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Mary Ellen Haug
04/17/1938-05/06/2015
Mary Ellen Haug, 77 of Malmo died Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Golden Horizons in Aitkin. She was born April 17, 1938 in Flint, MI. to Walter and Doris (Marks) Johnson. Mary was united in marriage to Kenneth C. Haug on July 19, 1965 in Watertown, SD. She served as Aitkin County Commissioner for 12 years. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth, son Marty, Infant son, sister Martha, and father Walter. Mary is survived by her mother Doris Johnson of Milwaukee, WI. 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Mark (Brenda) Freitag of Hickory, NC. David (Rosario) Freitag of St. Anthony, MN. 2 brothers: Dick and Steve Johnson both of Milwaukee, WI. 22 grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo. Reverend James Raisanen will officiate. Burial will be in Marquette, MI. 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 Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
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Donna Marie Dale
07/10/1948-04/26/2015
Donna Marie Dale, age 66 of Aitkin, died Sunday, April 26, 2015 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Donna was born on July 10, 1948 in Aitkin where she grew up and attended schools. She moved to Duluth and did factory work for a time and then worked in one of the Duluth Schools. She married Clifford J. Dale on September 22, 1973 in Cloquet, Mn. They lived in Duluth, Aitkin, Palisade, Bemidji and Brainerd before settling back in Aitkin over 30 years ago. She has lived here since. She was a former mentor for the Kinship Program. She enjoyed scrapbooking, painting and collecting dolls. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband Clifford Dale of Aitkin; Sons and spouses: Tim and Denea Dale of Aitkin; Adam and Misty Dale of Aitkin; Grandchildren: Josh, Mason, Dakota, Emma, Kristen, Kenneth, Jason, Larry and Cody; Brother Pat and Sister Patty. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 sister. A memorial service will be held Friday, May 1, 2015 at 2 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. A lunch will follow at Aitkin City Park. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Alice Marie Brophy
04/13/1927-04/22/2015
Alice Marie Brophy, Age 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday April 22, 2015 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center. Alice was born on April 13, 1927 In Mt. Vernon, Illinois to Carl and Lela Pace. Alice graduated Roosevelt high school, St Louis, Mo in 1943 then attended Miss Hickey’s school for secretaries in St Louis Mo, graduating in 1944. Alice married W. Don Brophy on April 21, 1946 in Florissant MO. After moving to Minneapolis in 1953 Alice worked for various accounting and law firms until her retirement in 1989. She and Don moved to their home on Briggs Lake near St. Cloud. Alice stayed busy with various volunteering opportunities and was the president of the Shrine Auxiliary for a number of years. In 1999 Alice moved to Aitkin and stayed busy with her hobbies of cross stitch, crosswords puzzles, church groups along with volunteering recording the local newspaper for the visually impaired, calling bingo and crafting at Aitkin Health Services. Alice enjoyed 6 years at Blackrock Terrace from 2008 until moving to Crosby in 2014 where she continued to enjoy her hobbies, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband W. Don Brophy, Son Douglas Jennings, Daughter Beverly, Grandson Michael Jennings. She is survived by Sons, Michael (Deborah), Thomas (Pam), and Tim (Maggie), 9 Grand Children and 10 Great Grandchildren. There will be a Celebration of Alice’s Life at New Life Church in Aitkin, MN. 2:00P.M. - Saturday May 2, 2015. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Aitkin. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Georgiana Marie Wold
10/27/1928-04/21/2015
Georgiana Marie Wold, age 86, of Aitkin died April 21, 2015 at Riverwood Health Care Center. Georgiana was born October 27, 1928 to Richard and Anna (Eischenbacher) Eimer. She grew up and attended grade school in Iron Hub, Minnesota. She graduated from Aitkin High School in 1946. After high school she worked as a bookkeeper for Land O’ Lakes Corporation and eventually became office manager. It was here that she met her future husband Roger Wold. They were married June 9, 1950. In March 1952, they made the long journey to Anchorage, Alaska where Roger started construction and Georgiana worked in the accounting department for the Civil Aeronautics Administration. They returned back to Minnesota and after the birth of her three oldest children, she worked at Security State Bank and was a member of the Aitkin Community Hospital Board. She later took a bookkeeping job at the Aitkin Public Schools. In 1964, she went to work with her husband who had started Village Auto Sales that eventually became Wold-Buick – GMC, Inc. and later became MacDonald-Wold, Inc. She continued to work at the dealership as accountant and business manager until she retired in 1999. She was active in the Chamber of Commerce. She was a driving force of the organization of the first Aitkin All Class Reunion in 1984. She was member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Aitkin and was active in Bible Study Classes, taught Sunday school and served as Sunday School Superintendent for many years. She served as the choir director for the church for 45 years. She had a deep love for God, her family, and her community. She was preceded into death by her husband, Roger G. Wold in 2010; three brothers, one sister, and parents. She is survived by daughter, Julie (Jack) Solien of Aitkin, three sons, Mark (Gina) Wold, Steven (Gretchen) Wold, and Scott (Sheryl) Wold all of Aitkin. 8 Grandchildren, Eric Wold, Jason Wold, Chris Wold, Brandon Wold, Joe Solien, Ben Solien, Brian Wold and Jordon Wold; and 4 Great-Grandchildren, Ian Wold, Tanner Wold, Harper Solien, and Addison Solien. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 30 2015 at 11 AM from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker 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 service at the church on Thursday. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. 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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Rodina Fahrendorff
05/06/1919-04/20/2015
Rodina Fahrendorff, 95 of McGregor and Aitkin died Monday, April 20, 2015 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born May 6, 1919 in Howard Lake to Isaac and Myrtle (Gore) Compton. She was preceded in death by her husband Russell, daughter Audrey Bergman, and her parents. Rodina is survived by her children: Barbara Kruse, Diane (Bob) Cherioli, Betty Maznio, and Russell Fahrendorff, Jr. 17 grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery, Minneapolis. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Rick Charles Benjamin (Nay Tumigwan Nabe)
06/26/1972-04/19/2015
Rick C. Benjamin (Nay Tumigwan Nabe), Bullhead Clan age 42 of McGregor died Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Mn. Rick was born June 26, 1972 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Jerry and Katherine (Baptiste) Benjamin Sr. He grew up between East Lake and Cloquet and attended the Fond Du Lac Ojibwe School and graduated from there. He then went to work for the Mille Lacs Grand Casino and then worked for the Mille Lacs Band as a maintenance engineer. He has lived in the East Lake area for most of his life. He was a member of the Big Drum Society, he loved to hunt, and it was a big part of his life. He also enjoyed riding 4 wheelers and spending time with his family. He is survived by his sons: Joe Benjamin and Jordan Benjamin both of McGregor; brothers and sisters: Jerry (Dora) Benjamin of McGregor, Sharon Benjamin of Minneapolis, Frank (Colleen) Benjamin of Onamia, Maurice (Brenda) Benjamin of McGregor, Lisa (John) Benjamin of McGregor, Kevin (Sherry) Benjamin of McGregor, Thomas (Vanessa) Benjamin of McGregor; mother of his children: Keley Kruse of McGregor; Adopted family: Larry Smallwood of Hinckley, Pete Gahbow of Onamia, Bill Gahbow of Onamia, Eric Gahbow of Onamia, Tammy Gahbow of Onamia and Nancy Gahbow of Minneapolis and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 23, 2015 beginning at 10 AM at the East Lake Community Center with Skip Churchill officiating. The wake will begin on Wednesday evening at 4 PM. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery at McGregor. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home McGregor.
