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Archive Obituaries
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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Stephen O. Olson
04/17/1972-08/01/2016
Stephen O. Olson, 44 of Aitkin died Monday, August 1, 2016 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born April 17, 1972 in Coon Rapids to Oscar and Marie (Perkkio) Olson. He graduated in 1990 from St. Francis High School and worked in sales and contracting. Stephen was very outgoing, kind to everybody, and had many friends. He was a loving uncle and loved his son Ethan. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. Stephen is survived by and was a loving son to his parents: Oscar and Marie (Perkkio) Olson, He is also survived by his son: Ethan, Former spouse and longtime friend: Kari Lynn Olson, 2 brothers and sister-in-law: Joel (Glenn) Olson and Mark Olson, Many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Thursday, August 4, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin (324 3rd St. NW, Aitkin). Reverend David Becker will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Bennettville Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Irja Howe
02/18/1916-07/29/2016
Irja Howe passed away peacefully on July 29, 2016 at Aicota Health Care Center with family members at her bedside. She was born in Palisade, Minnesota Feb 18, 1916. Throughout her 100 years of life, Irja embodied the Finnish quality of ‘Sisu’ loosely translating to grit, bravery, guts, resilience and perseverance even when faced with adversity. All who knew her would recognise her qualities of eternal optimism and stoic determination. She had a humble but happy start in life growing up with 6 Trast siblings on a small farm on the banks of the Mississippi. She’s a cancer survivor and coped with impaired vision for the last 25 years of her life. Irja’s positive attitude was an inspiration to all who knew her. Irja attended school in Palisade, graduated from Aitkin High School and completed teachers training in Crosby and DuIuth. She taught in Aitkin, Wadena and Ottertail counties until meeting the love of her life, Clark Howe, and marrying in 1940. Irja and Clark moved to California, during WWII where Clark worked for Douglas aircraft. While there, the first son, Gary, was born. After the war they moved to the Minneapolis area where second son Michael, daughter Jennaline, and youngest son, Daniel were born. During that time Irja worked as head cook for an elementary school. Irja and Clark retired from their jobs in Minneapolis in 1972. They moved to Farm Island township close to their original roots. Irja worked in food service at the Aitkin Hospital. They blended easily into the community. Irja dearly loved her association with the Pine Lake Chapel. She was an active member in many church activities and the local homemakers club. Irja and Clark lived the “golden years” until Clarks sudden death in 1988. Irja kept the household going despite her subsequent diagnosis of macular degeneration. In 1992, at the age of 76, Irja sold the house and moved to Blackrock. She subsequently moved to Aicota in 2013. Irja loved her international family. She travelled abroad several times to visit in Germany and Australia. She lived for the day when all would gather from these distant countries and states to celebrate weddings, birthdays and anniversaries at Big Pine Lake. She would always stand up and express her love, gratitude and thank all who came. On July 24, 2016, friends and family gathered to celebrate 100 years of Irja’s life. She summoned the strength to meet and greet family and guests for one last time. She even gave a short appreciation speech (her trademark). She went to be with the Lord five days later. She is survived by sons Gary (Australia), Mike (Wisconsin), Dan (Michigan) and daughter Jenny (Germany), 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be planned for a later date. Memorial donations can be made to the Big Pine Lake Chapel, 23569 435th Ave, Aitkin Minnesota, 56431.
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Launa M. Pietz
06/10/1973-07/28/2016
Launa M. Pietz, age 43 of Aitkin died Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Brainerd, Minnesota. Launa was born June 10, 1973 at Wadena, Minnesota the daughter of August and Charlene (Amo) Pietz. She attended schools in Isle, Onamia and Elk River, Minnesota where she graduated from High School in 1991. In 2000 she attended Veterinarian Tech School. She moved to Aitkin in 1991 and had worked at the Holiday Gas Station, Paulbeck’s Grocery Store, Freedom Gas Station, Northern Promotions and Nor-Tek Systems. She loved animals, fishing, motorcycle riding, cross stitching, watching football and most any sports. She also enjoyed watching her children bowl and thoroughly loved being a grandmother. She is survived by her children: Jade A. Carlson and fiancé James Llaguno of Alexandria; Trevon Pietz of Aitkin; Grandchild: Harmony Diaz; Mother: Charlene Amo of Ogilvie, Mn.; Step-parents: David and Carol Conway of Aitkin; Brothers and sisters: Danielle Cheney of Andover, Mn., Dallas Stoeckman of Andover, Mn., Shane Slater of Big Lake, Mn.; Ada Pietz of Motley, Mn.; Matthew Pietz of Rapid City, S.D. and 2 nieces and 5 nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, 1 grandchild Skyler and 1 sister Jennifer. A gathering of family and friends will be held Tuesday, August 2, 2016 from3 to 5 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Wendell A. Monson
12/04/1925-07/14/2016
Wendell A. Monson, age 90 of Aitkin died Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Wendell was born December 4, 1925 in Crosby, Minnesota the son of Alfred and Esther (Anderson) Monson. He grew up and attended schools in Iron Hub. He joined the U.S. Army in September of 1944 and served in Africa, the Middle East and Europe before being discharged in August of 1946. He returned to the Aitkin area and then travelled to Alaska where he worked on Gold dredges for a time. He married Marianne Gantschnigg on July 3, 1959 in Crosby. He then returned to Aitkin and worked for the Sioux Line Railroad out of Minneapolis for a number of years. He settled in the Thor area where he farmed and logged for many years. He enjoyed trapping, hunting, fishing, wild ricing and gardening for which he was known for his excellent tomatoes. He is survived by his children: Steve Monson of Aitkin, Glenn and Dee Monson of Aitkin, step son: Merle and Deann Monson of Crosby, Grandson: Kyle Monson, step grandchildren: Jared (Vicki) Monson and Carey Monson, great granddaughter: Lilly, step great grandchildren: Ethan and Kylie and sisters: Verna Peterson and Lorraine Hathaway both of Minneapolis. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 1 sister. 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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Barbara E. Ekelund
09/01/1932-07/14/2016
