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Archive Obituaries
Henry P. Guild
06/15/1922-05/16/2014
Henry P. Guild, age 91 of Aitkin died peacefully in his sleep, Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Henry was born June 16, 1922 in Clarion, Iowa the son of Clarence and Esther Guild. He was the second child of 11 siblings, two of which did not survive the first year of life. As the oldest boy he was often called upon to be a surrogate father to his younger brothers and sisters. He grew up in Austin, Minnesota where he attended schools and graduated from High School. He worked briefly for the Hormel Packing Co. He volunteered for the U.S. Army during WW II and he received further education as a radio technician. Upon his discharge he moved to Minneapolis and attended Dunwoody Institute and graduated and subsequently remained at Dunwoody and taught Electricity. His lifelong interest had been mechanical in nature, excelling in school in mathematics. Later he was recruited to work as a heavy duty truck mechanic for Raymond Trucking C. where he worked until he retired. In 1949 henry married Vivian Groves in Minneapolis. He is survived by a stepdaughter: Joan Lindsey; Sisters: Alice Mappen, Ida Jahren, and Evelyn Richards. He was preceded in death by his wife Vivian, step son Jay Groves, step daughter: Janeth Harvey, Sisters: Minnie Burkhart, Esther Guild, and Brothers Ralph, Calvin and Laurence. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Kimberly Church in Kimberly, Mn. A private interment took place at the Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, www.srtfuneral.com
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Matt David Persons
07/12/1983-05/11/2014
Matt David Persons, age 30 of Sartell died Sunday, May 11, 2014 in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Matt was born July 12, 1983 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Jeff and Yvonne (Rothstein) Persons. He attended schools in Aitkin in his early years and then attended schools in Albany, Mn. where he graduated from High School. He then attended St. Cloud State University where he received a degree in education. He was currently furthering his education at St. Cloud State. He enjoyed gaming, movies and politics. He is survived by parents: Yvonne and Bob Kern of Aitkin; brothers and sisters: Kathleen Persons of Sartell, Mn.; Tim Persons of Minneapolis; Andy (Lisa) Persons of Superior, Wisc.; Robert Kern Jr. of Aitkin and Jennifer Kern of Aitkin; Grandmother: Vera Persons of McLean, Virginia; nieces: Kiara and Ari and nephew: Luke. He was preceded in death by his father: Jeff Persons, grandparents: Bill and Frances Rothstein and David Persons. A service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jeannette E. Brooks
01/29/1924-05/10/2014
Jeannette E. Brooks, 90 of Sugar Lake, Glen Community died Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Clare Bridge Care Center in Plymouth. She was born January 29, 1924 in Richfield to Alfred and Elva (Hughes) Petersen. Jeannette was united in marriage to Dennis Brooks on May 10, 1947 in Northwood, IA. They lived in the Wayzata area and permanently moved to Sugar Lake in 1975. She worked alongside Dennis when he was a carpenter and also sold Avon. They would winter in Florida and enjoyed traveling. She was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo where she did volunteer work. Jeannette liked styling other ladies hair in the nursing home and was a great cook, wonderful mother, and very supportive to her daughters. She was preceded in death by her husband Dennis in 2005, three brothers: Harold, Russell, and Alfred, Jr. “Pete”, and her parents Alfred and Elva (Hughes) Petersen. Jeannette is survived by 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Sharon (George) Grindrod of Ft. Lauderdale, FL., Bette Denny of Lander, WY., Terry (Lynn) Grave of Medina, 5 grandchildren: Bennie Gilyard, Robin Ritchey, Sean (Ronna) Denny, Joshua (Emily) Grave, Nathan (Christine) Grave, 12 great-grandchildren, 1 Brother and sister-in-law: Ralph (Pat) Petersen of Annandale, Her dog: Tinkerbelle, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo. Reverend James Raisanen 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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Ronald Joseph Mate\'
09/08/1936-05/10/2014
Ronald Joseph Mate’, 77 of Aitkin died Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis. He was born September 8, 1936 in Chicago, IL. to Joseph and Elizabeth (Cherpak) Mate’. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. Ronald was united in marriage to Betty Jean Delcorio March 29, 1958 in Chicago. He was the owner of Makit Drafting Service in Brainerd and was a Chicago sports fan. He was preceded in death by his parents. Ronald is survived by his wife Betty Mate’, Children: Audrey Mate’ of Aitkin, Scott Mate’ of Aitkin, Teresa (Mate’) Kinglsey and Jim Kingsley of Baxter, Matthew Mate’ and Jennifer (Sager) Mate’ of Forest Lake, Nicole (Mate’) Wilson and Dan Wilson of Pinon Hills, CA. 9 Grandchildren: Anthony and Ashley Mate’, Brian and Joel Kingsley, Ethan and Wyatt Mate’, Jessica, Daniel and Nicholas Wilson, Siblings: Eileen (Mate’) Wright and Chuck Wright of Illinois and Richard Mate’, Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Friday, May 23, 2014 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Post #1727. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Donna Marie Dickhausen
03/24/1932-05/09/2014
