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Elaine E. Fisher
05/11/1932-11/06/2014
Elaine E. Fisher, age 82 of McGregor formerly of Eden Prairie, died Thursday, November 6, 2014 at her home on Big Sandy Lake. Elaine was born May 11, 1932 at New Market, Minnesota the daughter of Michael and Hilda (Friedges) Zweber. She attended grade school in New Market and attended High School in New Prague graduating in 1950. She then worked in Minneapolis for Hennepin County as a typist for a time. She married David L. Fisher on July 7, 1956 in New Market. They lived in Minneapolis for a time and then moved to Eden Prairie where they raised their family. They lived in Eden Prairie for 31 years. She also worked for the State of Minnesota for over 25 years. In 1998 she and her husband retired to Big Sandy Lake near McGregor where they have lived since. She enjoyed sewing and playing cards. She is survived by her husband David Fisher of McGregor; Son and daughter in law: Scott (Becky) Fisher of Chaska, Mn.; daughter and son in law: Diane (Roy) McCarron of Chanhassen, Mn.; Brother: Emmett Zweber of Burnsville, MN.; Grandchildren: Tara and Shauna McCarron and Jamey, Kayla and Samantha Fisher. She was preceded in death by a daughter Sharon Fisher, Parents and one brother Eugene Zweber. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church Thursday. Burial will be at a later date in the Eden Prairie Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ardell Peterson
10/04/1928-11/02/2014
Ardell Peterson passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 2 with her family’s loving arms around her. Ardell was the dancing and cribbage partner of Larry Peterson for over 67 years, from Minneapolis to Florida to Texas, always returning to their beautiful home on the lake. Being an artist and crafter all of her life, Ardell participated and organized many art and library clubs wherever they roamed. Her paintings could often be viewed with her well known signature…R’Del. She was Norwegian, a proud member of the Sons of Norway and a longtime friend of Bill W. Ardell was known at “The Hat Lady” partly because she was never seen without one of her beautiful hats. There was never a hat she met that she didn’t love and if she came upon one that wasn’t quite to her liking…she just brought it to her craft room and made it her own. Ardell is survived by her loving husband Lawrence; children: Susan (Allen) Rosen, Laurie (Don) Carl and John Peterson; grandchildren: Christina Ardell Berrier and Tyler Peterson-Liu; and great grandchildren: Meghan and Bridget, Michael and Madison. She has always answered to the call of Larry’s siblings and many nieces and nephews as Auntie Dell. They will miss her dearly for the loving kindness she has shown them. Ardell was a friend to many and leaves behind those who joined her wherever she painted, played cards, sang, prayed or smiled. Ardell was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and her son James. Her memorial service arrangements are pending further notification. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home.
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Nancy Lynn Taylor
07/03/1954-10/29/2014
Nancy Lynn Taylor, age 60 of Palisade formerly of Grand Rapids, Minnesota died Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at her home. Nancy was born July 3, 1954 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota the daughter of Robert and Reta (Isbister) King. She grew up and attended schools in Grand Rapids graduating in 1972. She married Jeff Taylor on November 3, 1973 in Coleraine, Minnesota. They lived in Maplewood, Mn. for several years and then moved to San Jose, California where they lived for 15 years. They returned to Minnesota and have lived in Palisade for the past 20 years. She has worked for the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin for almost 18 years in Quality Control and Human Resources. She enjoyed flower gardening and crocheting. She was an awesome person. She is survived by her husband Jeff Taylor of Palisade; Daughters: Ellen Taylor and Ben Kambene of Cloquet, Mn.; Julia Taylor and Thomas Hendrickson of Hopkins, Mn.; Mother: Reta King of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Sisters: Terri Maki and Tom Hintz of Grand Rapids; Peg Woods of Grand Rapids; Carol and David Clairmont of Grand Rapids; Ann King and Pat Shannon of Duluth; Mother in law: Dorothy Raymond of Grand Rapids; Sister in law: Kristina Taylor of Rosemount, Mn. and numerous nieces and nephews and extended family. A gathering time will be held Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 4 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Interment will be in the Itasca- Calvary Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Mn. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Beryl Barett Fadden
