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Archive Obituaries
Douglas M. Conway
02/05/1921-03/04/2014
Douglas M. Conway, age 93 of Aitkin died Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Douglas was born February 5, 1921 at Barnoldswick, Great Britain the son of Thomas and Annie Conway. He moved with his family to Des Moines, Iowa at a young age. He grew up and attended schools in Des Moines and graduated from High School there. He married Betty Mae Wilson on August 22, 1941 at Ankeny, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a B-17 Bombardier during WW II. His plane was shot down behind enemy lines and he spent 6 months missing in action, and the underground helped shelter him until France was liberated. Upon his discharge, he returned to Des Moines and started an investment company. He then started working in funeral service starting International Funeral Service Co. Eventually he merged his company with Service Corporation International and sat on their Board of Directors for many years. In 1977 he and his wife moved to San Diego, Calf. In 1996 they moved to Cross Lake, Mn and then to Aitkin in 2002. He loved playing golf and enjoyed traveling in their motor home and also traveling throughout the world. He is survived by his wife Betty Conway of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Marty and Sue Conway of Baxter, Mn.; Steven and Sue Conway of Ankeny, Iowa; Michele and Tom Plagman of Aitkin; Christopher and Teresa Conway of Franklin, Tenn.; Barbara and Jeff Jones of Julian, Calf.; Cathy and Dr. Donald Hughes of Aitkin; Nancy and Dan Yokubaitis of Santa Barbara, Calf.; 21 Grandchildren and numerous Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Norman and James. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Evelyn Beatrice Forsman
11/10/1919-03/03/2014
Evelyn Beatrice Forsman, 94 of Aitkin died Monday, March 3, 2014 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born November 10, 1919 in Waverly, Bremer County, Iowa to Fred and Louise (Nicolaus) Giesler. She came to Aitkin County when she was 2 years old with her parents and 7 siblings, settling on a farm north of Aitkin. She attended school and graduated from Aitkin High School. When she was younger she enjoyed deer hunting and fishing. Evelyn was united in marriage to Clarence Forsman on July 30, 1941 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She volunteered as a cook at Lutheran Island Camp in Henning and helped care for several foster children. She loved traveling with Clarence, playing cards, cribbage, and visiting with family and friends. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She is survived by many relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence in 1999 3 brothers: Merle, Harold, and Fred Giesler 4 sisters: Lucile Thomas, Grace Petrin, Kathryn Miller, and Esther Hoge And her parents Fred and Louise (Nicolaus) Giesler Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Saturday, March 8, 2014 funeral service at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Burial will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to St. John's Lutheran Church of Aitkin. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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John C. Cox
07/17/1933-03/03/2014
John C. Cox, age 80 of McGregor died Monday, March 3, 2014 at the Sanford Medical Cardiac Care Center in Fargo, North Dakota. John Charles Cox was born during the heart of the Depression in Union County, Iowa, to Ralph John and Leona Maude (Dunn) Cox on July 17, 1933. His early years were spent attending the country school and working on the family farm alongside his father, mother, and two sisters. In 1949, John enlisted in the Iowa National Guard and later was given the opportunity to re-enlist in the newly formed United States Air Force where he earned his wings as a flight engineer on the B-29 Bomber. On February 4, 1956, he married Marjorie Ann Graff in Wichita, Kansas. He continued his military service and was stationed at a number bases in France and throughout the United States, serving as a jet mechanic and a missile maintenance technician. Later, he found his true calling as an Electronics instructor in the military technical training school, where in 1968 he was recognized as the 3362nd Technical Training Wing Outstanding Instructor of the Year. During his military service he served on a number of base, school, and church organizations, including the NCO Club, the Rod and Gun Club, the Parent-Teacher Association, and the Boy Scouts of America. John retired after 23 years of service at the rank of Master Sergeant. John and Marjorie moved to McGregor, MN in the summer of 1973 where he was a very active member of the Holy Family Catholic Church serving as an usher, lector, religious educator, and acolyte. In addition, he served on a number of different community organizations including the Arrowhead Community Development Corporation, the McGregor Area Food Shelf, the American Legion Post #0023, and the Knights of Columbus Council #4619. He attended Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids and served as the Veteran’s Education Officer for the Northeast Minnesota Community Colleges. He also was active in local and state politics, and was elected to multiple terms on the McGregor School Board. He was honored as Minnesota Volunteer of the year in 1998. In the spring of 1978, John graduated summa cum laude from Bemidji State University with a degree in Vocational Education. A longtime advocate of the advantages of education and giving people second chances, he turned to teaching Adult Basic Education for McGregor and Aitkin, and for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in East Lake, helping many students achieve their educational goals. He retired from teaching in 2008. John always enjoyed good coffee, good food, good conversation, and a good game of cards. His two favorite greetings were “Hey, Tiger!” and “Hello, Sunshine!” When not watching car races at the track, or on television, John spent his time reading the newspaper or science fiction. He also enjoyed competing against his wife and family while watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, often viewing early episodes to gain a competitive advantage. John is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Marjorie Ann (Graff) Cox of McGregor, Minnesota; a sister, Margaret “Peggy” (Richard) Osborne of Greeley, Colorado; daughters, Jacqueline Porter of Des Moines, Iowa, Joyce (Dale) Brekke of Tamarack, Minnesota, Judy (George) Langhorst of Moose Lake, Minnesota, Jeanette Cox of Ely, Minnesota, Jill (Anthony) Crawford of Rosemount, Minnesota and Jennifer Stewart (Scott Novak) of Albertville, Minnesota; sons, Ralph (Mary) Cox and James Cox of Thief River Falls, Minnesota; grandchildren, Marjorie (Nicolas) DeJong, John (Rachel) Cox, Patrick (Jessica) Cox, Elizabeth Cox, Mathias Langhorst, Alexander Crawford, Rosella Stewart, Clinton (Annette) and Erin Porter, Chris and Michael Cox , and Alicia (Brent) Pettigrew; great-grandchildren, Aisling and Maeve Cox, Serenity and Karyna Cox, Marcus and Nyla DeJong, Christian Cox, Shane and Zach Cox, and Emma, Gaberiel, and Addison Pettigrew; as well as several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law from the Graff family and many nieces, nephews, friends, and former students. John was preceded in death by his parents Ralph John and Leona Maude Dunn, two sons, James Michael Cox and John Charles Cox, two grandsons, Dale Andrew Brekke and Mòises Albert Langhorst, and a sister, Virginia Ann (Gene) Roe. MAY HIS MEMORY BE BLESSED. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, March 10, 2014 at 1 PM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be from 11 AM until the 1 PM services at the church Monday. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery near McGregor. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Rebecca Lynn Jones
10/12/1954-03/01/2014
Rebecca Lynn Jones, of Aitkin, MN, passed away at her home surrounded by her family, on Saturday, March 1st, 2014. She was born in Peoria IL, to the late William and Lucille Jones. She graduated from Pittsfield high school in 1972. She Attended Eastern Illinois University before moving to Colorado. She and her family moved to Aitkin, MN in 1983 where she became a very active member of the community. Becki was a member of the Aitkin chamber of commerce and Aitkin retail committee. She also played viola in The Great River Strings Orchestra. She owned and operated Gramma's Pantry, the local health food store for 29 years. Becki truly loved her customers. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, traveling with her family and friends, good food and great music. Becki is survived by her 2 children; Peter Lowe Jr of Fort Ripley, MN and Brekke Lowe (fiance’, Dave Schuety) of San Diego. She is also survived by 2 Grandchildren, Caden and Lucille Schuety. Becki has three sisters, Julie Bucknam of MapleGrove, MN; Karen Gowen (husband Bruce) of Guatemala; and Jeri Franz (husband Gentz) of Jacksonville, Illinois. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Aitkin. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5-7pm at Sorenson-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Dorris Cemetery followed by a reception at the Beanery in Aitkin.
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Ron Hammond
05/11/1947-03/01/2014
Ron Hammond age 66 of Aitkin died March 1, 2014 at his home. He was born May 11, 1947. He is survived by his wife; Belinda Hammond, and three daughters and two sons in law, four grandchildren, four great grandchildren and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son in law. In honoring his wishes there will be no services. Arrangements with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home.