Donna Marie Dickhausen age 82, of Aitkin died Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Donna was born March 24, 1932 at Bemidji, Minnesota the daughter of Oscar J. and Dagney (Rugsven) Sall. She grew up and attended schools in Bemidji graduating from the Bemidji High School. She then moved to Minneapolis where she worked for the Pillsbury Mills. She married Thomas Dickhausen on February 20, 1954 in Minneapolis. They had lived in Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center, St. Cloud and Avon before retiring to Aitkin. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Deerwood and the Counsel of Catholic Women. She is survived by her husband Tom of Aitkin; son and daughter in law: Dan and Nola Dickhausen of Winsted, Mn.; daughter: Patrice Dickhausen of Aitkin; grandchildren: Erin, Nate, Dustin and Cody; and three sisters: Dorothy Pawlik of Crookston, Mn.; Verna Gagnon of Bemidji, Mn. and Irene (Elwood) Johnson of Bemidji, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 11 AM from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Deerwood with Fr. Dale Nau officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service 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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Ambros R. Johnson
02/20/1931-05/09/2014
Ambros R. Johnson, age 83 of Aitkin formerly of Champlin died Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. Ambros was born February 20, 1931 at Minneota, Minnesota the son of Magnus D. and Alida M. (Amundson) Johnson. He grew up and attended schools in Minneota graduating from high school in 1949. He then enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy and was a Seabee. He served in Korea, Japan and the Philippines. Upon his discharge he returned to Minnesota and worked for Wangsted Bros. as a carpenter in Minneapolis. He married Sonja “Sunny” L. Olson on April 28, 1956 in Minneapolis. They lived in Brooklyn Center for a time and then moved to Champlin, Mn. where they raised their family in a historic old home that they restored to its former grandeur. He worked as the head carpenter for the IDS Properties for many years and was affectionately known as” Bros the Carpenter”. In 1961 he found property on Tame Fish Lake near Aitkin and built a cabin and his family spent many weekends and summers at the lake. In 1998 he retired to the lake and has lived here since. He was a 50 year member of the Carpenters Local 1644, had been involved in scouting and had served as a Cub scout Master and a Boy Scout Leader. He was very active in his community and served on the Champlin Planning Commission and also served on the City Council. He was honored by being the first recipient of the Fr. Hennepin award. He was very active in the DFL and had served as a state delegate. He was a lifetime member of the Champlin American Legion Post 600. He loved to garden and had beautiful gardens every year. He was also a true craftsman having made many of the furnishings and furniture for his home. He always stood up for social justice. He was very proud of his children, grandchildren and was a best friend to many. His motto was “Be Something”. He is survived by his wife Sonja “Sunny” Johnson of Aitkin; Children: Paul Johnson and Lisa Marie Davison of San Francisco, Ca.; Lisa and Maurice Slepica of Deerwood; Peter and Lynn Johnson of Robbinsdale, Mn.; Ann and Kurt Kisch of Maple Grove, Mn.; Grandchildren: Randy Johnson, Athena Johnson, Veronica Johnson, Merrill “Ace” (Amanda) Slepica, Tyler (Laura Hanson) Moe-Slepica, Josef Slepica, Alex Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Kamilla Kisch, Konrad Kisch, Kenrick Kisch, Great Grandchildren: Thaddeus and Dominik; Sister: Rebecca Bell of Sheridan, Wyoming. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Daniel and 4 sisters: Ethel, Rachel, Mildred and Ellen. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 3:00 PM from First Lutheran Church with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to the 3 PM service time Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery at a later date. 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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Anne Marie Raatz
06/15/1925-05/03/2014
Anne Marie Raatz, 88 formerly of Aitkin, died Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Pierz Villa in Pierz. She was born June 15, 1925 in Dijon, France to Pierre and Lucy Bredillet. Anne was united in marriage to Verle Raatz July 21, 1945 in Genlis, France. She was a homemaker and farmer in the Aitkin area. She loved baking, gardening, flowers, and was involved in 4-H with her son Denis. She was preceded in death by her parents Pierre and Lucy Bredillet, husband Verle on July 20, 2005, and her brothers and sisters. Anne is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Denis (Louann) Raatz of Rice, Grandchildren: Travis Raatz (Special friend Cathy Voss), Jason (Patty) Kubat, Jen (Tom) Steinkopf, Great-grandchildren: Hailey and Carter Kubat and Gabby and Remi Steinkopf, Many other friends and relatives in France. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Deacon Vern Anderson will officiate. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. – Wednesday at the funeral home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. www.srtfuneral.com
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Nina Erickson
11/15/1936-04/27/2014
