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Archive Obituaries
Paul Spolarich
05/16/1926-11/08/2016
Paul Anthony Thomas Spolarich, 90 of Palisade died Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born May 16, 1926 in Tipperary, Iowa to Paul and Helen (Maris) Spolarich. He moved to the Palisade area around 1940 and attended Jackson country school. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean War. Paul was united in marriage Vi (Weston) November 14, 1953 in Palisade. He worked for a time in the mines and was a farmer and logger. He enjoyed farming, hunting, and horses. He was preceded in death by his 4 brothers: George, Joe, Johnny, and Phillip; 5 sisters: Mary, Helen, Francis, Rose, and Rose Mary; great-grandson Bennett Thomas; niece Mary Jane; and his parents Paul and Helen (Maris) Spolarich. Paul is survived by his wife Vi Spolarich of Palisade, 5 sons and daughters-in-law: Rodney (Gaylene) Spolarich of Palisade, Kenny Spolarich of Palisade, Danny (Meg) Spolarich of Duluth, Paul (Angela) Spolarich of Palisade, Robert Spolarich of Palisade, 2 daughters and son-in-law: Paulette Matteson of Aitkin, Jeanine (Craig) LeBlanc, 33 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. A celebration of Paul’s life will be 2:00P.M. – Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Palisade at a later date. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dorothy Carlberg
08/06/1926-11/06/2016
Dorothy Carlberg, age 90 years, 3 months, passed away Sunday, November 6, 2016 at her home in rural Aitkin with Hospice support. She was the widow of Gordon Carlberg. She was born August 6, 1926 in Nottingham, England, the daughter of Arthur John and Ethel Maud Catton Gee. She attended an all-girls school. World War II greatly impacted her life. She was 12 years old when she began serving the war effort. She worked delivering messages in a war office after school. When she was old enough she joined the Royal Air Force in the Women’s Air Corps where she worked 3 miles underground delivering messages to keep the Yanks in the air. In 1945 she married her own Yank, John Pauluk . To this union five children were born, three survived. At an early age she began working at Boots Pharmaceutical. Through her life she was employed in retail. Powers Dept. Store in St. Louis Park was where she met her second husband Gordon. After moving to Aitkin in 1979 she joined the Green Thumb Program. She worked in the Aitkin High School and the Depot Museum. Dorothy was a dedicated and committed worker who loved her jobs and people. Being creative she designed and enjoyed knitting beautiful sweaters. Her hobbies were gardening, feeding the birds, and yelling at the squirrels. She was a great conversationalist and story teller and her pleasant accent made visits very enjoyable. She will be remembered for her great sense of humor and generosity. She gave all she had and lots of love to her family and friends. Dorothy is greatly loved and missed by her children: Cynthia (Dave) Ebeltoft of West St. Paul Gloria (Charles) Gunderson of Rolfe, IA. Dave Pauluk of Modesto, CA. Step-daughters: Lynn (John) Ashby of The Villages, FL. Candy (Mark) Kisley of Yolga, SD. 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, Her dog and body guard Mugsley. Sister Kate Ruth Cole of Nottingham, England She was preceded in death by her husbands, parents, and two baby boys. Funeral service will be 10:30A.M. Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at the 40 Club Restaurant in Aitkin. Burial will be at a later date. Memorials are preferred to: Aitkin County Historical Society/Depot Museum, 20 Pacific St. NW, Aitkin, MN. 56431. The family may be contacted through: Gloria Gunderson, 603 Maple St. Rolfe, IA. 50581. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Jean Ann Fjerstad
12/12/1933-11/04/2016
Jean Ann Fjerstad was born December 12, 1933 and passed away November 4, 2016 at the age of 82. Jean was preceded in death by her parents Henry Johnsen and Hilda (Erickson) Johnsen, her brother Art, twin sister Joan and her oldest son Paul. Jean is survived by her husband Richard, her daughter Nita, sons Bruce (Deb) and Mark (Kim), her 7 grandchildren: Corrina, Todd (Mandy), Elizabeth, Jason (Rebecca), Tammy, Eric (Megan), Karla (Brett), and her 5 great grandchildren Bradi, Taelor, Luke, Lee and Faith and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was born in Duluth, Minnesota and moved to Northeast Minneapolis, and from there spent much of her time in Coon Rapids with her husband Richard. Jean and Richard were married July 9, 1955. They were married for 61 years. When Jean retired from Medtronic they moved to the cabin in Aitkin, Minnesota. Jean loved to fish, summer, winter; day and night it did not matter to her. She was well known for her delicious pancakes and cinnamon rolls. Jean will be missed by many people. A celebration of Jean’s life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Helen E. Hansen
04/24/1928-11/01/2016
Helen Edith Lind Hansen, age 88 of Aitkin died Monday, November 1, 2016 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota Helen was born April 24, 1928 at Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of O.G. “Gust” and Edith Lind. She attended the Gun Lake School and then the Aitkin School graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1946. Helen married Jim Hansen on June 9, 1951 at the Fleming Methodist Church, and they were blessed with 5 children; Kevin (Beth), Jeff (Julie), Dan (Cathy), Kim (Sam Thompson), and Salli (Mike Westman). Helen took great joy in family life and loved raising her children – sewing matching Easter dresses for her girls, leading cub scouts, and always being supportive of their life choices. She’s remembered for her kindness, compassion, and easy smile by the children of Rippleside School where she worked for 26 years. Helen was a lifelong member of the Fleming United Methodist Church. She loved the Lord and was very involved with her church. The arrival of 10 grandchildren over the years gave Helen so much happiness. She will be missed by Denise Hawkins, Paul (Ryan) McGuire Grimes, Adam McGuire, Michael Hansen, Rae Thompson, Sean Thompson, Lee Thompson, Jonathan Westman, Emily Westman, and Christina Westman. Helen enjoyed gardening, painting, baking, sewing, quilting and she loved birds. Her children describe her as kind, loving, compassionate, always thoughtful and patient. She avoided controversy and was generous and humble. Helen will always be remembered for her happiness and smile – that sweet smile that was with her right up to the end. She is survived by other members of her family including sister Mil Maliszewski of NJ, brother Maurie (Sherry) Lind of Tn., sisters in law: Hulda Lind of Palisade, Mn., Ardis Lind of Co., brother in law Warren Hauert of Hallock, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jim in 2006, brothers Bob, Carl and Don and sisters Ruth and Lois. There will be a visitation Sunday from 3 to 5 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. We will celebrate Helen’s life Monday, November 7, 2016 at 11 AM at the Fleming United Methodist Church, with a visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Fleming Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Memorials are preferred to the Fleming United Methodist Church.
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Gilbert Joe Wilkes Sr.
06/30/1934-10/30/2016
Gilbert Joe Wilkes Sr. age 82 of McGregor died Sunday, October 30, 2016 at the Northland Village Assisted Living Center in McGregor. Joe was born June 30, 1934 at Wahkon, Minnesota the son of William and Ruth (Birkeland) Wilkes. He attended schools in Wahkon, Federal Dam, Bagley, McGregor and Willow River where he graduated from High School in 1948. Joe served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956. Upon his discharge he returned to Barnum, Minnesota. He married Jane Kallies on July 21, 1956 in Columbus, Ohio. They lived in McGregor for a time and he as McGregor Police officer. He then became a Minnesota State Trooper and lived in Walker, Mahnomen and McGregor prior to his retiring after 14 years of service. He moved to Alaska for a time and then moved to Minneapolis where he married his second wife Bess Boutang on October 5, 1985. He worked at Sears in Minneapolis for a number of years. He moved to Colorado and then to Carthage, Missouri. He moved to McGregor in August of 2015 and has lived here since. He enjoyed sports, photography and had played the trombone in his younger days and had played with the Chimeleski Band. He is survived by children: Gilbert (Georgia) Wilkes Jr. of Seneca, Missouri; Guy (Sue) Wilkes of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; Gary Wilkes of Seneca, Missouri and Jessica (Mike) Bovitz of Juneau, Alaska Grandchildren: Guy Scott, Mason, Dana, Randi, Brodie, Briita, John; Great Grandchildren: Amery, Odessa, Graham, Alaina, Kellen, Sam, Luke and Kate. Sisters: Mary Duffy of Soldotna, Alaska; Margie Wilkes of Minneapolis; brother: Howard Wilkes. He was preceded in death by his parents, Son: Glenn Wilkes, Brothers: Max Wilkes and Norman Wilkes; and Sister: June Utley. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 11 AM from the McGregor United Methodist Church with Diane Brennan officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Foster Cemetery near Wahkon, MN. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor.
