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Archive Obituaries
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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George Joseph Lang
09/25/1930-05/28/2017
George Joseph Lang, 86 of Aitkin, died Sunday, May 28, 2017 at Rivers Edge Assisted Living in Aitkin. He was born September 25, 1930 in Bird Island, Minnesota to Henry and Anna (Baumann) Lang. He served in the U.S. Army from March 19, 1952 to September 5, 1954, a Veteran of the Korean War. George was united in marriage to Sylvia Harriet (Peterson) on June 28, 1968 in Bird Island, Minnesota. He worked for a time at a filling station that was owned by his brother in Cosmos, Minnesota. George and Sylvia moved to Aitkin where he worked and retired from Woodland Container Corporation. He was a member and past Commander from 1981 - 1982 at the Aitkin American Legion, the American Legion color guard and was a leader and cook for the American Legion’s Tuesday hamburger night; He was also a member of the Aitkin VFW and St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. He enjoyed bowling, jigsaw puzzles, Bingo, deer hunting, and taking care of his gardening plants. He was preceded in death by and his parents: Henry and Anna Lang; wife Sylvia Lang on November 3, 2003; two sisters: Margaret Martin and Deloris Pfeffer; brother Donald Lang; and an infant brother: Joseph Lang. George is survived by his sister Agnes Weimer of Aitkin, Brother and sister-in-law: Arnold (Carol) Lang of Cosmos, Goddaughter Nancy Berbue of Brainerd, Sister-in-law: Elvera Lang of Stewart, And many, many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Thursday, June 1, 2017 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will be 4 to 7P.M. – Wednesday, at Sorenson-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Burial with military honors will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post# 1727. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dorothy Lucille Miller
06/02/1915-05/26/2017
Dorothy Lucille Miller, 101 of Palisade, died of a stroke Friday, May 26, 2017 at her home in Van Nuys, California. She was born June 2, 1915 in Brainerd, the first child of Allison Burl and Edna Luella (Runge) Rice. The family moved to Riverton in 1917 and around 1920 they moved to McGregor where they farmed the land until opening a small restaurant in town. She attended elementary and high school in McGregor, graduating in 1933. She continued her education at Duluth State Teacher’s College, graduating in 1936. She taught in rural Minnesota schools for 10 years. Dorothy was united in marriage to Morris Richard Miller on August 23, 1945 in McGregor. She was baptized in the Lutheran Faith February 8, 1948. They built their home in Palisade and lived there until 1951. They moved to North Hollywood, CA. then to Van Nuys, CA. in 1952 and continued to travel back to their home in Palisade every summer. After Morris’ death in 1995, Dorothy still traveled to Palisade, but for shorter stays. She attended San Fernando Valley State College and graduated with a B.A. Degree in Education in 1959. She taught elementary grades in California for 21 years. She retired in June of 1980 and holds Life Certificates in Elementary Education in both California and Minnesota. Her hobbies included: fishing with Morris, sewing, reading, music, poetry, and traveling. She was a Lutheran Church member in Palisade and in Van Nuys, CA. and was a member of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She was also a member of the Edmund G. Rice Society and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She spent her later years writing down her memories, enjoying her grandchildren, and visiting her family. She was preceded in death by her husband Morris on April 6, 1995; two sisters, Betty Halverson and Isla Douglass both of Mahtowa; and her parents: Allison and Edna (Runge) Rice. Dorothy is survived by 4 children and their spouses: Marvin (Marv) and Marjorie (Marge) Miller, Janice (Jan) and Eugene (Gene) Sweet, Robert (Bob) and Elizabeth (Betsy) Miller, Steven (Steve) Miller, 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, Her youngest sister Beryl (husband Delbert) Skeesick of Weiser, ID. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. Reverend William Sass will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Logan Township, Aitkin County, Minnesota. Visitation will be 5 to 8P.M. – Friday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dorothy May Anderson
08/30/1918-05/21/2017
Dorothy May Anderson, 98 of Aitkin, died Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born August 30, 1918 in Hampton, Iowa to Thomas and Lillian (Ladd) Micklewright. Dorothy was united in marriage to Herbert Clemens Anderson on January 22, 1943 in Minneapolis. After marriage they moved to Aitkin for a short time and then moved to Waseca, where they made their home until moving back to Aitkin in 1967. She did upholstery work in her early years and worked at the Aitkin Hospital as an Aide. She loved her cows; and enjoyed sewing, cooking, and playing Bingo at Aitkin Health Services. She is preceded in death by her husband Herbert Clemens Anderson on December 20, 1982; daughter: Charlotte Noonan; son: Dennis Anderson; 2 brothers: Robert and George Micklewright; and her parents Thomas and Lillian (Ladd) Micklewright. Dorothy is survived by her 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Dale Anderson of Duncan, Oklahoma, David (Joanne) Anderson of Cadott, Wisconsin, 8 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, Sister: Eva Adcock of Aitkin, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Diamond Lake Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Shawn Duane Killspotted
07/03/1973-05/17/2017
Shawn Duane Killspotted “Hante Wastena Good Cedar”, 43 of McGregor died Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at his home. He was born July 3, 1973 in Rapid City, South Dakota to Duane Joseph and Pauline (Young Eagle) Killspotted. He graduated from Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota. Shawn was united in marriage to Raina Eliane Aubid on September 23, 2000 in East Lake. He was a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. Shawn is survived by his wife: Raina Killspotted, Children: Olivia Killspotted (Branden Sargent, Sr.), Anthony Killspotted (Mikayla Washington), Candance Killspotted, Grandchildren: Branden Sargent, Jr., Waabigwaniins Killspotted, Mother: Pauline Ashley, Siblings: Jaycee Killspotted, Donovan Killspotted (Yako Webster), Aunty Dolores Hayes, Aunty Vera Martin, Uncle Daryl Young Eagle, Many cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Service and visitation will begin at Dusk – Saturday, May 20, 2017 at East Lake Community Center in East Lake / McGregor, and will continue into Sunday, May 21, 2017. Anton Treuer “Waagosh” will officiate. Burial will be in Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge Burial Grounds, East Lake. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Oscar Alfred Olson Jr.
