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Archive Obituaries
Donald Allen Carter
04/25/1964-08/29/2013
Donald Allen Carter, age 49 of Aitkin died Thursday, August 29, 2013 at his home in Wealthwood Township of Aitkin County. Donald was born April 25, 1964 in Fairbanks, Alaska the son of Michael and Karen (Madden) Carter. He grew up and attended schools in Cloquet graduating from the Cloquet High School in 1982. He then attended the Lake Superior College for 2 years. He served in the U.S. Army from 1986 until 1992 when he was discharged. During his enlistment he spent time in Germany. Upon his discharge he returned to Germany and lived there for 11 years before moving back to the Aitkin area in 2004. He worked for a time at Stern Rubber and then worked for Northwood’s Equipment as a service manager for about 5 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and flying toy helicopters. He also enjoyed doing small projects and he and his lifetime partner built their home near Mille Lacs Lake. He is survived by his lifetime partner: Cathy Kersey of Aitkin; Parents: Mike and Karen Carter of Midway, Alabama; Dave Drahosh of Aitkin; Children: Randy and Lucas Carter of Karlsruhe, Germany; Grandchild: Phillip Carter of Germany; Sisters: Lauree Eggebraaten of Superior, Wisc.; Michelle Shanda of Lino Lakes, Mn.; Diane Chapman of Blaine, Mn.; Theresa Gould of Rogers, Mn.; Ann Marie Quinn of Zimmerman, Mn.; Brothers: Terry Drahosh and Tim Drahosh both of Aitkin; Grandmothers: Lorraine Carter of Cloquet, MN., Marion Drahosh of Moose Lake, MN. And numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Larry Anderson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Brenton Joel Sherman
05/29/1985-08/26/2013
Brenton Joel Sherman, 28 of Grand Rapids died Monday August 26, 2013 in Grand Rapids. He was born May 29, 1985 in Marshall to Scott and Cindy (Castellano) Sherman. He lived with his family in Marshall until he was 6 years old then they moved to Aitkin in 1991. He attended Rippleside Elementary School and graduated from Aitkin High School in 2004. During high school he participated in the golf program and worked for Aitkin Discount Foods as a meat cutter and also at Paulbeck’s grocery store. Brent attended Minnesota Technical College in Wadena. He graduated with a diploma in HVAC and plumbing. He worked at Minnesota Diversified Industries in Grand Rapids where he has lived for the past 2 years. He enjoyed outside sports such as fishing, deer and grouse hunting, and camping. He really enjoyed the outdoor life of northern Minnesota. He will remain in our hearts forever and will be sadly missed by: His parents: Scott and Cindy of Aitkin, Brother: Russell of Aitkin, Grandfather: Ron Castellano of Sauk Rapids, Uncle: Bo Castellano of Babbitt, Special friend: Karissa Glanz of Aitkin, Many aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friends from Aitkin and Grand Rapids. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Rose Castellano, grandmother Dorothy Sherman, grandfather Lester Sherman, and uncle Kim Sherman. Funeral service will be 3:00P.M. – Friday, August 30, 2013 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Bennett Thomas Burke
08/09/2011-08/26/2013
Bennett Thomas Burke, age 2 of Palisade died Monday, August 26, 2013 at his home in Palisade. Bennett was born August 9, 2011 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Collin Burke and Cortney Spolarich. He grew up in Aitkin and Palisade. He loved anything with a motor, especially motorcycles, snowmobiles and 4-wheelers. He enjoyed stroller rides, animals, the outdoors and gardening where he grew his own sunflowers. He is survived by his Parents: Cortney Spolarich and Spencer Nutting of Palisade; Collin Burke and Lindsey Carlson of Aitkin; Grandparents: Rodney and Gaylene Spolarich of Palisade; Thomas and Sherri Burke of Aitkin;; Aunts and uncles: Jeremy and Andria Spolarich of Bloomington, Mn.; Trista Spolarich and Steven Bredeson of Minneapolis; Dan Burke and Nikki Fiske of Aitkin; Adam Burke and Andrew Burke both of Aitkin; Cousins: Sadie, Marin and Charlotte Spolarich of Bloomington; Great Grandparents: Paul and Violet Spolarich of Palisade; Nora Wilke of Palisade; Richard and Sonja Bruns of Spirit Lake, Iowa; Kathryn Beisell of Anamosa, Iowa. He was preceded in death by great grandfathers: J.C. Burke and Emery Wilke and great uncle Steven Freeman. A funeral mass will be held Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 3 PM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be from 2 PM until the 3 PM services at the church. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery in Palisade. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Melvin L. Johnson
03/15/1927-08/22/2013
Melvin L. Johnson, age 86 of Tamarack died Thursday, August 22, 2013 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, MN. Melvin was born March 15, 1927 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of John E. and Gertrude (Geving) Johnson. He attended school in Tamarack through the 8th grade and then attended the McGregor High School graduating in 1945. Mel then served in the U.S. Army during WW II. Upon his discharge in November of 1946 he returned to Tamarack and Married Rose E. Nyberg on September 25, 1948 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. They lived in Buhl, MN. Where Mel worked in the mines for a time. He moved back to Tamarack in 1951 and bought a farm and raised dairy cattle until the late 1980’s. After he quit dairy farming he raised beef cattle up until about 2010. He moved into the Northland Assisted Living in January of 2012 and in May of 2013 moved to the Aitkin Health Services. Mel had served as an Aitkin County Commissioner, Aitkin County Soil and Water Conservation Board, the Lakes and Pines Board, Arrowhead Regional Corrections Board, the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Posse, was a Clark Township Supervisor, Fire Warden, member of the N.E. Minnesota Corrections Committee, was a McGregor School board member, was a member of the Larson-Deneen VFW Post 2747, was a founding member of the Tamarack Sno-Flyers Club and was one of the founding organizers of the Tamarack Hey-Days. He enjoyed snowmobiling, ATV’ing and hunting. He is survived by 1 daughter and son in law: Kristine and Michael Fuqua of Willmar, Mn.; Brother and sister in law: Lester and Irene Johnson of Bemidji, Mn.; Grandchildren: Alan Johnson, Wade Johnson, Erica Krolak, Nicholas Johnson, Jonah Fuqua, Courtney Rose, Great Grandchildren: Signe Johnson, Ethan Johnson, Ilee Johnson, Ava Krolak, Mya Krolak, Mazzy Johnson, Good Friend: Carol Hageman. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Gertrude Johnson, Wife Rose Johnson; Sons: Kelvin Johnson and Kerry Johnson. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 4 PM from the McGregor High School Auditorium with Rev. John Pressler officiating. Visitation will be from 2:30 PM until the 4 PM services at the auditorium. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin, Mn. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Caroline Mae Narr
04/19/1934-08/18/2013
Caroline Mae Narr, age 79 of Lake Waukenabo near Palisade died Sunday, August 18, 2013 at her home. Caroline was born April 19, 1934 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Charles and Mildred (Pearson) Anderson. She had attended schools in Little Falls, Wayzata, New Prague and Excelsior. She then went to work for the telephone company as an operator. She met Eugene Narr and they were married on June 30, 1950 at her parent’s home in Wayzata, Minnesota. They lived in Oak Knoll, Wayzata, Medicine Lake and then Plymouth. She and her sister Eloise worked as upholsterers for 11 years working out of Caroline’s home. She and Eugene owned property on Lake Waukenabo near Palisade since 1968 and they retired to the lake in 1989 and have lived here since. She had served as the secretary for the committee on Aging in Aitkin County, was clerk of the Waukenabo Township, secretary of the management team for the Waukenabo Community Center, and was secretary for the Hilltop Chapel. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, knitting, sewing, quilting, and bird watching. She is survived by her husband: Eugene Narr of Palisade; Children and spouses: Wendy and Gene Shavlik of Spring Park, Mn.; Steve and Valerie Narr of Plymouth, Mn.; Daniel and Sally Narr of Columbia Heights, Mn.; Randy Narr of New York Mills, Mn.; Sandra and Mark of Toepper of Perham, Mn.; 19 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 1 sister: Marlene Anderson of Sauk Rapids, Min. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 great grandchildren, 1 brother Maynard and 2 Sisters Eloise and Barbara. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 11 AM from the Hilltop Chapel with Rev. Barry Hite and Rev. Charles Carlson officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM at the Hilltop Chapel and also 1 hour prior to the time of services at the church on Thursday. Burial will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Richard F. Keely
08/09/1920-08/11/2013
Richard F. Keely, age 93 of McGregor died Sunday, August 11, 2013 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Richard was born August 9, 1920 at Staples, Minnesota where he grew up and attended schools. He worked for Honeywell before marrying Alma Bruggman in 1983 in McGregor. He has resided in McGregor since then. He had a love for aviation from flying airplanes in his younger days, and then enjoyed hanging out at the Aitkin and McGregor airports when he was no longer able to fly by himself. In the 1980’s he owned his own plane which was one of his most prized possessions. He was always on the go and enjoyed bingo, driving to Grandy for broasted chicken, snowmobiling and riding his motorcycle. He is survived by a stepson: Darrell (Sharon) Bruggman of McGregor; step daughter: Patricia Pickles of McGregor; Step granddaughter: Mindy (Shawn) Hoover of McGregor; Step grandson: Danny (Samantha) Pickles of Superior, Wisc.; and 4 step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Alma in 2005, 3 sisters and 1 brother. A visitation will be held Thursday, August 15, 2013 from 5 to 7 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home with a prayer service at 6:45 PM at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home.
