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Archive Obituaries
Franklin C. Zimmerman
07/30/1913-08/19/2012
Franklin Charles Zimmerman, 99, of Carlton and formerly of McGregor, died Sunday, August 19, 2012 at Interfaith Care Center in Carlton. He was born July 30, 1913 in Corydon, Iowa to Lloyd and Elnora Zimmerman. Frank was united in marriage to Clotilde “Tillie” Virginia Golden on July 11, 1936 in Aitkin. He worked as a turkey and beef cattle farmer and was a school bus driver for McGregor Schools for 31 years. Frank served on the Jevne Township Board and was the township assessor for 45 years. He was a member of the McGregor Lions Club and the McGregor United Methodist Church. He will be sadly missed and was loved by many. He was preceded in death by his wife Tillie in 2007, son Marvin “Butch” Zimmerman, daughter Marlene Homme, grandson Glenn Homme, great-granddaughter Valerie Homme, two brothers: Lester and Myrl Zimmerman, sister Elo Zimmerman, and his parents Lloyd and Elnora Zimmerman. Frank is survived by 4 daughters and sons-in-law: Marjorie (Pete) White of Carlton Connie (Warren) Lund of Carlton Barbara (Stan) Roshau of Andover Janet (Andy) Bailey of Carlton 15 grandchildren, many great- grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Frank’s sons-in-law along with Gene Packer and Roy Asp. Honorary pallbearers will be Dale and Merlin Zimmerman, Kenny Boyd, Alvin Hanson, Dick Sorenson, Del Forneris, and Art Line. Lorena Kelley will sing “Amazing Grace” and Mary Beth Swanson will sing “How Great Thou Art”. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Friday August 24, 2012 funeral service at the United Methodist Church in McGregor. Chaplain Rosemary Tobin will officiate. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Roy J. Wayrynen
10/30/1929-08/18/2012
Roy J. Wayrynen, age 82 of Aitkin died Saturday, August 18, 2012 at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota. Roy was born October 30, 1929 in Rice River Township of Aitkin County the son of Eino and Amanda (Siiro) Wayrynen. In his early years Roy was a farmer, logger, milk hauler and school bus driver. He then became a rural mail carrier in the McGregor area until transferring to Santa Ynez, California. He retired in 1991 and he and his wife Janet moved to rural Aitkin where they built their log lake home. Roy enjoyed bowling, golfing, and watching the Twins and Vikings on TV. He was proud of his finish heritage and enjoyed speaking Finn with his family and friends. Taking a sauna at the farm was something he always looked forward to. He is survived by his son and daughter in law: Michael (Darla) Wayrynen of McGregor; daughter and son in law: Candace (Tim) Knoedler of Duluth; Grandchildren: Ranae (Jason) Danielowski, Matthew Wayrynen, Kindra Hietalati; Vanessa Knoedler, Patrick Knoedler, Paul (Rachel) Knoedler, great grandson: Cody Danielowski; brother: Reino Wayrynen of Campbell, CA.; sisters: Lorraine O’Connor of Canby, OR.; Doris Wayrynen of McGregor, Barbara Wayrynen of Cloquet; sister in law: Laverne Malinen of McGregor; brother in laws: Harvey (Diane) Monson of Aitkin; Jerry Monson of McGregor; Step daughter: Kari (Gary) Abbott of Tamarack; step son: Allen (Janice) Ammala of McGregor; step grandchildren: Charla Barnett and Chad Huhta and special friend Ruth Rengo. Roy was preceded in death by his parents; Brother Eugene; Sister Norma Lima; and his wife Janet Wayrynen. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating with a visitation from 10 AM until the 11 AM services. Burial will be in the Saron Cemetery at Dam Lake at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Memorials are preferred.
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Claude Eugene Weitnauer
11/13/1908-08/13/2012
Claude Eugene Weitnauer, 103 of Aitkin died Monday, August 13, 2012 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born November 13, 1908 in Independence, Iowa to Eugene H. and Iona L. (Merrill) Weitnauer. Claude was united in marriage to Helen Madonna December 30, 1933 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He worked for Trinity Industries in New London until retiring in 1975. They moved to Cedar Lake in 1977 and lived there until Claude had to move in with Marilyn and Bill Crowther at Rock Ridge Adult Foster Care. He attended Westside Church in Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his wife Helen in 1997, sister: Lilie Mae Hendrics, 4 brothers: William, Cecil, Cletis and Burton, and his parents. Claude is survived by his children: Claudette (Jerry) Millard of Anoka Arlie (Dedra) Weitnauer of Little Falls Robert (Carol) Weitnauer of Audubon 9 Grandchildren: Diane (Ken) Stinson, Jason Millard, Jennifer Millard (Brian Harpole), Robert (Lora Jean) Weitnauer, David (Genny) Weitnauer, Christopher Weitnauer, Justin (Karen) Weitnauer, Nicholas Weitnauer, Ben Weitnauer 10 Great-grandchildren: Kayla Millard, Jonathan Harpole, Reegen Weitnauer, Branton Weitnauer, Hunter Weitnauer, Khloe Stinson, Phoenix Weitnauer, Laura Mae Stinson, Michael Stinson, Elizabeth Stinson Brother: Roger Weitnauer of Ramsey Many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. – Sunday, August 19, 2012 funeral service at Westside Church in Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Opstead Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Vernon Kemnitz
07/15/1947-08/12/2012
Vernon Kemnitz, 65 of McGregor died Sunday, August 12, 2012 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. He was born July 15, 1947 in Veblen, South Dakota to Frank and Devana (Rush) Kemnitz. He graduated from Pine River High School. Vernon was united in marriage to Dinah Sanda on July 19, 1969 in McGregor. He was a U.S. Naval fighter pilot who served and was wounded in the Vietnam War. He lived in McGregor most of his life and worked in commercial industrial construction as a supervisor. He was preceded in death by his wife Dinah in 2002, infant daughter Jacqueline, brother Larry Kemnitz, sisters: Leona Kemnitz, Jeanette Holden, Elvira Stuber, Lucille Crimmins, and his parents Frank and Devana(Rush) Kemnitz. Vernon is survived by his brother-in-law Lowell Crimmins Sister-in-laws: Shirley (Alfred) Maki and Rosie (Kevin) Weston And many other relatives and friends. Graveside services will be held next summer at 2:00p.m. - July 13, 2013, at Rice River Cemetery, Rice River Township, Aitkin County, MN. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Luella I. Sell
04/20/1931-08/09/2012
Luella I. Sell, age 81 of Aitkin died Thursday, August 9, 2012 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. Luella was born April 20, 1931 at Stewart, Minnesota the daughter of Fred and Alma (Abraham) Klitzke. She grew up and attended Lutheran Parochial School at Brownton. She graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1997. She married Stanley Sell on August 23, 1950 at Stewart, Minnesota. They lived in South Saint Paul until 1959 at which time they purchased the Aitkin Locker Plant and operated it for 30 years. Luella also worked for the Security State Bank as a courier after her husband’s death in 1993. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin, the Aitkin VFW and Legion Auxiliary of which she was a past president. She enjoyed being at the cabin, music, Polka Dancing, volunteering to play the piano and accordion at the nursing homes, and her family. In 1996 she met her best friend, Jim Magdziarz at a dance and they would dance almost every weekend. She is survived by 5 children and spouses: Brian Sell of Maple Grove, Mn.; Barry (Kim) Sell of Baxter, Mn.; Lynn (Charlie) Wikelius of Aitkin, Mn.; Jackie (Terry) Lewison of Maple Grove, Mn.; Cindy (Keith) Stunek of Baxter, Mn.; sister: Edna Harens of Arlington, Mn.; Grandchildren: Jodi Christenson, Kelli Johnson, Jamie Rosenthal, Joe Sell, Mike Stunek, Jake Stunek, Nicci Curry, Sarah Curry, Lindsey Curry, Matthew Sell; Great Grandchildren: Jordan and Logan Christenson, Devon, Peyton and Landon Curry, Daniel Strovers, Alayna Svendsen, and baby Stunek on the way. Also surviving is her best friend Jim Magdziarz of Sturgeon Lake, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Stanley in 1993, Brother Milton, Sister Iola and Daughter in law: Ginny Sell. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1 PM from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be from 11 AM until the 1 PM services at the church Monday. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Aitkin at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Margaret "Peg" Troup
08/01/1917-08/09/2012
Margaret “Peg” E. Troup, 95 of McGregor died Thursday, August 9, 2012 at her residence. She was born August 1, 1917 in Mamont, PA. to John and Wilda (Serine) Bowman. Peg was united in marriage to Harold H. Troup on June 24, 1939 in Mamont, PA. She loved gardening, playing cards and would get along with everyone she met. She was a member of Round Lake Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold H. Troup, 5 brothers, 4sisters, and her parents. Peg is survived by her children: Harold A. (Liz) Troup of McGregor Joan (Vance) Thiede of Blaine Ruth (John) Hunter of Ham Lake John (Jackie) Troup of Coon Rapids 16 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren Other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1P.M. – Saturday, August 18, 2012 memorial service at Round Lake Presbyterian Church in McGregor. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to Round Lake Presbyterian Church fund.
