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Archive Obituaries
Marion Kilpela
08/04/1928-10/21/2012
Marion Kilpela (Caviness) age 84 of McGregor formerly of Minneapolis died Sunday, October 21, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin, Mn. She was born August 4, 1928 in Minneapolis the daughter of James and Margaret (Hilbert) Sugg. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from Patrick Henry High School in 1946. She married David C. Caviness and they lived in North Minneapolis. David died in 1960. Marion married Donald Kilpela on March 8, 1961 in Minneapolis. They continued to live in Minneapolis until they retired to the McGregor area in 1988. They have lived here since. She is survived by her husband Donald Kilpela of McGregor; Sons: Gary (Robin) Caviness of Ramsey, Mn; Robert (Sandy) Caviness of Coon Rapids, Mn.; Donald Kilpela (Brigette) Minneapolis; Bruce Kilpela; Daughter: Margaret Caviness of Minneapolis; Sister: Delores Turner of Crystal, Mn. Grandchildren: Josh, Sarah, Amy, Brandon, Brittany, Great Grandchildren: Miles, Cordelia and Zion. She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband David Caviness, Brother: Donald Sugg and Sister: Lorraine Temte. A gathering of family and friends will be Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 4 PM until 6 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, MN. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. or the Diabetes Assoc. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Harold "Sonny" Turnock
10/19/1934-10/19/2012
Harold “Sonny” Leonard Turnock, 78 of McGregor died Friday, October 19, 2012 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. He was born October 19, 1934 in East Lake to Harold Frances and Hazel Geneva (Bennett) Turnock. He graduated from McGregor High School in 1952. Harold was united in marriage to Dolores “DeDe” Irene Miller on July 27, 1957 in Crosby. He worked at Diamond Match Co. in Cloquet for 44 years. He retired from the National Guard after 27 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and bowling. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Dolores on June 4, 2011. Harold is survived by son and daughter-in-law: Keith (Michelle) Turnock of Brainerd 3 Daughters and sons-in-law: Joleen (John) Herbert of Sheridan, Wyoming Bev (Brad) Tesch of McGregor Sherrie (Randy) Vikla of McGregor 9 Grandchildren: Json(Amber), Chad, Dawn, Jamie, Jessica, Hilary, Eric, Emily 4 great-grandchildren: Teerza, Jazmyn, Izayah, Kynzee 2 brothers and sisters-in-law: Richard (Marilyn) Turnock of McGregor Darrell (Susan) Turnock of North Oaks 2 sisters and brother-in-law: Kathy (Bob) Reich of Palisade Cheryl Swanson (Steve) of Shoreview Many other relatives and friends. A gathering time for family and friends will be 11A.M. to 2P.M. – Sunday, October 28, 2012 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be in Union Woodland Cemetery in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Terrance R. Roy Sr.
04/22/1938-10/18/2012
Terrance R. Roy Sr. age 74 of McGregor died Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born April 22, 1938 in Minneapolis, Mn. the son of Robert and Arlene Roy. He attended schools in Minneapolis. He owned and operated an iron works company for 30 years before he retired to the McGregor area where he owned and operated Eagle Point Lounge. He is survived by children: Brett Roy of McGregor, Terrance Roy Jr. of Minneapolis, Vicky Roy of Proctor, Mn. 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 27 from Noon until 5 Pm at the Eagle Point Lounge north of McGregor, MN. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Grace Johnson
04/01/1915-10/15/2012
Grace Johnson, 97 of Aitkin died October 15, 2012 at Aicota Assisted Living in Aitkin. She was born April 1, 1915 near New Ulm, Brown County, MN. to Adrian and Dena (Joffer) Bronner. She attended Wildwood School in Aitkin County. Grace was united in marriage to Clifford Johnson on September 21, 1935 in Hill City. She lived in Bain on the family farm for 36 years until moving to Rossburg. She enjoyed cooking, flowers, going for walks in the woods, picking berries, and Bible studies. She was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church of Rossburg. Grace was a homemaker, loving wife and mother. She was preceded in death by her husband Clifford in 2009, eleven brothers and sister, granddaughter Brenda, son-in-law Bryan Bailey, and her parents Adrian and Dena (Joffer) Bronner. Grace is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law: Christine Bailey (Robert Landrus) of Aitkin Marlene Kingsley (Warren Witt) of Palisade Muriel (Frank) Kingsley of Palisade Shirley (John) Johnson of Reedsport, Oregon 10 grandchildren: Lynda Root, Kathy (Dale) DeRosier, Carol Nelson, Loren (Ginger) Bailey, Janet Kingsley, Brad Kingsley, Jeff Kingsley, Kent (Barb) Kingsley, Kurt (Lisa) Ekelund, Chad (Jen) Ekelund 14 great-grandchildren, 12 step-great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Sandy Berg-Holte will officiate. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. Visitation will be 5P.M. to 7P.M. Friday with prayer services beginning at 6:30P.M. at the funeral home. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. www.srtfuneral.com
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Elaine Finke Sayer
10/08/1920-10/15/2012
Elaine Fink Sayre, 92 of DuBois, Penn., died October 15, 2012 at the Christ the King Manor. She was born October 8, 1920 in Waterville, the daughter of Oscar and Bessie (Powell) Finke. She grew up in Owatonna and was married to James W. Sayre in 1940. He preceded her in death in February of 2002. While her husband’s career took them from Minnesota to Indiana, Maryland, Virginia, Iran and Thailand, she was very active in volunteer work including work with the Girl Scouts in Virginia, Indiana and in Tehran, Iran where she worked with Queen Farah Deba to bring scouting to young girls. She was active in her church, teaching Sunday school and singing in the choir, mission work in Africa and working with her late husband in starting the Heifer Project International at the Aitkin United Methodist Church. While living in Aitkin, she was very involved in the Riverwood Healthcare Center Auxiliary, starting the “Lights of Love” project which continues today. She enjoyed traveling, cooking, golf, bridge and visiting her family. She is survived by her son and daughter in law: James L. and Cindy Sayre of Newport, Washington; daughters and sons in law: Elizabeth “Libby” and Jason Gray of DuBois, Penn.; Pamela and Doug Pickard of Bracey, Virginia and Stephanie and Robert Gray of Swanton, Md.; nine grandchildren and 11 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Kathleen Watkins, sister Audrey Hoffert and brother Robert Finke. A memorial service will be held Friday, June 21, 2013 at 1 PM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Aitkin United Methodist Church or the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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John M. DeMaster
12/25/1951-10/12/2012
John M. DeMaster, age 60 of McGregor died Friday, October 12, 2012 at Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. John was born December 25, 1951 at St. Paul, Minnesota the son of John and Elna (Kangas) DeMaster. He grew up and attended schools in White Bear Lake graduating from the White Bear Lake High School in 1969. He then attended River Falls University and received his AA degree. He then attended the 916 VO-Tech School at White Bear Lake and received a degree in printing and graphic design. He went to work for the Department of Corrections at Lion Lakes in the mid 1970’s and taught for a time and then worked as a print estimator. He worked in St. Paul, Lino Lakes and Moose Lake. He raised his family in Stacy, Mn and retired to McGregor in 2003. He has worked for the Voyageur Press in McGregor for the past 5 years. He was a member of the Lions Clubs in Stacy and McGregor; the Aitkin County Posse; the Up North Riders; Tamarack Sno Flyers; Evergreen Pack ATV Club; the Minnewawa Sportsman’s Club; the Aitkin County Alliance for 4 Wheelers; was an ATV Safety Instructor and also served as a Tornado/Storm Spotter. He is survived by his mother: Elna DeMaster of McGregor; 2 sons: Donald DeMaster (Brandy Moore) of Wasilla, Alaska; James DeMaster of Wyoming, Mn.; 2 Grandchildren: Kayleigh Moore and Matthew DeMaster of Wasilla, Alaska; Sister: Janis Kislenger of Mora, Mn.; Special Friend: Sue Huffman of McGregor and his dog Penny. He was preceded in death by his father. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 1 PM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Henry Koopman officiating. Visitation will be from 11 AM until the 1 PM service at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jean D. Brown
09/30/1933-10/10/2012
Jean D. Brown, age 79 of McGregor died Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at the Manor House in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Jean was born September 30, 1933 in Duluth, Minnesota the daughter Orville and Gertrude (Petis) LeDoux. She attended schools in Duluth and Hermantown. She married George W. Brown on November 25, 1950 in Duluth. They lived in Alaska for a time and then moved to McGregor in 1951 and have lived here since. She worked for the McGregor Agri Corp. for many years. She also worked for Aitkin County as a home health Aide. She enjoyed bowling, playing BINGO, gardening and canning, knitting and reading. She is survived by 3 children and spouses: Diane (Helmut) Jensen of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Larry (Judy) Brown of McGregor; Kathy (Richard) Larson of Tucson, Arz.; 7 Grandchildren: Christopher Carr, Georgina Carr-Scallon, Andrea Carr, Michelle Yerkin, Amy McGowan, Andrew Brown, Joe Larson; 12 great grandchildren; 1 brother: Glen LeDoux of Brenham, Texas and 1 sister: Janis Danielson of Sparks, Nevada; and special friend Cliff Livedalen of McGregor. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband George in 1995, 1 grandson Jeff Larson and Brother Donald LeDoux. Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 2 PM from the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor with Rev. William Fox officiating. Visitation will be from 1 PM until the 2 PM services. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery at McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Roger Weitnauer
