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Archive Obituaries
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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Arthur F. Guimond
09/19/1925-09/29/2013
Arthur F. Guimond, 88 of Isle passed away Sunday, September 29, 2013 at his home surrounded by family and friends. He was born September 19, 1925 in Faribault to Adamore and Josephine (Carpentier) Guimond. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in World War II. On October 10, 1949 Arthur was united in marriage to Dolores M. Pribyl. They moved to Minneapolis and raised their family. While in Minneapolis he worked as a carpenter for 20 years. In 1969 Arthur bought Agate Bay Resort on Mille Lacs Lake which he operated for 7 years before retiring. Although “retired”, he continued his carpentry work for another 20 years helping build or remodel many cabins and homes in the area. He was an avid fisherman and participated in many fishing tournaments on Mille Lacs Lake and was known for his keen knowledge of the best fishing areas on the lake. He was very active in PERM (Proper Economic Resource Management) for many years. He was preceded in death by his daughter Renee, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and his parents. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 63 years Dolores, Children: Steven (Donna) Guimond, Rebecca (Brian) Alexander, Jeff (Jayne) Guimond, Betty (Les) Haglund, Tim (Kalena) Guimond, 6 grandchildren: Corey, Anissa, Trenten, Tanner, Jena, and Kelsey, 3 great-grandchildren: Haylea, Linsey, and Summer, Brother: Joel (Marcie) Guimond, Many other relatives and friends. A gathering for family and friends will be held at his home on Mille Lacs Lake Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 2P.M. – 5P.M. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Russell L. Way
11/09/1942-09/25/2013
RUSSELL WAY It is with great sadness the family of Russ Way announces his passing, Wednesday, September 25, at CentraCare Hospital in St. Cloud. Russ was born in Aitkin November 9, 1942 to Lawrence (Bill) and Marge Way. Russ graduated from Aitkin High School with the Class of 1960. He served in the US Navy during the Viet Nam War and worked for Reserve Mining Company after discharge. Russ began a long career as a truck driver in the early 80’s working for various trucking companies in Minnesota. He had proudly driven over a million accident free miles. Russ was preceded in death by his father, Bill, in 1990, his grandparents, Aunts Catherine Hillman and Marlys Hllman, and uncle Hank Fageroos. He is survived by his mother, Marge of Aitkin; Brother Steve (Jennifer) of Cambridge and Sister Linda (Art Martin) of Cloquet. Nephew and nieces are Daren Way (Melissa) of East Bethel, Elizabeth Gustafson (Bill) of Circle Pines and Andrea Hanek (James) of Duluth. Five great-nephews also survive; Jake Way, Nikolai Stout, Archer and Junior Hanek. Odin Russell Hanek, named for Russ, was born last year on Russ’ birthday; something that brought great joy to him in a difficult time. He is also survived by his good friend, Vicky Richards of Eau Clair. Several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many wonderful friends also survive. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 28, 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. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. 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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Donald A. Lind
05/20/1921-09/21/2013
Donald A. Lind, 92 of Palisade died Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born May 20, 1921 in Aitkin to Olaf and Edith Lind. He attended Gun Lake School and Aitkin High School. He enjoyed working as a farmer. Donald was united in marriage to Hulda M. Kaetterhenry on July 25, 1952 in Aitkin. They were both active members in the Headwaters Camping Chapter. He was a past member of the Farmers Union and the Minnesota Cattleman’s Association. He served on the Fleming Town Board and the Palisade Co-Op Oil Board. Don enjoyed playing horseshoes and cards, gardening, deer hunting, dancing, traveling, and volunteering. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers Bob and Carl, 2 sisters Ruth and Lois, and his parents Olaf and Edith Lind. Don is survived by his wife Hulda (Kaetterhenry) Lind of Palisade, 1 Brother: Maurice Lind of Crossville, TN., 2 Sisters: Mildred Maliszewski of Belvidere, NJ., Helen Hansen of Aitkin, Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. – Friday, September 27, 2013 at Fleming United Methodist Church, Fleming Township. Reverend Russell Christensen will officiate. Burial will be in Fleming Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. – Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. www.srtfuneral.com
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Paul Ivan Grostad
01/28/1931-09/19/2013
Paul Ivan Grostad, 82 of McGregor died Thursday, September 19, 2013 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born January 28, 1931 in McGregor to Otto and Tena (Moe) Grostad. He Graduated from McGregor High School and enjoyed working as a dairy farmer. Paul was a U.S. Army Veteran Serving in the Korean War. He was treasurer of the McGregor Township board and sexton of Grayling Cemetery for many years. He was preceded in death by his sister Joyce, 3 brothers: Marvin, Ottwell, and Robert and his parents Otto and Tena (Moe) Grostad. Paul is survived by his sister-in-law: Thora Grostad of McGregor. Many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Monday, September 23, 2013 funeral service at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Reverend Gunnar Salmonson will officiate. Burial with military honors will be in Grayling Cemetery, McGregor Township. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lavina \"Tootie\" Burr
10/12/1922-09/17/2013
Lavina “Tootie” Burr, age 90 of Aitkin died Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lavina was born October 12, 1922 at Middle River, Minnesota the daughter of Martin and Catherine (Haug) Hanson. She moved with her family at an early age to the Fleming area where she attended country school and then she attended the Aitkin High School graduating in 1940. She married Vernon A. Burr in 1942. She raised her family and worked on the farm while her husband worked. She was a member of the Fleming United Methodist Church, the Ladies Aid and TOPS. She enjoyed fishing, hunting and the outdoors. She is survived by her son Darold “Darry” Burr of Aitkin and daughter and son in law: Cathy and Bill Graham of Brainerd; 2 Grandchildren: Tammi and Angie 4 Great Grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Vernon in 1984 and 1 Granddaughter. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 1 PM from the Fleming United Methodist Church with Rev. Russell Christensen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the Fleming Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Melvin Clarence Hamman
10/05/1930-09/17/2013
Melvin Clarence Hamman, 82 of Isle died Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at the VA Hospital in St. Cloud. He was born October 5, 1930 on a farm in Grant County, Milbank, South Dakota to Joseph and Ella (Hagen) Hamman. He attended country school at Geneso #4. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in the Korean War. After being discharged he worked in the oil fields at Wolfpoint, Montana and then returned to Milbank and worked as a carpenter. Melvin was united in marriage to Ruth Elaine Gommer on September 30, 1955 in Minneapolis. He worked as a prototype sheet metal machinist at Pako Corp. in Golden Valley for 27 years. After Pako Corp. closed he worked at Artograph in Plymouth for 3 years retiring in 1991 and then moving to their home by Mille Lacs Lake, Isle. He was a lifetime member of the VFW in Milbank, SD, a member of the Military Service Association in Isle, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers, and Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo. He was preceded in death by his brother Earl and his parents Joseph and Ella (Hagen) Hamman. Melvin is survived by his wife Ruth, Brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Dean (Linda) Gommer, Nieces: Heidi and Allyson. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Wednesday, September 25, 2013 funeral service at Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo. Reverend James Raisanen will officiate. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls. Memorials are preferred to Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo Music Department. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dave M. Sandberg