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Leila F. Jacobs
04/16/1934-02/28/2014
Leila F. Jacobs, age 79 of McGregor died Friday, February 28, 2014 at the Evergreen Terrace Nursing Home in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Leila was born April 16, 1934 in Medford, Wisconsin the daughter of Fredrick and Caroline (Diels) Glamann. She grew up and attended schools in Medford and graduated from the Medford High School in 1951. She married Hans Krausse on September 15, 1951 in Medford. They lived in Medford until 1959 when they moved to McGregor, Minnesota. He husband Hans died in 1968. She married Gordon Jacobs on November 1, 1969 in Palisade. She began and operated the LJ Electrical Manufacturing Co. in 1979 and ran it until 2008. He husband Gordon died in 2000. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church; the McGregor Lioness, she had taught Sunday school, enjoyed gardening, bird watching and reading. She is survived by daughters: Sandra (Mark) Miller of McGregor; Dorothy (Bruce) Bjelland of Nashwauk, Mn.; Lori (Alan) Cornett of Anoka, Mn.; step children: Mike (Carol) Jacobs of Ham Lake, Mn.; Paula (Jim) Henderson of McGregor; Tim Jacobs of Ham Lake; 13 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, brother: Harvey Glamann and sister in law: Donna Glamann. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Hans and Gordon, and brother Clarence. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery in the spring. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Letha Opal Jung
11/05/1943-02/27/2014
Letha Opal Jung, 70 of McGregor died February 27, 2014. She was born November 5, 1943 in Bethel, Maine to John and Waneta (Tibbets)MacKenzie. Letha was united in marriage to Harvey Joseph Jung November 11, 1961 in Dover, New Hampshire. She had many occupations including foster caregiver. She was preceded in death her brother Mark MacKenzie and her parents. Letha is survived by her husband Harvey Joseph Jung, Son: Tim Jung of McGregor, Grandchildren: Nikki, Jenny, John, and Tim Jung, Jr., Brother: Bradley Mackenzie of Gonic, New Hampshire, Many other relatives and friends. Services will be 2:00P.M. - Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, McGregor. Reverend Arlin Talley will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Grace R. Tillman
09/24/1941-02/24/2014
Grace R. Tillman, age 72 of Cloquet formerly of Tamarack, died Monday, February 24, 2014 at the Lighthouse Assisted Living in Cloquet. Grace was born September 24, 1941 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Burt and Ruth (Raveill) Thompson. She moved with her family to the McGregor area at a young age. She attended schools at Big Sandy Lake and also McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School in 1960. She married Rodney A. Tillman on July 15, 1961 in Grand Rapids, MN. They made their home near Tamarack where they farmed and she raised her family. She enjoyed sewing and in her younger days did drawings and paintings. She also volunteered many hours with the Sno-Flyers Club. She is survived by Husband: Rodney Tillman of Cloquet, 3 children and spouses: John and Natalie Tillman of McGregor; Peggy and James VanHoever of Wrenshall, Mn.; Tracy and Daniel Gullick of Twig, Mn.; Grandchildren: Jacob VanHoever and Suzanne VanHoever; Brother and sister in law: Russell and Betty Thompson of McGregor and Sister: Ruby Serfling of McGregor. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 sister Jean. A memorial service will be held Monday, March 3, 2014 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Salo Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Francis \"Chico\" Kochevar
09/13/1935-02/18/2014
Francis “Chico” W. Kochevar, 78 of Aitkin, died of Alzheimer’s disease February 18, 2014 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born September 13, 1935 in Elcor to Michael and Rose (Boitz) Kochevar. He graduated from Gilbert High School and then from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a teaching degree. Chico was united in marriage to Dee (Fugina) on December 31, 1955 in Germany. He was a U.S. Army veteran being honorably discharged in 1962. Chico taught Industrial Arts for 33 years at Aitkin Schools and also worked for 33 years as a draftsman for Mille Lacs Electric. He was a member of Saint James Catholic Church and loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents. Chico is survived by his wife Dee Kochevar, Daughter and son-in-law: Jean (Mark) Krysiak of Duluth, 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Keith (Jackie) Kochevar of Cannon Falls, Ken (Mireya) Kochevar of Sacramento, CA., 4 grandchildren: Kory, Owen, Anna, and Lexi, Brother and sister-in-law: Lawrence (Betty) Kochevar of Brooklyn Park and Florida, Sister and brother-in-law: Patricia (Robert) Bantz of Gilbert, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Saint James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Burial will be in Saint Thomas Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. – Friday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with a prayer service from 6 to 6:20P.M. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Sharon Butler
04/13/1933-02/15/2014
Sharon Butler, 80 of The Villages, Florida, died Saturday, February 15, 2014 in The Villages, FL. She was born April 13, 1933 in Malmo to Sam A. and Hazel V. (Marsh) Carlson. She retired as a supervisor for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. She was a member of New Neighbors of Pembroke Pines, FL. She is survived by her husband Robert J. Butler of The Villages, FL., Son: Craig Miller of Orlando, FL., Step-son: Charles Butler of South Haven, MI., Step-daughter: Susan Life of Olando, FL., Grandson: Tyler Life of Orlando, FL., Other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. – Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at United Methodist Church – Pine Lake Chapel. Reverend Judith Clark will officiate. Burial will be in Malmo Cemetery. 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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Lynn Katherine Lundquist
04/25/1951-02/12/2014
Lynn Katherine Lundquist, age 62 of Aitkin died Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at her home. Lynn was born April 25, 1951 in Minneapolis the daughter of William and Phyllis (Lindalla) Voigt. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis until the age of 15 at which time her family moved to the Aitkin area and she continued her schooling in Aitkin. Later she attended college at Central Lakes College and completed coursework in 1992. She worked as an accountant for Howard Smith, Lakes States Lumber Co. and Dr. Kuiken. She raised her family here in Aitkin. She married Allen R. Lundquist on November 20, 1993 in Las Vegas. She was a very creative person who made wedding cakes and birthday cakes, enjoyed knitting and sewing and gardening. Above all she loved her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her husband Allen Lundquist of Aitkin; Children: Robert Kern of Aitkin and Jennifer Kern of Aitkin; Step children: Jenna Lundquist and Amanda Lundquist both of Aitkin and grandchildren: Natalie Obert and Riley Rancour of Aitkin; 2 brothers: Les Voigt of Arizona and Scott Voigt of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother Mike. A memorial service will be held Monday, February 17, 2014 at 1 PM from the Westside Church with Rev. Dallas Smith officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Fleming Cemetery in the spring. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Zelda L. Lerberg
01/18/1927-02/08/2014
Zelda L. (Carstens) Lerberg age 87 of Emily, Mn., Hopkins, Mn., Owatonna, Mn., passed away February 8, 2014. Survived by children Mary Aarestad (Ryan), James Lerberg (Diane); grandchildren: Peter Aarestad, Katrin Fergus (Patrick), Jennifer Lerberg, Jason Mclinn (Rochene) and Colleen Mclinn (Jeff Werner), great grandchildren: Wesley, Henry, Gus, and Teagan; sister in law: Marjorie Carstens, brother in law: Clayton Johnson and other loving relatives and Misti. Preceded in death by husband Charles, parents: Arnold and Ena Carstens, sister: Mildred Johnson, brothers: Keith and John Carstens. Graduate of Faribault High School and St. Olaf College 1948. Retired teacher in Medford, Mn. and Elgin IL. Services Thursday 2/13 at Our Saviors Lutheran Outing, Mn. visitation 12:15 to 1 pm service and Saturday 2/15 at 3 pm in Hopkins at 32 11th Ave. S. in events room. Arrangements with Sorensen-Root-Thompson in Aitkin.
