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Maynard E. Adams
10/09/1922-08/24/2011
Maynard E. Adams, 88 of Aitkin died August 24, 2011 at Golden Horizons in Aitkin. He was born October 9, 1922 at the family farm in Lester Prairie to Orest and Leatha (Packer) Adams, the oldest of ten children. He attended country school. Maynard was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in World War II. He worked as a machinist at Char-Lin Eaton retiring in 1982. He moved to Malmo where he lived until moving to Golden Horizons in 2008. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Howard, Willard, Vernon, and Floyd, sister Lois Streich, brother-in-laws Loren Steich and Gerhart Spittstoeser, sister-in-law Emma Adams, nephews Gary, Dale, and David Adams. Maynard is survived by brothers and sisters-in-laws: Robert (Lois) Adams Kenneth (Virginia) Adams Sisters and brother-in-law: Marian Spittstoesser Gladys (Glennard) Parpart Sister-in-law: Carol Adams Special cousin Gene and Tina Packer, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Memorial service with military honors will be 12:00P.M. ??? Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Assembly area # 5. Reverend Alan Naumann will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ruth Weir
11/22/1918-08/20/2011
Ruth Weir, 92 of Aitkin died Saturday, August 20, 2011 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. She was born November 22, 1918 in Aitkin to Carl and Nora (Haakenson) Carlson. She attended Aitkin Schools and confirmation class at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. She enjoyed gardening, playing cribbage, and sewing. She was living at Golden Living Center Greeley in Stillwater. She was preceded in death by her son Gary, ex-husband Lowell Weir, 5 brothers and one sister. Ruth is survived by her 2 children: Janis (Weir) Andrea and Allan Weir both of Aitkin Special granddaughter: Lisa Schultz Many other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Funeral Services will be 1:00P.M. ??? Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the Service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Saron Cemetery, Glen Township, Aitkin County. www.srtfuneral.com
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Eugene C. Knutson
11/25/1931-08/11/2011
Eugene C. Knutson, age 79 of Palisade died Thursday, August 11, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Eugene was born November 25, 1931 in McGregor, Minnesota the son of Theodore and Sylvia (Deremo) Knutson. He grew up in the McGregor area and attended the Bellhorn Bay School and the McGregor School. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Korea. He was involved in the Battle of Chosin where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart. Upon his discharge he returned to McGregor for a short time and then moved to Minneapolis and worked for a Casting Company. He married Donna M. Koskovich on January 11, 1958 in McGregor. They moved back to McGregor in the early 1970???s and they purchased what is now the Buckhorn bar and operated that for a number of years. He then started the sanitation service in McGregor and operated that until 1988 when he retired. They started spending winters in Texas in 1991 and then bought a home and lived in Texas for a number of years before returning to Minnesota and settling in Palisade in 2005. They have lived there since. He was a lifetime member of the VFW, the Military Order of Purple Hearts and was a member of the DAV. He enjoyed bowling, golfing and woodworking. He is survived by his wife Donna M. Knutson of Palisade; 3 daughters: Deborah Knutson of Austin, Texas; Roberta Knutson of Shakopee, MN.; Jennifer Knutson of Austin, Texas; 3 grandchildren: Amanda Rob) Grace, Noelle Knutson, Logan Olson and 2 great grandchildren: Santana Grace, and Nathaniel Knutson. He is also survived by sister in laws: Shirley Knutson of Minneapolis; Audrey Knuston of McGregor and Betty (Jerry) Wickstrom of Palisade and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his Daughter: Suzanne Knutson, father Theodore Knutson, mother Sylvia (Knutson) Enemark, brothers: Theodore Knutson and Harvey Knutson and Sister Donna Rohlf. A memorial service will be held Friday, August 19, 2011 at 11 AM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with Rev. William Sass officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be at a later date at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin American Legion Post and Palisade VFW Post. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Clara A. Amundson
07/17/1912-08/09/2011
Clara Augusta Amundson, 99 of Aitkin died Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born July 17, 1912 in Becker to Hubert and Bertha (Peters) Hohlen. Clara was united in marriage to Louis Alfred Amundson on September 27, 1937 in Becker. She enjoyed latch hook, playing different card games and puzzles. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Louis on July 23, 1959, Three children: Donald Amundson, Delores Kingsley, Vernon Amundson, 3 brothers and two sisters: Doris Larson, Ernest Hohlen, Theodore Hohlen, Louise Veazy , Herman Hohlen. Clara is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law: Louella (Ben) Jansen of Crosslake Iva Holm (friend Yogi) of Hill City Rose (LeRoy) Aamodt of Aitkin Shirley Amundson of Aitkin 4 sons and daughters-in-law: Kenneth (Rosemary) Amundson of Hill City Marvin (Linda) Amundson of McGregor Robert ( Darlene) Amundson of Hill City Richard (Barb) Amundson of Aitkin 35 grandchildren, 86 great-grandchildren, 17 great-great-grandchildren Brother Earl Hohlen of Elk River Many other relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 11:00A.M. ??? Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at Westside Church in Aitkin. Ronald Alger 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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Bettijane Zierke
07/07/1922-08/06/2011
Bettijane (nee Pagel) Zierke, age 89 of Baxter, passed away Saturday August 6, 2011 at the St. Joseph???s Medical Center in Brainerd. She was born July 7, 1922 in Elmore, Minnesota the daughter of Frank Pagel and Addie (nee Darrone) Pagel. She is survived by her four children: Michael (Janice) Zierke of Faribault; Stephen (Arnita) Zierke of Baxter; Linda (Leon) Thomsen of Naperville, Ill.; and Donald (Barbara) Zierke of Bemidji; Eight grandchildren: Bradley Zierke, Christopher Zierke, Brian (Amy) Zierke, Lisa Grazzini, Brande (Todd) Baumann, Jennifer Thomsen, Peter Zierke, and Eric Thomsen; and six great grandchildren: Perry Zierke, Brady Zierke, Danah Zierke, Cole Grazzini, Brandon Zierke, and Grace Grazzini. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Wayne Zierke whom she married on December 7, 1943 and her parents. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 11 AM from the Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter. Burial will be in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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James R. Smith
08/13/1923-08/04/2011
James R. Smith, age 87 of Aitkin died Thursday, August 4, 2011 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. James was born August 13, 1923 in Rabbit Lake Township of Aitkin County (near Malmo) the son of Dewit and Belva (Richards) Smith. He attended the Rabbit Lake School and then the Aitkin High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during WW II. Upon his discharge in 1946 he returned to the Aitkin area. He married Edna Westerlund on January 2, 1948 in Minneapolis. They lived in Aitkin through the 1950???s and he worked in the mines at Crosby. He then worked as a heavy equipment operator and followed the work and lived in various states. In 1989 he retired and lived in the State of Washington for 3 years and then moved to Port Mille Lacs, then Malmo and eventually to Aitkin where he has resided the past 18 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, gardening and traveling. He was a member of the 49er???s union. He is survived by his wife Edna Smith of Aitkin; sons and spouses: Richard and Pam Smith of Cloquet, Mn.; Clinton and Nancy Smith of Aitkin; Bruce and Diane Smith of Big Lake, MN.; Neal and Tami Smith of Cambridge, Mn.; daughters and spouses: Becky and Patrick Anderson of Cambridge, Mn.; Sandra and Cary Tracy of East Bethel, Mn.; Lyla and Ray Dooley of Anoka, Mn.; Grandchildren: Josh Smith, Nick Smith, Jeramy Smith, Chuck Brynteson, Mindee Staubs, Cory Lindelof, Audra Tracy, Joyce Sager, Brian Lindelof, Heidi Strickland, Sherry Westerhiem, Parish Mistelske, Sharon Weihoff, Bob Lindelof, Steve Lindelof, Russell Dooley, Donald Dooley, Tim Dooley; 28 great grandchildren and 18 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Dewit and Belva Smith; brother: Rex, sisters: Vivian and Helen, grandson: Terry Mistelske,great grandchild Rocky; step sons: Roger and Leo, step daughter: Laura; nephews: Carl and Donald Smith. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 1 PM from the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo with Rev. James Raisanen officiating. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Earl L. Lindgren
08/09/1937-08/01/2011
