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Archive Obituaries
Norma Horner
11/05/1933-06/11/2012
Norma Horner, 78 of McGregor died Monday, June 11, 2012 at Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. She was born November 5, 1933 in Charles City, IA. to Arthur Lee and Evelyn (Hutton) Malin. She graduated from McGregor High School. Norma was united in marriage to Harold Horner, Sr. on February 14, 1953. She enjoyed fishing, traveling, shopping, ridding motorcycle, and loved her puppies and family. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold Horner, Sr. in 1986, one brother Merle Malin, and her parents. Norma is survived by her life partner Gerald “Jerry” Horsman of McGregor 3 sons and daughters-in-law: Harold Dean (Ronnie) Horner, Jr. of Finlayson Gary Dwayne (Dawn) Horner of Wadena Robin Lee (Jackie) Horner of Carlton Nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Mary Malin of Albuquerque, NM. Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. – Friday, June 15, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in McGregor. Reverend Russel l Christensen will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. – Thursday at McGregor Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Debbie Susan Gustafson
05/21/1953-06/10/2012
Debbie Susan Gustafson, age 59 of Trommald died Sunday, June 10, 2012 of Squamous Cell Carcinoma. She died at home without pain with her family at her side. She was born May 21, 1953 at Duluth, Minnesota the daughter of Robert and Irene (Svee) Male. She grew up and attended schools in Two Harbors graduating from Two Harbors High School in 1971. She attended St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Duluth and received her RN Diploma in 1974. She married Berndt H. Gustafson on June 29, 1974 and they lived over the next three years in Moose Lake, Mn. and Denver, Colorado before settling in Emily, Mn. where she lived with her family until they moved to Trommald in 1996. She was a nurse at St. Joseph’s Medical Center for 31 years. For many years she served as a Sunday School Teacher at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Outing. Most recently she was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd. She was a passionate gardener, loved spending time at the family cabin at Bassett Lake near Fairbanks, Minnesota, and she adored her grandchildren. Last year she fulfilled a dream of traveling to Hawaii with her family. She made life better for those around her and made the people close to her better by her presence. She is survived by her husband Berndt Gustafson of Trommald; 2 sons: Bjorn Gustafson (Philip Faggiano) of Eagan, Mn.; Leif Gustafson (Melissa Gustafson) of Ironton, Mn.; Parents: Robert and Irene Male of Two Harbors, MN.; Brother: Daniel Male of Carlton, Mn.; Sister: Peggy Pruden of Duluth, Mn.; Grandchildren: William, Sven, Emma Gustafson. She was preceded in death by her Grandparents: Lars and Frida Svee and Edwin and Laura Male. A memorial service will be held Friday, June 15, 2012 at 2 PM at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd with Rev. Mark Skinner officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Private interment will take place at Basset Lake Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the Global Health Ministries of the American Lung Association. 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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MaryLou L. Gustin
06/16/1958-06/08/2012
MaryLou L. Gustin, age 53 of Aitkin died Friday, June 8, 2012 at her home. MaryLou was born June 16, 1958 in St. Paul, Minnesota the daughter of Kenneth and Pearl (Rudolph) Bauman. She grew up and attended schools in St. Paul. She lived and worked in the Twin Cities for a number of years. She married Bradford Gustin on August 13, 2005 at Aitkin, Minnesota. She has lived here since. She enjoyed doing crafts and making stained glass. She loved her dog Shadow. She is survived by her brother: Kenneth Bauman of St. Paul; niece: Heather; 7 grandnieces; 3 step children: Dawn Gustin of Sauk Rapids, Mn.; Heidi Gustin of St. Cloud, MN.; Cole (Bobbie) Gustin of Aitkin; 8 step grandchildren and 4 step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Brad in 2011. A memorial service will be held Saturday June 16, 2012 at 11 AM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Fox officiating. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Barbara B. Elkin
02/28/1921-06/07/2012
Barbara B. Elkin, 91 of Aitkin, died Thursday, June 7, 2012 at Aitkin Health Services. She was born February 28, 1921 in Lone Tree Township, Chippewa County to Martin and Mabel (Meyer) Kantack. Barbara was united in marriage to Richard Elkin. She attended St. Cloud Teachers College and then nursing school. She enjoyed sewing and was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Barbara is survived by 5 children and their spouses: Bill (Alice) Elkin of Aitkin Dolores Nelson of Katy, TX. Barbara Weakly of California Martin (Yvette) Elkin of Florida Richard Elkin of Hutchinson 16 Grandchildren: Robert Elkin, Elizabeth Blesi, Dennis Elkin, Diana Johnson, Kenneth Elkin, Brenda Alvarez, Daniel Elkin, Sue Bedell, Sandy Vaughn, Thomas Bedell, Christopher Elkin, Dean Nelson, Darrin Nelson, Douglas Nelson, Deanna Nelson, Denise Gates Many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren One sister Lillian Nelson of St. Paul, and nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard, sister Violet Sulander,brother: Henry Fenstra,and her parents. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at10 AM at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church; 5155 Emerson Ave.in Minneapolis. Father Terrance Hayes will officiate. Burial will be in Royal Palm Cemetery in St. Petersburg, FL. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ann Kathleen Tweet
12/31/1947-06/05/2012
Ann Kathleen Tweet, 64 of Aitkin died Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born December 31, 1947 in Aitkin to Alfred and Violet (Tibbetts) Tweet. She lived for many years in Brainerd and Cambridge and then at the Ripple Lane and Mystic Meadows Homes before moving to Aicota Health Care Center. She worked at the DAC. Ann is survived by many relatives and friends. A memorial service will be 1:30p.m. – Thursday, June 7, 2012 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lester W. Holland
01/26/1935-06/04/2012
Lester William Holland, age 77 of McGregor formerly of Dayton and Fridley died Monday June 4, 2012 at North Memorial Medical Center. Lester was born January 26, 1935 at Maple Lake, Minnesota the son of William and Hazel (Fadden) Holland. He grew up and attended schools at Maple Lake. He then helped on the family farm and also worked for a nursery for a time. He then served in the U.S. Army from July 1954 to July of 1957. He married Edith K. Negus on September 20, 1958 at Monticello, Minnesota. They made their home in Fridley and he worked for Piggly Wiggly and then Red Owl Grocery Stores as a truck driver. He also worked at his father in laws gas station. They moved to Dayton and lived there for a time. He retired in 1992 and moved to the McGregor area in 1994 and has lived here since. He was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor, the American Legion, The National Horseshoe Association and the NAtional Horseshoe Association HAll Of FAme. He enjoyed bowling, hunting and fishing and he loved to travel. He is survived by 2 daughters: Paula (Ron) Mead of Rogers; Vicki (Bill) Halfrich of Maple Grove; Son: Thomas (Robyn) Holland of Dayton; 8 Grandchildren: Bill Halfrich Jr., David Mead, Adam Mead, Aaron Mead, Sara Halfrich, Sadie Halfrich, KaylaMae Holland, Kyle Holland and 1 sister Laverne Scherr of St. Cloud. He was preceded in death by his wife Edith in 2011 and grandson Justin Halfrich; brothers: Leo, Max, Doug, Harold, Russell and Sister Sally Nemeth. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 8, 2012 at 11 AM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Henry Koopman officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery near McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Marilyn "Bobbi" Olds
07/11/1927-06/04/2012
Marilyn “Bobbi” Olds, 84 of Aitkin died Monday, June 4, 2012 at her home. She was born July 11, 1927 in Minneapolis. She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard in 1998. She is survived by many friends. There will be no funeral services. Burial will be in Dam Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Jennie Marie Nix
10/01/1919-05/31/2012
Jennie Marie Nix, 92 of Aitkin, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 31, 2012 in Aitkin. She was born October 1, 1919 in Mission Township, Crosby to Peter and Cynthia (Robins) Amos. She was a Christian wife, mother, and a servant of Jesus Christ. She was always a gracious hostess. Jennie was united in marriage to Wayne Howard Nix on March 24, 1940 in Aitkin. She worked on the family farm, at the Aitkin Hospital and for the Land O’ Lakes Co. While living in Marysville, WA. she helped at the Faith Kitchen. She was a member of Glory Baptist Church, and enjoyed having fun with her grandchildren. Jennie is survived by 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Jesse (Sue) Nix of Emily George (Dena) Nix of Aitkin and Minneapolis 4 daughters and sons-in-law: Elaine (Les) Moser of Deerwood Clare (Rick) Richardson of Tigard, OR. Edee (Darwin) Johnson of Anoka Pat Chaffee of Marysville, WA. 20 grandchildren, Thirty-eight great-grandchildren, many great-great-grandchildren 1 sister Ivy Christman of Marysville, WA. And many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Wayne on December 25, 2006, infant son Peter, Great-granddaughter Lillian Pearson, son-in-law Wayne Chaffee, five sisters: Hettie VanHorn, Myrtle Whitley, Florence Robins, Alda Amos, Laura Anderson, and her parents. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. – Monday, June 4, 2012 at Glory Baptist Church, rural Aitkin. Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 8p.m. – Sunday at the funeral home and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Glory Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