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Leota P. Howard
12/31/1917-08/05/2012
Leota P. (Davies) Howard, age 94 of Aitkin died Sunday, August 5, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Leota was born December 31, 1917 at Ipswich, South Dakota, the daughter of Chester A. and Ella I. (Petersen) Davies. She attended schools in Ipswich and then moved with her family to the Aitkin area and attended school in Spencer Township and then the Aitkin High School graduating in 1935. She married George F. Howard on November 15, 1939 in Aitkin. She had worked as a waitress and then as a secretary for the Aitkin County Superintendent of Schools before she worked for the ASCS as a secretary for 17 years. She and her husband lived in Spencer Township before moving to the Riverview Condo’s in 1987. She has been a resident at Aicota Health Care Center since 2007. She was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church at Rossburg, had been a member of the Moose, the Rebekah’s, and the Happy Hour Birthday Club. She enjoyed sewing and making sweatshirts, flower gardening and counter cross stitching. She is survived by daughters and sons in law: Donna and Clayton Lueck of Aitkin; Diane and Arvid Gollnick of Madison, Mn.; Darlene and Bob MacGregor of Aitkin; Trudy Segner of Annandale, Mn.; 12 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 12 great great grandchildren; sister: Marge Howard of Aitkin; brothers and sisters in law: Maynard and Donna Davies of Beverly Hills, Florida; Calvin and Verna Davies of Coleraine, Mn.; John and Shirley Davies of Crosby, Mn.; and Everett and Shirley Davies of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband George in 1991, son in law: Jim Segner; 4 brothers and 2 sisters. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Burial will be in the Howard Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 PM with a prayer service at 7:30 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. The family prefers memorials to the donor’s favorite charity. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Pauline M. Fulton
08/21/1922-07/29/2012
Pauline Marie Fulton, 89 of Aitkin died Sunday, July 29, 2012 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born August 21, 1922 in Quasqueton, Iowa to Elbert Ralph and Annie Gurine (Gunderson) Sherrets. She graduated from Quasqueton High School. Pauline was united in marriage to Nyle Fulton on November 15, 1945 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. She enjoyed dancing and singing, and she enjoyed life. She was preceded in death by her husband Nyle, two brothers, four sisters, and parents. Pauline is survived by 3 sons: Tom Fulton of Aitkin Rick (JoAnn) Fulton of Perris, CA. Randy Fulton (Terrie Peet) of Aitkin 1 daughter: Cheri (David) (Fulton) Nord of Dassel 7 Grandchildren: Heather Walberg, Jade Nord, Amber Nord, Michael Fulton, Christopher Fulton, Lacee Fulton, Amber Peet 7 great-grandchildren 1 sister: Irene Vig of Cedar Rapids, IA. Many other relatives and friends. Family services will be held at a later date. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Virginia M. Lawrenz
11/22/1920-07/26/2012
Virginia Mae Lawrenz, age 91 of Aitkin formerly of Springfield Mn. and Dunnellon, Fla. Died Thursday, July 26, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Virginia was born November 22, 1920 at Omaha, Nebraska the daughter of Walter William and Mae (Eastman) Cook. She attended schools in Kansas City, Mo. And Springfield Mo. She then attended Drury College in Springfield, Mo. She met her future husband, Robert A. Lawrenz at O’Reilly Veterans Hospital in Springfield Mo. They were married on October 15, 1945 in Springfield, Mo. They lived in Minneapolis, MN. for a time and then moved to Springfield, Minnesota where they lived until 1983 when she and her husband retired to Dunnellon, Florida. They moved to Aitkin, Mn. in 2002 to be closer to family in their older years. She had enjoyed golfing, gardening, bowling and playing cards. She is survived by her daughters: Nancy and Dr. Charles Schotzko of Aitkin; Martha Overby of Shoreview, Mn.; son: Dean and Susan Lawrenz of Glendale, AZ.; Grandchildren: David Schotzko of Toronto, Canada; Kolleen Overby of Minneapolis; Jackie Kelly of Vale, AZ.; Rachel Lawrenz of Surprise, AZ.; and great granddaughter: Madden Elizabeth Kelly of Vale, AZ. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Robert in 2008 and brother Walter Denton Cook. No services are planned. Inurnment will be at the Good Shepherd Memorial Gardens in Ocala, Florida at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jannie Haagensen
11/03/1921-07/26/2012
Jannie Haagensen, 90 of McGregor died Thursday, July 26, 2012 at her residence. She was born November 3, 1921 in Greensboro, NC. Jannie was united in marriage to Vernon G. Haagensen on November 22, 1946 in Rockford, IL. She was a life member of the McGregor VFW Larson-Duneen Post #2747 Auxillary. She was preceded in death by her husband Vernon on July 10, 2001, two brothers, and her parents. Jannie is survived by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Gordon and Pat Haagenson of Texas Lorraine and Fred Haesche of California Dale and Mary Haagensen of McGregor Daynah and Jo Ann Haagensen of McGregor Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A gathering of family and friends will be10:00A.M. to 12:00P.M. – Monday, July 30, 2012 at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Burial will be at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. www.srtfuneral.com
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Eva Vagner
12/24/1950-07/22/2012
Eva Vagner, age 61 of Aitkin formerly of Palisade and Germany died Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the Golden Horizon’s Assisted Living Center in Aitkin. Eva was born December 24, 1950 at Titel, Yugoslavia. She grew up and attended schools in Germany. She moved to the United States in 1979 and lived in Texas for a time before returning to Germany. She returned to the United States in 1991 and lived in Kansas before moving to Palisade, Minnesota in 1995. She has most recently resided in Aitkin. She is survived by Children: James Vagner of Ludwigshafen, Germany; Jasen (Shelby) Hadley of Rice, MN.; Jessica Hadley and Raymond Lane of Palisade, MN.; Katherine Hadley and Kristopher Hummel of Duluth, MN.; 5 Grandchildren: Tobias, Fabian, Mitchell, Liam and Avery; 1 brother: Peter Vagner of Titel, Yugoslavia. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Matthias. A memorial service will be held Friday, July 27, 2012 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Mabel Sandahl
09/12/1914-07/17/2012
Mabel Mary Sandahl, 97 of Aitkin died July 17, 2012 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born September 12, 1914 in Gourley Township, Michigan to Arthur Joseph and Annie Katherine (Rode) Berger. Mabel was united in marriage to Walter Gustaf Sandahl on June 22, 1935 in Robbinsdale. She enjoyed square dancing and sewing. She was a long time member of Elim Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale and a 60 year member of the Eastern Star #238 in Robbinsdale. She was preceded in death by her husband Walter in 1996, three brothers: Florian, Raymond, and Clarence Berger, and her parents. Mabel is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Donna and Donald Myhre of Aitkin Grandchildren: Donelle and Ed Bebault, Denise Bosak, Dawn Smeby Great-grandchildren: Anne Bebault, April Bebault, Anthony Bosak, Lana Bosak Great-great-granddaughter: Svea Bebault Brothers: Howard Berger of Wilson, MI. and Ralph Berger of Carney, MI. Other relatives and friends. Mabel’s family would like to thank the staff at Aicota Health Care Center for their kindness and compassion. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Saturday, August 18, 2012 memorial service at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, 5125 West Broadway, Crystal, MN. 55419. Ph. 763-533-8643 Reverend Glen Floe will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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John W. MacDonald
02/26/1921-07/17/2012