Earl L. Lindgren, age 73 of Aitkin and McGregor areas formerly of Warba and Racine, Wisc. Died Monday, August 1, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Earl was born August 9, 1937 at Grand Rapids, Minnesota the son of Carl and Veronica (McCauley) Lindgren. He grew up and attended schools in Warba. In the early 1950???s he moved to Wisconsin and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from 1954 until his discharge in 1957. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 1957 to 1960. Upon his discharge from the army he went to work for American Motors. He also worked road construction for a number of years. He married Charlotte M. Spencer on April 13, 1963 at Kenosha, Wisconsin. They lived in Racine, Wisc. For a time and then moved to Minnesota and in 1976 he moved to the Aitkin area and has lived in the Aitkin and McGregor area???s since. In his younger days he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed collecting clocks. He enjoyed life and especially loved his family. He is survived by his wife Charlotte Lindgren of Aitkin; son: Duane C. Lindgren of Aitkin; daughters: Darlene (Delano) Maudal of Roseville and Debbie Lindgren (Kelly Jensen) of Cambridge, Mn.; 11 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; 1 brother: Edward (Helen) Lindgren of Pengilly, MN.; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and step father. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, August 5, 2011 at 11 AM from St. Paul???s Catholic Church in Warba with Fr. Jerry Weiss officiating. Burial will be in the Warba-Feeley Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church on Friday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Kristin Wood
10/09/1971-07/28/2011
Kristin Wood, 39 of Aitkin died Thursday, July 28, 2011 at her home. She was born October 9, 1971 in Aitkin to Alvin G. and Beverly A. (Lorber) Wood. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband Randy Adcock 3 Children: Cameron Wood, Caleb Adcock, and Carson Adcock all of Aitkin Father: Alvin Wood of Aitkin 2 Brothers: Timothy Wood and Leeann Mindrum of Palisade Scott Wood and Darlene Lubins of Aitkin 5 Step-sisters: Linda, Nikki, and Janiece Renstrum Tammy and Tonya Maydole Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother Beverly (Lorber) Wood. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Charles Carlson will officiate. Visitation will be 11:00A.M. to 1:00P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Spencer Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Robert DeRusha Robert Daniel DeRusha '
12/10/1941-07/21/2011
Robert DeRusha Robert Daniel DeRusha ''Clammer'' 69 of McGregor passed away July 21, 2011 in his home after a battle with Mesothelioma Cancer. Robert was born on December 10, 1941 in Cloquet to Cyril and Lula (Kehn) DeRusha. He was the captain of his high school golf team and continued playing golf for several years after. He won several tournaments and obtained quite a collection of trophies throughout the years. He won the Big Lake Club Championship for seven consecutive years and had the course record at one time (25), and five holes-in-one. He served 3 years in the US Army right after graduating from the Cloquet Senior High School in 1959. He took pride in his 30 years of being a groundskeeper between the Big Lake Golf Club, Cloquet Country Club and Floodwood Golf course. He also worked at the US Postal Service, Conwed Corporation, and IDS #94. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and watching baseball, football, and golf. Clammer was a guitar player and singer for many years in a band known as ???The Rubber Band???. The band played at several local establishments and weddings. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends singing and playing his guitar around the bonfire. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Evangline 1 sister Patricia (Gene), 2 brothers: Dennis (Linda) and Louie (Norma) 5 daughters: Laure Fish, Diane (Scott) Clark, Toni Murray all of Cloquet Lacey (Kevin) Johnson of Mesa AZ, Lisa Bastien of Stillwater 1 son: Jim Bastien of Cloquet. 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren Several nieces and nephews and friends. Two special guys Shawn & Randy Westerman. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cyril and Lula (Kehn) DeRusha Two brothers: Henry and Michael DeRusha. Memorial service will be 2:00pm ??? Saturday, July 30, 2011 at McGregor Funeral Home on Maddy Street, McGregor. Father Paul Fruth will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. www.srtfuneral.com Reception to follow at Minnewawa Sportsman Club. 20322 Goshawk St (Co. Rd 6) McGregor, MN 55760
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Adeline Hageman
07/23/1927-07/20/2011
Adeline ???Jean??? Hageman, 83 of Coon Rapids and McGregor, died Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at her home. She was born July 23, 1927 in Racine, Wisconsin to Edwin and Beulah (Durand) Meaney. She was united in marriage to Kleo A. Hageman on May 5, 1961 in Wisconsin. She was a cook and baker. She worked for Avon Co. and at the Country House in McGregor. She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law: Shirley James of Minneapolis Kathy Isenor of Chaska Debbie Kehn of North Branch Deanna (Richard) Evans of Fridley Gayle (Don) Koerber of McGregor Cindy (Paul) Gellerman of St. Michael 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Kleo in 2008, 4 brothers, one sister, and her parents. Memorial service will be 1:00P.M., Sunday, July 31, 2011 at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Carol Jean Keeler
12/13/1934-07/09/2011
Carol Jean Keeler, 76 of Palisade died July 9, 2011 at her home. She was born December 13, 1934 in St. Paul to Lawrence and Christine (Fleischhacker) Morrison. She was united in marriage to Raymond Keeler on August 1, 1970 in New Hope. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, and playing games on her computer. Carol is survived by her husband Raymond Children: John (Chris) Keeler of Chariton, IA. Mike (Lisa) Keeler of Hutchinson Jamie (Jeff) Wagner of La Grande, OR. Robert Utter of Washington Steven Utter of California 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren Two sisters: Lorraine (Bruce) Fero of Oregon Mary Ann Peterson of Minneapolis Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter Michelle, three sisters and her parents. Memorial service will be 10:00A.M. Thursday, July 14, 2011 at Fleming United Methodist Church, Aitkin. Reverend Russell Christensen 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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Paul Gordon Fink
04/09/1951-07/09/2011
Paul Gordon Fink, 60, formerly of Aitkin, died unexpectedly of coronary heart disease the evening of July 9, 2011 in Scottsdale, AZ. He was born April 9, 1951 in Jackson. He lived a remarkable and adventurous life. He was a kindhearted veterinarian and skilled surgeon. He was humble in his abilities, graduating as a doctor by age 24 while putting himself through college. He owned Aitkin Vet Clinic for 18 years. He moved to Phoenix, AZ. to start a new life. There he worked at the Arizona Humane Society which was a good fit for his abilities and his compassionate beliefs in animal care. He was an active member of AVMA for 37 years. He looked forward to retiring to Minnesota and fishing with his family and friends, woodworking as his father Lloyd had taught him and traveling in his airplane he and Katherin named ???Madeline???. He was an avid reader and always had an opinion on everything and if he didn???t understand something he set out to learn about it. He was extremely kind and generous and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Paul would only want celebration in his remembrance. He was a Christian and believed he would be reunited with his mom Evie and dad Lloyd whom he talked of often in this life. Paul is survived by his wife: Katherin (Dingman) Daughters and sons-in-law: Brynne (Fink) Campbell and Dave Campbell of Elk Mound, WI. Samantha (Fink) Seibert and Jon Seibert of Brainerd Granddaughter: Jonna Seibert of Brainerd Brothers: Roger Fink of Palo Alter, CA and James Fink of Minneapolis Extended family: Lauren and Scott Reilly of Chicago, IL. His favorite home was Aitkin where his ashes will be returned. There will be a gathering time for friends and family 4 to 6pm, Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dennis R. Anderson
02/26/1954-07/08/2011
Dennis R. Anderson, age 57 of Aitkin died Friday, July 8, 2011 at Schroeder, Minnesota. Dennis was born February 26, 1954 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Herbert and Dorothy (Micklewright) Anderson. He attended schools in Aitkin graduating in 1972. He then worked as a logger and also selling minnows. He married Penny Stevens on December 2, 1988 at Aitkin. They made their home in Aitkin and Dennis worked for the Mille Lacs Electric Cooperative from 1990 until this past May of 2011. He was a member of the Minnesota Trappers Assn. He enjoyed hunting and trapping and also doing flea markets and antiquing. He is survived by children: Mike Anderson of Aitkin; Amanda (Jon) Seely of Aitkin; Kelly Anderson of Milton, MN.; Olivia Anderson of Parker Prairie, MN.; 4 grandchildren: Vincent Seely, Zoe Seely, Kylie Crowell, Marley Crowell; Mother: Dorothy Anderson of Aitkin; 2 brothers: Dale Anderson of Duncan, Oklahoma and David Anderson of Lino Lakes, MN. He was preceded in death by his wife Penny in 1999, father Herbert, and 1 sister Charlotte. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Lonnie Lee officiating. Visitation will be Friday, July 15 from 4 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services on Saturday. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Norman W. Chilstrom