Barbara E. Ekelund, age 83 of McGregor died Thursday, July 14, 2016 at her home. Barbara was born September 1, 1932 in McGregor, Minnesota the daughter of Edwin and Violet (Serfling) Barott. She grew up and attended schools in McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School in 1950. She married Harry R. Ekelund on August 11, 1952 at Mount Vernon, Washington. They lived in Mount Vernon, Washington while her husband Harry served his country in the U.S. Navy. Upon his discharge they moved back to the McGregor area where they have lived since and where she raised her family. She had participated at Grace Lutheran Church and was involved in many of the church groups. She also loved to go dancing. Barbara loved animals especially kittens, bunnies and puppies. She is survived by her husband Harry Ekelund of McGregor; Son: Steven Ekelund of McGregor, Grandchild: Casey Ekelund of McGregor. She was preceded in death by her parents, two children: Laurie and Geraldine, 1 Brother: Rodney and 1 Sister: Geraldine. She leaves close relatives in the Barott, Ekelund and Serfling families in Minnesota, Oregon and the West Coast. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 2:00 PM at Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Erika Foss and Rev. Steve Demars officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at a later date in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lois E. Backstrom Sandberg
10/01/1931-07/13/2016
Lois E. Backstrom Sandberg, age 84, of Aitkin died Wednesday, July 13, 2016, peacefully at her home. Lois was born October 1, 1931 in Hazelton Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota, the daughter of Alfred and Hilma (Lindblom) Backstrom. She attended the East Bennettville School and Aitkin High School. Lois married Dave M. Sandberg on April 27, 1950, at the First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, Minnesota. They moved to the Twin Cities where they lived and raised their family until 1966, when they moved back to Aitkin. Lois and Dave cared for many foster children. Lois also cared for the elderly at the D & L Board and Care Home and the Aitkin Hospital Nursing Home. She also enjoyed working at the Bennettville Sub Club. Lois and Dave were previous owners of the Aitkin Flower Shop. She loved dancing and enjoyed watching and cheering on her children and grandchildren in their many sports and activities throughout the years. Lois is survived by her children and spouses Wendy Sandberg, Aitkin; Brian (Judy) Sandberg, Aitkin; Kristi (Steve) Sandberg, Aitkin; and Rob Sandberg, Brainerd. She is survived by five grandchildren: Lainey Sandberg, Aitkin; Danny (Sara) Sandberg, (Mitchell, South Dakota); Eric Sandberg, (Rice Lake, Wisconsin); Lynnsey Sandberg, (Rice Lake, Wisconsin) and Cassie Sandberg, (Aitkin) and two great-grandchildren, Royce and Charlotte. Lois is also survived by her sister, Judy Falls-Feather, Sartell, Minnesota, and sisters-in-law: Rose Backstrom, Aitkin; Wilma Sandberg, Aitkin; and Marvel (Glen) Baumgartner, Rose Creek, Wisconsin, brother-in-law: Bill Stimac of Garrison, along with many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dave; son, Steve; brothers, Roy Backstrom and John Backstrom; sister, Joyce Stimac, and infant sister, Evelyn. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at Sorensen Root Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, Minnesota. Visitation will be Friday, July 15, 2016, from 4-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral at the funeral home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Carol L. Tibbetts
06/30/1940-07/08/2016
Carol L. Tibbetts Carol Lucille (Workman) Tibbetts, 76, lost her battle from lung cancer on Friday, July 8th, 2016 at Golden Horizons in Aitkin, MN. She was born June 30, 1940 in Wealthwood Township, in Aitkin, MN, the daughter of Lloyd F. Workman and Florence L. Bonneville. She married James F. Tibbetts on March 17th, 1956. She lived & worked in Aitkin, as a farmer’s wife and waitress at Vern’s Bar & Grill for many years. Due to her husband’s passion for elk hunting, they moved to Hamilton, Montana in 1987, where the owned and operated “The Sportsman’s” motel for 10 years. In 2001, they moved back to the Aitkin area to be with family. She worked at Grand Casino Mille Lacs as a hostess in the Grand Northern Grill from June 24th, 2002 – March 21st, 2013. She really enjoyed her position at the Grand Northern Grill where she made many friends and enjoyed visiting with the customer’s. She was a very talented woman and had several hobbies over the years, including oil painting, wood carving, knitting and crocheting, but her best talent was hand embroidery. She also had a love for her song birds and enjoyed feeding and watching them. She is survived by her children; daughter’s and son-in-law’s, Pamela and Kevin Maus; Debbie and Troy Fairchild; sons and daughter-in-law’s, LeRoy & LoriRuth Tibbetts; Monte and Cheryl Tibbetts, all of Aitkin; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law Karen and Dale Holm; brother and sister-in-law Jeff and Helen Workman; sister Bonnie Peterson. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, James F. Tibbetts; infant daughter, Carla Marie; both parents Lloyd and Florence Workman; sister Patricia (Gerald) Banks; granddaughter, Carmilla (Carma) Jo Maus and infant grandson, Kayden Joseph Tibbetts. Memorial services will be held at 2 pm, on Friday, July, 15th, 2016 at the Glory Baptist Church, 28053 – 360th Ave, Aitkin, with visitation starting at 1 pm. Pastor Chris Meirose will be officiating. Interment will be held privately for the family at Lake View Cemetery in Aitkin following the reception at the church. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Aitkin County Health and Human Services, Riverwood Healthcare Center & Golden Horizon’s in Aitkin and Heartland Hospice Care, from Brainerd for the great care and compassion they provided for our mother during her illness and the great support they provided for our families during this very difficult time. Local arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Ronald Leroy Hendrickson
07/14/1938-07/07/2016
Ronald Leroy Hendrickson, 77 of Blaine died July 7, 2016 at his home. He was born July 14, 1938 in Yakima, Washington to Clyde and Theda (Lownsbury) Hendrickson. As a young child he worked in the hop fields and helped farmers; he voluntarily gave half his pay to his widowed mother to help support the family. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served from 1961 to 1963 at Fort Hood, Texas. Ronald was united in marriage to Diann Marie (Davis) on September 8, 1962 in Malmo. They lived in Blaine for 50 years and raised their family there. He was employed as a spray painter, farm hand, welder, truck driver, and maintenance man. He was a capable person fixing or building anything he set his mind to. He enjoyed restoring classic cars, including the upholstery. He won many trophies with his 1963 Ford Galaxy and two 1965 Olds 442’s, one was a convertible the other a hard top. His latest project was overhauling and painting International tractors. He was a hardworking, independent, honest, dependable man with definite opinions he willingly shared. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers: Gary and Dennis. Ronald is survived by his wife Diann, children: Eric (Tammy) Hendrickson, Tara (Todd) Christensen, and Kent Hendrickson, 5 grandsons, 1 granddaughter, 2 great-grandsons, brother Mervin (Kathy) Hendrickson, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Malmo Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Habitat For Humanity or donor’s choice. www.srtfuneral.com
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Brenden Dale Zahn
06/13/1980-07/05/2016
Brenden Dale Zahn, 36 of Aitkin died Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at his residence. He was born June 13, 1980 in Bottineau, ND. to Dale and Rae (Devitt) Zahn. He graduated from Crosby – Ironton High School and was employed at Oberg Fence Co. in Deerwood. He was preceded in death by his father Dale and grandfathers: Raymond Devitt and Arthur Zahn. Brenden is survived by his mother Rae Zahn of Crosby, Children: Morgan Zahn and Nathaniel Zahn – Snyder, Sister: Carmen Zahn of Crosby, Niece: Haylee Hanson, Grandmothers: Caroline Zahn and Ann Devitt, Many aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends. A private family service will be held. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Robert Priller