09/16/1926-09/15/2013
Dave. M. Sandberg, age 86 of Aitkin died Sunday, September 15, 2013 at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Dave was born September 16, 1926 in Hazelton Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota the son of John and Jessie (Carr) Sandberg. He attended the West Bennettville School and then the Aitkin High School graduating in 1944. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served during WW II. Upon his discharge he returned home and went to work doing carpentry work with Cliff Schroeder. He married Lois E. Backstrom on April 27, 1950 in Aitkin at First Lutheran Church. They moved to the Twin Cities where they lived and raised their family until 1966 when they moved back to Aitkin. He continued working as a carpenter into his mid-70’s before he put down his hammer. He was a member of the Aitkin Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite and the Shriners, was a member of the Aitkin American Legion and the Sons of the American Legion; had served on the Bennettville Cemetery Board, had served many years on the Aitkin City Council; was a member of the Quarterbacks Club and was a Past President of the club. He had played baseball for the Hickory Team, he played softball for many years, he had bowled for the Aitkin Iron Works Team for many years, and he enjoyed hunting and fishing and especially enjoyed working. He is survived by his wife Lois Sandberg of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Wendy Sandberg of Aitkin; Brian and Judy Sandberg of Aitkin; Steve and Kristi Sandberg of Aitkin; Rob and Shelly Sandberg of Rice Lake Wisconsin; 5 Grandchildren: Lainey (Jeremy), Dan, Eric, Lynnsey and Cassie; 3 Great Grandchildren: Mya, Jalynn, Brenan and 1 expected to arrive in April; and Sister: Marvel (Glen) Baumgartner of Milwaukee, Wisc. and his devoted companion Cooper, his dog. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Robert and 1 sister: Helen Kaiser. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 20, 2013 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 8 PM and also 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home on Friday. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. 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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Jane A. Pearson
12/11/1944-09/06/2013
Jane Pearson, 68, passed away of mesothelioma on Friday, September 6 in the Aicota Nursing Home. Jane had many friends and family around her during her final days. Jane was born in Aitkin (across the street where she lived for the past 17 years) on December 11, 1944. She grew up in the Glen community and attended Clear Lake Elementary School and graduated from Aitkin High School in 1962. After graduating from high school she went to the Minnesota Beauty Academy in Minneapolis. Jane worked at a shop in Richfield, Lindy’s in South Minneapolis and later purchased Lindy’s and renamed the shop Calamity Jane’s Cut & Curl. She also worked at The Terrace Hair Design in Uptown area of Minneapolis. When she returned to Aitkin to care for her mother and father, she opened a shop downtown Aitkin also known as Calamity Jane’s. She closed her shop in Aitkin and retired in December 2011. Jane was an only child, never married, and no children. She is survived by aunts and uncles, many cousins and wonderful friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Violet Pearson. A memorial service will be held at Glory Baptist Church on Sunday, September 22 at 3:00 p.m. and visitation beginning at 2:30 with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. Burial will be in the Glory Cemetery. Following the service refreshments will be served in the Glory Community Center. Arrangements made by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Clarence Burman
03/31/1926-09/03/2013
Clarence A. Burman, age 87 of Glen died Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Clarence was born March 31, 1926 in Lakeside Township of Aitkin County the son of Carl and Ida (Larson) Burman. He attended country schools and then attended the Aitkin High School graduating in 1944. He spent time working on farms and also logging and worked for his uncle at Burman’s Resort on Mille Lacs Lake in his younger days. He also worked a time for Industrial Aggregate in the Twin Cities. He returned home to the farm to help with the farm and cows. He married Ellen M. Lindgren on November 19, 1949 in Aitkin. They made their home on the family farm and operated the farm and Clarence also worked for the Bureau of Mines drilling test holes. He then worked for the Lane water well drilling company for a time before he went to work for Lampert Lumber in Aitkin and he worked for them for 26 years retiring in the late 1980’s. He had been very active in the 4-H program, was an avid stamp collector, enjoyed deer hunting and fishing and watching the wildlife. He is survived by his wife Ellen Burman of Glen; 3 sons and spouses: Warren and Margie Burman of Aitkin; Dwight and Linda Burman of St. James, MN.; Kevin and Kris Burman of Stanchfield, Mn.; 8 Grandchildren: Jamie Burman, Justin Burman, Jarred Burman, Mike Burman, Doug Burman, Greg Burman, Brent Burman, and Lindsay Burman; 4 Great Grandchildren: Aidan, Sophia, Mason and Elijah; 2 Sisters: Irene Long of Onamia; Loretta Wiess of Los Angeles, Calf., 2 Brothers: Olander (Dorothy) Burman of East Bethel, Mn.; Ernest (Maria) Burman of Malmo. He was preceded in death by his parents and Sister Anna. Funeral services will be held 11:00A.M. - Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo with Rev. James Raisanen officiating. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church Saturday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ralph D. Hegman
07/25/1928-09/01/2013
Ralph D. Hegman, age 85 of Brainerd formerly of Aitkin, died Sunday, September 1, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Society-Woodland Care Center in Brainerd. Ralph was born July 25, 1928 in Crosby, Minnesota the son of Ezra and Stella (Forsmark) Hegman. He grew up and attended the Gun Lake Country School and then the Aitkin High School. He then attended Moody Bible School in Chicago, Illinois and then John Brown University in Salem Springs, Arkansas. He served as a minister in the Community Church in Valley Farms, Arizona; the Presbyterian Church in Brainerd, Mn. and the Community Church at Ossipee from which he retired after 24 years of service there in 1994. Ralph continued to do ministerial work in the area until his health declined. He enjoyed stamp collecting, fishing and motorcycles. He had also been very active in the Boy Scouts. He is survived by one brother and sister in law: Glenn and Barb Hegman of Sarona, Wisc.; 3 sisters and brothers in law: Geraldine Dunbar of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Marian and Elson Dykstra of Worthington, Mn.; Linda and LeRoy Clow of St. Vincent, Mn. and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 sister Eleanor Ann. A memorial service will be held Friday, September 6, 2013 at 2 PM from the Good Samaritan Society Woodland Care Center in Brainerd with Rev. Charles Carlson officiating. A visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the care center. Burial will be in the Fleming Cemetery on Friday morning at 10 AM. The Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin is in charge of the arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Donald Allen Carter
