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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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Clara A. Amundson
07/17/1912-08/09/2011
Clara Augusta Amundson, 99 of Aitkin died Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born July 17, 1912 in Becker to Hubert and Bertha (Peters) Hohlen. Clara was united in marriage to Louis Alfred Amundson on September 27, 1937 in Becker. She enjoyed latch hook, playing different card games and puzzles. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Louis on July 23, 1959, Three children: Donald Amundson, Delores Kingsley, Vernon Amundson, 3 brothers and two sisters: Doris Larson, Ernest Hohlen, Theodore Hohlen, Louise Veazy , Herman Hohlen. Clara is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law: Louella (Ben) Jansen of Crosslake Iva Holm (friend Yogi) of Hill City Rose (LeRoy) Aamodt of Aitkin Shirley Amundson of Aitkin 4 sons and daughters-in-law: Kenneth (Rosemary) Amundson of Hill City Marvin (Linda) Amundson of McGregor Robert ( Darlene) Amundson of Hill City Richard (Barb) Amundson of Aitkin 35 grandchildren, 86 great-grandchildren, 17 great-great-grandchildren Brother Earl Hohlen of Elk River Many other relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 11:00A.M. ??? Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at Westside Church in Aitkin. Ronald Alger will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Bettijane Zierke
07/07/1922-08/06/2011
Bettijane (nee Pagel) Zierke, age 89 of Baxter, passed away Saturday August 6, 2011 at the St. Joseph???s Medical Center in Brainerd. She was born July 7, 1922 in Elmore, Minnesota the daughter of Frank Pagel and Addie (nee Darrone) Pagel. She is survived by her four children: Michael (Janice) Zierke of Faribault; Stephen (Arnita) Zierke of Baxter; Linda (Leon) Thomsen of Naperville, Ill.; and Donald (Barbara) Zierke of Bemidji; Eight grandchildren: Bradley Zierke, Christopher Zierke, Brian (Amy) Zierke, Lisa Grazzini, Brande (Todd) Baumann, Jennifer Thomsen, Peter Zierke, and Eric Thomsen; and six great grandchildren: Perry Zierke, Brady Zierke, Danah Zierke, Cole Grazzini, Brandon Zierke, and Grace Grazzini. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Wayne Zierke whom she married on December 7, 1943 and her parents. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 11 AM from the Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter. Burial will be in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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James R. Smith
08/13/1923-08/04/2011
James R. Smith, age 87 of Aitkin died Thursday, August 4, 2011 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. James was born August 13, 1923 in Rabbit Lake Township of Aitkin County (near Malmo) the son of Dewit and Belva (Richards) Smith. He attended the Rabbit Lake School and then the Aitkin High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during WW II. Upon his discharge in 1946 he returned to the Aitkin area. He married Edna Westerlund on January 2, 1948 in Minneapolis. They lived in Aitkin through the 1950???s and he worked in the mines at Crosby. He then worked as a heavy equipment operator and followed the work and lived in various states. In 1989 he retired and lived in the State of Washington for 3 years and then moved to Port Mille Lacs, then Malmo and eventually to Aitkin where he has resided the past 18 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, gardening and traveling. He was a member of the 49er???s union. He is survived by his wife Edna Smith of Aitkin; sons and spouses: Richard and Pam Smith of Cloquet, Mn.; Clinton and Nancy Smith of Aitkin; Bruce and Diane Smith of Big Lake, MN.; Neal and Tami Smith of Cambridge, Mn.; daughters and spouses: Becky and Patrick Anderson of Cambridge, Mn.; Sandra and Cary Tracy of East Bethel, Mn.; Lyla and Ray Dooley of Anoka, Mn.; Grandchildren: Josh Smith, Nick Smith, Jeramy Smith, Chuck Brynteson, Mindee Staubs, Cory Lindelof, Audra Tracy, Joyce Sager, Brian Lindelof, Heidi Strickland, Sherry Westerhiem, Parish Mistelske, Sharon Weihoff, Bob Lindelof, Steve Lindelof, Russell Dooley, Donald Dooley, Tim Dooley; 28 great grandchildren and 18 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Dewit and Belva Smith; brother: Rex, sisters: Vivian and Helen, grandson: Terry Mistelske,great grandchild Rocky; step sons: Roger and Leo, step daughter: Laura; nephews: Carl and Donald Smith. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 1 PM from the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo with Rev. James Raisanen officiating. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Earl L. Lindgren
