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Nancy Jean Hines Atwood
01/22/1924-05/04/2013
Nancy Jeanne (Hines) Atwood, 89 of Pine River died Saturday, May 4, 2013 at her residence. She was born January 22, 1924 in Saint Paul. She was a U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve Veteran serving active duty from May 12, 1944 to December 20, 1945. She was preceded in death by her husband Ed Atwood and her parents. Nancy is survived by family and friends. Graveside services will be 10:30A.M. – Friday, May 10, 2013 at Maple Hill Cemetery, Walden Township, rural Pine River. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Viena E. Thompson
12/14/1915-04/30/2013
Viena E. Thompson, 97 of Cromwell and formerly of McGregor died Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at Villa Court Senior Community – Villa Vista in Cromwell. She was born December 14, 1915 in Rice River Township to Matt and Ida (Beckman) Hutar. She attended Riverside School in Rice River Township. Viena was united in marriage to Charles N. Thompson on October 4, 1947 in Aitkin. She worked in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Duluth. She enjoyed spending time in the woods and in nature, and was an avid hunter and fisherman. She was a member of Rice River Senior Center. She was preceded in death by her parents Matt and Ida (Beckman) Hutar, two brothers: Wayne and Milton Hutar, two sisters: Bertha Nelson and Violet Williams. Viena is survived by her husband Charles N. Thompson Brother: Hjalmer Hutar of Cromwell Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Saturday, May 4, 2013 funeral service at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Reverend Hal Kamppi will officiate. Burial will be in Rice River Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Cameron "Pete" Peterson
02/22/1922-04/27/2013
Cameron “Pete” Peterson, age 91 of Aitkin died Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Cameron was born February 22, 1922 at McGrath, Minnesota the son of Eugene and Mabel (Johnston) Peterson. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin and graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1941. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during WW II on the aircraft carrier USS Princeton. He married Frances K. Franz on December 23, 1944 in Aitkin. They lived in Miami, Florida for a time while he finished serving in the Navy and then they returned to Aitkin. He worked as a salesman and car repairman for Northtown Motors in Aitkin. He also worked for Ziske’s hauling milk and then worked in the mines for a time. He also worked construction work before he started working as a cobbler doing shoe repair for many years in the Aitkin area. He also farmed in the Cedarbrook area. He has resided at the Aicota Assisted Living for a number of years. He was a member of the Aitkin American Legion, the Knights of Columbus, had served as a 4-H leader and had been involved with the Aitkin Saddle Club. He was always busy making things. He is survived by 2 daughters and sons in law: Karen and Kenneth Kopitzke of Afton, Mn.; Jeanne and Kevin Hanson of Aitkin; 2 Sons and daughters in law: Richard Peterson and Mary Tibbetts of Aitkin; Thomas Peterson and Elaine Dufresne of Williamstown, Vermont; 3 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren and 1 Brother: Keith Peterson of Oakland, Calf. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Frances, 2 Brothers: Ronald and Charles and Sister Audrey. A memorial Mass will be held Monday, May 6, 2013 at 11 AM at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Roger D. Wilson
06/17/1937-04/27/2013
Roger D. Wilson, age 75 of Aitkin died Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Aicota Assisted Living Center in Aitkin. Roger was born June 17, 1937 at Clear Lake, Iowa the son of Robert Todd and Lottie (Yeiser) Wilson. He attended country schools in Clear Lake and then moved to Dexter, Minnesota and graduated from the Elkton High School. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Panama Canal and at Norfolk, Virginia. Upon his discharge he returned to Austin, Minnesota and attended hair styling school. He married Sandra Glynn on November 10, 1962 at Grand Meadow, Minnesota. They lived in the Austin area for about 9 years and then moved to the Aitkin area and Roger worked as a DJ for KVBR in Brainerd. He then took a position with the Burns and Kneeland Lumber Co. based in Aitkin. In 1978 Roger and Keith Laugen, Bob Armstrong and Ed Fleming bought out the Burns and Kneeland Lumber Company and started Lake States Lumber which operated as a small wholesale lumber brokerage but it grew into a large distribution Lumber Company across the Midwest with locations in Aitkin, Brooklyn Park, Duluth, Schofield and Sparta. Roger and Keith operated the business until 2003 when he retired. Roger loved the people at Lake States Lumber Co. and wanted to help everyone who worked there to succeed. His door was always open. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Eastern Star and A.A. He enjoyed helping and supporting others overcome their addiction. He enjoyed coin collecting and getting out fished by his wife on Rainey Lake. He is survived by his wife Sandy Wilson of Aitkin; Son and daughter in law: Steve and Julie Wilson of Aitkin; 3 Grandchildren: Tanner, Brynn and Reagan; 2 brothers: Harold (Carol) Wilson of Missouri; Matelin “Shorty” (Linda) Wilson of Elkton, Mn. and Sister: Betty (James) Threinen of Plymouth, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Robert Todd Wilson. A memorial service will be held Friday, May 3, 2013 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Peterson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Sharon L. Pearson
03/15/1936-04/25/2013
Sharon L. Pearson, age 77 of Aitkin died Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the Golden Horizons Assisted Living in Aitkin. Sharon was born March 15, 1936 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Forrest and Helen (Palmer) Dorholt. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis and graduated from the Columbia Heights High School. She then operated a dance school and also worked for the University Of Minnesota Forestry Department. She married Ronal Pearson in May of 1958 at New Brighton, Minnesota. They made their home in Fridley. She worked as a home health aide for a time and then worked as a secretary for the Med-Tronic Company. They moved to the Aitkin area in 1993 and have lived here since. She had volunteered at the Riverwood Medical Center. She was a member of the Red Hat Ladies. She enjoyed golfing, sewing, knitting and quilting and she loved to dance. She is survived by her husband Ronald Pearson of Aitkin; Mother: Helen Dorholt of Aitkin, Children and spouses: Janet and Mike Seeman of Maple Grove, Mn.; Julianne and Larry LaVigne of Blaine, Mn.; Greg and Muffie Pearson of Andover, Mn.; Dave and Lynn Pearson of Blaine, Mn.; Kenneth and Tammy Pearson of Fridley, Mn.; 14 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and brother Phil (Audrey) Dorholt of Minnetonka, Mn. She was preceded in death by her father Forrest. A memorial Mass will be held Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Marlyn D. Haarstad
05/19/1947-04/24/2013
Marlyn D. Haarstad, age 65 of McGregor, formerly of Dexter, Mn. died Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at the Essentia Health, St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Mn. Marlyn was born May 19, 1947 at Austin, Minnesota the son of Otto and Claudene (Carlson) Haarstad. He grew up and attended schools in the Elkton area. He married Carol Puncochar in New Prague. They made their home in Dexter and moved to McGregor in 1978. He worked as a welder Yukon Corp. and Star Machine and Tool. He then started his own business MARS Prop Repair and Fabricating. He has operated that until his death. He married Jody Lynn Lambertus on August 1, 1998 in McGregor. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and his family was very important to him. He is survived by his wife Jody Haarstad of McGregor; Children and spouses: Paula and Kevin Mortenson of Dexter, Mn.; Nichole and Tim Tierney of McGregor; Candice and Austin Fredrickson of McGregor; 10 grandchildren; 1 Brother: Odean (Allienne) Haarstad of Dexter. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Andrew and niece Robyn. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 1 PM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 AM until the 1 PM services at the church on Thursday. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Leo A. Erdman
04/11/1927-04/23/2013