04/25/1964-08/29/2013
Donald Allen Carter, age 49 of Aitkin died Thursday, August 29, 2013 at his home in Wealthwood Township of Aitkin County. Donald was born April 25, 1964 in Fairbanks, Alaska the son of Michael and Karen (Madden) Carter. He grew up and attended schools in Cloquet graduating from the Cloquet High School in 1982. He then attended the Lake Superior College for 2 years. He served in the U.S. Army from 1986 until 1992 when he was discharged. During his enlistment he spent time in Germany. Upon his discharge he returned to Germany and lived there for 11 years before moving back to the Aitkin area in 2004. He worked for a time at Stern Rubber and then worked for Northwood’s Equipment as a service manager for about 5 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and flying toy helicopters. He also enjoyed doing small projects and he and his lifetime partner built their home near Mille Lacs Lake. He is survived by his lifetime partner: Cathy Kersey of Aitkin; Parents: Mike and Karen Carter of Midway, Alabama; Dave Drahosh of Aitkin; Children: Randy and Lucas Carter of Karlsruhe, Germany; Grandchild: Phillip Carter of Germany; Sisters: Lauree Eggebraaten of Superior, Wisc.; Michelle Shanda of Lino Lakes, Mn.; Diane Chapman of Blaine, Mn.; Theresa Gould of Rogers, Mn.; Ann Marie Quinn of Zimmerman, Mn.; Brothers: Terry Drahosh and Tim Drahosh both of Aitkin; Grandmothers: Lorraine Carter of Cloquet, MN., Marion Drahosh of Moose Lake, MN. And numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Larry Anderson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Brenton Joel Sherman
05/29/1985-08/26/2013
Brenton Joel Sherman, 28 of Grand Rapids died Monday August 26, 2013 in Grand Rapids. He was born May 29, 1985 in Marshall to Scott and Cindy (Castellano) Sherman. He lived with his family in Marshall until he was 6 years old then they moved to Aitkin in 1991. He attended Rippleside Elementary School and graduated from Aitkin High School in 2004. During high school he participated in the golf program and worked for Aitkin Discount Foods as a meat cutter and also at Paulbeck’s grocery store. Brent attended Minnesota Technical College in Wadena. He graduated with a diploma in HVAC and plumbing. He worked at Minnesota Diversified Industries in Grand Rapids where he has lived for the past 2 years. He enjoyed outside sports such as fishing, deer and grouse hunting, and camping. He really enjoyed the outdoor life of northern Minnesota. He will remain in our hearts forever and will be sadly missed by: His parents: Scott and Cindy of Aitkin, Brother: Russell of Aitkin, Grandfather: Ron Castellano of Sauk Rapids, Uncle: Bo Castellano of Babbitt, Special friend: Karissa Glanz of Aitkin, Many aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friends from Aitkin and Grand Rapids. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Rose Castellano, grandmother Dorothy Sherman, grandfather Lester Sherman, and uncle Kim Sherman. Funeral service will be 3:00P.M. – Friday, August 30, 2013 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Bennett Thomas Burke
08/09/2011-08/26/2013
Bennett Thomas Burke, age 2 of Palisade died Monday, August 26, 2013 at his home in Palisade. Bennett was born August 9, 2011 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Collin Burke and Cortney Spolarich. He grew up in Aitkin and Palisade. He loved anything with a motor, especially motorcycles, snowmobiles and 4-wheelers. He enjoyed stroller rides, animals, the outdoors and gardening where he grew his own sunflowers. He is survived by his Parents: Cortney Spolarich and Spencer Nutting of Palisade; Collin Burke and Lindsey Carlson of Aitkin; Grandparents: Rodney and Gaylene Spolarich of Palisade; Thomas and Sherri Burke of Aitkin;; Aunts and uncles: Jeremy and Andria Spolarich of Bloomington, Mn.; Trista Spolarich and Steven Bredeson of Minneapolis; Dan Burke and Nikki Fiske of Aitkin; Adam Burke and Andrew Burke both of Aitkin; Cousins: Sadie, Marin and Charlotte Spolarich of Bloomington; Great Grandparents: Paul and Violet Spolarich of Palisade; Nora Wilke of Palisade; Richard and Sonja Bruns of Spirit Lake, Iowa; Kathryn Beisell of Anamosa, Iowa. He was preceded in death by great grandfathers: J.C. Burke and Emery Wilke and great uncle Steven Freeman. A funeral mass will be held Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 3 PM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be from 2 PM until the 3 PM services at the church. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery in Palisade. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Melvin L. Johnson
03/15/1927-08/22/2013
Melvin L. Johnson, age 86 of Tamarack died Thursday, August 22, 2013 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, MN. Melvin was born March 15, 1927 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of John E. and Gertrude (Geving) Johnson. He attended school in Tamarack through the 8th grade and then attended the McGregor High School graduating in 1945. Mel then served in the U.S. Army during WW II. Upon his discharge in November of 1946 he returned to Tamarack and Married Rose E. Nyberg on September 25, 1948 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. They lived in Buhl, MN. Where Mel worked in the mines for a time. He moved back to Tamarack in 1951 and bought a farm and raised dairy cattle until the late 1980’s. After he quit dairy farming he raised beef cattle up until about 2010. He moved into the Northland Assisted Living in January of 2012 and in May of 2013 moved to the Aitkin Health Services. Mel had served as an Aitkin County Commissioner, Aitkin County Soil and Water Conservation Board, the Lakes and Pines Board, Arrowhead Regional Corrections Board, the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Posse, was a Clark Township Supervisor, Fire Warden, member of the N.E. Minnesota Corrections Committee, was a McGregor School board member, was a member of the Larson-Deneen VFW Post 2747, was a founding member of the Tamarack Sno-Flyers Club and was one of the founding organizers of the Tamarack Hey-Days. He enjoyed snowmobiling, ATV’ing and hunting. He is survived by 1 daughter and son in law: Kristine and Michael Fuqua of Willmar, Mn.; Brother and sister in law: Lester and Irene Johnson of Bemidji, Mn.; Grandchildren: Alan Johnson, Wade Johnson, Erica Krolak, Nicholas Johnson, Jonah Fuqua, Courtney Rose, Great Grandchildren: Signe Johnson, Ethan Johnson, Ilee Johnson, Ava Krolak, Mya Krolak, Mazzy Johnson, Good Friend: Carol Hageman. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Gertrude Johnson, Wife Rose Johnson; Sons: Kelvin Johnson and Kerry Johnson. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 4 PM from the McGregor High School Auditorium with Rev. John Pressler officiating. Visitation will be from 2:30 PM until the 4 PM services at the auditorium. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin, Mn. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Caroline Mae Narr
04/19/1934-08/18/2013