08/09/1937-08/01/2011
Earl L. Lindgren, age 73 of Aitkin and McGregor areas formerly of Warba and Racine, Wisc. Died Monday, August 1, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Earl was born August 9, 1937 at Grand Rapids, Minnesota the son of Carl and Veronica (McCauley) Lindgren. He grew up and attended schools in Warba. In the early 1950???s he moved to Wisconsin and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from 1954 until his discharge in 1957. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 1957 to 1960. Upon his discharge from the army he went to work for American Motors. He also worked road construction for a number of years. He married Charlotte M. Spencer on April 13, 1963 at Kenosha, Wisconsin. They lived in Racine, Wisc. For a time and then moved to Minnesota and in 1976 he moved to the Aitkin area and has lived in the Aitkin and McGregor area???s since. In his younger days he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed collecting clocks. He enjoyed life and especially loved his family. He is survived by his wife Charlotte Lindgren of Aitkin; son: Duane C. Lindgren of Aitkin; daughters: Darlene (Delano) Maudal of Roseville and Debbie Lindgren (Kelly Jensen) of Cambridge, Mn.; 11 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; 1 brother: Edward (Helen) Lindgren of Pengilly, MN.; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and step father. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, August 5, 2011 at 11 AM from St. Paul???s Catholic Church in Warba with Fr. Jerry Weiss officiating. Burial will be in the Warba-Feeley Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church on Friday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Kristin Wood
10/09/1971-07/28/2011
Kristin Wood, 39 of Aitkin died Thursday, July 28, 2011 at her home. She was born October 9, 1971 in Aitkin to Alvin G. and Beverly A. (Lorber) Wood. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband Randy Adcock 3 Children: Cameron Wood, Caleb Adcock, and Carson Adcock all of Aitkin Father: Alvin Wood of Aitkin 2 Brothers: Timothy Wood and Leeann Mindrum of Palisade Scott Wood and Darlene Lubins of Aitkin 5 Step-sisters: Linda, Nikki, and Janiece Renstrum Tammy and Tonya Maydole Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother Beverly (Lorber) Wood. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Charles Carlson will officiate. Visitation will be 11:00A.M. to 1:00P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Spencer Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Robert DeRusha Robert Daniel DeRusha '
12/10/1941-07/21/2011
Robert DeRusha Robert Daniel DeRusha ''Clammer'' 69 of McGregor passed away July 21, 2011 in his home after a battle with Mesothelioma Cancer. Robert was born on December 10, 1941 in Cloquet to Cyril and Lula (Kehn) DeRusha. He was the captain of his high school golf team and continued playing golf for several years after. He won several tournaments and obtained quite a collection of trophies throughout the years. He won the Big Lake Club Championship for seven consecutive years and had the course record at one time (25), and five holes-in-one. He served 3 years in the US Army right after graduating from the Cloquet Senior High School in 1959. He took pride in his 30 years of being a groundskeeper between the Big Lake Golf Club, Cloquet Country Club and Floodwood Golf course. He also worked at the US Postal Service, Conwed Corporation, and IDS #94. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and watching baseball, football, and golf. Clammer was a guitar player and singer for many years in a band known as ???The Rubber Band???. The band played at several local establishments and weddings. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends singing and playing his guitar around the bonfire. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Evangline 1 sister Patricia (Gene), 2 brothers: Dennis (Linda) and Louie (Norma) 5 daughters: Laure Fish, Diane (Scott) Clark, Toni Murray all of Cloquet Lacey (Kevin) Johnson of Mesa AZ, Lisa Bastien of Stillwater 1 son: Jim Bastien of Cloquet. 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren Several nieces and nephews and friends. Two special guys Shawn & Randy Westerman. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cyril and Lula (Kehn) DeRusha Two brothers: Henry and Michael DeRusha. Memorial service will be 2:00pm ??? Saturday, July 30, 2011 at McGregor Funeral Home on Maddy Street, McGregor. Father Paul Fruth will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. www.srtfuneral.com Reception to follow at Minnewawa Sportsman Club. 20322 Goshawk St (Co. Rd 6) McGregor, MN 55760