Leo A. Erdman, 86 of Aitkin died Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born April 11, 1927 in Howard Lake to Karl and Emma (Schamltz) Erdman. He was united in marriage to Yvonne (Dalbec) in 1952 in Howard Lake. He worked as a cement mason until 1976 when he and his family moved to Aitkin. He then started raising fur animals, painting and doing odd jobs. Leo was a quiet man of few words. He loved nature, the outdoors, trapping, and fishing. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his son Allen, five sisters, seven brothers, and his parents. Leo is survived by his wife Yvonne Daughter: Donna Bullock and (Earl) Son: Glenn Erdman and (Cindy) 4 grandchildren: Kristy (Bob) Quigley, Jessica Carpenter and (Dan), Jason (Jill) Erdman, Jennifer Erdman 10 great-grandchildren 2 sisters: Irma (Marion) Howard and Irene Gilbert 2 brothers: Marvin and Willard Erdman Other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. – Friday, April 26, 2013 funeral service at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Burial will be in Bennettville Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dorothy A. Bare
11/08/1924-04/23/2013
Dorothy A. Bare, age 88 of Aitkin died Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Dorothy was born November 8, 1924 at Cleveland, Ohio. She grew up and attended schools there. She worked at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Plant for a time. She married Arnold O. Bare on June 9, 1945 in Greensburg, Ohio. They lived in Greensburg for a time and then moved to Owen, Wisconsin where they operated a farm. In 1958 they moved to Aitkin and owned and operated the Lone Lake Resort. In 1964 the purchased Zeese’s Shoe Store and operated Bare’s Bootery. Dorothy worked at the store until health issues forced her to retire in 2003. She has resided at the Aicota Assisted Living and Aicota Health Care Center since that time. She was a member of the Aitkin Lioness Club and the Aitkin United Methodist Church. She is survived by 2 sons and spouses: Douglas and Mary Bare of Aitkin; Steven and Janice Bare of Aitkin; Grandchildren and spouses: Matt (Kristen) Bare of St. Paul, Mn.; Michael Bare of Fergus Falls, Mn.; Jeff (Rita) Bare of Aitkin; Great Grandchildren: Tanner, Travis, and Tyler Bare; Lauren, Olivia and Noah Landrus and Teddy Mishler; Sister: Louise Reeves of Waukegan, Illinois; Brothers: Edward Kauchnik and Kenneth Kauchnik both of Waukegan, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her husband Arnold; Grandson Greg Bare, 1 Sister and 2 Brothers. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 29, 2013 at 11 AM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Larry Foote officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Memorials are preferred to the Aitkin United Methodist Church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Walfred "David" Dixon
04/20/1939-04/22/2013
Walfred “David” Dixon Jr. age 74 of Aitkin formerly of Duluth died Monday, April 22, 2013 at his home. He was born April 20, 1939 at Harney, Minnesota the son of Walfred and Virginia (Wizbiski) Dixon. He grew up and attended schools in Cloquet. He then worked at the paper mill in Cloquet for a time. He married Helen H. Granholm on August 11, 1958 at Carlton, Minnesota. They lived in Duluth where he worked on the Boats and also as a security guard at St. Mary’s Medical Center for the Pinkerton Co. He was very artistic and enjoyed drawing and crafts. He is survived by his wife Helen Dixon of Aitkin; sons: Dale (Shelby) Dixon of Duluth; Duane Dixon of Duluth; Daughter: Darla (John) Heins of Aitkin; 5 Grandchildren; 4 Great Grandchildren; 2 Sisters: Wanda Dixon of Detroit, Michigan; Diane Dixon of Cloquet, Mn.; Brother Douglas Dixon of Cloquet, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers. No services will be held. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Clayton M. Lueck
02/27/1938-04/22/2013
Clayton M. Lueck, age 75 of Aitkin died Monday, April 22, 2013 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Clayton was born February 27, 1938 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Vernon and Ila (Gustin) Lueck. He attended country school at Thor and graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1956. He worked for a time up in Silver Bay. He married Donna J. Howard on July 19, 1958 in Aitkin. They lived out in the Thor area farming raising turkeys and had a dairy herd. In 1965 they moved to Farm Island Township on their farm and continued farming. In later years he had an Elk herd for a time. He was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church at Rossburg, the NRA and the Dam Lake Sportsman’s Club. He enjoyed golfing, hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed attending the grandchildren’s events. He is survived by his wife Donna Lueck of Aitkin; Children: Tracey and David Roring of Aitkin; Rea and Gary Leonard of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; Darcy and Brian Steinke of Casper, Wy.; 11 Grandchildren and spouses: Jared Heins, Landon Heins, Dustin and Brittany Heins, Sam Roring, Cara Leonard, Isaac Leonard, Nathaniel and Luci Ritter, Katti and Dexter Mettler, Logan and Shawna Ritter, Tylor Count and Kelseigh Count; 10 Great Grandchildren: Brenna and Easton Heins, Bentley, Kohen and Deegan Mettler, Brooklyn , Ealeigh and Claytyn Ritter and Ashlynn and Tanner Carlson; Sister: Dolores and Dennis Russell of Isle, Mn.; and Brother: Arnold and Karen Lueck of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 3 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 1 PM until the 3 PM services. Burial will be at a later date in the Saron Cemetery. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Larry Patrick
11/17/1944-04/21/2013
Larry Patrick, 68 of Cromwell died Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Villa Vista Senior Community – Cardinal Court in Cromwell. He was born November 17, 1944 in McGregor to Edwin and Ethel Patrick. He worked as a truck driver for many years. He is survived by many relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 10:00A.M. - Monday, May20, 2013 at Villa Vista in Cromwell. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Wayne M. Moe
03/26/1942-04/19/2013
Wayne M. Moe, age 71 of McGregor formerly of Duluth died Friday, April 19, 2013 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. Wayne was born March 26, 1942 at Tamarack, Minnesota the son of Conrad and Ruby (Hiller) Moe. He grew up and attended schools in McGregor. He worked for a time logging and ricing in the area. He married Judith C. Erickson on May 11, 1963 in Aitkin. They lived in McGregor until 1966 when they moved to Duluth where he worked. In 1981 they returned to the McGregor area where he farmed and worked for Clark Township. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing and he especially enjoyed his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Judy Moe of McGregor; Son: Keith Moe of McGregor; Daughters: Kelley and Scott Gerads of Little Falls, Mn.; Kristy and Gary Gustafson of Glencoe, MN. And Karie Moe of Wrenshall, MN.; 6 Grandchildren: Christopher, Meghan, Courtney, Devon, Meredith and Chance, 2 Great Grandchildren: Caddy and Dayton; 1 brother: Phillip Moe of Alaska and 3 sisters: Marjorie Anderson of Milwaukee, Wisc.; Darlene Hanson and Yvonne Hanson both of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Kraig, 2 sisters and 4 brothers. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 11 AM from the McGregor Funeral Home with Diane Brennan officiating. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Mervin L. Rohrer
10/15/1924-04/16/2013
Mervin L “The Captain” Rohrer, age 88 of Rural Isle died Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Mervin was born October 15, 1924 at Lancaster, Pennsylvania the son of Willis and Mabel (Landis) Rohrer. He grew up and attended schools at Lancaster graduating from High School there. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during WW II. He served in the Parachute Infantry and was involved in the Battle of the Bulge. Upon his discharge he returned to Pennsylvania for a time and began selling agricultural equipment and travelled extensively with his job. Later he worked for the Montgomery Ward Co. and then was a draftsman for the Litton Company. He worked on the design and layout of many drug stores. He also was a real estate salesman in the Anoka area. He moved to the Malmo area in 1985 and has lived here since. He had been a launch operator for Fisher’s Resort for many years. He was a member of the Mason’s and the Isle VFW. He enjoyed making maple syrup each spring. He is survived by his children: Herb (Linda) Rohrer of Bloomsbury, N.J.; Mervin (Chol-Mi) Rohrer Jr. of Arizona; Janice (Bill) Snow of Equinuk, Pa.; Tim Rohrer of Pa.; Barb Scherber of Coon Rapids, Mn.; Linda (Bob) Evenson of Isanti, Mn.; Sandra (Jim) Karasch of Anoka, Mn.; Brian (Rachael) Rohrer of Big Lake, Mn.; Boyd (Debi) Rohrer of Crystal, Mn.; 20 grandchildren, 11 Great Grandchildren and Son in law: Ralph Walls of Florida. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, daughter, 3 brothers and 1 sister. A funeral service will be held Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 4 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. James Raisanen officiating. A visitation will be from 1 to the 4 PM services at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Anoka on Monday at 11 AM. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Diane M. Orjala