12/13/1929-07/07/2011
Norman W. Chilstrom, age 81 of Aitkin formerly of Anoka, died Thursday, July 7, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Norman was born December 13, 1929 at Isanti, Minnesota the son of Elmond and Alma (Eagelkraut) Chilstrom. He moved with his family at a young age to Dairyland, Wisconsin where he grew up and attended schools. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952. Upon his discharge he returned to Wisconsin and worked in the woods for a time. He married Leona Harris on November 12, 1954 in St. Paul. They made their home in Anoka for over 50 years and Norman worked for Pacific Mutual Door Co. for over 33 years. In 1996 they moved to the Aitkin area and have lived here since. He is survived by his wife Leona Chilstrom of Aitkin; sister: Darlene J. Shafer of Phoenix, AZ., sister in law: Shirley Chilstrom of Blaine, MN.; niece: Kimberly Ann, nephews: Gary Robert and David Allen and numerous cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and Brother Loren. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Pastor Cynthia Gray officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be at the Acacia Cemetery in Mendota Heights, MN. at a later date. The Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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John Weimer
04/17/1917-07/04/2011
John Weimer, age 94 of Palisade died Monday July 4, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. John was born April 17, 1917 in Kingman Township of Renville County, Minnesota the son of Christoph and Ella (Stoeber) Weimer. He moved with his family to the Palisade area where he attended the Waukenabo School. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1935 to 1937. He then worked on farms in the area before serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during WW II. Upon his discharge he settled in Aitkin. He married Bessie Zilverberg on February 3, 1945 in Aitkin. He worked in the Post Office and then was a rural mail carrier for many years. His wife Bessie died in 1975. He married Viola I. (Clayton) Scott on August 28, 1976 in Aitkin. They lived in Aitkin for a time and then built a home in White Elk Township and have lived there ever since. He also worked in Aitkin cutting trees. He was a member of St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin; the Aitkin American Legion Post, the Aitkin VFW Post, and The Disabled American Veterans. He enjoyed fishing, picking berries and cutting and selling firewood. He is survived by his wife Viola Weimer of Palisade; Children and spouses: Diane and Byron Schlagel of Aitkin; Robert and Colleen Weimer of Rose Creek, Mn.; Arnie Weimer of Juneau, Alaska; Stanley and Cindy Weimer of Aitkin; Betty and Roger Stidolph of Juneau, Alaska; Helen and Jason Hayes of Creswell, Oregon; Carla Gamman of Bothell, Washington; Alice and Don Browne of Minneapolis; 12 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 1 brother: Richard (Elaine) Weimer of Lockport, Ill.; 3 sisters: Lorraine Mindrum of Aitkin; Ella Kingsley of Hill City; Lydia Wiswell of Young America, MN.; brother in law: Norman Berg of Hill City; sisters in law: Agnes Weimer of Aitkin; Virginia Weimer of Eagle River, Wisc.; Lola Ann Weimer of Hill City. He was preceded in death by his parents; First Wife Bessie in 1975; sisters: Marie Clark, Margaret Nollette, Frances Berg; brothers: Henry, Vernon, Raymond, Fredrick, Charles, Frank, Albert, and Martin. A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 1 PM from St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, July 16 from 5 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Spencer Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Howard Arthur Franzen
06/24/1919-06/29/2011
Howard A. Franzen, 92 of Palisade died Wednesday, June29, 2011 at Golden Horizon in Aitkin. He was born June 24, 1919 in Palisade to Axel and Anna (Turnrose) Franzen. He grew up and attended school in Palisade. Howard was united in marriage to Delores Keath on November 2, 1943 in El Paso, TX. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WW II. He was employed as a truck driver for Herbison Bridge Construction Company. He was a charter member of the Palisade Lions. Howard is survived by his children: Karen and Jerry Little of Spring Hill, FL. Mike Franzen of Eagan Jack and Diana Franzen of Palisade Lucille Franzen of Aitkin Mike Massood of Bloomington Pam and Dave Carlson of Palisade Scott and Michele Franzen of Chaska Kelly and Tom Cooper of Shorewood Grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Kristina and Gary Derrick, Kara Franzen, Nick and Amie Franzen, Nathan and Jamie Franzen, Anna Franzen and Russ Philipp, Kelsey and Greg Wesenberg, Garrett Carlson, Haley Franzen, Abby Franzen, Kadee Cooper, Ian Cooper, Preston Franzen, Rory Philipp, Zachary Franzen, Charli Franzen, Jacob Franzen, Joanna Franzen, Isaiah Franzen, Landon Franzen, Jeremiah Franzen, Aydin Franzen, Eloise Wesenberg, and foster grandson Andy South. Brother: Carl (Kathleen) Franzen Sisters: Violet Havila, Charlotte Coon, Bette Phillips, Marian Johnson Many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Delores, daughter Peggy Massood, 5 brothers, 1 sister, and his parents. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. ??? Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Charles Carlson will officiate. Visitation will be 11:00A.M. to 1:00P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Irene A. Mendiola
08/13/1924-06/22/2011
Irene A. Mendiola, age 86 of Jacobson formerly of Los Angeles, Calf. Died Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at her home. She was born August 13, 1924 at Los Angeles, California the daughter of Drank and Frances (Martinez) Sepulvada. She grew up and attended schools in Los Angeles. She married Eldon Nappe and they made their home in the San Fernando Valley. She then married John Mendiola and they continued to live in the San Fernando Valley. In 2006 Irene moved to Minnesota to live with her daughter and son in law who cared for her these past years. She is survived by her daughter and son in law: Charlie and Donald Dinneen of Jacobson; 4 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, 1 sister: Alma Musselman and 1 brother Roy Sepulvada both of Los Angeles, Calf. She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, I sister Betty Testa and 1 great grandson Gabriel Mendoza. No services will be held. Arrangements were with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Darryl B. Ames
05/10/1940-06/19/2011
Darryl B. Ames, age 71 of McGregor died Sunday, June 19, 2011 at St. Lukes Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. Darryl was born May 10, 1940 at Duluth, Minnesota the son of Herbert and Bartella (Rooney) Ames. He grew up and attended schools in Duluth, Minneapolis and High Springs, Florida. He returned to Minneapolis and worked for the Onan Co, Artic Cat and Hoffman Engineering. He married Alma Jean Nielsen on December 7, 1964 at Watertown, South Dakota. They lived in Minneapolis, Coon Rapids, Isanti, Ramsey and retired to McGregor in 1998. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and enjoyed tinkering with anything mechanical or electrical. He is survived by his wife Jean Ames of McGregor; daughter: Christine Glanville of Hibbing, MN. son: Steven Ames and Carla Gilbert of McGregor; 5 grandchildren: Timothy, Gina, Kayla, Jasmine and Micah and 3 great grandchildren: Sirinity, Kaylee and Rory and 1 sister: Gerry Stahn of Minneapolis and 1 brother Charles Ames of Bay City, Michigan. Also surviving are his beloved dogs. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Barbara and granddaughter Chelsey. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 2 PM at Round Lake Presbyterian Church with Rev. John Yingling officiating. A visitation time will be 1 hour prior to the services on Saturday. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jerry J. Ziske
02/24/1925-06/17/2011
Jerry J. Ziske, 86 of Aitkin died Friday, June 17, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services. He was born February 24, 1925 in Aitkin, the son of Frank and Ide (Best) Ziske. He grew up in Aitkin, graduating from Aitkin High School. He was active in the school theater program. Jerry was a U.S. Army veteran. His family operated a farm on Spirit Lake and then started Ziske???s Resort on Spirit Lake. His parents, along with Jerry, and his brother James operated the resort for many years. He enjoyed traveling to Mexico and spending time there. He was a former member of the Aitkin Masonic Lodge. Jerry is survived by nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Ide (Best) Ziske, three brothers: Chuck Ziske and Bob Ziske and James Ziske, and his sister Dorothy Phillips. Memorial services will be held 11 AM - Saturday, June 25, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Donald Norman will officiate. A gathering time from 10 AM until the 11 AM services will be held at the funeral home. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin VFW Post #1727 and Aitkin American Legion Post #86. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Charles E. Martin