Nina R. Erickson, age 77 of Aitkin died Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Nina was born November 15, 1936 at Wahkon, Minnesota the daughter of Leonard and Jane (Thompson) Erickson. She grew up in Wahkon and attended schools in Wahkon and Isle graduating from the Isle High School in 1954. She then moved to Minneapolis and worked for a bank there for a time. She married Dennis Erickson on April 23, 1955 in Columbia Heights, Mn. They lived in Minneapolis, Coon Rapids and Blaine before retiring to Aitkin in 1996. They had been coming to the Aitkin area since 1976 as they had a cabin on Long Lake for many years. They also spent many winters in Florida. Nina enjoyed painting, knitting, reading and doing crossword puzzles. She is survived by 4 Children: Laine and Kathleen Erickson of Andover, Mn; Jill and Robert Bradley of Winona, Mn.; Tod Erickson of Braham, Mn.; and Kip Erickson of Aitkin, Mn. Also 6 Grandchildren: Lacey, Hayley, Danielle, Josh, Jeremy and Andrew; 6 Great Grandchildren: Bricelyn, Lily Marie, Callie, Harlan, Lola Jean, Aiden; 1 sister: Ruth Winland of Willmar, Mn.; and 1 brother: Earnest Erickson of Mora, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Dennis in 2005 and brothers: Ralph Erickson, Louis Erickson and Ray Erickson and Sisters Edith Fisher and Esther Vinge. A graveside service will be held Friday, May 2, 2014 at 1 PM from Faith Lutheran Cemetery in Isle. Rev. Dallas Smith will officiate. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Carol Joanne Erlandson
06/20/1929-04/26/2014
Carol Joanne Erlandson, 84 of Cromwell formerly of Opstead died Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Villa Vista Senior Community – Cardinal Court in Cromwell. She was born June 20, 1929 in Superior, WI. to George William “Bill” and Ann Gertrude (Olson) Linder. Carol was united in marriage to Donald John Erlandson on September 22, 1951 at Opstead Baptist Church. She was a member of Opstead Baptist Church. Carol’s family would like to thank Villa Vista Cardinal Court for their years of care. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald, son Dale at birth, and her parents. Carol is survived by three children and spouses: Donald and Nila Erlandson, Deb and Brian Nobis, David and Virginia Erlandson, 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, Brothers-in-law and sister-in-law: Herbert and Joanne Erlandson, Willis Erlandson, Albert (Bud) Erickson Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Opstead Baptist Church in Opstead/Isle. Reverend Perry Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in Opstead Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. McGregor Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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John Manton Daine Jr.
05/10/1928-04/25/2014
John Manton Daine, Jr. Age 85 of McGregor, Minnesota passed away peacefully at home on Friday, April 25, 2014. John was preceded in death by his parents: Dr. John Manton Daine and Dorothy Olsen Daine; brother: Dr. William Daine; Sisters: Mary (Allen) Sharp and Diane Cooper. A generous and caring husband and father, he is survived by his wife of 61 years Patricia Daine of McGregor; Son: John Manton (Pamela) Daine III “Matt” of Cypress, Texas; Daughter: Deborah Daine (Marc) Bennett of Glenwood Springs, Colorado and uncle Robert Daine of LaHoya, Calf. John was born in Waubay, South Dakota on May 10, 1928. He was raised in Ames, Iowa and graduated from Ames High School in 1947. Upon graduating from the University of Iowa in 1952 he was inducted into the U.S. Army. John married Patricia Tucker on July 27, 1952 in Iowa, City, Iowa. John was assigned to active duty in Salzburg, Austria, where son Matt was born. In 1954 they returned to Iowa City, Iowa where daughter Deborah was born. In Iowa City John became partners with Pat’s father, John Tucker in Memory Gardens Cemetery and worked there until retiring in 1990 when John and Pat moved permanently to Big Sandy Lake, near McGregor, Minnesota. John embodied the spirit of giving and service throughout his lifetime being an active member of the Lions Clubs International, Elks Club, VFW, American Legion and the Big Sandy Lake Association. John has deeply touched the lives of so many people in so many ways that his spirit will live on for many generations to come. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 3, 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. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be at a later date in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Iowa City, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Home Health Partnership (Hospice) or the Lions Clubs International. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dewey G. Annis
11/13/1946-04/22/2014
Dewey Gene Annis, 67, passed away April 22, 2014 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin after a courageous two year battle with cancer. He was born November 13, 1946 in Cloquet to Duane and Helen Annis. After graduating high school Dewey married Delphia Gardner on September 15, 1973 and had two wonderful children. He had worked many jobs throughout his young life. He worked at the Kotka Boarding Home helping his parents with the family business. After the business closed its doors, Dewey began employment at Potlatch Paper Mill in Cloquet where he attained the position of Shipping Foreman. He then worked with O’Day Equipment as a laborer and jobsite foreman. During his youth Dewey enjoyed fishing in Canada with his family, racing his Rupp snowmobile, and an occasional automobile drag race on the side. As years pass and his family grew up Dewey spent his time camping with his family and watching his children play little league, participate in school sports, as well as running a small hobby farm with his wife. He also enjoyed playing cribbage with his kids and with a group of his friends that would meet weekly at the Chalet Lounge. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Beverly Sonneson. Dewey is survived by his son Shawn Annis and grandson Logan Annis both of Mondovi, WI. Daughter Melissa Annis of Aitkin Brother Duane (Sondra) Annis of Orofino, ID. Many nieces and nephews. There are no public services at this time.