John W. MacDonald, age 91, of Aitkin died Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. John was born February 26, 1921 at Tamarack, Minnesota the son of Charles and Laura (Nelson) MacDonald. He was a descendant of the early pioneer MacDonald family which settled in the Aitkin area in the 1880’s. He attended schools in Aitkin graduating with the Class of 1938. He then served in the U.S. Army during WW II serving in the United Kingdom, Algeria, Tunisia and Italy. He was a member of the 34th Military Police Company, 34th (Red Bull) Infantry Division. Upon his discharge he returned to Minnesota and attended Moorhead State Teachers College and graduated in 1949. While at Moorhead State he played football and lettered, was a member of the Owl fraternity and earned senior honors. He married Loretta L. Johnson on June 2, 1951 in Aitkin. John taught in Halstad, Riverton and Aitkin Public Schools. He was a secondary teacher, assistant principal and guidance counselor. He and his wife have lived in Aitkin most of their lives. He enjoyed the New York Times crossword puzzles, poetry, reading and bird watching. He is survived by his wife Loretta L. (Lori) MacDonald of Aitkin; daughter: Mara Funk (David) of Cheyenne, Wyoming; son: John T. (Ted) MacDonald (Ruth) of Ames, Iowa; brother in law: Gerald A. Johnson of Aitkin; grandchildren: Alexander Funk and Joel Funk both of Cheyenne, Wyoming; Neal MacDonald of Ft. Knox, Kentucky; Scott MacDonald of Ames, Iowa and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles W. and Laura M. MacDonald, sisters: Laura Ellen Swanson and Jean Marie Elmeer and brother: Charles Gerald (Jed) MacDonald. A memorial service will be held Monday, July 23, 2012 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Donald Norman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be at a later date in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Memorials are preferred to the Aitkin County Historical Society or the charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Edward Peter Graff
08/28/1941-07/15/2012
Edward Peter Graff, age 70 of McGregor passed away unexpectedly in Montgomery, Minnesota on Sunday, July 15, 2012. He was born August 28, 1941 to Sylvester and Mae Graff in Oelwein, Iowa and moved with his family to Big Sandy Lake in 1952. He married Bonnie Fowlds of Palisade on September 16, 1961. Ed served as an Air Policeman in the U.S. Air Force in Iceland and Austin, Texas from 1960 to 1964. Following his discharge, he graduated from Bemidji State University earning degrees in Social Studies and Psychology and later earned a Master’s Degree in School administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. He went on to teach in rural Alaska and South Dakota before retiring to his family home on Big Sandy Lake in 1994, where he continued to share his expertise and vast knowledge of the outdoors with family and friends. Ed will be remembered as a devoted husband and son, a loving father, and doting grandfather, as well as a beloved brother and uncle to his siblings and many nieces and nephews. He is survived by his wife Bonnie of 50 years, Children: Bonnie Joy Graff (Jeff) of Park Rapids, Mn.; Debra Kinniry (Ryan) of Montgomery, Mn.; Edward Jon Graff (Michelle) of Anchorage, Ak.; David Graff (Jamie) of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; Rebecca Melchert (Matthew) of Morristown, Mn.; Christina New (Corey) of Champlin, Mn.; Grandchildren: Christopher and Kelsey Cash, John, Roger, and Catherine Callahan, Jonathon, Luke and Alexander Graff, Henry New and a much anticipated baby sister due in November, Rylan Prince-Graff and great granddaughter Camille Kruse; brothers: Robert Graff of McGregor, Hal Graff of St. Augustine, Fl.; sisters: Marjorie Cox, Janice Mecke, and Barbara Maron all of McGregor, Mn.; Dianne Ladd of Palisade, Mn.; Kay Vieth of Marthasville, Mo.; and Sylvia Tilghman of Kansas City, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter: Tammy Graff, sisters: Mary Patricia Graff, Josephine Dawson, Connie Snelling, and Brother Richard Graff. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery at Palisade. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Helen Olson
08/09/1926-07/14/2012
Helen Olson, 85 of Aitkin, died Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born August 9, 1926 in Duluth to Oscar and Agnes (Nordean) Johnson. She graduated from Duluth Denfeld High School in 1944. After graduating she worked for the Duluth National Bank. Helen was united in marriage to Kermit Olson on September 27, 1947. She was Treasurer for the Spencer Cemetery Board. She worked at the Mille Lacs Wild Rice Co. and on the family farm, and was a homemaker and mother. Helen enjoyed watching local softball games and the Minnesota Twins. She loved being with her family and friends, playing cards and games. She was preceded in death by her husband Kermit in 1975, son Michael, brother Roy Johnson, step-sister Edith Dery, and her parents. Helen is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law: Gale (Paul) Anderson of International Falls Kathy (Cliff) Waltz of Brainerd Two sons and daughter-in-law: Ron Olson of Brainerd Steve (Jodi) Olson of Aitkin 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren Two sisters: Margaret Klingelhofer of Aitkin Cathy Gabrio of Biwabik One sister-in-law Janet Johnson of Lebanon, OR. Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. – Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Donald H. Norman will officiate. Burial will be in Spencer Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home and 1 hour prior to the service. www.srtfuneral.com
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Pearl Jean Johnson
08/14/1927-07/12/2012
Pearl Jean Johnson, age 84 of McGregor died Thursday, July 12, 2012 at her home. Jean was born August 14, 1927 in Oxford, England the daughter of John and Alicia (Smith) Wakeley. She attended schools in Oxford and then as a teenager worked in the factories for the war effort. She met her husband William Johnson in England where he served with the U.S. Army Air Corps. They were married October 20, 1944 in Oxford, England at St. Michaels and All Angels Church. William returned to the United States and made his home in McGregor. Two years later, in 1947, Jean followed with their daughter Regina to McGregor and she has lived here since. She worked many years as a home health aide. She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor. She enjoyed quilting with the church women, visiting with family and friends and she loved to travel and knit. She is survived by 5 daughters: Regina, Norma, Yvonne, Penny and Robin, 14 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren and 1 sister: Kath Paxton of Oxford, England along with a host of other relatives living in England. She was preceded in death by her husband William in 2003. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 2 PM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Henry Koopman officiating. Visitation will be from 1 PM until the time of services at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Edwin F. Schlade, II
04/12/1948-07/07/2012
Edwin F. Schlade, II, 64 of Aitkin, died Saturday, July 7, 2012 at his residence. He was born April 12, 1948 in Buffalo, New York to Edwin F. and Irma (VonGemmingen) Schlade, I. He was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran. He worked for GM for 36 years retiring in 1998. He was preceded in death his sister Diane Virginia, brother David Schlade, and his parents. Edwin is survived by one daughter and son-in-law: Dawn (Robert) Flohr of Columbus, OH. 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Adam (Renee) Schlade of Findlay, OH. Edwin (Megan) Schlade, III of Denver, CO. Six grandchildren One brother and sister-in-law: Dr. Roger (Diane) Schlade of Swanton, OH. Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 2:00P.M., Saturday, July 21, 2012 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Napoleon, OH. Visitation will begin at 12:00P.M. at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Sharon Stewart
05/29/1942-07/04/2012
Sharon P. Stewart, 70, of Jacobson, passed away on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her former husband, Edward J. Stewart, Sr., father, Edward J. Troje, mother Helen E. Westervelt, son-in-law Gary Snyder, and dear friend Harold Hansen. Sharon is survived by her children, Deb R. Snyder David A. Stewart (Susan) Edward J. Stewart, Jr. (Lori) Rebecca Stewart-Peterson Grandchildren: Eric, Jason, Nick, Bobby, Katie, Kasey, Paige, Danielle, Tony, Andrew, Lanie, and Grace Siblings: Dwaine Troje, Denny Troje, and Susie Troje She had a special relationship with her pets, and enjoyed life on her country farm. A Celebration of Life will be held at her farm Saturday, July 14th, 2012 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Arrangements are with Sorensen- Root- Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin (218) 927-2614 www.srtfuneral.com
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Esther Perry
01/07/1911-07/04/2012