09/01/1927-06/15/2011
Charles E. Martin, 83 of Aitkin and formerly of McGregor died Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born September 1, 1927 in St. Paul to Charles S. and Florence J. (Peterson) Martin. He graduated from Humboldt High School in St. Paul. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in WW II. Charles was united in marriage to Constance M. (Harder) on August 24, 1972 in Watertown, SD. He worked for 57 years as an over the road truck driver. Charles is survived by his children: Cindy Thompson of McGregor David (Sandy) Coates of West St. Paul Andy (Ann) Coates of West St. Paul Charles Martin, Jr. of St. Paul Jeff (Vicki) Martin of Woodbury 13 grandchildren and 14 great- grandchildren 1 sister and brother in law: Delores (Sverre) Vinje Other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Constance on January 28, 1998, son Richard, grandson Chad Martin, great grandson Austin Pagan, 2 brothers Paul and Leroy, and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Monday, June 20, 2011 funeral service at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Burial will be Acacia Park Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by McGregor VFW Post #2747. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ernest J. Hammer
11/12/1926-06/12/2011
Ernest J. Hammer, 84 of Maplewood died Sun., June 12, 2011. He was born November 12, 1926 in Two Harbors to John and Olga (Anderson) Hammer. He was a Merchant Marine. Ernest was united in marriage to Leona E. Wirta on December 10, 1949 in Duluth. He worked for Opus Corp. of Eagan for 30 years. He was a charter member of the Victory In Christ Lutheran Church in Maplewood. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Ernest is survived by his wife Leona of Maplewood Son Lance Hammer of Oakdale Daughter Jennifer Hammer of Maplewood Granddaughter Kendall Kwilas Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister Elsie Nordstrand, 2 brothers Edwin and Elwood, and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. Friday, June 17, 2011 funeral service at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Burial will be in Sherriff Lake Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Union Gospel Mission in St. Paul. www.srtfuneral.com
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Doris M. Lattery
04/03/1925-06/12/2011
Doris Mae Lattery, age 86 of Aitkin formerly of South Saint Paul and Inver Grove Heights died Sunday, June 12, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Doris was born April 3, 1925 at South Saint Paul the daughter of Albert and Helen Braun. She grew up and attended schools in South Saint Paul graduating from High School in 1944. She married Edward Lattery and they made their home in Inver Grove Heights. She lived there until moving to Lone Lake near Aitkin about 20 years ago. She enjoyed reading, knitting and crocheting. She is survived by 1 son Carl Krueger and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Albert Lattery, son Edward Lattery, 1 brother Clifford Braun, and 1 daughter: Bonnie Letendre and granddaughter Jennifer. In following Doris??? wishes, there will be no services. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Gary Lee Olson
08/04/1940-06/10/2011
Gary Lee Olson, age 70 of Aitkin formerly of Minneapolis and a retired Minneapolis Police Officer, died Friday, June 10, 2011 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Mn. Gary was born August 4, 1940 at Red Wing, Minnesota the son of Gordon and Gladys (Swanson) Olson. He attended school at Vesa, Mn. and then in Minneapolis graduating from Minnehaha Academy. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1962. He then worked for Control Data and also did some construction work before joining the Minneapolis Police Department in 1966. He married Susan M. Israel on April 11, 1986 in Minneapolis. He retired from the Police Force in 1995 and he and his wife moved to Farm Island Lake near Aitkin and have resided here since. He was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Post and the Minneapolis Police Relief Assn. He was also an organ donor. He is survived by his wife Susan of Aitkin; 1 sister: Janet Hagberg of Minneapolis. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, MN. with Rev. Dallas Smith officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin American Legion and VFW Posts. The Minneapolis Police Department Honor Guard will also be in attendance. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Mary Anne Bays
02/05/1939-06/05/2011
Mary Anne Bays, age 72 of Aitkin formerly of Wayzata and Denver died Sunday, June 5, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born February 5, 1939 in Minneapolis the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Hedican) O???Connell. She grew up and attended schools in Wayzata graduating in 1957. She then went to work for Bell Telephone Co. and worked a number of years in Minneapolis and also Denver, Colorado. She married Warren F. Bays on April 29, 1983 at South Lake Tahoe, Nevada. They lived in Denver and they operated Bays Equipment of which she was a partner and president of for 20 years. They purchased a home on Farm Island Lake near Aitkin in 1990 and moved to it permanently in 1995 and have lived there since. She had been a member of the Riverwood Hospital Auxiliary, and the Cuyuna Country Club. She enjoyed gardening, golfing, fishing and skiing. She is survived by her husband Warren Bays of Aitkin; step son: Morgan Bays of Westminster, Colo.; step daughter: Lisa Bays of Denver, Colo.; step grandson: Zachary of Westminster, Colo.; sister: Kitty (Doug) Clemenson of Aitkin; brother: Paul (Roxanne) Leding of Brooklyn Park, Mn. and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, step father Lawrence Leding, and Brother Joe O???Connell. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Justin Fish officiating. A gathering time will be held from 10 AM until the 11 AM service. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the Riverwood Foundation Capital Campaign Fund. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Harriette V. Koopman
01/08/1924-06/04/2011
Harriette Viola (Petersen) Koopman, 87 of Aitkin passed away June 4, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born January 8, 1924 in St. Paul, MN; the oldest daughter of Hans and Ermine (Brisson) Petersen of Hugo. As a young child, she moved with her family to the South St. Paul area near Concord Avenue and at age 12 they moved to Agate Street where they lived many years. Harriette worked as a waitress at the St. Paul Athletic Club, at International Harvester during WWII, she did lifelong missionary church work and was a sales clerk at Daytons in St. Paul until she was trained as an electrologist and became self employed in that field. Harriette married Al Koopman on December 1, 1945 and they farmed near Ramona, SD. They had two children, David, (1947) and Connie (1948). Al and Harriette also farmed near Yankton, SD before moving to St. Paul in 1962 where she and her husband were employed at Daytons, Harriette first as an elevator operator, then a sales clerk. Widowed in 1994, Harriette moved to Aitkin in 2000 to be near her daughter and son-in-law, most recently residing at Aicota Assisted Living. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law: David (Jane) Koopman, of St. Paul, daughter and son-in-law, Connie (Chuck) Pettersen of Aitkin 5 grandchildren: Kristen (Aaron) Williams, Michael (Mollie) Koopman, James Koopman, Karin (Grant) Jordahl and Katie Pettersen. 4 great-grandchildren: Michala Williams, Alex and Katie Koopman, and Autumn Joy Jordahl Many nieces, nephews, and 4 surviving siblings. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and 6 siblings: Donald, Robert, Joan Dettmann, Orv and Floyd Peterson, Stella Shoen. Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 10:00 a.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery in St. Paul at 3:30 p.m. A memorial service in St. Paul will be held at St. Mark???s Lutheran Church in the near future. Memorials are preferred to Bethel Lutheran Church in Aitkin, The Salvation Army or St. Mark???s Lutheran Church in St. Paul. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dolores Turnock
06/03/1939-06/04/2011
Dolores ???DeDe??? Turnock, 72 of McGregor died Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. She was born June 3, 1939 in Roseville, Michigan to Leonard S. and Joy I. (Hamilton) Miller. She graduated from Crosby High School. DeDe was united in marriage to Harold Turnock on July 27, 1957 in Crosby. She enjoyed camping, dancing, and bowling. She was a former member of the McGregor Lions Club. DeDe is survived by her husband Harold of Crosby 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Joleen (John) Herbert of Sheridan, Wy. Beverly (Brad) Tesch of McGregor Sherrie (Randy) Vikla of McGregor One son and daughter-in-law: Keith (Michelle) Turnock of Brainerd. 8 grandchildren: Json (Amber), Chad, Dawn, Hilary, Jamie, Eric, Jessica, and Emily. Three great grandchildren: Teerza, Jazmyn, Izayah 2 sisters and brother-in-law: Gwen Caird of Deep Haven Gail (Jim) Ruschmeier of Aitkin One brother and sister-in-law: Harlan (Chris) Miller of Aitkin Many other relatives and friends. A gathering time will be from 2pm to 4pm, Friday, June 10, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Margaret E. Nelson