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Marjorie Beatrice Way
03/12/1923-02/04/2014
It is with great sadness the family of Marjorie Beatrice Way announces her passing Tuesday, February 4, 2014 in Aitkin, Minnesota at the age of 90. She was born to John and Edith (Skatt) Hillman March 12, 1923 and grew up on a farm in the Glory Community. She graduated from Aitkin High School, where she met Lawrence “Bill” Way. They were married on November 9, 1941 and remained together for 49 years until Bill’s death in 1990. Marge loved working at Ziske’s Store; she was there nearly 30 years and got to know many people within the Aitkin Community. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, Eastern Star, and was a lifetime member of Roberts-Glad VFW Auxiliary. In retirement she enjoyed keeping busy by volunteering at these organizations when she could. Marge will be remembered by family and friends as a great cook, often hosting wonderful summer and holiday get-togethers. She always had a large vegetable garden and flower gardens. She was known for her sharp and quick wit and loved to be teased. Marge was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bill, her son Russ this past September, sister Marlys Hillman, sister-in-law Katherine Hillman and brother-in-law Hank Fageroos. She is survived by her daughter Linda (Art Martin) of Cloquet and son Steve (Jennifer) of Dalbo. She absolutely loved and enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They include grandchildren Daren (Melissa) Way, Elizabeth (Bill) Gustafson, and Andrea (James) Hanek. Great grandchildren are Jake Way, Junior Hanek, Nikolai Stout, Archer Hanek and Odin Hanek. Also surviving are sisters Ione Tronson, Audrey Nordgren, and Clarice Jackman and brothers Donald Hillman, Bob Hillman, and Terry Hillman. Marge will be greatly missed by all. The family would like to sincerely thank Aicota Assisted Living staff for making her last few months so enjoyable through their care, compassion and beautiful facility. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, February 8, 2014 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Melissa Carmack will officiate. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery. 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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Angus Kelley Hawkinson
09/09/1931-02/03/2014
Angus Kelley Hawkinson, age 82 of Tamarack, died Monday, February 3, 2014 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Kelley was born September 9, 1931 at Tamarack, Minnesota the son of Angus and Laurilee (Kelley) Hawkinson. He grew up in Tamarack and attended grade school there and then attended High School at McGregor and graduated in 1949. Kelley was a good baseball player and over the years he pitched and played ball for teams in Kettle River, Glenwood, Alexandria, Brownton and he also played for the Duluth Dukes. He worked a short time for the REA, he worked on a farm, and he also worked at a tire company in Glenwood. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954. Upon his discharge he lived in the Twin Cities and worked for Remington Rand Co. for five years. In 1960 he moved to Iowa and operated a bar for a year. He then moved to Cloquet and worked for Diamond Match for 23 years. He then moved to Lake Minnewawa for a time before returning to Cloquet for a time and then in 1972 he moved to his present residence near Round Lake. He has lived there since. In 1973 he began operating a sawmill and had operated it up until just recently. He enjoyed playing baseball, Golfing and Pool. He is survived by three children and spouses: Kelley Colleen and Steve Gliva of Farmington, Mn.; Fawn Hawkinson and Bill Eldredge of St. Paul, Mn.; Hal Russell and Colleen Hawkinson of Spooner, Wisc.; Life Partner: Joan Wilson of Tamarack; Grandchildren: Marty Gliva and Victor Gliva; Great Grandchild Elizabeth Koehler; one sister Joanne of Cromwell. He was also a grandfather to Joan’s children A celebration of Kelley’s life will be held Saturday, February 15 at 2:00 PM from the Round Lake Presbyterian Church with Rev. Arlin Talley officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be in the spring at Evergreen Cemetery near Tamarack. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Wesley \"Wes\" Catlin
12/14/1967-02/01/2014
Wesley “Wes” James Catlin, age 46 of Hill City died Saturday, February 1, 2014 in a logging accident near Hill City. Wes was born December 14, 1967 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Chester and Elizabeth (Hensel) Catlin. He grew up in the Palisade area and attended schools in Palisade and Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1986. Wes was a very good athlete competing in numerous sports in school. He worked as a truck driver, logger and had owned the Corner Club at Hay Point. He married Cynthia Elling on October 12, 2013 at Hay Point, Mn. They have made their home in Hill City. Wes enjoyed riding his motorcycle, playing softball and being in the outdoors. He is survived by his wife Cynthia of Hill City; Children: Collin Catlin of Crosby, Devin Catlin of Aitkin, Larynn Catlin of Crosby, Patrick Catlin of Rochester, MN.; Jacob Kilpela of Minneapolis; step children: Christopher (Jennifer) Orpen of Corcoran, Mn.; Shane Orpen of Aitkin; Stephanie Orpen of Hill City; Grandchildren: Isabella, Annika, Adam, Spring and Chloe. He is also survived by his mother: Elizabeth Catlin of Aitkin; brothers and sisters: Barb and Warren Packer of Palisade, Mn.; Greg and Dwana Catlin of Bovey, Mn.; Libby Arvidson of Aitkin; Tamara and Mike Hanson of Cedar, Mn.; Pamela and Tim Bailey of Hill City, Mn.; Tim and Gretchen Catlin of Aitkin; and Brady Catlin of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his father Chester. The family would like to invite everyone to a Celebration of Wes’ life on Thursday, February 6 with a gathering and sharing time from 4 to 6 PM and a service at 6 PM at the 40 Club Convention Center. Rev. Gary Espeseth will lead the service. Burial will be in the spring at the Hebron Cemetery. Please dress casual. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jeff Stephen Lawrence
06/23/1942-01/28/2014
Jeff S. Lawrence, age 71 of Garrison, formerly of SSP and IGH, died Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the Aitkin Health Services. He was born June 23, 1942 in St. Paul, Minnesota the son of Adrian and Rosie (Hanglberger) Lawrence. He grew up and attended schools in South Saint Paul. He graduated from the South St. Paul High School in 1960. He then worked for the Post Office for 1 year. He then attended trade school learning the plumbing trade. He worked as a plumber for over 35 years retiring in 2000 at which time he moved to Garrison, Minnesota. He married Connie Jean Sagdalen on April 20, 1963. They lived in Inver Grove Heights until his retirement. While in high school he played hockey and played on 3 state tournament teams. He had been a member of the Plumbers Local Union 34 for 50 years. He is survived by his wife Connie of Garrison; children and spouses: Lynda Wahl of St. Paul, Mn.; Greg and Donna Lawrence of Hastings, Mn.; Julie and Kent Walker of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; 4 Grandchildren: Matt (Kim) Lawrence, Brittany Lawrence, Madison Walker and Lauren Walker; Brother: Kirby (Pat) Lawrence of Cottage Grove, Mn.; Sister: Adrianne Lawrence of Chaska, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Jared. A gathering of family and friends will be held Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 1 PM from the Garrison VFW in Garrison. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Stephen D. Kreiner
08/22/1963-01/23/2014
Stephen Daniel Kreiner, 50 of Aitkin died from health complications Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born August 22, 1963 in Aitkin to Ray Norman and Marilyn Mae (Osborn) Kreiner. He grew up in Aitkin and graduated from Aitkin High School. Besides having other jobs, Stephen worked as a gas station attendant and a newspaper carrier. He attended Deerwood Baptist Church. He enjoyed collecting baseball cards and was an avid sports fan of baseball, football, hockey, and NASCAR. He was preceded in death by his father Ray Kreiner. Stephen is survived by his mother: Marilyn Kreiner of Aitkin, Significant other: Sue Henderson of Aitkin, 3 Daughters: Jamie, Desiree, and Desteny, 2 grandchildren, 2 brothers and sisters-in-law: John (Brenda) Kreiner of Phillips, WI., David (Nita) Kreiner of White Bear Lake, 2 sisters and brothers-in-law: Debra (Joe) Perkins of Phillips, WI., Rebekah (Kevin) Langdown of Stafford, United Kingdom, Many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. – Monday, January 27, 2014 funeral service at Westside Church in Aitkin. Reverend Wayne Skog and Reverend Don Norman will officiate. Burial will be in Spencer Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Regina \"Reggie\" Johnson
01/26/1924-01/18/2014
Regina D. “Reggie” Johnson of the Twin Cities formerly of McGregor died Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society Care Center in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. Reggie was born January 26, 1924 on a farm in rural Gays Mills, Wisconsin to Donald and Mary (Craig) McFarland. She was a graduate of Soldiers Grove High School in 1941 and later moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended art school and worked at various jobs. She married Warren Johnson on July 14, 1956 in Milwaukee and then resided in McGregor. During her years in McGregor she worked for a time as a Postal Clerk for the McGregor Post Office and also ran the Rainbow Cabin and Trailer Court in McGregor with her husband. Reggie also reported the McGregor News for the Aitkin Independent Age and later for the McGregor Pilot Review prior to her move to the Twin Cities. She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor and served on the Parish Altar Society as well as the Church Council. In addition she was a past member of the Larson-Deneen VFW Post 2747 Ladies Auxiliary and past chairwoman of the Aitkin County Republican Party. She is survived by three sons and daughters in law: Nevin (Marcella) of Bloomington, Mn.; Timothy (Debra) of Cook, Mn.; Theodore (Karen) of Inver Grove Heights, Mn.; Grandchildren: Jacob, Kendra, Bailey, Nicholas, Bernie Mae, and Isabella Rose; one brother: Donald McFarland of Sun City, Az.; two sisters: Eileen (William) Pickrum of Tinley Park, Il.; and Joyce (John) Luster of Prairie Du Chien, Wi. She was preceded in death by her husband Warren in 1987; father Donald in 1962; mother Mary in 1988,Baby Daughter Ann in 1957, Sister Rita and four brothers Beuford (Bud), William, John and Leo McFarland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday January 25, 2014 at 11 AM with a prayers and eulogies at 10:45 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. Visitation will be from 9 AM until 10:45 AM. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery at McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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David C. Tjosvold