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Steven Joseph Rivers
06/12/1952-10/27/2016
Steven Joseph Rivers, 64 of Aitkin died Thursday, October 27, 2016 at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis. He was born June 12, 1952 in Aitkin to Clayton “Chuck” and Helen (Erickson) Rivers. He was a U.S. Marine Corps. Veteran serving in the Vietnam War. Steve was united in marriage to Mary (Peterson) on July 10, 1976 in Minneapolis. He was a very hard worker as a mason bricklayer by trade, a ready-mix truck driver and was manager at the Knife River Ready Mix plant in Deerwood. He was an avid outdoors man who enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and riding motorcycle. He had a great sense of humor and was always concerned for others. He was preceded in death by his parents Clayton “Chuck” and Mary Helen (Erickson) Rivers, nephew Clayton Rivers, and niece Jessica Glenna. Steve is survived by his wife Mary Rivers of Aitkin 3 sons: Justin (Tara) Rivers of Lighthouse Point, FL. Dan Rivers (Beth Swenson) of Malmo Scott Rivers (Kelly Hunter) of St. Michael 5 grandchildren: Kegan, Ryan, Alexander, Carolyn, and Casey 4 brothers and sisters: Jeff (Marie) Rivers of Chisago City Leslie (Mike) Honan of Gearhart, OR. Susie (Lyle) Glenna of Schafer Cathy Rivers of New Brighton Step-mother: Marcella Rivers of Foley Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Friday, November 4, 2016 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Saron Cemetery. Military honors by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin V.F.W. Roberts-Glad Post #1727. www.srtfuneral.com
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Brad R. Irwin
10/14/1953-10/25/2016
Brad R. Irwin, age 63 of Aitkin died Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at his home. Brad was born on October 14, 1953 in Brainerd, Minnesota the son of Gene and Bettylou (Rosvold) Irwin. At the age of 3 they moved to St. Cloud where he attended schools through the 2nd grade. He then moved to Motley with his family and finished his education and graduated from the Motley High School in 1972. He then attended college at the University of Minnesota Crookston and then North Dakota State in Fargo where he graduated in 1976 with a BS degree in Agricultural Education. He taught school in Melrose for 1 year and then went to work for the ASCS from 1977 to 1986. He married Renee Simons on June 7, 1980 in Fergus Falls, Mn. They lived in Fergus Falls for 1 year and then lived at West Lost Lake, in Underwood, Mn. He was the director of the ASCS program there. They then moved to Glen Ullin, North Dakota in 1988 and worked in Farm Business Management. In 1988 they moved to Aitkin and he went back into education and taught at Central Lakes Community College Farm Business Management. During this time he also went back to school and received his Masters of Education from Southwest State University in Marshall, Mn. He also served as the Extension educator for Aitkin County. In 2008 he started teaching at the Aitkin High School Ag Education, industrial technology and physical science. Brad was also an alternative education instructor for Aitkin Schools shortly after moving to Aitkin. He also taught 1 year at the Pierz High School. He was currently employed as an adjuster with Rain and Hail Crop Insurance Co. and also had served as an Aitkin Township Supervisor and the Aitkin Township Clerk for many years. He had been very involved in his high school and college years with FFA and that continued on into his later life where he had served as an advisor for the FFA for many years. He was a longtime member of the Riceland Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and had been active in the Cattleman’s Association. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, camping, archery, trapping, canoeing and was an avid outdoorsman. He is survived by his wife Renee Simons Irwin of Aitkin; Daughter: Molly Irwin of Moose Lake, Mn., Mother: Bettylou (Lionel) Stelck of Motley, Mn., and sister: Lujean Vacura of Motley, Mn. He was preceded in death by his father Gene and his grandparents. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be held Friday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in the Motley Public Cemetery with a graveside service at 2:30 PM Saturday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Brandon Lee Stanley
09/05/1983-10/22/2016
Brandon Lee Stanley, Native Name: Niizhoobines, age 33 of Palisade died Saturday, October 22, 2016 at his home. Brandon was born September 5, 1983 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of William Hill and Dorothy Stanley. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis and McGregor. He also attended college for a time. He had many hobbies but was a talented artist and did tattooing. He loved being a father and uncle. He is survived by children: Arianna Stanley, Tammy Stanley, Ashlee Stanley, and Paige Anderson and Buddies; Brothers: Troy Friend of Oak Park Heights, Mn.; Thomas Friend (Mary Boyd) of McGregor; Scott Friend of McGregor; Marland Stanley of Naytawash, Mn.; Sean Stanley of Minneapolis; Fiancé: Amanda Boyd of Palisade; Aunt: Jerrie Skinaway. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Jason, 2 sisters: Kelly and Jessica, Uncle Lawrence Skinaway and Aunt: Virginia Goodman. Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 27, 2016 starting at 10 AM at the Ceremonial Building at East Lake. The wake will begin at 6 PM on Wednesday at the Ceremonial Building. Burial will be in the Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Caroline D. Boelter
03/08/1940-10/15/2016
Caroline D. Boelter, age 76 of Tamarack died Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake. Caroline was born March 8, 1940 in McGregor, Minnesota the daughter of Carl and Helen (Tamalae) Brekke. She grew up and attended schools in McGregor. She then moved to Minneapolis where she worked and raised her family. In her later years she attended the Fond du lac College and received her AA degree in liberal arts. She has lived in the McGregor and tamarack area since the early 1980’s. She enjoyed making blankets, doing puzzles, playing cribbage and cards going to polka dances and going to the casino when she got the chance. She was a great gardener. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her significant other: Larry Carl of Duluth, Mn.; Daughter: Connie Moose of Brainerd, Grandchildren: Rachele (Azhibiki Aubid) Moose of McGregor, Rebecca (William Anderson) Moose of Hinckley, Reginna (Vincent Merrill Jr.)Moose of McGregor, Ruby (Dustin Campbell) Moose of Mora, Tonya Mattinas, Flint Mattinas, Shawnee Mattinas, Forest Mattinas, Misty Mattinas, Winston Mattinas, Thomas Mattinas, Angie Mattinas, Salina Mattinas, Keith Mattinas and 10 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John Boelter, 4 daughters and 2 sons, 1 brother and 1 great grandson. A memorial service will be held at the Round Lake Presbyterian Church on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 1 PM with Rev. Arlin Tally officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Donald Leon Hale
06/13/1928-10/09/2016
Donald Leon Hale, 88 of Aitkin died Sunday, October 9, 2016 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born June 13, 1928 in Keswick, Iowa to Arthur and Pearl (Reed) Hale. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran and was employed by the Air Force as an air craft mechanic, serving from 1946 to 1970. Donald was united in marriage to Lois Janette (Workman) on October 15, 1949. Donald was united in marriage to Doris Carlson. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and cutting wood. He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Pearl (Reed) Hale, first wife Lois Janette (Workman) Hale, second wife Doris Carlson Hale, brother Merlyn Hale, 2 sisters: Shirley Leiser and Bonnie Edmundson. Donald is survived by his son: Thomas Lynn Hale of Hopkins, 3 daughters: Connie Lou Krueger (James) of Brainerd, Lou Ann Carlson (Alvin) of Aitkin, Georgia Ann Short (Jack) of Freehold, NJ., Step-son: Gary Carlson (Marilyn), 2 Step-daughters: Kathy Julkowski (Jim), Nancy Carlson (Steve), 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and special friend Mary Mikes. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Maria Chapel, Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Diamond Lake Cemetery. Military honors by: Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post # 1727. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the American Lung Association. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Charles Thomas Pearson
02/28/1940-10/09/2016