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Eleanor E. Weitnauer
08/23/1918-05/28/2012
Eleanor E. Weitnauer, born August 23, 1918 died May 28, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. A very kind and gentle Christian woman died today and will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends. A memorial service will be held Friday, June 1, 2012 at 11 AM with a visitation from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the Westside Church in Aitkin. Burial will be at a later date in the Opstead Cemetery near Isle. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Harold H. Troup
09/21/1918-05/20/2012
Harold H. Troup, 93 of McGregor died May 20, 2012 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born September 21, 1918 in Avonmore, PA. to Harry F. and Ora (Weister) Troup. Harold was united in marriage to Margaret “Peg” Bowman on June 24, 1939 in Mamont, PA. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in World War II. He enjoyed bowling. He was an active member of the Lions Club when he lived in Pennsylvania. Harold helped build the new Round Lake Presbyterian Church where he is a member. He is also a member of the Masonic Lodge, and a life member of the VFW in Blaine. He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers and one sister. Harold is survived by his wife Margaret “Peg” Troup of McGregor 4 children and their spouses: Harold A. (Liz) Troup of McGregor Joan (Vance) Thiede of Blaine Ruth (John) Hunter of Ham Lake John (Jackie) Troup of Coon Rapids 16 grandchildren, Thirty-six great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren 2 brothers and sisters-in-law: Brooks (Pauline) Troup of Apollo, PA. Robert (Sylvia) Troup of Ham Lake Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. – Thursday, May 24, 2012 at Round Lake Presbyterian Church in McGregor. Pastor Bill Fox will officiate. Visitation will be from 11:00A.M. until the 1:00P.M. service at the church. Burial with military honors will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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John Roger Ferlita
05/18/1934-05/18/2012
John Roger Ferlita, 78, beloved father, grandfather, brother and friend, passed away on May 18, 2012 after a brief battle with leukemia. He was preceded in death by wife, Carolyn (Engquist), parents John and Frances Ferlita of Aitkin, Minnesota and niece Melissa Ferlita. He is survived by children Carrie Ferlita, Sarah (Greg) Gustafson, and John (Sue) Ferlita; grandchildren William and Matthew Gustafson and Michael and Amanda Ferlita and Otto; brother Robert (Marilyn); aunt Helen Hlawek; nieces Debra Rex and Gretchen Engquist; nephews Chris, Mark, and Steven Engquist and Robert Ferlita. We will all deeply miss his laughter, lively political opinions, kindness, generosity, steadfast love and friendship. A celebration of life will be held Friday, July 20, 2012 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be at a later date in Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin.
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Jessie M. Zirkle
05/06/1928-05/16/2012
Jessie M. Zirkle, 84 of McGregor died Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at her residence. She was born May 6, 1928 in Kenosha, WI. to William F. and Jessie L. (Clemons) Braun. She worked as a school teacher, and enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting, and music. She was preceded in death by her husband Claude Zirkle, brother; Pat Braun, and her parents. She is survived her son and daughter-in-law: Harry (Joni) Zirkle of Brisbane, Australia Granddaughter: Meagan Zirkle of Lubbock, TX. Sister: Ann Koprowicz of Florence, OR. Nieces: Karen (Tim) Stocke of McGregor and Janet (Jim) Wellington of Florence, OR. Nephew: Terry Koprowicz of Aurora, CO. There will be no services. Donations can be made to your local cancer society / breast cancer organization. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Vera J. Schweiso
07/14/1924-05/15/2012
Vera J. Schweiso, age 87 of Aitkin died Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Vera was born July 14, 1924 at Estherville, Iowa the daughter of Frank and Ora (Murray) Kathman. She attended schools at the Garvin Country School. She had married Eugene Kirk and he died in 1947. She raised her daughter and son and in 1963 married Vernon Schweiso at the Lake Wilson Methodist Church in Lake Wilson, MN. In 1964 they purchased a farm in the Rossburg area near Aitkin and farmed there for over 30 years. Vernon passed away in 1994. She enjoyed gardening and farming. She is survived by 1 daughter and son in law: Beverly and Rodney Bose of Aitkin; son and daughter in law: Charles (Penny) Kirk of Lytle Creek, California; 4 grandchildren and spouses: Melissa (Matt) Slyter, Christala (Dennis) Culhane; Eugene (Miriam) Kirk, Richard (Miriam) Kirk; and a number of great grandchildren including Sophie Culhane and Maddie Slyter. She was preceded in death by her parents, and husbands Eugene Kirk in 1947 and Vernon Schweiso in 1994. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 1 PM at the Forest Cemetery at Kimberly (rural Aitkin) with Rev. David Becker officiating. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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John J. Hruza
11/07/1927-05/09/2012
John J. Hruza, age 84 of Aitkin formerly of Northfield, MN. and Waverly, Iowa died Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. John was born November 7, 1927 at Lonsdale, Minnesota the son of Joseph and Phoebe (Dvorak) Hruza. He attended schools and worked on the family farm. He then started working for the Carnation Company at the age of 15 and his career with them spanned 45 years. He served in the U.S. Army for over 5 years from 1946 to 1951. HE married Clarice M. Robinson on October 22, 1948 at Northfield, Minnesota. They lived in Northfield and he worked for the Carnation Co. and in 1963 due to the companies move to Iowa he also moved and made his home in Waverly, Iowa and continued working until his retirement in 1989. He moved to Aitkin, MN. in 2008 and has resided here since. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post in Waverly, Iowa. He is survived by his 4 children and spouses: Daniel (Sue) Hruza of Aitkin, Mn.; Michael (Fran) Hruza of Littleton, Co.; Carol Sondag of Council Bluffs, Iowa; David (Sherry) Hruza of Chicago, Ill.; 9 Great Children and a number of great grandchildren. Also surviving are 4 brothers: George Hruza of the Twin Cities; Joseph Hruza of Northfield, Mn.; Thomas Hruza of Melrose, Wisc.; and Robert Hruza of Northfield, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wife Clarice in 1996, 2 sisters and 1 brother. A graveside service with military honors will be held Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 1:30 PM at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Those attending should gather at assembly area #5 by 1:15 PM. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, MN. www.srtfuneral.com.
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William Groen
01/03/1942-05/07/2012
William R. (Bill) Groen. Age 70, Aitkin, MN (formerly of Golden Valley) A wonderful man went to rest in heaven on May 7th after managing Parkinsons with amazing grace for 20+ years. Met in heaven by parents Robert and Rosella, and brother-in-law, Dale; survived by loving wife of 48 years and dedicated caregiver, Barbara; daughter Jennifer, sons Casey (Connie) and Joshua (Kristie), and grandchildren Jesse, Kooper and Dilynn; sisters Judith and Suzanne; sister-in-law Karen (Jack); and many wonderful cousins, nieces and nephews. Retired founder of Industrial Rubber and Supply Company, Bill loved his family, his business, his country and the great outdoors - especially family time at the lake. An avid, life-long hunter and fisherman, he played softball, coached little league, loved bowling, McDonalds combo #3, the MN Twins, Gopher Girls Basketball, and hunting and fishing (oh, did we already mention that?). Bill’s funny sense of humor, determination, uncanny ability to be right all the time, and grinning/winning smiles held true throughout his days. He will be dearly missed by family and friends alike; we are so grateful and blessed to have shared our lives with such a strong, caring and loving man who taught us in so many different ways what is important in life. A Celebration of Life reception will be held on Tuesday, May 22nd from 5-8pm in the Skye Room at Rush Creek Golf Club, 7801 Troy Lane, Maple Grove, MN. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Deepest thanks to our loving neighbors at the lake and respite care angel, Melissa B and her family, for their un-ending love and support over the past several years. Very special thanks also to the nurses and doctors at Riverwood Healthcare who so carefully attended to Bill and our family in the last days. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).