09/26/1917-10/09/2012
Roger Keith Weitnauer, 95 of Anoka and formerly of Aitkin died peacefully on the evening of October 9, 2012. Roger said farewell to his family and slipped away with no pain, no regrets, and no fear. May the angels surround him and the Lord welcome him to the land of light and joy. He was born September 26, 1917 in Waterloo, Iowa to Eugene Henry and Iona Liza (Merrill) Weitnauer. Roger was united in marriage to Eileen Erickson on February 20, 1943 in Opstead, MN. He is survived by son and daughter-in-law: Ron (Patricia) Weitnauer of Bellingham, WA. Daughter and son-in-law: Patricia (Bob) Yonke of Andover Five grandchildren: Grant Yonke, Sara Yonke, Nancy Yonke, Andrew Weitnauer, Marit Weitnauer Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Eileen (Erickson) Weitnauer on October 31, 2006 Sister Lilie Mae Hendrics Five brothers: William, Cecil, Cletis, Burton, and Claude Weitnauer And his parents Eugene Henry and Iona Liza (Merrill) Weitnauer Funeral services will be 2:00P.M. – Friday, October 12, 2012 at Westside Calvary Baptist Church in Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Opstead 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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Lorraine Marie Erickson
05/04/1922-10/08/2012
Lorraine Marie Erickson, age 90 of Aitkin died Monday, October 8, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born May 4, 1922 at Kimberly, Minnesota the daughter of Peter and Betsey (Sogard) Lundberg. She attended grade school in Kimberly and graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1940. She began working at the First National Bank in Aitkin after high school. She married Russell W. Erickson on August 14, 1948 in Aitkin. After a break to have their daughters, she returned to the bank and retired with over 30 years of employment. She was a member of the Aitkin United Methodist Church and its Dorcas Circle, the American Legion Auxiliary where she held many offices and the VFW Auxiliary. She is survived by 3 daughters: Luanne (Dick) Beyreuther of Aitkin, Mary Backstrom of Roseville, and Carol Moriarty of Shoreview; 6 grandchildren: Todd (Libby) Beyreuther of Spokane, Wash., Jon Beyreuther of St. Paul, Rebecca Backstrom of Princeton, Krista Backstrom of Woodbury, Patrick Moriarty of Shoreview, Kelly Moriarty of Roseville; 6 great grandchildren: Jordyn, Emily, Owen, Grace, Andrew, and Lily and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Russell, her parents, and 3 brothers: Leslie, Gerald, and Donald Lundberg. Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 2 PM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery in Kimberly Township of Aitkin County. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Duane M. "Dewey" Albro
04/29/1929-10/06/2012
Duane M. “Dewey” Albro, age 83 of Palisade, died Saturday, October 6, peacefully of COPD in Aitkin, Mn. Dewey was born April 29, 1929 in Rockford, Illinois the son of Harry and Cora (Gordon) Albro. He grew up and attended schools in St. Paul and Columbia Heights from where he graduated in 1947. He married Virginia J. Lee on October 1, 1949 in Columbia Heights and they made their home in Columbia Heights. He worked for the Columbia Heights Police Dept. for a time. He then worked as a deputy sheriff for Anoka County from 1955 to 1960. The family then moved to Anoka where he served 20 years with the Anoka Police Department from 1965 to 1985 when he retired to Lake Minnewawa near McGregor. He served in the US Naval Air Reserve for 6 years, was a charter member of the Columbia Heights Lions Club, was a volunteer fireman with the Columbia Heights Fire Dept., had served as Civil Defense Director for Columbia Heights and later for Anoka County, he attended the firearms instructor course at the F.B.I. National Academy, was a past board member of the Minnewawa Lake Association, past president of the Savanna Men’s League Golf 1991 & 1992, past president of the Palisade Super Sledders 1997 & 1998, he enjoyed golfing, hunting and pistol competition. He was an expert marksman. He is survived by children and spouses: Steve and Karen Albro of St. Francis, MN,.; Nanette Denk of Burnsville, Mn.; Sharon and Mike Johnson of Andover, Mn.; 5 grandchildren: Josh Albro, Jes Albro, Kelli Bosholm, Tony Denk, Dana Johnson; 5 great grandchildren: Hunter Albro, Connor Albro, Kennadee Denk, Megan Bosholm, Jonah Bosholm, and sister: Vera Olson of Sturgeon Lake, Mn. He was preceded in death by his wife Virginia, son Thomas, Sister Elaine, son in law: Steve Denk and great granddaughter: Lydia Joy Bosholm. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 11 AM at the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services on Saturday at the church. Burial will be at the Forest Hills Cemetery in Anoka at a later date. Memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home.srtfuneral.com.
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Marjorie Cline Harr
11/03/1919-10/06/2012
Marjorie Jenevieve Cline Harr, age 92 of Aitkin died peacefully at the Aicota Health Care Center on Saturday, October 6, 2012. She was born November 3, 1919 at Warren, Minnesota the second of seven children of Claude V. and Marie Thomas Cline. She lived her childhood and youth on a farm near Aitkin. She graduated from the Aitkin High School, and followed with a degree in Physical Education from St. Cloud State Teachers College (now St. Cloud State University). During WW II she served as Assistant Director of the USO at Ketchikan, Alaska where she met Richard Lee “Dick” Harr, who was serving in the United States Coast Guard. Following the war they were married and returned to Richard’s home of Tacoma, Washington, where they started a family. In 1953 they moved to Monticello, Minnesota where Marjorie worked for the Monticello Times Newspaper for many years and then at the USDA office in Buffalo, Mn. and finally for the Wright County Social Services at the court house in Buffalo. After retiring in the early 1980’s they returned to Marjorie’s home town of Aitkin, residing for nearly 24 years at Farm Island Lake. While living in Monticello she was an active member of the Community United Methodist Church, and upon return to Aitkin became and remained until death a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ. She enjoyed reading, writing, flower gardening, her grandchildren, pet dogs and almost anything to do with the outdoors. Marjorie is survived by her children: Douglas (Nina) Harr of Ogden, Iowa, Kalen (Scott) Schultz of New Hope, Mn.; Grandson: Ryan (Katherine) and great grandsons: Scott, Brady and Colin Harr all of Hampton, Iowa. Granddaughter Allison Harr of Pine City, Mn.; brother: William Cline of Aitkin; sisters in law: Mary Cline of Mankato, MN.; Joann Cline of Boise, Idaho and Shirley Hagestad of Tacoma, Wash. and 19 nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard, her parents, and five brothers: Claude V. Cline Jr., Douglas Cline, Thomas Cline, Jack Cline and Robert Cline. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 19, 2012 at 1 PM from the Aitkin First Congregational United Church of Christ. Memorials may be directed to the family. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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George Deering
04/23/1927-10/05/2012
George Deering, 85, of McGregor, Minnesota, died October 5, 2012 at home. He was born on April 23, 1927, to Frank and Mary Deering. The oldest of ten children, he grew up on a farm near the Platte River in Little Falls, Minnesota. He enlisted in the Marine Corps during World War II, and after his military service attended school for Telegraphy in Minneapolis. He settled in McGregor in 1949 and began work as an Agent Telegrapher for Northern Pacific Railroad. There he met Eileen Paulsen, and they were married in 1951. He was a member of the McGregor Fire Department, McGregor Ambulance, McGregor City Council and School Board. He was a Gun Safety instructor for 30 years, and a Boy Scout Leader for many years. He loved all things wild. He particularly appreciated the country around McGregor with its bogs and abundant wildlife, and spent his time canoeing, fishing, hunting and tromping through the woods near home. He and Eileen loved exploring new places. They traveled the country often with their children, first in a tent, then in a camper. After retiring, he and Eileen’s journeys took them across the country from Arizona to Texas to Alaska, birding, fishing, hiking, and taking pictures. His greatest joys in life included: photography, rock collecting, berry picking, poetry, drawing, painting, singing, playing concertina, guitar and harmonica, hunting and of course FISHING. He was a woodcarver and carved decoys and birds of all kinds. He was a storyteller with a distinctive sense of humor. He was an eternal optimist; in later years he became a philosopher, and loved a good discussion. He maintained his enthusiasm for life until the very end. He is survived by Eileen, his wife of 61 years, and five children: Nancy (Kevin) Headley of Holdingford, MN, Tom (Jan) Deering of Sturgeon Lake, MN, Judy (Dave) Swedberg of Duluth, MN, Dennis/Beav (Michele) Deering of Anchorage, AK, Andy (Lisa Radke) Deering of Craig, AK; as well as thirteen grandchildren: Ryan, Lindsey, Jonas, Tracy, Ben, Jayme, Luke, Sydney, Will, Nick, John Paul, Kate and Claire, and four great-grandchildren: Eli, Rachel, Mason, and Ethan. Two brothers: Larry Deering of San Diego, CA. and Dan (Betty) Deering of Anchorage, AK. Four sisters: Ellen Lindeman of Aitkin, Margaret (Al) Garin of Brainerd, Jeannette (Jerry) Baribeau of Rice Lake, WI. and Marilyn Des Jardin of Minnetonka. He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers: David, Ed, and John Deering. A Memorial Visitation will be held Saturday, October 13 from 5:30-8:00 pm at Long Lake Conservation Center, Palisade. McGregor Funeral assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Crosby-Aitkin Hospice.