10/27/1937-01/17/2014
David Carl Tjosvold, age 76 of McGregor formerly of Minneapolis died Friday, January 17, 2014 at his home. David was born October 27, 1937 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of William and Hilder (Anderson) Tjosvold. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. David was and inventor and entrepreneur all of his life. He had been coming to the McGregor area for many years and in 1992 moved to Big Sandy Lake near McGregor and has lived here since. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and flying his plane. He was a member of the Masons. He is survived by his wife Yvonne Tjosvold of McGregor; Daughter: Terri (Scott) Olsen of Forest Lake, Mn.; Grandchild: Nicole Olsen; Step Daughters: Jackie Ferrone of Blaine, Mn.; Trish Ferrone of Key West, Florida; Corrina Granger of Champlin, Mn.; Kiya Wetterland of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; Step Grandchildren: Dylan, Olivia, Raquel, Felisha, Taylor, Lexi; Brother: Gordon Tjosvold of Minneapolis. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor. Visitation will be Saturday at the McGregor Funeral Home from 2 to 5 PM and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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John H. Moore
03/30/1934-01/12/2014
John H. Moore, age 79 of Aitkin died Sunday, January 12, 2014 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. John was born March 30, 1934 in Aitkin the son of Elmer and Viola (Paulsen) Moore. He grew up in Aitkin and has lived here his whole life. He had been a longtime resident of the Oak Ridge Homes. He enjoyed playing guitar, fishing, western music and movies and volunteering with people. He is survived by 1 sister: Pat Mathis of Florida; very special friends: Lonnie Thomas and Carey Gallagher; and friends: Marlys Blake, Chris Gallagher, Cully Foss, Roberta Elvecrog, and all of his Oakridge friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Murray Moore. A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 5:30 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with a visitation from 4:30 to the 5:30 Services. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in the spring. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Billy R. Evans
01/23/1955-01/09/2014
Billy R. Evans, 58 of Hill City died Thursday, January 9, 2014 in Memphis, Indiana. He was born January 23, 1955 in Palisade to Everett Evans and LaDonna (Toppila). He graduated from Tremper High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Billy worked as an over the road trucker. He enjoyed playing hockey and softball, and taking care of his dog Duchess. He was preceded in death by his parents: Donald Andrews and LaDonna (Toppila) Andrews Carlson, father Everett Evans, and nephew Baby Rickie. Billy is survived by his dog Duchess, Brothers and sisters-in-law: Steven (Lynn) Evans of Palisade, Rick (Joanne) Andrews of Palisade, Donald Andrews of Palisade, Nieces and nephews: Tracy, Aaron, Josephine, Rickie, Johnna, and Chelsie, Many other friends and relatives. Visitation will begin 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. – Saturday, January 18, 2014 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Barry Hite will officiate. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Clyde Arthur Ammala
03/14/1942-12/26/2013
Clyde Arthur Ammala, 71, of McGregor, and formerly Coon Rapids. On December 26, 2013, Clyde's guardian angels came to accompany him to heaven where he was reunited with beloved family members and friends. He was blessed with an intelligent mind and insatiable curiosity about life. He had a passion for learning and read everything he could get his hands on, especially about history. A storyteller by nature, he had many a tale to tell to those who listened. He was Preceded in death by his parents, Hilda and Arthur Ammala, and sisters Ruth Kauppi and Jeanette Capaccioli. Clyde is survived by his wife of nearly 52 years, Pauline (Radtke) Ammala, Daughter: Denise (Troy) Lachinski, Sons: Roger Ammala, David (Dana) Ammala, Grandchildren: Jade (Ben) Lehrer, Brianne Hill, Danielle and Malby Ammala, Zachary and Ethan Lachinski, Great grandchildren: Ashley Lehrer and Jameson Ammala, Brother: Erland (Sandy) Ammala, Sister: Dorothy (Robert) Duncan, Sister-in-law: Sandra Sandwick, and many nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. – Sat. Jan. 4, 2014 funeral service at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor. Reverend Henry Koopman will officiate. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
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Tilmen C. Hildestad
03/12/1922-12/25/2013
Tilmen C. Hildestad, age 91 of Aitkin died Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Tilmen was born March 12, 1922 at Whalan, Minnesota the son of Carl and Amelia (Christensen) Hildestad. He attended country schools near Lanesboro, Mn. He worked on local farms and then moved to Rushford, Mn. and worked for a black smith and auto and tractor mechanic. He then worked as a welder and then as a millwright for many years. He married Laura M. Howe on June 24, 1961 in Minneapolis. They lived in Minneapolis until moving to Aitkin in the early 1970’s. His great loved was realized when he moved to Aitkin where he farmed and raised beef cattle. He was a member of the Bay Lake Lions, the Pine Lake Methodist Church where he was active in the Men’s Club, and had served on the Hazelton Town Board for many years. He is survived by children: Gaylyn Hildestad of Yuma, AZ.; Don Bergsrud of Minneapolis, Rich Bergsrud of Minneapolis, Jim Bergsrud of Alexandria, 14 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren; brothers: Ardell Hildestad, Bennett Hildestad, Sisters: Verna Berge, Janet Peterson, Lila Ellingson, and Delores Ruzek. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Laura in 1993, Daughter: Becky, Grandchild Taylor, brother: Arlys and sisters: Muriel and Carlene. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 2, 2013 at 11 AM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Curtis J. Braaten
07/04/1937-12/23/2013
Curtis Jerome Braaten, age 76 of Aitkin formerly of Princeton, Columbia Heights and Onamia died Monday, December 23, 2013 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Curtis was born July 4, 1937 at Starbuck, Minnesota the son of Clarence and Gladys (Aaberg) Braaten. He attended schools at Starbuck and then in 1950 moved to Onamia with his family and attended schools there. He married Joan Comstock and they made their home in Columbia Heights, Mn. He worked as an Iron worker in Steel Fabrication. He moved to Princeton in 1983. He married Alta Hope Lind (Kowalsky) on December 12, 1987 in Princeton. They lived in Princeton until they retired to Aitkin in 1994. He was the leader of the legendary Echo Valley Boys Band for over 30 years. He had a radio show in Minneapolis on two stations, KKER and WMIN. He was a member of the Music Union and did many benefits over the years to help many people. He is survived by his wife Alta Hope (Kowalsky) Braaten of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Daniel (Julie) Braaten of Princeton, Mn.; Scott (Chris) Braaten of Princeton, Mn.; Gerald (Kelly) Kowalsky of Aitkin; Lori Kowalsky of Mora, Mn.; Julie (Kevin) Glanz of Aitkin; 17 Grandchildren; 30 Great Grandchildren; 3 Brothers: Adler Braaten of Fridley, MN.; Larry Braaten of Milaca and Dean Braaten of Milaca, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents, Brother Gerald Braaten, Grandson: Joshua Glanz and nephew: Dennis Braaten. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 30, 2013 at 1 PM from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM and continue Monday from Noon until the 1 PM service at the church. Burial will be in the Baldwin Cemetery near Princeton, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Henry Joseph Gregoire
06/01/1942-12/19/2013
Henry Joseph (Mr. HJ) Gregoire, age 71 of rural Aitkin, Glen, Mn., Vietnam War Veteran, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, December 19, 2013. Henry was born June 1, 1942 at Hugo, Minnesota the son of Joseph and Luella (Rogala) Gregoire. He attended and graduated from the Forest Lake High School. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy serving in the Vietnam War. During his time in Vietnam he saved a pilots life when he crashed into the ocean off Vietnam. He married Linda Marie LaMotte, the love of his life, on April 21, 1961 in Hugo, Minnesota. After his discharge he made his home in Stacy, Minnesota and worked as a truck driver and also operated a farm. He built a six bedroom home for his wife and seven children. They lived there for 14 years. In 1978 Henry bought a resort on Mille Lacs Lake (HJ’s Lakeside Resort) and operated that for 25 years. Henry and Linda and Their family worked at the resort. Henry took pride in his knowledge of the lake and had great respect for the lake. In a 1996 article in The Smithsonian, mentioned H.J.’s Lakeside Resort. While Henry was running a neighborhood Launch Trip, he rescued a family of four whose boat had overturned when the winds had gotten bad. Henry closed H.J.’s Lakeside Resort in 2002 and sold the land leaving behind a lifetime of friends that had become more than customers. Henry then bought a farm in Glen where he and his lovely wife enjoyed working every day with their family, until he peacefully went to join our Lord on Thursday. Henry had served on the Lakeside Township Board for 14 years. He was very hard working, unique, humorous, loving person who loved the land, water and animals. If you needed something Henry would give it to you or build it for you. He always had the ability to fix the problem. Anyone who knew Henry knew how much he enjoyed playing practical jokes. He took great pride in his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Linda Marie; Seven Children: Mary Kay, Henry Joseph Jr., Timothy Russell, Daniel Emil, Tracy Lynn, James Aton, and Terry Quinton; Grandchildren: Mike, Jerry, Gabby, Troy, Jonah, Rachael, Brian, Dan Jr., Geoffrey, Eric, Jacki, Steph, Gracy, Jacob, Matthew, Kaitlyn, Josie Rae, Cody, Austin, Kim and Cally; and several great grandchildren and nieces and nephews and 1 brother Jim. He was preceded in death by his parents: Joseph and Luella, brother: Joe, Sisters: Mary Lou and Henrietta, granddaughter: Angel Marie and several stillborn children. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the 11 AM services at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in the Lakeside Cemetery south of Malmo. 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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Kathleen A. Wold
