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Elizabeth Deurr Jeronimus
09/07/1922-04/11/2013
Elizabeth D. “Bette” Jeronimus, age 90 of Fridley died in peace at her home with her family present. Bette was born in Aitkin, Minnesota on September 7, 1922, the daughter of Hannah and Frank Deurr. She attended school in Tamarack, where her mother was the teacher. The family later moved to Duluth and she attended Denfeld High School and graduated in 1940. She then attended the Duluth State Teachers College, which later became the U of M, Duluth. She met her future husband, Bob, during the summer of 1941, while he was home on leave from military service. They corresponded daily when he returned to his base. Their love grew during furloughs and they were married on October 18, 1943 in Duluth. She enjoyed military life, the excitement of new assignments, new vistas, but mostly new friends. She was a natural for the life. Golf, bowling and bridge, she was involved with everything, especially the parties and celebrations. They were stationed in Denver, San Antonio, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C., each one more enjoyable than the next. She made friends everywhere they went, hand-writing over one-hundred Christmas cards each season. They returned home to Minneapolis in July of 1965 where her husband took a position as a professor at the U of M School of Dentistry and they settled into their permanent home. Bette continued to enjoy hosting parties, supporting many nonprofit organizations, and daily walks with friends into her golden years. In the end, she enjoyed her time with family and friends the most. A special thanks to the Dr.’s Johnson and Health Partners Hospice Team 6. Your loving and caring kindness helped us through this time of sorrow. She is survived by her loving husband of almost 70 years Bob; daughter Ann Bollmeier (David; Grandchildren: Lynne Macziewski (Nathan) and Jeffrey Bollmeier (Katie) and her four adorable great grandchildren Grace and Jack Macziewski and Kaia and Karina Bollmeier and daughter Liz. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 11 AM from Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1900 Seventh Street NW, New Brighton, Mn. 55112. A private burial was held at the Round Lake Cemetery near McGregor, Mn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA). Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Mae Viola Raushel
01/18/1925-04/09/2013
Mae Viola Raushel, 88, of Big Sandy Lake, McGregor died Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born January 18, 1925 in Chisholm. Her parents were Mario and Angela (Maturi) Paoli. She graduated from Chisholm High School in 1943 and attended Hibbing Jr. College. She graduated from the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul in 1947 with a major in Psychology and then graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Masters in Library Science. Mae was united in marriage to Frank S. Raushel on August 20, 1947 in Chisholm. She lived in Cloquet for many years before moving to Big Sandy Lake, McGregor. Mae and her husband owned and operated Savanna Industries and Savanna Pallets of McGregor, Mn. She was a past member of the Cloquet Public Library Board and McGregor Library Board and a member of the McGregor Flower Club. She was an avid reader her entire life and enjoyed flower gardening. She loved living on the lake and taking leisurely pontoon rides. She enjoyed having her many grandchildren visit her in the summer at the lake. She also enjoyed her weekly bridge game, swimming and crossword puzzles. Mae was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching her Alma Mater Gophers, Vikings and Twins. She was preceded in Death by her husband Frank S. Raushel in 1997, brother Raymond Paoli in 1988, sister Angelyn (Honey) Dinquell in 2012, mother Angela Viola Urbiha in 1978, and father Mario Paoli in 1967. Mae is survived by: Son – Dr. Frank M. Raushel (Norene) of College Station, Texas Daughter – Virginia A. Evans (Michael) of Piedmont, California Son – Lawrence S. Raushel (Jeanne) of Palisade, MN Son – Douglas C. Raushel (Jan) of Aitkin, MN Son – Allen T. Raushel (Robyn) of Cloquet, MN Son – Andrew M. Raushel (Cheryl) of Jacobson, MN 20 Grandchildren 16 Great Grandchildren Other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Saturday, April 13, 2013 Funeral Service at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Needle Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the McGregor Library.
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Dawn I. Peterson
01/02/1924-04/03/2013
Dawn I. Peterson, age 89 of Aitkin and formerly of Lake Elmo and Dellwood died Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Dawn was born January 2, 1924 at Huron, South Dakota the daughter of Louis and Vera (Hillquist) Madsen. She grew up and attended schools in Huron graduating from High School there. She then moved to the Twin Cities where she worked for a time. She married John E.A. Peterson on December 29, 1944 at St. Paul, Minnesota. They lived in St. Paul for a short time and then moved to Lake Elmo in 1947 and lived there until 1967. They then moved to Dellwood and lived there until moving to Aitkin in 1988. Dawn has lived in Aitkin since. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, a former member of Christ Lutheran Church in Lake Elmo. She helped at the Card Shop recycling at Aitkin Health Services, enjoyed playing cards, knitting, and making quilts. She was a past member of the Homemakers Club in Lake Elmo. She is survived by 3 sons and spouses: Bernie and Bonnie Peterson of Dallas, Texas; Rich and Janet Peterson of Aitkin, Mn.; Doug and Linda Peterson of Aitkin, Mn.; 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John in 1992, and 4 brothers. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 8, 2013 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services on Monday at the church. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery at Maplewood, Minnesota on Tuesday at 11 AM. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Barbara Ann Priem
02/14/1940-03/31/2013
Barbara Ann Priem, 75 of Aitkin died Sunday, March 31, 2013 at Aitkin Health Services. She was preceded in death by her parents Stan and Ann Wendler. She is survived by her husband Raymond Priem Three sons and daughters-in-law: Bob and Cindy Priem of Aitkin Jim Priem of Killdeer, N.D. Jeff (Mary) Priem of St. Michael Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Brother and sister-in-law: Jim (Sue) Wendler of Inver Grove Heights Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Saturday, April 6, 2013 memorial service at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Margaret \"Peg\" Schanbachler
11/24/1925-03/28/2013
Margaret “Peg” Schanbachler, age 87 of Aitkin died Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Margaret was born November 24, 1925 at Grand Rapids, Minnesota the daughter of Allen and Mae (Dodridge) Doran. She grew up and attended schools in Grand Rapids graduating from the Grand Rapids High School. She then Attended St. Scholastica College and graduated with a BS Degree in Chemistry and Math. She worked as a lab Technician at Nopeming and at the Hospital and State Hospital in Moose Lake. She moved to Aitkin in 1971 and owned and operated the Aitkin Motor Court which was located where the current Dollar Store is today. She also sold Real Estate, worked at the Independent-Age and worked for many years in the Assessor’s Office at the Court House. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. She volunteered at the church, the Hospital and with the Meals on Wheels Program. She loved to bowl and had been on the Aitkin Dairy Bowling Team for many years. She is survived by 3 children and spouses: Anne (Craig Riedl) Mohaupt of Long Lake, Mn.; Jeffrey Mohaupt of Aitkin, MN.; Mark (Donna Zochert) Mohaupt of Richfield, Mn.; 2 grandchildren: Matthew Mohaupt, Kelly Mohaupt, 1 step grandchild: Che Riedl; 2 sisters and brothers in law: Patsy (Bill) Solien of Texas, Loretta (Frank) Johnson of Texas; Brother and sister in law: Daniel (Deanna) Doran of Florida. She was preceded in death by parents Allen and Mae Doran, Sisters: Mary Doran, Annamay Conner, Catherine “Kity” Berkeland and Dorothy Best. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, April 4, 2013 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. Memorials may be given to your favorite charity in Margaret’s name. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Maryann Peterson
05/24/1923-03/26/2013
Maryann Peterson, age 89 of Aitkin died Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Maryann was born May 24, 1923 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Marcelus and Gertrude (Slegers) VanDonsel. She grew up and attended schools in Hammel and Corcoran and attended Jr. High at Robbinsdale. She then worked as a nanny in Minneapolis for a time. She married Robert Peterson on February 20, 1943 in Seattle, Washington. They made their home there for a short time and then lived in various places in the U.S. before making their home on a farm near Isle, Mn. They lived there until moving to Aitkin in 1981 and she has lived here since. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin, enjoyed quilting and singing. She is survived by her three children: Robert (Kathleen) Peterson of Blackfoot, Idaho; Ruth (Larry) Eklund of Aitkin; Dan (Kim) Peterson of Isle, Mn.; 13 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren and 1 sister: Gertrude “Toots” Sebring of Plymouth, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert in 1989, 1 sister Frances and 1 brother William. A mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeside Cemetery near Malmo. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Nancy Jean Lewis
07/21/1937-03/24/2013
Nancy Jean Lewis, 75 of Aitkin passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013 after a year long battle with Leukemia. She was born July 21, 1937 in Anoka. She was Salutatorian of Anoka High School Class of 1955. She earned a B.A. from the U of M in 1967 and Masters Degree in Mathematics in 1980. She was personnel director for 1st Bank Systems, Musicland, and retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN. She married Richard Lewis, Sr. December 18, 1992 and moved to Aitkin full time in 2000. She was preceded in death by her mother, father, step-mother and first husband Denis Brasket. Nancy is survived by her husband Richard Lewis, Sr. Sons: Aaron Brasket of CO.; Robert Brasket of OR.; Jeff Lewis of Baxter; Douglas Lewis of Isanti; Rick Lewis, Jr. of St. Cloud Daughters: Eva Ray of TN.; Maerene Lewis Hanson of Aitkin; Dawn Stoffles of Minneapolis 16 grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren Brothers: Earl Schlafge and Clyde Chase Sisters: Delores Peterson and Virginia Sanderson Memorial services will be this summer 2013, a notice will be published. www.srtfuneral.com Memorial gifts are preferred to: YMCA Camp DuNord or Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity.