Caroline Mae Narr, age 79 of Lake Waukenabo near Palisade died Sunday, August 18, 2013 at her home. Caroline was born April 19, 1934 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Charles and Mildred (Pearson) Anderson. She had attended schools in Little Falls, Wayzata, New Prague and Excelsior. She then went to work for the telephone company as an operator. She met Eugene Narr and they were married on June 30, 1950 at her parent’s home in Wayzata, Minnesota. They lived in Oak Knoll, Wayzata, Medicine Lake and then Plymouth. She and her sister Eloise worked as upholsterers for 11 years working out of Caroline’s home. She and Eugene owned property on Lake Waukenabo near Palisade since 1968 and they retired to the lake in 1989 and have lived here since. She had served as the secretary for the committee on Aging in Aitkin County, was clerk of the Waukenabo Township, secretary of the management team for the Waukenabo Community Center, and was secretary for the Hilltop Chapel. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, knitting, sewing, quilting, and bird watching. She is survived by her husband: Eugene Narr of Palisade; Children and spouses: Wendy and Gene Shavlik of Spring Park, Mn.; Steve and Valerie Narr of Plymouth, Mn.; Daniel and Sally Narr of Columbia Heights, Mn.; Randy Narr of New York Mills, Mn.; Sandra and Mark of Toepper of Perham, Mn.; 19 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 1 sister: Marlene Anderson of Sauk Rapids, Min. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 great grandchildren, 1 brother Maynard and 2 Sisters Eloise and Barbara. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 11 AM from the Hilltop Chapel with Rev. Barry Hite and Rev. Charles Carlson officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM at the Hilltop Chapel and also 1 hour prior to the time of services at the church on Thursday. Burial will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Richard F. Keely
08/09/1920-08/11/2013
Richard F. Keely, age 93 of McGregor died Sunday, August 11, 2013 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Richard was born August 9, 1920 at Staples, Minnesota where he grew up and attended schools. He worked for Honeywell before marrying Alma Bruggman in 1983 in McGregor. He has resided in McGregor since then. He had a love for aviation from flying airplanes in his younger days, and then enjoyed hanging out at the Aitkin and McGregor airports when he was no longer able to fly by himself. In the 1980’s he owned his own plane which was one of his most prized possessions. He was always on the go and enjoyed bingo, driving to Grandy for broasted chicken, snowmobiling and riding his motorcycle. He is survived by a stepson: Darrell (Sharon) Bruggman of McGregor; step daughter: Patricia Pickles of McGregor; Step granddaughter: Mindy (Shawn) Hoover of McGregor; Step grandson: Danny (Samantha) Pickles of Superior, Wisc.; and 4 step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Alma in 2005, 3 sisters and 1 brother. A visitation will be held Thursday, August 15, 2013 from 5 to 7 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home with a prayer service at 6:45 PM at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home.
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Raymond Lindberg
06/29/2031-08/11/2013
Raymond Wayne Lindberg, age 82 passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, August 11, 2013. He was born June 29, 1931 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of John and Sonia Lindberg. Ray was an avid golfer and also loved to fish and hunt and spend time outdoors with family and friends. Ray enjoyed traveling and spending winters at his home in Texas. Ray was a hard worker throughout the years, and helped many people. He had owned a successful construction company, L.P.W. in New Brighton, MN. and when he moved to McGregor he owned and operated Willey’s Sport Shop for 18 years. He is survived by his wife Donna of 63 years; daughter: Susan and sons Steven and David and grandchildren Todd Lindberg and Katie and her longtime boyfriend Eric. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 17, 2013 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. Memorials may be directed to the Mayo Clinic. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor, MN.
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Lillian E. Balsley
06/06/1920-08/07/2013
Lillian E. Balsley, age 93 of Maple, Wisconsin formerly of Palisade, Mn. died Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at the Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, Mn. Lillian was born June 6, 1920 in Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of John and Minnie (Baisden) Packer. She grew up and attended schools in Bain, Mn. She married Perry R. Balsley on June 26, 1937 in Aitkin. They lived in Duluth and Palisade where she raised her family and also her niece and two nephews following the death of their parents. She had worked for dry cleaners in Duluth and also worked as a nurse’s aid at Hillcrest in Duluth. In later years she also cared for an elderly lady at Nimrod, MN. She moved to Maple, Wisconsin in 2009 and has lived with her daughter Mary since. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She had been involved in the Moose Club, loved picking strawberries, cooking and enjoyed the outdoors. She also helped raise her great grandchildren. She is survived by 2 daughters: Charlotte (Dan) LaBarge of Superior, Wisc.; Mary Beal of Maple, Wisc.; 19 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and numerous great great grandchildren. Also surviving are nieces and nephews including Warren, Jerry and Eileen the children she raised. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Perry in 1980, son Jerry and daughter Shirley and 9 brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 16, 2013 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Charles Carlson officiating. Visitation will be from Noon until the 2 PM services. Burial will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Margie J. Marsyla
02/17/1944-08/03/2013
Margie J. Marsyla, age 69 of McGregor died Saturday, August 3, 2013 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Margie was born February 17, 1944 at Watertown, Minnesota the daughter of Roman and Rose (Buldec) May. She grew up in Corcoran, Minnesota and attended schools in Rockford where she graduated from High School in 1962. She then moved to Minneapolis and worked for the Honeywell Company. She married Donald Kral in 1963. They lived in the cities for a time and then moved to California where he ran a construction company. They then moved to Cassville, Missouri. When Donald passed away Margie moved back to Minnesota making her home in Corcoran for a time and then in Brooklyn Park. She worked for Daily Printing. She married Lyle Marsyla on February 28, 1987 in Crystal, Minnesota. Upon their retirement in 2000 they moved to the McGregor area and they have lived here since. She was very active in the Lake Minnewawa Association and had served as its secretary for many years. She was also the chairman of the Lake Minnewawa Garage Sale for a number of years. She had worked a time at the McGregor Dairy Queen where she was a cake decorator, and she had done many wedding cakes over the years. She also enjoyed crocheting, sewing, playing cards, spending time with family and being a snowbird and spending winters in Arizona. She is survived by her husband Lyle Marsyla of McGregor; Children: Destry (Margie) Kral of Cambridge, Mn.; Candace Kral of McGregor; Tammy (Dave) Johnson of New Prague, Mn.; Theresa Marsyla (Kelly Vancleve) of New Prague, MN.; Teri (Mark) Yahnke of New Prague, MN.; 11 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren; 2 Sisters: Stephanie (Sid) Hughes of Emily, Mn.; Rosemary (Butch) Bauer of Annandale, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, First Husband Donald, and 2 Brothers: Donald May and Melvin May. A memorial mass will be held Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 11 AM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services and a lunch and gathering will be held at the McGregor Community Center following the service. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home.