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Adeline Hageman
07/23/1927-07/20/2011
Adeline ???Jean??? Hageman, 83 of Coon Rapids and McGregor, died Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at her home. She was born July 23, 1927 in Racine, Wisconsin to Edwin and Beulah (Durand) Meaney. She was united in marriage to Kleo A. Hageman on May 5, 1961 in Wisconsin. She was a cook and baker. She worked for Avon Co. and at the Country House in McGregor. She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law: Shirley James of Minneapolis Kathy Isenor of Chaska Debbie Kehn of North Branch Deanna (Richard) Evans of Fridley Gayle (Don) Koerber of McGregor Cindy (Paul) Gellerman of St. Michael 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Kleo in 2008, 4 brothers, one sister, and her parents. Memorial service will be 1:00P.M., Sunday, July 31, 2011 at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Carol Jean Keeler
12/13/1934-07/09/2011
Carol Jean Keeler, 76 of Palisade died July 9, 2011 at her home. She was born December 13, 1934 in St. Paul to Lawrence and Christine (Fleischhacker) Morrison. She was united in marriage to Raymond Keeler on August 1, 1970 in New Hope. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, and playing games on her computer. Carol is survived by her husband Raymond Children: John (Chris) Keeler of Chariton, IA. Mike (Lisa) Keeler of Hutchinson Jamie (Jeff) Wagner of La Grande, OR. Robert Utter of Washington Steven Utter of California 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren Two sisters: Lorraine (Bruce) Fero of Oregon Mary Ann Peterson of Minneapolis Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter Michelle, three sisters and her parents. Memorial service will be 10:00A.M. Thursday, July 14, 2011 at Fleming United Methodist Church, Aitkin. Reverend Russell Christensen will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Paul Gordon Fink
04/09/1951-07/09/2011
Paul Gordon Fink, 60, formerly of Aitkin, died unexpectedly of coronary heart disease the evening of July 9, 2011 in Scottsdale, AZ. He was born April 9, 1951 in Jackson. He lived a remarkable and adventurous life. He was a kindhearted veterinarian and skilled surgeon. He was humble in his abilities, graduating as a doctor by age 24 while putting himself through college. He owned Aitkin Vet Clinic for 18 years. He moved to Phoenix, AZ. to start a new life. There he worked at the Arizona Humane Society which was a good fit for his abilities and his compassionate beliefs in animal care. He was an active member of AVMA for 37 years. He looked forward to retiring to Minnesota and fishing with his family and friends, woodworking as his father Lloyd had taught him and traveling in his airplane he and Katherin named ???Madeline???. He was an avid reader and always had an opinion on everything and if he didn???t understand something he set out to learn about it. He was extremely kind and generous and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Paul would only want celebration in his remembrance. He was a Christian and believed he would be reunited with his mom Evie and dad Lloyd whom he talked of often in this life. Paul is survived by his wife: Katherin (Dingman) Daughters and sons-in-law: Brynne (Fink) Campbell and Dave Campbell of Elk Mound, WI. Samantha (Fink) Seibert and Jon Seibert of Brainerd Granddaughter: Jonna Seibert of Brainerd Brothers: Roger Fink of Palo Alter, CA and James Fink of Minneapolis Extended family: Lauren and Scott Reilly of Chicago, IL. His favorite home was Aitkin where his ashes will be returned. There will be a gathering time for friends and family 4 to 6pm, Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dennis R. Anderson
02/26/1954-07/08/2011
Dennis R. Anderson, age 57 of Aitkin died Friday, July 8, 2011 at Schroeder, Minnesota. Dennis was born February 26, 1954 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Herbert and Dorothy (Micklewright) Anderson. He attended schools in Aitkin graduating in 1972. He then worked as a logger and also selling minnows. He married Penny Stevens on December 2, 1988 at Aitkin. They made their home in Aitkin and Dennis worked for the Mille Lacs Electric Cooperative from 1990 until this past May of 2011. He was a member of the Minnesota Trappers Assn. He enjoyed hunting and trapping and also doing flea markets and antiquing. He is survived by children: Mike Anderson of Aitkin; Amanda (Jon) Seely of Aitkin; Kelly Anderson of Milton, MN.; Olivia Anderson of Parker Prairie, MN.; 4 grandchildren: Vincent Seely, Zoe Seely, Kylie Crowell, Marley Crowell; Mother: Dorothy Anderson of Aitkin; 2 brothers: Dale Anderson of Duncan, Oklahoma and David Anderson of Lino Lakes, MN. He was preceded in death by his wife Penny in 1999, father Herbert, and 1 sister Charlotte. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Lonnie Lee officiating. Visitation will be Friday, July 15 from 4 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services on Saturday. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Norman W. Chilstrom
