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Lowell Fenstermaker
03/12/1936-12/27/2011
Lowell E. Fenstermaker, age 75 of Aitkin formerly of Pickerington, Ohio died Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. Lowell was born March 12, 1936 in New Lexington, Ohio the son of William and Virginia Fenstermaker. He grew up and attended schools in Pickerington, Ohio. He then served in the U.S. Army. Upon his discharge he went to California. From there he returned to Ohio where he had worked as a Truck Driver and Salesman. He retired in the late 1980’s. He moved to the McGregor area in 1996 and has been a resident at the Aitkin Health Services since March 2005. He is survived by 3 children: Brenda Burdick of Tamarack, Mike Fenstermaker of Tamarack, Cory Fenstermaker of Duluth, Mn.; 2 grandchildren and 1 brother: Ronald Fenstermaker of Reynoldsburg, Ohio. He was precede3d in death by his parents and wife Nelda. No services will be held. 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. GALE
08/31/1938-12/25/2011
James Walter Gale, 73, of Aitkin and formerly of Crystal, Passed away peacefully on December 25, 2011 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Jim was born on August 31, 1938 in Minneapolis to Lucius and Francis Gale. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an M.P. and Captain’s Orderly on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ticonderoga. Jim was married to Marlys Jean Olsen on March 7, 1959, and they were blessed with three children. The family lived on the North Shore of Lake Superior and then moved to Minneapolis where Jim worked as a machinist and ultimately owned his own machine shop. Jim and Marlys retired in 1995 and moved to Aitkin in 2007. Jim and his family enjoyed 45 years at Red Indian Campground where Jim loved camping, fishing, hunting, campfires, family, and many friends. Jim and Marlys traveled far and wide during retirement and enjoyed winters with their friends in Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lucius and Francis Gale, three brothers and four sisters. Jim is survived by his wife Marlys Daughter Shelly Saunders of Blaine Sons: Scott (Cheryl) of Maple Grove Randy (Mona) of Crystal Grandsons: Joe, David, Jon and Matthew Sisters-in-law: Lois Gale and Vivian Gale Many nieces and nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews and many friends. A gathering of family and friends will be Friday, December 30, from 10:00A.M. until the 11:00A.M. memorial service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Pastor Cynthia Gray will officiate. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Post #1727. Arrangements are with Sorenson – Root – Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
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MABEL YAGGY
12/16/1913-12/23/2011
Mabel M. Yaggy, age 98 of Cambridge, Mn, formerly of Aitkin, MN. And Waterloo, Iowa died Friday, December 23, 2011 at the Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, Minnesota. Mabel was born December 16, 1913 at Bellingham, Minnesota the daughter of Edward and Nellie (Pines) Schake. She grew up and attended schools in Bellingham. She then moved with her parents to Iowa. She married William M. Owens and they lived in Waterloo, Iowa. She then married Bernard E. Yaggy and they lived in Iowa and Minnesota. She owned and operated café’s and also farmed most of her life. She moved to the Aitkin area in 1974 and three years ago moved to Cambridge where she has since resided. She was always very active in community events. She is survived by her daughter: Bonnie Johnson of Waterloo, Iowa; sons: Dennis and Leila (Tiny) Yaggy of Cambridge, Duane Yaggy of Palisade, MN. 10 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bernard in 1983, 3 sons: Bill Owens, Bob (Scotty) Owens, Timothy Yaggy, and daughter Janis Yaggy. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Dallas Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Spencer Cemetery near Aitkin. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM and also 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Bradford "Brad" Gustin
01/21/1941-12/23/2011
Bradford “Brad” A. Gustin, age 70 of Aitkin died Friday, December 23, 2011 at his home. Brad was born January 21, 1941 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Durward and June (Osterheim) Gustin. He attended the Spencer Township School and then the Aitkin High School from which he graduated. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 1958 to 1961 and from 1965 to 1968. He served as a Military Policeman. Upon his discharge he returned to Aitkin and started his roofing company B & J Roofing. He also owned and operated the Scorpion Snowmobile shop. He then moved to Alaska for 13 years where he owned a roofing company. When he returned to Aitkin he and Gary Johnson operated a dirt company. He also operated a Christmas Tree Farm for a time and had owned and operated the Pine Inn at Glen for a short time. He married MaryLou Bauman on August 13, 2005. He had been a member of the American Legion in Alaska. He is survived by his wife MaryLou Gustin of Aitkin; Children: Dawn Gustin of Sauk Rapids, MN.; Heidi Gustin of St. Cloud, MN.; Cole (Bobbie) Gustin of Aitkin, Mn; 9 Grandchildren; 3 Great Grandchildren; 4 sisters: Jackie Tibbetts of Crosby, Mona (Wally) Petersen of Aitkin; Wendy Novotny of Aitkin and Rita Williams of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 7, 2011 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service 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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PATRICIA M. MONSON
02/10/1935-12/15/2011
Patricia M. Monson, age 76 of McGregor died Thursday, December 15, 2011 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota.rnrnPatricia was born February 10, 1935 at McGregor, Minnesota the daughter of Frank and Cecelia (Farah) Maddy. She grew up and attended schools in McGregor. She then moved to Minneapolis and attended the University of Minnesota for a time and also worked for WTCN TV. She married Jarrold L. Monson on April 27, 1957 in McGregor. They lived in Duluth while Jerry attended college and moved back to McGregor where he taught school and she worked for Lakeside Manufacturing as a book keeper for 20 plus years. She also served as church organist at Holy Family Catholic Church for over 40 years. She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. She loved her two grandchildren dearly and never missed any of their special events.rnrnShe is survived by her husband Jerry Monson of McGregor; son: Marcus Monson of Dallas, Texas; daughter in law: Lisa Monson of Aitkin; two grandchildren: Carli Monson and Michael Monson; two sisters: Roseanne Hendrickson of Miami, Florida, Barbara Ruzynski of Bismarck, North Dakota and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents and son Michael in 2010.rnrnA memorial mass will be held Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 1 PM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be from Noon until the 1 PM services at the church Thursday. Burial will be at a later date in the Saron Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home.
