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Gladys Irene Thornbloom Nesseth
07/04/1915-12/02/2014
Gladys Irene Thornbloom Nesseth died Tuesday, December 2, 2014 in Aitkin, Minnesota. She was born Sunday, July 4, 1915 in Ashley Township near Sauk Centre, Minnesota. She was delivered by Dr. E.J. Lewis, father of author Sinclair Lewis who drove with horse and buggy to the Jack Gray far. Gladys attended several schools in Minnesota as her father was a construction worker. She graduated with honors from Sauk Centre High School in 1933. Gladys belonged to the Episcopal Church and considered a missionary career but her health did not permit it. Mrs. Nesseth was a gifted writer but chose a vocation of teaching. She was a natural teacher whether teaching a Sunday School Class, release time, disadvantaged children or adults. She taught in one room rural schools throughout the depression and went on to teach in elementary schools. She was one of the first head start teachers on the Leech Lake Reservation and did special teaching in District 318 for homebound students. She was a tireless worker with Girl Scouts, 4-H Clubs, Jr. Red Cross, Farm Bureau, and Church groups. Gladys continued to use her gift as a teacher all her life. She loved nature and instilled it to her pupils, family and friends with flowers and poetry. She will be remembered as a behind the scenes political worker and a friend and confidant of countless youth. She was an avid gardener-especially with flowers. She filled her life with beautiful flower gardens, could turn a marsh into a park, and could make a simple patio lush with blooms. She was an avid bird watcher and a member of the Audubon Society. On August 12, 1952, she married Lloyd Nesseth in Baltimore, Maryland. They made their home in the community of Squaw Lake, Minnesota. She served 20 years as Clerk of the Village of Squaw Lake; was an active member of VFW #9694 Ladies Auxiliary in Squaw Lake and served five years as president of the local unit. She was president of the 8th District VFW Auxiliary in 1962-1963 and served three years as a state legislature chairman. While District President, she earned the outstanding President of the State of Minnesota award. She was a member of the White Oak Eastern Star-Deer River, a charter member of the Sons of Norway and served four years as their financial secretary. She was a member of the Grand Rapids Women’s club serving three years as historian. During this time, she received 1st place for two years in the state competition on scrapbooks submitted. She served as President of the Itasca County Women’s clubs. Gladys worked with the American Cancer Society in different offices. She did research work for several authors who were writing Itasca Histories for the Itasca County Historical Society and did free lance writing. She was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd E. Nesseth, her parents, Swan and Nellie (Gray) Thornbloom and her sister Thelma Thornbloom. Although Mrs. Nesseth, more commonly known as Miss Gladys, did not have any children she had 12 Godchildren. She is survived by her sister, Darlene McLennon of Roseville, and a brother Alan Thornbloom of Aitkin, three nephews, one niece, three great nieces, and one great nephew besides many relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Christ Episcopal Church, Grand Rapids, MN. A funeral service will be held Friday December 5, 2014 at 10 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Pastor Paula Gillman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Rosy Cemetery near Squaw Lake, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Sally Anderson
11/30/1946-12/02/2014
Sally A. Anderson, age 68 of Garrison area died Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the Cuyuna Region Hospital in Crosby. Sally was born November 30, 1946 in Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Chester and Mary (Baker) Seibert. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1965. She worked at the Aitkin Community Hospital for a time and then married Dale E. Anderson on September 19, 1970 in Aitkin. She worked various jobs and raised her family and farmed. Most recently she had worked as a manager at the MacDonald’s in Garrison for 15 years. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, gardening and sewing. She is survived by sons and daughters in law: Eugene Anderson and Misty Nelson of Sauk Centre; Aaron and Kelly Anderson of Kimball; Scott Anderson and Kim Jibben of Montevideo; Adam Anderson of Brainerd; Shane Anderson and Missy Schmidt of Motley, daughters and sons in law: Amy and Gordon Mickelson of Garrison; Heather and Jared Rohde of Brainerd; Dawn and Ben Davis of Pillager; 30 grandchildren; 2 Great Grand Children and expecting 3 Great Grandchildren; Brothers: Raymond (Mary) Seibert of Isle; Glen (Judy) Seibert of Cohasset; Greg (Darlene) Seibert of Aitkin; Randy (Wendy) Seibert of Medford, Oregon; William (Beth) Seibert of Wadena; Henry Seibert of Aitkin and Sisters: Judy (Russell) Ellis of Bertha; and Connie (Steve) Mostad of Chisholm. She was preceded in death by her parents Chester and Mary Seibert, Husband Dale Anderson; Great Grandchild Zander and two sisters Bonnie and Lori. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 8, 2014 at 11 AM from the Aitkin Assembly of God Church with Pastor Brian Kimbler officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Rot-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Levern A. Peterson