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Raymond Lindberg
06/29/2031-08/11/2013
Raymond Wayne Lindberg, age 82 passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, August 11, 2013. He was born June 29, 1931 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of John and Sonia Lindberg. Ray was an avid golfer and also loved to fish and hunt and spend time outdoors with family and friends. Ray enjoyed traveling and spending winters at his home in Texas. Ray was a hard worker throughout the years, and helped many people. He had owned a successful construction company, L.P.W. in New Brighton, MN. and when he moved to McGregor he owned and operated Willey’s Sport Shop for 18 years. He is survived by his wife Donna of 63 years; daughter: Susan and sons Steven and David and grandchildren Todd Lindberg and Katie and her longtime boyfriend Eric. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Mayo Clinic. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor, MN.
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Lillian E. Balsley
06/06/1920-08/07/2013
Lillian E. Balsley, age 93 of Maple, Wisconsin formerly of Palisade, Mn. died Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at the Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, Mn. Lillian was born June 6, 1920 in Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of John and Minnie (Baisden) Packer. She grew up and attended schools in Bain, Mn. She married Perry R. Balsley on June 26, 1937 in Aitkin. They lived in Duluth and Palisade where she raised her family and also her niece and two nephews following the death of their parents. She had worked for dry cleaners in Duluth and also worked as a nurse’s aid at Hillcrest in Duluth. In later years she also cared for an elderly lady at Nimrod, MN. She moved to Maple, Wisconsin in 2009 and has lived with her daughter Mary since. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She had been involved in the Moose Club, loved picking strawberries, cooking and enjoyed the outdoors. She also helped raise her great grandchildren. She is survived by 2 daughters: Charlotte (Dan) LaBarge of Superior, Wisc.; Mary Beal of Maple, Wisc.; 19 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and numerous great great grandchildren. Also surviving are nieces and nephews including Warren, Jerry and Eileen the children she raised. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Perry in 1980, son Jerry and daughter Shirley and 9 brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 16, 2013 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Charles Carlson officiating. Visitation will be from Noon until the 2 PM services. Burial will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Margie J. Marsyla
02/17/1944-08/03/2013
Margie J. Marsyla, age 69 of McGregor died Saturday, August 3, 2013 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Margie was born February 17, 1944 at Watertown, Minnesota the daughter of Roman and Rose (Buldec) May. She grew up in Corcoran, Minnesota and attended schools in Rockford where she graduated from High School in 1962. She then moved to Minneapolis and worked for the Honeywell Company. She married Donald Kral in 1963. They lived in the cities for a time and then moved to California where he ran a construction company. They then moved to Cassville, Missouri. When Donald passed away Margie moved back to Minnesota making her home in Corcoran for a time and then in Brooklyn Park. She worked for Daily Printing. She married Lyle Marsyla on February 28, 1987 in Crystal, Minnesota. Upon their retirement in 2000 they moved to the McGregor area and they have lived here since. She was very active in the Lake Minnewawa Association and had served as its secretary for many years. She was also the chairman of the Lake Minnewawa Garage Sale for a number of years. She had worked a time at the McGregor Dairy Queen where she was a cake decorator, and she had done many wedding cakes over the years. She also enjoyed crocheting, sewing, playing cards, spending time with family and being a snowbird and spending winters in Arizona. She is survived by her husband Lyle Marsyla of McGregor; Children: Destry (Margie) Kral of Cambridge, Mn.; Candace Kral of McGregor; Tammy (Dave) Johnson of New Prague, Mn.; Theresa Marsyla (Kelly Vancleve) of New Prague, MN.; Teri (Mark) Yahnke of New Prague, MN.; 11 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren; 2 Sisters: Stephanie (Sid) Hughes of Emily, Mn.; Rosemary (Butch) Bauer of Annandale, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, First Husband Donald, and 2 Brothers: Donald May and Melvin May. A memorial mass will be held Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 11 AM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services and a lunch and gathering will be held at the McGregor Community Center following the service. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home.
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Esther Hoge
04/11/1911-08/02/2013
Esther “Grandma” Barbara Hoge, 102 of Aitkin died Friday, August 2, 2013 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born April 11, 1911 in Finchford, Butler County, Iowa to Fred Charles and Lucy Bertha (Nickalaus) Giesler. She moved with her parents and seven brothers and sisters to Aitkin by train in 1923. She graduated from Aitkin High School in 1929 and then attended two years of Vo-tech in Brainerd. Esther was united in marriage to John Gerhard Hoge on September 3, 1929 in Aitkin. They lived and farmed in Cedar Brook for 60 years. She worked as a cook for Aitkin Schools and Aicota Health Care Center. She was a 4-H leader for 30 years. She moved to the Aitkin Manor after Gerhard passed away in 1991. In 2010 she moved to Aicota Assisted Living and in 2013 to Aicota Health Care Center. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin, American Legion Auxiliary, Catholic Women\'s Council, the Golden Agers, Aitkin County Committee on Aging, Seven County Senior Citizen’s Group, Women’s Relief Corps. Esther loved all sports and participated in an all girl basketball team during her high school years. She continued to attend games of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren until her death. She was preceded in death by her husband John Gerhard Hoge, son Jerome Hoge, three brothers: Merle, Harold, and Fred Giesler, three sisters: Lucile Thomas, Grace Petrin, and Kathryn Miller, and her parents. Esther is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Gertrude (Jerome) Wiederholt of Prescott, AZ., Sister: Evelyn Forsman of Aitkin, 11 grandchildren and their spouses, 3 step-grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 8P.M., Tuesday with a prayer service starting at 7:30P.M. at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Francis Henry Johnson
05/30/1925-07/31/2013