05/08/1919-10/28/2014
Beryl Roberta Barett Fadden, 95 of McGregor died Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Northland Village, McGregor. She was born May 8, 1919 in Workman Township, Aitkin County to Jason Lewis and Lola Blanche (Robertson) Fuder. She worked various jobs thru out her life. She enjoyed dancing, cards, bingo, and socializing with her many friends. She was preceded in death by her first husband Sherwin Barett in 1975 and her second husband Lester Fadden in 1984. She was also preceded in death by her son Robert Barett and two daughters: Judy Twistol and Barbara Seavey. Beryl is survived by her daughter and son in law: Debbie (Rob) Feucht of Rogers, Grandchildren: Cassie Feucht, Cameron Feucht, Callan Feucht, Laurie Smith, Jim Seavey, Wayne Seavey, 4 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild, Special friend: Doree Ekelund. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Monday, November 3, 2014 at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, McGregor. Reverend Arlin Talley will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake 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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LeRoy H. Kruse
03/06/1937-10/27/2014
LeRoy H. Kruse, 77 of Palisade died October 27, 2014 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born March 6, 1937 in Saint Paul to Roy and Dorothy (Fredericks) Kruse. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He worked in medical supply for the VA Hospital in Minneapolis and was a chainsaw carving crafter. He was preceded in death by his brother Arnie, 2 sisters: Helen and Delores, and his parents. LeRoy is survived by his significant other: Mary Livingston of Palisade, 4 sons and daughter-in-law: Steven Kruse of Michigan, Neil Kruse of Aitkin, Dale Kruse of Sartell, Tim (Lori) Kruse of Palisade, One daughter and son-in-law: Cindy (Jeff) Zumwalt of Fridley, 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, Step-children: Trixy (Marc) Raymond of East Bethel and James Livingston (Elisa Lehman) of Ironton, 3 sisters and brothers-in-law: Donna (Joe) Bruhn of Garrison, Caroline (Larry) Yeske of Turtle Lake, WI., Henriette Johnson of Arizona, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Burial will be in Fleming Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. 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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Joel D. Amundson
06/12/1972-10/24/2014
Joel D. Amundson, age 42 of Aitkin died accidentally at his home on Friday, October 24, 2014. Joel was born on June 12, 1972 at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina the son of Richard and Corliss (Coil) Amundson. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1991. He served in the Army National Guard and worked as a vehicle mechanic. He worked for Garrison Disposal Co. working on their trucks and also did private work at his home. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church and the Aitkin Moose Lodge. He was an avid deer hunter and mud bogger. He is survived by three children: Madi Jo “MJ” Amundson of Aitkin; Kelsey Amundson of Aitkin; Hayley Amundson of Aitkin; Father: Richard (Barb) Amundson of Aitkin; Mother: Corliss Amundson and Tim Hill of Aitkin; Sisters: Jodie Amundson of Aitkin; Jacqui (Chris) Marano of Aitkin; Step Sisters: Brenda Larson of Brainerd; Jennifer Elmquist of Brimson, MN.; Tammy Packer of Aitkin and many nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass will be held Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the Rabbit Lake Cemetery in Glen Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Terryl Ann Way
05/07/1939-10/21/2014
Terryl Ann Way, 75 of Aitkin died Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. She is survived by her husband Marvin C. Way. As requested by Terryl, there will be no services. Burial will be at a later date. www.srtfuneral.com
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Phyllis E. Baitz
12/19/1928-10/20/2014