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Esther Hoge
04/11/1911-08/02/2013
Esther “Grandma” Barbara Hoge, 102 of Aitkin died Friday, August 2, 2013 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born April 11, 1911 in Finchford, Butler County, Iowa to Fred Charles and Lucy Bertha (Nickalaus) Giesler. She moved with her parents and seven brothers and sisters to Aitkin by train in 1923. She graduated from Aitkin High School in 1929 and then attended two years of Vo-tech in Brainerd. Esther was united in marriage to John Gerhard Hoge on September 3, 1929 in Aitkin. They lived and farmed in Cedar Brook for 60 years. She worked as a cook for Aitkin Schools and Aicota Health Care Center. She was a 4-H leader for 30 years. She moved to the Aitkin Manor after Gerhard passed away in 1991. In 2010 she moved to Aicota Assisted Living and in 2013 to Aicota Health Care Center. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin, American Legion Auxiliary, Catholic Women\'s Council, the Golden Agers, Aitkin County Committee on Aging, Seven County Senior Citizen’s Group, Women’s Relief Corps. Esther loved all sports and participated in an all girl basketball team during her high school years. She continued to attend games of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren until her death. She was preceded in death by her husband John Gerhard Hoge, son Jerome Hoge, three brothers: Merle, Harold, and Fred Giesler, three sisters: Lucile Thomas, Grace Petrin, and Kathryn Miller, and her parents. Esther is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Gertrude (Jerome) Wiederholt of Prescott, AZ., Sister: Evelyn Forsman of Aitkin, 11 grandchildren and their spouses, 3 step-grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 8P.M., Tuesday with a prayer service starting at 7:30P.M. at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Francis Henry Johnson
05/30/1925-07/31/2013
Francis Henry Johnson, 88 of Aitkin died Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale after a fall at his home. He was born May 30, 1925 in Rossburg to Arthur George and Helen Ida Rose (Perry) Johnson. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1944 and then attended UofM North Central School of Agriculture in Grand Rapids. Francis was united in marriage to Margaret “Marge” Huber November 10, 1951 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. In the mid 1940’s he started a farming partnership with Richard Morris. They were the first in the area to have parlor milking and were featured in many magazines. Starting in the late 1940’s he enjoyed playing baseball for the Rossburg team for many years. He was an avid deer hunter. Francis was the last customer served at Ziske’s lunch counter and was a strong supporter of the Roadside Restaurant. He served on the Spencer Township board. In 1957 he was named Outstanding Young Farmer. He was a member of (ASCS) Agriculture Stabilization Conservation Service, (NFO) National Farmers Organization, Saint James Catholic Church, and former member of the Knights of Columbus. Francis was a lifelong farmer and an outstanding role model to his children, grandchildren, and entire family. He was preceded in death by his son Gregg Johnson, sister Kathryn Allen, two brothers George and Darrell Johnson, and his parents. Francis is survived by his wife Marge, Daughter and son-in-law: Bonnie (Tom) O’Neil of Aitkin, Son and daughter-in-law: Scott (Jodie) Johnson of Aitkin, Daughter-in-law: Lisa Johnson of Woodbury, Sister: Viola Kinniburgh of Kalispell, MT., 9 grandchildren: Kelli O’Neil, Kacie O’Neil (Scott Oyen), Kory O’Neil (Amanda MacDonald), Matthew (Maureen) Johnson, Michelle Johnson (D.J. Jorgensen), Kari Jo (Peter) Faulhaber, Zachary Johnson, Ryan (Angela) Mann, Shelly Mann (Ryan Moen), and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, August 9, 2013 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, Aitkin. Visitation will be 5 to 8P.M. – Thursday with a prayer service starting at 7:00P.M. at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flower. www.srtfuneral.com
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Bernice Rinta
06/27/1939-07/28/2013
Bernice D. Rinta, 74 of McGregor died Sunday, July 28, 2013 at her home. She was born June 27, 1939 in Aitkin to Einer and Clara Lenea (Brown) Hanson. Her parents died at a young age and Bernice was raised by Fred and Julia Misfeldt. She graduated from Aitkin High School. Bernice was united in marriage to Henry Rinta on November 30, 1957 in Aitkin. She enjoyed gardening, reading, traveling, cooking, bingo, and watching the Minnesota Twins. She loved spending time with her family. Bernice is survived by her four children: Tony (Kim) Rinta of Stillwater, Kay Koerber (Chuck Rawlings) of McGregor, Karen (Ted) Johnson of Inver Grove Heights, Kris Rinta (Chris Pierce) of McGregor, Four grandchildren: Gina (Josh) Henderson, Taylor Rinta, Nolan Rinta, and Nick Johnson. Two great-grandchildren: Emma and Jax Henderson, Sister: Vera Lamb, Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry in 1994; brother Gerald Hanson; three sisters: Audrey Midthun, Mildred Miller, Clarice Schutz; and her parents: Einar and Clara Lenea (Brown) Hanson and Fred and Julia Misfeldt. Funeral services will be 10A.M., Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Needle Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Friday at the church and will continue 1 hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Bill Wuorio
07/18/1939-07/23/2013
William “Bill” John Wuorio, 74 of Isle died July 23, 2013 at Fairview University Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born July 18, 1939 in Duluth to Peter and Helen (Peterson) Wuorio. He graduated from Duluth Denfeld High School. Bill was united in marriage to Judy (Mahler) on July 10, 1970 in Saginaw. He worked for many years as an Ice Road Trucker. He was former state champion and past president of the Minnesota Trap shooters Association. He was a very avid sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. He was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo. He was preceded in death his uncle Carl and his parents Peter and Helen (Peterson) Wuorio. Bill is survived by his wife Judy, Four daughters and sons-in-law: Terri (George) Drimel, Debbie (Mike) Appelwick, Rhonda (Jordan) Flagstad, Renee (Stephane) Tsamba-Massala; 11 grandchildren: Amanda, John, Eric, Aaron, Megan, Taylor, Kenzie, Bo, Christian, Olivia, Oceanne; Six great-grandchildren: Liam, Reese, Kyler, Hunter, Isabelle, Lydia; Brother: Pete Wuorio, Sister: Lana Roerkhol; Many other relatives and friends. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the 1:30P.M. – Monday, July 29, 2013 funeral service at Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo. Reverend James Raisanen will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Doris L. Osterman
06/26/1912-07/20/2013
