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Archive Obituaries
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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Carol Grossman
08/01/1945-01/30/2012
Carol Jean Grossman, 66 of Tamarack died Monday, January 30, 2012 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born August 1, 1945 in Aitkin to Joseph and Florence (Johnson) Farah. She graduated from McGregor High School class of 1963. Carol was united in marriage to Eugene Grossman on September 10, 1966 in McGregor. She worked as a bookkeeper, secretary, and was a homemaker. She was president of the American Sewing Guild in Duluth for many years. She was a member of the Viking Sewing Club in Duluth, and a founding member of the Wacky Women of McGregor. She was an active member of St. Raphaels Catholic Church in Hermantown and Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. Carol enjoyed sewing and quilting and used these talents to help many of the charities that she was involved with. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Ed Farah. Carol is survived by her husband Gene 3 Children: Brett (Stephanie) Grossman of Gales Creek, Oregon Christi (Jeff) Hegstad of Ankeny, Iowa Alia (Bob Wood) Farah of Portland, Oregon. Five grandchildren: Ryan and Owen Grossman, Brittany, Jonah, and Josh Hegstad Brother: Dennis (Bonnie) Farah of McGregor Sister-in-law: Linda Farah of McGregor Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, February 3, 2012 at Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. Father Paul Fruth will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Delmer H. Swanson
12/14/1936-01/30/2012
Delmer H. Swanson, age 75 of Aitkin formerly of St. Paul died Monday, January 30, 2012 at his home on Mille Lacs Lake. Delmer was born December 14, 1936 at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin the son of Alvin and Evelyn (Erickson) Swanson. He grew up and attended schools at Balsam Lake and graduated from the Balsam Lake High School in 1955. He then served in the U.S. Army from June 1, 1955 to March 21, 1957. Upon his discharge he returned to the family farm and worked there for about a year. He then moved to the Twin Cities. He married Mary Jane Clark on January 24, 1959 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. The made their home in St. Paul and he worked as a carpenter for a time and then worked for the St. Paul School system as a maintenance supervisor. He then went to work for the St. Paul Fire Department in the same capacity as a maintenance supervisor. He retired on July 1, 1999. He then moved to Mille Lacs Lake near Aitkin and built his retirement home on the lake. He has lived there since. He was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church at Malmo, had served on the Wealthwood Township Board since 2005, and was a member of the Wealthwood Rod and Gun Club, a life member of the American Legion. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and thoroughly enjoyed his annual halibut fishing trip to Seward, Alaska. He is survived by his wife Mary Swanson of Aitkin; son: Michael (Dawn) Swanson of Centerville, Mn. daughters: Lori (John) Lee of St. Paul, Mn. Jennifer Wanovich of Hugo, Mn. 6 grandchildren: Jenna, Joshua, Staci, Andrew, Jacob and Alexander. Also surviving are two brothers: Allen Swanson of Fridley, Mn.; Jon Swanson of Marshfield, Wisc.; four sisters: Elayne Freeman of Bellevue, Wash., Marion Turner of Centuria, Wisc., Katie Gruber of Balsam Lake, Wisc., and Judy Sarazin of Isanti, Mn. and brother in law Gary Clark of Amery, Wisc. He was preceded in death by his parents and baby sister Joyce. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 3, 2012 at 10 AM from Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo, Mn. with Rev. James Raisanen officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be in the Balsam Lutheran Cemetery, rural Amery, Wisconsin. Memorials are preferred to the Bethesda Lutheran Church Building Fund. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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William "Bill" McKinney
04/25/1933-01/29/2012
William “Bill” McKinney, 78 of McGregor died Sunday, January 29, 2012 in Minneapolis. He was born April 25, 1933 in Anoka to Ralph and Olive (Nickeson) McKinney. He attended North Star School near Tamarack and in 1951 he graduated from McGregor High School. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in the Korean War. Bill was united in marriage to Marjorie Wilkes on January 16, 1955 in Barnum. He worked for ten years for the Wrenshall Refinery and 29 years for Northwest Airlines. A lifelong musician, he played the saxophone for dance bands in the area as a young man. More recently he was active in local music “jams”, singing and playing the guitar. He was a lifetime member of the McGregor VFW Larson-Duneen Post # 2747 and served several years as their chaplain. He was preceded in death by his parents. Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years Margie of McGregor Children: Colleen McKinney of Mora, Scott McKinney of Mora, Kathy Webster and Linda Coffin of Minneapolis, Shonna and Steve Jones of San Antonio, TX., Mary Rae and Pete Williams of Owensboro, KY., Mike and Amy McKinney of St. Louis Park Grandchildren: Amy and Andy Zbikowski of Prior Lake, Matthew Webster of Minneapolis, Russell Webster of Maple Grove, Scottie, Emily, and Johnnie Jones of San Antonio, TX., Nolia Williams of Owensboro, KY., Phoebe and Isabella McKinney of St. Louis Park. Great-granddaughter Abby Zbikowski of Prior Lake. Brother Robert and Norma McKinney of Massachusetts Nieces: Joanne and Carol of Massachusetts Brothers-in-law: Howard and Sandy Wilkes of Kettle River, Joe and Bess Wilkes of Carthage, MO. Sisters-in-law: June Utley of Sartell, Mary Duffy of Alaska And faithful friend Lady. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. – Saturday, February 4, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in McGregor. Pastor Russell Christensen will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. 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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Nellie Way
03/01/1907-01/25/2012
Nellie Sarah (Bronner) Way, 104, of Aitkin died Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born March 1, 1907 in Amsterdam, Holland to Adriaan and Dieuvertje “Dena” (Joffer) Bronner. When she was two years old, her mother came to America with five young children to Join her husband, who had settled in South Dakota. They later lived in the New Ulm area, and then in Aitkin County near Bain. She attended country school through eighth grade. She worked as a housekeeper and child care helper for families in the Aitkin area. Nellie was united in marriage to Ellis Way on November 20, 1926 in Crosby. They built their home in Aitkin where they raised their family and where she lived for over 70 years, before moving to Aicota Health Care Center in 2000. She was very involved with the Aitkin United Methodist Church for most of her life. She enjoyed gardening and baking, and loved spending time with family and friends. Nellie is survived by two daughters: Mildred “Rusty” Teigland of Chico, CA. Ardaila “Ardie” Meacham of Bemidji and Tucson, AZ. Three Sons and daughters-in-law: Aldean (Betty) Way of Chico, CA. Marvin (Terryl) Way of Aitkin Dallas (Joyce) Way of Bemidji Sister Grace Johnson of Aitkin Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Ellis in 1985, son James, granddaughter Jill Reierson, a brother Pieter and sister Saartje in childhood, brothers Adrian, Peter, Jacob, and Cornelius Bronner, sisters Elizabeth Wolleat, Dena Mensing, Laura Wiltgen, May Christensen and two son in laws: Skeets Teigland and Donald Meacham. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Nellie Way
03/01/1907-01/25/2012
Nellie Sarah (Bronner) Way, 104, of Aitkin died Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born March 1, 1907 in Amsterdam, Holland to Adriaan and Dieuvertje “Dena” (Joffer) Bronner. When she was two years old, her mother came to America with five young children to Join her husband, who had settled in South Dakota. They later lived in the New Ulm area, and then in Aitkin County near Bain. She attended country school through eighth grade. She worked as a housekeeper and child care helper for families in the Aitkin area. Nellie was united in marriage to Ellis Way on November 20, 1926 in Crosby. They built their home in Aitkin where they raised their family and where she lived for over 70 years, before moving to Aicota Health Care Center in 2000. She was very involved with the Aitkin United Methodist Church for most of her life. She enjoyed gardening and baking, and loved spending time with family and friends. Nellie is survived by two daughters: Mildred “Rusty” Teigland of Chico, CA. Ardaila “Ardie” Meacham of Bemidji and Tucson, AZ. Three Sons and daughters-in-law: Aldean (Betty) Way of Chico, CA. Marvin (Terryl) Way of Aitkin Dallas (Joyce) Way of Bemidji Sister Grace Johnson of Aitkin Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Ellis in 1985, son James, two sons in law: Skeets Teigland and Donald Meachem. granddaughter Jill Reierson, a brother Pieter and sister Saartje in childhood, brothers Adrian, Peter, Jacob, and Cornelius Bronner, sisters Elizabeth Wolleat, Dena Mensing, Laura Wiltgen, May Christensen. Memorial service will be 2:00P.M. – Saturday, May 19, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Aitkin. Reverend Judith Clark will officiate. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. WWW.srtfuneral.com
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Marlys E. Hillman
09/20/1937-01/20/2012