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Nancy Jean Lewis
07/21/1937-03/24/2013
Nancy Lewis Memorial service for Nancy Jean Lewis, 75 of Aitkin, who passed away March 24, 2013 will be Saturday, July 6, 2013 at the 40 Club Convention Center, Hwy 210 West, Aitkin, MN. Friends and family fellowship will be 10 – 11A.M. followed by a celebration of life and love. She was born July 21, 1937 in Anoka and graduated from Anoka High School class of 1955. She is survived by her husband Richard E. Lewis, Sr., children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Memorials are preferred to Habitat for Humanity. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Astrid \"Margie\" Johnson
11/02/1926-03/21/2013
Astrid “Margie” Johnson, 86 of Tamarack died Thursday, March 21, 2013 at her home. She was born November 2, 1926 in Cromwell to Charles and Hilma (Julen) Swanson. Astrid was united in marriage to Arthur Johnson on June 16, 1945 in Aitkin. She was a member of the Tamarack Presbyterian Church and its Ladies Aid, Golden Age Club, and Tamarack Activities Club. Astrid enjoyed reading, flowers, her dogs, and pontoon rides on Long Lake. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur in 1992, son Greg Johnson, grandson Michael Hutar, three brothers: John, Carl, and Robert Swanson, two sisters: Marie Ramquist and Nina Peterson, and her parents Charles and Hilma (Julen) Swanson. Astrid is survived her children: Sharon Hutar of Tamarack Robert Johnson of Tamarack Linda Ukura of Tamarack Kevin (Sharon) Johnson of Tamarack Grandchildren: Brad (Roxanne) Hutar, Rhonda (Mike) Foley, Andrea (Cory) Ukura, Brett Ukura, Rob (Breanne) Johnson, Lucas Johnson, Kelsey Johnson, Tammy Johnson, Christopher Johnson Great-grandchildren: AshleyMarsyla, Zerek Marsyla, Connie Hutar, Leah Hutar, Hudson Johnson Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 12:00P.M. – Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Tamarack Presbyterian Church in Tamarack. Mr. Ron Staudinger will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. – Tuesday at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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James Kenneth Dixon
09/16/1930-03/20/2013
James Kenneth Dixon, 82 of Palisade died Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born September 16, 1930 in Pompeys Pillar, MT. to James A. and Laura B. (Morton) Dixon. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in the Korean War. James was united in marriage to Margaret I. Shofner on December 30, 1952 in Rhode Island. He was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86, North American Hunting Club, and the NRA. He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret; grandchildren: Shannon, Roger, and Taylor; brothers: Duane and Glenn; sister Marge; and his parents James and Laura. James is survived by his children: James Gary (Allyne) Dixon of Casper, WY Joan Marie (Terry) Padal of Coon Rapids Sharon Elaine (Larry) Dixon of Grygla Susan Barbara (Mark) Ashwood of McGregor Toni Lynn (Ron) Dixon of Palisade Tracey Ann Dixon of Minneapolis 18 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren Sisters: Donna Anderson, Avis Bereal, Ruth Jenkins, Betty Neilson, Derva Trower Many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M.-Monday, March 25, 2013 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. Military honors are by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727. www.srtfuneral.com
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Raymond W. Evans
10/07/1957-03/20/2013
Raymond W. Evans, age 55 of Aitkin died Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at his home. Ray was born October 7, 1957 in Virginia, Minnesota the son of Noah “Shorty” and Esther (Mougin) Evans. They lived in Meadowlands until 1963 when they moved to Aitkin. Ray attended Maryhill Academy and then the Aitkin School graduating in 1975. He started working for the Midland Co. and then Cummings and then Harvey Blomberg when in 1988 he joined his brother Tom at the Aitkin Tire Shop. He and his brother co-owned and operated the shop. He married Betty Jane Erlandson on August 1, 1981 in Aitkin. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the H.O.G.S. (Harley Owners Group). He enjoyed woodworking, landscaping and hunting. He was very active in the annual Riverboat Days Races on the Mississippi River. He is survived by his wife Betty Evans of Aitkin, son Luke (Kelsi) Evans of Fargo, N.D., Teya (Bert) Nelson of Coon Rapids, Mn., granddaughter: Lyla Nelson; Brothers and sisters: Tom (Pam Pratt) Evans of Aitkin; Mary (Al) Kerr) of Freeport, Ill., Pat (Gene) Garrett of Success, Mo., Sandy (Marvin Kohout) Voigt of Little Falls, Mn., Ann Evans of Brainerd; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 sister Jean. A memorial service will be held Monday, March 25, 2013 at 1 PM from the Westside Church in Aitkin with Rev. Glenn Browning officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Elizabeth D. Nelson
11/13/1918-03/20/2013
Elizabeth D. Nelson, age 94 of Aitkin died Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born November 13, 1918 in the Dorris Community near Aitkin the daughter of John and Hanna (Olson) Skog. She attended grade school in the Farm Island School District #35. She then attended the Aitkin High School and graduated from there. After normal training she taught rural school for four years. During WW II she was employed by Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, Washington. She then took nursed training at Mounds-Midway in St. Paul, Mn. where she worked for several years. She married Alf Nelson on June 14, 1952 and eventually moved to the Nelson farm near McGregor. She was employed by the Aitkin Extended Care unit for many years until she retired in 1983. She was a member of the Westside Church in Aitkin. She is survived by three children and spouses: Roland “Rolly” and Lori Nelson of Aitkin; Janice and Jeff Cooley of Duluth, Mn.; Thomas “Tom” and Carol Nelson of Milaca; Seven Grandchildren: Allison Nelson, Bradford Nelson, Johanna Cooley, Jessica Sauck, Greyson Pingree, Elizabeth Nelson and Isaac Nelson and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Alf in 1997, Parents, and two brothers Harry Skog and Ralph Skog. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11 AM from the Westside Church in Aitkin with Rev. Dallas Smith and Rev. Wayne Skog officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Lansford Cemetery near McGregor. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Robert M. Madeson
06/22/1925-03/17/2013
Robert Manley Madeson, age 87, of McGregor died Sunday, March 17, 2013 at his home near McGregor. Robert was born June 22, 1925 the son of Charles and Harriet (Hatttie) Madeson. He moved at an early age to Belle Plane, Iowa. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1943. He entered the Naval Aviation Cadet Training on July 1, 1943, as a V-12 Trainee. He had one year of pre-engineering as a V-12 student at Northwest Missouri State Teachers College, and completed his Naval Flight Preparatory School at William Jewel College at Liberty, Mo. He then went on and completed Naval Aviation Machinist Mate School and Radar Operators School at the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Norman, Oklahoma. He also completed Naval Air Gunnery School at the Naval Air Station in Yellowstone, Fla. And Naval Pre- Flight School at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. He started Primary Flight Training at the Naval Air Station in Memphis, Tenn. When the war ended and he was released from active duty on September 25, 1945. He then moved to Big Round Lake near McGregor, Mn. in 1946 and started a summer resort operation with his father. In 1949 he started his carpentry apprenticeship in Duluth and completed the course in 1952. He married Velma Sidlo on February 11, 1950 at the Methodist Church in Duluth. He served as a substitute evening school instructor for the Duluth carpenter apprentices for the 1953-54 school term. He was hired by the Duluth Board of Education and taught both Day Trade Carpentry and related classes for indentured apprentices for the school years of 1954 – 1956. From the fall of 1951 to the spring of 1956 he was an active member of the construction section of the Duluth Chamber of Commerce Safety Schools that were held monthly. From the spring of 1952 until the summer of 1956 he was an active member of the Duluth Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Committee. In the fall of 1956 he started working for the St. Cloud Public Schools as a day trade carpentry instructor and related training evening school instructor. In August of 1966 he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Education from Southern State College in Springfield, S.D. In 1974 he received his Masters of Science Degree in Industrial Education from St. Cloud State University. Robert retired from Teaching in 1985 and moved to their lake home on Round Lake north of McGregor. He had served as secretary of the St. Cloud Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Committee since 1957. He has also served on the State Council Carpenters Apprenticeship Committee since 1956 and had also served as its president. He had served in all offices of the Building Trades Section of the Minnesota Trades and Industrial Association. He had served on the Planning Committee for the new McGregor Library. He supervised volunteer workers who painted and completed the inside finish work. He also designed and built the circulation desk. He also served on the building committee for the McGregor United Methodist Church. He also supervised the interior finish work and designed and built the cabinetry in the church. He joined the McGregor Lions Club in 1990 and has been involved in many Lions building projects which include Camp New Hope, McGregor City Park and the Community Center. He had served a on the Board of Directors of the McGregor Clinic Building and helped remodel the old clinic building. He loved hunting, fishing, traveling, camping and making furniture for his family. He enjoyed being with his family. He and his wife especially enjoyed camping in the in the Hill Country of Texas. He was a member of the McGregor United Methodist Church where he and his wife attended weekly Bible study from the time it began until August of 2010. He had also served on the Aitkin Habitat for Humanity Board for two years. He was the volunteer coordinator for the Habitat home that was built in McGregor in the summer of 2011. Bob is survived by his wife Velma Madeson of McGregor, Sons: Robert (Jackie) Madeson of Dillingham, Alaska, Harlan (Cindy) Madeson of Rockville, Mn. Daughter: Celeste Ingraham of York, PA.; Four Grandchildren: Amie, Martin, Mitta, and Anne. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Charlotte Jeanenne and daughter in law Sheila. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 11 AM from the McGregor United Methodist Church in McGregor with Rev. Russell Christensen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at a later date in the Round Lake Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts. Memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Katherine L. Batiste Benjamin