12/13/1929-07/07/2011
Norman W. Chilstrom, age 81 of Aitkin formerly of Anoka, died Thursday, July 7, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Norman was born December 13, 1929 at Isanti, Minnesota the son of Elmond and Alma (Eagelkraut) Chilstrom. He moved with his family at a young age to Dairyland, Wisconsin where he grew up and attended schools. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952. Upon his discharge he returned to Wisconsin and worked in the woods for a time. He married Leona Harris on November 12, 1954 in St. Paul. They made their home in Anoka for over 50 years and Norman worked for Pacific Mutual Door Co. for over 33 years. In 1996 they moved to the Aitkin area and have lived here since. He is survived by his wife Leona Chilstrom of Aitkin; sister: Darlene J. Shafer of Phoenix, AZ., sister in law: Shirley Chilstrom of Blaine, MN.; niece: Kimberly Ann, nephews: Gary Robert and David Allen and numerous cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and Brother Loren. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Pastor Cynthia Gray officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be at the Acacia Cemetery in Mendota Heights, MN. at a later date. The Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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John Weimer
04/17/1917-07/04/2011
John Weimer, age 94 of Palisade died Monday July 4, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. John was born April 17, 1917 in Kingman Township of Renville County, Minnesota the son of Christoph and Ella (Stoeber) Weimer. He moved with his family to the Palisade area where he attended the Waukenabo School. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1935 to 1937. He then worked on farms in the area before serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during WW II. Upon his discharge he settled in Aitkin. He married Bessie Zilverberg on February 3, 1945 in Aitkin. He worked in the Post Office and then was a rural mail carrier for many years. His wife Bessie died in 1975. He married Viola I. (Clayton) Scott on August 28, 1976 in Aitkin. They lived in Aitkin for a time and then built a home in White Elk Township and have lived there ever since. He also worked in Aitkin cutting trees. He was a member of St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin; the Aitkin American Legion Post, the Aitkin VFW Post, and The Disabled American Veterans. He enjoyed fishing, picking berries and cutting and selling firewood. He is survived by his wife Viola Weimer of Palisade; Children and spouses: Diane and Byron Schlagel of Aitkin; Robert and Colleen Weimer of Rose Creek, Mn.; Arnie Weimer of Juneau, Alaska; Stanley and Cindy Weimer of Aitkin; Betty and Roger Stidolph of Juneau, Alaska; Helen and Jason Hayes of Creswell, Oregon; Carla Gamman of Bothell, Washington; Alice and Don Browne of Minneapolis; 12 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 1 brother: Richard (Elaine) Weimer of Lockport, Ill.; 3 sisters: Lorraine Mindrum of Aitkin; Ella Kingsley of Hill City; Lydia Wiswell of Young America, MN.; brother in law: Norman Berg of Hill City; sisters in law: Agnes Weimer of Aitkin; Virginia Weimer of Eagle River, Wisc.; Lola Ann Weimer of Hill City. He was preceded in death by his parents; First Wife Bessie in 1975; sisters: Marie Clark, Margaret Nollette, Frances Berg; brothers: Henry, Vernon, Raymond, Fredrick, Charles, Frank, Albert, and Martin. A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 1 PM from St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, July 16 from 5 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Spencer Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Howard Arthur Franzen
06/24/1919-06/29/2011
