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Archive Obituaries
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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Don C. Perrine
02/19/1931-12/27/2014
The leader of the band is gone. Don Perrine, 83, Aitkin, formerly of McGregor, died Saturday, December 27 at Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin, MN. Don was born on February 19, 1931 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Rollo and Corrine (Satterlee) Perrine. He graduated from Blue Earth High School in 1949. He went on to pursue his Bachelor's degree in music from the University of Minnesota, earning his diploma in 1953. He later earned a Master's degree in music in 1961 and an administration degree in 1972. Don married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth Jane Constans, on May 2, 1953 in Blue Earth, MN. Don was a band director in Iowa for 20 years, during which time he and Liz were blessed with 7 sons and 1 daughter. In 1972, the family moved to McGregor, MN where Don served as high school principal until his retirement in 1992. Don influenced many young lives during his career in education. Don and Liz's focus has always been on family. They spent numerous hours attending sporting events, concerts, plays and any other activities their children participated in. Living on the shores of beautiful Big Sandy Lake provided the family with many hours of swimming, water skiing, and fishing in the summer and sledding, skating and playing hockey on the "lagoon" in the winter. The family put on many miles across the United States, enjoying camping trips too numerous to mention. Don and "the boys" made a tradition of canoe trips in the Boundary Waters while Liz and Mary enjoyed some girl time! In their later years Don and Liz had the opportunity to travel in Europe while their youngest son Tom was serving in the Air Force in Germany. Don is survived by his wife of 61 years Liz, his sister Linda (Dennis) O'Neil of Winnebago, MN, 8 children Mark (Megan Dickey) of Mason, WI, Pat (Judy Lounas) of Aitkin, MN, Tim (Jody Gearhart) of Breezy Point, MN, Mitch (Mary Koerber) of Carver, MN, Paul (Judy Sheperd) of McGregor, MN, Mary ( fiance' Mark Vinje) of Aitkin, MN, Chris ( special friend Jessie Faust) of Aitkin, MN and Tom (Julie Wencl) of Crookston, MN. Don and LIz have 34 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. Father Paul Fruth will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Pine Needle Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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William Frank "Bill" Dotzler
05/01/1942-12/26/2014
William Frank “Bill” Dotzler, age 72 of Aitkin died Friday, December 26, 2014 peacefully at his home. Bill was born May 1, 1942 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Frank and Sara (Banks) Dotzler. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1960. He worked for Aitkin Motor Company for several years and then Hasskamp Equipment for a time. He also worked for Al Johnson Construction growing wild rice. He also worked for Red Welshons as a herd manager for a herd of beef cattle and also worked for Triangle Sales building barns and repairing barns. He married Linda M. Stofferahn on September 27, 1969 in McGregor. They made their home out on the rice flats for a couple of years and then moved north of Aitkin and operated a dairy farm until selling the dairy operation in 2005 and he went into raising beef cattle and sheep. He also worked for Blue Valley Sod and helped grow lawn grass. He was a school bus driver for the Aitkin Independent Schools for many years and drove bus up until Christmas break. He was a member of the Mississippi Headwaters Board, the Aitkin Township Board, Central Cattleman’s Association, ASCS Board, AMPI Board of Directors and St. John’s Lutheran Church of Cedarbrook, having served on church council. He enjoyed collecting Louis L’Amour and William Johnstone western books, World War II books, toy tractors and friends. He loved deer hunting, fishing, traveling, fixing machinery and watching his crops grow, especially his corn. He enjoyed football, especially the Gobblers and Sunday afternoons with the Vikings, attending wrestling matches and dance line. In his younger years he enjoyed snowmobiling and ice fishing with his family. Above all he loved farming and driving school bus and his family. Over the years he was a surrogate dad to many neighborhood boys and he was grandpa to the children he loved so dearly on his school bus. He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather and good friend to many. He is survived by his mother Sara Dotzler of Aitkin; Wife: Linda Dotzler of Aitkin; Sons and daughters in law: John and Patti Dotzler of St. Petersburg, Florida; Kevin and Penni Dotzler of Aitkin; Daughter and son in law: Laura and Dean Stack of Nevis, Mn.; Brothers: Phillip (Judy) Dotzler of Aitkin, Ronald (Sharon) Dotzler of Aitkin; Donald (Carol) Dotzler of Nashwauk, Mn.; Sisters: Ruth (Gerald) Erickson of Minnetonka, Mn.; Elaine (Ron) Schafer of Oak Park, MN.; Eileen Ternus of Dent, Mn.; Grandchildren: Spencer, Molly, Justine, Step Grandchildren: Kenny, Kristina, Mitchell, and Cooper; Great Grandchildren: Landon, Ethan, Avalynn, Kaelyn, Sienna and Cora. He was preceded in death by his father. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 11 AM from St. John’s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Burial will be in the St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and continue 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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Annabell Slette
06/07/1938-12/23/2014
Annabell Slette, age 76 died Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at Aitkin Health Services. A memorial service will be held Monday, December 29, 2014 at 11 AM from Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Theresa Ida Bovee
04/27/1935-12/17/2014