12/17/1936-07/04/2016
Robert “Bob” Allen Priller, 79 of Aitkin died Monday, July 4, 2016 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born December 17, 1936 in Chicago, IL. to Richard and Violet (Muenzer) Priller. He graduated high school from Allegan, MI. in 1954 and attended college. He was a U.S. Marine Corps. Veteran serving in the Korean War. Bob was united in marriage to JoAnn (Carlson) Frey on December 8, 1984 in Brooklyn Park. He worked for Service Master, Advance Machines and Creamettes. He retired and moved to the Aitkin area where he started Honey Do Repair and Remodeling and also worked for the Brainerd Dispatch. He enjoyed woodworking, reading, crossword puzzles, and football and basketball on TV. He was a member of the St. Peter American Legion Post #37 and Garrison VFW Andrew F. Kokesh Post #1816, Lions Club, and Shepherd Of The Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Jack. Bob is survived by his wife JoAnn of Aitkin, Step-sons: Ric Frey of Texas, Roy Frey of St. Peter, Ross Frey of Louisiana, Step-daughters: Wanda Pramann of Minnesota, Lori Roiger of Minnesota, Lisa Bowdon of Minnesota and Marna Aguirre of California, He is also survived by 1 daughter and 3 sons, 18 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, Sister Laura of California, Many other relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 11:00A.M. – Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at Shepherd Of The Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison. Reverend Thomas E. Petersen will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be provided by Garrison VFW Andrew F. Kokesh Post #1816. Burial will be at a later date. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Carol Ann Kern
11/25/1935-06/26/2016
Carol Ann Kern, 80 of Aitkin died Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. A gathering of friends and family will be held at a later date. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Marjorie Cox
05/12/1934-06/26/2016
Marjorie (Marge) Cox, 82, former long-time resident of McGregor, MN, passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at the Broen Home in Fergus Falls, MN, following surgery for a broken hip. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, July 14, 2016, at Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor, MN, with Father Rick Lambert presiding. Burial will follow at the Round Lake Cemetery near McGregor. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral at the church on Thursday. Marjorie Ann Graff was born May 12, 1934, to Sylvester and Mae Graff in Oelwein, IA, the third oldest of thirteen children. She graduated from Augusta High School in Kansas in 1952 and worked in the Wichita, KS, area as a telephone operator. Marjorie married John Charles Cox in Wichita, KS, on February 4, 1956. Together they lived on or near a number of military bases in France and throughout the United States. Marjorie and John moved to McGregor, MN, with their family of seven children in the summer of 1972 following John’s retirement from the Air Force. After her children graduated from high school, Marjorie went to work as a cook at the school and several local youth camps. Through the years, she was an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church, McGregor Area Library, and the McGregor Area Food Shelf. She enjoyed attending family gatherings, reading good books, and, of course, playing bingo. Marjorie was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She had a kind and gentle soul, and always carried herself with dignity and grace. She will always be remembered for her quiet, caring, and supportive manner and for her commitment to family and friends. She is survived by her daughters: Joyce (Dale) Brekke of Tamarack, MN, Judy (George) Langhorst of Moose Lake, MN, Jeanette Cox of Ely, MN, Jill (Anthony) Crawford of Rosemount, MN, and Jennifer Stewart (Scott Novak) of Albertville, MN; sons: Ralph (Mary) Cox and James (Mercedes) Cox of Thief River Falls, MN; grandchildren: Marjorie (Nicolas) DeJong, John (Rachel) Cox, Patrick (Jessica) Cox, Elizabeth Cox, Mathias (Fiance Kristina Rude) Langhorst, Alexander Crawford, Rosella Stewart; great-grandchildren: Aisling and Maeve Cox, Serenity, Karyna, and Elora Cox, Marcus and Nyla DeJong; sisters: Janice Mecke, of Cromwell, MN, Barbara Maron of McGregor, MN, Dianne Ladd of Palisade, MN, Kay Vieth of Marthasville, MO, and Sylvia Tilghman of Kansas City, MO.; brothers: Robert Graff of McGregor, MN, Hal Graff of Palisade, MN; as well as several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband, John Cox; parents, Sylvester and Mae Graff; son, James Michael Cox; two grandsons, Dale Andrew Brekke and Mòises Albert Langhorst; and sisters, Mary Patricia Graff, Josephine Dawson, and Connie Snelling; and brothers, Richard and Edward Graff. MAY HER MEMORY BE BLESSED. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Opal M. Banks
08/22/1924-06/24/2016
Opal M. Banks, age 91 of Aitkin died Friday, June 24, 2016 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Opal was born August 22, 1924 at Crosby, Minnesota the daughter of Albert and Minnie (Kreiger) Randall. She grew up and attended schools in Crosby. She married William Banks on June 3, 1945 at Superior, Wisconsin. They made their home in Aitkin where she raised her family. She worked for the Aitkin Hospital and was the Laundry Supervisor for 20 years. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, and gardening and she loved to play cards. She had been a member of the Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin. She is survived by sons: Donald (Barbara) Banks of Calumet, Mn.; William (Sue) Banks of Aitkin; Daughters: Martha (Randy) Wise of Princeton, MN.; Jeanette (Roger) Andrews of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; Bonnie (Joseph) Moore of Fairborn, Ohio; 19 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, several great great grandchildren and 1 sister: Orpha Randall of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William in 2004, son and daughter in law: Ernest “Harry” and Bonnie Banks; infant daughter Elsie, 2 grandchildren; 2 brothers: William and Charlie and 4 sisters: Lillian, Mary Jane, Ellen and Hilda. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 27, 2016 at 1 PM from the New Life Church in Aitkin with Rev. Larry Burg officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Helen A. Latvala
04/03/1926-06/23/2016
Helen A. Latvala, 90 of Aitkin and Tamarack died Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Aitkin Health Services. She was born April 3, 1926 in Tamarack to Carl and Alvina (Luuki) Maijala. She attended school in a one room schoolhouse. Helen was united in marriage to Arthur J. Latvala on July 10, 1947 in Aitkin. Together they enjoyed old time ballroom dancing. She sold products for Avon, Fuller Brush Co., Shaklee, and Watkins. They lived in Aitkin for 40 years and after retirement moved to Tamarack. She played the accordion for over 50 years at different events in Aitkin County. She enjoyed bowling, cooking, and baking. She was a member and volunteer at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin and Tamarack Lutheran Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur on April 1, 2009 and her parents. Helen is survived by 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Warren (Ronna) Latvala of Ham Lake Bradley (Cindy) Latvala of Isanti 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Cathi (Bob) Loubek of Duluth Brenda (Andreas) Pfahnl of Eden Prairie 7 Grandchildren: Nicole Friesen of Steinbach, Manitoba, Jesse Loubek of Duluth, Jeremy Latvala of Isanti, Chelsea Edin of Maple Grove, Alex Kervyn-Latvala of Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium, Katja and Steffen Pfahnl of Eden Prairie 4 Great- grandchildren: Luke, Isaac, and Emma Friesen of Steinbach, Manitoba, and Adriana Edin of Maple Grove 1 Sister Elvie Latvala of Superior, WI. Besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 2:00P.M. – Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, McGregor. Reverend Bob Loubek will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Salo Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Bruce Richard Davis