Esther W. Perry, 101 of Aitkin died Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born January 7, 1911 in Union Grove Township, Meeker County to Thomas and Julia (Zahl) Nelson. She attended St. Cloud Teachers College and began her teaching career in a one room school house. She taught for two years at a school near Litchfield and then for a few years at a school near her home in Union Grove Township. She worked for many years as a registrar for the N.W. School of Chiropractic in Minneapolis. Esther married Arno Becker in 1935. They had a son Donald. Arno passed away in 1949. She married Burgess Perry in 1960. Burgess passed away in 1994. Esther moved from Minneapolis to McGregor in the early 1980’s and then to Black Rock Terrace in Aitkin in 1996, where she lived until 2011 when she moved to Aicota Assisted Living. She was preceded in death by her husbands: Arno Becker and Burgess Perry, her son Donald Arno Becker, four brothers: Henry, Albert, Victor, and Rudolph Nelson, two sisters: Gudway Olson and Thea Martini, and her parents Thomas and Julia (Zahl) Nelson. Esther is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law: Bonnie K. (Bill) Zipoy and Betty P. (Jay) Addleman 8 grandchildren: Blake Zipoy, Brad Zipoy, Brent Zipoy, Christopher Paape, Jason Paape, Jeremy Paape, Canaan Richards, and Myles Becker 13 great grandchildren: Joshua Zipoy, Abigail Zipoy, Morgan Zipoy, Perry Zipoy, Peyton Zipoy, Jacob Zipoy, Haylie Zipoy, Thomas Paape, Jack Paape, Samuel Richards, Noah Richards, Alexandra Becker, and Nathanial Becker Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. – Friday, July 13, 2012 at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss and Reverend Brad Zipoy will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Needle Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. – Thursday, July 12 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Allan C. Mero
05/23/1926-07/03/2012
Allan C. Mero, 86 of Aitkin died Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at River Oaks of Anoka. He was born May 23, 1926 in Minneapolis to Earl and Erma (Schneck) Mero. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in WW II. Allan worked for the U.S. Rail Road for over 11 years, then as a roofer, in maintenance, and drove launch boats on Mille Lacs Lake for many years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, and cribbage, and was a member of Shepherd of The Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Carol Larson. Allan is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law: Debra (Ardie) Anderson of Wyoming, MN. Tammy Mero and Dave of Burnsville, MN. Susan (Tom) Woolley of Chico, CA. Linda (Al) Nelson of Garland, TX. 4 step-children: Anna, Jody, Randy, and Dan Eleven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren Two brothers and sisters-in-law: Richard (Lorraine) Mero and Doug (Bobbi) Mero Many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11AM – Friday, July 6, 2012 funeral service at Shepherd of The Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison. Reverend Jon Rusnak will officiate. Burial will be in Bennettville Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Helen L. Washington
11/05/1951-07/02/2012
Helen L. Washington, age 60 of Tamarack formerly of Minneapolis and Duluth, died Monday, July 2, 2012 at her home. Helen was born November 5, 1951 in Duluth, Minnesota. She grew up and attended schools in Duluth graduating from Duluth Central in 1969. She moved to the twin cities and did factory work and worked her way up to management positions. She moved to Tamarack in 1999 and has lived here since. She has been with her husband Dennis for 33 years. They were married on June 2, 1995 in Coon Rapids, Mn. She enjoyed crocheting, karaoke, and baking. She was a past member of the Moose Lodge and she enjoyed going to AA meetings with Dennis. She is survived by her husband Dennis Washington of Tamarack, Mn.; Children and spouses: Michael (Cathy) Wilson of Duluth; Tony (April) Wallace of Denver, Co.; Randy (Rhea) Wallace of Brainerd, Malisha Washington of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; Dominic Washington of Denver, Co.; Andrew (Gina) Washington of Long Island, New York; Winnise (Ryan) Bishop of Tamarack; 13 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Lori Metz of Cloquet, Mn.; Wendy Wallace of Duluth and brother Harold “Skip” Wallace of Cloquet. Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 2 PM from the Round Lake Presbyterian Church with Rev. John Yingling officiating. Visitation will be from 1 PM until the 2 PM services at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Amelia "Louise" Lueck
02/08/1928-06/28/2012
Amelia “Louise” Lueck, age 84 of Aitkin died Thursday, June 28, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Louise was born February 8, 1928 in Aitkin the daughter of Thomas and Lydia (Johnson) Grubb. She attended the Lone Lake Country School and then the Aitkin High School graduating in 1946. She married Fred “Fritz” Lueck on May 28, 1948 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. They made their home in Aitkin and she worked for the Litchfield Produce Co., Francin Clothing Co. and the First National Bank of Aitkin before she started her career in the Aitkin County Auditor’s office where she worked for over 20 years retiring in 1993. She had also served as the Nordland Township Clerk for 29 years. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and had taught Sunday school, was a member of WELCA, and the quilters group. She had also volunteered time at the Aitkin County Fair Cancer Booth. She loved to garden and grow her flowers. She made the best cinnamon rolls and pies. She is survived by her husband Fritz Lueck of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Dale (Linda) Lueck of Aitkin; Larry (Julie) Lueck of Aitkin; Cindy (Stan) Weimer of Aitkin; Deb (Wes) Ellis of Nisswa; 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother Warren. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 2, 2012 at 11 AM from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 6 PM until 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dean H. Hasskamp
03/18/1967-06/27/2012
Dean H. Hasskamp, age 45 of Aitkin died Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Dean was born March 18, 1967 at Crosby, Minnesota the son of Lyndon and Maudell (Dotzler) Hasskamp. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin and was a member of the class of 1986 even though he graduated in 1987 due to health issues. Dean worked for the family business, Hasskamp Brothers Well Drilling as a supply runner. Dean enjoyed hunting, loved his guns and knife collection. He also enjoyed working on the tractors at the family farm, riding his Trike, and enjoying a good steak dinner. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook, Sons of the American Legion and helped them serve their omelet breakfasts, Aitkin Lions Club of which he was a past president, and the Wealthwood Rod and Gun Club. He loved working with kids and had served as a coach in the T-Ball League in Aitkin. He was a huge promoter of organ donation for the Life Source Organization. He was also instrumental in promoting diabetes awareness in the Aitkin area. He loved his reunions with his classmates. Dean loved life, and he especially loved his nieces and nephews and treated them as they were his children. He is survived by his father: Lindy Hasskamp of Aitkin; Brother and sister in law: Dennis and Teresa Hasskamp of Aitkin; Sister and brother in law: Dorothy and Clint Host of Aitkin; nieces and nephews: Tony Host, Adam Host, Erin Host, Chad Hasskamp, and Jennifer Schneider; great nieces: Madellyn and Audrianna Schneider, and also his dog Bunny. He was preceded in death by his mother Maudell Hasskamp in 1987. Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 2 PM from St. John’s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 5 to 8 PM with a prayer service at 7:30 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church Sunday. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Herbert "Sonny" Lindenfelser
08/03/1929-06/27/2012