10/16/1947-04/14/2013
Diane Maria Orjala age 65 died Sunday, April 14, 2013 at McGregor. She was born October 16, 1947 to Eleanor (Beckman) and Wayne Orjala, the oldest of four children. She attended McGregor elementary and High School, graduating in 1965. She attended the Minneapolis School of Arts as a fashion major from 1965 to 1967. She lived in Winston Salem, Houston, Manhattan and Los Angeles before returning to Minneapolis in 1987 and then back to East Lake in 2006 to reside with her mother. Her career began in retail sales, progressing to positions of buyer of suits and dresses in Houston. Later as a merchandiser for two California dress manufacturers. Upon her return to Minneapolis she went back to retail sales. Diane was preceded in death by her father Wayne Orjala in 1959 and younger sister Edith Orjala in 1973. She is survived by her mother Eleanor Karjala, Sister Nancy Orjala and Brother David (Catherine) Orjala and niece Allison and nephew Andrew Orjala. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. The McGregor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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Ethel B. Heath
09/30/1920-04/13/2013
Ethel B. Heath, age 92 of Aitkin formerly of Mound and Princeton died Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Ethel was born September 30, 1920 at Clarkfield, Minnesota the daughter of Oley and Sadie (Richardson) Handeland. She grew up and attended schools in Clarkfield graduating from the Clarkfield High School. She married Charles F. Heath on May 26, 1945 in Hennepin County. The made their home in Mound, Mn where they owned and operated Chuck’s Hardware Store for over 25 years. For many years they had been coming to their cabin on Cedar Lake near Aitkin and in 1971 they moved to Aitkin and made their home here. Ethel’s husband Charles died in 1973. She continued living in Aitkin and worked for Francin’s Clothing Store and Eleanor’s Boutique before moving to Princeton, Mn. in 2002. She lived there until moving back to Aitkin in 2011 when she entered the Aicota Health Care Center. She enjoyed reading and gardening and was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She is survived by grandchildren: Katherine Freund of Minneapolis, Katherine Nyberg of St. Cloud, Ruth (Jim) Bender of Aitkin and Charlie (Krista) Anderson of Aitkin; Great Grandchildren: Samantha and Gina Nyberg; Daniel Bender and Jake Anderson and sons in law: Kerry Freund and Todd Pieper. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband Charles, Daughters: Nancy Eck, Susan Pieper and Karen Freund, 2 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 10:30 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 AM until the 10:30 AM services. Burial will be in the Mound Union Cemetery at Mound, Minnesota at 2:30 PM on Thursday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Richard A. Thompson
09/19/1928-04/11/2013
Richard A. Thompson, age 84 of Aitkin died Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the Aitkin Health Services. He is survived by his wife Mary Thompson of 66 years; 3 children: Pat, Rick and Sue; 5 Grandchildren; 8 Great Grandchildren and Brother Robert. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 grandchild and 3 sisters. No services will be held. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Elizabeth Deurr Jeronimus
09/07/1922-04/11/2013
Elizabeth D. “Bette” Jeronimus, age 90 of Fridley died in peace at her home with her family present. Bette was born in Aitkin, Minnesota on September 7, 1922, the daughter of Hannah and Frank Deurr. She attended school in Tamarack, where her mother was the teacher. The family later moved to Duluth and she attended Denfeld High School and graduated in 1940. She then attended the Duluth State Teachers College, which later became the U of M, Duluth. She met her future husband, Bob, during the summer of 1941, while he was home on leave from military service. They corresponded daily when he returned to his base. Their love grew during furloughs and they were married on October 18, 1943 in Duluth. She enjoyed military life, the excitement of new assignments, new vistas, but mostly new friends. She was a natural for the life. Golf, bowling and bridge, she was involved with everything, especially the parties and celebrations. They were stationed in Denver, San Antonio, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C., each one more enjoyable than the next. She made friends everywhere they went, hand-writing over one-hundred Christmas cards each season. They returned home to Minneapolis in July of 1965 where her husband took a position as a professor at the U of M School of Dentistry and they settled into their permanent home. Bette continued to enjoy hosting parties, supporting many nonprofit organizations, and daily walks with friends into her golden years. In the end, she enjoyed her time with family and friends the most. A special thanks to the Dr.’s Johnson and Health Partners Hospice Team 6. Your loving and caring kindness helped us through this time of sorrow. She is survived by her loving husband of almost 70 years Bob; daughter Ann Bollmeier (David; Grandchildren: Lynne Macziewski (Nathan) and Jeffrey Bollmeier (Katie) and her four adorable great grandchildren Grace and Jack Macziewski and Kaia and Karina Bollmeier and daughter Liz. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 11 AM from Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1900 Seventh Street NW, New Brighton, Mn. 55112. A private burial was held at the Round Lake Cemetery near McGregor, Mn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA). Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Mae Viola Raushel
01/18/1925-04/09/2013
Mae Viola Raushel, 88, of Big Sandy Lake, McGregor died Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born January 18, 1925 in Chisholm. Her parents were Mario and Angela (Maturi) Paoli. She graduated from Chisholm High School in 1943 and attended Hibbing Jr. College. She graduated from the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul in 1947 with a major in Psychology and then graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Masters in Library Science. Mae was united in marriage to Frank S. Raushel on August 20, 1947 in Chisholm. She lived in Cloquet for many years before moving to Big Sandy Lake, McGregor. Mae and her husband owned and operated Savanna Industries and Savanna Pallets of McGregor, Mn. She was a past member of the Cloquet Public Library Board and McGregor Library Board and a member of the McGregor Flower Club. She was an avid reader her entire life and enjoyed flower gardening. She loved living on the lake and taking leisurely pontoon rides. She enjoyed having her many grandchildren visit her in the summer at the lake. She also enjoyed her weekly bridge game, swimming and crossword puzzles. Mae was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching her Alma Mater Gophers, Vikings and Twins. She was preceded in Death by her husband Frank S. Raushel in 1997, brother Raymond Paoli in 1988, sister Angelyn (Honey) Dinquell in 2012, mother Angela Viola Urbiha in 1978, and father Mario Paoli in 1967. Mae is survived by: Son – Dr. Frank M. Raushel (Norene) of College Station, Texas Daughter – Virginia A. Evans (Michael) of Piedmont, California Son – Lawrence S. Raushel (Jeanne) of Palisade, MN Son – Douglas C. Raushel (Jan) of Aitkin, MN Son – Allen T. Raushel (Robyn) of Cloquet, MN Son – Andrew M. Raushel (Cheryl) of Jacobson, MN 20 Grandchildren 16 Great Grandchildren Other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. – Saturday, April 13, 2013 Funeral Service at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Needle Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the McGregor Library.