Francis Henry Johnson, 88 of Aitkin died Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale after a fall at his home. He was born May 30, 1925 in Rossburg to Arthur George and Helen Ida Rose (Perry) Johnson. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1944 and then attended UofM North Central School of Agriculture in Grand Rapids. Francis was united in marriage to Margaret “Marge” Huber November 10, 1951 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. In the mid 1940’s he started a farming partnership with Richard Morris. They were the first in the area to have parlor milking and were featured in many magazines. Starting in the late 1940’s he enjoyed playing baseball for the Rossburg team for many years. He was an avid deer hunter. Francis was the last customer served at Ziske’s lunch counter and was a strong supporter of the Roadside Restaurant. He served on the Spencer Township board. In 1957 he was named Outstanding Young Farmer. He was a member of (ASCS) Agriculture Stabilization Conservation Service, (NFO) National Farmers Organization, Saint James Catholic Church, and former member of the Knights of Columbus. Francis was a lifelong farmer and an outstanding role model to his children, grandchildren, and entire family. He was preceded in death by his son Gregg Johnson, sister Kathryn Allen, two brothers George and Darrell Johnson, and his parents. Francis is survived by his wife Marge, Daughter and son-in-law: Bonnie (Tom) O’Neil of Aitkin, Son and daughter-in-law: Scott (Jodie) Johnson of Aitkin, Daughter-in-law: Lisa Johnson of Woodbury, Sister: Viola Kinniburgh of Kalispell, MT., 9 grandchildren: Kelli O’Neil, Kacie O’Neil (Scott Oyen), Kory O’Neil (Amanda MacDonald), Matthew (Maureen) Johnson, Michelle Johnson (D.J. Jorgensen), Kari Jo (Peter) Faulhaber, Zachary Johnson, Ryan (Angela) Mann, Shelly Mann (Ryan Moen), and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, August 9, 2013 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, Aitkin. Visitation will be 5 to 8P.M. – Thursday with a prayer service starting at 7:00P.M. at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flower. www.srtfuneral.com
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Bernice Rinta
06/27/1939-07/28/2013
Bernice D. Rinta, 74 of McGregor died Sunday, July 28, 2013 at her home. She was born June 27, 1939 in Aitkin to Einer and Clara Lenea (Brown) Hanson. Her parents died at a young age and Bernice was raised by Fred and Julia Misfeldt. She graduated from Aitkin High School. Bernice was united in marriage to Henry Rinta on November 30, 1957 in Aitkin. She enjoyed gardening, reading, traveling, cooking, bingo, and watching the Minnesota Twins. She loved spending time with her family. Bernice is survived by her four children: Tony (Kim) Rinta of Stillwater, Kay Koerber (Chuck Rawlings) of McGregor, Karen (Ted) Johnson of Inver Grove Heights, Kris Rinta (Chris Pierce) of McGregor, Four grandchildren: Gina (Josh) Henderson, Taylor Rinta, Nolan Rinta, and Nick Johnson. Two great-grandchildren: Emma and Jax Henderson, Sister: Vera Lamb, Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry in 1994; brother Gerald Hanson; three sisters: Audrey Midthun, Mildred Miller, Clarice Schutz; and her parents: Einar and Clara Lenea (Brown) Hanson and Fred and Julia Misfeldt. Funeral services will be 10A.M., Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Needle Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Friday at the church and will continue 1 hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Bill Wuorio
07/18/1939-07/23/2013
William “Bill” John Wuorio, 74 of Isle died July 23, 2013 at Fairview University Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born July 18, 1939 in Duluth to Peter and Helen (Peterson) Wuorio. He graduated from Duluth Denfeld High School. Bill was united in marriage to Judy (Mahler) on July 10, 1970 in Saginaw. He worked for many years as an Ice Road Trucker. He was former state champion and past president of the Minnesota Trap shooters Association. He was a very avid sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. He was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo. He was preceded in death his uncle Carl and his parents Peter and Helen (Peterson) Wuorio. Bill is survived by his wife Judy, Four daughters and sons-in-law: Terri (George) Drimel, Debbie (Mike) Appelwick, Rhonda (Jordan) Flagstad, Renee (Stephane) Tsamba-Massala; 11 grandchildren: Amanda, John, Eric, Aaron, Megan, Taylor, Kenzie, Bo, Christian, Olivia, Oceanne; Six great-grandchildren: Liam, Reese, Kyler, Hunter, Isabelle, Lydia; Brother: Pete Wuorio, Sister: Lana Roerkhol; Many other relatives and friends. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the 1:30P.M. – Monday, July 29, 2013 funeral service at Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo. Reverend James Raisanen will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Doris L. Osterman
06/26/1912-07/20/2013
Doris L. Osterman, age 101 of McGregor died Saturday July 20, 2013 at the Mala Strana Care Center in New Prague, Minnesota. Doris was born June 26, 1912 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Otto and Emma (Petersen) Gatz. She moved with her family to the Tamarack area at an early age. She attended the Osterman and North Star Schools. She then moved to Minneapolis and worked as a house Keeper for a time and then moved to Mora and worked as a waitress. She married Lawrence A. Osterman on May 22, 1937 in Aitkin. They made their home in McGregor and she worked at the Sears Café for a number of years. She lived in her home until she turned 97 at which time she moved to New Prague to live with her daughter and son in law. She has resided at the Mala Strata Care Center for the past year and a half. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting along with cooking and sewing. She is survived by 2 sons and daughters in law: Lynn and Nancy Osterman of Mora, MN.; Keith and Barb Osterman of Cambridge, Mn.; 1 Daughter: Marilyn and Byron Stahl of New Prague, Mn.; 8 Grandchildren: Larry Osterman, Jackie Osterman, Richard Osterman, Randi Andres, David Osterman, Tammy Johnson, Theresa Marsyla and Teri Yahnke; 13 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lawrence in 1998, grandchildren: John Paul Osterman and Timothy Allen Marsyla and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1 PM from the Round Lake Presbyterian Church with Rev. Russell Christensen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lois M. Erickson
10/04/1925-07/15/2013
Lois Mae Erickson, age 87 of Aitkin died Monday, July 15, 2013 at the Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Lois was born October 4, 1925 at Crosby, Minnesota the daughter of Carl and Hilda (Jacobson) Erlandson. She attended school in Palisade until her parents moved to the Isle area. She attended school in Isle through her junior year and then graduated from Denfield High School in Duluth in 1943 where her father was employed. She worked in Minneapolis for a time and then returned home to care for her mother. She met her future husband, Bud Erickson and they were married on July 27, 1944 at the Opstead Baptist Church. They resided in the Opstead area where they farmed and logged and ran a lumber business. She was a member of the Opstead Baptist Church, had taught Sunday school and worked with youth. They moved to Aitkin in 1973. She had worked for Land-O-Lakes and for Aitkin County Social Services after her children were grown. They built and operated Ripple River Auto Center for a few years. She and her husband Bud, along with their sons built many homes in Aitkin. She was currently a member of the Westside Church in Aitkin, was active in the AWANA Club for many years and served on numerous committees over the years. She was part of dinner groups and senior get togethers. She is survived by her husband Albert “Bud” Erickson of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Bob (Jane) Erickson of Wickenburg, Arizona, Gary (Sandy) Erickson of Aitkin, Mark (Miriam) Erickson of Bonifay, Florida, Susan Erickson and Jim Larson of Aitkin; 8 Grandchildren: Lance Erickson, Jason Erickson, Reese Erickson, Clint Erickson, Jill Katzenberger, Tracy Newsom, Travis O’Neil, Shelby Kokesh, 17 great Grandchildren and 2 Brothers: Herbert Erlandson and Willis Erlandson both of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Brian, sister: Fran, and 2 brothers: Donald and Kenneth. A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 2 PM from the Westside Church in Aitkin with Rev. Dallas Smith officiating. Burial will be at a later date at the Opstead Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, www.srtfuneral.com.