Theresa Ida Bovee, age 79 of Aitkin died Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Theresa was born April 27, 1935 in Aitkin the daughter of Lyman and Frances (Moritz) Glidden. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin. She married William C. Bovee on March 24, 1953 in Iowa. They lived in Hibbing and then moved to Washington State and then to Fairbanks, Alaska. She moved back to Aitkin in 1980 where she worked as a cashier at Ziske’s and then worked as a housekeeper for Aicota Health Care Center until she retired in 2006. She enjoyed scrapbooking and NASCAR. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is survived by 1 daughter: Gail (Larry) Haas of Vancouver, Washington; Son: William Bovee of Aitkin, Mn.; 4 Grandchildren: Michael Neary, Sarah Stein, Amy Haas, Bethany Duarte, 5 Great Grandchildren and 10 brothers and sisters: Geraldine Collyard of Hibbing, Mn.; Shirley Spinelli of Hibbing, Mn.; Raymond Glidden of Spokane, Wash., Eugene Glidden of Chehalis, Wash.; Michael Glidden of Yelm, Wash.; Catherine Preston of Bellingham, Wash.; Barbara Galley of Bellingham, Wash.; Kevin Glidden of Yakima, Wash.; Dennis Glidden of Ravensdale, Wash.; Caroline Glidden of Bellingham, Wash. She was preceded in death by her parents 3 brothers: Gregory, Richard and Thomas and 1 sister LaDonna. There will be no local services. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Washington State. Local arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Reba D. Kaesemacher
07/16/1929-12/16/2014
Reba Dell Kaesemacher, age 85 of Aitkin formerly of McGregor died Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Reba was born July 16, 1929 at Levelland, Texas the daughter of Alsie and Virgie (Kelso) Shirey. She grew up and attended schools in East Texas, Levelland, Texas and Pettit, Texas. She married Paul A. Holman in 1946 in Lubbock, Texas. They lived in Lubbock and they operated a Bakery for some time. She moved to Lakewood, Colorado and worked for Gates Rubber Co. She married Herman F. Kaesemacher on February 16, 1969 in Idaho Springs, Colorado. Upon retirement in 1980 they moved to McGregor and then in 1994 they moved to Aitkin. She was a member of the Rubber Workers Union and enjoyed going to Flea Markets. She is survived by 3 daughters: Mary Carolyn Horton and Husband Lowell of McGregor, MN.; Shirley Lynn Trujillo of McGregor, Paula Dell Kulju and husband Kris of Brainerd, Mn; step sons: Herman Kaesemacher, Carl Kaesemacher, Tim Kaesemacher all of Colorado and Mark Kaesemacher of Minnesota. She is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren, 3 sisters: June Melton of Lubbock, Texas, Lucy Lindsey of Anglewood, Colorado and Virginia Phenic of Soldotna, Alaska and sister in law: Helen Shirey of Lubbock, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Herman, and Brothers Cecil and Harold Dean. Funeral services will be held Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 3 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Hal Kampi officiating. Visitation will be from 1 PM until the 3 PM services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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William E. McClellan
03/15/1929-12/10/2014
William Edwards McClellan, age 85 of Aitkin formerly of Maplewood died Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at his home.. Bill was born March 15, 1929 in St. Paul, Minnesota the son of William and Jeanne McClellan. He grew up and attended schools in North St. Paul graduating from North St. Paul High School in 1947. He married Patricia Ann Kruse on June 25, 1949 in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. They made their home in Maplewood where they raised their family. He worked for the Great Northern Railroad for 18 years and then worked for 3M for 25 years ending his career with 3M as a millwright Supervisor. He and his wife started coming to the Aitkin area, Diamond Lake in 1983. They moved to the lake permanently in 1991 upon his retirement. He was a member of the Wealthwood Rod and Gun Club, the Knights of Columbus, a member of St. James Catholic Church where he had served as an usher for many years. He is survived by children: Kathy (Clem); Tim (Jill); Jeanne (Perry); Greg; Anne (Peter); Bernie (Roxy); Mary (Dominic); Billy (Lynn) and 15 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren and siblings: Beverly, Margie, Pat (Bob), Tom (Judy). He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Patricia in 2008 and 1 brother Jerry. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 15, 2014 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Diamond Lake Cemetery near Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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James Joseph Hauk
11/05/1935-12/09/2014
James “Jim””Bud” Joseph Hauk, 79 of Maple Grove & Garrison, passed peacefully on Dec. 9th. He joins his wife, and love of his life, Jan in heaven. He is forever loved and remembered by daughters: Kathy Dawson, Kelly (Gary) Rausch, grandchildren: Chris (Megan), Brandon (Tara), Nikki (Matt) and Danielle, great-grandchildren: Taylor, Cameron, Riley, Ben and Laura, and also by beloved family and friends. Jim served in the Navy and Air Force and is a retired plumber, member of Local #15. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M., Monday, Dec. 15th at Light of the Cross Lutheran Church in Garrison. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Aitkin. Special thanks to the ICU nurses and nursing assistants at MG Hospital for your compassion and care! Arrangements are with Sorenson-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Joshua Jay Oakgrove
03/29/1990-12/05/2014