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Anita Baldovin
12/14/1925-04/22/2014
Anita Baldovin, 88 of Aitkin died Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born December 14, 1925 at Riddagshausen, Braunschweig, Germany to Leopold Kruegler and Ida Rauch. She attended schools in Germany and came to the United States as a War Bride in 1948. She settled in Aitkin, where she raised her family. Anita married Gilio Baldovin on August 30, 1968 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She and her husband spent several winters in southern Texas. Anita loved to travel. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She was an active lifelong Democrat and a honorary member of the Aitkin County DFL Club where she never missed a fund raiser. She enjoyed crocheting and had made over 340 Afghans which she has given to numerous people and donated many to organizations for their fund raising efforts. She had also made ceramic items which she had painted and given to numerous people and organizations. She has worked on many church and community projects over the years. She had a great laugh and sense of humor. She enjoyed learning new things and had a fantastic memory. She was a person of strong and deep faith and was very proud of her heritage, her children and her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Gilio and son Ronald Greenbush. Anita is survived by daughter and son in law: Rebecca J. and Tom Harrison of Hillsboro, TX.; Two sons and daughter in law: Raymond and Jeannie Greenbush of Burnsville; Randy Greenbush of Houston, TX.; Grandchildren: Heath Harris, Brian Greenbush, Jeff Greenbush and Brad Greenbush and 5 Great Grandchildren and other extended family still in Germany. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Monday, April 28, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Sunday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. A Prayer service will begin at 7:00P.M. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Hill Lake Cemetery, Hill City. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lawrence \"Larry\" Turner
09/02/1936-04/20/2014
Lawrence "Larry" Turner, age 77 of McGregor died Sunday, April 20, 2014 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born September 2, 1936 in Aitkin, the son of Jennie and Claude Turner. He attended schools in Aitkin. He joined the National Guard in 1958. He married Evelyn Thornblad on May 27, 1961 in Cloquet, Mn. They lived there for a short time before moving to McGregor. He managed the McGregor Feed Store for 10 years. In 1970 he went to work for the McGregor School and worked there for 29 years. He has been on the McGregor City Council for over 30 years. He and his wife managed the McGregor Community Center for 10 years. He served on the HUD board and was a charter member of the McGregor Lions Club. He also served on the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association board. He was a member of the American Legion Post 23. He is survived by his wife Evelyn Turner of McGregor; Children: Patty and Jimmie Sprague of Mountain Iron, Mn.; Scott and Judy Turner of Aitkin; Julie and John Lindgren of Silver Bay, Mn.; Grandchildren: Matt, John, Gina and Jeff. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Doris. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM from the McGregor High School Auditorium with Rev. Russell Christensen officiating. A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service at the high school. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery at McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Stewart M. Lehrke
07/20/1931-04/18/2014
Stewart M. Lehrke, age 82 of Aitkin died Friday, April 18, 2014 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Stewart was born July 20, 1931 at Bane, Minnesota the son of Julius and Lena Lehrke. He grew up and attended schools in Bain. He also helped on the family farm. He then logged, worked as a truck driver and also farmed all of his life. He married Sharon G. Field on November 12, 1955 at Sisseton, South Dakota. The lived in the St. Cloud area for a time and then moved to the Aitkin area in 1962 and he has resided here since. He enjoyed hunting, played ball in his younger years and was a former member of the Aitkin Moose Club. He is survived by 3 children: Gloria and Gerry Olsen of Aitkin; Barb and John Woodrow of Aitkin and Scott Lehrke and Jackie Landmeyer of Aitkin; 5 Grandchildren: Denise Lewandowski, Dennis Olsen, Jeff Lehrke, John Lehrke and Aaron Woodrow; Great Grandchildren: Andrew, Matthew and Jacob Lewandowski; Emma and Madison Castro; Tawny and Bailey Leonard; Carsyn Miller and Noah Lehrke and sister in law: Norma Lehrke. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Sharon, 1 grandson Michael Woodrow and 1 granddaughter Kymberly Tholen 3 brothers and 2 sisters. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with a visitation from 4 to 7 PM Tuesday and also 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Everett G. Hove
10/31/1919-04/17/2014