Herbert “Sonny” Peter Lindenfelser, age 82 of Aitkin formerly of Elk River, died Wednesday June 27, 2012 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Herbert was born August 3, 1929 at St. Michael, Minnesota the son of Reinhold and Margaret Lindenfelser. He attended a small country school until the 8th grade before he began working on the family farm. He married Mary Ann Scherber on May 1, 1948 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Osseo, Minnesota. The couple resided and farmed in the Elk River area until 1985 when they moved to a beautiful property on Elm Island Lake near Aitkin, Mn. This fulfilled Herbert’s lifelong dream of living on a lake and it also provided a wonderful gathering place for the grandchildren and other family members to visit. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, especially cribbage, playing on his hand held poker machines, casino gaming, watching the birds and deer, and observing the lake action. Anyone was always welcome to join him for a cup of coffee and a game of cards. He loved to drive tractors, especially his prized possession, a Farmall B. Most of all he enjoyed visiting with family and friends. Survivors include his wife: Mary Lindenfelser of Aitkin, Daughters and spouses: Carol Lindenfelser of Elk River, Janice (Floyd) May of Rush City, Joanne (Tom) Schillewaert of Monticello, Laura Lindenfelser of Ham Lake, Lynn Lindenfelser of Buffalo, and Darlene (Jerry) Johnson of Aitkin; brothers: Lyle (Nona) Lindenfelser of Elk River, Glenn (Marge) Lindenfelser of Albertville, Mn.; Eldred (Marilyn) Lindenfelser of Aitkin. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Reinhold and Margaret, brothers: Orville, Melvin and Ronald and grandsons Ryan and Randall May. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at St. Albert’s Catholic Church in Albertville, Minnesota. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the 11 AM services at the church Tuesday. Burial will be at a later date at St. Albert’s Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Wayne E. Lubbert
06/05/1934-06/27/2012
Wayne E. Lubbert, age 78 of Aitkin died Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at the Aitkin Healthy Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. A memorial service for Wayne will be held Friday, July 6, 2012 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Lonnie Lee officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Roberta Mae Cecil
05/04/1934-06/26/2012
Roberta Mae Cecil, 78, of Drayton, ND., died Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in Aitkin. She was born May 4, 1934. She served in the U.S. Air Force where she met and married Ray Simenstad and had her four children. Later, she married Jim Cecil until his death in 1999. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, canning, and traveling. She was preceded in death by her husband Jim Cecil, brother David Olsen, father Robert Fischer, and her parents Einar and Charlotte Olsen. Roberta is survived by one son and daughter-in-law: R. Scott (Nancy) Simenstad of Aitkin, MN. 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Maria (Doug) Petersen of Drayton, ND. Elizabeth (Ken) Linster of Drayton, ND Sherry (John) Tostrup of Viking, MN. One brother and sister-in-law: Lance (Ann) Fischer of Pensacola, FL. 1 sister Linda Wendt of Eden Prairie, MN. Nineteen grandchildren: Vincent, Dawn, Shonna, Justin, Jonathon, Jennifer, Cora, Gina, Lacey, Tori, Brianna, Caylea, Carlea, Makynlea, Jacob, Jentery, Selena, Brooklynne, Zane 2 great-great-grandchildren: Alayna and Lilly Many other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Gladys Elsie Lien
05/11/1930-06/19/2012
Gladys Elsie Lien, 82 of Aitkin died Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born May 11, 1930 in Minneapolis to Harry Edward and Ida Matilda Martha (Janisch) Duffy. She work as a cosmetologist and was an owner /operator of a beauty salon. Gladys was united in marriage to Omar W. Lien on June 2, 1983 in Scandia. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, fishing, hunting, and was a member of the American Legion Lee Post #86 Auxiliary in Aitkin. Gladys is survived by her son Gary R. Sorensen of Aitkin Two daughters and sons-in-law: Sandra (Robert) DeLoach of Aitkin Linda (Peter) Cordes of Aitkin 1 brother and sister-in-law: Leonard (Sharon) Duffy of Stevensville, MT. One sister and brother-in-law: Anna (Jean) McGraw of Bloomington 8 grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Omar W. Lien in 1997 10 siblings: George, Frank, Ray, Robert, Harry, Jim, Dorothy, Ethel, Ida, and June Parents: Harry and Ida (Janisch) Duffy. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. – Saturday, June 30, 2012 memorial service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Wesley Misquadace
05/31/1977-06/19/2012
Wesley James Misquadace; Native Names: Zttimaaganish and Nea na kwad; age 35 of McGregor died Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at Onamia. He was born May 31, 1977 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of George A. King and Anita Misquadace. He attended school in Minneapolis up until the 5th grade and then moved with his family to McGregor and continued his education there graduating from the McGregor High School in 1995. He worked a time for Jack Olson Construction and then worked for the AmeriCorp Project with the Mille Lacs Band. He then worked Meleen’s Holiday Station in Onamia. He later worked for the Mille Lacs Band Housing Authority. He loved fishing and playing music and also enjoyed camping. He is survived by his mother: Anita Misquadace of McGregor; Father: George King of Virginia, MN.; Children: Darian Fredrickson of McGregor, Isaiah Misquadace of Staples, Elijah Misquadace of Staples, Kayden Misquadace of Onamia, Damian Fairbanks of Onamia; brothers: Michael Misquadace of Faribault, Mn.; Keith Misquadace of Lino Lakes, MN.; Sisters: Sheila Misquadace of McGregor, Lindsay Misquadace of McGregor, Stephanie Misquadace of McGregor; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his Grandfather: Walter Misquadace; Grandmother: Agnes Chief; Brother: Brandon Misquadace; Uncles: Bradley Misquadace, Walter Misquadace; Great Uncles: Edward Martin, Theodore Martin, Howard Martin, Donald Martin, Joseph Martin, Manuel Martin and Great Aunts: Stella Dakota and Mary Skinaway. Services will be held Monday June 25 starting at 9 AM with Larry “Amik” Smallwood officiating at the East Lake Community Center. The wake will begin Sunday at 8 PM and continue until the time of service on Sunday. Burial will be in the St. Mary and Joseph Cemetery at Sawyer, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor, Mn. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Donald W. Neumann
06/17/1923-06/17/2012
Donald W. Neumann, age 89 of Aitkin, formerly of Minnetonka and North St. Paul, MN. died June 17, 2012. Preceded in death by parents William and Viola, brother Richard E. Survived by loving wife, Joyce of 62 years; father of Patricia Vanneli, Aitkin, Donald W. (Bill) Neumann Jr. (Gail) , Minnetonka, Mn., Richard E. (Sandy) Lakeville, Mn., Melissa Henning (Neal) Hugo, Mn., Grandchildren: Chris, Jenny (Nick), Tricia, Troy; 2 great grandchildren, Jack and Doug, brother: Robert A. (Mary) White Bear Lake and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Veteran of WW II. He worked as a printer and mailer in various Twin Cities companies and 12 years at the Minneapolis Star & Tribune. Don was a man of immeasurable quality and love. He warmed the lives of everyone near him, cracking jokes til the day he left us. An unforgettable father, husband and grandfather, we will all miss you. A private service with family will take place on his trails that he so dearly loved. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Pamela Ann Carlson
09/03/1948-06/16/2012
Pamela Ann Carlson, 63 of Aitkin died Saturday, June 16, 2012 at her home. She was born September 3, 1948 in St. Paul to Joseph and Delores (Fischbach) Witha. She was united in marriage to Michael R. Carlson. She is survived by her husband Michael, 2 sons, mother: Delores Schwartz,one brother, 3 sisters, other relatives and friends. In keeping with Pamela’s wishes there will be no services. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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John P. Larson
07/09/1939-06/15/2012
John Perra Larson, 72 of Aitkin, died Friday, June 15, 2012 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born July 9, 1939 in Saint Cloud to Lowell G. “Bud” and Clyo (Bernick) Larson. He graduated from Cathedral High School in Saint Cloud. He attended Saint John’s University in Collegeville graduating with a degree in Accounting. He was a U.S. Army veteran. John was united in marriage to Elizabeth “Betty” Johnson on June 1, 1968 in Crystal. He worked over 23 years as a police officer for the city of Plymouth. He was elected to the Aitkin City Council and was a member of Aitkin County Care Board, ARDC, Crosier Apostolate, and St. James Catholic Church. He enjoyed playing cribbage, traveling and seeing the country in his mobile home. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother George Larson. John is survived by his wife Elizabeth “Betty” Larson of Aitkin 2 daughters and son-in-law: Corinne Ann (Roger) Woody of Independence, MO. Laura Rene’ Larson of Minneapolis Grandson: Monroe Perra Woody Brother and sister-in-law: Jim C. (Ruth) Larson of St. Cloud Sister and brother-in-law: Mary Lee (Chuck) Gohmann of Park Rapids Many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:30P.M. – Friday, June 22, 2012 at Saint John’s Abbey Church in Collegeville. Inurnment will be at Saint John’s Abbey Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Thursday at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Prayer services will begin at 7:30P.M. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service on Friday in Collegeville. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