Howard A. Franzen, 92 of Palisade died Wednesday, June29, 2011 at Golden Horizon in Aitkin. He was born June 24, 1919 in Palisade to Axel and Anna (Turnrose) Franzen. He grew up and attended school in Palisade. Howard was united in marriage to Delores Keath on November 2, 1943 in El Paso, TX. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WW II. He was employed as a truck driver for Herbison Bridge Construction Company. He was a charter member of the Palisade Lions. Howard is survived by his children: Karen and Jerry Little of Spring Hill, FL. Mike Franzen of Eagan Jack and Diana Franzen of Palisade Lucille Franzen of Aitkin Mike Massood of Bloomington Pam and Dave Carlson of Palisade Scott and Michele Franzen of Chaska Kelly and Tom Cooper of Shorewood Grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Kristina and Gary Derrick, Kara Franzen, Nick and Amie Franzen, Nathan and Jamie Franzen, Anna Franzen and Russ Philipp, Kelsey and Greg Wesenberg, Garrett Carlson, Haley Franzen, Abby Franzen, Kadee Cooper, Ian Cooper, Preston Franzen, Rory Philipp, Zachary Franzen, Charli Franzen, Jacob Franzen, Joanna Franzen, Isaiah Franzen, Landon Franzen, Jeremiah Franzen, Aydin Franzen, Eloise Wesenberg, and foster grandson Andy South. Brother: Carl (Kathleen) Franzen Sisters: Violet Havila, Charlotte Coon, Bette Phillips, Marian Johnson Many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Delores, daughter Peggy Massood, 5 brothers, 1 sister, and his parents. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. ??? Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Charles Carlson will officiate. Visitation will be 11:00A.M. to 1:00P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Irene A. Mendiola
08/13/1924-06/22/2011
Irene A. Mendiola, age 86 of Jacobson formerly of Los Angeles, Calf. Died Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at her home. She was born August 13, 1924 at Los Angeles, California the daughter of Drank and Frances (Martinez) Sepulvada. She grew up and attended schools in Los Angeles. She married Eldon Nappe and they made their home in the San Fernando Valley. She then married John Mendiola and they continued to live in the San Fernando Valley. In 2006 Irene moved to Minnesota to live with her daughter and son in law who cared for her these past years. She is survived by her daughter and son in law: Charlie and Donald Dinneen of Jacobson; 4 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, 1 sister: Alma Musselman and 1 brother Roy Sepulvada both of Los Angeles, Calf. She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, I sister Betty Testa and 1 great grandson Gabriel Mendoza. No services will be held. Arrangements were with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Darryl B. Ames
05/10/1940-06/19/2011
Darryl B. Ames, age 71 of McGregor died Sunday, June 19, 2011 at St. Lukes Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. Darryl was born May 10, 1940 at Duluth, Minnesota the son of Herbert and Bartella (Rooney) Ames. He grew up and attended schools in Duluth, Minneapolis and High Springs, Florida. He returned to Minneapolis and worked for the Onan Co, Artic Cat and Hoffman Engineering. He married Alma Jean Nielsen on December 7, 1964 at Watertown, South Dakota. They lived in Minneapolis, Coon Rapids, Isanti, Ramsey and retired to McGregor in 1998. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and enjoyed tinkering with anything mechanical or electrical. He is survived by his wife Jean Ames of McGregor; daughter: Christine Glanville of Hibbing, MN. son: Steven Ames and Carla Gilbert of McGregor; 5 grandchildren: Timothy, Gina, Kayla, Jasmine and Micah and 3 great grandchildren: Sirinity, Kaylee and Rory and 1 sister: Gerry Stahn of Minneapolis and 1 brother Charles Ames of Bay City, Michigan. Also surviving are his beloved dogs. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Barbara and granddaughter Chelsey. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 2 PM at Round Lake Presbyterian Church with Rev. John Yingling officiating. A visitation time will be 1 hour prior to the services on Saturday. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jerry J. Ziske
02/24/1925-06/17/2011
Jerry J. Ziske, 86 of Aitkin died Friday, June 17, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services. He was born February 24, 1925 in Aitkin, the son of Frank and Ide (Best) Ziske. He grew up in Aitkin, graduating from Aitkin High School. He was active in the school theater program. Jerry was a U.S. Army veteran. His family operated a farm on Spirit Lake and then started Ziske???s Resort on Spirit Lake. His parents, along with Jerry, and his brother James operated the resort for many years. He enjoyed traveling to Mexico and spending time there. He was a former member of the Aitkin Masonic Lodge. Jerry is survived by nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Ide (Best) Ziske, three brothers: Chuck Ziske and Bob Ziske and James Ziske, and his sister Dorothy Phillips. Memorial services will be held 11 AM - Saturday, June 25, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Donald Norman will officiate. A gathering time from 10 AM until the 11 AM services will be held at the funeral home. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin VFW Post #1727 and Aitkin American Legion Post #86. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Charles E. Martin