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Dorothy Miles
12/04/1925-10/04/2012
Dorothy Miles, 86 of Aitkin died Thursday, October 4, 2012 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born December 4, 1925 in Chisholm to Emanuel and Helmi (Elkie) Lidberg. The family moved to the Menahga area when she was two years old and later to the Aitkin area near Rossburg. She graduated from Aitkin High School in 1943. She spent some months in Racine, WI. helping an uncle and his family. She then moved to Minneapolis to work and stayed with an aunt and uncle until she entered the Cadet Nurse Corp. She moved back to Aitkin and worked as a bookkeeper for Ralph Miles at his sawmill. She met Karl Miles there when he came home from the service in 1946. They were united in marriage December 15, 1946 and lived in Aitkin for a few years until they bought and moved to a farm on Lone Lake where they had cattle and a large garden. They moved to an apartment in Aitkin in the fall of 2009. She worked at the courthouse and other places until spending many years working at the Aitkin Nursing Home and the hospital until her retirement. She was a past member of the Eastern Star and a member of First Lutheran Church where she was leader of the Lydia Circle, and taught Sunday school for many years. Dorothy and Karl had five children and also took care of a niece and nephew for over seven years while their dad was in the service. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, sewing, reading, word puzzles, and being with family and friends. Dorothy is survived by sons and daughters-in-law: Gary (Barb) Miles of Big Fork Brian (Connie) Miles of St. Cloud Daughters and son-in-law: Frances Schoneck of Linwood, CO. Karla (Randy) Patrick of Aitkin 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren Three sisters: Ruth Rengo, Carol Luoma, Donna Rice She was preceded in death by her husband Karl, son Karl Bruce Miles, four brothers, one sister, and her parents. Funeral services will be 2:00P.M. – Monday, October 8, 2012 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Robert Munekke and Reverend Daryl Pedersen 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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Vinton R. Sherman
08/10/1926-10/04/2012
Vinton R. Sherman, 86 of Palisade died Thursday, October 4, 2012 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born August 10, 1926 in Palisade to August and Emma(Kraus) Sherman. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1947. Vinton was united in marriage to Margaret Johnson on September 18, 1954 in Palisade. He was a former member of the Minnesota Farmers Union and the Palisade Lions Club. He served on the Palisade CO-OP Oil Board and was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. He enjoyed working on his family farm, deer hunting, and playing cards. He loved to spend time with his family. He was preceded in death by three sisters; Frances Chapman, Cecelia Krause, Fern Pray, and his parents. Vinton is survived by his wife Margaret 5 sons and daughters-in-law: Dwight “Ike” of Palisade Dale (Stacy) of Palisade Jed (Patti) of Maple Grove Jason (Ann) of Palisade Grant (Lynn) of Palisade 9 grandchildren, 2 step-grandsons, 10 great-grandchildren 1 brother and sister-in-law: Robert “Bob” (Agnes) Sherman of Albert Lea Brother-in-law: Robert( Lavonne) Pray of Sun City West, Arizona daughter in law: Eileen Sherman of Palisade, Mn. Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. – Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. Reverend William Sass will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Wednesday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Alfred L. Maki
08/14/1947-10/04/2012
Alfred Leroy Maki, 65, of McGregor The world got a little darker on October 4, 2012 when Alfred Leroy Maki passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. He was a bouncing baby boy born on August 14, 1947 to Eli and Elsie (Huhta) Maki. Throughout his early life, he worked where he was raised on the family turkey farm. He graduated in 1965 from McGregor. In 1968 he married the girl next door, literally, Shirley Sanda. They shared a once in a lifetime love. They were best friends who endured many struggles with laughter, love and warmth. He entered the National Guard and then did construction work in the Twin Cities. He worked at the Rice Lake Refuge until health issues surfaced then went to work at the Minnesota National Golf Course. He retired and worshipped his two rays of sunshine, granddaughters Delaney and Karley. He was a proud Papa who adored his grandkids. They lit up his life with their laughter, snuggles and bedtime stories. He was very proud of his Finnish roots and taught us all the swear words and animals we needed to know. He loved sauna on Friday nights. Alfred always had the coffee on and loved conversation. He enjoyed camaraderie of deer hunting and fishing with his friends. The world lost a kind, warm, funny, generous, unselfish man. His beautiful, contagious smile and happy blue eyes will be missed by so many who were blessed to know him. Alfred is survived by his wife Shirley Two daughters and son-in-law: Megan Maki of McGregor Nicole (Keith) Eld of McGregor Two grandchildren: Delaney Eld and Karley Eld Sister and brother-in-law: Elaine (Warren) Marsyla of Tamarack Sister-in-law: Carol Maki of McGregor Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by two brothers Roger and Jack Maki, two nephews Brad and Kerry Maki, and his parents Eli and Elsie (Huhta) Maki. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. – Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Katharine Dumont Lord
10/04/1939-10/03/2012
Katharine Dumont Lord, 72, of Aitkin, died in her home near Aitkin on October 3rd, 2012. She was born in Massachusetts on October 4th, 1939, the daughter of William E. and Katharine Crocker Dumont. Kathie attended Oak Grove School in Maine and Roanoke College in Virginia. She lived in Arizona and California prior to moving to Minnesota in 1985. Kathie enjoyed biking, kayaking, cross-country skiing, riding her horse and working in her gardens. For a number of years, she was a volunteer at Children's Hospital in St. Paul. She was also an amateur radio operator with the callsign K0THY. Kathie is survived by her companion Lyle Koehler of Aitkin, Sister Ruth Huking of Ogden, Utah, Brothers Bill Dumont of Kirkland, Arizona Warren Warner of Santa Barbara, California. No formal memorial service is planned. Kathie loved being active and outdoors, and that is the way she wanted to be remembered. Donations may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Eric John Paulson
05/25/1962-10/01/2012
Eric John Paulson, 50 of Aitkin died unexpectedly Monday, October 1, 2012. He was born May 25, 1962 in Aitkin to Albert Lloyd and Beverly (Keil) Paulson. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1980 and then attended Staples Vocational Heavy Equipment Mechanics. After graduating he worked on trucks for Ryder Truck Rental in Texas and Illinois before moving back to Aitkin in 1989. He opened a repair shop with his brothers and continued to work on over the road trucks. After his father died in 1993 he moved to the family farm to stay with his mother until she moved to town in 1995. He purchased the farm and began building a herd of beef cattle. Eric lived on the farm with his companion Deanna Patrick and their son Cody. He loved to work on the farm, hunting, fishing, and spend time around a fire with friends and family. He was preceded in death by his father Albert Lloyd Paulson in 1993. Eric is survived by his mother Beverly Paulson of Aitkin His companion Deanna Patrick of Aitkin and her son Doug Banks Children: Christina Gabrio, Cody Paulson 3 brothers and sisters-in-law: Lloyd Paulson of Aitkin Lou and Robin Paulson of Barnum Richard and Ellen Paulson of Aitkin One sister and brother-in-law Audrey and Chuck Linke of Travelers Rest, South Carolina Nieces and nephews: Amber and Troy Stoddard, Megan Paulson, Chelsea Paulson, Holly Paulson, Joshua and Debra Paulson, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 4:00P.M. – Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Nordland Township, Aitkin. Reverend Cynthia Gray will officiate. Burial will be in Bethlehem 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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Lonnie A. Stiner
11/01/1949-09/30/2012
Lonnie Allen Stiner, 62 of Palisade, died Sunday, September 30, 2012 in a car accident. He was born November 1, 1949 in Shelbyville, Illinois where he lived until the age of 11, then moved with his family to Palisade. Lonnie had been a dairy farmer since the age of 15. He and his brother Phillip formed a partnership called Stiner Farms in Palisade and together ran the dairy farm until his death. He loved to be outdoors, fishing, hunting, canoeing, or just walking in the woods. He felt right at home in the beauty of nature and wildlife. Lonnie is survived by five brothers and sisters-in-law: David (Carol) Stiner of Palisade Edward (Theresa) Stiner of Ansley, Nebraska James (Dalisay) Stiner of Arden Hills Phillip Stiner of Palisade Nelson (Barbara) Stiner of Oldsmar, Florida One sister and brother-in-law: Beverly (Gregory) Paulson of Dodge Center Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Darold and Dorothy Stiner. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. – Monday, October 8, 2012 at Hilltop Chapel, Palisade. Reverend James Scott will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Palisade. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M., Sunday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to the Lentz / Stiner Memorial Scholarship Fund. www.srtfuneral.com
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John K. Karelis
05/19/1924-09/29/2012