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Norma Horner
11/05/1933-06/11/2012
Norma Horner, 78 of McGregor died Monday, June 11, 2012 at Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. She was born November 5, 1933 in Charles City, IA. to Arthur Lee and Evelyn (Hutton) Malin. She graduated from McGregor High School. Norma was united in marriage to Harold Horner, Sr. on February 14, 1953. She enjoyed fishing, traveling, shopping, ridding motorcycle, and loved her puppies and family. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold Horner, Sr. in 1986, one brother Merle Malin, and her parents. Norma is survived by her life partner Gerald “Jerry” Horsman of McGregor 3 sons and daughters-in-law: Harold Dean (Ronnie) Horner, Jr. of Finlayson Gary Dwayne (Dawn) Horner of Wadena Robin Lee (Jackie) Horner of Carlton Nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Mary Malin of Albuquerque, NM. Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. – Friday, June 15, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in McGregor. Reverend Russel l Christensen will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. – Thursday at McGregor Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Debbie Susan Gustafson
05/21/1953-06/10/2012
Debbie Susan Gustafson, age 59 of Trommald died Sunday, June 10, 2012 of Squamous Cell Carcinoma. She died at home without pain with her family at her side. She was born May 21, 1953 at Duluth, Minnesota the daughter of Robert and Irene (Svee) Male. She grew up and attended schools in Two Harbors graduating from Two Harbors High School in 1971. She attended St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Duluth and received her RN Diploma in 1974. She married Berndt H. Gustafson on June 29, 1974 and they lived over the next three years in Moose Lake, Mn. and Denver, Colorado before settling in Emily, Mn. where she lived with her family until they moved to Trommald in 1996. She was a nurse at St. Joseph’s Medical Center for 31 years. For many years she served as a Sunday School Teacher at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Outing. Most recently she was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd. She was a passionate gardener, loved spending time at the family cabin at Bassett Lake near Fairbanks, Minnesota, and she adored her grandchildren. Last year she fulfilled a dream of traveling to Hawaii with her family. She made life better for those around her and made the people close to her better by her presence. She is survived by her husband Berndt Gustafson of Trommald; 2 sons: Bjorn Gustafson (Philip Faggiano) of Eagan, Mn.; Leif Gustafson (Melissa Gustafson) of Ironton, Mn.; Parents: Robert and Irene Male of Two Harbors, MN.; Brother: Daniel Male of Carlton, Mn.; Sister: Peggy Pruden of Duluth, Mn.; Grandchildren: William, Sven, Emma Gustafson. She was preceded in death by her Grandparents: Lars and Frida Svee and Edwin and Laura Male. A memorial service will be held Friday, June 15, 2012 at 2 PM at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd with Rev. Mark Skinner officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Private interment will take place at Basset Lake Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the Global Health Ministries of the American Lung Association. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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MaryLou L. Gustin
06/16/1958-06/08/2012
MaryLou L. Gustin, age 53 of Aitkin died Friday, June 8, 2012 at her home. MaryLou was born June 16, 1958 in St. Paul, Minnesota the daughter of Kenneth and Pearl (Rudolph) Bauman. She grew up and attended schools in St. Paul. She lived and worked in the Twin Cities for a number of years. She married Bradford Gustin on August 13, 2005 at Aitkin, Minnesota. She has lived here since. She enjoyed doing crafts and making stained glass. She loved her dog Shadow. She is survived by her brother: Kenneth Bauman of St. Paul; niece: Heather; 7 grandnieces; 3 step children: Dawn Gustin of Sauk Rapids, Mn.; Heidi Gustin of St. Cloud, MN.; Cole (Bobbie) Gustin of Aitkin; 8 step grandchildren and 4 step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Brad in 2011. A memorial service will be held Saturday June 16, 2012 at 11 AM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Fox officiating. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Barbara B. Elkin
02/28/1921-06/07/2012
Barbara B. Elkin, 91 of Aitkin, died Thursday, June 7, 2012 at Aitkin Health Services. She was born February 28, 1921 in Lone Tree Township, Chippewa County to Martin and Mabel (Meyer) Kantack. Barbara was united in marriage to Richard Elkin. She attended St. Cloud Teachers College and then nursing school. She enjoyed sewing and was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Barbara is survived by 5 children and their spouses: Bill (Alice) Elkin of Aitkin Dolores Nelson of Katy, TX. Barbara Weakly of California Martin (Yvette) Elkin of Florida Richard Elkin of Hutchinson 16 Grandchildren: Robert Elkin, Elizabeth Blesi, Dennis Elkin, Diana Johnson, Kenneth Elkin, Brenda Alvarez, Daniel Elkin, Sue Bedell, Sandy Vaughn, Thomas Bedell, Christopher Elkin, Dean Nelson, Darrin Nelson, Douglas Nelson, Deanna Nelson, Denise Gates Many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren One sister Lillian Nelson of St. Paul, and nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard, sister Violet Sulander,brother: Henry Fenstra,and her parents. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at10 AM at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church; 5155 Emerson Ave.in Minneapolis. Father Terrance Hayes will officiate. Burial will be in Royal Palm Cemetery in St. Petersburg, FL. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ann Kathleen Tweet
12/31/1947-06/05/2012
Ann Kathleen Tweet, 64 of Aitkin died Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born December 31, 1947 in Aitkin to Alfred and Violet (Tibbetts) Tweet. She lived for many years in Brainerd and Cambridge and then at the Ripple Lane and Mystic Meadows Homes before moving to Aicota Health Care Center. She worked at the DAC. Ann is survived by many relatives and friends. A memorial service will be 1:30p.m. – Thursday, June 7, 2012 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lester W. Holland
01/26/1935-06/04/2012
Lester William Holland, age 77 of McGregor formerly of Dayton and Fridley died Monday June 4, 2012 at North Memorial Medical Center. Lester was born January 26, 1935 at Maple Lake, Minnesota the son of William and Hazel (Fadden) Holland. He grew up and attended schools at Maple Lake. He then helped on the family farm and also worked for a nursery for a time. He then served in the U.S. Army from July 1954 to July of 1957. He married Edith K. Negus on September 20, 1958 at Monticello, Minnesota. They made their home in Fridley and he worked for Piggly Wiggly and then Red Owl Grocery Stores as a truck driver. He also worked at his father in laws gas station. They moved to Dayton and lived there for a time. He retired in 1992 and moved to the McGregor area in 1994 and has lived here since. He was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor, the American Legion, The National Horseshoe Association and the NAtional Horseshoe Association HAll Of FAme. He enjoyed bowling, hunting and fishing and he loved to travel. He is survived by 2 daughters: Paula (Ron) Mead of Rogers; Vicki (Bill) Halfrich of Maple Grove; Son: Thomas (Robyn) Holland of Dayton; 8 Grandchildren: Bill Halfrich Jr., David Mead, Adam Mead, Aaron Mead, Sara Halfrich, Sadie Halfrich, KaylaMae Holland, Kyle Holland and 1 sister Laverne Scherr of St. Cloud. He was preceded in death by his wife Edith in 2011 and grandson Justin Halfrich; brothers: Leo, Max, Doug, Harold, Russell and Sister Sally Nemeth. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 8, 2012 at 11 AM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Henry Koopman officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery near McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Marilyn "Bobbi" Olds
07/11/1927-06/04/2012
Marilyn “Bobbi” Olds, 84 of Aitkin died Monday, June 4, 2012 at her home. She was born July 11, 1927 in Minneapolis. She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard in 1998. She is survived by many friends. There will be no funeral services. Burial will be in Dam Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Jennie Marie Nix