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John Keith Brown
03/07/1924-05/05/2012
John Keith Brown, age 88 of Aitkin formerly of Seattle, Washington died Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. John was born March 7, 1924 at Estherville, Iowa the son of John and Clara (Kittleson) Brown. He married Ethel Mae Chamberlin on November 14, 1964 in Seattle, Washington. He had worked in a cedar mill for 20 years in Seattle and then worked for 20 years at Northwest Foundry in Seattle. His wife Ethel died in 1996. He enjoyed playing Bingo, meat raffles and fishing. He was a member of the Moose, Eagles and Royal Neighbors. He is survived by nieces and nephews: Harold (Mardella) Chamberlin of Aitkin; Helen (Gary) Peterson of Brainerd; Ben (Pat) Chamberlin of Warba, MN.; Bob (Sue) Chamberlin of Trommold, Mn.; Florence (Patrick) Makousky of Goshen, Ind.; Larry (Linda) Chamberlin of Crosby; Dorothy Jones of San Bernardino, Ca.; Earl (Barney) Chamberlin of Virginia, Mn.; Ed (Dawn) Chamberlin of Marysville, Wash.; Martha (John) Cloutier of Rogers, MN.; Melissa (Randy) Adair of Brainerd; Margaret (Tom) Schrader of Baxter and also other extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ethel, and niece Mary Beth. A funeral service will be held Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Donald Norman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Evergreen Washelli Cemetery in Seattle, Washington. 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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Rita M. Gerads
03/28/1926-05/01/2012
Rita M. Gerads, age 86 of Aitkin formerly of Minneapolis and Richfield died Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Rita was born March 28, 1926 in Faribault, Minnesota the daughter of Nicholas and Magdeline (Roster) Losleben. She grew up and attended schools in Faribault and then attended the College of St. Theresa in Winona receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Math and Science. She taught school in Minneapolis at a Parochial School for two years and then went to work for Honeywell as an engineer for a time. She married Ralph Gerads on December 30, 1954 in Minneapolis. They lived in Minneapolis for a time and then moved to Richfield and lived there until retirement in 1987 when they moved to Aitkin, Minnesota. They have lived in Aitkin since. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, and was involved in the quilting groups at church. She is survived by 3 daughters and sons in law: Margaret and Jim Tripp of Maplewood, Mn.; Celia and Ken Steinbring of Champlin, Mn.; Anne and Bob Christian of Chanhassen, Mn.; two sons and daughters in law: Nicholas and Mandy Gerads of Farmington, Mn.; Anthony and Lori Gerads of Hartford, South Dakota; 13 grandchildren, 2 Great Grandchildren and sister in law: Nancy Losleben of Burnsville, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Ralph in 2010, and 1 brother and 1 sister. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, May 8, 2012 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 on Tuesday. Burial will be at the Dawn Valley Memorial Park Cemetery in Bloomington, Mn. on Wednesday May 9, at 1 PM. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Allan L. Hanson
04/05/1914-04/30/2012
Allan Leo Hanson, 98 of Aitkin died Monday, April 30, 2012 at his residence. He was born April 5, 1914 in Heron Lake to Enoch and Lena (Schlopper) Hanson. He graduated from Heron Lake High School in 1932. He was a member of the C.C.C. camp #1720 in Ely. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1938 and was serving in Pearl Harbor during the attacks on December 7, 1941. Allan was united in marriage to Fern Marietta O’Brien on October 22, 1940 in Yuma, AZ. He started working for the federal prison system in Leavenworth, KS. and after six months he was transferred to Florence, AZ. where he worked for two and a half years. He worked for the women’s prison in Alderson, W.V. for five years, then transferred to Sandstone in 1959 and retired in 1970. He enjoyed traveling to Mission, TX. during the winters. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and was very crafty in woodworking and building canoes. He was a member of the VFW. Allan is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Phil (Martha) Hanson of Aitkin 2 daughters and son-in-law: Cathy Snyder of Muscatine, IA Elaine (Pat) Gaffaney of Thief River Falls Twelve grandchildren: Randy, Brian, Angela, Sam, Shelly, Jeni, Theresa, Patty, Tim, Debbie, Susie, Heidi 22 great-grandchildren: Levi, Ellie, Calvin, Carlie, Coby, Ryan, Nicole, Gabriella, Dana, Amber, Brittany, Michael, Johnette, Bridgid, Julie, Bryce, Arianne, Mariah, Kenya, Kayla, Peytyn, Bentley Three sisters: Bernice of Sacramento, CA., Dorothy and Beatrice both of Minneapolis Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Fern Marietta (O’Brien) Hanson on July 2, 1994, son John, granddaughter Rabecca “Becky”, grandson Jason, great-granddaughter Ashley, brother Russell, and his parents Enoch and Lena (Schlopper) Hanson. Visitation will be 5 to 7p.m., Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral in Aitkin. Prayer service will begin at 7p.m. Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Burial with military honors will be 11:45a.m., Monday at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Assembly area #4. Reverend Alan Naumann will officiate. www.srtfuneral.com
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Florence "Winky" Sorensen
01/15/1931-04/29/2012
Florence “Winky” Sorensen, 81, of Grand Rapids died Sunday, April 29, 2012 at Grand Itasca Hospital in Grand Rapids. She is survived by one son Scotty of Grand Rapids. Private services will be held at a later date. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Brian Scott Fischer
01/20/1990-04/29/2012
Brian Scott Fischer, age 22 of Aitkin died Sunday, April 29, 2012 at Essentia St Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. Brian was born January 20, 1990 at Crosby, Minnesota the son of Paul and LaRae (Weimer) Fischer. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating in 2008 from the Aitkin High School He then went to work for his father as a Recycling Technician at Garrison Disposal Company. Brian loved animals and had worked for two summers at the H.A.R.T. shelter. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, wolves and going to movies. He loved his new truck and he especially loved his family. He was a very loving and giving person. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Assn., and the Whitetail Deer Assn. He is survived by his Parents: Paul Fischer and LaRae Fischer both of Aitkin; sister: Ashley Fischer of Duluth, MN. Grandmother: Dorothy Fischer of Crosby and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, May 4, 2012 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin, with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be at the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Eldean "Bud" Lehrke
06/11/1922-04/29/2012
Eldean Laverne Lehrke passed away on April 29, 2012 at the age of 89 in Pflugerville, TX. He was the 5th child of Julius W. Lehrke and Lena E. (Ahlers) Lehrke and was born on June 11, 1922 in Osceola Township, MN. Affectionately known as “Bud” to his family and friends and as “Grandpa” and “G-Bud” to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, he lived a good life and died in the Lord. Bud grew up in farming communities and his family moved to Bain, MN, then Palisade, MN areas when he was young. He worked on the family farm until volunteering for military service during the Second World War. Bud met his wife, Norma Edith Wheeler, prior to entering the Army and they decided to get married when he was home on furlough prior to overseas deployment. They married on August 9, 1945 in the parsonage of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin. The war ended shortly thereafter. Bud served from 8 October, 1942 until 12 January, 1946 when he was honorably discharged from the Army Air Force. Bud and Norma lived in St. Cloud, MN and his first two daughters were born there. They purchased a farm west of Palisade and moved there in 1951. Their third daughter was born there. Bud had a dream of retiring on a lake and built a log home on Round Lake. He retired from farming and moved to the lake home in 1979. That home was a special place for his grandchildren while they grew up and they spent much of every summer there for 19 years. In 1998, Bud and Norma sold the lake home and temporarily moved to Crosby, MN while their apartment in Aitkin was being built. They moved to Pflugerville, TX in 2006. While there, they remained members of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin and retained close ties with family and friends in the area. Bud was predeceased by his parents and grandparents, brothers Reinhold Lehrke and Donald Lehrke, and sisters Vivian Holm and Lillian Landrus, all of Palisade, MN. He is survived by his wife Norma, from Pflugerville, TX; brother Stuart, from Aitkin, MN; daughter Linda Nicholson and son-in-law Jim, from Pflugerville, TX; daughter Doris Kirchner and son-in-law Tony, from Rochester, MN; daughter Mary Hinnant and son-in-law Lyle, from Las Vegas, NV; grandson Jim Nicholson and his wife Nicole, from Boerne, TX; grandson John Kirchner, from Madison, WI; granddaughter Marianne Rader and her husband Joe, from Georgetown, TX; great-granddaughter Elle Nicholson; great-grandsons Ben Nicholson and Joey Rader; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends. The family will receive friends from 12:30-1:30 PM on May 12th at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin, MN with a memorial service beginning at 1:30 PM. Gravesite services will follow at Waukenabo Cemetery followed by a celebration of life at Waukenabo Town Hall. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. The family prefers memorials be made to St. Johns Lutheran Church in Bud’s name. That church has been a strong foundation to Bud’s faith and life for him and his family for the last 80+ years. We are thankful for his life and are thankful for the impact Bud has had on others.