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Paul Dennis Bakken
10/29/1939-12/12/2011
Paul D. Bakken, age 72 of Aitkin formerly of Maple Grove died Monday, December 12, 2011 at his home on Farm Island Lake. Paul was born October 29, 1939 at Madison, Minnesota the son of Henry and Ella (Richardson) Bakken. He grew up and attended schools in Madison graduating from High School there. He then attended 1 year of college at Huron, South Dakota before joining the U.S. Air Force in 1962. He served until 1966. He married Marlys Ann Bortnem on February 16, 1963 at Brookings, South Dakota. After his discharge from the service he returned to college at Huron, South Dakota and received his Bachelor's degree in business. He and his wife then moved to Crystal, MN. And he worked 5 years for State Farm Insurance. He then moved into sales in the Hardware Industry and has continued to be a sales manager until the time of his death. He and Marlys moved to Maple Grove and had lived there most of their married life before moving to Farm Island Lake near Aitkin in 2005. He had been a member of the Osseo American Legion Post. He also attended the Westside Church in Aitkin. He is survived by his wife Marlys Bakken of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Daniel and Shelly Bakken of Plymouth, Mn.; Mark Bakken of Minneapolis, Katie and Ryan McGarry of St. Michael, Mn.; 3 grandchildren: Brittney Bakken, Luke Bakken, and Emma McGarry; 1 brother and sister in law: David and JoAnn Bakken of Aitkin and sister and brother in law: Mary Jo and Wayne Andrews of San Diego, Calf. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 11 AM from the Westside Church with Rev. Dallas Smith officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin American Legion and VFW Posts. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. 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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Delma Naomi Siers-Gruhlke
09/17/1918-12/09/2011
Delma Naomi Siers ??? Gruhlke, 93 of St. Anthony formerly of Aitkin died Friday, December 9, 2011 at St. Anthony Care Center. She was born September 17, 1918 in Duluth to Clifford D. and Naomi E. (Truman) Bradley. She graduated from Aitkin High School. She married Theodore R. Siers in 1939 in Aitkin, he died in 1984. She married Richard W. Gruhlke in 1996 in Aitkin, he died in 2009. Naomi worked as a nurse and homemaker. She loved classical music and enjoyed traveling and square dancing. She was an avid crocheter and embroiderer. She was a member of the Wealthwood Rod and Gun Club, United Methodist Church Pine Lake Chapel and the United Methodist Women. Naomi is survived by two sons and daughter-in-law: Kenneth (Kay) and Randall. 3 daughters: Kathleen, Sharon, and Linda Grandchildren: Bobby, Becky, Corbett, Jennifer, Caroline, Tracey, Phillip, Travis and Amanda Great-grandchildren: Teddy, Nicholas, Joshua, Kristin, Dylan, Amber, Clarissa, Violet, Autumn, Magenta Skye, Echo, Elizabeth, Tynan, Clarissa, Gavin, Sydney, and Lillian Brother: Donald Bradley Sister: Mary Joanne Engebretson Step-children: LeRoy (Carol), Donna (Kenny), Roger (Bev), Tommy (Cindy), Susan (Dale), Ray (Cheryl), Gordon (Sandy) and families Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 45 years Theodore, her beloved husband of 13 years Richard, sister Lauretta, and her parents Clifford and Naomi (Truman) Bradley. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. ??? Friday, December 16, 2011 funeral service at the United Methodist Church in Aitkin. Reverend Judith Clark and Reverend Larry Foote will officiate. Burial will be in Bennettville Cemetery. Funeral services are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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William Ebel
08/17/1932-12/06/2011
William Ebel, age 79 of Aitkin died Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. William was born August 17, 1932 at Prior Lake, Minnesota the son of Alvin and Leona (Luedke) Ebel. He attended schools at Prior Lake and then attended Concordia Academy in St. Paul from which he graduated in 1950. He then attended Concordia College in St. Paul for 1 year prior to entering the U.S. Army. He served from 1950 to 1951. Upon his discharge he returned to and graduated from Concordia Junior College in St. Paul. He then taught at Silver Creek and Young America for a time. He then attended Concordia Teacher College in Seward Nebraska graduating from there in 1957. He married Dorothy Coldewey on June 19, 1960 at Brownwood, Texas. He taught in Ft. Wayne, Indiana where he taught at Holy Cross. They then moved to Mayer, Minnesota where he taught and coached at Mayer Lutheran High School for 17 years. He then moved his family to Edwardsville, Illinois and served as principal of Metro East Lutheran High School for two years. They then moved to the Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he served as Vice President of Admissions for Concordia University until his retirement in 1994. Upon his retirement they moved to the Aitkin area and have lived here since. He did serve as a professor at the American University in Estonia the Ukraine and China for short times after his retirement. He and his wife spent a number of winters in Florida. He was a member of St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. He is survived by children: Jennifer A. Ebel of Houston, Texas; William and Anne Ebel of Mount Clemens, Michigan, Jonathon and Candice Ebel of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Elizabeth Ebel of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 9 Grandchildren: Lucas, Noah, Seth, Josiah, Christiana, Jeanette, William III, Hannah, and Olivia; 1 brother: Frederick (Nancy) Ebel of Post Falls, Idaho. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 1 PM from St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 11 AM until the 1 PM services at the church. Burial will be Monday at Noon at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts and also the Camp Ripley Honor Guard. 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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James A. Fedorko
09/23/1936-12/05/2011
James A. Fedorko, 75 of Aitkin died Monday December 5, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born September 23, 1936 in Columbia Heights to Andrew J. and Adelene (McVey) Fedorko. He graduated from Columbia Heights High School and attended Dunwoody Institute. He worked as a machinist, for the railroad, as a resort owner and farmer. James was united in marriage to Joanne Y. (Rumpsa) Gamble on June 18, 1983 in Spring Lake Park. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, gardening, making maple syrup and woodworking. He was a member of Westside Calvary Baptist Church. James is survived by his wife Joanne of Aitkin 5 Children: Kathie (Keith) Estabrooks of Little Fork Timothy (Suzi) Fedorko of Mounds View Thomas (Karen) Fedorko of Buda, TX. Khristine Knaeble of Bemidji Troy (Karin) Fedorko of Prior Lake 3 Step-children: Kathy (Tom) Compo of Brooklyn Center Brian (Susan) Gamble of Aitkin Scott (Connie) Gamble of Rosemount One brother Andrew ???Jerry??? Fedorko of Blaine 16 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death two half-brothers William and Robert Shaefer, and his parents Andrew J. and Adelene (McVey) Fedorko. Funeral services will be 6:00P.M., Friday, December 9, 2011 at Westside Calvary Baptist Church in Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Visitation will be 4:00P.M. - 6:00P.M. Friday, at the church. Burial will be in Ardenhurst Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dorothy Ebel
12/11/1936-12/05/2011
Dorothy J. Ebel, age 74 of Aitkin died Monday, December 5, 2011 at her home. Dorothy was born December 11, 1936 at Hermleigh, Texas the daughter of Oscar and Thekla (Lieke) Coldewey. She grew up and attended schools at Brookesmith, Texas graduating from high school there in 1955. She then attended Concordia at Austin Texas and received her AA degree in 1957. During that summer she attended Concordia at River Forest. She taught at Our Saviors School in Houston Texas for two years. She then attended Concordia Teachers College at Seward, Nebraska. She married William Ebel on June 19, 1960 at Brownwood, Texas. She taught at St. John???s at Young American for a short time. She attended Concordia College in St. Paul where she received her Bachelor???s Degree. She raised her family and lived at Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Mayer, Minnesota, Edwardsville, Ill., and Milwaukee, Wisconsin prior to retiring to the Aitkin area in 1994. She and her husband spent a number of winters in Florida. She was a member of St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She is survived by her children: Jennifer A. Ebel of Houston, Texas, William and Anne Ebel of Mount Clemens, Michigan, Jonathon and Candice Ebel of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Elizabeth Ebel of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 9 grandchildren: Lucas, Noah, Seth, Josiah, Christiana, Jeanette, William III, Hannah, and Olivia. 2 sisters: Gladys (Edward) Reich of Charlotte, North Carolina and Marilyn (Don) Commotto of Hendersonville, North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 1 PM from St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be from 11 AM until the 1 PM service at the church. Burial will be Monday, December 12, 2011 at Noon at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. 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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Kristine M. (Carlson) Jennie
12/23/1961-12/02/2011
Kristine M. (Carlson) Jennie, age 49 of Richmond, Minnesota formerly of Oakdale and Aitkin died Friday, December 2, 2011 at Tad???s Lighthouse in Richmond, Minnesota. She was born on December 23, 1961 at Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Marvin and Carol (Lidberg) Carlson. She grew up in Aitkin and attended schools there. She participated in Band, Choir, Basketball and Volleyball. After graduation she moved to Minneapolis and worked at Dayton???s in the Deli and later at Byerly???s. In September 1984 she married Al Jennie. They had two children: Amanda and Ryan. She is survived by her husband: Al Jennie of Oakdale, Mn.; children: Amanda Jennie of Mahtomedi, Mn.; Ryan Jennie of Oakdale, Mn.; step-daughters: Shauna Jennie of Oakdale, Mn.; and Ronnie Jennie of Mahtomedi, Mn.; Parents: Carol and Ronald Luoma of Barnum, Mn.; sister: Melissa Carter of Knoxville, Tenn., brother Jon of Pensacola, Florida. She was preceded in death by her father Marvin Carlson, brother: Kevin Carlson; sisters: Karen (Carlson) Christensen, and Kathryn Carlson. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 5, 2011 at 1 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Dorothy Sand officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 1 PM until the 2 PM services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Daniel Lingroth