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Helen Dorholt
01/16/1910-07/14/2013
Helen Dorholt, 103 of Aitkin died Sunday, July 14, 2013 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Funeral services will be held at a later date. A full obituary will be published at that time. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Helen Dorholt
01/16/1910-07/14/2013
Helen Dorholt, 103 of Aitkin died Sunday, July 14, 2013 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born January 16, 1910 in Ridgely Township, Fairfax, Minnesota to Otto and Helen (Walter) Palmer. Helen was united in marriage to Forrest Dorholt on September 3, 1934 in Minneapolis. She was preceded in death by her daughter Sharon Pearson, Husband Forrest Dorholt, all her brothers and sisters, and her parents. She is survived by her son Phil Dorholt of Edina Son-in-law: Ron Pearson of Aitkin Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Private graveside services will be held at St. Thomas Cemetery, Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Kenneth J. Sall
06/27/1925-07/13/2013
Kenneth J. Sall, 88 of Aitkin died Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born June 27, 1925 in Crosby to Joseph and Ellen Sall. He graduated from Crosby High School and then from the University of Minnesota. He was a U.S. Army Air Force Veteran serving in World War II. Kenneth was united in marriage to Muriel Harris on July 18, 1948 in Crosby. He was the former owner and partner of Aitkin Furniture Co. He was a former mayor of Aitkin. A member of the Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86, First Lutheran Church of Aitkin where he sang in the church choir, and the longest member of Cuyuna Country Club in Deerwood. He enjoyed golfing, golfing and golfing, snowmobiling, the years he and Muriel spent in Florida, traveling (if he got to golf), and he loved spending time with people and being with his family. He was preceded in death by his brother Roy Sall and his parents Joseph and Ellen Sall. Kenneth is survived by his wife Muriel of Aitkin Son and daughter-in-law: Richard (Nancy) Sall of Duluth Daughter and son-in-law: Marydith (David) Delisle of Duluth Grandchildren: Jason (Elizabeth) Delisle, Matthew (Christine) Delisle, Heather (Ryan) Carey, Christopher Sall (fiancee’ Allie) Great-grandchildren: Breanne, Kara, Gabriel Delisle, and his grand-dog Casey Many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Friday, July 19, 2013 funeral service at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Frank R. Jarpey
04/15/1933-07/11/2013
Frank R. Jarpey, 80 of McGregor died Thursday, July 11, 2013 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born April 15, 1933 in Chicago, IL. to Robert and Ellen (Thompson) Jarpey. Frank was united in marriage to Margaret “Maggie” Lifflander on April 23, 1972 in Las Vegas. He worked as a truck driver until retirement. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Joyce Hoffman. Frank is survived by his wife Maggie One sister Roberta Kirchhoff of Milwaukee, WI. 4 nephews: Daniel Keenan, Bob Keenan, Larry Keenan, and Randy Kirchhoff One niece Kathy Pejsa Many great-nieces, great nephews, great-great-nieces, and great-great-nephews. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M. – Tuesday, July 16, 2013 funeral service at Big Sandy Community Church, McGregor. Reverend Steve DeMars will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Needle Cemetery, Shamrock Township, McGregor. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Kevin Lee Moose
11/15/1971-07/08/2013
Kevin Lee Moose, age 41 of Grand Rapids, Minnesota died Monday, July 8, 2013 at the Grand Itasca Medical Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Kevin was born November 15, 1971 at Onamia, Minnesota the son of Darwin and Karen (Michelson) Kewitsch. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1990. He worked at the Aitkin Bakery while in High School. He had lived and worked in Brainerd and the Twin Cities for a time and moved to Grand Rapids, Mn. in 2003 and was the manager of the Holiday Stations in Grand Rapids. He loved music and playing guitar. He enjoyed golfing, archer and especially deer hunting. He is survived by 2 daughters and sons in law: Sierra (Steve) Weishalla of Brainerd, Mn.; Kayla (Bret) Radman of Spooner, Wisc.; Grandchild Allison and another due in September and his mother Karen Moose of Aitkin and Father Darwin Kewitsch of Bemidji. He is also survived by 2 sisters: Jenny (Timm) Buchholz of Garrison, Tracy Moose of Brainerd, brother: Danny Kewitsch of Bemidji, Mn.; 2 nephews: Aaron Weise and Sebastian Kewitsch and niece Megan Buchholz. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 4 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be Saturday from 3 to 4 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date in the Malmo Cemetery near Malmo, Mn. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Eino R. Latvala
11/02/1924-07/08/2013
Eino R. Latvala, 88 of Tamarack died Monday, July 8, 2013 in Duluth. He was born November 2, 1924 in Tamarack to Matt and Lily (Lundgren) Latvala. He attended school in Tamarack and graduated from McGregor High School in 1942 and was class Valedictorian. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Expert Infantry Badge, and Combat Infantry Badge for his service. Eino was united in marriage to Rose (Dvorak) Lindman on September 16, 1967 in Wright. He had many occupations during his life including Postmaster of Tamarack retiring in 1984. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, reading, and watching the Minnesota Twins. He was a member of the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, National League of Postmasters, St. John’s Lutheran Church of Wright, and Our Saviors Lutheran Church of McGregor. He was preceded in death his wife Rose, son LeRoy Radke, 7 brothers: William, Arnie, Richard, Arthur, Norman, James, and George Latvala, 4 sisters: Agnes Lehmann, Arlene Latvala, Fannie Beadette, and Aili Anderson. Parents Matt and Lily (Lundgren) Latvala Eino is survived by 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Warren (Danelle) Lindman of Forest Lake, Richard (Delores) Radke of St. Paul 4 daughters and son-in-law: Kimberly (Larry) Lemaster of Harrisburg, SD, JoAnn Collier of Minneapolis, Eileen Moske of Cass Lake, Susanne Radke of Aitkin 9 grandchildren: John Moske, Daniel Moske, Todd Radke, Michelle Nelson, Shanna Woolsey, Walter Woolsey, Libby Westman, Maxine Lemaster, Sylvie Lemaster 9 great-grandchildren: Brandi Moske, Jacob and Trevor Radke, Hannah, Mahri, and Dalaney Nelson, Emma and Evan Coil, Aubree Woolsey 4 brothers and sisters-in-law: Lauri (Elvie) of Cromwell, Howard of Bemidji, Donald of Minneapolis, David (Patricia) of Rogers 2 sisters and brother-in-law: Dorothy (Robert) Putnam of Minneapolis, Doris Nordstrom of Missoula, MT. And many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M. – Thursday, July 11, 2013 funeral service at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor. Reverend Henry Koopman will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the McGregor VFW and American Legion. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Harriet R. Seep
04/08/1916-07/07/2013
Harriet R. Seep, age 97 of Aitkin formerly of St. Cloud, died Sunday, July 7, 2013 at the Aicota Assisted Living Center in Aitkin. Harriet was born April 8, 1916 at St. Cloud, Minnesota the daughter of James and Rosa (Mockros) McCarty. She grew up and attended schools in St. Cloud graduating from St. Cloud Tech in 1934. She had worked for a time, and then married William B. Seep on June 22, 1940 in St. Cloud. They lived in St. Cloud, Chisholm and Hibbing before WW II and then moved to Williamsburg, Virginia during the War. After the war they returned to St. Cloud and she worked for Sears, J.C. Penny’s and then Bremer Bank as a Teller in the Drive Trough. She retired in 1975. They moved to Aitkin in 2000 and she has lived here since. She was an 87 year member of the Calvary Community Church in St. Cloud, had served as a Sunday school teacher, a deaconess and was a member of the church Choir, had done lots of volunteer work for RSVP over the years, and enjoyed traveling and cooking for family get togethers. She is survived by her daughter and son in law: Cheryl and Rev. Randy Stauter of Aitkin; Granddaughters: Shannon Stauter, Amy Stauter and Lisa Stauter all of St. Paul; Sister: Bernice McCarty of Golden Valley, Mn. and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William in 2001 1 sister and 2 brothers. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 15, 2013 at 11 AM from the Calvary Community Church in St. Cloud with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service and also Sunday July 14 from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery on Monday at 2:30 PM. Meet at Assembly area #2. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the American Cancer Society, The Glory Baptist Church Elevator Fund or Calvary Community Church in St. Cloud. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Omok Fahrendorff
05/06/1948-07/06/2013
Omok Fahrendorff, 65 of Wright died Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Essentia St. Mary’s Hospice in Duluth. She was born May 6, 1948 in South Korea. Omok (Chon) was united in marriage to Russell A. Fahrendorff, Jr. on February 27, 1971 in Minneapolis. She is survived by her husband Russell, 4 daughters, 7 grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 10:00A.M. – Friday, July 12, 2013 funeral service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Wright. Reverend Brandi Hacker will officiate. Burial will be in Morningside Memorial Gardens, Coon Rapids. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Betty Jane Anderson