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Gertrude E. Botz
11/29/1925-04/18/2015
Gertrude E. Botz, 89 of Aitkin died Saturday, April 18, 2015 at her home. She was born November 29, 1925 in Waverly to William and Augusta (Schinkel) Kanehl. She graduated from Buffalo High School. Gertrude was united in marriage to Armund W. Botz on April 24, 1948 in Sauk Rapids. She worked for Sears and Roebuck for many years and moved to Little Pine Lake in 1982. She was a member of the American Legion Auxillary and Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her husband Armund on April 6, 2003, brothers and sisters and her parents. Gertrude is survived by her sister Irene, many nieces, nephews, and special friends. Graveside service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, April 24, 2015 at Lake View Cemetery, Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Memorials are preferred to HomeHealth partnership Hospice. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Elizabeth Marie Myers
06/02/1928-04/14/2015
Elizabeth Marie Myers, age 86 of Aitkin died Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Betty was born June 2, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan the daughter of Arthur and Mary (Fensom) Ronn. She worked for Hughes Aircraft for many years and retired to the Aitkin area. She enjoyed sewing and gardening. She is survived by daughters: Lynne Miklebost, Kathy Nelson and Judy Jones, one brother: Edward Gottlieb and grandchildren: Celeste Bennes, Karen Seyfried, Todd Averhoff, Trent Averhoff, Troy Averhoff and Kim and Kelly Comstock. A memorial service will be planned at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Calvin L. Brown
03/08/1923-04/12/2015
Calvin L. Brown, 92 of Palisade passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born March 8, 1923 in Saint Cloud to Earle E. and Mary Ellen (VanNurden) Brown. Cal graduated from Kimball High School in 1941 and was drafted into the Air force in 1943. After training at the Central Fire Control School he became a Fire Controller for the then new B-29 Bombers. His was the first squadron to go overseas to war with the B-29’s. He enjoyed sharing and wrote about his war experiences including being shot down over China and surviving a bailout and rescue mission. He served in the Air force until 1945 when he was sent home because his mother was terminally ill and the war was ending. His war experiences led him to the 40th Bomb Group, a national fraternity of fellow WWII veterans who met annually to honor their comrades and share memories. Cal served on the Board of Directors for the 40th Bomb group and was elected as their president. Cal was united in marriage to Louella Rusher on September 15, 1947 in Manteno, IL. – they shared 67 years together. Cal and Louella enjoyed attending fall conventions for the 40th Bomb group for 25 years. After marriage, the couple resided in Knapp, WI. and St. Paul for a short time before moving to Peotone, IL. where they purchased the Curve Inn Bar and Restaurant. They moved back to Cal’s birthplace of Kimball in the spring of 1958 and purchased the Rest-A-While Resort, a family owned resort which played host to many local and regular visitors. The Brown’s would raise their children there, a setting that would offer countless friends and cherished family memories. During this time, Cal became a licensed pipefitter in the St. Cloud union and worked on a variety of visible projects including Becker Power Plant and St. Anne’s Catholic Church. He served on the Kimball School Board and was Chairman of the Board when the High School was built in the early 1970’s. He became a Mason in 1947. Most recently, Cal was a member of the Mystic Lodge of Aitkin. He served as Past Master of Kimball Lodge and was a member of the Zurah Shrine, the Scottish Rite and the Order of the Eastern Star. Upon selling the resort, Cal and Louella purchased property on Lake Esquagamah. Together, they would build their home on Lake Esquagamah brick by brick. Cal was gifted at meeting and making neighborhood friends through fishing and hunting. The Brown’s were members of the Up North Group where he provided much skilled labor for the construction of the Waukenabo Town Hall. During their retirement, the Brown’s would winter in Phoenix, AZ – at first for 10 days and later for much of the winter. Cal was a devoted husband and a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Simply put, he enjoyed people. He loved most outdoor activities including hunting and fishing and gardening. No building project was too big and no fix it project was too small for Cal. He amazed many with his ability to diagnose and repair a problem. He enjoyed sharing stories from all of these and other life experiences with family and friends. Calvin was preceded in death by his parents, Earle E. and Mary Ellen (VanNurden) Brown, sisters: Wanda Gillis, Rheba Holms and Jenny Fischer and brother Bud Brown. He is survived by his wife Louella, daughter Lorrie (Bradley) Rugg of Owatonna and son Barry of Palisade(Julie Baxley of Lake Forest, CA.), granddaughter, Katy Rugg (Jeff Barthman) and a great-grandson, Rogan Barthman all of Hudson, WI. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. A Masonic Service will begin at 9:30A.M. and visitation will begin at 10:00A.M. – Thursday at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be 1:00P.M. – Friday at the Kimball Cemetery, Kimball, MN. www.srtfuneral.com
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Simon L. Hill
03/02/1937-04/09/2015
SIMON LEN HILL Simon Len Hill, 78, of Aitkin, passed away on April 9, 2015. Simon left on his journey to his after life at Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center. He died peacefully in the arms of Claire Rousu Hill, who was his soul mate and wife of 56 years. Simon—whose Indian name is Niigaanii Ma’iinagan (lead wolf)—was born March 2, 1937 and raised on the Red Lake Nation, located in northern Minnesota. He was a member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians. Simon served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953-58. He attended Hanson Trade School in Fargo, N.D. Following the Hill family’s move from Morris, Minn. to Aitkin in 1966 he worked at Aitkin Body Shop. He opened his own business, Simon’s Body Shop, and operated it for 37 years. He served on the Advisory Board for the Auto Body Repair Program at Brainerd Area Vocational Technical Institute. Simon was an active member of St. John’s (Missouri Synod) Lutheran Church in Aitkin. He is a former financial secretary of St. John’s and a former Vacation Bible School Recreation Volunteer. He was involved in many community activities over the years, serving as an advisor on the Aitkin Public Schools Building committee. In later years, he worked for Aitkin Public Schools as a bus driver, taking students to and from Brainerd. He was also a former Red Cross volunteer. Simon was a life-long lover of sports and the outdoors. He played basketball in high school and played in Aitkin’s “Over 35 Softball League.” He especially loved the Minnesota Twins, his Simon’s B/S Softball Team, racing cars with his son Roland, watching all of his grandchildren play sports over the years, taking drives, and hunting ducks on Kiwosay on the Red Lake Reservation with his family and close friends. He was enormously proud of his four children and encouraged higher education from the time they were very young. Simon was preceded in death by his parents, the late Maud English Mahjeosake Hill and Len L. Okemahwahjewenen Hill of Red Lake and several half-sisters and half-brothers, including: Mary Jane (Smith) English; Dorothy (Brown) Hardy; Doris (Brown) Cobenais; Gladys Brown; Esther (English) Stone; Alvin Percy; and George Brown. Simon will be deeply missed by his wife Claire and four children—Elizabeth (Loye Miller) of Hana, Maui, Hawai’i; Margo Temple (Nathan) of Owatonna, Minn.; Annamarie of Forest Lake, Minn. and Roland (Kay) of Aitkin; several grandchildren, Cassandra Gilgenbach (Jordan), Derek Ritter, Kylan Hill, Kinzer Hill, Alanna Hill (Matt Hafiz), Matthew Kleinhans and Lydia Kleinhans; and great-grandchildren, Tracen Hafiz, Lucy Gilgenbach and Iliana Hafiz. In addition, step grandchildren Joshua Temple, Jake Temple and step great grandchildren, Joshy, Zachary, Levi and Annabelle Temple. Visitation will be on Sunday, April 12, 4-7 p.m. with a short prayer service at 7 p.m. at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. The funeral service and celebration of Simon’s life will be held on Monday, April 13 at 10:30 a.m. with visitation one hour before services at St. John’s Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) in Aitkin. Pallbearers are Simon’s grandsons Derek Ritter, Kylan Hill, Kinzer Hill, Matthew Kleinhans, Jordan Gilgenbach and Matthew Hafiz. Honorary Pallbearers are Jim Ruschmeier, Larry Goble, Ron Lammers, Rich Liljenquist, Joel Hoelz, Bernie Kotaska and Jim Shirilla. Simon will be buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minn., on Tuesday, April 14 at 12:00 noon.
