years and also worked at the Laundromat. She also worked at Gravelles for a time and also cleaned homes. She was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Auxiliary and the Aitkin Moose Club. She enjoyed reading and writing and spending time with friends. She is survived by her son: Allan Cartie of Aitkin; daughters: Vicky and Michael Jacobson of Aitkin; Kay Zilverberg of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Grandchildren: Shanna, Shane, Justin, Travis, Jason, Andrea, Scott, Sean, Brandin and Rusty; 14 great grandchildren and 2 sisters: Marion (Ed) Kruse of St. Cloud, Mn.; Linda (William) Warves of Boise, Idaho. She was preceded in death by her parents Rudolph Steinke and Ella Steinke-Dirks; Husband: Gordon Cartie in 1996 and Daughter Lory in 2011. A celebration of life will be held at later date. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Joseph J. Maznio, Jr.
05/22/1938-06/14/2014
Joseph J. Maznio, Jr., 76 of Tamarack died Saturday, June 14, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. He was born May 22, 1938 in Minneapolis to Joseph J. and Edna (Maciejewski) Maznio, Sr. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. Joseph was united in marriage to Betty (Fahrendorff) on August 24, 1968 in Minneapolis. “He was a man of many hats.” Joseph worked as McGregor City Police Officer, cement mason, and most recently as the Building and Grounds Manager for Savanna Portage State Park. He served as Chairman of the Balsam Township Board and was a member of The American Legion. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and wintering in Peoria, AZ for the past 10 years. He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph J. and Edna (Maciejewski) Maznio, Sr.; brother Gene Maznio; and sister Joanne Schroeder. Joseph is survived by his wife Betty 2 sons: Daniel Joseph(Denise) Maznio and Edward Anton (Shanna) Maznio, 5 grandchildren: Dominica, Zachary, Kassidy, Ethan, and Edison, 3 sisters: Bernadette “Bunny” (Mike) Mennie, Kay (Ron) Zemba, Gloria (Terry) Hopp, 1 brother: Tom (Carol) Maznio Mother-in-law: Rodina Fahrendorff, many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Thursday, June 19, 2014 at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Military honors will be accorded by McGregor VFW Post #2747 and McGregor American Legion Post #23. www.srtfuneral.com
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Stanley A. Beal
01/09/1945-06/14/2014
Stanley A. Beal, age 69 of Aitkin died Saturday, June 14, 2014 at his home in Aitkin. Stanley was born January 9, 1945 in Brainerd, Minnesota the son of Paul and Mabel (Olson) Beal. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin. He went to work at an early age and worked as a mason’s helper and also logged for a time. He then went to work for the railroad and worked for them for 24 years retiring in 1992 due to health reasons. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and anything to do with the railroad. He is survived by his wife Edith Beal of Aitkin; Step sons: Kerry Palmer of Princeton, Mn. Monte (Lenka) Palmer of Destin, Florida, son: Darin Beal of Superior, Wisc.; step daughters: Becky (Steve) McKenney of New Bern, North Carolina; Vanessa (Michael) Fordyce of Baxter, MN.; Keely (Jo) Palmer of Wheat Ridge, Colorado; step daughter in law: Bev Palmer of Brainerd, and daughter: Debbie Oberholtzer of Superior, Wisc.; 16 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Warren Beal and 1 sister Kathryn Pallench, step son: Lanny Palmer and step daughter in law: Anna Palmer. In following Stanley’s wishes no services will be held. His ashes will be interred in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Brian Herbranson
12/05/1983-06/07/2014
Brian Herbranson, age 30 of McGregor died on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota surrounded by his loving extended family and significant other, Nicole Cook. Brian Herbranson was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN, to Gary and Kathy (Apfelbacher) Herbranson on December 5, 1983. He went to school in South St. Paul and spent every summer at the cabin on Big Sandy Lake, MN. He played on the Big Sandy Little League baseball team. He worked both at Willey’s Marine and Sports Shop and for the MN DNR. He graduated from Bemidji State University with a BA degree in Geography and in 2007 was named Outstanding Student of the Year. Brian worked for the State of MN as a Plant Industry Inspector, managing invasive species. He was a Board Member of the Big Sandy Lake Association for five years and a member of the Aitkin County Lakes and Rivers Association. Brian took pride in being an advocate for the environment and lakes. He spent time farming and working on food plots with family and friends. His interests were many including fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, four wheeling and training his dogs. Above all, he loved spending time with his family and friends at the cabin on Big Sandy Lake. Brian is survived by his parents Gary and Kathy Herbranson of McGregor, brother, Jon and Melissa Herbranson of Inver Grove Heights, grandpa Frederick Apfelbacher of South St. Paul, uncles, aunts, close cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jerry and Eldora Herbranson, and Shirley Apfelbacher. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m – Friday, June 13th, 2014 at Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Workman Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lloyd E. Gerard
04/13/1919-06/06/2014