Phyllis E. Baitz, age 85 of Aitkin formerly of Onamia and Faribault died Monday, October 20, 2014 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Phyllis was born on December 19, 1928 in Faribault, Minnesota the daughter of George and Adeline Anderson. She grew up and attended schools in Faribault graduating from the Faribault High School. She then attended college in Pasadena, California for a time. She returned to Faribault and worked in the Woolen Mills for a time. She married Edward A. Baitz and they continued to make their home in Faribault. She worked as a Nurse’s Aide at the Pleasant Manor Nursing Home. Upon their retirement in 1980 they moved the Mille Lacs Lake area and she found work as a nurse’s aide in Onamia for a time. Her husband Edward died in 1985. She was fortunate to find a significant other in Oscar Zweig and they have been together almost 30 years. She enjoyed taking bus trips with Oscar and also spending time in Mazatlán in the winters with him. She was a lifetime member of the Garrison VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church. She enjoyed fishing, reading, gardening and bird watching and socializing with family and friends. She had a real loved for Mille Lacs Lake and her home on the lake. She is survived by her daughter and son in law: Kathy and Brad Schurman of St. Michael, Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Edward Baitz and one brother Forest Anderson. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 3:00 PM from Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison, Minnesota with Rev. Jon Rusnak and Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be from 2:30 PM until the 3 PM services at the church. Burial will be in the Garrison Cemetery at Garrison, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Gloria J. McGillis
12/06/1946-10/12/2014
Gloria J. McGillis, 67 of Aitkin died Sunday, October 12, 2014 at her home. She was born December 6, 1946 in Minneapolis to Clarence and Beaulah (Meaney) Johnson. She graduated from High School in Newport, WA. Gloria was united in marriage to Michael H. McGillis on October 10, 1969 in Onamia. She worked at Aicota Health Care Center as CNA and then as a security manager for the Rochester Airport. She enjoyed her flower garden, nature, photography, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and volunteering. She loved animals especially her dogs and was an avid reader. Gloria was devoted to her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents. Gloria is survived by her husband Michael, 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Hope (Steven) Zoellner – McGillis of St. Cloud, Jodi (Michael) Beighley – McGillis of Buffalo, 3 grandchildren: Andrew Gage, Kari Gage, and Bode Beighley, 2 brothers: Raymond (Connie) Meaney of San Francisco, CA., Allen Meaney of San Francisco, CA., Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Burton L. Guimont
05/09/1938-10/10/2014
Burton L. Guimont, age 76 of Deerwood, formerly of Aitkin, Arizona and Princeton died Friday, October 10, 2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital Burton was born May 9, 1938 in Princeton, Minnesota the son of Isadore and Pearl (Walker) Guimont. He grew up and attended schools in Princeton. He then moved to Minneapolis. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1959. Upon his discharge he returned to Princeton and worked for a Grain Elevator and Parts Company. He then moved to Arizona and worked for 40 years as a machinist in the Aero Space Industry. He moved to Aitkin in 2007 and to Deerwood in 2010. He was a member of the Deerwood American Legion Post. He had served on the Princeton Fire Department in his younger years. He is survived by three sons: Bob Guimont of Colorado; Randy Guimont and Bradley Guimont both of Arizona; Sister: Barbara Mathison of Deerwood and 1 grandson: Brent; Son in law: Bill Pritchard of Arizona. He was preceded in death by 2 daughters: Renae Guimont and Dannet Pritchard, Grandson Shariff, Parents and one brother Bradley. AQ memorial service will be held Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11 AM from Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood with Rev. Cheryl Fleckenstein officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the Oak Knoll Cemetery in Princeton, Minnesota. Military honors will be provided by the Deerwood American Legion Post. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Edward C. Andler
10/17/1949-10/08/2014
Edward C. Andler, 64 of Aitkin died Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at his home. He was born October 17, 1949 in Duluth to Edward and Marion (O’Neill) Andler. Edward was united in marriage to Sheryl (Dotseth) on August 12, 1972 in Clarkfield. He attended school at UMD and then Duluth Technical Institute. He worked as a control center supervisor for Xcel Energy. He was a member of Wealthwood Gun Club, Aitkin County Posse, and first responders. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, 4-wheeling, and loved spending time with family, friends, and his grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents. Edward is survived by his wife Sheryl; son Jay (Lori) Andler of Minneapolis; and his two grandsons: Ethan and Aidan. Memorial service will be 2:00P.M. – Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Glory Baptist Church, Aitkin. Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Eugene J. Pojanowski
10/11/1931-10/07/2014
