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Archive Obituaries
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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Brian Scott Fischer
01/20/1990-04/29/2012
Brian Scott Fischer, age 22 of Aitkin died Sunday, April 29, 2012 at Essentia St Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. Brian was born January 20, 1990 at Crosby, Minnesota the son of Paul and LaRae (Weimer) Fischer. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating in 2008 from the Aitkin High School He then went to work for his father as a Recycling Technician at Garrison Disposal Company. Brian loved animals and had worked for two summers at the H.A.R.T. shelter. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, wolves and going to movies. He loved his new truck and he especially loved his family. He was a very loving and giving person. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Assn., and the Whitetail Deer Assn. He is survived by his Parents: Paul Fischer and LaRae Fischer both of Aitkin; sister: Ashley Fischer of Duluth, MN. Grandmother: Dorothy Fischer of Crosby and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, May 4, 2012 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin, with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be at the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Eldean "Bud" Lehrke
06/11/1922-04/29/2012
Eldean Laverne Lehrke passed away on April 29, 2012 at the age of 89 in Pflugerville, TX. He was the 5th child of Julius W. Lehrke and Lena E. (Ahlers) Lehrke and was born on June 11, 1922 in Osceola Township, MN. Affectionately known as “Bud” to his family and friends and as “Grandpa” and “G-Bud” to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, he lived a good life and died in the Lord. Bud grew up in farming communities and his family moved to Bain, MN, then Palisade, MN areas when he was young. He worked on the family farm until volunteering for military service during the Second World War. Bud met his wife, Norma Edith Wheeler, prior to entering the Army and they decided to get married when he was home on furlough prior to overseas deployment. They married on August 9, 1945 in the parsonage of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin. The war ended shortly thereafter. Bud served from 8 October, 1942 until 12 January, 1946 when he was honorably discharged from the Army Air Force. Bud and Norma lived in St. Cloud, MN and his first two daughters were born there. They purchased a farm west of Palisade and moved there in 1951. Their third daughter was born there. Bud had a dream of retiring on a lake and built a log home on Round Lake. He retired from farming and moved to the lake home in 1979. That home was a special place for his grandchildren while they grew up and they spent much of every summer there for 19 years. In 1998, Bud and Norma sold the lake home and temporarily moved to Crosby, MN while their apartment in Aitkin was being built. They moved to Pflugerville, TX in 2006. While there, they remained members of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin and retained close ties with family and friends in the area. Bud was predeceased by his parents and grandparents, brothers Reinhold Lehrke and Donald Lehrke, and sisters Vivian Holm and Lillian Landrus, all of Palisade, MN. He is survived by his wife Norma, from Pflugerville, TX; brother Stuart, from Aitkin, MN; daughter Linda Nicholson and son-in-law Jim, from Pflugerville, TX; daughter Doris Kirchner and son-in-law Tony, from Rochester, MN; daughter Mary Hinnant and son-in-law Lyle, from Las Vegas, NV; grandson Jim Nicholson and his wife Nicole, from Boerne, TX; grandson John Kirchner, from Madison, WI; granddaughter Marianne Rader and her husband Joe, from Georgetown, TX; great-granddaughter Elle Nicholson; great-grandsons Ben Nicholson and Joey Rader; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends. The family will receive friends from 12:30-1:30 PM on May 12th at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin, MN with a memorial service beginning at 1:30 PM. Gravesite services will follow at Waukenabo Cemetery followed by a celebration of life at Waukenabo Town Hall. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. The family prefers memorials be made to St. Johns Lutheran Church in Bud’s name. That church has been a strong foundation to Bud’s faith and life for him and his family for the last 80+ years. We are thankful for his life and are thankful for the impact Bud has had on others.