Lloyd E. Gerard, age 95 of Aitkin died Friday, June 6, 2014 at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Lloyd was born April 13, 1919 in Buffalo, Minnesota the son of Raymond and Mary (Lueck) Gerard. He moved with his family to the Aitkin area and attended the Longfellow school and then graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1938. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 serving in Europe and Germany. Upon his discharge he returned to Minnesota and lived in South St. Paul and owned and operated an Auto Body Repair Shop in Inver Grove Heights for over 50 years. He married Charlotte Haase on May 11, 1940 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Charlotte died in 2004. They retired to the Aitkin area in the early 1980’s and has lived here since. He managed the VFW club in Aitkin for a number of years, was a life member of the VFW, American Legion and the Am Vets. He enjoyed spending time playing cards with the residents at Aicota, and talking with the school children about WW II and his experiences. He loved getting thank you notes back from the children. He is survived by one son: Leslie Gerard and Kris Nelson of Aitkin; and daughter: Karen and Don Swanson of Aitkin, 7 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren, Sister: Arlene Savory of Edina, Mn. and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Charlotte, daughter Lynn and two brothers Arvid and Elton. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Burial will be at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. The Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
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Lawrence J. Nelson
11/26/1937-06/05/2014
Lawrence J. (Larry) Nelson, 76, Aitkin passed away June 5, 2014 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center. Larry and his wife, Loa, resided in Aitkin in the historic home known as the Patrick Casey residence or Maryhill Academy (formerly the catholic school). The home was frequently opened to the community. Larry moved to Aitkin with his family when he was in 4th grade. His father was transferred to Aitkin with the Minnesota State Patrol. Larry graduated from Aitkin High with the Class of 1955. His love for the community continued throughout his life and it was a joy to him to return to Aitkin in 2001 since many of his classmates had also returned. Larry was a graduate of the University of Minnesota and after a brief stay with the IRS joined the FBI in August of 1963. He was proud of his FBI career, stationed in Arkansas, California, Washington DC, Alaska and Wisconsin during his tenure. He was promoted to Special Agent in Charge (SAC) during his time in Anchorage and retired as SAC, Milwaukee in 1989, after serving 26 years with the bureau. Larry served as director of security, Assistant General Manager of Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha from 1989 through 1992 when he was pleased to return to Anchorage, Alaska as General Manager for Purcell Security, his primary role to oversee security for the oil companies operating the fields at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Larry and Loa moved to River Falls, Wisconsin in 1996 where they built and operated a Sears Dealer store until 2001 when they moved back to Aitkin. Larry served two terms on the Aitkin City Council, was a member of the Aitkin County Library Board, and a member of the Historical Society. He enjoyed trapshooting as a member of the Wealthwood Gun Club. For many years he was an active member of several Congregational churches and was active in Rotary International, designated a Paul Harris Fellow. Larry had written articles for the Aitkin Independent-Age, and enjoyed his association with the American Peat Technologies Co.. Larry is survived by his wife of 25 years, Loa, son Mark Nelson (Denise) of Cary NC and daughter Kristen Nelson of Anchorage, Alaska, grandson Joseph Nelson (Emily) of Cary NC and great grandsons Henry and Charles and granddaughter Kaitlin Nelson of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Larry’s former wife Jacqueline (Everson) Higby (Gordon) of Anchorage, Alaska. He is also survived by stepdaughter: Michele Schuh (Michael) Anchorage, Alaska, and her children: Sarah and Catherine and Step son Matthew Mueller (Loydene) Hillsboro, Oregon. He is also survived by brothers: Bruce (Donna) Nelson of Woodbury and Dennis Nelson of Andover and several nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter Laura. Larry’s wishes were for cremation and his ashes will be interred at Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Aitkin Library, Riverwood Hospital Foundation or the Jaques Art Center. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 11 AM from the Heartwood Center in Crosby with Chaplain Susan Cline and Rev. Dallas Smith officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dennis Joseph Miller
10/24/1942-06/05/2014
Dennis Joseph Miller, 71, of McGregor, formerly of White Bear Lake, died peacefully linked hand in hand with his wife and two daughters in his home the morning of June 5th, 2014. To all that knew him, his dear family and good friends, Dennis will be deeply missed. He was born in Elk River on October 24, 1942, to Carl and Florence Miller, attended grade school in St. Bernard's in St. Paul, graduated high school from Washington High in 1960 then got his degree from St. Paul Technical College for his career as an electrician. He met his love of his life, Dorothy, in 1961 in Tamarack, MN and they were married at St. Bernard's on February 1, 1964 and just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year. Dennis sincerely dedicated himself to everything he had and was a part of. A proud member of the IBEW 110 for 43 years, the DFL Club in Aitkin, the Tamarack Sportmen's Club, founder of the SISU Skier's Club, a coach to his son’s hockey teams, and most especially with his loving family and friends. He was a skilled craftsman with many things and his finest work was in building a beautiful log cabin on their land in Tamarack. He was an avid outdoorsman with hunting, fishing and camping since he was young and named and registered the Musselshell Creek in Aitkin County. Preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Florence; siblings Norma Curtin, Phyllis Jost and Douglas Miller. He will be sadly missed by his wife Dorothy; children Teresa (Michael) Dippel; Ron (Barbara) Miller; Bonnie (Stephen) Feidt; and Amy Miller; 9 grandchildren, Jennifer, Tera, Nicholas, Katie, Alex, Collin, Hanna, Logan, and Landon; 2 step grandchildren, Matthew, Melissa. Additionally, he was survived by a brother and sister, Leonard (Judith) Miller and Ruthann (Herald) Deering and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. Father Paul Fruth will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. – Tuesday at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com Memorials are preferred to be given to Mesothelioma Cancer Research.