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Dawn I. Peterson
01/02/1924-04/03/2013
Dawn I. Peterson, age 89 of Aitkin and formerly of Lake Elmo and Dellwood died Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Dawn was born January 2, 1924 at Huron, South Dakota the daughter of Louis and Vera (Hillquist) Madsen. She grew up and attended schools in Huron graduating from High School there. She then moved to the Twin Cities where she worked for a time. She married John E.A. Peterson on December 29, 1944 at St. Paul, Minnesota. They lived in St. Paul for a short time and then moved to Lake Elmo in 1947 and lived there until 1967. They then moved to Dellwood and lived there until moving to Aitkin in 1988. Dawn has lived in Aitkin since. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, a former member of Christ Lutheran Church in Lake Elmo. She helped at the Card Shop recycling at Aitkin Health Services, enjoyed playing cards, knitting, and making quilts. She was a past member of the Homemakers Club in Lake Elmo. She is survived by 3 sons and spouses: Bernie and Bonnie Peterson of Dallas, Texas; Rich and Janet Peterson of Aitkin, Mn.; Doug and Linda Peterson of Aitkin, Mn.; 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John in 1992, and 4 brothers. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 8, 2013 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services on Monday at the church. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery at Maplewood, Minnesota on Tuesday at 11 AM. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Barbara Ann Priem
02/14/1940-03/31/2013
Barbara Ann Priem, 75 of Aitkin died Sunday, March 31, 2013 at Aitkin Health Services. She was preceded in death by her parents Stan and Ann Wendler. She is survived by her husband Raymond Priem Three sons and daughters-in-law: Bob and Cindy Priem of Aitkin Jim Priem of Killdeer, N.D. Jeff (Mary) Priem of St. Michael Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Brother and sister-in-law: Jim (Sue) Wendler of Inver Grove Heights Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Saturday, April 6, 2013 memorial service at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Margaret \"Peg\" Schanbachler
11/24/1925-03/28/2013
Margaret “Peg” Schanbachler, age 87 of Aitkin died Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Margaret was born November 24, 1925 at Grand Rapids, Minnesota the daughter of Allen and Mae (Dodridge) Doran. She grew up and attended schools in Grand Rapids graduating from the Grand Rapids High School. She then Attended St. Scholastica College and graduated with a BS Degree in Chemistry and Math. She worked as a lab Technician at Nopeming and at the Hospital and State Hospital in Moose Lake. She moved to Aitkin in 1971 and owned and operated the Aitkin Motor Court which was located where the current Dollar Store is today. She also sold Real Estate, worked at the Independent-Age and worked for many years in the Assessor’s Office at the Court House. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. She volunteered at the church, the Hospital and with the Meals on Wheels Program. She loved to bowl and had been on the Aitkin Dairy Bowling Team for many years. She is survived by 3 children and spouses: Anne (Craig Riedl) Mohaupt of Long Lake, Mn.; Jeffrey Mohaupt of Aitkin, MN.; Mark (Donna Zochert) Mohaupt of Richfield, Mn.; 2 grandchildren: Matthew Mohaupt, Kelly Mohaupt, 1 step grandchild: Che Riedl; 2 sisters and brothers in law: Patsy (Bill) Solien of Texas, Loretta (Frank) Johnson of Texas; Brother and sister in law: Daniel (Deanna) Doran of Florida. She was preceded in death by parents Allen and Mae Doran, Sisters: Mary Doran, Annamay Conner, Catherine “Kity” Berkeland and Dorothy Best. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Memorials may be given to your favorite charity in Margaret’s name. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Maryann Peterson
05/24/1923-03/26/2013
Maryann Peterson, age 89 of Aitkin died Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Maryann was born May 24, 1923 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Marcelus and Gertrude (Slegers) VanDonsel. She grew up and attended schools in Hammel and Corcoran and attended Jr. High at Robbinsdale. She then worked as a nanny in Minneapolis for a time. She married Robert Peterson on February 20, 1943 in Seattle, Washington. They made their home there for a short time and then lived in various places in the U.S. before making their home on a farm near Isle, Mn. They lived there until moving to Aitkin in 1981 and she has lived here since. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin, enjoyed quilting and singing. She is survived by her three children: Robert (Kathleen) Peterson of Blackfoot, Idaho; Ruth (Larry) Eklund of Aitkin; Dan (Kim) Peterson of Isle, Mn.; 13 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren and 1 sister: Gertrude “Toots” Sebring of Plymouth, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert in 1989, 1 sister Frances and 1 brother William. A mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeside Cemetery near Malmo. 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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Nancy Jean Lewis
07/21/1937-03/24/2013
Nancy Jean Lewis, 75 of Aitkin passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013 after a year long battle with Leukemia. She was born July 21, 1937 in Anoka. She was Salutatorian of Anoka High School Class of 1955. She earned a B.A. from the U of M in 1967 and Masters Degree in Mathematics in 1980. She was personnel director for 1st Bank Systems, Musicland, and retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN. She married Richard Lewis, Sr. December 18, 1992 and moved to Aitkin full time in 2000. She was preceded in death by her mother, father, step-mother and first husband Denis Brasket. Nancy is survived by her husband Richard Lewis, Sr. Sons: Aaron Brasket of CO.; Robert Brasket of OR.; Jeff Lewis of Baxter; Douglas Lewis of Isanti; Rick Lewis, Jr. of St. Cloud Daughters: Eva Ray of TN.; Maerene Lewis Hanson of Aitkin; Dawn Stoffles of Minneapolis 16 grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren Brothers: Earl Schlafge and Clyde Chase Sisters: Delores Peterson and Virginia Sanderson Memorial services will be this summer 2013, a notice will be published. www.srtfuneral.com Memorial gifts are preferred to: YMCA Camp DuNord or Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity.
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Nancy Jean Lewis
07/21/1937-03/24/2013
Nancy Lewis Memorial service for Nancy Jean Lewis, 75 of Aitkin, who passed away March 24, 2013 will be Saturday, July 6, 2013 at the 40 Club Convention Center, Hwy 210 West, Aitkin, MN. Friends and family fellowship will be 10 – 11A.M. followed by a celebration of life and love. She was born July 21, 1937 in Anoka and graduated from Anoka High School class of 1955. She is survived by her husband Richard E. Lewis, Sr., children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Memorials are preferred to Habitat for Humanity. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Astrid \"Margie\" Johnson
11/02/1926-03/21/2013
Astrid “Margie” Johnson, 86 of Tamarack died Thursday, March 21, 2013 at her home. She was born November 2, 1926 in Cromwell to Charles and Hilma (Julen) Swanson. Astrid was united in marriage to Arthur Johnson on June 16, 1945 in Aitkin. She was a member of the Tamarack Presbyterian Church and its Ladies Aid, Golden Age Club, and Tamarack Activities Club. Astrid enjoyed reading, flowers, her dogs, and pontoon rides on Long Lake. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur in 1992, son Greg Johnson, grandson Michael Hutar, three brothers: John, Carl, and Robert Swanson, two sisters: Marie Ramquist and Nina Peterson, and her parents Charles and Hilma (Julen) Swanson. Astrid is survived her children: Sharon Hutar of Tamarack Robert Johnson of Tamarack Linda Ukura of Tamarack Kevin (Sharon) Johnson of Tamarack Grandchildren: Brad (Roxanne) Hutar, Rhonda (Mike) Foley, Andrea (Cory) Ukura, Brett Ukura, Rob (Breanne) Johnson, Lucas Johnson, Kelsey Johnson, Tammy Johnson, Christopher Johnson Great-grandchildren: AshleyMarsyla, Zerek Marsyla, Connie Hutar, Leah Hutar, Hudson Johnson Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 12:00P.M. – Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Tamarack Presbyterian Church in Tamarack. Mr. Ron Staudinger will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. – Tuesday at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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James Kenneth Dixon
09/16/1930-03/20/2013
James Kenneth Dixon, 82 of Palisade died Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born September 16, 1930 in Pompeys Pillar, MT. to James A. and Laura B. (Morton) Dixon. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in the Korean War. James was united in marriage to Margaret I. Shofner on December 30, 1952 in Rhode Island. He was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86, North American Hunting Club, and the NRA. He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret; grandchildren: Shannon, Roger, and Taylor; brothers: Duane and Glenn; sister Marge; and his parents James and Laura. James is survived by his children: James Gary (Allyne) Dixon of Casper, WY Joan Marie (Terry) Padal of Coon Rapids Sharon Elaine (Larry) Dixon of Grygla Susan Barbara (Mark) Ashwood of McGregor Toni Lynn (Ron) Dixon of Palisade Tracey Ann Dixon of Minneapolis 18 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren Sisters: Donna Anderson, Avis Bereal, Ruth Jenkins, Betty Neilson, Derva Trower Many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M.-Monday, March 25, 2013 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. Military honors are by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727. www.srtfuneral.com