Joshua Jay Oakgrove, age 24 of McGregor formerly of Minneapolis died Friday, December 5, 2014 at his home. Joshua was born March 29, 1990 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Thomas Friend and Janelle Oakgrove. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis and then moved to McGregor where he cared for his brothers and sisters. He played football and Basketball when in school. He is survived by his father: Thomas Friend (Mary Boyd) of McGregor; Brothers and sisters: Jocelyn Oakgrove of Minneapolis, Thomas Friend Jr. of McGregor, Darek Friend of McGregor, Ella Friend of McGregor, Jacinda Oakgrove of Minneapolis, Jerrith Oakgrove of Minneapolis, Brandon Stanley of McGregor and aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother Janelle Oakgrove, Grandmother: Dorothy Stanley, Uncle Jason Friend and Aunt Jessica Stanley. A funeral ceremony will be held Friday, December 12 starting at 10 AM at the East Lake Ceremonial Building with spiritual leader Vincent Merrill officiating. A wake will begin on Thursday at 4 PM at the Ceremonial Building. Burial will be in the Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Gladys Irene Thornbloom Nesseth
07/04/1915-12/02/2014
Gladys Irene Thornbloom Nesseth died Tuesday, December 2, 2014 in Aitkin, Minnesota. She was born Sunday, July 4, 1915 in Ashley Township near Sauk Centre, Minnesota. She was delivered by Dr. E.J. Lewis, father of author Sinclair Lewis who drove with horse and buggy to the Jack Gray far. Gladys attended several schools in Minnesota as her father was a construction worker. She graduated with honors from Sauk Centre High School in 1933. Gladys belonged to the Episcopal Church and considered a missionary career but her health did not permit it. Mrs. Nesseth was a gifted writer but chose a vocation of teaching. She was a natural teacher whether teaching a Sunday School Class, release time, disadvantaged children or adults. She taught in one room rural schools throughout the depression and went on to teach in elementary schools. She was one of the first head start teachers on the Leech Lake Reservation and did special teaching in District 318 for homebound students. She was a tireless worker with Girl Scouts, 4-H Clubs, Jr. Red Cross, Farm Bureau, and Church groups. Gladys continued to use her gift as a teacher all her life. She loved nature and instilled it to her pupils, family and friends with flowers and poetry. She will be remembered as a behind the scenes political worker and a friend and confidant of countless youth. She was an avid gardener-especially with flowers. She filled her life with beautiful flower gardens, could turn a marsh into a park, and could make a simple patio lush with blooms. She was an avid bird watcher and a member of the Audubon Society. On August 12, 1952, she married Lloyd Nesseth in Baltimore, Maryland. They made their home in the community of Squaw Lake, Minnesota. She served 20 years as Clerk of the Village of Squaw Lake; was an active member of VFW #9694 Ladies Auxiliary in Squaw Lake and served five years as president of the local unit. She was president of the 8th District VFW Auxiliary in 1962-1963 and served three years as a state legislature chairman. While District President, she earned the outstanding President of the State of Minnesota award. She was a member of the White Oak Eastern Star-Deer River, a charter member of the Sons of Norway and served four years as their financial secretary. She was a member of the Grand Rapids Women’s club serving three years as historian. During this time, she received 1st place for two years in the state competition on scrapbooks submitted. She served as President of the Itasca County Women’s clubs. Gladys worked with the American Cancer Society in different offices. She did research work for several authors who were writing Itasca Histories for the Itasca County Historical Society and did free lance writing. She was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd E. Nesseth, her parents, Swan and Nellie (Gray) Thornbloom and her sister Thelma Thornbloom. Although Mrs. Nesseth, more commonly known as Miss Gladys, did not have any children she had 12 Godchildren. She is survived by her sister, Darlene McLennon of Roseville, and a brother Alan Thornbloom of Aitkin, three nephews, one niece, three great nieces, and one great nephew besides many relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Christ Episcopal Church, Grand Rapids, MN. A funeral service will be held Friday December 5, 2014 at 10 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Pastor Paula Gillman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Rosy Cemetery near Squaw Lake, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Sally Anderson
11/30/1946-12/02/2014
Sally A. Anderson, age 68 of Garrison area died Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the Cuyuna Region Hospital in Crosby. Sally was born November 30, 1946 in Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Chester and Mary (Baker) Seibert. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1965. She worked at the Aitkin Community Hospital for a time and then married Dale E. Anderson on September 19, 1970 in Aitkin. She worked various jobs and raised her family and farmed. Most recently she had worked as a manager at the MacDonald’s in Garrison for 15 years. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, gardening and sewing. She is survived by sons and daughters in law: Eugene Anderson and Misty Nelson of Sauk Centre; Aaron and Kelly Anderson of Kimball; Scott Anderson and Kim Jibben of Montevideo; Adam Anderson of Brainerd; Shane Anderson and Missy Schmidt of Motley, daughters and sons in law: Amy and Gordon Mickelson of Garrison; Heather and Jared Rohde of Brainerd; Dawn and Ben Davis of Pillager; 30 grandchildren; 2 Great Grand Children and expecting 3 Great Grandchildren; Brothers: Raymond (Mary) Seibert of Isle; Glen (Judy) Seibert of Cohasset; Greg (Darlene) Seibert of Aitkin; Randy (Wendy) Seibert of Medford, Oregon; William (Beth) Seibert of Wadena; Henry Seibert of Aitkin and Sisters: Judy (Russell) Ellis of Bertha; and Connie (Steve) Mostad of Chisholm. She was preceded in death by her parents Chester and Mary Seibert, Husband Dale Anderson; Great Grandchild Zander and two sisters Bonnie and Lori. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 8, 2014 at 11 AM from the Aitkin Assembly of God Church with Pastor Brian Kimbler officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Rot-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Michael E. Geving