09/17/1927-05/31/2011
Margaret (Marge) E. Nelson, 83, of McGregor, formerly Robbinsdale, passed away peacefully on May 31, 2011 in Duluth. She was born September 17, 1927 in Luverne to Ben and Anna (Husen) Fitzer. Marge was a graduate of Luverne High School. Marge was united in marriage to Robert T. Nelson on October 27, 1950 in Hopkins. She was a retired R.N., graduate of Northwestern Hospital School of Nursing, and a Northwest Airline flight attendant. She was involved in numerous volunteer and leadership roles within her church and community. Marge touched everyone she met and knew in a very special way. She was Preceded in death by her parents Ben & Anna Fitzer and nephew Gary Fitzer. She is survived by husband of 60 years, Robert (Bob) T. Nelson Daughter and son-in-law: Ann (Jim) Carlson of McGregor Son and daughter-in-law: Tom (Mary) Nelson of Maple Grove Grandchildren: Carly (Doug) Mandler, Kyle Nelson, Cynthia Jacobs, Anne Langford, and great grandchildren Charlie, Grace, Joey & Julia. Brother and sister-in-law: Maurice (Helen) Fitzer of Luverne and 5 nephews. Visitation at 12:00 noon on Sunday, June 19, 2011, followed by a Memorial Service at 1 p.m. at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, 16652 Goshawk Street (Cty. Rd. 6), McGregor, MN. Burial will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Memorials preferred to Round Lake Presbyterian Ladies Guild or McGregor Friends of the Library. Arrangements by McGregor Funeral Home, 218-768-3136. www.srtfuneral.com
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Norman Dale Henslin
06/09/1935-05/27/2011
Norman D. Henslin, age 75 of McGregor formerly of Shoreview, Mn. Died Friday, May 27, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin, Minnesota. Norman was born on June 9, 1935 in St. Paul, Minnesota the son of Delbert and Lorraine (Cline) Henslin. He grew up and attended schools in St. Paul graduating from Humboldt High School in 1953. While in school he started working for a printing company. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959. He then worked as a lithographer for many years and retired from the Mellosmello Printing Co. He began coming to the McGregor area in 1992 and he moved here permanently in 2002 and has lived here since. He enjoyed fishing and helping people any way he could. He is survived by his daughter Tracy Lynn Henslin of La Mesa, Calf.; sisters: Priscilla Gillen of South St. Paul, MN.; Marlis Floe of McGregor, Mn. and brother Merv Henslin of North St. Paul, MN. And nieces nephews and many close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Billie Davis and brother Stan Henslin. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 4, 2011 at the Fireside Restaurant in McGregor starting at 4 PM. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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C. Louise Hasskamp
07/10/1933-05/26/2011
C. Louise Hasskamp, age 77 of Aitkin died Thursday, May 26, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Louise was born July 10, 1933 in St. Paul, Minnesota the daughter of Theodore and Esther (Borgmann) Arens. She graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1951 and then attended the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, R.N. License in 1955. Her first RN job was at the V.A. Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa for 1 year. She married David D. Hasskamp on September 29, 1956 in Aitkin. She worked at the Aitkin Community Hospital for 1 year and then went to work at Dr. Closuit???s new clinic and worked there for seven years. In 1964 she became certified as a Public Health Nurse after completing studies at the University of Colorado at Denver, Colorado. Louise then worked for the Aitkin Public Schools as a Public Health Nurse for 23 years. She was forced to retire in 1987 due to rheumatoid arthritis. Louise was named Minnesota School Nurse of the Year for 1985-86. Louise served as the first chairman on the Kinship Board as she and others worked hard to get this established. Louise was also instrumental in helping create the Aitkin???s Children Center. Louise served as the ???Kids??? board chairman in 1975. Louise, along with her husband Dave, was also a strong supporter of the development of the Jacques Art Center, and served as board chair for a number of years. Louise is survived by her husband Dave Hasskamp of Aitkin; Children Bill and Mary Ann Hasskamp of Challis, Idaho; Mary Louise and Dan Howe of Wyendotte, Michigan; 3 grandchildren: Kate, Jenny and Thomas; 1 sister: Theodora Dahle of Edina, Mn. And San Diego, Calf. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandson David Howe, and favorite puppy Sadie. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Justin Fish officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Memorials are preferred to the Jacques Art Center or Camp Confidence Center. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com
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Vela Swanson
10/12/1925-05/24/2011
Vela Swanson, age 85 of McGregor died Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. Vela was born October 12, 1925 at Middletown, Ohio the daughter of Lionel and Edith Marie (Hack) Gephart. She grew up and attended schools in Kentucky. She married David Livingston on July 19, 1942 at Las Vegas, Nevada. They made their home in California. David died in 1949. Vela continued to live and work in California and then married Robert P. Swanson Sr. on January 6, 1956 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They lived in California until 1970 at which time they moved to McGregor, MN. where they operated a gas station. She also worked for the sewing factory, was a hostess for the Chamber of Commerce and did baking and care giving. She enjoyed boating; fishing, dancing and loved to watch her boys play basketball as they were growing up. She is survived by Children: Robert P. Swanson Jr. and Ann of Grand Marais, MN., Rahn Cory Swanson and wife Sharon of East Bethel, Minnesota, David H. Livingston and wife Debbie of Lodi, California, John S. Livingston and wife Jeannie of Burlington, New Jersey, Joyce Ann Burdick and husband Russ of Tamarack, MN.; 1 sister: Velma Olson and husband Bill of Olympia, Washington; 17 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her Parents, husbands David Livingston and Robert Swanson, 1 daughter Barbara Livingston, 1 grandson, 1 great grandson, 1 brother and 2 sisters. A memorial service will be held Friday, June 3, 2011 at Noon from the Community Alliance Church near McGregor with Rev. Steve DeMars officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church Friday. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Donald E. Hasselius
03/24/1943-05/21/2011
Donald E. Hasselius, 68, of Aitkin and formerly of Blaine died Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born March 24, 1943 in Aitkin to Edward and Donna (O???Neal) Hasselius. He grew up in Aitkin and graduated from Aitkin High School class of 1962. He was the first state high school wrestling champion for Aitkin High School (1962). After high school he attended Dunwoody Institute, eventually becoming a master plumber. Donald was united in marriage to Janice Rush on June 30, 1963 in Aitkin. He was a member of the Minneapolis Plumbers Union Local #15 for over 40 years. Donald is survived by his wife Janice, 2 sons and a daughter-in-law: Daniel Hasselius of Blaine Todd (Cassie) Hasselius of Blaine Three grandchildren: Ashly (Justin) Hall, Dustin Hasselius and Malia Hasselius 1 great granddaughter: Haylee Hall Five brothers, 3 sisters, many nieces, nephews, relatives and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his brother Eddie and parents Edward and Donna (O???Neal) Hasselius. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M.???Friday, May 27, 2011 at Glory Baptist Church, rural Aitkin. Burial will be in Diamond Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7 P.M. Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to Glory Baptist Church building fund. www.srtfuneral.com
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Joyce K. (Knoedl) Dufresne
07/18/1930-05/17/2011
Joyce K. (Knoedl) Dufresne, age 80 of McGregor formerly of St. Paul died Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at her home in McGregor. Joyce was born July 18, 1930 in St. Paul, Mn. The daughter of John and Anna May (Flowers) Knoedl. She grew up and attended schools in St. Paul having attended St. Agnes and Washington High School. She then worked for the City of St. Paul until 1952 when she married Gordon A. Dufresne on July 18, 1952. They made their home in Centerville and she raised her family. In 1974 they purchased the Greenwood Lodge near McGregor and operated that until 1980. She then cared for her husband until his death in 1984. She then worked as a cook for Banns, Pier 65 and the Block House until retiring in 1998. She had lived on Lake Minnewawa until 2008 at which time she moved into McGregor. She was a member of the Minnewawa Sportsman???s Club, the American Legion Auxiliary, a former Lioness, and Holy Family Catholic Church. She enjoyed Cooking, Quilting, Reading, crossword puzzles, and fishing. She is survived by her children: John Dufresne of McGregor, Dennis (Trudi) Dufresne of Grand Rapids, Mich., Paul (Kathy) Dufresne of Ramsey, MN., Anne (Mark) Reno of McFarland, Wisc., Barbara Rian of McGregor; 16 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, 1 brother Jack (Helen) Knoedl of Bloomington, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Gordon in 1984, 1 sister Anna May Peet. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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John A. Ivory