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Carleton "Sonny" Carlson
07/28/1936-04/22/2012
Carleton “Sonny” L. Carlson, age 75 of Aitkin died Sunday, April 22, 2012 at his home. Carleton was born July 28, 1936 at St. Paul, Minnesota the son of Carl and Hilma Carlson. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from Marshall U High in Minneapolis. He then attended the University of Minnesota majoring in secondary education. He then went on to obtain is Masters’ degree in Physical education. Married Gloria J. Clark on August 1, 1959 in Minneapolis. He started his teaching career at Watertown, Minnesota for 1 year. He then taught, coached and served as Athletic Director for the Bloomington School District #271 from 1961 until his retirement in 1993. Upon his retirement he moved to the Aitkin area, Lone Lake, in 1993 and has resided here since. He had been coming to Lone Lake since 1978. He originally started coming to the area as a child when he worked as a dock boy for his aunt and Uncle Harry and Sally Carlson who started and owned Carlsona Carlson Beach Resort. He was a member of the Glory Baptist Church, Gideon’s International, the Minnesota State High School League, The Minnesota Coaches Association, The M Club, and University of Minnesota Alumni Association. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and cross country skiing. He had a strong interest in church ministries, missions, Bible studies and the jail ministry. Sony said that, of all the things he has done his greatest rewards were seeing young men’s lives changes by Christ in the Aitkin jail ministry. He is survived by his wife Gloria Carlson of Aitkin; son: Michael Carlson of Moab, Utah; daughter: DeeAnn Curtis of Cross Lake, and grandson: River Curtis. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sister: Karen Carlson and granddaughter Timber Faith Curtis. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 11 AM from the Glory Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Stauter and Dr. H. Alan Talley officiating. Interment will be in the Glory Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. The family prefers memorials to Gideon’s International, the Glory Church Youth Ministries or the Glory Church Sound and Video Project. 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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Bernard John Touhey
01/14/1930-04/18/2012
Bernard John Touhey, age 81 of McGregor, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas (The Cancer Did Not Win). Bernie was born July 14, 1930 at Slayton, Minnesota. He attended the Westbrook High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War as a Military Police. Upon his discharge from the army he then attended Dunwoody Industrial Institute. He worked for Northwest Airlines as a toolmaker retiring in 1999. He had also served on the Plymouth Fire Department retiring from there in 1985. He married Gayleen Scheetz on December 28, 1957 at Eslelline, South Dakota. He was a “Mr. Fix It”. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, dancing, camping, and playing cards and games. He was a member of the McGregor American Legion Post #23, the Rice Lake Refuge, the NRA, Lions, Angels and the Plymouth Fire and Relief Assn. He is survived by his wife Gayleen Touhey of McGregor, Mn. sons: Timothy Touhey of Alexandria, Mn.; Daniel Touhey of Elk River, Mn.; Douglas Touhey of Becker, MN.; daughter: Elizabeth Touhey of Buffalo, Mn.; brother: Duane Touhey of Norcross, Mn.; sister: Sister Nadine Touhey SSND of Owatonna, Mn.; grandson: John (Tia) Lynch of Alexandria and great granddaughter: Madison Lynch. He was preceded in death by his parents: Bill and Elsie (Haberman) Touhey; sister: Pat Konold; brother: James Touhey and aunts, uncles, cousins and niece. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 11 AM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Lon Konold (His Godson) officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery at McGregor. The McGregor American Legion Post #23 will provide military honors. A lunch will follow in the church’s social hall. Memorials are preferred to the ANGELS of McGregor or the Hope Lodge c/o the American Cancer Society. 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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Donna M. Moe
01/01/1970-04/04/2012
Donna M. Moe, 85 of Glen, died April 4, 2012 at Aitkin Health Services. She was born August 17, 1926 in Minneapolis to Henry and Edith (Pierson) Schwartz. She graduated from South High School in Minneapolis. Donna was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” M. Moe on April 26, 1947 in Minneapolis. She worked for Honeywell for a time and was a homemaker. She was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, daughter Jeanette McGuire, sister Jeanette Hansen, and her parents. Donna is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law: Roberta and Tom Bisek of Maple Grove Sue and Dick Stebbins of Garrison Grandchildren: Dennis Christensen, Darron and Jessica Christensen, Nathan Stebbins, Michelle Ray, and Jenelle McGuire Great-grandchildren: Karlie and Kaden Ray, and Grace and Kaitlin Christensen Many other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be 2:00P.M. – Monday, April 9, 2012 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo. Reverend James Raisanen will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Malmo Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Walter A. Johnson
04/16/1926-04/02/2012
Walter A. Johnson, 85 of McGregor died April 2, 2012 at Aitkin Health Services. He was born April 16, 1926 in Grayling to Victor and Amanda (Sundberg) Johnson. He attended Northstar School. He was a U.S. Coast Guard – Merchant Marine Veteran serving in World War II. Walter was united in marriage to Lola Bailey on August 2, 1947 in McGregor. Walter and his family moved from Hinckley to McGregor in 1956. He ran a local theater for a time, in addition to continuing his TV sales and service business. He formed a partnership with his son Randy in 1975 at which time they ran the TV business together until 1981. He joined the U.S. Post Office in May of 1958 as a mail carrier and clerk and became Postmaster in McGregor in May of 1981 and retired in May of 1987. He was a Jevne Township Supervisor, served on the McGregor Development Board, member of the American Legion , and served as church secretary, treasurer, and elder for Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor. He was an avid bowler and golfer. He was preceded in death by brothers Al and Ray, sisters Lydia, Judy, and Elna, and his parents Victor and Amanda (Sundberg) Johnson. Walter was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of almost 65 years Lola (Bailey) Johnson Children: Randy and Elaine (Anderson) Johnson Kathie (Johnson) and Bill Bolt Kevin and Darla (Paukert) Johnson Tami (Johnson) and Mark Hawkinson Grandchildren: Leah Johnson, Angie (Johnson) Beissel, Katie and Ryan Johnson, Tanya, Adam, and Emma Hawkinson Sister Helen Phillips of Coeur D Alene, Idaho And many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M., Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor. Reverend Henry Koopman will officiate. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Harold F. Smith
10/04/1925-03/30/2012
Harold F. Smith, age 86 of Palisade, Mn, formerly of St. Paul Park, Mn. died Friday, March 30, 2012 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Mn. Harold was born October 4, 1925 at Stanley, Wisconsin the son of Harry and Marian (Catt) Smith. He grew up and attended schools in Thorpe, Wisconsin graduating from the Thorpe High School. He then served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. He married Lily B. Harer on April 12, 1946 at Hudson, Wisconsin. Harold served during the Korean War in 1950. He and his wife made their home in St. Paul Park where he raised his family and worked for many years at Ashland Oil Co. (now known at Marathon). He retired in 1984 and moved to Tamarack, Mn on the lake and then in 2001 moved to Palisade, Mn and has resided there since. Harold was a member of the Tamarack Golden Age Club, the Wood Carvers Club in Arizona, the American Legion Post in McGregor, and he enjoyed fishing and picking blueberries. He could fix anything. He is survived by his wife Lily of Palisade; Daughters: Diane (Art) Brier of Tamarack; Kathy (Dave) Zehoski of Hastings, Mn; Dawn (Dan) Foerster of Tamarack; Susan Smith of Tamarack; Char (Jeff) Muraski of Crosby; 1 brother: David Smith of Payson, AZ; 2 sisters: Marian Shuk of Stanley, Wi; Ruth Ann Komarck of St. Charles, Il; 15 grandchildren: Richelle, John, Jim, Sarah, Tom, Phillip, Keith, Jeremiah, Nicolas, Clara, Kate, Samantha, Angelena, Leah, Andrew; 9 great grandchildren: Jesse, Beth, Levi, Justin, Megan, Ben, Teyla, Carter and Zoey. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 son William, and 1 daughter: Roberta, Grandson: Joe; 2 brothers: Ed and Bob and 2 sisters: Harriet and Carolyn. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW Post. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Michael R. Johnson
06/22/1948-03/30/2012