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Glen Alan Olesen
03/19/1933-04/03/2015
Glen Olesen, age 82, a life long resident of Palisade, Minnesota passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at his home on April 3rd, 2015 following a long battle with prostate cancer. Glen was born on the family farm located in Waukenabo Township on March 19th, 1933 to Alfred and Gladys Olesen. He attended rural schools and graduated from Aitkin High School, class of 1951. After enlisting in the US Army, Glen served our Country during the Korean War as a combat engineer from 1953-1954. After he got out he headed west to Wenatchee, Washington where he rejoined his family and began his career in the concrete business. He learned the trade on many public construction sites, dams and schools. However his love for Minnesota, its four seasons, and the place he grew up called him back. On September 12, 1964 Glen married Patricia Daly at Round Lake, where they soon made their home. Glen had a successful masonry career while also logging and doing extensive Bobcat work for those who wanted to "move a little dirt" around the area. He found great joy in long walks in the woods, hunting, gardening, canning his fruits and vegetables and making his famous goulash. He loved to help people in just about every way from plumbing, tree cutting to electrical . . . he never retired. Glen was preceded in death by his wife Patricia, parents Alfred and Gladys, sister Mavis and brother Leo. Survivors include his sister JoAnn Maydole, of Wenatchee, WA, sons Todd Olesen (Sharon)of Palisade, Minnesota, Chris Olesen (Diane) of Crystal, Minnesota and Kent Olesen (Heidi) of Palisade, Minnesota. Grandchildren: Michelle VanStone, James VanStone, Taylor Olesen, Everett and Charlotte Olesen. A memorial service will be 11:00A.M. - Friday, April 17, 2015 at Westside Church in Aitkin. Visitation will begin at 10:00A.M. at the church. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727. A luncheon will immediately follow at the church. A private burial service will be held in June at the Waukenabo Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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LeRoy Vogt
08/26/1946-03/29/2015
LeRoy Cyril Vogt, age 68, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Mn. LeRoy was born August 26, 1946 in Richmond, Mn. the son of John Herman and Helena Elizabeth (Ressemann) Vogt. After graduating from the Albany High School he served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army. LeRoy was an excellent mechanic and used those skills working in Minnesota, Nebraska and Wyoming. He also drove a commercial truck and farmed on the Wyoming/Colorado border near Baggs. He rode longhorn bulls and horses and was seldom found without his cowboy hat and boots. He was preceded in death by his parents, Brother Melvin and Brother in law John Blasius. He is survived by his Sisters: Eileen Blasius of Richmond and Alma (Ted) Buerman of Albany; Brothers: Ralph (Rita) Vogt of Richmond, Donald Vogt of New Munich, and Roger (Markell) of Palisade, MN. Plus numerous nieces and nephews and their families. A memorial service with military honors will be held Friday, April 10, 2015 at 11 AM at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley. Interment will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Cyril M. Nix
04/23/1928-03/25/2015
Cyril M. Nix, age 86 of Aitkin died Tuesday, March 23, 2015 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Cyril was born April 23, 1928 in Nordland Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota the son of Stanley and Effie (Thompson) Nix. He grew up on the home place and helped farm on his parent place, as well as for neighbors and brothers. He worked in the wheat fields at Ada, Mn. in 1944. In 1945 he worked in the corn fields of Barup with Raymond Benecke. In the winter of 1947 he cut logs for Rudolph Olsen and in the winter of 1948 he picked oranges in Florida with Cecil and Clifford Bodin and Jr. Ecklund. In 1951 he drove truck in the Virginia, Mn. area for the Iron Ore Mines. He then served in the U.S. Navy from September of 1951 to August of 1955. He married Nora Dean Nelson on August 25, 1956 in Ellendale, Minnesota. They moved to their home in Bloomington, Mn. in 1960 and Cyril started his career as a plumber in the twin cities. He worked as a plumber until his retirement in 1990. In that same year he built a house in Nordland Township of Aitkin County. In 1996 they purchased a winter home in Mesa, Arizona. He was a member of the Plumbers Local #15, was a life member of the VFW and also served on its Color Guard for many years. He was baptized and confirmed at the First Lutheran Church in Ellendale, Mn and belonged to that congregation from 1956 to 1960. He then joined St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington and was a member there until 1991 when they moved to the Aitkin area and became a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Nordland Township. He is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Kendall and Debby Nix of Bloomington, Mn.; Grandchildren: Daoma Lou Nix of Moorhead, Mn.; Amanda Jean (Jesse) Rose of Bloomington, Mn.; Grant Leslie Nix of Bloomington, n.; Great Grandchildren: Carter Hall, Nolan Hall and Sydni Rose; Sisters: Agnes Miles of McGrath, Mn.; Lorraine Johnson of Owatonna, Mn.; Virginia VanHorn of Aitkin, Mn. and Arlene Deuermeyer of Kimball, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Nora in February, 1 sister Evangeline and 5 brothers: Lee, Wendell, Wayne, Roland and Harvey. A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 1 PM from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Nordland Township of Aitkin County with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dorothy Louise Anderson
04/01/1923-03/19/2015
Dorothy “Doffy” Louise Anderson, 91 of Palisade passed peacefully Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Aitkin Health Services, 12 days shy of her 92nd birthday. She joined her two husbands who preceded her: Norman Gatz 1946 and John Anderson 1997, her son John V. Anderson 2008, and granddaughter Shari Rae Meger 1974. Doffy is survived by her children: Dick (Jan) Gatz, Cheryl (Fritz) Burfeind, Robert Gatz, Roger (Shelly) Anderson, Margie (Bob) Meger, Doug (Barb) Anderson; Sisters: Marjorie Sobon, Eleanor Cross, Betty Forrest, and one brother Robert Nelson. She was surrounded in love by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson, plus many nieces and nephews. She was born April 1, 1923 in Bertrum, MN. She was raised in Minneapolis, where she met and married Norman Gatz and they had 3 children. She was widowed at age 22 and at age 23 was living with another family when the house they lived in caught on fire. She was named hero of the week by the Minneapolis Star Tribune for saving the lives of 6, including her own 3 children, at great expense to her own safety. She suffered extensive burns to her face and hands. Sometime during her recovery she met John Anderson from Palisade. Eventually they were married and together they had 4 children. Together they raised 7 children. They ventured back and forth from Minneapolis and Palisade until John’s retirement when they moved permanently to Palisade where she has lived since. Doffy loved knitting, crocheting, cribbage at the bar and was most proud of being the Palisade Mountain Men “Mom”!! She enjoyed dancing all her life and was still entertaining the staff at the nursing home with her dancing in her last days. She had a sense of adventure and loved playing with her grandchildren, whether it was trying out their dirt bike or playing Annie Annie Over!! She will be very missed but the funny, loving memories and “Grandma” stories will be told many times over. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. Reverend William Sass will officiate. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. – Monday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery at a later date. www.srtfuneral.com
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Mary Virginia Hendrickson
05/21/1920-03/19/2015
Mary Virginia Hendrickson, 94 of Aitkin died Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Aitkin Health Services. She was born May 21, 1920 in Fayetteville, Arkansas to Joseph and Seina Balme. She was preceded in death by her husband Heimer Hendrickson; 3 children: Joseph Hendrickson, Harriet Burgess, and Joyce Burgess; brother Sherman Balme; Sisters and brothers-in-law: Rose (Emil) Anderson, Edythe (Lee) Fischer, Ilene (Charles) Elving; brothers and sisters-in-law: Joseph (Lillian) Balme and Edward (Marvel) Balme; son-in-law Leroy Sprute. Mary is survived by her children and spouses: RoseAnne (Vernon) Voss of Isle Richard (Punkin) Hendrickson of Duluth Russell (Cindy) Hendrickson of Duluth Lois Sprute of Richfield Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Don Norman will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Palisade. www.srtfuneral.com
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Joseph Robert Straughn
02/12/1940-03/13/2015
