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Archive Obituaries
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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Maude M. (Klingelhofer) Wier
07/31/1920-12/20/2012
Maude M. (Klingelhofer) Wier, age 92 of Aitkin died Thursday, December 20, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Maude was born July 31, 1920 at Sentinel Butte, North Dakota the daughter of John and Grace (Grubb) Honnold. She grew up in Sentinel Butte graduating from High School there. She was involved in numerous sports while attending high school. She moved to Aitkin in 1938 and taught in the Aitkin rural schools, mainly at the Bennettville School. She then moved to the State of Washington in 1943 and taught school also coaching basketball and volleyball. Maude married Virgil Klingelhofer on November 22, 1945 in Vancouver, Washington. They moved to California where she continued to teach and coach. In 1948 they moved back to Aitkin where Maude began a 35 year teaching career. She taught elementary school until 1969 and then she taught and coached at the Aitkin High School from 1969 until her retirement in 1983. In 1960 she attended UMD and received her high school teaching degree. She initiated the Girls Athletic Association (GAA) in Aitkin and coached Basketball, Track, Softball, Tennis, Cross Country, Volleyball and was Cheerleader Advisor. In 1971 when the Minnesota State High School League recognized girls’ sports, she coached Track, sending 3 girls to the State Tournament, Basketball and Volleyball. Her Volleyball teams won 3 mid-state championships in 1975, 1976 and 1978 and also won a District Championship.Maude an Virgil were known for hosting the many barn dances at Lone Lake. Her husband Virgil died in 1978. Maude married Marvin Wier on June 3, 2000 in Aitkin. Maude enjoyed outdoor activities including Bowling, Snowmobiling, Golfing, swimming, horseshoes, deer hunting, playing cards, dancing, gardening, cooking and traveling. She had traveled throughout the U.S. including Alaska and Hawaii, the Holy Land, Europe, and the Caribbean. She was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Auxiliary and had served as its president in 2002 – 2003; was a member of the Aitkin United Methodist Church and had served on many of the church’s councils; the Lone Lake Association, the UMD Alumni Association, Aitkin Chamber of Commerce, the Red Hat organization, bridge clubs.In 2002 Maude and Marvin were elected as Riverboat Queen and King, and served as wonderful ambassadors for Aitkin. She was a very active in “Support our Troops”, along with being a tremendous booster for all of the Aitkin Community Activities. She loved Aitkin and the surrounding communities. Maude’s greatest gift was hospitality. Her enjoyment came from hosting and entertaining her friends and family, young and old, at her home on Lone Lake. She is survived by her husband Marvin Wier of Aitkin; Son and daughter in law: Kirby and Pam Klingelhofer of Annandale, Mn.; daughter and son in law: Valeri and Paul Wier of Eveleth, Mn.; Grandchildren: Ryan (Sara) Klingelhofer, Amy Klingelhofer, Tim (Kirstin) Wier, Dan (Kelly) Wier; Great Grandchildren: Riley, Brody, Bryson; Step Children: Paul Wier of Eveleth, Dennis Wier of Mesa, Az.; Bill Wier of Phoenix, Az.; Step grand children: Bud Wier and Michael Wier; Sisters in law: Gladys Honnold and Margaret Klingelhofer both of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents,her first husband Virgil, 4 brothers: Zane, Desmond, John and Guy and 1 sister: Ethel. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 11 AM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Burial will be in the Diamond Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Marilyn R. Sather
03/30/1934-12/20/2012
Marilyn R. Sather, age 78 of McGregor died Thursday, December 20, 2012 at her home. Marilyn was born March 30, 1934 in Superior, Wisconsin the daughter of Herbert and Ruth (Sarff) Larson. She grew up in Balsam Township of Aitkin County where she attended country school. She also attended Aitkin High School from 9th to 11th grade and attended McGregor High School from which she graduated in 1952. She married Paul Sather on December 27, 1952 at the Grace Lutheran Log Church near McGregor. She and her husband operated Sather’s Store for many years and she also raised her five children. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and had sung in the choir. She had also sung with the Community Cantata Choir. She enjoyed bowling, camping, spending time in Florida in the winter and especially loved to visit with family and friends. She is survived by her husband Paul Sather of McGregor; daughter and son in law: Linda and Gary Van Slyke of Surprise, Az.; sons and daughters in law: Bob and Diane Sather, Lee and Kim Sather, Curt and Diane Sather all of McGregor; Grandchildren and spouses: Aaron (Amy) Hansen, Greg (Joanne) Frazier-Hansen, Jeffrey (Nikki) Sather, Amy (Josh) Tenney, Becky Sather, Stacey Sather, Eric (Amy) Sather, Rachel Sather, Christian (Darcy) Murphy; great grandchild: Addison Don Sather; brothers in law: Ron Smith of Hugo, MN. and Dr. A. Howard (Ann) Sather of Sun City West, Arz. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Donald in 2009, 2 sisters: Betty and Judy and Brother Richard. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 28, 2012 at 1 PM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 PM at the church and also Friday from 11 AM until the 1 PM services. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dale R. Nordean
05/16/1957-12/18/2012
Dale R. Nordean, 55 of Aitkin died December 18, 2012 at Aitkin Health Services. He was born May 16, 1957 in Aitkin to Robert and Doris (Hanson) Nordean. He graduated in 1975 from Aitkin High School and then attended St. Cloud VO-Tech. Dale was united in marriage to Julie Christensen on September 18, 1982 in Aitkin. He owned Nordean Electric in Aitkin. He was a member of S.A.L. and a retired member of the Aitkin Fire Department. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, especially goose hunting. He was preceded in death by his father Robert Nordean, father-in-law Bill Christensen, and his grandparents. Dale is survived by his wife Julie (Christensen) Nordean Two children: Mali Nordean and Dan Nordean Mother: Doris (Hanson) Nordean Brother: Steve Nordean Mother-in-law: Joan Christensen Special Brother-in-law and Sister-in-law: Jim and Cindy Christensen Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M., Saturday, December 22, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Aitkin. Reverend Judith Clark will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Delores Marie Dallman
09/29/1939-12/09/2012
Delores Marie Dallman, age 73 of Aitkin formerly of Garrison died Sunday, December 9, 2012 at her home. Delores was born September 29, 1939 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of William and Edna (Carson) Allie. She attended schools in Minneapolis and then attended the Mound High School. In the mid 1960’s she moved to Garrison and operated Dee’s Bait and Tackle shop for a number of years. She also worked for the Blue Goose for 31 years until she retired. She moved to Aitkin in 2010. She had sold real estate for a short time. She enjoyed researching her genealogy and took trips to find long lost relatives. She also enjoyed hunting and fishing and still holds the record within the family of having gotten the biggest deer and biggest fish. She loved her home in the woods and loved to feed and watch the birds and wildlife that roamed in her yard. She was a friend to many and loved to help others. She loved her children and grandchildren immensely, and especially loved to buy for them at Christmas time. She also loved to spend time with her sister Pat, going to garage sales and thrift stores. She loved a good bargain. She is survived by daughter and son in law: Sheri and Dale Roeschlein of Isle; Sons and daughters in law: Terry Dallman of Brainerd, Scott Dallman of Brainerd, Jeff and Wendy Dallman of Anoka, Dennis and Mary Lee Dallman of Ironton; 10 grandchildren: Keli, John, Lance, Rachel, Brooke, Andrew, Micah, Emily, Nicholas, and Brittany; 4 great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Pat (Jerry) Kristensen, Debbie Rice, 2 brothers: Billy Allie and Mark (Willow) Allie all of California and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Monday, December 17, 2012 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Larry Burg officiating. Visitation will be from 11 AM until the 1 PM services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Garrison Cemetery in the spring of the year. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lorraine (Ayres) Oleson
08/17/1922-11/25/2012