Charles T. Pearson, age 76 of Aitkin formerly of Stacy, Mn. died Sunday, October 9, 2016 at his home. Chuck was born February 28, 1940 in St. Paul, Minnesota the son of Elmer and Isabelle (Anderson) Pearson. He grew up in the Glory area and attended schools there and graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1958. He then worked for Woodland Container for a year. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from 1959 to 1967. He was on submarines most of the time. He married Judy M. Flowers on August 28, 1960 in Aitkin. Upon his discharge from the Navy their made their home at Stacy, Minnesota and he worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone and the ATT. Later he operated his own telephone repair and installation service. The retired to Aitkin in 2006 and have lived here since. He loved to play golf with his two brothers and his sister. He enjoyed gardening, playing cards and dominoes, visiting friends and family and cutting wood. Chuck always had a song to sing or whistle. Chuck loved his family dearly and is survived by his wife Judy Pearson of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Thomas (Lynne) Pearson of Lino Lakes, Mn., Andrew (Sarah) Pearson of North St. Paul, Mn., Dawn (Robert) Nelson of White Bear Lake, Mn., Christy (Randy) Heckmann of Anoka, Mn., Grandchildren: Robert (Amanda) Nelson Jr., Alyssa (Mark) Eddy, Joshua Nelson, Kaylee, Connor, Caiden Pearson, Danae, Austin, Elsie Heckmann; Great Grandchildren: R.J. and Seattle Nelson and Piper Eddy; Brother: John (Connie) Pearson of Aitkin, Sister: Shirley White of Brainerd. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Roger Pearson. Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 11 AM from the Glory Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Meirose officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Glory Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Roger Allen Baldwin
08/18/1927-10/03/2016
Roger Allen Baldwin, 89 of Aitkin died Monday, October 3, 2016 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born August 18, 1927 in Grant County, MN. to Howard Joseph and Gilma Tonetta (Bjore) Baldwin. He Graduated from Hoffman High School in Hoffman, MN. class of 1945. He attended Chester Groth Music Studio in Minneapolis and Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis on the G.I. Bill. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in World War II. Roger was united in marriage to Ronae Rosengren on September 9, 1949 at Saron Lutheran Church in Big Lake. He worked many jobs including auto service work at Big Lake Motor Sales, a section hand for N.P. Rail Road, and an auto mechanic for R.H. Rosengren in Big Lake. He owned and operated Roger’s Cafe in Big Lake and then became the Postmaster for Big Lake. He was a member for 33 years of the Big Lake Volunteer Fire Dept. and retired as the assistant chief, the Big Lake American Legion Post #147 for over 60 years and served as past commander, Big Lake Commercial Club, Sherburne County Conservation Club, Sherburne County DFL, and First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Richard. Roger is survived by his wife Ronae Baldwin of Aitkin, 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Jay (Cynthia) Baldwin of Bloomfield Township, MI., Jon Baldwin of Glenco, 3 grandchildren: Alex, Daniel, and Jessica, Sister and brother-in-law: Marlys (Evan) Johnson of Elk River, Other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, October 14, 2016 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Military Honors by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post # 86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post # 1727. Burial will be in the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Janice Mae Meyer
04/07/1947-10/01/2016
Janice Mae Meyer, 69 of Palisade died Saturday, October 1, 2016 at her home. She was born April 7, 1947 in Minneapolis to Gordon and Lucille (Udstrand) Armour. Janice was united in marriage to Kevin L. Meyer on February 17, 1967 in Mexico. She is survived by her loving family. Services will be at a later date. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Fahma Joy Goble
05/15/1932-09/30/2016
Fahma Joy Goble, 84 of Palisade, died September 30, 2016 at her home. She was born May 15, 1932 in McGregor to Louis and Pansy (Kuenthop) Guenther. She graduated from Aitkin High School in 1950. Fahma was united in marriage to Teddy William Goble on December 4, 1954 in Aitkin. She had many occupations including: calling square dances, working at Guenther’s Resort on Esquagama Lake, farming, foster care, and homemaking. She enjoyed crocheting depression era rag rugs, going to craft sales, picking wild rice, splitting wood, hunting and fishing. She was preceded in death by her husband Teddy on July 19, 2010, sister Fern Booker, and her parents. Fahma is survived by her children: Gaylen (Leslie) Goble of Aitkin, Larry (Debbie) Goble of Palisade, Krys (Dan) Bobseen of Aitkin, Janell (Dale) Morris of Aitkin, 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, Many other relatives and friends. A celebration of life will be 3:00P.M. – Friday, October 7, 2016 at Waukenabo Town Hall. Reverend Bill Sass will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the town hall. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Edward Walter Peysar
09/21/1931-09/29/2016
Edward Walter Peysar, 85 of Aitkin died Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born on September 21, 1931 to Walter and Minnie (Johnson) Peysar of Malmo. He attended country school through the 8th grade and received his GED in the military. While roller skating at the Malmo Community Hall, Eddie met Marilyn Mattson, daughter of Arvo and Lillian Mattson. Eddie left for the army in 1954, and after serving in Germany, he returned home in October 1956. Eddie and Marilyn were married that December. Before and after leaving for the military, Eddie worked for several area electricians. Together, Eddie and Marilyn started Peysar Electric in 1961out of their home just south of Aitkin. Eddie did a lot of wiring, and they began selling Easy brand appliances, marketing them through booths at the county fair. On December 6, 1974, they opened a store in downtown Aitkin, across from the Birchwood Cafe. They sold many brands of appliances over the years, including Maytag beginning in 1981. They worked side by side to operate the business with Marilyn doing the books and selling appliances and electrical supplies. Appliances that they sold are still working today in many homes and businesses in the area; and if you took a drive with Eddie, you would hear about which buildings he wired and what make and model appliances he delivered there (and when). From new construction to remodeling, from commercial and residential wiring to fixing lamps in exchange for coffee and cookies, Eddie's done it all wearing his green work clothes. In 2001, Eddie and Marilyn were given the Warren Potter Lifetime Achievement Award by the Aitkin Chamber of Commerce. Eddie was very proud to be a 47-year member of the Aitkin Lions Club. He was the longest-standing member of the club and was the first in the club to be named a Melvin Jones Fellow. He was also honored with the Helen Keller Award, a Hearing Research Fellowship, and a Leader Dogs for the Blind Founders Tribute. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Aitkin and the Aitkin American Legion. Eddie and Marilyn loved spending time with family and friends, especially at Spirit Lake. After Marilyn passed away in 2009, Eddie continued to make morning visits to the “round table” at the Birchwood Café and enjoyed many happy hours and meals at the Buck Hill Farm. He was very proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and loved to hear and share stories about them. Eddie is survived by sons Jeffrey (Judy), Kirk, and Clark (Lois) and daughter Tiffany (T.J.) Gustin; six grandchildren – Kristi (Thomas) Just, Kelli (Bryan) Crowther, Sara and Brooke Peysar, and Thomas and Raija Gustin; two great-grandsons - Orinn Just and Wyatt Crowther and three great-granddaughters - Abigail Just and Tenley and Hattie Crowther, brother Roger Peysar, brother-in law Calvin (Deanna) Mattson, five nephews, cousins, and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister-in-law Phyllis, and wife Marilyn. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. - Thursday, October 6, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Wednesday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial with military honors will be in Rabbit Lake Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Linda Helen Moose
03/05/1961-09/27/2016
Linda Helen Moose, Niiyogaabawiikwe, 55 of Lake Minnewawa, died Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Anishinabe Aindiyung Assisted Living in Hinckley. She was born March 5, 1961 in Minneapolis to Lawrence Leonard Moose and Caroline (Brekke) Boelter. She attended Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. She helped her mother make blankets for Pow Wows. She enjoyed drawing and art. Her artwork was published in books and was made into a statue. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, grandson, niece, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters. Linda is survived by her parents: Lawrence Leonard Moose and Caroline (Brekke) Boelter, 4 children: Rachele Moose (Azhibik Aubid), Rebecca Moose (William Anderson), Reginna Moose (Vincent Merrill, Jr.), Ruby Moose (Dustin Campbell), 5 grandchildren: Aaliyiah, Ayden, Avery, Ada, and Leland, 3 sisters: Connie Moose, Pamela Moose, Kimberly Moose, 6 nieces, 5 nephews, 2 great-nieces, 2 great-nephews, Aunt Pauline Moose and Uncle Gilbert Moose. Funeral service will be 10:00A.M. – Saturday, October 1, 2016 at East Lake Community Center in East Lake. Visitation will begin at 7:00P.M. – Friday at East Lake Community Center. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery, McGregor. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Arlene Blackford