Joseph Robert Straughn, 75, passed away peacefully March 13th at his winter home in Wellton, AZ. He was born February 12, 1940, in Dade City, FL, the son of Ray & Winnie (Bodiford) Straughn. He attended school in Bowling Green, FL. He served in the US Air Force and worked various jobs in Florida, California, Colorado and Alaska. He married Judy L. (Foss) April 2, 1966 in Inglewood, CA. They resided in Redondo Beach, CA, and then moved to Crookston, MN where he began a career in Carpentry and Construction that his Uncles had taught him. In 1971 they moved to Tampa, FL where he worked with Home Building. In 1977 they moved to Aitkin, MN. He operated Wood Industries Cabinet Shop, which later became his construction company. In 1984 they purchased Cuyuna Lanes of Crosby and operated it until 1995. He continued various construction projects into his retirement. Upon retirement they spent winters in Arizona and Texas and summers at their home on Cedar Lake. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Cedarbrook. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and dear friend. Joseph was an avid golfer, he loved hunting & fishing, and spending time with his family, especially his children & grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother William in 2014 and infant granddaughter. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Judy; daughters, Erin (Eric) Jones, Greely, Co, Stephanie Rutt (James Packard), Maple Grove, Shelly (Mckinley) Brown, Baxter and Jennifer (Jeff) Rikala, Aitkin; 16 grandchildren: Sarah, Samantha, Timothy, Peter, Noah, Michael, Joshua, Gracie, Hannah, Chloe, Jethro, and Abigail Jones; Marissa & Madison Brown; Kyler & Quinton Rikala; 2 brothers, James (Barbara) Straughn, Charles (Faye) Straughn; Sister, Helen Robb; Sister-in-Law, Dorothy Straughn all of San Antonio, TX. Funeral Service will be Saturday, March 28th at 1:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Cedarbrook. Visitation will be one hour before services at the church. Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran, Cedarbrook Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorenson-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Rae Ann Halverson
06/06/1942-03/07/2015
Rae Ann Halverson June 6, 1942 - March 7, 2015 Rae Ann Halverson, a loving mother and grandmother, passed away on March , 2015 from lung cancer. Rae Ann was born and raised in Minneapolis and lived there for most of her younger years. She moved to McGregor Minnesota in 1975 and in 1984 opened the Cajun Queen with her husband George. Her colorful attitude and positive outlook on life drew many to her. She is survived by her sons, Jon and Jay, their wives Yukiko and Marisela, and three grandchildren, Kasie, Alex, and Elissa, and her partner Nial Nickey. The family is grateful for the wonderful care she received in her last days at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth. Services will be held at the McGregor High School Auditorium 11:00am, Saturday, March 14th. Visitation will begin at 10:00am. A pot luck will be held at the McGregor VFW Post 1727 following the service. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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James E. Spencer
05/31/1927-03/07/2015
James E. Spencer, age 87 of Aitkin died Saturday, March 7, 2015 at his home. James was born May 31, 1927 in Palisade, Minnesota the son of Frank and Alletta (Mayer) Spencer. He grew up in the Fleming area of Aitkin County and attended the Fleming School near Gun Lake. He then worked on the family farm for a time before going to work for a mill in Aitkin. He then moved to the Twin Cities and worked on a dairy farm for a short time and then he went to work for the Whirlpool Corporation. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952 spending a year in Germany. Upon his discharge he returned to Minnesota and married Norma Mae Patton on October 29, 1952 in North Woods, Iowa. The lived in Minneapolis for a short time and then moved to Sat. Paul before moving to Woodbury and living there until moving to Aitkin in 1985. He retired from the Whirlpool Corporation in 1984. He had worked doing assembly work, construction, building maintenance and worked in the Warehouse for Whirlpool. He worked part time for Aitkin Discount Foods Grocery Store when he moved to Aitkin. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing, Snowmobiling, camping and telling tall tales. He was a member of the Teamsters Union and the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. He is survived by his wife: Norma Mae Spencer of Aitkin; Sons: Craig E. and Darlene Spencer of Cottage Grove, Mn.; Bryan L. Spencer of Stillwater, MN.; Grant M. Spencer of Montgomery, Mn.; David W. and Lois Spencer of Aitkin, Mn.; Daughter: Sandra Nagel of Aitkin, Mn.; Sisters: Darlene Howard of Merrifield, Mn.; Phyllis Morris of Aitkin, Mn.; Helen (Cliff) Carlson of Brainerd, Mn.; Laurel Spencer of Ogden, Utah; Grandchildren: Jay (Lesa) Spencer, Jolene (Darren) Wilke, Charissa (Kevin) Williams, Emma Spencer, Ryan Spencer, Erin (Steve) Greenhow, Mike Nagel, Stacy Nagel; Great Grandchildren: Tyler Spencer, Taylor Wilke, Nick Spencer, Tanner Wilke, Hannah Greenhow, Wesley Greenhow, Adeline Walker, Luella(James) Greenhow, Daniel Peterson, Alaya Williams and Mathias Williams. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Glen Spencer and Bob Spencer, Brothers in law: Ray Morris and Richard Howard and sister in law: Cleo Spencer. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM and also 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Spencer Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Debra Ann Fredrickson
05/06/1958-03/07/2015
Debra Ann Fredrickson, 56 of McGregor died Saturday, March 7, 2015 at her residence in McGregor. She was born May 6, 1958 in Minneapolis to Darold and AmyLou (Ogard) Burg. She was a very creative person who enjoyed gardening and was an avid rock collector. She was preceded in death by two nephews, Derek Burg and Brandon Lanie, and her father Darold Burg. Debra is survived by her mother AmyLou Burg of Maple Lake Children: Amber Fredrickson (James Johnson) of McGregor Austin (Candie) Fredrickson of McGregor Amos (Sarah) Fredrickson of McGregor Grandchildren: Darian Fredrickson, Kenzie Fredrickson, A.J. Johnson, Brennon Fredrickson, Millie Johnson, Nicholas Fredrickson, Macie Fredrickson Brother: Mark (Vicki) Burg of McGregor Sisters: Teresa (Clayton) Vnuk of Big Lake Kim (Lee) Sather of McGregor Nicole (Troy) Lanie of Buffalo Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Pastor Joel Seibel will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Harry "Ernie" Banks
10/07/1940-02/28/2015
Harry “Ernie” Banks, age 74 of Malmo formerly of St. Francis, Mn. died Saturday, February 28, 2015 at his home in Malmo. Ernie was born October 7, 1940 in Crosby, Minnesota the son of William and Opal (Randall) Banks. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1959. He married Bonnie Jean Bellefuille on December 5, 1959 in Crosby, Minnesota. Ernie went to work for the Honeywell Corporation and was a Tool and Die operator. He worked for Honeywell for over 40 years retiring in 2000. He and his wife lived in Minneapolis for a time and raised their family in St. Francis, Minnesota. Upon his retirement they spent winters in Texas and summers in Malmo. He attended the Malmo Evangelical Free Church. He enjoyed traveling, the outdoors and had made numerous trips to the Boundary Waters. Ernie also loved to “Debate” issues. He is survived by his mother: Opal Banks of Aitkin; Children: Ken (Janene) Banks of Isanti, Mn.; Julie (Todd) Stowell of Malmo, Mn.; Deanna (Tony) Kelley of Gilbert, S.C.; Grandchildren: Jason Kelley, Brandon Kelley, Colton Banks, Cailin Longtin, Connor Longtin, Velvet Longtin; Brothers: Donald (Barbara) Banks of Hibbing, Mn; William (Suetta) Banks of Aitkin; Sisters: Bonnie (Joseph) Moore of Dayton, Ohio; Jeanette (Roger) Andrews of Minneapolis, Mn.; Martha (Randy) Wise of Princeton, Mn. He was preceded in death by his fathers: Ruben Rono in 1990 and William Banks in 2004, Wife Bonnie Jean Banks in 2014 and Sister: Elsie Rono in 1943. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 2 PM from the Malmo Evangelical Free Church with Rev. Glenn Browning officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Orrin L. Krussow
02/02/1928-02/23/2015
Orrin L. Krussow, age 87 of Aitkin died Monday, February 23, 2015 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Orrin was born February 2, 1928 at Osseo, Minnesota the son of Frank and Mathilda (Wenz) Krussow. He grew up and attended schools in Robbinsdale and graduated from the Robbinsdale High School. He worked a number of jobs but spent most of his time working for the Osseo School district. He married Marlys Olafson on May 22, 1948 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Maple Grove, Minnesota. They moved to the Aitkin area after Orrin retired from the Osseo School district and have lived here since. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and farming. He was a member of the Kimberly Community Church. He is survived by his wife Marlys Krussow of Aitkin; Daughters: Bonnie (Jacob) Richter of West Palm Beach, Florida; Carol Adamson of Rochester, Mn.; Grandchildren: Marla Richter, Justin Richter and Ian Adamson and brother: Kenneth Krussow of Remer, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Rick Perry officiating. Burial will be in the Saron Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM service on Saturday at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srttfuneral.com.