Lorraine (Ayres) Oleson, 90, died November 25, 2012 at her home in Palisade with family. Lorraine was born in Huron, South Dakota on August 17, 1922 to Katherine (Crawford) and Jesse Landon Ayres. She lived in South Dakota until age 11 and then moved to the Palisade area where she lived the rest of her life. She graduated from Aitkin High School in 1941. Lorraine married Claude Oleson on November 5, 1941. He preceded her in death in 1988. Lorraine and her husband were dairy farmers. They worked and lived on their farm throughout their married life. Lorraine continued to live on the farm until her death. Lorraine was devoted to her church, Bethel Lutheran of Palisade. She was a member of the ELCW and active in quilting for many years. She loved to travel. Lorraine was devoted to her faith, family, friends, and having fun. She is survived by her children: Kathleen (Darrell) Johnson, Elissa (Don Christiansen)Bryan, and Nels (Heather) Oleson; Grandchildren: Deb (Larry) Goble, Charles Johnson, Benton (Mary) Johnson, Andy (Pam) Johnson, Tammy (Scott) Wickstrom, Sara (Jamie) McCormick, Shane Oleson, and Noelle Oleson; Great-grandchildren: Krystal (Daniel) Smith , Kyle Johnson, Alex Goble, Celena Johnson, Dustin Goble, Spencer Goble, AJ Johnson, Karl Johnson, Chantel Johnson, Matthias Wickstrom, Chanay Johnson, Lucas Wickstrom, Jacob McCormick, Landon Goble, Levi Wickstrom, Gillian Wickstrom, and Ryan McCormick; Great-great-grandchildren: Chandlor, Destiny, and Tristan Smith; Numerous nieces, nephew, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Claude, and siblings; Bertha Sorenson, Lucille Houseman, and Renford Ayres; step-brother Noah “Shorty” Evans; and sons-in-law John Johnson and Terrance Bryan. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, November 30, 2012 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. Reverend William Sass will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. 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. www.srtfuneral.com
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Duane E. Yaggy
08/06/1954-11/23/2012
Duane E. Yaggy, age 58 of Palisade died Friday, November 24, 2012 at Killdeer, North Dakota. Duane was born August 6, 1954 in Princeton, Minnesota the son of Bernard and Mabel (Schake) Yaggy. He grew up and attended schools in St. Francis, Minnesota. He served in the U.S. Army in the mid 1970’s and upon his discharge moved to Aitkin to help take care of his brother Tim and help with the family business. He was involved in in music all of his life. He also worked as an over the road trucker for many years. He lived in Palisade where he also farmed. He had attended the Berkley School of Music for a time. He taught many people how to play music. He is survived by his daughter: Breonna Yaggy of Aitkin; step children: Lucas Levendowski of Fargo. North Dakota, Melissa Canfield of Aitkin, Shawn Halverson of Aitkin, Angela Halverson of Deerwood; Brother: Dennis (Leila) Yaggy of Cambridge, Mn.; Sister: Bonnie Johnson of Waterloo, Iowa and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers: Bill Owens, Robert Owens, and Tim Yaggy and 1 sister: Janis Yaggy. Funeral services will be held Friday, November 30, 2012 at 2 PM from the Westside Church in Aitkin with Rev. Dallas Smith officiating. Visitation will be from Noon until the 2 PM services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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James E. Thompson
07/21/1941-11/21/2012
James E. Thompson, age 71 of Aitkin died Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Jim was born July 21, 1941 in Duluth, Mn., the son of Alex and Lydia (Granlund) Thompson. He moved to Silver Bay in 1952 as his parents worked for the construction company which was building the Taconite Plant there. He was a member of the first graduating class of the Silver Bay High School. In 1958 his family returned to Duluth and he graduated from East High School. Jim then attended the University of Minnesota and received a degree in mechanical engineering in 1964. He married Marilyn (Marty) Olsen on June 27, 1964 in Duluth. They moved to Flint, Michigan where Jim worked as a test engineer for Chevrolet and then Ford Motors. In September of 1966 Jim became an officer in the U.S. Navy and served as a public works officer at Ft. Allen, Puerto Rico and then NAVRADSTA Sabana, Puerto Rico until March of 1970. He entered business school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in September of 1970 and received his MBA degree in June of 1972. He worked for Burlington Northern Railroad as director of financial planning in St. Paul until 1977. He then became assistant treasurer of United Airlines in Chicago for 3 years. In 1980 he became treasurer and then Chief Financial Officer of Ponderosa