10/10/1942-12/01/2011
Daniel Lingroth, age 69 of Aitkin died Thursday, December 1, 2011 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. Daniel was born on October 10, 1942 at Brainerd, Minnesota the son of Emil and Helen (Christy) Lingroth. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduation from the Aitkin High School in 1960. He then enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy and served on the destroyer USS Harwood in the Mediterranean and also off of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Upon his discharge he attended the University of Minnesota and worked for RCA Service Corporation in St. Croix, Virgin Islands and Thule, Greenland. He then attended Northrup University in Los Angeles, California where he received his BS degree in Electronical Engineering in 1972. He was employed by Hughes Aircraft Company in New York working on the Navy F-14 Tomcat, and also in Los Angeles. He later worked for TRW an electronics company contracted by Northrup-Grumman on the B-52 Bomber and aerospace satellite projects. After retiring he took college courses to study music and TV production. He sang in several choirs in the Los Angeles area including the Metropolitan Master Chorale, the Wilshire Presbyterian Choir, and the Pasadena City College Choir. He moved back to Aitkin on 2010 in time for his 50th high school reunion. He is survived by 1 sister and brother in law: Lila and Vernon Flowers of Aitkin; 4 nephews: Jeff Flowers, Bryan Flowers, Steven (Fawnice) Flowers and Mark Flowers all of Aitkin and one niece: Lisa (Richard) Rosier of Crosby. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 5, 2011 at 1 PM from the Glory Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Stauter and Rev. Wayne Skog officiating. Burial will be in the Glory Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin American Legion and VFW Posts. 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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Florence Peterson
08/17/1921-11/28/2011
Florence Peterson, age 90 of McGregor formerly of Minneapolis died Monday, November 28, 2011 at the Northland Village Assisted Living Center in McGregor, Minnesota. Florence was born August 17, 1921 at Warren, Minnesota the daughter of John and Anna (Surmick) Knute. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. She married Clarence (Ole) Peterson on December 24, 1937 in Minneapolis. They made their home in North Minneapolis for many years. They had purchased property by Dam Lake near Aitkin in 1973 and spent a lot of time there. She moved to the Aitkin area 5 years ago and has been a resident at Northland Village for the past year. She had been a member of the Minneapolis VFW Auxiliary. She is survived by 4 sons and spouses: Robert and Jean Peterson of Annandale, Mn.; Richard and Sharon Peterson of Aitkin, Mn.; Roger and Kathy Peterson of Aitkin, Mn.; Russell and Ann Peterson of Minnetonka, Mn.; 1 sister: Beverly Jeoneak of Mora, Mn.; 8 Grandchildren; 19 Great Grandchildren; and 5 Great Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clarence, Grandson Jeff Peterson, 2 sisters: Agnes Lindner and Margaret White, and brother: Jerry Knute. A funeral service will be held Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Interment will be at a later date in the Saron Cemetery near Aitkin. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the 11 AM service time at the funeral home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Howard E. Westerlund
03/02/1938-11/28/2011
Howard E. Westerlund, age 73 of Aitkin died Monday, November 28, 2011 near Malmo doing what he loved, being on his tractor out in the woods. Howard was born March 2, 1938 at Malmo, Minnesota the son of Eden and Hilma (Bodine) Westerlund. He grew up and attended schools in Malmo. He then worked on the family farm for a time and then worked road construction for a while. He then went to work for a furniture factory in Isle. He also worked in Grand Rapids at Soil Solidifiers before moving to Hopkins, Mn. and working for Coast To Coast Warehouse from 1962 to 1975. In 1976 he started working as an upholsterer and worked for several upholstery companies over the years prior to retiring in 2000. He married Barbara Rae Christenson on June 23, 1962 at McGrath, Minnesota. They lived in the Twin Cities until his retirement when they moved to Clear Lake. They have resided here since. He had been a member of the Model A Club in the Twin Cities and the Country Road Classics in the Aitkin area. He enjoyed collecting and restoring old tractors and cars. He loved woodworking and especially being out in the woods. He is survived by his wife Barbara Westerlund of Aitkin; Daughter and son in law: Tammy and Craig Haukos of Aitkin; Son and daughter in law: Tim and Lisa Westerlund of Aitkin; 9 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 1 sister: Lucille Peterson of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 2, 2011 at 2 PM from the Bethesda Lutheran Church with Rev. James Raisanen and Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Visitation will be from Noon until the 2 PM 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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ALFRED AL WEBSTER
06/16/1938-11/27/2011
Alfred ''Al'' W. Webster Alfred ???Al??? W. Webster, age 73 of Aitkin died Sunday, November 27, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Al was born June 16, 1938 at Grand Meadow, Minnesota the son of Oscar and Clara (Ringwald) Webster. He grew up and attended schools in Cleveland, Minnesota graduating from the Cleveland High School in 1956. Al then enlisted in the US Navy beginning a 20 year career in the Naval Intelligence Division. He married Mary S. Goldie on August 8, 1972 at Fern Parrish Church in Scotland. Al retired from the U.S. Navy in 1976 and he and Mary moved to the Aitkin area where they have lived since. He worked for the U.S. Postal service for 20 years working his way through the ranks and was Postmaster of the Deerwood Post Office when he retired. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, the Aitkin Lions Club, and the Bay Lake Lions Club and had served as the Lion???s Chapter President and Zone Chairman; was a recipient of the Melvin Jones Award. He was also a member of the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts, was involved in the Fleet Reserve Assoc., the U.S. Naval Cryptologic Veterans Assoc. and had served as the Liaison Officer for the Red Cross for the Aitkin County Area; was instrumental in starting the Aitkin Co-Ed Volleyball league and in 1978 founded the Aitkin Little League Program. He is survived by his wife Mary Webster of Aitkin; Daughter: Claire Webster-Richards of Bloomington, Mn. Son: Graeme Webster of Minneapolis; Daughter: Terry Webster of Smithfield, Va.; Sons: Alfred W. Webster Jr. of Newport News, Va.; Jeffrey Webster of Lanexa, Va.; Grandchildren: Dylan Richards, Taylor Webster, Hunter Webster, Noah Webster, Nicholas Webster, Matthew Webster and Samantha Webster; 3 sisters: Marilyn Gleason of Topeka, Ks.; Janice Pryll of Rochester NY.; and Karen Susag of Townsend, Mt. He was preceded in death by his Parents, 2 brothers: Harold and Daniel; and sister: Anne Krull. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Dorothy Sand officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts in Aitkin. Burial will be on Friday, December 2, 2011 at 10 AM at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley. Military Honors will be provided by the Camp Ripley Honor Guard. 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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Gene W. Hill
05/21/1928-11/19/2011
Gene W. Hill, age 83 of Aitkin, formerly of McGregor died Saturday, November 19, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Gene was born May 21, 1928 in Superior, Wisconsin the son of Richard and Ellen (Neelund) Hill. He grew up and attended schools in Superior graduating in 1945. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1948.Upon his discharge he attended the Layton Art School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He then worked as a commercial artist in the twin cities and then was self-employed as an artist. He moved to the McGregor area and has lived here for many years. He was a member of the Minneapolis Choralairs, American Legion and VFW Posts and former member of Rotary. He had also taught water color classes in McGregor. He is survived by a daughters and sons in law: Robin and Jack Carreno of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Terri and Harold Bills of Minneapolis, Mn.; sister: Mildred Ahlborg of Superior, Wisconsin; 3 grandchildren: Amanda Erickson, Tina Drager, Joshua Bills; 2 great grandchildren: Alexa Drager and Olivia Drager and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter: Heidi Marie Hill, 2 brothers and 4 sisters. Burial was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. Military Honors were provided by the Camp Ripley Honor Guard. 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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Charles J. Elvecrog
12/07/1925-11/16/2011
Charles J. Elvecrog, age 85 of Aitkin died Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at his home on Nord Lake. Charles was born December 7, 1925 in Appleton, Minnesota the son of Joe and Lena (Anderson) Elvecrog. He grew up and attended schools in Appleton graduating from the Appleton High School. He entered the U. S. Army during WW II and served in Italy and the Battle of the Bulge. Upon his discharge he moved to the Twin Cities and began working with the Minneapolis Street Railway Co. as a motorman which later became the Metro Transit (MTC) He married Elaine White on March 20, 1948 at Northwood, Iowa. They retired to the Aitkin area in 1982. He enjoyed tinkering, traveling, camping and fishing. He had also served as a Cub Scout leader. He was a member of the American Legion, the Escapees RV Club and the Amalgamated Transit Union. He is survived by his wife Elaine Elvecrog of Aitkin; son and daughter in law: Glenn and Roberta Elvecrog of Aitkin; daughters and son in law: Diane Thomas of Richfield, Mn.; Karen (Tony Kubes) Peterson of Brooklyn Park, MN.; Brother: Julian ???Bud??? (Opal) Elvecrog of Bloomington, Mn.; Sister in law: Virginia Elvecrog of Ortonville, Mn.; 5 grandchildren: Cam, Dai, Micah, Collin and Joseph; 6 great grandchildren: Rhyana, Holly, Kaylee, Jenna, Joshua, Mathais, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Fay Elvecrog, Dean Elvecrog, sister in law: Carol Elvecrog, son in law: Jim Thomas and great granddaughter: Emily Thomas. A gathering of friends and family will be held Saturday, November 26, 2011 from 11 AM until 1 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Interment will be in the Rabbit Lake Cemetery at a later date. 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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Raymond E. Kulju