10/01/1919-05/31/2012
Jennie Marie Nix, 92 of Aitkin, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 31, 2012 in Aitkin. She was born October 1, 1919 in Mission Township, Crosby to Peter and Cynthia (Robins) Amos. She was a Christian wife, mother, and a servant of Jesus Christ. She was always a gracious hostess. Jennie was united in marriage to Wayne Howard Nix on March 24, 1940 in Aitkin. She worked on the family farm, at the Aitkin Hospital and for the Land O’ Lakes Co. While living in Marysville, WA. she helped at the Faith Kitchen. She was a member of Glory Baptist Church, and enjoyed having fun with her grandchildren. Jennie is survived by 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Jesse (Sue) Nix of Emily George (Dena) Nix of Aitkin and Minneapolis 4 daughters and sons-in-law: Elaine (Les) Moser of Deerwood Clare (Rick) Richardson of Tigard, OR. Edee (Darwin) Johnson of Anoka Pat Chaffee of Marysville, WA. 20 grandchildren, Thirty-eight great-grandchildren, many great-great-grandchildren 1 sister Ivy Christman of Marysville, WA. And many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Wayne on December 25, 2006, infant son Peter, Great-granddaughter Lillian Pearson, son-in-law Wayne Chaffee, five sisters: Hettie VanHorn, Myrtle Whitley, Florence Robins, Alda Amos, Laura Anderson, and her parents. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. – Monday, June 4, 2012 at Glory Baptist Church, rural Aitkin. Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 8p.m. – Sunday at the funeral home and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Glory Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
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Eleanor E. Weitnauer
08/23/1918-05/28/2012
Eleanor E. Weitnauer, born August 23, 1918 died May 28, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. A very kind and gentle Christian woman died today and will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends. A memorial service will be held Friday, June 1, 2012 at 11 AM with a visitation from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the Westside Church in Aitkin. Burial will be at a later date in the Opstead Cemetery near Isle. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Harold H. Troup
09/21/1918-05/20/2012
Harold H. Troup, 93 of McGregor died May 20, 2012 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born September 21, 1918 in Avonmore, PA. to Harry F. and Ora (Weister) Troup. Harold was united in marriage to Margaret “Peg” Bowman on June 24, 1939 in Mamont, PA. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in World War II. He enjoyed bowling. He was an active member of the Lions Club when he lived in Pennsylvania. Harold helped build the new Round Lake Presbyterian Church where he is a member. He is also a member of the Masonic Lodge, and a life member of the VFW in Blaine. He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers and one sister. Harold is survived by his wife Margaret “Peg” Troup of McGregor 4 children and their spouses: Harold A. (Liz) Troup of McGregor Joan (Vance) Thiede of Blaine Ruth (John) Hunter of Ham Lake John (Jackie) Troup of Coon Rapids 16 grandchildren, Thirty-six great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren 2 brothers and sisters-in-law: Brooks (Pauline) Troup of Apollo, PA. Robert (Sylvia) Troup of Ham Lake Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. – Thursday, May 24, 2012 at Round Lake Presbyterian Church in McGregor. Pastor Bill Fox will officiate. Visitation will be from 11:00A.M. until the 1:00P.M. service at the church. Burial with military honors will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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John Roger Ferlita
05/18/1934-05/18/2012
John Roger Ferlita, 78, beloved father, grandfather, brother and friend, passed away on May 18, 2012 after a brief battle with leukemia. He was preceded in death by wife, Carolyn (Engquist), parents John and Frances Ferlita of Aitkin, Minnesota and niece Melissa Ferlita. He is survived by children Carrie Ferlita, Sarah (Greg) Gustafson, and John (Sue) Ferlita; grandchildren William and Matthew Gustafson and Michael and Amanda Ferlita and Otto; brother Robert (Marilyn); aunt Helen Hlawek; nieces Debra Rex and Gretchen Engquist; nephews Chris, Mark, and Steven Engquist and Robert Ferlita. We will all deeply miss his laughter, lively political opinions, kindness, generosity, steadfast love and friendship. A celebration of life will be held Friday, July 20, 2012 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be at a later date in Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin.
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Jessie M. Zirkle
05/06/1928-05/16/2012
Jessie M. Zirkle, 84 of McGregor died Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at her residence. She was born May 6, 1928 in Kenosha, WI. to William F. and Jessie L. (Clemons) Braun. She worked as a school teacher, and enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting, and music. She was preceded in death by her husband Claude Zirkle, brother; Pat Braun, and her parents. She is survived her son and daughter-in-law: Harry (Joni) Zirkle of Brisbane, Australia Granddaughter: Meagan Zirkle of Lubbock, TX. Sister: Ann Koprowicz of Florence, OR. Nieces: Karen (Tim) Stocke of McGregor and Janet (Jim) Wellington of Florence, OR. Nephew: Terry Koprowicz of Aurora, CO. There will be no services. Donations can be made to your local cancer society / breast cancer organization. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Vera J. Schweiso
07/14/1924-05/15/2012
Vera J. Schweiso, age 87 of Aitkin died Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Vera was born July 14, 1924 at Estherville, Iowa the daughter of Frank and Ora (Murray) Kathman. She attended schools at the Garvin Country School. She had married Eugene Kirk and he died in 1947. She raised her daughter and son and in 1963 married Vernon Schweiso at the Lake Wilson Methodist Church in Lake Wilson, MN. In 1964 they purchased a farm in the Rossburg area near Aitkin and farmed there for over 30 years. Vernon passed away in 1994. She enjoyed gardening and farming. She is survived by 1 daughter and son in law: Beverly and Rodney Bose of Aitkin; son and daughter in law: Charles (Penny) Kirk of Lytle Creek, California; 4 grandchildren and spouses: Melissa (Matt) Slyter, Christala (Dennis) Culhane; Eugene (Miriam) Kirk, Richard (Miriam) Kirk; and a number of great grandchildren including Sophie Culhane and Maddie Slyter. She was preceded in death by her parents, and husbands Eugene Kirk in 1947 and Vernon Schweiso in 1994. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 1 PM at the Forest Cemetery at Kimberly (rural Aitkin) with Rev. David Becker officiating. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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John J. Hruza
11/07/1927-05/09/2012
John J. Hruza, age 84 of Aitkin formerly of Northfield, MN. and Waverly, Iowa died Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. John was born November 7, 1927 at Lonsdale, Minnesota the son of Joseph and Phoebe (Dvorak) Hruza. He attended schools and worked on the family farm. He then started working for the Carnation Company at the age of 15 and his career with them spanned 45 years. He served in the U.S. Army for over 5 years from 1946 to 1951. HE married Clarice M. Robinson on October 22, 1948 at Northfield, Minnesota. They lived in Northfield and he worked for the Carnation Co. and in 1963 due to the companies move to Iowa he also moved and made his home in Waverly, Iowa and continued working until his retirement in 1989. He moved to Aitkin, MN. in 2008 and has resided here since. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post in Waverly, Iowa. He is survived by his 4 children and spouses: Daniel (Sue) Hruza of Aitkin, Mn.; Michael (Fran) Hruza of Littleton, Co.; Carol Sondag of Council Bluffs, Iowa; David (Sherry) Hruza of Chicago, Ill.; 9 Great Children and a number of great grandchildren. Also surviving are 4 brothers: George Hruza of the Twin Cities; Joseph Hruza of Northfield, Mn.; Thomas Hruza of Melrose, Wisc.; and Robert Hruza of Northfield, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wife Clarice in 1996, 2 sisters and 1 brother. A graveside service with military honors will be held Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 1:30 PM at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Those attending should gather at assembly area #5 by 1:15 PM. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, MN. www.srtfuneral.com.