John K. Karelis, age 88 of Aitkin died Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. John was born May 19, 1924 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Kimon and Myrtle (Miller) Karelis. He attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1942. He then attended Mechanics School in Minneapolis. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II and was a Tec. Sgt. in Patton’s 3rd Army. Upon his discharge he came to Aitkin and purchased a farm. HE married Eileen E. Sjodin on June 12, 1948 in Minneapolis. They operated the farm near Aitkin for about 60 years. John also drove bus for the Aitkin Public schools for over 16 years. He served 8 years as an Aitkin County Commissioner. He was a member of the Aitkin Masons and Eastern Star. He enjoyed Hunting and fishing and tinkering with small engines. He is survived by his wife Eileen Karelis of Aitkin; Daughter: Kaye (Darryl) Palm of Aitkin, Sons: Kimon (Kathie Eliason)Karelis of White Bear Lake, MN., Paul (Kelly) Karelis of Worthington, Mn., Jim Karelis of Aitkin; Grandchildren: Trisha Karelis, Patrick (Jill) Karelis, Molly (Brad) Boehmer, Zachary (Nicole) Karelis, Gia Eliason; Great Grandchildren: Kallie Jo, Kellen and Jenecie; Sister: Jean Carlson of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; brother in law: Randall Tracy of Minneapolis; Sister in law: Lori Karelis of Yuma, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Paul Karelis, Sisters: Helen and Mildred and daughter: Diane Karelis. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services on Saturday. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be in the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery on Tuesday, October 9. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Irene V. Backstrom
02/27/1925-09/28/2012
Irene V. Backstrom, age 87 of Aitkin, died Friday, September 28, 2012 at the Golden Horizons Assisted Living Center in Aitkin. Irene was born February 27, 1925 at Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Nels and Mollie (Schroeder) Olson. She grew up and attended schools in Bennettville and graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1943. She married Roy Backstrom, also of Aitkin, on October 5, 1946 in Aitkin. Irene worked for the Aitkin County Social Services for 23 years. She was a member of First Lutheran Church. She enjoyed many forms of handstiching; hardanger, embroidery, crocheting and knitting. She loved vegetable and flower gardening. She is survived by children and spouses: Beverly Bailey of Aitkin; Vern (Diana) Backstrom of Aitkin, Kenny (Karen) Backstrom of Aitkin, Rich (Jeanne) Backstrom of Hugo, Mn., Bob (Deborah) Backstrom of Deerwood, Kris (Carl Berg) Backstrom of Aitkin; 14 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, 2 sisters: Agnes (Bob) Sherman of Albert Lea, Mn.; Evelyn Mirau of Hoyt Lakes, Mn. and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Roy in 2005, sisters: Esther Newton and Alice Daeffler, Brothers: Harold, Leo, Clarence, Albert and George Olson. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also Tuesday from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ila L. Hoover
08/26/1925-09/23/2012
Ila L. Hoover, age 87 of McGregor died Sunday September 23, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Ila was born August 26, 1925 at Beatrice, Nebraska the daughter of George and Martha (Albers) Steckman. She attended schools in Nebraska and then moved with her family to the Pine River area where she continued her education and graduated from the Pine River High School in 1942. She then attended business College in Minneapolis. She married Earl L. Hoover on September 10, 1946 at Swanburg, Minnesota. They lived in Minneapolis for a short time and then lived in Coon Rapids until 1964. In 1964they moved to McGregor where they owned and operated the McGregor Bakery and Dairy. Ila continued to operate the business after he husband died in 1969 and she retired in 2000 after operating the business for 35 years. She was a member of the McGregor United Methodist Church, the McGregor Lions Club and the McGregor VFW Auxiliary. She is survived by 5 children and spouses: Patty (Kevin) Futhey of McGregor; Barbara (Ron) Beckman of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Paul (Sheila) Hoover of McGregor; Bev (Todd) Streeter of McGregor; David (Pam) Hoover of McGregor; 12 Grandchildren: Shawn Hoover, Jerry Hoover, LeRoy Swanson, Andrew Streeter, Matthew Muirhead, David Muirhead, Adam Ritter, Cassandra Swanson, Jessica Steiner, Breanne Johnson, Stacy Strang, Leanne Anderson; 12 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and 1 great grandchild. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 28, 2012 at 11 AM at the McGregor United Methodist Church with Rev. Russell Christensen officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Swanburg Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lorraine E. Krueger
03/26/1923-09/22/2012
Lorraine E. Krueger, 89 of Aitkin, died Saturday, September 22, 2012 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Margaret M. Matalamaki
05/10/1921-09/17/2012
Margaret M. Matalamaki, age 91 of Aitkin formerly of Grand Rapids and Minneapolis, died Monday, September 17, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born May 10, 1921 at Hampton, Iowa. She attended High school at Big Fork, Minnesota graduating in 1939 and was the class Valedictorian; attended Itasca Community College and received her certificate in 1941 and then attended the University of Minnesota graduating in 1943 with her Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Human Ecology. She married Dr. William Matalamaki in 1942. She had served as director of the Itasca County Hospital, Board of Social Services in Itasca County and the Itasca County Nursing Home. She elected to the Itasca County Board of Commissioners. She served as President of the Lutheran Church Women of the LCA (local and synod) and served on the National Chairwomen’s board. She had been a director for the University of Minnesota Foundation, Director of Minnesota Lutheran Social Services, Director of Lutheran Social Services Foundation, a Trustee and Regent of Gustavus Adolphus College, served on the advisory board to the Chancellor for the University of Minnesota at Morris; U of M Board of Governors for the U of M Hospital, and had served as a director for the University of Minnesota Medical Foundation. She is survived by daughter: Judith Marie Matalamaki, Son and daughter in law: William Michael (Barbara) Matalamaki; Four grandchildren: Jacob Gerlinger, Luke Gerlinger, Jamie (Oz) Katz, Ben (Alison) Matalamaki; 2 great grandchildren: Tahlia Matalamaki and Adam Katz; Sisters: Winona Mittelstedt, Elizabeth Dundas and brothers: Ben Myers and Paul Myers. She was preceded in death by her parents: Byron Jacob and Vera (Wheaton) Myers, her husband Dr. William Matalamaki, sisters: Rowena Hawkinson and Ruth Kenoyer and brother: Robert Myers. A memorial service will be held Friday, September 21, 2012 at 1 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Roy Berg
11/04/1956-09/11/2012
Roy Orville Berg, 55 of Brainerd and Aitkin entered into eternal peace Tuesday, September 11, 2012. He was born November 4, 1956 in Aitkin to Paul and Ada (Bolduc) Berg. He attended Aitkin Schools and worked as a Machinist. He enjoyed music, hunting and fishing, and going to the Minnesota State Fair. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Leonard Berg. Roy is survived by his son Aaron Berg of Coon Rapids 2 brothers and sister-in-law: Jack Berg of Iowa Carl (Kris) Berg of Aitkin 3 sisters and brothers-in-law: Sandy (Boris) Lubiansky of Emerson, Manitoba, Canada Mary (Al) Borman of Warroad Bonnie (Ben) Howe of Lakeville Half brother Jerry Fish of the Twin Cities Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 3:00P.M. – Saturday, September 15, 2012 memorial service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Cynthia Gray will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Palisade. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. www.srtfuneral.com
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Golda Gerard
07/28/1931-09/10/2012
Golda I. Gerard, age 81 of Aitkin died Monday, September 10, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Golda was born July 28, 1931 in Owatonna, Minnesota. She moved to South St. Paul, Minnesota with her family and an early age where she attended schools and graduated from the South St. Paul High School. She then enrolled in a practical nurse program but did not graduate due to illness. She married Arvid Gerard on September 5, 1949 in South St. Paul. After several years they moved to the Kimberly area near Aitkin. She worked for the Riverwood Health Care Center for 38 years and retired in 1996. She had also worked with the Hospice program. She also served as the communications chairperson for the American Cancer Society for many years. She is survived by two sons and daughter in law: Randy and Barb Gerard of Greenfield, Mn.; Terry Gerard of Hopkins, Mn.; four grandchildren: Shane (Bridget) Gerard of Staples, Mn., Tera Smith (Shannon Kowalczyk)of Hillman, Mn., Erin Gerard and Adam Gerard both of Greenfield, Mn.; 7 great grandchildren: Alyssa, Katelyn and Samantha Smith; Mitchell, Blake, Emma and Ryan Gerard; and one great great grandchild: Carson Anthony Smith, and Great GReat Granddaughter: Haleigh (due in days), sister in law: Arlene Savory, brother in law: Lloyd Gerard, nieces, nephews and close friends Bette Peterson and Connie Yunker. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Arvid in 1989, sisters: Hazel Diense, Clara Vermillion; brothers: Wilbur Rossen and Vernon Rossen and one grandchild Jennifer Gerard. A graveside service will be held Friday, September 14, 2012 at 3 PM at the Forest-Kimberly Cemetery with Rev. Bob Munneke officiating. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Marjory Rose Hanson
04/10/1936-09/07/2012