04/25/1947-12/02/2014
Michael E. Geving, 67 of Tamarack died December 2, 2014 at his home. He was born April 25, 1947 to Emil and Cora Geving. There will be no services. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Levern A. Peterson
05/01/1930-11/30/2014
Levern A. Peterson, 84 of Aitkin died Sunday, November 30, 2014 at his home. He was born May 1, 1930 in Crosby to Harry and Adalie (Lueck) Peterson. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean War. Levern was united in marriage to Alice (Gray) on January 23, 1981 in Reno, NV. He enjoyed wood carving, building model steam engines, and blue grass and gospel music. He was preceded in death by his parents. Levern is survived by his wife Alice, 2 children: Bruce (Connie Lou) Swanson of Deerwood, Sandy (Jim) Anderson of Brainerd, 2 granddaughters: Anna and Naomi Swanson, 1 sister: Loretta Ruschmeier (Bob Larson) of Isle, 2 nephews: Greg and Brent Ruschmeier, 2 nieces: Melonie (Gary) Laine and Shelly (Scott) Brix, 8 great-nieces and great-nephews, Many good friends. Services will be in the Spring of 2015. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Patricia Marie Duffy
03/07/1946-11/28/2014
Patricia Marie Duffy, 68 of Aitkin died Friday, November 28, 2014 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born March 7, 1946 in Tacoma, WA. to Harvey Brown and Alice (Morton). She work many jobs including at the Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, and 3 brothers. Patricia is survived by her special friend Jerry Nelson of Aitkin, 1 sister and brother-in-law: Carol (Dennis) Hill of Aitkin, 2 brothers and sister-in-law: George Brown of Bloomington, Laverne (Barbara) Bunker of Zimmerman, 1 nephew: Grant (Susan) Iden of Bloomington, 2 great-nieces: Courtney and Tierney Iden, Many other relatives and friends. A gathering of family and friends will be 11:00A.M. to 1:00P.M. – Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Marilyn E. Trumble Neitzel
10/27/1947-11/28/2014
Marilyn E. Trumble Neitzel, 67, of McGregor, MN, passed away with her family at her side on November 28, 2014. Marilyn was born October 27, 1947, in Auburn, NY. She resided in Port Byron for over 30 years before moving to other parts of the country. Marilyn is survived by her husband, William Neitzel of McGregor, MN; daughter, Mindy Corcoran Marshall of Weedsport, NY; son, Eric Corcoran of Syracuse, NY; daughter, Kristi-Lyn Thomas Rich of Murfreesboro, TN; daughter, Amanda Thomas Grenga of Cloquet, MN; a sister, Dora (Susie) Trumble DeCarlo of Syracuse, NY; a brother, Walter Trumble of Port Byron, NY; and 5 grandchildren. There will be no services at Marilyn’s request. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin, MN. assisted with arrangements.
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Daryle E. Piispanen
11/25/1952-11/26/2014
Daryle E. Piispanen, 62 of Aitkin died Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born November 25, 1952 in Aitkin to Edward and June (Olson) Piispanen. He graduated from Aitkin High School and worked as a foreman in sewer and water construction. Daryle was united in marriage to Sharon (Wilson) on February 23, 1980 in Aitkin. He enjoyed driving his "side by side" and loved life. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters: Lydia Wheale and Linda Piispanen. Daryle is survived by his wife Sharon, 5 children: Gerry (Janelle) of Montgomery, Michael (Mandi) of Haysi, VA., Timothy (Jenny) of Burnsville, Daniel (Michele) of Aitkin, Amber of Aitkin, 9 grandchildren: Ashley, Evan, Ethan, Samantha, Jacob, Grace, McKenna, Connor, and Madison, 2 sisters: Carol (Dennis) Statsman of Grand, Rapids and Donna (Jim) Blomberg of Silver Bay, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at the McGregor High School Auditorium. Reverend Joel Seibel will officiate. Burial will be in Fleming Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the school auditorium. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lois E. Hagman
04/30/1925-11/17/2014
Lois E. Hagman, age 89 of Aitkin died Monday, November 17, 2014 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lois was born April 30, 1925 in Aitkin the daughter of Mathias “Matt” and Ida (Swanson) Nickander. She grew up in Aitkin and lived at the Aitkin County Poor Farm which her parents ran for nine years and currently is the funeral home. She attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1943. She and her twin sister Betty moved to Minneapolis where they both worked for the Gambles Department Store. She married Willard M. Hagman on May 26, 1945 at Kimberly. They lived in Florida for a time while Willard completed his military obligations. They then returned to Aitkin and farmed in Fleming Township for many years. They then moved to Dam Lake and eventually moved into town. Lois was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Auxiliary for over 50 years and had served as its president twice and also called the American Legion Color Guard for funerals and sporting events for over 10 years. She had served as an election judge in Kimberly, and had served as the Fleming News Correspondent for over 40 years. She enjoyed animals, playing cards, garage parties and was the self-proclaimed Mayor of Dam Lake. She is survived by son: Lance Hagman (Katherine Jones) of Hinckley, Mn.; Daughters: Terry (Howard) Sylvester of Sauk Rapids, Mn.; Barb (Will) Byler of Aitkin; Debbie (Hugh) Janzen of Aitkin; 12 Grandchildren: Alysa Swenson, Scott Sylvester, LaJean Larsen, Janean Byler, Darren Byler, Steve Janzen, Chris Hagman, Sarah Emery, Adam Janzen, Charlie Hagman, Bethany Hagman and Alex Hagman; 22 Great Grandchildren; Twin Sister: Betty (Calvin) Wall of Mounds View, Mn.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Willard in 2008, her parents Matt and Ida Nickander, two Great Grandchildren: Nicholas Janzen and Damon Byler; two brothers: Bert Nickander and Carl Nickander and three sisters: Alfhild Rasmussen, Isabelle Kehoe, and Linnea Franzen. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and continue from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church Saturday. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery in Kimberly Township of Aitkin County. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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LaRon Lee Johnson
