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Archive Obituaries
John D. Lynne
07/26/1946-07/11/2015
John D. Lynne, 68 of Aitkin died July 11, 2015 at St. Cloud Hospital. He was born July 26, 1946 in Minneapolis to Elmer and Gladys (Spande) Lynne. John was united in marriage to Marlene (Sanford) July 23, 1994 in Minneapolis. He retired from Lucent Technologies working in Telephone installation and repair. He was preceded in death by his brother Elroy and his parents. John is survived by his wife Marlene, Daughter: Tiffany Collins of Eden Prairie, Step-son: Michael (Amy) Fritz of Spring Valley, WI., 4 granddaughters and 1 grandson, 3 brothers: Ronald (Bev) of Rochester, Donald of Minneapolis, Kenneth (Lynn) of Wayzata, Many other relatives and friends. At John’s request there will be no services. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Wayne C. Nelson
06/28/1939-07/10/2015
Wayne Charles Nelson died peacefully in his sleep in Aitkin on Friday, July 10, 2015 at the age of 76 after a courageous battle with cancer. Wayne is survived by his wife Sharon Joan (née DeMuth); sons Wayne Charles (Rita) Nelson Jr., Scott Michael (Cathy Jensen) Nelson, Daniel James (Chris) Nelson, and Wade Chadwick (Nikki Borchardt) Nelson; brother Roger (Anne) Nelson; sister Lois (Andy) Peacock; grandchildren Valerie Nelson, Adam Nelson, Nicholas (Chris) Nelson, Brian (Amy) Nelson, Holly Jensen, Haily Jensen, Hayden Jensen, Sydney Nelson, Taylor Nelson, Quentin Borchardt, Destiny Borchardt and Parker Nelson; one great-granddaughter Addison Nelson; brother in law: Jack Demuth of St. Ansgar, IA; 2 sisters in law: Jean Gragert of Little Falls and Joan Demuth of Lake Charles, LA. and, many good friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Albert and Louise Nelson, his parents-in-law Franklin and Agnes DeMuth, his brother James and his niece Heather Lynn. Wayne was born on June 28,1939 in Minneapolis to Albert and Louise Nelson. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Business. On June 17, 1972, he married Sharon, a Senior Complaint Coordinator at Medtronic, in Watertown, South Dakota. They resided in Burnsville where he worked as an Insurance Representative for Farmer’s Insurance until retiring and moving to Palisade. Wayne was a volunteer, a gardener, a board-game lover, a traveler, and a generous and inquisitive individual who loved the water and nature. He made friends quickly and genuinely loved people of all walks of life. Wayne was an active member of the AA community for over 30 years, and also worked at the Mash-ka-wisen Treatment Center during his retirement as a mentor. Funeral service will be 11:00am, Friday, July 17 at Bethel Lutheran Church (411 Main Street, Palisade.) A visitation will 1hour prior to the service at the church. There will be a reception immediately following the funeral at the Rustic Trail restaurant and a celebration on Friday evening at a private residence. Please inquire for details. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Wayne’s life. Memorials to the family are preferred in lieu of flowers. The family would like to thank the caregivers at Riverwood Healthcare Center and Aitkin Health Services for their efforts, help and support. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Nelson Curtiss Weston
03/28/1926-07/10/2015
Nelson Curtiss “Curt” Weston, age 89 of Palisade died Friday, July 10 2015 at the Golden Horizons Memory Care Center in Aitkin. Curt was born March 28, 1926 at Palisade, Minnesota the son of Charlie and Myrtle (Nelson) Weston. He attended the Weston School while growing up. He married Katherine C. Anderson on April 24, 1954 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. They made their home in the Palisade area where he worked as a logger and operated and owned a sawmill for many years and also farmed his whole life. He enjoyed reading, working with wood, dancing, hunting and spoiling his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Katherine Weston of Aitkin; Sons: Steve and Lynn Weston and Scott Weston both of Palisade; Daughters: Kitti (Todd) Jones of Palisade; Kerri (Jan) Hytinen of Sequim, Wash.; Kristi (Tim Turner) Weston of Aitkin; Salli (Scott Theisen) Weston of Roseville, MN.; Grandchildren: Kristina (Jason) Adams, Trish (Matt) Lueck, Melissa Mindrum, Sarah Weston, Jessica (Ben Hess) Hansen, Jeremy (Frannie Horner) Mindrum, Marla (Pat Briggs) Weston, Emma (Eric) Howe, Nicole Bleeker, Michael Hytinen, Jana (Phillip) Norman; Great Grandchildren: Anna, Brandie, Charlie, Daisy, Damien, Deydriana, Andrew, Dominic, Easton, Emmet, Gavin, Harry, Josh, Kylee, Lawrence, Alea, McKenzie, Majesta, Merrik, Mason, Parker, Presley, Tyler Wyatt; Brothers: Lawrence “Date” (Iris) Weston of Palisade, Clifford “Skip” (Pat) Weston of Magnolia, KY.; Sisters: Violet (Paul) Spolarich of Palisade, Maxine (Wally) Carlson of Little Falls, Marlene Weston of Eden Prairie. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Mark Weston; 3 brothers: Charles “Chub” Weston, Myrle “Sonny” Weston, Earle Weston, Deane Weston and Kenny Weston. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 15 at 1 PM at the Steve Weston Farm in Palisade. John Grimsbo Sr. and Sarah Weston will lead the service. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Betty Sandell
09/16/1929-07/08/2015
Betty Sandell, age 85 of Glen died Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Betty was born September 16, 1929 at Bradford, Minnesota the daughter of Leonard and Cecelia (Swedeen) Linder. She attended schools in Isanti County. She married Donald Findell and they made their home in Walbo where they operated a grocery store. Donald passed away in 1960. Betty married Alfie Sandell on February 4, 1966 in Cambridge. They lived in the Cambridge area until moving to the Glen area near Aitkin in 1976 and she has lived here since. She was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo and had served as its treasurer for a time and also was a member of the council. Betty loved to walk, especially around Clear Lake. She is survived by her husband Alfie Sandell of Glen; Sons and spouses: Dean (Robin) Findell; Dale (Kathy) Findell and David Findell all of Cambridge, MN. Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, 7 Great Grandchildren; 2 Brothers: Kermit Linder of Togo, MN. And Lenny Linder of Effie, Mn and 3 Sisters: Willette Engstrom of Placerville, Calf. Gloria McLean of Denver, Co.; and Jean Reineccius of Redfield, S.D. A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 11 AM from Bethesda Lutheran Church at Malmo with Rev. James Raisanen officiating. A visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Burial will be at a later date at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Charles Chet Smiley
01/31/1925-07/06/2015
Charles “Chet” Smiley, 90 of McGregor died Monday, July 6, 2015 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born January 31, 1925 in Gary, IN. to Edward and Maude Smiley. He grew up in Hammond, IN. and graduated from Hammond Technical High School. He was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force serving during WW II and spending much of his time in Newfoundland. He was employed by Inland Steel / Mittel as an electrician for over 30 years. Chet was united in marriage to Marian (Cathey) September 24, 1949 in Hammond, IN. They would spend every summer vacation fishing on Big Sandy Lake and fulfilled their dream by moving to the lake permanently in 1990. He was a past master of the Hammond Masonic Lodge – Garfield 569, former member of Orak Shrine and the Hammond Optimist Club, past commander of the Hammond VFW Post #802, life member of the American Legion, and a member of Grace Lutheran Church. Chet was an avid Walleye fisherman and sports fan. He loved his Chicago Cubs, Indiana Hoosier Basketball, Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, and the McGregor Mercs. He could be found at almost all the girls and boys basketball games, sitting in the first row of bleachers close enough to the action just in case one of the refs had a question. Rick Passer, please keep his seat warm. He was a friendly, kind, and generous man. One of his last conversations was about how much he loved his family and how lucky he was. We were the lucky ones, Dad. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years Marian, infant son Charles, brother Edward, sisters: Lillian “Pidge”, Bobette, and Peggy, nephew Ron Shindle, and his parents. Chet is survived by his daughter Sandy Henry of McGregor; Grandchildren: Ryan (Beth) Henry of Aitkin, Mark (Ashley) Henry of Bemidji, Lisa Henry of Logansport, IN.; Brother William Smiley of St. Petersburg, FL.; 13 nieces and nephews and their children and grandchildren; Dearest former son-in-law Warren Henry of Hammond, IN.; Best buddy Dick (Cindy) Kush of McGregor; And his cat Mike. Chet’s family would like to thank all the nurses at Riverwood Health Care Center for the wonderful care he received. We will be forever grateful to Dr. Timothy Arnold for all you did. You surely went above and beyond. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Friday, July 10, 2015 memorial service at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. McGregor Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Gordon D. Ellingboe
06/01/1931-06/30/2015
Gordon D. Ellingboe, age 84 of Aitkin passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Gordon was born June 1, 1931 at Sunburg, Minnesota the son of Robert and Lillian (Brakken) Ellingboe. He married Marilyn J. Johnson on July 10, 1954 at Benson, Minnesota. They made their home in Mounds View, Minnesota for 42 years before moving to Elm Island Lake near Aitkin in 1997. Gordon worked for Bethlehem Steel Co. for 42 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Sherman and sister Donna Mae Bendt. He is survived by his wife of 61 years Marilyn; Daughters: Cindy, Diane (Jim), Sons: Douglas and David (LaTonya). Grandchildren: Jennifer, Samuel, Erin, and Olivia. And Great Grandchildren: Becca, Joey and Annabelle. and also his brother Delmar and sister Ardis Marquardt. A memorial service will be held at noon on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Nordland Township near Aitkin with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. A visitation will be at the church 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Diamond Lake Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Yvonne Hanson
12/18/1936-06/27/2015
Yvonne Ida Geraldine (Moe) Hanson, age 78, of Aitkin, Minnesota passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2015 in Aitkin. Yvonne was born December 18, 1936 in McGregor, the daughter of Conrad and Ruby (Hiller) Moe. She grew up in the Grayling community and attended school in McGregor. She was involved with 4-H as a young girl. Yvonne was married to Edwin Hanson on September 17, 1955 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Thor. They lived on a beef farm, where she resided for the past 59 years. She and her husband owned and operated Hanson Brothers Trucking. She was secretary-treasurer of Zion Lutheran Church, a member of the Lee Township board and Aitkin County Cattleman’s Association. She enjoyed wild ricing, picking berries, playing accordion and piano. She loved baking wedding and birthday cakes and working with flower arrangements. She raced in a few local canoe races. She enjoyed travel, especially to Hawaii. Coffee was always on, with home baked goodies, that everyone “moe’d” in half. Yvonne is survived by children and spouses: Kathy and Wayne Appel, Blaine; Judy and Kirt Dotzler, Brooklyn Park; Sherry and Gregory Randa, Kettle River; Timothy and Maerene Hanson, Aitkin. Grandchildren: Wade Appel, Stacy Appel, Ryan Appel, Angela Dotzler, Susan Dotzler, Elizabeth Randa, Amy (Ross) Dodge, Jacob Randa, Amber Lewis, Erika Lewis, Chelbi Hanson. Great grandchildren: Henry Dodge and Isabelle Moen. Sisters: Marjorie Anderson, Milwaukee; and Darlene (Alvin) Hanson, Aitkin. Brother: Phillip Moe, Alaska. Sisters-in-law: Ann Moe, Judy Moe, Donna Moe, Doris Nordean and Sally Hanson. Numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends. Yvonne was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin R. Hanson; son, Kraig Hanson; great-grandson, Curtis Moen; parents, Conrad & Ruby (Hiller) Moe; sisters: Ione Kann, Lucille Ryan; brothers: Ralph Moe, Robert Moe, Norbert Moe, Wayne Moe, and Donald Moe. Funeral service will be 11:00 A.M. – Thursday, July 2, 2015 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Pastor Bill Fox will officiate. Yvonne will be laid to rest at Saron Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service. www.srtfuneral.com
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Susan Rose West