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Carleton "Sonny" Carlson
07/28/1936-04/22/2012
Carleton “Sonny” L. Carlson, age 75 of Aitkin died Sunday, April 22, 2012 at his home. Carleton was born July 28, 1936 at St. Paul, Minnesota the son of Carl and Hilma Carlson. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from Marshall U High in Minneapolis. He then attended the University of Minnesota majoring in secondary education. He then went on to obtain is Masters’ degree in Physical education. Married Gloria J. Clark on August 1, 1959 in Minneapolis. He started his teaching career at Watertown, Minnesota for 1 year. He then taught, coached and served as Athletic Director for the Bloomington School District #271 from 1961 until his retirement in 1993. Upon his retirement he moved to the Aitkin area, Lone Lake, in 1993 and has resided here since. He had been coming to Lone Lake since 1978. He originally started coming to the area as a child when he worked as a dock boy for his aunt and Uncle Harry and Sally Carlson who started and owned Carlsona Carlson Beach Resort. He was a member of the Glory Baptist Church, Gideon’s International, the Minnesota State High School League, The Minnesota Coaches Association, The M Club, and University of Minnesota Alumni Association. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and cross country skiing. He had a strong interest in church ministries, missions, Bible studies and the jail ministry. Sony said that, of all the things he has done his greatest rewards were seeing young men’s lives changes by Christ in the Aitkin jail ministry. He is survived by his wife Gloria Carlson of Aitkin; son: Michael Carlson of Moab, Utah; daughter: DeeAnn Curtis of Cross Lake, and grandson: River Curtis. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sister: Karen Carlson and granddaughter Timber Faith Curtis. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 11 AM from the Glory Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Stauter and Dr. H. Alan Talley officiating. Interment will be in the Glory Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. The family prefers memorials to Gideon’s International, the Glory Church Youth Ministries or the Glory Church Sound and Video Project. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Bernard John Touhey
01/14/1930-04/18/2012
Bernard John Touhey, age 81 of McGregor, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas (The Cancer Did Not Win). Bernie was born July 14, 1930 at Slayton, Minnesota. He attended the Westbrook High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War as a Military Police. Upon his discharge from the army he then attended Dunwoody Industrial Institute. He worked for Northwest Airlines as a toolmaker retiring in 1999. He had also served on the Plymouth Fire Department retiring from there in 1985. He married Gayleen Scheetz on December 28, 1957 at Eslelline, South Dakota. He was a “Mr. Fix It”. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, dancing, camping, and playing cards and games. He was a member of the McGregor American Legion Post #23, the Rice Lake Refuge, the NRA, Lions, Angels and the Plymouth Fire and Relief Assn. He is survived by his wife Gayleen Touhey of McGregor, Mn. sons: Timothy Touhey of Alexandria, Mn.; Daniel Touhey of Elk River, Mn.; Douglas Touhey of Becker, MN.; daughter: Elizabeth Touhey of Buffalo, Mn.; brother: Duane Touhey of Norcross, Mn.; sister: Sister Nadine Touhey SSND of Owatonna, Mn.; grandson: John (Tia) Lynch of Alexandria and great granddaughter: Madison Lynch. He was preceded in death by his parents: Bill and Elsie (Haberman) Touhey; sister: Pat Konold; brother: James Touhey and aunts, uncles, cousins and niece. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 11 AM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Lon Konold (His Godson) officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery at McGregor. The McGregor American Legion Post #23 will provide military honors. A lunch will follow in the church’s social hall. Memorials are preferred to the ANGELS of McGregor or the Hope Lodge c/o the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Donna M. Moe
01/01/1970-04/04/2012
Donna M. Moe, 85 of Glen, died April 4, 2012 at Aitkin Health Services. She was born August 17, 1926 in Minneapolis to Henry and Edith (Pierson) Schwartz. She graduated from South High School in Minneapolis. Donna was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” M. Moe on April 26, 1947 in Minneapolis. She worked for Honeywell for a time and was a homemaker. She was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, daughter Jeanette McGuire, sister Jeanette Hansen, and her parents. Donna is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law: Roberta and Tom Bisek of Maple Grove Sue and Dick Stebbins of Garrison Grandchildren: Dennis Christensen, Darron and Jessica Christensen, Nathan Stebbins, Michelle Ray, and Jenelle McGuire Great-grandchildren: Karlie and Kaden Ray, and Grace and Kaitlin Christensen Many other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be 2:00P.M. – Monday, April 9, 2012 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo. Reverend James Raisanen will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Malmo Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Walter A. Johnson
04/16/1926-04/02/2012