08/04/1931-09/26/2016
Arlene J. Blackford, age 85 of Aitkin formerly of McGregor and Minneapolis died Monday, September 26, 2016 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Arlene was born August 4, 1931 at Rock Creek, Minnesota the daughter of Walter and Elsie (Rodbom) Erickson. She grew up and attended schools at Rock Creek. She then moved to the Twin Cities and worked for the Society of the Blind and worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis. She married Robert Gene Blackford on December 14, 1963 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Minneapolis and she raised her family. Robert died in 1973. She moved to South Carolina and lived there from 1983 to 1989. She then moved back to the Twin Cities and in 1993 moved to Tamarack and later to McGregor. She has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center for the past 8 years. In her younger years she enjoyed doing crocheting and puzzle books. She also enjoyed playing the piano and singing. She is survived by 2 Daughters: Jodie Blackford of Aitkin, Debra Blackford of Onamia, Son in law: Johnny Nielsen of Odense, Denmark, 2 Sisters: Delores Erickson of Aitkin, Corrine Lindemann of San Jose, Calf.; 2 Brothers: Ronald (Betty) Erickson of Rush City, Mn., Robert (Janice) Erickson of Deerwood, Mn., Sister in laws: Wanda Erickson of North Branch and Barbara Erickson of St. Louis Park, Mn. and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 1 infant son Michael, 3 brothers: Lawrence, Wayne and Leslie and 1 sister: Eldora Coyle. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 11 AM from the Aitkin New Life Church with Rev. Larry Burg officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Rabbit Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Kerry W. Boyer
02/28/1959-09/25/2016
Kerry W. Boyer, age 57 of Aitkin formerly of Prior Lake died Sunday, September 25, 2016 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Kerry was born February 28, 1959 in Duluth, Minnesota the son of Hubert and Doris (Turner) Boyer. He grew up and attended schools in Prior Lake and graduated from the Prior Lake High School in 1977. He worked various jobs in the Twin Cities and then did over the road trucking for a time. He married Irmgard K. Schreiner on June 6, 2000 in Aitkin. They made their home in Aitkin and he has been a longtime school bus driver for the Aitkin school district. He enjoyed hunting. He is survived by his wife Irmgard Boyer of Aitkin; Father: Hubert (Cecelia) Boyer of Prior Lake, Mn., Sister: Kelly (Todd) Loose of Prior Lake, Mn., step children: Cathy (Steve) Rock of Apple Valley, Mn., Carry (Carleton) Smee of Nevis, Mn., Michael (Sarah) Kelley of Andover, Mn., 8 Step Grandchildren, 2 nieces: Ashley Elsner and Chelsea Loose, 1 great niece and 2 great nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother Doris and 1 brother Kim. A funeral service will be held Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Spencer Cemetery at Aitkin, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lawrence E. "Date" Weston
06/24/1923-09/22/2016
Lawrence Emil “Date” Weston, age 93 passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the Aicota Assisted Living Center in Aitkin, MN. He was born June 24, 1923 in Palisade, Minnesota the son of Charley and Myrtle Weston. He grew up in Palisade and attended the Weston Country School. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II. He served with the 1381st Engineering Distribution Petroleum Co. He served in central Burma and India from October of 1943 to April of 1946 when he was discharged. He married Iris May Carlson on April 4, 1951 at the Palisade United Methodist Church. Together they shared 65 years of marriage, an amazing example of what a marriage should be. He and Iris raised six children. He always put his wife and family before everything else. He had a deep pride and love for his family and his greatest joy was spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be sadly missed, but his memories will live on in our hearts forever. He worked for the Aitkin County Hiway Department, in the Palisade shop, for 28 years as a grader operator. When he wasn’t at work for the county, he enjoyed working at his sawmill which he owned and operated with the help of his sons. He also farmed on his property. He enjoyed deer hunting and passed the joy of hunting on to his children and grandchildren. He had a great love of music and especially enjoyed singing hymns. He also played the harmonica. He was a member of the Hilltop Chapel. His faith in God was something he lived out before us daily. He believed in God’s faithfulness and trusted in Him as his Lord and Savior. He is survived by his wife Iris of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Duane (Bernice) Weston of Palisade, Shirlene (Ken) Bland of Warba, Glen (Debra) Weston of Hill City, Kevin Weston of Hill City, Sharon (Jerry) DeWitt of Palisade, and Sandra (Rick) Hatfield of Hill City; 12 Grandchildren: Amanda (Ricky) Kreuth of Breezy Point, Crystal (Josh) Lewins of Coleraine, Kelly (Josh) Villebro of Grand Rapids, Cory (Beth) Weston of Cloquet, Ashley Rose Weston of Hill City, Robert (Taya) DeWitt of Outing, Raymond (Angela) DeWitt of Palisade, Randy (Emy) DeWitt of Palisade, Emily (Justin) Major of Chisholm, Neil (Jennifer) Hatfield of Hill City, Derrick (Val) Hatfield of Hibbing, Amber (Steve) Silliman of Big Fork; 20 Great Grandchildren: Austin, Adriana, Annabelle, Kael, Kendal, Will, Teeley, Judah, Bryan, Justice, Damian, Rylee, Ava, Cody, Chase, Hunter, Gunner, Alison, Connor and Caroline; 1 brother: Clifford (Pat) Weston of Magnolia, Kentucky, Sisters: Maxine (Wallace) Carlson of St. Cloud, Violet (Paul) Spolarich of Palisade, J. Marlene Weston of Eden Prairie. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Charles Jr., Myrle, Curtiss, Earle, Deane, Kenneth and daughter in law: Rosemary Weston. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 30, 2016 at 2:30 PM from the Hilltop Chapel with Rev. Barry Hite and Rev. Charles Carlson officiating. Visitation will be from 1 PM until the 2:30 PM services at the church. Burial will be in the Fleming Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Palisade and Hill City VFW’s. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Robert Ambrose Feero
12/28/1925-09/14/2016
Robert Ambrose Feero, 90 of Aitkin and a resident of Aicota Health Care Center, went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. He was born December 28, 1925 in Grand Rapids to Lee and Dina (Carlson) Feero. He lived with his parents in Jacobson and graduated from Hill City High School in 1944. Robert was united in marriage to Marilyn Ruth (Johnson) on August 3, 1956 in Blue Earth. He farmed in Blue Earth, Belgrade, and Princeton. He owned Princeton Realty and sold real estate from 1970 until retiring in 1992. He moved to Aitkin in 1994 and lived there for 4 -5 years then went full time R.Ving for 3 years and after lived at Qudana Resort in Hill City and then moving back to Aitkin in 2005. He spent some winters in Arizona and Texas. He was member of Princeton Evangelical Free Church for many years and then became a member of Westside Church in Aitkin. He enjoyed R.Ving, 4 wheeling, and hunting grouse, but his greatest joy was snowmobiling in many states with many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Lee Feero, sister Irene (Frank) Duncan. Robert is survived by his wife of 60 years Marilyn Feero of Aitkin, Children: Richard Feero of Ohio, Bradley (Debbie) Feero of Zimmerman, Grandchildren: Taylor (Liz), Austin, Nolan, Jesse, and Jamie, Great Grandchild: Cayden, Brother: Emery (Elaine) Feero of Brooklyn Park, Sisters: Donna (Ed) Viren of Billings, MT., Mariette (Larry) Seiffert of Cambridge, Sister-in-law: Marie Feero of Florida, Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Due to construction in Westside Church, the memorial service will be 2:00P.M. – Sunday, September 25, 2016 at the 40 Club Convention Center in Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Aitkin. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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William "Bill" LeRoy Johnson
11/25/1936-09/13/2016