Everett G. Hove, 94 of McGregor and Coon Rapids died Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. He was born October 31, 1919 in Busseyville, WI. to Gust and Josephine (Johnson) Hove. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WW II. Everett was united in marriage to Genevieve Brost on March 4, 1944 in Jefferson County, WI. They lived in Madison, WI., Watertown, WI., and Elkhorn, WI. for a time before moving to St. Paul. They lived in St. Paul until 1980 when they moved to their cabin on Big Sandy Lake near McGregor. They spent winters in Tucson for many years. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. He was preceded in death by his wife Genevieve, infant daughter Christine, 2 brothers Perry and Uline Hove, sister Lavina McKercher, and his parents. Everett is survived by his children: Janis (Barry) Fowler of Coon Rapids, Brian (Kathy) Hove of Fridley, Randy (Kim) Hove of St. Louis, MO., Paul Hove of Circle Pines, Phil (Judy) Hove of Cottage Grove, Brother: Archie D. Hove of Council Bluffs, IA, 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Friday, April 25, 2014 at Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Burial with military honors will be in Pine Needle Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Phyllis A. Guetzkow
03/24/1927-04/16/2014
Phyllis A. Guetzkow, age 87 of Aitkin died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Phyllis was born March 24, 1927 in Superior, Wisconsin the daughter of Phillip and Clara (Marsh) Maisonneuve. She grew up and attended schools in Pine City, Minnesota graduating from the Pine City High School in 1945. She started working for the Federal Government and eventually became the supervisor of the Selective Service Division. She married Lowell Guetzkow on February 12, 1951 in Hawarden, Iowa. They made their home in St. Paul and also spent time at Mille Lacs Lake where she and her husband built a cabin. They retired to the Cabin in 1973 and then spent winters in Florida. She was a charter member of the Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church at Garrison, she had been a member of the Pilgrim Lutheran Church in St. Paul; she enjoyed cooking, liked to fish in her younger days, enjoyed boating, had belonged to the Myr Mar Supper Club, and she loved to have fun. She is survived by her son: Greg Guetzkow of Roseville, Mn.; Brother in law: John Honzalek of Hackensack, Mn.; Sister in law: Lynn McNally of Hackensack, MN.; and relatives Steve (Mary) Honzalek, Kim (John) Bartholomew and Karen (Jim) Widerski. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Lowell in 2000 and a sister in law. A memorial service will be held Monday, May 5, 2014 at 11 AM from Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison with Rev. John Rusnak officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Burial will be in the Rice Lake Lutheran Cemetery near Braham, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Karen Ann Tibbetts
04/15/1949-04/16/2014
Karen Ann Tibbetts, age 65 of Aitkin died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 as the result of a car accident near Rockford, Minnesota. Karen was born April 15, 1949 at Pendleton, Oregon the daughter of Vernon and Rose Marie (Hollenbeck) Ford. Karen attended school in Oregon and Northern California before moving with her family to Aitkin in 1966 and she graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1967. She met Dale Tibbetts in High School and then they married on June 8, 1968 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. They had lived in Iowa, Duluth, Brainerd, Sauk Rapids and Medford, Oregon before retiring back to Aitkin in 2005. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She enjoyed traveling with her family, canoeing, camping, and also loved the ocean and lighthouses. She also enjoyed gardening and raising flowers, cooking and baking. The most important thing in her life was spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband Dale Tibbetts of Aitkin; Children: Brian Tibbetts of St. Cloud, Mn.; Lisa Tibbetts of Rockford, Mn.; Grandchildren: Michelle (Brian) Lynch of Rockford, Mn.; Brittany Tibbetts of Buffalo, Mn.; James (Samantha) Nieken of Cokato, MN.; Great Grandchildren: Ellie Lynch, Katie Nieken and Carter Lynch; Sisters: Marion Adams of Hinesville, Ga.; Susan Roring of Aitkin; Sharon (Allen) Miles of Aitkin; Brother: Vernon Ford of Roseburg, Ore. She was preceded in death by her parents and Grandson Alex Tibbetts. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM 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. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dorene L. TeGantvoort
04/17/1958-04/05/2014
Dorene L. TeGantvoort, age 55 of Palisade died Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Dorene was born April 17, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of George and Maybelle (Lee) Buttkus. She grew up and attended schools in Bloomington graduating from Bloomington Kennedy High School in 1976. She married Gary TeGantvoort on January 11, 1981. The lived in Lakeville Minnesota before moving to Palisade, Minnesota in 1983. They have lived in Palisade Since. She raised her family in Palisade and also worked for an insurance company for a time and also worked several other jobs over the years in the Palisade area. She enjoyed drawing, bird watching, gardening and spending time with family and friends. She is survived by her husband Gary TeGantvoort of Palisade; Son and daughter in law: Tory and Tiffany TeGantvoort of New Hope, Mn.; Daughter and son in law: Crystal and Zach DeFoe of Palisade; 2 brothers: Barry Magnen of Minneapolis, Mn.; Calvin Magnen of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; Sister: Anita Lutgen of Crystal, Mn.; and 2 nephews: Ryan Elsner of Maple Grove, Mn. and Matt Elsner of Brooklyn Center, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 PM and also 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ronald K. Olson
09/29/1954-04/01/2014