07/02/1946-05/13/2017
Oscar A. Olson, Jr., age 70 of Bennettville, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 13, 2017, after a day spent with family and friends. He was preceded in death by parents Oscar and Ruth, and by son Stephen. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Marie; sons Joel (Glenn) and Mark; grandchildren Zoey, Noah (Samantha), Abilene, Jacob, Jolie, Josie, Elijah, and Ethan; siblings Ruth, Melissa, and David; sister-in-law Marcy; and many extended family and friends. Oscar was a dedicated husband and father, a successful businessman, an avid fisherman, a member of the 2nd Squadron, 1st Armored Cavalry Regiment, and a Vietnam veteran. He was a long-time resident of Oak Grove, Minnesota, where he served as mayor for several years and was also a city council member. Oscar was a certified NAUI scuba instructor, and he rescued many lost anchors and fishing lures from the bottoms of Minnesota lakes. He was a member of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, spending most of his adult life as a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Francis, Minnesota, where he served as an elder and school board member and sang in the choir. After retiring and moving to Bennettville, Oscar and Marie transferred their membership to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin, Minnesota. He loved animals, especially his two cats Claude and Frank. He loved being on or near the water no matter the season. He read books voraciously, and he read the StarTribune every day. He loved all kinds of music, and he loved singing in the choir. He loved to spend time in his garage with a fire blazing in the wood stove. Oscar was a big man with a big personality and an even bigger sense of humor. He was a walking encyclopedia of jokes, and he welcomed any opportunity to share them with others. He loved his wife, his children, his grandchildren, his God, and his country with his whole heart. He will be sorely missed. Funeral arrangements: Thursday, May 18th, 2017 St. John’s Lutheran Church 324 3rd St. NW Aitkin, MN 56431 Visitation: 10:00-11:00 AM in the sanctuary Funeral service: 11:00 AM Lunch: Following the service in the fellowship hall. Interment following the lunch at Bennettville Cemetery on Farm Island Lake. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Alice "Arlene" Westerlund
12/19/1934-05/09/2017
Alice “Arlene” Westerlund, age 82 of Malmo died Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at her home. Arlene was born December 19, 1934 at Malmo, Minnesota the daughter of Axel and Hilda (Anderson) Nyberg. She attended the Lakeside schools and the attended the Aitkin High School in 1952. She then worked in Minneapolis as a secretary for a time and then also worked at the Arsenal Plant in Arden Hills. She married Arden Lyle Westerlund on June 25, 1955 in Malmo, Mn. They lived in Cedar, MN. for a short time, before returning to Malmo, to take over the Westerlund Family Farm in 1956. They operated the farm until 1976 but continued to live on the home place. She has worked as a waitress at several restaurants over the years and had also worked at Woodland Container, the Aitkin County Court House, Riverwood Health Care Center and had served as the Malmo Town Clerk for 55 years. If you asked Arlene what she loved most of all was the family life of a farmer. She loved the farm and milking cows. Arlene had served as the caretaker of the Malmo Cemetery records and cared for the cemetery as well as the Malmo Park. She took great pride in making sure they both looked their best. She was deeply rooted in politics which was instilled in her at an early age by her father. She had attended many political events as well as a number of Governor’s Balls. You could not find a more loving caring person. Arlene also had a passion for gardening. Arlene is survived by her children and spouses: Debbie (Russell) Riggs of Malmo, Greg (Donna) Westerlund of Malmo, Karla (Paul) White of Malmo, Jared (Kate) Westerlund of Sammamish, Wash.; 12 grandchildren, 12 Great Grandchildren, Sister: Lillian Ojala of New Hope, Mn.; Sisters in law: Wilma Nyberg of Isanti, Loretta Westerlund and Marilyn Andrews both of Malmo Brother in law: Gaylard Westerlund of Malmo; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Arden in 2016 and 10 brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM from the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo with Chaplain Kevin Sahlstrom officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lorene "Lori" Weimer
10/24/1952-05/01/2017