12/04/1934-03/16/2013
Katherine L. Batiste Benjamin, age 78 of McGregor died Saturday, March 16, 2013 at her home. She was born December 4, 1934 at Luck, Wisconsin the daughter of George and Elsie (Skinaway) Batiste. She grew up and attended schools in Luck, Wisconsin. She then moved to the McGregor area where she has lived most of her life. She was a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. She was a loving mother, enjoyed making quilts and was active in the traditional Native way. She is survived by 8 children: Jerry Benjamin Jr. of Hayward, Wi., Sharry Benjamin of St. Paul, Mn., Franklin Benjamin of Onamia, Mn., Maurice Benjamin of McGregor, Mn., Lisa Benjamin of McGregor, Mn., Kevin Benjamin of McGregor, Mn., Thomas Benjamin of McGregor, Mn., Rick Benjamin of McGregor, Mn., adopted children: Pete Gahbow, Tammi Gahbow, Eric Gahbow, Nancy Gahbow all of Onamia, Mn., 2 brothers: Tyler Buck and John Buck and Sister: Tammy Rogers all of Hertel, Wi., and 29 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents: George and Elsie (Skinaway) Batiste, daughter: Rebecca Agua, 1 brother: Biddy Boy Batiste and sister: Georgiana Batiste. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 11 AM from the East Lake Community Center with Lee Staples officiating. The wake will begin on Wednesday at dusk at the center. Burial will be in the Woodland Union Cemetery in McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Brady M. Waddick
08/13/1997-03/12/2013
Brady Mathieu Waddick, age 15, his parents hearts were broken on March 12, 2013 when Brady died at the Essentia St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, MN. Brady was born August 13, 1997 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth the son of Brian and Dawn (Olson) Waddick. He lived his life at his mother’s homestead in McGregor. He was in the 9th grade at the McGregor School. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, riding 4-Wheelers and that took up most of his time when he was not suffering from migraines. He loved trapshooting. Brady was also a very patriotic individual and would go out of his way to thank a veteran for their service to this country. Brady is survived by his parents: Brian and Dawn Waddick of McGregor; Grandfather: Dennis Olson of Fisher, Mn.; and aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by Grandparents: Loretta Olson, Bennie and Sophia Ann Waddick; Great Grandparents: Ellen Sanda, and Judith and Elling Olson; aunt Karen Karnes, uncles: Jim Waddick, Jonathan Olson and Special Uncle Alfred Maki. Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 2 PM from Grace Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Rice River Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Freda Asp
11/01/1924-03/11/2013
Freda Anne (Kelling) Asp, 88 of McGrath died March 11, 2013 at St. Clare Living Community in Mora. She was born November 1, 1924 in Jewett Township, Aitkin County to Fred and Anna (Stumme) Kelling, their eighth child. She first attended public school at the Tin School in the Malmo area. Later she lived with her sister Edna during the school year so she could attend and graduate grammar school from Wilson School at Dad’s Corner. She contracted polio at age 14, and was still able to graduate from McGrath High School in 1942 at age 17. Freda was united in marriage to Harold S. Asp on June 16, 1942 in Jewett Township. This marriage of more than 68 years was blessed with a son Berton and daughters Betty, Suzanne, and a baby who lived only one day. Harold and Freda bought a farm in 1944 and spent 67 years farming. Along with helping Harold on the farm, Freda drove school bus for more than 19 years. She would volunteer her time and bus to take area children to Red Cross swimming lessons at Mille Lacs Lake. She was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in McGrath. Her hobbies included cake decorating, painting and firing ceramics, sewing mission quilts, and loving on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Freda spent the last years of her life in a nursing home and will be missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold, son Berton, Infant daughter, sisters: Edna (Martin) Holmen and infant Eldora; brothers: Joe (Alvina), Arnold(Marcella), LaVerne (June), Edward (Lucille), and infant Christopher Kelling; and her parents Fred and Anna (Stumme) Kelling. Freda is survived by daughters and sons-in-law: Betty (Leroy) Damar and Suzanne (Mark) Klein Daughter-in-law: Donna Rae Asp Grandchildren: Todd Asp, Joel (Aimee) Asp, Tony (Amanda) Damar, Nancy Damar, Lucas Klein, Breanna Klein Great-grandchildren: Rebekah Asp, Andrew Asp, Braddock Damar, Molly Jean Damar Sisters-in-law: Helen (Asp) Danielson and Bernice (Edward) Kelling Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 3:00P.M. – Saturday, March 16, 2013 funeral service at Zion Lutheran Church in McGrath. Reverend Elliott Malm will officiate. Burial will be in Pliny Cemetery, Pliny Township, Aitkin County. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Jessica Lea Goodman
08/10/1981-03/10/2013
Jessica Lea (Stanley) Goodman, (Native Name: Eshu Shi Gabow Ekwe) age 31 of Brainerd, formerly of McGregor and Minneapolis, died Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Jessica was born August 10, 1981 in Minneapolis, Mn. the daughter of Billy Hill and Dorothy Stanley. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. She then spent time in McGregor and then moved back to Minneapolis. She was a member of the Mile Lacs Band of Ojibwe. She loved spending time with her family. She is survived by 2 children: James Howard Jr. and Alexis Goodman; Brothers: Troy(Mary)Friend of Fridley, Mn.; Thomas(Mary)Friend of McGregor; Scott (Stacey) Friend of Brainerd, Marland (Loreen) Stanley of Minneapolis, Sean Stanley of Minneapolis, Brandon(Chrissy)Stanley of McGregor; Aunts: Jerry Skinaway of Minneapolis and Virginia Goodman of Big Sandy Lake;cousins: Jamie Skinaway and Lee Roberts, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Brother Jason Friend, Sister Kelly Friend, and Uncles Lawrence and Melvin Skinaway and niece Tila Ballinger - Friend Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 14, 2013 beginning at 10 AM at the East Lake Community Center with Lee Staples officiating. The wake will begin Wednesday at dusk. Burial will be in the Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Marjorie \"Midge\" Anderson
11/12/1933-03/04/2013
Marjorie Louise “Midge” Anderson, 79 of Tamarack died March 4, 2013 at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She was born November 12, 1933 in Tamarack to Wilford and Louise (Fairchild) Green. She graduated from McGregor High School. Marjorie was united in marriage to Burton Henry Anderson on January 17, 1953 in Balsam Township, Aitkin County. She was a homemaker and after her children were grown she worked as a home health aide and respite care provider. She loved gardening, doing crafts and being outdoors. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life. She was a member of the McGregor Congregation of Jehovah\'s Witnesses. She was preceded in death by her husband Burton, daughter Laura Soleta, sister Betty Woodbridge, and her parents. Marjorie is survived by Son and daughter-in-law Tom and Connie Anderson of McGregor, Daughters and sons-in-law Cindy and Kim Risen of Tamarack Amy and Chris Moe of Rush City Grandchildren: Josh (Melissa) Anderson, Jason & Kyle Anderson, Shaila (Grant) Moody, Shirin Butler, Lydia & Abby Moe Great-grandchildren: Ashlyn Anderson, Isaiah Moody and Chloe Anderson, Sisters and brother-in-law: Mildred Shultz of Denver, CO. Darlene (Alan) Jensen of Polson, MT. Brother-in-law Bill Onstad of Tamarack Son-in-law Dave Soleta of Minneapolis And many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 2:00P.M. – Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in McGregor. Mr. Delmar Peterson will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7:00P.M. Friday at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Rita Jean Rian
02/13/1970-03/03/2013
Rita Jean Rian, 43 of Aitkin died Sunday, March 3, 2013 at her residence. She was born February 13, 1970 in Aitkin to John and Carol (Watson) Rian. She graduated from Aitkin High School, class of 1989. She worked as a cook for different business’ in Aitkin County and was a caregiver to many children in the community. She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Art and Lucille Rian, and Walter and Pearl Watson. Rita is survived by her son: Cameron Rian (Kayla Wortham) of Aitkin Daughter: Kaitlyn Rian of Aitkin Granddaughter: Raelynn Parents: John and Carol Rian of Palisade Brother: Richard (Patty) Rian of Palisade Sister: Rose Rian (Tim Holstein) of Champlin 5 nieces, 1 nephew, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. – Thursday, March 7, 2013 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Charles Carlson will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Palisade. Visitation will be 5 to 7:00P.M., Wednesday at the funeral home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service. www.srtfuneral.com