12/10/1931-07/02/2013
Betty Jane Anderson, age 81 of Aitkin died Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at the Aitkin Health Services. Betty was born December 10, 1931 near Ogema, Wisconsin the daughter of Michael John and Lola Pearl (Vinnedge) Cummings. She grew up and attended schools in the Westboro, Wisconsin area. She married Harold E. Anderson on July 19, 1952 at Ogema, Wisconsin. They lived in Minneapolis and Crystal for a time and moved to New Hope, MN,. in 1967. They lived there until moving to Aitkin, Mn. in 1988 and she has lived here since. They had been coming to the Aitkin area to spend time at their cabin for many years. She had worked as a data processor in the Twin Cities. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She enjoyed Family, golfing, traveling, fishing, quilting, playing cards, church group activities, the lake, her friends, animals and birds, cooking, and fairshare. She is survived by her children and spouses: David John and (Robin) Anderson of Little Falls, Mn.; James Brian (Ginny) Anderson of Corcoran, Mn.; Steven Michael (Ginny) Anderson of Otsego, Mn.; Barbara Jean Anderson of Aitkin, Mn.; Sister: Stella (Eugene) Berg of Ogema, Wi.; brother in law: Robert (Linda) Anderson of Florida; Sister in law: Shirley (Jack) Corbin of Iowa; Grandchildren: Jamie (Scott) Petrie, Brenna (Jeffrey) Demeules, David Anderson, Lucas (Sarah) Anderson, Sara Anderson, Emily (Kristopher) Boike; Great Grandchildren: Kayden Petrie, Mackenzie Petrie, Elizabeth Plafcan, Ryan Hintz, Finley Demeules, Cole Petrie, Nora Anderson, Sloan Demeules and very special friend Steve Keisling of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband Harold in 1996and siblings Isabelle Jorgensen, Abner (Bob) Cummings, Royce Cummings and Joyce Berg. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 10 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at 2:15 PM. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Richard \"Dicky\" Johnson
03/31/1937-07/02/2013
Richard “Dicky” Johnson, age 76 of Aitkin formerly of the Twin Cities died Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born March 31, 1937 at Bemidji, Minnesota where he attended grade school. He then moved with his family to Stillwater, Mn. and attended high school there and graduated from the Stillwater High School. He went to work for the Applebaum’s and Rainbow Foods and worked for them his whole career. He retired in 1997. He married Jan Cushing on September 22, 1997 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They moved to the Aitkin area and have lived here since. He enjoyed fishing, flowers and gardening, the outdoors and also helping people. He is survived by his wife Jan Johnson of Aitkin; Son: Mark (Julie) Johnson of Hudson, Wisconsin and grandson Michael Johnson and also 1 sister Avis of Spokane, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents and 6 brothers and sisters. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Rick Perry Officiating. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Timothy \"Tim\" Walstrom
06/13/1961-07/01/2013
Timothy “Tim” Walstrom, age 52 of Aitkin died Monday, July 1, 2013 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota surrounded by his loving family, due to ALS. Tim was born June 13, 1961 in St. Paul, Minnesota the son of Severt and Lois (Leland) Walstrom. He grew up and attended schools in Isanti and Cambridge. He married Jana Marie Kramer in April of 1980 at Isanti, Mn. He worked as a carpenter for 20 years building homes in central Minnesota. He moved to the Aitkin area in 1995. He worked for a time at Trus Jois and then did some independent carpentry work and for the past six years drove truck for Garrison Disposal Co. He re-married Jana on February 4, 2013. They had been together since high school. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife Jana Walstrom of Aitkin; 2 children: Clint and Sarah Walstrom of Brainerd, Mn.; and Tina Walstrom and Scott Allie of Circle Pines, Mn.; Grandchildren: Constance Phillips, Madison Walstrom and Kaydence Miller; his mother: Lois Walstrom of Cambridge; Brother: Greg (Marge) Walstrom of Prospect, Oregon; Three sisters: Lori (Bill) Peterson of Apple Valley, Mn.; DeeDee Kahring of Savage, Mn.; Dawn (Kent) Keeler of Kabatogema, Mn. and also many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. www.srtfuneral.com.
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George VanderHeyden
06/25/2013-06/30/2013
George E. VanderHeyden, 63 of Aitkin passed away peacefully June 30, 2013 after a long courageous battle with ALS. He was born June 25, 1950 in St. Paul to Joseph A. and Dolores M. (Schabert) VanderHeyden. George was united in marriage to Christine (Loretz) on June 30 1973 in St. Paul. He worked as a Master Electrician. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren: Austin and Caleb, and his parents: Joseph and Dolores, and Ralph and Melvina. George is survived by wife Christine Daughters: Barb (Doug), Shannon (Nate), and Amber Grandchildren: Ryan, Savana, Trey, Camille, and Alexa Brother: Joseph (Diana) Sisters: Marilyn (Bob) and Nona (Scott) In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to ALS - MN. Chapter and Aitkin Hospice Home Health Partnership. Funeral service will be 11am – Friday, July 5, 2013 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will be 3 to 6pm Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Emily. www.srtfuneral.com
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Jo Weber
10/11/1939-06/28/2013
Joanne Louise Lagergren Weber died suddenly Friday, June 28, 2013 of a massive heart attack. Jo – Wife, Mother, Sister, Grandma, Aunt and Friend - you will be missed more than you know. Your zest for life, your caring spirit, your direct approach, your fairness, your ‘parties to remember’, your countless talents and especially your love for your family are your legacy. Ingrained in our hearts are the sweet memories of your passion for playing games, fixing anything, interior decorating, landscaping, listening to your favorite tunes, tap dancing, practical joking, leading aerobics, hosting parties, creating gourmet meals, savoring the moment, and excepting everyone for who they are. You had a PhD in life. You taught us by example how to live, love, laugh and truly enjoy life. The rare love and partnership you shared with Dale is an inspiration and joy to all who know and love ‘Jo and Dale’. You will be missed more than you know. She was preceded in death by her son Bill Frost, brother Dick Lagergren, and parents Edward Paul and Ida Louise (Liefsen) Lagergren. Jo is survived by her loving husband Dale Weber; Sister-in-law, Ginger Taff-Lagergren; Son, Chuck Frost; Daughter, Cindy Frost Lindberg (John); Daughter-in –law, Prissy Frost Mukenschnabl(Danny); Sons, Brad Weber (Jill) and Steve Weber (Dawn). Grandchildren – Sarah, Joey, Dezarae, Zack, Chris, Jeremy, Sammi, Amanda, Austin, Casey, and Kelsey. Nieces - Tanja, Amy, and Katie. Nephews - Tony, Jeremy, Scott and Fabio. Private Family services will be held at a later date. Memorials are preferred to an Alzheimer’s Association. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Glenn A. Johnson
08/19/1958-06/24/2013
Glenn A. Johnson, 54 of Aitkin died Monday, June 24, 2013 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born August 19, 1958 in Minneapolis to Raymond R. and Janet Ruth (Hoover) Johnson. He graduated from Fridley High School in 1977. He attended Anoka-Ramsey Vo-Tech and later attended drafting school. Glenn was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Klocow on June 16, 1995 in Anoka County. He enjoyed drawing, cooking, fishing, and being with his family. He was preceded in death by his father Raymond R. Johnson, brother James R. Johnson, mother-in-law Ruth Carlson Klocow, Uncle Richard Hoover, grandparents: Marion Johnson, Bill and Lillian Hoover, great-grandmother Agnes Moline. Glenn is survived by his Wife Ruth Johnson Mother: Janet Johnson Sons: David (Victoria) Johnson and Keith Green Grandson: Benaiah Siblings: Valerie Fredrick, Daniel (Nikki) Johnson, Chuck (Mona) Hoover Aunt and Uncle: Nancy and Tom Christensen His dog Beauty and cat Abby Many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Visitation will be from 1:30 PM until the 2:30 PM service time – Tuesday, July 2, 2013 funeral service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Nordland Township, Aitkin. Reverend Cynthia Gray will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Elsie Carmen Ginkel
04/11/1940-06/24/2013
Elsie Carmen Ginkel, age 73 of Aitkin died Monday, June 24, 2013 at her home. Elsie was born April 11, 1940 at Chihuahua, Mexico. She attended school in San Bernardino, California. She worked in Nursing Homes and was also a homemaker. She moved to Aitkin in 1981 and has resided here since. She married Herb Ginkel on June 20, 1987 in Aitkin. She enjoyed playing golf and her family. She is survived by her children and spouses: Don Aleman and Spouse Marsha Benson of Aitkin; Diane Aleman and spouse Paul of Sedro Wooley, Washington; Tony Aleman and spouse DeeAnn of At. Paul; 14 grandchildren and many great grandchildren, siblings: Virgie Bass, Martha (Ted) Bullard, Margie Bass and Jim Bass all of San Bernardino, Calf. and significant other Paul Bigelow of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her Husband Herb, daughter Debbie and son David. A memorial service will be held Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11 AM from the Glory Baptist Church with Rev Randy Stauter officiating. Burial will be in the Glory Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Iola P. Bolster