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Ruth \"Tudie\" Westerlund
01/19/1934-05/31/2014
Ruth “Tudie” Westerlund age 80 of Malmo passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014 at her home, surrounded by her family. Ruth was born January 19, 1934 at Fargo, North Dakota the daughter of Arthur and Esther (Hendrickson) Andren. She attended schools in Fargo, Duluth and finally St. Paul where she graduated from Johnson High School. She then attended Hamline University for two years followed by her final years at the University of Minnesota where she received her teaching degree in English, as well as her Library of Science degree. She married her husband of 57 years Gaylard Westerlund on January 17, 1957 in Minnetonka, Minnesota. They moved to Anchorage, Alaska and she taught and was a librarian. They moved back to the Aitkin area in 1963 where they raised their family while Ruth worked as a substitute teacher. In 1975 she went to work at the Rippleside Elementary school as a librarian. She then progressed to the Aitkin High School, still as everyone\'s favorite librarian, and served as librarian, until her retirement in 1993. She enjoyed music, books, horses, researching things, reading, studying and teaching the bible and loved being with her children and grandchildren. She was a member of the National Education Association and Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo. She is survived by her loving husband Gaylard Westerlund of Malmo; Children: Norman (Laurie) Westerlund of Malmo, Neil (Stacy) Westerlund of Malmo, Daughter: Gloria Westerlund of Malmo; Grandchildren: Nicholas, Hunter, Anna, Garrett, Sophia, Thomas, Isabella, Derek and Shana and Sister: Lois (Marvin) Evans of Mundelein, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Esther Andren and step mother Edna Andren. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 6, 2014 at 1 PM from the Bethesda Lutheran Church at Malmo with Rev. James Raisanen officiating. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Arrangements with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Elsie Ruth Dotson
11/22/1938-05/30/2014
Elsie Ruth Dotson, 75 of Aitkin died Fri. May 30, 2014 at her home. She was born November 22, 1938 in Alton, MO. to Arthur and Mary (Williams) Dotson. She is survived by many beloved friends, family, loved ones, acquaintances, foster adults/children. There are no services. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dorothy Jo Johnson
08/01/1922-05/30/2014
Dorothy Jo Johnson, 91 of McGregor died Friday, May 30, 2014. She was born August 1, 1922 in Minneapolis to T.B. and Ruth (Knutson) Thompson. She was raised on her family homestead on Wolf Lake, part of Savanna Portage State Park and graduated from McGregor High School. Dorothy was united in marriage to Fred Johnson in 1941. She loved dancing, gardening, oil painting, and contributed to the VFW and Friends of the Library. She was preceded in death by her husband Fred in 1983; brothers: Reuben, Burt, and Harry Thompson; sister Bernice Molittiere; and her parents T.B. and Ruth (Knutson) Thompson. Dorothy is survived by her children: Rita Alfson, Yvonne (Nils) Sandell, Lorette (Paul) Schmaltz, and Fredrick Johnson, Grandchildren: Kristal (Mike) Sheehy, Kevin (Toni) Alfson, Amelia (Rob Schlederer) Sandell, Elizabeth Sandell, and Nils(Teresa) Sandell, Great-grandchildren: Kristjon (Mindy) Imperio, Kendrick Imperio, and Kacy Alfson, Fred's sisters: Margaret Ann Sherman and Esther Swedberg, Other special relatives and friends. A celebration of life will be 1:00P.M. – Saturday, August 2, 2014 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 Round Lake Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ronald E. Marcucci
02/11/1940-05/26/2014
Ronald E. Marcucci, 74 of McGregor died Monday, May 26, 2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud. He was born February 11, 1940 in Chicago, IL. to Eugene Joseph and Ruth Johanna (Hendricksen) Marcucci. He graduated high school in Chicago, IL. Ronald was united in marriage to Jean (Robinson) on October 25, 1973 in Glen Ellyn, IL. He most recently worked as a custodian for Robbinsdale School. He loved to fish, garden, and was a Chicago Bears fan. He was preceded in death by his parents. Ronald is survived by his wife Jean of McGregor, 4 children: Cindy Calindo of Chicago, IL., Michell (Jerry) Bousk of Algonquin, IL., Joann (Craig) Fedorenko of Granite Falls, Scott Marcucci of Shakopee, 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. There will be no public services at this time. McGregor Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Gloria Geving
02/21/1933-05/25/2014
Gloria Geving, 81 of Apple Valley and McGregor died Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Augustana Care Center in Apple Valley. She was born February 21, 1933 in Aitkin County to Oscar and Ruby (Barr) Twistol. She graduated from McGregor High School. Gloria was united in marriage to James Geving on June 4, 1955 in McGregor. She loved reading, needle work, gardening, and hummingbirds. She worked for a time as a clerk for Pepsi Cola Co., volunteered with handicap children for District 196, was a member of the Rice Lake Wildlife Refuge board, a former member of Grace Lutheran Church in McGregor and Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley, and attended Round Lake Presbyterian Church in McGregor. She was preceded in death by her husband James on April 15, 2006, brother Richard Twistol, sister Dolores Marlatt, and her parents Oscar and Ruby (Barr) Twistol. Gloria is survived by 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Linda (Chris) Fuller, Susan Zenisek , Jackie (Tom) Guthrie, 6 grandchildren: Jonathan Fuller, Maxx and Marielle Zenisek, Tyler and Kelsie Guthrie, Chauncey Zenisek, 2 brothers and sisters-in-law: Robert (Beverly) Twistol, Dennis (Cathy) Twistol, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 10:00A.M. – Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M., Friday at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Glenna Joann Lowe