William “Bill” LeRoy Johnson, 79 of Glen died Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born November 25, 1936 in Forest Lake to Wilbert and Joyce (Russ) Johnson. He graduated from Forest Lake High School. He was an Air National Guard and U.S. Army Veteran. Bill was united in marriage to Cheri (Farstad) on June 21, 1975 at Zion Lutheran Church in Anoka. He worked for 30 years as a commercial truck driver in the Beer industry and retired from Mark VII Sales. He enjoyed his cabin that he built in Avon, the lake, woodworking, duck, deer, and bow hunting, 4 wheeling with friends, spending time at state parks, cards and marble games, baking, gardening, and canning. He loved his family and especially his grandchildren. He was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church. He was preceded in death by his son Billy, great-granddaughter Ella, Brother Dick, sisters: Deloris and Darlene, and his parents. Bill is survived by his wife Cheri Johnson of Glen, Son: Todd Johnson (Tonia) of Cohasset, Daughters: Lynette (Jack) Tibadeau of Storden, Kathryn (Glen) Stangler of Isanti, Amy Farness of Imperial Beach, CA., Foster daughter: Frankie McDaniel of St. Cloud, 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild, Brother: Steve (Benny) Johnson of Haywood, CA., Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Monday, September 19, 2016 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo. Reverend Paul J. Mattson will officiate. Visitation will be 1:00 to 3:00P.M. Sunday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be provided by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727. www.srtfuneral.com
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Kaye A. Lewis
05/18/1937-09/13/2016
Kaye Ann Lewis, age 79 of Aitkin formerly of the McGregor area died Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Kaye was born May 18, 1937 in Canton, Ohio the daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth (Harney) Cowgill. He attended schools in Canton and then she moved with her family to Colorado where she continued her education. She then lived in Colorado for a time and then moved to Askov, Minnesota and then to McGregor area where she raised her family. She loved horses and enjoyed doing puzzles, being outdoors and knitting. She is survived by her children: Holly (Jeffery) Smith of Aitkin; Bart Bender of Fargo, N.D.; Jeff (Kristine) Lewis of Baxter, Minnesota; Maerene Lewis and Tim Hanson of Aitkin; 10 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren and 1 brother: Kevin (Carol) Cowgill of Grand Junction, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 great grandchild. A private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Sara E. Dotzler
04/07/1918-09/10/2016
Sara E. Dotzler, age 98 of Aitkin died Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Sara was born April 7, 1918 in Irondale Township of Crow Wing County the daughter of Grover and Martha (Hatton) Banks. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin. She then attended teacher’s normal school in Crosby, She taught school at White Oak, Pine Knoll and the Jungle School. She married Frank W. Dotzler on September 6, 1941 in Aitkin. They made their home in Cuyuna for several years and then moved to Cedarbrook where she lived until 2013. She worked at the Aitkin County Court House in the Auditors office for a number of years and in 1968 started working for the Aitkin Independent age. She worked for the newspaper until her retirement in 1998. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, reading, canning, birds and cats. She is survived by children and spouses: Ruth (Gerald) Erickson of Minnetonka, Mn.; Elaine (Roland) Schafer of Oak Park, Mn.; Eileen Ternus of Dent, Mn.; Phillip (Judy) Dotzler of Aitkin; Ronald (Sharon) Dotzler of Aitkin; daughter in laws: Linda Dotzler of Aitkin; Carol Dotzler of Aitkin; 19 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Frank, sons: William and Donald, 5 brothers and 5 sisters. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM with a Rosary at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Frederick Stewart
01/07/1948-09/07/2016
Frederick F. Stewart, 68 of Aitkin formerly of Tamarack died Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at the Aicota Assisted Living Center in Aitkin. Frederick was born January 7, 1948 at Brainerd, Minnesota the son of Kenneth and Gertrud (Toop) Stewart. He grew up in Tamarack and attended the North Star School, Tamarack School and then the McGregor Schools where he graduated from in 1966. He then attended college in Morris, Minnesota for a time. He served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1971 in Vietnam as a nurse. Upon his discharge he returned to Tamarack and married Diane Kay Schliauter on March 13, 1976 in Wright. They made their home in the Tamarack area. Frederick served in the National Guard from 1971 to 1998. He worked as a LPN at the Aitkin Hospital, the Moose Lake Hospital, Nopeming and the Cromwell Nursing Home. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, playing cards, crossword Puzzles watching westerns and the Minnesota Twins and especially enjoyed spending time with his granddaughter. He is survived by his sons: Michael Stewart of Aitkin; Joey Stewart of Tamarack; Granddaughter: Shelby Stewart of Crystal, Texas; Sisters: Mary Edith (Charlie) Weyand of McGregor; Doreen Jo (Mike) Turnock of McGregor; Brother: David (Patricia) Stewart. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Diane in 2005. A gathering of friends and family will be held Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 1 PM until 3 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts at 3:30 PM. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home.
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Debra M. Johnson
07/04/1960-09/07/2016
Debra M. Johnson, age 56 of Aitkin died Wednesday, September 7, 2016 surrounded by family and friends at her home. Debra was born July 4, 1960 in Aitkin. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1978. She had worked at the Great River Gardens, the Freedom Gas Station, the Aitkin American Legion, The Aitkin Municipal Liquor Store, the Blue Goose and the Pine Inn. She also owned her own landscaping company and also was the owner of Bginagins. She was a very hard worker. She enjoyed gardening, collecting rocks, doing jig saw puzzles, making Christmas wreaths and decorations, , riding bikes, being outdoors, and her cats. She always looked forward to being with family and friends for the holidays. She is survived by her mother: Bertha Sanvig of Aitkin; Children: Alisha (Cody Stewart) Johnson of Aitkin, Benjamin Johnson of Deerwood, Carlianna Johnson of Aitkin, 3 Grandchildren: Damien, Ezra and Felicia; brothers and sisters: Robert (Maria) Johnson of Glencoe, Mn., Lilly (Larry) Turner of Aitkin, Linda Sheperdson of Crosby, Dale (Lori) Johnson of Pelican Rapids, Mn., Lois Johnson of Garrison, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers: Gerald Johnson and Michael Johnson. A gathering of family and friends will be held Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 1 PM to 4 PM at the Aitkin American Legion Post. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-0Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Julia C. Cartie
04/18/1943-09/06/2016
Julia C. (Bodle) Cartie passed away September 6, 2016, at Assumption Home, Cold Spring, MN, following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Julia was born in Aitkin, MN on April 18, 1943, to William Henry and Mildred (Moritz) Bodle. She was a 1961 graduate of Aitkin High School. Julia attended Brainerd Junior College in 1961-62, Blue Mountain Community College, Pendleton, OR, in 1972-73, and St. Cloud State University, 1975-78. Julia graduated summa cum laude from St. Cloud State University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education. Post graduate studies at St. Cloud and Bemidji State Universities led to her graduation summa cum laude from Bemidji State University in 1991 with a Master’s Degree in Business Education. Julia worked as a secretary for Western Union, North American Life & Casualty Co., State Farm Claims, and the Vice President of St. Cloud State University. She began her teaching career at Pine River High School, 1978-79. She taught accounting at Brainerd High School from 1979 until her retirement in 1999. April 20, 1963, Julia married Michael Cartie at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin, MN. They have three children, Michele (Dan) Soldner, Bozeman, MT, Bradley (Marlyce) Cartie, Farmington, MN, and Kimberly (Andy) Wandmacher, Robbinsdale, MN; Seven grandchildren, Emily (Antonio) Lupo, Chicago, IL, Brian (Britney) Soldner, Hutchinson , MN, Timothy (Katie) Soldner, Lewisville, MN, Sydney Cartie, Farmington, MN, Mason Cartie, Farmington, MN, Madeline Wandmacher, Robbinsdale, MN, and Alison Wandmacher ,Robbinsdale , MN; and four great-grandchildren, Remington Soldner, Lewisville, MN, Layne Soldner, Hutchinson, MN, and Mario and Henry Lupo, Chicago, IL. Julia is also survived by brothers Howard Bodle, Moundville, AL, and Brad (Lorraine) Bodle, Crosslake, MN, and sister Barbara (George) Ruiz, Savage, MN. Julia was preceded in death by her parents, William Henry (Hank) Bodle and Mildred (Moritz) Bodle, and sisters Norma Taylor Treska Benner, Helen Banks, and Ruth Odegard. Per Julia’s request, there will be no visitation nor funeral. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. Interment will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Emily, Minnesota.