11/11/1948-06/26/2015
Susan Rose West, 66 of Aitkin died Friday, June 26, 2015 at Golden Horizons in Aitkin.She was born November 11, 1948 in Aitkin to Vincent and Mildred (Grose) Fridgen. She graduated from Aitkin High School Class of 1966. She lived in California working as an office manager for Future Disc. In 2001 she moved back to Minnesota and worked in Minneapolis until her retirement. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Gloria Hendricks. Susan is survived by two brothers and sister-in-law: Stephen Fridgen of Aitkin and Gerald (Betty Cooper) Fridgen of Aitkin. A gathering of friends and family will be 11:00A.M. to 12:00P.M. – Friday, July 3, 2015 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Lunch will follow at the 40 Club. Memorials are preferred to Heartland Hospice in lieu of flowers. www.srtfuneral.com
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Mary Haagensen
12/30/1933-06/26/2015
Mary Margaret Haagensen, 81 of McGregor died peacefully at her home surrounded by family on Friday, June 26, 2015. She was born December 30, 1933 in Calumet, Michigan to Joseph and Rose (Smuk) Strauss. Mary was united in marriage to Dale Peter Haagensen on July 9, 1954 in Texas. She worked various jobs and enjoyed going to the casino. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter Jawnni Rose Reynolds, grandson Brennan White, sister Helen, 2 brothers: Eddie and Joseph, and her parents. Mary loved her family, she is survived by her husband Dale, 4 daughters and sons-in-law: Paulette Kutasevich of Superior, WI, Rosie (John) Reynolds of McGregor, Janet (Brad) White of Chaska, Donna (Brad) Haagensen of Colorado and Wisconsin, Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, 4 sisters: Dorothy, Pat, Marilyn, and Carol, 1 brother: Bernie, Many other relatives and friends. A celebration of life will be 1:00P.M. - Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at the McGregor Community Center in McGregor. Visitation will begin at 12:30P.M. A lunch will follow the celebration of life at the community center. McGregor Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lillian J. Edstrom
02/24/1931-06/26/2015
Lillian J. Edstrom ( Honnold), Age 84, of Mt. Iron and Aitkin, surrounded by her family, passed away peacefully into the arms of her Lord on June 26th, 2015. She is survived by sons Scott (Della) Edstrom of Edina, Zachary “Chip” ( Marybeth) Edstrom of Coon Rapids, sister Donna O’Meara of West Des Moines, brother Ray Honnold of Orr, grandchildren, Chris, Zac ( Christina), Laura (Adam), Bryan (Summer), Matt (Lisa) and great grandchildren, Chase, Olivia, Brynn, Jack, Lucy, Maggie, Ellie and Jack. She was preceded in death by her parents Zac and Laura Honnold , brother Father Larry Honnold and husband of 50 years Richard Edstrom. Lillian was an elementary school teacher for over 40 years at the Mt. Iron Elementary School. She also enjoyed quilting , sewing and was an avid reader. She enjoyed her many neighborhood friends and fellow teachers and truly treasured her family , especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren. A mass and celebration will be held on Wednesday July 1st at 1:00PM at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church at 5701 Eden Ave in Edina. A visitation and greeting will be 1 hour prior to the mass. Lunch will be served afterwards. There will also be a small memorial gathering in Mt. Iron the week of July 6th for her many family and friends in Mt. Iron and Virginia. Additional details will be provided at a later date. Lillian will be laid to rest at the Greenwood Cemetery next to her husband Richard. The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the staff at the Aitkin Health Services Care Center who watched over Lillian and provided her care and comfort. We also wish to recognize and thank our cousin Sandy who helped and guided us all these last 9 months. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you please send your donation or contributions to the American Diabetes Association in Lillian’s memory. Sorensen – Root – Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com 218-927-2614
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Jennie H. Cartie