Lorene “Lori” Kay Weimer, age 64 of Hill City formerly of Shoreview died Monday, May 1, 2017. Lori was born October 24, 1952 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Merle and Arlys (Walstrom) Grudem. She grew up and attended schools in Mounds View graduating from the Mounds View High School in 1970. She then attended the University of Minnesota where she received her Bachelor’s Degree. She married Gary Dale Weimer on December 1, 1979 in Aitkin, Mn. They made their home in Shoreview and she worked in retail sales and raised her family. They moved to Hill City in 1997 and have resided there since. She enjoyed catering weddings and events. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She also had many friends and enjoyed spending time with them. Happiness to Lori was having her whole family around the dinner table. Lori is survived by her husband Gary Weimer of Hill City, Children and spouses: Brian (Monica) Weimer of Roseville, Mn., Angela (Jason) Keay of Spring Lake Park, Mn., Brad (Shari) Weimer of Cambridge, Mn., 7 Grandchildren: Boden, Skyla, Hailey, Madison, Kaydence, Teagan and Kendra. She is also survived by a brother Kevin (Althea) Grudem of Woodridge, Ill., and sister in law: Joni Grudem of St. Paul, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother Dean. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 8, 2017 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be Sunday May 7 from 1 to 4 PM at the funeral home and also 1 hour prior to the service on Monday. Burial will be in the Macville Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lillian Mary Anderson
04/23/1923-04/29/2017
Lillian Mary Anderson, 94 of Brainerd, and formerly of Aitkin, died Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Bethany Good Samaritan Society in Brainerd. She was born April 23, 1923 in Isle to Alfred and Mary (Lindholm) Lundquist. She attended school in Thor. Lillian was united in marriage to Harold W. Anderson May 2, 1942 in Beaver Township, Aitkin County, MN. She was a homemaker and seamstress and enjoyed sewing. She was preceded in death by her husband: Harold W. Anderson on March 10, 2003; son: Tim Anderson; 4 brothers: Ernie, Emil, Robert, and Raymond; 3 sisters: Ellen, Eleanor, and Virginia. Lillian is survived by 5 children: Sandra (James) Pratt of Colorado; David (Yvonne) Anderson of Cloquet; Mary Ellen (Fred) Grossman of Grand Rapids; Peter Anderson of Wisconsin; John (Lori) Anderson of Brainerd. Daughter-in-law: Penny Anderson of Finlayson. 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren. 1 sister: Lucille Walz of Brooklyn Park. 1 brother: Clarence (Sandy) Lundquist of Crosby. Many other relatives and friends. A Memorial service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Chaplain Clarence Lundquist will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial with a committal service will be at a later date in Beaver Cemetery, Beaver Township, Aitkin County, MN. www.srtfuneral.com
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Gloria Jean Copley
02/07/1927-04/29/2017
Gloria Jean Copley, age 90 of Buyck, Minnesota formerly of Brainerd, Mounds View and Aitkin died Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Cook Community Hospital at Cook, Minnesota. Gloria was born February 7, 1927 at Glory, Minnesota the daughter of Erick and Mary (Colin) Swanson. She grew up and attended schools in Glory and graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1945. She then attended Bethel University. She married Joseph B. Copley on June 5, 1948 at the Glory Baptist Church at Glory. They made their home in Boulder, Colorado for a year and then moved to the Copley Family farm in Wealthwood Township of Aitkin County for several years. They then moved to the Twin Cities and made their home in Mounds View until 1989 when they retired to Brainerd. Gloria has resided with her daughter and son in law Kathleen and Lawrence Oberg at Buyck, Minnesota. Gloria loved being outdoors and enjoyed canoeing, camping, hunting, gardening, sewing, quilting, jigsaw puzzles and crossword puzzles. Gloria is survived by Children: Byron (Janne) Copley of Leadville, Colo., Kathleen (Lawrence) Oberg of Orr, Mn., Timothy (Becka) Copley of Brainerd, Mn., Jonathan Lee Copley of Poulsbo, Wash., 12 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joseph in 2014, son Steven Jerome Copley, and 10 brothers and sisters. Gloria was the last survivor of the Swanson family of that era. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 2 PM from the Glory Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Meirose and Rev. Lawrence Oberg officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Glory Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Mikal John Leritz
12/20/1957-04/26/2017
Mikal John Leritz, 59 of McGregor, died April 26, 2017 at his residence. He was born December 20, 1957 in St. Paul to John and Patricia (Peterson) Leritz. He is survived by his family and friends. There will be no services at this time. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Kenneth L. Fultz
02/11/1946-04/23/2017
Kenneth L. Fultz, 71 of Palisade, died Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. He was born February 11, 1946 in Tullahoma, Tennessee to Alton P. and Lodema (Henry) Fultz. He attended and graduated from Detroit, Michigan Public Schools. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran serving in the Vietnam War. Kenneth was united in marriage to Lois M. (Dunn) on December 2, 1967 in Little Canada. He was a Detroit Police Officer and Investigator for 25 years, retiring in 1995. He was then employed with the Aitkin Public Schools for 13 years. Kenneth spent his life serving his country, community, and his family. He was preceded in death by his parents. Kenneth is survived by his wife Lois Fultz. 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Diana (Bob) Neumueller, Jamie Fultz (Kevin Ladd), and Karen (Freddie) Weinke. 5 grandchildren: Ray, Ryan, Woodrow, Desmond, and Saydee. 1 great-grandchild: Ryan. A gathering of Kenneth’s family and friends will be 5:00P.M. to 8:00P.M. – Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Marjorie "Marge" Fischer