10/19/1929-05/06/2011
John Anthony Ivory, 81 of Aitkin died Friday, May 6, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born October 19, 1929 in Dublin, Ireland to John and Mary (Miller) Ivory. Theater was John???s passion. He was involved in professional theater in Ireland and after moving to the United States he was involved in amateur theater throughout the Twin Cities. He worked as a shipping and receiving clerk for Washburn Laboratories in North Maplewood. John was united in marriage to Ardis (McIntyre) on June 30, 1956 in St. Paul. They moved to the Aitkin area in 1997. He was a member of St. John???s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook. He is survived by his wife Ardis Nieces and nephews and families: Felix John Guido, Brian Anthony Guido, Cailin Mary Guido, Roan (Schneider) Mietzner, Lanette (Schneider) Pratt, Nona (Schneider) Ellsworth Brother-in-law: Felix Guido Sister-in-law: Maureen Schneider He was preceded in death by his parents John and Mary (Miller) Ivory and his sister Adrienne Guido. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. Tuesday, May 10 2011 funeral service at St. John???s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook. Reverend Sandy Berg-Holte will officiate. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Maplewood. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Gerald ''Jerry'' Johnson Gerald ???Jer
04/22/1935-05/06/2011
Gerald ''Jerry'' Johnson Gerald ???Jerry??? D. Johnson, age 76 of Aitkin formerly of the Anoka area died Friday, May 6, 2011 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. Jerry was born April 22, 1935 at Ada, Minnesota the son of Rueben and Bertha ???Birdie??? (Pinske) Johnson. He attended schools in Ada. He then worked as a farm hand for a time and then at the age of 17 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He served with the U.S. Marines in Korea. Upon his discharge he returned to Ada for a short time and then moved to the Twin Cities and worked as a machinist at Apache Co. and later at Perfection Grinding retiring in 1993. He married Kathleen E. Bauer on February 20, 1971 at Watertown, South Dakota. They made their home in Anoka County for many years. They have resided in the Aitkin area the past 10 years. He was a life member of the McGregor VFW Post and the Aitkin American Legion Post. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed antiquing. He is survived by his wife Kathy (Bauer) Johnson of Aitkin; 2 sons: Mark (Cindy) Johnson of Isanti, MN., Tim Johnson of Arizona; 5 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, 2 sisters: Tudy (John) Anthony of Grand Rapids, Mn.??? Jan (Mike) Ruch of Avon, Mn.??? Steve Johnson of Princeton, Mn., mother in law: Gladys Bauer of Anoka, Mn., brother in law: Jerry (Heidi) Bauer of Ramsey, Mn., sister in law: Jane Schoenecker of Stevens Point, Wisc., nieces, nephews and special pet Buttons. He was preceded in death by his parents, and father in law George Bauer. Funeral services will be held Wednesday May 11, 2011 at 11 AM from the McGregor Funeral Home with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery at Anoka, Minnesota. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW Larson-Deneen Post 2747. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Donna E. Anderson
10/24/1933-05/06/2011
Donna E. Anderson, 77 of Palisade died Friday, May 6, 2011 at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. She was born October 24, 1933 in Milton, WI. She graduated from Wayzata High School. Donna was united in marriage to Maynard ???Andy??? Anderson on July 9, 1955 at Oak Knoll Lutheran Church in Minnetonka. They lived in Minnetonka until moving to their Waukenabo Lake home in 1990. She was a fan of the Minnesota Vikings and Twins. She enjoyed fishing, camping, square dancing, and feeding the birds and deer. She was an avid quilter, needle pointer, and knitter. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Linda (Scott) Nylander of Montrose Son and daughter-in-law: Dale and (Gwen) Anderson of Minnetonka 4 grandchildren: Kalley Anderson, Dana Anderson, Loren Palmer, and Mitchell Palmer Brother and sister-in-law: Curt (Jenette) Boyes She was preceded in death by her husband Maynard ???Andy??? Anderson on June 26, 2008. Three brothers Earl, Lee, and Dean Boyes, and her parents Dan and Hattie (Hoag) McCarty. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 12:00P.M. Wednesday, May 11, 2011 funeral service at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. Reverend William Sass will officiate. Burial will be in Summit Park Cemetery in Wayzata. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Henry Meyer
12/10/1928-05/05/2011
Henry P. Meyer, 82 of McGregor died Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born December 10, 1928 in Chicago, Il. to Ernst and Ida (Tessendorf) Meyer. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in World War II. Henry was united in marriage to Shirley (Swain) on February 14, 1949 in Madrid, IA. He worked as a carpenter and then as a superintendent for PLC Construction until his retirement in 1992. He was a member of the Carpenters Union Local #322, the Masons and a former member of the Shriners. He was President of Round Lake Community Club. He enjoyed working and loved to spend time with his family and taking rides around the lake on his pontoon. He is survived by his wife Shirley 3 children: Ernie Meyer (Linda Giesen) of Delano Cindy (Bob) Phillippi of Ham Lake David (Jody) Meyer of East Bethel Seven grandchildren: Jennifer Meyer, Jolene Meyer, Brian Phillippi, Laura Phillippi, Steve Meyer, Sarah Meyer, Heather Yager. He was preceded in death by his parents Ernst and Ida (Tessendorf) Meyer and his sister Frieda Shaw. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Visitation will be 11A.M. to 1P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by McGregor VFW Post # 2747. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ruth Tuholski
09/21/1916-05/04/2011
Ruth W. Tuholski, 94 of Tamarack died Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born September 21, 1916 in Haugen Township, Tamarack to Andrew E. and Julia (Geving) Nelson. She graduated from McGregor High School in 1936. Ruth was united in marriage to Joseph J. Tuholski on November 10, 1950 in Tamarack. She had worked at the Tamarack CO-OP as the store clerk and was a former Haugen Township treasurer. She was a professional grandmother to any kid that came along. She enjoyed baking, gardening and making patchwork quilts for everyone, especially newborn babies. She was a member of the Golden Age Club and Round Lake Presbyterian Church. Ruth is survived by 4 daughters and sons-in-law: Beverly Hemmila of Bloomington Kathleen Sellers (Tom Demenge) of Tamarack Susan (Tom) Glander of Tamarack Bonny Jenkins of Harrisburg, PA. 15 grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren Special niece Janice Wetterhahn of Escanaba, MI. Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Andrew and Julia (Geving) Nelson, husband Joseph on July 14, 1989, son and daughter-in-law Leroy and Jean Anderson, granddaughter-in-law Jessica VanHorn, great granddaughter Lola VanHorn Sellers, two brothers Edward and Arthur Nelson, and her sister MabeI Ingalls. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. Sunday, May 8, 2011 at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, McGregor. Reverend John Yingling will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Saturday at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Kim Lee Zgodava
01/28/1968-05/01/2011
Kim Lee Zgodava, Native Name: Miskwaanakwadookwe, age 43 of McGregor died Sunday May 1, 2011 at the Grand Itasca Hospital in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Kim was born January 28, 1968 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She attended schools in Minneapolis and McGregor and then attended college at Fondulac and Mille Lacs tribal colleges. She graduated with an AA degree and a certificate in chemical dependency counseling. She worked as a chemical dependency counselor at the Mash-Ka-Wissen center in Sawyer for several years. She has currently been residing in McGregor. She is survived by her husband Daniel Kangas of Minneapolis; children: Ashley Kangas of McGregor, Destany (Les) Gahbow of McGregor, Daniel Zgodava of McGregor, Cheyanne (Ron) Peet of McGregor, Jaedalynn Kangas of Minneapolis; Mother: June Boyd of McGregor; sisters: Tabatha (Jeff) Boyd of McGregor; Tara Kangas of McGregor, Chrissy Boyd of McGregor; Grandchildren: Nindaanis Benjamin, Roylynn Benjamin, Averi Benjamin, Quinton Gahbow, Karly Gahbow, and Shaylynn Decoteau. She was preceded in death by her father Franklin Boyd, 1 infant daughter, 1 son: Lordez Kangas, 2 brothers: Franklin Boyd Jr., Richard Allen Boyd and 1 sister: Tammy Taylor. A wake will begin at 5 PM on Wednesday May 4, 2011 at the East Lake Community Center and continue until the services on Thursday at 10 AM with Lee Staples officiating. Burial will be at the Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Easton Gary Floe