10/09/1918-06/19/2015
Jennie H. Cartie, age 96 of Aitkin died Friday, June 19, 2015 at her home. Jennie was born October 9, 1918 at Wessington Springs, South Dakota. She attended grade school in South Dakota and then moved with her family to the Aitkin area and continued her education at Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1936. She married Thomas Cartie on November 6, 1939 in Aitkin. She has lived in Aitkin most of her life. She raised her family, farmed and worked at the Aitkin Turkey Plant for many years. She enjoyed fishing, reading, playing cards, gardening, the outdoors and she loved her family. She is survived by Sons: Jerry and Andi Cartie of Aitkin; Robert and Carolyn Cartie of Aitkin; Daughter: Arlene Bertrand (Jesse Monse) of Aitkin; Brother: Francis (Ellene) Houwman of Pengilly, Mn.; Sisters: Helen Enberg of Aitkin and Florance Bebee of Portland, Or.; 14 Grandchildren, 36 Great Grandchildren and 7 Great Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband, 3 Brothers, 1 Sister, 1 Daughter, 1 Grandson, 1 Great Grandson. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be at the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Leona Elsa Roseanne (Emch) Wagner
01/13/1922-06/15/2015
Leona Elsa Roseanne (Emch) Wagner, age 93, of Aitkin died Monday, June 15, 2015 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Leona was born Friday, January 13, 1922, to John and Bertha (Domjohn) Emch at Plato, Minnesota. She moved to Aitkin in 1925 with her parents and some of her siblings to a farm and resort on Cedar Lake. She worked on the family resort. She became a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Aitkin at the age of three. She met Elgie Wagner when his family moved to Aitkin in 1938, and they got to know each other through Walther League at St. John’s Lutheran Church. A typical date for them would be going to a movie-tickets were thirty-five cents each. After the movie they would each get an ice cream sundae for ten cents, which left ten cents for a church offering (this dollar represented a whole day’s wage). She worked at the Aitkin Bakery while Elgie was serving overseas during WW II. When he returned, they were married on August 22, 1945 at the Emch home on Cedar Lake. They purchased a farm in Nordland Township. They began as dairy farmers and then started raising a few turkeys in 1949. The need for new buildings became very evident, so they sold their cows and built their first brooder house and continued on to become successful turkey farmers. They farmed for 26 years, selling their farm in 1971. They bought a home on Elm Island Lake in Nordland Township. Feeling that they were too young to retire at this time, Elgie worked at the Aitkin Hospital and Leona worked at Butler’s selling lots of drapery and upholstery fabric. After retirement, they enjoyed their time at the lake fishing and gardening. They also had an opportunity to travel. They moved to Blackrock Terrace apartment in 1995 and lived there until moving to Aicota Assisted Living in September of 2009. Leona enjoyed gardening and many crafts, including quilting. She was a member of the quilting group at St. John’s helping to provide many quilts for the needy. She was also known for her cooking and baking. While living at Blackrock, she would provide treat for morning coffee on each Monday. She had been living at the Aicota Nursing Home since May of 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband Elgie, Parents, brothers and sisters in law: Hank and Martha Emch, John and Esther Emch, Clarence and Ella Emch, Edward and Frances Emch, Walton Emch, sisters and brothers in law: Clara and Willmer Knight, Laverna and Hans Buhlmann and Lillian and John Kuse. She is survived by her daughter and son in law: Beverly and Alan Gray of Aitkin; Grandchildren David Gray of Independence, Mn. and Heidi Gray of Minnetonka and brother in law Donald Wagner and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Monday, June 22, 2015 at 11 AM from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Jon Rusnak officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Albin Edward Pearson
03/14/1923-06/12/2015