09/19/1935-04/23/2017
Marjorie “Marge” L. Fischer, age 81 of McGregor formerly of Long Lake, Mn. died Sunday, April 23, 2017 at her home near McGregor. Marge was born September 19, 1935 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Louis and Genevieve (Jablonski) Gawronski. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from Minneapolis Vocational School in 1953. She lived and worked in California for a time. She returned to Minneapolis in 1963. She married David P. Fischer on February 5, 1966 in Rockford, Minnesota. They made their home in Long Lake and she worked for Red Owl, now Super Valu as a cashier from 1970 until 1998 when she retired due to health reasons. She and her husband then moved to the McGregor area in 1998 where she has lived since. She is past president of the American Society of Sanitary Engineering Women’s Auxiliary. She enjoyed crocheting, watching and feeding the birds, polka dancing and playing card games. She is survived by children: Deb (Art) Pester of Montrose, Mn., Greg Fischer of Monticello, Mn., Dan Fischer of McGregor and grandchildren, great grandchildren, and sister: Alice Holtzbauer of Howard Lake, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband David in 2012 and two sisters Doris and Irene. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 11 AM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Joshua Reinke officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor, Mn. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jerry Wickstrom
11/06/1936-04/22/2017
Gerald (Jerry) O. Wickstrom, 80, Palisade, MN passed away on April 22, 2017 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin, Minnesota. Jerry was born November 6, 1936 in Aitkin, MN to Oscar and Lillian (Nelson) Wickstrom. He grew up in Palisade attending school in Palisade and Aitkin. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1955. He married the love of his life Betty Koskovich on July 28, 1962. Jerry was a life-long resident of Palisade. He was a man devoted to his community and his family. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, working in his shop, and volunteering to improve his community. Jerry loved his family and family time most of all. Jerry served in the US Army in Germany. He owned and operated Jerry’s Standard Station in Palisade. He worked bridge construction for a time. He then worked at the Palisade Co-operative Station for over 25 years. Before the days of 24 hour credit card purchase gas, people would call at all hours for Jerry to open and get them gas or something for the car. He helped everyone whenever they called. Jerry was a charter member of the Palisade Fire Department; serving as Fire Captain and Fire Chief at different times. He served on the Palisade Fire Department for 46 years. When he retired from the fire department, he received an award from the Governor of MN for being the longest serving volunteer fire fighter in the State. Jerry was also one of the early First Responders, receiving an award from Governor Perpich. He was on the Palisade City Council from 1972-2005, for 33 years. He was a Fire Warden issuing burning permits from 1964-2014, 50 years. Jerry was a charter member of the Palisade Lions Club. He won the Melvin Jones Award for Lions. He was a life-long member of the Palisade Bethel Lutheran Church. He served multiple terms on the Church Council. If you had a question or needed help in Palisade, you went to see Jerry Wickstrom. Jerry is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty; 1 daughter and spouse and 2 sons and spouses: Julie (Bryan) Bachand, Curtis (Aleata) Wickstrom, and Scott (Tammy) Wickstrom. He is survived by 9 grandchildren; Matthias, Lucas, Ethan, Emily, Levi, Blake, Mason, Gillian, and Maria. He is also survived by his brother Carroll (Neva) Wickstrom and sister in law Donna Knutson. He was always proud of his wife, children, and grandchildren. Jerry set an example his whole life for how to be a loving father and exemplary friend. He was preceded in death by his parents Lillian and Oscar Wickstrom and his sister Ruth Carlson. A visitation will be held at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin on Wednesday, April 26 from4-7 pm. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 27 at 11 am at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with visitation 1 hour before. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Loren Chris Narveson
03/23/1933-04/22/2017