Michael R. Johnson, age 64 of McGregor formerly of Minneapolis died Friday, March 30, 2012 at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis. Michael was born June 22, 1948 in Minneapolis the son of Raymond and Lois (Scofield) Johnson. He attended schools in Minneapolis, Faribault, Rhinelander, WI, and graduated from High School in Minneapolis. He then served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Upon his discharge he returned to Minneapolis and worked for Butler Engineering for a time. He then started his career as a plater and worked doing that for many years. He married Jacqueline L. Kane on November 27, 1987 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They moved to the McGregor area in 1996 and he has resided here since. He is survived by son Travis (Debbie) Johnson of McGregor, 2 daughters: Tammy Korb of Eau Claire, Wi.; Tanya (Darin) Krushe of Ham Lake, MN.; 8 grandchildren; 7 brothers: Denny, Stan, Raymond, Leonard, Mark, Robin, and Lonnie and best friend and cousin Fred Thatcher. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Jacqueline in 2001, and 1 sister Cindy. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 1 PM from the McGregor Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Demars officiating. Visitation will be from Noon until the 1 PM services. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW post. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jeannette M. Zilverberg
04/30/1920-03/26/2012
Jeannette Marie Zilverberg, age 91 of Aitkin died Monday, March 26, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Jeannette was born April 30, 1920 on a dairy farm near Sabin, Minnesota the daughter of Ernest and Rosalia (Schroeder) Krabbenhoft. She attended elementary school in Sabin and Moorhead, graduated from Moorhead High School, and earned her bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University in 1941. She taught at schools in Drake, ND; Clark SD; and Appleton, MN, before arriving at Aitkin in 1948 to teach Senior High Home Economics. During her 28 years at Aitkin High School, she also taught evening classes and was advisor to the Senior High FHA. She served as a mentor for twelve girls who were elected to FHA District, State, and National offices. Jeannette retired in 1976. After retirement Jeannette kept busy with fund raising projects, served as city chair for the American Cancer Society; served on the Aitkin County Hospice Board (where she was treasurer for five years); was an active member and officer of the Sno-Drifters Snowmobile Club; and Aitkin Car Club. She was a member of Woodland #122 Order of the Eastern Star and former member of the Rebekah Lodge #151. She enjoyed traveling, attending car shows with her husband, crafts (including doll making), flower gardening, baking, and candy making. Jeannette married Michael “Mike” Zilverberg on June 25, 1950 at Moorhead, Minnesota. They had been married for nearly 54 years at the time of Mike’s death in 2004. Jeannette is survived by nieces and nephews and many special friends. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and 1 brother Ernest Krabbenhoft Jr. Services will be held Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 2 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Memorials are preferred to the Michael Zilverberg Education Endowment Fund at Riverwood Health Care Center, established by Jeannette to aid in the education and recruitment of healthcare professionals. 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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Dennis A. Miller
07/08/1950-03/26/2012
Dennis A. Miller, 61 of Aitkin died March 26, 2012 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born July 8, 1950 in Aitkin to Arnold and Mildred (Hanson) Miller. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in the Vietnam War. Dennis was united in marriage to Patti Kohout on October 23, 1971 in McGregor. He worked for N.W. Gas in Aitkin and CAP Gas in Kettle River. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, smoking meats, wood working, and collecting and polishing agates. He was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86. Dennis is survived by his wife Patti Daughter and son-in-law Heather (Scott) Bender of Baxter Son Cory Miller of Duluth Brother Kevin Miller of Aitkin Two sisters Sue Radke and Tammy Speldrich both of Aitkin His golden retriever Noel, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Arnold and Mildred (Hanson) Miller and his brother-in-law LeRoy Radke. Funeral Services will be 2:00P.M. – Friday, March 30, 2012 at Westside Calvary Baptist Church in Aitkin. Ken Burg will officiate. Visitation will be 4 to 7:00P.M. – Thursday at Sorenson Root Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery. Military honors by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727. www.srtfuneral.com
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Stacy J. Harmon
12/04/1922-03/22/2012
Stacy J. Harmon, age 89 of McGregor formerly of Spring Lake Park, Minnesota died Thursday, March 22, 2012 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Stacy was born December 4, 1922 at Bountiful, Utah the son of Joseph and Laura (Algrim) Harmon. He attended schools in Bountiful and then moved to California where he graduated from High School. He then worked for a time in a factory in Sacramento. He then served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 until his discharge in 1946. He married Doris Ann Quam in November of 1944 at Douglas, Arizona. After his discharge they lived in Minneapolis for a time and then built a home in Spring Lake Park and lived there until 1985. He worked as a carpenter for many years and then worked for 3M as a construction supervisor for the plants in St. Paul. In 1985 he retired and moved to their cabin in McGregor. He and his wife have lived there since. He enjoyed fishing and loved woodworking. He is survived by his wife Doris Ann Harmon of McGregor; 2 sons: Glenn Harmon of Andover, MN. and Jeffrey Harmon of Blaine, MN; 2 brothers: Walt Harmon and Will Harmon both of Lake Tahoe, Calf.; 1 sister: Ruth Bonner of Sacramento, Calf., 5 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 grandchild, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor Larson-Deneen VFW Post 1727. Burial will be at a later date in Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Arndis I. Omberg
05/26/1921-03/17/2012
Arndis I. Omberg, age 90 of Aitkin formerly of Brooklyn Park, Mn., Fargo, N.D. and Cavalier, N.D. died Saturday, March 17, 2012 at the Edgeview Vista Care Center in Brainerd. Arndis was born May 26, 1921 at Mountain, North Dakota the daughter of John and Ida Johnson. She grew up and attended schools in Halson and then attended High School at Cavalier, North Dakota. She then attended nursing school at the University of North Dakota receiving her RN degree. She worked at St. Luke’s Hospital in Fargo for a number of years. She married Kendon Herbert Erling Omberg on February 11, 1949 in Moorhead, Minnesota. They lived in Fargo until 1969 at which time they moved to Brooklyn Park, Minnesota and lived there until moving to Aitkin in 2001. She had resided at the Golden Horizons for two years prior to moving the Edgeview Vista Care Center in 2011. She was a member of the Hekla Club (Icelandic Women’s Group), Sons of Norway, and she was very proud of her Icelandic heritage. She is survived by 2 sons: Robert (Neva) Omberg of Delano, Mn.; Curtis Omberg of Bena, Mn.; daughter: Carol Munson of Aitkin; 9 Grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kendon, 6 brothers, 4 sisters, daughter in law: Kathryn and son in law Randy. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:30 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Glenn Browning officiating. Burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lorraine G. Hart
08/20/1917-03/13/2012
Lorraine G. Hart, age 94 of Aitkin formerly of McGregor and Bloomington died Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lorraine was born August 20, 1917 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Christopher and Emily (Bondeson) Satre. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis and graduated from Marshall High School. She then went to work for a family in Minneapolis as a nanny. She married Richard J. Hart on July 1, 1937 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Bloomington and adopted 3 children and raised them there. In 1963 they moved to McGregor and operated Hart’s Lodge on Lake Minnewawa until 1967 when they sold it and moved back to Bloomington. Lorraine’s husband died in 1972. She went to work at Lakeside Industries and worked there until 1982. In 1982 she moved to her parent’s cabin on Lake Minnewawa near McGregor. In 1998 she moved from the lake to Maryhill Manor and then to the Aicota Health Care Center in 2003 where she has resided since. She had been a longtime member of the Nativity of Mary Catholic Church in Bloomington and also Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. She was a member of the Catholic Church W omen. She loved living at the cabin on Lake Minnewawa, racking pine needles, and picking rocks from the lake. Her apple pies were the best. She was a friend to anyone in need and loved helping people. She is survived by 2 daughters: Mary Skaj of Aitkin; Carol Hart of Minneapolis; 5 grandchildren: Amy Field, Joe Skaj, Orlando Hart, Casey Hart, Santana Hart; Great Grandchildren: Marissa, Shaylee, Shawnee, Kayla and Averie and 1 sister: Doloros Dale of Richfield. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband: Richard, 1 son Richard, sister Ruth and son in law: Andy Skaj. A funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, March 16, 2012 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Friday. Burial will be in the Bloomington City Cemetery on Monday March 19, 2012 at 11:30 AM with Deacon Jim McLaughlin officiating. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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James R. Boyer
01/26/1943-03/12/2012