05/01/1930-11/30/2014
Levern A. Peterson, 84 of Aitkin died Sunday, November 30, 2014 at his home. He was born May 1, 1930 in Crosby to Harry and Adalie (Lueck) Peterson. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean War. Levern was united in marriage to Alice (Gray) on January 23, 1981 in Reno, NV. He enjoyed wood carving, building model steam engines, and blue grass and gospel music. He was preceded in death by his parents. Levern is survived by his wife Alice, 2 children: Bruce (Connie Lou) Swanson of Deerwood, Sandy (Jim) Anderson of Brainerd, 2 granddaughters: Anna and Naomi Swanson, 1 sister: Loretta Ruschmeier (Bob Larson) of Isle, 2 nephews: Greg and Brent Ruschmeier, 2 nieces: Melonie (Gary) Laine and Shelly (Scott) Brix, 8 great-nieces and great-nephews, Many good friends. Services will be in the Spring of 2015. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Patricia Marie Duffy
03/07/1946-11/28/2014
Patricia Marie Duffy, 68 of Aitkin died Friday, November 28, 2014 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born March 7, 1946 in Tacoma, WA. to Harvey Brown and Alice (Morton). She work many jobs including at the Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, and 3 brothers. Patricia is survived by her special friend Jerry Nelson of Aitkin, 1 sister and brother-in-law: Carol (Dennis) Hill of Aitkin, 2 brothers and sister-in-law: George Brown of Bloomington, Laverne (Barbara) Bunker of Zimmerman, 1 nephew: Grant (Susan) Iden of Bloomington, 2 great-nieces: Courtney and Tierney Iden, Many other relatives and friends. A gathering of family and friends will be 11:00A.M. to 1:00P.M. – Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Marilyn E. Trumble Neitzel
10/27/1947-11/28/2014
Marilyn E. Trumble Neitzel, 67, of McGregor, MN, passed away with her family at her side on November 28, 2014. Marilyn was born October 27, 1947, in Auburn, NY. She resided in Port Byron for over 30 years before moving to other parts of the country. Marilyn is survived by her husband, William Neitzel of McGregor, MN; daughter, Mindy Corcoran Marshall of Weedsport, NY; son, Eric Corcoran of Syracuse, NY; daughter, Kristi-Lyn Thomas Rich of Murfreesboro, TN; daughter, Amanda Thomas Grenga of Cloquet, MN; a sister, Dora (Susie) Trumble DeCarlo of Syracuse, NY; a brother, Walter Trumble of Port Byron, NY; and 5 grandchildren. There will be no services at Marilyn’s request. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin, MN. assisted with arrangements.
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Daryle E. Piispanen
11/25/1952-11/26/2014
Daryle E. Piispanen, 62 of Aitkin died Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born November 25, 1952 in Aitkin to Edward and June (Olson) Piispanen. He graduated from Aitkin High School and worked as a foreman in sewer and water construction. Daryle was united in marriage to Sharon (Wilson) on February 23, 1980 in Aitkin. He enjoyed driving his "side by side" and loved life. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters: Lydia Wheale and Linda Piispanen. Daryle is survived by his wife Sharon, 5 children: Gerry (Janelle) of Montgomery, Michael (Mandi) of Haysi, VA., Timothy (Jenny) of Burnsville, Daniel (Michele) of Aitkin, Amber of Aitkin, 9 grandchildren: Ashley, Evan, Ethan, Samantha, Jacob, Grace, McKenna, Connor, and Madison, 2 sisters: Carol (Dennis) Statsman of Grand, Rapids and Donna (Jim) Blomberg of Silver Bay, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at the McGregor High School Auditorium. Reverend Joel Seibel will officiate. Burial will be in Fleming Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the school auditorium. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lois E. Hagman
04/30/1925-11/17/2014
Lois E. Hagman, age 89 of Aitkin died Monday, November 17, 2014 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lois was born April 30, 1925 in Aitkin the daughter of Mathias “Matt” and Ida (Swanson) Nickander. She grew up in Aitkin and lived at the Aitkin County Poor Farm which her parents ran for nine years and currently is the funeral home. She attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1943. She and her twin sister Betty moved to Minneapolis where they both worked for the Gambles Department Store. She married Willard M. Hagman on May 26, 1945 at Kimberly. They lived in Florida for a time while Willard completed his military obligations. They then returned to Aitkin and farmed in Fleming Township for many years. They then moved to Dam Lake and eventually moved into town. Lois was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Auxiliary for over 50 years and had served as its president twice and also called the American Legion Color Guard for funerals and sporting events for over 10 years. She had served as an election judge in Kimberly, and had served as the Fleming News Correspondent for over 40 years. She enjoyed animals, playing cards, garage parties and was the self-proclaimed Mayor of Dam Lake. She is survived by son: Lance Hagman (Katherine Jones) of Hinckley, Mn.; Daughters: Terry (Howard) Sylvester of Sauk Rapids, Mn.; Barb (Will) Byler of Aitkin; Debbie (Hugh) Janzen of Aitkin; 12 Grandchildren: Alysa Swenson, Scott Sylvester, LaJean Larsen, Janean Byler, Darren Byler, Steve Janzen, Chris Hagman, Sarah Emery, Adam Janzen, Charlie Hagman, Bethany Hagman and Alex Hagman; 22 Great Grandchildren; Twin Sister: Betty (Calvin) Wall of Mounds View, Mn.