Marlys E. Hillman, age 74 of Duluth, formerly of Aitkin and St. Paul, died Friday, January 20, 2012 at Essentia Health, St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota. Marlys was born September 20, 1937 in Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of John and Edythe (Skatt) Hillman. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1955. She then moved to St. Paul and worked at West Publishing and also Highland Park State Bank for a time. She then returned to Aitkin and helped on the family farm for a time. She then returned to St. Paul and started working for the U.S. Postal Service. She worked there for 30 years. Upon retiring she moved to Aitkin in 1997 and lived here until moving to Duluth in 2009. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Nordland Township, and enjoyed traveling. She had been to Alaska twice, Hawaii three times, Nashville and Branson numerous times and had travelled throughout most of the western states. She enjoyed owls and collected anything with owls on it. She was very kind and generous to her family and friends. She is survived by brothers and sisters: Marge Way of Aitkin; Ione Tronson of St. Paul; Donald Hillman of Aitkin; Audrey Nordgren of Aitkin; Clarice Jackman of Aitkin; Robert Hillman of Aitkin and Terrance Hillman of St. Paul; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 1 PM from Bethlehem Lutheran Church with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church Wednesday. 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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Thomas "Tommy" Thompson
01/31/1948-01/17/2012
Thomas “Tommy” Thompson, age 63 of Aitkin, died Tuesday January 17, 2012 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Tommy was born January 31, 1948 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Harry and Gladys (Berg) Thompson. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1966. He then attended college in Brainerd for 1 year and then Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis from where he graduated with a degree in Auto Body Technology. He then worked for Aitkin Auto Body for several years. He then worked for Aitkin Iron Works as a machinist for 23 years. He then went to work at Potlatch in Brainerd for 10 years until they closed. He then worked for the Tire Barn in Aitkin and also drove school bus for the Aitkin School system for the past 8 years. He truly loved driving bus and the kids. He married Jeanie Johnson on September 2, 1971 in Aitkin. They have made their home in Aitkin. He was a member of the Aitkin United Methodist Church, the Moose Lodge, the Minnesota Street Rod Association, founding member of the Northern Tin Street Rod Association in Brainerd. He enjoyed building Street Rods, motorcycles and deer hunting. He is survived by his wife Jeanie Thompson of Aitkin; 3 daughters: Caidy Thompson of Minneapolis; Glenda (Ben) of Seattle, Washington, Holly (Eric) Eisenbraun of Aitkin; and Jeff (Shannon) Thompson of Crosby, Mn.; 3 grandchildren: Kegan Rivers, Vera Eisenbraun and Violet Eisenbraun; 1 sister: Benita (Dan) Grunenwald of Cannon Falls, MN.; 3 brothers: Kenneth (Nancy) Thompson of Puyallup, Washington; Harry (Kathleen) Thompson of Maple Grove, MN.; Greg Thompson of Aitkin; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and nephew Nate Robinson. A memorial service will be held Monday, January 23, 2012 at 11 AM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lawrence V. Wagner
10/05/1925-01/14/2012
Lawrence V. Wagner, 86 of Palisade died Saturday, January 14, 2012 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born October 5, 1925 in Palisade to George and Bessie May (Clayton) Wagner. He was united in marriage to Helen Gudvangen. He worked as a farmer and at Woodland Container in Aitkin for many years. Lawrence is survived his wife Helen 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Larry (Jackie) Wagner of Palisade Dean Wagner of Brainerd Four grandchildren: Brian, Neil, Michelle, and Mike Wagner 2 great-grandchildren: Gracie Peters and Kellen Wagner One brother and sister-in-law Gerald (Donna) Wagner He was preceded in death by his son Terry, brother Lyle Wagner, Sister Jean Smith, and his parents. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. – Thursday, January 19, 2012 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Barry Hite will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. – Wednesday at the funeral home and 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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LaVerne Dotseth
07/30/1912-01/13/2012
LaVerne Dotseth, 99 of Aitkin died Friday, January 13, 2012 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born July 30, 1912 in Black River Falls, WI. to John and Mary (Laib) Dolesy. She was united in marriage to Richard H. Dotseth, Sr. on October 25, 1931 in Wright County. LaVerne is survived by Dick Dotseth of Aitkin, Shawn Dotseth of Deerwood. Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard in 1985, two sons: Robert and Donald, sister Evelyn, and her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Friday, January 20, 2012 funeral service at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker 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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Joseph "Joe" Wilson
01/30/1946-01/08/2012