James R. Boyer, age 69 of Aitkin died Sunday, March 11, 2012 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in St. Cloud. James was born January 26, 1943 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of George and Helen (Stewart) Boyer. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin and graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1961. He then served in the U.S. Air Force from November 1961 until May of 1964. He then returned to the Aitkin area after his discharge and ran the family store (Boyer Store) between Aitkin and McGregor on Hwy 210. He then went to the Twin Cities and worked for a short time and then returned to Aitkin and operated the Clark Gas Station in Aitkin. He married Jan Benson in March 26, 1968 in Webster, South Dakota. He then farmed in the area for 20 plus years. He is survived by his companion Jan Boyer of Aitkin; son and daughter in law: James and Terri Boyer of Aitkin; Daughter and son in law: Jody and Jeff Young of Brainerd; 5 Grandchildren: Joni, Logan, Jadyn, Oakly, Jamison; 2 great grandchildren: Cayleb, Joshua; 2 step sisters: Carol Latteral of Duluth, Joyce Twistol of the Twin Cities and step mother Henrietta Boyer of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents, step mother Anna Boyer and grandson Jacob. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 11 AM from the Westside Church in Aitkin with Pastor Dallas Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Spencer Cemetery near Aitkin. The Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts will provide military honors. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church 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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William H. Rock
08/30/1925-03/12/2012
William H. Rock 86, of Aitkin formerly of Ham Lake died Monday, March 12, 2012 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born August 30, 1925 in Des Moines, Iowa to Edward “Ned” and Jennie (Smith) Rock. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving for over 20 years and in World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War. William was united in marriage to Lorraine “Patsy” (White). He worked as a tool and die operator. He was preceded in death by his wife Patsy on March 6, 2012, sisters, and his parents. William is survived by one sister, one brother, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. – Thursday, March 15, 2012 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Burial with military honors will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. www.srtfuneral.com
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Owen U. DuChane
08/25/1922-03/07/2012
Owen U. DuChane, 89 of Aitkin died March 7, 2012 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born August 25, 1922 in Aitkin to Frank and Eva (Upex) DuChane. He graduated High School in Baker, Montana. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WW II. Owen worked as a coffee roaster machine operator. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, and crossword puzzles, and was a member of the American Legion and VFW. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Walter and Frank, and his granddaughter Vanessa. Owen is survived by one son: Gregory (Ann) DuChane of Fredericksburg, VA. 2 daughters: Pam Pratt (Tom Evans) of Aitkin Ramona DuChane of Minot, ND. Four grandchildren: Shannon Gustavson, Stacey Borgman, Marianne DuChane, and Joseph DuChane 5 great-grandchildren: Eva Field, Samantha Field, Sierra Borgman-Koch, Cheyenne Borgman-Koch, and Harley Borgman Many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M.-Monday, March 12, 2012 funeral service at Westside Calvary Baptist Church in Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Military honors will be provided by the 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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Lorraine "Patsy" Rock
01/17/1933-03/06/2012
Lorraine “Patsy” A. Rock, 79 of Aitkin and formerly of Ham Lake died Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born January 17, 1933 to Louis and Ann (Dupay) White. Patsy was united in marriage to William “Bill” H. Rock. She was taken care of by a very special niece Sharon Carlson, R.N. She was preceded in death by her parents. Patsy is survived by her husband William H. Rock of Aitkin, brothers Lou and Len White, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. – Monday, March 12, 2012 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. www.srtfuneral.com
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Joseph L. Courier
04/24/1955-03/06/2012
Joseph L. Courier, age 56 of Aitkin died Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Joe was born April 24, 1955 at Crosby, Minnesota the son of Clarence and Delia (Kastanek) Courier. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1973. He then attended the University of Minnesota at Duluth and received his BA degree in Political Science. He came back to the Aitkin area and started farming. Over the years he worked as a smoke chaser for the forestry dept., a field representative for the ASCS, and a substitute teacher for the McGregor Schools. He had been a very active member of the Aitkin Jaycees in the past and currently was a Morrison Township Supervisor, a member of the Palisade Coop Board and had served on the SWCD board. He married Ruth Sundermeyer on May 17, 1986 in Aitkin. He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. He is survived by his wife Ruth Sundermeyer of Aitkin; Father Clarence Courier of Aitkin; brothers: Anton (Tony) Courier of Chicago, Ill.; Donald (Lori) Courier of Aitkin; Sisters: Julie Neumayer of Gilbert, Mn.; Rose (James) Tretter of Hillman and nieces and nephews and his dog Gump. He was preceded in death by his mother Delia in 2006 and brother in law Gene Neumayer in 2012. A memorial service will held Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 11 AM from the Palisade Fire Hall with Rev. William Sass officiating. A visitation time, luncheon and fellowship time will be held from Noon until 3 PM on Saturday at the fire hall after the service. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Morrison Township of Aitkin County. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. The family would appreciate friends to write down memories of Joe and bring them with you to put in a memory book. 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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Blanche Beyreuther Pearson
09/20/1922-03/03/2012
Blanche Beyreuther Pearson, age 89 of Aitkin died Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, MN. She was born September 20, 1922 at Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of R.C. and Griselda (Davidson) Williams. She grew up in Aitkin attending school in Spencer Township and the Aitkin High School graduating in 1939. She continued her education at the Minnesota School of Business. She married Paul H. Beyreuther on December 27, 1942 in Aitkin. They returned to Aitkin after a time where she worked many years with Paul in his insurance business and accounting practice. He preceded her in death in 1992. In 1994, Blanche married Arvid Neil Pearson in Aitkin. The spent their retirement traveling and Blanche especially enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing at the cabin and farm in Baudette, Mn. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin. She is survived by her husband Neil Pearson of Aitkin; son: Dick (Luanne) Beyreuther of Aitkin; Daughter: Beverly (Al) Baartmans of Fernandina Beach, Florida; Four Grandchildren: Maryann (Brian) Huey of Des Moines, Iowa; Katherine (Eric Donaldson) Gimmestad of Bedford, MA.; Todd (Libby Blossom) Beyreuther of Spokane, Wash.; Jon Beyreuther of St. Paul, MN.; four great grandchildren: Elise and Bryce Huey, Owen and Lily Beyreuther; Close nephew: Gary (Ihleen) Williams of Aitkin; step daughter: Judy (Leonard) Phelps of Wales, UK and their three children and families. She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Paul H. Beyreuther, and Brother Lewis Williams. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 11 AM from the Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin with Rev. Gunnar Salmonson officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church Saturday. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in 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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Lorraine W. Carlson
06/08/1923-03/01/2012
Lorraine W. Carlson, age 88 of Aitkin died Thursday, March 1, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 8, 1923 in Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of William and Sarah (Hale) Lafferty. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School. She then moved to Minneapolis and worked as a cook at a nursing home. She married Carl William “Bill” Carlson on November 18, 1942 in Aitkin. They lived in Aitkin until 1952 when they moved to Minneapolis and Lorraine worked for the Minneapolis Public Schools as a cook at Lincoln Junior High. They moved back to Aitkin in 1973 and Lorraine worked for the Aitkin Community Hospital in the laundry division for almost 30 years. She was a member of the Pine Lake Methodist Chapel. She enjoyed following the Minnesota Twins, and she dearly loved her children and grandchildren. She is survived by children and spouses: Brad and Elaine Carlson of Aitkin; Brian and Julie Carlson of Aitkin; Sharon and Wally Vine of Milwaukee, Wisc.; Linda and Mark Mehrman of Plymouth, Mn.; Janet and Steve Anthes of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Lori and Keith Bubalo of Brainerd; daughter in law: Sharon Carlson of Cedar, Mn.; 20 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; two sisters: Lola (Don) McClintock of Poulsbo, Wash.; and Joanne (Dave) Bakken of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bill in 2004, two sons: Richard and William and 2 sisters: Lois and Alice. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 5, 2012 at 11 AM from the Glory Baptist Church near Aitkin with Pastor Steve Anthes officiating. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the 11 AM services on Monday at the church. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. 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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Jack H. Proctor