05/27/1948-12/18/2013
Kathleen Ann Wold, age 65 of McGregor died Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at her home in McGregor. Kathleen was born May 27, 1948 in St. Paul, Minnesota the daughter of Robert and Lenore (McShea) Darlow. She grew up in the Lillydale area and attended schools in St. Paul. She married Bert E. Wold Jr. in 1965 in South Dakota. The moved to McGregor and lived there until moving to Alaska in the early 1980’s. They returned to the McGregor area in 1991 and have lived here since. She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. She is survived by her husband Bert Wold Jr. of McGregor; Children and spouses: Amber (Kris) Livingston of West Point, Utah; Holly Wold of McGregor; Cynda (Brian) Keatts of Ham Lake, Mn.; Bert Wold III of McGregor; Amanda (Dan) Helm of Blaine, Mn.; Michael Paverud of Calf.; 14 grandchildren; 4 brothers: Jack (Judy) Darlow of Braham, MN.; Joe (Cheryl) Darlow of Pine City, Mn.; Bill (Sue) Darlow of St. Paul, MN.; Ernest (JoAnn) Darlow of McGregor; and sister: Laurie Barilla of White Bear Lake, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 11 AM from St. Bernard’s Catholic Church at 187 Geranium Ave. West in St. Paul, with Fr. Mike Anderson officiating. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery in St. Paul. A visitation will be held Friday from 3 to 6 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lydia Hyytinen Hogan
03/06/1920-12/17/2013
LYDIA HYYTINEN HOGAN passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at Aicota Healthcare Center in Aitkin, MN. She was born March 6, 1920 to Antti Kuusta (Gust) Hyytinen and Selma Olli. All of her grandparents were from Lappajarvi, Finland. Lydia farmed beside her husband of 65 years, Floyd Daniel Hogan (1909-2005) and was a loving friend of many. Children of that union were Cherie Ann (Jerald C.) Holm and Lauren Terrance (Victoria) Hogan. She is survived by her children, 7 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren, 4 Brothers and spouses: Laurie Olavi, Niilo Matt, Pentti Robert, and Donald Gust Hyytinen many nephews, nieces, other relatives, and a host of brothers and sisters in faith. She was a humble servant of the Lord. Funeral services will be held at the Sorenson Root Thompson Funeral Home, 31 Minnesota Avenue S, Aitkin on Friday morning, December 20, 2013. Public Visitation at 10:30 am with the service beginning at noon. Interment will be in Rabbit Lake Cemetery, Glen Township immediately following the service. Memorials may be directed to the Eagle Lake IA Lutheran Church c/o Dennis Lundin, 1439 Heather Lane, Cromwell, MN 55726 or the Hyytinen-Nelson Endowment Fund at the Jaques Art Center, 121 Second St NW, Aitkin, MN 56431.
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Gertrude \"Trudy\" Wyman
07/14/1924-12/16/2013
Gertrude “Trudy” Wyman, age 89 of McGregor died December 16, 2013 at Dade City, Florida. Trudy was born July 14, 1924 at Waubun, Minnesota the daughter of Frank and Alice (Fairbanks) Lego. She grew up and attended school in St. Paul. She married Marvin L. Wyman on August 2, 1944 in St. Paul. They lived in St. Louis Park and raised their family. They retired to Lake Minnewawa by McGregor 25 years ago. She volunteered for the American Cancer Society for over 30 years. She is survived by children and spouses: Sharon Sinn of Dade City, Florida; Susan and Charles Krumrie of Minneapolis; Kris and Steve Steege of Burnsville; Marvin Jr. and Nancy Wyman of McGregor; Kevin and Lori Wyman of Burnsville; Jim and Kris Wyman of Brainerd; son in law: Wayne Bergstrom of Middle River, Mn.; 11 Grandchildren: Kevin Westberg, Jeff Sinn, Brandon Steege, Ryan Steege, Mason Wyman, Laura Dahl, Kelly Sinn, Dakota Boyd, Samantha Krogfus, Malorie Adair, Emily Stunek, 7 Great Grandchildren: Hillary Dahl, Morgan Dahl, Brady Westberg, Sierra Westberg, Evertt Westberg, Oliver Adair, Ruby Adair, Sister: Claire Keigen of St. Paul. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Marvin in 2009 and daughter Judy. A gathering will be Saturday, January 11 from 11 AM until 1 PM at which time there will be a prayer service at the McGregor Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Demars officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jerry L. Emery
12/31/1944-12/09/2013
Gerald Lewis Emery, 68 of Glen, died December 9, 2013. He was born December 31, 1944 in Minneapolis to Lewis A. and Doris E. (Manning) Emery. He was a member of the first graduating class of Brooklyn Center High School. He had many careers during his life but in 1976 he started his snow grooming career after designing and building his own snow groomer. Jerry put 35 years plus, worth of effort in planning, building, and developing the Aitkin County trails. He was awarded Groomer of the Year in 2012, inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame, and active in the Mille Lacs Trails Snowmobile Club. He loved the Glen Community and being on Sugar Lake. He was a staple at the Glen parade and the Fish House parade in Aitkin. He was a private pilot and enjoyed flying and muscle cars. He was a First Responder and always took the time to help others. Jerry loved his sons and grandsons, they were his life and joy. He was preceded in death by his parents Lewis A. and Doris E. (Manning) Emery, Uncle Bob Emery, Aunt Dorothy Dammen, and his loving pets. Jerry is survived by his two sons and daughter-in-law: Joe (Sarah) Emery of Aitkin, Jeff Emery of Kodiak, Alaska, Grandchildren: Carson and Cayden Emery, Good Friend: Rose Schumacher of Glen, Brother and sister-in-law: Kent (Kathleen) Emery of Stacy, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, December 13, 2013 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Gene White will officiate. Burial will be in Malmo Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with a prayer service starting at 8:00P.M. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. www.srtfuneral.com
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Robert Beck
04/24/1937-12/06/2013
Robert “Bob” Beck, age 76 of Murphysboro, Illinois, died Friday, December 6, 2013 at the Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis Mo. He was born April 24, 1937 the son of Ernest and Elna (Salmela) Beck in Palisade, Mn. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters in infancy; a sister Violet Satterwhite, brothers: Jim Beck and Stanley Beck, and one nephew. He is survived by sister in laws: Esther Beck of Flagstaff, AZ., Velda Beck of Cloquet, MN., three nieces, two nephews; a great niece and a great nephew. A memorial service will be scheduled for the summer of 2014. Additional information will be provided at a later date. Local arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Robert E. Beck
04/24/1937-12/06/2013
Robert E. Beck 1937 – 2013 Robert E. Beck, age 76, of Murphysboro, IL, Professor of Law Emeritus at Southern Illinois University (SIU), died Friday, December 6, 2013 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born on April 24th, 1937 to Ernest and Elna (Salmela) Beck of Palisade, MN. Professor Beck obtained a JB.S.L. (1958) and an LL.B. (1960) degree from the University of Minnesota and an LL.M. degree (1966) from New York University. From 1962 to 1976 he was an assistant professor and professor at the University of North Dakota School of Law. In 1976 he joined the SIU Law Faculty and retired in August 2002. After retirement, he continued to teach one course per academic year at SIU. Over his career, Professor Beck wrote and lectured extensively on all aspects of natural resources law. He held offices and was a member of numerous committees and panels at the local, state, regional, national and international levels. He authored and co-authored chapters for, and served as Editor-in-Chief of, Waters and Water Rights, from 1991 through 2008. Professor Beck was the recipient of various awards including The Order of the Coif (1960), The Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorship (University of North Dakota, 1975), The Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Emeritus (University of North Dakota, 1987), SIU Law School Faculty Scholar of the Year (1995) and The Clyde O. Martz Teaching Award (Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 2007). An avid traveler, he traveled frequently to see family; friends in Vail, Colorado; a favorite place, Santa Fe, New Mexico and numerous international destinations. He was a devoted advocate and active supporter of environmental preservation. He enjoyed a life-long passion for the visual arts and loved the opera. Family and friends will remember him for his pleasant demeanor, dry sense of humor, encouragement, varied interests and knowledge, and most of all his devotion and thoughtfulness. He will be deeply missed by all. Professor Beck was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters in infancy, a sister Violet Satterwhite, a brother Jim, a brother Stanley and one nephew. He is survived by a sister-in-law Esther Beck of Flagstaff, AZ; a sister-in-law Velda Beck of Cloquet, MN; three nieces; two nephews; a great niece; two great nephews and an extended family of colleagues at SIU. A memorial service will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church, 411 Main Street, Palisade, MN on Saturday, June 21st, at 1:00 PM. Memorial gifts may be made to Green Earth, Inc., P.O. Box 441, Carbondale, Illinois, 62903 or to the SIU Foundation for the benefit of the School of Law Natural Resources Fund, MC 6805, 1150 Douglas Drive, Carbondale, 62901. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson.