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Darwin Hietalati
06/18/1963-03/01/2013
Darwin John Hietalati, age 49 of Lawler died Friday, March 1, 2013 at his home. Darwin was born June 18, 1963 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Edwin and Elsie (Lundeen) Hietalati. He attended schools in Lawler and McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School in 1981. He then attended Vo-Tech School and received his certificate as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic. He worked on construction jobs in numerous places in Minnesota and most recently in North Dakota. He loved cars and motorcycles and snowmobiling. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing four wheeling. He especially loved his family and the most important thing in his life was his children, whom he loved dearly. He is survived by a daughter and son in law: Mandy (Edwin Goss) Hietalati of Minneapolis; Son: Tony Hietalati of Minneapolis; brothers and sisters: Wally Hietalati of Lawler, Pat Kareen of Chandler, Arizona, Judy Hietalati of Lawler, Rick Hietalati of Lawler, Roy Hietalati of Lawler and Mary Dawson of McGregor. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 nephews and a brother in law. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 1 PM at the McGregor High School Auditorium. A visitation will be from Noon until the 1 PM services. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ralph Harold Beneke
08/12/1928-02/27/2013
Ralph Harold Beneke, age 84 of Aitkin died Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at the Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis after suffering a heart attack. Ralph was born along with his twin brother Robert on August 12, 1928 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Paul and Justine (Eck) Beneke. He was a lifelong resident of Aitkin. He married Aira Ellen Hyytinen on May 22, 1947 in Aitkin. They had a wonderful life together. HE had worked at many grocery stores in Aitkin including Ziske’s. He had also been employed by the Inland Steel Mine in Ironton until its closing. Ralph had most recently been employed at Holder’s Drug Store in Aitkin. He enjoyed many hour of listening to Country and Polka Music and playing cribbage with friends. He was a member of the Golden Age Club in Aitkin and the Independent Apostolic Lutheran Church. Ralph was a loving father to son Robert (Kim Morrissey) Beneke of Aitkin; daughter: Kathleen (Verl) Wiitala of Corpus Christi, Texas; Grandfather to: Senja Childers of Minot, N.D., Kaija Schultz of Hastings, Mn., Nicole Johnson of New York, N.Y., and Brittany Johnson of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Great Grandfather to Katja Knott and Maija Schultz and sister and brother in law: Betty (Curtis) Grundahl of Dassel, MN. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and special friend Joyce Melberg. He was preceded in death by his wife Aira in 2004, Parents Paul and Justine Beneke and twin brother Robert Beneke. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 PM and also 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Rabbit Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dennis N. Skinner
11/16/1935-02/23/2013
Dennis N. Skinner, of McGregor, age 77 Departed from the comfort of his wife’s arms to the arms of his Heavenly Father on February 23, 2013. Dennis was a 34-year employee of Osseo Area Schools, as a classroom teacher and retiring in 1993 as Director of Curriculum and Staff Development. In retirement, he enjoyed living in McGregor at “the lake” and was active in his community. He served as Jevne Township Supervisor, was on Aitkin County committees for Planning & Zoning, Comprehensive Land Use Management, and Rivers & Lakes Fair. As a member of Grace Church near McGregor he chaired the Finance Team, Endowment Team, and 2002 Pastoral Call Committee. Dennis was an educator both in and out of the classroom, imparting his curiosity and wonder for the natural world and for other people’s stories. He was slow to judge others but likely to give genuine compliments. He shared his time and gifts because he loved seeing others succeed. His legacy to all is his faith in God and joy in life; and his sly sense of humor often coupled with his delight in wordplay. He had a gracious, gentle spirit and was a true gentleman to others. He was a devoted husband, an attentive and giving father, a playful and extremely proud grandfather. He is survived by wife Judy and his children and grandchildren: Scott & Sue Skinner of Aitkin (Ranee, Ryan, Rich); Todd & Mary Jo Skinner of Anoka (Tom, Nate); Kristen & Tom Gannon of Elk River (John, Erin); Karen & Emmett Fogarty of Belle Plaine (Courtney, Jack, Luke, Emily). Also survived by his sister, Susan & Bill Wurster. Celebration of his life will be at Grace Lutheran Church in McGregor on Saturday, March 2 at 11:00 am, with visitation at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Heartland Hospice or the OARE Scholarship Fund. Special thanks to Golden Horizons Memory Care. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Russell H. Kullhem
01/26/1919-02/22/2013
Russell H. Kullhem, 94 of Palisade died Friday, February 22, 2013 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born January 26, 1919 in Duluth to Andrew H. and Alice S. (Bloomquist) Kullhem. He attended Woodland School in Workman Township and graduated from Aitkin High School. He was a U.S. Army Air Corp. veteran serving in WW II. Russell was united in marriage to Nina M. Peninger on September 6, 1945 in Winfield, KS. He worked as a farmer and a rural letter carrier for many years. He was a member Bethel Lutheran Church of Palisade, American Legion, Farmers Union, and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He enjoyed reading, some traveling, farming, and he loved being with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Violet Hyovalti, and brother Lawrence. Russell is survived by his wife Nina Kullhem of Palisade 6 children and their spouses: Judy Hermann of Ramsey Glen (Carla) Kullhem of Colorado Springs, CO. Rose (Charles) Rice of St. Peter Burt Kullhem of St. Cloud Paul (Karin) Kullhem of Woodbury Dean (Deb) Kullhem of St. Paul 10 Grandchildren: Brandon (JoLynn)Kullhem, Anders (Jessi) Kullhem, Chad (Misaki)Kullhem, Brenna Kullhem, Bryton Kullhem, Kayla Kullhem, Lisa (Dean)Wenzel, Randy (Taryn) Hermann, Sheila (Nick)Mayer, and Paige Kullhem 11 great-grandchildren 2 brothers and sister-in-law: Charles (Genevieve) Kullhem of Aitkin and Marvin Kullhem of Fergus Falls Sister-in-law: Violet Kullhem of Bemidji Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. – Friday, March 1, 2013 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. Reverend William Sass will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion and Palisade VFW. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00P.M Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Janice M. Hart
10/06/1943-02/18/2013
Janice Hart, 69 of Aitkin It is with great sadness that the family of Janice Hart announces her death. She passed away on February 18, 2013 at her home from a prolonged illness. Janice was born on October 6, 1943 in Minneapolis to Marvin and Jennie (Nelson) Peterson. She graduated from Lindstrom High School in 1961. On May 19, 1962 Janice was united in marriage to George Hart of Osceola, WI. They lived in Minneapolis, Stillwater, Willernie, Mahtomedi and Aitkin. She worked over 20 years as Yield Assistant at Cardiac Pacemakers in St. Paul. Janice loved to read, travel, music, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She is survived and will be missed by her husband George Hart children: Steven of Wisconsin Garry (Jill) of Austin David (Connie) of Brainerd Julie of St. Paul Grandchildren: Steven Manz of Willmar, Daemieon, Destynee and Brandon Hart of Amery, WI., Josh, Kallie and Marrissa Hart of Austin, Richard Hart of Pocatello, ID., David Hart, Jr. who is stationed at Fort Stewart, GA. and Amanda Hart of Brainerd Brothers and sisters-in-law: Charlie (Sandy)Peterson of Princeton Marlyn (Carol)Peterson of Mankato Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Marvin and Jennie Peterson of Lindstrom. A memorial service will be held in the spring. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to: Aitkin Food Shelf, 102 4th Street North West, Aitkin, MN, 56431
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Ralph Hietalati
11/28/1920-02/17/2013
Ralph Hietalati, age 92 of Cromwell died Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the Villa Vista Care Center in Cromwell. He was born November 28, 1920 at Lawler, Minnesota the son of William and Hilma (Jussila) Hietalati. He married Dorothy Bottila on January 8, 1942 at St. Paul, Minnesota. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II with the 44th Army Tank Battalion in the Pacific Theater. Upon his discharge he returned to Lawler and he lived in various places throughout northern Minnesota. He has resided at the Villa Vista Care Center since 2009. He was a lifelong member of the VFW and charter member of the Esko Lion’s Club. He is survived by 2 daughters: Jean (Barry) Collins of Eveleth, MN.; Joyce (Gary) Himango of Brimson, MN.; 8 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Dorothy in 1991, infant daughter Julie Ann and 14 brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 22, 2013 at Noon from the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Salo Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts. Memorials are preferred to the Villa Vista Care Center in Cromwell. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Keith E. Verthein
05/22/1928-02/17/2013