03/06/1937-04/26/2011
Easton Gary Floe, age 74 of McGregor died Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at McGregor, Minnesota. Easton was born March 6, 1937 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Sigurd and Cora (Snively) Floe. He attended schools in Minneapolis and at the Bellhorn Bay School near McGregor. He married Ramona Hoyt on June 23, 1956 in the Twin Cities. They made their home in Mounds View and worked as a metal lather doing construction work on commercial buildings. Easton was dedicated to providing for his family and went to where the work was. He worked throughout the area and also in California. He moved to McGregor in 1964 where he built the family home on Lake Minnewawa.Easton continued doing construction and he also started logging in the early 1970???s. He went to work for Floe International in 1986 as a welder and started doing sales in 1987. He retired in 1997. He married Marlis Henslin on November 19, 1994 at Bullhead City, Arizona. They wintered in Laughlin, Nevada. He was a member of the Lathers Union. Easton loved taking his family out on the lake in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. He also enjoyed picking wild rice,spear fishing, golfing, darts playing Texas Hold Em and being creative. He also raised golden retrievers and ran them in field trials. He loved the woods and spending time with his family and friends. Easton was a very kind hearted and social person. He is remembered by his children as being a great father, mentor and friend. He is survived by his wife Marlis Floe of McGregor; 3 children: Joan (Rich) Mizer of Pine City, Mn.; Karen Floe of Cloquet, Mn.; Wayne (Janelle) Floe of McGregor; 10 grandchildren: Angie Kemen, Cory Eken, Sara Moser, Heidi Mizer, Holly Mizer, Holly Merrill, Glenn Gibson, Natalie Reiter, Easton Floe, Ramsi Floe; Great Grandchildren: Lukas Kemen, Beth Kemen, Kendra Gibson, Austin Merrill, Raegan Merrill, Tyson Reiter; Step Children: Roxanne Brinegar of Adelanto, Calf., Brett Courvoisier of Victorville, Calf.; 2 brothers: Jack Floe of Oceanside, Calf.; Jim Floe of La Mesa, Calf.; 3 Sisters: Marian Beattie of Seal Beach, Calf.; Sigrid Minkkinen of Kettle River, MN.; Cora Marie VanderMey of McGregor and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers: Bill and Tom and 2 sisters: Donna Hamilton and Susie Floe. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 5 PM at the McGregor Community Center. A dinner/Social hour will be followed by a time of remembering will follow. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lillian A. Hall
06/29/1916-04/24/2011
Lillian A. Hall, age 94 of Aitkin died Sunday, April 24, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lillian was born June 29, 1916 at Morris, Minnesota the daughter of Henry and Mary (Hermson) Grote. She grew up and attended schools in Morris, Mn. graduating from St. Mary???s Catholic High School. She then moved to St. Paul and went to work for Snyder Drug in St. Paul. She married Ernest Hall on February 18, 1947 at Hudson, Wisconsin. They made their home in St. Paul and Lillian worked for Reed Ray Film in St. Paul. In 1970 they purchased a cabin on Elm Island Lake and spent as much time at the cabin as they could until 1989 when they retired to Aitkin while still having the cabin. She has lived in the Aitkin area since. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church, the Moose Lodge, and the Aitkin American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed fishing, visiting with neighbors and friends, and watching baseball and football. She is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ernest in 2008, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. A memorial service will be held Friday, April 29, 2011 at 2 PM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Justin Fish officiating. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery at Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Caroline ''Carol'' Skrzypek Caroline ?
11/04/1948-04/24/2011
Caroline ''Carol'' Skrzypek Caroline ???Carol??? M. Skrzypek, age 62 of Aitkin died Sunday, April 24, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Carol was born November 11, 1948 at Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Leonard and Betty (Cheney) Novak. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. She married Glenn Anderson on March 14, 1964 at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They made their home in Minneapolis. She married Darrell Skrzypek in December of 1986. Carol worked for the Hennepin County Medical Center for many years before retiring. They moved from Minneapolis to Aitkin in 2000 and have lived here since. She was a member of First Lutheran Church. She enjoyed garage Sales, interior designing, and cooking. She is survived by 4 children: Tammy Anderson of Coon Rapids, Mn.; Sherrie Anderson of Baxter, Mn.; Julie Anderson of Aitkin, MN.; Ricky Anderson of Fridley, Mn.; 7 grandchildren: Jennifer Anderson, Josh Lindskoog, Annie Lindskoog, Joseph Marquardt, Samantha Marquardt, Dusty Woodbridge, Emily Woodbridge; 3 great grandchildren: Annabella Greer, Ellie Rae Sheridan and Akira Greer. Also surviving is 2 sisters: Barbara Quigley of Minneapolis, Mn. and Karen Wahl of Blaine, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 29, 2011 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Dorothy Sand officiating. Burial will be in the Rabbit Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 8 PM at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ruby Jewell
05/02/1912-04/22/2011
Ruby May Jewell, 98 of Palisade died Friday, April 22, 2011 at her home. She was born May 2, 1912 near Hebron in Aitkin County to pioneer parents Charles and Pearl (Nix) Lamke. She attended first through fifth grade by boarding out at Bain, Swatara, and Glory. She attended sixth through the eighth grade on an abandon homestead in a 1 room log house near the Lamke homestead. In her teens she worked at Wades Resort and then was a cook at a logging camp. Ruby was united in marriage to Joseph A. Reich on May 2, 1930. They moved to a 40 acre farm 7 miles from where Ruby grew up. In 1945 Joseph passed away due to complications from a logging accident. Ruby was united in marriage to friend and neighbor Joseph C. Jewell on April 17, 1946. Together they purchased 300 acres adjoining Ruby???s original 40 acres. In 1968 they moved to Rossburg and spent their retirement years on their hobby farm. Ill health required them to give up the farm and they moved to Brainerd. After regaining their health, they volunteered at Brainerd State Hospital and Bethany Nursing Home in arts and crafts. They also assisted in getting 30 patients to Sunday church services. They made many beautiful and lasting friendships during these years. After eight years they moved back to Aitkin where their home became well known as the flower place. In 2000 they moved out of town to their nephews home on Old River Road where they again had many plants and animals. Ruby is survived by daughters and sons-in-law: Darlene (Reich) and Al Seguin of Aitkin Carol (Reich) and Ben O???Brien of Swatara Shirley (Jewell) and Roger Musil of Newtonsville, OH. Brothers and sisters: Myrtle (Lamke) Davis of OR. Albert Lamke of NE. Orvin Lamke of MI. Roland Lamke of MN. Pearl (Lamke) Welcome of MN. Janette (Lamke) Watson of MN. Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, beloved son Joseph E. Reich, infant daughter Beryl Reich, husbands Joseph A. Reich and Joseph C. Jewell, Brothers: Philip, Malvin, infant Demoline, Archie, Francis ???Fritz???, Calvin, Earl ???Bud???, and Ronny. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Tuesday, April 26, 2011 funeral service at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Burial will be in Hebron Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Elizabeth Jean Voss
04/05/1934-04/21/2011
Elizabeth Jean Voss, 77 of Aitkin died Thursday, April 21, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born April 5, 1934 in St. Paul. to Joseph and Irene (Bowlin) Stevens. Elizabeth was united in marriage to Roy Kenneth Voss, Sr. on September 18, 1954 in St. Paul. She worked as a bookkeeper for Roy???s Service Station in St. Paul. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, bowling, darts, bingo, going to the casino and traveling. She is survived by her husband Roy Kenneth Voss, Sr. 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Michael Roy (Tammy) Voss of Maplewood Roy Kenneth (Karen) Voss, Jr. Three daughters and son-in-law: Debra Kay (Rick) Norring of Lake Elmo Vicki Lynn Weiss of Lake Elmo Barbara Jean Voss of Oakdale 11 grandchildren: Tom, Nicole, Justin, Maddison, Connor, Taylor, Alex, Joe, Johnny, Sarah, and Joe Four great-grandchildren: Jackson, Hayley, Devin, Caden 1 brother Robert Jahnke of St. Paul She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Irene (Bowling) Stevens. Funeral services will be 1P.M. Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at Sandberg Mortuary in North St. Paul. Visitation will be from 5 ??? 7P.M. Tuesday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. And will continue 1 hour prior to the service at Sandberg Mortuary. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Mahtomedi. www.srtfuneral.com