01/05/1935-05/25/2014
Glenna Joann Lowe, 79 of Palisade died Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born January 5, 1935 in Aitkin to Glen and Gladys (Slyter) Gillson. She graduated from Aitkin High School and attended business school in the Twin Cities. Glenna was united in marriage to David Donald Lowe on December 16, 1955 in Aitkin. She worked at an insurance company and then as a bookkeeper at Gambles and Marshall Landfill. She was taught by her grandpa to hunt and she enjoyed fishing, bird watching, driving, and tending to her garden and flowers. She was an active member of the Fleming United Methodist church where she loved singing at weddings, funerals and on special occasions. She was preceded in death by her brother Warren Gillson; parents Glen Gillson, Gladys (Slyter)Woodrow, and Art Woodrow. Glenna is survived by her husband David, Daughter and son-in-law: Susan Marie(Greg) Kosbau of Blackduck, Son and daughter-in-law: David Kevin (Michelle)Lowe of Cheney, WA., Special cousin: Laurie Wendorff, 6 grandchildren: Jeremy Lehman, Kimberly Hanna, Krista Kosbau, Candace Aramburu, Chelsea Lowe, and Cameron Lowe, 9 great-grandchildren: Joshua, Micah, Makayla, Nicolas, Ethan, Dawson, Mason, Kennedy, and Carson, 2 brothers and sisters-in-law: James (Josie) Gillson of California and John (Barb) Woodrow of Aitkin, Many special nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Friday, May 30, 2014 at the United Methodist Church of Fleming. Reverend Russell Christensen will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Macville Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral. com
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Diane M. Garbrecht
03/04/1944-05/21/2014
Diane M. Garbrecht, age 70 of Aitkin died Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Diane was born March 4, 1944 at Laurel, Mississippi the daughter of Glen and Elva (Richardson) Bryant. She moved with her family to St. Paul, Minnesota at the age of 5 and attended schools in St. Paul graduating from Humboldt High School. She married Bruce Garbrecht on March 23, 1963 in St. Paul. They lived in St. Paul for a time and then made their home in Rosemount, Minnesota for 30 years. Diane worked as an Interior Designer for many years. She and her husband retired to the Aitkin area in 2000 and have lived here since. She enjoyed cooking and decorating and loved her family. She is survived by her husband Bruce Garbrecht of Aitkin; Children: Bill (Janet) Garbrecht of Evergreen, Colorado; Jeff (Sandy) Garbrecht of Rosemount, Mn.; Greg Garbrecht of Mesa, Arizona; three grandchildren: Sam Maggie and Morgan; brother: Bill Bryant of Aitkin and sister Bev (Duane) Lund of Inver Grove Heights, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother Mick. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 11 AM from Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road in Apple Valley with Rev. Duane Paetznick officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery in West St. Paul. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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John L. Paulson
01/08/1929-05/19/2014
John Leonard Paulson, age 85 of Aitkin formerly of Denver, Colorado died Monday, May 19, 2014 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. John was born January 8, 1929 the son of John and Laura (Brown) Paulson in Nordland Township. He grew up going to schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1947. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1948. He served in Germany and was extended one year because of the Korean War and was sent to Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Denver. After his discharge he started working for a roofing company for a short time. He then moved to Maryland to work for a landscape company. In 1952 he and Lillian McBride, who he met at the arsenal in Denver were married, moved to Newark, New Jersey where he worked for a golf course. In 1954 he and Lillian moved back to Denver where he worked for a golf course for 28 years. He was a mechanic, foreman and superintendent of different courses. In 1983 he went to work for a school district in Commerce City, Colorado as a sprinkler mechanic for underground sprinkler systems. In 1993 he retired, but worked part time until 1996. Lillian died in 1995, so in 1996 he moved back to Aitkin to help his sisters and brother and lived in town until 1999. At that time his sister Leonore passed away. She was the care giver for his brother in law Wilbur Nelson who had broken his neck in 1991 and was in a wheel chair. John became the care giver for Wilbur until Wilbur’s death in 2002. He continued to live in and care for Wilbur’s house until his death. He was an active member of First Lutheran Church and was currently serving on the Property Committee and did many volunteer projects for the church over the years. He is survived by step daughter: Geraldine Fuscsick of Colorado; Sister in laws: Elsie Paulson and Beverly Paulson both of Aitkin, many nieces and nephews, step grandsons: Paul Fuscsick and wife Sheryl of Colorado, George Fuscsick and wife Leslee of Colorado, granddaughter: Lillian Gamet of Colorado, great granddaughters: Chineane Hough-Barron, Jennifer Fuscsick Vest, Brianna Fuscsick Pierce, and Great Great Grandchildren: Kaylee and Hunter Vest and Jackson and James Pierce. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Laura, Wife Lillian in 1995, brothers: Erland, Edwin and Lloyd and sisters Leonore and Erma and 2 nephews and 3 nieces. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be 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 at a later date in the Red Rock Cemetery at Morrison, Colorado. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Velma Torgerson
11/17/1931-05/18/2014
Velma Torgerson, 82 of Aitkin died Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born November 17, 1931 to William and Vera (Crabtree) Packer. She was preceded in death by her husband Weslie in November of 2003 and her parents. Velma is survived by 4 children: Arnold (Renee) Torgerson of Aitkin Marla Peterson of Aitkin Raymond Torgerson of Aitkin Kenneth Torgerson of California 4 grandchildren: John Huffman, Jackie Huffman, Pam (Shawn) Roed, and Krista Torgerson 4 great-grandchildren: Hunter Huffman, Kadelyn Huffman, Jacob Roed, and Jaxon Roed 2 brothers: Rodney (Doreen) Packer of Minneapolis Darrold (Jeanie) Packer of Washington 1 sister: Zelda Torgerson of Minneapolis Many other relatives and friends. In Keeping with Velma’s wishes there will be no services. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dolores M. Guimond
03/22/1928-05/17/2014
Dolores “Dee” M. (Pribyl) Guimond, 86 of Isle passed away peacefully on May 17, 2014. She was born March 22, 1928 in Elysian, MN. to Peter and Elizabeth (Haberman) Pribyl, the youngest of 7 children. She was united in marriage to Arthur F. Guimond on October 10, 1949. They moved to Minneapolis where they raised their family for 20 years. In 1969 they bought Agate Bay Resort on Mille Lacs Lake which they owned and operated for 7 years. After selling the resort Dee worked for Lindy Little Joe in Isle and then for Lakeland Inc. for approximately 25 years, retiring at the remarkable age of 75. Dolores was a wonderful wife, mother, mother in law and grandmother making family her number one priority. She enjoyed gardening, tending to her flowers, and taking long walks. She was a member of the local TOPS Chapter for many years. Dee will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren, family, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Arthur; daughter Renee Marie; four brothers: Hubert, Frank, Donald, and Robert; two sisters: Larene Kerr and Agnes Warner; and her parents. Dolores is survived by her children: Steven (Donna) Guimond of Maple Grove, BJ (Brian) Alexander, Jeff (Jayne) Guimond of East Bethel, Betty (Les) Haglund of Zimmerman, Tim (Kalena) Guimond of East Bethel, 6 grandchildren: Corey Guimond, Anissa (James) Beaman, Trenten and Tanner Haglund, Jena and Kelsey Guimond, 3 great-grandchildren: Haylea, Linsey, and Summer, Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In keeping with the wishes of Dolores, her services will be private. Memorials in lieu of flowers can be made to the Mille Lacs Health System Home Care and Hospice in Onamia. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Paulina Antonia Loehndorf
06/09/1918-05/16/2014
Paulina Antonia Loehndorf, 95 of Andover, formerly of Brooklyn Center and Mason City, IA. died May 16, 2014 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born June 9, 1918 in Clinton, IA. to Henry and Ethel (Howland ) Loehndorf. She graduated from Mason City High School and attended secretarial school. She worked as a Shopper City Girl and retired from Howe Inc. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers: Henry, Brainard, and George, sister-in-law Laura, and beloved young friend Shawna LaClare. Paulina is survived by her niece: Sharon (Jim) Garner, Great-nieces: Amy (George) Jones, Alison (John) Hoffman, Great-great-nieces and nephews: Joren, Kjersten, Lauralyn, Mitch, and Nolan, Special cousin: Audrey Tate, Beloved friends: Romona Custard, David Spillman, and the LaClares, Memorial service will be 1:00P.M. – Friday, May 30 at Zion Lutheran Church, 1601 4th Ave., Anoka. Visitation will begin 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Henry P. Guild
06/15/1922-05/16/2014