Ronald K. Olson, 59 of Aitkin died Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at the Woodland Good Samaritan Society in Brainerd. He was born September 29, 1954 in Aitkin to Kermit and Helen (Johnson) Olson. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1972 and then attended Staples Vo-Tech drafting program. He worked as a computer draftsman for Onan Corporation. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. He was preceded in death by his brother Mike and his parents Kermit and Helen (Johnson) Olson. Ron is survived by his four children: Gabe Olson (Sam), Stephanie (Chris) Farkas, Aaron (Stacy) Olson, Mike Olson, Eight grandchildren, Two sisters and brothers-in-law: Gail (Paul) Anderson of International Falls, Kathy (Cliff) Waltz of Brainerd, One brother and sister-in-law: Steve (Jodi) Olson of Aitkin, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 2:00P.M. – Monday, April 7, 2014 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be in Spencer Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 1:00P.M. until the 2:00P.M. service at the funeral home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Leona M. Kern
09/21/1917-03/30/2014
Leona M. Kern, age 96 of Aitkin died Sunday, March 30, 2014 at the Northland Assisted Living in McGregor. Leona was born September 21, 1917 in Arlington, Minnesota the daughter of Adolph and Annie Schauer. She grew up and attended schools in Arlington. She married Arthur Kern on October 6, 1940 in Green Isle, Minnesota. They had lived in numerous places over the years. She loved to read and do gardening. She is survived by children and spouses: Bon and Yvonne Kern of Aitkin; John Kern of Juneau, Alaska; Carol and Don Dotzler of Nashwauk, Mn.; Art and Dawn Kern of Bemidji, Mn. and numerous grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur, son Ken, daughters Ruth Kern and Irene Olson. AQ gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 1 PM until 3 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Byron H. Lundeen
08/30/1937-03/22/2014
Byron H. Lundeen, age 76 of Aitkin formerly of Minneapolis died Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Byron was born August 30, 1937 at Buffalo, Minnesota the son of Harvey and Hazel (Hedlund) Lundeen. He grew up and attended schools in Buffalo before moving with his family to Minneapolis where he attended Roosevelt High School and graduated from there. He then attended Dunwoody Institute and learned the Plumbing trade. He married Audrey M. Simonson on February 17, 1962 in Minneapolis where they made their home and he worked as a plumber. He retired in 2000 after working 20 years for Hennepin County Medical Center. They moved later to their retirement home on Lone Lake near Aitkin, where his family had been coming to the area for many years. He was a member of the Plumbers Union local #15, Westside Church in Aitkin, Aitkin Habitat for Humanity. Byron enjoyed an array of hobbies: socializing with friends over coffee and a donut, auctions, junk collecting, helping others, horses, sailing, beekeeping and most of all spending time with his grandchildren. Byron is survived by his wife Audrey Lundeen of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Wayne and Gail Lundeen of St. Paul, Mn.; Ronda and Jeff Miller of Minneapolis, Mn.; Melinda and Ted Ewing of Minnetonka, Mn.; 8 Grandchildren: Sienna, Kendal, Grant, Evan, Griffin, Gavin, Quinn and Ava; two sisters: Ruth Olson of Ludington, Mich.; Diane (Tom) Axelson of Laguna Nigel, Calf.; and brother Jim (Bonnie) Lundeen of Des Moines, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother in law Lowell Olson. A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 3 PM from the Westside Church in Aitkin with Pastor Dallas Smith officiating. 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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Mervyn Mathias Red Welshons
11/21/1930-03/19/2014
Mervyn Mathias “Red” Welshons, 83, of Aitkin, Minnesota died Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital, on the Feast of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Virgin Mary. He was born November 21, 1930 in Brainerd, Minnesota, to Mervyn Mathias and Charlotte Barbara (Hassman) Welshons. He attended St. Michael Catholic School in Stillwater, MN, and graduated from Stillwater High School in 1948. He attended St. Thomas College in St. Paul and graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration in 1954. He served in the Minnesota National Guard from 1947 to 1951, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1951 to 1953, and was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War. There he was awarded a Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Star, and the United Nations Service Medal. Red was united in marriage to Mary Ethel “Echo” Cummings on December 28, 1953 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin, and their faith in God was the foundation of their marriage. Echo was the love and center of his life, and together they raised seven children. Her constant dedication and support enabled him to create a life of accomplishment and service to others. Red first worked as a Comptroller of Currency for the U.S. Treasury Dept. He was President and an owner of Security State Bank in Pillager, Randall State Bank, Brainerd National Bank, and the First National Bank of Aitkin. He was owner and operator of numerous other business pursuits in Aitkin, Duluth, and Florida. Red was a member of the American Legion, Elks, Lions, YMCA, and the Knights of Columbus. He served on the Diocese of Duluth Finance Council, the parish councils