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Raymond W. Evans
10/07/1957-03/20/2013
Raymond W. Evans, age 55 of Aitkin died Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at his home. Ray was born October 7, 1957 in Virginia, Minnesota the son of Noah “Shorty” and Esther (Mougin) Evans. They lived in Meadowlands until 1963 when they moved to Aitkin. Ray attended Maryhill Academy and then the Aitkin School graduating in 1975. He started working for the Midland Co. and then Cummings and then Harvey Blomberg when in 1988 he joined his brother Tom at the Aitkin Tire Shop. He and his brother co-owned and operated the shop. He married Betty Jane Erlandson on August 1, 1981 in Aitkin. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the H.O.G.S. (Harley Owners Group). He enjoyed woodworking, landscaping and hunting. He was very active in the annual Riverboat Days Races on the Mississippi River. He is survived by his wife Betty Evans of Aitkin, son Luke (Kelsi) Evans of Fargo, N.D., Teya (Bert) Nelson of Coon Rapids, Mn., granddaughter: Lyla Nelson; Brothers and sisters: Tom (Pam Pratt) Evans of Aitkin; Mary (Al) Kerr) of Freeport, Ill., Pat (Gene) Garrett of Success, Mo., Sandy (Marvin Kohout) Voigt of Little Falls, Mn., Ann Evans of Brainerd; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 sister Jean. A memorial service will be held Monday, March 25, 2013 at 1 PM from the Westside Church in Aitkin with Rev. Glenn Browning officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Elizabeth D. Nelson
11/13/1918-03/20/2013
Elizabeth D. Nelson, age 94 of Aitkin died Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born November 13, 1918 in the Dorris Community near Aitkin the daughter of John and Hanna (Olson) Skog. She attended grade school in the Farm Island School District #35. She then attended the Aitkin High School and graduated from there. After normal training she taught rural school for four years. During WW II she was employed by Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, Washington. She then took nursed training at Mounds-Midway in St. Paul, Mn. where she worked for several years. She married Alf Nelson on June 14, 1952 and eventually moved to the Nelson farm near McGregor. She was employed by the Aitkin Extended Care unit for many years until she retired in 1983. She was a member of the Westside Church in Aitkin. She is survived by three children and spouses: Roland “Rolly” and Lori Nelson of Aitkin; Janice and Jeff Cooley of Duluth, Mn.; Thomas “Tom” and Carol Nelson of Milaca; Seven Grandchildren: Allison Nelson, Bradford Nelson, Johanna Cooley, Jessica Sauck, Greyson Pingree, Elizabeth Nelson and Isaac Nelson and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Alf in 1997, Parents, and two brothers Harry Skog and Ralph Skog. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11 AM from the Westside Church in Aitkin with Rev. Dallas Smith and Rev. Wayne Skog officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Lansford Cemetery near McGregor. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Robert M. Madeson
06/22/1925-03/17/2013
Robert Manley Madeson, age 87, of McGregor died Sunday, March 17, 2013 at his home near McGregor. Robert was born June 22, 1925 the son of Charles and Harriet (Hatttie) Madeson. He moved at an early age to Belle Plane, Iowa. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1943. He entered the Naval Aviation Cadet Training on July 1, 1943, as a V-12 Trainee. He had one year of pre-engineering as a V-12 student at Northwest Missouri State Teachers College, and completed his Naval Flight Preparatory School at William Jewel College at Liberty, Mo. He then went on and completed Naval Aviation Machinist Mate School and Radar Operators School at the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Norman, Oklahoma. He also completed Naval Air Gunnery School at the Naval Air Station in Yellowstone, Fla. And Naval Pre- Flight School at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. He started Primary Flight Training at the Naval Air Station in Memphis, Tenn. When the war ended and he was released from active duty on September 25, 1945. He then moved to Big Round Lake near McGregor, Mn. in 1946 and started a summer resort operation with his father. In 1949 he started his carpentry apprenticeship in Duluth and completed the course in 1952. He married Velma Sidlo on February 11, 1950 at the Methodist Church in Duluth. He served as a substitute evening school instructor for the Duluth carpenter apprentices for the 1953-54 school term. He was hired by the Duluth Board of Education and taught both Day Trade Carpentry and related classes for indentured apprentices for the school years of 1954 – 1956. From the fall of 1951 to the spring of 1956 he was an active member of the construction section of the Duluth Chamber of Commerce Safety Schools that were held monthly. From the spring of 1952 until the summer of 1956 he was an active member of the Duluth Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Committee. In the fall of 1956 he started working for the St. Cloud Public Schools as a day trade carpentry instructor and related training evening school instructor. In August of 1966 he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Education from Southern State College in Springfield, S.D. In 1974 he received his Masters of Science Degree in Industrial Education from St. Cloud State University. Robert retired from Teaching in 1985 and moved to their lake home on Round Lake north of McGregor. He had served as secretary of the St. Cloud Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Committee since 1957. He has also served on the State Council Carpenters Apprenticeship Committee since 1956 and had also served as its president. He had served in all offices of the Building Trades Section of the Minnesota Trades and Industrial Association. He had served on the Planning Committee for the new McGregor Library. He supervised volunteer workers who painted and completed the inside finish work. He also designed and built the circulation desk. He also served on the building committee for the McGregor United Methodist Church. He also supervised the interior finish work and designed and built the cabinetry in the church. He joined the McGregor Lions Club in 1990 and has been involved in many Lions building projects which include Camp New Hope, McGregor City Park and the Community Center. He had served a on the Board of Directors of the McGregor Clinic Building and helped remodel the old clinic building. He loved hunting, fishing, traveling, camping and making furniture for his family. He enjoyed being with his family. He and his wife especially enjoyed camping in the in the Hill Country of Texas. He was a member of the McGregor United Methodist Church where he and his wife attended weekly Bible study from the time it began until August of 2010. He had also served on the Aitkin Habitat for Humanity Board for two years. He was the volunteer coordinator for the Habitat home that was built in McGregor in the summer of 2011. Bob is survived by his wife Velma Madeson of McGregor, Sons: Robert (Jackie) Madeson of Dillingham, Alaska, Harlan (Cindy) Madeson of Rockville, Mn. Daughter: Celeste Ingraham of York, PA.; Four Grandchildren: Amie, Martin, Mitta, and Anne. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Charlotte Jeanenne and daughter in law Sheila. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 11 AM from the McGregor United Methodist Church in McGregor with Rev. Russell Christensen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at a later date in the Round Lake Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts. Memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Katherine L. Batiste Benjamin
12/04/1934-03/16/2013
Katherine L. Batiste Benjamin, age 78 of McGregor died Saturday, March 16, 2013 at her home. She was born December 4, 1934 at Luck, Wisconsin the daughter of George and Elsie (Skinaway) Batiste. She grew up and attended schools in Luck, Wisconsin. She then moved to the McGregor area where she has lived most of her life. She was a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. She was a loving mother, enjoyed making quilts and was active in the traditional Native way. She is survived by 8 children: Jerry Benjamin Jr. of Hayward, Wi., Sharry Benjamin of St. Paul, Mn., Franklin Benjamin of Onamia, Mn., Maurice Benjamin of McGregor, Mn., Lisa Benjamin of McGregor, Mn., Kevin Benjamin of McGregor, Mn., Thomas Benjamin of McGregor, Mn., Rick Benjamin of McGregor, Mn., adopted children: Pete Gahbow, Tammi Gahbow, Eric Gahbow, Nancy Gahbow all of Onamia, Mn., 2 brothers: Tyler Buck and John Buck and Sister: Tammy Rogers all of Hertel, Wi., and 29 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents: George and Elsie (Skinaway) Batiste, daughter: Rebecca Agua, 1 brother: Biddy Boy Batiste and sister: Georgiana Batiste. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 11 AM from the East Lake Community Center with Lee Staples officiating. The wake will begin on Wednesday at dusk at the center. Burial will be in the Woodland Union Cemetery in McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Brady M. Waddick
08/13/1997-03/12/2013