Henry P. Guild, age 91 of Aitkin died peacefully in his sleep, Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Henry was born June 16, 1922 in Clarion, Iowa the son of Clarence and Esther Guild. He was the second child of 11 siblings, two of which did not survive the first year of life. As the oldest boy he was often called upon to be a surrogate father to his younger brothers and sisters. He grew up in Austin, Minnesota where he attended schools and graduated from High School. He worked briefly for the Hormel Packing Co. He volunteered for the U.S. Army during WW II and he received further education as a radio technician. Upon his discharge he moved to Minneapolis and attended Dunwoody Institute and graduated and subsequently remained at Dunwoody and taught Electricity. His lifelong interest had been mechanical in nature, excelling in school in mathematics. Later he was recruited to work as a heavy duty truck mechanic for Raymond Trucking C. where he worked until he retired. In 1949 henry married Vivian Groves in Minneapolis. He is survived by a stepdaughter: Joan Lindsey; Sisters: Alice Mappen, Ida Jahren, and Evelyn Richards. He was preceded in death by his wife Vivian, step son Jay Groves, step daughter: Janeth Harvey, Sisters: Minnie Burkhart, Esther Guild, and Brothers Ralph, Calvin and Laurence. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Kimberly Church in Kimberly, Mn. A private interment took place at the Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, www.srtfuneral.com
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Matt David Persons
07/12/1983-05/11/2014
Matt David Persons, age 30 of Sartell died Sunday, May 11, 2014 in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Matt was born July 12, 1983 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Jeff and Yvonne (Rothstein) Persons. He attended schools in Aitkin in his early years and then attended schools in Albany, Mn. where he graduated from High School. He then attended St. Cloud State University where he received a degree in education. He was currently furthering his education at St. Cloud State. He enjoyed gaming, movies and politics. He is survived by parents: Yvonne and Bob Kern of Aitkin; brothers and sisters: Kathleen Persons of Sartell, Mn.; Tim Persons of Minneapolis; Andy (Lisa) Persons of Superior, Wisc.; Robert Kern Jr. of Aitkin and Jennifer Kern of Aitkin; Grandmother: Vera Persons of McLean, Virginia; nieces: Kiara and Ari and nephew: Luke. He was preceded in death by his father: Jeff Persons, grandparents: Bill and Frances Rothstein and David Persons. A service 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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Jeannette E. Brooks
01/29/1924-05/10/2014
Jeannette E. Brooks, 90 of Sugar Lake, Glen Community died Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Clare Bridge Care Center in Plymouth. She was born January 29, 1924 in Richfield to Alfred and Elva (Hughes) Petersen. Jeannette was united in marriage to Dennis Brooks on May 10, 1947 in Northwood, IA. They lived in the Wayzata area and permanently moved to Sugar Lake in 1975. She worked alongside Dennis when he was a carpenter and also sold Avon. They would winter in Florida and enjoyed traveling. She was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo where she did volunteer work. Jeannette liked styling other ladies hair in the nursing home and was a great cook, wonderful mother, and very supportive to her daughters. She was preceded in death by her husband Dennis in 2005, three brothers: Harold, Russell, and Alfred, Jr. “Pete”, and her parents Alfred and Elva (Hughes) Petersen. Jeannette is survived by 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Sharon (George) Grindrod of Ft. Lauderdale, FL., Bette Denny of Lander, WY., Terry (Lynn) Grave of Medina, 5 grandchildren: Bennie Gilyard, Robin Ritchey, Sean (Ronna) Denny, Joshua (Emily) Grave, Nathan (Christine) Grave, 12 great-grandchildren, 1 Brother and sister-in-law: Ralph (Pat) Petersen of Annandale, Her dog: Tinkerbelle, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo. Reverend James Raisanen will officiate. Burial will be in Malmo Cemetery. 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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Ronald Joseph Mate\'
09/08/1936-05/10/2014
Ronald Joseph Mate’, 77 of Aitkin died Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis. He was born September 8, 1936 in Chicago, IL. to Joseph and Elizabeth (Cherpak) Mate’. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. Ronald was united in marriage to Betty Jean Delcorio March 29, 1958 in Chicago. He was the owner of Makit Drafting Service in Brainerd and was a Chicago sports fan. He was preceded in death by his parents. Ronald is survived by his wife Betty Mate’, Children: Audrey Mate’ of Aitkin, Scott Mate’ of Aitkin, Teresa (Mate’) Kinglsey and Jim Kingsley of Baxter, Matthew Mate’ and Jennifer (Sager) Mate’ of Forest Lake, Nicole (Mate’) Wilson and Dan Wilson of Pinon Hills, CA. 9 Grandchildren: Anthony and Ashley Mate’, Brian and Joel Kingsley, Ethan and Wyatt Mate’, Jessica, Daniel and Nicholas Wilson, Siblings: Eileen (Mate’) Wright and Chuck Wright of Illinois and Richard Mate’, Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, May 23, 2014 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Post #1727. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Donna Marie Dickhausen
03/24/1932-05/09/2014
Donna Marie Dickhausen age 82, of Aitkin died Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Donna was born March 24, 1932 at Bemidji, Minnesota the daughter of Oscar J. and Dagney (Rugsven) Sall. She grew up and attended schools in Bemidji graduating from the Bemidji High School. She then moved to Minneapolis where she worked for the Pillsbury Mills. She married Thomas Dickhausen on February 20, 1954 in Minneapolis. They had lived in Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center, St. Cloud and Avon before retiring to Aitkin. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Deerwood and the Counsel of Catholic Women. She is survived by her husband Tom of Aitkin; son and daughter in law: Dan and Nola Dickhausen of Winsted, Mn.; daughter: Patrice Dickhausen of Aitkin; grandchildren: Erin, Nate, Dustin and Cody; and three sisters: Dorothy Pawlik of Crookston, Mn.; Verna Gagnon of Bemidji, Mn. and Irene (Elwood) Johnson of Bemidji, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 11 AM from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Deerwood with Fr. Dale Nau officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ambros R. Johnson