Restaurants in Dayton, Ohio. He retired in 1988 when the company was involved in a hostile takeover. He moved his family back to Minnesota and settled in the Aitkin area. Jim decided he wanted to keep busy so he became a substitute teacher at the Aitkin High School for 6 years in the 90’s and was known by his students as “Mr. T”. In his spare time he enjoyed working in his shop on many welding and woodworking projects and attending many auctions during the years. He is survived by his wife Marilyn Thompson of Aitkin; son Brian Thompson of Shakopee, MN.; He was preceded in death by his parents. A time of gathering will be held Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 11 AM until 1 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. A private burial will take place at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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LeRoy M. Johnson
07/15/1936-11/17/2012
LeRoy M. Johnson “Johnson” age 76 of McGregor formerly of Coon Rapids died Saturday, November 17, 2012 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. LeRoy was born July 15, 1936 at Clear Lake, South Dakota the son of Melvin and Helen (Gossman) Johnson. He graduated from Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis. He served as a Military Police in the National Guard and U.S. Army. He worked in the Steel Industry on North 2nd Street in Minneapolis for many years. He married Betty Jo Taylor on September 22, 1973 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Coon Rapids until retiring to Rat Lake near McGregor, Mn in 2007. He was a 45 year friend of Bill W.; the McGregor Lions Club, the Palisade Mountain Men, was an avid fisherman and hunter, had been a pro bass fisherman and he loved the outdoors. He is survived by his wife Betty Jo Johnson of McGregor; 6 children and spouses: Sheree (Adam) Meier of Duluth, Mn.; Jeffrey (Erica) Johnson of Torreon, Mexico; Leanne (Bruce) Petyo of Lino Lakes, Mn.; Victor (Debra) Johnson of Anoka, Mn.; Pam Johnson of Eveleth, Mn.; Jamey Johnson of Eveleth, Mn.; 12 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 1 brother: Jim (Connie) Johnson of Big Lake, Mn.; 1 sister: Karen Tesch of McGregor, Mn. Sister in law: Wendy Johnson of St. Paul, Mn., and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents: Melvin and Helen Johnson; Brother: Dennis Johnson; Mother and Father in law: Betty and Olaf Taylor and cousin: Taylor Barbre. A Celebration of a Life Well Lived will be held Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 11 AM from the McGregor Community Center. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the center. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Workman Township at a later date. Memorials are preferred. Please wear plaid if you have it. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Magel M. Rasmussen
08/20/1935-11/17/2012
Magel M. Rasmussen, age 77 of McGregor died Saturday, November 17, 2012 at her home. She was born August 20, 1935 at Vinita, Oklahoma the daughter of Floyd and Ezeffe (Smith) Parker. She grew up in Oklahoma and Nebraska. She married Emmett “Bud” Rasmussen on April 25, 1950 at Florence, Arizona. They lived in Nebraska, Arizona and California before moving to McGregor in 1972. They owned and operated a turkey farm and ran that until 1993. She has lived in McGregor since that time. She was a member of the McGregor VFW Auxiliary, the McGregor Lions and had been a member of the Kiwanis Club when they lived in California. She is survived by 2 sons and daughters in law: Larry and Sylvia Rasmussen of Buffalo, MN.; Ron and Melissa Rasmussen of McGregor; Cheryle Rasmussen of PAlm Desert, Calf.; 10 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; 2 brothers: Jay Will Smith of Clairmore, Oklahoma; Leonard Smith of Bethune, Colorado; Sister: Freeda Grossman of New Castle, Penn. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Emmett and son Kenneth. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 1 PM from the McGregor Funeral Home with Jack Gould officiating. Visitation will be from Noon until the 1 PM services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery at McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Donna L. Bohlin
06/22/1934-11/09/2012