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Anna Lou Hansen
08/16/1936-02/21/2015
Anna Lou “Amy” Hansen, age 78 of Aitkin died Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Golden Horizons Memory Care Assisted Living Center. Anna Lou was born August 16, 1936 in Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Ernest and Irene (Tool) Woodrow. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School. She married Virgil H. Hansen on April 9, 1960 in Aitkin. The made their home in South Minneapolis where they raised their family. She had worked a short time for the Prudential Life Insurance Co. until the birth of her first son. They retired back to Aitkin in 1989 and have lived here since. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, watching birds, snowmobiling, had bowled for many years and was a wonderful cook. She is survived by her four sons: Gary (Linda) Hansen of Aitkin; Daniel (Melanie) Hansen of Moose Lake, Mn.; Dale (Penny) Hansen of Aitkin and Craig Hansen of Aitkin; Brother: Jim Woodrow of Aitkin; Grandchildren: Ernie, Shaun, Emily, Kim, Jeff, Leslie, Haley, and great grandchildren: Juniper, Iris and Aubrie. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Virgil in 1995, brothers: Orville and Frank and sisters: Dorothy, Alta Mae, Vera, Pearl and Marie. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 27, 2015 at 11 AM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 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 Diamond Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Harvey E. Fairchild
03/05/1939-02/19/2015
Harvey E. Fairchild, 75 of Aitkin died Thursday, February 19, 2015 at his home. He was born March 5, 1939 in Aitkin to Harry E. and Vieno M. (Leppanen) Fairchild. He graduated from Aitkin High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving from 1961 to 1963. Harvey was united in marriage to Wendy (Green) on August 24, 1991 in Aitkin. He worked in Pipeline construction and then for Aitkin County Road and Bridge for 16 years. He was a member of the American Legion and the local 49rs Union. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and mechanical repair. He was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Vieno Fairchild, brother William Fairchild, and sister Elaine Somero. Harvey is survived by his wife Wendy 4 Children and 9 grandchildren: Bret (Trace Ann) Fairchild; Hunter and Steel of Aitkin Kele (John) Jurkoshek; Ford and Rivers of Arlington, TX Ingred (Tom) Douthwright; Craig and Kyle of Langdon, Alberta Kristin (Shawn) Kurian; Emma, Julian, and Jaimes of Toronto, Ontario Sister: Loretta Graves Many other relatives and friends. A celebration of life will be 3:00P.M. – Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Westside Calvary Baptist Church in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the celebration at the church. Military honors are by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Donald W. Hanson
06/18/1934-02/13/2015
Donald W. Hanson, age 80 of Aitkin died Friday, February 13, 2015 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. Donald was born June 18, 1934 in Aitkin the son of Henry and Agnes (Johnson) Hanson. He grew up in the Aitkin area attended schools in Thor and Aitkin. HE went to work for his father driving truck for the H.C. Hanson Trucking Co which later became the Hanson Brothers Trucking Co. He married Sally Ann Lundeen on October 27, 1956 in Kimberly. They lived in rural Aitkin and in 1971 they bought their farm and raised turkeys from 1971 to 1998. He also drove truck for Cemstone for a number of years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards and spending time with his family, especially with his granddaughter Haylee. He was a member of the Mystic Masonic Lodge #213, the Order of the Eastern Star and was a 32nd degree A&A Scottish Rite life member of Duluth. He is survived by his wife Sally Hanson of Aitkin; Sons: Mark Hanson of Killdeer, North Dakota and Kim Hanson of McGregor, Mn.; Granddaughter: Haylee Rae Hanson of Crosby; Brother: Alvin Hanson of Aitkin and Sister Doris Nordean of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents, Brother Edwin Hanson and Daughter in law Margaret Hanson. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Burial will be in the Saron Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 7 PM with a Masonic Service at 7 PM all at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. The visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jacquelyn Dorothy Gustafson
08/11/1934-02/11/2015
Jacquelyn Dorothy Gustafson, 80 of McGregor died Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at her home. She was born August 11, 1934 in Lidgerwood, North Dakota to Leonard and Lucille (Ebel) Wahl. Jacquelyn was united in marriage to Donald Albin Gustafson on June 19, 1964 in Minneapolis. Jackie's faith was strong and she loved her church. She enjoyed being at her cabin on Big Sandy Lake for over 50 years, nature, reading, Bible studies, and her book club. She loved her family. Jackie adored her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of over 30 years Donald Gustafson. Jacquelyn is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law: Sandra (Michael) Kenney of Sturgeon Lake Anne (Robert) Johnson of Hermantown Five grandchildren: Alex and Max Kenney, Victoria, Tyler, and Savanna Johnson One brother and sister-in-law: James (Edythe) Wahl of Dunedin, FL. A 10 am visitation will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2015 until the 11 am funeral service at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Needle Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Nora Dean Nix
08/25/1937-02/11/2015
Nora Dean Nix, age 77 of Aitkin died Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at her home. Nora was born August 25, 1937 at Ellendale, Minnesota the daughter of Rasmus and Isla Mae (Thompson) Nelson. She grew up and attended schools in Ellendale graduating as salutatorian in 1955. She baptized, confirmed and married in First Lutheran Church of Ellendale. While in high school she worked at Buz and Mae’s Café, baby sat and did office work at the school office. She worked for Josten’s in Owatonna from 1955 to 1958. She married Cyril Matthew Nix on August 25, 1956 in Ellendale. In 1960 they moved to their home in Bloomington, Mn. She worked at Ziegler’s in Bloomington and then worked part time for Northwest Airlines, Toro and Donaldson Corp. She also worked with her husband at Statewide Plumbing in Richfield. She had also worked various other jobs but worked mostly for Farmers Insurance Company. They moved to their new house in Nordland Township near Aitkin in 1990. In 1996 they bought a lot and house in 1996. She was a life member of the VFW Auxiliary, was a former member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington from 1960 to 1991. She was a current member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, rural Aitkin from 1991 to present. She was also a member of WELCA. She was a very active quilter at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She is survived by her husband: Cyril Matthew Nix of Aitkin; Son and daughter in law: Kendall and Debby Nix of Bloomington; Grandchildren: Daoma Lou Nix of Moorhead, Mn.; Amanda Jeanne (Jesse) Rose of Bloomington, Mn.; Grant Leslie Nix of Bloomington, Mn.; Great Grandchildren: Carter Hall, Nolan Hall, Sydni Rose; three brothers: Marvin (Geraldine) Turner of Dawson, Mn.; Russell Turner of Austin, Tx.; Floyd (Sandy) Nelson of Maple Lake, Mn.; and sister: Janet Boehland of Bertha, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents. A memorial service will be held Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Rural Aitkin with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Bonnie Lou Kersten
07/10/1945-02/11/2015
Bonnie Lou Kersten, age 69 of Isle formerly of Pillager and Aitkin died Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. Bonnie was born July 10, 1945 at Braham, Minnesota the daughter of Verley and Darlene (Amermen) Long. She grew up and attended schools in Braham. She raised her family in Aitkin and moved to Pillager in the mid 1980’s where she lived for 23 years. She then moved to Isle and has lived there since. She worked many jobs and was a very hard worker. She loved to clean, and her home was always spotless. She was also had the cleanest and neatest yards around. She also enjoyed shooting guns, cooking, fishing, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a very funny person and had a great sense of humor. She was also a grandma to everyone. She is survived by her mother Darlene Long of Cambridge, Mn.; Children: Kimberly Wardle of North Branch, Mn.; Gretchen Mishler of Isanti, Mn.; Jenny (John) Baier of Royal, Iowa; Tracy Smoley of Stanchfield, Mn.; Frankie McDaniel of St. Cloud, Mn.; Frederick William (Jenny) Kersten of Pillager, Mn.; 22 grandchildren; 22 Great Grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Carol Steiner of Garrison, Mn.; Michael John Long of Minneapolis; Linda Grafenstein of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; Roxanne Long of St. Cloud, Mn.; and Larry Long of Luverne, Mn.; and good friend Bill Croft of Isle, Mn. She was preceded in death by her father Verley, son Lenny and grandson Brent. Bonnie donated her body to the University of Minnesota Bequest Program. The family will have a private service at a later date. The Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin is in charge of the arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com.
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John "Jack" M. Young
08/05/1929-02/10/2015
John (Jack) M. Young Jr., 85, of Aitkin, passed away on Tuesday February 10th while visiting family in Kauai, Hawaii. He was born August 5, 1929 in Brainerd, MN to John and Jessie Young, he grew up in the Merrifield area. He graduated from Crosby High School. He served his country as a U.S. Marine and was stationed in San Diego for numerous years. Jack worked a few years in various areas of Minnesota and North Dakota finally settling in the Aitkin area where he worked in the mines of the Cuyuna range. After mining he operated a construction business for twenty plus years. Jack was united in marriage to Lucille Mae Keath in 1957 and they raised three children. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, a 33rd degree Mason, served on the Board of the Aitkin Hospital/Riverwood Healthcare Center and he was involved with the Shriners Hospital of Duluth (now Twin Cities). He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Lucille, (a mere 4 and a half months ago); his parents, John and Jessie Young and one brother, James. He is survived by two sisters; Mary Panno, Sandy Brown; one Brother, Robert Young; three sons, three daughters in law and seven grandchildren: John & Anna Young; Jessie & Tyler, Keath & Lesley Young; Alec & Sydney. Clark & Stephanie Young; CJ, Lindsey & Kelsey. Funeral service will be 10:00A.M. - Friday, February 20, 2015 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, 31 Minnesota Avenue S., Aitkin, MN. 56431. Visitation will be held Thursday 5:00pm to 7:30pm with a Masonic service at 7:30pm at the funeral home. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service Friday. A Jack Young Memorial Brunch will be Friday, February 20, from 10:30A.M. to 1:30P.M. at the 40 Club Convention Center, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com or call 1-218-927-2614 Memorial contributions can be sent to: Shriners Hospital for Children-Twin Cities, 2025 East River Parkway, Minneapolis MN 55414.