04/16/1963-11/17/2014
LaRon Lee Johnson, age 51 of Felton, Minnesota formerly of Moorhead and Bemidji died Monday, November 17, 2014 at his home after a long hard fought battle with COPD. He was born on April 16, 1963 at St. Ansgar’s Hospital in Moorhead, Minnesota, the son of Lester and Irene Johnson. He was baptized and confirmed at American Lutheran Church (Now known as Peace Lutheran Church) in Fargo, North Dakota. While living at River Oaks, Moorhead, he attended YMCA Kinder Kamp in Fargo, Kindergarten at South Junior High, grades 1 – 4 at Riverside Grade School and after moving to Glyndon, Mn. attended 5th through 12th and graduated from Glyndon/Felton High School on May 28, 1981. He was on the wrestling team and earlier he played Little League Baseball. After graduating he began working for FM Asphalt and several Fargo-Moorhead companies as a heavy equipment operator for installation of underground electrical and optic fiber cable. He worked in many states in the U.S. and also for a couple of years on the Big Island of Hawaii. He is survived by his parents: Lester and Irene (Rinta) Johnson of Bemidji, Mn.; one sister: Loree (Ross) Pederson, and one brother, Loren Johnson and Loren’s friend (Karen Sauer); one nephew, Shaun Johnson; two nieces: Lisa Kessel and Rachael Martinson, and many aunts uncles and cousins. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Inurnment will be in the spring of 2015 at the Salo Cemetery south of Tamarack, Mn. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Gary M. Finlayson
10/18/1944-11/15/2014
Gary M. Finlayson, age 70 of Aitkin died Saturday, November 15, 2014. Gary was born October 18, 1944 at Waseca, Minnesota the son of Sidney and Zinna (Miskoff) Finlayson. He grew up and attended schools in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and graduated from High School there in 1962. He then attended Dunwoody Institute for two years. He went to work for Rosemount Engineering. He married Colleen K. Praus on June 10, 1980 in Rapid City, South Dakota. They moved to Aitkin where they have lived since. He operated a small engine repair business, worked for Great Plains Gas Co., also worked with D.R. Lindquist Excavating and Johnson Sewer and excavating, and Cummings oil transport. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion. He is survived by his wife: Colleen Finlayson of Aitkin; sons: Dustin (Megan) Finlayson of Duluth; Matthew (Amanda) Finlayson of Aitkin; Gregg (Lisa) Finlayson of Zumbrota, MN.; Daughter: Jaime (Tommy) Anderson of Eden Prairie; Grandchildren: Jazmine and Teagan; Sister: Diane Finlayson (Marty Calon); and Father in law: Jim Praus of Georgetown, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents. A gathering time will be held Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 10 AM until 1 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jerry E. Nolan
10/08/1929-11/12/2014
Jerry E. Nolan, 85 of Aitkin died Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at his home. He was born October 8, 1929 in Minneapolis to James “Babe” E. Nolan and Eileen M. (Schreiner) Nolan. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army and U.S. Navy. Jerry was united in marriage to Jaunita R. (Daniels) July 2, 1981 in Phoenix, AZ. He was a long time employee for North Central Airlines and Republic Airlines. He was a member of the Bloomington VFW Everett – McClay Post #1296. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Jackie Murdock. Jerry is survived by his wife Jaunita Nolan of Aitkin 5 children: Jeffrey (Dell) Nolan of St. Petersburg, FL. Jay (Joy) Nolan of Tampa, FL. Charles (Connie) Walberg of Backus Jane (Tim) Nolan – Komoto of Aitkin James (Sandy) Nolan of Eagan 5 grandchildren: Jenny (Sam) Nelson, Jeffrey Moe, Jarrett Nolan, Jenna Nolan, Sadie Nolan 1 great-grandchild: Lucy Nelson Other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M. – Tuesday, November 18, 2014 funeral service at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Burial with military honors will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Jean Durkee
01/25/1925-11/12/2014
JEAN DURKEE January 25, 1925- November 12, 2014 Jean Anita Durkee, 89, passed away peacefully in Hennepin County, Minnesota on November 12, 2014. Her passing has left a hole in the hearts of her family and friends and she will be greatly missed by those who knew her. Jean was born January 25, 1925 in McGrath, Minnesota to Olaf J. Otterson and Frances LaVern Iseli Otterson. She lived in Minnesota most of her life until 1969 when she moved to Sunland, California where she resided until 1999, when she moved back to McGregor Minnesota. Jean’s hobbies included cooking, baking, sewing and reading her Bible, but her real passion was caring for her family. She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them and especially enjoyed watching her grandchildren grow. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Jean is survived by her children, Sandra Jean Scott of Sarcoxie, MO, Vickie Ann Fowles (Dan) of Quincy, CA, Diane Mendoza (Tom Oppermann) of Anderson, CA; 11 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, 12 great-great grandchildren; one sister Anne E. Lindburg, (Jack) of Mcgregor, MN; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Clyde (Bob) George Durkee married 03-21-1946 to 03-24-2006, her parents Olaf J. and Frances LaVern Otterson and two brothers, David Kent and Charles Duane Otterson, 4 grandchildren Angela and Anita Scott, Jason Daniel Fowles, Matthew John Mendoza and son-in-law Robert John Mendoza. Her final resting place will be at Lakeview Cemetery, Workman Township. Private services will be held.