Marjory Rose Hanson, 76 of Aitkin died Friday, September 7, 2012 at Wendigo Pines in Grand Rapids. She was born April 10, 1936 in Aitkin to James Albert and Laura Belle (Morton) Dixon. She attended North Star School and graduated from Aitkin High School in 1954. Marjory was united in marriage to Alfred “Don” Hanson on October 2, 1954 in Aitkin. She worked at the National “T” Store coffee shop in Aitkin and at the Aitkin County Court House Assessors Office for over 30 years. She enjoyed visiting Branson, Missouri, collecting antiques, playing cards, and bowling. She was preceded in death by her husband Don in 2007, daughter Denise Hanson, infant granddaughter Jill Hanson, brothers Duane and Glen Dixon and her parents. Marjory is survived by two sons and daughter in law: Kevin (Jeanne) Hanson of Aitkin Bradley Hanson and special friend Linda Hugill of Aitkin Grandson Kyle Hanson of Aitkin One brother James Dixon, Jr. of Aitkin 5 sisters and brothers in law: Derva (Guy) Trower of Springfield, MO. Avis (Charles) Bereal of Compton, CA. Betty (Jim) Neilson of Pacoima, CA. Donna (Erik) Anderson of Hill City Ruth (Jim) Jenkins of Topeka, KA. Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M., Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M., Friday at the funeral home and 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Melvin Borgman
10/25/1925-09/07/2012
Melvin Carl Julius Borgman, age 86, of Aitkin died Friday, September 7, 2012 at the Golden Horizons Assisted Living Center in Aitkin. Melvin was born October 25, 1925 in Aitkin, Mn. the son of Carl and Dora (Ketcher) Borgman. Melvin lived his whole life in Aitkin and spent most of it farming. He enjoyed gardening, canning and cooking. He was very attached to his faithful dog “Anna Lee”. He is survived by his sister: Helen Torgerson of Aitkin; brothers and sisters in law: Marvin and Donna Borgman of Aitkin; Emery and Ruth Borgman of Forest Lake, Mn.; Emerson and Yvonne Borgman of Pacific Grove, Calf. And brother in law: Steve Dragovich. He also is survived by 12 nephews and 7 nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents: Carl and Dora Borgman, brothers: Wilmer Borgman and Hilmar Borgman; Sisters: Adeline Borgman, Donna Crump and Marliss Dragovich; sister in law: Bernice Borgman; brothers in law: Howard Crump and Harley Torgerson. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be from Noon until the 1:30 PM services at the church. Burial will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery near Palisade, Mn. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Gordon G. Carlberg
04/27/1926-09/05/2012
Gordon G. Carlberg, age 86 of Aitkin died Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. Gordon was born April 27, 1926 at Sioux City, Iowa the son of Harry and Ethel (Godwin) Carlberg. He grew up and attended schools in Windom, Minnesota. He then served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WW II. Upon his discharge he attended Macalester College in St. Paul. He then worked for the Welch’s Grape Company in Washington State. He married Dorothy (Gee) Pauluk on November 17, 1965 at Watertown, South Dakota. They lived in Eden Prairie and he worked as a salesman and buyer for the Powers Department Store. He worked for them for 26 years until his retirement. He and his wife moved to the Aitkin area in 1975 and have lived here since. He enjoyed skiing and hunting. He is survived by his wife Dorothy Carlberg of Aitkin; children: Lynn (John) Ashby of Blaine, Mn.; Candice (Mark) Kisely of Volga, South Dakota; Cynthia (Dave) Ebeltoft of West Saint Paul, MN.; Gloria (Charles) Gunderson of Rolfe, Iowa; David (Merry) Pauluk of Modesto, Calf.; 7 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren and 1 sister: Joan Earlewine of Windom, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorial service will be Thursday, October 11, 2012, 2:00P.M. at Glory Baptist Church, rural Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Burton H. Anderson
01/08/1931-09/03/2012
Burton Anderson, 81, of Tamarack died Monday, September 3, 2012 at his residence in Balsam Township, north of Tamarack. He was born January 8, 1931 in Wright to Henry Axel and Minnie Mathilda (Blom) Anderson. He attended school in Balsam and graduated from McGregor High School. Burton was united in marriage to Marjorie Green on January 17, 1953 in Balsam Township. He lived his entire life in Balsam Township, working as a logger until his retirement at age 65. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and his true passion - fishing on Little Savanna Lake. He enjoyed woodworking, agate hunting, bird watching and anything that brought him outside. He was a charter member of the Tamarack Sportsmen’s Club, was on the Balsam Town Board serving as treasurer/supervisor for nearly 60 years and was the Fire Warden in Balsam. “If you don’t know me….you aren’t from around here,” was one of his favorite sayings. He may have taught you gun safety, issued you a burning permit, bowled with you, sold you a load of firewood, taken a quarter from you at the cribbage board or shared a hunting story or two. If he met you on the road, chances are you were invited back home for coffee and conversation. He was a true legend in our area and will be missed by many. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Laura Soleta, brother Robert, sisters Frances Laucamp and Doris Onstad, brother-in-law John Laucamp. He is survived by wife Marjorie Son and daughter-in-law Tom and Connie Anderson of McGregor, Daughters and sons-in-law Cindy and Kim Risen of Tamarack Amy and Chris Moe of Rush City Grandchildren: Josh (Melissa) Anderson, Jason & Kyle Anderson, Shaila (Grant) Moody, Shirin Butler, Lydia & Abby Moe Great-grandchildren: Ashlyn Anderson, Isaiah Moody and Chloe Anderson, Brother-in-law Bill Onstad of Tamarack Son-in-law Dave Soleta of Minneapolis And many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 2:00P.M. – Friday, September 7, 2012 at McGregor Community Center in McGregor. Mr. Delmar Peterson will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00P.M. Thursday at McGregor Funeral Home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the McGregor Community Center. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. www.srtfuneral.com
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Newman L. Jacobson
05/15/1917-09/01/2012
Newman L. Jacobson, age 95, of Aitkin died Saturday, September 1, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Newman was born on May 15, 1917 at Wiseton, Saskatchewan, Canada the son of Bernard and Josephine (Westman) Jacobson. He moved with his family to North Dakota at the age of 5 and then to Malmo, Mn. at the age of 7. He attended schools in Malmo. He then served in the U.S. Army during WW II. He was an anti-aircraft gunner with the 439th division. He served in North Africa, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Southern France, Central Europe and the Rhineland. Upon his discharge in 1945 he returned to Malmo. He then married Joy A. Carpenter on February 14, 1953 at Anoka, Minnesota. He worked for Industrial Aggregate in Minneapolis for about 10 years before they moved to Malmo and operated a dairy farm for 46 years retiring in 2000. They then moved into Aitkin and have lived here since. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, working with diamond willow making walking canes, picking agates and visiting with people. He is survived by his wife Joy Jacobson of Aitkin; son: Lane Jacobson of Rice, Mn. 1 sister: Myrtle Graham of Spring Lake Park, Mn. and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother and 2 sisters. Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Wayne Skog and Rev. Glenn Browning 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. Burial will be in the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ronald A. Borgwardt
12/08/1936-09/01/2012
Ronald August Borgwardt, “Borgie”, age 75 of McGregor died Saturday, September 1, 2012 at his home on Big Sandy Lake. Ronald was born December 8, 1936 at Princeton, Minnesota the son of Leslie and Eva (Blair) Borgwardt. He grew up and attended schools in Princeton graduating in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1957 with the 570th M.P. Company in Germany. Upon his discharge he returned to Princeton and started driving truck and did that until he retired in 1992. He had been coming to his place on Big Sandy Lake for a number of years before moving there permanently upon his retirement in 1992. He was a lifetime member of the Coon Rapids VFW and the Coon Rapids American Legion Post. He was also a member of the Teamster Local 120. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, and snowmobiling and in his younger days played baseball, softball, basketball and bowled. He is survived by 3 children: Ivey Borgwardt of Forest Lake, Mn.; Sonja (Joseph) Roberts of Blaine, Mn.; Julie (Greg) Orvis of North Branch, Mn.; 9 grandchildren: Andrew, Stephanie, Lindsey, Kayla, Jessica, Crystal, Jessica, Kassandra, Kody; and 4 great grandchildren: Alexander, Riley, Emma and Remo. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Wanda and 8 brothers and sisters. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 1 PM from the McGregor VFW in McGregor, Minnesota. The McGregor Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Lawrence V. Kullhem
11/11/1927-08/28/2012