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Norma D. Rapp
05/23/1920-02/06/2015
Norma D. Rapp, 94 of rural Welch and recently living in Aitkin died Friday, February 6, 2015 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born in Vasa Township to Clarence and Ruth (Olson) Odman. Norma was united in marriage to Arnold Rapp at her parent’s home in Welch. They farmed for several years in the Welch and Belle Creek area. She worked at the Vasa Creamery as a book keeper and the White Rock Bank as a teller during this time. In 1957 Arnold and Norma moved their family to Rochester, where she worked for Olmstead County Bank until they retired in 1981. In 1983 they moved back to the Vasa area where they built a new home. After Arnold died in 2002, she continued to live there until 2010 when she moved to Aitkin to live with her daughter. Norma was an avid bowler in Rochester and Cannon Falls. She enjoyed fishing with Arnold, snowmobiling, and knitting. She even took computer classes to be able to e-mail with friends. She worked part time at the Vasa Lutheran Church and volunteered at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. When her health started to fail, Norma moved to Aicota Assisted Living. She enjoyed playing cards with the residents and quilting for First Lutheran Church. Norma is survived by her son Gary (Janet) Rapp and daughter Linda (Gerry) Delaney, two granddaughters, two grandsons, and three great-grandsons. Funeral service will be 2:00P.M. – Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Vasa Lutheran Church, Welch, MN. Reverend Kristi Mitchell will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Vasa Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dorothea Myrtle Williams
01/09/1924-01/26/2015
Dorothea Myrtle Williams, age 91 of Aitkin died Monday, January 26, 2015 surrounded by family she passed in peace at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She will be truly missed. Dorothea was born on January 9, 1924 to Martin and Myrtle Berggren in Aitkin, Minnesota. She grew up in Glen and graduated from Aitkin High School. She married Gerald Williams on September 13, 1941. She was the light of his life and their love for each other showed each day of their marriage lasting 3 months shy of 60 years. Gere’ and Dorothea raised 7 children together. Their home was a gathering place for the kids’ school friends and when people “came to town”. Her baking was the favorite of those visiting and the cookie jar was always full. Dorothea is survived by her daughter in law Nora Williams (Terry), daughter Susan (Jerry) Ackerman; daughter Deena (Larry) Duncan; son Darl (Nancy); son Kim (Belva); daughter Jeanne (Bill) Christensen; and her favorite daughter Janine (Tim) Moriarty; 14 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren; one sister in law Ruth Berggren and one brother in law, Al Williams. She was preceded in death by her husband Gere’, son Terry, son in law Larry Duncan, brother Basil, sisters Ione and Elnora and her parents. A celebration of her life will be honored at a date to be determined. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Fredrick L. White
05/25/1934-01/25/2015
Fredrick “Fred” L. White, age 80 of Malmo died Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Fred was born May 23, 1934 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Fritz and Alice (Peterson) White. He grew up and attended schools in Wayzata and graduated from the Wayzata High School in 1953. He then attended the University of Minnesota for a year. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957 serving in Korea. Upon his discharge he returned to the Twin Cities and married Joanne B. Brummer on February 7, 1959 in Hamel, Minnesota. They made their home in Hamel and Fred worked for the family business, at Medina Sales. He and his family moved to Malmo in the early 1980’s and have lived here since. He operated Glen General Repair for two years and the owned and operated Malmo Motors until his retirement in 1995. He worked part time for Auto Valu (National Bushing) after he had retired. He lived and breathed snowmobiling. He was a charter member of the Hamel Sno-Runners Club, and was a member of the Mille Lacs Trails Snowmobile Club. He had been a member of the Hamel Trail Dusters Saddle Club, was a charter member of the Malmo/Glen Lions Club. He enjoyed cars, snowmobile racing, football and he loved to dance. Anything that had a screw or bolt he could fix. He is survived by his wife Joanne of Aitkin; children and spouses: Diane (Monte) Ripplinger of Rogers, Mn.; Donna White of Aitkin; Joy Borden of Malmo; Jim (Lorna) White of Malmo; Paul (Karla) White of Malmo; Grandchildren: Travis Ripplinger, Luke Borden, Mitchell White, Anthony White, Joseph White, Adam White, Emilee White, Melanie White, Maggie Borden, Samantha Borden, Nicole Borden; 1 Great Grandchild: Sydnee Pisarek. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 grandson James White. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 30, 2015 at 11 AM from the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo with Rev. Paul Mattson officiating. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Anthony R. Sundholm
06/08/1967-01/24/2015
Anthony R. Sundholm, age 47 of McGrath died Saturday, January 24, 2015 as the result of a motor vehicle accident. Anthony was born June 8, 1967 in Buffalo, Minnesota the son of Richard and Jacqueline (Wiederholt) Sundholm. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin. He then served in the U.S. Army during the Persian Gulf War. Upon his discharge he moved to Willmar, Minnesota and attended college there receiving his LPN degree and then his RN degree. He worked with his father at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul working in the Cardiac Critical Care Unit. He then went to work for the St. Cloud Hospital working in the ER. When Life Link started he went to work for them in St. Cloud working as a flight RN for 12 years. He then went to work for the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin in the E.R. Dept. When Life Link started the new base in Hibbing he went to work for them again in Hibbing. In 2013 he returned to Riverwood Health Care Center and was their Emergency Room Manager. He married Anita Eisenbacher on January 20, 1994 in Willmar. They currently make their home in the McGrath area. Anthony loved the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, four wheeling and snowmobiling. He also was an accomplished gunsmith. He is survived by wife Anita Sundholm of McGrath; Daughters: Chantell (Brandon) Geraci of Coppers Cove, Texas; Stacie Sundholm of McGrath; Mother: Jacqueline Sundholm of Cold Spring, MN.; 1 brother: Cody Sundholm of Cold Spring, Mn.; 3 sisters: Dawn Piecek, Holly Tucker and Darcy Weber all of Cold Spring, Mn. and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Monday, February 2, 2015 at 1:30 PM at the Westside Church in Aitkin. A gathering time will start at Noon and will run until the 1:30 PM services. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts and a Helicopter fly over will be done by Life Link. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Robert Junior Anderson
11/18/1932-01/22/2015
Robert Junior Anderson (Andy The Rose Man) age 82 of Aitkin, died Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the Golden Horizons Assisted Living Center in Aitkin. No services are planned at this time. Inurnment will take place at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Irene Mae Johnson
01/02/1917-01/21/2015
Irene Mae Johnson, 98 of Aitkin and formerly of Grand Rapids died Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born January 2, 1917 in Bovey to John and Ina (Antilla) Salo. She was active in the Republican Party, she served for 3 years as secretary of Minnesota Women’s Christian Temperance Union in Minneapolis. She worked at the YMCA in Grand Rapids, as a nurses aid and a homemaker. Irene was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids where she was very active as a volunteer, taught Sunday school, and was member of their women’s circle. She was preceded in death by her first husband Ivan Mikkola, second husband Arvid Johnson, son Duane Mikkola, brothers, sisters and parents. Irene is survived by her son: Rodney Mikkola of Minneapolis, 2 Daughters and sons-in-law: Carol (Steve) Reinhardt of Palisade, Janet (Neil) Hellrung of Hollister, MO., Her loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, Brother: Harry Salo of Aitkin and formerly of Trout Lake, Other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 12:00P.M. – Sunday, January 25, 2015 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Paul Anderson will officiate. Burial will be in Itasca-Calvary Cemetery in Grand Rapids. www.srtfuneral.com
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Richard Sylvester Rosol
08/29/1935-01/21/2015
Richard Sylvester Rosol, 79 of Aitkin died Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born August 29, 1935 in Guckeen, MN. to Edwin and Loretta (Jacobson) Rosol. He graduated from Fairmont High School. Richard was united in marriage to Arlyss Gieseke December 1, 1956 in Ceylon, MN. He was an avid outdoorsman and had a passion for restoring antique furniture. He enjoyed watching sports and spending time with family. He was preceded in death by his niece Lori Biehler, brother-in-law Vicente Biehler, and his parents. He is survived by his wife Arlyss, Son and daughter-in-law: Greg and Nancy Rosol, Daughter and son-in-law: Vicki and Alan Rathbun, Granddaughter: Erin Rosol (Matthew Schmidt), Sister: Rita Biehler, And other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M. – Tuesday, January 27, 2015 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Paul Mattson will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Memorial Cemetery in Fairmont in the spring. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the charity of the donors choice. www.srtfuneral.com
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Roger E. Pearson
12/05/1942-01/18/2015
Roger E. Pearson, 72 of Aitkin died Sunday, January 18, 2015 at his home. He was born December 5, 1942 in Saint Paul to Elmer and Isabelle (Anderson) Pearson. He graduated from Aitkin High School and was a U.S. Navy Veteran. Roger was united in marriage to Kathy (Gruenhagen) on February 13, 1965. He worked as a welder for Northern States Power/Excel Energy until his retirement. He enjoyed ice fishing and hunting, especially in Montana, and he loved to golf. He served as Farm Island Township Supervisor. He was a member of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin and served as church trustee. He was also a member of the Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86, the IBEW #160, and the Aitkin Lions Club where he was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award and the Hellen Keller Award. He was preceded in death by his parents: Elmer Pearson and Isabelle (Anderson) and step-father William Kellerman. Roger is survived by his wife Kathy Daughter and son-in-law: Julie (Ryan) Johnson of Becker Son and daughter-in-law: Brian (Debbie) Pearson of Foley 7 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren 5 Siblings: Charles (Judy) Pearson of Aitkin John (Connie) Pearson of Aitkin Shirley White of Brainerd Russell (Diane) Kellerman of Aitkin Allen “Pete” (Janelle) Kellerman of Aitkin Many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, January 23, 2015 at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. A prayer service will begin at 7:30P.M. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Glory Cemetery. Military honors will be given by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727. www.srtfuneral.com
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Doris A. Kvanvig
06/25/1927-01/17/2015
Doris A. Kvanvig, 87 of Aitkin died January 17, 2015 at her home. Services will be in the Spring of 2015. A full obituary will be published in the Aitkin Independent Age newspaper.