Doris L. Osterman, age 101 of McGregor died Saturday July 20, 2013 at the Mala Strana Care Center in New Prague, Minnesota. Doris was born June 26, 1912 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Otto and Emma (Petersen) Gatz. She moved with her family to the Tamarack area at an early age. She attended the Osterman and North Star Schools. She then moved to Minneapolis and worked as a house Keeper for a time and then moved to Mora and worked as a waitress. She married Lawrence A. Osterman on May 22, 1937 in Aitkin. They made their home in McGregor and she worked at the Sears Café for a number of years. She lived in her home until she turned 97 at which time she moved to New Prague to live with her daughter and son in law. She has resided at the Mala Strata Care Center for the past year and a half. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting along with cooking and sewing. She is survived by 2 sons and daughters in law: Lynn and Nancy Osterman of Mora, MN.; Keith and Barb Osterman of Cambridge, Mn.; 1 Daughter: Marilyn and Byron Stahl of New Prague, Mn.; 8 Grandchildren: Larry Osterman, Jackie Osterman, Richard Osterman, Randi Andres, David Osterman, Tammy Johnson, Theresa Marsyla and Teri Yahnke; 13 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lawrence in 1998, grandchildren: John Paul Osterman and Timothy Allen Marsyla and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1 PM from the Round Lake Presbyterian Church with Rev. Russell Christensen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lois M. Erickson
10/04/1925-07/15/2013
Lois Mae Erickson, age 87 of Aitkin died Monday, July 15, 2013 at the Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Lois was born October 4, 1925 at Crosby, Minnesota the daughter of Carl and Hilda (Jacobson) Erlandson. She attended school in Palisade until her parents moved to the Isle area. She attended school in Isle through her junior year and then graduated from Denfield High School in Duluth in 1943 where her father was employed. She worked in Minneapolis for a time and then returned home to care for her mother. She met her future husband, Bud Erickson and they were married on July 27, 1944 at the Opstead Baptist Church. They resided in the Opstead area where they farmed and logged and ran a lumber business. She was a member of the Opstead Baptist Church, had taught Sunday school and worked with youth. They moved to Aitkin in 1973. She had worked for Land-O-Lakes and for Aitkin County Social Services after her children were grown. They built and operated Ripple River Auto Center for a few years. She and her husband Bud, along with their sons built many homes in Aitkin. She was currently a member of the Westside Church in Aitkin, was active in the AWANA Club for many years and served on numerous committees over the years. She was part of dinner groups and senior get togethers. She is survived by her husband Albert “Bud” Erickson of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Bob (Jane) Erickson of Wickenburg, Arizona, Gary (Sandy) Erickson of Aitkin, Mark (Miriam) Erickson of Bonifay, Florida, Susan Erickson and Jim Larson of Aitkin; 8 Grandchildren: Lance Erickson, Jason Erickson, Reese Erickson, Clint Erickson, Jill Katzenberger, Tracy Newsom, Travis O’Neil, Shelby Kokesh, 17 great Grandchildren and 2 Brothers: Herbert Erlandson and Willis Erlandson both of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Brian, sister: Fran, and 2 brothers: Donald and Kenneth. A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 2 PM from the Westside Church in Aitkin with Rev. Dallas Smith officiating. Burial will be at a later date at the Opstead Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, www.srtfuneral.com.
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Helen Dorholt
01/16/1910-07/14/2013
Helen Dorholt, 103 of Aitkin died Sunday, July 14, 2013 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Funeral services will be held at a later date. A full obituary will be published at that time. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Helen Dorholt
01/16/1910-07/14/2013
Helen Dorholt, 103 of Aitkin died Sunday, July 14, 2013 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born January 16, 1910 in Ridgely Township, Fairfax, Minnesota to Otto and Helen (Walter) Palmer. Helen was united in marriage to Forrest Dorholt on September 3, 1934 in Minneapolis. She was preceded in death by her daughter Sharon Pearson, Husband Forrest Dorholt, all her brothers and sisters, and her parents. She is survived by her son Phil Dorholt of Edina Son-in-law: Ron Pearson of Aitkin Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Private graveside services will be held at St. Thomas Cemetery, Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Kenneth J. Sall
06/27/1925-07/13/2013
Kenneth J. Sall, 88 of Aitkin died Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born June 27, 1925 in Crosby to Joseph and Ellen Sall. He graduated from Crosby High School and then from the University of Minnesota. He was a U.S. Army Air Force Veteran serving in World War II. Kenneth was united in marriage to Muriel Harris on July 18, 1948 in Crosby. He was the former owner and partner of Aitkin Furniture Co. He was a former mayor of Aitkin. A member of the Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86, First Lutheran Church of Aitkin where he sang in the church choir, and the longest member of Cuyuna Country Club in Deerwood. He enjoyed golfing, golfing and golfing, snowmobiling, the years he and Muriel spent in Florida, traveling (if he got to golf), and he loved spending time with people and being with his family. He was preceded in death by his brother Roy Sall and his parents Joseph and Ellen Sall. Kenneth is survived by his wife Muriel of Aitkin Son and daughter-in-law: Richard (Nancy) Sall of Duluth Daughter and son-in-law: Marydith (David) Delisle of Duluth Grandchildren: Jason (Elizabeth) Delisle, Matthew (Christine) Delisle, Heather (Ryan) Carey, Christopher Sall (fiancee’ Allie) Great-grandchildren: Breanne, Kara, Gabriel Delisle, and his grand-dog Casey Many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Friday, July 19, 2013 funeral service at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by 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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Frank R. Jarpey
04/15/1933-07/11/2013
Frank R. Jarpey, 80 of McGregor died Thursday, July 11, 2013 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born April 15, 1933 in Chicago, IL. to Robert and Ellen (Thompson) Jarpey. Frank was united in marriage to Margaret “Maggie” Lifflander on April 23, 1972 in Las Vegas. He worked as a truck driver until retirement. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Joyce Hoffman. Frank is survived by his wife Maggie One sister Roberta Kirchhoff of Milwaukee, WI. 4 nephews: Daniel Keenan, Bob Keenan, Larry Keenan, and Randy Kirchhoff One niece Kathy Pejsa Many great-nieces, great nephews, great-great-nieces, and great-great-nephews. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M. – Tuesday, July 16, 2013 funeral service at Big Sandy Community Church, McGregor. Reverend Steve DeMars will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Needle Cemetery, Shamrock Township, McGregor. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Kevin Lee Moose
11/15/1971-07/08/2013