Lawrence V. Kullhem, age 84 of Bemidji formerly of Palisade died Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center. He was born November 11, 1927 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Andrew and Alice (Bloomquist) Kullhem. He grew up and attended schools in Palisade and then in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1945. He then worked at various jobs before he entered the U.S. Army and served in Korea. Upon his discharge in 1952 he returned to Minnesota and went to work as an Agricultural Farm Credit Representative. He worked that job for 32 years retiring in 1985. He married Violet Pietila on September 12, 1953 in Palisade, Mn. They have made their home in Bemidji since 1953. He was a life member of the VFW. He is survived by his wife Violet Kullhem of Bemidji; daughters: Marilyn (Steve) Pemble of Bemidji; Karen (Terry) Wickstrom of Ft. Collins, Co.; 3 brothers: Russell (Nina) Kullhem of Palisade; Charles (Genevieve) Kullhem of Aitkin and Marvin Kullhem of Fergus Falls, MN.; 7 grandchildren: Kajsa Freborg, Kaija Freborg, Shaina Raab, Steven Saltee, Mark Saltee, Daana Madden, Darlene Meyer; and 3 great grandchildren: Jordan Madden, Taylor Madden and Dakota Meyer. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, sister, 1 niece and 1 nephew. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 11 AM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with Rev. William Sass officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church Saturday. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. The Aitkin American Legion Post and the Palisade VFW Post will provide military honors. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Florence L. Workman
06/19/1917-08/25/2012
Florence L. Workman, age 95 of Aitkin died Saturday, August 25, 2012 at the Golden Horizons Assisted Living Facility in Aitkin. She was born June 19, 1917 at McGregor, Minnesota the daughter of Lucian and Edna (Gorsuch) Bonneville. She grew up and attended schools in McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School in 1936. She married Lloyd Workman on January 1, 1938 at McGregor. They had lived in various places before settling in the Wealthwood Community in 1956. She lived there until the death of her husband in 1990 at which time she moved into Aitkin and had resided at the Aitkin Manor and more recently at the Golden Horizons Assisted Living. She had worked at the Gables Nursing Home and also at the Aicota Nursing Home. She had also worked as a caregiver in the Aitkin area. She was a member of Sat. James Catholic Church, and the Golden Age Club. She enjoyed quilting, playing cards, watching game shows, playing Bingo, dancing, fishing, and traveling to different casinos. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. She is survived by 4 children and spouses: Carol Tibbetts of Aitkin; Karen (Dale) Holm of Corcoran, Mn.; Jeff (Helen) Workman of Aitkin; Bonnie Petersen of Aurora, Mn.; 19 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren and 24 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lloyd in 1990, daughter Patricia, and grandchildren: Carla Tibbetts and Jerry Banks Jr.; great grandchildren: Carmilla Maus and Spencer Workman, great-great-grandson Kayden Tibbetts 2 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 31, 2012 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Burial will be in the Garrison Cemetery at Garrison, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Donald Alvin Carlson
01/26/1930-08/25/2012
Donald Alvin Carlson, 82 of Aitkin died Saturday, August 25, 2012. He was born January 26, 1930 in Aitkin to Alan and Hulda Carlson. He graduated from Aitkin High School and Enjoyed working on his farm near Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Kenneth Carlson. Donald is survived by his brother Harold Carlson of Aitkin, good friend John Novotny of Aitkin and other friends and relatives. Graveside Service will be 3:00P.M. – Friday, August 31, 2012 at Spencer Cemetery, Aitkin. Reverend Sandy Berg-Holte will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Susan H. Notman
02/12/1941-08/24/2012
Susan H. Notman, age 71 of Aitkin died Friday, August 24, 2012 at her home near Aitkin. Susan was born February 12, 1941 at Chicago, Illinois the daughter of Alfred and Lorraine (Peterson) Yundt. She grew up and attended schools at North Lake, Illinois graduating from Proviso High School in Maywood, Illinois. She then worked in retail sales for a time and then worked for Automatic Electric which made telephone switchboards. She married Bert Notman on February 3, 1961 at Maywood, Illinois. She then worked as a manager for a market research company. She and her husband had been coming to the Aitkin area since 1970 and they moved to Aitkin in 1987 permanently. She and her husband owned Fantasia Farms where they raised and sold miniature horses. She was a member of HART Animal Rescue, and the Aitkin Saddle Club. She loved raising animals. She is survived by her son Richard (Andrea) Notman of Burnsville, Mn.; daughter: Donna (Roy) Liljequist of Aitkin; 3 grandchildren: Denise Notman of Washington State; Elizabeth Frank of Aitkin and Rebecca Notman of Burnsville; 2 brothers: Richard (Fran) Yundt of Carol Stream, Illinois; and William Yundt of Elmhurst, Illinois and also nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bert and 1 brother David. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 11 AM from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church near Aitkin with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Robert K. Sundberg
09/15/1944-08/21/2012
Robert K. Sundberg, age 67 of Tamarack died Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at Essential Health, St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota. Robert was born September 15, 1944 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Evar and Anna (Jensen) Sundberg. He grew up and attended schools in McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School in 1962. He worked construction installing pipelines in Minnesota in his younger days. He married Ruth Parkki on February 20, 1965 in Moose Lake, Minnesota. They made their home in McGregor and he worked as a mechanic for a time and then the majority of his life worked for Savanna Pallet Company as a machine operator until he had to retire due to disability. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, horseshoes and woodworking. He is survived by his wife Ruth Sundberg of Tamarack; Brothers and sisters: MaryAnn (Wes) Johnson of Balsam Lake, Wisc.; Richard (Lois) Sundberg of McGregor; Leonard Sundberg of Medford, Oregon; Roger (Susan) Sundberg of Remer, Mn.; Gail (Gary) Wells of Hinckley, Mn.; Paul (Karla) Sundberg of Grand Marais, Mn.; Lester (Dian) Sundberg of Eugene, Oregon; Nancy (Stan) Hagen of Minneapolis; Walter Sundberg of McGregor and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Elaine. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 11 AM from the McGregor Funeral Home with visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Salo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Franklin C. Zimmerman
07/30/1913-08/19/2012
Franklin Charles Zimmerman, 99, of Carlton and formerly of McGregor, died Sunday, August 19, 2012 at Interfaith Care Center in Carlton. He was born July 30, 1913 in Corydon, Iowa to Lloyd and Elnora Zimmerman. Frank was united in marriage to Clotilde “Tillie” Virginia Golden on July 11, 1936 in Aitkin. He worked as a turkey and beef cattle farmer and was a school bus driver for McGregor Schools for 31 years. Frank served on the Jevne Township Board and was the township assessor for 45 years. He was a member of the McGregor Lions Club and the McGregor United Methodist Church. He will be sadly missed and was loved by many. He was preceded in death by his wife Tillie in 2007, son Marvin “Butch” Zimmerman, daughter Marlene Homme, grandson Glenn Homme, great-granddaughter Valerie Homme, two brothers: Lester and Myrl Zimmerman, sister Elo Zimmerman, and his parents Lloyd and Elnora Zimmerman. Frank is survived by 4 daughters and sons-in-law: Marjorie (Pete) White of Carlton Connie (Warren) Lund of Carlton Barbara (Stan) Roshau of Andover Janet (Andy) Bailey of Carlton 15 grandchildren, many great- grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Frank’s sons-in-law along with Gene Packer and Roy Asp. Honorary pallbearers will be Dale and Merlin Zimmerman, Kenny Boyd, Alvin Hanson, Dick Sorenson, Del Forneris, and Art Line. Lorena Kelley will sing “Amazing Grace” and Mary Beth Swanson will sing “How Great Thou Art”. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Friday August 24, 2012 funeral service at the United Methodist Church in McGregor. Chaplain Rosemary Tobin will officiate. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Roy J. Wayrynen
10/30/1929-08/18/2012
Roy J. Wayrynen, age 82 of Aitkin died Saturday, August 18, 2012 at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota. Roy was born October 30, 1929 in Rice River Township of Aitkin County the son of Eino and Amanda (Siiro) Wayrynen. In his early years Roy was a farmer, logger, milk hauler and school bus driver. He then became a rural mail carrier in the McGregor area until transferring to Santa Ynez, California. He retired in 1991 and he and his wife Janet moved to rural Aitkin where they built their log lake home. Roy enjoyed bowling, golfing, and watching the Twins and Vikings on TV. He was proud of his finish heritage and enjoyed speaking Finn with his family and friends. Taking a sauna at the farm was something he always looked forward to. He is survived by his son and daughter in law: Michael (Darla) Wayrynen of McGregor; daughter and son in law: Candace (Tim) Knoedler of Duluth; Grandchildren: Ranae (Jason) Danielowski, Matthew Wayrynen, Kindra Hietalati; Vanessa Knoedler, Patrick Knoedler, Paul (Rachel) Knoedler, great grandson: Cody Danielowski; brother: Reino Wayrynen of Campbell, CA.; sisters: Lorraine O’Connor of Canby, OR.; Doris Wayrynen of McGregor, Barbara Wayrynen of Cloquet; sister in law: Laverne Malinen of McGregor; brother in laws: Harvey (Diane) Monson of Aitkin; Jerry Monson of McGregor; Step daughter: Kari (Gary) Abbott of Tamarack; step son: Allen (Janice) Ammala of McGregor; step grandchildren: Charla Barnett and Chad Huhta and special friend Ruth Rengo. Roy was preceded in death by his parents; Brother Eugene; Sister Norma Lima; and his wife Janet Wayrynen. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating with a visitation from 10 AM until the 11 AM services. Burial will be in the Saron Cemetery at Dam Lake at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Memorials are preferred.