Brady Mathieu Waddick, age 15, his parents hearts were broken on March 12, 2013 when Brady died at the Essentia St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, MN. Brady was born August 13, 1997 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth the son of Brian and Dawn (Olson) Waddick. He lived his life at his mother’s homestead in McGregor. He was in the 9th grade at the McGregor School. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, riding 4-Wheelers and that took up most of his time when he was not suffering from migraines. He loved trapshooting. Brady was also a very patriotic individual and would go out of his way to thank a veteran for their service to this country. Brady is survived by his parents: Brian and Dawn Waddick of McGregor; Grandfather: Dennis Olson of Fisher, Mn.; and aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by Grandparents: Loretta Olson, Bennie and Sophia Ann Waddick; Great Grandparents: Ellen Sanda, and Judith and Elling Olson; aunt Karen Karnes, uncles: Jim Waddick, Jonathan Olson and Special Uncle Alfred Maki. Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 2 PM from Grace Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Rice River Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Freda Asp
11/01/1924-03/11/2013
Freda Anne (Kelling) Asp, 88 of McGrath died March 11, 2013 at St. Clare Living Community in Mora. She was born November 1, 1924 in Jewett Township, Aitkin County to Fred and Anna (Stumme) Kelling, their eighth child. She first attended public school at the Tin School in the Malmo area. Later she lived with her sister Edna during the school year so she could attend and graduate grammar school from Wilson School at Dad’s Corner. She contracted polio at age 14, and was still able to graduate from McGrath High School in 1942 at age 17. Freda was united in marriage to Harold S. Asp on June 16, 1942 in Jewett Township. This marriage of more than 68 years was blessed with a son Berton and daughters Betty, Suzanne, and a baby who lived only one day. Harold and Freda bought a farm in 1944 and spent 67 years farming. Along with helping Harold on the farm, Freda drove school bus for more than 19 years. She would volunteer her time and bus to take area children to Red Cross swimming lessons at Mille Lacs Lake. She was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in McGrath. Her hobbies included cake decorating, painting and firing ceramics, sewing mission quilts, and loving on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Freda spent the last years of her life in a nursing home and will be missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold, son Berton, Infant daughter, sisters: Edna (Martin) Holmen and infant Eldora; brothers: Joe (Alvina), Arnold(Marcella), LaVerne (June), Edward (Lucille), and infant Christopher Kelling; and her parents Fred and Anna (Stumme) Kelling. Freda is survived by daughters and sons-in-law: Betty (Leroy) Damar and Suzanne (Mark) Klein Daughter-in-law: Donna Rae Asp Grandchildren: Todd Asp, Joel (Aimee) Asp, Tony (Amanda) Damar, Nancy Damar, Lucas Klein, Breanna Klein Great-grandchildren: Rebekah Asp, Andrew Asp, Braddock Damar, Molly Jean Damar Sisters-in-law: Helen (Asp) Danielson and Bernice (Edward) Kelling Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 3:00P.M. – Saturday, March 16, 2013 funeral service at Zion Lutheran Church in McGrath. Reverend Elliott Malm will officiate. Burial will be in Pliny Cemetery, Pliny Township, Aitkin County. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Jessica Lea Goodman
08/10/1981-03/10/2013
Jessica Lea (Stanley) Goodman, (Native Name: Eshu Shi Gabow Ekwe) age 31 of Brainerd, formerly of McGregor and Minneapolis, died Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Jessica was born August 10, 1981 in Minneapolis, Mn. the daughter of Billy Hill and Dorothy Stanley. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. She then spent time in McGregor and then moved back to Minneapolis. She was a member of the Mile Lacs Band of Ojibwe. She loved spending time with her family. She is survived by 2 children: James Howard Jr. and Alexis Goodman; Brothers: Troy(Mary)Friend of Fridley, Mn.; Thomas(Mary)Friend of McGregor; Scott (Stacey) Friend of Brainerd, Marland (Loreen) Stanley of Minneapolis, Sean Stanley of Minneapolis, Brandon(Chrissy)Stanley of McGregor; Aunts: Jerry Skinaway of Minneapolis and Virginia Goodman of Big Sandy Lake;cousins: Jamie Skinaway and Lee Roberts, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Brother Jason Friend, Sister Kelly Friend, and Uncles Lawrence and Melvin Skinaway and niece Tila Ballinger - Friend Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 14, 2013 beginning at 10 AM at the East Lake Community Center with Lee Staples officiating. The wake will begin Wednesday at dusk. Burial will be in the Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Marjorie \"Midge\" Anderson
11/12/1933-03/04/2013
Marjorie Louise “Midge” Anderson, 79 of Tamarack died March 4, 2013 at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She was born November 12, 1933 in Tamarack to Wilford and Louise (Fairchild) Green. She graduated from McGregor High School. Marjorie was united in marriage to Burton Henry Anderson on January 17, 1953 in Balsam Township, Aitkin County. She was a homemaker and after her children were grown she worked as a home health aide and respite care provider. She loved gardening, doing crafts and being outdoors. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life. She was a member of the McGregor Congregation of Jehovah\'s Witnesses. She was preceded in death by her husband Burton, daughter Laura Soleta, sister Betty Woodbridge, and her parents. Marjorie is survived by 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, Sisters and brother-in-law: Mildred Shultz of Denver, CO. Darlene (Alan) Jensen of Polson, MT. 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. – Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in McGregor. Mr. Delmar Peterson will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7:00P.M. Friday at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Rita Jean Rian
02/13/1970-03/03/2013
Rita Jean Rian, 43 of Aitkin died Sunday, March 3, 2013 at her residence. She was born February 13, 1970 in Aitkin to John and Carol (Watson) Rian. She graduated from Aitkin High School, class of 1989. She worked as a cook for different business’ in Aitkin County and was a caregiver to many children in the community. She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Art and Lucille Rian, and Walter and Pearl Watson. Rita is survived by her son: Cameron Rian (Kayla Wortham) of Aitkin Daughter: Kaitlyn Rian of Aitkin Granddaughter: Raelynn Parents: John and Carol Rian of Palisade Brother: Richard (Patty) Rian of Palisade Sister: Rose Rian (Tim Holstein) of Champlin 5 nieces, 1 nephew, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. – Thursday, March 7, 2013 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Charles Carlson will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Palisade. Visitation will be 5 to 7:00P.M., Wednesday at the funeral home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service. www.srtfuneral.com
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Darwin Hietalati
06/18/1963-03/01/2013
Darwin John Hietalati, age 49 of Lawler died Friday, March 1, 2013 at his home. Darwin was born June 18, 1963 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Edwin and Elsie (Lundeen) Hietalati. He attended schools in Lawler and McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School in 1981. He then attended Vo-Tech School and received his certificate as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic. He worked on construction jobs in numerous places in Minnesota and most recently in North Dakota. He loved cars and motorcycles and snowmobiling. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing four wheeling. He especially loved his family and the most important thing in his life was his children, whom he loved dearly. He is survived by a daughter and son in law: Mandy (Edwin Goss) Hietalati of Minneapolis; Son: Tony Hietalati of Minneapolis; brothers and sisters: Wally Hietalati of Lawler, Pat Kareen of Chandler, Arizona, Judy Hietalati of Lawler, Rick Hietalati of Lawler, Roy Hietalati of Lawler and Mary Dawson of McGregor. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 nephews and a brother in law. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 1 PM at the McGregor High School Auditorium. A visitation will be from Noon until the 1 PM services. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ralph Harold Beneke
08/12/1928-02/27/2013
Ralph Harold Beneke, age 84 of Aitkin died Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at the Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis after suffering a heart attack. Ralph was born along with his twin brother Robert on August 12, 1928 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Paul and Justine (Eck) Beneke. He was a lifelong resident of Aitkin. He married Aira Ellen Hyytinen on May 22, 1947 in Aitkin. They had a wonderful life together. HE had worked at many grocery stores in Aitkin including Ziske’s. He had also been employed by the Inland Steel Mine in Ironton until its closing. Ralph had most recently been employed at Holder’s Drug Store in Aitkin. He enjoyed many hour of listening to Country and Polka Music and playing cribbage with friends. He was a member of the Golden Age Club in Aitkin and the Independent Apostolic Lutheran Church. Ralph was a loving father to son Robert (Kim Morrissey) Beneke of Aitkin; daughter: Kathleen (Verl) Wiitala of Corpus Christi, Texas; Grandfather to: Senja Childers of Minot, N.D., Kaija Schultz of Hastings, Mn., Nicole Johnson of New York, N.Y., and Brittany Johnson of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Great Grandfather to Katja Knott and Maija Schultz and sister and brother in law: Betty (Curtis) Grundahl of Dassel, MN. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and special friend Joyce Melberg. He was preceded in death by his wife Aira in 2004, Parents Paul and Justine Beneke and twin brother Robert Beneke. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 PM and also 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Rabbit Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dennis N. Skinner