of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin, St. Francis of Assisi in Brainerd, and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth, as well as numerous religious societies and organizations. His hobbies were his faith, his family, and his friends. He was preceded in death by his son Matthew John; two brothers: John Welshons and Fr. Glendon Welshons, S.J.; his parents Mervyn and Charlotte; and brothers-in-law Bill Cummings and Mike Ryan. Red is survived by his wife Mary Ethel “Echo” (Cummings) Welshons; Two sons and daughters-in-law: Thomas (Mary Ann) Welshons of Pine River, and Peter (Cori) Welshons of Aitkin; Four daughters and sons-in-law: Mary Charlotte Welshons of Mora, Elizabeth (Eric) Hillman of Duluth, Catherine (David) Stampe of Baxter, and Amy (David) McCarthy of Carlton; Twenty-three grandchildren: Rachel, Jessica, Leslie, Emily, Joe, John, Ben, Mike, Billy, Matt, Nick, Abi, Annie, Isaac, Tom, Amanda, Melissa, Andrew, Megan, Sara, Theresa, David, and Daniel; and fourteen great-grandchildren; One brother and sister-in-law: Benjamin (Margaret) Welshons, Sr. of Stillwater; In-laws Greg (Nancy) Cummings of Plymouth, Patsy Cummings of Aitkin, Pat (Brenda) Cummings of Becker, Judy Ryan of Aitkin, Kay (Dick) Breen of Brainerd, and Kevin (Faunille) Cummings of Deadwood, SD; And many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 23, 2014, from 3:00- 6:00 p.m. at Sorenson-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin; recitation of the Rosary will begin at 6:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday, March 24th at 10:00 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. The funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m., Monday with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Contributions will be made in Red's honor to his favorite charities.
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Beatrice Toots Bridge
04/19/1942-03/18/2014
Beatrice “Toots” Bridge, 71 of Aitkin died Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital. She was born April 19, 1942 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota to Ole and Mary (Gangl) Olson. Toots was united in marriage to George Mack Bridge on December 21, 1970 in Watertown, S.D. She worked as a home health aide. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, Dorris Norwegian Lutheran Church, Order of the Eastern Star, and Sons of Norway. She was preceded in death by her husband George, son Donald Veeder, brother Clarence, two sisters: Gladys and Mildred, and her parents. Toots is survived by her children: Twyla Bergstraser (Doug Haaf) of Aitkin, Debra (Mark) Jensen of Rice, Mack (Trina) Bridge, Steve Bridge, Greg Bridge all of Cromwell, Linda Bridge Entzi of Bismarck, ND., 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, Many other relatives and close friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Saturday, March 29, 2014 funeral service at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Mellissa Carmack will officiate. Burial will be in Dorris Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Wilma F. Holder
05/06/1923-03/16/2014
Wilma F. Holder, age 90 of Bennettville, died Sunday, March 16, 2014 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Wilma was born May 6, 1923 at Bennettville, Minnesota the daughter of Ernie and Ella (Hall) Carr. She grew up and attended the Bennettville Country School and then attended the Aitkin High School graduating in 1940. She married Everett P. Holder on May 9, 1942 in Hibbing, Minnesota. They made their home in Bennettville where they farmed and raised their family. She was a member of the Pine Lake United Methodist Church and had served on the Board of Trustees, was Choir Director, Organist and was active in all of the different committees of the church. She also filled in as church organist for other church’s when they needed an organist. She also served on the Bennettville Cemetery Board for 34 years. She had been very active in organizing the Bennettville Softball and Baseball organizations. She loved to sew and also bake. Her specialty was biscuits and Gravy. The coffee pot was always on and there was always fresh bread and cinnamon rolls. She is survived by her children: Dianne (Ted) Reem of Ramsey and Aitkin; Pat (Maryann) Holder of Aitkin; Mike (Jillayne) Holder of Maplewood, MN.; 6 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren; two brothers: Lloyd Carr and Lester Carr; three sisters: Elaine Froehle, Barbara Coolbaugh, and Verna Korte. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Everett in 2004, Infant son Richard, Brother Lauren Carr and Sisters Bernice Glasgow and Vera Hohisel. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 11 AM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also one hour prior to the service 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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Ronald Patrick Silver
10/02/1947-03/14/2014