Kevin Lee Moose, age 41 of Grand Rapids, Minnesota died Monday, July 8, 2013 at the Grand Itasca Medical Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Kevin was born November 15, 1971 at Onamia, Minnesota the son of Darwin and Karen (Michelson) Kewitsch. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1990. He worked at the Aitkin Bakery while in High School. He had lived and worked in Brainerd and the Twin Cities for a time and moved to Grand Rapids, Mn. in 2003 and was the manager of the Holiday Stations in Grand Rapids. He loved music and playing guitar. He enjoyed golfing, archer and especially deer hunting. He is survived by 2 daughters and sons in law: Sierra (Steve) Weishalla of Brainerd, Mn.; Kayla (Bret) Radman of Spooner, Wisc.; Grandchild Allison and another due in September and his mother Karen Moose of Aitkin and Father Darwin Kewitsch of Bemidji. He is also survived by 2 sisters: Jenny (Timm) Buchholz of Garrison, Tracy Moose of Brainerd, brother: Danny Kewitsch of Bemidji, Mn.; 2 nephews: Aaron Weise and Sebastian Kewitsch and niece Megan Buchholz. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 4 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be Saturday from 3 to 4 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date in the Malmo Cemetery near Malmo, Mn. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Eino R. Latvala
11/02/1924-07/08/2013
Eino R. Latvala, 88 of Tamarack died Monday, July 8, 2013 in Duluth. He was born November 2, 1924 in Tamarack to Matt and Lily (Lundgren) Latvala. He attended school in Tamarack and graduated from McGregor High School in 1942 and was class Valedictorian. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Expert Infantry Badge, and Combat Infantry Badge for his service. Eino was united in marriage to Rose (Dvorak) Lindman on September 16, 1967 in Wright. He had many occupations during his life including Postmaster of Tamarack retiring in 1984. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, reading, and watching the Minnesota Twins. He was a member of the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, National League of Postmasters, St. John’s Lutheran Church of Wright, and Our Saviors Lutheran Church of McGregor. He was preceded in death his wife Rose, son LeRoy Radke, 7 brothers: William, Arnie, Richard, Arthur, Norman, James, and George Latvala, 4 sisters: Agnes Lehmann, Arlene Latvala, Fannie Beadette, and Aili Anderson. Parents Matt and Lily (Lundgren) Latvala Eino is survived by 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Warren (Danelle) Lindman of Forest Lake, Richard (Delores) Radke of St. Paul 4 daughters and son-in-law: Kimberly (Larry) Lemaster of Harrisburg, SD, JoAnn Collier of Minneapolis, Eileen Moske of Cass Lake, Susanne Radke of Aitkin 9 grandchildren: John Moske, Daniel Moske, Todd Radke, Michelle Nelson, Shanna Woolsey, Walter Woolsey, Libby Westman, Maxine Lemaster, Sylvie Lemaster 9 great-grandchildren: Brandi Moske, Jacob and Trevor Radke, Hannah, Mahri, and Dalaney Nelson, Emma and Evan Coil, Aubree Woolsey 4 brothers and sisters-in-law: Lauri (Elvie) of Cromwell, Howard of Bemidji, Donald of Minneapolis, David (Patricia) of Rogers 2 sisters and brother-in-law: Dorothy (Robert) Putnam of Minneapolis, Doris Nordstrom of Missoula, MT. And many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M. – Thursday, July 11, 2013 funeral service at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor. Reverend Henry Koopman will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the McGregor VFW and American Legion. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Harriet R. Seep
04/08/1916-07/07/2013
Harriet R. Seep, age 97 of Aitkin formerly of St. Cloud, died Sunday, July 7, 2013 at the Aicota Assisted Living Center in Aitkin. Harriet was born April 8, 1916 at St. Cloud, Minnesota the daughter of James and Rosa (Mockros) McCarty. She grew up and attended schools in St. Cloud graduating from St. Cloud Tech in 1934. She had worked for a time, and then married William B. Seep on June 22, 1940 in St. Cloud. They lived in St. Cloud, Chisholm and Hibbing before WW II and then moved to Williamsburg, Virginia during the War. After the war they returned to St. Cloud and she worked for Sears, J.C. Penny’s and then Bremer Bank as a Teller in the Drive Trough. She retired in 1975. They moved to Aitkin in 2000 and she has lived here since. She was an 87 year member of the Calvary Community Church in St. Cloud, had served as a Sunday school teacher, a deaconess and was a member of the church Choir, had done lots of volunteer work for RSVP over the years, and enjoyed traveling and cooking for family get togethers. She is survived by her daughter and son in law: Cheryl and Rev. Randy Stauter of Aitkin; Granddaughters: Shannon Stauter, Amy Stauter and Lisa Stauter all of St. Paul; Sister: Bernice McCarty of Golden Valley, Mn. and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William in 2001 1 sister and 2 brothers. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 15, 2013 at 11 AM from the Calvary Community Church in St. Cloud with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service and also Sunday July 14 from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery on Monday at 2:30 PM. Meet at Assembly area #2. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the American Cancer Society, The Glory Baptist Church Elevator Fund or Calvary Community Church in St. Cloud. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Omok Fahrendorff
05/06/1948-07/06/2013
Omok Fahrendorff, 65 of Wright died Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Essentia St. Mary’s Hospice in Duluth. She was born May 6, 1948 in South Korea. Omok (Chon) was united in marriage to Russell A. Fahrendorff, Jr. on February 27, 1971 in Minneapolis. She is survived by her husband Russell, 4 daughters, 7 grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 10:00A.M. – Friday, July 12, 2013 funeral service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Wright. Reverend Brandi Hacker will officiate. Burial will be in Morningside Memorial Gardens, Coon Rapids. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Betty Jane Anderson
12/10/1931-07/02/2013
Betty Jane Anderson, age 81 of Aitkin died Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at the Aitkin Health Services. Betty was born December 10, 1931 near Ogema, Wisconsin the daughter of Michael John and Lola Pearl (Vinnedge) Cummings. She grew up and attended schools in the Westboro, Wisconsin area. She married Harold E. Anderson on July 19, 1952 at Ogema, Wisconsin. They lived in Minneapolis and Crystal for a time and moved to New Hope, MN,. in 1967. They lived there until moving to Aitkin, Mn. in 1988 and she has lived here since. They had been coming to the Aitkin area to spend time at their cabin for many years. She had worked as a data processor in the Twin Cities. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She enjoyed Family, golfing, traveling, fishing, quilting, playing cards, church group activities, the lake, her friends, animals and birds, cooking, and fairshare. She is survived by her children and spouses: David John and (Robin) Anderson of Little Falls, Mn.; James Brian (Ginny) Anderson of Corcoran, Mn.; Steven Michael (Ginny) Anderson of Otsego, Mn.; Barbara Jean Anderson of Aitkin, Mn.; Sister: Stella (Eugene) Berg of Ogema, Wi.; brother in law: Robert (Linda) Anderson of Florida; Sister in law: Shirley (Jack) Corbin of Iowa; Grandchildren: Jamie (Scott) Petrie, Brenna (Jeffrey) Demeules, David Anderson, Lucas (Sarah) Anderson, Sara Anderson, Emily (Kristopher) Boike; Great Grandchildren: Kayden Petrie, Mackenzie Petrie, Elizabeth Plafcan, Ryan Hintz, Finley Demeules, Cole Petrie, Nora Anderson, Sloan Demeules and very special friend Steve Keisling of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband Harold in 1996and siblings Isabelle Jorgensen, Abner (Bob) Cummings, Royce Cummings and Joyce Berg. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 10 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at 2:15 PM. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Richard \"Dicky\" Johnson