Keith E. Verthein, age 84 of McGregor died Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis. Keith was born May 22, 1928 at Pipestone, Minnesota the son of Richard and Mary (Scharfenberg) Verthein. He grew up and attended schools in Pipestone and graduated from the Pipestone High School He then attended college in South Dakota and received his degree in Pharmacy. He then served in the U.S, Army from 1951 to 1953, during the Korean War having received the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Stars. Upon his discharge from the Army Keith returned to Minnesota wherehe owned and operated Keith's Drug Pharmacy in Lafayette, MN.From 1954 to 1963. He married Marlys R. Paschke on February 1, 1958 at Faribault, Minnesota. They moved to Morgan, MN where Keith owned and operated Morgan Drug from 1966 to 1972. Keith had served as mayor of Lafayette for two terms and was the MAyor of Morgan for one term. He was also very active in civic affairs in both lafayette and Morgan, including work on the lafayette Fun Fair, Lafayette Industries, the American Legion, VFW, the Lion's Club, Gideon's International and Toastmasters. In 1972 they moved to McGregor where Keith was manager for Hoppenstredt Pharmacy from 1973 until 1979. He received his realtor’s license in 1979 and operated Keith’s Realty until he retired in the early 2000’s.Keith continued being very active in civic affairs in McGregor and Aitkin County. Keith was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in McGregor, Gideon’s International, the VFW, the Pines Needles and Pens writing group, the ARTs (Advancement of Rural Talents) and the McGregor Development Corp. He was a prolific writer of humerous essays and other pieces, some of which were published in the books "Among The Pine Needles" and "Back Among The Pine Needles". He also appeared on stage in played presented by the ARTs at Rice Days Festival in McGregor and other community events. He enjoyed telling jokes, visiting neighbors and friends over a cup of coffee, reading the bible, collecting antiques, and being a salesman of properties, tickets and other “stuff”. He is survived by his wife Marlys Verthein of McGregor; 3 daughters: Lyn Verthein of Minneapolis; Jane Chase of Brooklyn Park, Mn; Sandra Verthein of Chicago, Ill.; and 1 brother: Kenneth Verthein of Bovey, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 1 sister Ruby Sorensen. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Noon from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Henry Koopman officiating. Visitation will be from 11 AM until the service time at the church. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery at McGregor. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, MN. www.srtfuneral.com.
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William H. Bohlin, Jr.
04/20/1931-02/14/2013
William “Bill” H. Bohlin, Jr., 81 of Aitkin died Thursday, February 14, 2013 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born April 20, 1931 in Minneapolis to William H. and Lillian (Halverson) Bohlin, Sr. He was united in marriage to Donna L. Larson on October 14, 1955 in Minneapolis. He was a member of the Glazier and Glass Workers Union. Bill is survived daughters: Lynn Shegstad of Minneapolis Karen (Scott) Cummings of Aitkin Brenda Bohlin of Aitkin Son: Joe Bohlin of Florida Grandchildren: Bill, Kelly and Kristi Cummings, and Katy, Lauren, Kevin, and Ellen Bohlin Great-granddaughter: Morgan Ruschmeier Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Donna, one sister, and his parents. Memorial service will be 2P.M. – Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Raymond D. Morris
08/30/1930-02/12/2013
Raymond D. Morris, age 82 of Aitkin died unexpectedly on Tuesday February 12, 2013 at the Kimberly-Glen Town Hall. Raymond was born August 30, 1930 in Spencer Township of Aitkin County the son of Dewey and Katherine (Pendergast) Morris. He attended school at Rossburg through the 8th grade and then attended school in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1949. He then served in the U.S. Army. He returned to Aitkin after his discharge and married Phyllis L. Spencer on June 3, 1953 in Spencer Township. He then attended the Minnesota School of Business and received his AA degree in accounting. He worked for the First National Bank in Aitkin for a time and in 1957 moved to Willmar and worked for an accounting firm there. In 1964 he purchased an accounting firm in Morris, Minnesota. He and his family moved back to Aitkin in 1975 and he purchased the Beyreuther Accounting Practice, but he continued to manage the business in Morris until he retired in 2000. He had owned practices in Willmar, Wheaton, Montevideo, Morris and Aitkin. In 1975, when he moved back to Aitkin he pursued his first love which was farming and continued farming up to his death. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, the Republican party, the Central Minnesota Premium Beef Assoc. and had served as it’s treasurer, served as a board member for the Woodland Mutual Insurance Co. in Carlton, served on the Spencer Township Board and was its Board Chair; had served on the Riverwood Health Care Center Board, and was active in numerous other organizations. He is survived by his wife: Phyllis Morris of Aitkin; Children: Marilyn (Bill) Crowther of Aitkin; Carol (Shawn) Kyar of Aitkin; Brad (Cindy) Morris of Maple Grove, Mn.; daughter in law: Merrilee Morris of Suwanee, GA.; 17 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, son James Morris, Granddaughter: Rachael Morris, and 13 brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 11 AM from the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in Aitkin with Branch President Ron DeCent officiating. Burial will be in the Spencer Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Aitkin American Legion and VFW Posts. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 M on Friday at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Benjamin G. Hawley
06/03/1938-02/07/2013
Benjamin G. Hawley, 74 of Aitkin died February 7, 2013 at his home. There will be no services at this time. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Florence Vivian Mathilda Anderson
12/03/1930-02/05/2013
Florence Vivian Mathilda Anderson, age 82 of Tamarack, died Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Florence was born December 3, 1930 in Balsam Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota the daughter of Marion and Mathilda (Endreson) Anderson. She attended country schools and also the McGregor School and graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1948. She then attended the Briar Crest Bible College in Canada for 2 years. She then returned to Tamarack and married Louis Anderson on June 21, 1952. They made their home in the Tamarack area since except for 1 year when they lived in Montana. She was a member of the Tamarack Golden Age Club, the Round Lake Ladies Guild, the Round Lake Presbyterian Church, the Cromwell/Wright Evangelical Free Church, had served as a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher. She is survived by her husband: Louis Anderson of Tamarack; Children and spouses: Mark (Clarice) Anderson of Chisholm, MN.; Cindy (Rev. Kenneth) Mitchell of Tamarack; Peter (Anita) Anderson of Aitkin; Ruth (Martin) Stofferahn of Tamarack; Norman (Kim) Anderson of Stacy, Mn.; 16 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren; 1 brother: Orrin Anderson of Milwaukee, Oregon, and 1 sister: Edna Paetow of Elbow Lake, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents, 5 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 11 AM from the Round Lake Presbyterian Church with Pastor Kenneth Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, MN. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Marvin J. Wier
02/16/1926-02/01/2013
Marvin J. Wier, age 86 of Aitkin died Friday, February 1, 2013 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Marvin was born February 16, 1926 in Miami County, Kansas the son of Francis and Marie (Verbrugge) Wier. He grew up and attended schools at Humboldt, Iowa and graduated from the Humboldt High School in 1944. He then entered the Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific during WW II. He was stationed at Guam and later in China. Upon his discharge he returned to Humboldt, Iowa and married Bea Coyle on April 4, 1947 at Humboldt. He attended Drake University at Des Moines, Iowa and then Iowa State Teachers College. He received his Master’s Degree in School Administration. He taught schools in Ledyard, Iowa and Okabena. He then served as principal in Barnum, Mn. Spring Valley, Mn. and Aitkin, MN. In 1972 he left education and operated the Dandy Sports Center in Farmington, MN. specializing in snowmobile, outboard motor and small engine repairs. He operated that until 1999. His wife Bea died in 1997. He married Maude Klingelhofer on June 3, 2000 in Aitkin and moved to Aitkin and has resided here since. He was a member of the Aitkin United Methodist Church where he served on numerous committees, was an active member of the Bible Study. He was a past commander of the Aitkin American Legion Post 86, a member of the Aitkin VFW Post 1727, was an active member of the “Support Our Troops” organization, was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge, had volunteered as a gun safety instructor, drove the Veterans Van, was a member of the Lone Lake Association, had been a member of the Water Board in Farmington, the snowmobile club in Farmington and had driven school bus in Farmington. He and his wife Maude were the Aitkin Riverboat King and Queen in 2002, and served as wonderful ambassadors for the community of Aitkin. He loved to travel. He is survived by his children and spouses: Paul (Valeri) Wier of Eveleth, MN., Dennis (Vicki) Wier of Mesa, AZ., Bill (Valerie) Wier of Phoenix, AZ., Step Children: Kirby (Pam) Klingelhofer of Annandale, MN., Valeri (Paul) Wier of Eveleth, MN., Grandchildren: Bud Wier, Michael Wier, Tim (Kirstin) Wier, Dan (Kelly) Wier, Step grandchildren: Ryan (Sara) Klingelhofer, Amy Klingelhofer, Great Grandchildren: Riley, Brody, Bryson, Gracie and Hailey, 2 brothers: Joe (Lois) Wier of Colts Neck, NJ., Robert Wier of Sedona, AZ., and sister: Carol (Lloyd) McBurney of Humboldt, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Bea in 1997 and wife Maude in 2012. A memorial service will be held Monday, February 11, 2013 at 1 PM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at a later date in the Diamond Lake Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW Post and American Legion Post. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Robert N. Rom