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Charles K. Stevenson
08/16/1927-04/21/2011
Charles K. Stevenson, age 83 of McGregor died Thursday, April 21, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Charles was born August 16, 1927 at Stacy, Minnesota the son of Charles M. and Ellen (Cedergren) Stevenson. He attended the Mobeck country school near Stacy. He also worked on the family farm. He then went to work as a welder in Wyoming, Mn. fabricating boat and pontoon trailers. He lived there until his marriage to Arleen M. Hearle on August 30, 1978 at Stacy, Mn. They then moved to the McGregor area and have lived here since. He enjoyed fishing and fish fry???s. He also enjoyed gardening, playing checkers, cards and cribbage. He is survived by his wife Arleen of McGregor; 7 children and spouses: Daniel (Connie) Tierney of Victoria, Mn.; Sandra Fredrickson and Thomas Martin of Crosby, Mn.; Susan Abbe of Mankato, Mn.; Patricia (Gary) Thompson of Watertown, Mn.; Mark (Dianna) Tierney of Plymouth, Mn.; Joanne (Jay) Munson of Milaca, Mn.; Timothy (Nicole) Tierney of McGregor; 24 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 1 brother: Melvin (LaVonne) Stevenson of Stacy, Mn. and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters and 1 granddaughter. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 11 AM from the McGregor Community Center with Rev. Barry Hite and Rev. Tony Thompson officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery at McGregor. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the Community Center on the day of the service. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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James W. Ziske
02/24/1925-04/18/2011
James W. Ziske, age 86 of Aitkin died Monday, April 18, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services. James was born February 24, 1925 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Frank and Ide (Best) Ziske. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School. His family operated a farm on Spirit Lake and then started Ziske???s Resort on Spirit Lake. His parents along with James and his brother Jerry operated the resort for many years. James enjoyed traveling to Mexico and spending time there. He was a former member of the Aitkin Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his brother Jerry Ziske of Aitkin and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Chuck Ziske and Bob Ziske and 1 sister: Dorothy Phillips. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 10 AM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Donald Norman officiating. A gathering time from 9 AM until the 10 AM services will be held at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dorothy J. Kaufmann
12/13/1932-04/13/2011
Dorothy J. Kaufmann, 78 of Aitkin died Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born December 13, 1932 in Minneapolis to Archie and Blanch (Clifton) Goodin. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis. She owned and operated the Silver Dollar Bar in Loretto, MN. for many years, and worked as a teachers aid at Rippleside Elementary School in Aitkin. She was a member of the Aitkin VFW Post #1727and American Legion Post #86 Auxiliaries. Dorothy is survived by 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Colleen (Gary) Finlayson of Aitkin Sharon (Arnie) Wenz of Georgetown, TX. One son and daughter-in-law: Stephen (Barb) Praus of Loretto, MN. 5 grandchildren: Dustin Finlayson, Matthew Finlayson, Jill Brinkman, Jeff Wenz, and Paul Johnson Seven great-grandchildren: Teagan, Blake, Tiffany, Wyatt, Sara, Nora, Lyla, and one on the way. 1 sister: Beverly Booth of Burnsville Many other relatives and friends She was preceded in death by her son Kevin Praus, sister Gloria Henneberry, and her parents Archie and Blanch (Clifton) Goodin. A Time of Gathering will be from 10:00A.M. to 12:00P.M., Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin Lunch will follow at Aitkin American Legion Post #86. www.srtfuneral.com
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Gerald Sandstrom
10/27/1933-04/07/2011
Gerald D. ???Jerry??? Sandstrom, 77 of Crystal died Thurs. April 7, 2011 at his residence. He was born October 27, 1933 in Minneapolis to Arthur and Carrie (Seavey) Sandstrom. He graduated from South High School in Minneapolis. He was a U.S. Marine Corps. Veteran. Jerry was united in marriage to Ruth Fischer in August 17, 1956 in Minneapolis. He owned and operated the Millberg Co. in Saint Louis Park. He enjoyed fishing especially on Mille Lacs Lake. Jerry is survived by his wife Ruth 2 sons: Mike Sandstrom and (Linda Blume) of Elk River Paul (Maria) Sandstrom of Aitkin One daughter Laura Sandstrom of Aitkin 7 grandchildren: Jeremy, Jason, Krista, Melissa, Hallie, Kate, Ashlyn Five great-grandchildren 1 brother: Danny( Donna) Sandstrom of Glen Three sisters: Arlene Munsinger of Burnsville Laverne Rocksted of New Hope Maggie (Denny) Nida of Bloomington Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Carrie (Seavey) Sandstrom, and one brother. Funeral services will be 2P.M. ??? Monday, April 11, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be 12P.M. to 2P.M. Sunday at the funeral home and 1 hour prior to the service. www.srtfuneral.com
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Henry R. Beck
10/28/1922-04/04/2011
Henry R. Beck, age 88 of Palisade, died Monday, April 4, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Henry was born October 28, 1922 at Superior, Wisconsin the son of Olaf and Jennie (Carlson) Beck. He grew up in Palisade and attended the Woodland School in rural Palisade. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II serving with the 101st Airborne. He fought at Normandy and the Ardennes. He was wounded twice receiving two Purple Hearts. Upon his discharge he worked in a Michigan Auto Plant for a time and then returned to Palisade and worked for the U.S. Forest Service. He was a lifelong resident of Palisade and also a lifelong member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade where he was baptized and confirmed. He is survived by 1 brother and his wife: George and Betty Beck of Marysville, Michigan; 3 sister in laws: Phyllis Beck of Brocket, North Dakota, Pat Beck of Minneapolis, Mn.; Opal Beck of Duluth, Mn. and special cousin Terry (Marilyn) Kullhem of Palisade. He was preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 8 at 1 PM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery with military honors by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church Friday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Richard Kosola
09/03/1969-03/26/2011
Richard ???Rick??? Arnold Kosola, 41 of Lawler ??? McGregor died Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born September 3, 1969 in Virginia, MN. to Albert A. Kosola and Gloria J. (Sheppard) Portz. He was employed at Savanna Pallets in McGregor for 15 years. He enjoyed riding motorcycle, fishing, hunting, and being with people of all ages. Rick is survived by his mother Gloria (Jim) Portz of Palo His father Albert (Ellen) Kosola of Mora Brother Terry Kosola of Mt. Iron Sister Kim (Ron) Niday of Chisholm Step-sister Chris (Mark) Martin of Embarrass Step-brother Jimmer (Janel) Portz of Embarrass Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his partner Nina Johnson, maternal grandparents Gerald and Gloria Kolterman, paternal grandparents Gust and Alice Kosola. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. ??? Monday, April 4, 2011 funeral service at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Burial will be in Salo Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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George H. Rowell
07/13/1945-03/25/2011
George H. Rowell, 65 of Tamarack died Friday, March 25, 2011 at St. Luke???s Hospice in Duluth. He was born July 13, 1945 in Bonham, TX. To George M. and Merline F. (Poston) Rowell. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. George was united in marriage to Susan Kaye Bishop on December 10, 1969 in Fort Worth, TX. He is survived by his wife Susan of Tamarack Three children: Sheba (Chad Higgins) Rowell Michael (Sherry) Southern Annie (Daniel) Nielsen 9 grandchildren: Sheena, Jadyn, Ashley, Noah, Ian, Dustin, Jennifer, Angela, Celeste One sister: JoRetta (Leonard Schultz) Ketchum 1 brother: Conrad (Laverne) Wyles Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Kayla Rowell, one sister Teresa Rowell, two brothers Michael and Lester Rowell. Funeral services will be 12:00P.M. ??? Saturday, April 2, 2011 at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, McGregor. Reverend John Yingling will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Friday at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor and 1 hour prior to the service in the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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