01/02/1947-06/22/2016
Bruce Richard Davis, age 69 of Aitkin died Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at his home at Mystic Meadows. Bruce was born January 2, 1947 in Aitkin the son of Lloyd and Leona Davis. He spent most of his life helping on the family farm. His last 8 years he spent at Mystic Meadows Group Home. Bruce was good natured with a ready smile and sense of humor. He enjoyed life, especially: Rides around Clear Lake, and wagon rides at the family farm, outings with Mystic Meadows housemates and D.A.C. co-workers and staff, the Glen 4th of July parade, country singer Marvin Rainwater and polka music, the Brainerd Sunday paper, cats, his job at the D.A.C. where he looked forward to his “Big Check”, getting new socks and talking to all of the pretty girls, auction sales, and getting money from the hay. He is survived by his sister: Diann (Ronald) Hendrickson, niece: Tara (Todd) Christensen, Nephews: Eric (Tammy) Hendrickson, Kent Hendrickson, and Lane and Wade Roeker; 5 grand nephews, 2 grandnieces and 2 great grand nephews and special friends Cassandra and Adam Stoddard and also cousins and many friends. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Habitat for Humanity of donor’s choice. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Raymond P. Lorincz
02/26/1969-06/22/2016
Raymond P. Lorincz, age 47 of McGregor, died Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at his home near McGregor. Raymond was born February 26, 1969 in Baltimore, Maryland the son of Imre and Gertrude (Johnston) Lorincz. He drove trucks along cross country for many years. They moved to McGregor in 1999. He has worked for the Mille Lacs Casino and Black Bear Casino as a supervisor and most recently in the auto department at Wal-Mart in Cloquet. He is survived by his parents: Imre and Gertrude Lorincz and 2 brothers: James and Irwin Lorincz. A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 11 AM from the McGregor Funeral Home with Diane Brennan officiating. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Anna Marie Berg
02/10/1912-06/16/2016
Anna Marie Berg, 104, of Tamarack was called home to be with her Lord on June 16, 2016. She was born February 10, 1912 in Hebron, ND. to German immigrants William and Fredricka (Holzapfel) Scherle one of 12 children. Anna was united in marriage to Martin Berg of Norway on August 8, 1931 in Wibaux, MT. They started their family in North Dakota and later moved to Minnesota. She has been a beloved resident of Tamarack for 72 years. She lived to see her family of 7 children grow to include 26 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren, and 30 great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was the heart and soul of her family and was known and loved as Grandma Anna by countless others in her community and beyond. She had many occupations in her lifetime. She and Martin farmed, she peeled poplar for the paper mill, harvested wild rice and Christmas boughs, and later in life developed a passion for quilting and that was the perfect outlet for her. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and its guild in Tamarack and Tamarack Golden Age Club. She was at heart a caregiver, she fed us, rocked us, and loved unconditionally . She will be greatly misses by all who were blessed to know her. She was preceded in death by her husband Martin Berg on August 23, 1959, daughter Marlene (Norman) Latvala, 2 sons: Ole Berg and Martin (Linda) Berg, son-in-law Burton DeMenge, 6 brothers: August, Otto, Emil, William, Carl, and Paul Scherle, 3 sisters: Martha Fosjard, Clara Berg, and Emma Clark, and her parents. Anna is survived by: 3 sons and daughters-in-law: Darrell (Daisy) Berg of Tamarack, Helmer “Fred” (Ginny) Berg of Stanchfield, Leonard (Kathleen) Berg of Maple Plain, Daughter and son-in-law: Helen (Gene) Berg of McGregor, Daughter-in-law: Carol Berg of Tamarack, 26 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren, 30 great-great-grandchildren, 2 brothers and sister-in-law: Fred Scherle (Carol Jean Dalquist) and John (Hennie) Scherle all of Ramsey, 2 sisters-in-law: Muriel Scherle of Mora and Evelyn Scherle of Virginia, MN. Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, June 25 2016 at First Presbyterian Church in Tamarack. Reverend Rick Mann will officiate. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. – Friday at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Norbert F. Spaeth
10/30/1931-06/13/2016
Norbert F. Spaeth, 84 of Aitkin died Monday, June 13, 2016 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born October 30, 1931 in Padua to Edward and Catherine (Deters) Spaeth. Norbert’s mother Catherine passed away in 1936 and Edward married Carolyn Deters in 1937. The Spaeth family moved to Richmond, MN. where Norbert spent his childhood. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 – 1955. Norbert was united in marriage to Theresa A. (Schoenecker) on June 21, 1958 at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. The couple moved to the Blaine/Ham Lake area where they raised their family. He worked for the telephone company for over 30 years and retired to Wilkins Lake in the Aitkin area in 1994 where they enjoyed the outdoor life with family and friends. Norbert enjoyed fishing with his wife Theresa and his best friend, son Dean. In 2014 they moved from their lake home to Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his wife Theresa on January 1, 2016, parents Edward and Catherine, step-mother Carolyn, brothers Roman (Imelda) and Lavern (Joyce). Norbert is survived by his children: Dean Spaeth of East Bethel, Brenda (Jason) Lindquist of Andover with grandson Cody, and Sandy Spaeth of Duluth. Brothers Alvin (Bonnie) of Sun Lake, AZ. James (Mary) of Spring Hill, FL. and sister Shirley (Tom) Jungels of Edina. Memorial Mass will be 10:30A.M. – Monday, June 20, 2016 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial with military honors will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley, Little Falls. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Margaret "Marge" A. Johnson
05/15/1931-06/10/2016