Eugene J. Pojanowski, age 82 of Palisade, formerly of Isle died Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the Evergreen Terrace in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Eugene was born October 11, 1931 at St. Paul, Minnesota the son of John and Hattie Pojanowski. He grew up on a farm in Anoka. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in June of 1949. He served on the USS Strong in Portsmouth, Virginia and the USS Des Moines as a gunners mate. He received the U.S. Navy Good Conduct Medal and the U.S. Navy Occupation Medal. After the service to his country, he attended the Globe Business College in St. Paul and received a degree in Business Administration in May of 1954. He met his wife Bernice while fishing by a river. He cast his line and caught a catch of a lifetime. He married Bernice J. Kitchemaster on July 10, 1954 at Circle Pines, Minnesota. They raised four children and moved from Circle Pines to a farm in Mora, Minnesota, where they operated a dairy farm. He was a brick mason by trade and built many homes and he had the gift to create beautiful Stone and brick fireplaces. Upon retirement they sold the farm in Mora and moved to Palisade, Minnesota. He enjoyed restoring collector cars and showing them at car shows. He is survived by his children and spouses: Laurie and Bruce Richards of Isle, MN.; Genice and Allan Rogers of Isle, MN.; John and Karen Pojanowski of Isle, Mn.; Tammy Pfaff and Jess Hendershot of Mora, MN.; 14 Grandchildren; 16 Great Grandchildren and sister: Sophia Lindgren of Menominee, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Bernice in 2009, 5 brothers and 4 sisters. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM service time. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Workman Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Gordon L. Olson
09/02/1939-09/29/2014
Gordon L. Olson, 75 of Hill City died Monday, September 29, 2014 at The Wellstead in Rogers. He was born September 2, 1939 in Aitkin to Earl and Alice (Harseim) Olson. He was preceded in death by his parents. He was loved and cherished by his sisters and brother-in-law: Diane (Gary) Miller of Rogers and Elaine Mahan of Hill City. Many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. A graveside service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, October 3, 2014 at Opstead Cemetery, Opstead, MN. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Frayda M. Nitschke
01/12/1945-09/27/2014
Frayda M. Nitschke, age 69 of Aitkin died Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Quiet Oaks Care Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Frayda was born January 12, 1945 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Harold and Ione (Knighten) Raver. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from Washburn High School in 1963. She moved to Washington D.C. and worked as a secretary at the Pentagon for a time. She married Kurt Harrison in 1964 and they made their home in Minneapolis where they raised three sons. She married Curtis D. Nitschke in 1995 in Minneapolis and retired to the Aitkin area in 2002 and she has lived here since. She enjoyed gardening, painting, cooking, friends, family and especially her grandchildren. She was a member of the Aitkin Community Church. She is survived by children: Kevin (Ann) Harrison of New Hope, Mn.; David (Nancy) Harrison of Preston, Mn.; Patrick (Dawn) Harrison of Aitkin; Jeffrey (Kari) Nitschke of Olathe, Kansas; Jon Lindberg of Las Vegas, Nevada and Jamie Walker of Minnetonka, Mn. and 15 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Curtis in 2013. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Glenn Browning officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Daniel Dale Livingood
12/03/1969-09/23/2014
Daniel Dale Livingood, 44 of Jenkins died Tuesday, September 23, 2014 in Fargo, North Dakota. He was born December 3, 1969 in San Jose, California to Duane and Sandra (St. Germain) Livingood. Daniel was united in marriage to Julie (Heyn) in 1998. He worked for Expert Insulation. Daniel’s family was very important to him. He was preceded in death by his father Duane Livingood and his grandparents. Daniel is survived by his wife Julie, Mother and father Sandra and Kenneth Niemi, Daughter: Cesarea Solem, 5 step-children: Sandra (Jesse) Aldrich, Salome (Josh) Meyers, Jessica (Craig) Johnson, James Tabaka, and Timothy Tabaka (Kachina Lilley), 13 grandchildren: Hannah, Jacob, Maciah, and Andrew Aldrich; Chelsie and Kelsie Livingood; Kylah Meyers; Jeremiah and Joseph Johnson; Trey and Jack Tabaka; Aaron Chesney; and Zeke Tabaka 3 brothers and 1 sister: Duane Livingood, Jeannette Tarpley, Erland Niemi, and Curt Niemi, Other relatives and friends. A graveside service will be 2:00P.M. – Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Rice River Cemetery, McGregor, Rice River Township, Aitkin County. Reverend Sheila Vitale will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Josephine M. Pierson