11/16/1935-02/23/2013
Dennis N. Skinner, of McGregor, age 77 Departed from the comfort of his wife’s arms to the arms of his Heavenly Father on February 23, 2013. Dennis was a 34-year employee of Osseo Area Schools, as a classroom teacher and retiring in 1993 as Director of Curriculum and Staff Development. In retirement, he enjoyed living in McGregor at “the lake” and was active in his community. He served as Jevne Township Supervisor, was on Aitkin County committees for Planning & Zoning, Comprehensive Land Use Management, and Rivers & Lakes Fair. As a member of Grace Church near McGregor he chaired the Finance Team, Endowment Team, and 2002 Pastoral Call Committee. Dennis was an educator both in and out of the classroom, imparting his curiosity and wonder for the natural world and for other people’s stories. He was slow to judge others but likely to give genuine compliments. He shared his time and gifts because he loved seeing others succeed. His legacy to all is his faith in God and joy in life; and his sly sense of humor often coupled with his delight in wordplay. He had a gracious, gentle spirit and was a true gentleman to others. He was a devoted husband, an attentive and giving father, a playful and extremely proud grandfather. He is survived by wife Judy and his children and grandchildren: Scott & Sue Skinner of Aitkin (Ranee, Ryan, Rich); Todd & Mary Jo Skinner of Anoka (Tom, Nate); Kristen & Tom Gannon of Elk River (John, Erin); Karen & Emmett Fogarty of Belle Plaine (Courtney, Jack, Luke, Emily). Also survived by his sister, Susan & Bill Wurster. Celebration of his life will be at Grace Lutheran Church in McGregor on Saturday, March 2 at 11:00 am, with visitation at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Heartland Hospice or the OARE Scholarship Fund. Special thanks to Golden Horizons Memory Care. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Russell H. Kullhem
01/26/1919-02/22/2013
Russell H. Kullhem, 94 of Palisade died Friday, February 22, 2013 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born January 26, 1919 in Duluth to Andrew H. and Alice S. (Bloomquist) Kullhem. He attended Woodland School in Workman Township and graduated from Aitkin High School. He was a U.S. Army Air Corp. veteran serving in WW II. Russell was united in marriage to Nina M. Peninger on September 6, 1945 in Winfield, KS. He worked as a farmer and a rural letter carrier for many years. He was a member Bethel Lutheran Church of Palisade, American Legion, Farmers Union, and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He enjoyed reading, some traveling, farming, and he loved being with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Violet Hyovalti, and brother Lawrence. Russell is survived by his wife Nina Kullhem of Palisade 6 children and their spouses: Judy Hermann of Ramsey Glen (Carla) Kullhem of Colorado Springs, CO. Rose (Charles) Rice of St. Peter Burt Kullhem of St. Cloud Paul (Karin) Kullhem of Woodbury Dean (Deb) Kullhem of St. Paul 10 Grandchildren: Brandon (JoLynn)Kullhem, Anders (Jessi) Kullhem, Chad (Misaki)Kullhem, Brenna Kullhem, Bryton Kullhem, Kayla Kullhem, Lisa (Dean)Wenzel, Randy (Taryn) Hermann, Sheila (Nick)Mayer, and Paige Kullhem 11 great-grandchildren 2 brothers and sister-in-law: Charles (Genevieve) Kullhem of Aitkin and Marvin Kullhem of Fergus Falls Sister-in-law: Violet Kullhem of Bemidji Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. – Friday, March 1, 2013 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. Reverend William Sass will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion and Palisade VFW. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00P.M Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Janice M. Hart
10/06/1943-02/18/2013
Janice Hart, 69 of Aitkin It is with great sadness that the family of Janice Hart announces her death. She passed away on February 18, 2013 at her home from a prolonged illness. Janice was born on October 6, 1943 in Minneapolis to Marvin and Jennie (Nelson) Peterson. She graduated from Lindstrom High School in 1961. On May 19, 1962 Janice was united in marriage to George Hart of Osceola, WI. They lived in Minneapolis, Stillwater, Willernie, Mahtomedi and Aitkin. She worked over 20 years as Yield Assistant at Cardiac Pacemakers in St. Paul. Janice loved to read, travel, music, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She is survived and will be missed by her husband George Hart children: Steven of Wisconsin Garry (Jill) of Austin David (Connie) of Brainerd Julie of St. Paul Grandchildren: Steven Manz of Willmar, Daemieon, Destynee and Brandon Hart of Amery, WI., Josh, Kallie and Marrissa Hart of Austin, Richard Hart of Pocatello, ID., David Hart, Jr. who is stationed at Fort Stewart, GA. and Amanda Hart of Brainerd Brothers and sisters-in-law: Charlie (Sandy)Peterson of Princeton Marlyn (Carol)Peterson of Mankato Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Marvin and Jennie Peterson of Lindstrom. A memorial service will be held in the spring. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to: Aitkin Food Shelf, 102 4th Street North West, Aitkin, MN, 56431
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Ralph Hietalati
11/28/1920-02/17/2013
Ralph Hietalati, age 92 of Cromwell died Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the Villa Vista Care Center in Cromwell. He was born November 28, 1920 at Lawler, Minnesota the son of William and Hilma (Jussila) Hietalati. He married Dorothy Bottila on January 8, 1942 at St. Paul, Minnesota. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II with the 44th Army Tank Battalion in the Pacific Theater. Upon his discharge he returned to Lawler and he lived in various places throughout northern Minnesota. He has resided at the Villa Vista Care Center since 2009. He was a lifelong member of the VFW and charter member of the Esko Lion’s Club. He is survived by 2 daughters: Jean (Barry) Collins of Eveleth, MN.; Joyce (Gary) Himango of Brimson, MN.; 8 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Dorothy in 1991, infant daughter Julie Ann and 14 brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 22, 2013 at Noon from the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Salo Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts. Memorials are preferred to the Villa Vista Care Center in Cromwell. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Keith E. Verthein
05/22/1928-02/17/2013
Keith E. Verthein, age 84 of McGregor died Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis. Keith was born May 22, 1928 at Pipestone, Minnesota the son of Richard and Mary (Scharfenberg) Verthein. He grew up and attended schools in Pipestone and graduated from the Pipestone High School He then attended college in South Dakota and received his degree in Pharmacy. He then served in the U.S, Army from 1951 to 1953, during the Korean War having received the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Stars. Upon his discharge from the Army Keith returned to Minnesota wherehe owned and operated Keith's Drug Pharmacy in Lafayette, MN.From 1954 to 1963. He married Marlys R. Paschke on February 1, 1958 at Faribault, Minnesota. They moved to Morgan, MN where Keith owned and operated Morgan Drug from 1966 to 1972. Keith had served as mayor of Lafayette for two terms and was the MAyor of Morgan for one term. He was also very active in civic affairs in both lafayette and Morgan, including work on the lafayette Fun Fair, Lafayette Industries, the American Legion, VFW, the Lion's Club, Gideon's International and Toastmasters. In 1972 they moved to McGregor where Keith was manager for Hoppenstredt Pharmacy from 1973 until 1979. He received his realtor’s license in 1979 and operated Keith’s Realty until he retired in the early 2000’s.Keith continued being very active in civic affairs in McGregor and Aitkin County. Keith was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in McGregor, Gideon’s International, the VFW, the Pines Needles and Pens writing group, the ARTs (Advancement of Rural Talents) and the McGregor Development Corp. He was a prolific writer of humerous essays and other pieces, some of which were published in the books "Among The Pine Needles" and "Back Among The Pine Needles". He also appeared on stage in played presented by the ARTs at Rice Days Festival in McGregor and other community events. He enjoyed telling jokes, visiting neighbors and friends over a cup of coffee, reading the bible, collecting antiques, and being a salesman of properties, tickets and other “stuff”. He is survived by his wife Marlys Verthein of McGregor; 3 daughters: Lyn Verthein of Minneapolis; Jane Chase of Brooklyn Park, Mn; Sandra Verthein of Chicago, Ill.; and 1 brother: Kenneth Verthein of Bovey, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 1 sister Ruby Sorensen. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Noon from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Henry Koopman officiating. Visitation will be from 11 AM until the service time at the church. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery at McGregor. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, MN. www.srtfuneral.com.
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William H. Bohlin, Jr.