Donna L. Bohlin, 78 of Aitkin died Friday, November 9, 2012 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. She was born June 22, 1934 in Minneapolis to Edwin and Bernadette (Weinbarger) Larson. She is survived by Husband William H. "Bill" Bohlin of Aitkin daughters: Lynn Shegstad of Minneapolis Karen (Scott) Cummings of Aitkin Brenda Bohlin of Aitkin Son: Joe (Jennifer) 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. Memorial service will be 2P.M. – Monday, November 19, 2012 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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Lynn J. Hardie
07/21/1948-11/08/2012
Lynn J. Hardie, 64 of Sturgeon Lake died November 8, 2012 at Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. Services will be 12:00P.M., Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Assembly area #1. www.srtfuneral.com
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David Paul Fischer
09/19/1934-10/28/2012
David Paul Fischer, age 78 of McGregor, Mn. died Sunday October 28, 2012 from complications of cancer, at his home near McGregor. David was born September 19, 1934 at Litchfield, Minnesota the son of Anthony and Cordelia (Dallman) Fischer. He grew up and attended schools in Litchfield graduating from the Litchfield High School. He then started working with a plumbing company in Hutchinson and became a journeyman plumber. He married Marjorie L. Gawronski on February 5, 1966 at Rockford, Minnesota. They made their home in Long Lake, Mn. and he continued to work as a plumber until 1976. He then started working for the City of Hopkins as a plumbing and heating inspector in 1978 and retired in 1998. In 1998 they moved to the McGregor area and have lived here since. He was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor, was a lifetime member of Plumbers Local # 15, and was a member of A.S.S.E. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, playing cards and spending time at his 80 acres. He is survived by his wife Marge Fischer of McGregor; 3 children: Deb (Art) Pester of Montrose, MN.; Greg (Mary) Fischer of Monticello, Mn.; Dan Fischer of McGregor; 5 Grandchildren: Rebecca, Crystal, Jamie, Samantha and Anthony; 1 Great Grandchild: Maria; 3 sisters: Frieda Hennessey of Glencoe, MN.; Gladys Olson of Kimball, Mn.; Jeannie Best of Glenwood City, Wisc. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers: John and Fred Fisher. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 3, 2012 at Noon from Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 135 1st Street S. McGregor, Mn.; with Rev. Henry Koopman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Roland E. "Rollie" Francin
08/10/1926-10/28/2012
Roland E. “Rollie” Francin, age 86 of Aitkin died Sunday, October 28, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Rollie was born August 10, 1926 at Robbinsdale, Minnesota the son of Sigfried and Leola (Bossert) Francin. He grew up and attended schools in Robbinsdale and High School at the Pillsbury Military Academy in Owatonna, MN. He then served in the Army Air Corps. He then returned to the Twin Cities after his discharge and attended Macalister College. He graduated with a degree in business. He married Celayne M. Campbell on June 10, 1949 in Minneapolis. He moved to the Aitkin area in 1955 and started his store Francin’s of Northern Minnesota. He operated it until 1982 when he retired. He and his wife spent winters in Arizona and moved there in the early 1990’s. After his wife died in 2006 he moved back to Aitkin and has resided here since. He enjoyed bird hunting, golf, cards, fishing, and loved dogs and especially enjoyed reciting Shakespeare. He is survived by 2 sons and spouses: Mike and Cindy Francin of Charlotte, North Carolina; Jeff and Eileen Francin of Wausau, Wisconsin and 1 sister: Muriel McCalla of Coral Gables, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and twin brother Robert. A memorial service will be held in the spring of 2013. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jean I. Ahlstrom
01/12/1927-10/27/2012
Jean I. Ahlstrom, 85 of Aitkin died Saturday, October 27, 2012 at her home. She was born January 12, 1927 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to James H. and Ann M. (Olson) Perkins. Jean was united in marriage to Alton L. Ahlstrom on December 7, 1946 in Minneapolis. She worked as a caregiver, cake decorator, and baker. She enjoyed Tennis, word games, cards, sewing, and knitting. She was a member of Forever Young, Glowing Age, Friends of Ripple Lake, Riverwood Health Care Auxiliary, and Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by an infant son Robert L. Ahlstrom and her parents. Jean is survived by her husband Alton L. Ahlstrom of Aitkin 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Alton L. (Cheryl) Ahlstrom, Jr. of Mounds View James R. (Sue) Ahlstrom of Andover 4 daughters and sons-in-law: Patricia J. (Steve) Candelaria of Qumado, NM. 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 Memorial services will be 1:00P.M. – Sunday, December 9, 2012 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Reverend Cynthia Gray will officiate. Burial was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Aitkin or The Veterans Home in Silver Bay, MN. www.srtfuneral.com