Margaret “Marge” A. Johnson, age 85 of Aitkin died Friday, June 10, 2016 at her home. Marge was born May 15, 1931 in Aitkin the daughter of Francis and Marie (Hoge) Huber. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1949. She married Francis H. Johnson in 1951 and made their home in Spencer Township where they owned and operated the Morris-Johnson Holstein Farm. They operated that until selling in 1978. Marge then worked for several retail businesses in Aitkin and then went to work for her son and daughter-in-law Scott and Jodie at The Office Shop. She worked for them for 33 years and was still currently working for them. Marge loved volunteering in the community especially at the Riverwood Health Care Center where she enjoyed helping in the cafeteria. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin where she also spent many hours volunteering her time and talents with many different projects. She was a member of the Breast Cancer Support Group. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, baking, reading, playing cards and games. Marge was a huge Minnesota sports fan. She was featured on a Minnesota Twins broadcast thru “Circle Me Bert”. She truly enjoyed her once a month meetings with the Class of 1949. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was truly a social butterfly in the community. She is survived by children: Bonnie (Tom) O’Neil of Aitkin; Scott (Jodie) Johnson of Aitkin; Daughter-in-law: Lisa Johnson of Shoreview, MN; Grandchildren: Kelli O’Neil, Kacie O’Neil (Scott Oyen), Kory O’Neil, Matthew (Maureen) Johnson, Michelle (David) Jorgensen, Ryan (Angela) Mann, Shelly (Ryan) Moen, Kari Jo (Peter) Faulhaber, Zachary Johnson; Great Grandchildren: Andrew Oyen, Mael Johnson, Sophia Mann, Weston Mann, Kennedy Jorgensen, Tyce Jorgensen; and 2 Sisters: Bernadette (Marvin) Dahlhauser of East Moline, Ill., Donna Pursley of Litchfield, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Francis, son Gregg, and brothers: Al Huber, Tony Huber, Tom Huber and James “Butch” Huber. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, June 17, 2016 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be Thursday 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 Friday. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Edna D. Smith
02/05/1915-06/08/2016
Edna D. Smith, age 101 of Aitkin died Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, MN. Edna was born February 5, 1915 at Malmo, Minnesota the daughter of Edwin and Dolores (Messersmith) Westerlund. She grew up and attended country schools near Malmo. She then worked as a baby sitter for a time and then moved to Minneapolis. She worked for the McClintock Co. for as time. She married James R. Smith on January 2, 1948 in Minneapolis, Mn. She raised her family in the Minneapolis area and the family moved to the Aitkin area in the mid 1950’s and have lived here since. She enjoyed crocheting, making rag rugs, quilting, baking, canning and gardening. She is survived by children and spouses: Lyla and Ray Dooley of Anoka, Mn.; Sandra and Cary Tracy of East Bethel, Mn.; Becky and Patrick Anderson of Cambridge, Mn.; Richard and Pam Smith of Cloquet, MN.; Clint and Nancy Smith of Aitkin, Mn; Bruce and Diane Smith of Big Lake, Mn.; Neal and Tami Smith of Cambridge, Mn.; 19 Grandchildren; 30 Great Grandchildren; 16 Great Great Grandchildren; 2 Brothers: Gaylord Westerlund and Arden Westerlund both of Malmo. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband James R. Smith, 3 children: Roger Lindelof, Leo Lindelof and Laura Mistelske and 9 brothers and sisters. A memorial service will be held Wednesday June 29, 2016 at 1 PM from Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo with Rev. James Raisanen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Nora M. Wilkie
07/06/1935-06/06/2016
Nora M. Wilkie, age 80 of Palisade died Monday, June 6, 2016 at the Golden Valley Rehabilitation and Care Center. Nora was born July 6, 1935 at Belcourt, North Dakota the daughter of Anthony and Angeline (Grandbois) Delorme. She grew up and attended schools at Belcourt. She married Emery F. Wilkie on September 2, 1959 at Rolla, North Dakota. They moved to the McGregor/Palisade area in 1964. She raised her family and worked at the Shingwauk Resort for a time. She then worked for the McGregor Agra-Corp as a seamstress for 25 years. After she retired she cleaned homes and also the priest’s parsonage in McGregor for a number of years. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. She enjoyed playing Bingo, gardening, canning and baking. She loved to be with her grandchildren. She is survived by children: Darlene Freeman (William Sweeney) of Bovey, Mn.; Bernice (Larry) Weston of Palisade, Mn.; Debra (Glen) Weston of Hill City, Mn.; Gary (Friend Sharon) Wilkie of Palisade, Mn.; Gaylene (Rodney) Spolarich of Palisade, Mn.; Gerald (Friend Leann) Wilkie of Palisade, MN.; Dale (Annette) Wilkie of Aitkin, MN.; Ken (Friend Linda) Wilkie of McGregor, Mn.; Geraldine Wilkie of Minneapolis, Mn.; 18 grandchildren; 25 Great Grandchildren; Brothers and Sisters: Rose Ehman of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Vincent Delorme, James Delorme, John Delorme all of Belcourt N.D.; and Linda Johnson of Inkster, N.D. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and 1 great grandson Bennett and son in law: Steve Freeman. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Workman Township of Aitkin County. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Donna Dzubay
08/04/1941-06/05/2016
Donna L. Dzubay, age 74 of Aitkin and Puerto Vallarta, formerly of Plymouth, died Sunday, June 5, 2016 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Donna was born August 4, 1941 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Walter and Ardys (Hanson) Rothe. She grew up and attended schools in Richfield graduating from Richfield High School in 1959. She married Dennis D. Dzubay on June 25, 1960 in Richfield. She attended the Minneapolis School of Business and graduated with her degree in 1961. She worked for a time at a bank in Minneapolis and then for Control Data. She then stayed at home to raise her family. After her children got older she re-entered the work force as an administrative assistant. They eventually moved to the Aitkin area. She enjoyed sewing and knitting, was active in her church and was a member of the Women’s Bay Lake Lions. She and her husband spent winters in Mexico where they volunteered at a children’s shelter. She loved and cherished being a grandma. She is survived by her husband Dennis Dzubay of Aitkin; Children: Michael (Robin) Dzubay of Plymouth, Mn.; Steve Dzubay of St. Louis Park, Mn.; Tim Dzubay of Kansas City, Mo.; Katie (Jon) Thoma of St. Louis Park, Mn.; Sasha Dzubay of Chicago, Il.; Grandchildren: Kassy, D.J. and Denny; Brother: Skip (Kay) Rothe Jr. of Chanhassen, Mn.; and Sister: Darlene (Richard) Ames of Tempe, Az. She was preceded in death by her parents. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 2 PM from Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Thomas Patrick McDonnell
04/04/1930-06/04/2016