03/30/1931-11/10/2011
Raymond E. Kulju, age 80 of McGregor died Thursday, November 10, 2011 at the Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Raymond was born March 30, 1931 at Lawler, Minnesota the son of Jacob and Hilda (Rengo) Kulju. He grew up and attended schools in Lawler and McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School in 1949. He then joined the U.S. Air Force and served in Korea. He married Violet Jean O???Brien on May 22, 1952 in Tacoma, Washington. He attended Dunwoody Institute and he worked for Boeing and then the Hanford Atomic Works Plant in Washington. He moved to Lawler in 1960. He married his high school sweet heart Elaine Sylte on December 12, 1964 in St. Paul, MN. They moved to Hastings, Minnesota and Ray worked as an electrical maintenance engineer for 3M retiring in 1992. Upon his retirement they moved to the McGregor area and he has lived here since. Ray and Elaine owned and operated a number of businesses in the area over the years. He was a member of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic workers union, and the American Legion Post. He also had taught sno-mobile safety courses. He is survived by Children: Jack (Beverly) Kulju of Apple Valley, Calf.; Tom (Ann) Kulju of Longville, MN.; Kerry (Raymond) Nelson of Goodland, Mn.; Karl Kulju of Hastings, Mn.; Eric (Greta) Kulju of McGregor, MN.; Toni (Brett) Pugsley of Hastings, MN.; Kris (Paula) Kulju of Brainerd, MN.; Trell Kulju and special friend Vicki Heckman of Thief River Falls, MN.; 12 Grandchildren: Lisa, Patric, Michael, Brittney, Jacob, Jennifer, Peyton, Cameron, Anna, Cheryl, Michelle, Amy; 2 Great Grandchildren: Keira, Tristan. And special niece: Kay Blais of Longville, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Elaine in 2004, 2 infant children, 2 sisters: Elma and Elsie and 2 brothers: Weikko and infant brother. A gathering of family and friends will be held Tuesday, November 22, 2011 from 5 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor, MN. Burial will be in the Salo Cemetery. Memorials will be given to the Independent School District #4 to help further education. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Elwood E. Thompson
03/25/1935-11/08/2011
Elwood E. Thompson, 76 of Tamarack, MN died November 8, 2011 at St. Luke???s Hospital, Duluth. He was born March 25, 1935 in Ashland, WI. to John Thompson and Anna (Hanninen) Thompson. He's a 1953 Ashland High School graduate and a U.S. Air Force veteran serving during the Korea War. He lived in Minneapolis for 50 years after his 1957 marriage to Zola Clift, daughter of Silas and Lyla Clift, formerly of Tamarack. He worked as a serviceman for Minnegasco and as a photo lab manager for Color-by-Century. He was a talented jack-of-all-trades and was self employed for 20 years before retirement. Self employment included slate board resurfacing, semi-truck driving, auctioneering, TV repair, restaurant maintenance and remodeling, snow plowing, lawn mowing and landscaping, auto repair and the list goes on. He was living his dream in retirement, digging with his backhoe and bulldozer, working to restore his hay fields, watching the beavers in our river, visiting friends for coffee, and making mojakka soup.He enjoyed his new position, serving on the Clark township board. He was a member of the Tamarack Presbyterian Church. Elwood is survived by his wife, Zola, son, Mark Thompson (Patty), daughter April Anderson (Dan), grandsons Kenny (Angie) and Michael and great-grand daughter, Mckenna Anderson. Also survived by Aunt and Uncle Alice and Roger Peters, Highbridge, WI; brothers Harold (Shirley) of Grand Rapids, MN; John (Linda) of Mellen, WI and sisters Rose Ann Lathe of Ashland, WI and Sandra Klein of Marshfield, WI. Aunt and uncle Roger and Alice Peters. He was preceded in death by parents John Thompson and Anna Lunda, sister Carol Cozad, and brothers Ray and Jim Thompson and Joe Lunda. Funeral services will be 12:00P.M., Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, McGregor. Reverend John Yingling will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. ??? Friday at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Joyce A. Mickelson
09/09/1932-11/05/2011
Joyce A. Mickelson, 79 of Aitkin died Saturday, November 5, 2011 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born September 9, 1932 in McGrath to John and Alvida (Brooton) Mickelson. She lived with Archie and Gloria Huddleston and the Carol Hanson Foster Home. She enjoyed attending the Aitkin County DAC, watching the ???Lassie??? television show, and music. She was preceded in death by her parents, 4 sisters, and 3 brothers. Joyce is survived by two sisters: Marilyn Ekman of Helena, MT. and Sharon Atkin of New Richland, MN. Special friends: Carol Hanson, Roberta Elvecrog, everyone at Oakridge Homes and Aitkin County DAC. Many nieces, nephews, and friends. A memorial service will be at a later date. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Aitkin. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Hjalmer R. Fredrickson
09/05/1924-11/03/2011
Hjalmer R. Fredrickson, age 87 of Aitkin, longtime resident of McGregor died Thursday, November 3, 2011 at the Essentia St. Joseph???s Medical Center in Brainerd. Hjalmer was born September 5, 1924 in McGregor, Minnesota the son of Charles and Beda (Johnson) Fredrickson. He grew up and attended schools in McGregor. He also helped his father log and farm. As he grew up he drove milk truck for a time. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in the Aleutian Islands during WW II. Upon his discharge he returned to McGregor and eventually started working as a heavy equipment operator doing construction work throughout Minnesota. He continued working up until about 6 months ago. He was a member of the McGregor American Legion Post, the McGregor VFW Post and life member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was also a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor. He is survived by his life partner of 40 years Linda Ronich of Aitkin; 7 children and spouses: Roger (Barb) Fredrickson of Camden, Tenn.; Jerry Fredrickson of McGregor, Mn.; Nancy Brown (Dave Sabiska) of McGregor, MN.; Jim (Jennifer) Fredrickson of Aitkin, Mn.; Wes (Deb) Fredrickson of Aitkin, Mn.; Don (Norma) Fredrickson of McGregor, MN.; Tim Fredrickson of McGregor; Step-Children: Penny (Chaz) Long of Ironton, Mn.; Dan (Jennifer Lox) Ronich of McGregor, MN.; Barb (Red) Fredrickson of Braham, Mn.; Frank (Roxanne) Ronich of Winneconne, Wisc.; close friends: Mike (Glenda) Hernandez of St. Paul, Mn.; 22 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; and 1 brother: Roy (Kathy) Fredrickson of McGregor. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters: Helma and Anna and brothers: Ed, Bill and Norris. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 11 AM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church with Rev. Henry Koopman officiating. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church Wednesday. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor American Legion and VFW 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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Jean Dora Berg
12/09/1930-11/01/2011
Jean Dora Berg, 80 of Aitkin died Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at her home. She was born December 9, 1930 in Brainerd to Louis and Florence (Trimmer) Skeate. Jean was united in marriage to Edmund Arnold Berg on March 17, 1951 in Minneapolis. They lived in Minneapolis where she worked as a supervisor for the Sheraton ??? Ritz Hotel for 20 years. They had been traveling to the Aitkin Area since 1978 and eventually moved to their home on Ripple Lake. While in Aitkin she helped as a hairdresser at the former Riverwood Extended Care for 18 years. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, Lydia Circle, and was active with meals on wheels. She enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, fishing, and going for walks. Jean adored her children, grandchildren, great-grandson, and her dog Arnie. She was preceded in death by her husband Edmund on March 24, 2008, two brothers Charles and Milo Skeate, and her parents. Jean is survived by her children: Charles (April) of Andover, Patricia of Aitkin, Bonnie of Aitkin, Mike of Minneapolis, and David (Michelle) of White Bear Lake Grandchildren: Gina, Joe, and Charlie Berg, and Brian Fadroski Great-grandson Aidan Gilbert Aunt Stella Brusseau, other relatives and friends Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. Saturday, November 12, 2011 memorial service at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Dorothy Sand will officiate. Lunch will follow in the fellowship hall. Memorial are preferred in lieu of flowers to Lydia Circle or Aitkin food shelf. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Alice L. Elwess
03/16/1925-10/28/2011
Alice L. Elwess, age 86 of Aitkin formerly of Garrison died Friday, October 28, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Alice was born March 16, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri. She grew up and attended schools in Kansas City and then moved to California. She married Cecil Elwess on May 30, 1964 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She worked as a production worker in electrical manufacturing. She and her husband moved to the Garrison in 1991 and she moved to the Aicota Health Care Center about three years ago. She is survived by her husband Cecil Elwess of Aitkin and 2 grandchildren: Christopher and Jeffrey Miller both of Sacramento, Calf. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 sister and 2 brothers. A memorial service will be held Friday, November 4, 2011 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. 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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Laurence A. Leitschuh
08/21/1939-10/24/2011