Loren Chris Narveson, 84, of Palisade, died Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born March 23, 1933 on a farm in Freeborn County, Minnesota to Iver and Martha (Clemmensen) Narveson. He grew up near Vinton, Iowa. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving from 1953 to 1955 and was extremely proud of his service. He was employed by Rockwell International as a machinist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Loren was united in marriage to Jean (Jacobi) Kline on November 3, 1979 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They moved to McGregor in 1981 where they ran the Shamrock Store for several years. They moved to Palisade where Loren pursued his passions of hunting, fishing, and gardening. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter Trudy Narveson on July 20, 1957, his wife Jean on June 18, 2004, and his parents Iver and Martha (Clemmensen) Narveson. Loren is survived by his son Randy Dewight Narveson of Urbana, Iowa. 2 daughters: Deborah (Timm) Montgomery of Tipton, Iowa. Teresa Gorsh of Urbana, Iowa. 4 Step-children: Tom Kline of Deerwood, Deb (Bryan) Oates of Longville, Donnie Kline of Brainerd, and Brad Kline of Apple Valley. 14 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren. Brother: Gary (Linda) Narveson of McGregor. Many other relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Assembly of God in Palisade. Reverend Ed Sornberger will officiate. A lunch will follow the service. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Pine Needle Cemetery, Shamrock Township, Aitkin County. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Charlotte Ann Violett
07/02/1934-04/19/2017
Charlotte Ann Violett, 82 ofAitkin died Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Evergreen Terrace in Grand Rapids. She was born July 2, 1934 in Aitkin to Walter and Rose (Specht) Petersen. She was preceded in death by her husband Marvin Violett; brother: Bud Petersen; and her parents. Charlotte is survived by her 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Debra (Steve) Kastet of Hibbing, Minnesota. Vicki (Rod) Adams of Loveland, Colorado. 5 grandchildren: Melanie, Nikki, Justin, Kelli, and Lindsey. 7 great-grandchildren. 2 great-great-granddaughters, and 1 great-great-grandson that is due any day. 3 brothers: Duyane Petersen, Jim Petersen, and Warren Petersen. 1 sister and brother-in-law: Marlys (Jim) Dehning. Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11A.M. – Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Gloria Jean Westerlund
05/13/1966-04/16/2017
Gloria Jean Westerlund, age 50 of Aitkin died after a courageous battle with colon and appendix cancer on Sunday, April 16, 2017, a beautiful Easter afternoon surrounded by her family. Gloria was born May 13, 1966 in Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Gaylard and Ruth (Andren) Westerlund. She grew up in the Malmo area and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1984. She then attended the Brainerd Area Vocational School and received her degree in Natural Resources Technology. She worked in Wyoming for the Bureau of Land Management for a couple of years and then worked in Michigan for a time with the fisheries division. She then moved back to the Aitkin area for a time and then moved to Elizabeth, Colorado where she worked in the Planning and Zoning office. She lived there until 1997 when she returned to the Aitkin area. She then worked at the Westerlund Gas Station and then worked for Aitkin County in the Recorders office for a time and then worked in the Land Department. Gloria had a deep love for animals with a special place in her heart for her horse Shadow and her dog Peeper. She loved the outdoors, horseback riding, hunting agates and photography, but her biggest love was her son Thomas. She is survived by her son: Thomas Westerlund of Aitkin; Father; Gaylard Westerlund of Aitkin; Brothers: Norman (Laurie) Westerlund of Aitkin, Neil (Stacy) Westerlund of Aitkin and nieces and nephews: Nick (Simone) Westerlund, Hunter Westerlund, Anna Westerlund, Garrett Westerlund, Sophia Westerlund and Isabella Westerlund. She was preceded in death by her mother Ruth. Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 1 PM from the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo with Rev. Terry Frovik officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Richard "Dick" Siemers
09/07/1940-04/15/2017
Richard “Dick” Siemers, of Aitkin, an accomplished business manager, a dedicated and beloved father, a captain of Mille Lacs, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 15, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minn. Dick was born Sept. 7, 1940 in Minneapolis to Kenneth and Hazel Siemers. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1959 and in 1973 earned a degree in accounting from Brainerd Area Vocational Technical Institute. Dick married Jerry Sack of Inkster, N.D. on Sept. 11, 1961. Together they helped raise six of Dick’s siblings following the death of his parents, as well as four children of their own. He spent much of his life on Mille Lacs Lake, either piloting his own fishing launch or running Myr Mar Lodge, the private supper club north of Garrison owned by his parents and later by himself. He acquired his first launch, “The Dickie,” when he was 13 and would eventually guide thousands of patrons on fishing excursions through his Dick Siemers Launch Service. His 60 foot, double-decker pontoon, perched perennially outside the Blue Goose Inn for two decades was an icon of summer in Garrison, Minn. Dick made the most of his accounting talents. For 26 years, he worked as the business manager for the Onamia Public Schools. He