Joseph “Joe” W. Wilson, age 65 of McGregor died Sunday, January 8, 2012 at his home. Joe was born January 30, 1946 at St. Cloud, Minnesota the son of Willard and Margaret (Peterson) Wilson. He grew up and attended schools in Coleraine and graduated from the Greenway High School in 1964. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1966. Upon his discharge he returned to Minnesota and worked various jobs until he began working for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Forestry Department in October of 1968. He had worked for the DNR until he retired in February of 2008. He married Ilene “Midge” Finch on July 26, 1969 at Big Fork, Minnesota and they made their home in the McGregor area since. He was active with the McGregor American Legion Post, had been involved with the Sandy Lake Little League, the Aitkin County Parks and Recreation Board, the Aitkin County Persian Gulf Support Group, and had served on the McGregor School Board. He also enjoyed bowling. He is survived by his wife: Midge Wilson of McGregor; Son: Mark Wilson of Minneapolis; Daughter and son in law: Wendy and Jim Robarge of Becker, MN.; Grandson: Bentley; Sisters and brother in law: Beverly Bunes of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Marilyn Linde of Success, Arkansas; Gwen and Patrick McLaughlin of Bovey, Mn.; brothers and sisters in law: John and Dianne Wilson of Le Sueur, Mn.; Jim and Nancy Wilson of Eveleth, Mn. And numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Pete. A memorial service will be held Friday, January 13, 2011 at 11 AM from the Big Sandy Camp Chapel with Rev. Steve Demars officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the Big Sandy Camp Chapel. Military Honors will be provided by the McGregor American Legion Post. Memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ruth Laajala
02/19/1917-01/04/2012
Ruth Linnea Laajala, 94 of Moose Lake and formerly of Lawler died Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at Augustana Mercy Health Care Center in Moose Lake. She was born February 19, 1917 in Shamrock Township, Aitkin County, MN. to Nels and Hannah (Anderson) Werner. She attended country schools and graduated from McGregor High School in 1936. She then attended Miller Vocational School in Minneapolis. Ruth was united in marriage to S. William “Bill” Laajala on June 21, 1939 in Tamarack. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and traveling. Her hobbies were knitting, crocheting, and cross stich. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill in 1991, son Robert in 1987, five brothers: John, Earl, Clyde, Nels, Jr., and Ralph, and her parents Nels and Hannah (Anderson)Werner. Ruth is survived by one son and daughter-in-law: Gene (Mary Ann) Laajala of Tamarack 1 daughter Donna Maki of Barnum and Kettle River Eight grandchildren: James, John, Joann, Chris, Eric, Tamy, Leann, and Lori 14 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren 1 sister Donna Hoel of Hutchinson Special friends: Ginger and Jeanine Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. – Monday, January 23, 2012 at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Salo Cemetery, Salo Township, Aitkin County, MN. www.srtfuneral.com
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Harold E. Tripp
06/28/1922-01/03/2012
Harold E. Tripp, 89 of Aitkin died January 3, 2012 at his residence in Aicota Assisted Living. He was born June 28, 1922 in Finlayson to Harold and Hilma (Mickelson) Tripp. He graduated from Finlayson High School and attended business college. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and then worked as a supervisor for the Department of Defense. Harold was united in marriage to Carol Roushar on August 13, 1949 in Finlayson. The lived in Blaine and retired to Lake Minnewawa before moving to Aitkin. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, a life member of the VFW, American Legion, DAV, and the Nation Association of Retired Federal Employees. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, reading and watching sports, especially football. He is survived by his wife Carol, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by two aunts, three uncles, and his parents. A graveside service with military honors will be 11:00A.M. – Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Assembly area #4. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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George R. Holm
03/08/1923-01/02/2012
George R. Holm, age 88 of Aitkin, longtime resident of Palisade, died Monday, January 2, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. George was born March 8, 1923 in Workman Township of Aitkin County near Palisade, the son of Nels Jacob and Borghild (Oier) Holm. He attended the Woodland School in Workman Township and also the Aitkin High School. He also helped his father on the family farm. He married Evelyn E. Sarff on November 4, 1946 at Palisade. They lived for a time in Oakland, California and then returned to the Palisade area where they started dairy farming in Libby Township. He also drove milk truck for the Palisade creamery for 15 years and then drove school bus for 15 years retiring from that in 1988. He retired from farming in the mid 1990’s. George also did logging over the years. He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade and had been a church council member for many years. He had served as a fire warden for many years. He served in a number of capacities on the Libby Town Board including being a Supervisor for the township for many years. He was a member of the Palisade Sportsman’s Club, and had been active as an Assistant Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts. He enjoyed the outdoors especially deer hunting and fishing. He enjoyed his camping trips to Crane Lake and in his younger days enjoyed skiing. He is survived by his wife Evelyn Holm of Aitkin; children and spouses: Merrill (Carol) Holm of Aitkin; Verne (Trudy) Holm of Aitkin; 4 Grandchildren: Eric (Stacy) Holm; Chris (Jessica) Holm, Jamie (Jessica) Holm, Jeremy (Alyssa Weston) Holm; 8 Great Grandchildren: Damion, Ashley, Hannah, Logan, Tatem, Savannah, Weston, and Ethan. He is also survived by his brother: Norman Holm and sister: Elsie Weiss both of Hibbing, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents and son David Holm in 2007. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 1 PM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with Rev. William Sass officiating. Visitation will be from Noon until the 1 PM services at the church. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lowell Fenstermaker
03/12/1936-12/27/2011
Lowell E. Fenstermaker, age 75 of Aitkin formerly of Pickerington, Ohio died Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. Lowell was born March 12, 1936 in New Lexington, Ohio the son of William and Virginia Fenstermaker. He grew up and attended schools in Pickerington, Ohio. He then served in the U.S. Army. Upon his discharge he went to California. From there he returned to Ohio where he had worked as a Truck Driver and Salesman. He retired in the late 1980’s. He moved to the McGregor area in 1996 and has been a resident at the Aitkin Health Services since March 2005. He is survived by 3 children: Brenda Burdick of Tamarack, Mike Fenstermaker of Tamarack, Cory Fenstermaker of Duluth, Mn.; 2 grandchildren and 1 brother: Ronald Fenstermaker of Reynoldsburg, Ohio. He was precede3d in death by his parents and wife Nelda. No services will be held. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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JAMES W. GALE
08/31/1938-12/25/2011
James Walter Gale, 73, of Aitkin and formerly of Crystal, Passed away peacefully on December 25, 2011 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Jim was born on August 31, 1938 in Minneapolis to Lucius and Francis Gale. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an M.P. and Captain’s Orderly on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ticonderoga. Jim was married to Marlys Jean Olsen on March 7, 1959, and they were blessed with three children. The family lived on the North Shore of Lake Superior and then moved to Minneapolis where Jim worked as a machinist and ultimately owned his own machine shop. Jim and Marlys retired in 1995 and moved to Aitkin in 2007. Jim and his family enjoyed 45 years at Red Indian Campground where Jim loved camping, fishing, hunting, campfires, family, and many friends. Jim and Marlys traveled far and wide during retirement and enjoyed winters with their friends in Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lucius and Francis Gale, three brothers and four sisters. Jim is survived by his wife Marlys Daughter Shelly Saunders of Blaine Sons: Scott (Cheryl) of Maple Grove Randy (Mona) of Crystal Grandsons: Joe, David, Jon and Matthew Sisters-in-law: Lois Gale and Vivian Gale Many nieces and nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews and many friends. A gathering of family and friends will be Friday, December 30, from 10:00A.M. until the 11:00A.M. memorial service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Pastor Cynthia Gray will officiate. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Post #1727. Arrangements are with Sorenson – Root – Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
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MABEL YAGGY
12/16/1913-12/23/2011
Mabel M. Yaggy, age 98 of Cambridge, Mn, formerly of Aitkin, MN. And Waterloo, Iowa died Friday, December 23, 2011 at the Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, Minnesota. Mabel was born December 16, 1913 at Bellingham, Minnesota the daughter of Edward and Nellie (Pines) Schake. She grew up and attended schools in Bellingham. She then moved with her parents to Iowa. She married William M. Owens and they lived in Waterloo, Iowa. She then married Bernard E. Yaggy and they lived in Iowa and Minnesota. She owned and operated café’s and also farmed most of her life. She moved to the Aitkin area in 1974 and three years ago moved to Cambridge where she has since resided. She was always very active in community events. She is survived by her daughter: Bonnie Johnson of Waterloo, Iowa; sons: Dennis and Leila (Tiny) Yaggy of Cambridge, Duane Yaggy of Palisade, MN. 10 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bernard in 1983, 3 sons: Bill Owens, Bob (Scotty) Owens, Timothy Yaggy, and daughter Janis Yaggy. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Dallas Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Spencer Cemetery near Aitkin. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM and also 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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