02/20/1931-05/09/2014
Ambros R. Johnson, age 83 of Aitkin formerly of Champlin died Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. Ambros was born February 20, 1931 at Minneota, Minnesota the son of Magnus D. and Alida M. (Amundson) Johnson. He grew up and attended schools in Minneota graduating from high school in 1949. He then enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy and was a Seabee. He served in Korea, Japan and the Philippines. Upon his discharge he returned to Minnesota and worked for Wangsted Bros. as a carpenter in Minneapolis. He married Sonja “Sunny” L. Olson on April 28, 1956 in Minneapolis. They lived in Brooklyn Center for a time and then moved to Champlin, Mn. where they raised their family in a historic old home that they restored to its former grandeur. He worked as the head carpenter for the IDS Properties for many years and was affectionately known as” Bros the Carpenter”. In 1961 he found property on Tame Fish Lake near Aitkin and built a cabin and his family spent many weekends and summers at the lake. In 1998 he retired to the lake and has lived here since. He was a 50 year member of the Carpenters Local 1644, had been involved in scouting and had served as a Cub scout Master and a Boy Scout Leader. He was very active in his community and served on the Champlin Planning Commission and also served on the City Council. He was honored by being the first recipient of the Fr. Hennepin award. He was very active in the DFL and had served as a state delegate. He was a lifetime member of the Champlin American Legion Post 600. He loved to garden and had beautiful gardens every year. He was also a true craftsman having made many of the furnishings and furniture for his home. He always stood up for social justice. He was very proud of his children, grandchildren and was a best friend to many. His motto was “Be Something”. He is survived by his wife Sonja “Sunny” Johnson of Aitkin; Children: Paul Johnson and Lisa Marie Davison of San Francisco, Ca.; Lisa and Maurice Slepica of Deerwood; Peter and Lynn Johnson of Robbinsdale, Mn.; Ann and Kurt Kisch of Maple Grove, Mn.; Grandchildren: Randy Johnson, Athena Johnson, Veronica Johnson, Merrill “Ace” (Amanda) Slepica, Tyler (Laura Hanson) Moe-Slepica, Josef Slepica, Alex Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Kamilla Kisch, Konrad Kisch, Kenrick Kisch, Great Grandchildren: Thaddeus and Dominik; Sister: Rebecca Bell of Sheridan, Wyoming. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Daniel and 4 sisters: Ethel, Rachel, Mildred and Ellen. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 3:00 PM from First Lutheran Church with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to the 3 PM service time Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery 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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Anne Marie Raatz
06/15/1925-05/03/2014
Anne Marie Raatz, 88 formerly of Aitkin, died Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Pierz Villa in Pierz. She was born June 15, 1925 in Dijon, France to Pierre and Lucy Bredillet. Anne was united in marriage to Verle Raatz July 21, 1945 in Genlis, France. She was a homemaker and farmer in the Aitkin area. She loved baking, gardening, flowers, and was involved in 4-H with her son Denis. She was preceded in death by her parents Pierre and Lucy Bredillet, husband Verle on July 20, 2005, and her brothers and sisters. Anne is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Denis (Louann) Raatz of Rice, Grandchildren: Travis Raatz (Special friend Cathy Voss), Jason (Patty) Kubat, Jen (Tom) Steinkopf, Great-grandchildren: Hailey and Carter Kubat and Gabby and Remi Steinkopf, Many other friends and relatives in France. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Deacon Vern Anderson will officiate. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. – Wednesday at the funeral home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. www.srtfuneral.com
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Nina Erickson
11/15/1936-04/27/2014
Nina R. Erickson, age 77 of Aitkin died Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Nina was born November 15, 1936 at Wahkon, Minnesota the daughter of Leonard and Jane (Thompson) Erickson. She grew up in Wahkon and attended schools in Wahkon and Isle graduating from the Isle High School in 1954. She then moved to Minneapolis and worked for a bank there for a time. She married Dennis Erickson on April 23, 1955 in Columbia Heights, Mn. They lived in Minneapolis, Coon Rapids and Blaine before retiring to Aitkin in 1996. They had been coming to the Aitkin area since 1976 as they had a cabin on Long Lake for many years. They also spent many winters in Florida. Nina enjoyed painting, knitting, reading and doing crossword puzzles. She is survived by 4 Children: Laine and Kathleen Erickson of Andover, Mn; Jill and Robert Bradley of Winona, Mn.; Tod Erickson of Braham, Mn.; and Kip Erickson of Aitkin, Mn. Also 6 Grandchildren: Lacey, Hayley, Danielle, Josh, Jeremy and Andrew; 6 Great Grandchildren: Bricelyn, Lily Marie, Callie, Harlan, Lola Jean, Aiden; 1 sister: Ruth Winland of Willmar, Mn.; and 1 brother: Earnest Erickson of Mora, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Dennis in 2005 and brothers: Ralph Erickson, Louis Erickson and Ray Erickson and Sisters Edith Fisher and Esther Vinge. A graveside service will be held Friday, May 2, 2014 at 1 PM from Faith Lutheran Cemetery in Isle. Rev. Dallas Smith will officiate. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Carol Joanne Erlandson