12/31/1919-06/23/2013
Iola P. Bolster, age 93 of Aitkin died Sunday, June 23, 2013 at her home. Iola was born December 31, 1919 at Warner, North Dakota the daughter of Charles Andrew and Clara (Swensen) Nordsven. She grew up and attended schools near Halliday, North Dakota and then attended college at Dickinson, North Dakota. She married Everett Bolster on October 26, 1941 at Wibaux, Montana. The lived at Beach, North Dakota for 14 years and then moved to Aitkin, Minnesota in 1955 and she has lived here since. She worked as a secretary for the Aitkin County Health and Human Services. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, the Jacques Art Center; she enjoyed antiquing, playing the Violin and Piano along with painting, and gardening, canning, and making rock gardens. She is survived by three Children and spouses: Larry and Marie Bolster of West Hills, Calf., Bernie and Yvonne Bolster of Grand Rapids, Mn., Russ and Betty Bolster of Rogers, Mn.; 4 Grandchildren, 13 Great Grandchildren; three Brothers: Alvin Nordsven of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Kermit Nordsven of Bellfield, North Dakota, Elmer Nordsven of Halliday, North Dakota and one Sister: Cordella Reetz of Killdeer, North Dakota. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Everett in 2006 and 1 Brother. A private family service will be held Friday with burial being at the Diamond Lake Cemetery near Aitkin. Rev. Robert Munneke will officiate. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Nickolas \"Nick\" Skorich
03/29/1933-06/23/2013
Nickolas “Nick” Skorich, age 80 of Aitkin died June 23, 2013 at his home. Nick was born March 29, 1933 in Duluth, Minnesota the son of Mike and Ana Skorich. After his graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean Conflict. Upon his discharge he returned to Duluth and was hired on as a deck hand for the Clifford Hood and he worked his way up to the rank of Captain in 1983. He took a job as a pilot on Salt Water Ships, guiding ships from all over the world into the ports on the Great Lakes. He married Barbara Anderson on July 1, 1959 in Aitkin. They made their home in Aitkin. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin, the Aitkin American Legion and VFW Clubs, he enjoyed NASCAR, his great nieces and nephews and visiting with his many friends. He is survived by brother in law and sister in law: Merle and Laura Peterson of Aitkin; Nephews: Steve (Stella) Peterson and their children: Monroe, Maitea, stepchildren: Brittany, Houston and Dane; Jason (Karna) Peterson and their children: Isaac, Isabel, and Grace; Sister in law: Alice Skorich, Brother in law: Louis Baril, many nieces and nephews and God child: Katie (Wedel) Dusing. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Barbara in 2009, 3 sisters and 5 brothers. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 11 AM from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at a later date at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Michael Vernon Roring
04/16/1950-06/22/2013
Michael Vernon Roring, age 63 of Aitkin passed away at his home on Saturday, June 22, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. His last week was spent with his family and friends by his side. He was born April 16, 1950 in Crosby, Minnesota the son of Herbert and Eileen (Klatt) Roring. He graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1968. He married Susan Ford on June 20, 1970 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Deerwood. They were blessed with a son Shannon Michael. Mike worked for the Pittsburg-Pacific Mine in Crosby shortly after graduation until its closing. Mike had many jobs as a heavy equipment operator. In the 80’s along with Bill Cook they started B&H Gun Supplies, later it was bought out by Hoss and became Hoss’s Gun Shop. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, NASCAR/Drag Racing, and hanging out with friends. In his earlier years he participated in demolition derbies, snowmobile racing, pulling on tug-o-war teams, and trap shooting. He is survived by his wife Susan, son Sam (Vicki), and granddaughter: Candace (Roy), two great grandchildren: Colten and Camden, three brothers: Jerry, David (Tracey), Alan (Janelle), sister: Dona (Jim) Svoboda and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and Sister Sandra. A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Ron Tibbetts officiating. A visitation will be held from 9:30 AM until the 11 AM services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery at Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Roberta Ellen Koepke
10/07/1948-06/14/2013
Roberta Ellen Koepke, 64 of McGregor died Friday, June 14, 2013 at her home. She was born October 7, 1948 in St. Paul to Robert and Eleanor (Hurley) Donahue. She worked as a garment bundler for Vutwin Sports Ware in Minneapolis for many years. Roberta was united in marriage to Robert L. Koepke, Sr. on December 31, 1988. They lived in Saint Paul prior to moving to the McGregor area in 1997. She worked at Aicota Health Care Center. She was preceded in death by her son Steven Swanson, one brother, four sisters, and her parents. Roberta is survived by her husband Robert 5 step-children: Julie Ann, Shawn, Robert, Jr., Ronald, and Thomas, 2 grandsons: Richard and John, 1 granddaughter: Jessica, 1 brother: Joseph Donahue, 4 sisters and brothers-in-law: Susan (Bill) Shappell, Maureen (Don) Nordquist, Teresa Bacca, and Diane Brintnahl Many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends. There will be no services at this time. McGregor Funeral home assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Frank J. Feils
03/30/1931-06/07/2013
Frank J. Feils, age 82 of Aitkin formerly of Bloomington, MN. Died Friday, June 7, 2013 at the Aicota Assisted Living Center in Aitkin. Frank was born March 30, 1931 at Plainview, Minnesota the son of Arthur and Elvira (Mauer) Feils. He attended school in St. Charles, Minnesota and attended college at Winona State. He then served in the U.S. Army in Korea. Upon his discharge he returned to Minnesota and married Rose Marie Kalmes on September 12, 1954 at Rollingstone, Minnesota. They lived in Minneapolis and Bloomington, MN. He had worked for the Colgate Co., Schweigert Meats, and the Klements Co. before he bought at grocery Store in Garrison, Minnesota in 1979. He owned and operated the Garrison Super Valu from 1979 until 1994. He and his wife retired on Farm Island Lake and he has lived there since. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church and also AA. Frank had a wonderful sense of humor. He is survived by his 5 children: Cyndi (Mike) Amundson of Tucson, Arz.; Mike Feils of Aitkin; Pete (Diane) Feils of Houston, Mn.; Lisa (John) Lensegrav of Chanhassen, Mn.; Kym (Matt) Majka of Wayzata, Mn.; 9 Grandchildren: Leah, Brock, Carolyn, Vanessa, Brian, Mike, Jack, Sam, Nick and 1 great grandchild: Nora, and 1 brother: Don (Ardena) Feils of Forest Lake, MN. and special friend Norma Klee-Lehmann. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Rose Marie in 2006. A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Melvin L. Ashton
07/25/1937-06/06/2013
Melvin L. Ashton, age 75 of Duluth died Thursday, June 6, 2013 at Essentia Health, St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. Melvin was born July 25, 1937 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Purl and Margaret (Schmidt) Ashton. He attended school in Palisade until the 6th grade at which time he was blind. He then attended a school for the blind in Chicago. He then returned to palisade and lived at home for a time before he moved to Duluth and worked at the Lighthouse for the Blind. He has most recently lived at an assisted living facility in Duluth. He loved to listen to stories on tape and also enjoyed monitoring the police scanner. He is survived by a sister: Rosie Terebayza of Hill City, MN.; Brother: Thomas Ashton of Aitkin and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers: Daniel and Purl Jr. and 2 sisters: Imogene and Carolyn. A graveside service will be held at a later date at the Lakeview Cemetery in Workman Township of Aitkin County. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Anna H. Dagen
05/02/1915-06/02/2013
Anna Hildor Dagen, age 98 of Aitkin formerly of the Twin Cities died Sunday, June 2, 2013 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Anna was born May 2, 1915 near Halma, Minnesota the daughter of Gustav “Gust” and Hildor E. Anderson. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith, and graduated Valedictorian from high school. Anna married Francis (Fritz) Dagen on February 17, 1934. Anna and Fritz maintained their farm in Springbrook Township until the mid-1950’s at which time they moved to the Twin Cities area. Anna lived in suburban Minneapolis until 2011 when she moved to Golden Horizon’s Assisted Living Center in Aitkin. In the 1940’s, Anna was active in politics. She became one of the first prominent female leaders for the DFL in her region and was selected to be one of Kittson County’s delegates for the 1948 Presidential election of Harry S. Truman. As a politician, Anna had the opportunity to work with then mayor of Minneapolis Hubert H. Humphrey. After moving to the Cities, Anna began working in real estate and owned her own company “Anna Dagen Realty” until 2000. Following her retirement, Anna spent her final years enjoying her family and friends. Anna and Fritz had five children, nine great grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. She is survived by children: Francis Thompson, Dave “Sonny” Dagen and wife Karyn, Arlie Dagen and wife Pat, Cheryl Anderson and Holly Rastegari; Grandchildren: Mark Johnson, Kerry Johnson, Jeffrey Dagen, Jon Dagen, Jerry Dagen, Chadwick Anderson, Daniel Anderson and Benjamin Rastegari; Brother: Merle Anderson and wife Delores. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Fritz, granddaughter Jill, great granddaughter Cammie, and three brothers: Wilmer, Raymond and Rodney and two sisters: Ivyadel and Isabel. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 7, 2013 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be Monday June 10 at 1 PM at the Karlstad City Cemetery in Karlstad, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Rebecca Lynn Bright