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William Groen
01/03/1942-05/07/2012
William R. (Bill) Groen. Age 70, Aitkin, MN (formerly of Golden Valley) A wonderful man went to rest in heaven on May 7th after managing Parkinsons with amazing grace for 20+ years. Met in heaven by parents Robert and Rosella, and brother-in-law, Dale; survived by loving wife of 48 years and dedicated caregiver, Barbara; daughter Jennifer, sons Casey (Connie) and Joshua (Kristie), and grandchildren Jesse, Kooper and Dilynn; sisters Judith and Suzanne; sister-in-law Karen (Jack); and many wonderful cousins, nieces and nephews. Retired founder of Industrial Rubber and Supply Company, Bill loved his family, his business, his country and the great outdoors - especially family time at the lake. An avid, life-long hunter and fisherman, he played softball, coached little league, loved bowling, McDonalds combo #3, the MN Twins, Gopher Girls Basketball, and hunting and fishing (oh, did we already mention that?). Bill’s funny sense of humor, determination, uncanny ability to be right all the time, and grinning/winning smiles held true throughout his days. He will be dearly missed by family and friends alike; we are so grateful and blessed to have shared our lives with such a strong, caring and loving man who taught us in so many different ways what is important in life. A Celebration of Life reception will be held on Tuesday, May 22nd from 5-8pm in the Skye Room at Rush Creek Golf Club, 7801 Troy Lane, Maple Grove, MN. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Deepest thanks to our loving neighbors at the lake and respite care angel, Melissa B and her family, for their un-ending love and support over the past several years. Very special thanks also to the nurses and doctors at Riverwood Healthcare who so carefully attended to Bill and our family in the last days. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).
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John Keith Brown
03/07/1924-05/05/2012
John Keith Brown, age 88 of Aitkin formerly of Seattle, Washington died Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. John was born March 7, 1924 at Estherville, Iowa the son of John and Clara (Kittleson) Brown. He married Ethel Mae Chamberlin on November 14, 1964 in Seattle, Washington. He had worked in a cedar mill for 20 years in Seattle and then worked for 20 years at Northwest Foundry in Seattle. His wife Ethel died in 1996. He enjoyed playing Bingo, meat raffles and fishing. He was a member of the Moose, Eagles and Royal Neighbors. He is survived by nieces and nephews: Harold (Mardella) Chamberlin of Aitkin; Helen (Gary) Peterson of Brainerd; Ben (Pat) Chamberlin of Warba, MN.; Bob (Sue) Chamberlin of Trommold, Mn.; Florence (Patrick) Makousky of Goshen, Ind.; Larry (Linda) Chamberlin of Crosby; Dorothy Jones of San Bernardino, Ca.; Earl (Barney) Chamberlin of Virginia, Mn.; Ed (Dawn) Chamberlin of Marysville, Wash.; Martha (John) Cloutier of Rogers, MN.; Melissa (Randy) Adair of Brainerd; Margaret (Tom) Schrader of Baxter and also other extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ethel, and niece Mary Beth. A funeral service will be held Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Donald Norman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Evergreen Washelli Cemetery in Seattle, Washington. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Rita M. Gerads
03/28/1926-05/01/2012
Rita M. Gerads, age 86 of Aitkin formerly of Minneapolis and Richfield died Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Rita was born March 28, 1926 in Faribault, Minnesota the daughter of Nicholas and Magdeline (Roster) Losleben. She grew up and attended schools in Faribault and then attended the College of St. Theresa in Winona receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Math and Science. She taught school in Minneapolis at a Parochial School for two years and then went to work for Honeywell as an engineer for a time. She married Ralph Gerads on December 30, 1954 in Minneapolis. They lived in Minneapolis for a time and then moved to Richfield and lived there until retirement in 1987 when they moved to Aitkin, Minnesota. They have lived in Aitkin since. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, and was involved in the quilting groups at church. She is survived by 3 daughters and sons in law: Margaret and Jim Tripp of Maplewood, Mn.; Celia and Ken Steinbring of Champlin, Mn.; Anne and Bob Christian of Chanhassen, Mn.; two sons and daughters in law: Nicholas and Mandy Gerads of Farmington, Mn.; Anthony and Lori Gerads of Hartford, South Dakota; 13 grandchildren, 2 Great Grandchildren and sister in law: Nancy Losleben of Burnsville, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Ralph in 2010, and 1 brother and 1 sister. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be at the Dawn Valley Memorial Park Cemetery in Bloomington, Mn. on Wednesday May 9, at 1 PM. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Allan L. Hanson
04/05/1914-04/30/2012
Allan Leo Hanson, 98 of Aitkin died Monday, April 30, 2012 at his residence. He was born April 5, 1914 in Heron Lake to Enoch and Lena (Schlopper) Hanson. He graduated from Heron Lake High School in 1932. He was a member of the C.C.C. camp #1720 in Ely. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1938 and was serving in Pearl Harbor during the attacks on December 7, 1941. Allan was united in marriage to Fern Marietta O’Brien on October 22, 1940 in Yuma, AZ. He started working for the federal prison system in Leavenworth, KS. and after six months he was transferred to Florence, AZ. where he worked for two and a half years. He worked for the women’s prison in Alderson, W.V. for five years, then transferred to Sandstone in 1959 and retired in 1970. He enjoyed traveling to Mission, TX. during the winters. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and was very crafty in woodworking and building canoes. He was a member of the VFW. Allan is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Phil (Martha) Hanson of Aitkin 2 daughters and son-in-law: Cathy Snyder of Muscatine, IA Elaine (Pat) Gaffaney of Thief River Falls Twelve grandchildren: Randy, Brian, Angela, Sam, Shelly, Jeni, Theresa, Patty, Tim, Debbie, Susie, Heidi 22 great-grandchildren: Levi, Ellie, Calvin, Carlie, Coby, Ryan, Nicole, Gabriella, Dana, Amber, Brittany, Michael, Johnette, Bridgid, Julie, Bryce, Arianne, Mariah, Kenya, Kayla, Peytyn, Bentley Three sisters: Bernice of Sacramento, CA., Dorothy and Beatrice both of Minneapolis Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Fern Marietta (O’Brien) Hanson on July 2, 1994, son John, granddaughter Rabecca “Becky”, grandson Jason, great-granddaughter Ashley, brother Russell, and his parents Enoch and Lena (Schlopper) Hanson. Visitation will be 5 to 7p.m., Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral in Aitkin. Prayer service will begin at 7p.m. Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Burial with military honors will be 11:45a.m., Monday at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Assembly area #4. Reverend Alan Naumann will officiate. www.srtfuneral.com
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Florence "Winky" Sorensen
01/15/1931-04/29/2012
Florence “Winky” Sorensen, 81, of Grand Rapids died Sunday, April 29, 2012 at Grand Itasca Hospital in Grand Rapids. She is survived by one son Scotty of Grand Rapids. Private services will be held at a later date. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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