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Willard in 2008, her parents Matt and Ida Nickander, two Great Grandchildren: Nicholas Janzen and Damon Byler; two brothers: Bert Nickander and Carl Nickander and three sisters: Alfhild Rasmussen, Isabelle Kehoe, and Linnea Franzen. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and continue from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church Saturday. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery in Kimberly Township of Aitkin County. 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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LaRon Lee Johnson
04/16/1963-11/17/2014
LaRon Lee Johnson, age 51 of Felton, Minnesota formerly of Moorhead and Bemidji died Monday, November 17, 2014 at his home after a long hard fought battle with COPD. He was born on April 16, 1963 at St. Ansgar’s Hospital in Moorhead, Minnesota, the son of Lester and Irene Johnson. He was baptized and confirmed at American Lutheran Church (Now known as Peace Lutheran Church) in Fargo, North Dakota. While living at River Oaks, Moorhead, he attended YMCA Kinder Kamp in Fargo, Kindergarten at South Junior High, grades 1 – 4 at Riverside Grade School and after moving to Glyndon, Mn. attended 5th through 12th and graduated from Glyndon/Felton High School on May 28, 1981. He was on the wrestling team and earlier he played Little League Baseball. After graduating he began working for FM Asphalt and several Fargo-Moorhead companies as a heavy equipment operator for installation of underground electrical and optic fiber cable. He worked in many states in the U.S. and also for a couple of years on the Big Island of Hawaii. He is survived by his parents: Lester and Irene (Rinta) Johnson of Bemidji, Mn.; one sister: Loree (Ross) Pederson, and one brother, Loren Johnson and Loren’s friend (Karen Sauer); one nephew, Shaun Johnson; two nieces: Lisa Kessel and Rachael Martinson, and many aunts uncles and cousins. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Inurnment will be in the spring of 2015 at the Salo Cemetery south of Tamarack, Mn. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Gary M. Finlayson
10/18/1944-11/15/2014
Gary M. Finlayson, age 70 of Aitkin died Saturday, November 15, 2014. Gary was born October 18, 1944 at Waseca, Minnesota the son of Sidney and Zinna (Miskoff) Finlayson. He grew up and attended schools in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and graduated from High School there in 1962. He then attended Dunwoody Institute for two years. He went to work for Rosemount Engineering. He married Colleen K. Praus on June 10, 1980 in Rapid City, South Dakota. They moved to Aitkin where they have lived since. He operated a small engine repair business, worked for Great Plains Gas Co., also worked with D.R. Lindquist Excavating and Johnson Sewer and excavating, and Cummings oil transport. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion. He is survived by his wife: Colleen Finlayson of Aitkin; sons: Dustin (Megan) Finlayson of Duluth; Matthew (Amanda) Finlayson of Aitkin; Gregg (Lisa) Finlayson of Zumbrota, MN.; Daughter: Jaime (Tommy) Anderson of Eden Prairie; Grandchildren: Jazmine and Teagan; Sister: Diane Finlayson (Marty Calon); and Father in law: Jim Praus of Georgetown, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents. A gathering time will be held Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 10 AM until 1 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jerry E. Nolan
10/08/1929-11/12/2014
Jerry E. Nolan, 85 of Aitkin died Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at his home. He was born October 8, 1929 in Minneapolis to James “Babe” E. Nolan and Eileen M. (Schreiner) Nolan. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army and U.S. Navy. Jerry was united in marriage to Jaunita R. (Daniels) July 2, 1981 in Phoenix, AZ. He was a long time employee for North Central Airlines and Republic Airlines. He was a member of the Bloomington VFW Everett – McClay Post #1296. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Jackie Murdock. Jerry is survived by his wife Jaunita Nolan of Aitkin 5 children: Jeffrey (Dell) Nolan of St. Petersburg, FL. Jay (Joy) Nolan of Tampa, FL. Charles (Connie) Walberg of Backus Jane (Tim) Nolan – Komoto of Aitkin James (Sandy) Nolan of Eagan 5 grandchildren: Jenny (Sam) Nelson, Jeffrey Moe, Jarrett Nolan, Jenna Nolan, Sadie Nolan 1 great-grandchild: Lucy Nelson Other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M. – Tuesday, November 18, 2014 funeral service at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Burial with military honors will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Jean Durkee