03/10/1931-01/28/2013
Robert N. Rom, age 81 of Aitkin died Monday, January 28, 2013 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Bob was born March 10, 1931 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Norman and Lillie (Jackman) Rom. He grew up and attended schools in the Aitkin area graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1949. He then attended the University of Minnesota for a year. He returned home and worked on the farm and started Rom Poultry Farm in 1950. He delivered eggs across north Minnesota. He married Irma D. Redlich on August 6, 1955 at Nye, Wisconsin. They made their home in Aitkin and he has lived here his whole life. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin where he had served as a deacon and also on the building committee. Was a charter member that helped revive the Cedar Lake Norwegian Lutheran Church in 1972. He is survived by his wife Irma Rom of Aitkin; children and spouses: Dave (Erin) Rom of Aitkin, Kevin (Darcy) Rom of Aitkin, Mike (Teresa) Rom of Little Fork, Mn.; Rebecca (Paul) Zenke of Aitkin, 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 2 PM from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Burial will be in the Dorris Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dale G. Burdick
10/20/1938-01/28/2013
Dale G. Burdick, age 74 of Aitkin died Monday, January 28, 2013 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Dale was born October 20, 1938 at Wright, Minnesota the son of Dennis and Doris (Guitare) Burdick. He lived a time with his grandparents and then lived at home. He has been a resident of the Oak Ridge Homes since 1995. He worked at the DAC in McGregor and loved working there. He enjoyed all animals, especially horses. He is survived by six brothers: Roger, Jerry, Russell, and Duwayne all of Tamarack; David of North Augusta, S.C., Wallace of Pierz, Mn.; and sisters: Carol Hageman and Pearl Bruggman both of McGregor and Joyce Shokes of St. John’s Island, S.C. Private family services will be held in the summer. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dale C. Mordal
04/03/1937-01/27/2013
Dale C. Mordal, age 75 of McGregor, formerly of Elk River died Sunday, January 27, 2013 at his home. Dale was born April 3, 1937 at Elk River, Minnesota the son of Clarence and Audrey (Little) Mordal. He grew up and attended schools in Elk River and Waseca, Mn. He worked on farms and also worked in the mines on the iron range for a time. He married Marcella A. Kreger on April 4, 1959 at t. John Lutheran Church in Elk River. The made their home in Elk River and Dale worked as an over the road trucker for a time and then worked for Elk River Ready Mix. They moved to the McGregor area in 2000 and have lived here since. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church at Elk River and attended Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor. He enjoyed working on and collecting John Deere Tractors. He is survived by his wife Marcella Mordal of McGregor; Children and spouses: Jeff (Sue) Mordal of Princeton, MN., Doug (Ruth) Mordal of Elk River, MN., Don (Kimberly) Mordal of Ramsey, MN., Tom (Angel) Mordal of Elk River, MN., 10 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, 1 brother: Duane Mordal of Elk River, MN., 2 sisters: Alice James of Elk River, MN., Norma Marpe of Harrisburg, PA., He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 granddaughter Katie and 1 sister Carol. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 2 PM from St. John Lutheran Church at Elk River, Mn. with Rev. Wilfred Pieper officiating. Burial will be at the St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 6 PM at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Henry Koopman leading a prayer service at 6 PM at the church. Visitation will continue Thursday 1 hour prior to the services at St. John Lutheran Church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jackson \"Jack\" Stahl
06/14/1938-01/26/2013
Jackson “Jack” D. Stahl, age 74 of Aitkin formerly of North St. Paul, died Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Veranda Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Harlingen, Texas. Jack was born June 14, 1938 at Madison, Nebraska the son of George and Vera (Rowlett) Stahl. He attended schools in South Dakota and then they moved to North St. Paul where he attended schools and graduated from the North St. Paul High School in 1957. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1958 until 1960. He worked as an installer for telephone companies for 38 years. He married Judy M. Burch on June 2, 1962 at North St. Paul. They made their home in Maplewood until moving to Mille Lacs Lake in 2000. They have spent the past 7 winters in Texas. He was a member of the American Legion and Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church. He enjoyed Bow hunting, fishing, golfing and traveling. He especially enjoyed his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Judy Stahl of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Jackie Mattson of Oakdale, Mn., Dean (Debbie) Stahl of Centerville, Mn., Sue (Curt) Skallerup of Dallas, Texas; 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11 AM from the Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church at Garrison with Rev. Jon Rusnak officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 PM and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church Saturday. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 1 PM with full military honors. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Janet M. Guntzburger
01/07/1930-01/24/2013
Janet Smith Guntzburger, McGregor, MN., passed away peacefully at home, with her family by her side, on January 24, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents, Genevieve and Earl Smith, and her granddaughter, Kimberly. A loving and supportive wife and mother, Janet is survived by her husband of 61 years, Bob, their 4 children: Ann (Roger) Brinkley of Seattle, WA., Sue Barney of Elgin, IL., Kit (Jeff) Rosch of Duluth, GA., Tom (Kelly) Guntzburger of Duluth, MN., her sister, Phyllis (Florian) Seitz, 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Janet was born on January 7, 1930 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She graduated from Ft. Atkinson High School, Ft. Atkinson, WI. In 1947 she married her high school sweetheart in 1952. They raised their family in WI., IL., and MN. Bob and Janet moved to McGregor in 1987 where Janet was active in community activities, including the Lioness Club and Grace Lutheran Church. She also enjoyed golfing, fishing, traveling and generally enjoying life with her many friends and family. Services will be held at Grace Lutheran Log Church, McGregor, MN., on Sunday, January 27, 2013. Visitation at 1:00 PM, Services at 2:00 PM. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Cure PSP-The Foundation for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy of Grace Lutheran Church. The McGregor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Barry A. Wencl
02/16/1956-01/23/2013
Barry A. Wencl, 56 of McGregor died Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at his home. He was born February 16, 1956 in Aitkin to Louis G. and Violet M. (Eller) Wencl. He graduated from McGregor High School and worked as a logger for many years and then as a custodian for McGregor Schools. Barry was united in marriage to Cynthia L. (Taaffee) on July 1, 2003 in Aitkin. He was a member of many “outdoor” related clubs and organizations and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and canoeing. He was preceded in death by his father Louis Wencl and grandparents Fred and Marcella Wencl. Barry is survived by his wife Cindy Wencl of McGregor Mother Violet Wencl of Park Rapids 3 sons and daughters-in-law: Elijah (Sarah) Wencl of McGregor Cassidy (Cassie) Wencl of McGregor Bradley (Kayla) Swedberg of McGregor 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Amber (Ronnie) Wyttenback of McGregor Heather (Jon) Belanger of McGregor Amber Swedberg of McGregor Grandchildren: Sydney, Elyssa, Cooper, Evan, Aubrey, Jonna, and Sunnie One brother and sister-in-law Lee (Carla) Wencl of Richfield One sister and brother-in-law: Wendy (Joe) Ryan of Park Rapids Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 11A.M. – Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at the McGregor School Auditorium. Pastor Joel Seibel will officiate. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Tuesday at McGregor Funeral Home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the McGregor School Auditorium. www.srtfuneral.com
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Curtis D. Nitschke
06/26/1936-01/19/2013
Curtis Douglas Nitschke, age 76 of Aitkin formerly of Minneapolis died Saturday, January 19, 2013 at his home. Curtis was born June 26, 1936 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Paul and Eleanor (Zieborth) Nitschke. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from Vocational High School. He served in the U.S. Army. He married Kathleen Lindberg in 1959 in Minneapolis. He lived in Minneapolis where he worked for 20 years as a cab driver. He then worked as a delivery person in the Minneapolis area. He married Frayda Raver on June 16, 1995 in Minneapolis. They moved to the Aitkin area in 2002. He had been coming to the Aitkin area to his cabin since 1972. He was a former member of the Aitkin American Legion and Moose Clubs in Aitkin. He enjoyed people, fishing, roller skating, tinkering, inventing, woodworking and storytelling. He is survived by his wife Frayda Nitschke of Aitkin; sons: Jeffrey A. (Kari) Nitschke of Olathe, Kansas; Jon Lindberg of Las Vegas, Nevada; Kevin (Ann) Harrison of New Hope, MN., David (Nancy) Harrison of Preston, MN., Patrick (Dawn) Harrison of Aitkin; and 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Glenn Browning officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Albert Aswegan Jr.