Walter A. Johnson, 85 of McGregor died April 2, 2012 at Aitkin Health Services. He was born April 16, 1926 in Grayling to Victor and Amanda (Sundberg) Johnson. He attended Northstar School. He was a U.S. Coast Guard – Merchant Marine Veteran serving in World War II. Walter was united in marriage to Lola Bailey on August 2, 1947 in McGregor. Walter and his family moved from Hinckley to McGregor in 1956. He ran a local theater for a time, in addition to continuing his TV sales and service business. He formed a partnership with his son Randy in 1975 at which time they ran the TV business together until 1981. He joined the U.S. Post Office in May of 1958 as a mail carrier and clerk and became Postmaster in McGregor in May of 1981 and retired in May of 1987. He was a Jevne Township Supervisor, served on the McGregor Development Board, member of the American Legion , and served as church secretary, treasurer, and elder for Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor. He was an avid bowler and golfer. He was preceded in death by brothers Al and Ray, sisters Lydia, Judy, and Elna, and his parents Victor and Amanda (Sundberg) Johnson. Walter was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of almost 65 years Lola (Bailey) Johnson Children: Randy and Elaine (Anderson) Johnson Kathie (Johnson) and Bill Bolt Kevin and Darla (Paukert) Johnson Tami (Johnson) and Mark Hawkinson Grandchildren: Leah Johnson, Angie (Johnson) Beissel, Katie and Ryan Johnson, Tanya, Adam, and Emma Hawkinson Sister Helen Phillips of Coeur D Alene, Idaho And many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M., Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor. Reverend Henry Koopman will officiate. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Harold F. Smith
10/04/1925-03/30/2012
Harold F. Smith, age 86 of Palisade, Mn, formerly of St. Paul Park, Mn. died Friday, March 30, 2012 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Mn. Harold was born October 4, 1925 at Stanley, Wisconsin the son of Harry and Marian (Catt) Smith. He grew up and attended schools in Thorpe, Wisconsin graduating from the Thorpe High School. He then served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. He married Lily B. Harer on April 12, 1946 at Hudson, Wisconsin. Harold served during the Korean War in 1950. He and his wife made their home in St. Paul Park where he raised his family and worked for many years at Ashland Oil Co. (now known at Marathon). He retired in 1984 and moved to Tamarack, Mn on the lake and then in 2001 moved to Palisade, Mn and has resided there since. Harold was a member of the Tamarack Golden Age Club, the Wood Carvers Club in Arizona, the American Legion Post in McGregor, and he enjoyed fishing and picking blueberries. He could fix anything. He is survived by his wife Lily of Palisade; Daughters: Diane (Art) Brier of Tamarack; Kathy (Dave) Zehoski of Hastings, Mn; Dawn (Dan) Foerster of Tamarack; Susan Smith of Tamarack; Char (Jeff) Muraski of Crosby; 1 brother: David Smith of Payson, AZ; 2 sisters: Marian Shuk of Stanley, Wi; Ruth Ann Komarck of St. Charles, Il; 15 grandchildren: Richelle, John, Jim, Sarah, Tom, Phillip, Keith, Jeremiah, Nicolas, Clara, Kate, Samantha, Angelena, Leah, Andrew; 9 great grandchildren: Jesse, Beth, Levi, Justin, Megan, Ben, Teyla, Carter and Zoey. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 son William, and 1 daughter: Roberta, Grandson: Joe; 2 brothers: Ed and Bob and 2 sisters: Harriet and Carolyn. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW Post. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Michael R. Johnson
06/22/1948-03/30/2012
Michael R. Johnson, age 64 of McGregor formerly of Minneapolis died Friday, March 30, 2012 at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis. Michael was born June 22, 1948 in Minneapolis the son of Raymond and Lois (Scofield) Johnson. He attended schools in Minneapolis, Faribault, Rhinelander, WI, and graduated from High School in Minneapolis. He then served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Upon his discharge he returned to Minneapolis and worked for Butler Engineering for a time. He then started his career as a plater and worked doing that for many years. He married Jacqueline L. Kane on November 27, 1987 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They moved to the McGregor area in 1996 and he has resided here since. He is survived by son Travis (Debbie) Johnson of McGregor, 2 daughters: Tammy Korb of Eau Claire, Wi.; Tanya (Darin) Krushe of Ham Lake, MN.; 8 grandchildren; 7 brothers: Denny, Stan, Raymond, Leonard, Mark, Robin, and Lonnie and best friend and cousin Fred Thatcher. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Jacqueline in 2001, and 1 sister Cindy. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 1 PM from the McGregor Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Demars officiating. Visitation will be from Noon until the 1 PM services. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW post. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jeannette M. Zilverberg
04/30/1920-03/26/2012