11/18/1923-02/29/2012
Jack H. Proctor, age 88 of Aitkin died Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Jack was born November 18, 1923 at Crosby, Minnesota the son of Almon and Blanche (McAndrew) Proctor. He grew up and attended schools in Crosby graduating in 1941. He then entered the U.S. Army Air Corps and served from 1942 until 1945 as a 1st Lieutenant as a navigator with the 91st bomber group. He flew 25 missions over Germany and occupied Europe. Upon his discharge in 1945 he returned to Crosby and attended Jr. College and then he attended The College of St. Thomas and then Business College. He married Carol E. Harris on August 14, 1949 in Crosby, MN. He worked in the office at the Cuyuna Mines for a time and then in 1952 they moved to Aitkin and he went into partnership with Ken Sall and the owned and operated the Aitkin Furniture Store. Jack retired in 1983 after working at the furniture store for over 30 years. He was a member of First Lutheran Church; the Aitkin American Legion Post; former member of the Aitkin Lions, Jaycees and Aitkin Chamber. He enjoyed golfing and loved barbeques. He is survived by his wife Carol Proctor of Aitkin; sons and daughters in law: Kim and Marjorie Proctor of Aitkin; Todd and Linda Proctor of Brainerd, 4 Grandchildren: Jennifer (Jason) Henke of Aitkin; Kent (Tara) Proctor of Aitkin; Alex Proctor and friend Jamie Giles of Minneapolis; Aaron Proctor of Minnesota and 4 great grandchildren: Jack, Martin, Drew and Logan. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters and 1 brother. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Interment will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Mae Annie Skog
04/04/1916-02/29/2012
Mae Annie Skog Mae Skog passed away peacefully in her home with her loving family beside her on February 29, 2012. Mae was born April 4, 1916 to Alfred and Alma Christianson in Ulen Minnesota, where she attended Elementary and High School. She was baptized and confirmed at the Ulen Bethlehem Church. She married her lifelong love Harry Skog, and they lived in Aitkin Minnesota most of their married life. Together they had their one and only treasured son Richard. Mae also had six grandchildren; Shawn Smith, Shannon Awada, Tracy Skog, Erin Foley, Jason Skog and Brent Skog and 17 great grandchildren; Justin, Ryan, Madelyn, Lauren, Lillian and Christian Smith, Lynden, Shelby, and Ashlyn Awada, Hannah, Lynnea and Connor Skog, Bronson and Nevrus Foley, and Maeghan, Kimberly and Logan Skog. Mae worked at Aitkin Hospital for many years, working in the physical therapy department for 20 years which she enjoyed very much. She also enjoyed serving many years in the beauty shop after she retired. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church, the Lydia Circle, Christian Women VFW Auxiliary, Hospital Auxiliary and the Rebecca Lodge #151. Mae enjoyed walking, bowling, gardening, crocheting, and embroidering and spending time with her family and friends. Mae was the second oldest of nine children and had 1 sister and 7 brothers. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, husband and daughter in law. She is survived by her son, grandchildren and their spouses and 17 great grandchildren. She was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother and friend and a truly good person that will be missed more than words could ever express by the many family and friends that survive her. Mae will live on eternally, in our memories and through the actions we take to lead a life that honors the Christian beliefs and family values that she taught and instilled in her family and many friends during the 95 years that she served as a humble and faithful servant to our Father and Lord. Visitation 11 am to 1 pm at First Lutheran Church, 107 2nd St. SE, Aitkin, Mn. 56431 Service 1 pm Wednesday, March 7 followed by luncheon Interment will be at Dorris Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to First Lutheran Church
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Robert T. Nelson
10/24/1926-02/23/2012
Robert T. (Bob) Nelson Robert T.Nelson 85, of McGregor, formerly Robbinsdale, passed away peacefully on February 23, 2012 in Aitkin. He was born October 24, 1926 in Minneapolis to Clarence and Beatrice (Maas) Nelson. He was united in marriage to Margaret E. Fitzer on October 27, 1950 in Hopkins. Bob was a 1945 graduate of Patrick Henry High School. He served as Shipfitter Third Class (SF3) in the US Navy during WWII. He worked 40 plus years as a mailer for the Star Tribune. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 ½ years Margaret, sister,Betty Schaitberger and nephew, Gary Fitzer. Bob is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Ann (Jim) Carlson of McGregor; Son and daughter-in-law, Tom (Mary) Nelson of Maple Grove; Grandchildren, Carly (Doug) Mandler, Kyle Nelson, Cynthia Jacobs, Anne Langford; Great-grandchildren, Charlie, Grace, Joey & Julia Nephews and cousins. Visitation will be 12:00P.M. Saturday, March 17, 2012, followed by a Memorial Service at 1:00 p.m. at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, 16652 Goshawk Street (Cty. Rd. 6), McGregor, MN. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Memorials preferred to McGregor American Legion or Round Lake Presbyterian Ladies Guild. Arrangements by McGregor Funeral Home, 218-768-3136. www.srtfuneral.com
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Laura Mary Ella Loehndorf
12/21/1913-02/16/2012
Laura Mary Ella Loehndorf, age 98 of Aitkin died Thursday, February 16, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin, Mn. Laura was born December 21, 1913 near Waltham, Minnesota the daughter of Claude Cecil and Alice Louise Lewis. She grew up on the family farm and attended Oak Grove School. During the early years of the depression she worked as a housekeeper in Vesta, MN. then in a bakery in Blooming Prairie, Mn. and for Hormel in Austin, Mn. She married George John Loehndorf on December 8, 1936 in Mason City, Iowa. Shortly after the moved to California, settling in Los Angeles. George found employment as a butcher and later with the Southern Pacific Railroad. Laura excelled as a housewife and mother and later as a garment inspector for the Wonderalls Clothing Company in Minneapolis. She was proud to be a union stewardess and to support the union movement her entire life. She was also a lifetime supporter of the Democratic Party and she voted in all elections. She was also a fifty plus year member of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Ward and Leonard, and sisters: Murle Nelson, Blanche (Peg) Smith, Violet Porter, and Gladys Weiland and her husband George Loehndorf in 1994. She is survived by he daughter: Sharon (Bennett James) Garner of Aitkin; two Granddaughters: Amy Elise (George “Butch”) Jones of Anoka, Alison (John) Hoffman of Andover, MN. five great grandchildren: Kjersten and Mitchell Jones, Joren, Lauralyn and Nolan Hoffman; and beloved nieces and nephews: Virginia Chisholm of North St. Paul; Dr. Bennett (Jean) Porter of Eden Prairie; Dr. T. Eugene (Dorothy) Porter of Golden Valley, MN.; Craig Porter of Lake Tahoe, Nev.; Ronald (Gail) Lewis of Arizona; Jean Lewis Gabardi of Colorado; Thomas (Mary Jo) Weiland of Mendota Heights, MN.; Betty (Thomas) Stielow of Colorado. A memorial service will be held Friday, February 24, 2012 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. 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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LeRoy Pelarski
01/11/1937-02/16/2012
LeRoy E. Pelarski, age 75 of Garrison died Thursday, February 16, 2012 at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. LeRoy was born January 11, 1937 in Little Falls, Minnesota the son of Edward and Ida (Olsen) Pelarski Sr. He grew up and attended schools in Onamia. He then served in the U.S. Navy. Upon his discharge he returned to the Pine Center/Garrison area and worked as a machinist for the Scorpion Plant and then for Cuyuna Engines. He was a member of the Garrison VFW and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by son and daughter in law: Harlon and Diane Pelarski of Aitkin; 3 grandchildren: Luke, Kate and John Pelarski; brothers and sisters: Carol (Jack) Gravel of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Burton Pelarski of East Berenstadt, Kentucky, Edward (Marge) Pelarski Jr., of Garrison; Wayne (Peggy) Pelarski of Spring Lake Park, Mn.; Gordy (Dorene) Pelarski of Outing, Mn.; Patty (Jim) Wesseling of Texas and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 son Scott. A memorial service will be held Friday, February 24, 2012 at 3 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Deacon William Stein officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. 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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Katherine "Kat" Thomas
06/30/1961-02/13/2012
Katherine “Kat” Ann Thomas, 50 of Aitkin died Monday, February 13, 2012 at Fairview University Medical Center in Minneapolis. She was born June 30, 1961 in Philadelphia, PA. to Sharon (Wolfe) and Jack Noller. She was a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America and worked in the diamond jewelry business in California until health issues forced her to move back to Minnesota. She worked for many wonderful seasonal residence in the Bay Lake area. She was a master gardener and was active with the Cuyuna Rock and Mineral Society. Kat touched the lives of many and was loved by thousands. She was preceded in death by her grandparents. Kat is survived by her husband Ken Wasserzieher, Jr. Parents: Ken and Sharon Wasserzieher, Sr. Father: Jack Noller of Klamath Falls, OR. Brother and sister-in-law: Mike (Carolyn)Noller of Klamath Falls, OR. Sister: Mary Noller of Culver City, CA. 2 step-brothers: Steven (Patti) Wasserzieher of Deerwood Brian (Lyn) Wasserzieher of Deerwood Loving dog Molly and cat Dozer Many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A memorial celebration will be in the spring/summer of 2012. A notice will be published at that time. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Kenneth L. Geving