08/27/1942-01/18/2013
Albert L. Aswegan Jr., age 70 of Aitkin formerly of Marshalltown, Iowa died Friday, January 18, 2013 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Mn. Albert was born August 27, 1942 at Des Moines, Iowa the son of Albert and Pearl (Harris) Aswegan. He grew up and attended schools in Des Moines, Iowa and Eldora, Iowa where he graduated from High School in 1960. He worked in Marshalltown for Fisher Controls until 1986 when he moved to Aitkin, Minnesota. He then worked for the Gorecki Manufacturing Co. in Milaca until 2003 when he retired due to health issues. He married Patricia J. DeShaw on November 28, 1980 at Malmo, Minnesota. He had served on the Wealthwood Township Board. He loved fishing, woodworking, reading, bird watching and his family. He is survived by his wife Patricia Aswegan of Aitkin, MN.; Sons: Christopher (Marty) Aswegan of Fredricksburg, VA.; Patrick (Theresa) Aswegan of Oelwein, IA.; Carl (Marilyn) Davis of Minneapolis; Kevin (Lorry) Parrish of Pequot Lakes, MN.; daughters: Lisa (Brian) Wunn of Marshalltown, IA.; Roxanne (Jason) Collins of Marshalltown, IA.; Tracy (Frank) Belisle of Aitkin, MN.; Brothers: Jim Aswegan of New Providence, IA.; Gene Aswegan of Des Moines, IA.; sisters: Gladys (Rick) Eveland of Des Moines, IA.; Clara (Pat) Lawler of Gravios, Mo.; Betty (David) Ellenwood of Fredricksburg, Va.; Virginia (Jack) Scoonover of Des Moines, IA.; 19 Grandchildren, 8 Great Grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his faithful dog Tina. He was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Pearl, brothers: Earl, Donald, Dale, Ronald and sister: Barbara. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, MN. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Charles D. Johnson
03/25/1962-01/12/2013
Charles D. Johnson, 50 of Coleraine and formerly of Aitkin died Saturday, January 12, 2013 at his residence. Charles was born March 25, 1962 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of John and Kathleen (Oleson) Johnson. He graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1980 and then served in the U.S. Army. When he returned to Minnesota he worked as a painter in Minneapolis and Grand Rapids and the surrounding communities. He has lived in Coleraine the past 13 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Grand Rapids American Legion and Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. He loved being a father. He is survived by his 3 children: Celena (Steven Spychalla and daughter Audrey) Johnson of St. Cloud; Chantel and Chanay Huff of Swatara; Mother: Katy (Darrell) Johnson of Tamarack; Sisters: Debbie (Larry) Goble of Palisade, Sara (Jamie) McCormick of Aitkin; brothers: Ben (Mary) Johnson of Aitkin; Andy (Pam) Johnson of Aitkin and 1 niece and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father John Johnson, Grandparents: Helmer and Mabel Johnson and Claude and Lorraine Oleson. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, January 18, 2013 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. Reverend William Sass will officiate. Visitation will be 4 to 7P.M. – Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Palisade VFW and Aitkin American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkiin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Alton L. Ahlstrom, Sr.
06/30/1925-01/10/2013
Alton L. Ahlstrom, Sr., 87 of Aitkin died Thursday, January 10, 2013 at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay. He was born June 30, 1925 in Hitchcock, South Dakota to Alvin and Ruth (Price) Ahlstrom. He graduated from South Minneapolis High School. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in WW II. Alton was united in marriage to Jean I. Perkins on December 7, 1946 in Minneapolis. They lived in Fridley prior to moving to Aitkin. He worked as a master technician for Minnegasco. He was a member of the American Legion, Forever Young, Glowing Age, and Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his wife Jean I. Ahlstrom, infant son Robert L. Ahlstrom, brother Wayne Ahlstrom, and his parents. Alton is survived by sons and daughters-in-law: Alton L. (Cheryl) Ahlstrom, Jr. of Mounds View James R. (Sue) Ahlstrom of Andover Daughters and sons-in-law: Patricia J. (Steve) Candelaria of Qumado, N.M. Ruth A. (Ken) Jorgenson of Carlton Alinda L. (Tom) Rosier of LaMarque, TX. Gay L. (Jay) Sikkink of Milaca 15 grandchildren: Eva, Jane, Heather, Nathan, David, Ann, Sam, Alicia, Melissa, Chris, Kate, Jake, Nick, Jessica, Malayna 10 great-grandchildren Many other relatives and friends. Graveside committal service with military honors will be 11:45a.m. – Monday, January 14, 2013 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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Harvey F. Thomas
08/09/1947-01/10/2013
Harvey F. Thomas, age 65 of Aitkin died Thursday, January 10, 2013 at his home. Harvey was born August 9, 1947 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Julius and Ella (Copley) Thomas. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1966. He then worked for the Turkey Plant in Aitkin and then went to work for the Scorpion Plant in Crosby until that closed. He also worked for Garrison Disposal Co. at the recycle plant and at the Aitkin Dairy Queen. He married Judith M. Scheeler on October 4, 1975 in Aitkin. He was a member of the Glory Baptist Church, the Christian Motorcycle Association, and the Forever 50 group. He loved riding his motorcycle, cutting grass with his John Deer Lawn Mower, and deer hunting. He was an excellent repairman, he could fix anything and he loved his duct tape. He is survived by his wife Judy Thomas of Aitkin, Daughters and son in law: Naomi and Chad Backstrom of Deerwood, Pamela Bradshaw of St. Cloud, Mn.; 5 grandchildren: Alec, Simon, Jonathan, Justin and Hannah. 2 brothers: Jim Thomas of Hutchinson, Mn.; John Thomas of Big Fork, Mn. and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 11 AM from the Glory Baptist Church in rural Aitkin with Pastor Randy Stauter officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday at the church from 10 AM until the 11 AM services. Burial will be in the Glory Baptist Cemetery. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Helen M. Liljenquist
09/01/2013-01/06/2013
Helen M. Liljenquist, age 93 of Aitkin died Sunday, January 6, 2013 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Helen was born September 1, 1919 in St. Paul, Minnesota the daughter of Martin and Annie (Gay) Christopherson. In 1927 she moved with her family to the Palisade area where she grew up and attended the South Waukenabo School. She married Emil A. Liljenquist on June 6, 1937 in Aitkin. They made their home in the Glen area where they farmed for many years. She also worked for Archers and Fischer’s Resorts and had worked for the Gables Nursing Home for a time. She was mostly known for operating the farm. She has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center for the past nine years. She was a past member of Bethesda Lutheran Church at Malmo where she had served on a number of committees, the Malmo Community Club, the Malmo Community Hall Board, the Clear Lake Grange for almost 50 years, the Glen Homemakers, had been a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and had served on its board as the first woman board member, she also taught release time, was a 39 year member of the Aitkin American Legion Auxiliary, had served as chair of the Poppy Sales, had served 30 years on the Aitkin County Fair Board in the Art Division and had been the Glen Grand Marshall at the Riverboat Days parade. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Rich and Lorraine Liljenquist of Aitkin; 2 daughters: Bonnie Mickelson of Aitkin, Sharon Nelson of Deerwood, 12 Grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and 1 son Edwin (Eddie). Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 10 at 11 AM from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church with Rev. Cynthia Grey officiating. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery. 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. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ernestine M. Durant
12/09/1956-01/02/2013