Albin “Beanie” Edward Pearson, 92 of Aitkin died Friday, June 12, 2015 at Aitkin Health Services. He was born March 14, 1923 in Aitkin to Carl Simon and Augusta Sophia (From) Pearson. He attended rural county school and Ag School. He was a U.S. Army Air Force Veteran serving in the 8th Air Force as a Tail Gunner on B-17’s flying 31 missions over Germany and occupied France during World War II. Albin was united in marriage to Doris Loraine (Falk) on February 13, 1945 in Duluth. He owned and operated his own farm in the Glen/Malmo area, and also worked as a painter. He sold real estate for a few years after selling his farm. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, raising apples and berries, and playing games. He was a charter member of Glory Baptist Church, past Aitkin School Board member and a Malmo Township Supervisor. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: George, Elmer, David, Milton, and Gunder; sisters: Selma, Freda, and Esther; great-granddaughter Lilian Pearson. Albin is survived by his wife Doris Loraine Pearson; 3 Sons and daughters-in-law: Steve (Evon) Pearson, Allen (Sandy) Pearson, Greg (Cathie) Pearson all of Aitkin; 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Kathleen (Mark) Campbell of Holdingford, Lenore (Stuart) Rapoport of Brooklyn Park; 13 grandchildren: Kristina Franzen, Aaron (Lisa) Pearson, Kara Franzen, Tanya (Kevin) Pietz, Kamala (Dan) Dekok, Brian (Jenni) Pearson, Matthew Pearson, Melissa (Billy) Norenberg, Angie (Steve) Mitzuk, Erik (Aimee)Rapoport, Trent Pearson, Rebecca (Miguel) Noriega, Samantha Rapoport; 16 great-grandchildren: Delaney & Danielle Dekok, Sally & Jillian Pearson, Madelyn & Samuel Pearson, Evelyn, Ian, & Lydia Mitzuk, Arik & Carter Pietz, Sophie Norenberg, Layla, Allison, & Julia Rapoport, Elijah Rodriguez; Brother and sister-in-law: Robert (Mary) Pearson of Shoreview, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Glory Baptist Church, Aitkin. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Friday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church Saturday. Burial with Military Honors will be in Glory Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Florence F. Tibbetts
12/02/1930-06/12/2015
Florence F. Tibbetts, 84 of Aitkin died Friday, June 12, 2015 at Aitkin Health Services. She was born December 2, 1930 in Aitkin County to Stanley and Lillian (McKenna) Keath. She worked as a cashier at the Jacobson Co-Op Store and as a Home Health Aid in Columbia Heights. She enjoyed Bible study, puzzles, cooking, dancing and listening to music, and she love her grandchildren. She was a member of the Jacobson Community Center – homemakers, civics club. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, and 2 grandchildren. Florence is survived by 2 sons and daughter-in-law: George Tibbetts of Preston, Clinton (Brenda) Tibbetts of Fridley, 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Linda (Marvin) Amundson of McGregor, Deborah (Jeffery) Nelson of Washburn, ND., 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 12:00P.M. – Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Pastor Ed Sornberger will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Marjorie Horsman Hammond
09/26/1919-06/06/2015
Marjorie J. (Horsman) Hammond age 95 of Aitkin formerly of the McGregor area died Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Marjorie was born September 26, 1919 at Henriette, Minnesota the daughter of Frank and Sadie (Thomas) Petersdorf. She grew up and attended schools in Henriette. She then moved to Spring Valley, Minnesota where she worked as a housekeeper. She married Ronald Horsman on June 26, 1937 in Cresco, Iowa. The made their home in Spring Valley and Chatfield, Minnesota before moving to Vancouver, Washington during WW II. They moved back to Spring Valley and in 1947 they moved north of McGregor to Verdon Township and had lived in the area since. Her husband died in 1969. She married Harold Hammond on February 14, 1982 in McGregor. She had worked as a cook and also worked at Hoppe’s Pharmacy for many years as a clerk/cashier. She was a member of the McGregor United Methodist Church, and past member of the McGregor VFW Auxiliary, She enjoyed gardening, reading books and playing Rumicube. She is survived by children and spouses: Richard (Lynda) Horsman of