01/25/1925-11/12/2014
JEAN DURKEE January 25, 1925- November 12, 2014 Jean Anita Durkee, 89, passed away peacefully in Hennepin County, Minnesota on November 12, 2014. Her passing has left a hole in the hearts of her family and friends and she will be greatly missed by those who knew her. Jean was born January 25, 1925 in McGrath, Minnesota to Olaf J. Otterson and Frances LaVern Iseli Otterson. She lived in Minnesota most of her life until 1969 when she moved to Sunland, California where she resided until 1999, when she moved back to McGregor Minnesota. Jean’s hobbies included cooking, baking, sewing and reading her Bible, but her real passion was caring for her family. She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them and especially enjoyed watching her grandchildren grow. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Jean is survived by her children, Sandra Jean Scott of Sarcoxie, MO, Vickie Ann Fowles (Dan) of Quincy, CA, Diane Mendoza (Tom Oppermann) of Anderson, CA; 11 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, 12 great-great grandchildren; one sister Anne E. Lindburg, (Jack) of Mcgregor, MN; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Clyde (Bob) George Durkee married 03-21-1946 to 03-24-2006, her parents Olaf J. and Frances LaVern Otterson and two brothers, David Kent and Charles Duane Otterson, 4 grandchildren Angela and Anita Scott, Jason Daniel Fowles, Matthew John Mendoza and son-in-law Robert John Mendoza. Her final resting place will be at Lakeview Cemetery, Workman Township. Private services will be held.
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Gregory Richard Turnock
03/07/1962-11/08/2014
Gregory Richard Turnock, age 52 of Palisade formerly of Blaine and McGregor, died Saturday, November 8, 2014 at his home. Greg was born March 7, 1962 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Richard and Mary Turnock. He grew up and attended schools in McGregor graduating in 1981. He then attended the Pine City Technical College. He served in the Minnesota National Guard from 1980 to 1992. He worked construction mainly in Minnesota and had worked for Lunda Construction, McGough Construction and for the University of Minnesota in the Steam Utilities Dept. He married Amy S. Boyer on December 19, 1992 in Aitkin. They lived in Blaine for 22 years and moved to the Palisade area in the spring of this year. He enjoyed hunting, the outdoors and spending time with family. He was a member of the Laborers Union Local 563. He is survived by his wife: Amy Turnock of Palisade; Sons: Clinton Turnock of Portland, Oregon; Gregory Miller of Blaine, Mn.; Christopher (Gabrielle) Miller of Blaine, Mn.; Derek Turnock of Coon Rapids; Jesse Turnock of Coon Rapids; Mother: Mary Ellen Johnson of McGregor; Father: Richard and Marilyn Turnock of McGregor; Brothers: Shane Johnson of Cataldo, Idaho; Mike (Jo) Turnock of McGregor; Leigh Johnson of Cataldo, Idaho; Evan (Missy) Johnson of Livingston, Montana; Sisters: Debbie (Roger) Yotter of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; Lisa Rudebusch and fiancé Shannon Winover of Apple Valley, Mn.; Heather (Nels) Oleson of Palisade; Glory (Robert) Wilson of Waconia, MN. And Grandson Brackin Miller of Blaine. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 11 AM from the McGregor High School Auditorium with Rev. Barry Hite officiating. Visitation will be at the High School from 10 AM until the 11 AM services. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery in McGregor. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lois L. Stevens
01/07/1945-11/08/2014
Lois L. Stevens, 69 of Aitkin died Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Golden Horizons in Aitkin. She was born January 7, 1945 in Albert Lea to Lloyd and Hazel (Breamer) Gill. She graduated from high school in Albert Lea. Lois was united in marriage to Ralph Stevens February 1, 1963 in Hawaii. She worked many jobs in the Aitkin area including respite care. She was preceded in death by her daughter Penney Anderson, sister Shirley Olson, brother Donald Gill, and her parents. Lois is survived by her husband Ralph Stevens of Aitkin, Son: Vance Stevens of Aitkin, 4 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, Brother: Harold (Gail) Gill of Florida, Sister: Mary Omen of Albert Lea, Many other relatives and friends. There will be a visitation gathering time for family and friends on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 12:00P.M. to 2:00P.M. at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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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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