Jeannette Marie Zilverberg, age 91 of Aitkin died Monday, March 26, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Jeannette was born April 30, 1920 on a dairy farm near Sabin, Minnesota the daughter of Ernest and Rosalia (Schroeder) Krabbenhoft. She attended elementary school in Sabin and Moorhead, graduated from Moorhead High School, and earned her bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University in 1941. She taught at schools in Drake, ND; Clark SD; and Appleton, MN, before arriving at Aitkin in 1948 to teach Senior High Home Economics. During her 28 years at Aitkin High School, she also taught evening classes and was advisor to the Senior High FHA. She served as a mentor for twelve girls who were elected to FHA District, State, and National offices. Jeannette retired in 1976. After retirement Jeannette kept busy with fund raising projects, served as city chair for the American Cancer Society; served on the Aitkin County Hospice Board (where she was treasurer for five years); was an active member and officer of the Sno-Drifters Snowmobile Club; and Aitkin Car Club. She was a member of Woodland #122 Order of the Eastern Star and former member of the Rebekah Lodge #151. She enjoyed traveling, attending car shows with her husband, crafts (including doll making), flower gardening, baking, and candy making. Jeannette married Michael “Mike” Zilverberg on June 25, 1950 at Moorhead, Minnesota. They had been married for nearly 54 years at the time of Mike’s death in 2004. Jeannette is survived by nieces and nephews and many special friends. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and 1 brother Ernest Krabbenhoft Jr. Services will be held Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 2 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Memorials are preferred to the Michael Zilverberg Education Endowment Fund at Riverwood Health Care Center, established by Jeannette to aid in the education and recruitment of healthcare professionals. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dennis A. Miller
07/08/1950-03/26/2012
Dennis A. Miller, 61 of Aitkin died March 26, 2012 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born July 8, 1950 in Aitkin to Arnold and Mildred (Hanson) Miller. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in the Vietnam War. Dennis was united in marriage to Patti Kohout on October 23, 1971 in McGregor. He worked for N.W. Gas in Aitkin and CAP Gas in Kettle River. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, smoking meats, wood working, and collecting and polishing agates. He was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86. Dennis is survived by his wife Patti Daughter and son-in-law Heather (Scott) Bender of Baxter Son Cory Miller of Duluth Brother Kevin Miller of Aitkin Two sisters Sue Radke and Tammy Speldrich both of Aitkin His golden retriever Noel, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Arnold and Mildred (Hanson) Miller and his brother-in-law LeRoy Radke. Funeral Services will be 2:00P.M. – Friday, March 30, 2012 at Westside Calvary Baptist Church in Aitkin. Ken Burg will officiate. Visitation will be 4 to 7:00P.M. – Thursday at Sorenson Root Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery. Military honors by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727. www.srtfuneral.com
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Stacy J. Harmon
12/04/1922-03/22/2012
Stacy J. Harmon, age 89 of McGregor formerly of Spring Lake Park, Minnesota died Thursday, March 22, 2012 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Stacy was born December 4, 1922 at Bountiful, Utah the son of Joseph and Laura (Algrim) Harmon. He attended schools in Bountiful and then moved to California where he graduated from High School. He then worked for a time in a factory in Sacramento. He then served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 until his discharge in 1946. He married Doris Ann Quam in November of 1944 at Douglas, Arizona. After his discharge they lived in Minneapolis for a time and then built a home in Spring Lake Park and lived there until 1985. He worked as a carpenter for many years and then worked for 3M as a construction supervisor for the plants in St. Paul. In 1985 he retired and moved to their cabin in McGregor. He and his wife have lived there since. He enjoyed fishing and loved woodworking. He is survived by his wife Doris Ann Harmon of McGregor; 2 sons: Glenn Harmon of Andover, MN. and Jeffrey Harmon of Blaine, MN; 2 brothers: Walt Harmon and Will Harmon both of Lake Tahoe, Calf.; 1 sister: Ruth Bonner of Sacramento, Calf., 5 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 grandchild, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor Larson-Deneen VFW Post 1727. Burial will be at a later date in Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Arndis I. Omberg
05/26/1921-03/17/2012
Arndis I. Omberg, age 90 of Aitkin formerly of Brooklyn Park, Mn., Fargo, N.D. and Cavalier, N.D. died Saturday, March 17, 2012 at the Edgeview Vista Care Center in Brainerd. Arndis was born May 26, 1921 at Mountain, North Dakota the daughter of John and Ida Johnson. She grew up and attended schools in Halson and then attended High School at Cavalier, North Dakota. She then attended nursing school at the University of North Dakota receiving her RN degree. She worked at St. Luke’s Hospital in Fargo for a number of years. She married Kendon Herbert Erling Omberg on February 11, 1949 in Moorhead, Minnesota. They lived in Fargo until 1969 at which time they moved to Brooklyn Park, Minnesota and lived there until moving to Aitkin in 2001. She had resided at the Golden Horizons for two years prior to moving the Edgeview Vista Care Center in 2011. She was a member of the Hekla Club (Icelandic Women’s Group), Sons of Norway, and she was very proud of her Icelandic heritage. She is survived by 2 sons: Robert (Neva) Omberg of Delano, Mn.; Curtis Omberg of Bena, Mn.; daughter: Carol Munson of Aitkin; 9 Grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kendon, 6 brothers, 4 sisters, daughter in law: Kathryn and son in law Randy. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:30 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Glenn Browning officiating. Burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lorraine G. Hart