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David O. Eide
05/10/1942-11/22/2013
David O. Eide, age 71 of McGregor formerly of Blaine and Minneapolis died Friday, November 22, 2013 at his home near McGregor. David was born May 10, 1942 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Oscar and Inez (Helgeson) Eide. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from the Roosevelt High School. He then served in the U.S. Navy serving on the Air Craft Carrier USS Oriskany. Upon his discharge in 1965 he returned to Minneapolis. He married Jeanette Makela on January 8, 1966 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Blaine and he worked for Superior Platting, Coop Plating and finally with A and M Manufacturing before retiring in 1998. He had been coming to the McGregor area for many years and he and his wife had bought property in 1982 in the McGregor area. The moved to the area in 2003 and have lived here since. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, horseshoes, bean bags and bowling. He is survived by his wife Jeanette Eide of McGregor; 3 sons and spouses: Jere and Lynda Eide of Vancouver, Washington; David Jr. and Nichole Eide of Isanti; Scott and Wanda Eide of Isanti; Daughter and son in law: Laura Jean and Clark Westphal of Isanti; Grandchildren: Casey and fiancé Sharmeta Eide; Kiilie Eide, Gabrielle Eide, Dallas Eide, Megan Eide, Scott Eide Jr.; Coby Eide and Hailey Eide. Great Grandchildren: Keana, Carter and Caster Eide. He was preceded in death by his parents; Granddaughter: Kirsten Simons; brothers: Richard and Allen and Sister Sharon Cook. A celebration of life will be held Friday, November 29, 2013 at 11 AM at the McGregor Funeral Home. A gathering time will be held from 10 AM until the 11 AM services. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Clovella LaVonne Richardson
01/16/1973-11/17/2013
Clovella LaVonne Richardson, 40, died Sunday, November 17, 2013 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. She was born January 16, 1973 in Binghamton, New York. Clovella (Lewis) was united in marriage to Eric Richardson. She was a certified nurses assistant and a homemaker, and attended Corner Stone Church in California. She was preceded in death by her grandmother. Clovella is survived by her husband Eric, 2 sons: Brian (Leslie) Roseland and Reece Richardson, Grandson: Grant Mother: Theda Lewis, Sister: Diane Thompson, Mother-in-law: Irene Richardson Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Mark (Sharon) Richardson, Janine (Scot) Richardson, Janet (John) Myles, Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Friday, November 22, 2013 memorial service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. Reverend Brett Richmond will officiate. www.srtfuneral.com
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Helen C. Wagner
11/10/1929-11/15/2013
Helen C. Wagner, 84 of Palisade died Friday, November 15, 2013 at her home. She was born November 10, 1929 in Climax, MN. She graduated from Fosston High School. Helen (Gudvangen) was united in marriage to Lawrence Wagner March 11, 1950. She enjoyed working on the farm and gardening. She was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence, 12 brothers and sisters and her parents. Helen is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law: Larry (Jackie) Wagner of Palisade, Dean Wagner of Brainerd, Grandchildren: Brian Wagner, Neil Wagner (Erika), Michelle (Dan) Peters, Mike (Tabitha) Wagner, Great-grandchildren: Gracie, Sophia, Isabella, and Dylan Peters, Sabrian and Kellen Wagner, Ian, Devin, and Darek Rono, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Barry Hite will officiate. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. Visitation will be 5P.M. to 7P.M., Friday at the funeral home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service. www.srtfuneral.com
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Steven Thomas Lane
10/18/1949-11/11/2013
Steven Thomas Lane, age 64 of Aitkin formerly of Little Fork and Graceville died Monday, November 11, 2013 at the V.A. Medical Center in Minneapolis. Steven was born October 18, 1949 at Graceville, Minnesota the son of Daniel and Axzine (Frey) Lane. He grew up and attended the Holy Rosary Catholic School in Graceville and graduated from the Graceville High School in 1967. He then served in the U.S. Army and spent time in Vietnam. He then attended Moorhead State University and completed his college studied at the University of Minnesota with a degree in forestry. He went on and received his Silviculturist Certificate. He worked as a District Forester in Tower-Soudan and in Littlefork before moving to Aitkin where he was a DNR Forestry supervisor. He retired in 2009. He was a member of the Little Fork Fire Department, and the Lions Club. Was also a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. He enjoyed his grandchildren, fishing, hunting, golfing, and doing genealogy, playing cards and web site design. He is survived by children: Corey and Anne Lane of McMinnville, Oregon; Kathleen and Darshan Christy of Aitkin; Gina Lane of Duluth, N.; 5 Grandchildren: Grace Lane, Emma Lane, Elijah Christy, Quintin Christy and Bennett Christy; 2 brothers: Richard (Mary) Lane of Graceville, Mn.; Patrick (Betty) Lane of Graceville, MN.; Nancy (Roger) Cauley of Rosemount, Mn.; Marie (Jim) Altrich of Graceville, Mn.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters: Geraldine Lane and Sharon Uhrich. A memorial mass will be held Friday, November 15, 2013 at 2:30 PM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. 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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John Raymond Hurd
03/10/1964-11/07/2013
John Raymond Hurd, age 49 of Deerwood, formerly of Tamarack died Thursday, November 7, 2013 at his home. John was born March 10, 1964 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Raymond and Alice (Preston) Hurd. He grew up and attended schools in Tamarack and McGregor and graduated from the McGregor High School in 1982. He worked with his father Timber Contracting cutting timber for the pulp mills. He also worked as a groundskeeper for the Wild Marsh Country Club in Buffalo, Mn. He also had worked white washing and disinfecting barns for farmers. His last job was with the Cuyuna Country Club in Deerwood as a groundskeeper. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and golfing. He also enjoyed watching his children playing sports. He is survived by his daughter: Lynae Hurd of St. Paul and son: Preston Hurd of St. Paul; Parents: Raymond and Alice Hurd of Aitkin; sister: Kathleen and Lenny Berg of Maple Plain, Mn.; brothers: Jere and Marilyn Hurd of Hibbing and Roger and JoAnn Hurd of Carlton, MN. A memorial service will be held at the Tamarack Presbyterian Church on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 11 AM with Rev. Rick Mann officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Woodland Cemetery in McGregor. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Marvelle E. Johnson
02/25/1915-11/05/2013
Marvelle E. Johnson, 98 of Aitkin died Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born February 25, 1915 in Virginia, MN. to Henry and Anna (Boland) Hornemann. Marvelle was united in marriage to Howard W. Johnson. She worked as a stenographer, played the piano and organ, enjoyed traveling, fishing, and was a “rock hound”. She was a member of Central Free Church in Minneapolis. She is survived by family and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. – Saturday, November 9, 2013 funeral service at Westside Calvary Baptist Church in Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Bethany Cemetery, Hermantown. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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William \"Bill\" J. Cummings
04/09/1934-11/04/2013
William “Bill” John Cummings, age 79 of Aitkin died Monday, November 4, 2013 at his home. Bill was born April 9, 1934 in Brainerd, Minnesota the son of Kenneth and Mary (Janzen) Cummings. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1952. He started driving the bulk oil truck for Cumming Bros. while he was in high school. Later he and his brother Pat bought the business and eventually Bill and his wife Pat started Cummings Oil and operated that until he retired in 1992. He married Patricia “Pat” Mickley on August 15, 1956 in Aitkin. They have made their home in Aitkin. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin, served on the Aitkin Fire Department, the Cuyuna Country Club Board, the Minnesota Petroleum Association Board, the Aitkin City Council, was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Lions Club. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He was the recipient of the Warren Potter Lifetime Achievement Award. He is survived by his wife Patricia “Pat” Cummings of Aitkin; 2 Sons and daughters in law: Kent and Jane Cummings of Aitkin, Scott and Karen Cummings of Aitkin; Daughter: Laurie Tibbetts of Stacy, Mn.; 3 Brothers: Greg Cummings of Fountain Hills, Arizona; Pat Cummings of Becker, Mn.; Kevin Cummings of Deadwood, South Dakota; 3 Sisters: Echo Welshons of Aitkin; Judy Ryan of Aitkin; Kay Breen of Brainerd, MN.; 8 Grandchildren: Katie Cummings, John Cummings, Billy Cummings, Kelly Cummings, Kristi Cummings, Mike Tibbetts, Dan Tibbetts, Patti (Chris) Perron; 3 Great Grandchildren: Cameron Tibbetts, Abigail Tibbetts, Morgan Ruschmeier. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 2 Daughters Lisa and Leslie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, November 8, 2013 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 Rosary Service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. The visitation will continue Friday from 10 AM until the 11 AM service time at the church. 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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Jane L. Deterling