09/15/1970-05/31/2013
Rebecca Lynn Bright, 42 of Aitkin died Friday, May 31, 2013 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born September 15, 1970 in Elbow Lake to Dean and JoAnn (Burgess) Olson. She was baptized in November of 1970 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Elbow Lake and was confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin on May 5, 1985. After graduating high school she attended business college. Rebecca was united in marriage to James E. Bright in Aitkin on April 25, 1992. She was employed as a Title Paraprofessional at Rippleside Elementary School in Aitkin and served as Clerk for Fleming Township. She volunteered with RAGOM (Retrieve A Golden Of Minnesota) a Golden Retriever and dog rescue program and was active with Aitkin Basketball Boosters. She was a member and attended Fleming United Methodist Church and First Lutheran Church. She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Wilbur and Mary Burgess; and Alvin and Delores Olson; two uncles David Burgess and David Olson. Rebecca was a loving wife and mother to her husband Jim Bright and two daughters: Taylor and Ally Bright. She is also survived by her parents: Dean and JoAnn (Burgess) Olson of Cyrus 2 Brothers and sister-in-law: Doug (Heather) Olson of Cumming, Iowa and their children: Curtis, Kyle, and Kaylee Olson Scot (Holly) Olson of Rice and their children: Michael, Matthew, Mitchell, and Max Olson Father-in-law and mother-in-law: Richard and Irene Bright of Kimberly, rural Aitkin Brother-in-law and sister-in-law: John (Rebecca) Bright of Cherry and their children: Erianne and Elyssa Bright Sister-in-law and Brother-in-law: Christine (Dwight) Marwede of Aitkin And her many loving pets. Funeral services will be 2:00P.M. – Friday, June 7, 2013 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 8P.M. Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. www.srtfuneral.com
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Helen Adeline \"Addy\" Fredrickson
07/27/1927-05/31/2013
Helen Adeline “Addy” Fredrickson, age 85 of McGregor died Friday, May 31, 2013 at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. She was born July 27, 1927 at Jacobson, Minnesota the daughter of Stanley and Helen (Moore) Gould. She grew up and attended schools in Jacobson. She married Hjalmer Fredrickson in October of 1947. They lived in Swan River for a time and then moved to McGregor where she has lived since. She was a charter member of the Victory Mission Church in McGregor. She is survived by 7 children and spouses: Roger (Barb) Fredrickson of Camden, Tenn.; Jerry Fredrickson of McGregor; Nancy Brown (Dave Sabisko) McGregor; Jim (Jennifer) Fredrickson of Aitkin; Wes (Deb) Fredrickson of Aitkin; Don (Norma) Fredrickson of McGregor; Tim Fredrickson of McGregor; 19 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren; 3 brothers: William Gould of Jacobson; James Gould of Jacobson; Jack Gould of McGregor; 2 sisters: Alice Boelter of Fargo, N.D.; and Rosie Miller of Mountain Iron, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents and 4 sisters: June, Violet, Alma and Polly. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 11 AM from the Victory Mission Church in McGregor with Jack Gould officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery at McGregor. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church on Thursday. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor, Mn. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Fossen
10/08/1939-05/29/2013
Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Fossen, 73 of Aitkin died Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born October 8, 1939 in Aitkin to Donald John and Harriet Laverne (Holtman) MacGregor. She graduated from Aitkin High School and then from Bemidji State University. Betty was united in marriage to John “Jack” Edward Fossen on November 30, 1963 in Aitkin. She worked as an Elementary School Teacher for Aitkin Schools. She was a former council member for First Lutheran Church in Aitkin and was involved with the church Prayer and visitation ministries. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents. Betty is survived by her husband John “Jack” Edward Fossen Children: Mary Ann (Erik) Vanstrum of Dellwood Michael John (Sheralee) Fossen of Cloquet Megan Marie (Gregg) Bartholomew of Minnetonka Special family member: Debbie (Mac) McCaw of Boyds, MD. Grandchildren: Molly and John Vanstrum; Emily, Jackson, and Anna Fossen; Gracie Bartholomew and one on the way. Brother: Robert J. (Darlene) MacGregor of Aitkin Other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Saturday, June 1, 2013 funeral service at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. 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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Marilyn J. Kullhem
07/15/1933-05/24/2013
Marilyn J. Kullhem, age 79 of Palisade died Friday, May 24, 2013 at the Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Marilyn was born July 15, 1933 in Minneapolis the daughter of Richard and Florence (Peterson) Jones. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. She then met Terry Kullhem n Palisade and they were married on September 18, 1965 in Palisade. They have made their home in Palisade since. Marilyn raised her family and had also worked as a waitress at the Palisade Café for a number of years. She has also worked as a foster grandmother at the palisade school for the past 14 years. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. She enjoyed making donuts for family and friends and also feeding the rabbits. She is survived by her husband Terry Kullhem of Palisade; Daughter and son in law: Lisa and Bud Vipperman of Ironton; Son and daughter in law: Mike and Mara Kullhem of Crosby; 3 Grandchildren: Karissa Sanvig, Karl Sanvig, Tanner Vipperman and great grandson: Landon Kremer. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters: Virginia and Mabel and one brother Richard. A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 11 AM from the Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with Rev. William Sass officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Robert D. Erickson
11/20/1939-05/16/2013
Robert D. Erickson, 73 of Aitkin died Thursday, May 16, 2013 at his home. He was born November 20, 1939 in Minneapolis to Oliver and Norma (Skoglund) Erickson. He was preceded in death by his sister Bev Murphy and his parents. Robert is survived by his brother: Dan (Karen) Erickson of Moose Lake Special friend: Ilo Kyar of Aitkin 3 step-children: Sheila (Bob) Merritt of McGregor Steve Murdock of McGregor Mary (Jeff) Priem of Elk River 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren Nieces, nephews, and friends. Graveside service with military honors will be 1:00P.M. – Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Evergreen Cemetery, Aitkin. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dale Pagel
10/21/1946-05/16/2013
Dale Pagel, 66 of Aitkin and formerly of Cannon Falls passed away in her sleep May 16, 2013. She was born October 21, 1946 in St. Paul, MN to Kenneth and Evelyn (Staples) Swanson. She grew up and graduated from Cannon Falls High School in 1965. After graduating she got a job at Kid Duds, where she worked for many years. Dale was united in marriage to her sweetheart Dennis Leland Pagel on September 4, 1965 in Cannon Falls. After Dennis came back from Vietnam, they adopted three children; Daniel, David, and Denise. In 1998, they moved to Aitkin where she worked as a nurse’s aide and physical therapist assistant at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, retiring in 2010. She continued her love of helping others through her volunteer work at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and the First English Lutheran Food Shelf. In her retired life, she also enjoyed fishing and couldn’t get Dennis in the boat fast enough. She was preceded in death by her parents. Dale is survived by her husband Dennis 3 children and their spouses: Daniel (Melod) Pagel of South Korea David (AhJin) Pagel of San Diego, CA Denise (Jack) Reyes of Farmington 7 grandchildren: Grace, Joseph, John, Marcus, Justin, Calvin and Alex 3 sisters: Toni (Ray) Otto, Mike (Richard) Gehrke, Kathy (Richard) Shorter 2 brothers: Henry (Sue) Swanson, Arthur (Ellen) Swanson And many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, especially Clinton Otto. A private family Celebration of life and death will be held in Cannon Falls at a later date. The family prefers memorials to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 36696 320th Street, Aitkin, MN. 56431. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, www.srtfuneral.com and Lundberg Funeral Home in Cannon Falls assisted with arrangements.