08/20/1917-03/13/2012
Lorraine G. Hart, age 94 of Aitkin formerly of McGregor and Bloomington died Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lorraine was born August 20, 1917 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Christopher and Emily (Bondeson) Satre. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis and graduated from Marshall High School. She then went to work for a family in Minneapolis as a nanny. She married Richard J. Hart on July 1, 1937 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Bloomington and adopted 3 children and raised them there. In 1963 they moved to McGregor and operated Hart’s Lodge on Lake Minnewawa until 1967 when they sold it and moved back to Bloomington. Lorraine’s husband died in 1972. She went to work at Lakeside Industries and worked there until 1982. In 1982 she moved to her parent’s cabin on Lake Minnewawa near McGregor. In 1998 she moved from the lake to Maryhill Manor and then to the Aicota Health Care Center in 2003 where she has resided since. She had been a longtime member of the Nativity of Mary Catholic Church in Bloomington and also Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. She was a member of the Catholic Church W omen. She loved living at the cabin on Lake Minnewawa, racking pine needles, and picking rocks from the lake. Her apple pies were the best. She was a friend to anyone in need and loved helping people. She is survived by 2 daughters: Mary Skaj of Aitkin; Carol Hart of Minneapolis; 5 grandchildren: Amy Field, Joe Skaj, Orlando Hart, Casey Hart, Santana Hart; Great Grandchildren: Marissa, Shaylee, Shawnee, Kayla and Averie and 1 sister: Doloros Dale of Richfield. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband: Richard, 1 son Richard, sister Ruth and son in law: Andy Skaj. A funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, March 16, 2012 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Friday. Burial will be in the Bloomington City Cemetery on Monday March 19, 2012 at 11:30 AM with Deacon Jim McLaughlin officiating. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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James R. Boyer
01/26/1943-03/12/2012
James R. Boyer, age 69 of Aitkin died Sunday, March 11, 2012 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in St. Cloud. James was born January 26, 1943 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of George and Helen (Stewart) Boyer. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin and graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1961. He then served in the U.S. Air Force from November 1961 until May of 1964. He then returned to the Aitkin area after his discharge and ran the family store (Boyer Store) between Aitkin and McGregor on Hwy 210. He then went to the Twin Cities and worked for a short time and then returned to Aitkin and operated the Clark Gas Station in Aitkin. He married Jan Benson in March 26, 1968 in Webster, South Dakota. He then farmed in the area for 20 plus years. He is survived by his companion Jan Boyer of Aitkin; son and daughter in law: James and Terri Boyer of Aitkin; Daughter and son in law: Jody and Jeff Young of Brainerd; 5 Grandchildren: Joni, Logan, Jadyn, Oakly, Jamison; 2 great grandchildren: Cayleb, Joshua; 2 step sisters: Carol Latteral of Duluth, Joyce Twistol of the Twin Cities and step mother Henrietta Boyer of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents, step mother Anna Boyer and grandson Jacob. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 11 AM from the Westside Church in Aitkin with Pastor Dallas Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Spencer Cemetery near Aitkin. The Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts will provide military honors. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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William H. Rock
08/30/1925-03/12/2012
William H. Rock 86, of Aitkin formerly of Ham Lake died Monday, March 12, 2012 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born August 30, 1925 in Des Moines, Iowa to Edward “Ned” and Jennie (Smith) Rock. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving for over 20 years and in World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War. William was united in marriage to Lorraine “Patsy” (White). He worked as a tool and die operator. He was preceded in death by his wife Patsy on March 6, 2012, sisters, and his parents. William is survived by one sister, one brother, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. – Thursday, March 15, 2012 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Burial with military honors will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. www.srtfuneral.com
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Owen U. DuChane
08/25/1922-03/07/2012