would later spend several years as a tax professional at H&R Block in Brainerd while taking great joy in preparing tax filings for much of his family. In addition to much of his life’s accomplishments, Dick also served two years as an Aitkin County Commissioner, six years as a member of the Hazelton Township Board, was honorably discharged from the Army National Guard of Minnesota, where he achieved the rank of staff Sergeant, and for many years volunteered as treasurer of Shepherd of The Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison. Dick will be deeply missed by his wife, Jerry; four children, Toni (Jerry) Cassady, Ken (Hal) Siemers, Tara (Hal) Creten, Erik (Nicole) Siemers; sisters, Nancy (Bob) Kokesh, Linda McGillis, Glenda (Mike) Murphy, Patti (Rick) Baillif, Sharon (Daryl) Hanson; brothers: Dennis and Douglas Siemers; seven grandchildren: Dillon Heins, Ashley Laurion, Cody Heins, Abby Creten, Quinn Siemers, and Keaton Siemers, and two great grandchildren, Walker and Paxton Laurion. He was preceded in death by his father Kenneth Siemers, his mother, Hazel Siemers, his sister, Tammy Siemers and his half-brother David Barthelemy. A visitation will be held at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home located at 31 Minnesota Ave. S. in Aitkin on Thursday, April 20 from 4 to 7 pm with a prayer service at 7 pm. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 21, at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, located at 10583 Highway 169 in Garrison, beginning with a visitation at 10 am followed by a formal service at 11 am. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
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Regina H. Langer
01/13/1923-04/13/2017
Regina H. Langer, age 94 of Aitkin formerly of Pierz passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Aitkin Health Services. Regina was born January 13, 1923 in the township of Pierz, Mn. the daughter of Joe and Christina Urai. On July 28, 1943 Regina was united in marriage to Ben Langer at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz. Regina was a “strong spirit” from the day she was born. She loved fishing, gardening, sewing, word puzzles, her work, but most of all she loved spending time with family and friends. Regina had a fulfilling life raising three daughters, managing their farm and tending her garden. In 1952 Regina and Ben moved to Brainerd where she worked for Hickerson Garment Factory, and later as head cook at Brainerd High School. In 1969 they returned to Pierz purchasing Eller’s Harness and Shoe Shop which became Langer’s Shoe Service. For 18 years Regina upholstered furniture and was the favored seamstress for miles around. Regina was preceded in death by her husband Ben and daughter Alice Owens. She is survived by her loving family; Daughters: Marjorie (Dave) Nolan of Brainerd and Marce (Tuffy) Boyd of Aitkin; ten grandchildren, twenty four great grandchildren and other relatives and friends. A celebration of Regina’s life will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Pierz Park North Pavilion from 12:00 to 1:30 PM where family, friends and relatives will gather to celebrate her life and accomplishments. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Angeline Wiberg
06/23/1930-04/12/2017
Angeline “Toots” Agnes (Mueller) Wiberg, 86, of Aitkin, died on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born June 23, 1930, in Wadena to Theodore and Rose (Busche) Mueller. The family moved to Minneapolis where she attended school. She graduated from Minneapolis Vocational High School in 1948. She married Oscar Wiberg, Jr., on Dec. 30, 1950 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Coon Rapids and then Anoka. She was employed at Dayton Company department store in Minneapolis, Soo-Line, Midland Coop, and Anoka Electric Co. They moved to Aitkin in 1969 and she was employed at the First National Bank in Aitkin, until 1979. Later, she worked at ProFarm in Hassman. She was a member of the St. James Catholic Church and a past member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Brenda and Brad Birdnow, Hiawatha, IA; Laura and Eric Heglund, Ironton; two grandsons: William Gallatin, Jr. and Philip Lichte; three great-grandchildren: Katlynn Evenrud, and Crystal and Jonathon Gallatin, four step-grandchildren: Gabe and Ginny Birdnow, Adam and Alex Heglund; five step-great-grandchildren; sisters and brother-in law: Barbara Raw, Cold Spring; Susan and James Wredberg, McGregor; sisters-in-law: Joanne Mueller, Coon Rapids; Camilla Mueller, Albertville; Marilyn Mueller, Bloomington; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her stillborn son, Bradley; infant daughter, Mary; parents; husband, Oscar, in 1986; brothers: Albert Mueller, Luverne “Bud” Mueller, Kenneth Mueller; and sister, Anita Tierney. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00A.M. – Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at St. James Catholic Church at 299 Red Oak Drive in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Lunch will follow at the Roberts-Glad VFW Post 1727 in Aitkin. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home of Aitkin. Go to www.srtfuneral.com to sign the online guest register.