Laurence A. Leitschuh, 72 of Aitkin died Monday, October 24, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born August 21, 1939 in Minneapolis to Edmund and Aurora ???Frenchie??? (DuBois) Leitschuh. He graduated from De La Salle High School then attended Dunwwoody Institute and the University of Minnesota. Laurence was united in marriage to Jacqueline Schaefer on September 10, 1960 in Minneapolis. He was employed for 41 years at Scherer Brothers Lumber, where he worked as director of corporate affairs, C.F.M. Larry was an Eagle Scout mentor to Matt Hilden. He was a member of Country Road Classics Car Club, Lifetime member of Wealthwood Rod and Gun Club, The Antique Outboard Motor Club Inc., MSRA, and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church where was an usher and volunteered many hours on church facility projects. Larry loved his family and enjoyed water skiing, hunting, fishing, collecting old motors, NASCAR, farming, snowmobiling, ice racing, and ???Alan???. He is survived by his wife Jackie of Aitkin 4 daughters and sons-in-law: Sue (Ed) Hein of Zimmerman Deb (Pat) Hilden of Otsego Barb (Jerry) Olejar of Otsego Patti Rahm of Foreston 11 grandchildren: Pete Flannery, Sean Flannery, CJ Rahm, Adrienne Rahm, Bobbi Rahm, Matt Hilden, Mike Hilden, Mitch Hilden, Jenny Olejar, Jody Olejar, Jessica Olejar Sister: Jeannine (Don) Rachner of Emerald, WI. 2 nephews: Chris (Sherri) Rachner and Ken Rachner all of Emerald, WI. 1 niece: Sandy (Tim) Ward of Stillwater And other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by Baby John Olejar, Baby Esden Rahm, and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 10am, Thurs. Oct 27, 2011 Funeral service at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Garrison. Father David Forsman will officiate. There will also be a visitation from 4 to 8pm on Thursday at Gearty-Delmore Funeral Chapel in Robbinsdale with a prayer service at 7pm. Burial will be in Gethsemane Cemetery, New Hope. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Edith Tully
11/21/1914-10/20/2011
Edith H. Tully, age 96 of Aitkin died Thursday, October 20, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Edith was born November 21, 1914 the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth (Skillings) Fuller at Bay Lake, Minnesota. She attended country school and graduated from the Crosby-Ironton High School. She worked as a waitress, housekeeper, and cook for summer residents in the area when she was young. She married Fred Tully on December 17, 1936 in Aitkin. They lived most of their married life in Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Fred in 2002, three sisters and three brothers. She is survived by Mike and Julie Cartie of Cold Spring, Mn.; Jack and Ann Rutger of Bay Lake; Mae Heglund of Crosby, Jane Bobich of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Larry Fuller of Seattle, Wash.; Ann Fuller of Seattle, Wash.; Marcie Rivers of Foley, Mn.; and Ton and Marybeth Antonsen of Bay Lake and also other nieces, nephews and cousins. Private Family graveside services will be held at the Bay Lake Cemetery. Services 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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James R. Morris
08/05/1957-10/11/2011
James R. Morris, age 54 of Suwanee, Georgia, formerly of Morris, Mn and Aitkin, MN died Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at his home after a short illness. Jim was born August 5, 1957 in Aitkin the son of Raymond and Phyllis (Spencer) Morris. He grew up and attended school in Morris graduating in 1975. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nashville, Tennessee Mission from 1977 to 1979. He worked in the accounting field most of his life. Jim deeply loved his family and was selfless and giving his entire life. He loved to laugh and make others laugh. He is survived by his wife Merrilee of Suwanee, GA, children: Joshua of Duluth, MN; Jesse of Zimmerman, MN; Alex and Alletta, both of Suwanee, GA (presently attending college at BYU in Idaho); Parents: Ray and Phyllis Morris of Aitkin; two sisters: Marilyn (Bill) Crowther of Aitkin; Carol (Shawn) Kyar of Aitkin; one brother: Brad (Cindy) Morris of Maple Grove, MN; father and mother in law: Wilbur and Myrtle Mathison of California; and many nieces, nephews and other family members. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Frank and Alletta (Mayer) Spencer and Dewey and Katherine (Pendergast) Morris. A memorial service was held Saturday, October 15, 2011 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Suwanee, GA. A funeral service will be held Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 10 AM from the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints in Aitkin. Burial will be in the Spencer Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday October 19 from 5 to 7 PM at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints and also 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday. 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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Emerson Mejderich
01/02/1917-10/06/2011
Emerson Mejdrich, 94 of Aitkin and Northfield died Thursday, October 6, 2011 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born January 2, 1917 in Downers Grove, Illinois to Joseph and Barbara (Schally) Mejdrich. His mother and father were immigrants from Bohemia, the area which is now the Czech Republic, arriving with their parents and siblings in 1890 ??? 1891. He graduated from Downers Grove High School where as a senior he won the highest rating at the national high school music contest both in solo clarinet and woodwind quintet. He went on to attend the University of Illinois on a music scholarship. Emerson was united in marriage to Helen Marie Kolar on July 10, 1939 in Comanche, Clinton County, Iowa. He worked as a mink rancher, farmer and electrician. He was employed as a mining electrician at the Menomin Mine on the Cuyuna Iron Range in Crosby ??? Ironton and for Kaiser Steele Co. in Eagle Mountain, CA. He was an amateur radio operator: WORIQ, and enjoyed classical music, gardening, and science. Emerson was also a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, MN. He was preceded in death by his wife Helen in 1992, son Allan in 1997, sons-in-law: Charles Glazner in 1976 and Thomas Edstrom in 2011, all of his siblings, and his parents: Joseph in 1920, and Barbara in 1958. Emerson is survived by five daughters: Barbara (Glazner) (Lewis A. MD) Crawford, of Colorado Springs, CO, Patricia (Rev. Hallett) Goehrs of Brown Deer, WI, Judith (Weslie) Kinstad of Northfield, MN, Janice Edstrom of Hastings, MN, Nancy (Rev. Timothy) Sersen of Aberdeen, SD; daughter in law: Grace (Mejdrich) Lease of Willmar, MN. 14 Grandchildren: Margaret Glazner of Denver, CO, Sara Glazner (Philip Baese, M.D.) of Salt Lake City, UT, Cheryl Goehrs of Seattle, WA, Tracy Goehrs (David Sisti) of South Milwaukee, WI, Liesa Goehrs (Bart Elliott) of Nashville, TN, Christopher (Crystal Pagels) Goehrs of Milwaukee, WI, Brian (Monica Lyon) Kinstad of Minneapolis, MN, Lori Kinstad of Minneapolis, MN, Peter (Sarah Tobin) Edstrom of Minneapolis, MN, Jesse Edstrom of Richardson, TX, Rachel Edstrom (Christopher Koniar) of Minneapolis, MN, Pamela Sersen (Joel Kuehne) of Fukushima, Japan, Charles Sersen of Aberdeen, SD, Rebecca Sersen of St. Paul, MN. 12 Great-grandchildren Sister-in-law: Eleanore (Kolar) Mejdrich of Cohasset, MN, Nieces, Nephews, and many friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00 P.M. ??? Saturday, October 22, 2011 funeral service at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Kristine Braaten-Lee will officiate. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Aitkin. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
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Norman C. Wright
07/13/1923-10/01/2011
Norman C. Wright, age 88 of Greenville, Illinois formerly of Aitkin died Saturday, October 1, 2011 at the Helia Healthcare Center in Greenville, Illinois. Norman was born July 13, 1923 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Claude and Averil (Shisler) Wright. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School. He worked on the family???s turkey farm for a time. He married Dorothy Marie Monse on December 26, 1949 at Aitkin, MN. They purchased their own farm and raised turkeys and also dairy cattle. They eventually phased out of the turkeys and continued with the dairy cattle. In 1981 Norman started Wrights Quality Fruit and Produce and operated that until 2005. He was a member of the Farm Bureau and had served on the board of directors at the local and state levels. He also had served on the Land O??? Lakes Board, the Aitkin Township Board, and the Flood Diversion Board. He was very active in the Republican Party and had been a member of the Brainerd Toastmasters Club. He is survived by 3 daughters: Carolyn (Russell) Kingsley of Palisade; Barb (Harvey) Whipps of Aitkin; Theresa (Bob) Tautges of St. Mathias, MN.; sons: Greg Wright of Carlyle, Ill.; Quentin (Kristy) Wright of Blair, Neb.; Grandchildren: Uriah, Olivia, Matt, Josh, Jacob, Manny, Alanna, Lorin, Maggie, Caleb, Katie, Shelby, Dylan, Peyton, and Deanna; and 9 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Dorothy in 2010, son Steven, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 7, 2011 at 2 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Charles Carlson officiating. Interment will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home on Friday. 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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John L. Anderson
12/05/1956-10/01/2011
John L. Anderson, 54, of Tamarack died Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Lakeridge Golden Living Center in Roseville. He was born December 5, 1956 in Cloquet to John and Judy (Britt) Anderson. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Germany and worked as a computer operator with the peace missile program. John was united in marriage to Jennell (Boelter) on October 6, 1978 in Milbank, SD. He worked in highway and bridge construction and was a member of Carpenters Union Local #7. He was a master at fixing things and enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents. John is survived by his 3 children: Jed (Lisa) Anderson of Slayton James (Cathy) Anderson of Coon Rapids Cole Anderson of Coon Rapids One grandson Austin Anderson 5 brothers and sisters: Carl (Carol) Anderson of Ramsey Virginia Porter of Perry, Iowa Roscoe Anderson of Perry, Iowa Marion Anderson of Woodward, Iowa Susan Apaugh of Manassas, Virginia And many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 10A.M. Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 funeral service at Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. Father Paul Fruth will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by McGregor VFW Larson-Duneen Post #2747. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Evelyn ''Evey'' Ritter Evelyn ???Evey?