06/20/1929-04/26/2014
Carol Joanne Erlandson, 84 of Cromwell formerly of Opstead died Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Villa Vista Senior Community – Cardinal Court in Cromwell. She was born June 20, 1929 in Superior, WI. to George William “Bill” and Ann Gertrude (Olson) Linder. Carol was united in marriage to Donald John Erlandson on September 22, 1951 at Opstead Baptist Church. She was a member of Opstead Baptist Church. Carol’s family would like to thank Villa Vista Cardinal Court for their years of care. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald, son Dale at birth, and her parents. Carol is survived by three children and spouses: Donald and Nila Erlandson, Deb and Brian Nobis, David and Virginia Erlandson, 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, Brothers-in-law and sister-in-law: Herbert and Joanne Erlandson, Willis Erlandson, Albert (Bud) Erickson Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Opstead Baptist Church in Opstead/Isle. Reverend Perry Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in Opstead Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. McGregor Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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John Manton Daine Jr.
05/10/1928-04/25/2014
John Manton Daine, Jr. Age 85 of McGregor, Minnesota passed away peacefully at home on Friday, April 25, 2014. John was preceded in death by his parents: Dr. John Manton Daine and Dorothy Olsen Daine; brother: Dr. William Daine; Sisters: Mary (Allen) Sharp and Diane Cooper. A generous and caring husband and father, he is survived by his wife of 61 years Patricia Daine of McGregor; Son: John Manton (Pamela) Daine III “Matt” of Cypress, Texas; Daughter: Deborah Daine (Marc) Bennett of Glenwood Springs, Colorado and uncle Robert Daine of LaHoya, Calf. John was born in Waubay, South Dakota on May 10, 1928. He was raised in Ames, Iowa and graduated from Ames High School in 1947. Upon graduating from the University of Iowa in 1952 he was inducted into the U.S. Army. John married Patricia Tucker on July 27, 1952 in Iowa, City, Iowa. John was assigned to active duty in Salzburg, Austria, where son Matt was born. In 1954 they returned to Iowa City, Iowa where daughter Deborah was born. In Iowa City John became partners with Pat’s father, John Tucker in Memory Gardens Cemetery and worked there until retiring in 1990 when John and Pat moved permanently to Big Sandy Lake, near McGregor, Minnesota. John embodied the spirit of giving and service throughout his lifetime being an active member of the Lions Clubs International, Elks Club, VFW, American Legion and the Big Sandy Lake Association. John has deeply touched the lives of so many people in so many ways that his spirit will live on for many generations to come. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church 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. Burial will be at a later date in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Iowa City, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Home Health Partnership (Hospice) or the Lions Clubs International. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dewey G. Annis
11/13/1946-04/22/2014
Dewey Gene Annis, 67, passed away April 22, 2014 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin after a courageous two year battle with cancer. He was born November 13, 1946 in Cloquet to Duane and Helen Annis. After graduating high school Dewey married Delphia Gardner on September 15, 1973 and had two wonderful children. He had worked many jobs throughout his young life. He worked at the Kotka Boarding Home helping his parents with the family business. After the business closed its doors, Dewey began employment at Potlatch Paper Mill in Cloquet where he attained the position of Shipping Foreman. He then worked with O’Day Equipment as a laborer and jobsite foreman. During his youth Dewey enjoyed fishing in Canada with his family, racing his Rupp snowmobile, and an occasional automobile drag race on the side. As years pass and his family grew up Dewey spent his time camping with his family and watching his children play little league, participate in school sports, as well as running a small hobby farm with his wife. He also enjoyed playing cribbage with his kids and with a group of his friends that would meet weekly at the Chalet Lounge. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Beverly Sonneson. Dewey is survived by his son Shawn Annis and grandson Logan Annis both of Mondovi, WI. Daughter Melissa Annis of Aitkin Brother Duane (Sondra) Annis of Orofino, ID. Many nieces and nephews. There are no public services at this time.
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