09/01/1927-06/15/2011
Charles E. Martin, 83 of Aitkin and formerly of McGregor died Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born September 1, 1927 in St. Paul to Charles S. and Florence J. (Peterson) Martin. He graduated from Humboldt High School in St. Paul. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in WW II. Charles was united in marriage to Constance M. (Harder) on August 24, 1972 in Watertown, SD. He worked for 57 years as an over the road truck driver. Charles is survived by his children: Cindy Thompson of McGregor David (Sandy) Coates of West St. Paul Andy (Ann) Coates of West St. Paul Charles Martin, Jr. of St. Paul Jeff (Vicki) Martin of Woodbury 13 grandchildren and 14 great- grandchildren 1 sister and brother in law: Delores (Sverre) Vinje Other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Constance on January 28, 1998, son Richard, grandson Chad Martin, great grandson Austin Pagan, 2 brothers Paul and Leroy, and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Monday, June 20, 2011 funeral service at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Burial will be Acacia Park Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by McGregor VFW Post #2747. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ernest J. Hammer
11/12/1926-06/12/2011
Ernest J. Hammer, 84 of Maplewood died Sun., June 12, 2011. He was born November 12, 1926 in Two Harbors to John and Olga (Anderson) Hammer. He was a Merchant Marine. Ernest was united in marriage to Leona E. Wirta on December 10, 1949 in Duluth. He worked for Opus Corp. of Eagan for 30 years. He was a charter member of the Victory In Christ Lutheran Church in Maplewood. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Ernest is survived by his wife Leona of Maplewood Son Lance Hammer of Oakdale Daughter Jennifer Hammer of Maplewood Granddaughter Kendall Kwilas Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister Elsie Nordstrand, 2 brothers Edwin and Elwood, and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. Friday, June 17, 2011 funeral service at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Burial will be in Sherriff Lake Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Union Gospel Mission in St. Paul. www.srtfuneral.com
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Doris M. Lattery
04/03/1925-06/12/2011
Doris Mae Lattery, age 86 of Aitkin formerly of South Saint Paul and Inver Grove Heights died Sunday, June 12, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Doris was born April 3, 1925 at South Saint Paul the daughter of Albert and Helen Braun. She grew up and attended schools in South Saint Paul graduating from High School in 1944. She married Edward Lattery and they made their home in Inver Grove Heights. She lived there until moving to Lone Lake near Aitkin about 20 years ago. She enjoyed reading, knitting and crocheting. She is survived by 1 son Carl Krueger and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Albert Lattery, son Edward Lattery, 1 brother Clifford Braun, and 1 daughter: Bonnie Letendre and granddaughter Jennifer. In following Doris??? wishes, there will be no services. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Gary Lee Olson
08/04/1940-06/10/2011
Gary Lee Olson, age 70 of Aitkin formerly of Minneapolis and a retired Minneapolis Police Officer, died Friday, June 10, 2011 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Mn. Gary was born August 4, 1940 at Red Wing, Minnesota the son of Gordon and Gladys (Swanson) Olson. He attended school at Vesa, Mn. and then in Minneapolis graduating from Minnehaha Academy. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1962. He then worked for Control Data and also did some construction work before joining the Minneapolis Police Department in 1966. He married Susan M. Israel on April 11, 1986 in Minneapolis. He retired from the Police Force in 1995 and he and his wife moved to Farm Island Lake near Aitkin and have resided here since. He was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Post and the Minneapolis Police Relief Assn. He was also an organ donor. He is survived by his wife Susan of Aitkin; 1 sister: Janet Hagberg of Minneapolis. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, MN. with Rev. Dallas Smith officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin American Legion and VFW Posts. The Minneapolis Police Department Honor Guard will also be in attendance. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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