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Gregory Richard Turnock
03/07/1962-11/08/2014
Gregory Richard Turnock, age 52 of Palisade formerly of Blaine and McGregor, died Saturday, November 8, 2014 at his home. Greg was born March 7, 1962 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Richard and Mary Turnock. He grew up and attended schools in McGregor graduating in 1981. He then attended the Pine City Technical College. He served in the Minnesota National Guard from 1980 to 1992. He worked construction mainly in Minnesota and had worked for Lunda Construction, McGough Construction and for the University of Minnesota in the Steam Utilities Dept. He married Amy S. Boyer on December 19, 1992 in Aitkin. They lived in Blaine for 22 years and moved to the Palisade area in the spring of this year. He enjoyed hunting, the outdoors and spending time with family. He was a member of the Laborers Union Local 563. He is survived by his wife: Amy Turnock of Palisade; Sons: Clinton Turnock of Portland, Oregon; Gregory Miller of Blaine, Mn.; Christopher (Gabrielle) Miller of Blaine, Mn.; Derek Turnock of Coon Rapids; Jesse Turnock of Coon Rapids; Mother: Mary Ellen Johnson of McGregor; Father: Richard and Marilyn Turnock of McGregor; Brothers: Shane Johnson of Cataldo, Idaho; Mike (Jo) Turnock of McGregor; Leigh Johnson of Cataldo, Idaho; Evan (Missy) Johnson of Livingston, Montana; Sisters: Debbie (Roger) Yotter of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; Lisa Rudebusch and fiancé Shannon Winover of Apple Valley, Mn.; Heather (Nels) Oleson of Palisade; Glory (Robert) Wilson of Waconia, MN. And Grandson Brackin Miller of Blaine. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 11 AM from the McGregor High School Auditorium with Rev. Barry Hite officiating. Visitation will be at the High School from 10 AM until the 11 AM services. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery in McGregor. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lois L. Stevens
01/07/1945-11/08/2014
Lois L. Stevens, 69 of Aitkin died Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Golden Horizons in Aitkin. She was born January 7, 1945 in Albert Lea to Lloyd and Hazel (Breamer) Gill. She graduated from high school in Albert Lea. Lois was united in marriage to Ralph Stevens February 1, 1963 in Hawaii. She worked many jobs in the Aitkin area including respite care. She was preceded in death by her daughter Penney Anderson, sister Shirley Olson, brother Donald Gill, and her parents. Lois is survived by her husband Ralph Stevens of Aitkin, Son: Vance Stevens of Aitkin, 4 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, Brother: Harold (Gail) Gill of Florida, Sister: Mary Omen of Albert Lea, Many other relatives and friends. There will be a visitation gathering time for family and friends on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 12:00P.M. to 2:00P.M. at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Elaine E. Fisher
05/11/1932-11/06/2014
Elaine E. Fisher, age 82 of McGregor formerly of Eden Prairie, died Thursday, November 6, 2014 at her home on Big Sandy Lake. Elaine was born May 11, 1932 at New Market, Minnesota the daughter of Michael and Hilda (Friedges) Zweber. She attended grade school in New Market and attended High School in New Prague graduating in 1950. She then worked in Minneapolis for Hennepin County as a typist for a time. She married David L. Fisher on July 7, 1956 in New Market. They lived in Minneapolis for a time and then moved to Eden Prairie where they raised their family. They lived in Eden Prairie for 31 years. She also worked for the State of Minnesota for over 25 years. In 1998 she and her husband retired to Big Sandy Lake near McGregor where they have lived since. She enjoyed sewing and playing cards. She is survived by her husband David Fisher of McGregor; Son and daughter in law: Scott (Becky) Fisher of Chaska, Mn.; daughter and son in law: Diane (Roy) McCarron of Chanhassen, Mn.; Brother: Emmett Zweber of Burnsville, MN.; Grandchildren: Tara and Shauna McCarron and Jamey, Kayla and Samantha Fisher. She was preceded in death by a daughter Sharon Fisher, Parents and one brother Eugene Zweber. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church Thursday. Burial will be at a later date in the Eden Prairie Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ardell Peterson
10/04/1928-11/02/2014
Ardell Peterson passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 2 with her family’s loving arms around her. Ardell was the dancing and cribbage partner of Larry Peterson for over 67 years, from Minneapolis to Florida to Texas, always returning to their beautiful home on the lake. Being an artist and crafter all of her life, Ardell participated and organized many art and library clubs wherever they roamed. Her paintings could often be viewed with her well known signature…R’Del. She was Norwegian, a proud member of the Sons of Norway and a longtime friend of Bill W. Ardell was known at “The Hat Lady” partly because she was never seen without one of her beautiful hats. There was never a hat she met that she didn’t love and if she came upon one that wasn’t quite to her liking…she just brought it to her craft room and made it her own. Ardell is survived by her loving husband Lawrence; children: Susan (Allen) Rosen, Laurie (Don) Carl and John Peterson; grandchildren: Christina Ardell Berrier and Tyler Peterson-Liu; and great grandchildren: Meghan and Bridget, Michael and Madison. She has always answered to the call of Larry’s siblings and many nieces and nephews as Auntie Dell. They will miss her dearly for the loving kindness she has shown them. Ardell was a friend to many and leaves behind those who joined her wherever she painted, played cards, sang, prayed or smiled. Ardell was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and her son James. Her memorial service arrangements are pending further notification. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home.