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Bryan L. Misquadace
07/27/1965-05/11/2013
Bryan L. Misquadace, Native Name: Aazhoowaa Na Kwad, age 47 of Grand Rapids, formerly of McGregor and Minneapolis died Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the Grand Itasca Medical Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Bryan was born on July 27, 1965 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Stanley Chief and Agnes Martin. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. He worked for a time in Minneapolis and then moved to McGregor in 1984 and worked construction, most recently having worked for Jack Olson Construction. He moved to Grand Rapids about 3 years ago and has lived there since. He enjoyed fishing. He is survived by his father Stanley Chief of Walker; 6 children: Sara Misquadace, Darren Misquadace, Elizabeth Big Bear, Chelsea Farah, Devin Misquadace, Brandon Johnson; 2 sisters: Wanda Misquadace and Anita Misquadace both of McGregor; 2 Brothers: Brian Pippett of Rush City, Mn. and Keith Dahlberg of Albert Lea, MN. He was preceded in death by his mother: Agnes and 2 brothers: Brad and Walt Misquadace. Services will be held Friday, May 17 starting at 10 AM from the East Lake Community Center with Lee Staples officiating. The wake will begin at dust on Thursday, May 16 at the center. Burial will be in the East Lake Burial Grounds. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Minnesota. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Daniel E. Quast
12/25/1947-05/07/2013
Daniel E. Quast, 65 of Aitkin died Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at his residence. He was born December 25, 1947 in Chaska to Melvin and Lucille (Lambrecht) Quast. He graduated from Robbinsdale High School. He was a U.S. Marine Corp. Veteran serving during the Vietnam War. Daniel was united in marriage to Diane M. (Dockendorf) March 4, 1984. They lived in Elk River Prior to moving to Aitkin in 1991. They owned Quast Construction. He was preceded in death by his parents. Daniel is survived by his wife Diane M. Quast of Aitkin Son and daughter-in-law: Jacob D. (Melanie) Quast of Fort Ripley Daughter: Ambrea M. Quast of Baxter 2 brothers: Roger (Joyce) Quast of Brooklyn Park and Eugene Quast of Champlin 2 sisters: Marilyn (Carl) Harris of Hilliard, FL. Lynda Lou Hartmann of Winthrop Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Monday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. And will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Post #1727. www.srtfuneral.com
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Nancy Jean Hines Atwood
01/22/1924-05/04/2013
Nancy Jeanne (Hines) Atwood, 89 of Pine River died Saturday, May 4, 2013 at her residence. She was born January 22, 1924 in Saint Paul. She was a U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve Veteran serving active duty from May 12, 1944 to December 20, 1945. She was preceded in death by her husband Ed Atwood and her parents. Nancy is survived by family and friends. Graveside services will be 10:30A.M. – Friday, May 10, 2013 at Maple Hill Cemetery, Walden Township, rural Pine River. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Viena E. Thompson
12/14/1915-04/30/2013
Viena E. Thompson, 97 of Cromwell and formerly of McGregor died Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at Villa Court Senior Community – Villa Vista in Cromwell. She was born December 14, 1915 in Rice River Township to Matt and Ida (Beckman) Hutar. She attended Riverside School in Rice River Township. Viena was united in marriage to Charles N. Thompson on October 4, 1947 in Aitkin. She worked in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Duluth. She enjoyed spending time in the woods and in nature, and was an avid hunter and fisherman. She was a member of Rice River Senior Center. She was preceded in death by her parents Matt and Ida (Beckman) Hutar, two brothers: Wayne and Milton Hutar, two sisters: Bertha Nelson and Violet Williams. Viena is survived by her husband Charles N. Thompson Brother: Hjalmer Hutar of Cromwell Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Saturday, May 4, 2013 funeral service at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Reverend Hal Kamppi will officiate. Burial will be in Rice River Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Cameron "Pete" Peterson
02/22/1922-04/27/2013
Cameron “Pete” Peterson, age 91 of Aitkin died Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Cameron was born February 22, 1922 at McGrath, Minnesota the son of Eugene and Mabel (Johnston) Peterson. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin and graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1941. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during WW II on the aircraft carrier USS Princeton. He married Frances K. Franz on December 23, 1944 in Aitkin. They lived in Miami, Florida for a time while he finished serving in the Navy and then they returned to Aitkin. He worked as a salesman and car repairman for Northtown Motors in Aitkin. He also worked for Ziske’s hauling milk and then worked in the mines for a time. He also worked construction work before he started working as a cobbler doing shoe repair for many years in the Aitkin area. He also farmed in the Cedarbrook area. He has resided at the Aicota Assisted Living for a number of years. He was a member of the Aitkin American Legion, the Knights of Columbus, had served as a 4-H leader and had been involved with the Aitkin Saddle Club. He was always busy making things. He is survived by 2 daughters and sons in law: Karen and Kenneth Kopitzke of Afton, Mn.; Jeanne and Kevin Hanson of Aitkin; 2 Sons and daughters in law: Richard Peterson and Mary Tibbetts of Aitkin; Thomas Peterson and Elaine Dufresne of Williamstown, Vermont; 3 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren and 1 Brother: Keith Peterson of Oakland, Calf. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Frances, 2 Brothers: Ronald and Charles and Sister Audrey. A memorial Mass will be held Monday, May 6, 2013 at 11 AM at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Roger D. Wilson
06/17/1937-04/27/2013
Roger D. Wilson, age 75 of Aitkin died Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Aicota Assisted Living Center in Aitkin. Roger was born June 17, 1937 at Clear Lake, Iowa the son of Robert Todd and Lottie (Yeiser) Wilson. He attended country schools in Clear Lake and then moved to Dexter, Minnesota and graduated from the Elkton High School. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Panama Canal and at Norfolk, Virginia. Upon his discharge he returned to Austin, Minnesota and attended hair styling school. He married Sandra Glynn on November 10, 1962 at Grand Meadow, Minnesota. They lived in the Austin area for about 9 years and then moved to the Aitkin area and Roger worked as a DJ for KVBR in Brainerd. He then took a position with the Burns and Kneeland Lumber Co. based in Aitkin. In 1978 Roger and Keith Laugen, Bob Armstrong and Ed Fleming bought out the Burns and Kneeland Lumber Company and started Lake States Lumber which operated as a small wholesale lumber brokerage but it grew into a large distribution Lumber Company across the Midwest with locations in Aitkin, Brooklyn Park, Duluth, Schofield and Sparta. Roger and Keith operated the business until 2003 when he retired. Roger loved the people at Lake States Lumber Co. and wanted to help everyone who worked there to succeed. His door was always open. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Eastern Star and A.A. He enjoyed helping and supporting others overcome their addiction. He enjoyed coin collecting and getting out fished by his wife on Rainey Lake. He is survived by his wife Sandy Wilson of Aitkin; Son and daughter in law: Steve and Julie Wilson of Aitkin; 3 Grandchildren: Tanner, Brynn and Reagan; 2 brothers: Harold (Carol) Wilson of Missouri; Matelin “Shorty” (Linda) Wilson of Elkton, Mn. and Sister: Betty (James) Threinen of Plymouth, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Robert Todd Wilson. A memorial service will be held Friday, May 3, 2013 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Peterson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Sharon L. Pearson
03/15/1936-04/25/2013
Sharon L. Pearson, age 77 of Aitkin died Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the Golden Horizons Assisted Living in Aitkin. Sharon was born March 15, 1936 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Forrest and Helen (Palmer) Dorholt. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis and graduated from the Columbia Heights High School. She then operated a dance school and also worked for the University Of Minnesota Forestry Department. She married Ronal Pearson in May of 1958 at New Brighton, Minnesota. They made their home in Fridley. She worked as a home health aide for a time and then worked as a secretary for the Med-Tronic Company. They moved to the Aitkin area in 1993 and have lived here since. She had volunteered at the Riverwood Medical Center. She was a member of the Red Hat Ladies. She enjoyed golfing, sewing, knitting and quilting and she loved to dance. She is survived by her husband Ronald Pearson of Aitkin; Mother: Helen Dorholt of Aitkin, Children and spouses: Janet and Mike Seeman of Maple Grove, Mn.; Julianne and Larry LaVigne of Blaine, Mn.; Greg and Muffie Pearson of Andover, Mn.; Dave and Lynn Pearson of Blaine, Mn.; Kenneth and Tammy Pearson of Fridley, Mn.; 14 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and brother Phil (Audrey) Dorholt of Minnetonka, Mn. She was preceded in death by her father Forrest. A memorial Mass will be held Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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