10/09/1940-09/26/2011
Evelyn ''Evey'' Ritter Evelyn ???Evey??? M. Ritter, age 70 of Aitkin died Monday, September 26, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Evey was born October 9, 1940 at McGregor, Minnesota the daughter of Martin and Elizabeth (Newman) Sanda. She grew up and attended schools in the McGregor area graduating from the McGregor High School in 1958. She married Patrick L. Ritter on April 15, 1961 in McGregor. They have made their home and raised their family in Aitkin. She had helped with the family business of Ritter Sewer and Excavating for 30 years. In these later years she has spent time enjoying her family. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church, the Red Hat Society, the Mrs. Jaycees, was very involved with Relay for Life and the Hospital Auxiliary, the Red Cross Blood Drives and was always willing to volunteer and help with many different causes. She enjoyed playing bridge with the bridge club members. She is survived by her husband Patrick Ritter of Aitkin, Mn. Children and spouses: Mark and Jacqueline Ritter of Aitkin, Mn.; Michel and Mark Sadusky of Oak Grove, Mn.; Corey and Margaret Ritter of Raleigh, North Carolina; Grandchildren: Alyssa (Kyle) Mlynar of Bismark, N.D.; Amy Ritter of Fargo, N.D.; Elizabeth and Amelia Sadusky both of Oak Grove, Mn.; Maggie, Jack, Gracie Ritter all of Woodbury, Mn. And Hannah and Courtney Devault of Raleigh, North Carolina; and 1 great granddaughter: Macy Mlynar of Bismark, N.D. Sister: Joyce (Lawrence) Fulton of Aitkin and Brother: Gerald Sanda of Fort Mill, South Carolina. She was preceded in death by her parents. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, September 30, 2011 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 6 PM with a prayer service at 6 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and the visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society or the Aitkin County First Responders. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jerry L. Martin
09/07/1937-09/25/2011
Jerry L. Martin, 74 of Palisade died Sunday, September 25, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born September 7, 1937 to Clyde and Inez Martin. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Jerry was united in marriage to Karen Olson. He was self employed as an engineering architect. He was preceded in death by his wife Karen in April of 1980, 3 brothers, and his parents. Jerry is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law: Beth (Mark) Powers of Ramsey Brenda Lee (Robert) Boone of Martinsville, Illinois Linda Kittleson of Ham Lake Laura (Dan) Culver of Higginsville, Missouri 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Many other relatives and friends. There will be no services. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Irene Manchester
12/01/1932-09/24/2011
Irene Manchester, 78, formerly of McGregor died Saturday, September 24, 2011 at Our Lady Of Peace Home in St. Paul following a long illness. She was born December 1, 1932 in McGregor to Grant and Mabel (Mandler) Manchester. She attended rural elementary schools in the McGregor area and high school in McGregor and Aitkin where she graduated in 1950. After graduation Irene was employed with a government sponsored radio program in Washington D.C. known as ???Voice of America???. When this program series ended she worked in the advertising industry in the Minneapolis area until her retirement. Irene never married. On her time off during her working years, she enjoyed traveling on organized tours of America, visiting museums, galleries, and historic sites. She was a devout Christian and lifelong member of the Lutheran Church. Irene was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Guy who died as a decorated war hero in Korea. She is survived by a 2 brothers: Gordon Manchester of McGregor and Jim Manchester of California. And many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Graveside services will be 10:00AM, Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at Woodland Cemetery in McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lempi S. Paajanen
12/18/1911-09/24/2011
Lempi Sylvia (Rautio) Paajanen, age 99 of Aitkin formerly of Palisade died Saturday, September 24, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center of Aitkin. Lempi was born December 18, 1911 at Painsdale, Michigan the daughter of Matti and Anna (Takala) Rautio. She moved with her family at an early age to Mahtowa, Mn. and attended the Barnum High School graduating in 1929. She then worked for a bank in Moose Lake for a time prior to her marriage. She married Wayne Paajanen on January 15, 1938 in Duluth, Minnesota. They lived in Tamarack, Kettle River, Mahtowa and settled in Palisade in 1952 where she raised her family. As her children grew older she worked as a part time book keeper for the Palisade oil coop. In later years she and her husband wintered in Donna, Texas. After her husband???s death in 1987 she continued living in Palisade and then moved to Aitkin and lived at the Aitkin Manor, the Riverwood long term care center and then to Aicota Health Care Center. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade and was very active in the church???s ladies groups. She also enjoyed traveling. She had been to Finland, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, China and had also wintered in Florida for a few years with childhood friends. She also was very active volunteering with different organizations in Palisade and Aitkin. She loved her crossword puzzles, knitting and crocheting, and she especially enjoyed the spelling bees which were held at the Aicota Health Care Center. Lempi was a very loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is survived by her son and daughter in law: Wayne and JoAnne Alden of McGregor; daughter and son in law: Carol and Courtney Peterson of Virginia, Mn.; 3 grandchildren and spouses: Danae (Scott) Beaudette of Gilbert, MN.; Jody (Brad) Clawson of Pittsburgh, PA.; Janell (Scott) Sherr of Baltimore, Maryland; 6 great grandchildren: Nicholas and Anna Beaudette, Jack, Sam, and Kate Clawson; and Avery Sherr. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wayne, and 11 brothers and sisters: Toivo, Uuno, Edward, John, Jalmar, Vienna, George, Art, Elsie, Katrina, and Hugo. Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 11 AM from Bethel Lutheran Church at Palisade with Rev. William Sass officiating. Burial will be in the Eagle Lake Cemetery south of Cromwell, MN. A Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 28 from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday. Memorials may be sent to Bethel Lutheran Church at P.O. Box 50, Palisade, Minnesota 56469. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfunral.com.