Jacobson, Gereld “Jerry” (Annie) Horsman of Apache Junction, Arizona, Clair (Barbara) Horsman of Florence, Colorado, Alan Horsman of Snoqualmie, Washington, Ronnie Horsman of McGregor, Phyllis (Lynn) Hebig of Spring Valley, Mn.; John (Sonia) Horsman of Cosmos, Mn.; 22 Grandchildren, 41 Great Grandchildren, 3 step sons, and numerous step grandchildren and step great grandchildren and 1 sister Joy Anderson of Menahga, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ronald Horsman in 1969 and husband Harold Hammond in 2004 and 8 brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM from the McGregor United Methodist Church with Pastor Kris Geer officiating. Burial will be in the Ball Bluff Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 1 to the 2 PM services at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dawson Nando VanPortfliet
02/15/2001-06/04/2015
Dawson Nando VanPortfliet, age 14 died Thursday, June 4, 2015 at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Dawson was born February 15, 2001 in Crosby, Minnesota the son of Dennis and Melissa (Schrupp) VanPortfliet. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin. He enjoyed music and taught himself how to play the guitar. He was very active in the Boy Scouts and was only three merit badges short of becoming and Eagle Scout. He enjoyed martial arts, Longboarding, writing and drawing, camping and the outdoors. He also enjoyed cooking and was great when it came to solving computer problems. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his parents: Dennis and Melissa VanPortfliet of Aitkin; Sister: Kobie VanPortfliet, Grandparents: Mary Schrupp of Aitkin; Robert Schrupp of Marshall, Mn.; Tim and Jill VanPortfliet of Thornton, Colorado; Close family friends Greg and Elyse Fagan of Colorado and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and friends. A funeral service will be held Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and continue Thursday from 9:30 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lynn F. Ackerman
04/09/1919-06/02/2015
Lynn F. Ackerman, 96 of Aitkin died Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born April 9, 1919 in Bemidji to Carl and Gena (Olson) Ackerman. He graduated from Aitkin High School class of 1937. He worked at the C.C.C. camps from 1939 to 1941. Lynn was united in marriage to Verna Johnson December 25, 1942 in Kimberly. He had many occupations including farming and owner of Lakeland Art Gallery. He enjoyed golfing, wildlife painting, boundary waters canoe trips, hunting, fishing, raising corn, and traveling. He was a member of Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, Ruffed Grouse Society, and Aitkin United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his brothers: Harley, Wayne, Claris Ackerman, twin brother Glenn Ackerman, sister Bernice Curran, and his parents. Lynn is survived by his wife Verna, 3 sons and daughters-in-law: Jerry (Susan) Ackerman of Breezy Point, Ron (RaeLynn) Ackerman of Green Lake, WI., Scott (Kelly) Ackerman of Elk River, Daughter: Ellen Smith of Fridley, 9 grandchildren: Ray Smith, Shannon Redlin, John Smith, Jeff Ackerman, Amy Murzyn, Stacy Ackerman, Mallory Winger, Seth Corbin, Olivia Ackerman, 15 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, June 12, 2015 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Judith Clark will officiate. Burial will be in Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery, Nordland Township. Visitation will be 5:00P.M. to 7:00P.M. Thursday at the funeral home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service. www.srtfuneral.com
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Doris Handt
04/12/1940-05/28/2015