07/10/1938-10/30/2013
Jane L. Deterling, 75 of Aitkin died Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born July 10, 1938 in St. Peter to Vernon and Mable (Block) Wright. She graduated from Hopkins High School. Jane was united in marriage to Kenneth Deterling. She enjoyed crocheting, fishing, bowling and playing bingo. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents. Jane is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Debbie (Dean) Radtke of Aitkin 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Harold Deterling (Sue) of Buffalo Steven (Maria) Deterling of Aitkin and North Dakota Granddaughter: Nicole Radtke of Aitkin Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. – Friday, November 8, 2013 memorial service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Cynthia Gray will officiate. www.srtfuneral.com
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Peder O. Tollefson
07/28/1944-10/26/2013
Peder O. Tollefson, age 69 of Aitkin died Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Peder was born July 28, 1944 at Eleva, Wisconsin the son of Alvin and Mae (Gunderson) Tollefson. He attended schools in Eleva until he moved with his family to the Aitkin area and he finished school in Aitkin. He worked for the Land O’ Lakes plant and also worked for many of the turkey growers loading turkeys at their farms. He also worked turkey farms in Wisconsin. He lived and worked in Missouri for a time and then moved back to Aitkin and worked at Rutgers for a time. He married Mary Ann O’Brien on July 25, 1975 in Minneapolis. He enjoyed fishing and family. He is survived by his sister and brother in law: Donna and Roger Hasskamp of Aitkin and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife in 1992 and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Friday, November 1, 2013 at 1:30 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Della D. Swanson
09/27/1924-10/25/2013
Della D. Swanson, age 89 of Aitkin died Friday, October 25, 2013. Della was born September 27, 1924 at Lake Norden, South Dakota the daughter of Jens and Kristine (Jensen) Madsen. She grew up and attended schools in South Dakota. She then worked as stewardess for Northwest Airlines in the early days of air travel. During WW II she worked for Honeywell. She married Harold K. Swanson on September 6, 1947 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Richfield and then Minnetonka. They retired to the Aitkin area in 1972 and have lived here since. She was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin. She was always volunteering to help. She was a very active volunteer at the Aitkin Health Services where she did hair and worked with the card recycling. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Ralph and Susan Swanson of Aitkin; 2 daughters and son in law: Jane Swanson of Denver, Colorado and Julie and Dan Johnston of Roseau, Mn.; 5 Grandchildren: Paul Swanson, Dan Swanson, Keith Bodner, Angie Swanson and Jesse Johnston; 6 Great Grandchildren and 1 sister: Donna Ogren of DeSmet, South Dakota. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Harold in 1997, 4 brothers and 3 sisters. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 1 PM from the Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin with Rev. Gunnar Salmonson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at a later date in the Dorris Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Phillip R. Yovicson
06/02/1931-10/24/2013
Phillip R. Yovicson, age 82 of McGregor formerly of Minneapolis died Thursday, October 24, 2013 at his home. Phillip was born June 2, 1931 at South St. Paul, Minnesota the son of Micah and Libby (Carter) Yovicson. He grew up and attended schools in South St. Paul and graduated from the South St. Paul High School. He then enlisted in the U. S. Air Force served during the Korean Wear. Upon his discharge he returned to Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota for two years. He then started working as an over the road truck driver. He married Lillian Jackson in 1961 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Minneapolis and he continued to drive truck. Upon his retirement in 1994 he moved to the McGregor area and has lived here since. He enjoyed working with his hands. He especially enjoyed doing carpentry work. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He loved his daughter Lisa. He is survived by his daughter Lisa Yovicson of McGregor. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Lillian, a sister Phyllis and two brothers Kenneth and Michael. Phillip will be buried at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis on Tuesday, October 29 at 1 pm. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lois A. Gale
09/06/1924-10/24/2013
Lois A. Gale, age 89 of Aitkin formerly of Minneapolis died Thursday, October 24, 2013 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lois was born September 6, 1924 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Harold and Lillian (Schuck) Johnson. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis and graduated from the Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis. After graduation she worked for a time in a bank. She married Lloyd C. Gale on July 5, 1947 in Minneapolis. The made their home in Minneapolis and also the North West Suburbs. As her family grew she worked for a time in the Minneapolis School System and later worked for the Minnesota Department of Health. Upon her husband’s retirement in 1978 they moved to the Aitkin area and she has made her home here since. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin and the Lois Club. She enjoyed swimming, reading, crafting, knitting, playing cards, crossword puzzles, Yatzee, Jig Saw Puzzles and she loved the Twins. Lois' love for family is only surpassed by the love for the Lord. She is survived by children and spouses: Doug and Karen Gale of Grand Marais, Mn.; Steve and Linda Gale of Afton, Mn.; Roger and Vicki Gale of Aitkin; Darlene and Craig Spencer of Cottage Grove, MN.; Sandy and Al Gaines of Medina, North Dakota; 12 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, 1 sister: Shirley and Bill Hooker of Burnsville, Mn.; brother: Les Johnson of Hesperia, Calf.; brother in law: Rusty Greenlund of Golden Valley, Mn.; sister in law: Marlys Gale of Aitkin and care giver Terry Boyer of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lloyd in 2002, grandson Brian, 3 brothers and 5 sisters. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be in the Spencer Cemetery near Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Laura \"Connie\" Lehman
06/06/1926-10/15/2013
Laura “Connie” Cornelia (Fillingim) Lehman, age 87, of McGregor Minnesota passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at the Aicota Health Center in Aitkin Minnesota surrounded by her loving family. She was born the youngest of ten children to Laura Dee (Coker) and Iving Gillis Fillingim on June 6, 1926 in Hemphill County, Texas. She attended two years of college in Amarillo Texas toward a degree as a grade school teacher. She was united in marriage to Robert William Lehman on June 23, 1946 at the Fillingim homestead in Texas. Connie and Bob started their life together in St Cloud, Minnesota where Bob completed his degree in education. They settled in McGregor, Minnesota in 1952 where they raised eight children. Connie was a homemaker and supported Bob throughout his teaching carrier. Her dedication to her family, friends, her community and to her church was a true testament to God’s word and to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Her hobbies included quilting, sewing, and she enjoyed her flowerbeds. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, her parents and 9 brothers and sisters; Leola Root, Leon Fillingim, Eula Newman, E.G. Fillingim, Adolphus (A.T.) Fillingim, William Fillingim, Willis Fillingim, Hugh Fillingim, Horace Fillingim. She is survived by 8 children; Connie Hammond, Leonard Lehman, David (Debra) Lehman, James Lehman, Thomas (Julie) Lehman, Timothy (Lucinda) Lehman, Karol (Alan) Lorincz, Karen (Todd) Hansen; 19 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren and 2 sister-in-laws; LaVerna Fillingim and Elton (Fillingim) Teeters. Funeral services were held on October 19, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church of McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor (www.srtfuneral.com). Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers and can be sent to McGregor United Methodist Church, PO Box 98, McGregor, MN. 55760.