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Claude Eugene Weitnauer
11/13/1908-08/13/2012
Claude Eugene Weitnauer, 103 of Aitkin died Monday, August 13, 2012 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born November 13, 1908 in Independence, Iowa to Eugene H. and Iona L. (Merrill) Weitnauer. Claude was united in marriage to Helen Madonna December 30, 1933 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He worked for Trinity Industries in New London until retiring in 1975. They moved to Cedar Lake in 1977 and lived there until Claude had to move in with Marilyn and Bill Crowther at Rock Ridge Adult Foster Care. He attended Westside Church in Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his wife Helen in 1997, sister: Lilie Mae Hendrics, 4 brothers: William, Cecil, Cletis and Burton, and his parents. Claude is survived by his children: Claudette (Jerry) Millard of Anoka Arlie (Dedra) Weitnauer of Little Falls Robert (Carol) Weitnauer of Audubon 9 Grandchildren: Diane (Ken) Stinson, Jason Millard, Jennifer Millard (Brian Harpole), Robert (Lora Jean) Weitnauer, David (Genny) Weitnauer, Christopher Weitnauer, Justin (Karen) Weitnauer, Nicholas Weitnauer, Ben Weitnauer 10 Great-grandchildren: Kayla Millard, Jonathan Harpole, Reegen Weitnauer, Branton Weitnauer, Hunter Weitnauer, Khloe Stinson, Phoenix Weitnauer, Laura Mae Stinson, Michael Stinson, Elizabeth Stinson Brother: Roger Weitnauer of Ramsey Many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. – Sunday, August 19, 2012 funeral service at Westside Church in Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Opstead Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Vernon Kemnitz
07/15/1947-08/12/2012
Vernon Kemnitz, 65 of McGregor died Sunday, August 12, 2012 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. He was born July 15, 1947 in Veblen, South Dakota to Frank and Devana (Rush) Kemnitz. He graduated from Pine River High School. Vernon was united in marriage to Dinah Sanda on July 19, 1969 in McGregor. He was a U.S. Naval fighter pilot who served and was wounded in the Vietnam War. He lived in McGregor most of his life and worked in commercial industrial construction as a supervisor. He was preceded in death by his wife Dinah in 2002, infant daughter Jacqueline, brother Larry Kemnitz, sisters: Leona Kemnitz, Jeanette Holden, Elvira Stuber, Lucille Crimmins, and his parents Frank and Devana(Rush) Kemnitz. Vernon is survived by his brother-in-law Lowell Crimmins Sister-in-laws: Shirley (Alfred) Maki and Rosie (Kevin) Weston And many other relatives and friends. Graveside services will be held next summer at 2:00p.m. - July 13, 2013, at Rice River Cemetery, Rice River Township, Aitkin County, MN. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Luella I. Sell
04/20/1931-08/09/2012
Luella I. Sell, age 81 of Aitkin died Thursday, August 9, 2012 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. Luella was born April 20, 1931 at Stewart, Minnesota the daughter of Fred and Alma (Abraham) Klitzke. She grew up and attended Lutheran Parochial School at Brownton. She graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1997. She married Stanley Sell on August 23, 1950 at Stewart, Minnesota. They lived in South Saint Paul until 1959 at which time they purchased the Aitkin Locker Plant and operated it for 30 years. Luella also worked for the Security State Bank as a courier after her husband’s death in 1993. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin, the Aitkin VFW and Legion Auxiliary of which she was a past president. She enjoyed being at the cabin, music, Polka Dancing, volunteering to play the piano and accordion at the nursing homes, and her family. In 1996 she met her best friend, Jim Magdziarz at a dance and they would dance almost every weekend. She is survived by 5 children and spouses: Brian Sell of Maple Grove, Mn.; Barry (Kim) Sell of Baxter, Mn.; Lynn (Charlie) Wikelius of Aitkin, Mn.; Jackie (Terry) Lewison of Maple Grove, Mn.; Cindy (Keith) Stunek of Baxter, Mn.; sister: Edna Harens of Arlington, Mn.; Grandchildren: Jodi Christenson, Kelli Johnson, Jamie Rosenthal, Joe Sell, Mike Stunek, Jake Stunek, Nicci Curry, Sarah Curry, Lindsey Curry, Matthew Sell; Great Grandchildren: Jordan and Logan Christenson, Devon, Peyton and Landon Curry, Daniel Strovers, Alayna Svendsen, and baby Stunek on the way. Also surviving is her best friend Jim Magdziarz of Sturgeon Lake, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Stanley in 1993, Brother Milton, Sister Iola and Daughter in law: Ginny Sell. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1 PM from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be from 11 AM until the 1 PM services at the church Monday. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Aitkin at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Margaret "Peg" Troup
08/01/1917-08/09/2012
Margaret “Peg” E. Troup, 95 of McGregor died Thursday, August 9, 2012 at her residence. She was born August 1, 1917 in Mamont, PA. to John and Wilda (Serine) Bowman. Peg was united in marriage to Harold H. Troup on June 24, 1939 in Mamont, PA. She loved gardening, playing cards and would get along with everyone she met. She was a member of Round Lake Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold H. Troup, 5 brothers, 4sisters, and her parents. Peg is survived by her children: Harold A. (Liz) Troup of McGregor Joan (Vance) Thiede of Blaine Ruth (John) Hunter of Ham Lake John (Jackie) Troup of Coon Rapids 16 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren Other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1P.M. – Saturday, August 18, 2012 memorial service at Round Lake Presbyterian Church in McGregor. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to Round Lake Presbyterian Church fund.