03/31/1937-07/02/2013
Richard “Dicky” Johnson, age 76 of Aitkin formerly of the Twin Cities died Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born March 31, 1937 at Bemidji, Minnesota where he attended grade school. He then moved with his family to Stillwater, Mn. and attended high school there and graduated from the Stillwater High School. He went to work for the Applebaum’s and Rainbow Foods and worked for them his whole career. He retired in 1997. He married Jan Cushing on September 22, 1997 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They moved to the Aitkin area and have lived here since. He enjoyed fishing, flowers and gardening, the outdoors and also helping people. He is survived by his wife Jan Johnson of Aitkin; Son: Mark (Julie) Johnson of Hudson, Wisconsin and grandson Michael Johnson and also 1 sister Avis of Spokane, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents and 6 brothers and sisters. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Rick Perry Officiating. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Timothy \"Tim\" Walstrom
06/13/1961-07/01/2013
Timothy “Tim” Walstrom, age 52 of Aitkin died Monday, July 1, 2013 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota surrounded by his loving family, due to ALS. Tim was born June 13, 1961 in St. Paul, Minnesota the son of Severt and Lois (Leland) Walstrom. He grew up and attended schools in Isanti and Cambridge. He married Jana Marie Kramer in April of 1980 at Isanti, Mn. He worked as a carpenter for 20 years building homes in central Minnesota. He moved to the Aitkin area in 1995. He worked for a time at Trus Jois and then did some independent carpentry work and for the past six years drove truck for Garrison Disposal Co. He re-married Jana on February 4, 2013. They had been together since high school. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife Jana Walstrom of Aitkin; 2 children: Clint and Sarah Walstrom of Brainerd, Mn.; and Tina Walstrom and Scott Allie of Circle Pines, Mn.; Grandchildren: Constance Phillips, Madison Walstrom and Kaydence Miller; his mother: Lois Walstrom of Cambridge; Brother: Greg (Marge) Walstrom of Prospect, Oregon; Three sisters: Lori (Bill) Peterson of Apple Valley, Mn.; DeeDee Kahring of Savage, Mn.; Dawn (Kent) Keeler of Kabatogema, Mn. and also many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. www.srtfuneral.com.
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George VanderHeyden
06/25/2013-06/30/2013
George E. VanderHeyden, 63 of Aitkin passed away peacefully June 30, 2013 after a long courageous battle with ALS. He was born June 25, 1950 in St. Paul to Joseph A. and Dolores M. (Schabert) VanderHeyden. George was united in marriage to Christine (Loretz) on June 30 1973 in St. Paul. He worked as a Master Electrician. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren: Austin and Caleb, and his parents: Joseph and Dolores, and Ralph and Melvina. George is survived by wife Christine Daughters: Barb (Doug), Shannon (Nate), and Amber Grandchildren: Ryan, Savana, Trey, Camille, and Alexa Brother: Joseph (Diana) Sisters: Marilyn (Bob) and Nona (Scott) In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to ALS - MN. Chapter and Aitkin Hospice Home Health Partnership. Funeral service will be 11am – Friday, July 5, 2013 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will be 3 to 6pm Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Emily. www.srtfuneral.com
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Jo Weber
10/11/1939-06/28/2013
Joanne Louise Lagergren Weber died suddenly Friday, June 28, 2013 of a massive heart attack. Jo – Wife, Mother, Sister, Grandma, Aunt and Friend - you will be missed more than you know. Your zest for life, your caring spirit, your direct approach, your fairness, your ‘parties to remember’, your countless talents and especially your love for your family are your legacy. Ingrained in our hearts are the sweet memories of your passion for playing games, fixing anything, interior decorating, landscaping, listening to your favorite tunes, tap dancing, practical joking, leading aerobics, hosting parties, creating gourmet meals, savoring the moment, and excepting everyone for who they are. You had a PhD in life. You taught us by example how to live, love, laugh and truly enjoy life. The rare love and partnership you shared with Dale is an inspiration and joy to all who know and love ‘Jo and Dale’. You will be missed more than you know. She was preceded in death by her son Bill Frost, brother Dick Lagergren, and parents Edward Paul and Ida Louise (Liefsen) Lagergren. Jo is survived by her loving husband Dale Weber; Sister-in-law, Ginger Taff-Lagergren; Son, Chuck Frost; Daughter, Cindy Frost Lindberg (John); Daughter-in –law, Prissy Frost Mukenschnabl(Danny); Sons, Brad Weber (Jill) and Steve Weber (Dawn). Grandchildren – Sarah, Joey, Dezarae, Zack, Chris, Jeremy, Sammi, Amanda, Austin, Casey, and Kelsey. Nieces - Tanja, Amy, and Katie. Nephews - Tony, Jeremy, Scott and Fabio. Private Family services will be held at a later date. Memorials are preferred to an Alzheimer’s Association. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Glenn A. Johnson
08/19/1958-06/24/2013
Glenn A. Johnson, 54 of Aitkin died Monday, June 24, 2013 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born August 19, 1958 in Minneapolis to Raymond R. and Janet Ruth (Hoover) Johnson. He graduated from Fridley High School in 1977. He attended Anoka-Ramsey Vo-Tech and later attended drafting school. Glenn was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Klocow on June 16, 1995 in Anoka County. He enjoyed drawing, cooking, fishing, and being with his family. He was preceded in death by his father Raymond R. Johnson, brother James R. Johnson, mother-in-law Ruth Carlson Klocow, Uncle Richard Hoover, grandparents: Marion Johnson, Bill and Lillian Hoover, great-grandmother Agnes Moline. Glenn is survived by his Wife Ruth Johnson Mother: Janet Johnson Sons: David (Victoria) Johnson and Keith Green Grandson: Benaiah Siblings: Valerie Fredrick, Daniel (Nikki) Johnson, Chuck (Mona) Hoover Aunt and Uncle: Nancy and Tom Christensen His dog Beauty and cat Abby Many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Visitation will be from 1:30 PM until the 2:30 PM service time – Tuesday, July 2, 2013 funeral service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Nordland Township, Aitkin. Reverend Cynthia Gray will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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