03/28/1937-09/22/2014
Josephine M. Pierson, age 77 of Aitkin formerly of Bloomington, Mn. died Monday, September 22, 2014 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Josephine was born March 28, 1937 at St. Cloud, Minnesota the daughter of Joseph and Tillie (Gapinski) Landowski. She grew up and attended schools in St. Cloud graduating from St. Cloud Tech. She then went to work for an insurance agency in downtown Minneapolis. She married John L. Pierson on July 25, 1959 in St. Cloud. They made their home in Bloomington where she raised her family and operated a daycare for 17 years. They retired to the Aitkin area in 1996 and have lived here since. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin and former member of Nativity of Mary Catholic Church in Bloomington. She was a volunteer at the Riverwood Health Care Center, was a member of the Garden Club, and had been very active in serving meals at the church and also serving dinners at the Aitkin American Legion Club. She enjoyed sewing, and cooking. She is survived by her husband John Pierson of Aitkin; Children: Bruce Pierson of St. Louis Park, Mn., Gerald (Janet) Pierson of Brooklyn Park, Mn., Dale (Donna) Pierson of St. Mary’s Point, Mn., three grandchildren: Victoria Schmaltz, Andrew Pierson and Zachary Pierson; three brothers: Leo Landowski of Fondulac, Wisc., Ben Landowski of St. Cloud, Mn.; Richard Landowski of Coon Rapids, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers: Severin, Albert and Peter and one sister Viola. A memorial mass will be held Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Memorials are preferred to the Riverwood Health Care Center. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lucille Mae Young
03/11/1933-09/21/2014
Lucille “Lucy” Mae Young (Keath), 81, Aitkin, passed away peacefully Sunday, September 21, 2014. She fought and battled dementia for the past four years and finally succumbed to the disease. She was born March 11, 1933 in Palisade, Minnesota to Stanley and Lillian Keath. She graduated from Aitkin High School and married John M. Young Jr. in 1957. Lucille lived for a few years in the Detroit area and then moved back to Minnesota where she married and worked for a time at the Aitkin County Welfare Office. After raising three children, she worked for many years at the Aitkin Preschool (Formerly ECFE) touching the lives of hundreds of children in the Aitkin area from 1977 through 1999, when she retired. She was a member of the Eastern Star, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Instructed Cub Scouts, and volunteered many hours at the Aitkin Hospital/Riverwood Health Care Center. She is survived by her husband of 57 years John M. Young Jr. and her sister Florence; three sons and daughters in law: John and Anna Young; Keath and Lesley Young; Clark and Stephanie Young and seven grandchildren: Jessie Young, Tyler Young, Alec Young, Sydney Young, C.J. Young, Lindsey Young and Kelsey Young. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 26, 2014 at 11:30 AM with an Eastern Star service starting at 11 AM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will begin at 9 AM and run until the time of service. A private interment will be held at a later date. Memorials are preferred to the Riverwood Foundation; 200 Bunker Hill Drive, Aitkin, Minnesota 56431. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Helen Minnie Torgerson
03/31/1927-09/19/2014
Helen Minnie Torgerson, 87 of Aitkin died Friday morning, September 19, 2014 in her home at Blackrock Terrace, Aitkin. She was born March 31, 1927 at Cedar Lake, Aitkin to Carl and Dora (Ketcher) Borgman. She was a strong, kind, loving person who was devoted to her family and she loved her Lord. Helen was united in marriage to Harley Torgerson on June 3, 1950. Their first farm was at Nord Lake and as the family grew, they moved to Rossburg to farm. She enjoyed baking and cooking. She read and collected many cookbooks and experimented with many recipes. Family meals and celebrations that brought the entire family together made her very happy. She loved flowers and gardening. She took pride in her apple and plum trees that she planted on the farm. Even while farming, Helen enjoyed her independence to work outside of the home. She had many interests. She attended the Little Falls Normal School for country school teacher training. She taught at Onamia and Longfellow. While farming, she also worked at Land O’ Lakes, Ziske’s Resort, and Great River Gardens. For 20 years she delivered Meals on Wheels in the community. She also volunteered at the Advocates. She was a life-long member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and enjoyed