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Helen A. Nienow
08/20/1919-01/17/2015
Helen A. Nienow, age 95 of Aitkin died January 17, 2015 at the Golden Horizon Assisted Living Center in Aitkin. Helen was born August 20, 1919 at Iron Hub, Minnesota the daughter of Carl and Anna (Eischenbacher) Gathman. She grew up and attended schools in the Crosby area graduating from the Crosby High School in 1936. She then attended Paul’s Hairdressing School in Minneapolis and graduated from there in 1938. She went to work in Minnesota Lake where she met her future husband Vernon Nienow. She married Vernon on July 1, 1942 at Windsor Locks, Connecticut. At the end of WW II they moved to the Aitkin area and she has lived here since. She worked as a book keeper for the Boyd Hakes Creamery and later for the Aitkin Coop Creamery. She was organist at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin from 1953 until 2005. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and was involved in many of the Bible Study Classes. She was also a member of the Aitkin American Legion Auxiliary. She is survived by two sons and daughters in law: Ted and Geri Nienow of Bagley, Mn.; Richard and Rita Nienow of Florida; 7 Grandchildren, 6 Great Grandchildren, and two Sisters Georgianna Wold of Aitkin and Arlette (Melvin) Anderson of Dassel, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Vernon in 2003 and 3 brothers. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the donor’s choice of charity in Honor of Helen. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Angeline E. Bertrang
08/24/1922-01/16/2015
Angeline E. Bertrang, age 92 of Aitkin died Friday, January 16, 2015 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Angeline was born August 24, 1922 Henryville Township of Renville County, Minnesota the daughter of William and Rose (Shubert) Marks. She grew up and attended schools in Bird Island, Minnesota graduating from St. Mary’s High School there. She married Kenneth Bertrang on June 10, 1950 at Bird Island. They lived in South St. Paul, Benson, Sauk Center and retired to Maple Lake, MN. She moved to Aitkin in 2002 and has lived here since. She worked as a bank teller in Sauk Center and Maple Lake. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. In her younger days she enjoyed baking and decorating cakes. She enjoyed spending time with her family and also traveling. She is survived by two daughters: Cindy (Tom) Stoffel of Aitkin; Melissa Winter and fiancé (Mike Jenner) of Grand Rapids; three grandchildren: Jill McBride, Keith Winter and Brock Stoffel; five great grandchildren: Natasha Winter, Annaliese Winter, Blake Winter, Josephine Winter and Evan Stoffel; three sisters: Gladys Lillegaard of Renville, Mn.; Rose Wrobel of Cottage Grove, Mn.; and Gen Gustafson of Shoreview, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kenneth in 2000, infant son Gregory and brothers and sisters. A funeral mass will be held Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Noon from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Arlington, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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John Mark Benson
12/30/1921-01/15/2015
John Mark Benson, age 94 of Aitkin died Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born on December 30, 1921 in Wadena, Minnesota the son of Melvin and Cora (Werling) Benson. He served our country as a Machinist First Class in the U.S. Navy during WW II. John loved to hunt, fish and was known for his beautiful garden. He is survived by children: Jerry Benson of Garrison, Mn.; Janice Boyer of Aitkin, Mn.; Jack (Carrie) Benson of Canada; Mark (Sandy) Benson of Aitkin; step son: Charlie (Lynn) Wikelius of Aitkin; step daughter: Karen (Terry) Hayden of Moberly, Mo.; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son, grandson, great grandson and step daughter. Services will be held in the spring. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Donald A. Kalinowski
03/04/1924-01/13/2015
Donald A. Kalinowski, age 90 of Aitkin formerly of Glen and Minneapolis died Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Donald was born March 4, 1924 at Crarey, North Dakota the son of August and Theresa (Hill) Kalinowski. He attended school in Crarey. He then worked on a farm for a time and then moved to the twin cities and worked as a mechanic for Werner Transportation for 38 years. He married Mary Dordan on July 3, 1943 in Minneapolis. They lived in Minneapolis until she died in 1988. He moved to the Glen area in 1991. He married Florence Johnson on May 4, 1996 in Aitkin. They lived in Glen until a little over a year ago when he had to move to the Aicota Health Care Center and she moved into Aitkin. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on small engines. He had served a number of years as a Glen Township Supervisor. He is survived by his wife Florence Kalinowski of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Mary Kay (James) Hancock of Minneapolis; Carol Kalinowski (Edward Robinson) of Virginia State; Karen (Wally) Hansen of Minneapolis; Lynn (Todd) Sisson of Frazee, Mn.; Donette (Scott) Flatten of White Bear Lake, Mn.; son in law: Earl Smithson of Aitkin; 9 Grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; Sister: Gen Kalinowski of Los Angeles, Calf.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1st wife Mary, daughters Donna Kalinowski and Patti Smithson; brothers: Jim, Lawrence, Pat, Greg and Sisters: Ruth, Angie and Rita. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery at Mendota Heights on Monday, January 19, 2015 at 11 AM. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Shirley Ann Meyer
06/14/1927-01/11/2015
Shirley Ann Meyer, age 87 of Aitkin died Sunday, January 11, 2015 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Shirley was born June 14, 1927 in Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Royal Fred and Georgia Vesta (Simpson) Mackaman. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin and then attended St. Cloud State University. She married Walter Paul Meyer on November 12, 1947 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. They resided in Aitkin and she worked as a legal secretary, and executive secretary and a para legal secretary in the office of the Aitkin County Attorney. She enjoyed reading, bowling and fishing. She was a 50+ year member of the American Legion Auxiliary having served as its president and other offices of the Aitkin-Lee Unit 86, plus she served as president and secretary treasurer of the Sixth District American Legion Auxiliary. She was also a member of the Robert’s-Glad VFW Auxiliary and had served as its chaplain, the Aitkin County Historical Society and served as president. She had also served as a volunteer at the Historical Society Depot Museum. She was also a 37 year member and charter member of the Captain Orr Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution where she had served as Regent and treasurer. She is survived by her son: David Walter (Deborah) Meyer of Aitkin; Daughters: Katherine (William) Galliger of Aitkin; Carol Dahl of LaCrosse, Wisc.; Christine Meyer and Paul Schollmeier of Winona, MN., Grandchildren: Kari Ann (Ryan) Schugel, Dana Lea (Aaron) Zierden, Rachel Hyovalti, Scott Jon Hyovalti, Carma (Rick) Miller; Great Grandchildren: Steven Isham, Jacob Isham, Allison Schugel, Ethan Schugel and Lyla Miller, Jarrett Zierden, Sister: Iva Zanker of Aitkin, Nephew Fred Mackaman and nieces: Dolores Grivicich, Dawn Bern, Kaye Oien, Linda Pedersen, Karen Pedersen and Barbara Pedersen. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Walter in 1986, Sisters: Geraldine Pedersen, Lenore Mackaman Bern, Flora Mackaman Achterkirch, Eva M. Mackaman and Brothers Royal C. Mackaman, Gerald Mackaman and Fred H. Mackaman. A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Aitkin in the spring. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Clifford Livedalen
12/19/1924-01/11/2015
Clifford Livedalen, age 90 of McGregor died Sunday, January 11, 2015 at his residence in Columbia Heights, Minnesota. Cliff was born on December 19, 1924 near Hatton, North Dakota the son of Hans and Christine Livedalen. Cliff graduated from High School and then served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. He served primarily in the Pacific on the USS Farenholt. He served from 1942 to 1945. He worked as a brick layer and stone mason for many years. He married Anita Kohlhaas on July 29, 1961 in Minneapolis. They moved to McGregor in 1972 where Cliff and Anita owned and operated the Et Cetera Shop. Cliff did all of the stone work on the front of the Holy Family Catholic Church and helped maintain the grounds for many years by cutting the grass and shoveling the sidewalks. He was a member of the McGregor VFW. He is survived by 11 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters: Cora Burslie, Ruby Peterson, Opal Bjerke, and Brothers Kermit Livedalen and Howard Livedalen. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 11 AM from the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor with Deacon Mike Barta officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the spring at the Woodland Cemetery Carr Annex in McGregor. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Sandra G. Soltis
11/25/1937-01/10/2015
Sandra G. Soltis, 77 of Aitkin died Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born November 25, 1937 in Minneapolis to John R. and Viola L. (Warmuth) Soltis. She worked as a radiologist at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. She enjoyed reading, nature, and dogs. She was preceded in death by her father John R. Soltis in 1983, mother Viola L. Soltis in 1984, and brother David W. Soltis in 2000. Sandra is survived by her nephew John R. Soltis, niece Dawn R. Soltis, and grand-nephew Gray D. Soltis. There will be no services. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Aitkin. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Carl Gunnard Oberg Jr.