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Beverly Clara Leonard
01/31/1936-09/06/2016
Beverly Clara Leonard, 80 of Aitkin died Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at Golden Horizons in Aitkin. She was born January 31, 1936 at the family farm near Wadena to Leonard and Mathilda (Kaufman) Schwartz. She moved with her family to Verndale in 1942. She was the first homecoming queen for Verndale High School in 1952 and graduated in 1953. Beverly was united in marriage to Laurence Arlin Leonard on October 19, 1955 in Verndale. She worked at many jobs including: day care, bookkeeping, Mille Lacs Electric, Aitkin County Social Services, proof reader at Aitkin Independent Age, and owned and operated Deerwood Lumber in Aitkin with her husband Laurence. She was a volunteer at Riverwood Health Care Center and for Lights of Love, chairman for Relay for Life and for several years helped as a volunteer, past president for Aitkin Mrs. Jaycees, was a member and very involved at Saint James Catholic Church where she taught Catechism and served as a Eucharistic Minister, and enjoyed her ladies craft group. She was preceded in death by her husband Laurence on December 28, 2005, brother Jim Schwartz, and her parents Leonard and Mathilda (Kaufman) Schwartz. Beverly loved her family and especially her grandchildren very much. She is survived by her 4 sons and daughters-in-law: Dan Leonard of Aitkin, Brian (Sonia) Leonard of Maple Grove, Gary (Rea) Leonard of Brooklyn Park, Dave (Leisa) Leonard of Brooklyn Park. 9 grandchildren: Jill, Cole, Daniel, Peter, Matthew, Cara, Isaac, Adam, Nathan. 3 great-grandchildren: Jack, Kane, Elora 2 brothers and sisters-in-law: Martin (Lelia) Schwartz of Owatonna and Steve (Gail) Schwartz of Carlton. 2 sisters and brother-in-law: Dorothy Ann Lehner of Verndale and Barb (Roman) Moench of Wadena. Sister-in-law: Marian Schwartz of Beaver Dam, WI. And many other relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, September 16, 2016 at Saint James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Saint Thomas Cemetery, Aitkin. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Mary Ann Slade
03/21/1921-09/05/2016
Mary Ann Slade, 95 of Aitkin, passed away Monday September 5, 2016 at Aitkin Health Services. A private family funeral service will be held at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home on Saturday September 10, 2016 at 11:00 am with Pastor Dawn Houser of Aitkin United Methodist Church officiating. Burial/Interment will follow at Lake View Cemetery. Mary was born in Ironwood, MI to John and Rose (Sokolovic) Bunjevac on March 29, 1921. She went to high school in Ironwood and graduated in 1939. She married Frederick Arthur Slade on February 1, 1941 in Ironwood. In 1954 they moved their family to Hoyt Lakes, MN where Art worked for Pickands Mather & Co. Mary is a founding member of Trinity Methodist Church in Hoyt Lakes. She and Art enjoyed traveling, attending grandchildren’s events, auctions and antiquing. Mary was an avid reader, an excellent seamstress, enjoyed cooking, baking and home projects. Mary is preceded in death by her parents, John and Rose; three brothers Nick, Peter and Steve Bunjevac; and four sisters Regina Tiziani, Millie Dural, Helen Ledvina, and Katherine LaSota. Mary is survived by her sisters Ann Clark of Greenville, SC, Rose White of Fridley, MN, and Julia Brew of Bloomington, MN; brother John (Patricia) Bunjevac of Ironwood, MI.; son James (Cathee) Slade of Colfax, WI; daughter Jeanne (Tom) Rikala of Aitkin; three grandchildren Jennifer (Jim) Cummings of New Brighton, MN, Jeff (Angie) Kjelstrom of Aitkin, and Larry (Jessica) Slade of Chippewa Falls, WI; and ten great-grandchildren. Private family services will be held. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, MN. www.srtfuneral.com. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the caring staff of Aitkin Health Services.
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Robert "Bob" Stanley Voge
04/04/1940-09/02/2016
Robert “Bob” Stanley Voge, 76 of McGregor died Friday, September 2, 2016 at his home. He was born April 4, 1940 in Langdon, ND. to Lyle and Evelyn (Peterson) Voge. He graduated from Buffalo High School in 1958 and was a U.S. Navy Veteran. Bob was united in marriage to Margaret “Marg” (Kempenich) on December 29, 1973 in St. Paul. He was employed as an assembler for Ford Motor Co. in St. Paul for 30 years. Bob was a great friend and offered his help to everyone he knew. He was preceded in death by his parents Lyle and Evelyn (Peterson) Voge and his brother Dennis Voge. Bob is survived by his wife Margaret “Marg” Voge, Children: Dawn Brooks (Kevin Rysavy) and Melissa (Pat) Parkhill, Grandson: Michael Brooks, And many other relatives and friends. A celebration of Bob’s life will begin at 2:00P.M. – Thursday, September 8, 2016 at Bann’s Bar and Restaurant, McGregor. McGregor Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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David W. Miller
06/22/1940-09/01/2016
David W. Miller, 76 of McGregor died Thursday, September 1, 2016 at his home. He was born June 22, 1940 in Pine City to Chris and Violet (Jensen) Miller. He graduated from Pine City High School. David was united in marriage to Delores (Hansen) on September 24, 1960 in Lyle at Our Saviors Lutheran Church. He worked as a quality engineer for FMC for 25 years and was a member of the Lions Club for 41 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his son Keith Miller. David is survived by his wife Delores Miller of McGregor, Sons and daughters-in-law: Kevin (Julie) Miller of Belle Plaine , Kirk (Kari) Miller of Glencoe, Grandchildren: Wesley Miller, Courtney Kovach, Dustin Kovach, Kyler Anderson, Keaton Anderson, Great-grandchild: Amiah Miller, Brothers: Michael (Clara) Miller of Mission, TX., Jerome (Delphine) Miller of Pine City, Sisters: Myrna Williamson of Hinckley, Linda (Pete) Schneider-Weissman of Bismarck, ND., Debra (Edward) Miller of Sacramento, CA., Brothers and sisters-in-law: Roger (Carol) Hansen of Austin, Marvin (Marva) Hansen of Groveland, FL., Laraine (Lyle) Goskesen of Austin , Funeral service will be 2:00P.M. – Friday, September 9, 2016 at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Visitation will start at 12:00P.M. until the 2:00P.M. service at the funeral home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Nina M. Kullhem
05/11/1926-08/30/2016
Nina M. Kullhem, age 90 of Palisade died Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Nina was born May 11, 1926 at Burden, Kansas the daughter of Ray and Theo (Moore) Peninger. She grew up and attended schools near Burden and graduated from the Burden High School in 1944. She worked for a time as a book keeper. She married Russell H. Kullhem on September 6, 1945 at Winfield, Kansas. They lived in Winfield for a time and permanently moved to Palisade, Mn in 1947. They raised their family and operated a farm there for many years. Nina was able to share her life with Russell for over 67 years. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade and had been involved in a number of Bible Study Groups throughout the years. She enjoyed quilting and crocheting. She loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren dearly. She is survived by children: Judy Hermann of Ramsey, Mn.; Glen (Carla) Kullhem of Colorado Springs, Co.; Rose (Charles) Rice of St. Peter, Mn.; Burt Kullhem of Baraboo, Wisc.; Paul (Karin) Kullhem of Houlton, Wisc.; Dean (Deb) Kullhem of Hudson, Wisc.; Grandchildren: Brandon (JoLynn) Kullhem, Anders Kullhem, Chad (Misaki) Kullhem, Brenna (Eric) Bishop, Bryton Kullhem, Kayla Kullhem, Lisa (Dean) Wenzel, Randy (Taryn) Hermann, Sheila (Nick) Mayer, Paige Kullhem and 13 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Russell in 2013, 1 Great Grandson, 2 sisters: Bertha and Lela and brother: John. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 11 AM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with Rev. William Sass officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Robert Lyle Zoellner
08/20/1936-08/22/2016
Robert Lyle Zoellner, 80 of Aitkin died Monday, August 22, 2016 at Aitkin Health Services. He was born August 20, 1936 in Washington Island, Wisconsin to Harold and Sylvia (Hansen) Zoellner. He was a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran and worked as a machinist. Robert was united in marriage to Teri Renee (Swedberg) on July 11, 1998 in Aitkin. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents. Robert is survived by his wife Teri, 4 Children: Steve (Hope) Zoellner, Robert (Emily) Zoellner, Heather (Randy) Matthiesen, and Norman Zoellner, 2 Step-children: James Larsen and Codie Larsen, 7 Grandchildren, Great-grandchildren, Sister: Marion Firchow, Many other relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, September 2, 2016 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be provided 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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Lovina E. Eklund Hobson