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Margaret Ann Sherman
01/07/1933-04/08/2017
Margaret Ann Sherman, 84 of Palisade died Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born January 7, 1933 in East Lake to Axel and Betty (Larson) Johnson. She graduated From McGregor High School and has continued to be involved in the McGregor All Class Reunions. She worked for Sears in Minneapolis from 1950 to 1954. She also worked for Fuller Brush Sales, sold advertising for Lutheran Digest, and was employed as a Census Taker. While living in Minneapolis she became a Minneapolis Lakers basketball fan, attending many games prior to the team moving to Los Angeles. Margaret was united in marriage to Vinton Russell Sherman on September 18, 1954 in Palisade. She was very proud to be the first woman elected as Aitkin County Commissioner serving for 12 years. She was a member of many different boards, organizations and foundations including: being a Little League mother, a member of the Palisade PTA, the school board, charter member of the ELCW and the church choir at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade, the Palisade Community Improvement Committee, the Farmers Union, the Palisade Lions Club, the Long Lake Conservation Camp Board, the Aitkin County Parks Board, the Blandin Foundation, served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Minnesota Counties, the Mississippi Headwaters in Walker, served as President of the State Development - ARDC, a board member and secretary of the Arrowhead Development Association in Duluth, and the IRRRB. She was preceded in death by her parents , Husband Vinton on October 4, 2012, Brothers: Carl “Ed”, Albin, Fred, Elmer, Willard, and infant brother James Johnson. Margaret is survived by: 5 sons and daughters-in-law: Dwight “Ike” of Palisade, Dale of Palisade, Jed (Patti) of Maple Grove, Jason (Ann) of Palisade, and Grant (Lynn) of Palisade. 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. 1 Sister: Esther Swedberg of Minneapolis. 2 sisters-in-law: Lucille and Evelyn Johnson. 1 brother-in-law: Robert Pray. Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. Reverend William Sass will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation to celebrate Margaret’s life will be 6 to 8P.M. – Friday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Gary John Swanson
08/05/1947-04/06/2017
Gary John Swanson, age 69 of Aitkin went to be with Jesus on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by his loving brother and sisters. Gary was born August 5, 1947 in Aitkin the son of Sigurd and Lucille (Erickson) Swanson. Gary lived in Aitkin at his group home with Adam and Cassandra Stafford. He was loved by them and had excellent care. He was part of their family. He loved camping, 4-Wheeling, bowling and especially loved fishing. He also loved spending time with his family. He had lots of campfires “Up North” on their land and had lots of fishing adventures. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Alan. He is survived by 1 brother: Clyde Swanson of Aitkin; 4 sisters and brothers in law: Linda (Glen) Bakken, Helen (Jeff) Workman and Karen (Jim) Holm all of Aitkin and Darlene (Frank) Horvath of meadowlands; 6 nieces and 12 nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Pastor Jason Erickson will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Saron Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Michael Robert Hillman
09/18/1964-04/01/2017
Michael Robert Hillman, age 52, of Aitkin died Saturday, April 1, 2017. Michael was born September 18, 1964 at Estherville, Iowa the son of Robert and Karen (Gardner) Hillman. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1983. He then attended Wake Forest University and St. Cloud State University. After college, Mike purchased a home and moved to Westfield, Iowa. There he enjoyed hunting, planting trees through his landscaping business, working with his metal coating business, 4-wheeler rides on the roaming hills with his dogs, and especially enjoying time with friends on his boat on the Yankton River and having bonfires at his home. About 10 years ago he returned to his hometown of Aitkin. He enjoyed working with his colleagues at Sanjel (Williston, N.D.) and designing vinyl lettering projects around Aitkin. He also enjoyed hanging out with his friends and riding motorcycles around the Midwest. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his dad and niece and nephew, and attending family gatherings and celebrations for any occasion. He was always there to help anyone in need. Family and friends were very important to Mike. Mike had many good memories of growing up on the farm in Aitkin. He became very passionate about sports when he started his school career, particularly Basketball and Football. “Tiny” as he was called by many, lived life to its fullest. He is survived by his parents: Robert and Karen Hillman of Aitkin; Sister: Nancy (Terry) Nielsen of Minneapolis and nephew Nickolas and niece Ellah. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents. A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 1 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. A private family internment will be at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Gregory L. Seibert
08/16/1950-03/25/2017