Ronald Patrick Silver, age 66 of Aitkin died Friday, March 14, 2014 at his home. Ron was born October 2, 1947 in Rutherfordton, North Carolina the son of Horace Stolks and Katherine Elizabeth (Butler Silver. As a child in a distinguished military household, his young years were spent in Okinawa, Japan; Panama; and Fort Bliss, Texas. In Fort Bliss, Texas he attended Irvin High School where he excelled at JROTC which inspired his ongoing interest in military history, his avid support of veterans, as well as his membership in the Patriot Guard. He moved to Ross Lake in 1966 and finished high school in Aitkin. He went on to attend Brainerd Community College to be a draftsman. After finishing his two year degree he became a pioneer paramedic in 1976 for Aitkin County. He worked for the Aitkin County Highway Department for 30 years. This amateur historian also enjoyed riding his motorcycle, building models, and volunteering in his Star Trek Fan Club. He is survived by his daughter Kelly Baugh of Phoenix, Az.; step daughters: Carrie Martin of Washington D.C., Katie Shadrick of New Prague, Mn.; granddaughters: Ashlee Nelson and Bryanna Baugh as well as countless lives he has heroically influenced and touched. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Julie Silver in 2008. A funeral service will be held Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Donald Norman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Pine Ridge Cemetery at Emily, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ailie I. Jensen
06/23/1914-03/13/2014
Ailie I. Jensen, age 99 of McGregor died Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet, Minnesota. Ailie was born June 23, 1914 at Superior, Wisconsin the daughter of Konstant and Martha (Stahlberg) Martilla. She moved with her family at a young age to Remer, Minnesota where she attended schools. She then moved to Minneapolis where she worked for the Sister Kenny Institute and also Abbott Hospital in Minneapolis. She then moved to Lawler, Minnesota and owned and operated a bar for about five years. She married Howard Jensen on October 30, 1975 in Aitkin, Minnesota. She then went back to school and attended college and received her Practical Nursing Degree. She then worked for the Moose Lake State Hospital, the Aitkin Hospital and also Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. At the age of 80 she retired from nursing and then became a Volunteer Grandparent at the McGregor schools and did that until the age of 95. She was a member of the McGregor VFW Auxiliary; enjoyed painting pictures, she loved to read and write, she played piano and loved to bake. She is survived by five children and spouses: Rudy Mayerle of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Ron and Dee Mayerle of Oro Valley, Arizona; Alex DeWynter of St. Louis Park, Mn.; Willie and Judy Kivisto of Addison, Illinois; Sylvia Ryan of Hugo, MN.; 8 Grandchildren and Great Great Grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister: Anita Hill of Aitkin, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Howard in 1995, 1 daughter: Nancy Walker and Three brothers: Willie Hill, Wayne Hill and Leslie Hill. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 11 AM from the McGregor High School Auditorium with Pastor Joel Seibel officiating. Burial will be in the Salo Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday March 21 from 4 to 7 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also one hour prior to the service at the school. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Martha M. Liljenquist
05/15/1917-03/13/2014
Martha M. Liljenquist, 96 of Aitkin died Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born May 15, 1917 in Faribault to Clyde and Agnes (Shankey) Maul. Martha was united in marriage to Oscar Liljenquist on November 26, 1936 in Aitkin. They started farming in the Palisade area in 1938 and retired over 40 years later. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade and First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her husband Oscar in 1999, granddaughter Tammy Liljenquist, daughter-in-law Verna Liljenquist, four brothers, and two sisters. Martha is survived by 2 sons: Harold Liljenquist (special friend Annetta Diedrich) of Edina, Lee (Corrine) Liljenquist of Fairmont, 5 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren, 2 sisters: Mary Bishop of Grand Rapids and Donna (Gordon) Hart of Aitkin, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, April 5, 2014 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Darrell Pedersen and Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 6P.M. – Friday, April 4 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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Clifford Arnold Ekelund
09/22/1920-03/10/2014
Clifford Arnold Ekelund, 93 of McGregor died Monday, March 10, 2014 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born September 22, 1920 in Duluth to Richard and Ethel (Warner) Ekelund. He attended McGregor Schools. Clifford was united in marriage to Ellenmarie Ann Johnson April 25, 1943 in California. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy August 12, 1944, serving in WW II, and was honorably discharged February 27, 1946 as Fireman 1st Class. He worked as an excavator and drove school bus for 18 years for McGregor Schools. He was preceded in death by his wife Ellenmarie, 2 brothers Wally and Ralph, 1 sister Doris Eddy Freeman, and his parents. He is survived by 2 sons: Cliff Ekelund of Oregon and Richard Ekelund of Oregon. 1 daughter: Joanne Burnsed of McGregor 6 grandchildren: Scott Besser of McGregor, Mike Tibbetts of Moose Lake, Kurt Ekelund of Oregon, Chad Ekelund of Oregon, Rick Ekelund of Oregon, Rodney Ekelund of Oregon. 3 brothers: Pete Ekelund of Oregon, Harry (Barbara) Ekelund of McGregor, Herman (Doree) Ekelund of McGregor, Many great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Services will be in the Spring of 2014. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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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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