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Harold "Al" Troup
06/01/1940-10/24/2012
Harold “Al” Allen Troup, 72 of McGregor died Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. He was born June 1, 1940 in Mamont, Pennsylvania to Harold H. and Margaret “Peg” E. (Bowman)Troup. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran. Al, along with his brother and father owned and operated the Mobile station on 109th and University in Blaine and Troup’s Car Care on 109th and Jefferson in Blaine. He worked for25 years at Allied Van Lines in Minneapolis and Dallas, TX. Al was united in marriage to Elizabeth “Liz” (Stone) on June 14, 1991 in Irving, TX. He enjoyed gardening and canning. He was a member of the Blaine and McGregor Lions Clubs and Round Lake Presbyterian Church, McGregor. He was preceded in death by his parents. Al is survived by his wife Elizabeth “Liz” Troup of McGregor 4 children: Tom (Barb) Troup of Tamarack Barb Troup of Coon Rapids Judy (Jim) Barth of White Bear Lake Sandy Yurkew of Blaine 3 step-children: Joan Gonzales of Plano, TX. Jane (Ron) Lewis of How, TX. Joe (Heidi) Parish, Jr. of Weatherford, TX. Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren 2 sisters and brothers-in-law: Joan (Vance) Thiede of Blaine Ruth (John) Hunter of Ham Lake 1 brother and sister-in-law: John (Jackie) Troup of Coon Rapids Many other relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 11A.M. – Saturday, November 3, 2012 at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, McGregor. Reverend John Yingling will officiate. Visitation will begin at 10:30 at the church. Military honors will be accorded by McGregor VFW Post #2747 and American Legion Post #29. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Roy F. Giese
02/08/1938-10/23/2012
Roy F. Giese, age 74 of Aitkin died Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. Roy was born February 8, 1938 at Waconia, Minnesota the son of Theodore and Marcella (Heldt) Giese. He grew up and attended schools in Waconia. He attended Dunwoody Institute and learned the Tool and Die making trade. He worked as a tool and die maker in the Twin Cities until he retired to the Fleming area near Aitkin in 1997. He married Julie Ann Roettger on April 19, 1996 in Aitkin. They have lived in the Fleming area since. He served as a Fleming Township Supervisor and was a fire warden. He hunted when he was younger and he loved motorcycles. He is survived by his wife: Julie Giese; and 3 daughters: Virginia Mae (Rick) Heimark, and Valerie Jean Dahl, Victoria Lynn Dahl, 6 Grandchildren: Jason Tyler Fowler, Mark Robert Dahl, Jorgine Serine Dahl, Joshua Taylor Dahl, Elisabeth Nicole and Victoria Simone Burdette-Heimark; Great Grandchildren: Miranda Korbel, Tori Arrowood, and Victoria Rose Fowler, 1 brother: Howard Giese and Step Son: Steven Bruchu. He was preceded in death by his parents and Brother Gilbert. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 26, 2012 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson funeral home with Rev. Susan Cline officiating. Visitation will be from 1 PM until the 2 PM services. Burial will be in the Fleming Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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LaDonna (Andrews) Carlson
12/15/1936-10/23/2012
LaDonna L. (Andrews) Carlson, age 75 of Palisade died Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. LaDonna was born December 15, 1936 in Palisade, Minnesota the daughter of Walter and Violet (Hanson) Toppila. She attended schools in Palisade and Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1954. She married Donald E. Andrews on December 31, 1962 at Kenosha, Wisconsin. LaDonna worked as a nurse’s aide for many years in Kenosha and also in Aitkin at the hospital when they moved to Palisade in 1987. Donald died in January of 1997. LaDonna married Charles Carlson on August 30, 1997 in Aitkin. They made their home in Palisade. She was active in the Senior Companions, the Friendship Club, and drove bus for them and was pianist at the Hilltop Chapel. She is survived by her husband Charles Carlson of Palisade; Children: Billy Evans of Hill City, Steven (Lynn) Evans of Palisade, Donald Andrews of Palisade, Rick (Joanne) Andrews of Palisade; Ruth (Dennis) Lindman of Palisade, Onida (Ladd) Kocinski of International Falls, Mn.; Dave (Pam) Carlson of Palisade, Russell (Donna) Carlson of Miltown, Wisc.; Pam Nordstrom of Palisade, Tambrey Kullhem and Scott Roettger of Palisade, Charles Carlson and Chantelle Leonard of Palisade; 21 Grandchildren 23 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Donald, 1 grandchild and 1 great grandchild. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 10:30 AM from the Aitkin Assemblies of God Church with Rev. Barry Hite officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Waukenabo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Marion Kilpela
08/04/1928-10/21/2012
Marion Kilpela (Caviness) age 84 of McGregor formerly of Minneapolis died Sunday, October 21, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin, Mn. She was born August 4, 1928 in Minneapolis the daughter of James and Margaret (Hilbert) Sugg. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from Patrick Henry High School in 1946. She married David C. Caviness and they lived in North Minneapolis. David died in 1960. Marion married Donald Kilpela on March 8, 1961 in Minneapolis. They continued to live in Minneapolis until they retired to the McGregor area in 1988. They have lived here since. She is survived by her husband Donald Kilpela of McGregor; Sons: Gary (Robin) Caviness of Ramsey, Mn; Robert (Sandy) Caviness of Coon Rapids, Mn.; Donald Kilpela (Brigette) Minneapolis; Bruce Kilpela; Daughter: Margaret Caviness of Minneapolis; Sister: Delores Turner of Crystal, Mn. Grandchildren: Josh, Sarah, Amy, Brandon, Brittany, Great Grandchildren: Miles, Cordelia and Zion. She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband David Caviness, Brother: Donald Sugg and Sister: Lorraine Temte. A gathering of family and friends will be Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 4 PM until 6 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, MN. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. or the Diabetes Assoc. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Harold "Sonny" Turnock
10/19/1934-10/19/2012
Harold “Sonny” Leonard Turnock, 78 of McGregor died Friday, October 19, 2012 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. He was born October 19, 1934 in East Lake to Harold Frances and Hazel Geneva (Bennett) Turnock. He graduated from McGregor High School in 1952. Harold was united in marriage to Dolores “DeDe” Irene Miller on July 27, 1957 in Crosby. He worked at Diamond Match Co. in Cloquet for 44 years. He retired from the National Guard after 27 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and bowling. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Dolores on June 4, 2011. Harold is survived by son and daughter-in-law: Keith (Michelle) Turnock of Brainerd 3 Daughters and sons-in-law: Joleen (John) Herbert of Sheridan, Wyoming Bev (Brad) Tesch of McGregor Sherrie (Randy) Vikla of McGregor 9 Grandchildren: Json(Amber), Chad, Dawn, Jamie, Jessica, Hilary, Eric, Emily 4 great-grandchildren: Teerza, Jazmyn, Izayah, Kynzee 2 brothers and sisters-in-law: Richard (Marilyn) Turnock of McGregor Darrell (Susan) Turnock of North Oaks 2 sisters and brother-in-law: Kathy (Bob) Reich of Palisade Cheryl Swanson (Steve) of Shoreview Many other relatives and friends. A gathering time for family and friends will be 11A.M. to 2P.M. – Sunday, October 28, 2012 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be in Union Woodland Cemetery in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Terrance R. Roy Sr.
04/22/1938-10/18/2012
Terrance R. Roy Sr. age 74 of McGregor died Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born April 22, 1938 in Minneapolis, Mn. the son of Robert and Arlene Roy. He attended schools in Minneapolis. He owned and operated an iron works company for 30 years before he retired to the McGregor area where he owned and operated Eagle Point Lounge. He is survived by children: Brett Roy of McGregor, Terrance Roy Jr. of Minneapolis, Vicky Roy of Proctor, Mn. 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 27 from Noon until 5 Pm at the Eagle Point Lounge north of McGregor, MN. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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