07/26/1915-08/21/2016
Lovina Elizabeth Eklund Hobson, age 101 died Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lovina was born July 26, 1915 at St. Cloud, Minnesota the daughter of Ray and Theresa (Aulis) Jackson. She grew up and attended schools in southern Minnesota and then moved to St. Paul for a time. She moved with her family to Aitkin County in 1931. She married Howard Eklund in 1935 in Aitkin. The made their home in rural Aitkin County and in 1960 moved to Aitkin. She worked at the Turkey plant for many years and also did various other jobs throughout the years. Her husband Howard passed away in 1980. She married Ken Hobson in 1989 and continued to live in Aitkin. Ken passed away in 2002. She had been a member of the church circle group and had been very active with the Aitkin County Fair and Aitkin County Seniors for many years. She is survived by children: John Warner Eklund of Amarillo, Texas; Lorelei Eklund Stephenson of Amarillo, Texas; Patty Eklund Curran of Aitkin; Gary (Betty) Eklund of Aitkin; 17 grandchildren; and many great grandchildren and a number of great great grandchildren; 3 sisters: Shirley “Jackie” Carter of Illinois, Anna Mae Gerosa of Wisconsin and Mary Nies of Waite Park, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Howard and Ken, four brothers and one sister. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Warren G. Talaska
03/25/1931-08/18/2016
Warren Gilbert Talaska, age 85 of Aitkin died Thursday, August 18, 2016 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Warren was born March 25, 1931 at Ashland, Wisconsin the son of Clarence and Helen (Angvick) Talaska. He grew up in Ashland and graduated from the Ashland High School in 1949. He served in the U. S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. He then began a career with Bell Telephone Co. working in Minneapolis. He married Mavis M. (Weber) Tragethon on June 19, 1965 in Richfield where they made their home. Upon retirement Warren and Mavis became snow birds and lived between Sherwood Forest south of Aitkin and Mesa, Arizona. Warren loved his wife and family dearly. He loved to travel and sports especially the Vikings and the Twins. He is survived by his wife Mavis; Brother: Claude; daughter: Norma Lehmann, Sons and daughters in law: Grant (Cheryl) Tragethon, Don (Jan) Tragethon, David (Debbie) Tragethon; Grandchildren: Patty (Jeff) Swedberg, Roger (Jolynn Thomas) Weber, Barb (Gary) Tverberg, Tony (Jenny) Klee, Ben (Kristi) Tragethon, Jenni (Alan) Thyng, Amy (Mark) Riggs, Shane, Megan and Dustin Tragethon; Great Grandchildren: Paige (Zach) Denny, Jenna (Ben Little) Swedberg, Alyssa (Miles Johnson) Swedberg, Hailey Swedberg, Erika Tverberg, Gavin and Kenzie Klee, Emily, Liam, Finley Hope, and Aisling Tragethon, Allison and Caleb Thyng, Great Great Grandchildren: Alex Denny and Riley Denny; brother in law: Russell "Bud" (Janice) Weber and also nieces, nephews and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Robert and brother in law: Donald Weber. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be 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. Memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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C. Pauline Ley
11/18/1924-08/16/2016
C. Pauline Ley, age 91 of Aitkin formerly of McGregor died Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Pauline was born November 10, 1924 at Border, Minnesota the daughter of John and Rosalie Delvina (St. Lawrence) Alich. She grew up and attended schools in Border and Indus graduating from the Indus High School in 1940. She then attended Bemidji State Teachers College graduating in 1945. She taught school in Menahga, Minnesota. She married Henry “Bud” Ley on March 16, 1968 in Anoka, Minnesota. They moved to McGregor where they lived on Big Sandy Lake at Ole’s Resort for many years. She has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center since 2011. She had worked as a substitute teacher in McGregor and later she volunteered to work with students. She operated an Antique Shop in McGregor for many years, was known as the Button Lady and belonged to the Button Club, was active in the local writing club and wrote lots of poetry. She had a book of her poetry published. She enjoyed sewing, reading and quilting. She had made quilts for just about every family member. She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. She is survived by children: Julie (Robert) Lloyd of Aitkin; John Steinmetz of Kimball, MN.; Lisa Steinmetz of McGregor; Michael Steinmetz of Brooklyn Center, Mn.; Grandchildren: David, Michelle, Liz and John; 7 Great Grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild; 1 brother: John (Jeanine) Alich of International Falls, Mn.; Sisters: Sister Agnes Alich of Duluth, Mn.; Margaret Koranda of Moorhead, Mn.; and Sylvia Engebretson of International Falls, MN. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry “Bud”, Daughter: Laura Lea Steinmetz, brother: George Alich and sister: Marianne Christensen. A memorial mass will be held Thursday, August 25, 2016 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. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dolores Irene Olson
07/31/1925-08/16/2016
Dolores Irene Olson, 91 of Aitkin and formerly of Minneapolis died peacefully at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. She was born July 31, 1925 in Wheaton to Henry and Myrtle (Roman) Niesche. Dolores was united in marriage to Donald Olson on June 22, 1946 In Minneapolis. They retired to Clear Lake near Glen in 1987. She was a homemaker and later worked at various bowling alleys. She was a member of the Aitkin Doll Club, Clear Lake Homemakers, Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo and was the head of their quilting club. She enjoyed sewing, playing cards, cooking, and bowling. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Olson on April 5, 2007, grandson Matthew Olson, daughter-in-law Gerry Olson, and her parents Henry and Myrtle (Roman) Niesche. Dolores is survived by sons: Garon Olson of Aitkin, Terry (Lisa) Olson of Anoka, Rory Olson (Brenda Brittan) of Fifty Lakes, Daughter: Sharon (John) Garland of Minneapolis, Grandchildren: Laura (Brett Harberts) Odegaard, Shannon (Jon) Schoepflin, Andrew (Jamie) Olson, Nicolas (Laura) Olson, Jamie (Brian) Sinkula, Ben Olson (Kelly Williams), Great-grandchildren: Amery, Piper, Wyatt, Kelsey, Anders, Kylie, Graham, Lydia, Eliana, Brother: Don (Elaine) Niesche, Sister: Coralie (Dick) Engle, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Monday, August 22, 2016 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo. Reverend James Raisanen will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Crystal. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lane C. Jacobson
03/08/1956-08/14/2016
Lane Charles Jacobson, age 60 of Rice, Minnesota formerly of Malmo died Sunday, August 14, 2016 at his home in Rice. Lane was born March 8, 1956 at Aitkin the son of Newman and Joy (Carpenter) Jacobson. He attended grade school at Clear Lake and then attended school in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1974. He then attended a Vo-Tech learning the printing trade. He worked as a printer and had worked at the Aitkin Independent Age for a time and also for a print shop in Onamia. He most recently had worked for IWCO Direct in Little Falls, Mn. He enjoyed ricing and his trips to Colorado to Elk Hunt. He was a member of the NRA. He is survived by his mother: Joy Jacobson and aunts and uncles and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father Newman. A memorial service will be held Friday, August 26, 2016 at 1 PM from the Deerwood Baptist Church with Rev. Wayne Skog officiating. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery at Malmo, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Pauline Faye Ritter
11/24/1920-08/11/2016