Owen U. DuChane, 89 of Aitkin died March 7, 2012 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born August 25, 1922 in Aitkin to Frank and Eva (Upex) DuChane. He graduated High School in Baker, Montana. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WW II. Owen worked as a coffee roaster machine operator. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, and crossword puzzles, and was a member of the American Legion and VFW. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Walter and Frank, and his granddaughter Vanessa. Owen is survived by one son: Gregory (Ann) DuChane of Fredericksburg, VA. 2 daughters: Pam Pratt (Tom Evans) of Aitkin Ramona DuChane of Minot, ND. Four grandchildren: Shannon Gustavson, Stacey Borgman, Marianne DuChane, and Joseph DuChane 5 great-grandchildren: Eva Field, Samantha Field, Sierra Borgman-Koch, Cheyenne Borgman-Koch, and Harley Borgman Many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M.-Monday, March 12, 2012 funeral service at Westside Calvary Baptist Church in Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin American Legion Lee Post # 86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lorraine "Patsy" Rock
01/17/1933-03/06/2012
Lorraine “Patsy” A. Rock, 79 of Aitkin and formerly of Ham Lake died Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born January 17, 1933 to Louis and Ann (Dupay) White. Patsy was united in marriage to William “Bill” H. Rock. She was taken care of by a very special niece Sharon Carlson, R.N. She was preceded in death by her parents. Patsy is survived by her husband William H. Rock of Aitkin, brothers Lou and Len White, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. – Monday, March 12, 2012 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. www.srtfuneral.com
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Joseph L. Courier
04/24/1955-03/06/2012
Joseph L. Courier, age 56 of Aitkin died Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Joe was born April 24, 1955 at Crosby, Minnesota the son of Clarence and Delia (Kastanek) Courier. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1973. He then attended the University of Minnesota at Duluth and received his BA degree in Political Science. He came back to the Aitkin area and started farming. Over the years he worked as a smoke chaser for the forestry dept., a field representative for the ASCS, and a substitute teacher for the McGregor Schools. He had been a very active member of the Aitkin Jaycees in the past and currently was a Morrison Township Supervisor, a member of the Palisade Coop Board and had served on the SWCD board. He married Ruth Sundermeyer on May 17, 1986 in Aitkin. He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. He is survived by his wife Ruth Sundermeyer of Aitkin; Father Clarence Courier of Aitkin; brothers: Anton (Tony) Courier of Chicago, Ill.; Donald (Lori) Courier of Aitkin; Sisters: Julie Neumayer of Gilbert, Mn.; Rose (James) Tretter of Hillman and nieces and nephews and his dog Gump. He was preceded in death by his mother Delia in 2006 and brother in law Gene Neumayer in 2012. A memorial service will held Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 11 AM from the Palisade Fire Hall with Rev. William Sass officiating. A visitation time, luncheon and fellowship time will be held from Noon until 3 PM on Saturday at the fire hall after the service. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Morrison Township of Aitkin County. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. The family would appreciate friends to write down memories of Joe and bring them with you to put in a memory book. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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Blanche Beyreuther Pearson
09/20/1922-03/03/2012
Blanche Beyreuther Pearson, age 89 of Aitkin died Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, MN. She was born September 20, 1922 at Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of R.C. and Griselda (Davidson) Williams. She grew up in Aitkin attending school in Spencer Township and the Aitkin High School graduating in 1939. She continued her education at the Minnesota School of Business. She married Paul H. Beyreuther on December 27, 1942 in Aitkin. They returned to Aitkin after a time where she worked many years with Paul in his insurance business and accounting practice. He preceded her in death in 1992. In 1994, Blanche married Arvid Neil Pearson in Aitkin. The spent their retirement traveling and Blanche especially enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing at the cabin and farm in Baudette, Mn. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin. She is survived by her husband Neil Pearson of Aitkin; son: Dick (Luanne) Beyreuther of Aitkin; Daughter: Beverly (Al) Baartmans of Fernandina Beach, Florida; Four Grandchildren: Maryann (Brian) Huey of Des Moines, Iowa; Katherine (Eric Donaldson) Gimmestad of Bedford, MA.; Todd (Libby Blossom) Beyreuther of Spokane, Wash.; Jon Beyreuther of St. Paul, MN.; four great grandchildren: Elise and Bryce Huey, Owen and Lily Beyreuther; Close nephew: Gary (Ihleen) Williams of Aitkin; step daughter: Judy (Leonard) Phelps of Wales, UK and their three children and families. She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Paul H. Beyreuther, and Brother Lewis Williams. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 11 AM from the Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin with Rev. Gunnar Salmonson officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church Saturday. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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