entertaining a community Bible study group while living on the farm. She was preceded in death by her husband Harley Torgerson; brothers and sisters: Wilmer, Hilmar, and Melvin Borgman, Adeline Borgman, Donna Crump, and Marliss Dragovich; Sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Bernice Borgman and Howard Crump; grandchildren: John Fenner and Kara Fuerstenau; and her parents Carl and Dora (Ketcher) Borgman. Helen is survived by her four children and spouses: Sally (Dick) Fenner of Aitkin, Susan (Fran) Doering of Crystal River, FL., Tim (Debbie) Torgerson of Grand Rapids, Janice (Bill) Fuerstenau of Watertown, SD., Grandchildren: Paula (Josh) Morgan, Alison and Hana Doering, Jeffery, Trenton (Katie), and Troy Torgerson, Kasha Fuerstenau, Kindra (Kaid) Knox, Great-grandchildren: Audrey Kremer and Harley Knox, Brothers and sisters-in-law: Marvin (Donna) Borgman of Aitkin, Emery (Ruth) Borgman of Forest Lake, Emerson (Yvonne) Borgman of Pacific Grove, CA., Brother-in-law: Steve Dragovich of Santa Monica, CA., Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Monday, September 22, 2014 at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Sunday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with a prayer service starting at 7:00P.M. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Gordon F. Manchester
08/26/1924-09/17/2014
Gordon F. Manchester, age 90 of Cromwell, formerly of McGregor died Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the Villa Vista Care Center in Cromwell. In following his wishes no services will be held. His ashes will be interred at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Mary E. Winkle
02/22/1954-09/13/2014
Mary E. Winkle, age 60 of McGregor formerly of St. Paul died Saturday, September 13, 2014 at her home. Mary was born February 22, 1954 in Jackson, Michigan the daughter of Lawrence and Della Piekarski. She grew up and attended schools in St. Paul. She went to work for 3M at the age of 18 and worked for them for 36 years retiring at the age of 55. She moved to McGregor permanently in 2005. She married Gus Winkle on August 30, 2004 in Aitkin. She enjoyed gardening and boating. She is survived by her husband Gus Winkle of McGregor; Children: Amy (Bob) Gedicke of Faribault, Mn.; Dawn (Ethan) McDaniel of Faribault, Mn.; father and step mother: Lawrence and Cleora Piekarski of Brainerd, Mn.; brothers: Shawn (Kim) Piekarski of Port Washington, Wisc.; Bryn Piekarski of Brainerd, MN.; Doug (Tina) Marrison of Lake Bluff, Ill.; Sister: Shirley (Tony) Costrini of Savanna, Georgia; Grandchildren: Corbin Gedicke, Logan McDaniel, Lucas McDaniel, Dyson Gedicke and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother Della Piekarski, and son Scott Coffman. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 1 PM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be from 11 AM until the 1 PM services at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Elizabeth Hanson
05/08/1917-09/13/2014
Elizabeth Hanson, age 97 of Cromwell formerly of Wright died Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Villa Vista Care Center in Cromwell. Elizabeth was born May 8, 1917 at High Bridge, Wisconsin the daughter of Isaac and Hilda (Maenpaa) Robertson. She attended schools in High Bridge. She married Carl Hanson and they lived and farmed in Wisconsin until the moved to Wright, Minnesota where they made their home and farmed for many years. Carl died in 2001. Elizabeth moved to the Villa Vista Care Center in 2005 and has lived there since. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting, cooking, canning and gardening. She spent many hours working the farm throughout the years. She is survived by sons and daughters in law: Robert (Jennie) Hanson of Wright, Mn.; Vernon (Wanda) Hanson of Hibbing, Mn.; daughters and sons in law: Ruth (Reginald) Bonitz of Mellen, Wisc.; Rose Marie (Kenneth) Gregg of Canon City, Colorado; Vera (Paul) Crotteau of Esko, Mn.; Vivian (Cloyce) Murdock of Wright, Mn. and 17 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Carl, Parents, four brothers and three sisters. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Duane Landrus
08/24/1929-09/12/2014
Duane Landrus 85, formerly of WaukenaboTownship died Friday, September 12, 2014 at Golden Horizons in Aitkin. He was born August 24, 1929 in Aitkin County to John and Lillian Landrus. He was preceded in death by his wives Marjory and Sharon, daughter Marlene, brother Donald, sons-in-law Clyde and Gerald, daughter-in-law Laurnel and his parents. Duane is survived by daughters: Bonnie, Carol, and Gail all of Grand Rapids, Sons: David of Fridley, Russell (Sandy) of Thief River Falls, and Glen of Grand Rapids, Brothers: Derald (Florence), Ronnie (Charlene), Arlend (Karen) all of Aitkin, Sister: Donna (Marvin) of Aitkin, Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 2:00P.M. – Friday, September 19, 2014 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Bonnie Jean Banks