Pauline Faye Ritter, 95 of Aitkin died Thursday, August 11, 2016 at Golden Horizons in Aitkin. She was born November 24, 1920 in Central City, Iowa to Charles and Cassandra (Thompson) Ford. She graduated high school in Central City, Iowa and then attended Iowa City Business College prior to receiving her Teachers Certificate in English and Theater. Pauline was united in marriage to Reverend R. Roland Ritter on June 9, 1956 in Central City, Iowa. She worked in education and was a ministry partner with Reverend Ritter. She enjoyed sewing and gardening. She was a member of P.E.O., the United Methodist Church in Aitkin where she taught Sunday School and Confirmation class, and was a member of the church choir and Rebecca’s Circle. She was preceded in death by her husband Rev. R. Roland Ritter on July 5, 2004, two brothers: John Richard Ford, Wayne Ford, niece Michele Ford, and her parents. Pauline is survived by her children: Ford Ritter of Sioux City, IA., Sylvia (Gerald) Weller of Hutchinson, Cathy (Douglas) Wright of Moville, IA., Freya (Vincent) Miller of Galeton, PA., Dr. Naomi O’Keefe of Washington, Grandchildren: Tim, Ashley, Temple, Tanya, Derek, Vince, Patrick, Jason, and Laural Lee, Many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Thursday, August 18, 2016 at United Methodist Church in Aitkin. Reverend Dawn Houser will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Diamond Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Roger D. Kooiman
08/26/1934-08/11/2016
Roger D. Kooiman, 81 of Aitkin died Thursday, August 11, 2016 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born August 26, 1934 in Los Angeles, CA. to Richard and Sadie (Kiel) Kooiman. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean War. He worked as a carpenter. Roger was united in marriage to Doryce Godeke on August 7, 1959 in Minneapolis. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Al Kooiman, and sister Dian Schaffer. Roger is survived by his wife Doryce Kooiman of Aitkin, Daughter and son-in-law: Julie (Kevin) Kowalski of Brainerd, Son: Tim Kooiman of Champlin, 3 grandchildren: Ryan, Drew, and Nathan, Brother and sister-in-law: Leon (Kathy) Kooiman of Escondido, CA., Sister and brother-in-law: Deloris (Duane) Bekius of Princeton, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral Service will be 11AM – Friday, August 19, 2016 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Private family burial will be held on Saturday at Pease Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Violet Havila
08/24/1920-08/08/2016
Violet Esther Havila, 95, lifelong resident of Palisade, died Monday, August 8, 2016 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born August 24, 1920 in Palisade to Axel and Anna (Turnrose) Franzen. She graduated from Aitkin High School, class of 1940. Violet was united in marriage to Albert Havila on November 25, 1950 in North Branch. She worked for the Aitkin Independent Age newspaper as a social correspondent, telephone operator, WWII production worker, and as an aide for Aitkin Nursing Home. She was a member of the Palisade VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church. She was an ambassador for Berglund Park and was the Grand Marshall for the Palisade Mid-Winter Festival. Violet enjoyed reading, letter writing, old time dancing, and the loyalty and joy of her pets (too many to list). She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Albert Havila; infant son Thomas; brothers: Clifford, Walter, Howard, Carl, and Donald Franzen; sister Doris Donatelle; best friend Lorraine Mindrum. Violet is survived by sons: Gordon Havila (Mary) of Minneapolis, Jim Havila, and Joe Havila both of Palisade. Daughters and son-in-law: Carole Johnson of Maple Grove, Nancy Warnen of Minneapolis, and Janine (Jim) Freeman of Eagan Grandchildren: Reed Larson, Wayde Larson, Kristy Lieblein, Katy Volkmann, Alicia and Andrew Freeman, and Jake Havila. Great-grandchildren: Allie and Madelyn Volkmann, and Jack Lieblein Sisters: Charlotte Coon of Eugene, OR., Bette Phillips of Springfield, OR., and Marian Johnson of Eugene, OR. Her pets Emma and Lady, and many other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Memorials are preferred to Violet’s family and can be sent to: PO Box 154, Palisade, MN. 56469
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Stephen Rawls
09/04/1946-08/07/2016
Stephen Edward Rawls, 69 of McGregor died Sunday, August 7, 2016 at his home. He was born September 4, 1946 in New Bern, N.C. to Seth and Mittie (Purifoy) Rawls. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Stephen was united in marriage to Beverly Burr on July 15, 1976 in Aitkin. He worked for the California Division of Forestry as a Firefighter and then for the U.S. Government as a Civil Service Firefighter. He enjoyed fishing, camping, and trap shooting. He was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and ATA (Amateur Trap Association). He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and one brother. Stephen is survived by his wife Beverly Rawls of McGregor, Son Scott Rawls of Oregon, Daughter Donna Harrison of Oregon, Grandchildren: Connor and Caylah Rawls and Sophia Harrison, Brother Ben Rawls of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sister Sylvia Griffith of Morehead City, N.C. There will be no services. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Marion Evelyn Gustafson
07/12/1920-08/07/2016
Marion Evelyn Gustafson, 96 of Aitkin died Sunday, August 7, 2016 at Heartwood Senior Living Community in Crosby. She was born July 12, 1920 in Minneapolis to Archie and Marie (Martineau) Johnson in Minneapolis. Marion was united in marriage to Raymond Gustafson on April 26, 1941 in Minneapolis. She worked as homemaker and bookkeeper. After retirement they moved to the Aitkin area and owned and operated Loaf-N-Leisure Resort on Farm Island Lake. They would spend their winters in Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond in 1998 and her parents. Marion is survived by 2 daughters: Joanne Leckscheid of Aitkin, Nadine Peterson of Marco Island, FL., 2 grandchildren: Jason (Andrea) Peterson of Minneapolis, Jared (Maria) Peterson of Port St. Lucie, FL., 4 great-grandchildren: Dylan, Jamie, Jaden, and Eva Peterson. Graveside service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, August 26, 2016 at Bennettville Cemetery, Hazelton Township, Aitkin County. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Jerry A. Wersal
11/14/1951-08/03/2016
Jerry A. Wersal, age 64 of rural Aitkin (Glen) passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at his home with his three sons at his side. Jerry was born November 14, 1951 at Fergus Falls, Minnesota the son of Melvin and Dorothy (Brainerd) Wersal. In his early childhood he lived in Chisholm and later lived in Bloomington, Mn. He married and had 3 children. He moved to the Mille Lacs Lake area in the mid 1970’s where he served as a guide out of Fisher’s Resort on Mille Lacs Lake. He also operated heavy equipment on construction projects. He was a member of the 49ers operating engineers. He spent winters in the Valley in Texas from 2007 to 2010. In 2010 he purchased a home in the Valley and had lived there. Jerry loved to hunt and fish. He grew to love motorcycles, especially riding his Harley and traveling throughout the country. Jerry is survived by 3 sons: Jesse Wersal of Chisago City, Mn; John Wersal of Aitkin, Mn.; Gary Wersal of St. Louis, Mo.; Mother: Dorothy Wersal of Aitkin; 4 Grandchildren: Emily, Brice, Destany and Tyler and 1 great grandchild. He is also survived by 1 sister: Betty Mauer of Bemidji and 1 Brother: Jim Wersal of Glen. He was preceded in death by his father Melvin and 1 brother Bob. A gathering of family and friends will take place on Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 4 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Russell D. Philipp Sr.
04/20/1942-08/02/2016
Russell D. Philipp Sr. age 74 of Aitkin formerly of St. Paul died Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at his home in Aitkin. Russell was born April 20, 1942 at Jackson, Minnesota the son of Milton and Phyllis (Soper) Philipp. He grew up and attended schools in Jackson and St. Paul. He married Kathryn M. Rubbelke on December 5, 1959 in Iowa. They made their home in St. Paul and Russell worked for the Ford Motor Co. for 34 years at the Highland Park Plant. He retired in 1994 and in 1995 moved to the Aitkin area where he has lived since. He is survived by 5 children and spouses: Jody Philipp of Glen; Becky and Robert Groves of Dundee, New York; Brenda and Bruce Albright of Cottage Grove, Mn.; Jane Arnold and Gomer Thompson of Aitkin; Russell Philipp Jr. of Glen; 10 Grandchildren; 5 Great Grandchildren; 1 Brother: Robert Philipp of Welch, Mn. and 1 sister: Sandy Rodriguez of St. Paul, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Kathryn in 2000 and 2 brothers. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Melissa Carmack officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com.
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