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Arvid Neil Pearson
10/03/1919-10/13/2013
Arvid Neil Pearson, age 94 of Aitkin formerly of Baudette and Duluth died Sunday, October 13, 2013 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. Neil was born October 3, 1919 at Montrose, South Dakota the son of Arvid and Laura Pearson. He grew up and attended schools in South Dakota. He married his first wife Shirley Ann on December 26, 1940 in Minneapolis, MN. He served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. He then served in the U.S. Naval Ready Reserves from 1947 until 1979 when he retired with the rank of Commander. He Received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. He was a professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota Duluth during which time he had served as Department Head. He also served with UNESCO as Chief Advisor in the Philippines for 5 years. Upon retiring from teaching he lived in Baudette for a time and also Aitkin. His first wife died in 1994. He married Blanche Beyreuther in 1994 and they lived in Baudette and Aitkin. Blanche died in 2012. He enjoyed flying his plane, fishing, hunting, traveling and was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin. Survivors include: Daughter: Judith M. Phelps of Wales, United Kingdom; Step son: Dick Beyreuther of Aitkin; Step Daughter: Beverly Baartmas of Michigan; Brothers: Maynard Pearson of Madison, South Dakota and Donald Pearson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Grandchildren: Peter and Daniel Phelps, Christine Knudson; Great Grandchildren: Miranda, Eleanor, Caroline, Abriel, Haylie, and Benjamin Phelps and Abigail, Caleb, and Caitlyn Knudson. He was preceded in death by his 1st wife Shirley Ann and 2nd wife Blanche; Parents, and brothers: Eugene, John Delano (Jack) and Daryl Pearson. A graveside service will be held Friday, October 18, 2013 at 12:45 PM at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery with Rev. Leonard Phelps officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery Honor Guard. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Elgie Paul Wagner
02/12/1920-10/11/2013
Elgie Paul Wagner, age 93 of Aitkin died Friday, October 11, 2013 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born February 12, 1920 at Wolsey, South Dakota the son of Jacob and Elnora (Frank) Wagner. He grew up and attended schools at Owanka, South Dakota graduating from the Owanka High School in 1938. He then moved with his family to Aitkin, Mn. He first worked picking turkeys. He later worked as a farmhand. He joined the U.S. Army in 1940 and left with the National Guard for training at Camp Claiborne. LA. When World War II broke out in December of 1941 his stay in the service was extended to 54 months of which 39 were spent overseas. He served in the United Kingdom, Algeria, Tunisia, and Italy. He was a member of the 34th Military Police Company, 34th (Red Bull) Infantry Division. He received his discharge from the Army in August of 1945. He then returned to Aitkin and married Leona Emch, the youngest daughter of John and Bertha Emch at the Emch home on Cedar Lake, Aitkin, MN on August 22, 1945. Elgie and Leona purchased a farm in Nordland Township and started dairy farming and also began raising a few turkeys in 1949. The need for new buildings became very evident so they sold their cows and built their first brooder house and continued on to become successful turkey farmers. They farmed for 26 years and then sold their farm in 1971. After selling the farm, they bought a home on Elm Island Lake in Nordland Township. Feeling they were too young to retire at this time, Elgie became employed in the maintenance department of the Aitkin Community Hospital. After ten years, retirement became a reality, offering traveling, gardening and fishing. They moved to Blackrock Terrace Apartments in 1995 and lived there until moving to the Aicota Assisted Living Center in September of 2009. He has been living at the Aicota Health Care Center since February 2011. He is survived by his wife: Leona Wagner of Aitkin; daughter and son in law: Beverly and Alan Gray of Aitkin; Grandchildren: David Gray of Independence, MN Heidi Gray of Minnetonka, MN; sister: Irene Nitz of Hot Springs, Arkansas, brother and sister in law: Donald and Jean Wagner of Bloomington, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister in law: Mark and Phylis Wagner, sister and brother in law: Pauline and Ludvig Pafko, and brother in law: Joel Nitz. A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 11 AM from the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:30 PM until 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Aitkin. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Virginia Hammel
12/31/1932-10/11/2013
Virginia (Ginger) Hammel, age 80 of Aitkin died Friday, October 11, 2013 at the Aitkin Health Services. Survivors include two sons: Douglas and Steven, Daughter: Audrey and husband Ronald Kolquist, Grandchildren: Melissa and Sara Kolquist, Christopher Hammel and wife Amanda, Dustin Hammel and wife Nathania; Brother: George Tyrrell and wife Janet, Sister in law: Kathryn Stratton. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert M. As requested by Virginia, no services will be held. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home.
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Merlin G. Mapes
04/14/1928-10/06/2013
Merlin G. Mapes, age 85 of the Glen area died Sunday, October 6, 2013 at his home. Merlin was born April 14m 1928 at Colgate, North Dakota the son of Emry and Grace (Erickson) Mapes. He grew up and attended schools in Tamarack and graduated from the McGregor High School in 1946. He enlisted right out of school in the U.S. Navy and served for 4 years. He had served at the Great Lakes Naval Training Base, California, Texas, and at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. Upon his discharge he moved to Maryland and worked as a diesel mechanic for the Greyhound Bus Lines. He then moved back to Minnesota and worked for Interstate Diesel and in 1972 they moved to the Aitkin area and he worked for the McGregor School Bus Garage and then for Aitkin Motor Co. in Aitkin. After he retired he would work part time for Auto Value delivering parts. He married Maxine C. Billeter on November 12, 1965 in Columbia Heights, MN. They lived in the Twin Cities before moving to the Aitkin area in 1972. He served on the Malmo Town Board for many years. He had played in various bands in his younger days. He loved to read. He enjoyed helping his neighbors and he could fix just about anything. He also enjoyed inventing things and working on his hobby farm where over the years he raised just about every animal. He is survived by his wife Maxine Mapes of Aitkin; Son and daughter in law: James (Cheryl) Bodin of White Bear Lake, MN; Daughters and sons in law: Bunny (Dale) Wiersema of Ely, Mn.; Marie (Dan) Gordon of Aitkin; Mary Mapes of Aitkin; 9 Grandchildren: Myia Paradis, Eric Masurka, Sara Bodin, Cody Bodin, Travis Bodin, Daniel Gordon, Kenneth Gordon, Emma Plagge and Connor Plagge; 12 Great Grandchildren; 2 Brothers: Roger Mapes of Aitkin; Donald (Judy) Mapes of Arkansas; Sister: Dorothy Smith of Texas; Sister in law: Doris Mapes of Laurel, Maryland. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 Brother: Philip, 1 Sister: Marion and 1 Grandson: Paul Richard Masurka. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. A visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date at the Malmo 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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Marian A. Smiley
11/28/1924-10/04/2013
Marian A. Smiley, 88 of McGregor died Friday, October 4, 2013 at her home. She was born November 28, 1924 in Hammond, Indiana to Taylor and Pauline (Achor) Cathey. She graduated from Hammond High School. She worked as a clerk for I.H.B. Rail Road. Marian was united in marriage to Charles “Chet” Smiley on September 24, 1949 in Hammond, Indiana. Marian is survived by her husband Charles “Chet” Smiley Daughter: Sandy Henry, Grandchildren: Ryan (Beth), Mark (Ashley), and Lisa, Great-grandchildren: Alex, Natalie, and Hailey. Memorial service will be 11:00A.M. – Monday, October 7, 2013 at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. McGregor Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Christina Elizabeth Mackrell
06/11/1928-10/01/2013
Christina Elizabeth Mackrell, 85 of Aitkin died Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born June 11, 1928 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to William and Christina (Campbell) Marth. Christina was united in marriage to Thomas L. Mackrell, Sr. on August 30, 1954 in Robbinsdale. She worked in manufacturing and was a homemaker. She enjoyed dancing, fishing, bowling, golf, and loved her family. She was a past member of the Zurah Eastern Star and Garrison Commercial Club. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas L. Mackrell, Sr. on December 21, 1990, daughter Colleen Johnson, 3 brothers: Albert, William, and Neil Marth, and her parents William and Christina (Campbell) Marth. Christina is survived by her children: Thomas L. Mackrell, II of Aitkin, Linda Mackrell of Aitkin, Bonnie Kichler of Aitkin, Step-children: Richard Mackrell of Golden Valley and Sandra Mackrell of Minneapolis, 8 grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, Brothers: Ted, Bob, Monte, and Gordon “Pinky” Marth, Other relatives and friends. A celebration of life will be 1p.m. to 4p.m. – Thursday, October 10, 2013 at the VFW Andy Kokesh Post #1816 in Garrison. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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