05/22/1943-09/07/2014
Bonnie Jean Banks, age 71 of Malmo formerly of St. Francis and Crosby died Sunday, September 7, 2014 at her home. Bonnie was born May 22, 1943 in Crosby, Minnesota the daughter of Isadore and Francis (Gillespie) Bellefeuille. She grew up and attended schools in Crosby. She married Harry E. Banks on December 5, 1959 in Crosby. They lived in Minneapolis where they raised their family and she worked in manufacturing for 28 years. She worked on a number of missions trips overseas through the Evangelical Free Church in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. They spent six years in Weslaco, Texas and just recently moved to the Malmo area. She enjoyed gardening, flower arranging, loved to travel and she loved spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband Harry Banks of Malmo; Children and spouses: Ken and Janene Banks of Isanti, Mn.; Julie and Todd Stowell of Malmo, Mn.; Deanna and Tony Kelley of Gilbert, South Carolina; Five Grandchildren: Jason and Brandon Kelley; Colton Banks and Cailin and Connor Longtin. She was preceded in death by her parents, twin brother Bennie, Mary, Donna, Douglas and Marie. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 12, 2014 at 4:00 PM from the Malmo Evangelical Free Church with Rev. Glenn Browning officiating. Visitation will be from 2 PM until the 4 PM services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Wallace John Coffin
12/28/1934-09/07/2014
Wallace John Coffin, 79 of Palisade died Sunday, September 7, 2014 at his home. He was born December 28, 1934 in Minneapolis to Alford John and Beatrice Minerva (Solem) Coffin. He worked as an over the road truck driver. He enjoyed fishing, auctions, trucking, visiting with his coffee buddies and wintering in Arizona. He was preceded in death by his infant son Kenneth, sister Nona, brothers: William, Alford, Phillip, infant brother David, and his parents. Wallace is survived by his significant other: Alice Coffin of Palisade, 4 sons and daughters-in-law: Michael John (Cindy) Coffin of Brook Park, Douglas Paul (Cindy) Coffin of Ellsworth, WI., Alan Alford (Janet) Coffin of Cambridge, James William Coffin of Fayetteville, N.C., 2 daughters and son-in-law: Wendy Jo Coffin of Rush City, Pamela Rae (Ken) Flaten of Eden Prairie, 13 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, Brother and sister-in-law: Clifford (Jan) Coffin of Bloomington, Sister: Darlene Jorgenson of Lakeville, Brother-in-law: Charles Nelson of Bloomington, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 2:00P.M. – Thursday, September 11, 2014 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend William Sass will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Palisade. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Gerald R. Becker, Sr.
09/18/1939-09/05/2014
Gerald R. Becker, Sr., 74 of Aitkin died Friday, September 5, 2014 at his home. Gerald “Gerry” was born September 18, 1939 in Iona Township, Todd County, MN. the son of John and Isabelle (Bruder) Becker. He grew up in the Long Prairie area. Gerry was united in marriage to Carolyn “Carol” Barringer on May 13, 1960 in Northwood, Iowa. They started their home in Osakis then moved the family to Aitkin in 1981. In his early years he drove gravel dump truck and then worked for Art Fisher House Moving as a heavy equipment operator. His whole career was in road construction as either a heavy equipment operator or supervisor. He worked for Burges Construction in Alexandria, Kern & Tayberry, Brown & Olson, Aitkin County Road & Bridge, and Joyce Construction until his retirement. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and anything to do with nature and the outdoors. He especially loved his cats. He was preceded in death by his wife Carol, daughter Linda, and father John. Gerry is survived by his mother Isabelle – age 96 of Long Prairie, Children: Lois (Clark) Peysar of Aitkin, Gerald, Jr. (Anita) Becker, Grandchildren: Sara, Brooke, Jessica, Wayne, Carla, and Lee, Great-grandchildren, brothers, sisters, many nieces, nephews, and girlfriend Liz Catlin. A family graveside service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Evergreen Cemetery, Long Prairie. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Gerry will be laid to rest next to his wife Carol and close to his daughter Linda. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Larry Lee Shemon
05/09/1944-08/30/2014