Thomas “Pat” McDonnell, passed away on June 4, 2016, at his home in Aitkin, MN. He was born April 4, 1930 in Cloquet, MN, to Louis and Gladys (Barrett) McDonnell. He graduated from Cathedral High School, Duluth, MN, in 1948 and from the University of Minnesota - Duluth in 1957. He married Adele Ramsey in 1953. His college studies were interrupted by the Korean War, where he was stationed in Germany. Pat returned to UMD and graduated with a BA in Business and Economics. He was an accountant for the Green Giant Company (later Pillsbury) for 30 years. During this time, he and Adele lived in Fox Lake, WI; Belvidere, IL; Le Sueur, MN and New Hope, MN. For 25 years Pat and family also owned and operated Morningside Resort on Cedar Lake near Aitkin, with Pat commuting from Le Sueur and New Hope on the weekends. In 1996, he and Adele retired to Rainy Lake near International Falls, MN, while enjoying winters in Apache Junction, AZ. They returned to Aitkin in 2013 to be closer to family. Pat was a member of St. George’s Catholic Church of Apache Junction, AZ, St. James Catholic Church of Aitkin, Le Sueur Lion’s Club, St. Anne’s Church Men’s Club. He also enjoyed many activities including beekeeping, making maple syrup, golfing, fishing, and got his Private Pilot License. Pat was a history buff, and usually had a Civil War book by his side. Liking to travel, he planned many family vacations, sometimes in tents, hiking, sightseeing, covering much of the U.S. Pat is survived by Adele, his wife of 62 years; children, Kathy (Steve) Cronen of Apache Junction, AZ; Tom (Rosemary) McDonnell of Aitkin; Dave (Cheryl) McDonnell of Chaska, MN; Claire (Steve) Nelson of Lake Crystal, MN; Bob (Brenda) McDonnell of Acworth, GA; Mary McDonnell of Aitkin, and Liz (Jeff) Boyer of Aitkin. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Jean and brother-in-law Jerry Holmes; brother Jerry McDonnell, all of Hoyt Lakes, MN, and nephew James McDonnell. The family offers grateful thanks to the medical providers of Riverwood Healthcare Center, North Memorial Ambulance, the Aitkin Police Department, and a special thank you to Aitkin County CARE for providing the service that allowed Pat to remain at home with his family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Burial will be at St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with a Rosary service at 6:30 PM and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. 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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Barbara Scearcy
03/12/1941-06/02/2016
Barbara A. Scearcy, age 75 of McGregor died Thursday, June 2, 2016 at Essentia St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. Barbara was born March 12, 1941 in Brainerd, Minnesota the daughter of Ernest and Genevieve Tollefson. She grew up in Brainerd and attended schools there graduating in 1959. She worked in the Twin Cities for a time and that is where she met her husband. She married David G. Scearcy on January 14, 1963 in St. Paul. The made their home in St. Paul and she raised her family. They had purchased a lot on Big Sandy Lake near McGregor over 45 years ago in in 2000 they moved permanently to their home on Big Sandy Lake and have lived here since. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling and had been to Mexico numerous times. She also enjoyed playing cards. She is survived by her husband: David Scearcy; Children: Michelle Scearcy of Inver Grove Heights, Mn.; Holly Lachner of Mounds View, Mn and Joe Lachner of Andover, MN; Grandchildren: Jared and the twins Sidnee and Josh. Also surviving are brothers: Irv (Rony); Danny (Lorna), Tom, Brad (Debbie), Larry, Mike (Janet) and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and infant daughter Cheryl in 1967. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ronald W. Adams
05/12/1933-06/01/2016
Ronald W. Adams, age 83 of McGregor died Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Ronald was born in May of 1933 at Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of William and Mildred (Norling) Adams. Upon graduation from High School he served in the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1955. Upon his discharge he completed 5 years of college. He then went to work for American Hoist and Derek Co. in St. Paul. He then worked for Barry and Sewall Sales and then eventually worked for Anderson Crane in Sales. He married Jane Prahl on August 16, 1972 at Watertown, South Dakota. They lived in the Twin Cities before moving to the McGregor area. He had been involved and helped with the Junior Achievement Program. He was a life member of the VFW, a member of the McGregor Lions Club and had managed the corn feed longer than any other member. He helped in building the community center and also was proud of his work he did at the McGregor Clinic. He also served as a coordinator for the bell ringers in Aitkin County for the Salvation Army. He loved fishing, his family and playing cards with family and friends. He is survived by his wife Jane Adams; Son and daughter in law: Mark W. and Kimberly Adams; Daughter: Lauri and Jeff Javes; Grandchildren: Adam, Ciara, Alicia, Samantha and Ronald John. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and step father Virgil, aunts, uncles and several cousins. A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM at the McGregor Community Center with light snacks being served. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home.
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Mason Douglas Espeseth
03/03/1991-05/28/2016
Mason Douglas Espeseth, age 25 of Aitkin died Saturday, May 28, 2016 due to a vehicle accident near Glen, Minnesota. Mason was born March 3, 1991 in Crosby, Minnesota the son of Todd David and Joan Kathryn (Wright) Espeseth. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 2009. He then attended the Vo-Tech at Jackson, Minnesota where he graduated with a degree as a lineman. He worked for the Aevenia Energy Co as a lineman. He has made his home in Aitkin with his fiancée Kelsey and son Parker. He enjoyed hunting; especially duck hunting, fishing, bow hunting, boating, camping ATV’ing and most importantly spending time with his son Parker. He is survived by his son Parker and fiancé Kelsey A. Schlagel; mother: Joan Wright and Scott Benson of Aitkin; Father: Todd and Rita Espeseth; Sisters: Madison Newton, Myah Newton and Mylie Benson all of Aitkin; Brothers: Cole Espeseth of Aitkin and Sean Darrah of Great Falls, Montana; Grandparents: David and Dorothy Espeseth of Aitkin; Suzanne Wright of Cross Lake, Mn. and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather William Wright. A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Burial will be at St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be Friday from 5 until 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home 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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John C. Piffner
01/12/1950-05/27/2016
John C. Piffner, age 66 of Aitkin died Friday, May 27, 2016 at his home near Aitkin. Johns was born January 12, 1950 at Chicago, Illinois. He grew up and attended schools at Fox River, Illinois. He worked as a carpenter his whole life. He moved to St. Paul in 1982 and in 2000 moved to the Aitkin area and has lived here since. He is survived by 3 children: William Lee Michael Piffner, John Robert Dale Piffner and Christina Michelle Rose Piffner all of Florida; his significant other Louise Johnson of Aitkin and step children: Shawn Johnson of Aitkin, Chris Johnson of Plymouth, Mn.; and Jenny Johnson of Mora, MN. He was preceded in death by 1 son Leslie P. Piffner. No services will be held. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Gertrude Elise Kisling
03/01/1930-05/26/2016
Gertrude E. Kisling, 86 of Palisade died Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born March 1, 1930 in Minneapolis to William and Elise Schmidt. She attended West High School in Minneapolis and graduated from Watsonville High School in California. Gertrude was united in marriage to Wesley B. Kisling on October 19, 1951 in Minneapolis. She was preceded in death by her husband Wesley on August 28, 2011, 3 brothers, and her parents. Gertrude is survived by her 2 sons Bruce Kisling and Dale (Elizabeth) Kisling; 2 Daughters: Gail Kisling and Laura Kisling all of Golden Valley; 2 grandsons: Benjamin and Daniel Kisling both of Monticello; Nephews and 1 niece. A graveside service will be held at 1:35pm – Thursday, June 2, 2016, assembly area #6, at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Reverend Robert Taylor will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Robert Merritt Sr.