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Leota P. Howard
12/31/1917-08/05/2012
Leota P. (Davies) Howard, age 94 of Aitkin died Sunday, August 5, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Leota was born December 31, 1917 at Ipswich, South Dakota, the daughter of Chester A. and Ella I. (Petersen) Davies. She attended schools in Ipswich and then moved with her family to the Aitkin area and attended school in Spencer Township and then the Aitkin High School graduating in 1935. She married George F. Howard on November 15, 1939 in Aitkin. She had worked as a waitress and then as a secretary for the Aitkin County Superintendent of Schools before she worked for the ASCS as a secretary for 17 years. She and her husband lived in Spencer Township before moving to the Riverview Condo’s in 1987. She has been a resident at Aicota Health Care Center since 2007. She was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church at Rossburg, had been a member of the Moose, the Rebekah’s, and the Happy Hour Birthday Club. She enjoyed sewing and making sweatshirts, flower gardening and counter cross stitching. She is survived by daughters and sons in law: Donna and Clayton Lueck of Aitkin; Diane and Arvid Gollnick of Madison, Mn.; Darlene and Bob MacGregor of Aitkin; Trudy Segner of Annandale, Mn.; 12 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 12 great great grandchildren; sister: Marge Howard of Aitkin; brothers and sisters in law: Maynard and Donna Davies of Beverly Hills, Florida; Calvin and Verna Davies of Coleraine, Mn.; John and Shirley Davies of Crosby, Mn.; and Everett and Shirley Davies of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband George in 1991, son in law: Jim Segner; 4 brothers and 2 sisters. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Burial will be in the Howard Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 PM with a prayer service at 7:30 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. The family prefers memorials to the donor’s favorite charity. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Pauline M. Fulton
08/21/1922-07/29/2012
Pauline Marie Fulton, 89 of Aitkin died Sunday, July 29, 2012 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born August 21, 1922 in Quasqueton, Iowa to Elbert Ralph and Annie Gurine (Gunderson) Sherrets. She graduated from Quasqueton High School. Pauline was united in marriage to Nyle Fulton on November 15, 1945 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. She enjoyed dancing and singing, and she enjoyed life. She was preceded in death by her husband Nyle, two brothers, four sisters, and parents. Pauline is survived by 3 sons: Tom Fulton of Aitkin Rick (JoAnn) Fulton of Perris, CA. Randy Fulton (Terrie Peet) of Aitkin 1 daughter: Cheri (David) (Fulton) Nord of Dassel 7 Grandchildren: Heather Walberg, Jade Nord, Amber Nord, Michael Fulton, Christopher Fulton, Lacee Fulton, Amber Peet 7 great-grandchildren 1 sister: Irene Vig of Cedar Rapids, IA. Many other relatives and friends. Family services will be held at a later date. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Virginia M. Lawrenz
11/22/1920-07/26/2012
Virginia Mae Lawrenz, age 91 of Aitkin formerly of Springfield Mn. and Dunnellon, Fla. Died Thursday, July 26, 2012 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Virginia was born November 22, 1920 at Omaha, Nebraska the daughter of Walter William and Mae (Eastman) Cook. She attended schools in Kansas City, Mo. And Springfield Mo. She then attended Drury College in Springfield, Mo. She met her future husband, Robert A. Lawrenz at O’Reilly Veterans Hospital in Springfield Mo. They were married on October 15, 1945 in Springfield, Mo. They lived in Minneapolis, MN. for a time and then moved to Springfield, Minnesota where they lived until 1983 when she and her husband retired to Dunnellon, Florida. They moved to Aitkin, Mn. in 2002 to be closer to family in their older years. She had enjoyed golfing, gardening, bowling and playing cards. She is survived by her daughters: Nancy and Dr. Charles Schotzko of Aitkin; Martha Overby of Shoreview, Mn.; son: Dean and Susan Lawrenz of Glendale, AZ.; Grandchildren: David Schotzko of Toronto, Canada; Kolleen Overby of Minneapolis; Jackie Kelly of Vale, AZ.; Rachel Lawrenz of Surprise, AZ.; and great granddaughter: Madden Elizabeth Kelly of Vale, AZ. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Robert in 2008 and brother Walter Denton Cook. No services are planned. Inurnment will be at the Good Shepherd Memorial Gardens in Ocala, Florida at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Jannie Haagensen
11/03/1921-07/26/2012
Jannie Haagensen, 90 of McGregor died Thursday, July 26, 2012 at her residence. She was born November 3, 1921 in Greensboro, NC. Jannie was united in marriage to Vernon G. Haagensen on November 22, 1946 in Rockford, IL. She was a life member of the McGregor VFW Larson-Duneen Post #2747 Auxillary. She was preceded in death by her husband Vernon on July 10, 2001, two brothers, and her parents. Jannie is survived by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Gordon and Pat Haagenson of Texas Lorraine and Fred Haesche of California Dale and Mary Haagensen of McGregor Daynah and Jo Ann Haagensen of McGregor Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A gathering of family and friends will be10:00A.M. to 12:00P.M. – Monday, July 30, 2012 at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Burial will be at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. www.srtfuneral.com
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Eva Vagner
12/24/1950-07/22/2012
Eva Vagner, age 61 of Aitkin formerly of Palisade and Germany died Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the Golden Horizon’s Assisted Living Center in Aitkin. Eva was born December 24, 1950 at Titel, Yugoslavia. She grew up and attended schools in Germany. She moved to the United States in 1979 and lived in Texas for a time before returning to Germany. She returned to the United States in 1991 and lived in Kansas before moving to Palisade, Minnesota in 1995. She has most recently resided in Aitkin. She is survived by Children: James Vagner of Ludwigshafen, Germany; Jasen (Shelby) Hadley of Rice, MN.; Jessica Hadley and Raymond Lane of Palisade, MN.; Katherine Hadley and Kristopher Hummel of Duluth, MN.; 5 Grandchildren: Tobias, Fabian, Mitchell, Liam and Avery; 1 brother: Peter Vagner of Titel, Yugoslavia. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Matthias. A memorial service will be held Friday, July 27, 2012 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Mabel Sandahl
09/12/1914-07/17/2012
Mabel Mary Sandahl, 97 of Aitkin died July 17, 2012 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born September 12, 1914 in Gourley Township, Michigan to Arthur Joseph and Annie Katherine (Rode) Berger. Mabel was united in marriage to Walter Gustaf Sandahl on June 22, 1935 in Robbinsdale. She enjoyed square dancing and sewing. She was a long time member of Elim Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale and a 60 year member of the Eastern Star #238 in Robbinsdale. She was preceded in death by her husband Walter in 1996, three brothers: Florian, Raymond, and Clarence Berger, and her parents. Mabel is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Donna and Donald Myhre of Aitkin Grandchildren: Donelle and Ed Bebault, Denise Bosak, Dawn Smeby Great-grandchildren: Anne Bebault, April Bebault, Anthony Bosak, Lana Bosak Great-great-granddaughter: Svea Bebault Brothers: Howard Berger of Wilson, MI. and Ralph Berger of Carney, MI. Other relatives and friends. Mabel’s family would like to thank the staff at Aicota Health Care Center for their kindness and compassion. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Saturday, August 18, 2012 memorial service at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, 5125 West Broadway, Crystal, MN. 55419. Ph. 763-533-8643 Reverend Glen Floe will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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John W. MacDonald
02/26/1921-07/17/2012
John W. MacDonald, age 91, of Aitkin died Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. John was born February 26, 1921 at Tamarack, Minnesota the son of Charles and Laura (Nelson) MacDonald. He was a descendant of the early pioneer MacDonald family which settled in the Aitkin area in the 1880’s. He attended schools in Aitkin graduating with the Class of 1938. He then served in the U.S. Army during WW II serving in the United Kingdom, Algeria, Tunisia and Italy. He was a member of the 34th Military Police Company, 34th (Red Bull) Infantry Division. Upon his discharge he returned to Minnesota and attended Moorhead State Teachers College and graduated in 1949. While at Moorhead State he played football and lettered, was a member of the Owl fraternity and earned senior honors. He married Loretta L. Johnson on June 2, 1951 in Aitkin. John taught in Halstad, Riverton and Aitkin Public Schools. He was a secondary teacher, assistant principal and guidance counselor. He and his wife have lived in Aitkin most of their lives. He enjoyed the New York Times crossword puzzles, poetry, reading and bird watching. He is survived by his wife Loretta L. (Lori) MacDonald of Aitkin; daughter: Mara Funk (David) of Cheyenne, Wyoming; son: John T. (Ted) MacDonald (Ruth) of Ames, Iowa; brother in law: Gerald A. Johnson of Aitkin; grandchildren: Alexander Funk and Joel Funk both of Cheyenne, Wyoming; Neal MacDonald of Ft. Knox, Kentucky; Scott MacDonald of Ames, Iowa and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles W. and Laura M. MacDonald, sisters: Laura Ellen Swanson and Jean Marie Elmeer and brother: Charles Gerald (Jed) MacDonald. A memorial service will be held Monday, July 23, 2012 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Donald Norman 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. Burial will be at a later date in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Memorials are preferred to the Aitkin County Historical Society or the charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Edward Peter Graff
08/28/1941-07/15/2012
Edward Peter Graff, age 70 of McGregor passed away unexpectedly in Montgomery, Minnesota on Sunday, July 15, 2012. He was born August 28, 1941 to Sylvester and Mae Graff in Oelwein, Iowa and moved with his family to Big Sandy Lake in 1952. He married Bonnie Fowlds of Palisade on September 16, 1961. Ed served as an Air Policeman in the U.S. Air Force in Iceland and Austin, Texas from 1960 to 1964. Following his discharge, he graduated from Bemidji State University earning degrees in Social Studies and Psychology and later earned a Master’s Degree in School administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. He went on to teach in rural Alaska and South Dakota before retiring to his family home on Big Sandy Lake in 1994, where he continued to share his expertise and vast knowledge of the outdoors with family and friends. Ed will be remembered as a devoted husband and son, a loving father, and doting grandfather, as well as a beloved brother and uncle to his siblings and many nieces and nephews. He is survived by his wife Bonnie of 50 years, Children: Bonnie Joy Graff (Jeff) of Park Rapids, Mn.; Debra Kinniry (Ryan) of Montgomery, Mn.; Edward Jon Graff (Michelle) of Anchorage, Ak.; David Graff (Jamie) of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; Rebecca Melchert (Matthew) of Morristown, Mn.; Christina New (Corey) of Champlin, Mn.; Grandchildren: Christopher and Kelsey Cash, John, Roger, and Catherine Callahan, Jonathon, Luke and Alexander Graff, Henry New and a much anticipated baby sister due in November, Rylan Prince-Graff and great granddaughter Camille Kruse; brothers: Robert Graff of McGregor, Hal Graff of St. Augustine, Fl.; sisters: Marjorie Cox, Janice Mecke, and Barbara Maron all of McGregor, Mn.; Dianne Ladd of Palisade, Mn.; Kay Vieth of Marthasville, Mo.; and Sylvia Tilghman of Kansas City, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter: Tammy Graff, sisters: Mary Patricia Graff, Josephine Dawson, Connie Snelling, and Brother Richard Graff. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery at Palisade. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.
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