Larry L. Shemon, age 70 of McGregor formerly of St. Paul, died Saturday, August 30 at his home. Larry was born May 9, 1944 at Redwood Falls, Minnesota the son of Albert and Alice (Marquardt) Shemon. He grew up in Wabasso, Minnesota where he attended St. Anne’s Catholic School. He then moved with his family to Spicer, Minnesota and attended schools there and graduated from the New London-Spicer High School in 1962. He then attended the Willmar Junior College for one year. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in Vietnam with the Navy’s Special Forces serving as a SEAL. Upon his discharge he moved to St. Paul and then served in the Naval Reserves for a short time and then transferred to the Army Reserves. During Desert Storm his unit was activated and he served with the U.S. Army in Desert Storm. He married Kathleen “Kathie” Huspek on February 14, 1969 in St. Paul. They made their home in Mendota Heights and he worked as a car salesman for many years. In 1980 he moved to Saginaw and worked for Arrowhead Marine in Hermantown, and M&M Marine in McGregor. In 1987 he moved to McGregor and operated Larry’s New and Used selling marine equipment, boats, docks and offered various other endeavors out of his shop, and has lived here ever since. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and Cooties, serving as post commander for both, and a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He also took great enjoyment in his active involvement with the Big Sandy/Palisade AA Group. He especially enjoyed his time spent leading the AA Group at the Aitkin County jail, and he tried to never miss Saturday morning coffee with the guys. He is survived by his wife Kathie Shemon of Mendota Heights, Mn.; Son: Larry Shemon of Saginaw, Mn.; Daughter: Michelle Shemon of Farmington, Mn.; two brothers: David Shemon of Montevideo, Mn. and Joe Shemon of Spicer, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Steven Shemon. Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 11 AM from the Holy Family Catholic Church with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Susan Molly Keil
05/06/1944-08/23/2014
Susan Molly Keil,70 of Aitkin died Saturday, August 23, 2014 at her home. She was born May 6, 1944 in St. Paul to Ernst “Ernest” and Geraldine Freye. Susan was united in marriage to Robert Michael Keil. She worked as an Administrative Assistant at the Aitkin County Court House. She loved being with her family and enjoyed fishing, cooking, and the casino. She was preceded in death by her brother Dale Freye, and parents Ernst “Ernest” and Geraldine Freye. Susan is survived by her husband Robert Keil, Son: Michael Keil of Buffalo, 2 daughters and son-in-law: Kimberly Ferrari of Cocolalla, Idaho, Heather (Shane) Cline of Aitkin, 4 grandchildren: Lukas Cline, Korben Cline, Jadyne Cline, Ashley Ferrari, 2 brothers and sister-in-law: Mel Freye of Harris, Scott (Jamie) Freye of Des Moines, Iowa, 3 sisters and brother-in-law: Denise (Dale) McGuire of Williams, Gerry Pridgen of Fridley, Sandra Christle of Minneapolis, Other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M. – Wednesday, August 27, 2014 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Deuneece H. Sandbeck
02/11/1956-08/20/2014
Deuneece H. Sandbeck, age 58 of Aitkin died Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. Deuneece was born February 11, 1956 in Albany, New York the daughter of Wesley C. and Betty (Vincent) Huff. She grew up and attended schools in Berlin, New York. She then joined the National Guards and her unit was activated during the Gulf War. She attended Hudson Valley Community College and received her R.N. Degree. She had worked as a nurse in Bennington, Vermont for 10 years. She moved to Aitkin, Minnesota in 1991 and worked for the Riverwood Health Care Center as a nurse. She married Mike Sandbeck on December 11, 1992 in Aitkin. She has lived her since. She enjoyed horses and gardening. She is survived by her husband Mike Sandbeck of Aitkin; Children: Joshua Kirkpatrick of Oregon and Sarah Kirkpatrick of Duluth, Mn.; Grandchildren: Brittany Hannah, Kaylin Kirkpatrick, Freyja Kirkpatrick, Felany Kirkpatrick, Xander Kirkpatrick and 2 great grandchildren: Dayle and Lilly. She was preceded in death by her parents. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Barry Hite officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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George Gunnar Peterson
05/07/1931-08/16/2014
George Gunner Peterson, 83 of Aitkin, passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. A Celebration of Life service will be held 11:00A.M. – Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Glory Baptist Church, Aitkin. Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.glorybaptistchurch.org. Sorenson-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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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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