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Charles P. Sackett
07/05/1949-09/23/2011
Charles Peter Sackett, 62 of Palisade died Friday, September 23, 2011 at his home. He was born July 5, 1949 in Grand Rapids to Rex J. and Dona (Gist) Sackett. He was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother Dona of Palisade, daughter Corey Sackett, son Toby Sackett, grandson Carter Sackett, and one brother. There will be no services. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ruth M. Klahr
07/03/1921-09/23/2011
Ruth M. Klahr, 90 of Aitkin died Friday, September 23, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born July 3, 1921 in Minneapolis to Joseph and Bella (Girard) Bourassa. Ruth was married to Wayne Delbert Swart in 1945 in Algona, Iowa. Wayne died in 1964. Ruth married George Klahr December 28, 1973 in Minneapolis. She worked at Hennepin County Medical Center and then at Riverwood Health Care Center as a ward secretary. Ruth volunteered at Riverwood Health Care Center after her retirement. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Ruth was a loving person to her friends and family. She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Wayne Delbert Swart in 1964, second husband George Klahr on January 21, 1990, son Russell Swart, daughter Kathleen Haag, four brothers; William, John, George, and Robert ???Skippy??? Bourassa, two sisters; Marie Erickson and Pearl Benson. Ruth is survived by two granddaughters: Samantha Lubbesmeyer of Rosemount Raquel Haag of Apple Valley 6 Great-grandchildren: William Lubbesmeyer, Troy ???T.J.??? Haag, Destiny Haag-Rampersad, Kristelle Haag-Rampersad, Dyllan Lubbesmeyer, Sophia Lubbesmeyer Sister Dorothy Enger Son-in-law Mark Lubbesmeyer Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 2:00P.M., Sunday, October 2, 2011 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Dorothy Sand will officiate. Visitation will be 1:00 to 3:00P.M., Saturday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Order of the Eastern Star service will be 3:00P.M., Saturday at the funeral home. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Deloris ''Bud'' Warner Deloris ???Bud?
10/15/1915-09/21/2011
Deloris ''Bud'' Warner Deloris ???Bud??? Warner, 95 of McGregor died Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born October 15, 1915 in Minneapolis to Alfred and Hilma (Foker) Liebig. She graduated from Edison High School in Minneapolis and then from The University of Minnesota. Deloris was united in marriage to David R. Warner, Sr. on September 3, 1940 in Minneapolis. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. She was an avid reader, who loved her family and being at the lake on Warner???s Point. She was preceded in death by her husband David in 1988, sister Dorothy Liebig, and her parents. She is survived by four children: David (Valerie) Warner, Jr. of McGregor Rebecca (Tom) Evans of Madison, WI. Mary Brooks of Minneapolis William (Gayle) Warner, III of McGregor 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren One brother Donald (Virginia) Liebig of Brooklyn Park And many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 3:00P.M. ??? Sunday, September 25, 2011 at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Needle Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service in the church. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Margaret A. Weston
07/24/1922-09/17/2011
Margaret Agnes Weston, age 89 of Aitkin died Saturday, September 17, 2011 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Margaret was born July 24, 1922 in Palisade the daughter of Arvid and Signe (Beck) Johnson. She grew up and attended schools in Palisade and Aitkin. She married Charles Weston Jr. on November 24, 1944 at Palisade. They lived and farmed in the palisade area until 1983. Margaret was a lifelong member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. She had served on the Palisade School Board and the West Libby Township Board. She is survived by her sons: Myrle (Rhonda) Weston of LaPorte, Indiana; Jerry Weston of Palisade, MN.; daughters: Charlene (Ronnie) Landrus of Wyoming, Mn.; Mary Ann (Peter) Ward of Ottawa, Illinois; 10 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; Sister: Verna Kullhem of Aitkin and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2005, her parents, 5 sisters and 1 brother. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 23, 2011 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. William Sass officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. 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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Marlys M. Meyer
05/29/1937-09/16/2011
Marlys M. Meyer, age 74 of Aitkin died Friday, September 16, 2011 at the Foley Care Center in Foley, Minnesota. She was born May 29, 1937 at Henrietta, Minnesota the daughter of Robert and Elsie (Byrd) Conger. She attended school in Henrietta and then moved to Anoka where she graduated from High School in 1955. She then attended St. Olaf College for four years and received her degree in nursing. She worked as a nurse in various hospitals doing most of her work in the post natel area. She married David A. Meyer on June 20, 1959 in Anoka. The lived in the Twin Cities, where she raised her family and in later years she worked for Dayton???s in their Deli area. They moved to the Aitkin area in 1997 and have lived here since. She did volunteer work at the Riverwood Health Care Center, was a member of First Lutheran Church and did quilting with the church ladies. She is survived by her daughter and son in law: Erin Marie and Dan Eilers of Becker, Mn.; 2 grandchildren: Devin Krueger and Raven Krueger. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband David in 1999, son Michael David in 1998, and 1 sister Avis Leis. A graveside service will be held Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 11 AM at the Saron Cemetery near Aitkin. 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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Allen A. Downer Jr.
02/08/1936-09/13/2011
Allen Alfred Downer Jr., age 75 of McGregor died Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at the St. Luke???s Hospice Unit in Duluth, MN. Allen was born February 8, 1936 at Newburyport, Mass. the son of Allen and Dorothy Downer. He grew up and attended schools in Newburyport, Mass. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1953 and served for 20 years having served in Korea and Vietnam as well as other countries throughout the world and bases in the United States. He married Theresa Delores Silverio on September 12, 1954 at Beverly, Mass. He retired from the Army in 1973 and they moved to the McGregor, Minnesota area. He then worked for Diamond Tool in Duluth and also part time for Aitkin County Human Services as a driver. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion Posts. He is survived by his wife Theresa Downer of McGregor; son and special friend: Charles J. Downer and Danita Slosson of Duluth, MN.; 2 Grandchildren: Lisa Downer and Ryan Olson; Great Grandchildren: Lilly Downer, Layla Downer, Logan Downer, Lawson Downer, Hattie Olson, Kiah Vasquez, Hannah Vasquez, and Mikah Vasquez. Also surviving are two brothers: Raymond Downer of Newburyport, Mass.; John Downer of Las Vegas, Nev. And sister: Dorothy Root of Worcester, Mass. and special friends: Mike and Laurie Decker of Mahtowa, Mn. and Robert and Sheila Merritt of McGregor. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Richard. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 10 AM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Burial will be in the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls at 2 PM. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church Tuesday. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, MN. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Melvida Kellerman
06/13/1915-09/09/2011
Melvida Julia Kellerman, 96 of Aitkin died Friday, September 9, 2011 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born June 13, 1915 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada to Martin and Julia (Anderson) Monson. She attended Iron Hub school. Melvida was united in marriage to Frederick Christoph Kellerman on April 6, 1941 in Bovey. She worked seasonally at Land O??? Lakes Turkey Farm. She was a member of St. John???s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook. Melvida was preceded in death by her husband Frederick, daughter Jean Larson, granddaughter Janelle Larson, son-in-law Al Berg, four brothers and her parents. She is survived by her son Ron Kellerman of Woodbury 2 Daughters and son-in-law: Joyce Berg of Bloomington Julie (Les) McNamee of Burnsville 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M., Friday, September 16, 2011 at St. John???s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook. Reverend Sandy Berg-Holte will officiate. Burial will be in St. John???s Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral .com
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Robert K. Rasmussen
09/04/1932-09/06/2011
Robert K. Rasmussen, age 79 of McGregor, died Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Robert was born September 4, 1932 at Luck, Wisconsin the son of Hans and Kirstine (Neilsen) Rasmussen. He grew up and attended schools at Luck. He then worked on the family farm before serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Betty Jean Torino in North Carolina and they moved to St. Paul, Mn. and made their home. He worked as a Truck Driver and also drove Bus for Greyhound Bus Lines. He was a member of the McGregor VFW Post. He is survived by 2 sons: Bob (Joanne) Rasmussen of Rush City, MN.; Jerry Rasmussen of Los Osos, Calf.; daughter: Darlene Levasque of Andover, Mn.; 12 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; brothers: Harry Rasmussen of Luck, Wisc., Hans Rasmussen of Ione, Iowa, Magnus Rasmussen of Danbury, Wisc. And sister: Gloria Cooper of Ione, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Debby, 1 brother John and 1 sister AnnaBelle. A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 11 AM from the McGregor VFW Post. The McGregor VFW Larson-Deneen Post will provide the military honors. The McGregor Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lue Swanson