10/05/1927-02/08/2012
Kenneth L. Geving, age 84 of McGregor died Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at his home in McGregor. Kenneth was born October 5, 1927 at Tamarack, Minnesota the son of Emil and Cora (Anderson) Geving. He attended the Bell Horn Bay School, the North Star School and the McGregor High School graduating in 1945. He then entered the U.S. Navy and served during WW II. Upon his discharge he attended Business College majoring in accounting. He then went back into the U.S. Navy serving from 1950 to 1952. He then worked as an accountant in Alaska in the Denali area for the companies that were building the Hiways there. He then moved to Minneapolis and worked as an accountant for a time. He married Bernis I. Flatjord on June 21, 1958 at Lawler, Iowa. He then worked as a salesman for electronics working in Rochester, MN, Des Moines, Iowa, and Duluth, MN. In 1967 they moved to McGregor and he worked for the Pineland Telephone Company and then in the Early 1970’s he started his own accounting business and operated it until his retirement in 1990. He was a former Aitkin County Commissioner (1972 to 1976), Former member of the Lion’s, a member of Grace Lutheran Church. The McGregor VFW, and had served on the Draft Board. He is survived by his wife Bernis Geving of McGregor; Children and spouses: Greta and Eric Kulju of McGregor, Rana and Dave Kearin of Minneapolis; Ronda and Scott Simmons of Ft. Collins, Colo.; 4 Grandchildren: Jacob Kulju, Jennifer Prozinski, Emma and Thomas Simmons; Great Grandchild: Tristan Prozinski; Brothers and Sisters: Gladys Geisenhoff of Cottage Grove, Mn.; Clarence Geving of Blaine, Mn.; Irene Kidd of McGregor; Wallace Geving of Hinckley, Mn.; Art Geving of McGregor; Donald Geving of Lawler; Dorothy Miller of Tamarack; Michael Geving of Tamarack; Cindy Melser of Brainerd and over 100 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters: Bernice Brandt, Elaine Johnson and 2 brothers: James Geving and Darrel Geving. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 13, 2012 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW Post. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Helen G. Aga
09/04/1921-02/08/2012
Helen G. Aga Helen Grace Aga, 90 of Brainerd formerly of Garrison, passed away peacefully on February 8, 2012 at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. She was born September 4, 1921 in Thief River Falls to Hilmer and Lydia (Kolstad) Aga. Helen graduated from Minneapolis Business College and worked as a secretary for many years for MGM and other film distributors, commuting downtown by bus. She took voice lessons at MacPhail School of Music which helped her become an accomplished soloist. She inspired many with her solos during church services, weddings, funerals and even sang on the radio while living in Waseca. Helen was an active member at Zion Lutheran Church and was a Sunday School teacher to many and served as Elementary SS director. Helen was helpful to her parents and lovingly cared for her mother Lydia for 10 years until her death. She was a wonderful aunt to many nephews and nieces and their children. After retirement Helen moved to Garrison and lived in her beloved "Songbird Forest". The family had many special events at Songbird Forest including tapping trees to make maple syrup. She was an active member of Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church and kept up with her Bible study even when her sight was failing. Helen loved to sew, cook, garden, entertain, do volunteer work for church and especially loved being with family. She never complained and always had a happy sunshine spirit, she loved life. She was preceded in death by her parents Hilmer and Lydia Aga, niece Charlene Packer, great-nephews Matthew Trosvig and Noah Packer. Helen is survived by sisters Ruth (Roy) Trosvig of Crystal Doris Packer of Waseca Special brother-in law Roy Trosvig Close cousin Jake Aga Many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Funeral Services will be 1:00P.M., Sunday, February 12, 2012 at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, 10583 US Highway 169, PO Box #155, Garrison, MN 56450. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Lunch will be served from 11:30 – 12:30 at church. Private burial in Crystal Lake Cemetery, Minneapolis. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Kathleen Marie Walter
11/12/1944-02/06/2012
Kathleen M. Walter, 67 of Aitkin died Monday, February 6, 2012 at her residence. She was born November 12, 1944 in Patterson, CA. to Anthony and Muriel (Heath) Cardoza, Sr. Kathleen was united in marriage to James Walter on June 30, 1993 in Washington. She was preceded in death by her father Anthony Cardoza, Sr. Kathleen is survived by her husband James. Children: Nathan Rue of St. Cloud Richard R. Wolf of St. Bonifacius Cynthia Rue of Milaca Sara Wolf of St. Louis Park Mother: Muriel Pipenhagen of Aitkin Brothers: Anthony Cardoza of New Hampshire Jack Skinner of Isanti Roger Skinner of New Hampshire Howard Skinner of Big Lake Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 12:00P.M. – Friday, February 10, 2012 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will begin at 10:30A.M. until the 12:00P.M. service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Clifford P. Yunker
09/13/1923-01/31/2012
Yunker, Clifford P. Clifford Peter Yunker was born on 9/13/1923 and passed away on 1/31/2012 after a short illness in the loving presence of his family. Clifford is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Shirley, son Mark (spouse Leslie), daughter Judge Mary Yunker, and son Scott (spouse Carol). He is also survived by five grandchildren who were the source of great pride and joy, Kathryn & Anna Yunker (Mark & Leslie) and Lauren, Matthew, & Peter (Scott & Carol). He is also survived by many dear nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward, mother Mary, sisters Lillian & Maybelle, and brothers Lewis, Melvin, & Clemons. Clifford was born and raised in Crosby, MN. He endured the Great Depression in a single parent household headed by his mother after his father passed away when Clifford was only 5. He graduated from Crosby-Ironton HS and continued learning throughout his life. He served in the US Navy, stationed in the South Pacific (Pelilu) from 1943 to 1945. Clifford & Shirley married on 7/24/1950 then moved to Chicago in 1951 and embarked upon their lives together. Clifford started in sales with the O Cedar Company and rose to regional sales manager with Bristol Meyers. The family traveled extensively and lived in Chicago, Omaha, Kansas City, Clearwater & Tampa, FL, and Atlanta, GA. He left that career so that the family could move to Aitkin where Cliff & Shirley owned the Westside Grocery for 13 years before retiring to travel throughout the US and Canada. Clifford & Shirley were generous with their time and often offered assistance to others as demonstrated by Clifford’s long association with AA assisting others in their quest for recovery. Funeral arrangements are provided by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. A mass in celebration of Clifford’s life will be at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin on Monday, 2/6/2012 at 1PM. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Friday, February 10, 2012. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Information can be found at www.srtfuneral.com.
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John McGillis
08/24/1940-01/30/2012
John “Jack” G. McGillis, age 71 of Aitkin died Monday, January 30, 2012 at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Jack was born August 24, 1940 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of John and Rose (Eide) McGillis. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1958. Jack then entered the U.S. Navy and served for 20 years. He served in the Navy Air Corps in Vietnam and was a Navy Seal. He also worked as a naval recruiter. Upon his discharge he returned to Aitkin and married Linda Siemers on June 30, 1978. They have made their home in Aitkin since that time. He worked for Bill’s Sportsman’s in Aitkin during the 1990’s. He loved to hunt and fish. And he loved his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Linda McGillis of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Brenda McGuire of Big Pine Key, Florida; Roxie McGillis of Woodbury, MN.; Dawn (Steven) Slette of Aitkin; John (Nicole) McGillis of Deerwood; 8 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; Mother: Rose Cooper of Aitkin; 1 brother: Michael (Gloria) McGillis of Aitkin and 1 sister: Gretchen (Steve) Wold of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his father John. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 11 AM from St. John’s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Burial will be in the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery at Cedarbrook. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Directions to the church: From Aitkin go west on Hwy 210 until you get to Crow Wing County Road 32. Take a Right (North) and go about 1 and 1/2 miles and then take a right on St. John's Church Road and go about 1/2 mile. Church is on the left.
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