Ernestine M. Durant, Native Name: Naawiigiiziisikwe, of Aitkin, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013 in Hibbing, Minnesota. She was born December 9, 1956 at White Earth, Minnesota. She grew up and attended schools in Cook, Minnesota graduating from the Cook High School in 1975. She raised her family in Northern Minnesota and later in life attended the Fon Du Lac Community College studying Native Art and Language. She enjoyed drawing and wood burning. She was a great cook and wonderful mother. She is survived by 3 daughters: Niki Spragg of Aitkin; Autumn Spragg of Aitkin; Karly George of Walker; 2 Grandchildren: Rhiannen Spragg of Hackensack and Noah George of Walker; brothers and sisters: Arnie Vainio of Duluth; Kelly Vainio of Bear River, Mn.; Brandon Vainio of Esko, Mn.; Sherri Monroe of Duluth; Carla Gargano of Side Lake, Mn.; Scott Thompson of Duluth. She was preceded in death by her mother Mabel Durant. Services will be held Sunday, January 6, 2013 beginning at 10 AM at the East Lake Community Center. Burial will be at the East Lake Burial Grounds. The wake will begin on Saturday January 5 at dusk and continue until the services on Sunday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lloyd F. Blakesley
08/25/1919-12/28/2012
Lloyd F. Blakesley, 93 of Aitkin passed away December 28, 2012 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. A celebration of Lloyd’s life with military honors will be held in February, 2013. A full obituary will be published prior to services. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lloyd Franklin Blakesley
08/25/1919-12/28/2012
Lloyd Franklin Blakesley, 93 of Aitkin died December 28, 2012 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. He was born August 25, 1919 in Lake Mary Township, Douglas County, MN. to Will and Lovena (Keim) Blakesley. In 1925 they moved to Ross Lake Township, Crow Wing County, MN. He attended the nearby Ross Lake School. In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served aboard the destroyer USS Nicholas as a plank owner from 1942 until 1946. He served in the Atlantic and Pacific with campaigns in the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, Indonesia, Philippines, Okinawa and Japan. As a Coxswain he was at the helm of a whaleboat helping to pick up Japanese harbor pilots before the ships could enter Tokyo Bay. His ship was alongside the USS Missouri when the peace treaty was signed on September 2, 1945. Lloyd was united in marriage to Virginia Sharratt on November 14, 1945 in Aitkin. The couple lived in Long Beach, CA and San Diego, CA. before returning to Aitkin. In 1948 they bought the family farm in Ross Lake Township and lived there until their deaths. He farmed, drove school bus, worked for P&M Mining Co. near Crosby, Hasskamp Bros. Well Drilling, and Woodland Container Mfg. of Aitkin. He was also a carpenter and liked to raise Shetland Ponies. Lloyd and Virginia attended many naval reunions traveling to many places throughout the U.S. and Canada. He became a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was active in the VFW holding several offices including Commander from 1992 to 1994 and in the VFW Color Guard serving as flag bearer. He was preceded in death by his wife Virginia, brothers: Bob Blakesley and Lester Blakesley, and sister Jessie Hughes. Lloyd is survived by his sons: Dennis (Pam Pruitt) Blakesley, Douglas (Hildara) Blakesley, Lyn (Wanda) Blakesley, and Bart Blakesley; daughters: Lovena Blakesley, and Laura (Greg) Thornbloom; grandchildren: Milagros (Erick) Wicklund, Virginia Blakesley, Scott Blakesley, Misty(Tim) Sturm, Jeff Blakesley, Marla Thornbloom, Neal Thornbloom, Kirstin Dunham, and Cole Blanchard; great-grandchildren: Gavin & Garrett Sturm and Charli Ann Blakesley; brothers: Leo Blakesley and John Blakesley; many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11A.M. Friday, February 1, 2013 memorial service at the Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727. Bill Fox will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post # 1727 and Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86. Burial will be in Minnesota Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Aitkin VFW or Minnesota Veterans Cemetery perpetual care. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Evelyn C. Palmer
11/09/1914-12/26/2012
Evelyn C. Palmer, 98 of Chisago City and formerly of Aitkin died December 26, 2012 at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming. She was born November 9, 1914 in Glencoe to Fred and Abigail (Eilers) Schultz. She was united in marriage to Lester L. Palmer on July 2, 1938 in Crosby. They moved to the Twin Cities in 1943 then moved back to Ross Lake Township. The past several years she has lived near her grandchildren. Evelyn enjoyed attending different horse events. She was a member of the Fire Bells of Coon Rapids and Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin. Evelyn is survived by her grandchildren: Laurie (Troy) Slater of East Bethel Wayne (Anne) Seymour of Cedar Great-grandchildren: Shannon (Joe) Wisen, Terri Slater, and Elizabeth Seymour Great-great-grandson: Noah Sister: Viola Bodle of Crosby Other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Lester in 1993, daughter Arlene Seymour in 2009, and her sister Alvina Lueck. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 12:00P.M. – Thursday, January 3, 2013 funeral service at Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin. Reverend Gunnar Salmonson will officiate. Burial will be in Lakewood Cemetery in Crosby. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ramona M. Petersen
08/13/1938-12/25/2012
Ramona M. Petersen, 74 of Aitkin died December 25, 2012 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born August 13, 1938 in Aitkin to Duward and June (Osterheim) Gustin. She attended Spencer school and then Aitkin Schools. Ramona was united in marriage to Warren W. Petersen on August 2, 1963 in Aitkin. They moved to California in 1977 to work and later moved back to Aitkin. She worked at the pharmacy in Aitkin and was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing bean bags and gardening. Ramona loved her grandchildren and making cookies at Christmas time for them. She was preceded in death by her brother Brad Gustin and her parents. Ramona is survived by her husband Warren 2 children: Jeff and Debi of Buffalo Cory and Janet of Ebansburg, PA. 5 grandchildren: Abby, Kyleigh, Dustin, Marissa, and Kyle 3 sisters: Wendy Novotny of Aitkin Rita Williams of Aitkin Jacki Tibbetts of Crosby Many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. – Saturday, January 5, 2013 memorial service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Douglas P. Bramhall
04/19/1948-12/23/2012
Douglas P. Bramhall, age 64 of McGregor formerly of Minneapolis died Sunday, December 23, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Douglas was born April 19, 1948 in Minneapolis, Mn. the son of Douglas and Marion (Crambell) Bramhall. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from Patrick Henry High School. He served in the U.S. Armed Forces in Vietnam. Upon his discharge he returned to Minneapolis and in the late 1990’s moved to McGregor and has lived here since. He is survived by 1 sister: Gayle Ryan of Minneapolis; nieces and nephew: Colette Ryan, Mike Ryan, Candace Ray and Kim Petti. He was preceded in death by his parents and Sister Karen Wachter. No services will be held.
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Doris M. Leaf
09/15/1931-12/22/2012
Doris M. Leaf, 81 of Aitkin and formerly of South Minneapolis died December 22, 2012 at Golden Horizons in Aitkin due to complications from Alzheimer’s. She was born September 15, 1931 in Willmar to Palmer and Alma (Odland) Hanson. Doris was united in marriage to Charles A. Leaf on July 8, 1950 in Willmar. They lived in South Minneapolis and Doris worked at Honeywell. In 1999 they moved to the Big Pine Lake area and in 2006 they moved to Aitkin. She was a cancer survivor. She enjoyed music, singing, and playing the organ. She was a member of Light Of The Cross Lutheran Church in Garrison. Doris is survived by her loving husband of 62 years Charles Leaf One son and daughter-in-law: Steven (JoAnn) Leaf of Darwin 2 grandchildren: Greg Hadley (Robin) of Sartell Shelly (Harold) Alexander of St.Cloud 2 great-grandchildren: Derek and Keira Alexander One sister Beverly Hirman of Raymond Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter Patti Jo Hadley, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to 1:00P.M., Friday, December 28, 2012 memorial service at Light of The Cross Lutheran Church in Garrison. Reverend Chris Hill will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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