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Nancy Lynn Taylor
07/03/1954-10/29/2014
Nancy Lynn Taylor, age 60 of Palisade formerly of Grand Rapids, Minnesota died Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at her home. Nancy was born July 3, 1954 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota the daughter of Robert and Reta (Isbister) King. She grew up and attended schools in Grand Rapids graduating in 1972. She married Jeff Taylor on November 3, 1973 in Coleraine, Minnesota. They lived in Maplewood, Mn. for several years and then moved to San Jose, California where they lived for 15 years. They returned to Minnesota and have lived in Palisade for the past 20 years. She has worked for the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin for almost 18 years in Quality Control and Human Resources. She enjoyed flower gardening and crocheting. She was an awesome person. She is survived by her husband Jeff Taylor of Palisade; Daughters: Ellen Taylor and Ben Kambene of Cloquet, Mn.; Julia Taylor and Thomas Hendrickson of Hopkins, Mn.; Mother: Reta King of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Sisters: Terri Maki and Tom Hintz of Grand Rapids; Peg Woods of Grand Rapids; Carol and David Clairmont of Grand Rapids; Ann King and Pat Shannon of Duluth; Mother in law: Dorothy Raymond of Grand Rapids; Sister in law: Kristina Taylor of Rosemount, Mn. and numerous nieces and nephews and extended family. A gathering time will be held Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 4 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Interment will be in the Itasca- Calvary Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Mn. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Beryl Barett Fadden
05/08/1919-10/28/2014
Beryl Roberta Barett Fadden, 95 of McGregor died Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Northland Village, McGregor. She was born May 8, 1919 in Workman Township, Aitkin County to Jason Lewis and Lola Blanche (Robertson) Fuder. She worked various jobs thru out her life. She enjoyed dancing, cards, bingo, and socializing with her many friends. She was preceded in death by her first husband Sherwin Barett in 1975 and her second husband Lester Fadden in 1984. She was also preceded in death by her son Robert Barett and two daughters: Judy Twistol and Barbara Seavey. Beryl is survived by her daughter and son in law: Debbie (Rob) Feucht of Rogers, Grandchildren: Cassie Feucht, Cameron Feucht, Callan Feucht, Laurie Smith, Jim Seavey, Wayne Seavey, 4 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild, Special friend: Doree Ekelund. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Monday, November 3, 2014 at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, McGregor. Reverend Arlin Talley will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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LeRoy H. Kruse
03/06/1937-10/27/2014
LeRoy H. Kruse, 77 of Palisade died October 27, 2014 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born March 6, 1937 in Saint Paul to Roy and Dorothy (Fredericks) Kruse. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He worked in medical supply for the VA Hospital in Minneapolis and was a chainsaw carving crafter. He was preceded in death by his brother Arnie, 2 sisters: Helen and Delores, and his parents. LeRoy is survived by his significant other: Mary Livingston of Palisade, 4 sons and daughter-in-law: Steven Kruse of Michigan, Neil Kruse of Aitkin, Dale Kruse of Sartell, Tim (Lori) Kruse of Palisade, One daughter and son-in-law: Cindy (Jeff) Zumwalt of Fridley, 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, Step-children: Trixy (Marc) Raymond of East Bethel and James Livingston (Elisa Lehman) of Ironton, 3 sisters and brothers-in-law: Donna (Joe) Bruhn of Garrison, Caroline (Larry) Yeske of Turtle Lake, WI., Henriette Johnson of Arizona, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Burial will be in Fleming Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727 www.srtfuneral.com
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Joel D. Amundson
06/12/1972-10/24/2014
Joel D. Amundson, age 42 of Aitkin died accidentally at his home on Friday, October 24, 2014. Joel was born on June 12, 1972 at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina the son of Richard and Corliss (Coil) Amundson. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1991. He served in the Army National Guard and worked as a vehicle mechanic. He worked for Garrison Disposal Co. working on their trucks and also did private work at his home. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church and the Aitkin Moose Lodge. He was an avid deer hunter and mud bogger. He is survived by three children: Madi Jo “MJ” Amundson of Aitkin; Kelsey Amundson of Aitkin; Hayley Amundson of Aitkin; Father: Richard (Barb) Amundson of Aitkin; Mother: Corliss Amundson and Tim Hill of Aitkin; Sisters: Jodie Amundson of Aitkin; Jacqui (Chris) Marano of Aitkin; Step Sisters: Brenda Larson of Brainerd; Jennifer Elmquist of Brimson, MN.; Tammy Packer of Aitkin and many nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass will be held Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the Rabbit Lake Cemetery in Glen Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Terryl Ann Way