11/20/1933-05/26/2016
Robert A. Merritt Sr., age 82 of McGregor died Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Bay Shore Nursing Home in Duluth, Minnesota. Robert was born November 20, 1933 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Charles and Hazel Nichols. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. He worked as a mechanic and drove truck. He married Florence Janet Preston on April 25, 1953 in Columbia Heights, Minnesota. They moved to the McGregor area in 1968 where he worked 5 years as an Aitkin County Deputy Sherriff and then served as the McGregor City Policeman for a time. He operated Spalding Auto Salvage for over 40 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor. He is survived by his children and spouses: Barbara (LeeRoy) Erdahal of Fridley, Mn.; Patricia (David) Stewart of Duluth; Robert Merritt Jr. of Tamarack; Samantha (Edward) Phillips of Duluth; Susan (Ted) Ferguson of Rapid City, South Dakota; 15 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Betty Croteau, Larry Nichols, Mike Nichols, Steve Nichols, Penny Walzak, and Pat Goranson all of the Twin Cities. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and one brother, daughter in law and 2 brothers in law. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 3, 2016 at 3 PM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Joshua Reinke officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 until 8 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church Friday. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery in McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor
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Florence Ann Tarr
06/15/1928-05/24/2016
Florence Ann Tarr, age 87 of Aitkin died Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the Aitkin Health Services. Florence was born June 15, 1928 in Malmo Township of Aitkin County the daughter of Brynolf and Edith Peterson. She grew up and attended country school at Clear Lake and then moved into Aitkin where she attended the Aitkin High School and lived with the Blaufuss family. She graduated as Salutatorian of the Aitkin High School Class of 1946. She married Marion Virgil (Bud) Tarr on June 17, 1947 at her parents’ home in Glen. She had worked for Aitkin County for 47 years and retired as the Aitkin County Court Administrator in 1995. She was a member of the Westside Church and had taught Sunday school for over 52 years. She was also a member of the Clear Lake Grange,; Aitkin Rebekah Lodge; Aitkin Historical Society, Aitkin Friends of the Arts, Triad, Christian Women’s Connection; Kinship; Aitkin County DFL; Miss Aitkin Pageant; Persian Gulf Support Group; Aitkin Area Food Shelf and Rides for Health. She enjoyed flower gardening, collecting ear rings and sparkly clothes. She was the 2005 recipient of the Warren Potter Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Aitkin Area Chamber of Commerce; had been named Aitkin County Senior Woman of the Year; and had performed over 400 weddings in her capacity as court administrator and retired court administrator. She is survived by daughters and sons in law: Patricia and Ben Chamberlin of Warba, Mn.; Wendy and Terry Johnson of Aitkin, MN.; Granddaughter: Becky Eddy and Foster Granddaughter: Mendy Oukrop; Brothers and sisters in law: Ed and Joyce Peterson of Shoreview, Mn.; Carl and Trudi Peterson of Pearland, Texas; Vern Peterson of Fridley, Mn.; Aunt Vivian Anderson of Aitkin and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents: Brynolf and Edith Peterson, Husband Marion (Bud) Tarr, Grandson: Mark Chamberlin, and brother: Robert Peterson. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 11 AM from the Westside Church with Rev. Dallas Smith officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM at the church and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to the Aitkin Area Food Shelf or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Evelyn Ann Witt
09/30/1925-05/24/2016
Evelyn Ann Witt, 90 of Aitkin died Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Golden Horizons Assisted Living in Aitkin. She was born September 30, 1925 in Parkers Prairie to William and Helena Mielke. Evelyn was united in marriage to Herbert A. Witt on December 2, 1941 in Parkers Prairie. They loved dancing together. They lived in many towns including Cottage Grove prior to moving to Florida in 1983. Evelyn moved back to Minnesota in 2012, making her home in Aitkin. She was a member of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Herbert in August of 2000, daughter Judith Charlene Cassidy, siblings: Elsie Brockupp, Martha Karger, Edwin Mielke, Renetta Madson, and Doris Mielke. Evelyn is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Daniel (Judy) Witt of Aitkin, Grandchildren: Todd Cassidy, Tracy Cassidy, Terrance Cassidy, Erik Witt, and Brandi Witt, Great-grandchildren: Colton Cassidy, Fallon Cassidy, Jordan Reis, Austin Reis, and Dominick Belmont, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lakeland, FL. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dorothy E. Hermanson
06/16/1919-05/23/2016
Dorothy E. (Curtis) Hermanson, 96 of Aitkin died Monday, May 23, 2016 at Golden Horizons Assisted Living in Aitkin. She was born June 16, 1919 at the Storm Farmhouse in Glen to Clarence and Betsy (Storm) Curtis. She started school in Glen at the one room school called Sunnyside. After losing her father, her mother married Earl Billiter and for a time Dorothy took on the name of Billiter. She went to Arnold School in Duluth where she graduated from the 8th grade in 1933. Dorothy was united in marriage to Olaf “Hap” Hermanson in 1936. They raised 3 daughters while living in Duluth. She was a school cook, a member of the Arnold Presbyterian Church, Sunday School teacher, 4-H leader, and a member of the Arnold PTA. She took an entry exam to qualify for LPN training at Miller Dwan Hospital in Duluth. She worked at Miller Dwan Hospital for many years after her training. Dorothy and “Hap” moved to Columbia Heights in 1967. There she enjoyed taking care of and attending school activities of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In 2000 she moved back to her beginnings and loved living in Glen on Clear Lake, a dream come true for her. She enjoyed reading poetry, fishing, collecting dolls, her new neighbors, and watching sunsets and the loons. She had a green thumb that was evident by her garden and house plants. In 2011 she moved into Golden Horizons Assisted Living where she made many friends. She was a member of the Glen Community Church and managed to attend in the summers when able. She was a member of the Aitkin County Doll Club, Aitkin County Historical Society and Forever Young Club. She loved attending family reunions, school reunions, and having her family and friends visit her. She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Betsy (Storm) Curtis, husband Olaf “Hap” Hermanson, daughter Judith Lockwood, 2 granddaughters: Cynthia Bond and Jodi Schaffer, 2 brothers: Clifford and Donald Curtis, 2 step-brothers, and 5 step-sisters. She is survived by 2 daughters and son-in-law: Jo Ann (Ron) White and Jeanne Schneider, 9 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 23 great-great-grandchildren with 2 more on the way, Sister: Maxine Mapes, Son-in-law: Jack Rygg, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Glen Community Church in Glen. Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Friday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Malmo Cemetery. Memorial are preferred to: Glen Community Church, Aitkin County Historical Society or Heartland Hospice. www.srtfuneral.com
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Tami I. Peterson
07/03/1963-05/21/2016
Tami I. Peterson, 52 of Aitkin passed peacefully at home with her daughters by her side on Saturday, May 21, 2016. She was born July 3, 1963 in Portland, OR. Tami was united in marriage to Kenny D. Peterson June 15, 1996 at their home in rural Aitkin. She most recently worked as a massage therapist. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenny on January 10, 2016, son Chris Peterson, granddaughter Makayla Yost and her mother. Tami is survived by her daughters: Amanda (Jon) Yost of Emily Nicole Kemp of Aitkin 9 grandchildren Brother: Randy (Venessa) Kemp of Palisade Father: Norman Kemp Private family services will be held June 4, 2016. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Kenneth L. Curran, Sr.