04/20/1931-02/14/2013
William “Bill” H. Bohlin, Jr., 81 of Aitkin died Thursday, February 14, 2013 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born April 20, 1931 in Minneapolis to William H. and Lillian (Halverson) Bohlin, Sr. He was united in marriage to Donna L. Larson on October 14, 1955 in Minneapolis. He was a member of the Glazier and Glass Workers Union. Bill is survived daughters: Lynn Shegstad of Minneapolis Karen (Scott) Cummings of Aitkin Brenda Bohlin of Aitkin Son: Joe Bohlin of Florida Grandchildren: Bill, Kelly and Kristi Cummings, and Katy, Lauren, Kevin, and Ellen Bohlin Great-granddaughter: Morgan Ruschmeier Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Donna, one sister, and his parents. Memorial service will be 2P.M. – Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Raymond D. Morris
08/30/1930-02/12/2013
Raymond D. Morris, age 82 of Aitkin died unexpectedly on Tuesday February 12, 2013 at the Kimberly-Glen Town Hall. Raymond was born August 30, 1930 in Spencer Township of Aitkin County the son of Dewey and Katherine (Pendergast) Morris. He attended school at Rossburg through the 8th grade and then attended school in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1949. He then served in the U.S. Army. He returned to Aitkin after his discharge and married Phyllis L. Spencer on June 3, 1953 in Spencer Township. He then attended the Minnesota School of Business and received his AA degree in accounting. He worked for the First National Bank in Aitkin for a time and in 1957 moved to Willmar and worked for an accounting firm there. In 1964 he purchased an accounting firm in Morris, Minnesota. He and his family moved back to Aitkin in 1975 and he purchased the Beyreuther Accounting Practice, but he continued to manage the business in Morris until he retired in 2000. He had owned practices in Willmar, Wheaton, Montevideo, Morris and Aitkin. In 1975, when he moved back to Aitkin he pursued his first love which was farming and continued farming up to his death. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, the Republican party, the Central Minnesota Premium Beef Assoc. and had served as it’s treasurer, served as a board member for the Woodland Mutual Insurance Co. in Carlton, served on the Spencer Township Board and was its Board Chair; had served on the Riverwood Health Care Center Board, and was active in numerous other organizations. He is survived by his wife: Phyllis Morris of Aitkin; Children: Marilyn (Bill) Crowther of Aitkin; Carol (Shawn) Kyar of Aitkin; Brad (Cindy) Morris of Maple Grove, Mn.; daughter in law: Merrilee Morris of Suwanee, GA.; 17 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, son James Morris, Granddaughter: Rachael Morris, and 13 brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 11 AM from the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in Aitkin with Branch President Ron DeCent officiating. Burial will be in the Spencer Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Aitkin American Legion and VFW Posts. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 M on Friday at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Benjamin G. Hawley
06/03/1938-02/07/2013
Benjamin G. Hawley, 74 of Aitkin died February 7, 2013 at his home. There will be no services at this time. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Florence Vivian Mathilda Anderson
12/03/1930-02/05/2013
Florence Vivian Mathilda Anderson, age 82 of Tamarack, died Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Florence was born December 3, 1930 in Balsam Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota the daughter of Marion and Mathilda (Endreson) Anderson. She attended country schools and also the McGregor School and graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1948. She then attended the Briar Crest Bible College in Canada for 2 years. She then returned to Tamarack and married Louis Anderson on June 21, 1952. They made their home in the Tamarack area since except for 1 year when they lived in Montana. She was a member of the Tamarack Golden Age Club, the Round Lake Ladies Guild, the Round Lake Presbyterian Church, the Cromwell/Wright Evangelical Free Church, had served as a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher. She is survived by her husband: Louis Anderson of Tamarack; Children and spouses: Mark (Clarice) Anderson of Chisholm, MN.; Cindy (Rev. Kenneth) Mitchell of Tamarack; Peter (Anita) Anderson of Aitkin; Ruth (Martin) Stofferahn of Tamarack; Norman (Kim) Anderson of Stacy, Mn.; 16 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren; 1 brother: Orrin Anderson of Milwaukee, Oregon, and 1 sister: Edna Paetow of Elbow Lake, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents, 5 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 11 AM from the Round Lake Presbyterian Church with Pastor Kenneth Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, MN. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Marvin J. Wier
02/16/1926-02/01/2013
Marvin J. Wier, age 86 of Aitkin died Friday, February 1, 2013 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Marvin was born February 16, 1926 in Miami County, Kansas the son of Francis and Marie (Verbrugge) Wier. He grew up and attended schools at Humboldt, Iowa and graduated from the Humboldt High School in 1944. He then entered the Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific during WW II. He was stationed at Guam and later in China. Upon his discharge he returned to Humboldt, Iowa and married Bea Coyle on April 4, 1947 at Humboldt. He attended Drake University at Des Moines, Iowa and then Iowa State Teachers College. He received his Master’s Degree in School Administration. He taught schools in Ledyard, Iowa and Okabena. He then served as principal in Barnum, Mn. Spring Valley, Mn. and Aitkin, MN. In 1972 he left education and operated the Dandy Sports Center in Farmington, MN. specializing in snowmobile, outboard motor and small engine repairs. He operated that until 1999. His wife Bea died in 1997. He married Maude Klingelhofer on June 3, 2000 in Aitkin and moved to Aitkin and has resided here since. He was a member of the Aitkin United Methodist Church where he served on numerous committees, was an active member of the Bible Study. He was a past commander of the Aitkin American Legion Post 86, a member of the Aitkin VFW Post 1727, was an active member of the “Support Our Troops” organization, was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge, had volunteered as a gun safety instructor, drove the Veterans Van, was a member of the Lone Lake Association, had been a member of the Water Board in Farmington, the snowmobile club in Farmington and had driven school bus in Farmington. He and his wife Maude were the Aitkin Riverboat King and Queen in 2002, and served as wonderful ambassadors for the community of Aitkin. He loved to travel. He is survived by his children and spouses: Paul (Valeri) Wier of Eveleth, MN., Dennis (Vicki) Wier of Mesa, AZ., Bill (Valerie) Wier of Phoenix, AZ., Step Children: Kirby (Pam) Klingelhofer of Annandale, MN., Valeri (Paul) Wier of Eveleth, MN., Grandchildren: Bud Wier, Michael Wier, Tim (Kirstin) Wier, Dan (Kelly) Wier, Step grandchildren: Ryan (Sara) Klingelhofer, Amy Klingelhofer, Great Grandchildren: Riley, Brody, Bryson, Gracie and Hailey, 2 brothers: Joe (Lois) Wier of Colts Neck, NJ., Robert Wier of Sedona, AZ., and sister: Carol (Lloyd) McBurney of Humboldt, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Bea in 1997 and wife Maude in 2012. A memorial service will be held Monday, February 11, 2013 at 1 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 at a later date in the Diamond Lake Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW Post and American Legion Post. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Robert N. Rom
03/10/1931-01/28/2013
Robert N. Rom, age 81 of Aitkin died Monday, January 28, 2013 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Bob was born March 10, 1931 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Norman and Lillie (Jackman) Rom. He grew up and attended schools in the Aitkin area graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1949. He then attended the University of Minnesota for a year. He returned home and worked on the farm and started Rom Poultry Farm in 1950. He delivered eggs across north Minnesota. He married Irma D. Redlich on August 6, 1955 at Nye, Wisconsin. They made their home in Aitkin and he has lived here his whole life. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin where he had served as a deacon and also on the building committee. Was a charter member that helped revive the Cedar Lake Norwegian Lutheran Church in 1972. He is survived by his wife Irma Rom of Aitkin; children and spouses: Dave (Erin) Rom of Aitkin, Kevin (Darcy) Rom of Aitkin, Mike (Teresa) Rom of Little Fork, Mn.; Rebecca (Paul) Zenke of Aitkin, 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 2 PM from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Burial will be in the Dorris Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dale G. Burdick
10/20/1938-01/28/2013
Dale G. Burdick, age 74 of Aitkin died Monday, January 28, 2013 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Dale was born October 20, 1938 at Wright, Minnesota the son of Dennis and Doris (Guitare) Burdick. He lived a time with his grandparents and then lived at home. He has been a resident of the Oak Ridge Homes since 1995. He worked at the DAC in McGregor and loved working there. He enjoyed all animals, especially horses. He is survived by six brothers: Roger, Jerry, Russell, and Duwayne all of Tamarack; David of North Augusta, S.C., Wallace of Pierz, Mn.; and sisters: Carol Hageman and Pearl Bruggman both of McGregor and Joyce Shokes of St. John’s Island, S.C. Private family services will be held in the summer. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Dale C. Mordal
04/03/1937-01/27/2013
Dale C. Mordal, age 75 of McGregor, formerly of Elk River died Sunday, January 27, 2013 at his home. Dale was born April 3, 1937 at Elk River, Minnesota the son of Clarence and Audrey (Little) Mordal. He grew up and attended schools in Elk River and Waseca, Mn. He worked on farms and also worked in the mines on the iron range for a time. He married Marcella A. Kreger on April 4, 1959 at t. John Lutheran Church in Elk River. The made their home in Elk River and Dale worked as an over the road trucker for a time and then worked for Elk River Ready Mix. They moved to the McGregor area in 2000 and have lived here since. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church at Elk River and attended Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor. He enjoyed working on and collecting John Deere Tractors. He is survived by his wife Marcella Mordal of McGregor; Children and spouses: Jeff (Sue) Mordal of Princeton, MN., Doug (Ruth) Mordal of Elk River, MN., Don (Kimberly) Mordal of Ramsey, MN., Tom (Angel) Mordal of Elk River, MN., 10 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, 1 brother: Duane Mordal of Elk River, MN., 2 sisters: Alice James of Elk River, MN., Norma Marpe of Harrisburg, PA., He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 granddaughter Katie and 1 sister Carol. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 2 PM from St. John Lutheran Church at Elk River, Mn. with Rev. Wilfred Pieper officiating. Burial will be at the St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 6 PM at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Henry Koopman leading a prayer service at 6 PM at the church. Visitation will continue Thursday 1 hour prior to the services at St. John Lutheran Church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. www.srtfuneral.com.
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