09/12/1953-01/04/2015
Carl Gunnard Oberg Jr. died Sunday, January 4, 2015 at his residence at Riverside Home in Big Fork, Mn. where he has resided for the past 25 years. Carl was born on September 12, 1953 in Cloquet, Minnesota the son of Carl and Doris (Dahl) Oberg. He grew up and attended schools in Cloquet graduated from the Cloquet High School in 1972. He then attended Staples Technical College and studied in the machinist program. He worked for a short time at Northwest Paper Company in Cloquet. He was an enthusiastic fisherman and loved fishing for big northerns in Long Lake, crappies in the “Secret Lake” and walleyes on Lake of the Woods. He always had stories about the “big ones” that got away. Carl loved spending time with his brothers and sisters and he cared deeply for them. He was preceded in death by his mother Doris S. Johnson, father: Carl Gunnard Oberg Sr.; and step father Donald B. Johnson. He is survived by his siblings: Sandra Ciche (Dennis) of Duluth, Colleen Bassett (Keith) of Cloquet, Charlotte Hoppe (Tom) of Isle, Carla Taylor (Greg) of Grand Rapids, Kathleen Goodwin (Glen) of Florida; Susan Barnes of Texas; Peter Oberg (Deb) of California; John Oberg (Michele) of Carlton and many nieces and nephews and special caregivers Mike and Mary Zuelke and staff at Riverside Home of Bigfork. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 11 AM from the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor with Rev. Greg DeMuth officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Arrangements with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Doralie Ann Haapoja
08/07/1942-01/04/2015
Doralie Ann Haapoja, age 72 of Aitkin formerly of Tamarack died Sunday, January 4, 2015 at the Oak Haven Care Center in Aitkin. Doralie was born August 7, 1942 in Cloquet, Minnesota the daughter of John and Elma (Issacson) Gillette. She grew up and attended schools in McGregor graduating in 1960 and was the class valedictorian. She then attended school in St. Cloud for a short time before moving to the Twin Cities. She married Donald Maki on September 10, 1961 in Tamarack. They lived in the Twin Cities and she worked for Augsburg College in the administration office and then worked for Twin City Optical as a book keeper. Later she married Harold Haapoja and they made their home south of Tamarack and operated a dairy farm. She also worked for the Aitkin Public Schools and later for Northwood’s Equipment as a book keeper. She has resided at Oak Haven for the past 12 years. She enjoyed reading, playing cards, sewing and walking. She was a hard worker and was a very open minded person. Everyone she met was a potential friend. She is survived by her daughter: Christine (Karl) Phalan of Rogers, Arkansas; Sister: Maxine (James) Maijala of Tamarack; Brothers: Jon (Linda) Gillette of Tamarack; Joe (Dee) Gillette of Joshua, Texas; 4 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 nephew John. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 2 PM from the Tamarack Presbyterian Church with Rev. Rick Mann officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the St. Matthews Lutheran Cemetery in Cloquet in the spring. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Warren E. Nelson
04/16/1949-12/30/2014
Warren E. Nelson 65 of Aitkin died Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born April 16, 1949 in Aitkin to Emil and Wanda (Beecher) Nelson. He graduated from Aitkin High School class of 1967. He attended St. Cloud State University and earned his Bachelor of Science degree. Warren was a columnist, photographer, and author. He has given over 400 slide programs throughout Minnesota promoting the nature of northern Minnesota to schools, bird clubs, Audubon clubs, garden clubs, church groups, senior citizen’s groups, and many civic organizations. For years, Warren has guided birders looking for rarities in Aitkin County and also did a Breeding Bird Survey for the Fish and Wildlife Service in Crow Wing County for the past fifteen years. He also did volunteer work at the Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge, helping with marsh bird surveys and tanager surveys. His photos have appeared in many bird, Audubon, and wildlife magazines. Warren received the Thomas Sadler Roberts Award in 1990 for lifetime achievement in ornithology from the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union, the states highest award. Warren is survived by his sister Laurel Miller of Blaine, Brothers: Bill Nelson of Aitkin, Jim (Kelly) Nelson of Iron, Mike (Laurene) Berg of Brainerd, Nieces and nephews: Jason Miller, Stephanie Vleck, Joel Miller, Nathan Miller, Shana, Loren, Tasha, and Jared. Numerous other relatives and countless friends. Funeral service will be 2:00P.M. – Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. – Monday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Kile W. Watson
11/02/1942-12/29/2014
Kile W. Watson, age 72 of Palisade formerly of Minneapolis died Monday, December 29, 2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Kile was born November 2, 1942 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Floyd and Erma (Shanholtzer) Watson. He grew up in Palisade and attended schools in Palisade and Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1960. He then moved to the Twin Cities and worked in a machine shop. He married Frances Kay Christensen on July 1, 1961 in Palisade. They lived in N.E. Minneapolis and he worked as a machinist for Bemis Co. for six years, Basic Industries for 26 years and was a Forman for many of those years. He then went to work for Master Machine for four years and retired from Brink Bros. in March of 2006. He and his wife moved to Palisade in 2010 and have lived here since. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, cribbage, playing and coaching softball. He enjoyed coaching and watching his grandchildren play ball. He is survived by his wife Frances of Palisade; Son: Kevin (Jayne) of Anoka; Daughter: Cindy (Kipp) of Florissant, Colorado; brothers: Hugo of Round Rock, TX; Allen (LaVonne) of Morris, Mn.; David of Onawa, Iowa; Bert (Karen) of Mora, MN.; Glen (Barb) of Palisade, MN.; Sisters: Opal of Duluth, Mn.; Celia (Rick) of Port St. Lucie, Fl.; Cheri (Craig) of Aitkinson, NB; Grandchildren: Amanda (Erik), Angela (Jason), Timothy, Stephanie; and Great Grandchild: Everett. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Clifton, Clyde and Lloyd and Sister Beverly Faye. A memorial service will be held Friday, January 2, 2015 at 1 PM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with Rev. William Sass officiating. Visitation will be at the church 1 hour prior to the service. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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James Joseph Antil
11/13/1952-12/28/2014
James Joseph Antil, 62 of Aitkin, died Sunday, December 28, 2014 at his home, surrounded by the things he loved most – his wife and pets. He was born November 13, 1952 in Anoka to James F. and Joan A. (DeMars) Antil. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving from 1972 to 1987. He worked for the U.S. Department of Defense as an analyst for the National Security Agency. Jim was united in marriage to Linda Pelleu on October 22, 1999 in Corolla, NC. He lived in many interesting places, including several countries overseas, and chose to retire to Aitkin, MN. He was a volunteer with the Kinship program and with Wild and Free Wildlife Rehabilitation Program, and a member of the American Legion. He loved his wife, family and friends, and fishing - in that order, he said, though some thought otherwise. In addition to his passion for fishing, he loved history, was an avid reader, and loved nature and animals – both wild and domestic. He was preceded in death by his parents. Jim is survived by his wife Linda Antil of Aitkin; Siblings Jackie Berges of Maple Grove, John (Mary) Antil of Maple Lake, Julie (Dave) Mansk of Annandale, Janelle Antil of Aitkin; and Kinship Partner Jared Zoellner of Aitkin. He requested no memorial service. Memorial contributions may be made to Wild and Free Wildlife Rehabilitation program if desired – PO Box 241 Garrison ,MN, 56450. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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