Doris Elaine Handt, age 75 of Palisade died Thursday, May 28, 2015 at her home. Doris was born April 12, 1940 at Dodge Center, Minnesota the daughter of Arthur and May (Bronner) Christensen. She moved with her family at a young age to Bain and then to Palisade. She attended schools in McGregor and Aitkin. She married David L. Handt on December 15, 1956 in Palisade. They lived in Illinois for eight years and then moved back to Palisade. They operated a dairy farm for many years. Doris also worked as a cook at the Palisade Café and eventually became the owner of the café. Later she owned and operated the Palisade Coop Mercantile. She had also worked as a cook at the Roadside Restaurant in McGregor and had worked at Kare Phree Pines in McGregor. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church and the Church Women’s Group. She was also a member of the Red Hat Ladies. She loved her annual trips to Canada to fish. She enjoyed picking Blue Berries and sewing. She is survived by sons and daughters in law: Terry and Kitty Handt of Palisade, Greg and Mary Handt of Aitkin, Jim and Jackie Handt of Isanti, Mn., Bruce Handt of Palisade, daughters and sons in law: Barbara and Lester Mindrum of Palisade, Dianne and Mike Olson of Finlayson, Mn.; 15 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and one more on the way; 4 sisters: Dorothy Lage of Cairo, Mo., Fran Watson of Palisade, Karen Carlson of Bemidji, Mn., and Marilyn Ruud of Palisade. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband David. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 11 AM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with Rev. William Sass officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and continue Wednesday from 10 AM until the 11 AM services. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Mary Lorraine (Pickles) Kiekow
06/22/1944-05/27/2015
Mary Lorraine (Pickles) Kiekow, age 70 of Aitkin died Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at her home. Mary was born June 22, 1944 in McGregor, Minnesota. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin. She then moved to Sat. Cloud and worked at the St. Cloud Hospital for a time. She married Jerome “Jerry” Kiekow on February 9, 1963 at Poplar Creek, Minnesota. They lived in St. Cloud for a time and then moved to Hill City, MN. then lived in Montana and Wyoming before moving to Buffalo, Minnesota where they lived for 17 years. She worked at a clothing factory for a time and then worked for Tonka Toys for 10 years. They then moved to the Aitkin area and have lived here since. She had worked at the Mille Lacs Grand Casino for 13 years. She is survived by her husband Jerry Kiekow of Aitkin; Daughter Cheryl Ann Kiekow (Dan Eggersgluss) of Monticello, MN. Grandson Maxwell; 4 sisters: Lois Keil of Aitkin, Betty Eklund of Aitkin; Patricia Rooney of Cambridge and Shirley Skowski of Cambridge. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother. A private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Carol John "C.J". Meacham
12/24/1928-05/22/2015
Carol John “C.J.” Meacham, 86 of McGregor died Friday, May 22, 2015 at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center Hospice in Duluth. He was born December 24, 1928 in Workman Township, Aitkin County to George and Jenny (Edwards) Meacham. He attended Rat Lake School and McGregor High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WW II. After the war he worked as an iron ore drill operator in many parts of the U.S., Greenland, and Iceland. C.J. was united in marriage to Lois Kormann on January 29, 1961 in Granite Falls. He attended Molar Barber School in Minneapolis and then owned and operated Meacham Barber Shop in South Minneapolis. He also owned and managed income/rental properties. C.J. enjoyed gardening and cutting and splitting wood. He served on the Aitkin County Hospice Board and as a volunteer. He was a lifetime member of the VFW, past president of McGregor Lions, and a member of Grace Lutheran Church. He was preceded in death by his parents and 11 brothers and sisters. C.J. is survived by his wife Lois, Daughter and son-in-law: Susan (Thomas) Viker of Arden Hills, Son and daughter-in-law: David (Debra) Meacham of Coon Rapids, Grandchildren: Fred and John Viker, Sister: Dorothy Groth of Cromwell, Many other relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 1:00P.M. – Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial with military honors will be in Pine Needle Cemetery. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com. Memorials are preferred to the donors choice in lieu of flowers.
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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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