03/20/1935-09/05/2011
Lue Swanson, 76, left this earth and was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus on Mon. Sept. 5 2011. She passed away at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born March 20, 1935 in Chicago, IL. to Leon and Iris (Daniels) Mann. She was united in marriage to Kenneth Swanson. Lue lived life to the fullest, always looking for the next adventure. She had a special compassion for all animals. She was very aware and helpful to the needs of many and supported many charities. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth, brother Wayne Mann, sister Vickie Schnobrich, brother-in-law Ray Rutske, and her parents Leon and Iris (Daniels) Mann. She is survived by 2 sisters and brother-in-law: Deanna (Curtis) Gullickson of Aitkin and Beverly Rutske of Lakeville. Many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. To honor Lue???s wishes there will be no services. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lucille E. Stapleton
08/08/1913-09/01/2011
Lucille E. Stapleton, age 98 of Aitkin died Thursday, September 1, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lucille was born August 8, 1913 at Frazee, Minnesota the daughter of Harry and Elizabeth (Daubenspek) Holmer. She grew up and attended schools in Frazee. She then moved to Minneapolis and worked as a nanny and housekeeper. She married Samuel Stapleton in 1943. They lived in various place in Minnesota and North Dakota before moving to Aitkin in the early 1950???s. She has lived here since. She raised her family and also worked as a cook. After her husband???s death in 1969 she worked as a nursing assistant for the Aitkin Community Hospital for 25 years. She enjoyed knitting, needlework, sewing, quilting and playing cards. She is survived by son: Richard (Marjory) Holmer of Topeka, Kansas; daughter: Dianne (Clifford) Tomoson of Alexandria, Mn.; 7 Grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild; 1 brother: Harry Holmer of Silver Bay, MN.; 4 sisters: Betty Palmer of Frazee, Mn.; Ethel Maves of Detroit Lakes, MN.; Alice Arndt of Bemidji, Mn.; Donna Luptak of Bismark, North Dakota; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Sam, son Steve, 6 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 1 PM from St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Rot-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Gary Lamke
03/12/1945-09/01/2011
Gary C. Lamke, age 66 of Palisade formerly of Watertown, Wisconsin and Ironwood, Michigan died Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Essentia Health St. Mary???s Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota surrounded by his loving family. Gary was born March 12, 1945 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Francis and Eva (Ward) Lamke. He attended schools in Aitkin and then the last three years of high school at Glenville High School in Glenville, MN. He then served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Upon his discharge he moved to Ironwood, Michigan where he worked as a diesel mechanic and then in the mines for a time. He then moved to Watertown, Wisconsin and worked as a diesel mechanic there for 30 years before retiring in 2004. Gary married Danielle M. Vuckovic on July 3, 1965 at Greenwich, Connecticut. Gary and Danielle moved to the Palisade area after his retirement in 2004 and have lived here since. Gary was a member of the VFW and American Legion Posts. He enjoyed hunting and 4 wheeling. He also enjoyed attended the county board meetings as he was very civic minded. He is survived by his wife: Danielle Lamke of Palisade; Children and spouses: Dwaine (Kerry) Lamke of Johnson Creek, Wisconsin; Daniel Lamke of Woodstock, Illinois; D???Arcy (Ruthann) Lamke of Rio Rancho, New Mexico; Melanie (Bill) Rader of Nakoosa, Wisconsin; Monique Lamke of Watertown, Wisconsin; Darwin (Michelle) Lamke of Watertown, Wisconsin; 11 grandchildren: Emily, Sharon, Taylor, Megan, Levi, Lauren, David, Madalyn, Jessica, Olivia, Zackary; 2 brothers: Larry Lamke of Hibbing, MN.; Steve(Andrea) Lamke of Brainerd, MN.; Sister: Kathy(Evettre) Gonzales of Pierce, MN.; 2 step brothers: Harold (Deanne) Kuchera of Hayward, Mn.; Art (Sue) Kuchera of Austin, MN.; step sister: Charolett (Dawaine) Nelson of Albert Lea, MN., Mother in law: Julienne Vuckovic of Ironwood, Michigan, Nieces, Nephews, other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters: Judy and Nancy. We'll always remember that special smile, that caring heart, that warm embrace, you always gave us. You being there for mom and us---no matter what. We'll always remember you dad, because there will never be another one to replace you in our hearts, and the love we will always have for you. A celebration of life will be held Sunday, October 16, 2011 at Noon from the Waukenabo Town Hall near Palisade. The Aitkin American Legion Post and Palisade VFW Post will provide military honors. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Pearl G. (Roberts) Hammond
03/29/1918-08/29/2011
Pearl Geneva (Roberts) Hammond, 93 of McGregor died Monday, August 29, 2011 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin with her family by her side. She was born March 29, 1918 in Iona Township, Todd County, MN. to Lewis and Minnie (Dreimann) Roberts. Pearl was united in marriage to Harold S. Hammond on May 17, 1936 in Eagle Bend. They had three children, Douglas, Allan, and Terry. Pearl and Harold hosted many dances at their homestead in Todd County. They later moved to Minneapolis where she worked as a cook at Riverside Elementary School in Bloomington. She enjoyed volunteering at the Methodist Church in Bloomington. The family later moved to Big Sandy Lake near McGregor. Pearl liked snowmobiling, fishing, bowling, playing cards, baking, and gardening. She loved dancing. They enjoyed dancing at various ballrooms in Minneapolis and Big Sandy Lake. In her later years Pearl was a resident at Aicota Health Care Center where she enjoyed the many activities as well as helping other residents when she was able. She enjoyed going to the Dairy Queen for a chocolate blizzard, chicken strips, and French fries. She was preceded in death by her parents Lewis and Minnie, stepfather Erling Grane and brother Edward Roberts. Pearl is survived by 3 children: Douglas (Verna) Hammond of Anoka Allan (Carol) Hammond of Pengilly Terry Hammond of Hibbing Eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren 2 sisters: Marie Shafer of Texas and Edna Huetterman of LeSueur Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 12:00P.M. ??? Friday September 2, 2011 at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Reverend Judith Clark will officiate. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in McGregor. Visitation will begin at 10:00A.M. until the 12:00P.M. funeral service at the funeral home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Wesley B. Kisling
06/03/1925-08/28/2011
Wesley B. Kisling, age 86 of Palisade, formerly of Golden Valley, MN. died Sunday, August 28, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Wesley was born June 3, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Benjamin and Ida (Walschlager) Kisling. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. At the age of 18 he entered the U.S. Army and served during WW II in North Africa, Italy and Yugoslavia. Upon his discharge he returned to Minneapolis and attended Dunwoody Institute. He then worked as a carpenter for almost 60 years. He married Gertrude Schmidt on October 19, 1951 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Golden Valley until moving to the Palisade area, Lake Esquagamah, in 1986. They have lived there since. He enjoyed Carving decoys and figurines, hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife Gertrude of Palisade; sons: Bruce Kisling and Dale (Elizabeth Kisling), daughters: Gail Kisling and Laura Kisling all of Golden Valley, MN. 2 grandsons: Benjamin and Daniel Kisling both of Monticello, Mn. and 1 sister: Lorraine Amerson of St. Louis Park, Mn. A graveside service will be held Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm assembly area 5 at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery with military honors being performed by the Ft. Snelling Honor Guard. 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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Elsie Hietalati
12/18/1919-08/27/2011
Elsie M. Hietalati, 91 of McGregor died Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Northland Village in McGregor. She was born December 18, 1919 in Lawler to Emil and Hinni (Kallio) Lundeen. She attended Aitkin Schools. Elsie was united in marriage to Edwin J. Hietalati on June 16, 1940 in McGregor. She was a devoted Mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Edwin in 2003, two grandchildren Scott Kareen and Rory Olson, son-in-law Ed Kareen, three brothers and four sisters. Elsie is survived by seven children: Walter (Janice) Hietalati of Lawler Pat Kareen of Anchorage, Alaska Judy Hietalahti of Lawler Rick (Leslie) Hietalati of Lawler Roy (Hedy) Hietalati of Lawler Mary Dawson (Glen DeMenge) of McGregor Darwin Hietalati of Lawler 17 grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-granddaughter One sister Lorraine Bodie of Cloquet Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 2:00P.M., Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at the United Methodist Church in McGregor. Michael Barta will officiate. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Tuesday at McGregor Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Salo Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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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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