Gregory L. Seibert, 66 of Aitkin died Saturday, March25, 2017 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born August 16, 1950 in Aitkin to Chester and Mary (Baker) Seibert. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1968. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. Gregory was united in marriage to Darlene (Packer) on June 21, 1969 in Aitkin. He worked for Land O’ Lakes and Scorpion, and did farm work for E. Julien Davis and also for Hub and Gus Nelson, he was a subcontractor for Mullers. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, reading, nature walks, playing cards, and he loved to visit with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters: Sally Anderson, Bonnie Seibert, and Lorie Seibert. Gregory is survived by his wife Darlene (Packer) Seibert of Aitkin, 2 Sons and daughters-in-law: Jayson (Jessica) Seibert of Aitkin, Mitchell Seibert (Amanda Rice) of Pequot Lakes, Daughter and son-in-law: Brenda (Rick)Bandow of Aitkin, Daughter-in-law: Jamie Miller of Brainerd, 7 Grandchildren: Kayla (Steven) Ronich, Stephanie (Sam) Johnson, Cory Bandow, Bobbi (Nick) Reak, Alexa Seibert, Mikayla Seibert, Levi Rice, 3 Great-grandchildren: Elijah and Ariaana Ronich, Jacob Johnson, 5 Brothers and sisters-in-law: Raymond (Mary Beth) Seibert of Isle, Glen (Judy) Seibert of Cohasset, Randy (Wendie)Seibert of Oregon, Bill (Beth ) Seibert of Wadena, Henry Seibert of Aitkin, 2 Sisters and Brothers-in-law: Judy (Russ) Ellis of Bertha, Connie (Steve) Mostad of Chisholm, Many other relatives and friends. In keeping with Gregory’s wishes there will be no services at this time. Donations and memorials can be made to Aitkin Food Shelf at First Lutheran Church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ann E. Lindberg
05/04/1935-03/19/2017
Ann E. Lindberg, 81 of McGregor died Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Essentia St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. She was born May 4, 1935 in McGrath to Olaf J. and Frances L. (Isley) Otterson. She attended grade school in Wealthwood and graduated from Superior Central High School in Superior, WI. Ann married the love of her life, John Lindberg, on October 28, 1979 at the Blackberry Church in Blackberry near Grand Rapids. She worked beside her husband at Lindberg Pharmacy in McGregor for 23 years before retiring in November of 2001. She enjoyed spending time with her family and occasional visits with her children at Mille Lacs Lake in the summer. She was a member of the Aitkin Seventh Day Adventist Church. Ann was everybody’s friend and loved by all who knew her. She is survived by her husband John “Jack” Lindberg of McGregor, 3 sons and daughters-in-law: Steve (Jenny) La Flamme of Apple Valley, Bill La Flamme of McGregor, Bob (Heidi) La Flamme of Superior, WI., 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Linda (Mike) Lundgren of Circle Pines, Debbie Hagen of McGregor, Laura (Alan) LePage of Blaine, Numerous grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M – Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rabbit Lake Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Vivian Anderson
09/04/1920-03/19/2017
Vivian (nee Peterson) Anderson, 96, of Aitkin died Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin surrounded by her loving family. Vivian was born September 4, 1920 in Glen the daughter of Andrew and Ann (Nickander) Peterson. She attended the Peysar School near Malmo. Vivian was first and foremost a mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. She was also a sister, wife, aunt, neighbor and friend. Everyone who knew her loved her and she had a special relationship with each one of them. A 60 year resident of her much loved 12 Lake, Vivian was a good friend to all who lived on her lake. She knew their names, their stories and their birthdays. She is survived by her children: Bob Chatelle, Nancy (Harvey) Lamke, Betty (Russ) Bolster, Tim (Valerie) Anderson, Mary (Chris) Woodbury, and Ted (Donna) Anderson. She is also has 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 1 PM from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. The family would like to thank Aitkin Health Services for the loving, tender care our mother received every day. A special thank you to nurse Jackie Landmeyer, a beacon of light for us through a dark time.
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Herbert Carl Erlandson
10/19/1932-03/16/2017
Herbert Carl Erlandson, 84 of Aitkin died Thursday, March 16, 2017 at his home in Aitkin. He was born October 19, 1932 in Crosby to Carl and Hilda (Jacobson) Erlandson. He graduated from Isle High School in 1951. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Herbert was united in marriage to Joanne (Horan) on June 1, 1956 at Opstead Baptist Church in Opstead. He worked as a logger and owned Herbie’s Saw Mill. He also was a farmer, mechanic, and truck driver. Over the years he and Joanne traveled across the United States together and they almost made it to every state. He enjoyed playing horse shoes, cards, family volleyball matches, helping at Betty’s Day Care, and picking on his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters: Francis Berry and Lois Erickson; 3 brothers: Donald, Kenneth and Willis Erlandson; son-in-law: Ray Evans. Herbert is survived by his wife Joanne Erlandson, 5 children: John Erlandson, Sr., Patti Erlandson, Linda Erlandson, Betty Evans, and Barbara Erlandson, 6 grandchildren: Luke (Kelsi) Evans, Teya (Bert) Nelson, John Erlandson, Jr., Nick Erlandson, Jaya Erlandson, and Jaymee Erlandson, 3 great-grandchildren: Lyla Nelson, Reed Nelson, and Ellie Rae Evans, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Heritage Church (the former Aitkin Assembly of God) in Aitkin. Reverend Jason Erickson will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Herbert’s grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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