03/15/1938-05/19/2016
Kenneth L. Curran, Sr., 78 of Aitkin died Thursday, May 19, 2016 at St. Cloud Hospital. Ken has gratefully chosen to donate his remains to the University of Minnesota Medical School. He was a 19 year transplant recipient and was very grateful for this time. He was born March 15, 1938 in Aitkin to James and Alice (Carlson) Curran. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1956. Ken was united in marriage to Patty (Eklund) on February 27, 1960 in McGrath. He owned and operated Curran Electric prior to retirement. He was a member of the Dam Lake Sportsman’s Club, Aitkin Moose Lodge #1060, and a 21 year member of the Aitkin Fire Department. He was preceded in death by his parents. Ken is survived by his wife Patty of Aitkin Children: Christine (Tim) Lindberg of Aitkin, Jim (Beth) Curran of Bagley, Angie Curran of Brainerd, Ken Curran, Jr. of Aitkin, Mother-in-law: Lovina Hobson of Aitkin, 6 grandsons: Jeremy, Peter, Benny, Sam, Joe, and Charles, 1 granddaughter: Shannon, 5 great-grandchildren, 1 sister: Jeanne (Gene Sacha) Shallman of Tucson, AZ. Other relatives and many friends. Memorial service will be 1:00P.M. – Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Saint James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will begin at 11:00A.M. Thursday at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Jackie LeMire
03/04/1948-05/14/2016
Jackie LeMire, 68, died Saturday, May 14, 2016 at her home. She was born March 4, 1948 in Fresno, CA. to Theodore James and Lillian Bess (Randall) Felles. She is survived by her husband Jerry LeMire and her son Kevin Wills. A private family service will be held at a later date. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dale Loren Kelly
11/24/1945-05/14/2016
Dale Loren Kelly, 70, of Aitkin died Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Lakewood Care Center in Staples. He was born November 24, 1945 in Aitkin to Alson David and Vivian Elna (Wallin) Kelly. He graduated from Aitkin High School. He was U.S. Air Force Veteran serving in the Vietnam War and retired from the National Guard. Dale was united in marriage to Deborah Piecek August 25, 1975 in Watertown, SD. He worked for Military Affairs for the state of Minnesota. He was a family man, loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing, and was a Green Bay Packers and New York Yankees fan. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law Kathy Kelly. Dale is survived by his wife Debbie, 2 Sons and daughters-in-law: Ken (Jodi) Kelly of Farmington, Joe (Jen) Piecek of Aitkin, Daughter: Jessica Kelly of Aitkin, 7 grandchildren: Taylor, Alex, Hannah, Braedon, Teagan, Damon, and Kinley, Brother: Darrell Kelly 2 sisters and brothers-in-law: Faye (Greg) Zimple and Charlene (Keith) Sampson Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 1:00P.M. – Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at the 40 Club Convention Center in Aitkin. Scott Piecek will lead the service. Visitation will begin at 11:00A.M. until the 1:00P.M. Wednesday service at the convention center. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727 and Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Kathryn Boyd Hedstrom
06/16/1939-05/14/2016
Kathryn Boyd Hedstrom, Native Name: WAABISHKAANIKWADOOKWE (White Cloud Woman) and most commonly known as Ant or Comig; age 76 of McGregor died Saturday, May 14, 2016 at her home. She was born June 16, 1939 at Cloquet, Minnesota the daughter of George and Susan (Manitou) Boyd. She grew up at Sawyer and then moved to the Big Sandy Lake area and then moved to Lake Minnewawa in the 1950’s and has lived there since. She married Marvin Hedstrom in 1960 at Tamarack. Marvin passed away in 1967. She had worked as a spot welder for the A-TEK Company in McGregor for a time. She then worked as a Community Health Representative for the Mille Lacs Band for many years. She semi-retired in 1986, to raise Joanna, Barry and Brandon Bearheart. She then went back to work full time as a receptionist at the East Lake ALU until retiring in 2010. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of the Midewin Society, Ceremonial Drum Society, and was active in many of the cultural activities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She enjoyed gaming especially the slots and Bingo, mini vacations at the local casinos, spending time with family, shopping, watching the food and game show networks, rummage sales, twins Baseball, camping and fishing with the family, and going on the Elder trips and events sponsored by the Mille Lacs Band. She is survived by her children: Son; Meskwanakwad (Florence) of Onamia; culturally adopted daughters: Rosa (Robert) Colton of McGregor, Eloise (Colton) Yanez of McGregor, Alida (Colton) Matrious of Sandstone, Mary Colton of McGregor. She culturally adopted her children Brandon Bearheart and Barry Bearheart of Onamia; and Joanna Bearheart of Minneapolis. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Taianne of Cumberland, Wi.; Brandon Jr. of Onamia and Duane of Bemidji and 1 sister: Marene (Boyd) Hedstrom of McGregor. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great grand nieces and nephews, Weh’ehs and extended family and many good friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brothers: George Jr., Franklin, Charles, Lawrence and sisters: Angeline (Boyd) Wadena, Mabel (Boyd) Albino, Susan (Boyd) Gerlach, Louise (Boyd) Day, Bernice (Boyd) Phillips and nephew Rich Boyd. A funeral service will be held Thursday, May 19, 2016 starting at 10 AM from the East Lake Community Center with Lee Staples officiating. The wake will begin at 7 PM on Wednesday at the East Lake Community Center. Burial will be at the Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. www.srtfuneral.com.
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