05/07/1939-10/21/2014
Terryl Ann Way, 75 of Aitkin died Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. She is survived by her husband Marvin C. Way. As requested by Terryl, there will be no services. Burial will be at a later date. www.srtfuneral.com
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Phyllis E. Baitz
12/19/1928-10/20/2014
Phyllis E. Baitz, age 85 of Aitkin formerly of Onamia and Faribault died Monday, October 20, 2014 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Phyllis was born on December 19, 1928 in Faribault, Minnesota the daughter of George and Adeline Anderson. She grew up and attended schools in Faribault graduating from the Faribault High School. She then attended college in Pasadena, California for a time. She returned to Faribault and worked in the Woolen Mills for a time. She married Edward A. Baitz and they continued to make their home in Faribault. She worked as a Nurse’s Aide at the Pleasant Manor Nursing Home. Upon their retirement in 1980 they moved the Mille Lacs Lake area and she found work as a nurse’s aide in Onamia for a time. Her husband Edward died in 1985. She was fortunate to find a significant other in Oscar Zweig and they have been together almost 30 years. She enjoyed taking bus trips with Oscar and also spending time in Mazatlán in the winters with him. She was a lifetime member of the Garrison VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church. She enjoyed fishing, reading, gardening and bird watching and socializing with family and friends. She had a real loved for Mille Lacs Lake and her home on the lake. She is survived by her daughter and son in law: Kathy and Brad Schurman of St. Michael, Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Edward Baitz and one brother Forest Anderson. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 3:00 PM from Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison, Minnesota with Rev. Jon Rusnak and Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be from 2:30 PM until the 3 PM services at the church. Burial will be in the Garrison Cemetery at Garrison, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Gloria J. McGillis
12/06/1946-10/12/2014
Gloria J. McGillis, 67 of Aitkin died Sunday, October 12, 2014 at her home. She was born December 6, 1946 in Minneapolis to Clarence and Beaulah (Meaney) Johnson. She graduated from High School in Newport, WA. Gloria was united in marriage to Michael H. McGillis on October 10, 1969 in Onamia. She worked at Aicota Health Care Center as CNA and then as a security manager for the Rochester Airport. She enjoyed her flower garden, nature, photography, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and volunteering. She loved animals especially her dogs and was an avid reader. Gloria was devoted to her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents. Gloria is survived by her husband Michael, 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Hope (Steven) Zoellner – McGillis of St. Cloud, Jodi (Michael) Beighley – McGillis of Buffalo, 3 grandchildren: Andrew Gage, Kari Gage, and Bode Beighley, 2 brothers: Raymond (Connie) Meaney of San Francisco, CA., Allen Meaney of San Francisco, CA., Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Burton L. Guimont
05/09/1938-10/10/2014
Burton L. Guimont, age 76 of Deerwood, formerly of Aitkin, Arizona and Princeton died Friday, October 10, 2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital Burton was born May 9, 1938 in Princeton, Minnesota the son of Isadore and Pearl (Walker) Guimont. He grew up and attended schools in Princeton. He then moved to Minneapolis. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1959. Upon his discharge he returned to Princeton and worked for a Grain Elevator and Parts Company. He then moved to Arizona and worked for 40 years as a machinist in the Aero Space Industry. He moved to Aitkin in 2007 and to Deerwood in 2010. He was a member of the Deerwood American Legion Post. He had served on the Princeton Fire Department in his younger years. He is survived by three sons: Bob Guimont of Colorado; Randy Guimont and Bradley Guimont both of Arizona; Sister: Barbara Mathison of Deerwood and 1 grandson: Brent; Son in law: Bill Pritchard of Arizona. He was preceded in death by 2 daughters: Renae Guimont and Dannet Pritchard, Grandson Shariff, Parents and one brother Bradley. AQ memorial service will be held Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11 AM from Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood with Rev. Cheryl Fleckenstein officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the Oak Knoll Cemetery in Princeton, Minnesota. Military honors will be provided by the Deerwood American Legion Post. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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