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Inez Glynn 12/13/1901-10/17/1907 Inez Glynn, age 103, almost 104, died Saturday, August 6, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was a 60 plus year member of the Eastern Star. She is survived by 1 daughter and son in law: Sandra and Roger Wilson of Aitkin; Grandchildren and spouses: Brian (Linda) Glynn of Bemidji, Mn.; Darren (Lisa) Glynn of Perham, Mn.; Krisanne (Edward) Ott of Brainerd, Mn.; Stephen (Julie) Wilson of Aitkin; Great Grandchildren: Brianna Glynn of Bemidji; Kelsey and Taylor Ott of Brainerd; Patrick and Parker Glynn of Perham; Tanner, Brynn and Reagan Wilson of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her husband Borton Glynn in 1975 and Son Patrick. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Henry G. ''Heinie'' Janzen Henry G. ?? 12/13/1901-01/17/1911 Henry G. ''Heinie'' Janzen Henry G. ???Heinie??? Janzen, age 99 of Aitkin died Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Henry was born January 17, 1911 at Cedarbrook, Minnesota the son of Herman and Mary Janzen. He grew up and attended country school in Cedarbrook and High School in Aitkin. After he high school he worked on the family Dairy Farm. He married Ann Franz on September 8, 1936 in Aitkin. He and his wife continued operating the Dairy Farm until 1968 at which time they sold the farm and moved into town.He lived in town for almost 30 years prior to moving into Maryhill Manor in the fall of 1997. He lived at Maryhill Manor for three years and then has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center for the past nine years. Henry always worked, even after he retired from farming he always found jobs. One of the ones he enjoyed most was working as the skating rink attendant for the local skating rink. He also worked at St. Thomas Cemetery. He was awarded the Lay Person of the Year Award a number of years ago. He was a lifetime member of St. James Catholic Church. He is survived by sons and spouses: Herman Janzen of Aitkin; Warren (Dianne) Janzen of St. Cloud, Mn.; Jerry (Mary) Janzen of Deephaven, Mn.; Greg (Karin) Janzen of Andover, Mn.; Tim Janzen of Bloomington, Mn.; daughters and spouse: Barb (Jerry) Sullivan of Aitkin; Mary Schrupp of Aitkin; 11 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ann in 1988, 2 brothers: Rudy and Barney, 6 sisters: Ann Schepers, Kate Paulsen, Helen Janzen, Mary Cummings, Margaret Gravelle, Elizabeth Cummings and 2 grandsons: Jon Janzen and Todd Sullivan. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday May 17, 2010 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Justin Fish officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 6 PM with a Rosary service at 6 PM at St. James Catholic Church and visitation will continue Monday from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Memorials are preferred to the Jon Janzen Scholarship Fund at St. Johns University at Collegeville, Mn. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Holger V. Olson 12/13/1901-01/29/1915 Holger V. Olson, age 96 of Glen died Saturday, October 1, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Holger was born January 29, 1915 at Stockholm, Minnesota. He grew up and attended schools in the Cokato area. He then operated a restaurant in Howard Lake for a time and then ran a grocery store in Minneapolis. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1941 and served during WW II. After his discharge he returned to Minnesota and went to work as a machinist for Rogers Hydraulic and had worked for them for 30 years. He retired to Aitkin in 1976 and then began on a 30 year career restoring antique furniture and making furniture. He was a member of the VFW and Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He enjoyed traveling and he and his wife Florence had travelled to Alaska, Japan and Scandinavia. They also wintered in Arizona. He is survived by his wife Florence Holger of Aitkin; son: Lee (Janet) Ross of Las Vegas, Nevada; daughters: Karen (Frank) Ruzicka of Spring Hill, Florida; Teri (Tom) Johnston of Salt Lake City, Utah; 6 grandchildren: Jon, Lori, Amy, Jeremiah, Bridget and Kristin; and 6 great grandchildren; 1 brother: Stanley (Lorna) Olson of Little River, Calf.; Sister: Gladyce Bergman of Minneapolis and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1st wife Mabel, brothers: Rudolph, Wilford, and Gordon and sisters: Amelia, Elsie and Ellen. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 11 AM from Bethlehem Lutheran Church with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church Tuesday. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, MN. Memorials are preferred to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Mildred M. Munson 12/13/1901-04/21/1918 Mildred M. Munson, 93 of Aitkin, formerly of Minneapolis died Monday, May 16 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born April 21, 1918 in Minneapolis to Marius and Marie Kristine (Madsen) Petersen. She graduated from Clyde High School in Clyde, ND. Mildred was united in marriage to Carl Edwin Munson on December 28, 1940 in Minneapolis. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, playing cards, and spending her retirement years at her home on Clear Lake. She was a member of the Golden Age Club, VFW Auxiliary, Forever Young, and First Lutheran Church. She is survived by husband Carl Edwin Munson Son Rick Munson of Eagan Daughter Joanne ???Jo??? Hiler of Little Falls 5 Grandchildren: Matt Munson, Scott Munson, Jessi (Jeremy) Schultz, Jeremiah (Michelle) Hiler, Joanna Hiler 8 great grandchildren: Jaymi, Jennah, Joanna, Jeremiah II, Nathan, Cecealia, Chase, and Logan 1 brother Gordon (Alice) Petersen of Bismarck, ND 1 sister Isabel (Alex) Burckhard of Andover Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Marius and Marie (Madsen) Petersen, granddaughter Jaymi Rae Hiler, and brother Arthur Petersen. Funeral services will be 11AM Friday May 20 2011 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Dorothy Sand will officiate. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 7PM Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the Church. www.srtfuneral.com Lee Nelson Bennett 12/13/1901-09/26/1918 Lee Nelson Bennett, age 92 of McGregor passed away Friday, November 26, 2010 at his home. Lee was born September 26, 1918 at Brainerd, Minnesota the son of Lee Mott and Anna (Nelson) Bennett. He grew up in Pillager, Minnesota. Lee married Janice Mescher on May 15, 1944 at St. Paul, Minnesota. They made their home in the Minneapolis area where they raised their five children. After his military service, Lee was employed by Hotpoint Appliance Company and then Graybar Electric Company in Minneapolis. After that he co-founded the firm of Eggar, Bennett & Hondlik as a manufacturer???s representative. In 1971, Lee and Janice moved to Big Sandy Lake, where he retired in 1974. During WW II lee completed 27 combat missions as a B-17 Bomber pilot in the 8th Air Force in the European Theater. He was a former member of the American Legion in Richfield, First Lutheran Church in Pillager, and Holy Nativity Lutheran Church in Crystal. Lee loved life and lived it to the fullest. When he wasn???t hard at work, he was happily spending time with his family, snowmobiling, boating, water skiing, woodworking, restoring a 1928 Plymouth, going on family vacations, traveling all over the United States and the World. He also enjoyed the 15 winters he and Janice spent in Florida. Lee had a special gift for writing and was especially proud of his column in the Voyageur Press of McGregor. Area residents enjoyed ???LeeWords??? weekly from October 31, 2000 to April 4, 2006. Lee is survived by his wife Janice of McGregor; four daughters: Jeanne (Tom) Dwyer of Princeton; Kathryn (Richard) Beatty of Eagan; Donna Dowd of Burlington, Iowa; Barbara Burchill of Winona; one son: Lee M. (Darlene) Bennett of Plymouth; eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one sister: Mary McGrew; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Lee was preceded in death by his parents and Sister Betty Rice. A brief memorial service will be held Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 2 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. A private committal service will be held at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley. Lee prefers memorials to the 8th Air Force Memorial Association and Historical Museum at Savannah, Georgia, or the donor???s choice. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Blanche Loftis 12/13/1901-02/18/1919 Blanche Loftis, 90 of Aitkin died Friday, February 12, 2010 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Family services will be held in the spring. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com Eleanor Christiansen 12/13/1901-04/10/1920 Eleanor Christiansen, age 89 of Palisade died Thursday, February 11, 2010 at her home. Eleanor was born April 10, 1920 at Palisade, Minnesota the daughter of Guy and Lillian (Summers) Keath. She grew up and attended schools in the Palisade area and then attended the Aitkin High School and graduated from there in 1938. She married Arthur Christiansen on January 1, 1944 at Palisade. They lived in the Palisade area for most of their lives. Eleanor was the first female bus driver in Aitkin County in 1965 and she drove bus for 20 years before retiring. She had served as president of the Palisade Super Sledders and had been very active in snowmobiling for many years. She also enjoyed organizing the North and South Waukenabo School Christmas Pageants which she held in the basement of her home. She loved gardening and holiday decorating and won several awards for her Christmas decorations. Her children consider her and their dad the best parents anyone could have ever had. She is survived by 4 children and spouses: Richard Christiansen and Barb Yelle of Spicer, Mn.; Donald Christiansen and Elissa Bryan of Palisade; Dean and Su Christiansen of Ham Lake, Mn.; Julie and Ron Flint of Juneau, Alaska; 7 grandchildren: Darcy, Jeremy, Keath, Chelsea, Fletcher, Devin, Kady and Buddy the Dog; 6 great grandchildren: Layna, Imanuel, Fiona, Enya, Morgone, and Noah. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Arthur in 2005 and 8 brothers and sisters. A celebration of Eleanor and Art???s life will be held this summer. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Willard A. Westerlund 12/13/1901-03/11/1924 Willard A. Westerlund, age 87 of Aitkin died Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at his home in Glen. Willard was born on March 11, 1924 at Malmo, Minnesota the son of Carl ???Ed??? and Deloris (Messersmith) Westerlund. He attended the Lundquist School and then the Malmo School. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II. Upon his discharge he worked as a logger in Washington for 1 year and then worked as a heavy equipment operator in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska; the Seward Hiway, Whittier, Alaska and also worked 1 year in Greenland. He then returned to Minnesota where he operated a dragline for a time. He then logged and operated a sawmill. He married Loretta Gale Westling on July 2, 1956 in Anchorage, Alaska. He is survived by his wife Loretta Westerlund of Aitkin; sons and daughters in law: Jeffrey (Kim) Westerlund of Aitkin; Chad (Joy) Westerlund of Aitkin; Shawn (Lisa) Westerlund of Aitkin; daughter and son in law: Pamela (David) Hoover of McGregor; brothers: Arden (Arlene) Westerlund of Aitkin; Gaylord (Ruth) Westerlund of Aitkin; sister: Edna (Jim) Smith of Aitkin; 9 grandchildren: Cameron, Adam, Eric, Shanon, Chelaci, Aspen, Paige, Jake and Sidney. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters: Beulah, Gloria, Effie, Harriet, Dolly, and brothers Bacil, Lawrence and Darrel. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 2 PM from the Bethesda Lutheran Church at Malmo with Rev. James Raisanen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Aitkin American Legion Post. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Ralph M. Gerads 12/13/1901-03/06/1925 Ralph M. Gerads, 85 of Aitkin died Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born March 6, 1925 in Holdingford to Joseph and Mary (Grauman) Gerads. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WW II. Ralph was united in marriage to Rita Losleben in December of 1954 in Minneapolis. He is survived by his wife Rita 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Margret (Jim) Tripp of Maplewood Celia (Ken) Steinbring of Champlin Anne (Bob) Christian of Chanhassen Two sons: Nicholas (Mandy) Gerads of Farmington Anthony (Lori) Gerads of Hartford, SD. 13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild One sister and brother-in-law: Evelyn (Greg) Locnikar of Holdingford Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. Saturday, May 15, 2010 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father Justin Fish will officiate. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M., Friday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors by Aitkin American Legion Post #86 and VFW Post # 1727. www.srtfuneral.com Edward R. Kottke 12/13/1901-01/04/1927 Edward R. Kottke, age 84 of Aitkin passed asway peacefully in his sleep, Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Edward was born January 4, 1927 at Ft. Mills, Corregidor, Philippine Islands the son of Edward and Catherine(Lange) Kottke. He grew up and attended school at Coupeville, Washington graduating from High School there. He then worked on a farm in North Dakota for a time.In 1950 he entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Korea where he received a Purple Heart. Upon his discharge he returned to North Dakota and married Evelyn Abrahamson on April 6, 1954 in Cando, North Dakota. They lived in Cando for a time and then moved to the Aitkin, Minnesota area. He worked for a time as a deputy sheriff. He operated a farm for many years and also did construction work in Aitkin and many of the surrounding communities. His wife Evelyn died in 1984. On December 27, 1986 he married Marilyn K. Pearson in Lakeland, MN. They made their home at the farm. He was a member of the Aitkin VFW, the DAV and attended Glory Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and flying. He loved his cows and his John Deere Tractor. He was a great dad, had a good sense of humor, and always wanted to make people laugh or at least put a smile on their faces. He is survived by his wife Marilyn Kottke of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Rick and Ardel Kottke of Roseburg, Oregon; Cynthia and Tim Hafvenstein of Cloquet, Russell and Sandra Kottke of Morrison, Colorado; Cheryl Kottke of Aitkin; Chad and Roma Kottke of Aitkin; 7 grandchildren: Stephen, Kara, Aaron, Jason, Amy, David and Christiann; 1 great granddaughter: Kaylin and 1 sister: Eva Ramsey of Montana. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1st wife Evelyn, and 1 brother: William and 3 sisters: Adah, Charlotte, and Catherine. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 17, 2011 at 1 PM at Glory Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Mason and Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. Burial will be in the Glory Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church Friday. The Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Karin Ann Bailey 12/13/1901-12/18/1928 Karin Ann Bailey, age 82 of Hill City died Monday, October 24, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Karin was born December 18, 1928 at Milaca, Minnesota the daughter of Herman and Ruth (Nelson) Nelson. She grew up and attended schools at Swatara, Hopkins, and Hill City graduating from the Hill City High School in 1947. She then worked for the Munsingwear Company in Minneapolis. She married Rodman Bailey on June 28, 1946 in Hill City, Mn. They made their home in Swatara until 1990 when they moved to Hill City. She worked as a net maker; she did re-upholstery work for many years and also had worked at the Roadside Market in Hill City for a time. She was a member of the Hill City United Methodist Church where she was involved with Bible Studies and Quilting. She was a lifetime member in good standing with the DFL. She loved all crafts and was a perfectionist at all of them.Karin was a kind and giving person who accepted everyone just as they were. She is survived by children and spouses: Dale Bailey of Minneapolis; Cheryl DeWolfe of Forest Lake, MN.; Carla (Dale) Gillson of Hill City; James Herman (Gail) Bailey of Broomfield, Colorado; David (Cynthia) Bailey of Dayton, Mn.; Ruth (Kile) Bailey Holm of Byron, Mn.; Patty Bailey (Friend: Keith Moe) of McGregor, MN.; 14 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; brother: Ronald Nelson of Burbank, Calf.; and sister: Joan Kingsley of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Rodman, one brother and two infant sisters. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 28, 2011 at 11 AM from the Hill City United Methodist Church with Rev. Russell Christensen officiating. Burial will be in the Macville Cemetery at Swatara. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church Friday. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Betty Jo Davies 12/13/1901-05/16/1929 Betty Jo Davies, 81 of Aitkin died Saturday, June 19, 2010 at her residence. She was born May 16, 1929 in Bismarck, North Dakota to Guy I. and Ann L. (Laird) Loomis. She graduated from Aitkin High School. Betty was united in marriage to Donald Davies on January 27, 1948 in Aitkin. She was a homemaker and farmer. She enjoyed flower gardening, reading, and quilting. Betty is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law: Gene (Kim) Davies of Aitkin Dale (Lori) Davies of Aitkin 2 daughters and son-in-law: Peggy Davies of Akeley Julie (Jeff) Hansen of Aitkin Seven Grandchildren: Ann, Eric, Cody, and Kaija Davies, Michael Hansen, and Kaitlyn and Nathan Davies Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald and her parents. Private family services will be held at a later date. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com. Robert Schrier 12/13/1901-06/04/1930 Robert ???Bob??? E. Schrier, 80 of Aitkin died Monday, November 15, 2010 at his residence in Glen Township. He was born June 4, 1930 in Minneapolis to Joseph and Rosalie (Barland) Schrier. He graduated from Columbia Heights High School. He volunteered for the Anoka County ??? Coon Lake Water Patrol. He retired from Minnesota Power. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, Intarsia woodworking, and attending Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo where he liked playing cards. He was a master story teller and jokester. Bob is survived by his 5 children and their spouses: Lee Ann (Larry) Brown of Stacy Lori Guyette of St. Paul Rick (Cindy) Schrier of Charlotte, NC. Teri (Wally) Hackensmith of Wrenshall Joe (Bridget) Schrier of Cloquet Ten grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren Brother Warren ???Butch??? (Monica) Schrier of Apache Junction, AZ. Sister Joan Simonson of Taylor, WI. Good friend & neighbor Dee Olson of Glen Special nephew Arnie Barland of Milaca Lifelong friend Jack Olson of Stanchfield Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife Shirley May (Christopherson) Schrier, second wife Delories Schrier Infant daughter Lynn Jo Schrier Grandson Chris Brown Son-in-law Ray Guyette Brother Richard Schrier And his parents Joseph and Rosalie (Barland) Schrier Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. ??? Saturday, November 20, 2010 memorial service at Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo. Reverend James Raisanen will officiate. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com Teddy W. Goble 12/13/1901-05/19/1932 Teddy W. Goble, 78 of Palisade, died Monday, July 19, 2010 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born May 19, 1932 in Aitkin County to Vern and Hazel (Olds) Goble. Teddy was united in marriage to Fahma Guenther on December 4, 1954 in Aitkin. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean War. He farmed, logged, drove milk truck, and was involved with Goble Sewer Service. He was employed as a custodian and bus driver for Aitkin Schools for 21 years retiring in 1985. He was an avid outdoorsman, hunting, fishing, and traveling to Canada. He enjoyed snowmobiling, boxing, and baseball. Teddy is survived by his wife Fahma of Palisade 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Gaylen (Leslie) Goble of Aitkin Larry (Debbie) Goble of Palisade Two daughters and sons-in-law: Krys (Dan) Bobseen of Aitkin Janell (Dale) Morris of Aitkin 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren Many cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Richard and Gordon Goble Four sisters: Shirley Pierpont, Bernice Carson, Linda LaValley, Carol Zimmerman And his parents Vern and Hazel (Olds) Goble Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 4:00P.M. ??? Thursday, July 22, 2010 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Don Norman will officiate. www.srtfuneral.com Bryan J. Bailey 12/13/1901-08/10/1933 Bryan J. Bailey, age 76 of Aitkin died Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Bryan was born August 10, 1933 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Clarence and Olga (Holm) Bailey. He attended the South Waukenabo School through the 8th grade and then went to the Aitkin High School graduating in 1952. He then served in the U.S. Army serving in Korea from 1953 to 1955. Upon his discharge he returned to the Aitkin area and then worked in Grand Rapids as an assistant manager for a gas station for a time. He married Christine C. Johnson on September 3, 1955 in Palisade, Mn. In 1957 they purchased a farm in the Waukenabo area and started dairy farming. In 1962 they purchased a farm in the Glory community and continued dairy farming. Bryan worked at the Aitkin Feed Store in the 1960???s and 1970???s. In the early 1990???s they retired from dairy farming. They had also operated a Christmas Tree Farm for many years. They moved to town in 2007. He was a regular attendee of the Glory Baptist Church. He loved traveling to Branson, Mo. and listening to country music. He was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Post, and had served on the Posts Color Guard. He had been involved with the Square Dance Club for 22 years. He also had 28 years of sobriety. He is survived by his wife Christine Bailey of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Lynda J. Root of Chetek, Wisc.; Kathy M. and Dale DeRosier of Trosky, Mn.; Carol J. Nelson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Loren M.J. and Ginger Bailey of Alexandria, Mn.; 8 grandchildren: Jeremy, Craig, Darik, Nicholas, Grant, Erin, Samantha, Jasper; 2 great grandchildren: Emily and Kayla; 1 brother and sister in law: Noel and Alma Bailey of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 1 sister Edith. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 1 PM from Glory Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Glory Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the Glory Baptist Church Building Fund or the Riverwood Lights of Love. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com Herbert D. Hakes 12/13/1901-03/03/1934 Herbert D. Hakes, age 77 of Spirit Lake near Aitkin died of Parkinson???s disease and Lewy Body Dementia on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born March 3, 1934 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Kenneth and Merry (Welton) Hakes. He moved with his family at a young age to Springfield, Minnesota where he grew up and attended schools graduating from the Springfield High School in 1952. He then went to college at Iowa State and graduated with a BS degree in Dairy Industry in 1956. He married Shirley V. Bahn on September 9, 1956 at Springfield, Minnesota. He went to work for the Carnation Company and they made their home in Cedar Falls, Iowa and their daughter Sue was born there. He then moved to Fairmont, Mn. and worked for the Nelson Ice Cream Company. While living in Fairmont their son Bob was born. The Kemps Company bought out the Nelson Ice Cream Co. and in 1965 Herb was transferred to Winona, Mn. where son John was born. Later in 1965 he transferred to Austin and worked there for Kemps from 1965 until 1990 when he was transferred to the Twin Cities, and they made their home in Plymouth, MN. In 1996 they retired to Spirit Lake near Aitkin. They had been coming to Spirit Lake since the early 1960???s. He had most recently been a resident at the Aicota Assisted Living Center. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Had served on church council, was a longtime choir member, had been active in the Jaycees, Elks, and Kiwanis Club. He had also been involved in Boy Scouts and was a member of the Order of the Arrow. He is survived by daughter and son in law: Sue Hakes and John Gorski of Grand Marais; Sons and daughters in law: Bob and Gretchen Hakes of Minneapolis; John and Jennifer Hakes of Shoreview; 4 grandchildren: Meg, Chris, Ally, and Jake. He is also survived by 4 brothers and spouses: Kenneth (Shirley) Hakes of Aitkin; Richard (LeeVae) Hakes of Aitkin; William (Carla) Hakes of Aitkin; Jim (Barb) Hakes of Deerwood; and nieces and nephews. Also surviving are special friends Deb and Gary Clark of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley in 2007, father Kenneth in 1991 and mother Merry in 2008. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Dorothy Sand officiating. Interment will be at the Diamond Lake Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends will start at 9:30 AM Saturday at the church and go until the time of service. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Michael ''Gus'' Johns Michael ???Gus?? 12/13/1901-05/24/1934 Michael ''Gus'' Johns Michael ???Gus??? Johns, age 77 of Aitkin formerly of Chicago died Monday, March 28, 2011 at his home near Aitkin. Gus was born May 24, 1934 at Chicago, Illinois the son of Michael and Sophie (Athanas) Johns. He grew up and attended schools in Chicago and also attended Wright Junior College in Chicago. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959. He was a Jazz musician and also worked as a bartender in Washington State before returning to Chicago in 1962. He worked as Manager of the Earl of Old Town, a historic night club, until 1983. He married Carol on February 20, 1987 in Chicago. They moved to Aitkin in 2002 and have lived here since. While in Chicago he also did some amateur acting. He loved playing the piano and following the Chicago Cubs Baseball team. He is survived by his wife Carol Johns of Aitkin; 4 children: Myrna Christian of Scottsdale, Arz.; Charla (Jeff) Dalman of Auburn, Wash.; Abigail Johns of Chicago, Ill., Zachary (Cathy) Johns of Skokie, Ill.; 3 grandchildren: Dalles (Leanna) Christian of Puyallup, Wash.; Morgan Christian of Puyallup, Wash.; Zachary Johns of Skokie, Ill and 2 great grandchildren: Alexander Christian and Benjamin Christian. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Robert. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 11 AM from the Malmo Free Church with Rev. Glenn Browning officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Maria H. Lamke 12/13/1901-12/14/1934 Maria H. Lamke, age 76 of Palisade died Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born December 14, 1934 at Straubing, Germany the daughter of Josef and Franziska (Scheingraber) Dietl. She attended school in Straubing and during high school also attended a trade school and earned a degree as a seamstress and tailor. She married Dwaine W. Lamke on February 29, 1956 at Straubing, Germany. They lived in Germany, Arizona and Kentucky before moving to the Palisade area in 1974. Maria raised her family but also worked as a seamstress and tailor, a waitress and in later years a dietary aide at Aicota Health Care Center. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church and had been on the Catholic Council of Women. She enjoyed baking, crafts, crocheting, gardening, sewing, and she loved her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband Dwaine W. Lamke of Palisade; children and spouses: Kevin R. and Shelly Lamke of Aitkin; Linda E. and John Arness of Aitkin; Sandra R. Olson of Hill City, Mn.; Brenda V. and Allen Pundsack of Glencoe, Mn.; Rhonda A. Maxwell of Aitkin; Priscilla M. and Jerry Benson of Garrison, Mn.; 3 sisters: Franziska Bowen of Borger, Tx.; Hildegard Rabe and Rosemarie Koch both of Munchen, Germany; Grandchildren: Melinda Betley, Kristina Peters, Johnathon Arness, Lee Olson, Darik Lamke, Luke Pundsack, Dylan Pundsack, Michelle Maxwell, Mitchell Maxwell; great grandchildren: Jeremy Betley and Logan Peters. She was preceded in death by her parents: Josef and Franziska Dietl, Brother Josef Dietl, sisters: Eleanore George and Johanna Dominelli. A private family service was held. Burial was in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Allan Roy Wredberg 12/13/1901-07/24/1937 Allan Roy Wredberg, 73 of Palisade, died Monday, July 18, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born July 24, 1937 in Anoka to Alvin and Victoria (Carlson) Wredberg. He attended country school in St. Francis and graduated from St. Francis High School. He served in the National Guard and was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Upon his discharge he returned to Anoka. He moved with his life partner Margaret Perry to Maple Grove and Montrose and settled in Aitkin in 2001. During his life he was a mechanic for United Van Bus and then purchased Prestige Sanitation and Country Wide Sanitation which served North West Minneapolis metro area. He sold Country Wide Sanitation to Randy???s Sanitation and continued to work there until his retirement. He is survived by his partner Margaret Perry of Palisade Daughter: Terri Lubrano of Largo, FL. 4 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Brothers and sisters-in-law: John (Kathy) Ottenstroer of Andover James (Susan) Wredberg of McGregor Thomas Wredberg and partner Isreal Castillo of Bolinas, CA. Sisters and brothers-in-law: Ann (Donald) Scherber of Rogers Joanne (Walter) Brunner of Fairbanks, Ak. Dorthea (Phillip) Morris of Prescott, WI. Aunt: Margaret (Albert) Dorry of St. Paul Uncles: Clifford (Betty) Carlson of Princeton; Willard (Dianne) Carlson of Minneapolis Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter Jackie, father Alvin in 1992, mother Victoria in 1954, stepmother Catherine (Ottenstroer) in 2005, and ex-wife Julia. Memorial services will be 1:00P.M. ??? Thursday, July 21, 2011 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. Reverend William Sass will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service in the church. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Anoka at a later date. Military honors will be provided by Palisade VFW Post #1721 and Aitkin American Legion Post # 86. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Curtis Randall Erickson 12/13/1901-11/05/1939 Curtis Randall Erickson, 71 of Palisade died Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born November 5, 1939 in Cokato to Vernon and Helmi (Mattila) Erickson. He was baptized at Dassel Mission Covenant Church and confirmed into the Lutheran faith at First Lutheran Church in Dassel. He graduated from Dassel High School in 1958. He was a U.S. Marine Corps. veteran. He worked for his parents hatchery, Minnesota Poultry Service in Dassel. He attended BCA school and became a police officer for the communities of Pine Island, Maple Lake, Cokato, and Dassel. He then worked for 3-M Company in Hutchinson retiring after 27 years of employment. Curtis was united in marriage to Barbara (Anderson) on January 29, 1971 in Dassel. He loved sports, playing basketball for Cokato, Dassel and Kingston teams and also in the Marine Corps. He coached various youth and adult sports teams. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, camper, swimmer, bowler, and enjoyed playing cards and watching any and all sports on TV. Some of his greatest joys were his children and grandchildren and the accomplishments they achieved. He is survived by his wife Barbara Children: Lynn (John) Sowders of Springtown, TX. Nicole (Brian) Smith of Palisade Chantelle (Matt) Erickson of Colorado Springs, CO. Todd (Anne) Erickson of Columbus, OH. Grandchildren: Sarah (Scott) Neely, Mariah Sowders, Joseph Sowders, Geoffrey Sowders, Amisty Smith, Amira Smith, Race Smith, Darian Erickson, Hannah Erickson, Elijah Erickson, Alesha Bergmann, Bethany Bowen, and Izaak Bowen. Brothers: Robert ???Bob??? Erickson of Braham Roger (Marvel) Erickson of Hutchinson Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his son Bryce Erickson, nephew Chad Erickson and his parents Vernon and Helmi (Mattila) Erickson. A celebration of Curtis??? life for friends and family will be held 1:00P.M., Saturday, July 2, 2011 at his home in Palisade. Inurnment will be in Grace Lutheran Cemetery in rural Kingston at a later date. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com Velma J. Gerard 12/13/1901-03/10/1940 Velma J. Gerard, 71 of Aitkin died Monday, November 7, 2011 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born March 10, 1940 in Morrison Township, Aitkin County to Vern and Hazel (Loomis) Nelson. She worked as a secretary. She was united in marriage to Earl Gerard in 1966 in California. There will be no services. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Janet R. Wik 12/13/1901-10/13/1942 Janet R. Wik, age 68 of Aitkin died Thursday, February 24, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Janet was born October 13, 1942 at Cook, Minnesota the daughter of Hagvert and Gennie (Johnson) Wik. Janet lived on a farm with her parents at Silverdale, MN. until the mid 1950???s. She then lived at Cambridge, Mn. and Brainerd, Mn. In 1972 she moved, with her friend Audrey, to the Von Reese home at Aitkin. Janet lived there until 1974 when she moved to the Joseph Skaj Home and she lived with Joseph and Martha Skaj for 16 years. She then moved to Carol Hansen???s Foster Home in 1990. She had resided there until moving to Aicota Health Care Center in 2009. Janet had worked at the Aitkin County DAC since 1972 and had participated in the Oakridge Homes programming. She is survived by family friend Clarice Anderson, foster mother Carol Hansen, personal guardian Shirley Scharer and all of her friends and co-workers at the Aitkin County DAC. Janet was preceded in death by her parents and infant brother. A memorial service for Janet will be held Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 1:00 PM at the Aicota Health Care Center with Rev. Donald Norman officiating. Burial will be at the Silverdale Cemetery in the spring. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Joan Ann Beauchem 12/13/1901-07/19/1944 Joan Ann Beauchem, 67 of Palisade died Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born July 19, 1944 in Oregon, Illinois to John and Flossie (Jackson) Messenger. Joan was united in marriage to John Beauchem on June 2, 1963 in Illinois. She most recently worked at Kelly???s Kitchen in Palisade. She was previously employed as a CNA at Riverwood Extended Care, at the School House Caf?? in McGregor, and cleaned different bars and restaurants in the area. She liked to collect snowmen, lighthouses, and geese. She enjoyed watching the mini donkeys, dogs, and especially her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her grandson Kyle, 2 brothers, 1 sister and her parents. Joan is survived by her husband John Beauchem, Sr. of Palisade 1 Son and daughter-in-law: John (Becky) Beauchem, Jr. of Breckenridge Two Daughters and son-in-law: Tammy Beauchem (Mark Moe) of Palisade Sandra (Chad) VanVickle of Palisade Grandchildren: Chuck, Amber, Derek, Shane, Cody, Angie, Mickayla, Isaac, Breanna, Courtney, and Jake Great- Grandchildren: Kylee, Sabree, Paxten, and one on the way due later in the year. Two sisters, other relatives and friends. Joan???s family would like to give a special ???thank you??? to the staff at Aitkin Health Services for their help. A memorial service will be 1:00P.M. ??? Saturday, October 1, 2011 at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Reverend Charles Carlson will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery at Rat Lake, Workman Township. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com Judith L. Prell 12/13/1901-07/31/1944 Judith L. Prell, 67 of McGregor died Monday, August 08, 2011 at her home. She was born July 31, 1944 in McGregor to Arthur and Lucille (Moe) Rian. She graduated from McGregor High School in 1962. Judith was united in marriage to Douglas A. Prell in 1997 in Reno, NV. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, and going to the casino. Judith loved her grandchildren and spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband Douglas 6 children and their spouses: Sandy (Keith) Marsyla of Aitkin Lisa (Curt) Raveill of McGregor Debbie Hanson of Brainerd Linda Hanson of East Bethel Henry (Beth) Schultz of McGregor Aaron Schultz of McGregor 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren 4 brothers: Art (Minyon) Rian of McGregor Daryl (Sue) Rian of Mississippi John (Carol) Rian of Palisade David (Diane) Rian of Aitkin 1 sister: Joan Buttler of McGregor Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Dennis and Ronald Rian and her parents Arthur and Lucille (Moe) Rian. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 12:00P.M., Thursday, August 11, 2011 memorial service at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Reverend Terry Banker will officiate. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com Terrence R. Anderson 12/13/1901-11/15/1946 Terrence R. Anderson, age 63 of Aitkin formerly of Crystal died Friday, February 19, 2010 at his home. Terrence was born November 15, 1946 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Alphons and Rosella (Cassady) Anderson. He moved with his family to the Twin Cities at the age of three where he grew up and attended schools. He also attended school at Montevideo, Mn. He graduated from North High School in Minneapolis in 1964. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army, and served in Germany, and then as a drill instructor at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. Upon his discharge he returned to the Twin Cities and worked for a time for Super Valu. He married LaVonne M. Lemire on January 4, 1969 at Crystal, Minnesota. They made their home and raised their family in Crystal. He worked as a security guard for the Northridge Nursing Facility. He also was a volunteer fireman for the Crystal Fire Department and had served as Deputy Fire Chief. He served with the department from 1971 to his retirement in 1996. He retired due to health issues in 2008 and in December 2008 moved to Aitkin. He was a member of the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Assn., the Teamsters, and the Aitkin American Legion Post 86. He had started the Crystal Fire Explorer Post. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting, and golfing. He also helped coach baseball and softball. He is survived by his wife LaVonne Anderson of Aitkin; 2 daughters and sons in law: Anna and Brent Jablonski of Rogers, Mn.; Jennie and Joe Elsenpeter of Buffalo, Mn.; 1 son and daughter in law: James and Cindy Anderson of Little Falls, Mn.; 9 grandchildren; 6 sisters and spouses: Cheri and Wayne Hempeck of Melrose, Mn.; Lonnie and Ron Olson of Blaine, Mn.; Lezlie and Ken Dadd of Anoka, Mn.; Tammy Anderson of Crystal, MN.; Susan and Jerry Johnson of St. Paul, MN.; Michelle and Tom Steffenhagen of Orlando, Fla.; 1 brother and sister in law: Jack and Stephanie Anderson of Glenwood, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Justin Fish officiating. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com George C. ''Dutch'' Hasskamp George C. 12/13/1901-09/24/1953 George C. ''Dutch'' Hasskamp George C. ???Dutch??? Hasskamp, age 57 of Aitkin died Monday, June 27, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Dutch was born September 24, 1953 at Crosby, Minnesota the son of Gordon and Ida Mae ???Breezy??? (Chambers) Hasskamp. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1971. He then attended the Vocational School in Wadena and trained as an electrician. He married Diane R. Hanson on May 17, 1975 at Wolf Lake, Minnesota. They made their home in Aitkin and Dutch worked for Bob Nordean at Nordean Electric until 1979 at which time he started Dutch???s Electric which he has operated since. He was a member of St. John???s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook, the Rocky Mountain Elk Federation, and The Minnesota Electrical Association of which he was a past president and was currently serving as a legislative chair for them. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles, snowmobiling, and spending time at his cabin. He is survived by his wife Diane Hasskamp of Aitkin; Children: Brad Hasskamp of Minneapolis; Shawn and wife Katie Hasskamp of Aitkin, Melissa Hasskamp of Ironton, MN.; granddaughter: Savannah Hasskamp; 2 brothers and sisters in law: Jeff and Terri Hasskamp of Aitkin; Keith and Gina Hasskamp of Aitkin and aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 1 sister Helen. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 11 AM from St. John???s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Burial will be in the St. John??? s Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church Thursday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Dorothy C. Peterson 10/04/1920-01/01/1970 Dorothy C. Peterson, 89 of Aitkin died Thursday, November 5, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born October 4, 1920 in Pine County to Albert and Sarah Jane (Campbell) Cherrier. Dorothy was united in marriage to Anton F. Peterson. She was a school teacher for Mounds View School District. She lived in Roseville prior to moving to Big Sandy Lake and then to Aitkin while wintering in Alamo, TX. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Suzanne (George) Arent of Sanford, FL. One Granddaughter: Lori Arent (Matt Williams) of Ham Lake 2 great grandchildren: Kaija and Cody Lasher And nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Anton, son Fred Peterson Two brothers Roy and Ben Cherrier and 2 sisters Agnes Bratz and Bernice Peterson, and her parents. No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com JENNIE TURNER 03/14/1915-08/09/2007 Jennie Turner, age 92 of Aitkin formerly of McGregor and the Fleming Community died Thursday, August 9, 2007 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Jennie was born March 14, 191 at Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Mike and Maria (Pahala) Niemi. She grew up and attended schools in the Aitkin area. She married Claude S. Turner on March 4, 1936 in Aitkin. They lived in the Fleming Community and farmed until the mid 190's. They continued to live at the farm until her husband died in 199 at which time she moved to McGregor and lived at the Pioneer Villa. She has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center the past 3 weeks. Music was a large part of her and her husband's life as they played accordian and harmonica. They spent many hours over the years entertaining the residents at the local nursing homes. She was a member of the Fleming United Methodist Church, the Fleming Ladies Aid, the Birthday Club, she enjoyed working the dinners at the Fleming Church, she baked beans for the many DFL Fund Raisers, she loved to can her garden produce and most importantly, her grandchildren were her pride and joy. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Lawrence and Evelyn Turner of McGregor; son in law: Hubert Boyer of Prior Lake, Mn.; 6 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, 1 sister: Sylvia Niemi of Minneapolis. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Claude in 199, 1 daughter Doris, 1 brother Taido, and 2 sisters: Thelma and Celia. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 2 PM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church in Aitkin with Rev. Russell Christensen officiating. Interment will be at the Spencer Cemetery in Spencer Twp. of Aitkin Co. Pallbearers will be: Kerry Boyer, Scott Turner, Kim Boyer, Jim Sprague, Todd Loose, and John Lindgren. Visitation will be Tuesday from to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Frederick Wold 03/03/1935-08/16/2007 Frederick A. Wold, 2 of Aitkin died Thursday, August 16, 200 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born March 3, 1935 in Aitkin to Ernest and Margaret (MacDonald) Wold. He graduated from Aitkin High School. On July 3, 1954 in Aitkin Fred was united in marriage to Carol Schack. He was employed as a Chrysler Auto Parts Manager for 30 years in the Twin Cities prior to moving to the Aitkin area where he worked for Tanner Motors until his retirement. He is survived by his wife Carol of Aitkin 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Debbie Wold of Plymouth Diane (Rick) Jorgensen of Zimmerman Cindy (Randy) Lindberg of Ramsey Two sons and daughter-in-law: Mike (Cheryl) of New Brighton Pat of Champlin grandchildren, two great-grandchildren 2 brothers and sister-in-law: Bob (Marge) of Aitkin John of San Diego Besides other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by two brothers Ernest and Stuart and his parents Ernest and Margaret (MacDonald) Wold. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:30pm, Thursday, August 23, 200 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend Judy Clark will officiate PHYLLIS REINERTSON 02/29/1936-08/18/2007 Phyllis Reinertson, 71, met her Lord and Savior with her family by her side Saturday evening, August 1, 2007 at the Rosebud Care Center in Forsyth, Montana. Phyllis was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota on February 29, 1936. She was the fourth and last child of James and Mary Christesen. Her family was in the hotel management business, so Phyllis grew up calling the Front Street Hotel and the Third Avenue Hotel home. She received her education in Grand Rapids graduating from High School in 1954. Her life-long love of music surfaced when she began singing in 6th grade. She studied piano and violin from seventh grade through high school. As an adult she sang in the choir for Billy Graham and Kathryn Kuhlman Crusades. Phyllis was an accomplished seamstress and cook. When her two sons started school, she began pursuing her passion of oil painting. Some of her work took top honors at the Rosebud-Treasure County Fair and the Eastern Montana Fair in Miles City. She also taught home group Bible study classes for 15 years after she met the Lord at age 33. At Bible study during her early years as a Christian someone asked, ???How do you want to be remembered???? She responded saying that she hoped those who knew her could say, ???She always tried her best to do God???s Will.??? In 1955 while she was singing in a church she met a young man named Norm Reinertson. They were married in Fargo, N.D. in 1956. The couple celebrated their 50th anniversary n June of 2006, with a family celebration held in Minnesota. That was a very special time for Phyllis. Norm???s work as a carpenter took the couple from Minnesota to Paradise, Calf., and then back to his home state of Montana over the course of their 50 years together. At the time of Phyllis???s death they were making their home at Rosebud, Montana. She is survived by her husband Norman Reinertson of Rosebud, Mont.; 2 sons and daughter in law: Mitch and Heidi Reinertson of Big Timber, Mont.; Steve Reinertson of Forsyth, Mont.; 2 grandsons: Joey and Josh Reinersten of Minnesota and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters: Helen ???Christy??? Neary, Mary Anne Warren; 1 brother: Donald Christesen. Funeral services were held Wednesday August 22 at Forsyth, Montana. A graveside service will be held Monday, August 27, 2007 at 11 AM at the Macville Cemetery near Swatara. Local arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. FRANK LYNN PATRICK SR. 10/04/1925-08/22/2007 Frank Lynn Patrick Sr., age 81 of Aitkin died Wednesday August 22, 2007 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Frank was born in Ladysmith, Wisconsin on October 4, 125, the son of Blaine and Josephine (Koll) Patrick. He grew up in the Wealthwood area were he was raised by his foster parents Henry and Margaret Schanno. He married Mary Ann Dotzler on January 16, 146 in Aitkin. He farmed with his wife in Spencer Township. They were married for 55 years at the time of her death in April of 2001. Frank was 17 when he enlisted in the United States Navy. He served during WW II aboard the destroyer, USS Trathen from December 12, 142 to December 18, 146. He was then called back into active service for the Korean War where he was stationed in Jacksonville, Florida from January 3, 150 to November of 151. He is survived by sons and daughters in law: Nick and Vicki Patrick of Aitkin; Frank Jr. (Butch) and Ione Patrick of Rice, Mn.; Randy and Karla Patrick of Aitkin; Dan and Geni Patrick of Aitkin; Daughters and son in law: Kathy Patrick of Richfield, Mn.; Josie Ehret of Center City, Mn.; Colette and Russell Tate of St. Paul; 18 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; step brothers: Bob Patrick of Ladysmith, Wisc.; Milton Patrick of North Branch, Mn.; Step-sister: Patsy Avery of Forest Lake, Mn.; sisters in law: Edna Patrick and Margaret Walz and Brothers in law: William and Godfrey Dotzler and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ann, and infant son, his parents, Foster parents, brothers: Donald Patrick, Kenneth Patrick, Lawrence Patrick, Ralph Patrick and foster sister Mary Schanno. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, August 25 at 11 AM at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 PM with a Rosary Service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Pallbearers will be: Brian Patrick, Paul Patrick, Keith Patrick, Eric Patrick, Dominick Patrick, John Patrick, Isaac Patrick, Aaron Patrick, David Ehret, Ryan Ehret, and Adam Ehret. Honorary pallbearers will be: Joseph Hall, Robert Lobdell, Terry Dotzler, Doug Boyer and Sid Nelson. The Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts will provide military honors. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Alice Edquist Hansen 09/09/1908-08/25/2007 Alice E. Hansen, 99, of Aitkin died Saturday, August 25, 2007 in Lureldale, PA. She was born September 9, 1908 on a farm in Butler County, Iowa the second daughter of Gustavus and Clara (McCague) Hawley. In December of 1918 at the age of she moved with her family to the Cedar Brook area and then to Aitkin in March of 1919. She graduated from Aitkin Public School in 1926. She attended Normal School in Aitkin and taught at Longfellow School in Rossburg for one year from 1927 ??? 1928. On June 16, 1928 she was united in marriage to Reuben Edquist. Alice went back to teaching in 1955 starting in Bennettville then Wealthwood and Butts all for one year each. In 1958 she taught 5th grade at Deerwood Elementary School for 8 years. During this time she was taking college courses part time from the University of Minnesota, Duluth graduating in 1966. She started teaching 5th grade at the Aitkin Ripple Side Elementary School in 1966 until her retirement in 1974. She was a member of the Aitkin United Methodist Church and the Adah Circle. She was also a member of the Aitkin VFW Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary holding several offices including Past President, the Order of the Eastern Star, serving in most of the offices including Past Worthy Matron.. She was a 50 year member of the Aitkin Rebekah Lodge #151 serving in most offices and was past Noble Grand. She was also Past District President of the Rebekah Assembly. She was preceded in death by her first husband Reuben in December of 1978, three sisters Mabyrn in 1935, Margaret Hawley in 1997, Helen Drake in 1999, one brother Harold Hawley in 2005. Her father in 1946 and mother in 1949. Her second husband of 17 years Arvid Hansen died December 28, 1980. She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law: Harold (Dorothy) of Jarrettsville, MD. 2 granddaughters: Sharon Edquist of Cape Cod, MA. and Diane Kahler of Nottingham, MD Three grandchildren: Adam, Maddie and Logan 3 sisters-in-law: Lucile Hawley of Sun City, AZ. Myrtle Edquist and Eleanore Skatt both of Aitkin. Funeral services will be 2:00P.M., Thursday, August 30, 2007 at Aitkin United Methodist Church. Reverend Judy Clark will officiate. Visitation will begin at 12:00P.M. at the Church. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Aitkin. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. ERLING A. WILLPRECHT 08/16/1946-08/27/2007 Erling A. 'Will' Willprecht, 61 of Aitkin died Monday, August 27, 2007 at his residence. He was born August 16, 1946 in Veblin, South Dakota to Gustav and Alma(Henke) Willprecht. On April 1966 in Minneapolis he was united in marriage to Nancy (Bergstrom). He was assistant manager at Freedom Gas Station, Aitkin. He is survived by his wife Nancy 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Dawn (Steve) Krawczyk of Glendale, AZ. Wendy (Mike) LaBarr of Glendale, AZ. One sister: Carol VanSyckel of Burnsville 1 brother and sister-in-law: Myron (Marqurite) of Conroe, TX. Three grandchildren: Timothy, Mathew, and Mykaela LaBarr Besides nieces, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Lowell, and 1 brother-in-law Arlo. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00 P.M. ??? Saturday, September 1, 2007 funeral service at Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church, Aitkin. Reverend Gunnar Salmonson will officiate. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root- Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. TIMOTHY S. TIBBETTS 09/04/1961-08/29/2007 Timothy S. Tibbetts, age 45 of Belen, New Mexico died after a long battle with cancer at the Vista Care Center in Albuquerque, Mew Mexico on Wednesday August 29, 2007. He was born in Aitkin, Minnesota on September 4, 1961 the son of Mike and Karen (Johnson) Tibbetts. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin. He is survived by his wife Sue of Belen, N.M.; 2 daughters: Nicole and Tina of St. Cloud, Mn; son: Robert of Austin, Tx.; Mother Karen of Brainerd; Father Mike of Bandero, Tx.; sister: Terry of Brainerd; 2 brothers: Mike of St. Paul and John of Kenosha, Wisc. He was preceded in death by his uncle Matthew Tibbetts; grandfather: VernonTibbetts, and Grandparents Harry and Dorothy Johnson. Funeral services will be held Monday, September 3, 2007 at 10 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Dallas Smith officiating. Interment will be in the Round Lake Cemetery north of McGregor. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services on Monday. Memorials are preferred to the family. The Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin is in charge of the arrangements LEONARD BAACK 11/04/1920-09/05/2007 Leonard H. Baack, age 86 of Aitkin died Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born November 4, 1920 in Orienta Twp. of Bayfield Co., Wisconsin; the son of Emil and Marie (Brandt) Baack. He moved with his family at a young age to Minneapolis where he grew up and attended schools. He also attended Dunwoody Institute. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945. Upon his discharge he returned to Minneapolis and married Ireene H. Naslund on June 22, 1945. The lived at Lexington Village, until moving to St. Charles, Illinois in 1956. There Leonard worked for a stamping company for a time and then he founded and owned Fox River Stamping Co. for about 30 years. Upon his retirement he and his wife Irene moved to the Aitkin area where they built their log home in the early 1990???s. They were very active in the building of their dream home. Leonard was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Nordland Twp. and he always looked forward to and enjoyed the Navy Sea Bee???s reunions. He is survived by 1 sister: Leona Cote of Coon Rapids, Mn.; 1 sister in law: Eleanor Baack of Minneapolis; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Irene in 2000, and 2 brothers. Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 9, 2007 at 2 PM from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church near Aitkin with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. Rebecca May will play the organ and Rick Perry will sing ???The Lord???s Prayer??? and ???How Great Thou Art???. The congregation will sing ???In The Garden??? and ???Children of Our Heavenly Father???. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Sunday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Neta D. DeShaw 10/25/1921-09/13/2007 Neta D. DeShaw, 85 of Aitkin died Thursday, September 13, 2007 at Aitkin Health Services, Aitkin. She was born October 25, 1921 in Prairieburg, IA. to Henry G. and Minnie (Powers) Fenstermaker. On October 4, 1937 in Cedar Rapids, IA. Neta was united in marriage to Harold N. DeShaw. They moved to Wealthwood in 1956. In her early years she farmed and then worked as a cook and waitress but her main interest was ???Raising Kids???. She enjoyed gardening , fishing, and her card club. She is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law: Harold ???Buck??? (Beverly) of Great Falls, MT. Richard of Aitkin George of Great Falls, MT. Ronald (Connie) of Aitkin 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Patricia DeShaw-Aswegan (Al) of Aitkin Minnie Deshaw-Gandy of Aitkin Carol DeShaw-Thompson (Ken) of Great Falls, MT. Twenty-five grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren Besides other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold on January 14, 1993, grandson Michael, and her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Monday, September 17, 2007 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend Judith Clark will officiate. Burial will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Virginia May Simons 05/08/1931-09/14/2007 Virginia May Simons, 76 of McGregor died Saturday, September 8, 2007 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born May 8, 1931 in Minneapolis to Henry O. and Bertie (Eck) Hull. On December 27, 1952 in Minneapolis Virginia was united in marriage to John Simons. She is survived by her husband John of McGregor 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Marta Simons (Mark Murtha) of Little Falls Kris (Ben) Morrow of Maple Grove Julie (Jerry) Holmquist of Deerwood Two grandchildren Matthew and John Eidem Brother-in-law Albert Roy of Houston, TX Besides nieces, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her sister Joan Roy and her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00a.m., Saturday, September 15, 2007 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Kris Morrow and Reverend Ron Simons will officiate. Dennis A. Hagquist 06/09/1931-09/17/2007 Dennis A. Hagquist, age 76 died Monday, September 17, 2007 as the result of a tractor accident near Malmo, Mn. Dennis was born June 9, 1931 in Livingston, Montana the son of Alfred and Lilly (Green) Hagquist. He moved with his family to the Malmo area in 1932 where his parents operated a farm. He attended the Clear Lake School and the Aitkin High School graduating from the High School. He enjoyed working with things mechanical and enjoyed fixing them. He operated the family farm for most of his life. He served in the U.S. Army from October 1954 to October 1956. Upon his discharge he returned to the Malmo area and continued operating the farm. Dennis married Phyllis M. Hetterle on October 19, 1969 in Minneapolis, Mn. Dennis has served as the sexton of the Malmo Cemetery since 1961. He also was a former member of the Worldwide Church of God. He enjoyed playing keyboard. He was a wonderful husband and will be dearly missed by his wife Phyllis. He is survived by his wife Phyllis of Malmo and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 sister Shirley. Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 23, 2007 at 1 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Darin Rengo officiating. Rick and Jackie Perry will provide music. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Norman Westerlund, Greg Westerlund, Neil Westerlund, Chad Westerlund, Jeff Westerlund, and Bruce Rengo. Honorary pallbearers will be: Gaylord Westerlund, Arden Westerlund, Willard Westerlund, Jim Hagquist, Donald Hagquist, Larry Toth, Lawrence Klienow, Bill Beseman, Donald Carlson, Harold Carlson, Phil Neese, and Newman Jacobson, Allan Westerlund and Howard Westerlund. Visitation will be Sunday from 11:30 to the 1 PM services at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. JoAnn Mickelson 12/10/1926-09/20/2007 JoAnn E. Mickelson, age 80 of Deerwood, formerly of the Aitkin area died Thursday, September 20, 2007 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. JoAnn was born December 10, 26 in Malmo, Minnesota the daughter of Henry and Dagmar (Johnson) Hill. She grew up and attended schools in the Malmo area. She married Vernon Mickelson on March 29, 43 in Aitkin. They made their home in the Aitkin area where she raised her family. Once her children were grown she worked at the Riverwood Health Care Center in housekeeping for about ten years. She has resided in the Deerwood area since 91 when her husband passed away. She enjoyed Knitting, crocheting and doing beadwork. She is survived by: 11 children and spouses: Gordon and Sally Mickelson of Apple Valley, Mn.; Darlene and Myron Hetland of Kuttawa, Ky.; Faye Revak of Isle, Mn.; Donald Mickelson of Springfield, S.D.; Robert and Shelly Mickelson of Deerwood, Mn.; Sherril and John Vogel of Inver Grove Heights, Mn.; Harley and Theresa Mickelson of Salem, S.D.; Mary Ann and Thomas Welshons of Pine River, Mn.; George and Lora Mickelson of Columbia Heights, Mn.; Jeni and Steven Serig of Emporia, Kansas; Jean and Gary Sporer of Hibbing, Mn. sister in law: Debbie Mickelson of Coon Rapids, Mn.; 52 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren; 2 brothers: Arliss Hill of San Antonio, Tx.; George Hill of Minneapolis; 6 sisters: Helen Mass of Minneapolis; Florence Peterson of Minneapolis; Mable Mickelson of Isle, Mn.; Dorothy Hinkel of Minneapolis; Ruth Emans of Oceanside, Calf.; Myrtle Emans of Minneapolis, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her Parents; husband Vernon in 91, 2 children: Arthur Mickelson and Betty Lynn Mickelson. Funeral services will be held Monday, September 24, 2007 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Dallas Smith officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 10 AM until the 11 AM services. Interment will be at the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. To sign the Guest Book on-line and leave a memorial message, go to www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Kenneth G. Carlson Sr. 03/08/1940-09/22/2007 Kenneth G. Carlson Sr. (WA0SQW) age 67 of Aitkin formerly of Brooklyn Park, Mn. died Saturday, September , 2007 at his home. Kenneth was born March 8, 1940 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Harry and Inez (Knafla) Carlson. He grew up and attended schools in Robbinsdale graduating from the Robbinsdale High School in 1958. He married Donna Stinson on August , 1963 in Webster, South Dakota. They made their home in Brooklyn Park and he worked product development in office supplies for several Twin Cities based companies. He has owned property in the Glen, Mn. area for over 30 years and retired there in 2002. Kenneth was a Ham Operator and enjoyed working with and fixing computers. He is survived by his wife Donna of rural Aitkin; children and spouses: Scott and Christy Carlson of Rochester, Wash.; Kenneth Jr. and Carol Carlson of Big Lake, Mn.; Lynn and Paul Reichstadt of Champlin, Mn.; Amy and Ben Kervin of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; 14 grandchildren; 2 brothers: Ronald Carlson of Ham Lake, Mn.; Dennis Carlson of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; and 1 sister: Barbara Moen of Queen Creek, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 29, 207 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be from Noon to the 1 PM services on Saturday. Friends may sign the on line guest register at www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Wilson D. Morris 03/29/1917-09/24/2007 Wilson D. Morris, age 90 of Aitkin formerly of Garrison died on Monday, September , 2007 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born on March 29, 1917 in Estherville, Iowa the son of Waller and Julia (Van Fleet) Morris. He enlisted in the US Army during WW II serving stateside. He spent most of his life in construction working in Greenland, Casablanca, Iran, Alaska and many other places. He was a member of the 49ers union.He enjoyed horses,gardening, fishing, hunting, and especially family and friends. He was a master story teller and had a great sense of humor. Upon his retirement from Bolander Construction Co. he moved to Kerry Lake near Garrison. He is survived by 1 sister: Peggy Chester of Apache Junction, Az.; Daughters and sons in law: Judy and Ron Smith of Brook Park, Mn.; Kay and Steve Anderson of Hugo, Mn.; Becky and David Arnold of Montrose, Mn.; sons and daughter in law: Bob abd Tracy Morris of Aitkin; Joe Morris of Phoenix, Az.; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his former wives: Helen Eldeen and Margy Morris, 1 daughter Pat Clement, 1 son Jason Morris, Grandchildren: Julie Baker, Tammi Dalquist and Paul Morris. A memorial service will be held Monday, October 1, 2007 at 11:30 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Donald Norman officiating. Military rites will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. The family prefers memorials. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. Donna I. Elling 08/17/1934-09/27/2007 Donna I. Elling, 73 of Aitkin died Thursday, September 27, 2007 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born August 17, 1934 in Bismarck, North Dakota to Fred and Hazel (Boyd) Petersen. In 1954 in Aitkin, Donna was united in marriage to Donald R. Elling. He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law: Steve (Tammy) of Denver, CO. 1 daughter Terry Elling of Aitkin Five grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren One brother Fred Petersen of Aitkin Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00p.m. ??? Wednesday, October 3, 2007 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. William D. Rodger Jr. 03/26/1930-09/30/2007 William David Rodger Jr. age 77 of Aitkin formerly of Minneapolis died Sunday, September 30, 2007 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born March 26, 1930 the son of William Sr. and Dorothy (Tourtillotte) Rodger in Minneapolis where he grew up and attended schools. He lived and worked in Minneapolis until moving to the Aitkin area in the early 1980???s. He has lived here since. He is survived by 7 children and spouses: James and Connie Rodger of Centerville, Mn.; Colleen and Greg Durand of Plymouth, Mn.; Donald Rodger of Circle Pines, Mn.; Sue and Steve Ouellette of North Branch, Mn.; Patrick Rodger of Lakeville, Mn.; Mike and Patti Rodger of St. Francis, Mn.; Steve and Rhonda Rodger of Ham Lake, Mn.; Step daughter: Karen Simonson of Aitkin; Many grandchildren and great grandchildren; 1 brother: Bob Rodger. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Dianne in 2004, 1 daughter Rosemary, and 3 sisters: Doris, Mary and Marian. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 5 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating.. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. Interment will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. To sign the on-line guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Helen Wenzel 01/01/1909-10/02/2007 Helen E. Wenzel, age 98, of Aitkin died October 2, 2007 at the Aitkin Health Care Services. She was born January 1, 1909, in Hampton, Iowa the daughter of John and Cornelia (Greatstreaks) Mickelwright. When she was a young girl, the family moved to Dean Lake Township and later to Canada where she attended school. She married Carl Wenzel on January 2, 1932 in Dean Lake Twp. They farmed there until Carl died in 1965. She sold the farm and moved to Arkansas to be by her sister in law. She became a federal meat inspector in the chicken industry. She later moved back to Aitkin to live with her daughter and son in law Reo and Jim Robertson. She moved to Maryhill Manor where she lived until 2007. She was known for making teddy bears and crocheting. She is survived by her daughter: Janet Salsbury of Los Angeles, Calf.; son in law and wife: Jim and Amy Robertson of Aitkin; Grandchildren: Diana Robertson, Keith Robertson, and Greg Ravensdahl; step-granddaughters: Linda Monse, Vicky Monse Miller, Jeanne Monse, all of Aitkin; 3 great grandchildren; 2 step great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; 1 step great great grandcild; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Carl, son Roger, daughter Mildred (Reo); 1 great granddaughter; 1 step great great grandson; and 9 brothers. Funeral services were held Saturday, October 6 at Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin with Rev. Gunnar Salmonson officiating. Burial was in the Lakview Cemetery in Aitkin. Music was provided by Ilene Williams, Bunny Vall and Bev Just. Pallbearers were: Barney Burgstaler, Dennis Anderson, John Voller, Randy Adcock, Jeanne Monse, and Vicky Miller. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. ROBERT F. PURDY 10/09/1931-10/03/2007 Robert F. Purdy, 75 of Aitkin died Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. He Was born October 9, 1931 in Modesto, CA. to Emmett and Francis (Gobble) Purdy. On June 15, 1951 in Carson City, Nevada Robert was united in marriage to Adeline Sjodin. He worked as a building contractor since the mid 1960???s until his recent retirement. His hobbies were rock collecting and polishing, making jewelry, gardening and photography. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, drag racing, and he loved his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Adeline 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Richard (Cindy) of Midland, TX. Rob (Shanna) of Aitkin. Four daughters and sons-in-law: Terri Kautz of Goldfield, NV. Karen (David) Stauffer of Aitkin Vicki Rhodes of Aitkin Jean Purdy (Brian Wright) of Inver Grove Heights 17 grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, son-in-law Judge Robert E. Kautz and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00am, Monday, October 8, 2007 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend Judith Clark will officiate. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery, Nordland Township, Aitkin County. Caroline Hassman Ryan 08/19/1908-10/05/2007 Caroline Hassman Ryan, age 99 of Aitkin died Friday, October 5, 2007 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born August 19, 1908 in Aitkin the daughter of Ben and Barbara (Foley) Hassman. She attended Aitkin Public Schools and the College of St. Benedict before returning to Aitkin to care for her mother and baby sister. She also worked in the First National Bank for her father until she married Joseph W. Ryan, attorney, on June 27, 1934. Together they raised 6 children. She was a lifetime member of St. James Catholic Church and was active in the council of Catholic Women and in the Maryhill Academy PTA. She was also an early member of the Gray Ladies, the Hospital Auxiliary at the Aitkin Community Hospital. Carol enjoyed golfing and traveling with her husband Joe, but her faith, her family and her home were the focus of her life. She enjoyed gardening and cooking, but most of all she enjoyed tending to and visiting with her family and friends. She is survived by her children and their spouses: Mike and Judy Ryan, Jim and Diane Ryan, of Aitkin; Dick Ryan and special friend Madeleine Lindberg of Fort Francis, Ontario; Mary and Rick Godfrey of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; daughter in law: Helen Ryan of St. Cloud; 17 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; and sisters: Margaret McConnell and Mary Therese Schoepf both of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joe, 1 son Jack, daughter Anne, brother Dick Hassman and sisters: Charlotte Welshons and Corinne Lynch Peterson. A mass of Christian burial was held Monday, October 8, 2007 at St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Interment was in the St. Thomas Cemetery at Aitkin. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Edwin R. Hanson 11/11/1930-10/10/2007 Edwin R. Hanson, age 76 of the Thor Community near Aitkin died Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born November 11, 1930 at Aitkin, Mn. the son of Henry C. and Agnes E. (Johnson) Hanson. He attended school at Thor and then Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1947. He then worked driving truck for his father and the H.C. Hanson Trucking Company. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951 to 1954 and spent time on the Marine Corps Rifle Team. Upon his discharge he returned to the Thor community where he continued trucking and also farmed. He married Yvonne Moe on September 17, 1955 at the Zion Lutheran Church at Thor. He retired from trucking in 1995 and from farming in 2006. He was a member of the Aitkin County Cattleman???s Assoc., was a life member of the Thor Church, was former Aitkin County Commissioner, served as Lee Township Supervisor for over 50 years, the Aitkin American Legion Post, had participated in Golden Gloves Boxing where he was a regional champion and placed second in the state. He also participated in the Minneapolis Aquitennial Canoe Race from Bemidji to Minneapolis in 1947 where he placed 13th. He is survived by his wife Yvonne Hanson of Aitkin; 4 children and spouses: Kathy and Wayne Appel of Blaine, Mn.; Judy and Kirt Dotzler of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; Sherry and Greg Randa of Kettle River, Mn.; Tim and Maerene Hanson of Aitkin; 11 grandchildren: Wade, Stacy and Ryan Apple; Angela and Susan Dotzler; Elizabeth, Amy, and Jacob Randa; Amber, Erika and Chelbi Hanson; 2 brothers and spouses: Alvin and Darlene Hanson of Aitkin; Donald and Sally Hanson of Aitkin; 1 sister: Doris Nordean of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 son Kraig Hanson. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 1 PM from the Zion Lutheran Church at Thor, Mn. with Rev. Gunnar Salmonson officiating. Ihleen Williams will play the organ and Bunny Vall will sing ???Nothing Is Impossible??? and ???Just a Closer Walk with Thee???. The congregation will sing ???How Great Thou Art??? and ???The Old Rugged Cross???. Interment will be in the Saron Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Roger Hanson, Robert Hanson, Mark Hanson, Dale Nordean, John Appel, and Kevin Hoge. Honorary pallbearers will be: Cory Considine, Kendall Vasser, and Stan Gustin. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Memorials are preferred. To sign the online guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Albert L. Tibbetts 03/19/1916-10/12/2007 Albert L. Tibbetts, age 91 of Aitkin died Friday, October 12, 2007 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born March 19, 1916 in Aitkin, Mn. the son of James W. and Mary (McGillis) Tibbetts. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin and worked on the family farm when his father passed away. He also worked in the woods and later for various construction companies. He also worked for the Scorpion Co. in Crosby. He is survived by 1 daughter: Ann Klein of Brainerd; 2 sons: Albert (Red) Tibbetts of Deerwood; Warren Tibbetts of Garrison; 1 brother: Willard Tibbetts of Aitkin; Seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents: sisters: Mildred, Margaret, and Jesse; brothers: Donald, James, George and wives Gladys and Florence. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 2 PM from the Aitkin Health Services with Rev. Donald Norman officiating. Interment will be in the Lakewood Cemetery in Crosby. Pallbearers will be: Sandy Tibbetts, Roger Tibbetts, Josh Prible, Zachary Klein Carner, Al Tibbetts, Dave Tibbetts, and Craig Schroemel. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. James Parsons 12/19/1941-10/13/2007 James ???Jim??? N. Parsons, 65 of Aitkin died Saturday, October 13, 2007 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born December 19, 1941 in St. Cloud to Percy and Jeroma (Zenner) Parsons. On August 9, 1986 in McGregor Jim was united in marriage to Bonnie (Johnson). He was preceded in death by one brother and his parents. He is survived by his wife Bonnie of Aitkin 5 daughters and sons-in-law One son and daughter-in-law 14 grandchildren Two brothers and sisters-in-law 4 sisters and brothers-in-law His dog Daisy Mae, other extended family and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11am ??? Thursday, October 18, 2007 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Memorials are preferred in lue of flowers. Dorothy Houger 12/22/1922-10/15/2007 Dorothy Mae Houger, age 84 of Aitkin died Monday, October 15, 2007 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. Dorothy was born December 20, 1922 at St. Cloud, Minnesota the daughter of John and Ann (Kortem) Glaiden. She attended school in Osakis graduating from the Osakis High School in 1941. She married Aldyn Houger on October 31, 1942 in Osakis. After marriage they spent most of their time living in Minneapolis, then moved to Aitkin in 1977. During WW II she worked as an Airplane parts inspector. She then worked as a dental assistant. She was known for her outstanding soprano voice, singing solo???s and duets with her husband Aldyn. She was also known for her excellent homemaking skills of Cooking and baking. She also had a very friendly, talkative, cheerful personality. She attended the Westside Church in Aitkin. She is survived by 3 children and spouses: Dennis and Marilyn Houger of Robbinsdale, Mn.; Lynda Aitkin of Minneapolis; Dale and Nancy Houger of Osseo, Mn.; 5 grandchildren: Samuel (Hannah) Houger; Joseph Aitkin; Jason Aitkin; Rebecca (Nick) Worrell; Andrew Houger; 2 step grandchildren: James Foley, Joy Olson; 2 great grandchildren: Kailei Houger and Kaleb Houger; cousin: Mildred Gjertson of Brainerd; sister in law: Dorothy Nan Houger of Park Rapids, Mn. and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Aldyn, 1 sister: Helen Schmitt and 1 brother Don Glaiden. Dorothy???s family would like to thank Reverend Dallas Smith, Westside Church, and her friends Elaine, Esther, and Mark. Memorials are preferred to Feed The Children Charity in lieu of flowers. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M., Thursday, October 25, 2007 at Westside Church, Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Aitkin. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Lavern R. Wilson 09/18/1931-10/17/2007 Lavern R. Wilson, age 76 of Tamarack died Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at his home. Lavern was born September 18, 1931 at Zimmerman, Minnesota the son of Clarence and Vivian (McKinney) Wilson. He moved with his family at the age of two to Round Lake near Tamarack. He grew up and attended the Northstar School and then the McGregor High School graduating in 1949. He then worked with his father logging and cutting Christmas Trees. He then joined the merchant marines and served on the Ore Carrier Governor Miller and sailed the Great Lakes. He then enlisted in the US Army in 1951 and served during the Korean War. He served overseas in Germany. Upon his discharge in 1953 he came back to the Tamarack area and logged for a time and then moved to the Twin Cities where he bought and operated a grocery store for a time. He then worked for Minneapolis Moline, Minneapolis House Furnishings, Orin Thompson Construction Co., Johnson-Keywood Construction where he worked on the Lock and Dams in Minneapolis; and he also bought, remodeled, and sold homes. He married Arlene E. Nelson on October 27, 1956 in Richfield, Mn. They lived in Minneapolis for a time and then moved to Mora, Mn in 1961 where he owned and operated the Trading Post which dealt in new and used furniture and also antiques. He later moved the store to Grandy, Mn. He then sold the store and went to work for Coles Steel Equipment Co. for 11 years and later worked for the Lowy Carpet Co. in Minneapolis. He then bought the Village Pump in Tamarack and operated that for 27 years retiring in 2002. He was a life member of the VFW, a member of the Mora Legion, a member of the NRA and was active in the Tamarack Business Community. Lavern loved people and especially loved his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Arlene of Tamarack; 2 daughters and son in law: Lennae and David Jackman of Tamarack; Jodi Wilen of Tamarack; 3 grandchildren: Elissa Wilen; Kyle Jackman; and Derek Jackman; sister in law: Joan Wilson, brother in law and sister in law: Alvin and Betty Nelson. and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Wallace in 1995. Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 21, 2007 at 2 PM from the Round Lake Presbyterian Church with Rev. John Yingling officiating. Special music will be provided by Cheryl Meld and Bill Haapoja. Visitation will be held Saturday from 5 to 7 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW Post. Pallbearers will be: Gary Sylvester, Christopher Vogel, Darin Aho, Steve Hanson, Jay Krippner, and Erlin Schultz. Honorary pallbearers are the grandchildren. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. To sign the online guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com. Dorothy Ehrler 09/01/1914-10/18/2007 Dorothy Marion Ehrler, 93 of Aitkin died Thursday, October 18, 2007 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born September 1, 1914 in St. Paul to Richard and Bertha (Braun) Cernohous. On April 10, 1935 in St. Paul Dorothy was united in marriage to Harlan Ehrler. She is survived by daughters Linda (David) Hommes Wendy (Duane) Wagoner Son Keith Ehrler 7 grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren Memorial services will be 2:00P.M., Sunday, October 28, 2007 at First Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Pastor Lance Issacson and Pastor Sandy Berg-Holte will officiate. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin, assisted with arrangements. Dorothy Ehrler 09/01/1914-10/19/2007 Dorothy Marion Ehrler, 93 of Aitkin died Thursday, October 18, 2007 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born September 1, 1914 in St. Paul to Richard and Bertha (Braun) Cernohous. On April 10, 19 in St. Paul Dorothy was united in marriage to Charles Ehrler. She is survived by daughters Linda (David) Hommes Wendy (Duane) Wagoner Son Keith Ehrler 7 grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren Memorial services will be 2:00P.M., Sunday, October 28, 2007 at First Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Pastor Lance Issacson and Pastor Sandy Berg-Holte will officiate. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin, assisted with arrangements. Lamberth R. Mindrum 08/07/1929-10/19/2007 Lamberth R. Mindrum, age 78 of Aitkin formerly of Palisade died Friday, October 19, 2007 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born August 7, 1929 in Bemidji, Minnesota the son of Ole and Mary (Hedin) Mindrum. He moved with his family to the Palisade area at an early age. He attended schools in Palisade. He farmed for a time and then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and had received the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Stars. Upon his discharge he returned to Palisade and married Lorraine H. Weimer on January 29, 1955. They lived in Aurora, Minnesota and then returned to Palisade in 1956 where they made their home and raised their family. He helped Curt Weston log before he went to work for Woodland Container for 25 years until 1982 when he was disabled due to a car accident. He had also done Rock Work throughout the Aitkin area. He was a member of the VFW Post. He is survived by his wife Lorraine Mindrum of Aitkin; 7 children: Larry Mindrum; Linda Harwig; Lynn and Steve Evans; Lester Mindrum and Barb Lund; Leslie and Kim Mindrum; Lonnie Mindrum; Leeann Mindrum and Tim Wood all of Palisade, Mn.; 17 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Beverly Johnson of Crosby; Ramona (Dick) McConnell of Courdelane, Idaho; 2 brothers: James (Marie) Quade of Nevada; Donald Quade of Palisade. He was preceded in death by his parents Ole and Mary and 1 sister Joanne, 1 great grandson: Luke Harwig, and step father Ted Quade. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Charles Carlson officiating. Interment will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be Wednesday from Noon until the 2 PM services at the funeral home. To sign the online guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Jake Zilverberg 03/15/1923-10/21/2007 Jake Zilverberg, age 84 of Aitkin died Sunday, October 21, 2007 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Jake was born March 15, 1923 in Wessington Springs, South Dakota the son of James and Caroline (Noach) Zilverberg. He attended schools in South Dakota and then moved with his family to the Aitkin area at the age of 10. He then attended schools in Aitkin. He helped on the family farm. He married Mary Ann Burgstaler on June 3, 1947 in Crosby. They continued farming for 20 years. He then went into Refrigeration, air conditioning and heating and worked at that for 20 years retiring due to a disability. He enjoyed working on Hit and Miss Engines and he was a master craftsman when it came to building these engines. He was also a very active musician having his own band for many years known as Jake???s Varieties. He played lead guitar and had been playing music since the age of 14. He volunteered many hours over the years to entertaining the residents of the local nursing homes. He was a member of the musicians union, the National Farmers organization, the DFL Party, a former member of the Aitkin Township Board, a former moose club member and had been a member of a number of Pioneer Gas Engine Associations. He is survived by his wife Mary Ann Zilverberg of Aitkin; 1 son and daughter in law: Kenneth Jake and Diane Zilverberg of Aitkin; 2 daughters and spouses: Annette Marie Zilverberg-Russell and husband Ted Russell of Aitkin; Karen Ann Zilverberg Carson and husband Don Carson of Seabrook, Texas; 1 brother: Jim Zilverberg of Grants Pass, Oregon; 5 grandchildren: Lisa Rosio, Cal Rainbolt, Grayson Rainbolt, Mellissa Rainbolt, Tony Rainbolt; 6 great grandchildren: Phillip Rainbolt, Ashley Rainbolt, Aaliyh Rainbolt, Armani Rainbolt King, Amari Rainbolt King, Karina Rainbolt. Jake was preceded in death by his parents, 1 daughter Jeanine Mary Zilverberg; 2 brothers: Mike Zilverberg, Dave Zilverberg and 1 sister Bessie Weimer. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 26, 2007 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church Friday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com. Joseph C. Jewell 04/17/1917-10/21/2007 Joseph Clinton Jewell, age 90 of Palisade died Sunday, October 21, 2007 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born April 17, 1917 at Merna, Nebraska the son of Joseph W. and Lena (Ferguson) Jewell. He was the seventh in a family of 11 children. He moved with his family in 1927 to Swatara, Mn. He later moved to Tamarack and then in 1933 to the Moose Meadow Community east of Swatara. Joe worked as a farm hand near Swatara until 19 when he entered the C.C.C. Camp at Blackduck, Minnesota. Joe???s father died in 1943 and Joe made a home for his mother. They moved to a farm in Hebron Twp. north of Palisade, where he worked in the woods. Joe married Ruby (Lamke) Reich on April 17, 1946. They purchased the Mike Chrysinger farm adjoining his wife???s farm. They built a new home in 1948. They farmed there until 1967 when they moved to a hobby farm at Rossburg, east of Aitkin. Joe worked for Woodland Container until he retired in 1979. He had been a member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church of Palisade before they transferred their membership to St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin. He had held the office of trustee and deacon at St. Johns. In 1988 they sold their home at Rossburg and moved to Bethany Country Apartments in Brainerd. They became volunteers for the B.C.H. Services until 1993. They also were full time volunteers at the Brainerd State Hospital until the hospital closed. They also volunteered at Bethany Good Samaritan. In 1994 they moved back to Aitkin leaving many friends in Brainerd. One of Joe and Ruby???s dreams was to go to Hawaii and they were able to do this. He is survived by his wife Ruby (Lamke) Jewell of Palisade; daughter and son in law: Shirley and Roger Musil of Ohio; 3 grandchildren: MaryJo, Shawn, and Shane Musil; and 2 great grandchildren; adopted daughters and spouses: Darlene (Reich) and Al Seguin and Carol (Reich) and Ben O???Brien; Joanne (Reich) and Chuck Oaks; brothers: Rollie Jewell of Minneapolis; Archie and Wonda Jewell of Arizona and sisters: Emma Dennison of Aitkin and Vera and Earl Reich of McGregor and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister Ethel Olds, and brothers: James, William, Fred, and Ernest Jewell and an infant brother. And also beloved adopted son Joseph E. Reich. Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 11 AM from St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Burial will be in the Hebron Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com. CLOTILDE ZIMMERMAN 03/22/1918-10/25/2007 Cloquet, Mn.; 15 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 son Marvin ???Butch??? Zimmerman; 1 grandson: Glenn Homme; 1 great granddaughter: Valerie Homme; 2 brothers: Roy and Bob and 3 sisters: Irma, Loretta and Esther. Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 28 at 2 PM from the McGregor United Methodist Church in McGregor. Rev. Russell Christensen and Chaplain Rosemary Tobin will officiate. Music will be provided by Jo Schneider on organ and Jim Sheetz will sing a special selection. The congregation will sing ???Amazing Grace??? and ???How Great Thou Art???. Visitation will be Sunday from Noon until the 2 PM services at the church. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery at McGregor. Pallbearers will be grandsons: Rick White, David White, Jim Lund, Jason Lund, Jon Lund, Nathon Bailey, and Adam Bailey. Honorary pallbearers will be: Alvin Hanson, Kenny Boyd, Gene Packer, Dick Sorenson, and Dale Zimmerman. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com. Don Jensen 07/30/1933-10/25/2007 Don LeRoy Jensen, 74 of Aitkin, formerly of Brooklyn Center passed away suddenly Thursday, October 25, 2007. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He was born July 30, 1933 in Minneapolis to William T. and Hazel M. (Willis) Jensen. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. On August 6, 1955 in Northwood, IA. Don was united in marriage to Pat Leary. He was employed by Western Electric for 32 years. He was an avid gardener, woodworker/carver, woodsman, hunter, and fisherman. He was most comfortable out of doors enjoying nature. Don is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Pat Children: Laurie Jensen, Susan (Kenneth) Burr, Steven Jensen Grandchildren: David Burr, Melissa (Timothy) Feist Brother William E. Jensen Sister Audrey Cortez Many relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be 11:00AM, Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Reverend Cynthia Gray will officiate. Burial with military honors will be in Bethlehem Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8PM, Tuesday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials preferred. Carolyn Becker 09/09/1941-10/26/2007 Carolyn E. Becker, 66 of Aitkin died Friday, October 26, 2007 at her home after a long battle with cancer with her husband at her side. She was born September 9, 1941 in Bertha to Jay O. and Twila E. (Fisher) Barringer. On May 13, 1960 in Northwood, Iowa Carol was united in marriage to Gerald Becker. Carol was a mother, home maker, and heavy equipment operator on road construction. She worked in demo sales for Super One at Baxter. She is survived by her husband Gerald 1 son and daughter-in-law: Gerald, Jr. (Anita) of Eagle Bend One daughter and son-in-law: Lois (Clark) Peysar of Aitkin 7 grandchildren, two great grandchildren and many friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter Linda, father-in-law, brother-in-law, and her parents. Funeral service will be 11:00AM, Monday, October 29, 2007 at Westside Church, Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Burial will be 3:00PM, Monday at Evergreen Cemetery, Long Prairie. Visitation will be 5 to 7PM Sunday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Katherine B. Wellner 06/25/1936-10/28/2007 Katherine B. Wellner, age 71 of McGregor died Sunday, October 28, 2007 at Miller-Dwan Medical Center in Duluth, Mn. She was born June 25, 1936 at Swatara, Minnesota the daughter of Antoine Barney and Melvina Bevins. She grew up and attended country schools at Swatara. She stayed with her grandparents and later moved to Minneapolis where she worked as a supervisor for the Sweet Neck Wear Tie Co. for over 30 years. She retired in the Mid 1980s and then moved to the McGregor area near Big Sandy Lake and has resided here since. She was a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, enjoyed sewing and quilting and was always making sure her family was taken care of. She is survived by 4 children and spouses: Bobby and Darlene Houle of Thief River Falls, Mn.; Karen and Rick Sampson of Maple Plain, Mn.; Stephanie Houle of Minneapolis; Shawn Wellner of Minneapolis; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and 1 sister: Shirley of Minneapolis. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 daughter Kimberly Wellner, 1 sister Jeanette, and 1 brother Conrad. Services will be held Thursday, November 1, 2007 at the East Lake Ceremonial Building with Lee Staples officiating. The wake service will begin at 4 PM at the Ceremonial Building. Burial will be at the Macville Cemetery near Swatara, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. Donald Thomsen 11/26/1928-10/28/2007 Donald F. Thomsen, 78 of Isle died Sunday, October 28, 2007 at his residence. He was born November26, 1928 in Fairmont to Floyd and Minnie (Raatz) Thomsen He worked as a farmer and was very proud to be a U.S. Marine serving in World War II. He is survived by his sister Lois Thomsen-Abel, 3 nieces, six nephews besides other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Betty Lofquist, and 1 brother Earl Thomsen. Funeral services will be 10A.M. Saturday, November 3, 2007 at Lakeside Cemetery, Lakeside Township, Aitkin County, MN. Reverend Perry Johnson will officiate. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Mary Ellen Joerg 01/12/1953-11/01/2007 Mary Ellen Joerg, age 54 of Aitkin died Thursday, November 1, 2007 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer. Mary was born January 12, 1953 in Mankato, Minnesota the daughter of Walter and Mary Kehoe. She grew up and attended schools in Mankato graduating from Good Council Academy in 1971. She then attended Minnesota State at the Waseca Campus graduating with a degree in Horticulture. As part of her internship she came to Aitkin and worked at the Switzerland Trail Greenhouse. After her internship, she was offered a job at the greenhouse which she took. She married Nicholas C. Joerg on May 19, 1979 in Mankato. They moved to Aitkin and have lived here since. She had been involved with Girl Scouts and more recently was very involved with the support group for cancer patients at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center. She is survived by her husband Nick of Aitkin; 2 daughters: Kelly Joerg of Lake Crystal, Mn.; Kayla Joerg of Aitkin; 2 grandchildren: Ayden Hutchens and Austin Hutchens both of Lake Crystal, Mn. 4 brothers: Pat Kehoe of Semi Valley, Calf.; Denny Kehoe of Santa Cruz, Calf.; Gary Kehoe of Santa Cruz, Calf.; and Kevin Kehoe of Mankato, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 sister Sharon. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at 1 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Kathy Lynn Doty 04/05/1952-11/03/2007 Kathy Lynn Doty, age 55 of Pillager died Saturday, November 3, 2007 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Kathy was born April 5, 1952 at Martinez, California the daughter of Lawrence and Betty (Wood) Andreoff. She moved with her family at a young age to Minneapolis where she grew up and attended schools. She then worked at a Nursing Home in New Hope for a time. That is where she met her husband Thomas E. Doty. They married on May 21, 1971 at Watertown, South Dakota. They lived at Plymouth, Mn. on Medicine Lake for a time and then moved to California in 1973. They lived there until 2001 when they moved back to Minnesota. They lived in Palisade for a year and then moved to Pillager where they have lived since. She had been involved in coaching soccer, worked as a crossing guard and served as a Den Mother with the Cub Scouts while they lived in California. She is survived by her husband Thomas Doty of Pillager; 2 sons and daughters in law: Matthew Earl and Rosie Doty of Las Cruces, New Mexico; Daniel Thomas and Kelly Doty of Lathrop, California; 3 grandchildren: Catarina Diane Doty, Tyler Thomas Doty and James David Coble. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother Steve. Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 8, 2007 at 1 PM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the on-line guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com. Donald Bonneville 08/23/1928-11/06/2007 Donald Bonneville, age 79 of Aitkin died Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born August 23, 1928 in Aitkin the son of Albert and Theresa (Halama) Bonneville. He graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1946 and then entered the U.S. Army in 1946 and was discharged in 1948. He earned the WW II Victory Medal and the Occupation Medal. He married Romaine Boyd on November 4, 1950 at the Maynard Boyd Home. He was a machinist 1st Class and he and his wife owned the Pine Lake Lumber Company. He enjoyed fishing, watching birds and being with his family. He was a member of the Pine Lake Chapel and was a trustee in the church. He is survived by his wife Romaine of Aitkin; Daughters: Julie Bonneville, Debra Usher and husband Randy; Janet Bonneville; and Patty Erickson all of Aitkin; 1 sister: Deloras Teske of California; 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in dreath by his parents, 3 sisters and 5 brothers. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 10, 2007 at 11 AM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Judith Clark and Rev. Larry Fotte officiating. Interment will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Visitation will be friday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Arthur J. Christensen 07/10/1918-11/08/2007 Arthur J. Christensen, 89 of Aitkin died Thursday, November 8, 2007 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born July 10, 1918 in Bain to Carl and Bethel (Dixon) Christensen. He worked in the C.C.C. Camps in Two Harbors. On September 16, 1939 in Aitkin Arthur was united in marriage to May Bronner. He was a school bus driver in McGregor and was manager for the Co-op service station in Palisade for over 25 years. He was a member of Farmers Union, and Bethel Lutheran Church, Palisade. He loved fishing, woodworking, gardening, and jig saw puzzles. He was preceded in death by 2 great-grandchildren Carl and Joshua Three brothers Rex, Jim, Ben, and his parents Carl and Bethel Christensen He is survived by 5 daughters and sons-in-law: Doris (David) Handt of Palisade and their children Barb, Terry, Greg, Jim, Diane, Bruce Dorothy Lage of Missouri and her children Trent and Kimberly Francis (Kile) Watson of Coon Rapids and their children Kevin and Cindy Karen (Robert ???Bud???) Carlson of Bemidji and their children Troy, Keith, and Michelle Marilyn (David) Ruud of Palisade and their children Jennifer and Gene Twenty-nine great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren One sister and brother-in-law: Emaline (Ellis) Halgrimson of Alexandria Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 2P.M., Monday, November 12, 2007 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Visitation will be 4 ??? 6P.M., Sunday at the funeral home and 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. Shirley V. Hakes 05/22/1936-11/15/2007 Shirley V. Hakes, age 71 of Aitkin formerly of Austin, Mn and Plymouth, Mn. died Thursday, November 15, 2007 at her home. She was born May 22, 1936 at Montevideo, Minnesota the daughter of Alvin and Pauline (Fiene) Bahn. She moved with her family to Springfield, Mn. where she attended schools and graduated from the Springfield High School in 1954. She then attended Mankato State Teachers College for two years. She married Herb Hakes on September 9, 1956 in Springfield, Mn. They lived at Cedar Falls, Iowa while Shirley continued her education at the University of Northern Iowa. She graduated with a BS degree in Elementary Education. In 1958 they moved to Fairmont, Mn. and then to Winona in 1964 and then they moved to Austin, Mn. where they made their home and raised their family. She taught at the Congregational Nursery School. In 1990 they moved to Plymouth, Mn. and she taught pre-school there. In 1996 they moved to Spirit Lake near Aitkin. While living here she worked as a substitute teacher for the Aitkin School system and taught in the Tiny Tots program. She and her family had started coming to Spirit Lake in 1961. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin; served as a mentor in the Kinship Program, served as a board member for the Friends of the Arts, was instrumental in establishing the Kids Camp at Rutgers Resort; she helped design the new nursery at First Lutheran Church, and Shirley was a very project oriented person. She is survived by her husband Herb of Aitkin; 3 children and spouses: Sue Hakes and John Gorski of Grand Marais, Mn.; Bob and Gretchen Hakes of Minneapolis; John and Jennifer Hakes of Shoreview, Mn.; 4 grandchildren: Meghan, Chris, Allyson and Jacob. Also surviving is her mother in law: Mary Hakes of Aitkin; and Brothers and Sisters in law and other extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, and 1 sister Beverly. A celebration of Shirley???s life will be held Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson and Rev. Sarah Cordray officiating. Interment will be at the Diamond Lake Cemetery on Wednesday at 9 AM Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Tuesday. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the guest register or leave a message, go to www.srtfuneral.com. James C. Hawke 06/21/1928-11/27/2007 James C. Hawke, 79 of Aitkin died Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at his residence. He was born June 21, 1928 in Minneapolis to Walter and Grace (Prior) Hawke. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in World War II and the Korean War. On June 23 1951 in Stockton, CA. James was united in marriage to Blanche Redmon. He worked as a Journeyman Electrician. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and cribbage. He was a member of IBEW #292, Fleet Association, USS John R. Craig Association, USS Highbee Association, Tin Can Sailors Association, and Malmo Evangelical Free Church. James is survived by his wife Blanche 3 sons and daughters-in-law: Michael (Carol) of Farmington Larry of Eden Prairie Walter (Kelli) of Farmington Two daughters and sons-in-law: Kathleen (Gary) Loeppky of Edge Wood, NM. Lisa (George) Schaab of Oakdale 1 brother and sister-in-law: Gerald (Dee) Hawke of Apache Junction, AZ Grandchildren: Joshua Hawke, Rachel (Nick) Cochrane, Faith (Nate) Harshe, Naomi Loeppky, Jennifer and Jessica Schaab, Cody, Tori and Mackenzie Wiseman, Ryan Loeppky, Jennifer (Ron) Scott. He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Grace Hawke, brother Thomas Hawke, and son Ronald Hawke. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11AM ??? Friday, November 30, 2007 funeral service at Westside Church, Aitkin. Reverend Tom Schintz will officiate. Military Honors are by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion. Burial will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. srtfuneral.com. Mildred A. Huth 08/29/1927-11/28/2007 Mildred A. Huth, age 80 of McGregor died Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at the North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. Mildred was born August 29, 1927 in St. Paul, Minnesota the daughter of Jean and Anna (Stoehr) Tibesar. She grew up in St. Paul and attended the Washington High School. She lived in St. Paul until 1982 when she moved to the McGregor area and lived on Lake Minnewawa. She had been a member of the Minnewawa Sportsman???s club, enjoyed playing cards, loved life on the lake and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by 2 sons: Robert Flaherty of Phoenix, Arizona; Gary and Linda Honan of St. Paul; 7 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Paul Huth in 1992. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 1, 2007 at the McGregor Funeral Home with Fr. John Fleischhacker officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 10 to the 11 AM services at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Roselawn Cemetery in St. Paul. To sign the on-line guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. Ardele M. Kimball 08/03/1923-12/01/2007 Ardele M. Kimball, age 84 of Aitkin died Saturday, December 1, 2007 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born August 3, 1923 at Glenwood, Minnesota the daughter of A.M. and Lilah (Johnson) Steece. She moved with her family to Aitkin at the age of 11 and attended schools here graduating from the Aitkin High School. She then attended Teachers Normal School and taught at Bain. She married Irvin Rhodes on June 3, 1946. They lived in Aitkin and she taught at rural schools at Stark Lake and Iron Hub. She also taught many years at the Garrison School. She returned to college and received her masters??? degree in special education. She finished her teaching career in Brainerd, retiring in the early 1980???s. Her husband Irvin died in 1981. She married James Kimball in August of 1984, and she continued living in Aitkin. She was a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary, past president of the 6th district, and past president of the Aitkin Legion ladies Auxiliary, a charter member of the Aitkin Doll Club, was active in the Breast Cancer Support Group, and volunteered in tutoring children with their studies. She is survived by 2 sons: Bradley Rhodes of Aitkin; Bryan Rhodes of Duluth, 3 grandchildren: Christopher, Ann and Evan. 1 brother: Arvel Steece of Shelburne, Mass. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands: Irvin in 1981, James in 1989, and 1 brother. A memorial service will be held Friday, December 7, 2007 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from Noon until the 1 PM services. To sign the online guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Clifford D. Wederstrom 04/13/1929-12/06/2007 Clifford D. Wederstrom, 78 of McGregor died Thursday, December 6, 2007 at his residence. He was born April 13, 1929 in Cannon Falls to Edward and Elsie (Pribnow) Wederstrom. On January 27, 1951 in South St. Paul Clifford was united in marriage to Arlys Boche. They lived and raised their family in South St. Paul. He worked for Hamms Brewery for 31 years. They visited the McGregor area since 1965 and in 1991 they made their home there. He is survived by his wife Arlys One daughter Lorelee Wederstrom of Minneapolis 1 son Kevin Wederstrom of Cottage Grove Two sisters: Helen Johnson of South St. Paul Delores Hedin of Bloomington Besides many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son Edward, brother Elmer, two sisters Berniece Olson and Dorothy Nelson, and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 12:00P.M. ??? Tuesday, December 11, 2007 funeral service at McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com Nora Swanson 06/19/1930-12/07/2007 Nora Swanson, 77 of Aitkin died Friday, December 7, 2007 at her residence. She was born June 19, 1930 in Malmo to Charles and Jennie (Forsberg) Johnson. On April 30, 1966 Nora was united in marriage to Conrad Swanson in Brainerd. She loved quilting, playing card and going to garage sale and to the casino. She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law Sue (Dennis) Fuller of Tampa Bay, FL. 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Steve Sharp and Dale (Cynthia) Sharp all of Rochester. Eight grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and one sister Ida. Besides many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Conrad on March 23, 2000, seven brothers and sisters and her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 10AM ??? Sunday, December 16, 2007 memorial service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend Donald Norman will officiate. May Christensen 05/19/1921-12/08/2007 May Christensen, 86 of Aitkin died Saturday, December 8, 2007 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born May 19, 1921 in Bain to Adrian and Dieuvertje (Joffe) Bronner. May was united in marriage to Arthur Christensen on September 16, 1939 in Aitkin. She worked at Land O??? Lakes Turkey Plant, Aitkin, the Palisade CO-OP Store, Carefree Pines now known as Big Sandy Lodge, McGregor, and she was a Foster Grandmother at Palisade School. She was a member of the Palisade CO-OP Guild, Bethel Lutheran Church, Palisade and its Ladies Aid. She enjoyed bowling in Aitkin and McGregor, and loved gardening, fishing, and camping. She is survived by 5 daughters and sons-in-law: Doris (David) Handt of Palisade and their children Barb, Terry, Greg, Jim, Diane, Bruce Dorothy Lage of Missouri and her children Trent and Kimberly Frances (Kile) Watson of Coon Rapids and their children Kevin and Cindy Karen (Robert ???Bud???) Carlson of Bemidji and their children Troy, Keith, and Michelle Marilyn (David) Ruud of Palisade and their children Jennifer and Gene Twenty-nine great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren Three sisters and brother-in-law: Nellie Way of Aitkin Grace (Clifford) Johnson of Aitkin Dena Mensing of Sandstone Besides many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur on November 8, 2007 2 great-grandchildren: Carl and Joshua One brother and one sister from Holland Also 2 sisters: Elizabeth Wolleat and Laura Wiltgen Four brothers: Adrian, Pete, Jake, and Cornelius And her parents Adrian and Dieuvertje (Joffe) Bronner Visitation will begin 2 hours prior to the 1:00P.M., Wednesday, December 12, 2007 funeral service at Bethel Lutheran Church, Palisade. Reverend William Sass will officiate. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Marvelle A. Hartfiel 09/05/1933-12/09/2007 Marvelle A. Hartfiel, age 74, beloved wife and mother, of rural Deerwood formerly of Anoka died Sunday, December 9, 2007 at her home. She was born September 5, 1933 at Princeton, Minnesota the daughter of Ben and Marie (Carlson) Quickstrom. She grew up and attended school at Dalbo, Mn. and then attended the Princeton High School graduating in 1951. She married Chuck Hartfiel on November 22, 1951 in Williamsburg, Virginia. The made their home in Anoka, MN. where they raised their family. She was a very successful realtor in the metro area being a top seller for 15 years. She moved up to the Deerwood area in 1996 and has lived here since. She had worked for the Beacon-Coldwell Realty office in Garrison. She was a member of the Light of The Cross Lutheran Church in Garrison, Mn.; the Legion Auxiliary, the Red Hat Club, a number of Realtor Associations, and she was a Mom to many. She is survived by her husband Chuck Hartfiel of Deerwood; Daughter: Gay Hartfiel Kohlbeck and spouse Tom of Andover; 2 sons: Jon Hartfiel of Anoka; Ben Hartfiel of Anoka; 4 grandchildren: Jonathan Hartfiel, Jarvis Hartfiel; Jiliane Hartfiel; Kyle Kohlbeck; 2 sisters: Lois Pomerleau of Crystal, Mn.; Judy St. Clair and spouse Dick of Andover; 1 brother: Hayes Quickstrom Sr. and spouse Joan of Princeton, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sons: Van and Pat. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 14, 2007 at Noon from Light Of The Cross Lutheran Church in Garrison, Minnesota with Rev. Chris Hill officiating. Interment will be at the Bellwood Cemetery at Zimmerman, Mn. with Rev. Dean Wirz 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. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Kathryn Tibbetts Kalberg 04/03/1919-12/12/2007 Kathryn C. (Tibbetts) Kalberg age 88 of Aitkin died Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born April 3, 1919 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Carl and Stella (Bushey) Graves. She moved with her family to the Aitkin area at a young age and she attended schools in Aitkin until her junior year in High School at which time she moved to Detroit Lakes, Mn where she graduated from High School. She married Vernon Tibbetts and they lived in Detroit Lakes for a time before moving back to Aitkin. Vernon died in 1963. Kathryn married Cy Kalberg and they continued to live in Aitkin. Cy died in the mid 1970???s. Kathryn worked for the Aitkin schools for about 10 years, was an active member of St. James Catholic Church for over 50 years. She was active in 4-H for all of the years her children participated in 4-H. She loved to play Bridge, playing with different local groups. She also loved to travel and she spent a great deal of time in Dallas, Texas with her family. Her active interest in current events and her interesting perspective on different issues made for stimulating conversations with her. Her children will miss her wonderful cooking and her love of beautiful flowers. She is loved and will be missed by her family and friends. She is survived by 2 daughters: Mary Massey of Dallas, Texas; Cyndi of Phoenix, Az.; three sons: Michael of Bandera, Tx.; Richard of Scandia, Mn.; Steven of Galveston, Tx.; Two sisters: Patricia of Detroit Lakes, Peggy of Fargo, N.D.; and 1 brother: James of Garland, Tx. She was preceded in death by her parents: Karl and Stella Graves; 2 sons: Ronnie and Matt; 3 grandchildren: Tim, Greg and Neil. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, December 17 at 10 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Interment will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery at Aitkin. Visitation will be held Sunday from 4 to 7 PM with a Rosary service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Richard J. Biskey 05/09/1938-12/13/2007 Richard John (Dick) Biskey, beloved husband, Dad, Grandpa, Son, Brother and Dear Friend, age 69 of Haypoint, Mn. passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, December 13, 2007 following a painful battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in his parent???s home on May 9, 1938, he mostly lived his entire life in Haypoint. The only son of Truman and Hazel (Trepanier) Biskey, he attended schools in Hill City graduating from the Hill City High School in 1956. He served in the U.S. Navy as a boilerman for four years. He continued this profession working in the power plant at Blandin Paper Company for 31 years. He married Dorothy Pikus on December 26, 1956 at Swatara, Mn. Dick???s hobbies included hunting, fishing, and camping with family and friends. He designed and built over 40 log homes in Minnesota and Wisconsin and provided many area homes with lumber and paneling. He also raised cattle for the past 50 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Dorothy; five children: Julie White; Jeannie (Luke) Croatt; John; Pam (Kurt) Pierce; Mary Lou (Tyrone) Dunham; 12 grandchildren: Heidi, Jesseca, Ashley, Briana, Tyler, Nathan, Chris, Mikayla, Kori, Jenna, Ethan, Joshua; Mother: Hazel Biskey; two sisters: Darlene (Eddie) Landrus; Bev (Tom) Smith; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death this past summer by his father John Truman Biskey. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 10 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Thomas Galarneault officiating. Burial will be at the Macville Cemetery at Haypoint, Mn. Military honors will be provided by the Hill City American Legion Kames Kobernat Post 340. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the guest register on line please go to www.srtfuneral.com. ALFRED GAINS JR. 08/03/1933-12/14/2007 Alfred and Hazel (Fales) Gaines. He grew up and attended country school and then the Verndale High School. He then worked on the family farm before entering the U.S. Navy from Dec. of 1951 to Dec. 1955, and served in Korea. He married Gail K. Olsen on November 26, 1954 in Minneapolis. Upon his discharge he returned to Minneapolis and worked as a master machinist for 31 years. After he retired they moved to Aitkin, MN. In 1987 and have lived here since. He was a member of the Kraus-Hardig VFW Post in Spring Lake Park, Mn.; First Lutheran Church in Aitkin; and he especially enjoyed Hunting, Fishing and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife Gail Gaines of Aitkin; 3 children: Cathy Jo and William Reihe of Blaine, Mn.; Vicky Carter of Elk River, Mn.; Al and Sandy Gaines of New Leipzig, N.D.; 6 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; 1 sister: Ardy Tourville of Inver Grove Heights, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 1 PM from First Lutheran Church with Rev. Sarah Cordray officiating. Friends may call at the church 1 hour prior to services on Tuesday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com Michael S. ''Yogi'' Orpin Michael S. ? 12/01/1963-12/14/2007 Michael S. ''Yogi'' Orpin Michael S. ???Yogi??? Orpin, 44 of Aitkin died Friday, December 14, 2007 at his home. He was born December 1, 1963 in Aurora to Richard and Sandra (Hanson) Orpin. He worked as a carpenter. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited . He enjoyed the outdoors hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and rock collecting. He also enjoyed collecting coins and restoring antique furniture. He was thoughtful and caring and touched a lot of people. He loved his three daughters very much. Yogi is survived by his three daughters Chelsi, Staci, and Holli 5 brothers: Bryan Hagen of Brainerd Mark Orpen of Aitkin Aaron Hagen of Aitkin Matt (Brooke) Orpin of Lindstrom Larry (Marlene) Cummings of Bismarck, MO. One sister: Lisa (Connie Mack) Robinson of Bonaire, GA. 2 step-brothers: Dale Hagen of Hill City David (Chris) Hagen of Hill City One step-sister: Dawn (Jim) Hicks of Palisade Father: Richard (Joyce) Orpin of Apache Junction, AZ Mother: Sandra Hagen of Aitkin Step-father: Dave (Mary Jo) Hagen of Aitkin. Besides many extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M., Friday, December 21, 2007 at First Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Reverend Sarah Cordray will officiate. Burial will be in Bennettville Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the Church. Memorials are preferred to Yogi???s 3 daughters in lieu of flowers. www.srtfuneral.com Janet E. Fredrickson 07/13/1936-12/15/2007 Janet E. Fredrickson, age 71 of McGregor died Saturday, December 15, 2007 at her home. She was born July 13, 1936 in Wright, Minnesota the daughter of Dennis and Doris (Guitare) Burdick. She attended the North Star School north of Tamarack and then attended the McGregor schools. She married Norris Fredrickson on July 23, 1955 in Aitkin. They lived for a time at Fondulac and Bemidji, Mn. before returning to McGregor where she raised her family. She enjoyed quilting, gardening and canning, baking and bird watching. She is survived by 4 sons and daughters in law: Ronald and Shelley Fredrickson; David and Beth Fredrickson; DuWayne and Suzy Fredrickson; Darrell and Coralie Fredrickson; 1 daughter and son in law: Mary and John Wilen all of McGregor; 14 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; 8 brothers: Roger Burdick, Jerry Burdick, Russ Burdick, DuWayne Burdick, all of Tamarack; David Burdick of North Augusta, S.C.; Wallace Burdick of Minneapolis; Dale Burdick of Aitkin; Joe Burdick of North Pole, Alaska; 3 sisters: Pearl Bruggman of McGregor; Carol Hageman of McGregor; Joyce Shokes of Johns Island, S.C. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Norris in 2003, and 2 brothers. A memorial service will be held Friday, December 21, 2007 at 11 AM from the Victory Mission Church in McGregor with Jack Gould officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com Carolyn Kay Jarson 01/03/1940-12/18/2007 Carolyn ???Kay??? Jarson, 67 of Isle died Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born January 3, 1940 in Wahkon to emil and Margaret (Packard) Ross. On June 22, 1985 Kay was united in marriage to Lloyd Jarson in St. Francis. She is survived by her husband Lloyd 7 children: Jodie (Gregory) Boutain of Cambridge Michael (Rozani) Lindgren of Coon Rapids Jillane Lindgren of Isanti Linda (Bob) Erck of Blaine Richard (Wendi) Jarson of Ramsey Clifford (Laura) Jarson of Coon Rapids Lori Johnson of Cambridge Numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren Two sisters: Phyllis Wood of Willmar Patricia Douglas of New Brighten She was preceded in death by her parents. Audrey Danielson 08/02/1937-12/19/2007 Audrey Lou Danielson, age 70 of Aitkin formerly of Duluth, Mn. died Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born August 2, 1937 in Superior, Wisconsin the daughter of Lenard and Hazel Wilcox. She married Ronald L. Danielson on May 29, 1965 in Duluth, Mn. She worked at Northern Electric in Duluth for many years and then made pacer puppets for children with disabilities. She enjoyed music, sewing, and crafts of all kinds. Audrey???s family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Charles Schotzko and the staff of the Aitkin Health Services. She is survived by 1 daughter and son in law: Renee and Marvin Bruneau of McGregor; 1 brother and sister in law: Robert and June Wilcox of Duluth, Mn.; 8 grandchildren: Erin Bruneau, Bret Ukura, Amanda Bruneau, Lance Vandeberg, Amber Bruneau, Jeremy Atwood, Austin Vandeberg, and Gavin Atwood, and also nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her Parents, husband Ronald, 1 daughter Andrea Hope Peterson and 1 son Clayton Danielson. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 1:30 PM from the McGregor Funeral Home with Fr. John Fleischhacker officiating. Interment will be at a later date at the Grayling Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. Florence Burlingame 12/01/1908-12/22/2007 Florence E. ???Howard??? Burlingame, age 99 of Aitkin formerly of Brainerd and Minneapolis died Saturday, December 22, 2007 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born December 1, 1908 in Kimberly Twp. of Aitkin Co., Minnesota the daughter of Peter and Minnie (Carlson) Howard. She grew up in Kimberly Twp and attended the Longfellow school District #9 and then the Aitkin High School graduating in 1927. She was the outstanding student of the class of 1927. She then went to Minneapolis and studied to be a nurse at the Asbury-Methodist Hospital in Minneapolis. She married Raymond E. Burlingame on October 5, 1936 in Minneapolis. She worked as a nurse at the Methodist Hospital for many years retiring in the early 1980???s. She moved to Brainerd, Mn. in 1993 and lived there before moving the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin in 2003. She was a lifelong member of Bethesda Lutheran Church at Rossburg and she was an avid Twins and Vikings fan. She is survived by 1 brother: Lawrence Howard of Aitkin and 7 sisters in laws. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Raymond in 1965, and 1 son David, 9 brothers and 1 sister. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 5, 2008 at 1 PM from the Bethesda Lutheran Church at Rossburg with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Interment will be in the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Memorials are preferred to the Bethesda Lutheran Church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the on-line guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com. David Handt 06/30/1936-12/26/2007 David L. Handt, 71 of Palisade died Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at his residence. He was born June 30, 1936 in Belgrade to Carl and Agnes (Paulson) Handt. On December 15, 1956 David was united in marriage to Doris Christensen in Palisade. He worked for the railroad and in a screw factory in Illinois for 8 years prior to moving back to Palisade. While in Palisade he farmed, drove milk truck, worked at Pro Farm, and for Tommy Thompson Farms. His hobbies were hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling. He enjoyed farming and loved his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Doris of Palisade 4 sons and daughters-in-law: Terry (Kitty) of Palisade Greg (Mary) of Aitkin Jim (Jackie) of Isanti Bruce of Palisade Two daughters and sons-in-law: Barbara Lund and Lester Mindrum of Palisade Dianne (Mike) Olson of Sandstone 15 Grandchildren: Brad, Melissa, Miranda, Justin, Kari, Kevin, Ashley, Tenille, Zach, Renae, Austin, Kirstin, Kelsey, Katie, Simon Five great-grandchildren: Timothy, Tryston, Matthew, Hannah, Carter 1 brother: Paul of Rockford, IL. Two sisters: Agnes ???Lorraine??? Halgrimson and Carol Beauchem both of Palisade Besides many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren, 2 sisters, and his parents Carl and Agnes Handt. Visitation will be 2 hours prior to the 1:00P.M., Saturday, December 29, 2007 funeral service at Bethel Lutheran Church, Palisade. Reverend William Sass will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. Earl Olson 08/02/1917-12/27/2007 Earl M. Olson, age 90 of Hill City died Thursday, December 27, 2007 at his home. Earl was born August 2, 1917 in the Opstead Community of Aitkin Co. the son of Louis and Ellen (Magnuson) Olson. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School. He married Alice O. Harseim on September 3, 1938 in Aitkin. They lived in Aitkin for a time and then in 1948 moved to the Twin Cities where he built a home in Bloomington, Mn. They lived there until the 1970???s when they built there home north of Hill City. Earl worked as a carpenter all of his life building homes. He enjoyed hunting, loved nature and enjoyed all of God???s creations in many creative ways. He is survived by 1 son: Gordon Olson of Hill City; 2 daughters and sons in law: Diane and Gary Miller of Rogers, Mn.; Elaine and Steve Mahan of Richfield and Hill City, Mn.;1 brother: Kenneth Olson of Cambridge, Mn.; 5 Grandchildren: Daniel Miller, Laurieann Miller, Joylynn Gonzales, Michael Mahan, and John Mahan; 2 great grandchildren: Arianna Mahan and Alexander Mahan. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Alice in 1994, and 2 brothers. A celebration of Earl???s life will be held Sunday, December 30, 2007 at Noon from the Faith Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, MN. The burial will be held Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 11 AM at the Opstead Baptist Cemetery in southern Aitkin Co. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com. Kenneth Holten 10/27/1932-01/02/2008 Kenneth O. Holten, 75 of McGregor passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born October 27, 1932 in Minneapolis to Peter K. and Mattie C. (Thompson) Holten. On December 13, 1951 Ken was united in marriage to Carole Fjerstad in Mason City, IA. They made their home in Brooklyn Center. He worked at Honeywell for 37 years retiring in 1988 as a property manager of MAVD. Since his retirement they moved to their lake home in McGregor, and he was a chairman of Workman Township board and a member of Grace Lutheran Log Church. His greatest joy was his family. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carole 1 daughter and son-in-law: Leslee (Cal) Curtis One son and daughter-in-law: David (Debbie) Holten Grandchildren: Jesse (Danielle) Holten, Angela (John) Bladow, Carrie Sharpe, Lisa (Ray) Martin, Cyndee Curtis Great grandchildren: Noah Sharpe, Hannah Bladow, Aidan Holten, William Bladow, Evan Bladow, and Samantha Holten 1 sister: Audrey Hench Besides many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Peter and Mattie (Thompson) Holten and sister Donna Hansen. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M., Saturday, January 5, 2008 at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Dan Heath will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 8P.M. Friday at McGregor Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials given to Grace Lutheran Log Church Memorial Garden Fund. Arthur ''Bud'' Nelson Arthur ???Bud??? 01/02/2008-01/03/2008 Arthur ''Bud'' Nelson Arthur ???Bud??? Nelson, age 86 of Aitkin died Wednesday, January 2, 2007 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin, Mn. Bud was born September 2, 1921 at Trommald, Minnesota the son of Nels and Judith Nelson. He grew up and attended schools in Grand Rapids graduating from the Grand Rapids High School in 1939. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II and Korea spending 21 years in the military. He married Margaret Newton on November 30, 1943 at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. They made their home in Aitkin where Bud worked as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years retiring in 1977. Bud also served on the Aitkin Volunteer Fire Dept. for over 30 years and was its secretary for many years. He was also a 50 year member of the Aitkin American Legion Post and had been a very active member of its military honors detail, a 50 member of the Aitkin VFW Post, and a 50 year member of the DAV. He had also been a member of the Mason for 53 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing gardening and cooking. He is survived by his wife Margaret ???Muggs??? Nelson of Aitkin; 1 brother: Clifford Nelson of Grand Rapids, MN.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 3 sisters: Ardell Hill, Loretta Schrupp and Harriet Shannon. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 11 AM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. A Masonic service will be held Monday at 7 PM with visitation time starting at 6 pm at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Interment will be at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, Minnesota. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin American Legion and VFW Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the on-line guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Sep 2 1921 12:00AM Frances A. Reich 07/10/1914-01/03/2008 Frances A. Reich, age 93 of Aitkin died Thursday, January 3, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born July 10, 1914 at Fairchild, Wisconsin the daughter of Guy and Ila (Bangle) Boatman. She moved with her family at an early age to the Palisade area where she attended schools. She married Rutherford L Reich on July 18, 1932 in Palisade. They made their home in the palisade area and farmed for many years. They retired in 1969 at which time they moved to Aitkin. She has lived in Aitkin since. She was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church at Rossburg, loved flowers and gardening, enjoyed needlework and knitting and especially enjoyed her family. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Wayne and Sally Reich of Rochester, Mn.; 1 sister: Burma Walker of Eau Claire, Wisc.; 7 grandchildren and spouses: Kevin (Sheila) Reich, Kelvin Reich, Pam (Neil) Clemens, Sue (Brian) McCoy, Greg (Pam) Reich, Kim Reich, Kelly (Lyn) Reich, 17 great grandchildren, 15 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Rutherford in 1998, 1 son Warren, 1 sister Marge, and 1 grandson Joe Reich. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 11 AM from the Bethesda Lutheran Church at Rossburg, Mn. with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Joyce Gustin will play the organ and the congregation will sing: Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art, Precious Lord Take My Hand, and Borning Cry. Interment will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery at Palisade, Mn. Pallbearers will be: Kevin Reich, Kelvin Reich, Greg Reich, Kelly Reich, Kim Reich, and Lisa Reich. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 PM at the Church and also 1 hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the on-line guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Jeanette Lyman 09/30/1915-01/04/2008 Jeanette C. Lyman, age 92 of Aitkin died Friday, January 4, 2008 at her home. Jeanette was born September 30, 1915 at Pickens County, South Carolina the daughter of Vernon and Viola (Garren) Julian. She grew up and attended schools in Pickens and lived there until 1963 when she moved to Aitkin, Mn. She married Gilbert Lyman on September 14, 1971 at Watertown, South Dakota. They continued to live in Aitkin. Gilbert died in 1990. Jeanette was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. She enjoyed gardening, knitting, cooking, walking and volunteering. Jeanette???s greatest pleasure came from the beauty of a simple life. She is survived by 2 daughters: Ruth Ryan and Pat Watson both of Aitkin; 2 sons: George Holcomb of Birmingham, Alabama; Charles Holcomb of Gaffney, South Carolina; 1 brother: Hyott Daves of South Carolina; 3 sisters: Sue McKinney and Lucille Brazille both of Pickens, South Carolina and Shirley Bristow of Florida. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Gilbert and 1 daughter Jean Jewell. As Jeanette requested, there will be no services held. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the on-line guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com. Alice Espeseth 04/06/1922-01/05/2008 Alice M. Espeseth, 85 of Aitkin died Saturday, January 5, 2008 at Aitkin Health Services, Aitkin. She was born April 6, 1922 in Hazelton Township, Aitkin County to Bill and Agnes (May) Copley. On September 25, 1941 Alice was united in marriage to Oscar Espeseth in Aitkin. She worked for a time at the Aitkin Hospital. She enjoyed auction sales, cooking, baking, music and loved her family and the Lord. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church, Aitkin. Alice is survived by her husband Oscar Seven children and their spouses: Kermit (Charlene) of Aitkin Omar (Mary) of Bay Lake Dave (Dorothy) of Aitkin Larry (Dawn) of Aitkin Linda (Dan) Danielson of Aitkin Lenny (Joellen) of Aitkin Gary (Carrie) of Cross Lake 18 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren 1 brother Art Copley, and one sister Sylvia Copley both of Aitkin Besides many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by a stillborn son 5 brothers: Clarence, Ruben, William, Frank, and George Copley Three sisters: Edna Jacobs, Ella Thomas, Minnie Copley and her parents Bill and Agnes (May) Copley. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. ??? Friday, January 11, 2008 at Assembly of God Church, Aitkin. Reverend Dan Turner and Reverend Don Norman will officiate. Burial will be in Bennettville Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. srtfuneral.com Randall ''Randy'' Brekke Randall D. ?? 04/01/1954-01/11/2008 Randall ''Randy'' Brekke Randall D. ???Randy??? Brekke Sr., age 53 of Duluth, formerly of the McGregor area died Friday, January 11, 2008 at St. Lukes Hospital in Duluth. He was born April 1, 1954 in Minneapolis the son of Carl and Marlys (Johnson) Brekke. He grew up in the McGregor area near his grandparents Levi and Sophie Johnson until he was a First grader at which time his family moved to Duluth. He has lived in Duluth since. He worked as a cement finisher for several construction companies in the Duluth area. He was a member of the local cement finishers union. He is survived by a son Randall Jr. and mother Marlys Brekke both of Duluth and 1 nephew Terrance Jr. of Esko. He was preceded in death by his father Carl Brekke in 2005, twin brother Terrance Sr. in 1988 and his grandparents. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 1 PM from the Round Lake Presbyterian Church, rural Tamarack, with Rev. John Hammack officiating. Interment will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be from Noon until the 1 PM services at the church. The McGregor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Kathleen Schlumpberger 09/11/1951-01/11/2008 Kathleen M. Schlumpberger, age 56 of McGregor formerly of the Twin Cities died Friday, January 11, 2008. She was born September 11, 1951 in Little Falls, Minnesota the daughter of Charles and Eva (Olson) Beto. She attended country schools near Little Falls. She married Allan L. Schlumpberger on December 30, 1967 at Flensberg, Minnesota. They moved to the Twin Cities and made their home there until moving to McGregor, Mn. in 1993. They have lived here since. She enjoyed and had all kinds of pets, loved snowmobiling and four wheeling, and she especially loved her family. She is survived by her husband Alan Schlumpberger of McGregor; 2 daughters: Heidi Nobbs and Tammy Braun both of Buffalo, Mn.; 1 son: Allyn Schlumpberger of McGregor, Mn.; 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; 2 sisters: Jeanette Schroeder of St. Cloud, Mn.; Sharon Kramer of Cushing, Mn.; 2 brothers: Donald Beto and Leroy Beto both of Little Falls, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother and 4 sisters. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 1 PM from the McGregor Funeral Home with Fr. John Fleischhacker officiating. Visitation will be from Noon until the 1 pm services at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Tommy Tietge 12/06/1944-01/12/2008 Tommy E. Tietge, 63 of McGregor died Saturday, January 12, 2008 at his residence. He was born December 6, 1944 in Dayton, OH. to Fred and Virginia (Ellis) Tietge. On October 21, 1989 Tommy was united in marriage to Jeannie (Brown) in Phoenix, AZ. He worked as a welder for Floe International in McGregor for 16 years. He enjoyed motorcycles, nature, the outdoors, and loved ???God???s country.??? He is survived by his wife Jeannie of McGregor 4 daughters: Stormy Coffee of Phoenix, AZ. Wendi Teer, Raine Story, and Amanda Tietge all of Dallas, TX. One granddaughter Ashley Keller og McGregor Besides many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home. Laurence Croteau 06/12/1925-01/14/2008 Laurence D. Croteau, 82 of McGregor died Monday, January 14, 2008 at Community Memorial Hospital, Cloquet. He was born June 12, 1925 in Virginia, MN. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in WW II. He worked as a foreman for Gus Lagerquist Elevator Company, Minneapolis. On February 8, 1986 Laurence was united in marriage to Marjorie (Hohenstein) in Wright, MN. He was a supporter of Ducks Unlimited and a man of many interests including; the love of the old west, reading, coin collecting, trapping, hunting, fishing and the outdoors. Laurence is survived by his wife Marjorie 2 daughters and son-in-law: Julie (Daryl) Willock and Sandra Cotter all of Blaine. Two grandchildren: Brandi (Mark) and Allen Cotter 3 step-children from a previous marriage: Danny, Dale, and Michelle Five step-sons: Dan Thomas, Larry Thomas, Richard Thomas, Alan Thomas, and Scott Thomas 11 step-grandchildren four step-great-grandchildren 2 brothers and sister-in-law: LeRoy (Irene) of Mora Bob of Elko, NV. He was preceded in death by two brothers Ed and John and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. ??? Saturday, January 19, 2008 funeral service at McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor. DAVID K. OTTERSON 05/01/1932-01/19/2008 David Kent Otterson, age 75 of Aitkin died Saturday, January 19, 2008 at the Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born May 1, 1932 at McGrath, Minnesota the son of Olaf and Frances (Isley) Otterson. He attended high school in Superior, Wisconsin. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1951 and was honorably discharged in 1955. He served in Korea as a boiler operator. He was awarded the National Defense, Navy Occupation, China Service, United Nations, and Korean Service medals, badges and citations. When he returned home he worked as a truck driver for about 15 years and also sold insurance for the Modern Woodman. He also worked for the Grand Casino as a shuttle Bus driver in security for 10 years. He and his wife also did adult foster care for over 20 years at their home on the north side of Mille Lacs Lake. He loved snowmobiling. He is survived by his beloved wife of 31 years Bernice Otterson of Aitkin; Children: Rick Otterson of Aitkin; Douglas Miller of Brainerd; Randy Otterson of Brainerd; Larry and Carol Miller of Maple Grove; Lance and Grace Otterson of Archbold, Ohio; Rita Miller of Baxter; and Laura Miller of Aitkin; 16 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 2 sisters and spouse: Annie and Jack Lindberg of McGregor and Jean Durkee of McGregor. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 son Thaddeus (Tad), and 1 brother Charles. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Pastor Robert Brauer officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11 until the 1 PM services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Rabbit Lake Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Pallbearers will be: Rick Otterson, Randy Otterson, Lance Otterson, Tony Otterson, Braun Otterson, Larry Miller, Todd Alguire, and Brian Andrews. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the on-line guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com. Cora McCarty 06/22/1931-01/20/2008 Cora McCarty 76, of Aitkin died Sunday, January 20, 2008 at Aitkin Health Services, Aitkin. She was born June 22, 1931 in Minot, N.D. to Alex and Edna (Miller) Bumgarten. She is survived by special friend Clarence Kingsley of Aitkin 5 daughters and sons-in-law: Mary (James) Madland of St. Cloud Linda McCarty of Cowette, OK. Bonnie Chew of Benson, AZ. Connie McCarty of Tulsa, OK. Barbara Worcester of Park Rapids Four sons and daughters-in-law: Donald (Anita) Wallin of Nisswa Bill (Lynda) Wallin of Pequot Lakes Benjamin (Brenda) McCarty of Tulsa, OK. Kenneth McCarty of Phoenix, AZ. 2 sisters: Betty Wallin of Nisswa Charlotte Bumgarten of Goodletville, TN. One brother and sister-in-law: Robert (Ernie) Bumgarten of Minneapolis and Florida Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren besides other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by three brothers William, David, Carl one sister Margie Varga and her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. ??? Saturday, January 26, 2008 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. Jeanette Grubb 08/02/1922-01/22/2008 Jeanette M. Grubb, age 85 of Aitkin died Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born August 2, 1922 at Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Victor and Bertha (Olson) Sjodin. She grew up and attended schools in the Aitkin area. She then attended teacher???s normal school in Crosby. She spent time in California during WW II working in the shipyards. She then returned to the Aitkin area and she taught schools at East Bennettville, Wealthwood, Glory, Palisade, the Butts School and then eventually at Lawler and McGregor. She taught in the McGregor School system from 1962 to 1983 when she retired. She married William Grubb on June 4, 1943 at her home, the Sjodin Farm. They lived in the Aitkin area and then moved to Lawler when she began teaching there. She lived there until moving back to Aitkin after her retirement in 1983. He husband died in 1999. She lived at Blackrock for a time and then has lived at Oak Haven with the Olson family for the past five years. She enjoyed traveling having been to Hawaii, California and spending winters in Texas. She also enjoyed gardening, fishing, and playing cards. She had been involved in the bowling leagues in McGregor and she was an excellent cook, especially when it came to pies. She is survived by 2 daughters: Beverly Cluff of Aitkin; Debra Grubb and husband Dayton Jones of La Canada, Calf.; 7 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, 3 sisters: Betty Howard, Eileen Karelis, and Adeline Purdy all of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William in 1999, 1 daughter Pamela Grenosky in 1993, 2 brothers: Gillette Sjodin and Luverne Sjodin and 1 sister: Vivian Wells. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 2 PM from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church of rural Aitkin with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services. Interment will be at the Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery in the spring. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Johnny ''Sod'' Anderson Johnny ???Sod? 08/05/1955-01/22/2008 Johnny ''Sod'' Anderson Johnny ???Sod??? Anderson age 52 of Aitkin died Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Houston, Texas. Johnny was born August 5, 1955 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of John and Dorothy (Foss) Anderson. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from the Patrick Henry High School in 1973. He entered the U.S. Army and served for two years. Upon his discharge he returned to Minneapolis and attended welding school. He then went to work doing sewer and water construction. He moved to Palisade and built some log cabins and then returned to construction work. He married Cheryl Tate on September 13, 1997 in Aitkin. They have lived in the Aitkin area since. He has been a member of the Palisade Mountain men since 1980. He is survived by his wife Cheryl Anderson of Aitkin; Mother: Dorothy ???Doff??? Anderson of Palisade; brothers and sisters and spouses: Dick and Jan Gatz of Garrison; Cheryl and Fritz Burfeind of McGregor; Bob and ???Eileen??? Gatz of Hill City, MN.; Roger and Shelly Anderson of Anoka, Mn.; Margie and Bob Meger of Minneapolis; Doug and Barb Anderson of Oak Grove, Mn.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father John, 1 niece Shari Meger and his dog Vic. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 11 AM from the Westside Church in Aitkin with Rev. Rick Perry officiating. Interment will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church. To sign the online guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com. Merry (Mary) Hakes 09/12/1909-01/23/2008 Merry (Mary) D. Hakes, age 98 of Aitkin formerly of Springfield, Mn. died Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born September 12, 1909 at Pine Knoll, rural Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Oliver and Mary (Beaulieu) Welton. She attended country school through the 8th grade and then moved to Aitkin where she attended the Aitkin High School and worked in a restaurant while attending school. She graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1927. She then went to the Crosby Normal Teachers Training School. She than taught school at Lone Lake, Ross Lake, and Little Pine. She married Kenneth R. Hakes on April 25, 1933 at Brainerd. They lived in Aitkin for a time and then moved to Springfield, Mn. where they raised their family. They returned to Aitkin in 1970 and lived on Spirit Lake. They moved to the Blackrock Terrace in 19. She lived there until moving into the Aicota Health Care Center about four years ago. She was a member of the Aitkin United Methodist Church, was one of the founding members of the Chow Mien Dinner at the Springfield United Methodist Church, she had been involved with the Eastern Star while in Springfield, she enjoyed playing cards, golfing, and fishing. In her younger days she enjoyed hunting pheasant and partridge. She also enjoyed dancing, even up until recently. She is survived by 5 sons and daughters in law: Herb Hakes of Aitkin; Kenneth and Shirley (Liz) Hakes of Aitkin; Richard and LeeVae Hakes of Aitkin; William and Carla Hakes of Aitkin; Jim and Barb Hakes of Deerwood; 17 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; 1 brother Warren Welton of Brainerd. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kenneth in 19, 2 daughters in law: Shirley V. Hakes, and Shirley E. hakes; 4 brothers: Christopher, Brian, Lester, Frank, and 5 sisters: Gertrude, Mabel, Eleanor, Bessie and Fern. A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 11, 2008 at 11 AM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church in Aitkin with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Interment will be in the spring at the Diamond Lake Cemetery. Friends may call at the church 1 hour prior to services on Monday February 11. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the on-line guest register got to www.srtfuneral.com. Joel E. Swedberg 11/25/1918-01/24/2008 Joel E. Swedberg, age 89 of McGregor died Thursday, January 24, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Joel was born November 25, 1918 at Sheriff Lake near Lawler, Mn. the son of John and Anna (Kempianen) Swedberg. He attended the Rice Lake School and then worked on the family farm. He went into construction work and worked as a crane operator building bridges and roads. He retired in 1967 due to injuries resulting from a construction accident. He also farmed in the sheriff lake area. He married Lila M. Pringle on August 27, 1938 in McGregor. They lived in the McGregor area. Lila died in 1985. Joel married Vivian Pylvanen on April 17, 1987 at Moose Lake. They lived in McGregor and Joel has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center the past two years. He was a proud member of the International Operating Engineers Union local 49. He enjoyed hunting, dark house fishing/spearing, music and dancing. He also enjoyed his farm. He is survived by his wife Vivian Swedberg of McGregor; Children: Marvin and Helen Swedberg of Aitkin; Joe and Marcella Swedberg of McGregor; Stanley and Candice Swedberg of Montgomery, Alabama; Sheila and Paul Hoover of McGregor; Beth Ann Swedberg and Caryn Fine of Minneapolis; Laura Struck of Oakhurst, Calf.; 1 step son: Darryl and Sharon Pylvanen of McGregor; 16 grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 2 step great grandchildren, 3 sisters: Ethel ???Babe??? Benvie of Duluth, MN.; Ellen Larson of Orange Co., Calf.; Gladys Lundeen of Cloquet, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Anna Swedberg; 1st wife Lila in 1985, 1 grandson Scott Swedberg, 2 brothers: Floyd Swedberg and Alfred Swedberg, 3 sisters: Edna Pringle, Sally Farrand, and Jean Westlund. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 28, 2008 at 11 AM from the McGregor Funeral Home with Troy Johnson officiating. Interment will be in the Sheriff Lake Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Marvin Swedberg, Joe Swedberg, Stanley Swedberg, Sheila (Swedberg) Hoover, Beth Ann Swedberg, Laura (Swedberg) Struck. Honorary pallbearers will be all of Joel???s grandchildren. Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 6 PM and also Monday 1 hour prior to services at the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Frank C. Schloemer 08/05/1930-01/24/2008 Frank C. Schloemer, age 77 of Hill City, formerly of Sartell and Big Fish Lake near Cold Spring, Mn. died Thursday, January 24, 2008 at his home. He was born August 5, 1930 at St. Cloud, Minnesota the son of Frank and Dorothy (Schwab) Schloemer. He attended schools at St. Joseph, Mn. He started working at Franklin Manufacturing in 1950 and worked there advancing through the ranks until his retirement in 1988 when he was a general foreman. He also worked at Bankers Systems as a custodian engineer for 6 years. He started an orchard in a hay field and tended it over the years to become one of the finest orchards in the St. Cloud area. He married Loretta Salzer on October 2, 1951 at Collegeville, Mn. They lived in Sartell until 1975 when they moved to Big Fish Lake near Cold Spring where he rebuilt and added onto his parent???s cabin. They moved to the Swatara area in 2005. Frank enjoyed hunting and fishing, and playing games with his family and also woodworking. He was a member of St. John???s Catholic Church in Hill City; the NRA, and the North American Hunting and Fishing Clubs. He is survived by his wife Loretta Schloemer of Hill City; 3 sons and spouses: Stephen and Lori Schloemer of Prior Lake, Mn.; Rob and Kim Schloemer of Mora, Mn.; Gary and Peg Schloemer of Rhinelander, Wisc.; 2 daughters and spouses: Jane and Bill Mohs of Avon, Mn.; Connie and Paul Gerster of Half Moon Bay, Calf.; 4 sisters: Marie Prom of St. Paul; Louise Kozak of St. Cloud; Millie Kramer of Blaine; Adeline Gillitzer of St. Cloud; 11 grandchildren: Keith Schloemer, Bryon Schloemer, Angie Schloemer, Gregg Mohs, Shari Schloemer, Haylei Peterson, Jessi Schloemer, Rob Mohs, Phil Schloemer, Gary Schloemer, and Katie Youngblut; 2 great grandchildren Ella and Cole. He was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers: Albert, Hermie and Richie. A memorial mass will be held Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 11 AM from St. John???s Catholic Church in Hill City with Fr. Thomas Galarneault officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Interment will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the on-line guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Lorin L. Petersdorf 12/17/1921-01/26/2008 Lorin L. Petersdorf, age 86 of Jacobson died Saturday, January 26, 2008 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. He was born December 17, 1921 at Pine City, Minnesota the son of Frank and Sadie (Thomas) Petersdorf. He grew up in the Henrietta and Chokio areas of Minnesota. He then served in the U.S. Army during WW II with the 5th army, Battery D. Artillery. Upon his discharge he returned to Minnesota where he worked a time on the ore carriers on the Great Lakes. He moved to the Jacobson area in 1960 and in 1965 bought his farm where he raised cattle and sheep for many years. He is survived by his significant other: Barbara Jurek of Jacobson; brothers and sisters: Marjorie Hammond of McGregor; Joy and Earl Anderson of Menahga, Mn.; Phillip and Gloria Petersdorf of Duluth; Waldo Petersdorf of Tucson, Arz.; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters: Iola Fortier, Robirda ???Birdie??? Horsman; Phyllis Petersdorf and 2 brothers: Lyle Petersdorf and Wayne Petersdorf. A private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. George J. Halverson 11/23/1930-01/27/2008 George J. Halverson, age 77 of McGregor died Sunday, January 27, 2009 at his residence. He was born November 23, 1930 at St. Leo, Minnesota the son of Vic and Ann (Blahasky) Halverson. He grew up and attended schools at St. Leo. He then went to Deadwood, South Dakota where he worked in the Lead Gold Mine for a time. He then continued west, going to California where he drove truck for 11 years. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean War. He returned to Minnesota and continued to drive truck and also worked as a block layer doing construction work in Minneapolis. He moved to the McGregor area in 1970. In 1985 he bought the Cajun Queen Bar north of McGregor and he and his wife have operated it since that time. He married Rae Ann Miller on August 14, 19 in McGregor. He is survived by his wife Rae Ann Halverson of McGregor; 2 daughters: Vicky Leone of McGregor and Cindy of Big Bear, Calf.; 2 step sons: Jon Murdock of Seattle, Wash.; and Jay Murdock of San Diego, Calf.; 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother. A memorial service will be held Friday, February 1, 2008 at 1 PM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr, John Fleischhacker officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor Larson-Deneen VFW Post. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com. Myrtle Weston 12/13/1901-02/01/2008 Myrtle Weston, age 109, of Aitkin, formerly of Palisade, Royalton and Little Falls, died Friday, February 1, 2008 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, MN. Myrtle was born May 13, 1898 in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of Emil and Matilda (Thorne) Nelson. She grew up and attended schools in Chicago. She married Charley Weston on June 15, 1921 in Chicago. The moved to their homestead north of Palisade, Mn. where they farmed, logged and raised their family. He husband Charley died in 1976. She then moved to Royalton, Mn. in 1977 and lived there for 15 years. She then lived in Little Falls, MN. At Elder Heights for 9 years. She has resided at the Aitkin Health Services for the past 3 years. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, she was the Oldest Gold Star Mother in the United States, she was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade; she enjoyed writing, playing piano, singing, had a great sense of humor and dearly loved her family. She is survived by 7 children and spouses: Lawrence and Iris Weston of Palisade; Curtis and Kathryn Weston of Palisade; Deane Weston and Pearl of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Clifford and Patricia Weston of Magnolia, Kentucky; Violet and Paul Spolarich of Palisade; Maxine and Wallace Carlson of Royalton, Mn.; Marlene Weston of Grand Rapids; 2 daughters in law: Margaret Weston of Aitkin; Martha Weston of Glasgow, Kentucky; 40 grandchildren; and many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Charley; 4 sons: Myrle, Charles Jr., Earle, Kenneth, 3 grandchildren, 1 daughter in law: Geneive Weston; and 12 brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 5, 208 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. William Sass and Rev. Roland Jennings officiating. Visitation will be on Monday from 5 to 8 PM at the funeral home and also 1 hour prior to services on Tuesday. Interment will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the on-line guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com Robert ''Bob'' Wersal Robert ???Bob??? 02/01/2008-02/05/2008 Robert ''Bob'' Wersal Robert ???Bob??? C. Wersal, 60 of Aitkin died Friday, February 1, 2008 at his residence. He was born July 25, 1947 in Fergus Falls to Melvin and Dorothy (Brainerd) Wersal. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. He is survived by his Daughter Kim Anding of Burleson, TX Grandson: Dustin Mother: Dorothy of Aitkin Sister and brother-in-law: Betty (Larry) Mauer of Deer River Two brothers: Jerry of Aitkin Jim of Aitkin He was preceded in death by his sister Linda Ann Wersal and his father Melvin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11A.M., Friday, February 8, 2008 memorial service at Malmo Evangelical Free Church, Malmo. Reverend Glenn Browning will officiate. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Jul 25 1947 12:00AM Obert Kullhem 06/07/1932-02/07/2008 Obert A. Kullhem, 75 of Palisade died Thursday, February 7, 2008 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born June 7, 1932 in Palisade to Matt and Irene (Soderholm) Kullhem. He graduated from McGregor High School in 1950. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He worked as a shift supervisor for Conwed Corporation until September of 1985. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, golf, bowling, and snowmobiling. He was a member of AARP, Savannah Country Club, Cloquet Bowling League, NRA, Suomi-Seura/ Finland Society, Aitkin County Historical Society, and Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. He is survived by two sisters and brother-in-law: Bernice Dugan of Aitkin and Duluth Ruby (John) Brothers of Grand Forks, ND. Special cousin Terry (Marilyn) Kullhem of Palisade Many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Melvin and his wife Stella 2 sisters Linnea Nystrom and Myrtle Hansen and her husband Henry, and brother-in-law Frank Dugan Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. ??? Tuesday, February 12, 2008 funeral service at Bethel Lutheran Church, Palisade. Rev. William Sass will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin Mae J. Graff 06/24/1913-02/10/2008 Mae J. Graff, age 94 of McGregor, Minnesota formerly of Oelwein, Iowa died Sunday, February 10, 1008 at her home near McGregor. She was born June 24, 1913 at Oelwein, Iowa the daughter of George Milford and Mary Lavina (Salisbury) Aldrich. She grew up and attended schools in Oelwein. She married Sylvester Graff on November 2, 1929 at Oelwein. They moved to Wichita, Kansas in 1941 where Mae was employed by Beechcraft during WW II. The Graff???s purchased their home on Big Sandy Lake near McGregor in 1952 and she has lived here since. She spent a lot of time traveling to visit her children and relatives. She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor and had also served as a notary. She is survived by three sons and spouses: Robert and Alice Graff and Edward and Bonnie Graff all of McGregor; Halley and Glenna Graff of St. Augustine, Florida; seven daughters and spouses: Marjorie and John Cox and Barbara Maron all of McGregor; Janice and Gene Mecke of Wichita, Kansas; Connie Snelling of Ft. Collins, Colorado; Dianne and Larry Ladd of Palisade, Mn.; Catherine and Ron Veith of Marthasville, Missouri; and Sylvia and Mike Tilghman of Kansas City, Missouri; 52 grandchildren; 88 (and another due in may) great grandchildren; 17 great great grandchildren as well as nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, 4 siblings, her husband Sylvester in 1991; daughters: Mary Patricia Graff and Jo Dawson; infant son Richard David Graff; four grandchildren and 2 great grandsons. A mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 11 AM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor, Mn. with Fr. John Fleischhacker officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 PM at the church. Interment will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein, Iowa on Monday February 18 at 2 PM. Memorials are preferred to the American Heart Association; American Cancer Society and the Diabetes Foundation. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Harold A. Tassinari 07/17/1926-02/20/2008 Harold A. Tassinari, age 81 of McGregor died Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at his residence in McGregor. Harold was born July 17, 1926 at Middleboro, Massachusetts the son of Antonio and Norma (Borsari) Tassinari. He grew up and attended schools in the Middleboro area. He then served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. During his time in the Navy, he saw many parts of the world. Upon his discharge he returned to the East Coast for a time and then moved to Duluth, Minnesota. He worked many mink ranches throughout Minnesota. He then went to work for Star Machine and Tool Co. in McGregor where he worked as a machinist and foreman. He retired after 20 plus years with the company in the early 10???s. He married Alice Trautmiller on May 6, 1968 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was a member of the McGregor VFW and American Legion Posts and had served as the VFW???s Post Commander and also served on its Honor Guard Squad. He was also a very active volunteer with the Rice Lake Refuge south of McGregor. He was a member and former president of the Minnewawa Sportsman???s Club and he enjoyed fishing and woodworking. He is survived by 2 sons and spouses: Thomas and Joyce Tassinari of McGregor; Mike and Linda Tassinari of Glencoe, Mn.; 1 daughter: Norma Foley of California; and a number of grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Alice. Interment will take place at a later date at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, Minnesota. Upon Harold???s request there will be no formal services. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Judith E. Grev 09/12/1939-02/24/2008 Judith E. Grev, age 68 of Aitkin formerly of Bloomington died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008 at the Fairview-Southdale Hospital in Edina, Mn. Judith was born September 12, 1939 at Annandale, Mn; was baptized, confirmed and married at St. John???s Lutheran Church and graduated from the Annandale schools. She was an IT graduate from the U of MN in medical technology and worked there as a junior scientist in cholesterol studies. She also worked in the Methodist (Now Park Nicollet) Hospital laboratory. Moving with her teacher husband Julian whom she married in 1962, she had made her homes in Waseca, Faribault, Minneapolis, Regina (Canada), Bloomington and for the past six years on Lone Lake near Aitkin. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin; was active in the Lydia Circle and choir, the Riverwood Hospital Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, and American Society of Clinical Pathologists. She enjoyed traveling in most of the 50 states, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, Spain and Turkey. At home she liked to have company, play bridge and 500, garden, cook, bake and dance. She came from God, a gift of light and love opened and shared, and now returned to Him. She is survived by her husband Julian, two daughters: Kirstin and fianc?? Sean Keady, and Elizabeth and husband Dave Callery; two grandchildren: Erik and Evelyn Callery; sisters and brothers in law: Elaine (Maurice) Hugill, Joyce Ekegren, Ardella (David) Rued, Annette (Ivan) Russell, Carol (Arvid) Anderson, 1 brother and sister in law: Colin (Iva) Gunnerson; Julian???s eight siblings, numerous nieces and nephews and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents: Raymond and Ellen Gunnerson, two brothers and sister in law: Donald and Eileen Gunnerson, Douglas Gunnerson. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also Saturday 1 hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be in the Diamond Lake Cemetery near Aitkin. Memorials to the American cancer Society or First Lutheran???s Music and Radio Ministries and preferred to flowers. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Virginia F. Okerstrom 09/06/1921-02/26/2008 Virginia F. Okerstrom, age 86 of Aitkin died Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She is survived by her loving husband Neil W. Okerstrom of Aitkin; 1 daughter and son in law: Valetta and David Krisko of Inver Grove Heights, Mn.; 1 brother: Gordon Peterson of Richfield, Mn.; and 1 niece: Merrilee Peterson of Blaine, Mn. Following her wishes, Virginia will be cremated and no services will be held. If you would like to sign the on-line guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Donelda I. LaRoche 10/28/1916-02/27/2008 Donelda I. LaRoche, age 91 of Aitkin formerly of Grant Twp. of Washington Co. died Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Mn. She was born October 28, 1916 at Somerset, Wisconsin the daughter of Otto and Katherine (Sontag) Rubow. She grew up and attended schools in the Stillwater area graduating from the Stillwater High School in 1934. She worked for the Extension Office and Farm Bureau for about 5 years. She married Walter C. LaRoche on October 6, 1939 in Stillwater. They made their home in Grant Twp. of Washington Co. where they lived on a farm. She worked as an assistant librarian at the Mahtomedi Schools for about 10 years. She and Walter moved to the Aitkin area in 1974 and she has lived here since. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, was a charter member of the church???s library committee and the quilters group. She had served as a 4H leader for the Beaver Lodge 4H club for 30 years. She had also served as a weather recorder for Farm Island Twp. in Aitkin Co. for the Soil Conservation Service for over 30 years. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, doing any kind of hand work, camping, fishing, painting and she loved gardening. She is survived by 4 daughters: Mavis McGuire of Aitkin; Darlene Colonna of Farmingham, Mass.; Betty (Laverne) Forest of Madison, Wisc.; Marcella (Jack) Isenhart of Omaha, Neb.; 2 sons: Walter LaRoche of Scandia, Mn.; Lester (Robin) LaRoche of Mahtomedi, Mn.; 13 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 1 brother: Orville Rubow of Deerwood, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Walter in 1997, 2 sons in law and 1 daughter in law. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 10 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Sarah Cordray officiating. Interment will be in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens in White Bear Lake, Mn. on Wednesday at 3 PM. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Elfrieda Fredericks 01/20/1911-02/29/2008 Elfrieda E. Fredericks, age 96 of Aitkin died Friday, February 29, 2008 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. She was born January 20, 1911 at Lake Wilson, Minnesota the daughter of Daniel and Ernestine (Lamberg) Miller. She was unable to complete her schooling because her mother died at a young age and Elfrieda had to stay home to help take care of the family. She married Charles C. Fredericks. They came to the Aitkin area in 1946 when they purchased the Rustic Lodge on Cedar Lake. Her husband died in 1958, but Elfrieda continued to run the resort another 19 years before retiring in 1977. She also had a pussy willow business which she ran until 1963. She enjoyed baking, making quilt tops, fishing and working with pussy willows. She had been an active member of St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin, St. John???s Ladies Aid and Lutheran Women???s Missionary League. Elfrieda is survived by many nieces, nephews and special friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and six sisters: Celena, Edith, Louise, Mary, Olga, Edna and two brothers: Daniel and Albert. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 11 AM from St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Ray W. Peoples 02/01/1917-02/29/2008 Ray William Peoples, age 91 of Aitkin formerly of the Woodward and Perry Iowa areas died Friday, February 29, 2008 at his home on Cedar Lake near Aitkin, Mn. Ray was born February 1, 1917 at Woodward, Iowa the son of William and Wilhelmina (Appenzeller) Peoples. He grew up and attended schools at Woodward graduating from High School there. He also worked on the family???s farm. He worked for Continental Oil Company delivering gas for a time. He was married to Mary McCollom from 1939 to 1962. He served in the U.S. Navy Armed Guard during WW II. Upon his discharge he returned to Perry, Iowa and worked for the Milwaukee Railroad retiring in 1977. He married Kaye Harmann on May 4, 1963 at Bethany, Missouri. They purchased property on Cedar Lake near Aitkin, Mn. in 1976. They made Cedar Lake their permanent home in 1992. He was a lifetime member of the Perry Rod and Gun Club at Graettinger, Iowa; a lifetime member of the VFW, a 50 plus year member of the Moose Lodge, and a 43 year member of the American Legion. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and he dearly loved his dogs. He is survived by his wife Kaye Peoples of Aitkin; 2 sons: Bill (Theresa) Peoples of Garland, Texas; Randy (Shirley) Harmann of Perry, Iowa; 3 daughters: Nancy Wilson of Napa, Calf.; Tania Straker of Perry, Iowa; Lori (Dale) Davies of Aitkin; 10 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Wanda Paulsen of East Peoria, Ill.; and Mary Jane Fry of Orangevale, Calf. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Kenneth and 2 sons: Pat Peoples and David Harmann. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 1:30 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Visitation will be held Monday from 5 to 7 PM and also 1 hour prior to services on Tuesday at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Interment will be held later at the Peoples Cemetery at Woodward, Iowa. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Eunice H. Hagen 09/28/1921-03/01/2008 Eunice H. Hagen, age 86 of Aitkin formerly of Alexandria, Mn. passed away March 1, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin, Mn. Eunice was born September 28, 1921 in Fargo, North Dakota the daughter of Hal and Fanny (Reigle) Harris. She grew up and attended schools in Moorhead, Mn. She also attended the Moorhead State Teacher College. She married Loren Hagen of Fargo on September 17, 1941. They lived many years in Moorhead. Eunice and her late husband Loren spent their retirement years in Alexandria, Minnesota where they were members of the First Congregational United Church of Christ. They had many friends, and participated in a variety of community and church related functions. Throughout her life, Eunice???s most cherished role was that of wife, mother and grandmother. She was a devoted homemaker. She volunteered of her time freely throughout the years at her church, the cub scouts, schools, and nursing homes. She was an active long time member of the PEO. Eunice had a passion for reading and would read any mystery novel she could find. She also enjoyed baking and cooking and was an excellent hostess. She is survived by 2 sons and spouses: Michael and Carolyn Hagen of Aitkin; Jeffery and Jeannie Hagen of Wayzata, MN.; four grandchildren: Doug Hagen, Kara Hofmeister, Justin Hagen, and Neely Hagen; and three great grandchildren: Taylor and Cooper Hagen and Libby Hofmeister. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Loren, and a son L. Douglas Hagen. A funeral service will be held Friday, March 7, 2008 at 11:30 AM from the O.E. Larson-Osborne Mortuary at 2301 Central Ave., Minneapolis. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Marie Christy 02/22/1913-03/03/2008 Marie Christy, 95 of Aitkin died Monday, March 3, 2008 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. A full obituary will run later. www.srtfuneral.com Marie Christy 02/22/1913-03/03/2008 Marie Christy, 95 of Aitkin died March 3, 2008 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born February 22, 1913 in West Union, Mn. to Harry and Alfa Finch. She and her husband Joseph owned and operated Bradley???s Resort on Farm Island Lake. She is survived by her daughter Judith Christy ??? Maqueda of Aitkin 4 grandchildren: Darshan Christy, Sandy Hoy, Christy Hamm, and Judy Christy Five great grandchildren: Elijah Christy, Sarah Hoy, Cassidy Hamm, Christopher Hamm and Quintin Christy 1 sister Laura Williams She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Two daughters: Patty Hoy and Sandy Dyer Memorial service will be 1:00P.M. ??? Saturday, April 26, 2008 at First Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Reverend Sarah Cordray will officiate. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. Jessie Miller 06/20/1911-03/04/2008 Jessie E. Miller, 96 of Aitkin and formerly of St. Paul died Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at Aitkin Health Services. She was born June 20, 1911 in St. Paul to John and Elizabeth (Gerdes) Fredell. In October of 1927 Jessie was united in marriage to Arthur N. Miller. She was a resident of Black Rock Terrace prior to moving to Aitkin Health Services. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Shirley and Alfred Sarracco of Lone Lake, Aitkin 3 grandchildren: Sharon Fiske of Bennettville, Aitkin Michael A. Sarracco of Negaunee, MI. Debra (Scott) Nordby of Blaine Six great grandchildren: Laura Fiske, Nicole Fiske, Charlie Sarracco, Dennis Sarracco, Brad Nordby, and Greg Nordby 1 great great granddaughter August Sarracco One sister-in-law Viola Ayd of West St. Paul She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur on October 31, 1973 Her sister Dorothy Maxey and her parents. Graveside services will be 12:00P.M., Saturday, March 8, 2008 at Calvary Cemetery, in St. Paul. Memorial are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Dennis Gelhar 11/21/1941-03/07/2008 Dennis D. Gelhar, age 66 of McGregor, died Friday, March 7, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin, Mn. Dennis was born November 21, 1941 at Little Falls, Mn. the son of Edwin and Helen (Perovitz) Gelhar. He moved with his family to Burnsville in early 1950. He went to school and graduated from the Burnsville High School in 1959. He attended a union carpenter apprentice program. He married Jean E. Matko on August 11, 1962 in Minneapolis. They lived in Burnsville, Elko, MN. then moved to McGregor in 1977. He worked as a carpenter. He operated a construction company in the cities from the early 1970???s until his retirement in 2001. After retiring he drove logging truck in the McGregor area until 2007. He was a member of the carpenters union, Holy Family Catholic Church and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He is survived by his wife Jean Gelhar of McGregor; 4 sons Joseph (Angela) Gelhar of Burnsville; Steve Gelhar of McGregor; Paul (Rita) Gelhar of McGregor; Anthony Gelhar and fianc?? Heather Swanson of St. Paul; and 6 grandchildren: Kelly, Mary, Kristen, Daniel, Amy and Cole. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Johns Fleischhacker officiating. Interment will be in the Rice River Cemetery of rural McGregor. A luncheon will follow at the church. A visitation will be held Saturday from 9 am until the 11 AM services at the church. To sign the online guest register go to www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. Jessie Abbott 05/31/1913-03/08/2008 Jessie M. Abbott, age 94 of Aitkin died Saturday, March 8, 2008 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Jessie was born May 31, 1913 at Aitkin the daughter of Marion Clifford and Alma M. (Duchane) Oppelt. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1932. She then worked as a cook and waitress at various restaurants and cafes in the area and also in Grand Rapids and Bemidji. She operated her own caf?? in Garrison in 1938 and 1939. She married Allen Hill on April 11, 1940 at Yuma, Arizona. They lived at 29 Palms, Calf. for a time and then moved back to Aitkin in 1941. They then lived in various places in the United States before permanently settling in Aitkin in 1946. She worked as a cook at the Blafus??? Rest Home from 1948 to 1951 and cooked at the Rippleside School from 1958 to 1961. Her husband Allen died in 1966. She then went to work at the Aitkin Community Hospital as a cook in 1967. She had also worked as a cook at the Crosby Hospital, and Andy???s Cafe in the mid 1970???s. She married Roy Abbott in 1971 and he preceded her in death in 1974. Jessie also did catering and had served as hostess at the 40 Club in Aitkin in the late 1970???s. She was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary, a 40 year member of the Legion Auxiliary, member of the Elks Club, the Rebbekah Lodge, the Aitkin Community Hospital Auxiliary, the All Class Reunion Committee, and was a member of the Aitkin United Methodist Church. Jessie loved fishing. She is survived by 3 children and spouses: Kay and Jim McKersie of Apache Junction, Arizona; Mike and Elaine Hill of Aitkin; Lynn Futhey of Aitkin; 7 grandchildren; a number of great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild; 1 brother: Frank Oppelt of Ironton, MN.; 3 sisters: Mabel Caddy of Crosby, Ruth Lehrke of Ironton, Lorna McDonald of North Oaks, Mn. and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1st husband Allen in 1966, 2nd husband Roy in 1974, 3 sisters: Arsalie, Audrey, and Sara and 2 brothers: Bud and Glen. A memorial service will be held Friday, March 14, 2008 at 11 AM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church in Aitkin with Rev. Judith Clark and Rev. Larry Foote officiating. Interment will be in the spring at the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church on Friday. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Harry Perry 05/06/1913-03/10/2008 Harry Perry, 94 of Aitkin died Monday, March 10, 2008 at his residence. He was born May 6, 1913 at Rossburg to Henry and Katherine (Pendergast) Perry. He grew to manhood in the Rossburg area, working on farms and in the woods. His father died in 1919 so Harry helped support the family and didn???t complete his schooling. In 1936 he went to Montana and worked in a logging camp. He returned to Minnesota in 1948 and farmed with his brother and nephew at the Morris-Johnson Dairy Farm. He worked hard until late in his life, and he was always a gentle man. He enjoyed dancing, country western music, baseball, and loved little children. Harry is survived by his sister Mildred Howard of Brainerd Brother and sister-in-law Raymond (Phyllis) Morris of Aitkin And many nieces,nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and five sisters. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M., Friday, March 14, 2008 at Bethesda Lutheran Church Rossburg with Reverend Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Visitation will be 5 to 8:00P.M., Thursday at the Church and 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be 6:00A.M., Tuesday, May 6, 2008 in Forest Cemetery, Kimberly Township. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Andrew Skaj 10/29/1940-03/11/2008 Andrew (Andy) M. Skaj, age 67 of Aitkin died Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at the Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Andy was born October 29, 1940 at Holdingford, Minnesota the son of Alexander Martin and Helen Ann (Varhalla) Skaj. He moved with his family to Aitkin art a very young age and then they moved to Chicago for a time before returning to Aitkin. Andy attended schools in McGregor and Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1958. He then entered the military serving in the Unites State Marine Corps from 1958 to 1962. Upon his discharge he returned to Aitkin and worked a short time driving milk truck. He then answered an ad at the Aitkin Independent-Age and was hired as a type setter. In the late 1960???s he began operating a small offset press. Andy served as general manager of the Age for several years and in 1996 when Dick Norlander purchased the business, Andy became the commercial printing manager. He retired from the Age after having worked there for 40 plus years. He married Mary Hart on October 7, 1967 in McGregor, Mn. He was a member of the Aitkin Lions and was currently the gambling manager, Aitkin Rotary, the Dam Lake Sportsman???s Club, Knights of Columbus, Minnesota Newspaper Association where he had worked at their museum at the State Fair for many years; past president of the Aitkin Chamber of Commerce, had served as president for Dollars for Scholars, had served on the Glen Township Board for over 35 years and had held several positions; was a member of St. James Catholic Church; Lifetime member of the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts,and had been very active civically in all of the events in Aitkin. He is survived by his wife Mary Skaj of Aitkin; 2 children and spouses: Amy and Dave Field of Sammamish, Washington; Joe and Tawnya Skaj of Aitkin; 5 grandchildren: Marissa, Shaylee, Shawnee, Kayla, and Averie; Mother: Helen Priem of Aitkin; Brother: Jim (Charlene) Skaj of Sylmar, Calf.; Sister: Pat (Al) Melser of Embarrass, Mn; mother in law: Lorraine Hart of Aitkin and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Alexander. Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 1 PM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services Sunday and also Saturday from 4 to 7 PM with a Knights of Columbus Service at 7 PM and a Rosary Service at 7:30 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be in the Rabbit Lake Cemetery rural Aitkin. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Memorials are preferred to St. James Catholic Church in lieu of flowers. Betty Bobseen 03/11/1930-03/16/2008 Betty Jean Bobseen, 78 of Aitkin died Sunday, March 16, 2008 at Cuyuna Regional Care Center, Crosby where she had been a resident since December. She was born March 11, 1930 in Aitkin County to Louis L. and Alida L. (Norgen) Keil. On September 11, 1947 in Aitkin Betty was united in marriage to Frank Bobseen, Jr. She enjoyed flowers, crocheting, and ???collecting children???. She loved helping animals. She was a member of the flower club in Hazelton Township, 500 card club, United Methodist Church, Pine Lake Chapel, and was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. She is survived by two sons and daughter-in-law: Daniel (Krys) Bobseen of Aitkin Mark Dinon of St. Paul 4 daughters and sons-in-law: Mariann (William) Borden, II of Aitkin Alida (David) Scott of Palisade Diane Halligan of Aitkin Amy (Timothy) O???Brien of Wesley Chapel, FL. One son-in-law: John Seberg of Aitkin 1 brother and sister-in-law: Donald (Lois) Keil of Aitkin Three sisters and brothers-in-law: Charolette (Peter) Brown of Aitkin Beverly Paulson of Aitkin Bonita (Lewis ???Bill???) Besch of Aitkin 12 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren Besides other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank, Jr. on August 15, 1995 Daughter Susan Seberg Brother Glen Keil Infant sister Donna Mae Keil Brother-in-law Lloyd Paulson And her parents Louis and Alida Keil. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. Saturday, March 29, 2008 funeral service at United Methodist Church, Aitkin. Reverend Judith Clark will officiate. Burial will be in Bennettville Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Ronald Dyer 09/17/1943-03/19/2008 Ronald W. Dyer, 64, widower of Sandra Jo (Christy) Dyer died March 19, 2008 at his residence in Aitkin, MN. He was born September 17, 1943 in Crookston to Merrill and Ruth (Mauritson) Dyer. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He retired after 30 years of service from the United States Postal Service in Minneapolis and St. Paul. After retirement he moved to his lake home in Aitkin. Ronald is survived by his mother Ruth 2 daughters and son-in-law: Shelly (Doug) Argenbright of Fishersville, VA. Judy Christy of San Diego, CA. Two grandchildren: Colin and Kayley Argenbright 1 brother and sister-in-law: Maurice (Meri) Dyer of Elgin IL. Two sisters and brothers-in-law: Beverly (Robert) Dean of Onalaska, WI. Marsha (Paul) Waind of Grand Forks, ND. Besides many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends that will miss him. Memorial services will be 3:00P.M., Saturday, April 26, 2008 at First Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Reverend Sarah Cordray will officiate. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the American Diabetes Association. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com. Marie D. Moss 10/21/1930-03/20/2008 Marie D. Moss, age 77 of Sacred Heart, Minnesota formerly of Hill City died Thursday, March 20, 2008 at the North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. She was born October 21, 1930 at Buffalo, Minnesota the daughter of Cleatus and Gladys (Pettis) Rasset. She grew up and attended schools in Buffalo graduating from high school in 1948. She worked for Honeywell in Minneapolis for a time and then returned to Buffalo and worked as a seamstress for the Wonderalls Co. She married Clarence O. Moss on August 17, 1962 in Menominee, Wisc. They lived in Cumberland for a time and she worked at a canning factory. They then lived in Hawaii while Clarence served in the U. S. Army Marie worked on the Military Base. They then moved to Ogden, Kansas and she worked on a base there. The then moved to Montrose, Mn. and she worked for her brother in a restaurant. In 1968 they moved to Hill City, Mn. and she worked for the Land O??? Lakes Turkey Plant in Aitkin until it closed in 1984. She also worked at the Harbor Restaurant in Grand Rapids and then she worked at the Nursing Home in Deer River., Mn. In December of 2000 they moved to Sacred Heart, Mn. to their daughter???s home as Clarence need additional care. She has lived there since. She loved gardening, camping, fishing, had taught Sunday school for many years at St. Johns Catholic Church in Hill City and had been a member of the VFW Auxiliary. She is survived by8 children and spouses: Harvey and Jeanette Moss of Big Lake, Mn.; Helen and Dean Weimer of Hill City; Magdalena Moss and Michael Morin of Sacred Heart, Mn.; Michael and Ann Moss of Elk River, Mn.; Timothy and Mary Moss of Hill City, MN.; Thomas and Kim Moss of Hill City, MN.; Robert and Kristeen Moss of Hill City, Mn.; Rebecca and Paul Anderson of Sacred Heart, MN.; step daughter: Thinda Wenner of Lake Moore, Ill.; 33 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; 2 brothers: Jay Rasset and Dale Rasset both of Montrose, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clarence in 204, 1 sister, 1 brother, 1 grandchild and 1 great grandchild. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 10:30 AM from St. John???s Catholic Church in Hill City with Fr. Thomas Galarneault officiating. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Roxana ''Roxie'' Ritter Roxana Roxi 03/07/1911-03/20/2008 Ritter Roxana Roxie A. Ritter, age 97 of Aitkin died Friday, March 21, 2008 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Mn. Roxie was born March 8, 1911 in Aitkin Co., Minnesota the daughter of Charles and Dora (Elmhurst) Tibbetts. She grew up and attended country school. She married Ambrose M. Ritter on October 20, 1929, in Aitkin County, Minnesota. They moved to Chokio, Minnesota and lived there for a number of years before returning to Aitkin. Ambrose started Ritter Sewer Service in 1943 and the business has been in operation since. Roxie was kept busy raising her family over the years. In her later years she worked for the Wild Rice Plant in the packaging division and she had also served as a home health aid. She was a member of the Moose Lodge, St. James Catholic Church and the church women???s council, and the PTA. Roxie enjoyed gardening, sewing and spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by her 5 children and spouses: Lois and Larry Fyle of Nisswa, Mn.; Ronald and Lin Ritter of Aitkin; Patrick and Evelyn Ritter of Aitkin; Mary Jo and Bud Sergent of Pequot Lakes, Mn.; Wendie and Larry Bunnell of Aitkin; 19 grandchildren; 7 step grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren; 7 great great grandchildren; 1 brother: Bob Tibbitts of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ambrose in 1995; 2 grandchildren: Jed Fyle and Krista Ritter; 4 sisters and 6 brothers. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Special music will be provided by: Granddaughter Holly Wiebolt, Judy Koep, Barb Sjoblad, Bob Cummings, and Matt Hill. Interment will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery at Aitkin. Pallbearers will be grandsons: Nickolas Wenzel, Jon Wenzel, Mark Ritter, Corey Ritter, Bret Sergent, Troy Sergent, Tony Fyle, Jeremy Fyle, Kevin Ritter, Kemp Ritter, Keith Ritter, and Kameron Ritter. Honorary pallbearers will be granddaughters: Marcy MacAulay, Gisele Nelson, Monica Sergent, Holly Wiebolt, Michele Sadusky, Kelly Spohn, and Amanda MacDonald. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 6 PM and also continue Tuesday from 10 AM until the 11 AM services. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. George Specht 07/08/1916-03/22/2008 George G. Specht, 91 of Aitkin died Saturday, March 22, 2008 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born July 8, 1916 in Aitkin to Charles and Annie (Schwab) Specht. He attended the Cedar Brook School. In 1945 George was united in marriage Elsie Hansen. They worked many long hard years farming on the home place in Cedar Brook. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, gardening, and playing cards with his family and friends. During his later years, latch hooking became his hobby winning him many ribbons at the county fair. He was a member of St. John???s Lutheran Church, Aitkin. He is survived by Elsie Specht of Aitkin 1 daughter and son-in-law Betty (Joe) Balk of Savage One sister and brother-in-law Margaret (John) Martin of Brainerd Besides many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his sisters Rose Petersen, Mary Petersen, and Kathryn Bergstrom; brothers John, Carl, and Bill Specht and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Thursday, March 27, 2008 funeral service at St. Johns Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Burial will be in Spencer Cemetery. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Edmund A. Berg 05/04/1927-03/24/2008 Edmund A. Berg, age 80 of Aitkin formerly of Minneapolis died Monday, March 24, 2008 at his home near Aitkin. He was born May 4, 1927 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Amund and Anna (Braa) Berg. He grew up and attended schools in North East Minneapolis. He then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served during WW II in Guam and China. Upon his discharge he returned to Minneapolis and eventually started working for the Dispatch Oven Manufacturing Company in Minneapolis. He worked there for 39 years retiring in 1989. He married Jean D. Skeates on March 17, 1951 in Minneapolis. They lived in Minneapolis until his retirement and then moved permanently to the Aitkin area. They had been coming to the Aitkin area since 1978 where they owned a place on Ripple Lake. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin; he and his wife had been very active in the Meals on Wheels program for many years. He loved fishing, hinting and especially his family. He was an outstanding mechanic and could fix anything. One might call him a Jack of all Trades. He is survived by his wife Jean Berg of Aitkin; children and spouses: Charles and April Berg of Andover, Mn.; Mike Berg of Minneapolis; David and Michelle Berg of White Bear Lake, Mn.; Patricia Berg of Aitkin; Bonnie and Dennis Fadroski of Henderson, Nevada; 4 grandchildren: Gina Berg, Joe Berg, Charlie Berg, and Brian Fadroski. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Ivar. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Memorials are preferred top the Lydia Circle at First Lutheran Church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Leonard Gunn 01/27/1938-03/24/2008 Leonard R. Gunn, 70 of Palisade died Monday, March 24, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born January 27, 1938 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to Raymond and Deliah (Moffat) Gunn. On July 9, 1960 in Foxwarren, Manitoba Leonard was united in marriage to Anne Cooper They moved to the United States in 1970. He loved working as a farmer and then as a mechanic. He taught diesel mechanics and hydraulics at Century College in White Bear Lake. He enjoyed nature by camping, boating, hunting, fishing, and woodworking. He was a Boy Scout leader, a member of the Power Squadron and the Hilltop Chapel of Palisade. Leonard is survived by his wife Anne of Palisade 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Glenn (Tina) of Palisade Rob of Port Angeles, WA. Four grandsons: Jake, Ryan, Cody, and Justin Gunn Brother and sister-in-law: Bruce (Joyce) of Prince George British Columbia Sister and brother-in-law: Roberta (David) Lloyd of Cobble Hills, British Columbia Uncle: Byron Moffat of Carberry, Manitoba Sister-in-law: Colleen McIntyer of Winnipeg, Manitoba Besides many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his son Gordon and his parents Raymond and Deliah (Moffat) Gunn Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. ??? Saturday, April 5, 2008 memorial service at Hilltop Chapel, Palisade. Reverend Barry Hite will officiate. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to Hilltop Chapel, Minnesota Conservation, and S.A.V.E. (Suicide Awareness voices of Education). Anne Schroeder 05/10/1913-03/25/2008 Anne A. Schroeder, age 94 of Aitkin formerly of McGregor, died Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born May 10, 1913 in Eveleth, Minnesota the daughter of William and Hilma (Jussila) Hietalati. She grew up and attended schools in Eveleth. She then worked as a nanny for a time in Chicago, Ill. She married Wilbur A. Schroeder on May 23, 1941 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. They lived for a time in North Dakota and then moved to Alaska in 1951 and lived there until moving to McGregor, Mn in 1970. She has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center the past 3 years. She was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed attending the bible studies at the Aicota Health Care Center while she was a resident there. She loved to sew, knit and crochet. She also enjoyed gardening. She started the Hietalati-Schroeder Scholarship fund at the McGregor High School. Memorials are preferred to the scholarship fund. She is survived by 1 brother: Ralph Hietalati of Silver Bay, Mn.; 4 sisters: Ellen Huhta of Duluth, Mn.; Edith Bode of Gilbert, Mn.; Aileen Maijala of Fowler, Colo.; Shirley Sprague of Virginia, Mn.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wilbur in 1992, 5 brothers and 4 sisters. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 1 PM from the McGregor Funeral Home with Rev. Hal Kamppi officiating. Interment will be in the Salo Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Lois J. Winum 03/29/1928-03/29/2008 Lois J. Winum, age 80 of Shakopee, formerly of the McGregor area died Saturday, March 29, 2008 at the Shakopee Friendship Manor. Lois was born March 29, 1928 in Minneapolis, MN. the daughter of Harold and Sylvia (Sorenson) Anderson. She grew up and attended schools in Madison, Wisconsin graduating from High School there. She moved to Deerwood, Mn. for a short time and then to Minneapolis where she met and married Charles E. Winum on April 30, 1949 in Minneapolis. They lived in Minneapolis and Lois worked as a book keeper and treasurer for the Record Shop in Edina, Mn. for about 20 years. Her husband Charles passed away in 1969. She continued to live in Minneapolis until moving to Fleming Lake in the McGregor area in 1987. She lived there until moving to the Shakopee Friendship Manor in September of 2006. While living in the McGregor area she served as the Fleming Township Bookkeeper for 13 years. She was also a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church and had been active in the church choir and bible studies. She was also a Lioness, served as an election judge and was a member of the Republican Party. She did very beautiful needlework. She loved people, her animals and the outdoors but was still a very independent person. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Charlie and Kris Winum of Brainerd, Mn.; 2 daughters and son in law: Anne Winum of Edina, Mn.; Jennifer and Jonathan Pendleton of Minneapolis, Mn.; 2 grandchildren: Jake and Ben Stillman. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Charles. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. John Fleischhacker officiating. Friends may call 1 hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Interment will be Friday at 11:15 AM at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Lauri Hemmila 08/10/1926-03/31/2008 Lauri Mattias Joel Hemmila, 81 of McGregor died Monday, March 31, 2008 at Community Memorial Hospital, Cloquet. He was born August 10, 1926 in East Lake to Joel and Tyyne (Randa) Hemmila. He attended East Lake School, Riverside School and then McGregor High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II. On December 20, 1947 in East Lake Lauri was united in marriage to Lorraine Ammala. He drove milk truck hauling bulk and cans for Old Home Creamery in Moose Lake for 20 years. He then worked at McGregor Schools as a janitor for 12 years and as a bus mechanic for 9 years retiring in 1988. He was a member of the McGregor VFW and Our Saviors Lutheran Church, McGregor. He is survived by his 7 children and spouses: Carol (Brian) Butkiewicz of Omro, WI. Bob (Diane) Hemmila of LeHigh Acres, FL. Jane (Tom) Heikkila of Cromwell Alice (Doug) Haataja of Cloquet Maryann (Dallas) McGee of Sturgeon Lake Jim (Trinity) Hemmila of Cohasset Karen (Dave) Schwinn of Cloquet 25 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren Brother and sister-in-law: George (Aurelia) Hemmila of Wright He was preceded in death by his wife Lorraine on February 14, 2007 and his parents Joel and Tyyne (Randa) Hemmila. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 3:00P.M., Saturday, April 5, 2008 funeral service at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Henry Koopman will officiate. Burial will be in Rice River Cemetery. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com Alvina H. Kelling 10/22/1913-04/07/2008 Alvina H. Kelling, age 94 of Aitkin died Monday, April 7, 2008 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Alvina was born October 22, 1913 at Medina, North Dakota the daughter of Bernard and Josephine (Westman) Jacobson. She moved at a young age first to Canada and then to the Malmo area where she grew up and attended schools. She worked for a time at the grocery store in Malmo. She married Joe Kelling on November 22, 1933 at Malmo. They made their home in the Malmo and Glen areas and raised turkeys. They then moved to Staples, Mn and lived there until moving to Aitkin in 1959. They then moved to Merrifield, Mn. and lived there until 1995 when her husband Joe died. She moved to Aitkin and had lived at the Maryhill Manor until moving to the Aitkin Health Services two years ago. She had attended First Lutheran Church and enjoyed bible studies. She is survived by 4 sons and daughters in law: Dale and Sandy Kelling of Spicer, Mn.; Kenneth and Ada Kelling of Pillager, Mn.; Gene and Mabel Kelling of Aitkin, Mn.; Larry and Kathy Kelling of Randall, Mn.; 1 daughter: Connie Schmidt of Circle Pines, Mn.; 1 brother: Newman and Joy Jacobson of Aitkin; 1 sister Myrtle Graham of Blaine, Mn.; 16 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joe in 1995, 1 brother Clifford and 1 sister Lorene. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 10, 208 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Burial will be in the Pliny Cemetery near McGrath, Mn. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. John T. Franz 08/12/1954-04/08/2008 John T. Franz age 53 of Aitkin died Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at the St. Josephs Medical Center in Brainerd. He was born August 12, 1954 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of John T. and Loretta (Zigan) Franz. He grew up working on the family farm and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School. He then attended college in Duluth graduating with his degree in Emotional Behavior Disorders. He had worked in the Duluth, Aitkin and Crosby School Districts and also for the State of Minnesota in Brainerd. He married Joni Hogg on October 3, 2007. He and Joni had been longtime friends and together for the past 17 years. He had been a foster parent to over 20 children over the years. He had a passion and dedication to farming and his family. He also enjoyed carpentry. He is survived by his wife Joni Franz of Aitkin; 2 sons: Sean and Matthew, 2 daughters: Molly and McKinzi; numerous foster children, mother Loretta Franz of Aitkin; 8 siblings and spouses; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Sarah Cordray officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be given to the John Franz Memorial Fund at the Peoples Bank of Aitkin. The Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin is in charge of the arrangements. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Kenneth White 08/10/1922-04/09/2008 Kenneth D. White, 85 of McGregor died Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at Aitkin Health Services. He was born August 10, 1922 in St. Paul to Dan and Mildred (Davidson) White. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran. On March 29, 1963 in Milbank, SD. Kenneth was united in marriage to Alice Parkki. He worked for Nordic Packing in New Hope prior to owning and operating Savanna Country Club north of McGregor from 1983 to 1992. Recently he worked at the country club as a grounds keeper mowing fairways. He was a member of the Robbinsdale Eastern Star and Shrine Club, a charter member of McGregor Lions Club, and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, McGregor. He is survived by his wife Alice of McGregor 2 children: Bob White and Katherine Branley both of Arizona Three grandsons, 1 granddaughter, two great grandchildren 2 sisters: Florence Kraus of Minneapolis Patricia Kirk of California Two brothers and sisters-in-law: Thomas (Jean) of McGregor Jack (Jan) of McGregor He was preceded in death by two brothers: James and Robert, and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00 A.M., Monday, April 14, 2008 funeral service at Holy Family Catholic Church, McGregor. Fr. John Fleischhacker will officiate the service. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com. Pearl E. McPheeters 01/09/1911-04/10/2008 Pearl E. McPheeters, age 97 of Aitkin died Thursday, April 10, 2008 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Mn. Pearl was born January 11, 1911 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Edward and Barbara (Guttenberg) Michaelis. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. She then went to work for a Candy Company in Minneapolis and following that she worked for the Nash-Finch Coffee, Co. She moved with her family to Webster, Wisc. And that is where she met her husband. She married Irvin D. McPheeters Jr. on September 18, 1933 in Minneapolis. They moved to Minneapolis in 1941 and she worked for the Red Dot Potato Chip Co. and also Zins Master Bread Co. In 1957 they purchased a cabin on Farm Island Lake near Aitkin and in 1963 they moved permanently to the lake. In 1987 Pearl moved to Maryhill Manor in Aitkin and has resided at the Aitkin Health Services for the past 6 years. She was a member of St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin; the Ladies Aid, and the Tuesday Bible Study Group. She enjoyed Crocheting, quilting and especially loved fishing. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Richard and Mavis McPheeters of Aitkin; 1 daughter and son in law: Shirley and Larry McGerr formerly of Nisswa, Mn.; 5 grandchildren and spouses: Jeffrey and Tammy McPheeters; Mark and Kathy McPheeters; Shawn McPheeters; Michael and Bonnie McGerr; Scott and Judy McGerr; 10 great grandchildren; 8 great great grandchildren; 4 sisters in law; Maxine Stone of Webster, Wisc.; Iola Rachner of Webster, Wisc.; Doris Schauers of Siren, Wisc.; Myrtle (Galen) Budd of Grantsburg, Wisc.; John Nagy of Webster, Wisc. and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Step father John Lund; Husband Irvin in 1977; 1 brother: Harvey Michaelis; 1 sister: Ethel McPheeters; daughter in law: Judy McPheeters. Funeral services will be held Sunday April 13, 2008 at 4 PM from St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be at the church 1 hour prior to services on Sunday. Services will also be held Monday, April 14, 2008 at 3 PM at the Swedberg Funeral Home in Webster, Wisc. With Rev. John Siedschlag officiating. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery in Webster, Wisc. Funeral arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and the Swedberg Funeral Home in Webster, Wisc. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Richard Buckholtz 05/06/1950-04/10/2008 Richard Thomas Buckholtz, 57 of Aitkin died Thursday, April 10, 2008 at his residence. He was born May 6, 1950 in Duluth to Richard and Mabel (King) Buckholtz. He graduated from Aitkin High School class of 1968. He then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelors degree in teaching. On September 15, 2005 in Aitkin Richard was united in marriage to Julie (Dickover). He worked at the Isle Municipal Liquor Store and then at Grand Casino. He enjoyed playing poker, bowling, playing the drums in a band, hunting and fishing. Richard loved spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife Julie Daughter Ashlee Buckholtz of Isle 5 step-children: Dan Thornton, Jr. ???D.J.??? of Isle Tina (Bryan) Wright, Tammy Lohman, and Jessica Lohman all of Twin Lake, MI. Jacob Lohman of Aitkin Six grandchildren: Alyssa, Joey, Brandon, Ian, Gavin, and Cameron Sister Kathleen Buckholtz of Soldotna, AK. Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Richard and Mabel. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M., Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Rev. Phil Strzelecki will officiate. Burial will be in Diamond Lake Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home and 1 hour prior to the service. www.srtfuneral.com. Diane Clementson 01/28/1958-04/12/2008 Diane Elizabeth Clementson, 50 of Aitkin died Saturday, April 12, 2008 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born January 28, 1958 in Fond Du Lac, WI. to Donald and Rosemary (Lefeber) Gerner. She is survived by her parents Donald and Rosemary of Pine City 2 sons: Lars Clementson of Pine City Beau Ekelund of Aitkin Significant other: Philip Ekelund of Aitkin Mother-in-law: Janice Ekelund of Moose Lake Grandfather William Lefeber of Fond Du Lac, WI. Seven brothers and sisters: Deborah (Bob) Neubauer of Pine City William Gerner of Finlayson John Gerner and (Michele Purdy) of Pine City Mike (Cindy) Gerner of Pine City Kathleen (Pete) Ansley of Thomasville, GA. Lauri (Tim) Graham of Milaca Cory Gerner and (Teresa) of Rush City Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandmother Lefeber Grandfather and grandmother Gerner Nephew Jeremy Cochran Niece Racheal Gerner Great-nephew Zachery Gerner Funeral services will be 11:00A.M., Friday, April 18, 2008 at St. James Catholic Church, Aitkin. Father Paul Fruth will officiate. Visitation will be 4 to 7P.M. Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com Norbert D. Moe 05/21/1931-04/12/2008 Norbert D. Moe, age 76 of Mounds View, Mn. and formerly of McGregor died Saturday, April 12, 2008 at his home. Norbert was born May 21, 1931 in McGregor, Mn. the son of Conrad and Ruby (Hiller) Moe. He grew up and attended schools in McGregor. He served in the U.S. Army and upon his discharge he returned to McGregor. He married Ann Stein on June 13, 1959 at the Thor Church. They lived in Minneapolis for two years and then moved to Mounds View, Mn. where they have lived for the past 44 years. He had worked as a logger, on the railroad, in Alaska as a cement mason, at Flower City in Minneapolis, and for the Iron Workers Local 512 International Association of Bridge and Building Construction. He enjoyed wild ricing, fishing, working on cars, fixing this and that, picking berries, making maple syrup, snowmobiling, downhill skiing, raking leaves, picking up acorns and tending to his Mounds View homestead. He is survived by his wife Ann Moe of Mounds View; daughter and son in law: Schaille and Mike Morse of Blaine; 2 sons and fianc??: Steven Moe of Mounds View; Sheldon Moe and Krista Eagles of Andover; Granddaughter Molly; sisters: Marjorie Anderson of Milwaukee, Wisc.; Darlene (Alvin) Hanson of Aitkin; Yvonne Hanson of Aitkin; brothers: Phillip Moe of Alaska; Wayne (Judy) Moe of McGregor and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents: Conrad and Ruby Moe; sisters: Lucille Rian, Ione Kann, brothers: Ralph Moe, Robert Moe and Donald Moe. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Gunnar Salmonson officiating. Burial will be in the Saron Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 PM at the funeral home and also Saturday from Noon until the 1 PM services. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Rot-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Daniel E. Newton 11/11/1931-04/16/2008 Daniel E. Newton, age 76 of Aitkin formerly of Richfield died Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at his home near Aitkin. He was born November 11, 1931 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Daniel and Alma (Murphy) Newton. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. He then served in the US Navy. Upon his discharge he returned to Minneapolis and attended the University of Minnesota where he received his degree in Industrial arts. He taught school in Quincy, Illinois for 1 year and then was hired by the Unisys Company. He worked in Defense Systems Education as a manager. He married Frances R. Voorhees on September 10, 1960. They made their home in Richfield. Daniel retired in 1988 and in 1991 they purchased a home on Sugar Lake near Aitkin and moved there permanently in 1992. He is survived by his wife Frances Newton of Aitkin; 1 daughter and son in law: Kathryn and Steve Ross of Grand Rapids, Mn.; 1 son Dave Newton of Maple Grove, Mn. and two grandchildren: Tony Ross and Haley Ross both of Grand Rapids, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Genevieve C. Thompson 09/28/1910-04/18/2008 Genevieve C. Thompson, age 97 of Aitkin died Thursday, April 17, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin, Mn. She was born September 28, 1910 in Litchfield, Minnesota the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Mathieu) Weber. At the age of 3 she moved with her family to Aitkin, Mn. where she grew up and attended schools, graduating in 1929. She then attended two years of Business College in Duluth, Mn. She worked in Duluth and when the depression hit, she moved back to Aitkin and worked two years at the Aitkin Creamery and various jobs until she went to work for the Aitkin County Social Services where she worked as a Book Keeper for 18 years retiring in 1975. She married Hans Mattila in 1933 and he passed away in 1936. She then married Robert Thompson in 1939 and they lived in Aitkin until he died in 1985. She then moved to the Aitkin Manor. She has most recently been a resident at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was a very active member of St. James Catholic Church, the Golden Age Club and she enjoyed crafts and gardening. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Jerome and Joan Thompson of Hermantown, Mn.; 2 daughters and sons in law: Arlene and Herman Tellez of Olympia, Wash.; Muriel and Vern Moore of Foley, Alabama; 14 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Hans and Robert; 1 sister Celestine and 1 brother Frank. A memorial service will be held Monday, April 21 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Interment will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the on-line guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Richard Alvin Turner Sr. 02/12/1942-04/18/2008 Richard Alvin Turner Sr., age 66 of Grovespring, Mo. Died April 18, 2008 at St. John???s Hospital in Lebanon, Mo. He was born February 12, 1942 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Alvin and Wilma (Gilmore) Turner. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin. He then joined the Army National Guard and went to Boot Camp at Fort Leonard Wood. Returning back to Aitkin he served in the Guard for several years. He married Patricia Jo Evans on January 22, 1972. Richard and his brother Marlyn opened and operated Turner Brothers Construction Company, doing general dirt work until he moved to Grovespring in 2001. He ran a mobile equipment repair business for the last several years. He professed his faith in Christ and attended the White Dove Fellowship Church. His family was precious to him and he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. His big-hearted spirit was always evident to all those around him. He had a special gift of creating things through recycling. He enjoyed traveling and sight seeing, watching television, and going on outings. His greatest pleasure was found while drinking coffee and visiting with friends at the caf??. He is survived by his wife Patricia Turner of Grovespring, Mo.; Children and spouses: Richard Jr. and Sandy Turner of Crane, Mo.; Randy and Shelly Turner of Aitkin; Donna Turner of Florida; Robin and Robert Rubbelke of Aitkin; Scott and Allison Rian of Aitkin; Nick Dinger of Aitkin; William and Bonita Turner of Aitkin; Jo and Derrick Schuety of Palisade; Teresa Handberg and Kimberly Turner both of New Richmond, Wisc.; 20 grandchildren; and a great granddaughter; sisters: Myrtle Rosecrans and Glenna Splettstoeszer both of Crosby; Dorothea Gardner of Chetek, Wisc.; brother Myrle Turner of Hillsdale, Wisc.; Marylyn Turner and Larry Turner both of Aitkin and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held Monday, April 28, 2008 at 1 PM from the Fleming United Methodist Church with Rev. Russell Christensen officiating. Visitation will be from Noon until the 1 PM services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Claudine Hammond 12/30/1924-04/21/2008 Claudine Hammond 83 of Aitkin died Monday, April 21, 2008 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born December 30, 1924 in the Hickory Community of Aitkin to Clifford and Harriet (Hamilton) Wilson. She attended Hickory and Bennettville Schools. On November 30, 1942 in Palisade Claudine was united in marriage to ???Shirley??? Hammond. She is survived by 12 children and their spouses: Patty (Don) Tysk of Crosby Betty (Dennis) Johnson of Aitkin Shirley Hey of Manning, IA Ronnie (Belinda) Hammond of Aitkin Beverly (Keith) Arboleda of Pine River Jimmy Hammond of Crosby Rodney (Chris) Hammond of Aitkin Steven (Terri) Hammond of Aitkin Kathy (Ray) Collins of Aitkin Randy (Debbie) Hammond of Osseo Danny (Korena) Hammond of Garrison Leroy (Dawn) Hammond of Baxter Four sisters: Marjorie Green of Crosby Veva Richards of Aitkin Bertha Sanvig of Aitkin Ilo Elliott of Lyle, WA. 1 brother Allen Wilson of Crosby Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Shirley on May 12, 1993 Four sisters Myrtle Kimball, Fay Overhul, Violet Wilson, Altha Wilson, and her parents. No funeral services will be held. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Gloria Huddleston 08/29/1922-04/25/2008 Gloria M. Huddleston, 85 of Aitkin died Thursday, April 24, 2008 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born August 29, 1922 in Peetz, CO. to Henry and Anita (Wilkins) Schlueter. She attended schools in Proctor, Colorado and later graduated from Aitkin High School when she was 72 years old. She moved to Sterling, CO. in 1938 and worked in restaurants. On June 11, 1939 she married Henry Fritzler. They had three children together. She moved to Alliance, NE. in September of 1946 and worked at Montgomery Wards. On February 28, 1948 in Grand Island, NE. Gloria was united in marriage to Archie M. Huddleston. They lived and worked in Nebraska, Iowa and Texas prior to moving to the Fleming area near Aitkin in 1969. She was a foster grandparent at Rippleside Elementary and a foster parent to Joyce Mickelson and Catherine Geisler. She was a member of the Methodist Church and active in the Fleming Methodist Church Mission Circle. She served as a Rehab Chairperson for the American Cancer Society. She is survived by 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Fred Fritzler of Sterling, CO. Jerry (Veta) Fritzler of Sterling, CO. Seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren Four brothers: Vernon, Edward, and Arnold Schlueter all of New Mexico Raymond Schlueter of Colorado 3 sisters: Gwen Fetzer and Marjorie Hradecky both of Colorado and Darlene Blades of New York. Besides many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her son William in 1964 Her husband Archie in 1991 3 sisters: Doris Clemens, Erna Knotthouse, and Elizabeth Marx Three brothers: Harold, Adolph, and Ernest Schlueter And her parents Henry and Anita (Wilkins) Schlueter. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Tuesday, April 29, 2008 funeral service at United Methodist Church, Aitkin. Rev. Judith Clark will officiate. Burial will be Wayne Cemetery, McIntire, IA. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Myrtle M. Edquist 05/04/1916-04/25/2008 Myrtle M. Edquist, age 91 of Aitkin, died Friday, April 25, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Myrtle was born May 4, 1916 at Lynn Township of McLeod County, Minnesota the daughter of Arthur and Lena (Nemitz) Schlueter. She attended country schools near Hutchinson, Mn. She moved to Aitkin, Minnesota in the mid 1930???s and worked as a cook at the 1st Ave. Hotel. That is where she met her husband Elmer Edquist as he sold meat from the farm to the hotel. They married on October 5, 1940 at Frazee, Mn. They moved to Minneapolis and lived there for a short time and then moved to Phoenix, Arizona. They lived there until 1945 when they moved back to the Aitkin area and helped with the family farm on Edquist Lake. They lived on the farm until 1955 at which time they purchased a home in Aitkin and moved to town. Myrtle has lived there ever since. She worked for many years cleaning homes in the Aitkin area. She was a member of First Lutheran Church and was active with the Church Quilters. She enjoyed sewing, playing cards, doing puzzles, gardening and Baking. She especially loved to fish. She is survived by 4 children and spouses: Bob Edquist of Aitkin; Shirley and Lenny Heineman of Cambridge, Mn.; Ardell and Jon Schmidt of Columbia Heights, Mn.; Rod and Joanie Edquist of Arvada, Colorado; 9 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. Also survived by 1 brother and spouse: Virgil (Bud) and Luella Schlueter of Fergus Falls, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Elmer in 1993, and 1 sister Viola Lambert. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at 2 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Sarah Cordray officiating. Music will be provided by Edie Orazem and Robert Nelson. Burial will be in the Diamond Lake Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Jay Heineman, Randy Heineman, James Cornell, Clayton Edquist, Jon Schmidt, and Anthony Schoenecker. Honorary pallbearers will be: Gus Carlstrom and David Hasskamp. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Julie Silver 04/27/1953-04/26/2008 Julie Ann Silver, 54 of Aitkin died Saturday, April 26, 2008 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born April 27, 1953 in New Ulm to Harold and Alice (Goertzen) Wile. She grew up in and around the Springfield, MN. area. On December 18, 1994 in Brainerd Julie was united in marriage Ron Silver. She was employed at Paulbeck???s County Market, Aitkin. She is survived by her husband Ron of Aitkin 2 daughters: Carrie Martin of Marshall and Katie Martin of Eagan One step-daughter: Kelly Baugh of Phoenix, AZ. 3 brothers and sister-in-law: Mike Wile of Paynesville Rick Wile of St. Cloud and Randy(Donna) Wile of Blaine Two sisters and brother-in-law: Lori Wile of St. Cloud and Jill (Tim) Puff of Anoka 2 nephews and two nieces She was preceded in death by her first husband Duane Martin and her parents Harold and Alice (Goertzen) Wile. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 12:00P.M., Thursday, May 1, 2008 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend Don Norman will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Emily. www.srtfuneral.com Jacqueline Larson 03/13/1937-04/27/2008 Jacqueline Larson 71, of Palisade and formerly of Fridley died Saturday, April 26, 2008 at her residence. She was born March 13, 1937 in Minneapolis to Alphonse and Iva (Snyder) Petron. Jacqueline was united in marriage to Robert E. Larson October 19, 1979 in Anoka. She was preceded in death by her son Patrick Purcell, one sister Mary Susan Wingate, and her parents. Jacqueline is survived by her husband Robert E. Larson of Palisade formerly of Fridley. 3 daughters and son-in-law: Denise Herbst and Leslie (Duane) Carrie all of Coon Rapids, and Mary K McMillan. Three step-children: Michael (Debbie) Larson, Tamara (Jerry) Ivey, and Bradley Larson all of Texas. 11 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Three sisters and brothers-in-law: Betty (Gerald) Skelly of Mounds View Connie (Harry) Hansen of New Brighten Nancy McKay of Minneapolis Besides many other relatives and friends. Services will be at a later date. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Robert C. Jorgensen 07/02/1922-04/27/2008 Robert C. Jorgensen, age 85 of Aitkin died Sunday, April 27, 2008 at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay, Minnesota. Robert was born July 2, 1922 at Nemaha, Iowa the son of Christian and Marie Jorgensen. He grew up and attended schools at Storm Lake, Iowa. He then served in the U.S. Air Force during WW II. He married Ruth J. Thompson on September 25, 1945 at Storm Lake, Iowa. Robert was an excellent builder with his woodworking talents. He is survived by his wife Ruth of Aitkin; 4 sons and spouses: Larry Jorgensen of Aitkin; Gary and Virgie Jorgensen of Duluth, Mn.; Richard and Kathy Jorgensen of Alaska; Michael and Marilyn Jorgensen of Rosemount, Mn.; and a number of grandchildren. No funeral services will be held. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Wilho R. Pelto 10/28/1923-04/28/2008 Wilho R. Pelto, age 84 of McGregor died Monday, April 28, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Wilho was born October 28, 1923 at Brantwood, Wisconsin the son of Henry and Hulda (Miilumaki) Pelto. He moved with his family at a young age to the Rice River area near McGregor. He attended the Green Valley School and then the McGregor High School graduating in 1942. He then spent time in Alaska and Colorado logging and doing construction work. He returned to the Rice River area in 1954. He married Marcella Ahonen on October 20, 1956 at Moose Lake, Minnesota. They have made their home in the Rice River area since. He worked for the Lakes State Tree Service as a supervisor for many years retiring in 1985. He also worked for the Mille Lacs Electric co. for a time. He had served as sexton for the Rice River Cemetery and the Beaver Township Cemetery for many years. He had served as a supervisor for the Rice River Township. He was a member of the Rice River Senior Citizens. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, having coffee and especially visiting. He is survived by his wife Marcella of McGregor; 5 sons and spouses: Robert and Mary Pelto of McGregor; Fred Pelto of McGregor; William and Diane Pelto of McGregor; Gerald Pelto and Kristen Pedersen of Wasilla, Alaska; John and Kim Pelto of McGregor; grandchildren: James Pelto, Ryan Pelto, Jillian Pelto, Taylor Pelto, Karina Olson and Randeena Olson. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Alfred Pelto and 1 sister Lillian Freeman. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 11 AM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Rev. Hal Kamppi officiating. Special music will be provided by Rev. Hal Kamppi and Bill Haapoja. Interment will be in the Rice River Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be his sons and grandchildren. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Elizabeth J. Washburn 12/18/1914-04/28/2008 Elizabeth Julia (Born) Washburn, age 93 of Aitkin died Monday, April 28, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born December 18, 1914 at Little Falls, Minnesota the daughter of Gustav and Fannie (Meckautch) Born. She grew up on a farm at Lake Netta. She was from a family of 16 children. She married David Washburn on September 11, 1933 at Robbinsdale, Minnesota. She was a self taught musician and enjoyed playing the piano, mandolin, accordion and guitar. She is survived by daughters and son in law: Joan and Sam Hovet of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Marla Olson of Garrison, Mn.; Diane Berglund of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Kathy Gronskei of Park Rapids, Mn.; Marianne Washburn of Aitkin; son and daughter in law: Richard and Laura Washburn of Grand Rapids, Mn.; sister: Lillian Rasmussen; Brothers Marvin and Donald Born of Ham Lake, MN.; sisters in law: Donna Born of Osseo, Mn.; Norma Born of Ham Lake, Mn.; Glory Born of Spring Lake Park, Mn.; 18 grandchildren; 37 great grandchildren; 11 great great grandchildren; eight step grandchildren and numerous friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband David Washburn in 1975; an infant child; brothers: Robert Born, Chris Born, Edward Born, Lawrence Born, Harold Born, Bernhart Born; sisters: Johanna Bombarger, Susanna Enloe, Bertha McCormick, Ernestine Osberg, Elisie Matson, Dorothy Sutton, and Laura Soderberg. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 2, 2008 at 11 AM from the Westside Church in Aitkin with Rev. Chuck Merrell officiating. Interment will be in the Morningside Memorial Gardens at Coon Rapids, Mn. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church Friday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the on-line guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Lilly Kirgiss 08/28/1908-05/02/2008 Lilly L. Kirgiss, 99 of Aitkin died Friday, May 2, 2008 at Aitkin Health Services. She was born August 28, 1908 in Olivia to Henry and Lydia (Palos) Yunker. On September 26, 1934 in Olivia, Lilly was united in marriage to Lawrence Kirgiss. They farmed until their retirement in the early 1970???s. They moved to Aitkin in 1999 and lived there since. She is survived by 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Vicky (John) Fremling of Aitkin Jill (Joseph) Meyer of Littleton, CO. 10 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren One brother Ezra of CA. And many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence on May 11, 1999 2 sons Lenis and Eldon One brother George And her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M., Thursday, May 8, 2008 memorial service at Westside Church, Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Burial will be in the Osceola Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. Betty I. Johnson 06/07/1928-05/05/2008 Betty I. Johnson, age 79 of Hill City died peacefully at her home in Hill City on Monday, May 5, 2008. She was born June 7, 1928 in Martelle, Iowa the daughter of Louie and Flora (Barber) Anderson. She moved with her family at the age of 4 to Alborn, Minnesota where she grew up and attended schools graduating from the Alborn High School. She then attended and graduated from the St. Luke???s Hospital School of Nursing in 1949. Betty married Henry E. Johnson on June 7, 1957 at Cohasset, Mn. During her nursing career she worked at the Itasca Memorial Hospital and the Itasca Clinic in Grand Rapids, Mn. and also at the Dearborn Hospital in Michigan. She also worked at the Bemidji Hospital while her husband was completing college. They lived in Cloquet for two years while Henry taught at Carlton and then in 1963 moved to a farm outside of Hill City and Henry taught school and was Principal in Grand Rapids for many years. Betty was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church at Palisade; the St. Luke???s School of Nursing Alumni; and a member of the Second Wind Harmonica Band. She is survived by her husband Henry of Hill City; 3 sons and daughters in law: Brad and Becky Johnson of Hermantown, Mn.; Gregory and Kelley Denver of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Kent and Connie Toriseva of Brainerd, Mn.; and 15 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother Robert, 1 sister Lucille, and grandson William Robert. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 12, 2008 at 11 AM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with Rev. William Sass officiating. Interment will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Monday. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Edith M. Brubaker 12/12/1920-05/06/2008 Edith M. Brubaker, age 87 of Aitkin formerly of Duluth died Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Edith was born December 12, 1920 in Wadena, Minnesota the daughter of Hjalmer and Mable (Smith) Danielson. She grew up and attended schools in Duluth graduating from the Lakewood High School as Valedictorian of the class of 1938. She lived and raised her family in Duluth. She owned and operated the Hi Banks Resort on Fish Lake for about 10 years. She moved to California in 1983 and lived there until moving back to Minneapolis in 1998. She lived there until moving to Aitkin in 2006 and has resided here since. She traveled extensively through the Elder Hostel Program, had been a member of a choral group in Hemet, California; enjoyed gardening, sewing and her family. She especially loved music and hummingbirds. She is survived by 1 sister: Ethel Stoltz of Hemet, California; 2 sons and spouses: Adrian and Cindy Nelson of Walker, Mn.; Keith and Amy Brubaker of Minneapolis, Mn.; 2 daughters and spouses: Sandra and Jerry Blackledge of Aitkin, Mn.; Donnell and Glen Rank of Minneapolis, Mn.; 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 sisters and 2 brothers and her first husband Edward Nelson. A memorial service will be held in Duluth in July. Details as to the date and time will follow later. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. James Gross 02/15/1939-05/08/2008 James Francis Gross, 69, of Deerwood formerly of St. Paul passed away Thursday, May 8, 2008 of esophageal cancer at his home surrounded by family. He was born February 15, 1939 in St. Paul to Conrad and Evelyn (Carr) Gross. After attending St. Thomas Military Academy he owned and operated Phillips 66, Anoka Aviation flight school, and the Country Pump in Garrison. Jim had many interests including: golf, flying, automobiles, and cards with friends. He was an active member of the Garrison Commercial Club. Jim and his siblings were one of the original Wonder Bread model families. He is survived by his wife Mary Children: Sandy Furey, Don, and Linda (Mike) Peterson Stepson: Loren Whitney A proud grandpa to: Jill (Rey) Garcia, Jessy Furey, Samantha and Austin Peterson Step grandchildren: Dillion and Cody Whitney Great grandpa to Aleyah and Rohm Garcia Siblings: Jack (Jackie), Gene (Sharon), Tom (Vicki), Bob, Bill (Kathy) Gross Patricia (Dick) Verling And many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Conrad and Evelyn. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:30A.M., Tuesday, May 13, 2008 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Father Howard Eisel will officiate. www.srtfuneral.com Cynthia Ann Ekman 06/13/1938-05/12/2008 Cynthia Ann (Cyndi) Ekman age 69 of Lawler formerly of St. Paul died Monday, May 12, 2008 at her residence in Lawler, Mn. Cyndi was born June 13, 1938 at McGregor, Minnesota the daughter of Eero and Sylvia Vera (Carlson) Ekman. She grew up and attended schools in McGregor until the age of 9 at which time she moved with her family to Pennsylvania. They moved back to the McGregor area in 1956 and Cyndi graduated from the McGregor High School in 1956. She then moved to St. Paul and worked a time for the St. Paul Insurance Co. and then went to work for the Postal Credit Union which she worked for 37 years retiring in 2000. She then moved to Lawler and lived with her sister and brother in law since. She enjoyed gardening, oil painting, reading, going to movies, and especially traveling. She also was a very active volunteer throughout the years with a number of organizations of which she was very generous to. She is survived by her sister and brother in law: Eleanor and Gregory Rosier of Lawler, Mn.; 1 nephew and spouse: Jeff and Marty Rosier of Hayward, Calf.; 1 niece and spouse: Jennifer and Brent Prueser of Brainerd, Mn.; Aunt: Beatrice Hill of West St. Paul, Mn.; 3 cousins: Daniel Ritchie of St. Paul; Marsha Hill and Gary Hill both of West St. Paul. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 17 at 2 PM from the McGregor Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Juntunen officiating. Burial will be in the Salo Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. James B. Simpson 02/21/1929-05/23/2008 James Byrd ???Jim??? Simpson, son of Edward Gilbert and Helen Carolyn Krueger Simpson. was born February 21, 1929, in McGregor, Minnesota. He died Friday, May 23, 2008 at St. John???s Regional Health Care Center in Springfield, Missouri at the age of 79 years. He was born and raised in McGregor where he graduated from high school. In 1948 he moved to Alaska and in 1951 entered the U.S. Army. After faithfully serving his country, he returned to McGregor where he married Patricia Kolb on November 8, 1952 and they have shared this past 55 years together. They made their home in Alaska from 1953 until 1981, where he was a warehouse supervisor for the Department of the Army. Following his retirement they left Alaska and moved to Grovespring, Missouri and purchased the farm Jim had always dreamed of. Jim professed his faith and was a member of the Fairview Methodist Church. He was also a member of the American Legion in Jefferson City, Mo.; and was an active in DAR and DAC. His family and their activities were important to him. Caring for the farm, reading, woodworking, fishing, golfing, and being outdoors gave him great pleasure. Jim was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and uncle, and was a caring neighbor and friend. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed. We celebrate his life and his accomplishments and treasure the memories he created. He will live in our hearts forever. He is survived by his wife Pat of Grovespring, Mo.; four children and spouses: Jim Simpson Jr. and wife Mary of Clinton, Iowa; Terry Simpson of Alaska; Robert Simpson and wife Jean of Ashland, Mo.; Karen Clark and husband Steven of Grovespring, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; two anticipated great grandchildren; 1 sister Elsie Kolstad of Billings, Montana; two brothers: David Simpson of Anchorage, Alaska; Edward Simpson of Des Moines, Iowa and a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Services will be held Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 2 PM from the Holman-Howe Funeral Home in Hartville, Missouri and also Friday, May 30, 2008 at 2 PM from the McGregor United Methodist Church with Rev. Russell Christensen officiating. Interment will be in the Woodland Cemetery in McGregor. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor Larson-Deneen VFW Post. Local arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Mable Coleman 06/28/1909-05/23/2008 Mable V. Coleman, 98 of Aitkin died Friday, May 23, 2008 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born June 28, 1909 in Dalbo, MN. to L. Victor and Emma (Lindgren) Peterson. On May 5, 1934 in Minneapolis, Mable was united in marriage to Roscoe Coleman. She worked as a cleaning lady for Cargil and then at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange. She lived in Minneapolis, Hammel, and then moved to the Malmo area in the 1960???s. In 1990 she moved to the Isle View Apartments prior to her move to Aitkin. She was the family historian and a very caring person who liked music and loved to dance. She was a member of the Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo. She is survived by 2 sisters: Frances Berge of Aitkin Florence Reuter of Alexandria Two brothers and sister-in-law: Roy Peterson of Isle George (Lucille) Peterson of Aitkin. 3 sister-in-laws: Florence Peterson of Robbinsdale Margaret Peterson of Onamia Bette Peterson of Aitkin Besides many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Roscoe in 1961 1 sister Alice White Three brothers Clarence, Levi, and Albert Peterson And her parents L. Victor and Emma (Lindgren) Peterson. Funeral services will be 11AM, Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo, Isle, MN. Reverend Jim Raisanen will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7PM, Tuesday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin, and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. www.srtfuneral.com Florence Ericson 08/27/1919-05/23/2008 Florence Ericson, age 88 of Crosby formerly of Aitkin and Golden Valley died Friday, May 23, 2008 at the Hallett Cottages in Crosby, Minnesota. Florence was born August 27, 1919 at Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Thomas and Mary (Beires) Murtaugh. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School. She married Wallace R. Ericson and they lived in the Twin Cities and the Golden Valley area from 1962 until 2001. In 2001 Florence moved to the Hallett Cottages in Crosby and has resided there since. She had worked for Univac for many years. The care she had received at the Hallett Cottages was wonderful, and made her last years enjoyable. She is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Wallace in 1996. A graveside service will be held Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 10 AM at St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Laura Lee Anderson-Soleta 09/11/1954-05/25/2008 Laura Lee Anderson-Soleta, age 53 of Minneapolis, formerly of McGregor died Sunday, May 25, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born September 11, 1954 in Cloquet, Minnesota the daughter of Burton Henry and Marjorie Louise (Green) Anderson. She grew up in the McGregor area and attended the Bellhorn Bay Elementary School and graduated from the McGregor High School. She also studied graphic arts at the School of Communication Arts in Minneapolis. She married David Francis Soleta on January 9, 1982 in Minneapolis. Laura had many interests; she particularly enjoyed genealogy research, especially her connection with Suzanne in Sweden that allowed her to discover more about her Scandinavian roots. She enjoyed traveling, reading cookbooks, and scrap-booking. Laura expressed her talents and skill at graphic arts through her enjoyment of art and photography. Laura was a member of the Hiawatha congregation of Jehovah???s Witnesses. She worked as a graphic artist and administrative assistant/word processor at Wells Fargo, Accordia Insurance, (where she was employee of the year in 1999) and Mr. Print among others during her working career. She is survived by her husband Dave Soleta of Minneapolis; Parents: Burton and Margie Anderson of Tamarack; Mother in law: Pat Soleta of Windom, Mn.; Brother: Tom (Connie) Anderson of McGregor; sisters: Cindy (Kim) Risen of Tamarack; Amy (Chris) Moe of Rush City; Brother in law: Douglas (Candi) Soleta of Windom; sister in law: Charlene (Douglas) Woizesche of Windom; nieces and nephews: Josh, Jason, Kyle, Shaila, Shirin, Lydia, Abby, Sammy, Jessica, Eric and Grant. Graveside services will be held Friday, May 30, 2008 at 1 PM at the Round Lake Cemetery with Delmar Peterson officiating. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Minneapolis at the Hiawatha Congregation of Jehovah???s Witness. Local arrangements were with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfunweral.com. Warren Lee Hollingsworth 01/30/1940-05/27/2008 Warren Lee Hollingsworth, age 68, of Aitkin died Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at St. Lukes Hospital in Duluth. Warren was born January 30, 1940 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Horace and Lucille (Townsend) Hollingsworth. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin through his sophomore year and then attended the Ag School in Grand Rapids and graduated from there. He then went to work for the Ford Garage in Aitkin. He served in the U.S. Army and upon his discharge he returned to Aitkin and continued to work for the Ford Garage until 1975. He then worked for Woodland Container for a number of years before he bought the Jewelry store which he has owned and operated. He married Jessie L. Copley on December 25, 1959 in Aitkin. He enjoyed reading and puzzles. He is survived by his wife Jessie Hollingsworth of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Phil and Laurie Hollingsworth of Deerwood, Mn.; Sandra and Gary Fulton of Duluth, Mn.; Erin and Dave Rom of Aitkin; Sean Hollingsworth and Rebecca Kallio of Ironton; 6 grandchildren: Ian Hollingsworth, Christian Rom, Steven Fulton, Nathan Rom, Taylor Hollingsworth, Kayla Berry and foster granddaughter: Phelysha Babcock; 3 brothers and spouses: Alan and Mary Hollingsworth of Pillager, Mn.; Tom and Ana Hollingsworth of Pharr, Tx.; Ira and Lois Hollingsworth of Bone Lake, Wisc.; 1 sister: Mary Ann Palmer of Rogers, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 grandson Michael James Fulton. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 2 PM from the Aitkin Assemblies of God Church with Rev. Dan Turner and Rev. Donald Norman officiating. Interment will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Alan Hollingsworth, Ira Hollingsworth, Tom Hollingsworth, Sean Hollingsworth, Phil Hollingsworth, Gary Fulton, and Dave Rom. Honorary pallbearers will be: Ian Hollingsworth, Christian Rom, Steven Fulton, Nathan Rom, Taylor Hollingsworth, Kayla Berry and Phelysha Babcock. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Frieda J. Grunenwald 11/15/1915-06/11/2008 Frieda J. Grunenwald, age 92 of Aitkin died Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Frieda was born November 15, 1915 art Motley, Minnesota the daughter of Rev. Michael and Kunigunda (Liekauf) Knoll. She grew up and attended schools at Motley, Lane, SD.; and Jeffers, Minnesota where she graduated from high school. She married Herman Grunenwald on June 7, 1935 at Jeffers, Minnesota. They lived and farmed in the Jeffers area until the fall of 1950 when the moved to the Aitkin area and bought a farm in Rabbit Lake Twp. of Crow Wing Co. near Cedarbrook. In later years they owned and operated the Tip Top Caf?? in Aitkin for a number of years. She had resided at Maryhill Manor prior to entering the nursing home 2 and ?? years ago. She was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook, was active in the Ladies Aid at the church and had served as the Sunday School Superintendent for over 50 years. She had also served as a 4H leader and enjoyed quilting, singing and was an avid reader. She is survived by 4 sons and spouses: Paul and Karola Grunenwald of Great Falls, Montana; Stanley and Mildred Grunenwald of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Mike and Joan Grunenwald of Aitkin, Mn.; Daniel and Benita Grunenwald of Cannon Falls, Mn.; 12 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; 2 sisters in law: Iona Knoll of Aitkin and Milly Knoll of Jeffers, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Herman in 1991; 2 brothers, 2 sisters and 1 grandson in law: Nate Robinson. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 14, 2008 at 2 PM from the St. Johns Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook with Rev. Sandy Berg-Holte officiating. Ardis Ivory will play the organ and piano and special music will be sung by Paul and Heidi Haddix. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Jeff Grunenwald, Joel Grunenwald, Jordan Grunenwald, Steven Grunenwald, Albert Grunenwald, Paul Grunenwald Jr., Troy Grunenwald, Ronnie Knoll and Chad Shorter. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Vivian E. Kelly 04/02/1916-06/13/2008 Vivian E. ???Grandma Bibbin??? Kelly, age 92 of Aitkin died Friday, June 13, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born April 2, 1916 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of John and Wilhelmina Wallin. She attended schools in Minneapolis and then moved with her family to the Glen area in the mid 1930???s. She married Alson D. Kelly on March 31, 1941 in Aitkin. They made their home in the Glen area on the Sugar Lake road. She was one of the last ???Old Timers??? that had settled on the Sugar Lake road. She has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center for the past 2 ?? months. She enjoyed flowers and gardening; cooking and baking; crafts, enjoyed birds and watching deer. She also enjoyed watching golf and reading the Enquirer. She is survived by 4 children and spouses: Darrell Kelly of Aitkin; Faye and Greg Zimpel of McGrath; Charlene and Keith Sampson of Goldfield, Iowa; Dale and Debbie Kelly of Aitkin; 13 grandchildren; and 17 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Alson in 1984, 2 brothers and 1 daughter in law Kathy. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. James Raisanen officiating. Organist will be Edie Orazem and Darwin Bruesewitz will sing ???On Eagles Wings??? and ???Going Home???. Interment will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandchildren: Joe Piecek, Dean Fisher, Nicole Fisher, Suzanne Anderson, Heather Tolander, Heidi Radkiewicz, Jessica Kelly, Ken Kelly, Kim Kelly, Stewart Kelly, Susan Peterson, Joel Sampson, and Jon Sampson. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 PM at the funeral home and also 1 hour prior to the services on Tuesday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Geraldine Skog 03/16/1922-06/16/2008 Geraldine B. Skog, age 86 of Aitkin, the Glory community, died Monday, June 16, 2008 at her home. She was born March 16, 1922 at Clinton, Iowa the daughter of Albert and Bernadine (Paysen) Machamer. She grew up and attended schools in Clinton. She then moved with her family to the Aitkin, the Doris community. She married Ralph E. Skog on May 10, 1941 in Aitkin. They lived in the Aitkin area until moving to Glory in 1955 and she has resided there since. She had worked for the Aitkin Community Hospital and Nursing Home for 29 years as a nursing assistant. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, reading, sitting on her deck and spending time with her family. She was a member of the Glory Baptist Church, the Women???s Mission Circle, and the Birthday Club. She is survived by 6 sons and daughters in law: Raymond and Ferne Skog of Blaine, Mn; Richard and Carol Skog of Aitkin, Mn.; Randall and Diane Skog of Jackson, Ohio; Wayne and Doris Skog of Deerwood, Mn.; John and Barbb Skog of Anoka, Mn.; Darrell and Amy Skog of Isanti; 2 daughters and sons in law: Brenda and David Overly of Park Rapids, Mn.; Beverly and Denny Sleen of Park Rapids, Mn.; 30 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 1 sister: Irene Erickson of Aitkin, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ralph; 1 brother Raymond; and 1 granddaughter. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 11 AM from the Glory Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. Music will be provided by Mary and Omar Espeseth, John Pearson, and Anna Campbell. Burial will be in the Glory Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Raymond Skog, Richard Skog, Randall Skog, Wayne Skog, John Skog, Darrell Skog, David Overly, and Denny Sleen. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Estelle Severin 06/02/1927-06/17/2008 Estelle M. Severin, 81 of Aitkin died Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born June 2, 1927 in Cotton Town, TN. to Ernest B. and Annie (Gorley) Jones. On September 24, 1945 in Nashville, Estelle was united in marriage to Earl A. Severin. They farmed in the McGrath area until moving to Aitkin. She was an Aitkin County Volunteer, driving and cleaning homes for the elderly. She attended Malmo Evangelical Free Church. The most important thing in life to Estelle was her family and friends. She is survived by her husband Earl A. Severin six daughters and sons-in-law: Donna (Robert) Gay of Isle Mary (Terry) Lynk of Wadena Carol Severin of Foreston Rebecca Severin of Stockton, CA. Linda (Ron) Sparrow of El Paso, TX Judy Brown of Denver, CO. 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Gary (Pam) of Cold Springs and Tom of Stacy, MN. Eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren Two sisters and brother-in-law Virgie Honeycutt and Betty(Wilbur)Hall all of Tennessee She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, and 1 sister . Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1PM, Friday, June 20, 2008 funeral service at Malmo Evangelical Free Church, Malmo. Reverend Glenn Browning will officiate. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. Bessie Engebretson 09/05/1926-06/23/2008 Bessie L. Engebretson, 81 of Hill City died Monday, June 23, 2008 at Bethany Good Samaritan Village, Brainerd. She was born September 5, 1926 in Grand Rapids to John and Alice (Baty) Biskey. She grew up and attended school in Swatara and Hill City and 1 year in Aitkin. She lived in the Swatara area and then Warroad for 10 years. On September 19, 1960 in Sisseton, S.D. Bessie was united in marriage to George Engebretson. They moved to Walker in 1968 where she worked at the Sears Co. for 19 years and at the Cass County Museum. She is survived by her 4 Children: Richard E. Bishop of Grand Rapids Vernon J. (Charlotte) Bishop of Hill City Bonnie (Rodney) Oberton of Grand Rapids Ronald (Carolyn) Engebretson of Owatonna 14 grandchildren, many great grandchildren One sister Alice Ziske of Aitkin 1 brother George Biskey of Spring Lake Park And many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband George in 1989 Two brothers Truman and Fred, 1 sister Irene, and her parents. Funeral services will be at a later date. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. Gerald W. Vork 12/16/1934-06/24/2008 Gerald W. Vork, 73 of McGregor died Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at his residence. He was born December 16, 1934 in Minneapolis to Howard and Catherine (Exberger) Vork. He worked in transportation for Land O??? Lakes and Red Owl until his retirement. He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law: Tony (Heidi) Vork of Little Fork 4 grandchildren: Zak, Tyler, and Quinton Vork and Nick Ringsby One great-granddaughter: Althea Ringsby 1 son-in-law: Randy Ringsby One brother and sister-in-law: Bud (Bonnie) Vork of Hayward, WI. Besides nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter Cheri Ringsby 1 brother Bill and his parents. A gathering of friends will be held Saturday, July 12, 2008 from 11 to 1 PM at the Bayview Event Center at 687 Excelsior Blvd. Excelsior, Mn. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society. Maynard E. ''Andy'' Anderson Maynard E 08/19/1928-06/26/2008 Maynard E. ''Andy'' Anderson Maynard E. ???Andy??? Anderson, age 79 of Palisade died Thursday, June 26, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Andy was born August 19, 1928 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Charles and Mildred (Pearson) Anderson. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Donna E. Boyes on July 9, 1955 in Minnetonka, Mn. He worked for Norwest Bank retiring in 1989 after 23 years of working for the bank. They moved to Palisade and he was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade and the Aitkin American Legion Post 86. He is survived by his wife Donna Anderson of Palisade; 1 daughter and son in law: Linda and Scott Nylander of Montrose, Mn.; 1 son and daughter in law: Dale and Gwen Anderson of Minnetonka, Mn.; 4 grandchildren: Kalley and Dana Anderson; Loren Palmer and Mitchell Palmer. 4 sisters: Eloise Dreher of Palisade; Caroline Narr of Palisade; Marlene Anderson of Sauk Rapids, Mn.; and Barbara Anderson of Montrose, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 30, 2008 at 1 PM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with Rev. Charles Carlson officiating. Maxine Miller will play the organ and Tambrey Kullhem will be soloist. Solos will be ???Day By Day??? and ???One Day At A Time???. The congregation will sing ???Precious Lord Take My Hand???. Private family burial will be in the Summit Park Cemetery in Wayzata. Military honors will be provided by the Wayzata American Legion Post 118. Pallbearers will be: Scott Butkowski, Todd Dreher, Scott Nylander, Jim Narr, Kurtis Boyes, and Loren Palmer. Honorary pallbearers will be: Gene Narr, Curt Boyes, Dick Danielson, Marv Butkowski and Steve Narr. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Memorials are preferred to the Struthers Parkinson Center in Golden Valley, Mn. or Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Harold O. Aker 11/09/1915-06/27/2008 Harold O. Aker, age 92 of Aitkin formerly of Coon Rapids, Thief River Falls and Crookston, Mn. died Friday, June 27, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Harold was born November 9, 1915 at Nielsville, Minnesota the son of Ole and Hilma (Vigstol) Aker. He grew up and attended schools in Nielsville. He then worked on the family farm for a number of years. He married Ella Mae Rude on October 10, 1942 in Climax, Minnesota. They farmed for a time and then moved to California and lived there for a couple of years before returning to Minnesota and lived at Grygla. They then moved to Thief River Falls, Mn. and he worked for the Land O??? Lakes Co. He transferred to Aitkin, Minnesota in 1954 and worked for the Land O??? Lakes plant here until 1962. He then moved to Crookston and worked in sales selling farm implement equipment. He moved back to Thief River Falls in 1982 and lived there until moving to an assisted living facility at Coon Rapids, Mn. in 2003. He lived there until just recently when he became a resident of the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He had been a member of the Thief River Falls Golden K Club, Zion Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids; had served on the church board at Abundant Life Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, and he had volunteered many hours driving people to hospital and clinic appointments over the years. He is survived by 1 son and daughters in law: Roger and Judy Aker of Aitkin; 1 daughter and son in law: Connie and Dale Olmstead of Coon Rapids, Mn.; 3 grandchildren: Tami (Randy) Buschmann, Gina (Maurice) Grover, and Eric (Leanne) Olmstead; 5 great grandchildren: Cory Buschmann; E.J. Buschmann, Ryan Buschmann, Bergen Grover and Jackson Olmstead; 2 sisters: Gladys Mahalek of Milwaukee, Wisc.; and Doris Harrison of Crestview, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ella in 1993, 2 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 1 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Nancy Isaacson will play the piano and organ and the congregation will sing ???When The Saints Come Marching In???; ???Amazing Grace???, and ???What A Friend We Have In Jesus???. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, Mn. on Wednesday at 1 PM. Pallbearers will be: Eric Olmstead, Maurice Grover, Randy Buschmann, Cory Buschmann, E.J. Buschmann, and Ryan Buschmann. Honorary pallbearers will be Jackson Olmstead and Bergen Grover. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Diane K. Laucamp 08/11/1947-06/28/2008 Diane K. Laucamp, age 60 of Tamarack died Saturday, June 28, 2008 lost her battle with ovarian and peritoneal cancer after a three year courageous struggle at St Lukes Hospital in Duluth. She was born August 11, 1947 at Tipton, Iowa the daughter of Paul D. and Marjorie (Achey) Shultz. She grew up attending schools in Oklahoma and Iowa graduating from Wilton High School at Wilton, Iowa. She then attended the University of Iowa where she received a degree in History. She then attended the University of Minnesota at Duluth where she received her Masters degree in education. She taught 1st and 3rd grades at the McGregor School for over 28 years. She married Robert J. Laucamp on September 28, 1968 at Big Lake, Minnesota. She was a Sunday School Teacher at the Tamarack Presbyterian Church for over 20 years, had served on the Tamarack City Council; volunteered extensively in the community; enjoyed gardening, reading, and traveling. She is survived by her husband Robert Laucamp of Tamarack; 3 daughters: Trish (Craig) Johnson of Cloquet, Mn.; Katy Laucamp of Elbow Lake, Mn.; Leah Laucamp and fianc?? Kurtis Parson of Tamarack; 6 grandchildren which she dearly loved: Clayborne, Tye, Dayne, Rhiley, Noah, and Zoee. Also surviving is 1 sister: Yvonne Mundy of Jasper, Ind. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother Paul D. Shultz Jr. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 1 PM from the Round Lake Presbyterian Church with Rev. John Yingling officiating. Jackie Robitaille will play the piano and Peggy Baumgardt will sing ???In The Garden??? and ???Swing Low Sweet Chariot???. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Tom Anderson, Kenny Onstad, James Onstad, Jake Maijala, Tom Markley, Craig Johnson, Kurtis Parson, and Scott Missling. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Leonard Bauer 08/29/1921-06/30/2008 Leonard E. Bauer, 86 of Aitkin died Monday, June 30, 2008 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born August 29, 1921 in Goltry, OK. to Alec and Eva (Milacek) Bauer. He was a U.S. Army Air Corp. Veteran serving in WW II. He was a member of the Carpenters Union Local #87 of St. Paul. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Leonard is survived by 4 sons and daughter-in-law: Leonard (Linda) of Aitkin Robert of Olympia, WA. John of Aitkin Brian of Tulsa, OK. 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren Two brothers and sisters-in-law: Valentine (Donna) of North St. Paul John (Mattie) of Sapulpa, OK. 1 sister and brother-in-law: Adeline (Fred) Donath of Clear Lake, WI. Special friend: June Hanson of Willernie He was preceded in death by his son Kevin Edith Ritche-Bauer 4 sisters: Eva Dabruzi, Elizabeth Rosenbush, Angeline Jones, and Clara Bowers One brother Alexander And his parents. Visitation will begin at 9AM until the 11AM, Thursday, July 3, 2004 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. Kenneth P. LeCocq 08/27/1953-06/30/2008 Kenneth P. LeCocq, age 54 of Hill City died Monday, June 30, 2008 as the result of a drowning accident. Kenneth was born August 27, 1953 at Mora, Minnesota the son of Paul J. and Winifred (Erickson) LeCocq. He attended schools at McGrath and graduated from the Isle High School. He then spent two years at Technical College for Food Service Management. Ken played almost as hard as he worked. His first love was spending time with his kids and grandkids, followed closely by his love for friends and his many hobbies. He enjoyed playing baseball, basketball, racquetball, fishing, hunting, and everything to do with horses. He is survived by his wife Bonnie LeCocq of Aitkin; 2 daughters and sons in law: Desiree and Ty Sjodin of Crosby, Mn.; Lynn and Paul Lundgren of Lakeshore, Mn.; Trevor LeCocq of Madison, Wisconsin; Mother: Winifred LeCocq of Elk River, Mn. 8 grandchildren: Alexis Liljenquist, Elizabeth Liljenquist, Grace Liljenquist, Zach Sjodin, Tyson Sjodin, Olivia Lundgren, Madelynn Lundgren, Mason Lundgren; 4 brothers: Alvin LeCocq of Moose Lake, Mn.; Richard LeCocq of Mora, Mn.; Robert LeCocq of Rochester, Mn.; Bruce LeCocq of Isle, Mn.; 1 sister: Clarice Mitchell of Elk River, Mn. and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 6, 2008 at 3 PM from the Westside Church in Aitkin. Visitation will be Saturday from 4 to 7 PM at his farm in Hill City. Burial will be in the Pliny Cemetery at McGrath, Minnesota. Pallbearers will be: Cameron LeCocq, Keldon LeCocq, Doug Mitchell, Rick LeCocq, Jake LeCocq, Jade LeCocq, Rob Sanders; Honorary pallbearers: Jonathon Miller and Nathan Christian. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Merl Malin 02/01/1940-07/02/2008 Merl Dean Malin, 68 of McGregor died Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at the VA Medical Center, Minneapolis. He was born February 1, 1940 in Charles City, Iowa to Arthur Lee and Evelyn Mae (Hutton) Malin. He was involved in aviation since he was 15 years old. He graduated from McGregor High School in 1958. He was in the Minnesota National Guard and a U.S. Navy Veteran. He ran the operations at the McGregor Airport from 1963 until his marriage. On February 17, 1968 in McGregor Merl was united in marriage to Mary Lounas. After marriage they moved to New Mexico where he was in aviation and owner/broker of Century 21 Malin Realty and other real-estate companies. They moved back to the McGregor area in 1998. He enjoyed Tennis and loved traveling, hunting and the outdoors. He was on the board of directors for Easter Seals and was a member of the Civitan Brothers in New Mexico. He was a life member of the DAV and a member of the Amazing Grace Christian Church in McGregor. He is survived by his wife Mary 2 sons: Matthew, serving in the military in Crete, Greece Mark and Char of McGregor Six grandchildren: Malissa, Justin, Michael, Marcus, Jonathan, and Mya 1 sister: Norma Horner (significant other Jerry Horsman) of McGregor Besides many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 3:00P.M.- Friday, July 11, 2008 funeral service at Holy Family Catholic Church, McGregor. Reverend Bob Mankaka will officiate. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com. James Way 06/07/1928-07/06/2008 James Daniel Way, 80 of Aitkin died Sunday, July 6, 2008 at Oakridge Homes, Aitkin. He was born June 7, 1928 in Aitkin to Ellis and Nellie (Bronner) Way. He lived in Aitkin for several years, then at Faribault Day School, Brainerd Regional Human Service Center, and Oakridge Homes. He enjoyed looking at magazines, sitting on the deck or looking out windows, watching people, working at the Developmental Achievement Center in McGregor, going on outings in the community, visits with his mother, and spending time with his Oakridge Homes family. James is survived by his mother Nellie of Aitkin 2 sisters and brother-in-law: Mildred ???Rusty??? Teigland of Chico, CA. Ardie (Don) Meacham of Bemidji Three brothers and sisters-in-law: Aldean (Betty) of Chico, CA. Marvin (Terryl) of Aitkin Dallas (Joyce) of Bemidji Besides many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. ??? Friday, July 18, 2008 memorial service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend Angie Way will officiate. Burial will be at Lake View Cemetery, Aitkin. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. Herbert ''Milt'' Johnson Herbert M. ?? 03/10/1919-07/11/2008 Herbert ''Milt'' Johnson Herbert M. ???Milt??? Johnson, age 89 of Aitkin died Friday, July 11, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born March 10, 1919 in Aitkin the son of Charles and Mary (Olson) Johnson. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School. After graduation he worked for Ziske???s Grocery Store in Aitkin for a time. He married Irja Rikala on March 31, 1941 in Aitkin. He then went to work on the Alaskan Hiway for a time until the U.S. Army inducted him to serve during WW II. He spent time in the Philippines during the war. Upon his discharge he returned to Aitkin and worked for the Aitkin Motor Co. as a car salesman and eventually was a part owner. He retired from the business in 1981. He was a member of the Odd Fellows, the Aitkin American Legion and First Lutheran Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, had bowled and snowmobiled. He is survived by 3 sons and 1 daughter in law: Milt Johnson of Black River Falls, Wisc.; Lowell Johnson and Colleen LeBlanc of Ft. Ripley, Mn.; Ron Johnson of Aitkin; 4 grandchildren: Ed Johnson, Kim Thomley, Michelle Webster, Chad Johnson; 7 great grandchildren: Derek Johnson, Paige Thomley, Wesley Johnson, Emma Webster, Trevor Johnson, Taylor Johnson and Trevor Johnson. Also surviving is 1 sister: Jeanette Nyquist of Minneapolis and 1 brother Kenneth Johnson of Anchorage, Alaska. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Irja, daughter in law Judy, 2 sisters: Lillian and Ruth and 3 brothers: Hugo, Robert and Myron. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Friends may call 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Toimi Cemetery at Brimson, Mn. Military Honors will be provided by the Aitkin American Legion and VFW Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Rosemary R. Littman 10/09/1924-07/13/2008 Rosemary R. Littman, age 83 of Aitkin, formerly of McGregor and Brooklyn Center died Sunday, July 13, 2008 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born October 9, 1924 in Albertville, Minnesota the daughter of Francis and Ruth (Lund) Duffy. She grew up and attended schools in North East Minneapolis. She married Rudolph E. Littman on July 25, 1942 at Brooklyn Center, Mn. They lived in Brooklyn Center for over 40 years. She worked as a teacher???s aid at the Earle Brown Elementary School in Brooklyn Center for 15 years. Upon retirement in 1984 they moved to Big Sandy Lake near McGregor. She has been a resident at the Aitkin Health Services for the past year and a half. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in McGregor and former member of Hope Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. She was also a member of the McGregor Lions and past president of the McGregor Lioness Club. She had also helped with the Special Olympics Program. She is survived by her husband Rudy Littman of Aitkin; 2 daughters and spouses: Mikki and Dave Clyne of Princeton, Mn.; Patti and Gerry Page of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; 1 son and spouse: James and Barbara Littman of Champlin, Mn.; 6 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Dan Heath officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be grandchildren: Michael David Clyne, Richard James Clyne, Alexander James Littman, Kara Jean Schmidt, Jessica Lynn Page, and Kelsey Marie Page. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com Willard C. Tibbetts 08/05/1919-07/17/2008 Willard C. Tibbetts, age 88 of Aitkin died Thursday, July 17, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Willard was born August 5, 1919 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of James G. and Mary A. (McGillis) Tibbetts. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin. He farmed his whole life and also drove truck for the Cattle Sales Barn, the Aitkin Coop Creamery and the Cuyuna Mines. He married Dora M. Peterson on October 25, 1938 at Little Falls, Mn. They lived in Aitkin ever since. He was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin and the Lutheran Layman???s League. Willard is survived by 2 sons and daughter in law: Harvey and Pat Tibbetts of East Dubuque, Illinois; Rev. Ron Tibbetts of Grey Eagle, Mn.; 1 daughter and son in law: Mary Jean and Richard Peterson of Aitkin; 6 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Dora, 2 sons: Duane and a stillborn baby; 4 brothers: Donald, James, George, and Albert and 3 sisters: Margaret, Jessie and Mildred. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 1 PM from St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Pallbearers will be the grandchildren: Tony Tibbetts, Darren Tibbetts, Jackie Van Meter, Becky Drentlaw, Joan Peterson and Shannon Tibbetts. Honorary pallbearers will be: Tom Arnold, Bill Cook, Frank Duchane, Gary Gray, Herb Thorsten and Vern Thorsten Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church. Memorials are preferred to St. Johns Lutheran Church. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Angeline Wadena 07/24/1934-07/20/2008 Angeline B. Wadena, (Gidagigwannebiikwe) 73 of McGregor died Sunday, July 20, 2008 at her residence. She was born July 24, 1934 in Cloquet to George and Susan (Manitou) Boyd, Sr. On July 13, 1972 in Aitkin Angeline was united in marriage to John Wadena. She was a cook for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and a home maker. She was a 2 time Midewin and a member of Drum Societies. She enjoyed bingo, gambling, and spending time with her family and grandchildren. She is survived by 3 sons: Richard Boyd of McGregor Francis Colton of Isle Roger Colton of McGregor Six daughters: Eloise Colton of McGregor Mary Dalquist of McGregor Rosa Colton of McGregor Alida Colton Matrious of Sandstone Jennifer Wadena of McGregor Ruth Sam of Onamia 1 brother George Boyd, Jr. of McGregor Two sisters Kathy Hedstrom and Marene Hedstrom both of McGregor 23 Grandchildren: Melissa, Mary, Amanda, Richard, April, Ruben, John Francis, Dustin, Melissa, Teresa, John Michael, Dyllon, Miigwan, Tammy, John Robert, Charles, Richard Erick, Alex, Angie, Scott, Rae Anne, Brent, and Bryan 3 Great-grandchildren: Axel, Kaitlyn, and Andrel Besides numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, other family, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents George and Susan Boyd, Husband John Wadena, Former husband Roger Colton, Brothers Franklin, Charles, and Lawrance, Sisters Mabel, Susan, Bernice, and Louise. Visitation will begin at 8:00P.M. Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at East Lake Community Center, East Lake/McGregor. Services will begin at 10:00A.M. Thursday at the East Lake Community Center. Tribal Rites will be by Lee Staples. Burial will be in the Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com. Robert Adair 10/15/1939-07/23/2008 Robert Orval Adair, 68 of Palisade, died Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at Mercy Medical Center, Coon Rapids. He was born October 15, 1939 in Minneapolis to Orval and Doris Adair. He is survived by his children: Mike and Lisa Adair of Blaine Kenny and Sharon Trocke of Blaine Roger Trocke and special friend Pam of Grand Rapids Michael Trocke of Crosby Theresa Peterson of Crosby Siblings: Joanne and Bill Murphy of Cottage Grove Russ and Rose Adair of Forest Lake Clark and Ida Adair of Roseville Roger and Bev Adair of Mounds View And grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. Services will be 12:00P.M. ??? Friday, August 1, 2008 at Assembly of God Church, Palisade. Pastor Ed Somberger will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin assisted with arrangements. Katie Jo Taylor 04/15/1972-08/06/2008 Katie Jo Taylor, age 36 of Minneapolis died Wednesday, August 8, 2008 at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. She was born April 15, 1972 in Minneapolis the daughter of Benny Skinaway and Marcia Taylor. She grew up in Minneapolis and attended the Heart Of The Earth Survival School. She has lived in Minneapolis her whole life. She enjoyed traveling and was a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. She is survived by her parents: Benny Skinaway of St. Paul; Marcia Taylor of Fargo, N.D.; 3 children: Jules Taylor of Omaha, Neb.; Jasmine and Jordan Taylor of St. Cloud, Mn.; 3 sisters: Rose Taylor of Minneapolis; Theresa Taylor of Fargo and Rita Taylor of Fargo; and grandmother: Marian Skinaway of St. Paul; 2 aunts, 4 uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Services will be held Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 10 AM at the East Lake Community Center with Lee Staples officiating. Burial will be at the Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Kleo Hageman 05/01/1920-08/13/2008 Kleo A. Hageman, 88 of McGregor died Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby. He was born May 1, 1920 in Milwaukee, WI. to Russell and Grace (Anders) Hageman. Kleo was united in marriage to Adeline James in 1961. He worked for Minnegasco as a welder from 1952 to 1981. After retirement he moved back to his roots, on his farm near McGregor where he raised beef cattle. Kleo is survived by his wife Adeline ???Jean??? of McGregor 6 daughters and sons-in-law: Shirley James of Minneapolis Kathy Isenor of Eden Prairie Debbie Kehn of North Branch Deanna (Richard) Evans of Fridley Gayle (Don) Koerber of McGregor Cindy (Paul) Gellerman of St Michael Twelve grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren One sister Doris Larson of Oregon Beloved dog Misty Besides other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by one brother Wayne, one sister Irma 2 siblings at an early age, and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M., Tuesday, August 19, 2008 funeral service at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Reverend Dan Heath will officiate. www.srtfuneral.com Donald R Smeby 06/24/1962-08/16/2008 Duck' Donald R. Smeby Donald R. Smeby, age 46 of Palisade formerly of Minneapolis died Saturday August 16, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born June 24, 1962 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Howard and Rose (Castonguay) Smeby. He grew up and attended schools in Robbinsdale and Glenwood, Minnesota. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for a time and upon his discharge he returned to Minneapolis where he worked as a cook. He married Dawn L. Myhre on May 30, 1987 in Robbinsdale. They lived in the Twins Cities until 2001 when they moved to the Palisade area. He worked on refurbishing a log cabin and from that started his business of chinking and staining log cabins. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, motorcycles and playing cribbage. He was a friend to everyone. He is survived by his wife Dawn of Palisade, Father and spouse: Howard and Penny Smeby of Marcell, Mn.; Mother: Rose Smeby of Mesa, Arizona; 2 brothers and sister in law: Tim Smeby of Fridley, Mn.; William (Bill) and Patty Smeby of Elk River, Mn.; 3 sisters and brothers in law: Laura and Steve Manning of San Antonio, Tx.; Pauline and Steve Carroll of Fridley, Mn.; Angela and Jerry Carter of Annandale, Mn.; many much loved nieces and nephews; and his dog Tattoo. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his beloved dog Angus. A memorial service will be held Friday, August 22, 2008 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Jesse Manning officiating. Friends may call 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Fleming Cemetery. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Eddie Wesley 05/30/1922-08/17/2008 Eddie F. Wesley, 86 of McGregor died Sunday, August 17, 2008 at his residence. He was born May 30, 1922 in Parkers Prairie to Edward I. and Augusta (Buethner) Wesley. In 1939 he enlisted in the CCC camps and served at Wilton for two years. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WW II in Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe and landing at Normandy. He earned an American Theater Campaign Medal, Eamet Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars, Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Medal Eddie was united in marriage to Lorraine (Hearle) Thurner on February 14, 1949 in St. Paul. He was a member of the VFW in Stacy and Holy Family Catholic Church, McGregor. He is survived by his wife Lorraine 4 children: Sharon Thurner of Rimrock, AZ. John (Marie) Thurner of Akeley Yvonne (Ed) Schwartz of Lindstrom Cathie Jo (Robert) Ortega of Irving, TX. Seven grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter 2 Brothers and sisters-in-law: Harry (Bea) of Detroit Lakes Ralph (Sally) of St. Paul Other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters, Bertha, Alice, Vera, and Florence Mae. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M., Friday, August 22, 2008 at Holy Family Catholic Church, McGregor. Fr. John Fleischhacker will officiate. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M, Thursday at McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com. Mel Kuehn 12/20/1934-08/18/2008 Mel Kuehn, age 73 of Aitkin died Monday, August 18, 2008 at his home. Mel was born December 20, 1934 at Richardson, North Dakota the son of Carl and Martha (Harmel) Kuehn. He grew up and attended schools in the Washburn, North Dakota area. Upon his graduation he entered the U.S. Army and served from 1954 to 1956 mostly in Germany. Upon his discharge he moved to Minneapolis and went to work. He married Eloise M. Evenson on March 28, 1959 at Hebron, North Dakota. He attended the University of Minnesota studying engineering. Upon completion of his studies he worked a time for the State of Minnesota Hiway Dept. He then worked for the Monarch Co. for a time and then began making pool tables on the side. This side line blossomed into a full time business for Mel. He moved to Grand Rapids, Minnesota where he continued with his Pool Table business. He received a patent for the way in which he used taconite tailings to create the slate table top. He then sold the business and moved to a farm north of Aitkin in 1978. He then raised cattle but his creativeness never stopped and he invented a bi-fold hay rake for which he received a patent. In Mel???s earlier years he also manufactured Water Skis, Hockey Sticks, and Flower Pots. He enjoyed softball, bowling, horse shoes, and table tennis. Mel was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin; the Aitkin Moose Club, the Cattleman???s Association of which he was a past president, and the Minnesota Beef Council where he was the chair of the research and development board. Mel had also served as a farm foreclosure mediator. He is survived by his wife Eloise Kuehn of Aitkin; 1 son and daughter in law: Greg and Angie Kuehn of Park Rapids, Minnesota; 2 sisters and brothers in law: Beverly and Byron Zingg of McClusky, North Dakota; Betty and Lynn Stark of New Salem, North Dakota; sister in law: Carolyn Kuehn of Washburn, North Dakota; 2 grandchildren of which Mel was very proud of: Brian Kuehn of Moorhead, Mn. and Ashley Kuehn of Fargo, North Dakota. He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 brother Donald Kuehn and 1 sister Elaine Ivanecky. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Sarah Cordray officiating. Special music will be provided by Sonja Hagestuen and Norma Lehmann. Interment will be in the Diamond Lake Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Jim Larson, Steve Wilcowski, Steve Reinhardt, Glen Smeltzer, Herm Newton and Paul Kellerman. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also on Thursday 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Harvey Wahlquist 03/06/1923-08/20/2008 Harvey P. Wahlquist, 85 of Aitkin died Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at his residence. He was born March 6, 1923 in St. Paul to William and Elizabeth (Conley) Wahlquist. On August 15, 1942 in St. Paul Harvey was united in marriage to Pauline Kolling. He was a U.S. Airforce veteran serving in WW II. He worked as a mechanic for Zigler Co. and was a member of the 49rs Union for 25 years. He loved to fish and reading and became interested in family genealogy and computers. He enjoyed socializing with family and friends and lending a helping hand to neighbors. Harvey is survived by his wife Pauline 2 daughters and son-in-law: Pauline ???Jake??? Wahlquist of Brook Park Mary (Everett) Parks of Big Lake Three sons and daughters-in-law: Harvey, Jr. (Sandy) of Bovey William (significant other Carol Roberts) of Brook Park Robert (Berta) of Oak Park 12 grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren He was preceded in death by 1 grandson Daniel, two brothers William and Robert , and his parents. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. Inez Nikko 09/03/1907-08/21/2008 Inez Nikko, age 100 of Aitkin died Thursday, August 21, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born on September 3, 1907 at Onaka, South Dakota the daughter of Hersey and Mary Johanna Louise (Karteus) Iverson. She moved with her family at a young age to the Aitkin area where she grew up and attended schools graduating in 1926. She then attended Teachers College in St. Cloud. She returned to Aitkin County and taught at the Pine Knoll Country School. She married Iverson Shisler on May 13, 1928 in St. Cloud. She then worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a Star Route Mail Carrier in the Fleming area. She did that for about 20 years. She married William Nikko on August 23, 1960 at Big Fork, Minnesota. She has lived in Aitkin most of her life. She enjoyed poetry and had a poem published in the Great American Poetry Anthology in 1987 and she was awarded the Golden Poet Award in 1987. She also quilted, crocheted, loved music and in her earlier years enjoyed, wild ricing, hunting and fishing. She was also a good wild game cook. She was a recipient of the WCCO Radio Good Neighbor Award in 1954. She is survived by son in law: William Cline of Aitkin; 5 grandchildren: Vivian Pasche of Harris, Mn.; Sally Huhta of Aitkin, Mn.; Connie Anderson of Sauk Rapids, Mn.; Margie Burman of Aitkin, MN.; Yvette Hyovalti of Aitkin, Mn.; 9 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands Iverson Shisler and William Nikko; 1 daughter Dorothy Cline; 1 brother Arlie and 1 sister Clara. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Norman officiating. Special music will be provided by Becky Klingelhofer and Sandy Lake. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Steve Pasche, Rick Huhta, Michelle Swenson, Josh Anderson, Jamie Burman, Justin Burman, Jarred Burman, Ashley Hyovalti, and Linsey Hyovalti. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services on Saturday at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Gerald E. Lindahl 12/27/1932-08/23/2008 Gerald E. Lindahl, age 75 of Aitkin died Saturday, August 23, 208 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Gerald was born December 27, 1932 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Theodore and Helen (Gustafson) Lindahl. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. He then served 2 years in the Air Force. He attended college in the Twin Cities and lived and worked there. He moved to the Emily area in the mid 1960???s and worked as a carpet layer. He married Rose Nies on May 9, 1997 in Emily. The moved to Aitkin in that year and have lived here since. He was a member of the Emily American Legion Post; Art Clubs, the Emily Wesleyan Church, he tutored handicapped in painting and he built race cars and raced them. He is survived by his wife Rose Lindahl of Aitkin; children and spouses: Roseanne and Dwight Reed of Deerwood, Mn.; Ted and Kendra Lindahl of Elk River, Mn.; Melanie and Darrell Lyke of Spokane, wash.; Johns Lindahl of New Mexico; Jerry and Marla Lindahl of New Mexico; step children: Tena and Brent Burgstaler of Aitkin; Tim Nies of Aitkin; Terry and Kathy Nies of Aitkin; 21 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; 3 brothers and spouses: Tom and Nancy Lindahl of Minneapolis; Bob and Joann Lindahl of Bueno Vista, Arkansas; David and Alice Lindahl of Minneapolis. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 son Joe. Funeral services will be held Wednesday; August 27, 2008 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Barry Hite officiating. Special music will be provided by Becky Klingelhofer, Tena Burgstaler, Rev. Barry Hite and Donna Hite. Burial will be in the Saron Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 8 PM and also 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the on-line guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Marie W. Clark 11/15/1918-08/25/2008 Marie W. Clark, age 89 of Talent, Oregon formerly of California and Minnesota died Monday, August 25, 2008 at her nieces home near Palisade, Minnesota. Marie was born November 15, 1918 at Bird Island, Minnesota the daughter of Christopher and Ella (Stober) Weimer. She moved with her family to the Palisade area at the age of 3. She attended the North Waukenabo School. She worked on the family farm and then moved to St. Paul where she worked for a time and then moved to California where she worked at a diner at the Shasta Dam Project while it was being built. That is where she met Joseph T. Clark. The married Joseph on September 21, 1946 at Redding, Calf. As her husband worked for the Corps of Engineers, he traveled with the various jobs he was assigned to and Marie traveled with him. They spent time in California, New Mexico, and she was living in Talent, Oregon prior to her coming to Minnesota. She was an avid bowler; she knit Afghans, crocheted, and enjoyed baking especially her lemon pies. She always remembered her family members with notes, letters, and telephone calls on special occasions. She is survived by 2 brothers: John and Viola Weimer of Palisade; Richard and Elaine Weimer of Eagle River, Wisc.; 4 sisters: Ella Kingsley of Hill City, Mn.; Lorraine Mindrum of Aitkin, Mn.; Francis Berg of Hill City, Mn.; Lydia Wiswell of Cologne, MN.; 3 sister in laws: Agnes Weimer of Aitkin; Virginia Weimer of Eagle River, Wisc.; Lola Ann Weimer of Hill City; 2 grandchildren: David Webb and Larry Allen and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph and daughter Virginia and 8 brothers and 1 sister. A memorial service will be held Friday, August 29, 2008 at 11 AM from St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Red Bluff, California. Friends may call at the church 1 hour prior to the services on Friday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Wanda Weimer 10/11/1931-08/25/2008 Wanda Weimer, 76 of Aitkin and Blaine died Monday, August 25, 2008 at Unity Hospital in Fridley. She was born October 11, 1931 in Aitkin to Alexander F. and Neta (Gunderson) Mishler. On December 11, 1950 in Minneapolis Wanda was united in marriage to Vernon Weimer. She is survived by 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Wendy (Jim) Lynch of Savannah, WA. Cynthia (Paul) Wenzel of Apple Valley Six sons and daughters-in-law: Lyle (Cheryl) of Del Rio, TX. Michael (ZoAnn) of Minneapolis Randy (Sandy) of Becker Ron (Sharon) of Monticello Charles of Minneapolis Douglas (Dawn) of Blaine 26 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren 2 brothers and sister-in-law: Kenneth (Kay) Mishler of Lakewood, CA. David Mishler of Spansway, WA. One sister Louise Spaid of Brainerd She was preceded in death by her husband Vernon on July 27, 1998, One brother Ted and her parents. Funeral services will be 10:00A.M., Saturday, August 30, 2008 at St. John???s Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8:00P.M. Friday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. A Memorial service will be held 2 to 3:00P.M. Sunday, August 31, 2008 at Clover Leaf Courts in Blaine. www.srtfuneral.com. Dagny E. Kellerman 08/26/1912-08/26/2008 Dagny E. Kellerman, age 96 of Aitkin died Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Dagny was born August 26, 1912 at Ramsey, Michigan, the daughter of Alex and Ida (Norgaard) Johnson. She moved to the Crosby/Aitkin area as a young child. She grew up and attended schools in the area. She married Andrew Kellerman on September 23, 1930 at Cedarbrook, Minnesota. Andrew passed away in 1955. She went to school in Duluth in 1958 and became a nurse. Dagny has lived in the Aitkin area all of her life. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin. Dagny was a person of strong faith which guided and sustained her through life. Dagny has many friends and family who will always love her and miss her very much. She is survived by 1 son: Cordell Kellerman of Paramount, Calf.; 2 daughters and son in law: Elaine and Joe Kessmeier and Ruth Kellerman all of Las Vegas, Nevada; 1 granddaughter and spouse: Kathy and Van Gordon and great granddaughters Vanessa and Betty Gordon all of Sacramento, Calf.; 1 step grandson: Jon Kessmeier and three great grandchildren: Erik, Kaitlin and Patrick Kessmeier of Alexandria, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband Andrew. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 11 AM from the Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin with Rev. Gunnar Salmonson officiating. Interment will be in the St. Johns Lutheran Church Cemetery at Cedarbrook. Friends may call at the church 1 hour prior to the services on Thursday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Donald Skinaway 07/24/1933-08/28/2008 Donald ???Jolly??? Skinaway, 75 of Onamia died Thursday, August 28, 2008 at his residence. He was born July 24, 1933 in Cloquet to George and Ida (Rawley) Skinaway. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean War. He is survived by many friends and family. He was preceded in death by his brothers Melvin, George, adoptive brother Emery, and his parents. Visitation will begin at 7:30P.M. ??? Sunday at the East Lake Community Center, McGregor and will continue until the 11:00A.M. ??? Monday, September 1, 2008 funeral service in the community center, led by Lee Staples. Burial will be in the East Lake Burial Grounds. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com. Sylvia A. Copley 12/26/1920-08/29/2008 Sylvia A. Copley, age 87 of Aitkin died Friday, August 29, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Sylvia was born December 26, 1920 in Aitkin Co., Minnesota the daughter of William and Agnes (May) Copley. She grew up and attended school in the Bennettville area. She lived with her mother at home for many years prior to becoming a resident at the Aicota Health Care Center in 1971. She worked at the McGregor D.A.C. Mart where she enjoyed her job. She had participated in the Special Olympics in Bowling and had won a number of trophies for her bowling ability. She is survived by 1 brother Arthur Copley of Aitkin and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, 5 brothers and 4 sisters. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Norman officiating. Special music will be provided by Omar and Mary Espeseth. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services on Tuesday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Cecil C. Heidelberger 10/29/1920-09/01/2008 Cecil C. Heidelberger, age 87 of rural Aitkin formerly of McGregor and Andover died Monday, September 1, 2008 at his home. Cecil was born October 29, 1920 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Edward and Elizabeth (Kranz) Heidelberger. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. He served in the U.S. navy during WW II having served as a gunner on the CV10 Yorktown Aircraft Carrier. He married Marion Clinton. They lived in the Twin Cities and he drove cement Truck for Wyatt Ready Mix for over 30 years. He also collected used tires and eventually ended up with the largest stockpile of tires in the state of Minnesota and was known at the Tire King. In 1977 he sold the tires and the sale was front page news in the Minneapolis paper and it also made Time Magazine. He married Patricia Torbenson on December 5, 1981 in Andover. He started a pawn shop in 1983 and operated that for a number of years. He and his wife moved to McGregor in 1998 at started the Northern Lights Mercantile Flea Market. They moved to the north shore of Mille Lacs Lake in 2006 and have lived there since. He enjoyed photography and collecting antiques. He is survived by wife: Patricia Heidelberger of Aitkin; sons and daughters in law: David Heidelberger of Isanti, Mn.; Roy Heidelberger of Moriarity, New Mexico; Roger Heidelberger of Merrifield, Mn.; Neil Heidelberger of Cedar, Mn.; Dale Heidelberger of Rock Creek, Mn.; Richard Heidelberger of Isanti, Mn.; Lyle Torbenson of Zirconia, North Carolina; Harlan Torbenson of Andover, Mn.; daughters and sons in law: Elaine and Ray Ragen of Andover, Mn; Lois Chicoine of Crystal, Mn.; Marlys and Rodney Guthmeullier of McGregor, Mn.; Julie and Scott Jacobsen of Isanti, Mn.; Penny and Mike Denucci of Cedar, Mn. Marna Torbenson of Minneapolis, Mn.; 2 brothers: Floyd Heidelberger of Princeton, Mn.; Clifford Brown of Blaine, Mn.; 42 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters, 3 brothers and 1 grandchild. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 6, 2008 at 1 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. The Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin is in charge of the arrangements. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Rodney Dale Holm 05/13/1940-09/12/2008 Rodney Dale Holm, 68 of Palisade died Friday, September 12, 2008 at his home. He was born May 13, 1940 at his grandfather???s house in Morrison Township. His parents were Knute and Ruth (Pratt) Holm. He Grew up in Palisade and graduated from Aitkin High School in 1958. Rod married to LaVonne Lieske in 1959; they had two children Perry and Jaye (Judy). In 1981 he married Judy Lamson. Rod was a man of many talents. He was a farmer, worked construction for Victor Carlson & Sons, and ran the Palisade Mercantile Store. In 1979 he discovered his true calling when he and his wife Judy became over-the-road truck drivers, traveling more than a million miles together until his diagnosis of brain cancer in Dec. of 2006. They drove for Midland Co-ops, Mpls.; Maverick Inc., Rogers; International Transport, Rochester; Nelson Inc., Deerwood; and the last 13 years for Tri-State Transport in Joplin, MO. Rod is survived by his wife Judy Son: Perry (Sheri) of Fergus Falls Daughter: Jaye (Theo) Lawrence-Durbin of Eagan Granddaughters: Kristen and Teagan Riehle of Eagan Brothers: Jerry (Cherie) of Aitkin Mike (Suzi) of Barnesville Sisters: Charity (Kenny) McNeil of Swatara Patsy Sandsness of Columbia Heights Linda Iverson of Omaha, NE. Uncle Melvin (Delores) Holm Aunt Carol (Gene) Hawk Many nieces, nephews, cousins, and his beloved kitties. He was preceded in death by stepdaughters: Patty Anne and Bobbie-Sue Lamson Brother-in-law: Larry Iverson Parents: Knute and Ruth (Pratt) Holm Grandparents: Jasper and Della (Colbert) Pratt and Jacob and Lucy (Geyer) Holm. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. ??? Monday, September 15, 2008 at Bethel Lutheran Church, Palisade. Rev. William Sass will officiate. Private interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Palisade. Honorary pallbearers: Lenny Anderson, Glenn Britney, Wayne Lubbert, Vernon Moore, Lloyd Johnson, Donny Johnson, Russ Kellerman, Harvey Blomberg. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. Mark Root 12/24/1956-09/13/2008 Mark William Root, 51, of McGregor passed away Saturday September 13, 2008. He was born on December 24, 1956 in Grand Rapids to Russell and Myrna (LaDoux) Root. He grew up and attended school in Grand Rapids until serving in the U.S. Army from 1975-1977. He then attended Itasca Community College and Staples Vo-Tech where he became a certified Welder and Machinist. He lived and worked in the Twin Cities until 1991 when he moved to the Big Sandy Lake area and helped his dad at the Shamrock Store and Bait shop. He was employed at Star Tool and Machine since 1995. He devoted his time and life to his three children whom he loved very much and was extremely proud of. He especially enjoyed attending his children???s sporting events where he always cheered the loudest. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, yard work, photography and computers. He is survived by sons Jacob and Kyle and daughter Jessica all of McGregor. Brothers Mike (Jeanie) Root of Blaine, Mn. Jason (Traci) Root of Marble, Mn. Sisters Rhonda (Roger) Fickert of Bejou, Mn. And Jennifer Jarva (Todd Karjala) of Pengilly, Mn. Thirteen Nephews and Nieces and many, many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and friends who will all miss him dearly. He was preceded in death by his father Russell Root, mother Myrna (LaDoux) Root, step mother Sharon (Jarva) Root and Sister Renee (Root) Trahan. Memorial service will be Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 1:00p.m. at the McGregor High school Gymnasium with visitation one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com. A fundraiser for Mark Roots children will be at the Red Rock in McGregor October 11, 2008 staring at 12:00p.m. An account has been set up for donations to the children at any Wells Fargo Bank. Kathleen E. Beaudry 08/31/1927-09/17/2008 Kathleen E. Beaudry, age 81 of Aitkin formerly of McGregor and Superior, Wisconsin died Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Mn. She was born August 31, 1927 at Oulu, Wisconsin the daughter of Isaac and Celia (Teppo) Wilkins. She grew up and attended schools at Iron River, Wisc. graduating from the Iron River High School. She married LeRoy Beaudry on November 29, 1947 at Iron River. They moved to Superior, Wisc. And lived there for a time. She attended secretarial school while in Superior. They moved to McGregor, Mn. in 1954 and she worked as a Book Keeper for George Lund???s Pallet factory which later became Savanna Pallets. She worked for them for about 30 years. She also was book keeper at the Savanna Golf Course for a time. She moved to the Aitkin Health Services in 2005 and has resided there since. She was a member of the McGregor VFW Auxiliary, she golfed, bowled, enjoyed music, dancing and camping. She also had bought an airplane and took lessons from Steve Kurtz and had learned to fly. She is survived by 3 daughters and son in law: Lynn and Lance Schultz of Manassas, Virginia; Cis Broussard of McGregor; Jo Holm of Aitkin; 5 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband LeRoy in 2001, 1 son Larry in 2004, and 1 brother John. Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 1 PM from the McGregor Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Norman officiating, Interment will be in the Woodland Cemetery at McGregor. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home Sunday. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. To sign the online guest register, please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Ruby A. Nix 07/03/1921-09/19/2008 Ruby A. Nix, age 87 of Aitkin died Friday, September 19, 2008 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. Ruby was born July 3, 1921 at Glen, Minnesota the daughter of Arnold and Ella (Parker) Westling. She attended schools at East Lake and Glen. While growing up she helped out at home and then as she got older she went out west and worked as a cook???s helper in a logging camp. She married Wendell S. Nix on April 19, 1941 in Aitkin. They lived for a short time in Duluth and then they came back to the Aitkin area and farmed for most of their lives. She has resided at the Aitkin Health Services for the past six years. She was a member of the Glory Baptist Church and the Church???s Ladies Aid. She was also a member of the Birthday Club. She enjoyed cooking and baking, especially baking pies. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting and embroidering. She is survived by 10 children and spouses: Judy Anderson of Brooklyn Center, Mn.; Stanley and Sandy Nix of Aitkin; Jean and Duane Schwarze of Blaine, Mn.; Gary and Laurie Nix of Bloomington, Mn.; Gordon and Nancy Nix of Eden Prairie, Mn.; Richard Nix of Cedar, Mn.; Marie and Gary Otremba of Bloomington, Mn.; Glen Nix of Ham Lake, Mn.; Kathy and Greg Wendorf of Savage, Mn.; Lenore and Mike Croatt of Outing, Mn.; 19 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Ethel Erickson of Isle, Mn.; Ardis Haslack of Shoreview, Mn.; 4 brothers: Lloyd Westling of Tigard, Oregon; Wally Westling, Raymond Westling both of McGrath, Mn. and Roger Westling of Hinckley, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wendell, 1 grandson Keith, 3 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 11 AM from the Glory Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. Burial will be in the Glory Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church Thursday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Eileen L. Besch 11/04/1921-09/26/2008 Eileen L. Besch, age 86 of McGregor died Friday, September 26, 2008 at her residence at the Northland Village Assisted Living Center in McGregor. Eileen was born November 4, 1921 in St. Paul, Minnesota the daughter of Henry and Lydia (Mudrick) Miller. She grew up and attended schools at North St. Paul and she graduated from the North St. Paul High School. She married Joseph J. Besch on August 21, 1943 in Lake Elmo, Mn. They lived in North St. Paul for a time and then bought a farm near Lake Elmo. She worked for the Strauss Knitting Mills as a seamstress for over 30 years. Upon retirement Eileen and her husband moved to McGregor in 1978. They have lived here since. She has resided at the Northland Village Assisted Living Center for a little over a year. She enjoyed Crocheting, embroidery; jig saw puzzles and especially fishing. She is survived by her son and daughter in law: Tom and Kim Besch of McGregor; 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Joseph in 1990, 2 great grandchildren; 1 brother and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 1 PM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. John Fleischhacker officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 AM until the time of service at the church on Wednesday. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Lawrence L. Howard 12/21/1921-09/26/2008 Lawrence ???Larry??? Howard, age 86 of Aitkin passed away Friday, September 26, 2008 at his home in Aitkin. Larry was born December 21, 1921 in Aitkin the son of Peter and Minnie (Carlson) Howard. He attended the Longfellow School for eight years. He graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1939. He was a member of the US Army and served from 1941 to 1945 as a military policeman. He married Betty Sjodin on December 5, 1946 in Minneapolis. He attended the University of Minnesota and then returned to Aitkin. He worked in the mines, and later as a postman. He was also manager of the Rossburg Telephone Co. and was a clerk for School District No. 9 for 15 years. He also farmed his whole life. He was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Lee Post 86, the Mystic Lodge 213 of Aitkin, the Scottish Rite of Duluth, and the AAD Temple of the Shrine of Duluth. He was a council member and treasurer of the Bethesda Lutheran Church at Rossburg. He had also served on the Kimberly Township Board. Larry was very proud of his family. They meant everything to him. He is loved and will be missed dearly. Larry is survived by his wife of 61 years Betty Howard of Aitkin; Five children and spouses: Carole and Steve Prince of Garrison; Dale and Linda Howard of Aitkin; Janice and Steve Dare of Aitkin; Joanne and Steve Mott of Pequot Lakes; Dan and Dianne Howard of Bellechester, Mn.; Nine grandchildren: Todd (DeLynn) Howard of Brainerd; Amy (Jeremy) Millsop of Deerwood; Heather (Kevin) Schelander of Pequot Lakes; Matthew Bare of Mound; Michael Bare of Las Vegas, Nev.; Alyssa and Sarah Howard of Bellechester, Mn.; Angela and Rachel Mott of Pequot Lakes; seven great grandchildren: Nicholas and Lauren Greiner; Austin, Luke and Logun Schelander; and Brady and Ethan Millsop; six sisters in law: Marge Howard of Aitkin; Leota Howard of Aitkin; Millie Howard of Brainerd; Muriel Howard of Brainerd; Darlene Howard of Merrifield; and Joy Howard of California. Larry was preceded in death by his parents; nine brothers: Luther, Walter, George, Woody, Fran, Bill, Richard,Leonard ???Ole???, and Arnold Howard; and 2 sisters Florence Burlingame and Beatrice Hoffman. A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Burial will be in the Howard Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 7 PM with a Masonic Service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Michael M. Grunenwald 08/28/1942-09/29/2008 Michael M. Grunenwald, age 66 of Aitkin died Monday, September 29, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Mike was born August 28, 1942 at Windom, Minnesota the son of Herman and Frieda (Knoll) Grunenwald. He attended school in Windom through third grade and then moved with his family to the Aitkin area. He then attended the Iron Hub Country School and then attended the Aitkin High School from 7 to 12th grade. He graduated in 1961. He worked for Ziske???s as a meat cutter until the early 1970???s. He married Joan L. Bergman on February 15, 1964 at St. Johns Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook. In the Mid 1970???s Mike went to work for the Minnesota Department of Transportation and worked on Hiway maintenance. He retired in 2003. He was a member of St. John???s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook where he had served on its council, had served as clerk for the Aitkin Township Board for two terms, was a member of the Aitkin Quarterbacks Club, and was currently serving as Governor at the Aitkin Moose Lodge. He enjoyed golfing, ice fishing, the Vikings and deer hunting. He especially loved his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Joan of Aitkin; 2 sons: Jeff Grunenwald and Joel Grunenwald both of Aitkin; 2 grandchildren: Jordan and Emma Grunenwald; 3 brothers and sisters in law: Paul and Karola Grunenwald of Great Falls, Montana; Stanley and Millie Grunenwald of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Daniel and Benita Grunenwald of Canon Falls, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 4, 2008 at 1 PM from St. Johns Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Interment will be in the St. Johns Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 PM at the church with a prayer service at 7:30. Visitation will continue at the church Saturday from Noon to the service time. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Emma Skinaway 06/28/1977-09/29/2008 Emma Lou Skinaway, 31 of McGregor passed away unexpectedly Monday, September 29, 2008. She was born June 28, 1977 in Aitkin to Clifford and Gloria (Sayers) Skinaway. She grew up and attended school at Fond du Lac Ojibwe School and graduated from McGregor High School. Emma devoted her life to her family and her nieces and nephews. She was very fond of traveling and attending NASCAR races at Daytona Beach, FL. Emma lived in the Big Sandy Lake area and was employed with the Minisinaakwaang Leadership Academy School in East Lake. She is survived by her mother Gloria Skinaway of McGregor 5 sisters: Sandra Skinaway of Duluth Lorene Skinaway of Bemidji Elizabeth Skinaway of Duluth Jean (Jason) Lawrence of Bemidji Julie Skinaway of Duluth Three brothers: Clifford Skinaway, Jr. of Duluth Monroe Skinaway, III of Duluth Ken Skinaway of Cloquet 10 nephews, 7 nieces, and 4 great nieces and nephews Many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who all love and miss her very much. She was preceded in death by her father Clifford Monroe Skinaway, Sr. Visitation will begin 4:00P.M., Thursday, October 2, 2008 at the East Lake Community Center, McGregor and will continue until the 11:00A.M., Friday Tribal Rites Ceremony at the Community Center. Melvin Eagle will officiate. Burial will be in the Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. Lloyd E. Davis 06/25/1911-10/03/2008 Lloyd E. Davis, age 97 of Malmo died Friday, October 3, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lloyd was born June 25, 1911 at Malmo, Minnesota the son of George and Alice (Coughlin) Davis. He grew up and attended country school. He had worked most of his life as a dairy farmer near Malmo. He did work as a welder in the Superior Shipyards during WW II. He had also worked on WPA and CCC projects at Ft. Peck, Montana and at Ely, Minnesota. He married Leona Koons on October 1, 1938 in Aitkin. Leona passed away in 1981. Lloyd married Ruth Tierney in May of 1987. Ruth passed away this past year. He had served on the Malmo Township Board and had been a member of the Farmers Union. He is survived by 1 daughter and son in law: Diann and Ronald Hendrickson of Blaine, Mn.; 1 son: Bruce Davis of Aitkin; 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, both wives; 1 daughter Joann Roeker and 9 brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held Monday, October 6, 2008 at 10:30 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. James Raisanen officiating. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Eric Hendrickson, Kent Hendrickson, Blake Hendrickson, Tyler Hendrickson, Todd Christensen and Andrew Christensen. Honorary pallbearers will be: Timothy Christensen and Brandon Hendrickson. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Elsie M. Fillips 01/01/1906-10/09/2008 Elsie M. Fillips age 102 died Thursday, October 9, 2008 at Freedom Pointe Assisted Living Center in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Elsie was born in 1906 at Greenwood, Wisconsin the daughter of Otto and Lydia Decker. She moved to the Aitkin area in 1946 with her husband and 3 children. For 30 years they operated the Hide-A-Way Resort on Sugar Lake near Glen. After Harold passed away in 1980, Elsie continued to live on Sugar lake for a few years before moving to Maryhill Manor in Aitkin where she resided for many years prior to moving to Freedom Pointe. Elsie was a longtime member of the Glen Community Church She is survived by 2 daughters and son in law: Beverly and Fred Donner and Marilyn Schroeder; 1 son and daughter in law: Bruce and Diane Fillips; 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 17, 2008 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Skip Reeves and Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. Interment will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Margaret Adams 03/09/1947-10/10/2008 Margaret A. Adams, 61 of Aitkin passed away Friday, October 10, 2008 at her home. She was born March 9, 1947 in Mankato to Amador and LaVonne (Nelson) Chaves. She attended school in Belle Plaine. On September 12, 1994 in Mankato Margaret was united in marriage to Billie Adams. In 1995 they relocated to Aitkin, where she enjoyed fishing gardening, sewing and needle work. Her main focus in life centered around her family. She made quilts for family and friends and also gifts for her church. She is survived by her husband Billie 5 children: Paul Schaak of Waterville Sandra (Mark) Arens of Webster Jeffery (Margaret) Schaak of Montgomery Roger Schaak of Waterville Anne (Kenny) Reinke of Litchfield 6 Step-children: Evelyn, Billy, Terry, Sarah, Jenice, and John 23 grandchildren 13 great-grandchildren 5 brothers and sisters: Mary Ellen (LeRoy) Oestriech of Chaska Jerome (Mary) Chaves of Le Sueur James Chaves of St. Paul Thomas (Joyce) Chaves of Belle Plaine Michael (Cheryle) Chaves of Henderson Besides many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Amador and LaVonne (Nelson) Chaves. Funeral services will be 11AM ??? Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at St. James Catholic Church, Aitkin. Fr. Paul Fruth will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, Aitkin. Visitation will be 5 to 8P.M. Monday with a Rosary Service at 7:30PM at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. Dennis L. Welcome 08/26/1942-10/11/2008 Dennis L. Welcome, age 66 of Remer formerly of Palisade and the Twin Cities died Saturday, October 11, 2008 at the Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Dennis was born August 26, 1942 at Blooming Prairie, Minnesota the son of Dallas and Lavina (Dahle) Welcome. He moved with his family at an early age to the Palisade, Mn. area were he attended grade school and then attended High School in Aitkin graduating in 0. While in High School he was on the Wrestling team. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in July of 0 and served overseas until his discharge in 3. He continued his duty in the Army Reserves until 2002 when he retired from the Reserves. He married LeeAnn Banks on April 9, 6 in Aitkin. They made their home in Minneapolis, Maple Grove and Otsego. He worked as a machinist for the Honeywell Corp for 35 years. He married Petra J. Voss on June 20, 1992 in Brooklyn Park, Mn. They lived in Ramsey until moving to the Remer-Longville area in 203.He loved hunting, was active in his church, and enjoyed watching football and four wheeling with friends. He is survived by his wife Petra J. Dunkley-Welcome of Remer; Children and spouses: Scott and Trisha Welcome of Big Lake, Mn.; Terri and Dale Schmidt of Buffalo, Mn.; Kent Welcome of Mound, Mn.; step children and spouses: Danny and Dawn Dunkley of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; Wanda and Stan Cram of Rochester, Mn.; Lisa and Mike Mullenberg of Zimmerman, Mn.; Mark Dunkley of Prior Lake, Mn.; Mother: Lavina Welcome of Anoka, Mn.; Brothers and spouses: Michael and Aldora Welcome of Heartland, Wisc.; Kevin and Breselda Welcome of Downey, Calf.; Gene and Robin Welcome of Ham Lake, Mn.; Mark and Joann Welcome of Isanti, Mn.; sisters and spouses: Sharon and Larry Merrick of McHenry, N.D.; Sandy and Denny Larsen of Royalton, Mn.; Andrea and Frank Rassier of Blaine, Mn.; Linda and Frank Petruska of Hopkins, Mn.; Lynn Welcome of Champlin, Mn.; 17 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Dallas and 1 brother David. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. John Monsong officiating. Interment will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Willard M. Hagman 03/27/1923-10/15/2008 Willard M. Hagman, age 85 of Aitkin completed his final mission on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Willard was born March 27, 1923 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Charles and Josephine (Peterson) Hagman. He grew up in the Aitkin area attending grade school at Kimberly and then high school in Aitkin graduating in 1941. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served during WW II. He served in the 8th Air Force as a bombardier on a B-17. He flew 35 missions. He was discharged in 1945 and married Lois E. Nickander on May 26, 1945 at Kimberly. They Dairy farmed in Kimberly Township until 1979. Willard also drove school bus for 18 years. He has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center for the past 2 ?? years. Willard was a life member of the American Legion and VFW Posts in Aitkin; had served on the Kimberly Church Board, the Saron Cemetery Board, the Kimberly Township Board for 27 years, and the Aitkin School Board. Willard had also served on the Mille Lacs Electric Board for 35 years and on the UPA/GRE Board for many years. He was also a member of the Minnesota Chapter of the8th Air Force. He enjoyed woodworking and playing cards. He is survived by his wife Lois Hagman of Aitkin; 1 son and daughter in law: Lance and Tracy Hagman of Hinckley, Mn.; 3 daughters and sons in law: Terry and Howard Sylvester of Sauk Rapids, Mn.; Barb and Will Byler of Apple Valley, Mn.; Debbie and Hugh Janzen of Aitkin; 12 grandchildren: Alysa Swenson, Scott Sylvester, LaJean Larsen, Janean Dyke, Darren Byler, Steve Janzen, Chris Hagman, Sarah Emery, Adam Janzen, Charlie Hagman, Bethany Hagman and Alex Hagman; 15 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Josephine Hagman; 1 brother Harris Hagman; 2 great grandchildren: Nicholas Janzen and Damon Byler. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 10 AM from First Lutheran Church with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery in Kimberly Township. Pallbearers will be Steve Janzen, Scott Sylvester, Chris Hagman, Darren Byler, Charlie Hagman, Alex Hagman, and Adam Janzen. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be held Friday from 5 to 8 PM with a prayer service led by Rev. Lance Isaacson at 7:30 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. John J. Gardas 12/17/1946-10/20/2008 John J. Gardas, Jr., 61 of Aitkin died Monday, October 20, 8 at his residence. He was born December 17, 1946 in Minneapolis to John and Irene (Stffanko) Gardas, Sr. He was formerly employed at Honeywell. He enjoyed the Mille Lacs Lake area and Fisher???s Resort. John is survived by his father John of Brooklyn Center 3 daughters: Heather Englund of Otsego Jessica Gardas of Otsego Sara Gardas of Crystal One step-daughter Jenny Budziak of Crystal 5 grandchildren: Mackenzie, Devin, Hunter, Isabell, and Joseph Eight brothers and sisters: Michael, Jerry, Rick, Jim, Chris, Christine, Dan, and Gary Special friend Lori Gardas He was preceded in death by his mother Irene and special friend Patricia Franklin. Memorial services will be 2PM ??? Saturday, November 1, 8 at the River of Life Church, Elk River. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral is assisting with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com. Alton H. Sterling 07/15/1926-10/21/2008 Alton H. Sterling, age 82 of Aitkin formerly of Prior Lake, Mn. died Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Alton was born on July 15, 1926 at Kelliher, Minnesota the son of Edward and Hester (Hanson) Sterling. He grew up in Minneapolis but attended the School for the Deaf at Faribault, Mn. He went to work for the Dave Fischbien Manufacturing Company in Minneapolis and worked as a Tool and Die Maker for 39 years. He married Betty Jane Hessburg on April 30, 1949 at Minneapolis, Mn. They lived in Bloomington until 1966 when he and his family moved to Prior Lake. He retired to the Aitkin area in 1985. He was a member of the Minnesota Deaf Fisherman???s Assoc. and he loved fishing, woodworking. He enjoyed sports and had been a Golden Gloves Boxer in his younger years. He is survived by his wife Betty Sterling of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Jack and Sue Sterling of Naples, Florida; Jill and David Ryan of Prior Lake, Mn.; Jean and David Kichler of Stacy, Mn.; Jeff Sterling of Aitkin; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren and 1 sister Betty Thorvig of Minneapolis, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with a visitation 1 hour prior to services. Honorary pallbearers will be the grandchildren: Jennifer Ryan, Kathleen Ryan, Lynn Pieper, Jacob Sterling, Chad Sterling, Ryan LeBeau and Travis LeBeau. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Robert A. Lawrenz 03/05/1919-10/29/2008 Robert A. Lawrenz, age 89 of Aitkin formerly of Springfield, Mn. and Dunnellon, Florida died Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Robert was born March 5, 1919 at Springfield, Minnesota the son of Herman and Martha (Nobach) Lawrenz. He grew up and attended schools in Springfield graduating from the Springfield High School and then attended the University of Minnesota for 1 year. He then returned to Springfield and worked as a bank teller from 1939 to 1941 at which time he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WW II. He served with the 389th Bomb Group, 567th Squadron, 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations. He was a navigator on a B-24 Liberator Bomber flying missions over France, Norway, and Germany. He was shot down over enemy territory in France on Jan. 7, 1944 and was a prisoner of war until Sept. 7, 1944. He was discharged from the U.S. Army in November of 1946. He had married Virginia Mae Cook on October 15, 1945 at Springfield, Missouri. They lived in Minneapolis for a time while he went back to the University of Minnesota and then moved back to Springfield, Mn. where he worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier for 30 years. He retired in 1977. In 1983 he and his wife moved to Dunnellon, Florida to spend their retirement years. In December of 2002 they moved to Aitkin, Minnesota and have lived here since. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion. He enjoyed fishing and Golfing and while in Florida he enjoyed hand feeding squirrels and chipmunks. He is survived by his wife Virginia Lawrenz of Aitkin; 12 daughters and son in law: Nancy and Dr. Charles Schotzko of Aitkin; Martha Overby of Shoreview, Mn.; 1 son and daughter in law: Dean and Susan Lawrenz of Glendale, Arz.; 4 grandchildren: David Schotzko of New York City, New York; Kolleen Overby of Minneapolis, Mn.; Jackie Kelly of Tucson, Arz.; and Rachel Lawrenz of Phoenix, Arz. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers: Alfred and Ewald and 1 sister Elizabeth Heitzman. A memorial service will be held at a later date. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. The Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin is in charge of the arrangements. Hazel Irene Johnson Cooper 04/16/1919-11/02/2008 Hazel Irene Johnson Cooper, age 89 of Joshua Tree, California formerly of Aitkin died Sunday, November 2, 2008 at the Hi Desert Continuing Care Center at Joshua Tree, Calf. due to congestive heart failure. Hazel was born on April 16, 191 at Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Louis and Emma (Peterson) Johnson. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1936. She then attended and was a member of the class of 1939 at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She began a bookkeeping career that spanned about 50 years. She worked with the US Navy during WW II as a civilian in California. She then worked as an office administrator at the Aitkin Community Hospital for 18 years, and ended her career in the 1990???s as the office administrator at the Neophron Dialysis Clinic in Anaheim. She has resided in California the past 32 years and resided in Yucca Valley the past 91/2 years. She was a lifelong Lutheran and was a current member of Faith Lutheran Church at Joshua Tree, Calf. Hazel was also a member of the Aitkin American Legion Post 86 Auxiliary since 1957. She is survived by 3 sons and daughters in law: Gregory and Susan Cooper of Tustin, Calf.; Geffrey and June Cooper of Joshua Tree, Calf.; Gerald and Cathy Cooper of Silver Lakes, Calf.; 1 daughter: Katherine Cooper of Northfield, Mn.; 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; former husband of 35 years Harold; son Harold E. ???Gene??? Jr.; 1 granddaughter Meghan; 1 brother Lloyd and 1 sister Norma. Funeral services will be held at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Sarah Cordray officiating on Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 11 AM. Interment will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church in Aitkin in memory of Hazel. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Lilian Grace Pearson 12/13/1901-11/05/2008 Lilian Grace Pearson, the daughter of Brian and Jenni (Johnson) Pearson was stillborn Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. She is survived by her parents Brian and Jenni Pearson of Aitkin Sister Madelyn Brother Samuel Grandparents: Allen and Sandy Pearson of Aitkin Darwin and Edee Johnson of Anoka Great-grandparents: Albin and Doris Pearson of Aitkin Jennie Nix of Aitkin Aunts and uncles: Aaron (Lisa) Pearson Angie (Steve) Mitzuk Patti (Ryan) Lashinski 6 cousins: Sally, Jillian, Tyler, Allison, Ethan, and Evelyn Besides many other relatives and family friends. She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents: Wayne Nix Dean and Elnora Johnson Magnus and Eva Westling You are our precious and beautiful baby girl. You will always be loved. May God bless you and keep you. Funeral services will be 2:00P.M. ??? Sunday, November 9, 2008 at Glory Baptist Church, Aitkin. Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Burial will be in the Glory Cemetery. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com. Margene ''Midge'' Compton Margene ???M 10/28/1946-11/07/2008 Margene ''Midge'' Compton Margene ???Midge??? Compton, age 62 of McGregor formerly of Minneapolis, life companion of Vernon Kleve, died Friday, November 7, 2008 at her home. Midge was born October 28, 1946 in Renville Co., Minnesota the daughter of Paul and Viola (Zimmer) Zaske. She grew up and attended schools at Danube, Mn. where she graduated from High School in 1964. She then attended the Willmar Community College. She then moved to Minneapolis where she worked for several medical clinics. She married Lawrence Compton on January 21, 1967 at Renville. Lawrence died in 1971. She continued to work in the Twin Cities until moving to the McGregor area in the mid 1970???s with her life companion Vernon Kleve. They owned and operated the Traders Post for about 25 years. She enjoyed quilting, knitting, crafts, traveling and had a great love for dogs. She is survived by her life companion: Vernon Kleve of McGregor; 3 sisters and brother in law: Shirleeann and Richard Randall of Angola, Indiana; Kaye Smiley of Crawford, Colorado; Norma Zaske of San Diego, Calf.; aunt: Alice Griffith of Olivia, Mn.; cousins; and Vernon???s sons: Vernon Kleve Jr. of Howard Lake, Mn.; Kyle J. Kleve of St. Michael, Mn.; Dan M. Kleve of Howard Lake, Mn.; Robert C. Kleve of Dassel, Mn. and her 2 precious dogs Brandi and Majic. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lawrence and aunts and uncles. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008 at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Pastor Steven G. Johnson officiating. Music will be provided by Bryan Johnson and Kay and Steven Johnson. Visitation will be from 10 until the 11 am services. Burial will be in the Howard Lake Cemetery in Howard Lake, Mn. on Thursday at Noon. Pallbearers will be: Josh Kleve, Adam Kleve, Ryan Kleve, Kevin Kleve, Neil Kleve, and Robert Kleve. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Julia B. Reser 01/03/1919-11/08/2008 Julia B. Reser, age 89 of McGregor died Saturday, November 8, 2008 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. Julia was born January 3, 1919 in Louisiana the daughter of Richard and Ella (Hopkins) Franklin. She grew up and attended schools in Louisiana. She married Howard F. Reser in 1954 in Peoria, Ill. They then moved to Pittsburgh, Penn. And lived and worked there until 1964 when they moved to Minneapolis. In 1976 the moved to McGregor and owned and operated the Woodland Realty Co. which is now known as McGregor Realty, for about 10 years. She has lived in the McGregor area since. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in McGregor, the Bridge Club; she enjoyed fishing and was a great cook. She is survived by her son Marc Reser of Eagan, Mn.; Grandchildren: Matthew Reser, Raquel Reser and Mac Reser. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 1986; 1 son Eric; and her brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Dan Heath officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Dorothy K. Galarneault 08/30/1913-11/10/2008 Dorothy Galarneault, age 95, longtime resident of Aitkin and recent resident at the Terraces of St. Therese in Hopkins; passed away Monday, November 10, 2008 at the Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Mn. Dorothy was born August 30, 1913 at Wells, Minnesota the daughter of Edward and Emilie (Schweer) Kuechenmeister. She grew up and attended schools at Wells and graduated from the Wells High School. She then attended the University of Minnesota where she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and president of Theta Sigma Phi, journalism sorority. She came to Aitkin in 1936 to join the staff of the Aitkin Republican. She married John T. Galarneault on August 6, 1938 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Throughout the years she was active in school, church and community affairs, serving as president of the Aitkin Parent-Teacher Association, the Aitkin Public Library Board, St. James Council of Catholic Women, Brainerd Deanery CCW and Chairman of the Aitkin County Citizens Committee on Aging, the Aitkin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority and the East Central Library Board. She was a charter member of the Aitkin Hospital Auxiliary and one of the organizers of the Lawyers Wives of Minnesota, serving as the first treasurer. She served two terms on the Advisory Committee of the Brainerd Community College, was a member of the State Committee on Library Services, a member of the Blackrock Terrace board, and served as secretary for the Aitkin County Committee for the Minnesota Statehood Centennial in 1958. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, St. James Catholic Church, St. James Council of Catholic Women, the Brainerd Deanery of Catholic Women, the Seven County Senior Federation and the American Association of Retired Persons. She is survived by her four sons and daughters in law: John K. and Margarita Galarneault of Golden Valley, Mn.; Edward and Sharon Galarneault of Pine City, Mn.; Robert and Phyllis Galarneault of Minneapolis; Thomas and Carol Galarneault of Delano, Mn.; one sister: Mrs. W.D. Highsmith of Chapin, South Carolina; nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, the Honorable Judge John T. Galarneault; two brothers and three sisters. Dorothy???s life will be celebrated with a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, November 14, 2008 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Interment will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Memorials are preferred to the Seminarian Fund at the Diocese of Duluth, 2830 E. Fourth Street, Duluth, Mn. 55812. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Pauline Wahlquist 02/10/1924-11/12/2008 Pauline M. Wahlquist, 84 of Aitkin died Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born February 10, 1924 in St. Paul to Noey and Florence (McMahon) Kolling. On August 15, 1942, Pauline was united in marriage to Harvey Wahlquist. She enjoyed reading, photography, and fishing. She is survived by 2 daughters and son-in-law: Pauline ???Jake??? Wahlquist of Brook Park Mary (Everett) Parks of Big Lake Three sons and daughters-in-law: Harvey, Jr. (Sandy) of Bovey William (Significant other Carol Roberts) of Brook Park Robert (Berta) of Oak Park 12 grandchildren twelve great-grandchildren 4 nephews and two nieces: Bill, Jean, Mike, David, Jim, and Margie. She was preceded in death by her husband Harvey on August 20, 2008 1 grandson Daniel, one sister Patricia Gear and her parents. Memorial services for Pauline and Harvey will be 11:00A.M. ??? Saturday, November 29, 2008 at St. James Catholic Church, Aitkin. Father Paul Fruth will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be 11:00A.M.-Friday, November 28, 2008 at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com. Myron W. Haldy 07/07/1950-11/17/2008 Myron W. Haldy, age 58 of Aitkin formerly of Golden Valley, Little Fork, Ely, and Monticello, died Monday, November 17, 2008 at his home near Aitkin. Myron was born July 7, 1950 at Mankato, Minnesota the son of William and Maxine (Johnson) Haldy. He moved with his family as a young child to Virginia, Mn., where he spent his childhood and attended schools. He then moved to Golden Valley, MN. with his family and he attended Robbinsdale High School from which he graduated in 1968. He then attended St. Cloud State and while in St. Cloud he helped get the outdoor recreational program started. Upon his graduation from St. Cloud he then entered the Pharmacy program at the University of Minnesota from which he graduated with his graduate degree in Pharmacy. He worked as a pharmacist in Little Fork, Ely and mostly in Monticello before moving to the Aitkin area in 1999. He then worked for a time at the Mille Lacs Reservation as a pharmacist. Myron had lived his whole life with diabetes. He loved the outdoors, the Boundary Waters; hunting and his trips to the Big Horn Mountains, fishing, and canoeing. In the summer of 1973 he took a canoe trip to the Artic Circle. He was also a participant in the Minnesota sesquicentennial Wagon Train. He enjoyed music, singing, songwriting and playing his banjo and guitar. He married Lynn Hagstrom on Dec. 15, 1973 at Upsala, Mn. and to this union two children were born. Survivors include 2 children and daughter in law: William and Valerie Haldy of Maple Lake, Mn.; Amanda Haldy of Becker, Mn.; 1 sister and brother in law: Diane and Mike Olson of Ham Lake, Mn.; 2 nephews: Matthew Olson of Maple Grove, Mn.; Jacob Olson of Fargo, N.D. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held at First Lutheran Church on Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 1 PM with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Memorials are preferred to the Juvenile Diabetes Fund. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Pete Barker 06/07/1957-11/18/2008 Pete J. Barker, 51 of Aitkin died Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale. He was born June 7, 1957 in Aitkin to Ronald and Eva Mae (Haggard) Barker. He graduated from Onamia High School class of 1975 and then attended the University of Minnesota Duluth studying art and mathematics. He lived in Duluth for 11 years. He moved back to Onamia and worked as a welder for Sasker Manufacturing prior to becoming self employed in the Aitkin area. On September 22, 1992 in Onamia, Pete was united in marriage to Jeanne (Svendsen). He is survived by his wife Jeanne of Aitkin 1 son: Chad (Shannon Bettis) Etzler of Browerville One daughter: Roxanne (Derek) Huhn of Monticello 2 brothers: George (Ann) of Orange Grove, TX. Jim (Pat) of Sauk Rapids Two sisters: Marilyn (Dick) Winn of Ironton Laura Halonen of Brainerd 1 brother-in-law: Roy Ziesmer of McGrath Besides many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother William Line, sister Bertha Ziesmer, 2 nieces Banita Barker and Leonore Winn, one nephew Brian Barker and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M., Saturday, November 22, 2008 memorial service at the Aitkin VFW Robert-Glad Post #1727. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com. Donald J. Erlandson 08/20/1924-11/18/2008 Donald J. Erlandson, age 84, of Aitkin formerly of the Isle/Opstead area died Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at the Villa Vista Health Care Center in Cromwell, Minnesota. Don was born August 20, 1924 at the Hassman area near Aitkin, Mn. the son of Carl and Hilda (Jacobson) Erlandson. He attended schools in Palisade and then at the age of 14 moved with his family to the Opstead area where he helped his father operate a store. He also worked on farms in the area and he and his father also logged. He married Carol J. Linder on September 22, 1951 at the Opstead Baptist Church. He worked as a heavy equipment operator working on construction projects in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Colorado. He worked on the Minnesota Zoo and the Metrodome. He retired in 1984. He lived in the Isle area most of his life and more recently had moved to Aitkin. He was a member of the 49ers, the Opstead Baptist Church where he had served as a deacon and trustee. He is survived by his wife Carol Erlandson of Cromwell; 3 children and spouses: Donald and Nila Erlandson of Rapid City, South Dakota; Deb and Brian Nobis of Wright, Mn.; David and Virginia Erlandson of Oceanside, Calf.; 9 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 2 brothers and sister in law: Herbert and Joanne Erlandson of Aitkin; Willis Erlandson of Des Plaines, Illinois; 1 sister and brother in law: Lois and Albert (Bud) Erickson of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 son dale at birth; 1 sister Frances and 1 brother Kenneth. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 2 PM from the Opstead Baptist Church near Isle with Rev. Perry Johnson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will be in the Opstead Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Margery A. Lanhart 02/01/1954-11/20/2008 Margery Ann (Courier) Lanhart, age 54 of Brainerd formerly of Aitkin, died Thursday, November 20, 2008 at her residence in Brainerd. She was reunited with her daughter Angelique who had preceded her in death. She was born February 1, 1954 the daughter of Melissa Blythe Hammond and Lawrence Courier. She lived in Aitkin for most of her life but has resided in Brainerd the past 8 years. She is survived by her sister Sandy and family, other sisters and brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Frank, Clarence and Francis. A memorial service will be held in the spring of 2009. The Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home of Aitkin is in charge of the arrangements. To sign the online guest register, please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Terri E. Brightnose 01/11/1944-11/26/2008 Terri E. Brightnose, age 64 died Wednesday, November 26, 2008 at her home near McGregor. She was born January 11, 1944 in Wisconsin the daughter of Edwin and Viola (Jonsten) Lone. She has lived in Manitoba and Minnesota for most of her life. She has resided in the McGregor area for about the past 14 years. She was an artist making Native American beadwork. She is survived by children and spouses: Jack and Sheila Brightnose of Marenisco, Mich.; Gilbert Bear of East Lake, Mn.; Jeff Brightnose of Manitoba, Canada; Bob Brightnose of Manitoba, Canada; Ron Brightnose of Quebec, Canada; and Cindy Hall of Sioux Falls, S.D.; 2 brothers: Elvern Lone of East Lake, Mn.; Edwin Lone of Duluth, Mn.; 2 sisters: Lula Pearl Dale of Monticello, Mn.; and Lucinda Wells of East Bethel, Mn.. A memorial service for Terri will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Crystal Wilcox 11/12/1985-12/01/2008 Crystal Marie Wilcox, 23 of Aitkin died Monday, December 1, 2008 in Pine County, as a result of a car accident. She was born November 12, 1985 in Aitkin to Bruce Wilcox and Marcia Hills. She was a 2004 graduate of Brainerd High School and then attended Mankato State University. She was a manager at The Junction south of Aitkin and was involved with CAM???s Ride, a bike rally for Autism. Crystal is survived by her mother Marcia Hills of Aitkin Father Bruce Wilcox of Aitkin 2 sisters and brother-in-law: Jennifer (Larry) Griffin of Aitkin Isabel Wilcox of Aitkin One brother Cole Wilcox of Aitkin Fianc?? Jeff Trudeau of Forest Lake 2 nephews Chase and Donnie Two nieces Donesha and LaRaya Grandmother Iyone Bartels of Deerwood Grandfather Jerry Hills of Aitkin Besides many other aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by grandmother Lorna (Klingelhofer) Hills and grandfather Donald Wilcox. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. Friday, December 5, 2008 at Westside Church in Aitkin. Reverend Judith Clark will officiate. Burial will be in Diamond Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00P.M., Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. Roy M. Polkinghorne 10/23/1916-12/07/2008 Roy M. Polkinghorne, age 92 of Aitkin died Sunday, December 7, 2008 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Roy was born October 23, 1916 at Littlefork, Minnesota the son of Earnest and Maude (Foster) Polkinghorne. He grew up and attended schools in Littlefork and graduated from High School there. He then worked for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. He married Doris J. Valsvik on January 1, 1942 at International Falls, Minnesota. He then served in the U.S. Army during WW II. He was in the Battle of the Bulge. Upon his discharge in 1946 he returned home and then went to work as an automotive mechanic for Harold???s Chevrolet in Minneapolis. He worked for them until 1975 when he retired. He and Doris lived in Minneapolis until 1978 at which time they moved to the Aitkin area and lived on Nord Lake prior to moving into town in 2002. Roy enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, cutting wood and just being outdoors in nature. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. He had served as a Boy Scout Leader. He is survived by his wife Doris Polkinghorne of Aitkin; 1 son: Ralph Polkinghorne of Los Alamos, New Mexico; 1 daughter: Ann Greer of Indianapolis, Ind.; 3 grandchildren and spouses: Jason Greer and wife Thuy; Amy Williams and husband Douglas; Brian Greer and wife Amanda; 2 brothers: Bruce Polkinghorne and wife Violet of Littlefork, MN.; Clyde Polkinghorne and wife Mary of Warren, Michigan; 1 sister: Lorene Haaversen of Bemidji, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents Earnest and Maude and step mother Margarette; and 3 brothers: Jack, George, and Harold. A memorial service will be held Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Interment will be in the spring at the Oakley Cemetery at Littlefork, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the on-line guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. George H. Amundson 03/23/1937-12/08/2008 George H. Amundson, age 71 of McGregor died Monday, December 8, 2008 at St. Mary???s Medical Center in Duluth after a short battle with gall bladder cancer. George was born on March 23, 1937 at McGregor, Minnesota the son of George C. and Lola M. (Sheeks) Amundson. He was raised on the family farm east of McGregor and graduated from the McGregor High School in 1955. The following year, he attended Vennard College where he met Marlene Nitz of Randolph, Nebraska. They married in 1956. She died in 1966. George married Kathy Melser of McGregor in 1986. They lived three miles east of McGregor on farm ground along the Big Sandy River that was homesteaded in 1898 by his Norwegian grandfather Gustav Amundson. George and Kathy operated a dairy and beef farm there. George also drove school bus for the McGregor School District for 29 years. Earlier in his life, George worked for two years on Lake Superior ore carriers. He drove bread trucks while living in Duluth. Also after the death of his first wife, he lived in rural Pierce, Nebraska, where he owned Wee Town, a bar; restaurant, gas station, and community gathering place. He served for 24 years on the McGregor Township Board, including as chairman. Friends and family remember George for his skill of story-telling, his appreciation for his family farm, his love of children, and most of all, for his deep Christian faith and unfaltering love of his Lord. With his first child being born when he was 19 and his last when he was 50, George was blessed with children and grandchildren. He was surrounded by them all of his adult life. He is survived by his wife Kathy Amundson of McGregor; six children and spouses: Lorie and Ted Weinrich of Brookings, South Dakota; Brent and Melanie Amundson; Kevin and Sue Amundson; Lisa and Larry Koehler; and Rachel Amundson all of McGregor; Christopher and Angela Amundson of Norfolk, Nebraska; four step children and spouses: Brenda and Sean Hannafin of Ham Lake, Mn.; Mark and Doris Skaj of Deerwood, Mn.; Tammy and Chuck Blaha of Tower, Mn.; Sarah and Ernie Darlow of McGregor; 2 sisters: Harriet Amundson of McGregor; Carol Lindberg of Plymouth, Mn.; and 24 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Marlene, and unborn child, 1 brother Howard; and granddaughter Madison. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 13, 2008 at 11 AM from Bethany Lutheran Church in Cromwell with Pastor Jack Gould officiating. Burial will be in the Grayling Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services on Saturday at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com Emma Dennison 04/15/1915-12/13/2008 Emma Dennison, age 93 of Aitkin died Saturday, December 13, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Emma was born April 15, 1915 at Hanover, Kansas the daughter of Joseph and Lena (Ferguson) Jewell. She moved with her family at a young age to the McGregor/Tamarack area where she attended country school. She married Robert Dennison on November 25, 1933 in Brainerd, Mn. They made their home in Ross Lake Twp. of Crow Wing County for many years. Emma moved to the Aicota Health Care Center in the fall of 2003 and has lived there since. She enjoyed doing needlework and crocheting. She is survived by 2 daughters and sons in law: Loraine and Bradley Bodle of Cross Lake, Mn.; Lois and Gene Vance of Phoenix, Arizona; 2 brothers: Rollie Jewell of Anoka, Mn. and Archie Jewell of Phoenix, Arizona; 1 sister: Vera Reich of McGregor; 9 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert in 1988; 2 granddaughters, 1 grandson, 1 sister and 5 brothers. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 19, 2008 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with a visitation 1 hour prior to the services. Burial will be in the Pine Ridge Cemetery at Emily, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. John J. Skaj 12/21/1938-12/14/2008 John Joseph Skaj, age 69 of Aitkin died Sunday, December 14, 2008 at the Viewcrest Nursing Home in Duluth, Minnesota. He was born December 21, 1938 in Holdingford, Minnesota the son of Joseph and Martha (Knoll) Skaj. He moved with his family to the Kimberly area at a young age and he then attended school at Kimberly and then the Aitkin High School. He went to work on the railroad with his father in 1956. He moved to Chicago in 1958 where he met and married Joan Otterness. In 1967 he married Helen Fuller. While in Chicago he worked for Nichols Motor Supply from 1973 to 1994. He then moved back to Minnesota where he worked for Savanco until he retired. He is survived by7 Children and spouses: James and Valerie Fuller of Aitkin, Mn.; Jerry and Kim Fuller of Alvarado, Texas; Ann and Tim Anderson of Duluth, Minnesota; Wanda and Martin Bucholz of Boyd, Wisc.; Mike and Leta Skaj of Santa Clara, Calf.; Teresa and Charlie Smith of Bowling Green, Kentucky; David and Karen Skaj of Aitkin, Mn.; 14 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 1 sister: Betty and James Buttler of Aitkin, Mn.; 2 brothers: Paul and Jane Skaj of Aitkin and Walt and Jo Skaj of Wellston, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents and both wives Helen and Joan. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. John Fleischhacker officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery at Kimberly. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church Saturday. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com Dallas (Pete) McWilliams 08/13/1951-12/14/2008 Dallas (Pete) Ora McWilliams, age 57 of Fargo, N.D. formally of Aitkin passed away quietly at the Merit Care Hospital in Fargo after a serious illness. He was born August 13, 1951 in Omaha, Nebraska the son of Dallas and Phyllis (Hogan) McWilliams. He moved with his family to the Aitkin area where he attended schools graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1969. After his graduation he served in the U.S. Navy. Upon his discharge he became a long haul over the road truck driver, enjoying the sites, towns, and people he met in all of the continental U.SD. and Canada. He married Paula Pozzi on September 26, 1987 in Fargo, N.D. They traveled and enjoyed their lives together. He is survived by his wife Paula McWilliams of Fargo, N.D.; 1 son: Carey of Fargo, N.D.; 1 daughter Jessie of North Dakota; Two grandchildren: Marcis and Maryann both of North Dakota; his mother: Phyllis Sjodin of Elk River (formerly of Aitkin); three brothers and spouses: Gary and Barb McWilliams and Ron and Evonne McWilliams all of Conway, Arkansas; Mike and Carol McWilliams of Aitkin; three sisters: Linda Anderson of Maplewood, Mn.; Annette Weimer of Elk River, Mn.; Denise Kern of Blaine, Mn.; several nieces and nephews and his close friend Mike of Fargo. He was preceded in death by his father Dallas and one brother Larry. A memorial service will be held Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 2 PM from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church of rural Aitkin with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. Interment will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery in the spring. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts in the Spring. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Leonard W. Kittleson 08/26/1919-12/16/2008 Leonard W. Kittleson, age 89 of Aitkin, born August 26, 1919, passed away December 16, 2008. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years Eileen (Bistodeau). He will be greatly missed by his children: Judi Kearney (Jim), Sandra Ramlet, Bill Kittleson (Lisa), and Leneen Kittleson (special friend Dennis); he was blessed with 8 grandchildren: Shannon, Sean, Gavin, and Brendon Kearney; Patrick Ramlet; Ben and Matt Beck; and Bryan Kittleson; and 7 great grandchildren. Leonard loved Elm Island Lake (God???s Country he called it), and his special family and friend up there. The birds, critters and flowers brought him great joy and made this a very special place for him. He also enjoyed the companionship and love of two great four-legged friends; Charlie and Suzi Q. A celebration of his life will be held Friday, December 19 beginning at 1:30 PM and continue until the 3 PM prayer service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Patricia McClellan 11/05/1929-12/20/2008 Patricia ???Pat??? A. McClellan, age 79 of Aitkin formerly of St. Paul died Saturday, December 290, 2008 at her home. She was born November 5, 1929 in St. Paul, Minnesota the daughter of Michael and Mildred (Walker) Kruse. She grew up and attended schools in St. Paul graduating from the Wilson High School in 1947. She worked for a time at the Midway National Bank. She married William McClellan on June 25, 1949 at White Bear Lake, Mn. they made their home and raised their family in Maplewood, Mn. The started coming to Diamond Lake near Aitkin in 1983. They moved to the Aitkin area in 1991 and have lived here since. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin; The Sister To Sister organization and the Red Hats. She is survived by her husband William ???Bill???; Children and spouses: Kathy; Tim and Jill; Jeanne and Perry; Greg; Anne; Bernie; Mary and Billy and Lynn; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 5:30 to 8 PM with a Rosary Service at 7:30 PM led by the Knights of Columbus at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be in the Diamond Lake Cemetery. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Memorials are preferred to the Home Health Partnership Hospice. John Fremling 06/26/1929-12/21/2008 John L. Fremling, 79 of Aitkin died Sunday, December 21, 2008 at his residence. He was born June 26, 1929 in Brainerd to John L. and Charlotte E. (Brooks) Fremling. He graduated from Brainerd High School and then from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Mathematics. While at SCSU he played and lettered in Football. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. On October 11, 1958 in Osceola Township John was united in marriage to Vicki Kirgiss. He taught Mathematics for 27 years for the Aitkin Schools and for 3 years at the Crosier Seminary in Onamia. He was a wrestling, football, and track coach for Aitkin Schools. He was inducted into the Minnesota State Wrestling Hall of Fame. He was active in the Gideon ministry where he held various offices. He was a member of the Calvary Westside Church and enjoyed fishing and hunting. John is survived by his wife Vicki 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Steve Fremling of Aitkin Jere (Laurel) Fremling of Aitkin One daughter Jana Fremling of Aitkin 2 grandchildren: Joel and Kaila Two sisters and brothers-in-law: Carla (Richard) Dean of Brainerd Ramona (Grant) Grayson of Billings, MT. 1 brother and sister-in-law Paul (Janet) Fremling of Watersford, MI. besides many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister Christina, 2 brothers Harold and Howard. Funeral services will be 12:00P.M. Saturday, December 27, 2008 at Calvary Westside Church, Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Osceola Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 10:00A.M. Saturday at the church. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. Galen D. Doub 07/27/1951-12/24/2008 Galen D. Doub, age 57 of Aitkin formerly of St. Cloud died Wednesday, December 24, 2008 while out cross country skiing near Deerwood, Mn. Galen was born July 27, 1951 at St. Cloud, Minnesota the son of Delbert and Bernice (Brambrink) Doub. He grew up and attended schools in St. Cloud graduating from St. Cloud Tech in 1969. He then attended St. Cloud area vocational and technical school of drafting and Design Technology graduating in 1971. He then attended St. Cloud State and graduated with a degree in education majoring in Art. He started his teaching career in Adrian, Minnesota and then came to Aitkin and spent most of his teaching career here. He was voted teacher of the year in 1995. He earned his Master of Science in Education Leadership from Southwest State University in 2001. He had served on the Aitkin City Council, was a member of Friends of the Arts, and had been involved with a wide variety of education issues at the Aitkin High School through the years. Galen traveled extensively throughout Europe, South America, Mexico and the United States. He also worked as a teacher in China. Galen???s home in Aitkin, filled with his treasurers from around the world, showcased his creative gifts and his mastery as a gardener was reflected in the exquisite design of the landscaping al around his home on the banks of the Ripple River. In fact, his home was the subject of a number of paintings through the years. Galen loved to visit with friends and family and had wide ranging interests including photography, kayaking, biking, cooking and reading. He was a dedicated member of his community, respected educator and gracious friend. He is survived by 1 sisters and brother in law: Doris and Leroy Kamenick of Oxford, Wisconsin; 1 brother and sister in law: Terry and Debbie Doub of St. Cloud, Mn.; 3 nephews and 1 niece: Todd Kamenick, Wayne Kamenick, Reed Doub and Beth Doub. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Fr. Nicholas Doub and 1 nephew Russell Kamenick. A memorial service will held Tuesday at 7 PM at the Aitkin High School Auditorium with Deacon Bill Stein officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday at the Auditorium from 3 PM until the 7 PM service. Interment will be in the Clear Lake Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Memorial will be used to establish a memorial fund in Galen Doub's name. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Virginia M. Blakesley 06/15/1921-12/28/2008 Virginia M. (Sharratt) Blakesley, age 87 of Ross Lake Township died Sunday, December 28, 2008 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, Mn.; She was born on June 15, 1921 near Lynd, Minnesota the daughter of Harry and Tena (Van Breasen) Sharratt. In 1926 the family moved to the Blind Lake area where she attended the Blind Lake School. In 1940 Virginia moved to Aitkin. She worked at the Olympia Caf?? (bus depot) for three years. In 1943, Virginia and her friend Hazel Boyer moved to Minneapolis. They worked as ???Rosie the Riveters??? for Northwest Airlines and sewed canvas goods for the Army at Munsingwear. After returning to Aitkin, she worked for Bouma???s Dry Goods. On November 14, 1945 she married Lloyd F. Blakesley at the Aitkin Methodist Parsonage. Following the wedding and brief honeymoon trip to Alexandria, Mn. Lloyd returned to the naval base in California. In January of 1945, Virginia traveled by train to Long Beach, Calf. The couple lived in Long Beach and then moved to San Diego before returning to Aitkin in November of 1946. The couple moved to a farm on the riverbank north of Aitkin. They lived there until 1948 at which time they purchased the Blakesley farm and became a part of the Ross Lake community where they raised six children. Virginia served as a treasurer for the Ross lake School Board for five years and with the Ross Lake Township for 16 years. She was a member of the Aitkin VFW Auxiliary. In later years she enjoyed going with her husband to naval ship reunions traveling to many places throughout the continental United States and Canada. She is survived by her husband Lloyd Blakesley; her sons: Dennis (Pam Pruitt) Blakesley; Douglas (Hildara) Blakesley; Lyn (Wanda) Blakesley; Bart Blakesley; Daughters: Lovena Blakesley; Laura (Greg) Thornbloom; 1 brother: Richard Sharratt, 1 sister: Joan Lambert; sister in law: Adelene Sharratt; step-brothers: Francis Houwman, William Houwman, step sisters: Jennie Cartie, Helen Enberg, Florence Beebe, Carol Varian, 9 grandchildren: Milagros Blakesley, Scott Blakesley, Virginia Blakesley, Misty (Tim) Sturm, Jeff Blakesley, Marla Thornbloom, Neal Thornbloom, Cole Blanchard, and Kristin Dunham. She is also survived by her beloved dog ???Captain???. She was preceded in death by her parents: Harry Sharratt and Tena Houwman; Step parents: Clara Sharratt and Frank Houwman, 1 brother Elwood Sharratt, 1 sister: Kathleen Oyerbides, step brothers: Andrew Houwman and Pete Houwman, and step sister Elizabeth Cartie. A memorial service will be held Friday, January 2, 2009 at 11 AM with Rev. Barry Hite officiating at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home on Friday. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Connie Kokesh 02/14/1950-12/31/2008 Connie Louise Kokesh, 57 of Zimmerman died Monday, December 31, 2007 at her residence. She was born in Hopkins the sixth child in a family of 12 to Robert J. and Jeanette (Ida) Kokesh on Valentines Day in1950. Connie touched so many lives in her short time here on earth. At 4???8??? she was small in stature but a giant in prayer and faith with an infectious, positive spirit. We could always count on her to listen to us and pray for us. She was born a secretary, which she did as a career for the State of Minnesota for over 25 years until she became disabled and had to retire. Connie continued to be her family???s personal secretary, she was right in the middle of everything that was going on. She was an active member of St. Pious X Catholic Church in Zimmerman and an active member of a recovery group for several years. All who knew her will miss her terribly, but we also know she is now in heaven with Jesus and those who went before her. She was preceded in death by her parents Robert J. and Jeanette Kokesh and her three brothers: Guy, Andy, and Luke. She is survived by 4 sisters and brothers-in-law: Katherine Kokesh (Mike Tibbetts) of Zimmerman Mary (James) Henry of Locust Grove, VA. Jan (Dale) Post of Brooklyn Center Chris (Tom) Basel of Brooklyn Center Four brothers and sisters-in-law: Bob (Nancy) Kokesh of Aitkin Mark (Colleen) Kokesh of Edina Neil (Carolyn) Kokesh of Champlin Tony (Melinda) Kokesh stationed in Okinawa, Japan Twelve nieces and 14 nephews. And a very good friend Debbie O. She was loved by her family and friends. A Rosary in Celebration of Connie???s life will be prayed at St. Pius X Church, 25909 Fourth St. West, Zimmerman at 6:00P.M., Thursday, January 10, 2008. A reception will follow. Funeral services will continue 10:00A.M. Saturday, January 12, 2008 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Garrison. A reception will follow Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. srtfuneral.com Alice L. Ziske 01/19/1919-01/06/2009 Alice L. Ziske, age 89 of Aitkin died Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Alice was born January 19, 1919 at Swatara, Minnesota the daughter of John and Alice (Baty) Biskey. She grew up and attended country school at Swatara and then attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1936. She moved to St. Cloud and worked as a legal secretary there. She married Charles B. Ziske on April 10, 1944 in Duluth, Minnesota. They made their home in Aitkin where she raised her family and later worked part time as a legal secretary. She enjoyed playing golf, bridge; she bowled and loved to dance. She was a member of the Aitkin Eastern Star and was a past worthy matron. She is survived by 3 daughters and sons in law: Susan and Roger Sargent of Chesterton, Indiana; Janelle Ziske of Aitkin; Nancy and Tom Whitehead of Plymouth, Mn.; 4 grandchildren: Janna Mullen, Andrew Sargent, Patrick Whitehead, Sam Whitehead, 1 brother: George Biskey of Minneapolis. She was preceded in death by her husband Chuck, parents, 2 brothers Truman and Freddie and 2 sisters Irene and Bessie. A memorial service will be held Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 2 PM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. A luncheon will follow the service. The Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin is in charge of the arrangements. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Memorials are preferred to the Aitkin Public Library or the HART animal center in Brainerd. Gerald F. Stofferahn 07/16/1940-01/06/2009 Gerald F. Stofferahn, age 68 of Aitkin died Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Gerald was born July 16, 1940 in Aitkin the son of Walter and Louise (Villeneuve) Stofferahn. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin and McGregor and graduated from Marshall High School in Minneapolis. He then attended a Vo-Tech School in Minneapolis and learned to be a cabinet maker. He married Suzanne Cameron on July 22, 1961 in Minneapolis. He worked in New Hope, Mn. for 12 years and then in 1972 he moved with his family back to Aitkin to begin a position with Woodland Container Co. where he worked as an inspector for 25 years. He moved out to the family farm in 1973 and brought the old farm back to life. He added on to the house, built a barn, and started his own dairy herd, all while working full time at Woodland. He continued this for the next 20 years until 1994 when he sold the farm and moved back to town to begin his own cabinet business called Country Cabinets and Woodworking. He is survived by his wife Sue Stofferahn of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Joe and Sheila Stofferahn of Aitkin; Patty and Les Kingsley of Princeton, Mn.; Tony and Amy Stofferahn of Aitkin; 12 grandchildren: Stephanie, Dylen, Jackson, Shawn, Tarah, Tiffanee, Chad, Jennifer, Jayson, Katelynn, Nicole and Ashley; 2 great grandchildren: Alexzander and Carter; 1 sister: Betty Clausen of Ellicott City, Maryland; 1 brother: Walter Stofferahn Jr. of Minneapolis. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 son Jerald in 1989, 1 brother Arnold and 1 sister Eleanor Roden. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 12, 2009 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Helen A. Gustafson 06/16/1910-01/06/2009 Helen A. Gustafson, age 98 of Aitkin formerly of Palisade and Duluth died Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Helen was born June 16, 1910 in Barron Co., Wisconsin. She grew up and attended schools there. She then moved to Duluth where she worked for a time. She married Albin Gustafson and they moved to the Palisade area and operated a farm. She lived there until moving to the Aicota Health Care Center in 1996. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade and the LCW of Bethel Lutheran Church. She was also a member of the Palisade VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and several brothers and sisters. A memorial service will be held at the Aicota Health Care Center at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, January 20, 2009. The interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery near Rat Lake in the spring. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Eugene ''Gene'' R. Streeter Eugene ??? 01/05/2009-01/07/2009 Eugene ''Gene'' R. Streeter Eugene ???Gene??? R. Streeter, age 74 of McGregor, Mn. died at the Abbott-Northwestern Hospital on January 5, 2009. He was born June 17, 1934 in Minneapolis the son of Earl and Evelyn (Morris) Streeter. He was a graduate of Patrick Henry High School. He married his high school sweetheart Mary in April of 1954. He retired from Western Electric in 1986 and moved to McGregor in May of 1987. He was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church and the McGregor Lions. He is survived by his wife Mary, Children: Todd (Beverly); Susan (Vince) Tyler; grandchildren: Stacy and Andrew; Chris (Christina); Michael, Cameron; and Amanda; Mother Evelyn; Sisters: Loraine Anderson and Rosemary (Douglas) Eidem; brothers: Richard (Joanne); Larry (Sharon); Daniel (Kitty); nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Earl and Keith Anderson. Services will be held Saturday January 10, 2009 at 11 AM at the McGregor High School (148 S. 2nd Ave) with Pastor Dan Heath officiating. Visitation will be held Friday from 5 to 8 PM at Grace Lutheran Church (48115 Lake Ave.) and also 1 hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be in the spring at Pine Needle Cemetery. The McGregor Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Memorials are preferred to the Twin Cities Chapter of the Spinal Cord Society. Jun 17 1934 12:00AM Carl Orjala 01/01/1921-01/10/2009 Carl Orjala, age 88 of Aitkin died Saturday, January 10, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Carl was born January 1, 1921 in Rice River Township near East Lake, Minnesota the son of John and Maria (Rusanen) Orjala. Carl served in the U.S. Army???s 116th Medical Battalion in New Guinea, the Philippines, and Japan during WW II. He married Artis Hoelz on April 30, 1947 in Aitkin. They made their home in East Lake until 1953 at which time they moved to their farm on the Mississippi River northeast of Aitkin. In addition to farming, Carl found great happiness working in the woods. He is survived by his wife Artis of Aitkin; Daughters and sons in law: Janet and Mark Jennings of Duluth, Mn.; Ellen and Keith Dobbins of Chanhassen, Mn.; sons and daughter in law: Thomas Orjala of Coeur d???Alene, Idaho; Todd and Krista (Herbstrith) Orjala of Northfield, Mn. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren: Christine, Teuvo, Kailas, Ellis, Lindsey, Evan, Griffin, and Cooper and 2 great grandchildren: Sydney and Owen. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: John and Wayne, sisters: Mary Kaura, Elsie Bottila, and Anne Kojo and 1 son Timothy. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 16, 2009 at 1 PM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church in Aitkin with Rev. Judith Clark and Rev. Allen Clark Harris officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be Thursday from 7 until 9 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Friday. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. The family wishes to thank Dr. Charles Schotzko and the caring staff of the Aicota Health Care Center. Robert Tibbitts 02/10/1922-01/12/2009 Robert Loyd Tibbitts, 86 of Aitkin died Monday, January 12, 2009 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born February 10, 1922 in Morrison Township, Aitkin County to Charles W. and Dora L. (Elmhurst) Tibbetts. He grew up in Aitkin and attended Aitkin Schools. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in the Philippines during WW II. After his service he moved back to Aitkin and ran Bob???s Popcorn Wagon for several years. On January 1, 1949 Robert was united in marriage to Doris Margaret Mary Bonneville at St James Catholic Church, Aitkin. Following marriage he worked many years with his brother Orville selling seed grain. He then worked many years selling Fuller Brush, before spending the last years of his work life with Aitkin Dairy and Aitkin Iron Works. Upon retirement he spent his time at home with his wife and doing yard work and raising a garden. He also spent many mornings with his good friends at Aitkin Tire Shop. Following some health problems he moved to Maryhill Manor and later to Aitkin Health Services. Robert is survived by 4 children: Pam (Virgil) Dufalult of Crookston Gary of Aitkin Tom (special friend Christie Young) of Waconia John (Angela) of Montrose Two grandchildren Paul of Russia and Kelly of Waconia A future grandbaby 4 sisters and brothers-in-law: Winnifred Peterson of Baraboo, WI. Evelyn (Tibbetts) Olson of Aitkin Shirley (Bonneville) & Clifford Yunker of Aitkin Viola (Bonneville) & Walt Erickson of Omaha Many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives in and around the Aitkin area. Many, many friends he made throughout the years at both Maryhill Manor and Aitkin Health Services and the Aitkin area. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Dora Tibbetts Eleven brothers and sisters, Lillian and Walt Grenier, Rose Tibbetts, Doris and Oliver Weston, Harold Tibbetts, Doug and Hannah Tibbetts, Violet and Alfred Tweet, Roxanna and Ambrose Ritter, Kenneth and Pauline Tibbetts, Vernon and Kathryn Tibbetts, Frank Tibbetts, Orville and Peggy Tibbetts. Funeral services will be 11A.M., Saturday, January 17, 2009 at St. James Catholic Church, Aitkin. Fr. Paul Fruth will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727. Visitation will be 4 to 7P.M. Friday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin with a prayers service at 7P.M. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com. Karen Obrestad 07/31/1940-01/15/2009 Karen K. (Brown) Obrestad, 68 of Aitkin died Thursday, January 15, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin after a long battle with cancer. She was born July 31, 1940 in Cass Lake to Harvey Brown and Alice (Morton). She is survived by her mother Alice (Morton) Thompson 2 Sisters: Carol Iden Pat Duffy Two brothers: George Brown LaVerne (Barb) Bunker Many nieces, nephews, great nieces & great nephews. She was preceded in death by her son Robert, sister Ruth, brothers Wayne, Frank, and Tom. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 12:00P.M., Saturday, January 24, 2009 memorial service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend Sarah Cordray will officiate. www.srtfuneral.com. Irene Howe 08/16/1923-01/16/2009 Irene Howe, 85 of Palisade died Friday, January 16, 2009 at Rio Grande Regional Hospital, McAllen, TX. She was born August 16, 1923 in Palisade to Eric M. and Florence (Hansel) Franzen. She attended school in Palisade and graduated from Aitkin High School, class of 1942. On October 28, 1944 in Long Beach, CA. Irene was united in marriage to Eugene Howe. She worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a Postmaster. She served on the Palisade City Council, was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Palisade Lions, and Bethel Lutheran Church. She is survived by 1 daughter and son-in-law: Marlene (Cliff) Monnier of Hermantown Two sons and daughters-in-law: Gordon ???Buzz??? (Jackie) Howe of Mendota Heights Eric (Susan) Howe of Palisade 6 grandchildren: Roger Monnier, Kara Picconatto, Kathy Oaks, Eric Howe, Jr., Erin Howe, and Katie Bertrand Four great grandchildren 1 brother and sister-in-law Gordon (Donna) Franzen of Granada Special friend Vivian Anderson She was preceded in death by her husband Eugene Howe, her second husband Harry Jacobson, and her parents Eric M. and Florence (Hansel) Franzen. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M., Thursday, January 22, 2009 at Bethel Lutheran Church, Palisade. Reverend William Sass will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 ??? 8P.M., Wednesday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin, and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com. Verna M. Goetsch 02/24/1934-01/16/2009 Verna M. Goetsch, age 78 of McGregor formerly of the Opstead and McGrath area died Friday, January 16, 2009 at St. Mary???s Medical Center in Duluth, Mn. Verna was born February 24, 1930 at Opstead, Minnesota the daughter of Albert and Ellen (Braustrom) Erickson. She grew up and attended school in the McGrath area. She then moved to the Twin Cities where she worked and met she met her husband to be. She married Harvey E. Goetsch on June 26, 1948 at Opstead, Mn. They made their home in Highland Park, Mn until 1971 at which time they moved to McGrath and then in 1973 they moved to the McGregor area and she has lived here since. She had worked many jobs throughout her life but she especially enjoyed being a caregiver for the senior citizens of the area for over 20 years. She was an active member of the McGregor VFW Post 2747 Auxiliary. She was also instrumental in starting the McGregor Lakes AARP Chapter 4416. She is survived by 2 sons: Michael Goetsch of Inver Grove Heights, Mn., Dennis Goetsch of McGregor; 3 grandchildren: Patrick, Laurie and Christopher and 7 great grandchildren. Also surviving is 1 brother Bud Erickson of Aitkin and 1 sister Doris Shields of Anoka, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harvey in 1992, 3 brothers: Clifford, Lloyd and Bon and 1 sister Eileen. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 12:00 Noon from Grace Lutheran Church of McGregor with Rev. William Sass officiating. Interment will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services on Saturday at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Dorothy Parkki 09/03/1915-01/21/2009 Dorothy A. Parkki, age 93 of Tamarack died Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at the Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet, Minnesota. Dorothy was born September 3, 1915 at Tamarack, Minnesota the daughter of Ed and Fannie (Bakka) Anderson. She was the last surviving child of the Anderson family. She grew up and attended the Sheriff Lake Country School. She married Auno J. Parkki on September 3, 1938 at Sheriff Lake. They made their home in the Salo area where she has lived most of her life. She worked as a cook for a number of restaurants in the area and also worked as a cook at the McGregor High School She also worked many years for Lakeside Manufacturing. She attended the Golden Age Club and enjoyed fishing and flower gardens. She is survived by 1 daughter and son in law: Ruth and Robert Sundberg of McGregor; 1 son: Eugene Parkki of Tamarack; 2 sisters in law: Clara Anderson and Mary Anderson both of Duluth and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Auno, 1 daughter and son in law: Phyllis and Lyle Waisanen, 1 granddaughter: Elaine Ann Sundberg, 5 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 2 PM from the McGregor Funeral Home. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services. Burial will be in the Salo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Alta May Blakesley 11/04/1921-01/21/2009 Alta May Blakesley, age 87 of Aitkin, died Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at Aitkin, Minnesota. She was born November 4, 1921 near Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Ernest and Irena (Tool) Woodrow. She grew up and attended the Butts School and then attended the Aitkin High School graduating in 1939. She then moved to the Twin Cities where she attended Business School and also worked in the Twin Cities. She married Lester G. Blakesley on August 23, 1946 in Aitkin. They lived south of Aitkin for a short time and then bought their farm on Blind Lake in 1947 and have lived there ever since. She was a member of the Aitkin VKW Ladies Auxiliary, had been a member of the Channel Belles Homemaker Club, and had been active in the Blind Lake Sharp Shooter 4H Club. She enjoyed gardening, making quilts and refinishing furniture. She is survived by 5 children and spouses: Jack Blakesley of Emily; Judy and Dennis Carpenter of Cambridge, Mn.; Leslie and Eugene Peters of Palisade, Mn.; David Blakesley of Aitkin; Linda Blakesley of Proctor, Mn.; 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 1 brother: Jim Woodrow and 1 sister Anna Lou (Amy) Hansen both of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lester in 1999, 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Barry Hite officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the funeral. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Lydia Geneva Eastman 10/28/1914-01/24/2009 Lydia Geneva Eastman, age 94 of Aitkin, passed away on Saturday, January 24, 2009 at the Aitkin Health Services. Lydia was born October 28, 1914 in Foreston, Minnesota the daughter of Adolph and Tekla (Strand) Olson. She grew up in the Foreston area on the Olson family farm and attended schools in Milaca, graduating with the Class of 1933. She then moved to Minneapolis and attended the Minneapolis Business School. She met and married Verne Eastman, her husband of 48 years and became a homemaker. When Verne retired they moved to the Aitkin area and built their home near Ripple Lake. She enjoyed gardening both flowers and vegetables, and always entered numerous items at the count fair. She was a member of the local flower club, art club and became inspired to do still life paintings. In 1988 Lydia fulfilled her dream of being a teacher when she became a volunteer foster grandparent at Rippleside grade school. She enjoyed working with the children and helping the teachers for over 10 years. She may well be remembered by those students as ???Grandma Lydia??? and then ???Grandma Clause??? during the Christmas season. She was a long time member of the Christian Science Church and a reader at the local Christian Science Society Sunday services. Lydia is survived by 2 sons and daughters in law: Jack and Mary Eastman of St. Cloud, Mn.; Jay and Diane Eastman of Aitkin, Mn.; 7 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild, Hannah Marie. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Verne in 1987, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and 1 grandchild, A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 1 PM from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Nordland Township with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. A visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Minneapolis in the spring. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Eleanor May Fielder 05/04/1916-01/24/2009 Eleanor May Fielder, age 92 of Aitkin, died Saturday, January 24, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Eleanor was born May 4, 1916 in Crosby, Minnesota the daughter of Louis and Ida (Carlson) Larson. She was a graduate of the Aitkin High School, class of 1934. She married Francis Fielder on August 6, 1935. They owned and operated the Fielder and Sons Dairy and also the Fielder Sales Barn in Aitkin. She was employed by the State of Minnesota Learning Center for 16 years until her retirement in 1984. She was a member of the Easter Star and the Rebekahs. She volunteered over 500 hours as a member of the Ground Observers Corps in the 1950???s. She was an active member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin and was a volunteer at the Aitkin Hospital and the Aitkin Library. She is survived by 4 children and spouses: Michael and Liz Fielder of Globe, Arizona; Lee and Shirley Fielder of Alexandria, Mn.; Dianne and David Moore of Plymouth, Mn.; Thomas and Peg Fielder of Aitkin, Mn.; nine grandchildren: Michael Fielder, Gregory Fielder, Sabrina Prosenick, Stephanie Heseltine, Kathryn Shinn, Erica Nowak, Michele Peterson, Jennifer Pauling, and Jeffrey Fielder; 18 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild, Also surviving is 1 niece: Clarice Estey and 1 nephew John Hendrickson. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters: Louise Vanderpool and Erma Hendrickson. The family wishes to thank the Aicota Staff for caring for Eleanor for the past 9 ?? years while she has been a resident there. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Dorothy Stiner 08/17/1922-01/28/2009 Dorothy Louise Stiner, 86 of Palisade died Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at her home. She was born August 17, 1922 in Moweaqua, IL. to Ernest and Tressie (Ewing) Stiner. She grew up and attended rural schools in Christian County, IL. On February 1, 1946 she was united in marriage to Darold M. Stiner. They lived in Christian County until moving to Palisade in 1962 and began to farm. She was a homemaker, farmer and mother of seven. She enjoyed fishing and traveling and was a member of Westside Calvary Baptist Church in Aitkin. Dorothy is survived by her husband Darold 6 sons and daughters-in-law: David (Carol) of Palisade Lonnie of Palisade Edward (Theresa) of Ansley, NE. James (Dalisay) of Wyoming, MN. Phillip of Palisade Nelson (Barbara) of Oldsmar, FL. One daughter and son-in-law: Beverly (Gregory) Paulson of Dodge Center 12 grandchildren, Twenty-two great-grandchildren 1 brother: Donald Stiner of Owaneco, IL. Two sisters: Josephine Gillen of Taylorville, IL. and Goldie Ragan of Shelbyville, IL. Besides many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Tressie Stiner, one sister Elizabeth Munson, and two brothers Frederick and Charles Stiner. Funeral services will be 11 A.M., Saturday, February 7, 2009 at Westside Calvary Baptist Church in Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Palisade. Visitation will be 5 to 7 P.M. Friday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin, and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials will be sent to Northwestern College Student Scholarship Fund in St. Paul (A Christian College of Liberal Arts). www.srtfuneral.com. Florence ''Flo'' Farah Florence ???Flo 05/18/1920-01/29/2009 Farah Florence ???Flo??? D. Farah, age 88 of McGregor, died Thursday, January 29, 2009 at St. Marys Medical Center in Duluth. Florence was born May 18, 1920 in Tamarack, Minnesota the daughter of William and Elisabeth (Korkola) Johnson. She grew up and attended schools in Tamarack and High School in McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School. She then worked at the Farah Brothers Cafe as a waitress. She married Joseph P. Farah on July 23, 1942 in Deerwood, Minnesota. They made their home in McGregor where she raised her family and worked with her husband for many years in the Hardware Store. She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church where she volunteered many hours over the years. She was also a Life member of the McGregor VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed bowling, ceramics and cooking for her family and friends. Her pride and joy was her family. She is survived by 1 daughter and son in law: Carol and Gene Grossman of Tamarack, Mn.; 1 son and 2 daughters in law: Dennis and Bonnie Farah of McGregor; Linda Farah of McGregor; 11 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 1 sister: Agnes Hanni of Tamarack; 2 sisters in law: Cecelia Maddy of Aitkin, Margie Johnson of Tamarack; special nieces: Pat Monson of McGregor, Barbara Ruzynski of Bismark, N.D., Roseanne Hendrickson of Miami, Florida and other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Joseph, 1 son Edward, 2 brothers and 1 sister. A mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. John Fleischhacker officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery in McGregor. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 PM at the church with a prayer service at 6:45 PM. The visitation will continue Tuesday 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Catherine Ukura 04/30/1932-01/30/2009 Catherine L. Ukura, 76 of McGregor died Friday, January 30, 2009 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born April 30, 1932 in Kettle River to George Isaac and Aina Elizabeth (Laitinen) Minkkinen. She graduated from McGregor High School. On July 29, 1950 in Minneapolis Catherine was united in marriage to Kenneth Ukura. She is survived by her son Mark of McGregor 4 grandchildren: Andrea (Kory) Marsyla of McGregor Bret Ukura of Tamarack Karl White of Pensacola, FL. Anna White of Pensacola, FL. Two great-grandchildren: Ashley and Zerek Marsyla 3 brothers and sisters-in-law: John (Sigrud) Minkkinen of Kettle River Toivo (Delores) Minkkinen of Duluth Sulo Minkkinen of Cloquet Four sisters: Pearle Wilen of Lawler Laverna Field of Rice River Marilyn Anderson of Two Harbors Ellen Grothe of Minneapolis Sister-in-law: Marie Minkkinen Besides many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth, Daughter: Mary White, Brother: George Minkkinen, 2 sisters: Sylvia Wierimaa and Linda Lund and her parents George and Aina (Laitinen) Ukura Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Friday funeral service at the United Methodist Church in McGregor. Reverend Russell Christensen will officiate. Burial will be in Beaver Cemetery. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com. Phyllis Collins 08/21/1936-01/31/2009 Phyllis A. Collins, 72 of Aitkin died Saturday, January 31, 2009 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born August 21, 1936 in Little Falls to Swen and Mildred (Johnson) Nielson. She graduated from Aitkin High School. Phyllis was married to Jesse Coonfield. They lived in Enid, OK. for a time and later divorced. She moved back to Minnesota in 1978 to be closer to her family. She was a Ward Secretary for 20 years at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin retiring in 1999. She loved her pets and was a member of First Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Phyllis is survived by one daughter and son-in-law: Kim (Ed) Fuller of Aitkin 1 son and his fianc??e: Ron (Linda Walters) Coonfield of Brainerd Five grandchildren: Nicole Fuller of Detroit Lakes Megan Fuller of Turtle Lake, WI. Brianna Fuller of Aitkin Bruce Coonfield of Brainerd Ronald Coonfield of Brainerd 5 great-grandchildren: Trinity Michlitsch, Ryan Michlitsch, Izabelle Miller, Beau Coonfield, Chloe Coonfield One brother and sister-in-law: Keith (Monica) Nielson of Springhill, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents Swen and Mildred (Johnson) Nielson and one brother Swen Nielson, Jr. Visitation will begin at 9:00A.M. until the 11:00A.M., Thursday, February 5, 2009 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Sarah Cordray will officiate. www.srtfuneral.com. Ellen L. Eng 09/01/1916-02/02/2009 Ellen L. Eng, age 92 of Aitkin died Monday, February 2, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Ellen was born September 12, 1916 in Fleming Twp., of Aitkin County, Minnesota the daughter of Axel and Britta (Ohlson) Eng. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School. During WW II she worked with the Rationing Department and then had worked at the Land O??? Lakes Turkey Plant in Aitkin and then worked with Bryce Kelsey at the Recorders Office for Aitkin County and then at the Aitkin Abstract Office. She enjoyed traveling with her sister Louise especially up the North Shore, knitting, crocheting, entertaining her family and friends, gardening and volunteering for fundraisers. She was a faithful member of the Fleming United Methodist Church, was a 4-H leader, served on the Fleming Town Board and the Fleming Cemetery Board, and the United Methodist Ladies Aid. She is survived by 1 sister: Louise Eng of Aitkin; 1 nephew: Clayton (Sherri) Peterson of Erhard, Mn.; 1 niece: LuRae Melaas (Mike Stras) of Underwood, Mn.; Great nieces: Rebecca (Brian) Beckius of Buffalo, Mn.; Sarah (Chris) Syverson of Fargo, N.D.; great nephew: Tim Peterson (Brittany Zahler) of St. Cloud, Mn.; great great niece: Ellen Louise Beckius; great great nephews: Victor John Beckius and Jackson Carl Peterson. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother Oscar Eng, 1 sister: Edith Peterson and brother in law: LuVerne Peterson. Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 5, 2009 at 2 PM from the Fleming United Methodist Church with Rev. Russell Christensen officiating. Burial will be in the Fleming Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services on Thursday at the church. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Ida L. Miller 04/19/1911-02/02/2009 Ida L. Miller, age 97 of Belle Plaine, Minnesota formerly of Aitkin, Winnebago and Grand Marais, died Monday, February 2, 2009 at The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine. Ida was born April 19, 1911 at New Lisbon, Wisconsin the daughter of Ira and Ida (Parker) Butterfield. She moved with her family at a young age to Blooming Prairie, Mn. and then to Grand Marais, Mn. where she grew up and attended schools. She married Truman W. Miller on October 16, 1928 at Grand Marais. They made their home in the Grand Marais area until 1943 at which time they moved to the Winnebago, Minnesota area. They live there until moving to the Aitkin area in 1953. She had resided in the Aitkin area until 1995 when she moved to Minneapolis to live with her daughter. In October 2004 she moved to The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine, Mn. and had resided there since. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, needlework and enjoyed watching and feeding the birds. She had been a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Nordland Township near Aitkin. She is survived by 3 children: Rose Suserud of Good Thunder, Mn.; Phillip and Janet Miller of Austin, Mn.; Ida W. Miller of Minneapolis; 6 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Truman in 1975, 1 son Bert in 1965, 2 sisters: Ruth and Mabel and 2 brothers Ira and Harry and 1 son in law: John Suserud. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 1 PM from Bethlehem Lutheran Church near Aitkin with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery near McGregor, Minnesota. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the time of service at the church on Tuesday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Lawrence Skinaway 06/10/1958-02/03/2009 Lawrence Melvin Skinaway, Azhoo shi gaabo, 50 of Big Sandy Lake, McGregor died Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at his residence. He was born June 10, 1950 in Minneapolis to Lawrence and Mary Jane (Martin) Skinaway. He is survived by his girlfriend Norma Janke of McGregor 2 sisters: Virginia Goodman of Big Sandy Lake Jerrie Skinaway of Minneapolis Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister Dorothy Stanley and his parents. Visitation will begin at 4:00P.M., Friday, February 6, 2009 and will continue Saturday until the burial in the East Lake Burial Grounds. Tribal Rites will be given by Lee Staples. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com. Bernard ''Bernie'' Latterell Bernard ? 02/06/2009-02/08/2009 Bernard ''Bernie'' Latterell Bernard ???Bernie??? A. Latterell, age 84 of McGregor, died Friday, February 6, 2009 at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. Bernie was born May 31, 1924 at Foley, Minnesota the son of Paul and Abigail (Campbell) Latterell. He grew up and attended schools in Foley. He also lived in South Dakota for a time and then in Detroit, Michigan. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during WW II. He served in the Atlantic and was part of a number of ships that captured a German U Boat and towed it to Bermuda. They were able to recover information from the U-Boat that helped the Allied forces break the Germans secret code which eventually helped win the war. Upon his discharge, he moved to the Twin Cities. He married Myrtle Wedell on May 1, 1954 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Richfield. He owned and operated a convenience store in Minneapolis and later owned and operated the Duck Inn Bar in Minneapolis. His wife died in 1988 and in 1989 he retired to the McGregor area. He married Jessie Schoonmaker Ryan on June 25, 1994 in Aitkin. They made their home in the McGregor area. He was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor, AARP, was a life member of the VFW and had belonged to AA and had been sober for over 30 years. He enjoyed hunting, traveling and playing cards. He especially enjoyed his naval ship reunions. He is survived by his wife Jessie Latterell of McGregor; Children: Mary Lee (David) Hanson of Apple Valley, Mn.; Dan Latterell of Cloquet, Mn; step children: Jerry (Judy) Ryan of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Betty Christian of Palisade, Mn.; Christella (John) Nelson of Aitkin; Richard (Patti) Ryan of Brainerd, Mn.; Marcy (David) Daun of Palisade; James (Jodi) Ryan of Los Cruces, New Mexico; 20 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; 1 sister: Rita Gannon of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Myrtle, 4 brothers, 1 sister, 1 step daughter Doris and 1 step son in law Dale. Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 11 AM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. John Fleischhacker officiating. Burial will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW Post in McGregor and the Military Honors Detail at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 8 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. May 31 1924 12:00AM Wendell ''Bill'' Cassady Wendell ???Bi 08/28/1924-02/08/2009 Wendell ''Bill'' Cassady Wendell ???Bill??? W. Cassady, age 84 of Aitkin formerly of Spring Lake Park, Minnesota died Sunday, February 8, 2009 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born August 28, 1924 in Paynesville, Minnesota the son of William and Cora (Bliven) Cassady. His mother died when he was only four and he was in an orphanage in St. Cloud for a time. His family reunited with his and they moved to Lawler for a short time and then to Aitkin where he grew up and attended schools. He worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps at the camp near Emily. He joined the U.S. Army and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WW II. Upon his discharge he returned to Aitkin and married Laura Mae Lemire on November 6, 1948. They moved to Spring Lake Park and made their home there for many years. He worked for Electric Machinery Manufacturing Co. for 35 years retiring in 1986. They moved back to the Aitkin area 6 months ago. He was a life member of the VFW, a member of the American Legion, a member of St. Timothy???s Catholic Church in Blaine and St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. He had served on the Spring Lake Park Volunteer Fire Dept. and had also served as a fire warden for the Spring Lake Park area. He is survived by his wife Laura Cassady of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Jerry (Toni) Cassady of Aitkin; Rick (Joyce) Cassady of Ham Lake, Mn.; Pat Cassady of Apple Valley, Mn.; Tim (Jill) Cassady of Elk River, Mn.; John (Lori) Cassady of Buffalo, MN.; 15 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 1 sister: Florence (Bill) Rengo of Duluth, Mn.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Mike, sisters: Genevieve, Cora, Dora, and Rosella. A mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, February 14, 1009 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Francis Paquette officiating. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery at Aitkin. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Gerald Wilson 03/16/1938-02/11/2009 Gerald ???Jerry??? T. Wilson, 70 of Aitkin died Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born March 16, 1938 in St. Paul to Edward and Bertha (Barker) Wilson. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran. On December 10, 1963 in Mounds, SD. Jerry was united in marriage to Marjorie (Everett). At the age of 15 he played in a band and later in years started his own band and continued to play for many years as Western Express and Jivin Ivan and retired after 56 years. He owned a roofing company and worked as an assembler and welder at American Hoist and Derick in St. Paul. They moved to the Aitkin area in 1972 where he worked as an independent mechanic for Aitkin Motors. He then worked as an Auditor for Lakes and Pines in Mora, besides many other jobs. He was instrumental in starting and volunteered for the Aitkin County Rescue Squad. He was a member of the Fleming United Methodist Church. Jerry enjoyed woodworking, his horses, camping and having coffee with his friends at the Roadside Restaurant. His friends and family were very important to him. He is survived by his wife Marjorie Daughters: Paula (Dean) Lund of Crosby Yvonne Wilson of Baxter Julie Wilson (Paul Pearson) of Aitkin Angela Wilson (Frank Parkki) of Aitkin Jeri Lee Wilson of St. Paul Dianna Wilson of St. Paul Teddy Wilson of Nebraska Connie Wilson of St. Paul Grandchildren: Adam, Shawn, Dylan, Samantha, Alyssa, Brittany, Jennifer Step grandchildren: Jeremy (Gina) and Craig Step great granddaughter Kayla Brothers: James Wilson of New Brighton and William (Nancy) Wilson of Aitkin Sister Carol (William) Siercks of Mounds View He was preceded in death by his son Edward, 2 brothers Robert and LeRoy, 1 sister Marie Mix and his parents Edward Wilson and Bertha Matthews. Visitation will begin at 12:00P.M. until the 2:00P.M., Tuesday, February 17, 2009 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend Russell Christensen will officiate. Burial will be in Fleming Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com. Beverly L. Donnelly 08/15/1927-02/14/2009 Beverly L. Donnelly, age 81 of McGregor died Saturday February 14, 2009 at St. Luke???s Hospital in Duluth and went to be with her beloved husband George on Valentines Day. Beverly was born August 15, 1927 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from Minneapolis Roosevelt High School in 1945. She then attended Beauticians School and worked for a short time as a beautician. She married Lt. Col. George C. Donnelly on April 1, 1948 at Des Moines, Iowa. The lived all throughout the United States and retired to the McGregor area in 1986. They had been coming to the McGregor area since 1949. She was a member of the McGregor VFW and American Legion Auxiliary posts, a member of the lions club; former moose lodge member, and a member of the Daughters of the Republic. She enjoyed gardening and collecting hummingbirds. She also worked with the Multiple Sclerosis Society and had run meat raffles throughout the McGregor area. She is survived by children and spouses: Patrick (Cheri) Donnelly of Ironton, Mn.; Brian (Jan) Donnelly of Balsam Lake, Wisc.; Colleen Donnelly of Brooklyn Park, Mn.; Eileen (Thomas) Colby of DeLand, Florida; Sean (Wendi) Donnelly of Deltona, Florida; Collin (Terrah) Donnelly of McGregor; 1 brother: Axel ???Buzz??? Fritz of Minneapolis; 18 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband George, Parents Axel and Beatrice, daughter in law: Carol Donnelly, grandson David Donnelly. Bev will be greatly missed by her family and extended family of friends who knew her as ???Ma??? or ???Gramma Bev???. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 20, 2009 at 1 PM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. John Yingling officiating.. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 8 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church Friday. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com Timothy J. Yaggy 11/11/1955-02/15/2009 Timothy J. Yaggy, age 53 of Palisade died Sunday, February 15, 2009 at his home. Tim was born November 11, 1955 at LaCrosse, Wisconsin the son of Bernard and Mabel (Schake) Yaggy. He grew up and attended schools in St. Francis, Minnesota. He moved to the Aitkin area in the fall of 1974. He worked as a music teacher and also a musician as a lead guitarist. He enjoyed music, playing cards and pool. He is survived by his mother Mabel Yaggy of Palisade, 2 brothers: Dennis (Leila) Yaggy of Cambridge, Mn.; Duane Yaggy of Palisade, 1 sister: Bonnie Johnson of Waterloo, Iowa, and numerous aunts, uncles nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Bernard Yaggy, 3 brothers: William Owens, Jerry Johnson, Robert Owens and 1 sister Janis Yaggy. Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be from 1 PM until the 2 PM services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Spencer Cemetery near Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Lillian Williams 11/05/1921-02/18/2009 Lillian A. Williams, 87 of Aitkin died Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born November 5, 1921 in Aitkin to Jacob and Marie Skarbakka. She graduated from Aitkin High School in 1938. Lillian was united in marriage to Russell Williams in 1940 in Duluth. She worked as a secretary at Foley Manufacturing in Minneapolis. She was a longtime 4-H leader and a member of Forever Young. Lillian is survived by her two daughters and son-in-law: Marilyn Bergum of Princeton, and Sharon (Reg) Nelson of Brainerd. 4 grandchildren: Julia Garvey, Jonathan Bergum, Christopher Nelson, and Michele Ruettimann, 8 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by 5 brothers, 2 sisters, and her parents. Services will be held at a later date. Lillian A. Williams 11/05/1921-02/18/2009 Lillian A. Williams, 87 of Aitkin died Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born November 5, 1921 in Aitkin to Jacob and Marie Skarbakka. She graduated from Aitkin High School in 1938. Lillian was united in marriage to Russell Williams in 1940 in Duluth. She worked as a clerk at Foley Manufacturing in Minneapolis. They farmed in Glen Township most of their adult lives. She was a longtime 4-H leader and a member of Forever Young. Lillian is survived by her two daughters and son-in-law: Marilyn Bergum of Princeton, Sharon (Reg) Nelson of Brainerd. 4 grandchildren: Julia Garvey, Jonathan Bergum, Christopher Nelson, and Michele Ruettimann, 9 great-grandchildren, 1 brother-in-law: Al Williams 2 sisters-in-law: Dorothea Williams and Beatrice Skarbakka Besides numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by 5 brothers, 2 sisters, and her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M., Sunday, March 29, 2009 memorial service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Burial will be in Malmo Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com. Ole W. Berg 10/23/1932-02/20/2009 Ole W. Berg, age 76 of Tamarack died Friday, February 20, 2009 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. Ole was born October 23, 1932 at Sentinel Butte, North Dakota the son of Martin and Anna (Scherle) Berg. He moved with his family in 1938 to the Isle area and they lived for short times at Malmo, Wealthwood, and Cedar Lake near Aitkin and then moved to Tamarack. He attended schools in Tamarack and also McGregor. When his father had a heart attack, Ole quit school and helped run the family farm. He started working for Potlatch in Cloquet and eventually became a millwright and worked 44 years retiring in 1998. During that time he and his wife also operated a farm on which they raised beef cattle and had a dairy herd. He married Carol J. Thomas on August 7, 1954 at Tamarack. He was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor; the Boilermakers union, the quarter century club at Potlatch. He enjoyed music, hunting fishing, snow skiing and water skiing. He was a very inventive person and could make just about anything he set his mind to. He is survived by his wife Carol Berg of Tamarack; Mother: Anna Berg of McGregor; Children and spouses: Steven and Tammy Berg of Royalton, Mn.; Heather and Brian O???Leary of Litchfield, Mn.; Kathryn and John Antus of Cloquet, Mn.; 4 brothers: Darrell (Daisy) Berg of McGregor; Martin (Linda) Berg of McGregor; H. Fred (Virginia) Berg of Stanchfield, Mn.; Leonard (Kathleen) Berg of Maple Plain, Mn.; 1 sister: Helen (Eugene) Berg of McGregor; 7 grandchildren: John D. Antus II, Jeanne (Levi) Pearson, Shaun O???Leary, Tayler Nagel, Olivia O???Leary, Kylee Berg and Carter Berg. Ole was preceded in death by his Father Martin, I sister Marlene Latvala, and son in law: Thomas Nagel. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 11 AM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Henry Koopman officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 8 PM with a prayer service at 7:30 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery near Tamarack. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Austin J. Pagan 06/09/1997-02/20/2009 Austin J. Pagan, age 11 of McGregor died as the result of injuries in a car accident on Friday, February 20, 2009 near McGregor. Austin was born June 9, 1997 at San Antonio, Texas the son of Jose and Michelle (Burke) Pagan. His father was in the military and they had lived throughout the U.S. and Germany until just recently moving to the McGregor area. Austin was a student in the 6th grade at the McGregor School. He enjoyed reading, music, had played Pony Football, and loved being a big brother. He is survived by his parents: Jose and Michelle Pagan of McGregor; brothers and sisters: Solomon, Constance, Amelia, Julianna, and Christian all of McGregor; grandparents: Cynthia Thompson of McGregor, Michael Burke of Tacoma, Wash.; Juana and Erbin Pagan of Perth Amboy, New Jersey; Great Grandparents: Donna Grundy of Corning, Calf.; Charles Martin of McGregor and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 27, 2009 at 9:30 AM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Henry Koopman and Rev. Robert Volkert officiating. Burial will be in the Lansford Cemetery near McGregor. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 9 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com Jeffrey Schoenbauer 03/09/1954-02/23/2009 Jeffrey E. Schoenbauer, 54 of McGregor died Monday, February 23, 2009 at St. Mary???s Hospice in Duluth. He was born March 9, 1954 in St. Paul to Edmund and Marjorie (Klinkhammer) Schoenbauer. He was a member and very active with Holy Family Catholic Church, McGregor. He enjoyed fishing, the outdoors, refurbishing cars, and remodeling homes, and loved his grandchildren. He is survived by 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Heather (Bryan) Nistler of McGregor Peggy (David) Arola of Columbus 1 son Christian Murphy of McGregor 5 grandchildren Alexander, Isaac, Harrison, Natalie, and Kristin He was preceded in death by his wife Connie Murphy-Schoenbauer, an infant sister Debbie and his parents. Funeral services will be 11am, Saturday, February 28, 2009 at Holy Family Catholic Church, McGregor. Father John Fleischhacker will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Needle Cemetery. Visitation will be 9:30 ??? 11:00A.M. Saturday at the Church. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com. Earl Severin 03/23/1920-02/27/2009 Earl A. Severin, 88 of Aitkin died Friday, February 27, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born March 23, 1920 in Seavey Township, Aitkin County to Magnus H. and Clara (Schnarr) Severin. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in WW II. On September 24, 1945 in Nashville, TN. Earl was united in marriage to Estelle M. Jones. He was active in local politics, serving as an election official, and serving on the Seavey Township Board. They farmed in the McGrath Area until moving to Aitkin. He is survived by 8 children and their spouses: Rebecca Severin of Stockton, CA. Linda (Ron) Sparrow of El Paso, TX. Mary (Terry) Lynk of Wadena Donna (Robert) Gay of Isle Gary (Pam) Severin of Cold Springs Judy Brown of Denver, CO. Tom of Stacy Carol (Rich) Miller of Albertville 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren 1 sister Harriet Gohde of WI. Besides many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Estelle (Jones) Severin on June 17, 2008 1 sister Marion Grosberg, 5 brothers: Harold, Ernest, Franz ???Ed???, Arnold, an infant brother and his parents Magnus and Clara (Schnarr) Severin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. Monday, March 2, 2009 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend Don Norman will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the Aitkin American Legion Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Post #1727. www.srtfuneral.com. Myrtle Duffy 08/18/1917-03/01/2009 Myrtle (Mueller) Duffy, age 91 of Aitkin formerly of McGregor and Minneapolis; died Sunday, March 1, 2009 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Myrtle was born August 18, 1917 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Robert and Ann (Platzer) Mueller. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. She married John L. Duffy Jr. in August of 1941. Myrtle lived and worked in North Minneapolis for many years. She moved to the Lake Minnewawa area near McGregor in 1985 where she had enjoyed spending time since she was a child. She has resided at the Aitkin Health Services for the past nine years. She is survived by 1 daughter: Linda Ronich (Hjalmer Fredrickson) of McGregor; two granddaughters: Penny (Chaz) Long of Ironton, Mn.; Barb (Carl ???Red???) Fredrickson of Mora, Mn.; two grandsons: Danny Ronich (Jennifer Lux) of McGregor; Frank (Roxanne) Ronich of Winneconne, Wisc.; Eight great grandchildren: Kim (Gene) Davies of Aitkin; Jeff (Melissa) Fredrickson of Eagan, Mn.; Missy (Nathan) Pojanouski of Mora, Mn.; Jesse Ronich, Steve Ronich, Jenna Ronich all of McGregor; Derek Ronich of Winneconne, Wisc.; Fallon Ronich of Hampton, Virginia; 2 great grandchildren: Kaija and Cody Davies of Aitkin, Mn. and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband John in 1983; 1 brother: Robert (Earl) Mueller and 1 sister: Margaret (Beauchane) Creapo. A funeral service will be held Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 11 AM from the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. John ''Jack'' Gilbert John ???Jack??? 02/28/2009-03/02/2009 John ''Jack'' Gilbert John ???Jack??? L. Gilbert, age 76 of Aitkin formerly of the Twin Cities died Saturday, February 28, 2009 at his home in Aitkin. Jack was born January 6, 1933 in Bloomington, Minnesota the son of Ralph and Virginia (Johnston) Gilbert. He grew up and attended schools in Bloomington and St. Louis Park. He then served in the U.S. Army and was in the Korean War. Upon his discharge from the army he returned to the Twin Cities and started working as a Heavy equipment operator mainly driving Dump Trucks for construction companies. He also did a number of other jobs from working at the Star Tribune Newspaper, driving ambulance, and working at Hub Cap Haven for a number of years. He married Susan Kay Roddy on February 27, 1981 in Anoka, Minnesota. They moved to the Aitkin area in 1996 and have lived here since. Jack had been the custodian at the Pine Lake Rest Stop on Hwy 169 and also had written a column in the Aitkin Age for the past 8 years on fishing and the outdoors. He enjoyed Fishing and hunting. In his younger days he drove race cars and did ski jumping. He also loved to go to the Casino. He is survived by his wife Susan of Aitkin; children and spouses: Mike (Kim) Gilbert of Fairfield, Calf.; Jan (Guy) Treanor of Eden Prairie, Mn.; Marty (Shelli) Gilbert of Maple Grove, Mn.; Lisa Thorsen of Maple Grove, Mn.; Brett (Michelle) Gilbert of Brainerd, Mn.; 11 grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Don (June) Gilbert of Mesa, Arz.; Punky (Tom) Boeser of Bloomington, Mn.; Jo (Roy) Moen of Apache Junction, Arz.; Bobbie (Del) Heideman of Plato, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 daughter Jody. A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Lisa Thorsen officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home 1 hour prior to the services on Thursday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Jan 6 1933 12:00AM John ''Jack'' Christensen John ???Jack 03/02/2009-03/04/2009 John ''Jack'' Christensen John ???Jack??? E. Christensen, age 81 of Aitkin died Monday, March 2, 2009 at his home in Aitkin. Jack was born October 13, 1927 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of William and Kate (McGillis) Christensen. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1945. He then entered the U.S. Army and served at the end of WW II and served overseas in Saipan at the Western Pacific Base. Upon his discharge he moved to the Twin Cities and attended Radio School. Following that he moved to California and went to work for U.S. Steel and was a Relations Manage for them and later worked for Consolidated Aluminum in California. He returned to Aitkin in 1979 to take care of his mother. He was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Post #86, St. John???s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook, and was the church historian; and he belonged to the Aitkin County Historical Society. He also had been involved in a number of the Community Plays. In his younger days he was a dance instructor at Arthur Murray???s in Minneapolis. He is survived by Sisters: Catherine Dybdahl of Aitkin; Margaret St. Cyr of Florida; step son Mark of California; and nieces and nephews. Also surviving is good friend Florence Tarr of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters: Beatrice Christensen, Bette Duncan, 1 brother William Christensen and two infant sisters Josephine and Patricia Ann. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 1 PM from St. Johns Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Interment will be in the St. Johns Lutheran Church Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Memorials are preferred to St. Johns Lutheran Church Scholarship Fund. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Oct 13 1927 12:00AM Richard ''Dick'' Spartz Richard ???Dic 03/05/2009-03/09/2009 Richard ''Dick'' Spartz Richard ???Dick??? Spartz, age 64 of Aitkin died Thursday, March 5, 2009 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Dick was born February 4, 1945 at Northfield, Minnesota. He grew up and attended schools in Northfield graduating from the Northfield High School. He then served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Upon his discharge he attended the FAA school and became an Air Traffic Controller. He worked until his retirement in 2000. He married Sherrie E. Tibbetts on April 22, 1994 in Aitkin. Upon his retirement they moved to the Aitkin area and have lived here since. He enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife Sherrie Spartz of Aitkin; son: Paul Spartz of Palmer, Alaska; 1 brother: Bob (Jane) Spartz of Roseville, Mn.; sisters: Marlene (Lowell) Rygg of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Nancy (Dean) Johnson of Roseville, Mn.; Linda (Don) Pond of Carlton, Oregon; Judy Empey of Farmington, Mn.; Cathy (Bill) Collins of Rosemount, Mn.; Special lifelong friends: Doug and Gary Solseth of Andover, Mn.; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Pastor Rick Perry officiating. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Feb 4 1945 12:00AM Marilyn Mae Peysar 04/16/1935-03/09/2009 Marilyn Mae Peysar, age 73 of Aitkin died Monday, March 9, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Marilyn was born April 16, 1935 in Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Arvo and Lillian (Niemi) Mattson of the Rossburg area. They moved to the Rabbit Lake area in 1943 where they raised cows and turkeys. When Marilyn was 16, her parents had their second child, Calvin. She attended several country schools before attended the Aitkin High Scholl from which she graduated in 1953. While roller skating at the Malmo Community Hall, Marilyn met Edward Peysar, son of Walter and Minnie Peysar of Malmo. Eddie left for military service in 1954 and returned in October of 1956. They were married two months later on December 1, 1956 in Aitkin. Together they started Peysar Electric in 1961 out of their home just south of Aitkin. Eddie did a lot of wiring, and they began selling Easy brand appliances, marketing them through booths at the county fair. On December 6, 1974, they opened a store in downtown Aitkin across from the Birchwood Caf??. They sold many brands of appliances over the years, including Maytag beginning in 1981. Marilyn was secretary and treasurer of the business since the start. She was primary salesperson for appliances and electrical supplies. She spent many evenings and weekends helping Eddie deliver appliances and occasionally helped pull wire too. Marilyn and Eddie were awarded the Warren Potter Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 by the Aitkin Area Chamber of Commerce. Marilyn was a charter member of the Lioness Club, now called the Aitkin Riverboat Lions. She received the Lioness of the Year Award in 1988-89 and had held club offices. She was a member of St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin and the Aitkin American Legion Auxiliary. She is survived by her husband Edward Peysar of Aitkin; children and spouses: Jeffrey and Judy Peysar, Kirk Peysar, Clark and Lois Peysar, Tiffany and T.J. Gustin all of Aitkin; six grandchildren: Kristi (Thomas) Just; Kelli (Bryan Crowther) Peysar; Sara and Brooke Peysar, Thomas and Raija Gustin; 3 great grandchildren: Orinn Just, Abigail Just and Wyatt Crowther; 1 brother: Calvin (Deanna) Mattson of Aitkin; five nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 13, 2009 at 11 AM from St. Johns Lutheran Church with Rev. David Becker officiating. Burial will be in the Rabbit Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Memorials are preferred to St. Johns Lutheran Church in Lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Cecile Broussard 05/16/1951-03/12/2009 Cecile Broussard, 57 of McGregor died Thursday, March 12, 2009 at St. Mary???s Hospital in Duluth. She was born May 16, 1951 in Superior, WI. to LeRoy and Kathleen (Wilkins) Beaudry. She is survived by two sisters: Jo Holm of Aitkin and Lynette (Lance) Schultz of Manassas, VA. 3 nieces and 2 nephews. She was preceded in death by an infant son Christopher, brother Larry, and her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M., Saturday, March 28, 2009 memorial service at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Reverend Don Norman will officiate. www.srtfuneral.com. Judith Carlson 12/24/1916-03/15/2009 Judith Charlotte Carlson, 92 of Pine River died Sunday, March 15, 2009 at the Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River. She was born December 24, 1916 in Jenkins to Swan and Julia (Aasved) Ness. She graduated from Pine River High School. On April 24, 1937 in Pequot Lakes Judy was united in marriage to Cecil C. Carlson, Sr. They owned and operated Carlson???s Texaco Gas Station in Pine River from 1952 to 1962. She then worked as a clerk at Silbaugh???s Department Store in Pine River for many years. She enjoyed fishing, knitting, crocheting, sewing, and painting. She was a member of Rebekah Lodge and First Lutheran Church in Pine River. She was preceded in death by her husband Cecil C. Carlson, Sr. on January 12, 1983, One brother Oliver Ness, 6 sisters Johanna Halbom, Gertrude Harris, Olea Zigmund, Signa Young, Jenny Bissett, Bertha Virchow, and her parents Swan and Julia (Aasved) Ness. Judy is survived by one son: Cecil C. (Leanne) Carlson, Jr. of Blaine 5 daughters: Marilynn (Gerald) Severson of Cameron, WI. Linda Portner of St. Michael Barbara Brezinsky of Pine River Sandra Schaefer of Baxter Pamela Winter of Albany, OR. 15 Grandchildren: Connie, Kari, Lori, Katherine, Debra, Eric, Andrew, Scott, Tad, Tracy, Jennifer, Jason, Jeffrey, Gesina, Joran 16 Great-grandchildren: April, Jessica, Jacob, Dylan, Jaron, Ashley, Anna, Peyton, Holly, Olivia, Brooklyn, Adreanna, Alexxis, Ashlynne, Josh, Jeanine Special sister-in-law Irene Myres of Pequot Lakes Special niece Dorothy (Dale) Brown of Jenkins Besides many other special relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. Saturday, March 21, 2009 at First Lutheran Church in Pine River. Reverend Bonnie Lomen will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery in Pine River. Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00P.M. Friday at the church and will continue 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday. Memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. Charles B. Rasmussen 12/18/1930-03/17/2009 Charles B. Rasmussen, age 78 of Palisade formerly of Darwin and Minneapolis died Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at his home. He was born December 18, 1930 at Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Nels and Irene (Christianson) Rasmussen. He grew up and attended schools at Oak Knoll, Mn. (The Minnetonka Area). He then worked with his father doing cement work and home construction. He eventually started driving truck over the road and did that for 20 years. He then owned and operated a gas station in Excelsior, Mn. for a couple of years. He also tended bar at his brothers bar called Jacks Tavern in Darwin, Mn. from 1991 to 1999 when it closed. He just recently moved to the Palisade area. He is survived by children: Roger Dreher, Cathie Rasmussen, Susan (Tom) Bingham, Joyce Block, Charles Rasmussen and Charlene Rasmussen. Also surviving are 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers: Victor and Jack and 3 sisters: Viola, Violet, and Margaret. Funeral services will be held Sunday, march 22, 2009 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Barry Hite officiating. Burial will be held on Monday, March 23 at 1 PM at the All Saints Lutheran Cemetery at Darwin, Minnesota. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home on Sunday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Donald H. Sather 07/12/1956-03/18/2009 Donald H. Sather, age 52 of McGregor died Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at his home after a courageous three year battle with ALS. Donald was born July 12, 1956 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Paul and Marilyn (Larson) Sather. He grew up and attended schools in McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School in 1974. He then started attended St. Cloud State University in 1978 and graduated from there with a degree in Computer Science in 1983. He returned to McGregor to help run the family business. He most recently ran the hardware store in McGregor. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, the McGregor Lions Club, the Tamarack Sportsman???s Club, the Minnewawa Sportsman???s Club and the McGregor Chapter of the MDHA. He enjoyed cars and drag racing, snowmobiling, hunting and trap shooting. He is survived by his parents: Paul and Marilyn Sather of McGregor; sister and brother in law: Linda and Gary Van Slyke of Surprise, Arz.; brothers and sisters in law: Bob and Diane Sather of McGregor; Lee and Kim Sather of McGregor; Curt and Diane Sather of McGregor; nieces and nephews: Aaron Hansen, Greg Frazier-Hansen, Jeffrey Sather, Amy Sather, Becky Sather, Stacey Sather, Eric Sather, Rachel Sather, Addison Don Johnson, and also Christian Murphy. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Alfred and Ruth Sather and Herbert and Ruth Larson. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 23, 2009 at 1 PM from Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Becky Wagner and Rev. Dan Heath officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 8 PM at the church and also 1 hour prior to the services on Monday. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the Minnesota ALS Association, the local Hospice organizations or Grace Lutheran Church of McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Terry M. Wat 10/20/1949-03/20/2009 ters Terry M. Watters, age 59 of Aitkin formerly of Rockford, Ill. Died Friday, March 20, 2009 at her home near Aitkin. Terry was born October 20, 1949 at Rockford, Illinois the daughter of Earl and Lois (Warnes) Lungstrom. She grew up and attended schools in Rockford graduating from Boylan High School in 1967. She then attended Northern Illinois University for a time. She married Vern Watters on August 14, 1995 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They came to the Aitkin area in 1994 and she finished her college degree in Accounting at St. Cloud State University in 1996. She used this degree in the three businesses which they operated over the years. TEMCO was a welding and machine business and then in 1997 they started the Aitkin Rental Center. They had also been involved with the convenience store and gas station ???The Junction???. Terry and Vern had the opportunity to travel to places throughout the world, but appreciate the things at home the most. She is survived by her husband Vern Watters of Aitkin; parents: Earl and Lois Lungstrom of Rockford, Illinois; sons and daughters in law: Shane and Michelle Fitch of Belvidere, Illinois, Todd and Jennifer Watters of Walworth, Wisconsin, 2 daughters and sons in law: Amy and Billy Gardner, Kelly and Chad Simich of Cottage Grove, Mn.; 1 brother and sister in law: Russell and Sue Lungstrom of Rockford, Ill.; 1 sister and brother in law: Deborah and Gary Kilnefelter of Cherry Valley, Il.; 9 grandchildren: Jared, Sadie, Matthew, Jordan, Jacob W., Wyatt, Ethan, Emma, and Jacob F. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, 1 brother Tom and 1 niece Maureen. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Dennis M. Klatke 05/15/1940-03/20/2009 Dennis M. Klatke, age 68 of Tamarack died Friday, March 20, 2009 at his home. Dennis was born May 15, 1940 at Robbinsdale, Minnesota the son of Henry and Lilleth (Ione) Klatke. He grew up and attended schools in Robbinsdale. He worked on a farm for a short time and then attended Brick Layers School. He was a brick layer for about 30 years. He worked jobs all throughout Minnesota. He married Sandra C. Miqueli on May 13, 200 in McGregor. He was a member of the McGregor Writers Club. He enjoyed photography, fishing, and was an artist and craftsman. He is survived by his wife Sandra of Tamarack; 1 daughter and son in law: Tracy Jo and Joe Antcil of Exeter, Rhode Island; Kyle and Colleen Klatke of St. Michael, Mn.; 2 sisters: Ruth Paske and Pat Olson and 1 brother Duane Klatke all of Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 son. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 11 AM fro the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. John Fleischhacker officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Charles ''Chuckie'' Siebert Charles ?? 07/10/1946-03/23/2009 Charles ''Chuckie'' Siebert Charles ???Chuckie??? W. Siebert, age 62 of Aitkin died Monday, March 23, 2009 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Charles was born July 10, 1946 at St. Paul, Minnesota the son of Gordon and Shirley (Hinzie) Siebert. He moved at a young age to California where he grew up and attended school. He graduated from High school there and attended two years of college. He then served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Upon his discharge he returned to California and lived there for a time. He married Sharon L. Adcock on November 18, 1991 in Colorado Springs, Colo. They moved to Aitkin, Mn. in 1995 and have lived here since. He worked a number of years for the Oak Ridge Homes in Aitkin. He enjoyed fishing and crocheting. He is survived by his wife Sharon Siebert of Aitkin; Mother: Shirley Siebert of San Jose, Calf.; daughters: Kristin Siebert of Castro Valley, Calf.; Michelle (Bill) Sadler of Aitkin; son: Jeffrey Siebert of Castro Valley, Calf.; Grandchildren: Cody Sadler, Casey Sadler, Andrew Siebert and 1 brother Douglas Siebert. He was preceded in death by his father Gordon. A memorial service will be held Friday, March 27, 2009 at 3 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Bon DeYoung officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Marvin L. Wyman 06/03/1922-03/26/2009 Marvin L. Wyman, age 86 of McGregor, formerly of the Twin Cities died Thursday, March 26, 2009 at his home near McGregor. Marvin was born June 3, 1922 in Ventura, Iowa the son of Eddie and Agnes (Schinzel) Wyman. He grew up and attended schools in Iowa, Rockford, Ill. and Minneapolis graduating from West High School. He then entered the US army and served in the Army Air Corps during WW II. He also attended the University of North Carolina for 3 years. Upon his discharge he returned to Minneapolis and married Gertrude ???Trudy??? Lego on August 2, 1944 in St. Paul. They made their home in Richfield and later in St. Louis Park. Marvin worked with his father and brothers as an iron worker and operated their own business erecting steel buildings. He operated Wyco Inc. and Wyman Erection Service Co. They built steel buildings throughout the mid-west. He had been coming to the McGregor area for many years. He had purchased a lot in 1945 and hand built the home there. He and his wife retired to McGregor in 1992 and have lived here since. He had been involved in the Old Timers Hockey League, had served as the Assistant General Manager for the 1964 Olympic Hockey Team, and had also served as Chief of off ice officials for the Minnesota North Stars. He was a pilot, and avid fisherman and hunter. He is survived by his wife Gertrude ???Trudy??? Wyman of McGregor; Children and spouses: Sharon and Herman Sinn of Dade City, Fla.; Susan and Charles Krumrie of Minneapolis; Kris and Steve Steege of Burnsville, Mn.; Marvin Jr. and Nancy Wyman of McGregor; Kevin and Lori Wyman of Burnsville; Jim and Kris Wyman of Brainerd; son in law: Wayne Bergstrom of Middle River, Mn.; 11 Grandchildren: Kevin Westberg, Jeff Sinn, Brandon Steege, Ryan Steege, Mason Wyman, Laura Dahl, Kelly Sinn, Dakota Boyd, Samantha Wyman, Malorie Wyman and Emily Wyman. 4 great grandchildren: Hillary Dahl, Morgan Dahl, Brady Westberg, and Sierra Westberg, 2 brothers: Veryl Wyman of Howard Lake, Mn.; Dale Wyman of Eden Prairie; 1 sister: Maxine Wright of Portland, Oregon. He was preceded in death buy his parents, 1 daughter Judy, and 3 brothers: Stan, Orville, and Roland. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 1 PM from the Big Sandy Community Church near McGregor with Rev. Steve Demars officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Dennis W. Johnson 07/12/1930-03/27/2009 Dennis W. Johnson, age 78 of Garrison formerly of Minneapolis died Friday, March 27, 2009 at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Dennis was born July 12, 1930 in Brainerd, Minnesota the son of Mainard and Esther (Wohlers) Johnson. He attended school at Pine Center, Mn. He worked for many years in the Twin Cities in the Construction Industry. He retired to Garrison and has lived here for almost 30 years. He was a member of the Garrison Commercial Club, enjoyed gardening, fishing, NASCAR Racing, snowmobiling racing and giving hay rides in the Garrison area with his John Deere Tractor. He is survived by children and spouses: Bill and Deb Johnson of Crosby, Rick and Melissa Johnson of Brooklyn Center, Mn., T.J. Auberger of Garrison, Tom and Shannon Johnson of Rogers, Mn., Lila and Danny Conroy of Ft. Wayne, Ind., DeDe and Kevin Tabor of Corcoran, Mn., Brother: Carroll Johnson of Duluth, Sisters: Darlene Miller of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Marlys Nash of Eustis, Fla., grandchildren, great grandchildren, Sharon Johnson of Crystal, Mn. and Birdie Johnson of Garrison. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 daughter Teri Rittenour, 1 infant son Scott and 1 brother LeMay. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 6, 2009 at 11:30 AM from the Light of the Cross Lutheran Church in Garrison with Rev. Chris Hill officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the Garrison Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Arnie Johnson 06/13/1924-03/29/2009 Arnie F. Johnson, 84 of McGregor died of Myelofibrosis Sunday, March 29, 2009 at his residence. He was born June 13, 1924 in Rice River Township to Jalmer and Helmi Maria (Kann) Johnson. He graduated from McGregor High School, class of 1942. He was a U.S. Army, 10th Mountain Division Veteran. On October 11, 1960 Arnie was united in marriage to Lois Hanson. He worked as a logger, in construction, farming, and drove school bus for McGregor Schools. He loved fishing, was a member of the Rice River Senior Center, and attended Beaver Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife Lois One son and daughter-in-law Eric (Sherry) of Lakeland Three grandchildren: LeeAnne, Lyndsey, and Bradley One great grandchild Caden He was preceded in death two infant sons David and Daniel, one brother Viljo Johnson, one sister Elsie Jouppi, and his parents Jalmer and Helmi Maria (Kann) Johnson. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Saturday, April 4, 2009 funeral service at the United Methodist Church in McGregor. Reverend Russell Christensen and Reverend Don Niemi will officiate. Burial will be in Rice River Cemetery. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com. Clarice L. Billington 09/14/1918-03/30/2009 Clarice L. Billington, age 90 of Cambridge, formerly of McGregor, Mn died Monday, March 30, 2009 at the Grace Point Crossing Care Center in Cambridge, Mn. Clarice was born September 14, 1918 at Minneota, Minnesota the daughter of Swen and Clare (Hall) Kvanbeck. She grew up and attended schools in Minneota graduating from High School there. She married George A. Billington on June 8, 1940 at Marshall, Minnesota. They lived in Tracy, Minnesota and she worked for the Veterans Administration in St. Paul, Mn. In 1980 they retired to McGregor. Her husband George passed away in 1992. She has most recently resided at the Grace Point Crossing Care Facility in Cambridge. She enjoyed gardening and dogs. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Thomas and Linda Billington of McGregor; 1 daughter Judy Billington of Ham Lake, Mn.; 1 granddaughter: Jennifer Morales of Phoenix, Arz and 1 great granddaughter Monica Morales of Phoenix and also 1 sister. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband George 1 brother and 2 sisters. A graveside service will be held Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 3PM at the Lakeview Cemetery near Rat Lake. Rev. Donald Norman will officiate. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Arthur Latvala 06/26/1921-04/01/2009 Arthur J. Latvala, 87 of Tamarack died Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at Golden Horizons in Aitkin. He was born June 26, 1921 in Tamarack to Matt and Lilli (Lundgren) Latvala. He attended Tamarack Schools and Aitkin Vocational School as a Machinist. He was a U.S. Army Air Corp. serving in World War II. On July 10, 1947 in Aitkin Art was united in marriage to Helen A. Maijala. He worked for Newton???s Welding Shop, Aitkin Iron Works, and Woodland Container Co. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping, woodworking and was an all around handyman. He is survived by his wife Helen of Tamarack 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Warren (Ronna) Latvala of Ham Lake Bradley (Cindy) Latvala of Isanti 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Cathi (Bob) Loubek of Duluth Brenda (Andy) Pfahnl of Eden Prairie 7 Grandchildren: Nicole Friesen of Steinbach, Manitoba, Jesse Loubek of Duluth, Jeremy Latvala of Isanti, Chelsea Edin of Cambridge, Alex Kervyn-Latvala of University of Manchester, U.K., Katja and Steffen Pfahnl of Eden Prairie 3 Great- grandchildren: Luke, Isaac, and Emma Friesen of Steinbach, Manitoba 5 brothers and sisters-in-law: Eino of Tamarack Lauri (Elvie) of Superior, WI. Howard of Bemidji Don of Blaine David (Pat) of Rogers 2 sisters and brothers-in-law: Dorothy (Bob) Putnam of St. Paul Doris (Don) Nordstrom of Missoula, MT Besides many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by 6 brothers: Rich, Bill, George, Arnie, Norman and Jim. 4 sisters: Fanny Beaudette, Ailie Anderson, Agnes Lehman, and Arlene Latvala. And his parents Matt and Lilli (Lundgren) Latvala. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M. ??? Wednesday, April 8, 2009 funeral service at Westside Church in Aitkin. Reverend Wayne Juntunen will officiate. Burial will be in Salo Cemetery. Military honors will be given by Aitkin VFW Post and American Legion Post. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Gordon T. James 12/27/1937-04/02/2009 Gordon T. James, age 71 of Hill City died Thursday, April 2, 2009 at his home. Gordon was born December 27, 1937 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Cletus and Alva (Skallman) James. He moved with his family to California at an early age where he attended elementary school. He then returned to Minnesota and graduated from the Grand Rapids Ag School. He worked a number of jobs but then worked for the Olson Fish Co. in Minneapolis. He returned to Hill City and worked for Lamco for a time and then went to work for the Hill City School system as a custodian. He worked for them for 25 years retiring in 1996. He married Connie J. (Howard) Holm on September 19, 1970 in Hill City. He enjoyed wood carving and also hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife Connie James of Hill City; Children and spouses: Wendy Jones of St. Cloud, Mn.; Robin and Allen Wagner of Princeton, Mn.; Merri and Craig Ahlstrom of Isanti, Mn.; Suzette Snow of Quamba, Mn.; Walter and April James of Hill City, Mn.; Travis James of Hill City, Mn.; 17 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren; 3 brothers and sisters in law: William and Virginia James of Hill City, Mn.; Robert and Marykay James of Cohasset, Mn.; Daniel James of Hibbing, MN.; 1 sister and brother in law: Jackie and Walter Minor of the State of Georgia. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 2 PM from the Hill City United Methodist Church with Rev. Russell Christensen officiating. Interment will be at a later date in the Macville Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Virgil F. Anderson 07/23/1923-04/08/2009 Virgil F. Anderson, age 85 of Aitkin formerly of McGregor and Tamarack, died Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Virgil was born July 23, 1923 at Elbow Lake, Minnesota the son of Marion and Mathilda (Andresen) Anderson. He attended school in Elbow Lake in his early years and then moved with his family to the McGregor area where he continued his education graduating from the McGregor High School. He then served in the U.S. Army during WW II. Upon his discharge he returned to Minnesota and worked in various communities until returning to McGregor. He married Hazel M. Anderson on December 21, 1963 in Aitkin. They lived in Tamarack until moving to Aitkin in 1980 and he has lived in Aitkin since. He worked for Woodland Container from 1976 to 1986. He has most recently resided at the Aicota Health Carte Center in Aitkin. He was a member of the Aitkin VFW Post, enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and woodworking. He also enjoyed reading books. He was the Poet Laureate of the Aicota Health Care Center. He is survived by 1 daughter in law: Marlys Blake of Aitkin; 2 sisters and brother in law: Florence and Louis Anderson of Tamarack, Edna Peatow of Barrett, Mn., 1 brother and sister in law; Orren and Irene Anderson of Eugene, Oregon; 2 sisters in law: Betty Anderson of Gaylord, Mn.; Pearl Anderson of Elbow Lake, Mn. and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Hazel in 2002, son James Blake in 2003 4 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 13, 2009 at 12:00 Noon from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Marlene Turner officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery near McGregor. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Mary Ann Majka 04/16/1942-04/09/2009 Mary Ann Majka, 66 of Aitkin died Thursday, April 9, 2009 at her home. She was born April 16, 1942 in St. Cloud to Leo and Cecilia (Neumann) Tischbirek. She graduated from Foley High School. On December 31, 1960 Mary was united in marriage to Donald H. Majka at St. John???s Church in Foley. She worked as a secretary at Foley Elementary School and Foley High School. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, quilting, knitting, crocheting, and spinning wool. She is survived by her husband Donald Henry Majka 1 son Donald Cory Majka of Oakdale and his girlfriend Jackie Mattice of Hugo Two daughters and sons-in-law: Marita (David) Burgess of Industry, PA. Angelique (Matthew) Clark of Park Rapids 3 grandchildren: Ashton Joseph Clark, Mikailey Dawn Clark, and Wrigley Matthew Clark One brother and sister-in-law: Leo (Donna) Tischbirek of Citrus Heights, CA. 1 niece Terri, one nephew Brian, besides other relatives and friends. Mary was preceded in death by her son Garrett Clay Mijka and her parents Leo and Cecilia (Neumann) Tischbirek. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:A.M. ??? Tuesday, April 14, 2009 funeral service at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father Paul Fruth will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, Aitkin. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Elmer Liljenquist 10/21/1919-04/10/2009 Elmer L. Liljenquist, 89 of Aitkin died Friday, April 10, 2009 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born October 21, 1919 in Glen to Magnus and Juliana (Larsson) Liljenquist. He attended Long Lake School. He was a U.S. Army Air Force Veteran serving in World War II. On June 30, 1947 Elmer was united in marriage to Miriam Hanson. Miriam died September 24, 1963. On August 1, 1964 Elmer was united in marriage to Marion (Larson) Vaith in Aitkin. He was employed at the Aitkin Post Office for 30 years. He was a member of IOOF #164, Aitkin American Legion Post #86, and First Congregational Church in Aitkin. Elmer is survived by his wife Marion One Step-son: Francis (Lael) Vaith of Aitkin 2 step-daughters: Sandra (Jim) MacDonald of Aitkin Romelle (Anthony) Aucone of Rhode Island Eight step-grandchildren and 15 step-great-grandchildren Two sisters-in-law: Helen and Martha Liljenquist both of Aitkin Besides many other relatives and friends He was preceded in death by his first wife Miriam 7 brothers and five sisters: Carolyn, Ingaborg, Carolyn, Brother-Axel, Louis, Magnus, John, Oscar, Julia, Olander, Jennie, Emil, and his parents Magnus and Juliana (Larsson) Liljenquist. Memorial Services will be 1:00P.M. Friday, April 17, 2009 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Reverend Don Norman will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com. Richard J. Reimer 11/13/1930-04/13/2009 Richard J. Reimer, age 78 of McGregor formerly of Minneapolis died Monday, April 13, 2009. Richard was born November 13, 1930 at Eureka, South Dakota the youngest son of Ed C. and Paulina (Kiepke) Reimer. He attended a rural school near Artas, South Dakota and High School in Zeeland, North Dakota. He married Lucille Elizabeth Roberts on May 26, 1957. They moved to the Minneapolis area finally settling in New Hope in 1968. He worked construction as a heavy equipment operator working on many large construction projects like the Metropolitan Medical Center, Northwest Bank Building, the IDS Center, the Target Center and many more. When he retired he moved to the McGregor area with his longtime girlfriend Janice Johnson. Together they ran the Deer Trails gift shop and flee market. He went to auctioneering school and began holding auctions in the surrounding areas. He has spent the past few winters in Donna Texas. He enjoyed playing softball, bowling, and snowmobile racing. His favorite pastime was playing cribbage and was willing to take anyone on. He will be missed by all who loved to negotiate, by all who loved a good joke, by all who loved a good competitive game and anyone looking for a bargain. He is survived by 4 children and spouses: Curtis Robert and wife Ronda of Maple Grove, MN.; Michael Edward of Richfield; Roberta Lynne of Edina and Richard John Jr. of New Hope; 2 sisters: Verna Ochsner, Renata Ochsner; brother in law: Pete Ochsner, sister in law: Ruth Reimer and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers Ferdinand and Walter. A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 2 PM from the Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Becky Wagner officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Benita M. Woodrow 10/15/1928-04/15/2009 Benita M. Woodrow, age 80 of Aitkin died Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Benita was born at Winona, Minnesota the daughter of Joseph and Ruby (Shattuck) Gage. She attended schools at Weaver, Mn. then McGregor, Mn. and graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1946. She then worked a number of years at the Ben Franklin Store in Aitkin. She married James L. Woodrow on February 10, 1951 in Aitkin. She lived in Aitkin and raised her family. She had also served as the head officer at the Aitkin Landfill for 8 years. She was a longtime 4-H Leader; she enjoyed gardening and flowers, loved spending time with her grandchildren, was involved with Bible Studies and was a gentle prayer warrior. She is survived by her husband James Woodrow of Aitkin; 2 sons and daughters in law: Dale and Mary Beth Woodrow of Aitkin; Dennis and Joy Woodrow of East Grand Forks, Mn.; 2 daughters and son in law: Betty Marx of Fergus Falls, Mn.; Patricia and Jed Sherman of Maple Grove, Mn.; 13 grandchildren: Cory Hensel, Edie Kowalski, Jenny Marx, Chuck Woodrow, Liz Woodrow, Tim Woodrow, Michael Woodrow, Emily Sherman, Heidi Nelson, Becky Woodrow, Patricia Woodrow, Curtis Woodrow and Keith Woodrow; 10 great grandchildren: Isabelle Hensel, Faith Hensel, Isaac Hensel, Anthony Hensel, Joeseph Woodrow, and Luke Helgeson, Brandon Kowalski, Andrew Kowalski, Daniel Kowalski, and Sarah Kowalski. She was preceded in death by her parents, and 2 brothers: Donald and Lyman Gage. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 5 PM from the Westside Church in Aitkin with Rev. Dallas Smith officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to the Gideon???s. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Deloris F. Ridge 01/14/1932-04/16/2009 Deloris F. Ridge, age 77 of McGregor, formerly of Minneapolis died Thursday, April 16, 2009 at her home near McGregor. She was born January 14, 1932 in Mankato, Minnesota. She has lived in the McGregor area the past 20 years. She was a member and Past President of the McGregor VFW Post Auxiliary 2747, charter member and past secretary and treasurer of the McGregor American Legion Post Auxiliary #23, past board member of the McGregor Area Clothes Closet, and a member of the Federal Cartridge 20 year Club. She is survived by her husband Richard of McGregor; 3 sons: Rick (Kathy) Blesi of Deerwood, Mn.; Ronald (Gloria) Blesi of Park Rapids, Mn.; Scott Blesi of Jacobson, Mn.; 1 daughter: Theresa Blesi of Hudson, Wisc.; 3 step children: Dawn Ridge and Dan Ridge both of Clear Lake, Mn. and John Ridge of Bloomington, Mn.; 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and special niece Robin McDougal of Minneapolis. In accordance with her wishes, no services will be held. Memorials may be sent to the Larson-Deneen VFW Post Auxiliary #2747. Arrangements were with the McGregor Funeral Home. Kraig Moe 07/10/1976-04/17/2009 Kraig Wayne Moe, 32 of McGregor Passed away with his dog Sandy by his side Friday, April 17, 2009. He was born July 10, 1976 in Duluth to Wayne M. and Judy C. (Erickson) Moe. He attended McGregor Schools. He was formerly on the McGregor Fire Department and was employed at Pearson Brothers Inc. in Hanover. He enjoyed fixing things and was always helping someone. He is survived by his parents Wayne and Judy Moe of McGregor 1 brother Keith Moe of McGregor Three sisters and brothers-in-law: Kelley (Scot) Gerads of Little Falls Kristy (Gary) Gustafson of Carver Karie Moe of Wrenshall 3 nieces: Meghan, Courtney, Meredith Three nephews: Christopher, Devon, Chance 1 great-niece Caddy and one great nephew Mitchell besides many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. Memorial services will be 2:00P.M. ??? Sunday, April 26, 2009 at McGregor Community Center in McGregor. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com Robert A. Podvin 10/28/1939-04/25/2009 Robert A. Podvin, age 69 of Aitkin died Saturday, April 25, 2009 at the Mille Lacs Health System Hospital in Onamia. Robert was born October 28, 1939 at Baldwin, Wisconsin the son of Meddie A. and Mary L (Shine) Podvin. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. He worked as a mechanical engineer and draftsman for many years. He married Judith Ann Nordby on May 13, 1977 at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The lived in Minneapolis and then retired to Aitkin in 2001. He enjoyed working on tractors and had a passion for black powder guns. He is survived by his wife Judy Podvin of Aitkin; 5 children and spouses: Randy Podvin of Enderlin, North Dakota; Reed and Patty Podvin of Enderlin, North Dakota; Ross and Missy Podvin of Enderlin, North Dakota; Ann and Marion Ramirez of Milaca, Mn.; Krystal Bergsaidth of Hutchinson, Mn.; 19 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Kip Esdall of Cambridge, Mn.; and Betty Walker of Minneapolis. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Richard. A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 11 AM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with Rev. William Sass officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Interment will be in the Macville Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. John E. Ingebrigtson 02/10/1922-04/28/2009 John E. Ingebrigtson, age 87 of McGregor formerly of Crystal, Mn. died Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Mn. He was born February 10, 1922 at Maple Plain, Mn. the son of John and Elise (Moe) Ingebrigtson. He attended Mound School and then moved to Fairhaven, Mn. He married Gladys L. Koivula on October 24, 1945 in Minneapolis. He worked for Northwest Airlines, Oliver Farm Machinery, and later founded Gopher State Tractor Sales. He enjoyed collecting old tractors and was an avid restorer of vintage aircraft, and has now ???Gone West???. John wanted everyone to know that ???I Had A Lot Of Fun In My Life???. He is survived by children: Barbara Ingebrigtson, Jeffrey Ingebrigtson, Travis and Joan Ingebrigtson, Debra and Jim Lund, 10 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 1 sister: Olga Wykoff and 1 brother: Kenneth Ingebrigtson. He was preceded in death by his wife Gladys in 1995. A memorial service will be held Friday, May 8, 2009 at 1 PM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor, Mn. with Rev. Becky Wagner officiating. Interment will be in the Round Lake Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Goldie Adams 08/03/1916-04/29/2009 Goldie Maye Adams, 92 of McGregor died Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. She was born August 3, 1916 in Maxwell, IA. to Walter and Mary Bennethum. She grew up in Aitkin graduating from Aitkin High School. On October 12, 1935 in Carlton, Goldie was united in marriage to Garry Wilson Adams. They moved to Iowa where they operated a grocery store in Des Moines. She also worked as an administrative assistant for insurance companies. They moved to McGregor in 1966 where she was a very active member of Round Lake Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed crocheting, baking, gardening, and birds. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Dennis (Mary) Adams of Plymouth Daughter-in-law: Mary Adams of Rochester 2 grandsons: Matthew (Shana) Adams of Rockford Ricky Adams of Nevada One granddaughter: Christine (Jeff) Dahle of Stewartville 4 great-grandchildren: Danika, Jakob, Mikayla, and Cameron One sister: Cleo Storm of Knoxville, IA. She was preceded in death by her son Danny in 1981, her husband Garry in 1992 and her parents Walter and Mary Bennethum. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M.- Sunday, May 3, 2009 at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, McGregor. Reverend John Yingling will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 7P.M. Saturday at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com Dorothy M. Green 11/04/1916-04/29/2009 Dorothy M. Green, age 92 of Aitkin died Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Dorothy was born November 4, 1916 in St. Paul, Minnesota the daughter of Charles and Ruth (Krogstad) Bertram. She grew up and attended schools in St. Paul graduating from Central High School. She then attended nurse???s school for a time in the Twin Cities. She married Elof Green on June 20, 1936 in Aitkin. They made their home on the family farm at Rossburg near Aitkin. She had lived at the home place up until April of 2006 at which time she moved into Aitkin. She was a member of the Aitkin Assembly of God Church where she held numerous positions in the church. She especially enjoyed leading Bible Studies. She had sung for many funerals throughout the years. Her biggest love was to take care of her family. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Jerome (Jerry) and Debra Green of Rockford, Illinois; 4 daughters and sons in law: Karen and Roger Baker of Aitkin; Judith (Judy) and Daryl Wileman of Clark, South Dakota; Ruth Korzenowski of Coon Rapids, Mn.; Kathryn and Roy Miles of Staples, Mn.; 19 grandchildren; 20 Great Grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Elof in 1998, 1 son in law, 3 children, 1 grandchild, 1 great grandchild, 1 sister and 2 brothers. A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 2:30 PM from the Aitkin Assemblies of God Church with Rev. Dan Turner officiating. Visitation will be from 1:30 PM until the 2:30 PM services at the church. Interment will be in the Forest Cemetery in Kimberly Twp. of Aitkin County. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com Margaret C. McConnell 01/17/1917-05/01/2009 Margaret Catherine McConnell, age 92 of Aitkin died Friday, May 1, 2009 at the Lakeside Medical Center in Pine City, Minnesota. Margaret was born January 17, 1917 in Aitkin the daughter of Benjamin and Barbara (Foley) Hassman. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1935. She then attended the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Mn. for two years. She then moved to the Twin Cities where she attended the Minnesota School of Business. During WW II she worked in Alaska for the war effort. She also worked in Guam, Seattle, Wash., and in Tennessee. She married Burt McConnell on August 28, 1951. They lived in Florida until 1962 at which time the moved to Aitkin and have lived here since. Margaret was an avid traveler and enjoyed seeing different parts of the world. She also enjoyed reading. In her younger years she enjoyed the game of golf. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. She is survived by 1 daughter and son in law: Pat and Ken Kutz of Grantsburg, Wisconsin; 3 grandsons: Brian Kutz, Sean Kutz, and Brendan Kutz all of Grantsburg. She is also survived by 1 sister: Mary Schoepf of Aitkin and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Burt in 1975, 1 brother Richard Hassman and 3 sisters: Charlotte Welshons, Caroline Ryan, and Corinne Lynch Peterson Funeral services will be held Wednesday May 6, 2009 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 8 PM with a Rosary Service at 7:30 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Ellen Sanda 04/12/1922-05/02/2009 Ellen Sanda age 87 of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, a very gracious, sweet lady went home to be with her husband and three of her children on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at the Grand Village Nursing Home in Grand Rapids. Ellen was born on April 12, 1922 at Palisade, Mn. the daughter of Finnish Immigrants; Abel and Ann (Maki) Saastamoinen. She married Jack Sanda on October 14, 1941 at Cloquet, Minnesota. They made their home in East Lake and together had five children; Loretta Jane, Shirley Mae, Dinah Jean, Donald Jack, and Rosemary Ellen. After her husband Jack passed away in 1966, Ellen earned her Home Health and Nursing Assistant certificates. She was well known for her cinnamon rolls that she made at the former Roadside Caf?? in McGregor. One of her many accomplishments, and one of her families proudest moments, was when, at age 67, she graduated from Hibbing Vo-Tech College with a degree in Textiles and Apparel occupations. She sewed clothes, curtains and gifts for her family and friends. She made her home in Grand Rapids where she was a foster grandparent, hospitality hostess, RSVP volunteer, VFW auxiliary member, and a Salvation Army volunteer. Ellen touched the lives of so many with her kind and generous spirit. Her beautiful smile and sparkling blue eyes were a welcome sight to see and made everyone who met her very fortunate. She was not one to complain and was always there to lend a hand. We will miss our gracious Mom, Nana, Granny, Gramma, friend, neighbor, relative very much. She will be in our hearts forever. She will be sadly missed by two daughters: Shirley (Alfred) Maki of McGregor; Rose (Kevin) Weston of Grand Rapids, Mn.; 1 brother: Arvid Saastamoinen of Columbia Heights, Mn.; grandchildren: Dawn, Nona, Nicole, Megan, Lena, Jessie, Christi, and Ashley; 11 great grandchildren and special friends Twyla and Roy Sundin and many other relatives and friends. Ellen went to be at home with her husband Jack, daughters Loretta Jane and Dinah Jean; son Donald Jack; 1 sister, 3 brothers, 1 grandson, 1 granddaughter, and 1 great granddaughter. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 11 AM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Henry Koopman officiating. Burial will be in the Rice River Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Keith Eld, Brian Waddick, Roy Hicks, Mark Taschuk, Steve Sanda and Doug Saastamoinen. Honorary pallbearers will be: Megan Maki, Alfred Maki, Kevin Weston, Vern Kemnitz, and Dennis Olson. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 7 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Thomas Praske 10/05/1955-05/02/2009 Thomas L. Praske, 53 of Aitkin died Saturday, May 2, 2009 at his residence. He was born October 5, 1955 in Clear Lake, SD. to Paul and Mae (Goodmonson) Praske. He worked as a painter for Homestead Painting for the past 25 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and horses. He loved his grandchildren. Thomas is survived by his mother Mae Praske of Aitkin 4 daughters and sons-in-law: Heather (Darrick) Weimer of Backus Kim (Charles) Teal of Aitkin Kristine Kasper of Little Falls Melanie Schultz of Aitkin One son: Scott Delger of Plymouth 3 step-children: Dacey , Alanna, and Dustin Tibbetts all of Aitkin Twelve grandchildren 3 brothers and sister-in-law: Eugene (Karen) Praske of Aitkin John Praske of Grand Rapids James Praske of Sitka, AK. He was preceded in death by his father Paul Praske. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11AM ??? Friday, May 8, 2009 funeral service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Dean Sanford 12/16/1926-05/03/2009 Dean Paul Sanford, 82 of Aitkin died Sunday, May 3, 2009 at his residence. He was born December 16, 1926 in Boise, Idaho to Roland and Edith (Lasher) Sanford. He graduated from Aitkin High School class of 1945. He attended St. Cloud Teachers College, graduating in 1950 with a B.S. degree in mathematics and a minor in physics. On June 27, 1951 in Aitkin, Dean was united in marriage to Corinne ???Kim??? Boudreau. He started his teaching career in Winnebago in 1950. After two years he moved to Brainerd, where he spent the next 32 years teaching junior high mathematics. In addition Dean also taught mathematics for many years at Brainerd Vo-Tech for those pursuing their GED certificates. In summers, he further supported his family by working as a paper carrier for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and selling bait. After his retirement he worked as a substitute teacher for six years. He loved to spend time with his family at his Cedar Lake home near Aitkin. It was a perfect location since Dean was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed deer and duck hunting, ice and walleye fishing. Gardening, and woodcutting. He served as past state vice president of the Minnesota Federation of Teachers, a past president of the Quarterbacks Club in Brainerd, an active member of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, Riceland Chapter, where he served as both past president and corporate director, and as a board member of Cedar Lake Conservancy. He was also a staunch member of the National Rifle Association. Dean was a member of St. Joseph???s Catholic Church in Deerwood where he served on the parish council, the church finance council, as an eucharistic minister, and was a member of the Cuyuna Range Knights of Columbus. He was a charter member of St. Andrew???s Catholic Church in Brainerd. Dean is survived by his wife Corinne 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Michael Sanford of Minneapolis Tom (Steffanie) Sanford of Aitkin Two daughters and sons-in-law: Nancy (Kerry) MacArthur of Houston, TX. Anne (Dan) Johanek of St. Cloud Grandchildren: Rob, Mary, Phillip, Elizabeth and Anna MacArthur; Taylor and Amy Johanek; Hunter, Jeb, Wyatt, Addie, Gus, and Blaise Sanford 1 brother Charles of Falmouth, Maine Besides many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother Donald and his parents Roland and Edith. Funeral services will be 11AM ??? Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at St. Joseph???s Catholic Church in Deerwood. Fr. Howard Eisel will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, Aitkin. Visitation will be 4:30 to 7P.M, Monday at the church and will continue 1 hour prior to the service. Rosary services will begin at 7:00P.M. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to St. Joseph???s Church Building Fund, Deerwood. Kenneth Lyons 09/03/1918-05/05/2009 Kenneth C. Lyons, 90 of Aitkin died Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born September 3, 1918 in Aitkin to Charles and Josephine (Topinka) Lyons. He graduated from Aitkin High School. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in World War II. On November 28, 1942 in Aitkin, Kenneth was united in marriage to Lois Sugrue. He was the former owner and operator of the Rialto Theater in Aitkin and worked as a custodian for First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. He was a member Aitkin American Legion Post #86, Aitkin VFW Post #1727, and First Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Kenneth is survived by his wife Lois of Aitkin One son and daughter-in-law: Charles (Kathy) Lyons of Coon Rapids 1 grandson Christopher Lyons of Milwaukee He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Josephine. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M., Monday, May 11, 2009 funeral service at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Lance Isaacson and Reverend Sarah Cordray will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Mildred Griffin 05/19/1913-05/05/2009 Mildred J. Griffin of Aitkin, formerly of the Twin Cities, died May 5, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin, two weeks short of her 96th birthday. She was born May 19, 1913 in Minneapolis to Edward S. and Gertrude (Pehrson) Johnson. She was preceded in death by husband Richard C. Griffin. Mildred is survived by children: Judy (Dennis) Skinner of McGregor Richard D. (Jean) Griffin of St. Petersburg, FL. She was a proud grandmother of: Scott (Susan) Skinner of Aitkin Todd (Mary Jo) Skinner of Anoka Kristen (Tom) Gannon of Big Lake Karen (Emmett) Fogarty of Belle Plaine Carrie (Nicolas) Octtaviani of Temple Terrace, FL. Ann (Kurt) Herrmann of Tampa, FL. Michael (Kristen) Griffin of Las Vegas, NV. She will be missed by sister Miriam Gustafson of Naples, FL. 12 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was a great reader, enjoyed crossword puzzles, music, and liked writing and reciting poetry. She was proud of her Swedish heritage. HAPPY MOTHER???S DAY MOM! Graveside services will be 2:00P.M. ??? Saturday, May 16, 2009 at Sunset Memorial Park in Minneapolis. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com Patricia McDonald 05/15/1936-05/08/2009 Patricia McDonald, 72 of Aitkin died Friday, May 8, 2009 at her residence, on the eve of her 50th wedding anniversary with husband Tom. She was born May15, 1936 in Becker to Tony and Tina (Peterson) Thorsten. On May 9, 1959 in Minneapolis, Patricia was united in marriage to Thomas McDonald. She was a kind and gentle woman, who loved helping others. She was very involved with women???s advocacy groups. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, C.C.W., and St. James Catholic Church. She is survived by her husband Tom of Aitkin Son Matt McDonald of Aitkin Daughter Maureen McDonald of Atlanta, GA. 2 Grandchildren: Sara Larsen and Amy McDonald Two brother Vern and Herb Thorsten both of Aitkin Besides many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her six brothers and sisters: John, Olga, Hilda, Henry, Alyce, and Elna; her nephew Larry and niece Nancy, and her parents Tony and Tina (Peterson) Thorsten. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. ??? Wednesday, May 13, 2009 memorial service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Deacon Vern Anderson will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Memorial are preferred to Sharing & Caring Hands, 525 North 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN. 55405 Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com James Lyle Florek 12/10/1935-05/11/2009 James Lyle Florek, age 73 of Aitkin died Monday, May 11, 2009 at his home. James was born December 10, 1935 at Princeton, Minnesota the son of Joseph and Marcella (Reineccius) Florek. He attended schools in North Dakota, Princeton, Hillman and Aitkin. He first worked with his uncle building Pole Barns throughout the 5 state area. He then worked for Borson Construction Co. in the Twin Cities and later for Olympic Drywall and Conroy Brothers as a sheet rocker. He married Josephine Wacholz on March 16, 1956. They lived in the Aitkin area most of their live. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, leatherwork, carving, and gardening and also enjoyed building fishing rods. He is survived by 1 son: James Florek of Aitkin; 1 daughter: Julie Florek of Aitkin; 2 grandchildren: Jessie and Christopher; 2 brothers: Ronald Florek of Aitkin; Michael Florek of Aitkin; 2 sisters: Dorothy Gordon of Aitkin and Sharon Nelson of Deerwood. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife in 2004, 1 grandson Thomas, and 1 brother Gerald. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. A visitation time will be held 1 hour prior to the services on Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will be at a later date at the Opstead Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Harlan H. Bartel 02/21/1937-05/14/2009 Harlan H. Bartel (KA0 VGO) age 72 of Aitkin died Thursday, May 14, 2009 at his home near Aitkin. Harlan was born February 21, 1937 at Biscay, Minnesota the son of Henry and Elsie (Oltmann) Bartel. He grew up and attended school near Cross Lake. He then helped with the family resort, worked as a fishing guide and logged. He later went to the Twin Cities and worked for the Scott Atwater Company. He was a jack of all trades having worked many jobs over the years. He married Sandra L. Ward on July 16, 1964 at Garrison, Mn. The have lived in the Aitkin area since. He was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin; the Ham Operators Club in Brainerd; and the Isaac Walton League. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. In his younger days he raced cars, snowmobiles, motorcycles and go-carts. He is survived by his wife Sandra Bartel of Aitkin; Children and spouses: James Bartel and Kathy Crump of Aitkin; Jane and Terry Lenzen of Aitkin; Keith and Teresa Bartel of Beaver Bay, Mn.; Gina and Mark Wold of Aitkin and Chad Bartel of Ironton, Mn.; 15 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 2 sisters: Verda Girgen of Polk City, Florida and Helen Kilian of Crosslake, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 18, 2009 at 11 AM from St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 6 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Monday. Burial will be at a later date in the Bennettville Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Michael Anthony Jackson 10/31/1988-05/17/2009 Michael A. Jackson, age 20 of Tamarack died as the result of a car accident on Sunday, May 17, 2009 near McGregor. Michael was born October 31, 1988 at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He grew up and attended schools at Mitchell South Dakota. He then moved with his family to Tamarack in 1999 and he attended the Cromwell and McGregor Schools. He had an opportunity to travel throughout the United States seeing many different sites. He most recently returned home to Tamarack in February of this year. He enjoyed working on automobiles and loved to fish. He is survived by his parents: Nels James Duff and Rosezella Jackson of Tamarack; grandmothers: Lila Jackson of McGregor; Arpie Bland of Tamarack; grandfather Ken Bland of Big Fork, Mn.; 1 aunt, 5 uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Robert B. Jackson and 1 aunt. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 1 PM from the McGregor United Methodist Church with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Earl Reich 04/28/1923-05/23/2009 Earl D. Reich, 86 of McGregor died Saturday, May 23, 2009 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born April 28, 1923 in Hebron Township, Aitkin County to Earle and Lucille (Graham) Reich. On July 24, 1942 Earl was united in marriage to Vera A. Jewell at their home in the Moose Meadow Community. He worked as a farmer, at a gas filling station and Vera Anne Line Jewelry Store in McGregor. He enjoyed painting, gardening and Jewelry. Earl is survived by his wife Vera of McGregor 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Robert (Kathy) of Palisade Don of Palisade One daughter and son-in-law: Judy (Mike) Nelson of Aitkin 7 grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren 2 sisters and brother-in-law: Mavis Higens of Burley, ID. Delores (Laird) Haas of Orefield, PA. Besides other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandchild Jamie, infant sister Doris, and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Wednesday, May 27, 2009 funeral service at the United Methodist Church in McGregor. Reverend Lloyd Olds will officiate. Burial will be in the Fleming Cemetery. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com Earl Frentz 05/31/1915-05/23/2009 Earl Henry Taylor Frentz, 93 of Aitkin died peacefully on Saturday, May 23, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin, and went home to be with Jesus. He was born May 31, 1915 in Staples to Vernon and Hulda (Kolbe) Frentz. On August 4, 1941 Earl was united in marriage to Margaret Winquist at Grace Lutheran Church in SE. Minneapolis. He was a 22 year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department, retiring in 1966. He enjoyed to travel, photography, and operating Ham Radio. He was a member of the Minneapolis Police Relief Association and a 70 year ???Life Time??? member of the Masonic Lodge #19 in Minneapolis He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law: Sally (Duane) Russell of Deerwood Son-in-law: Richard Heise of Maple Grove Grandchildren: Margaret (Dean) Swann Allison (James) Talaske Kristy (Travis) Heise Kyle (Susan) Heise Eric Heise Scott (Vanessa) Heise Many great-grandchildren 1 great-great-granddaughter He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years Margaret, daughter Susan, and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 12:00P.M. ??? Thursday, May 28, 2009 funeral service at Assembly of God Church, Hwy. 169, in Aitkin. Reverends Dan & Marlene Turner will officiate. Burial will be in Orono Cemetery, Elk River. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com William A. Dau 10/24/1922-05/25/2009 William A. Dau, age 86 of McGregor formerly of Prior Lake, Mn. died Monday, May 25, 2009 at his home in McGregor. William was born October 24, 1922 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Arnold and Mathilda (Regenauer) Dau. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. During those years he spent the summers at the Regenauer farm near Shell Lake, Wisconsin, of which he had very fond memories. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II serving from 1942 to 1945. Upon his discharge he returned to Minnesota and married Yvonne H. Constant on September 29, 1945 in Minneapolis. They lived in Prior Lake and he worked as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. During the Korean Conflict he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Upon his discharge he returned home and continued working as a letter carrier. Following his retirement he learned the art of gunsmithing and was a very accomplished gunsmith. He and his wife moved to McGregor in 1974 and have resided here since. He was a 48 year member of AA and through AA he volunteered many hours going to the Aitkin County Jail and the Sandstone Federal Prison and helped counsel inmates. He is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: William and Denise Dau of Prior Lake, Mn.; 1 daughter and son in law: Connie and Tom Anderson of McGregor, Mn.; 5 grandchildren: Erin Dau, Annie-Jo Dau, Joshua Anderson, Jason Anderson, Kyle Anderson; 1 great granddaughter: Ashlyn Anderson; 1 sister: Myrtle Berg of Plymouth, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Yvonne in 2005 and 1 sister Arlene. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 1:00 PM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Becky Wagner officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services Saturday at the church. Interment will be Friday, June 5, 2009 at Noon at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery with Military Honors. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Viljo ''Bill'' Johnson Viljo ???Bill?? 03/03/2009-06/02/2009 Viljo ''Bill'' Johnson Viljo ???Bill??? Johnson, age 92 of McGregor passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Mn. Viljo was born June 22, 1916 in Rice River Twp. of Aitkin Co. the son of Jalmer and Helmi (Kann) Johnson. He was a lifelong member of the Rice River and McGregor communities. He proudly served in the US Army from 1942 to 1945, as a member of the 321st Wildcat 81st infantry division during WW II. He was awarded the Bronze Star during active duty in the South Pacific. He was a life member of the McGregor VFW Post 2747 and served as a member of the funeral detail for military honors for many years. He married Evelyn (Harp) Swanson on November 6, 1948 at Cloquet, Mn. Viljo worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator and he also logged. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, deer hunting, cards, and horseshoes. He was a great story teller who kept his family and friends hanging on to every word. Viljo is survived by his loving wife Evelyne (Freddie) of sixty years; six children: Arlis (Frank) Gardner of Butte, Montana, Ernie (Sandra) Swanson of Brighton, Colo., Robert Johnson of Minneapolis, Mn., Mary Lou (Len) Roiger of Randolph, Mn., Cindy Schuller of Owatonna, Mn., Alan Johnson of Winnemucca, Nevada; 16 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister Elsie Jouppi. His brother Arnie passed away on March 29, 2009. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 1:00 PM from the United Methodist Church in McGregor with Rev. Russell Christensen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Larson-Deneen VFW Post 2747. Burial will be in the Rice River Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com Jun 22 1916 12:00AM Eugene R. Parkki 07/26/1948-06/02/2009 Eugene R. Parkki, 60 of Tamarack died Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at his residence. He was born July 26, 1948 in Cloquet to Auno John and Dorothy Ann (Anderson) Parkki. He worked for Savannah Industries and then Lakeside Manufacturing. Eugene enjoyed farming, fishing, four wheeling, and hunting. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Ruth and Robert Sundberg of McGregor Besides other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law Phyllis and Lyle Waisanen, niece Elaine Sundberg, and parents Auno and Dorothy Parkki. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M., Sunday, June 7, 2009 funeral service at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Reverend Joey Blomdahl will officiate. Burial will be in Salo Cemetery. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com Sandra Lee Jacques 11/24/1946-06/02/2009 Sandra Lee Jacques In Loving Memory of Sandra Lee Jacques, 62 of Palisade died Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at her home. She was born November 24, 1946 in Mora to Robert and Clara ???Tiny??? (Schmidt) Nelson. Sandra was united in marriage to Frank Jacques on January 21, 1977 in Watertown, SD. She was employed at Paulbeck???s County Market in Aitkin. She was a member of the Red Hatters, Homemakers, quilt and book clubs, and Hilltop Chapel in Palisade. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, crafts, camping, reading and Bible studies. Sandra is survived by her husband Frank Parents Robert and Clara ???Tiny??? Nelson of Blaine Four children: Jacquie (Mark) Kellogg of Flagstaff, AZ. Nancy (Nick) Cucci of Lakeville Paula Murray of Fairmont Cameron (LaMona) Kellogg 9 Grandchildren: Shanna, Brandon, Nicolas, Hannah, Kevin, Zachary, Alex, Isabella, and Angelo Two brothers and sister-in-law: Steven (Carol) Nelson of Forest Lake Stacy Nelson of Wyoming Besides aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M., Tuesday, June 9, 2009 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Barry Hite will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Kathryn ''Kay'' Beihoffer Kathryn ???K 05/30/2009-06/03/2009 Kathryn ''Kay'' Beihoffer Kathryn ???Kay??? M. Beihoffer, age 79 of Aitkin formerly of Fridley died Saturday, May 30, 2009 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Mn. Kay was born January 21, 1930 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin the daughter of Martin and Hanna (Proehl) Hoppert. She grew up and attended schools in Sheboygan graduating from the Sheboygan Central High School in 1947. She then attended the Milwaukee Hospital School of Nursing and graduated in 1951 from there. She worked at the Hospital until 1953 at which time she moved to Minneapolis and went to work for the University Of Minnesota Hospital in the pediatrics unit. She worked there until 1960. She married Dale L. Beihoffer on August 23, 1958 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Fridley where she raised her family and did day care in her home. In 1988 she and Dale retired to the Aitkin area, living on Farm Island Lake. Kay was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin and former member of St. Phillips Lutheran Church in Fridley. Kay was very active in her church having sang in the Church Choir, providing Home Communion for shut ins, served on the Kitchen Committee, was involved with the ladies circle and had been very active in providing children???s sermons on Sunday???s. She was also a member of the Garden Club, and had volunteered at the Rippleside Elementary School for 20 years. She also enjoyed swimming and rowing, and most of all enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She is survived by her husband Dale Beihoffer of Aitkin; 2 daughters: Mary and Dan Swanson of Aitkin; Anne Beihoffer and special friend Jeff Olson of Oak Grove, Mn.; 6 grandchildren: Luke Swanson, Sarah Swanson, Noah Swanson, Hannah Swanson, Faith Swanson and Leah Swanson; 1 brother: John (Sharon) Hoppert of Sheboygan, Wisc.; 2 sisters: Harriet Stickney of Milwaukee, Wisc.; Ann (Jim) Hoppert Keller of Kohler, Wisc.; and step mother: Leona Hoppert of Sheboygan Falls, Wisc. She was preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter: Angela Glaser, 2 brothers: Frederick Hoppert Sr and Martin Hoppert. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 8, 2009 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson and Rev. Sarah Cordray officiating. Burial will be in the Glory Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, June 7 from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Monday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Jan 21 1930 12:00AM Veronica Belto 06/05/1914-06/16/2009 Veronica R. Belto, 95 a former Racine, WI. resident was called home by the Lord Tuesday, June 16, 2009. She was born June 5, 1914 to Jack and Anna (Vadnais) McCauley in De Graff, MN. She and her family resided in Warba, MN. She moved to Racine, WI. in the early 1950???s where she pursued a nursing career and spent her working years fulfilling her passion by doing what she believed was her life???s purpose, caring for the sick. On December 30, 1954 in Arizona Veronica was united in marriage to Vilja Belto, her wonderful, loving husband. In 1988 upon retirement, the two moved to Bullhead City, AZ. and made this their home, while spending their summers in Aitkin, MN. She is survived by two sons: Edward (Helen) Lindgren of Pengilly, MN. Earl (Charlotte) Lindgren of Aitkin, MN. 7 grandchildren Nineteen great-grandchildren 11 great-great-grandchilden One brother Bill (MAC) McCauley of Prescott, AZ. 1 sister Della Howe of Racine, WI. and many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband Vilja, 6 brothers, 2 sisters. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M., Friday, June 19, 2009 memorial service at St. Paul???s Catholic Church in Warba, MN. Fr. Howard Eisel will officiate. Burial will be in Warba-Feeley Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com John J. San Felippo 06/27/1923-06/17/2009 John Jack San Felippo, age 85 of Aitkin, died Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at the St. Josephs Medical Center in Brainerd. John was born June 27, 1923 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin the son of James and Sarah (Cowen) San Felippo. He grew up and attended schools in Milwaukee. He then entered the U.S. Navy and he served for 30 years. His naval career spanned WW II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He had served on two ships which were torpedoed and sunk. He loved the Navy passionately. He married Lorraine Larson in the Lat 1940???s. and shortly after he retired in the early 1970???s, she was struck and killed by a drunk driver. Upon his retirement he had moved to the McGregor area. John met Esther Pearson 5 years later and they were eventually married on February 13, 1930 in Minneapolis. They lived in McGregor and in 1984 they purchased a Tree Farm near Aitkin. In 1994 the moved to the Aitkin area and lived on their tree farm. John and Esther shared a great love for the land and they worked hard to keep the Tree Farm in good condition. John was a man with a strong work ethic, sense of duty and fair play, high intelligence, and dry wit. He is survived by his wife Esther of 29 years; 3 children and spouses: Lorilea and Otmar Klimek of Rosemount, Mn.; Jack and Kitty San Felippo of Plymouth, Mn.; Janet and Greg Nyland of Texas; 5 grandchildren: Milena Klimek, Matt San Felippo, Mike San Felippo, Ben Nyland and Katie Nyland, 2 great grandchildren: Dylan San Felippo, and Kaleb San Felippo; 2 brothers: Peter (Doris) San Felippo of Texas; Joe (Rosie) San Felippo of Tennessee; sister: Dolly Linke of Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Al San Felippo and Gino San Felippo. A graveside memorial service will be held in August at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Ft. Snelling Honor Guard. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Tila Friend-Ballinger 09/05/2008-06/21/2009 Tila Friend-Ballinger, (Ni Sho Bin Nas Sha Quay), died Sunday, June 21, 2009 in Onamia. She was born September 5, 2008 in Onamia to Lance Ballinger and Kelly Friend. She is survived by her parents Lance Ballinger and Kelly Friend 2 brothers: Preston Smith, Jr. and Nicholas Ballinger One sister Leoniece Ballinger Grandparents: Jason (Nicole) Vanwert of Onamia Dale Ballinger, Sr. of Onamia Great-grandparents: Doug Sam of Onamia Warren Kingsbury of McGregor And many aunt, uncles, cousins, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her grandmother the late Rebecca Sam. Funeral services will begin 10:00A.M., Thursday, June 25, 2009 at the East Lake Community Center near McGregor. Visitation will begin 8:00P.M., Wednesday at the East Lake Community Center. Burial will be in Rice Lake Refuge Burial Grounds. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com Fred C. Kellerman 02/04/1914-06/23/2009 Fred C. Kellerman, age 95 of Aitkin died Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Fred was born February 4, 1914 at Cedarbrook, Minnesota the son of John and Jennie Kellerman. He attended schools at Cedarbrook. He then worked on the family farm. He married Melvida Monson on April 6, 1941 at Bovey, Minnesota. They made their home in Aitkin. Shortly after his marriage, he served in the US Army during WW II. Upon his discharge, he returned to Aitkin and worked in the Cuyuna Range Mines as a driller. When the mines closed, he went to work for the telephone company in Aitkin and retired from there. He was a life long member of St. Johns Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook. Fred is survived by his wife of 68 years Melvida Kellerman of Aitkin; 1 son: Ron Kellerman of Woodbury, Mn.; 2 daughters and son in law: Joyce Berg of Bloomington, Mn.; Julie and Les McNamee of Burnsville, Mn.; 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 1 daughter: Jean Larson, 1 granddaughter: Janelle Larson; son in law: Al Berg, Parents, 7 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 27, 2009 at 11 AM from St. Johns Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Burial will be in the St. Johns Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Ruth M. Loftus 07/10/1924-06/24/2009 Ruth Margarette (Teare) Loftus, age 84 of McGregor died Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at the Northland Assisted Living Center in McGregor. Ruth was born July 10, 1924 in Hastings, Minnesota the daughter of Lynn and Gretchen (Harms) Teare. She lived attended grade school at Gaylord, Minnesota with her grandparents Ernest and Anna Harms. She then attended Marshal High School in St Paul from which she graduated and then attended Rasmusson???s Business College. She worked as a secretary for a fur company in St. Paul where she also did modeling of their products. She then worked as a secretary for Fairbanks Morse Pump Co. in St. Paul until 1954 when she became a stay at home mom. She married Arnold Loftus on September 21, 1951 in St. Paul. In 1964 she went back to work as a secretary at Univac in Roseville and then joined Comten in Roseville (an offspring of Univac) until her retirement in 1978. Upon retirement she and her husband moved to McGregor and she has lived here since. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of McGregor, a charter member of the Big Sandy Lake Association, charter member of the AARP chapter in McGregor, member of the McGregor Lioness/Lions since 1981 and was a member of the Pine Needles and Pens Writing Group. In 2006, she wrote and published a book titles ???Meeting Bible Ladies???. She held many offices in many of these organizations, and served on many committees and also did a lot of volunteer work. She is survived by 1 son John Loftus of St. Paul, Mn. and 1 niece Patricia Loftus Lee of California. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband Arnold, 1 son Mark and 1 brother. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Becky Wagner officiating. Interment will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church Tuesday. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. H. Irene Rasmussen 04/29/1918-06/24/2009 H. Irene Rasmussen, age 91 of Aitkin formerly of the Twin Cities died Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Irene was born April 29, 1918 at Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Ernest and Nellie (Page) Rehn. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from Aitkin High School. She then attended Hamlin University for two years. She married Arthur Rasmussen on April 4, 1942 at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. They made their home in the Twin Cities and Irene raised her family. She also worked in the Irondale High School Library for 20 years. They retired to Aitkin in the early 1980???s and have lived here since. She was a member of the Aitkin Eastern Star. She is survived by 1 daughter: Jane Kaufmann of St. Paul and 1 son and daughter in law: Dave and Nicole Rasmussen of Roseville, 4 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren and 1 niece Cathy Cerny. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Art in 2005,infant daughter Bette 1 grandson Scott Kaufmann, 1 sister Mary Cerny and 1 nephew John Cerny. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 1, 209 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Bar 06/02/1944-06/28/2009 Barbara J. Livingston Barbara J. Livingston, age 65 of McGregor died Sunday, June 28, 2009 at the Northland Village Assisted Living facility in McGregor. Barbara was born June 2, 1944 in Los Angeles, California the daughter of David and Vela (Gephart) Livingston. She grew up and attended schools in Los Angeles and then worked. She drove bus for 12 years and then worked numerous jobs in California. She moved to the McGregor area in the late 1980???s and had worked as a waitress, drove the Medi Van and had also worked at the Northland Village Assisted Living Center. She is survived by 2 sons: Robert White of Georgia, Mark White of California; Mother: Vela Swanson of McGregor; Brothers and spouses: David and Debbie Livingston of Lodi, Calf.; Stanley and Jeannie Livingston of Burlington, New Jersey; Paul Swanson of Grand Marais, Mn.; Rahn and Sharon Swanson of East Bethel, Mn.; 1 sister and spouse: Joyce and Russ Burdick of Tamarack; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and step father. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 1:00 PM from the Big Sandy Alliance Church with Rev. Steve Demars officiating. Interment will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Candice Sniatynsky 07/24/1970-07/05/2009 Candice Lynne Sniatynsky, 38 of Aitkin died Sunday, July 5, 2009 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. She was born July 24, 1970 in Glenwood to Donald and Lucy (Rehling) Arends. She is survived by 3 sons: Tyler Johnson of Brainerd Trevor Sniatynsky of Bartlett, IL. Kaleb Bauer of Aitkin Three brothers: Donald Arends, Jr. of Aitkin Brian Arends of East Bethel Rick Dickman of Blaine Parents Donald and Lucy Arends of Malmo Grandmother Bertha Bell of Newport And many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M., Monday, July 13, 2009 memorial service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com George ''Buddy'' Roderick George ''Bud 06/29/2009-07/06/2009 George ''Buddy'' Roderick George ''Buddy'' E. Roderick, 77, passed away Monday, June 29, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He had been suffering from Alzheimer???s for 11 years. He was born November 3, 1931 in International Falls to parents Sherman and Mildred (Nelson) Roderick. He went to school in International Falls and then worked at Ontario Mando Paper Mill until he joined the Air Force in 1951. He served in Korea as a cook and received the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal. He was discharged in 1955 and returned to International Falls and continued to work at the mill. He then married and moved to Virginia, Mn where he worked for Bethlehem Steel Co. From there he moved to Leadville, Colorado and worked in the mine. He then moved to Everett, WA. and worked for Nord Door Co., returning from there in 1967 to Minneapolis where he went to work for Superior Plating. From there he worked as a pressman for B.F. Nelson Folding Carton Company until he retired in 1993 and moved to McGregor, Mn. He was a lifetime Member of the VFW in International Falls. He belonged to Gopher 2 Pup tent of the Cooties. He was a member of Round Lake Presbyterian church where he served as a session member. He loved music, hunting, fishing, gardening, taking movies, children and the Vikings. He is survived by his wife, Kathryne. Daughters: Roxanne (David) Aitkin, Loretta Hallquist, Kathleen (James) Hennessey, Teresa Christie. Grandchildren: Alexander (Melinda) Aitkin, Amanda (Charles) Ennen, Amber (Daniel) Mevissen, Anthony Hallquist, Jeremy (Cathy) Gillis, Justin (Stephanie) Vick, Toni (Gene) Borrell, Angie (Gary) Vetsch, Angela (Dana) Tompkins, and Erica Christie. Great-Grandchildren: Tony, Aacoda, Alexander, Davian, Nicholas, Elayna, Matthew, Josephine, Cheyenne, Neveah, Alex, Nolan, Brittany, Colton, Rachel, Megan, Owen, Austin, William, Lacy, Morgan, Madison, McKenzie, Tyler, Baylie. Sisters: AnnaMarie, Shirley, Ruby, Karen, Jewell, Wanda, Joyce. Brothers: Victor, James, Sherman, Maurice. And many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. He is proceeded in death by parents and son, Thomas. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M., Saturday, July 11, 2009 Memorial service at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, McGregor. Reverend John Yingling will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com Nov 3 1931 12:00AM Lillian Van Wambeke 07/13/1914-07/06/2009 Lillian E. Van Wambeke, 94 of Aitkin, MN. and Elgin, IL. died Monday, July 6, 2009 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born July 13, 1914 in Highwood, IL. to John and Olga (Hjelm) Bjork. Lillian was united in marriage to Donald Van Wambeke. She was an avid bowler, enjoyed the Chicago Cubs, and an active member of Faith United Methodist Church in Elgin. Lillian is survived 3 children: Marjorie (Ray) Pratt of Aitkin, MN. Marilyn (Gary) Carlson of Aitkin, MN. Jon of Aitkin, MN. 10 grandchildren Eleven great-grandchildren 2 great-great grandchildren She was preceded in death by two brothers, three sisters, and her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 10:00A.M. ??? Thursday, July 9, 2009 at Madison Funeral Home in Elgin, IL. Burial will be in Lakewood Memorial Park, Elgin, IL. Arrangements are with Madison Funeral Home, Elgin, IL. and Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin, MN. www.srtfuneral.com Joan M. Lueck 07/07/1930-07/09/2009 Joan M. Lueck, age 79 of Aitkin died Thursday, July 9, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born July 7, 1930 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Robert and Madelyn (Westling) Lindberg. She grew up and attended schools at Wayzata, Minnesota. She married Marvin Frost. She worked as a dental assistant and also worked as an occasional model for several Wayzata women???s clothing stores. She also worked at Sherwood Forest near Garrison. She was an Aitkin County Senior Volunteer, was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook, and enjoyed hooking rugs, reading, sewing and golfing. She had served as president of the Wayzata Women???s Club and vice president of the Wayzata Women???s Auxiliary. She married Conrad A. Lueck on April 6, 1986 at St. Johns Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook. Joan is survived by her husband Conrad Lueck of Aitkin; 3 sons and daughters in law: Judd and Debra Frost of Wayzata, Mn.; John and Janelle Frost of Rancho Santa Fe, California; Mark Lueck of Aitkin; daughter in law: Middie Frost-Ringer of Medina, Mn.; 1 brother: Richard P. Lindberg of New Hope, Mn.; Grandchildren: Madeline Frost, Judson Frost, Marcus Frost, Jessica Frost, step grandchildren: Kati Field, Thomas Field, step great grandchild: Christian Field. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 son James Marvin Frost, and 1 brother Robert. A memorial service will be held Friday, July 17, 2009 at 2:00 PM from St. Johns Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook near Aitkin, with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be in the Lewis Cemetery at Maple Plain, Mn. at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Mavis McGuire 11/21/1940-07/11/2009 Mavis K. McGuire, 68 of Aitkin died Saturday, July 11, 2009 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born November 21, 1940 in Stillwater to Walter and Donelda (Rubow) LaRoche. She graduated from Mahtomedi High School in 1958 and then the University of Minnesota with a B.S. degree in Home Economics. On September 28, 1963 Mavis was united in marriage to Donald ???Mike??? McGuire at St. Andrews Church in Mahtomedi. They owned and operated Whitewood Resort on Spirit Lake since 1971. She was employed as Aitkin County???s first Home Extension Agent. She drove bus for Aitkin Schools for 25 years, she owned Whitewood Square Dance Boutique, she was President of the Cuyuna Rock, Gem, & Mineral Club, a member of the Riverboat Reelers, she was board chair for Aitkin County H.R.A., an active member of First Lutheran Church, she designed costumes for Aitkin High School musicals and plays, and was a 4-H judge for county fairs. She enjoyed sewing, collecting nut crackers, and square dancing. Mavis is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Todd (Charmayne) of Pulaski, WI. Daughter and son-in-law: Wanda McGuire and Rob Doenges of Hanover, IN. 3 Grandsons: Brady, Michael, and Alexander Three sisters: Darlene Colonna of Framingham, MA. Betty (Laverne) Forrest of Fitchburg, WI. Marcella (Jack) Isenhart of Omaha, NE. 2 brothers: Walter LaRoche of Forest Lake Lester (Robin) LaRoche of Mahtomedi Uncle Orville and Aunt Pauline Rubow of Deerwood And many other close relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Mike in 2005, daughter-in-law Wendy, sister-in-law Shirley LaRoche, brother-in-law Anthony Colonna, and her parents Walter and Donelda (Rubow) LaRoche. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M., Friday, July 17, 2009 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Lance Isaacson will officiate. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M., Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Memorials are preferred in memory of Mavis McGuire to Riverwood Foundation, 200 Bunker Hill Drive, Aitkin, MN. 56431. James A. Franklin Sr. 01/29/1950-07/14/2009 James A. Franklin Sr., age 59 of Palisade formerly of St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights, Mn. died Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at his home near Palisade surrounded by his loving family. James was born January 29, 1950 at St. Paul, Minnesota the son of William H. and Clara M. (Kalischko) Franklin. He grew up and attended schools in St. Paul graduating from Humboldt High School. He married Barbara Jean Kern on September 28, 1968 in St. Paul. They lived in Inver Grove Heights where they raised their family and he worked for West Publishing, Menard???s and the Wilder Foundation. He also worked as a heavy equipment operator for a number of years. He had been coming to the Waukenabo Lake area since the mid 1980???s and he and his wife moved here in 2000. He has lived here since. He was a member of the Minnesota Federation of Square Dancers and the Palisade First Responders. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife Barbara Franklin of Palisade; son and daughter in law: James Jr. and Susanne Franklin of Inver Grove Heights, Mn.; daughter and son in law: Carrie and Mitchell Dudrey of South St. Paul, Mn.; grandson: Jon Donaldson of South St. Paul, Mn.; mother in law: Deloris Kern of St. Paul, Mn.; sisters in law and brothers in law: Judith and Augie Kiekhoefer of Oakdale, Mn.; Richard and Joanne Kern of North St. Paul, MN.; Kathleen Kern of St. Paul, Mn.; sisters: Judith Roy of North Branch, Mn.; Barbara and Richard Cummings of Newport, Mn.; Brother: Michael and Sylvia Franklin of Germany; sister in law: Anne Franklin of Grand Rapids, Mn. and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother: William T. Franklin, infant sister Susan Franklin, father in law Gerald Kern and brother in law Rob Roy. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 12:00 Noon from the House Of Prayer Lutheran Church in Oakdale, Mn. with Rev. Phil Walen officiating. Visitation will be 2 hour prior to the time of services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin (218) 927-2614. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Memorials are preferred. Elinor Zilverberg 04/14/1922-07/14/2009 Elinor F. Zilverberg, 87 of Aitkin died Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born April 14, 1922 in Dean Lake Township, Crow Wing County to Franklin and Myrtle (Ronshausen) Keim. As a youth she was a member of 4-H. She graduated from Aitkin High School class of 1940. On June 1, 1945 in Aitkin, Elinor was united in marriage to Dave Zilverberg. She was a homemaker, wife and mother. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, and cooking. Elinor is survived by two daughters and son-in-law: Eileen (Dick) Weijanen of Aitkin Kathleen Zilverberg of Aitkin 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Richard (Peg) Zilverberg of Colorado Springs, CO. Franklin (Sue) Zilverberg of Colorado Springs, CO. Seven grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Dave in 2001, infant daughter Yvonne, son-in-law Larry ???Ditter??? Geving, Jr., and her parents Franklin and Myrtle Keim. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 10:00A.M., Monday, July 20, 2009 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Cynthia Gray will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Arthur L ''Sparky'' Doelz Arthur L. ?? 03/14/1931-07/14/2009 Arthur L ''Sparky'' Doelz Arthur L. ???Sparky??? Doelz, age 78 of McGregor, formerly of Mounds View died Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Sparky was born March 14, 1931 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Walter E. and Helen Ann (Hodgson) Doelz. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from Marshall High School. He worked as a truck driver in the trucking industry for about 30 years. He lived and raised his family in Mounds View. Upon his retirement in the mid 1980???s, he moved to McGregor and has lived here since. He was a member of the Eagles Club in Kingman, Arizona; was a Shriner, and had served as a Civil Defense Warden. He had been as Ham Radio Buff. He is survived by special friend: Carol Gilgenbach of McGregor; sons: Michael Doelz of San Francisco, Calf.; Patrick Doelz and Fianc?? Tara Staskivige of Cohasset, Mn.; daughter: Luanne Curtis of Forest Lake, Mn.; 4 grandchildren: Justin, Anthony, Hannah and Jack, and 3 great grandchildren: Camden, Jackson and Bennett, and 1 brother and sister in law: Walter E. and Diane Doelz of Bloomington, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents, and infant son Matthew. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 11 AM from the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor, Mn. with Rev. Michael Sparby officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Bea Jacobsen Bernice ??? 07/13/1918-07/20/2009 Bea??? Jacobsen, 91 of Aitkin died Monday, July 20, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born July 13, 1918 in Shakopee to John and Laura (Unze) Clemens. On October 28, 1939 in Minneapolis Bea was united in marriage to Theodore Jacobsen. She worked for Honeywell for 21 years. They moved from Minneapolis to rural Aitkin in 1972. She started volunteering with the Riverwood Healthcare Auxiliary in 1974 and recently reached 3,000 hours of volunteer service. She watched the auxiliary grow from a dozen members to over 100 and served on many committees and as president twice. Riverwood CEO Mike Hagen said ???Bea Exemplifies the meaning of volunteerism.??? She was also an active member of St. James Catholic Church, Riverboat Lions Club, and the Red Cross Bloodmobile. Bea is survived by two sons and daughter-in-law: Ted Jacobsen of Aitkin Thomas (Mary) Jacobsen of Chaska Grandchildren: Teddy, Brian, Christine, Kari, Melissa, Courtney Great-grandchildren: Taylor, Connor, Jason, Kailey, Sophia, Harley, Wyatt, McKenna One brother and sister-in-law: Don (Patricia) Clemens of Shakopee And other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Theodore, daughter-in-law Jane, brothers and sisters, and her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 12:00P.M., Friday, July 24, 2009 funeral service at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Henry Fageroos 06/16/1926-07/21/2009 Henry A. Fageroos, 83 of Aitkin died Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at his residence. He was born June 16, 1926 in Crosby to Henry V. and Louise (Gabrio) Fageroos. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in WW II. He fought in seven major Pacific Theater Battles. On February 27, 1950 in Aitkin Henry was united in marriage to Alice Way. In the past he worked in the evening at Fred???s Cafe as a janitor to help support his family. He was employed at Lampert Lumber in Crosby for 43 years and then for Lakes States Lumber in Aitkin. He was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86, Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727, and St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Henry is survived by his wife Alice 3 children: Lynette (Mark) Goonan of Blackburn, Australia Gary (Kris) Fageroos of Shakopee Carrie Fageroos and her friend Vince Martinez of Colorado Three grandchildren: Kelly, Ashley, and Amanda 3 great-grandchildren: Cecelia, Noah, and Alexander Six brothers and sisters: Richard Fageroos of Crosby Elaine Durham of Aitkin Albert (Darlene) Seguin of Aitkin Mike Seguin of Crosby Dawn Mari (Wayne) Harliss of California Arthur (Jean) Seguin of Crosby Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother John seguin, and sister Marilyn Seguin-Williams. Funeral services will be 10:00A.M., Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Aitkin. Visitation will be 5 to 7:00P.M. Monday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com Cecilia (Farah) Maddy 12/24/1909-07/25/2009 Cecilia (Farah) Maddy, 99 of McGregor died Saturday, July 25, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born December 24, 1909 in Duluth to John and Rose Farah. She worked as a waitress at Farah Brothers Caf?? and her brothers hardware store, Joe???s Hardware. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church where she played organ for 30 years. She is survived by 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Pat (Jarrold) Monson of McGregor Barbara (Paul) Ruzynski of Bismarck, ND Roseanne Hendrickson of Miami, FL. Six grandchildren, and many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Wednesday, August 5, 2009 funeral service at Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Duluth. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com Richard W. Gruhlke 06/06/1917-07/27/2009 Richard W. Gruhlke, age 92 of Palisade died Monday, July 27, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Richard was born June 6, 1917 at Chatfield, Minnesota the son of William and Christine (Stickford) Gruhlke. He attended schools in Dover, Minnesota. He moved with his family to the Kimberly-Rossburg area at the age of 16. He worked for Ziske???s Resort for a time and then worked for the Hoffman Turkey Farm for five years. He married Ruby E. Johnson on June 27, 1940 at Kimberly. In 1943 they purchased a farm in the Palisade area and raised turkeys and dairy farmed until 1979 when he retired. Richard also drove School Bus for the Aitkin School District from 1965 to 1987 when he turned 70. His wife Ruby died in 1994. He married Naomi Siers on May 25, 1996 at the Pine Lake Chapel near Aitkin. He was a member of the Palisade United Methodist Church and had served on the church board, the Palisade Coop Creamery and Palisade Coop Oil, had served on the Waukenabo Township Board for many years and had served as a board member of the FHA. He enjoyed watching the Twins and Vikings, driving his tractor and also sightseeing. He loved his family very much and thoroughly enjoyed the family gatherings. He is survived by his wife Naomi of Aitkin; sons and daughters in law: LeRoy and Carol Gruhlke of Cohasset, Mn.; Gordon and Sandy Gruhlke of Palisade, Mn.; Roger and Bev Gruhlke of Burnsville, Mn.; Tom and Cindy Gruhlke of Dassel, Mn.; Ray and Cheryl Gruhlke of Oakdale, Mn.; daughters and sons in law: Donna and Ken Siebert of Virginia, Mn.; Sue and Dale Anderson of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Daughter in law: Ellen Gruhlke of Aitkin, brother: and sister in law: John and Lorena Gruhlke of Visalia, Calf.; sisters and brothers in law: Estiline Moe of Anchorage, Alaska; Catherine and Ralph LaMoria of Bullhead City, Arz.; Janette and Clayton Fultz of Sierra Vista, Arz.; 19 Grandchildren; 22 Great Grandchildren; step children: Kathleen Carpenter of North Branch, Mn.; Randall Siers of Lake George, Mn.; Kenneth Siers of Helena, Montana; Sharon Pults of Forest Lake, Mn.; Linda Nelson of Lindstrom, Mn. and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first Wife Ruby; 1 son Alan Gruhlke, and 1 sister Neva Misfeldt. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 3, 2009 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Russell Christensen officiating. Burial will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 PM and also 1 hour prior to services on Monday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Toini M. Berglund 01/29/1916-07/27/2009 Toini M. Berglund, age 93 of Aitkin died Monday, July 27, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Toini was born January 29, 1916 at Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Jacob and Sandra Nikko. She grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School. She then worked in Duluth for a time before coming back to Aitkin where she married Sidney O. Berglund on September 26, 1941. While Sidney served in the U.S. Army during WW II, Toini lived and worked in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Upon Sidney???s discharge they returned to Minnesota and lived in St., Cloud for a time and then returned to Aitkin where they operated a farm for many decades. Toini had worked as a waitress over the years; she also worked at Butlers and the Aitkin Coffee Shop. She had also worked for the Aitkin IGA Store and Paulbeck???s Grocery Store. She moved to Maryhill Manor in the mid 1990???s. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin and had served as a Sunday school teacher and was a member of the Ladies Aid Groups. She was also a 4H leader for the Twin Oaks Group. She had a passion for knitting, crocheting and embroidering. Toini also enjoyed gardening. She is survived by son and daughter in law: Sidney and Cathy Berglund of Round Rock, Texas; daughter and son in law: Sandy and Paul Groneberg of Hoffman, Mn.; 5 grandchildren: John (Michelle) Berglund of Montrose, MN.; Becky Berglund of Rochester, Mn.; Nathan (Rita) Groneberg of Hugo, Mn.; Michael (Jaclyn) Groneberg of Minneapolis, Mn.; Amy Groneberg of Bloomington, Mn.; 2 great grandchildren: Ellia Groneberg and Owen Groneberg and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Sidney in 1990, 4 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. lance Isaacson officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. John W. Seifert 10/13/1917-07/27/2009 John W. Seifert, 91 of McGregor died Monday, July 27, 2009 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born October 13, 1917 in Victoria to Emil and Marie (Schmitz) Seifert. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in WW II. John was united in marriage to Lucille Jerome. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, VFW, and Cooties. He was preceded in death by his wife Lucille, his brothers and sisters and his parents. John is survived by his companion Jean Hagstrom of McGregor One son Thomas J. (Rose) Seifert of Minneapolis 2 grandchildren: John of West St. Paul and Joe who is serving in Iraq. John???s family would like to give a special thank you to Daryl and Sharon Piispanen. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Friday July 31, 2009 funeral service at Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. Fr. Paul Fruth will officiate. Burial will be 1:00P.M., Mon., Aug. 3 at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Assembly area # 2. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home, www.srtfuneral.com Jason D. Friend 01/28/1973-07/28/2009 Jason D. Friend, age 36 of McGregor formerly of Minneapolis died Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Jason was born January 28, 1973 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of John and Dorothy Skinaway Antel. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. He then worked construction for many years. He moved to the McGregor area in 2000 and has lived here since. He was a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. He is survived by 2 daughters: Briana (Lala) Friend of McGregor; Kelly Friend of Onamia; son: Jason Friend of McGregor; Fianc??: Tara Kangas of McGregor; Brothers: Troy Dean Friend, Thomas Chadwick Friend, Marlin Stanley, Scott Friend, Sean Friend, Brandon Lee Stanley and sister Jessica Friend all of Minneapolis. Also surviving are aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will begin on Saturday at 10 AM at the East Lake Community Center with Lee Staples officiating. Burial will be in the Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. The wake will begin on Friday at 6 PM at the East Lake Community Center. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com. Terrance L. Overstad 10/06/1950-08/03/2009 Terrance L. Overstad, age 58 of Aitkin formerly of Mora and Redfield, South Dakota died Monday, August 3, 2009 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin, Mn. Terrance was born October 6, 1950 at Starbuck, Minnesota the son of Homer and Mary (Tobin) Overstad. He moved at an early age with his family to Blaine, Minnesota where he grew up and attended schools. He married Mardene Ragels on May 3, 1974 at Gettysburg, South Dakota. They made their home in Mora, Mn where he owned and operated his own meat cutting business. He also lived in Redfield, South Dakota for a time before moving to Aitkin in 1987 where he worked as a meat cutter and meat department manager for the Thriftway Grocery Store. He then moved to Wyoming and had just recently returned to Aitkin. He was an artist and enjoyed painting. He was an excellent cook and loved motorcycling and having coffee at the local coffee shops each day. He is survived by 3 daughters and sons in law: Cindi and Greg Hills of Aitkin; Terra and Bruce Wilcox of Aitkin; Brandee and Kevin Siebrecht of Redfield, South Dakota; 8 grandchildren: Kaylin, Brandon, Cole, Hunter, Isabel, Tanner, Lexi and Madyson; and 3 brothers??? Jerry Overstad of Stillwater, Mn.; Ronnie Overstad of Pine City, Mn.; Donnie Overstad of Mora, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents Homer and Mary Overstad and 2 brothers: Richard and William Overstad. A memorial service will be held Friday, August 7, 2009 at 2 PM from the Pine Lake United Methodist Church with Rev.Judith Clark officiating. Friends may call at the church 1 hour prior to the time of services on Friday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Vivian A. Colstad 12/26/1913-08/08/2009 Vivian A. Colstad age 95 of McGrath formerly of the Twin Cities died Saturday, August 8, 2009 at her home in McGrath, Mn. Vivian was born December 26, 1913 at Becker, Minnesota the daughter of Jacob and Jennie (Moore) Clitty. She grew up and attended schools in Backer. She then attended Beauty School and opened her own salon in Minneapolis. She married Ronald L. Colstad in 1936 in Minneapolis. They lived in Minneapolis until 1961 when they moved to Florida. They returned to Minneapolis in 1964 and lived in the area until 1987. Her husband died in 1987 and she moved back to Florida and lived there until 2003 when she moved back to St. Anthony Village. She moved to McGrath, Mn. in 2005 and had lived there since. She had worked for the city of Minneapolis in Law Enforcement as a detective. She also owned a number of consulting businesses and worked as a safety consultant for many businesses. She had served as a director for the Crippled Child Relief Organization and she enjoyed fishing. She is survived by 2 sons and daughters in law: James and Catherine Colstad of McGrath, Mn.; Lee and Joanne Colstad of Lakeland, Florida; 7 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Phyllis Huskey of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; Grace Johnson of Becker, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers and 4 sisters. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 2 PM at the Becker City Cemetery in Becker, Mn with James Skaj officiating. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Rita Y. (Iaquinto) Stifter 12/31/1937-08/09/2009 Rita Y.(Iaquinto) Stifter, age 71 of Aitkin formerly of McGregor and Minneapolis, died Sunday, August 9, 2009 at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. Rita was born December 31, 1937 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of John and Margaret (Nelson) Iaquinto. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis attended Patrick Henry High School and then the Minneapolis Vocational School. She married Willard John Stifter on February 19, 1955 in Minneapolis. They lived in Minneapolis for 13 years and then moved to Aitkin in 1969. She worked at various restaurants and supper clubs in the Aitkin and McGregor area. They moved to McGregor and lived there for a time before moving back to Aitkin in 1992. She was an avid quilter and needle pointer. She is survived by her husband Willard Stifter of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Wendy Carlstrom of Blaine, Mn.; Delores and Alvin Wiita of Anchorage, Alaska; John and Korrine Stifter of Watertown, Mn.; 14 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, 2 brothers: Ray Iaquinto of Isle, Mn.; Robert Iaquinto of Minneapolis, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 daughter Mary Lange and 2 brothers Sam and Russell. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 14, 2009 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Steve Demars officiating. Interment will be in the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Deborah Larkowski 07/16/1958-08/09/2009 Deborah Mae (Radtke) Larkowski, 51 of Aitkin died Sunday, August 9, 2009 at St. Luke???s Hospital in Duluth. She was born July 16, 1958 in Robbinsdale to Dennis and Donna (Glampe) Radtke. In 1990 Deborah was united in marriage to Bob Larkowski in Long Lake. She enjoyed flowers, bird watching, and loved her cats. Deborah will be missed by her husband Bob Children: Jim (Nicki) Radtke of Aitkin Mandy (Ricky) Beaty of Kennard, NE. 3 grandchildren: Aaron, Eli, Connor Two brothers: Dean (Debbie) Radtke of Aitkin David (Mary) Radtke of Buffalo Uncle Ron and Aunt June Glampe of Port Angeles, WA. 1 niece Nicole and two nephews: Casey, and Michael And other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Dennis Radtke and Donna (Glampe) Radtke and her grandparents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M., Tuesday, August 18, 2009 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Cynthia Gray will officiate. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery, Nordland Township, Aitkin County. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Betty Lou Dahl-Schumann 09/24/1954-08/11/2009 Betty Lou Dahl-Schumann, age 54 of Aitkin formerly of International Falls, Eagan and Andover, died Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at the Falls Memorial Hospital in International Falls, Minnesota. She was born September 24, 1954 in International Falls, Mn. the daughter of Robert and Laurel (Stumbo) Dahl. She grew up and attended schools in International Falls graduating from the High School there. She attended the Bemidji State University from 1988 to 1992 and received a degree in Theater Arts. She then moved to Eagan, Mn. She married Matthew K. Schumann on September 10, 1994 at Andover, Mn. She lived in Andover from 1994 to 1999 at which time they moved to Aitkin and they have lived here since. She worked in Aitkin doing Adult Foster Care and she also had worked as an artist. She enjoyed painting, landscaping and working in flowers gardens. She enjoyed any outdoor activity. She is survived by her husband Matt Schumann of Aitkin; 2 daughters and spouses: Katie and Jeff Lehrke of St. Paul, Mn.; Kathie and Ed Karsnia of Anoka, MN.; 2 grandchildren: Joey Hower and Sami Kate Karsnia; Mother: Laurel Dahl of International Falls, Mn.; 2 sisters: Jennifer Christiansen of Eagan, Mn.; Julie Chabot of Ft. Francis, Ontario; 1 brother: Rick Dahl of International Falls, Mn. She was preceded in death by her father Robert and 1 son Tom Hanson in 2002. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Blanche L. Elf 07/08/1917-08/12/2009 Blanche L. Elf, age 92 of McGregor died Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Blanche was born July 8, 1917 at McGregor, Minnesota the daughter of Orrin and Alma (Nordell) Williamson. She grew up and attended schools in the McGregor area and graduated from the McGregor High School. She then attended two years of college in Minneapolis. While attended college she worked as a nanny for a family in Minneapolis. She married Knute H. Elf on August 8, 1942 at Braham, Minnesota. They lived in the Twin Cities. She went to work at Honeywell as a secretary in 1959 and worked there until 1974 at which time she and her husband retired to the McGregor area. She has lived here since. She was a very active member of the McGregor Friends of the Library and the McGregor United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, knitting, crocheting and scrap booking. She loved to read and play scrabble. She is survived by son: Roger Elf of McGregor; daughter and son in law: Sandra and Don Wamsley of Walden, Colorado; 5 grandchildren: Tammy Maginnis, Bob Wamsley, Brandy Elf, Christina Elf, Marin Wamsley; 2 great grandchildren: Liam Maginnis, Daenen Jones; and 1 sister: Helen Sobiech of Mission, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Knute in 1989, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 17, 2009 at 1:00 PM from the McGregor United Methodist Church with Rev. Russell Christensen officiating. Visitation will be from Noon to the 1 PM services at the church. Burial will be in the Lansford Cemetery near McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Eugene Leo Paulsen 11/12/1933-08/14/2009 Eugene Leo Paulsen, age 75 of Rochester, Mn. formerly of Aitkin passed away Friday, August 14, 209 at St. Mary???s Hospital in Rochester. Gene was born November 12, 1933 in Aitkin the son of Paul and Kate Paulsen. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School. He then served in the U.S. Army. He then attended graduated from the University of Minnesota at Duluth. He worked tirelessly for 40 years as the Co-Owner of Gravelle Plumbing and Heating Company in Aitkin as a master plumber. Gene was a member of the Korean War Vets Club and the American Legion in Rochester, MN. He is survived by his wife Laraine of Rochester; daughter and son in law: Kari and Dusty Cartie of Aitkin; Stepsons: Eugene and Janice Watson of Ellicot City, Maryland; Paul Watson of Farmington, Mn.; Dennis and Tracy Watson of Farmington, Mn; seven grandchildren; 1 sister and brother in law: Eileen and George Deering of McGregor; 1 brother in law: Albert Christensen of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his Parents, first wife Muriel; sister: Marian Christensen, and Brother James. A celebration of Life Mass will be held Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 7 PM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr., Justin Fish officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. A private interment will be at the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Memorials may be sent to the Gift of Life Transplant House; 705 2nd Street SW, Rochester, MN. 55905. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Hazel D. Biskey 11/06/1914-08/21/2009 Hazel D. Biskey, age 94 of Aitkin formerly of Swatara, died Friday, August 21, 2009 at the Golden Horizons Assisted Living in Aitkin. Hazel was born November 6, 1914 at Swatara, Minnesota the daughter of Frank and Effie (Davis) Trepanier. She attended schools in the area and graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1932. She married John Truman Biskey on September 8, 1934 at Hill City. The lived and farmed in the Swatara area. She had served as president of the PTA for a number of years, was a member of St. James Catholic Church at Swatara and then St. Johns Catholic Church in Hill City. She had served as secretary and treasurer of the CCW in Swatara for many years. For 26 years she served as the secretary-treasurer for the Macville Cemetery. She also helped as caretaker of the cemetery along with her husband Truman. She was a member of the Moose Willow Sportsman???s Club and she was always active in the church and community activities. She enjoyed baking, sewing and canning. She is survived by 2 daughters and sons in law: Darlene and Ed Landrus of Coon Rapids, Mn.; Beverly and Tom Smith of Hill City, Mn.; daughter in law: Dorothy Biskey of Swatara; 17 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Truman, son Richard, and sisters: Viola Stansberry, Myrtle Jewett, brothers: Bill, George and Harvey Trepanier. A memorial mass will be held Monday, August 24, 2009 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Justin Fish officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will be in the Macville Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Donald W. Nelson 05/11/1936-08/23/2009 Donald W. Nelson, 73 of Aitkin died Sunday, August 23, 2009 at his residence. He was born May 11, 1936 in Red Wing to August Hilmer and Laura (Breuer) Nelson. He graduated from Red Wing High School. Don was united in marriage to Nancy (Town) on November 23, 1957 in Rochester. He was employed by Northwestern Bell/US West for 37 years retiring in 1990. He then worked 5 winters at Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, MT. while at the same time building his retirement home in the summers. Don was a talented craftsman, an avid outdoorsman and an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife Nancy 4 children: Daniel (Diane) Nelson Faye (Chris) Ostroot Chris (Nicki) Nelson Eric Nelson Three grandchildren: Aaron, Alexandra, and Ian 2 brothers Norman Nelson Gary (Janice) Nelson One sister Janet Warren Mother-in-law Rose Town And other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents August Hilmer and Laura (Breuer) Nelson. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M., Saturday, August 29, 2009 funeral service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Reverend Cynthia Gray will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Timothy William O'Brien 12/13/1901-08/24/2009 Timothy William O???Brien, age 47 of Wesley Chapel, Florida died Monday, August 24, 2009. He was born in Duluth, Minnesota and moved to Florida in 1996. He worked as a systems engineer for Verizon Data Services in Temple Terrace, Florida. He was a member of St. Mark The Evangelist Catholic Church in Tampa, Florida and served on its steering committee for the new church. He is survived by his wife of 13 years Amy (Bobseen) O???Brien; son Aaron and daughter Destiny; Parents: William and Jody O???Brien of Iron River, Wisconsin; brother: Patrick O???Brien of Superior, Wisconsin; sisters: Holly (Tony) Cross and Kelly (Travis) Lewis all of Iron River, Wisconsin; and three nephews: Nathaniel, Michael, and Travis Jr. He was preceded in death by 1 nephew Ryan. A funeral Mass will be held Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 1 PM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Justin Fish officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Local arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. The family wishes donations to the St. Mark The Evangelist Catholic Church Building Fund. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Bernice J. Pojanowski 12/12/1937-08/25/2009 Bernice J. Pojanowski, age 71 of the Palisade area formerly of Isle died Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Mn. Bernice was born December 12, 1937 in Wisconsin the daughter of Alfred and Gladys (Weizski) Kitchenmaster. She attended schools in Wisconsin. She then worked as a child care provider for a time. She married Eugene J. Pojanowski on July 10, 1954 at Circle Pines, Minnesota. They lived at Marine on the St. Croix for a short time and then moved to Scandia, Mn. where the owned and operated a gas station and restaurant. They sold that and moved to Circle Pines and lived there until 1964 when they purchased a farm near Isle, Mn. They moved to the farm and worked the farm for 36 years until 2000 when they sold the farm and retired to the Palisade area. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, crocheting, birds, bowling, bingo and especially her family, neighbors and friends. She is survived by her husband Eugene Pojanowski of Palisade; Children and spouses: Laurie and Bruce Richards of Isle, Mn; Genice and Allan Rogers of Isle, Mn.; John and Karen Pojanowski of Isle, Mn.; Tammy Pfaff and Jess Hendershot of Mora; Mn.; 14 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; sisters: Delores Wachsmith of Hinckley, Mn.; Lila Kiel of Isle, Mn.; Carol Chapman of Yuma, Arz.; Janice Holms of Yuma, Arz.; brother: Alfred Kitchemaster of Hinckley, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother Richard. A funeral mass will be held Friday, August 28, 2009 at 11 AM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery near Palisade. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Friday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Jeanette Eloise Lindman 12/13/1901-08/27/2009 Jeanette Eloise Lindman was born and died August 27, 2009 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. She is survived by her mother Gina Lindman, father Alex Murphy Sister Vallery Lindman Grandparents: Dennis & Ruth Lindman and Ron & Jackie Probasco Great grandparents: Jeanette Lindman and Charles & LaDonna Carlson And many other relatives and family friends. Graveside funeral services were 11:00A.M. ??? Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at Fleming Cemetery. Reverend Barry Hite officiated. Arrangements were with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Adeline Purdy 07/11/1933-08/29/2009 Adeline C. Purdy, 76 of Aitkin died Saturday , August 29, 2009 at her residence in the Aicota Assisted Living Facility in Aitkin. She was born July 11, 1933 in Aitkin to Victor and Bertha (Olson) Sjodin. She graduated from Aitkin High School. Adeline was united in marriage to Robert F. Purdy on June 15, 1951 in Carson City, NV. She enjoyed reading, puzzles, gardening, going out for dinner, traveling, and she loved her grandchildren. Adeline is survived by: 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Richard (Cindy) of Midland, TX. Rob (Shanna) of Aitkin. Four daughters and sons-in-law: Terri Kautz of Brainerd. Karen (David) Stauffer of Aitkin Vicki Rhodes of Aitkin Jean Purdy (Brian Wright) of Inver Grove Heights 17 grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren 2 sisters and brother-in-law: Eileen (John) Karelis of Aitkin Betty Howard of Aitkin Other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, a granddaughter, Son-in-law Judge Robert E. Kautz, 2 brothers: LuVerne and Gillette Sjodin, Two sisters: Vivienne Wells and Jeannette Grubb, and her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. ??? Monday September 7, 2009 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Reverend Judith Clark will officiate. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Dorothy L. Johnson 06/18/1912-09/02/2009 Dorothy L. Johnson, age 97 of Aitkin formerly of Minneapolis died Wednesday, September 2, 209 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Dorothy was born June 18, 1912 the daughter of Walter and Edith (Anderson) Harris. She grew up in North East Minneapolis and attended schools there. She then attended cosmetology school and worked as a beautician for many years. She married Harold L. Johnson in the Late 1940???s and they made their home in Minneapolis. She has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin for the past two years. Dorothy enjoyed gardening and the outdoors. She is survived by sons and spouses: Robert and Marlys McNevin of Aitkin; Donald and Arlene McNevin of Aitkin; Dale Johnson of Edina; 12 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harold in 2000 and two brothers. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 11 AM from the Malmo Evangelical Free Church with Rev. Glenn Browning officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Margaret ''Margie' Long Margaret I. ?? 09/07/2009-09/08/2009 Margaret ''Margie' Long Margaret I. ???Margie??? Long, age 89 of Aitkin formerly of the Malmo area died Monday, September 7, 2009 at the Golden Horizons Assisted Living Center in Aitkin. She was born May 21, 1920 at East Chicago, Indiana the daughter of John and Margaret (Potchen) Voros. She worked as a beautician for many years and after her marriage to Carl Long they moved back to Carl???s family homestead in Malmo, Mn. where she has lived for many years. She was a talented artist, and she made many drawings and paintings for her church, family and friends. She was also blessed with a heart of gold that could not turn away any of God???s creatures two legged or four. Most recently Margie had resided at Blackrock Terrace and then at the Golden Horizons where she had met some wonderful people. She is survived by sisters: Monice O???Neill of Indiana; Regina Justice of Florida and sister in law: Irene Long of Isle, Mn. and also many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her Husband Carl in 1997, parents: Margaret Voros Burge, John Voros; sister: Theresa Cook Bohnenstiehl and Brother Reginald Burge. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 11, 2009 at 11 AM from the Malmo Evangelical Free Church with Rev. Glenn Browning officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 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 Lakeside Cemetery near Malmo. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. May 21 1920 12:00AM John William Palthe 04/14/1926-09/12/2009 John William Palthe, age 83 of Aitkin died Saturday, September 12, 2009 at the Centra Care Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. John was born April 14, 1926 in St. Paul, Minnesota the son of Dutch immigrants John and Lena (Gerding) Palthe. He grew up in Little Canada, Minnesota. John enlisted in the U.S. Navy on his 18th birthday and served two years of active duty during WW II. Upon his discharge john was employed as a machinist at the American Can Company and then as a tool designer for Sperry Univac. John married Elaine Fristrom on October 21, 1967 in Minneapolis, Mn. They started their married life together in Roseville, Minnesota and were blessed with three daughters. John took early retirement from Sperry Univac and moved his family to Aitkin in 1983 to live his dream of building his family???s home and enjoying the splendors of the great outdoors. Through the years john was an active inventor, thinker, craftsman, reader, gardener, fisherman and conservationist. With his love of nature and passion for the environment, John???s kind and gentle spirit left a mark on all he met. John is survived by his loving wife Elaine ???sweets??? of 42 years, and three children and spouses: Kari and Eric Palthe Anderson; Kirsten and John Schoeller; Kaisha and John Rafferty. John also has seven grandchildren: Jack, Carson and Jayden Schoeller, Evan and Joshua Anderson; Avery and John Rafferty and also one sister: Gertrude Braun. He was preceded in death by his parents; Lena and John; a sister Ann and niece Linda Miller. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Visitation will be at the church 1 hour prior to the services on Wednesday. Interment will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Henry Riley 01/26/1924-09/14/2009 Henry J. Riley, 85 of Aitkin died Monday, September 14, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born January 26, 1924 in Morrison Township, Aitkin County to Henry and Eva (Cook) Riley. He graduated from Aitkin High School class of 1942. He was proud to be one of the first Eagle Scouts in Aitkin. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WW II and attended ASTC in Syracuse, NY while in the service. Henry was united in marriage to Laurene Christian on March 5, 1946 in Webster, SD. He was a John Deere dealer in Grand Rapids and Aitkin for many years and owned Napa Riley Auto Parts in Aitkin and Milaca. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. He is survived by his wife Laurene Brother and sister-in-law: Cecil (Stephanie) of Aitkin Sister: Lorraine Riley ??? Eason of El Toro, CA. Brother-in-law: William Hunt of Hudson, WI. And many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother Romuald, two sisters Julia Riley and Cora Hunt, and his parents. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. ??? Friday, September 18, 2009 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father Justin Fish will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Thursday with a Rosary service at 7:30P.M. at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com Mary Ellen Moriarty 12/04/1939-09/14/2009 Mary Ellen Moriarty, 69 of Aitkin died Monday, September 14, 2009 at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. ??? Saturday, September 26, 2009 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father Clem Gustin will officiate. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. with a prayer service at 7:30P.M., Friday in the church and 1 hour prior to the service. Funeral arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com A full obituary will appear later. Joyce M. Gustin 03/12/1937-09/16/2009 Joyce M. Gustin, age 72 of Aitkin died Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Joyce was born March 12, 1937 in Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Ole and Marjorie (Woodcock) Anderson. She grew up attending schools in Palisade and Aitkin. She married Joseph Reich on August 29, 1953 in Palisade, MN. They lived in various communities in northern Minnesota prior to Joseph???s death in October of 1966. Joyce married Stanley Gustin on October 16, 1968 in Aitkin and they lived in the Dam Lake area where they operated the Dam Lake Store for a number of years and also operated Lone Spruce Turkey Farm until retiring in 2000. Joyce was a member of the Bethesda Lutheran Church at Rossburg and served as its church organist for over 25 years. She also served on the HUD Board and Glen Township Board for many years currently serving as its chair. She enjoyed painting, cooking, knitting, crocheting, mowing the lawn and birds. She also golfed for many years. She is survived by her husband Stan Gustin of Aitkin; children and spouses: Joseph Reich of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Cathy and Brian Anderson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Kristine and David Wagner of Hibbing; T.J. and Tiffany Gustin of Aitkin; Scott and Joy Gustin of St. Cloud; Daughter in law: Kathy Davis of Aitkin; 21 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 1 brother and sister in law: Hollis and Anita Anderson of Aberdeen, South Dakota; sister: Elaine Stegmaier of Agra, Kansas. She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband Joseph Reich; son: Michael Reich; and infant daughter Laura. A memorial service will be held Monday, September 21, 2009 at 11 AM from Bethesda Lutheran Church at Rossburg with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Interment will be in the Saron Cemetery at Dam Lake. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the 11 AM services at the church on Monday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Clarence ''Pat'' Patrick Clarence W. P 12/30/1909-09/16/2009 Clarence ''Pat'' Patrick Clarence W. Patrick, age 99 of Aitkin formerly of the Tamarack area died Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Mn. Clarence was born December 31, 1909 at Hazel, South Dakota the son of Sanford and Ann (Kallstrom) Patrick. He moved with his family to the Tamarack area in 1920 and attended the Tamarack school until 1929 at which time he moved to Flint, Michigan. While in Flint he was employed by the General Motors Company for 17 years and attended trade school for tool making. In 1943 he was drafted into the U.S. navy and was stationed at various bases along the east coast. In 1945 he met Lillian Briere of Lowell, Massachusetts and was married on February 16, 1946 in Aitkin, Mn. They lived in Aitkin and purchased Pat???s Diner which they operated until 1971 when he retired. C.W. was also a gunsmith in the area since 1946. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. He is survived by nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Lillian in 1997, three brothers Leslie, Edward, and Donald and 1 sister: Mabel Johnson. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Justin Fish officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. LaVonne Stapp 03/22/1925-09/19/2009 LaVonne M. Stapp, 84 of Aitkin died Saturday, September 19, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born March 22, 1925 in Lake Preston, SD. to Thomas and Birdie (Buer) Stapp. She graduated from Aitkin High School class of 1942. She did clerical work in Minneapolis and then worked at Stapp???s Resort on Gun Lake prior to moving in to the city of Aitkin. She moved into Aicota Health Care Center in 2002. LaVonne is survived by her friends and staff at Aicota Health Care Center. A memorial service will be 1:30P.M. ??? Monday, October 12, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Burial will be in Fleming Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Clifford Johnson 07/04/1908-09/21/2009 Clifford R. Johnson, 101 of Aitkin died Monday, September 21, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born July 4, 1908 in South St. Paul to John and Ida (Swanson) Johnson. He started school in South St. Paul, then moved to Bain before moving back and attending high School in South St. Paul. Clifford was united in marriage to Grace Bronner on September 21, 1935 in Hill City. He worked in the stockyards in South St. Paul, as a farmer, and logging. He enjoyed trapping, hunting, fishing, dancing, picking berries, ricing, gardening, crossword puzzles, and making things out of wood. He was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church of Rossburg. Clifford is survived by his wife Grace 4 daughters and sons-in-law: Christine (Bryan) Bailey of Aitkin Marlene Kingsley & (Warren Witt) of Palisade Muriel (Frank) Kingsley of Palisade Shirley (John) Johnson of Reedsport, OR. Ten 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 13 great-grandchildren, twelve step-great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-granchildren He was preceded in death by his parents John & Ida Johnson, two brothers Willis and Walter, and his granddaughter Brenda. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M., Friday, September 25, 2009 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Sandy Berg-Holte will officiate. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 7:00P.M. Thursday, with a prayer service at 7:00P.M. at the funeral home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service. www.srtfuneral.com Louise I. Eng 09/24/1913-09/22/2009 Louise I. Eng, age 95 of Aitkin died Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Louise was born September 24, 1913 near Palisade, Minnesota the daughter of Axel and Britta (Ohlson) Eng. She grew up and attended country schools in Fleming Township and later attended school in Aitkin. At an early age she moved to Minneapolis and worked as a nanny. She later worked for the University of Minnesota as head pastry chef at Sanford Hall retiring in 1979 at which time she moved back to Fleming Township and lived with her sister Ellen. They enjoyed gardening, traveling, having coffee for the neighbors, and was a faithful member of the Christian Women???s Group. Since 1997 she spent every day visiting her sister Ellen at Aicota Health Care Center until her death in February of 2009. Louise is survived by one nephew: Clayton (Sherri) Peterson of Erhard, Minnesota; one niece: LuRae Melaas (Mike Stras) of Underwood, Minnesota; great nieces: Rebecca (Brian) Beckius of Buffalo, Minnesota; Sarah (Chris) Syverson of Fargo, North Dakota; great nephew: Tim Peterson (Brittany Zahler) of St. Cloud, Minnesota; great great niece: Ellen Louise Beckius; great great nephews: Victor John Beckius and Jackson Carl Peterson. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Oscar Eng, two sisters: Edith Peterson and Ellen Eng and brother in law: Luverne Peterson. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 1 PM from the Fleming United Methodist Church with Rev. Russ Christensen and Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Burial will be in the Fleming Cemetery in Fleming Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Donald A. Holstein 06/15/1930-09/24/2009 Donald A. Holstein, age 79 of Palisade died Thursday, September 24, 2009 at the Evergreen Terrace Care Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Donald was born June 15, 1930 at Maddock, North Dakota the son of Angelo and Mildred (Volden) Holstein. He grew up and attended school in the Maddock area and then at Devils Lake before moving to Palisade with his family in 1947. He worked on the family farm near Palisade for his whole life. He has resided at the Evergreen Terrace for the past three months. He enjoyed deer hunting, riding four wheelers, and cutting firewood. Donald is survived by brothers and sisters: Lynn Holstein of Devils, Lake, North Dakota; Marvin and Bev Holstein of Palisade, Mn.; Jimmie Holstein of Ulen, Mn.; Janet and Richard Kelley of Siren, Wisconsin; Linda and Homer Whitlock of Plano, Texas; Susan Holstein of Palisade, Mn.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister Joan and 1 brother Dennis. A memorial service will be held Monday, September 28, 2009 at 1:00 PM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with Rev. William Sass officiating. Interment will be at a later date in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go the www.srtfuneral.com. Sylvester T. Holstein 03/25/1933-09/24/2009 Sylvester T. Holstein, age 76 of Grand Rapids and formerly of Palisade died Thursday, September 24, 2009 at the Evergreen Terrace Care Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Sylvester was born March 25, 1933 at Maddock, North Dakota the son of Angelo and Mildred (Volden) Holstein. He grew up and attended schools in Maddock and Devils Lake before moving to Palisade with his family in 1947. He worked on the family farm near Palisade for his whole life. He has resided at the Evergreen Terrace for the past three years. He enjoyed cutting firewood, hunting, fishing and talking with and helping out his neighbors. He is survived by brothers and sisters: Lynn Holstein of Devils Lake, North Dakota; Marvin and Bev Holstein of Palisade, Mn.; Jimmie Holstein of Ulen, Mn.; Janet and Richard Kelley of Siren, Wisconsin; Linda and Homer Whitlock of Plano, Texas; Susan Holstein of Palisade, Mn. and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister Joan, and 2 brothers Dennis and Donald. A memorial service will be held Monday September 28, 2009 at 1:00 PM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with Rev. William Sass officiating. Interment will be at a later date in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com Ronald Joseph Shereck 07/15/1933-10/01/2009 Ronald Joseph Shereck, age 76 of Glen died Thursday, October 1, 2009 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Ronald was born July 15, 1933 at Lankin, North Dakota the son of Gilbert and Adeline (Dritina) Shereck. He worked in the iron ore mines until he joined the Army at the age of 21 and served during the Korean War. He married Marie Maki on December 8, 1956 in Hibbing, Minnesota. They had five children. They purchased the Glen Store in 1983 and operated it until 1996. After retirement he served on the Glen Township Board for 7 ?? years. He enjoyed plowing snow, snowmobiling, deer hunting, fishing, reading and woodworking. He is survived by his wife Marie Shereck of Glen; Children and spouses: Doreen and John Polzin of Mora, Mn.; Mark and Vicki Shereck of Virginia, Mn.; Linda and Brad Swanson of Cambridge, Mn.; Kevin and Jen Shereck of Aitkin; Tim and Sarah Shereck of Aitkin; Grandchildren: Trisha (Brent) Curtis; Nicole (Tim) Kram; Tyler Swanson; Ashley Shereck; Karly Shereck; Haley Shereck; five step grandchildren; three great grandchildren; brothers: John (Margaret) Shereck of Bagley, Mn.; Dennis Shereck of Bagley, MN.; Vern (Barb) Shereck of Blaine, Mn and numerous nieces and nephews and other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister Dorene and 1 brother James. A memorial service will be held Monday, October 5, 2009 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Fr. Justin Fish officiating. Interment will be at the Rabbit Lake Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Clyde Lesh 11/16/1917-10/05/2009 Clyde R. Lesh, 91 of Aitkin died Monday, October 5, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born November 16, 1917 in Aberdeen, South Dakota to Charles and Elenore (Rehfeld) Lesh, Jr. He graduated from high school in Minneapolis and then joined the U.S. Navy Reserve. He was a veteran of World War II serving with the Submarine Corps. Clyde was united in marriage to Dorris M. (Parmenter) on October 20, 1945 in Minneapolis. They lived on Horseshoe Lake and operated the Sub Club in Bennettville from 1947 to 1961. He then started a tree farm He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and VFW. Clyde is survived by his nephew Dean Eggena and Cindy Holden of Crosslake Nieces: Nona (Marvin) Smith of Annandale Diane (John) Bruns of Maple Lake He was preceded in death by his wife Dorris and his parents. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. ??? Saturday, October 10, 2009 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will begin at 10:00A.M. Burial will be in Bennettville Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Post #1727. www.srtfuneral.com Cyril Lemire 05/19/1921-10/11/2009 Cyril B. Lemire, 88 of Aitkin died October 11, 2009 at Aitkin Health Services after an eight year struggle from a debilitating stroke. He was born May 19, 1921 south of Aitkin to Jeremiah and Anna (Paquette) Lemire. On April 11, 1943 Cyril was united in marriage to Esther Villeneuve in California. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II, in the European Theatre under General Patton. After returning from the war they moved to Minneapolis for work and to raise their family. He returned to Aitkin after retirement . He was truly a hard worker and provider for all. He enjoyed producing maple syrup, cutting wood, cribbage, hunting, fishing, family gatherings, dancing, socializing, and pie. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Golden Age Club, and St. James Catholic Church. Cyril is survived by his wife of 66 years Esther 3 Daughters and sons-in-law: Shirley Maxwell LaVonne (Terry) Anderson Connie (Pat) Ordorff One son and daughter-in-law: George (Sonja) Lemire 11 grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, 1 great great-grandchild, 1 Sister Laura Cassady Many other special relatives and friends He was preceded in death by 3 sisters, one brother and his parents Jeremiah and Anna (Paquette) Lemire. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Tuesday, October 13, 2009 funeral service at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father Justin Fish will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Dee E. Blanchard 07/24/1921-10/12/2009 Dee E. Blanchard, age 88 of Aitkin formerly of Deerwood and Minneapolis died Monday, October 12, 2009 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Dee was born July 24, 1921 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Charles and Ruth Blanchard. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. He married Jeannette L. McLean in November of 1941. He worked in Minneapolis for a time and then was inducted into the US Army in 1944 and served during WW II spending time in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He returned to Minneapolis upon his discharge and worked for the Honeywell Corporation. He moved to the Deerwood area in 1989 and lived there for a number of years before moving to Crosby. He has resided at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin for the past five years. He enjoyed playing the harmonica, fishing, camping and the outdoors. He also enjoyed drawing. He is survived by sons and daughters in law: Dennis and Mary of Two Rivers, Wisconsin; Lance and Corinne of Dayton, Mn.; Byron and Laurie of Anoka, Mn.; daughter and son in law: Bonnie and Jim of Deerwood; 15 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 1 sister: LaVeral McLean of Minneapolis. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Jeannette in 1991, 1 son Rick; 6 sisters and 2 brothers. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 1:00 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Norman officiating. Burial will be in the Deerwood Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com Kenneth L. Lidberg 05/18/1943-10/17/2009 Kenneth L. Lidberg, 66 of Aitkin died Saturday, October 17, 2009 at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He was born May 18, 1943 in Aitkin to Bror Emanuel and Helmi Elvera (Elkie) Lidberg. He graduated from Aitkin High School. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran. He retired from working at Brainerd Public Schools and was a member of the 49rs Union. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and Vikings football fan. Kenneth is survived by his son Scott Lidberg of Spring Lake Park Daughter and son-in-law: Julie (Kirk) Gulland of Parshall, CO. 6 grandchildren: Michael, Samantha, Hailey Jo, Jessica, Brady, and Kayla Four sisters and brothers-in-law: Donna (Stan) Rice of Roseau Dorothy (Carl) Miles of Aitkin Ruthie Ringo of Aitkin Carol (Ron) Luoma of Barnum Other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister Gerry Lidberg Three brothers Richard, Francis, and Robert and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. ??? Thursday, October 22, 2009 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend James Walth will officiate. Burial will be in Malmo Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Post # 86 and Aitkin VFW Post # 1727. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. www.srtfuneral.com Hazell S. Cox 08/08/1911-10/19/2009 Hazell S. Cox, age 98 of McGregor died Monday, October 19, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Hazell was born August 8, 1911 at Winona, Minnesota the daughter of Oscar and Clara (Summers) Schneller. She attended schools in Winona and when she moved with her family to the Tamarack area she attended the Balsam Township School. She helped on the family farm. She then moved to St. Paul and worked for her uncle for a time. She then moved to Milwaukee, Wisc. and worked at the Milwaukee Hospital as a nurse???s aid for a time. She then moved to Detroit, Michigan and worked for the Chrysler War Plant during WW II. She married Leonard E. Cox on December 25, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan. They moved to Forest Lake, Mn in 1946 and she worked at the Miller Hospital. In 1962 they moved to McGregor and lived there until 2004 when she and Leonard moved to Aitkin. After Leonard???s death in 2007 Hazell moved back to McGregor and has lived there since. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church; sang with the Harmonettes, was a member of the McGregor Flower Club, AARP, and she enjoyed singing, playing her organ and sewing quilts. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Richard and Karin Cox of McGregor; 4 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leonard, 3 brothers: Oscar, Theodore, Arthur and 2 sisters: Marietta and Violet. Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 1:00 PM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Becky Wagner officiating. Visitation will be from 11 to the 1 PM services at the church Thursday. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery at Winona, Minnesota on Friday, October 23 at 1 PM. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Robert F. Farrell 02/13/1930-10/20/2009 Robert F. Farrell, age 79 of Aitkin died Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Robert was born February 13, 1930 at Bejou, Minnesota the son of James and Frances Farrell. He grew up and attended school in Mahnomen graduating from the Mahnomen High School. He then served one year in the U.S. Air Force. He then attended college at Mayville, North Dakota and then Bemidji State University where he received a degree in Social Work. He then attended the University of St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri and received his Masters degree in Mental Health. He returned to Mahnomen and worked in the Health and Human Services Department from 1959 to 1965. In 1965 he moved to Aitkin, Mn. and worked as a supervisor in the Health and Human Services office and eventually became the director. He retired in 1990 and has lived in Aitkin since. He enjoyed gardening especially growing orchids. He had a lifelong interest in Latin American Affairs. He was a supporter of the Christian Children???s Fund and the Mission Ensenanza. He was also a strong supporter of orphanages in Mexico and Venezuela. He is survived by 2 brothers: Paul Farrell and Patrick Farrell both of the Twin Cities. He was preceded in death by his parents and 5 siblings. In following Robert???s wishes, there will be no funeral services. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. to sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Russell L. Ruud 06/01/1926-10/22/2009 Russell Lawrence Ruud, age 83 of Palisade, Minnesota died Thursday, October 22, 2009 at the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Newport Beach, California due to a heart attack. Russell was born on June 1, 1926 in Minneapolis the son of William and Helen Ruud. He graduated from Robbinsdale High School in 1944. He entered the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps in 1944 and majored in Electrical Engineering at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When the war ended, he completed his service as a seaman and then transferred to the University of Minnesota graduating in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Industry. In 1964 he was certified to teach Agricultural Education. He married Clarice Harstad on September 1, 1951 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and together they began the Gun Lake Potato Farm. Russell???s study of soils at the U of M led his to Aitkin County???s peat land. In 1949 he bought 160 acres of undeveloped peat land and along with Clarice, by 1956, had established a core of developed potato fields that continues to this day. Russell???s dedication to land conservation and agriculture led him to both educate and lead the community. In 1974 Russell was elected Soil and Water Supervisor of the Second District, taking over from his uncle Albert Ruud, and held that position for 35 years until his death on October 22. He also served as president of the Minnesota Association of Resource Conservation Districts (RC&D) and the Aitkin County Soil and Water Conservation District. He was active with the Minnesota Farmers Union, Onanegozie RC&D Council, the Aitkin County Water Planning Task Force, and Bethel Lutheran Church. He taught High School Agriculture at Maple Lake, Mn., Hoffman, Mn., Pacoima Sr. High School in Los Angeles, Calf., and Milaca High School. He also taught the Veterans Cooperative Farm Management course from 1973 to 1980 at Aitkin, MN. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Clarice of Palisade; 2 sons: Aaron (Phyllis) of Soroti, Uganda; Paul (Judith) of Springfield, VA., five grandchildren: Rebecca (Nic); Melissa, Russell, Willow, Margaret, one great grandchild: Nicodemus. He was preceded in death by his parents William and Helen Ruud and one brother Warren Ruud. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 1:00 PM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with Rev. William sass officiating. Visitation will be from Noon until the 1 PM services at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be in the Holden Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Ethel Lillian Nelson 12/18/1918-10/27/2009 Ethel Lillian Nelson, 90 of Aitkin died Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born December 18, 1918 in Palisade to Hugo and Maria (Arbor) Beck. She attended schools in Palisade. On July 22, 1939 Ethel was united in marriage to Chester Nelson in Aitkin. She was a house wife and mother, and worked for 15 years as a cook for the Palisade Schools. She was a member and very active at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade and when she moved to Aitkin she became a member of First Lutheran Church and their Ruth???s Circle. Ethel was blessed with many friends and lived her life for her family. She is survived by 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Martha (Leonard) Sundberg of Medford, OR. Marlene (Mike) Bonneville of Sun City, AZ. One son and daughter-in-law: Mike (Judy) Nelson of Aitkin 7 grandchildren: Greg Larson, Jeff Larson, Chad Larson, Cliff Nelson, Keith Nelson, Erik Nelson, and Alexa Sundberg 21 great grandchildren: Leo Sundberg, Jorge Vaca, Javier Vaca, Mary Travera, Samuel Martinson, Josh Martinson, Lydia Martinson, Matt Larson, Stephanie Kalkes, Ashley Gleckler, Kassie Gleckler, Megan Larson, Kaitlin Larson, Karsten Larson, Hanna Nelson, Marhi Nelson, Delaney Nelson, Isaac Nelson, Karena Nelson, Annika Nelson, Kaelie Nelson 4 great-great grandchildren: Nikolas Travera, Diego Vaca, Logan Larson, Madison Larson And other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Chester Two brothers Evald and Einar Beck 2 sisters Ella Olson and Evelyn Johnson Son-in-law Les Larson And her parents Hugo and Maria (Arbor) Beck. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:30P.M., Sunday November 1, 2009 funeral service at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Lance Isaacson will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Palisade. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Clifford Ray Rickhoff 08/01/1934-10/30/2009 Clifford R. Rickhoff, age 75 of Aitkin formerly of Fridley, Mn. died Friday October 30, 2009 at his home in Aitkin. Clifford was born August 1, 1934 in Graham Township of Benton County, Minnesota the son of Henry and Florence (Dalton) Rickhoff. He attended school in Benton County and then moved with his family to Fridley and attended schools there. He worked in grocery stores for a time and then served in the U.S. Army. Upon his discharge he returned to Fridley and continued to work for a time in Grocery Stores and then eventually went to work for Harland Check Printing Company as a maintenance man. He married Barbara Neumann in 1960 at Fridley, Mn. They made their home in Fridley. Barbara died in 1984. Clifford retired in 1994. He married Gayle Dietzman in 1986 and they moved to Aitkin in the mid 1990???s and have lived here since. Clifford was an avid fisherman and enjoyed camping. He is survived by his wife Gayle Rickhoff of Aitkin; daughter: Heather Brown of Woodbury, Mn.; son: Craig Rickhoff of Cambridge, Mn.; step children: Mark Edin of Champlin, Mn.; Scot Edin of Princeton, Mn.; Lori Hanson of Crystal, Mn.; brothers: Henry Rickhoff Jr. of Ramsey, Mn.; Don Rickhoff; sister: LaVonne Bishop of Willmar, Mn.; 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his first wife Barbara, infant daughter Heidi, parents, and 2 sisters Connie and Betty. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Interment will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. George D. Kruse 12/14/1937-10/31/2009 George D. Kruse, age 71 of Tamarack died Saturday, October 31, 2009 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. George had many health issues since having a kidney transplant in 2003. He is finally resting in peace. He will be extremely missed by his whole family and many friends. George was born December 14, 1937 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of George and Beulah (Schwochert) Kruse. He grew up and attended schools in N.E. Minneapolis graduating from Edison High School in 1955. He married Barbara A. Fahrendorff on June 20, 1959 in Minneapolis. They moved to McGregor in 1981 and George sold insurance for the McGregor Agency until he retired in June of 2009. George spent 8 years in the Marine Corps Reserves. He was a member of the McGregor Lions Club and one of its past Presidents, Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, the Ruffed Grouse Society, Tamarack Sportsman???s Club and Ducks Unlimited. He is survived by his wife Barbara Kruse of 50 years of Tamarack; children: Keley (Mark) McNurlin of Aitkin; Kris (Wayne) Baezinger of Billings, Montana; Mike (Lisa) Kruse of McGregor; 8 Grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren and mother in law: Rodina Fahrendorff. He was preceded in death by his parents George and Beulah Kruse, father in law: Russell Fahrendorff, and sister in law: Audrey Bergman. A funeral service will be held Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 11 AM from the McGregor Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Demars officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 PM until 8 PM at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Thelma M. Honeyager 08/03/1914-11/17/2009 Thelma M. Honeyager, 95, lifelong resident of Aitkin died November 17, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center. She was born August 3, 1914 in Aitkin to William and Myrtle (Johnson) Bartles. She graduated from Aitkin High School. Thelma was united in marriage to Walter Honeyager on October 23, 1934 in Superior. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Jane and Don Bauer of Crystal 4 grandchildren: Michael Bauer of Crystal Lynda (Scott) Smeaton of Brooklyn Park Kenneth Johnson of Aberdeen, SD Pamela (Mike) Schifferns of Hastings, NE Four great grandchildren, other relatives and friends She was preceded in death by her husband Walter in 1972, daughter Judith Surface, granddaughter Joy Johnson, 6 brothers and sisters, and her parents William and Myrtle (Johnson) Bartles. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M., Saturday, November 21, 2009 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Dallas Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Spencer Cemetery. Memorial are preferred to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers. www.srtfuneral.com Bar 11/27/1934-11/23/2009 Barbara Skorich Barbara M. Skorich, age 74 of Aitkin died Monday, November 23, 2009 at the Aicota Health Services in Aitkin. Barbara was born November 27, 1934 at Duluth, Minnesota the daughter of Harry and Jennie (Wedel) Anderson. She moved with her family to Aitkin in 1944 where she attended school and graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1953. She worked for a time at the Rexall Drug Store in Aitkin. She then attended Beauty School and Advanced Hair Styling School in Duluth. She worked at the Glass Block Beauty Shop as a stylist for six years. She married Nicholas Skorich on August 1, 1959 in Aitkin, Mn. They have made their home in Aitkin for the past 50 years. She was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin; the Tuesday afternoon Bible Study, was a confirmation prayer friend, was a Grand Friend at the Rippleside Grade School in Aitkin, was a care giver to shut ins, family and friends. She enjoyed gardening, growing flowers and playing Bridge with her friends. She is survived by her husband Nicholas Skorich of Aitkin; sister and brother in law: Laura Jean and Merle Peterson of Aitkin; 2 nephews and spouses and their families: Steven and Stella Peterson of Bella Vista, Arkansas and children: Monroe, Ann, Michael, Katie, step children: Brittany, Houston and Dane; Jason and Karna Peterson of Ft. Wayne, Indiana and children: Isaac, Isabel, and Grace; cousins: Betty (John) Soderquist, Maryann (Pat) Holder, Kathy (Terry) Hanlon; Elaine Kienitz, Darla Spencer, Shelby Kuntz, Mark Wedel, Marg Welshons, Bobby Shields, and Martha Zipper; and aunt Irene Wedel. She was preceded in death by her parents Harry and Jennie Anderson and cousin Larry Shields. A memorial service will be held Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 1:30 PM from St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will be at a later date at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley. Memorials are p[referred to St. John's Lutheran Church in Aitkin in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Linda Dellwo 08/29/1947-11/23/2009 Linda Marie Dellwo, 62 of Garrison and formerly Elk River, died Monday, November 23, 2009 at her residence. She was born August 29, 1947 in St. Paul to Lester and Sadie (Little) Lindblom, Sr. She graduated from Elk River High School. She worked as a restaurant manager. Linda was united in marriage to Mike Dellwo on March 17, 2000 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She was a volunteer at Garrison Food Shelf and for community meals. She was member and past president of Triple L Red Hat Society, the Garrison VFW Auxiliary Post # 1816, Garrison Golden Girls, and Light of the Cross Lutheran Church. Linda was an avid gardener, she loved life and had an unforgettable laugh. She is survived by her husband Mike 3 daughters: Tanya Hagg of Elk River Jamey Thomas of Big Lake Christie Thomas of Elk River Two step-sons: Christopher (Aylona) Dellwo of Brooklyn Center Craig (Jane) Dellwo of Bonifay, FL. 11 grandchildren: Kaylee, Chaz, Kiona, Devonne, Dashawn, Deon, Nicolas, Elizabeth, Alexander, Truman, and Grady One great grandchild Kashton 1 brother Lester (Diane) Lindblom, Jr. of Elk River Two sisters: Debra (Chuck) Gorake of Elk River Donna (Richard) Hayman of Elk River And many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her sister Sandra Heller 3 brothers: Norman, Sherman, and Stanley Lindblom And her parents Lester and Sadie (Little) Lindblom, Sr. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 10:30A.M., Saturday, November 28, 2009 funeral service at Light of the Cross Lutheran Church in Garrison. Reverend Chris Hill will officiate. Burial will be in Garrison Cemetery. Arrangements are by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. Stella Pearson 10/06/1923-11/25/2009 Stella M. Pearson died November 25, 2009, in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was born October 6, 1923 to Fred and Minnie (Brostrom) Samuelson in Isle, Minnesota. She graduated from Isle High School, and received her Registered Nurse degree from Mounds-Midway School of Nursing. She was married to Gunder Pearson on June 1, 1946 at the Opstead Baptist Church. They settled in the Glory Community and were lifelong members of the Glory Baptist Church in rural Aitkin. She is survived by her five children: Yvonne Pearson (Robert Burck) of Minneapolis, Judy Pearson (Steve Maxwell) of Arden Hills, Rebecca Pearson (Mark Warnken) of Stillwater, Doug Pearson of Aitkin, and Ron Pearson (Tricia) of St. Paul; fourteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Lydia, of Isle, Minnesota, and brother Warren of Branson, Missouri. Stella was preceded in death by her husband, Gunder, in 2003; two brothers (Walter and Wilbur), one sister (Darlene), and her parents. Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 30th at 1 p.m. at the Glory Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating, and burial in the Glory Baptist Cemetery. Arrangements were with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin; www.srtfuneral.com. Mary Jane Fossum 04/08/1934-11/26/2009 Mary J. Fossum, age 75 of Brainerd formerly of Aitkin died Thursday, November 26, 2009 at her residence in Brainerd. Mary was born April 8, 1934 in Litchfield, Minnesota the daughter of William and Amelia (Stueve) Monse. She moved at an early age with her family to the Aitkin area where she grew up and attended schools. She helped on the family farm and also worked at the Turkey Hatchery in Aitkin. She has lived in Aitkin most of her life except the past two years when she has resided in Brainerd. She loved the outdoors, fishing, walking, and visiting family and neighbors, and her travels to Alaska. She is survived by 1 son: Alan Fossum of Forsythe, Montana; Daughters: Annette (Jim Bob) Forkel of Fairbanks, Alaska; Colleen (Tim) Duffney of Aitkin; Charlene (Jeff) Trotter of Aitkin; brothers: Art Monse and William Monse Sr both of Aitkin; sister: Dorothy Wright of Aitkin; Grandchildren: Aimee 9Ryan) Nelson, Levi (Kassie) Duffney, Luke Duffney, Zane Duffney, Kyle Monson, Megan (Joshua) Schienbein, Cody Fossum, Kaija Fossum, Miranda Trotter, Jozee Fossum, great grandchildren: Owen and Beau Nelson. She was preceded in death by her parents, and 2 brothers Vic Monse and Cyril ???Stub??? Monse. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 7:00 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. A gathering time will be from 5 PM until the 7 PM memorial service. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com Russell W. Chute 11/22/1920-12/04/2009 Russell W. Chute, age 89 of the Hassman Community died Friday, December 4, 2009 at his home. Russell was born November 22, 1920 at Waldick, Morrison Township, Aitkin County, Minnesota the son of H.E. ???Ed??? and Julia (Hoving) Chute. He attended school in Morrison Township and then attended High School in Aitkin graduating in 1938. He married Lucille M. Cartie on October 12, 1944 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. They started their farm raising turkeys for and dairy. He was a lifetime dairy farmer. He was a past member of St. James Catholic Church, current member of Holy Family Catholic Church, had served on various boards throughout the years. His main concern was always his family and his commitment to hard work on the farm. He is survived by his wife Lucille of Hassman; children and spouses: Anne Schaak of Minneapolis, Theresa and Marshall Hogenson of Prior Lake, Mn.; Betty Chute of Burnsville, Mn.; John and Debbie Chute of Hassman; Phillip and Colleen Chute of Hassman; Nine grandchildren: Michelle, Karl, Aaron, David, Eva, Thomas, Sarah, Alaina, and Owen Russell; 3 great grandchildren: Kyle, Kayleigh, and Kayden; 1 brother: Robert Chute of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Harold, 2 infant brothers and 1 infant sister. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 11 AM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be Monday from 3:30 PM until 6 PM with a prayer service at 5:30 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will also continue Tuesday from 10 to the 11 AM services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. John L. Hogan 07/04/1910-12/04/2009 John L. Hogan, 99 of Aitkin died Friday, December 4, 2009 at Aitkin Health Services after a courageous battle with longevity. He was born July 4, 1910 in Minneapolis to John J. and Nell E. (Conway) Hogan. He graduated from North High School in Minneapolis and attended the University of Washington. He was the Twin Cities Amateur Featherweight Boxing Champion in 1928. John was united in marriage to Ella Howenstein on November 25, 1937 at St. Phillips Church in Minneapolis. He was a United States Navy Veteran serving in World War II. He was employed for 25 years with the Minnesota Highway Patrol and for 11 years with the State of Washington Transportation Commission. At the time of his death John was the oldest retired Minnesota State Highway Patrol Trooper. He was a member of the Aitkin Fire department, former member of the Moose, Eagles, Elks, and Lions clubs, former trustee of St. James Catholic Church, Past Commander of the Aitkin American Legion Post #86, Past Commander and Life Member of the Aberdeen, WA. American Legion Post #5, Past Chef de Gar Voiture of the 40et 8 of Aberdeen, WA. Charter Member of the Knights of Columbus Crosby Council, member of Minnesota Retired Police and Peace Officers Association, and Minnesota retired Highway Patrol Association. He is survived by 2 sons and daughters-in-law: John C. (Mona) of Princeton Thomas P. (Irene) of Montesano, WA. Two daughters and son-in-law: Diane (Russell) Kellerman of Aitkin Mary Jo Hogan of Tacoma, WA. (fiance??? Ron Larson of Aitkin) Son-in-law Charles Schwab of Hugo Daughter-in-law Georgette Hogan of Seattle, WA. 13 grandchildren Twenty-nine great-grandchildren 1 great-grandchild And many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Ella, son Steve, daughter Kathy, granddaughter Jennifer, two brothers Donald and Roy, 3 sisters Irene, Dorothy, and Phyllis, and his parents John and Nell (Conway) Hogan. Funeral Services will be 11:00A.M., Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father Justin Fish will officiate. Burial will be in St. Vincent Cemetery, Osseo. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Tuesday with a prayer service at 6:30P.M. at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Alice Baker 04/26/1909-12/04/2009 Alice Christina Seibert Baker, 100 of Aitkin died Friday, December 4, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born April 26, 1909 in Paradise, MT. to Samuel and Mary (Landrus) Seibert. She grew up on the family homestead and attended Bain Township School. Alice was united in marriage to Maurice Baker on April 19, 1931 in Aitkin. Alice was a homemaker and farmer. In January of 2007 she left her homestead farm and moved to Aicota Health Care Center. She liked living in her new community and in the state she loved the best, Minnesota. She enjoyed farming, traveling, gardening, dancing, crocheting, embroidering, quilting, playing card games, cooking, and baking, but most of all she enjoyed her family. She was a member of the Women???s DFL, Birthday Club, and Farm Bureau. Alice is survived 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Eunice (Harold) Hatfield of Palisade Margie (John) Sauer of Stillwater, OK. Eight Grandchildren: Jerry, Rick, Leonard, and Tim Hatfield, Marilyn, Thomas, and Ruth Koelling and Teresa Dixon 22 great-grandchildren 5 great-great grandchildren One brother and sister-in-law: Art (Jenny) Seibert of Washington 1 sister Edna Clayton of Portland, OR. And many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Maurice G. Baker, an infant son, and her parents. Funeral services will be 10:00A.M., Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Charles Carlson will officiate. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Monday with a prayer service at 7:30P.M. at the funeral home. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service. www.srtfuneral.com Vernon Miller 09/21/1933-12/07/2009 Vernon Miller, age 76 of McGregor died Monday, December 7, 2009 at the Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, Minnesota. Vernon was born September 21, 1933 at Crosby, Minnesota the son of George and Hilda (Palmer) Miller. He grew up and attended schools in McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School in 1951. He then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Janet A. Mannelin on March 28, 1953 in McGregor, Minnesota. He attended Dunwoody from 1955 to 1957 and learned to do body work on cars. He worked for Iverson Chevrolet in McGregor for two years. He then went to work as a lineman for Mille Lacs Electric and worked for them for 35 years retiring in 1994. He served on the McGregor Fire Department from 1951 to 1983; the McGregor Ambulance Crew Chief from 1975 to 1985, Mayor of McGregor from 1977 to 1980 and 1983 to 1987; had served on the Aitkin Hospital Board for 9 years, was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church and president of the council and had served in many other offices in the church for over 50 years. Vernon had served as a scoutmaster, and taught first aid, gun saftey and snowmobiling saftey. He enjoyed woodworking and RV traveling. Vernon was a loving and devoted Husband, patient and wise father, and loving and proud grandfather. He is survived by his wife Janet Miller of McGregor; Children and spouses: Bruce Miller of McGregor and Nancy Miller of Maple Grove; Colleen and Fred Vivant of Northfield, Mn.; Laura and Jeff Schlagel of Aitkin; Alison and Brent Henze of Lakeville, 13 grandchildren: Chantell (Chad) Johnson, Aliina (Drew) Peterson, Amber Vivant, Courtney Vivant, Brandon Perrine, Levi Perrine, Jonah Perrine, Sampson Perrine, Taylor Vivant, Alex Vivant, Jacob Vivant, Sydney Vivant and Grace Bury; 3 great grandchildren, 1 brother and sister in law: Marvin and Vicki Miller of McGregor; brother in law: Merlin Zimmerman of Cloquet. He was preceded in death by his parents, Daughter Kelly Fischer, son in law: Mark Fischer, and Sister Charlene Zimmerman. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 11 AM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Henry Koopman officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 7 PM at the church and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW Larson-Deneen Post 1727. Burial will be at the Woodland Cemetery at McGregor at a later date. Memorials may be given to Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor, Mn. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Edward Roy Martin 05/25/1931-12/07/2009 Edward Roy Martin (Native Name: Biizhak) age 78 of McGregor died Monday, December 7, 2009 at his home. Edward was born June 25, 1931 at McGregor, Minnesota the son of Jim and Mary (Sam) Martin. He grew up in the Mille Lacs area and attended schools in McGregor. He later lived in Sawyer. He worked as an iron worker in the Twin Cities for many years retiring in 1986. He moved back to McGregor in 1987 and has lived here since. He enjoyed Hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He is survived by 3 children: Lisa Johnson of Minneapolis; Kristopher King and Neil King both of Orr, Mn.; 10 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and 1 sister Agnes Chief, numerous nieces and nephews and Bud his faithful dog. He was preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers and 2 sisters. A wake will begin at 6 PM on Friday December 11 at the East Lake Community Center. The service will be held Saturday at 10 AM at the East Lake Community Center with Lee Staples Officiating. Burial will be in the Sawyer Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Minnesota. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Dale E. Lambert 04/24/1933-12/08/2009 Dale E. Lambert, age 76 of Aitkin died Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Dale was born April 24, 1933 at Dassel, Minnesota the son of Eddie and Amanda (Nelson) Lambert. He grew up and attended country schools and then attended the Dassel High School from which he graduated in 1951. He then helped on the family farm before serving in the U.S. Navy for two years. He returned to Dassel upon his discharge and continued helping on the farm. He married Hazel Stangland on June 26, 1959. He was then working for 3M in Hutchinson and his career with 3M spanned 33 years until he retired in 1992. In 1992 they moved to Spirit Lake near Aitkin, Minnesota and have lived there since. He worked at Rutgers Resort as a grounds Keeper for 9 years. He and his wife also spent 5 winters in the Yuma, Arizona area. He and his wife made crafts and sold them at various craft shows. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and woodworking. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited and the Aitkin United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife Hazel Lambert of Aitkin; daughter and son in law: Shirley and Kane Viesselman of Hutchinson, Mn.; 2 grandchildren: Casey Viesselman and Cole Viesselman, and many special friends and family. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 son Alan Lambert in 1989. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 11, 2009 at 11 AM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Regina Theresa Weijanen 07/01/1917-12/10/2009 Regina T. Weijanen, 92 of Aitkin died Thursday, December 10, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born July 1, 1917 at Stevens Point, WI to Ludwig and Annastisa Flatoff. Regina was united in marriage to Paul O. Weijanen on May 2, 1936 in Wisconsin. She enjoyed dancing, gardening, cooking and loved her grandchildren. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Aitkin. Regina is survived by one son and daughter-in-law Dick (Eileen) Weijanen of Glen 2 grandchildren: Teresa (Alan) Savage of Coon Rapids Karen (Shean) Fritts of Orenoco Three great grandchildren: Amanda, Matthew, and Nicole 2 sisters and brother-in-law: Agnes (Bill) Kvatek and Mamie Lisiecki both of Stevens Point, WI. Many nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Paul 5 brothers: Anton, John, Frank, Joseph, and Florian Flatoff Two sisters Anna Jerzak and Louise Przyblski And her parents Ludwig and Annastisa Flatoff Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11A.M., Wednesday, December 16, 2009 funeral service at St. James Catholic Church, Aitkin. Father Justin Fish will officiate. Burial will be in Rabbit Lake Cemetery, Glen Township. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Helena C. Dotzler 08/18/1929-12/13/2009 Helena C. Dotzler, age 80 of Aitkin died Sunday, December 13, 1009 at the Park Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Helena was born August 18, 1929 at Manistique, Michigan the daughter of Gustaf and Dorothy (Fredrickson) Rydell. She moved with her family to Aitkin County as a young girl. They lived in Swatara for a time and then moved to the Fleming Community. She attended the Turner School and then the Aitkin High School from which she graduated from in 1947. She married Richard G. Dotzler on August 24, 1948 at Aitkin. She started work in the Aitkin County Auditors office on August 1, 1953 and worked in that office until retiring on January 8, 1991. She was the Aitkin County Auditor from the early 1980???s until her retirement. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, the Aitkin County Historical Society and had been its treasurer for many years; the Jaques Art Center, the Red Hat Society, a bowling league in her younger days, had sat on the state library board, had served as a 4-H leader for the Channel Champs and had been active in 4-H in just about every way. She had been honored by the 4-H for her many years of helping with the Plat Book Project and she had also been honored at the National Level for her many 4-H activities. She had also volunteered many years in helping Seniors do their taxes. She enjoyed traveling, sewing, and collecting trolls and vintage post cards. She had also served on the Spencer Township Board. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Michael and Linda Dotzler of Anchorage, Alaska; 2 daughters and sons in law; Doreen Dotzler and Terry Leonard of Bethesda, Maryland; Diane and Thomas McEvoy of Minnetonka, Mn; 4 grandchildren: Dr. Taryn McEvoy, Dr. Timothy McEvoy, Kelly Dotzler, Shane Dotzler, and great grandchild: Charles Granzin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard in 1984 and infant daughter. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday. Burial will be in the Fleming Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Kenneth Clayton Haug 12/28/1934-12/14/2009 Kenneth C. Haug, 74 of Malmo died Monday, December 14, 2009 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born December 28, 1934 in Fremont Township, Winona County, MN. to Morgan A. and Esther E. (Yatckoske) Haug. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran. Kenneth was united in marriage to Mary E. Johnson on July 19, 1965 in Watertown, SD. He was a Minneapolis Police Officer for 30 years. He enjoyed snowmobiling, rock hounding, hunting, and fishing. He was a member of the Mille Lacs Trails Snow Mobile Club and a Boy Scout Leader. Kenneth is survived by his wife Mary Ellen Haug of Malmo 4 sons and daughters-in-law: Kenneth (Khrissy) Haug, Jr. of Burnsville Mark (Brenda) Freitag of Hickory, NC. Martin Freitag of Grasston David (Rosario) Freitag of St. Anthony 2 daughters: Cheryl Bolles and Sandy Haug both of Minneapolis 19 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren 2 sisters and brother-in-law: Marlyce (Don) Bailey of Fridley Marcia Scott of Hillsboro, OR. Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by an infant son, brother, and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 12P.M., Saturday, December 19, 2009 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend James Walth will officiate. Burial with military honors will be 2P.M., Monday, Assembly #4 in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. www.srtfuneral.com Marah E. Pratt 07/19/1918-12/17/2009 Marah E. Pratt, age 91, of Aitkin died Thursday December 17, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Marah was born July 9, 1918 at Barron, Wisconsin the daughter of William and Milicent (Doe) McKee. She grew up and attended schools in Barron. She worked as a secretary and Book Keeper for an Auto Dealership in Rice Lake, Wisconsin for many years. She married Louis Pratt on August 24, 1983 in Watertown, South Dakota. They lived in Aitkin. Louis died in 1995. Marah has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center since 2003. She enjoyed traveling, reading and crossword puzzles. She is survived by 2 sons: Burt Augst of Nashville, Tenn.; and Steve Augst of Brigantine, New Jersey. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Louis. Upon her request no services will be held. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. June A. Maron 07/23/1921-12/20/2009 June A. Maron, age 88 of McGregor died Sunday, December 20, 2009 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. June was born July 23, 1921 at Barrett, Minnesota the daughter of Simon and Rose (Brekke) Anderson. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from the Minneapolis Vo-Tech High School. She then moved with her family to the Tamarack area and she worked at the Tamarack Hotel. She married Lester F. Maron on August 23, 1940 in Wrenshall, Minnesota. They made their home in McGregor until 1957 at which time they moved to the North Branch area were they operated a small country store. In 1966 they moved to Minneapolis and lived there before moving back to McGregor in 1980. She has lived in McGregor since. She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church and had been very active in the church, A.R.T.S., Inc.; the Friends of the McGregor Library and the Writers club. She was a writer of stories and poems. She recorded the stories of her life and her observations about family, friends, and the world around her in her own petite, precise penmanship. She was proud of her self-published book ???All My Feathers of Time???. She enjoyed being with family and friends, and especially hosting her writers group with whom she published two other books. There was always coffee, cookies and banana bread available when people came to call. She is survived by 2 daughters and son in law: Leslie Maron of Wheaton, Ill.; Marlys (Steven) Ruth of Urbandale, Iowa; grandchildren: Kiirstin Bates, Karen (John) Erikson, Kendra (David) Baxter, Michael (Shannon) Maron, Scott Hirsch, Christopher Hirsch, Bonus Granddaughters: Carla Ruth, Sarah Ruth; Great Grandchildren: Vanessa and Jack Erikson, Haylea, Olivia, and Troy Maron; Matthew and Megan Baxter; nephews: Irving Krueger Jr., Mark Krueger; and also numerous other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lester in 1984, 1 daughter Jacklyn, 1 sister: Lorraine Krueger, and 1 brother: Irving Krueger Sr. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 11 AM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Henry Koopman officiating. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Burial will be Monday, December 28, 2009 at 1:15 PM at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Ivan J. Dunker 02/22/1942-12/21/2009 Ivan J. Dunker, age 67 of Aitkin formerly of Jackson, Mn., Plymouth, and Princeton/Zimmerman area died Monday, December 21, 2009 at his home near Aitkin, MN. Ivan was born February 2, 1942 at Jackson, Minnesota the son of William and Ruby (Yeadicke) Dunker. He grew up and attended schools in Jackson graduating from the Jackson High School in 1962. He then attended auctioneering schools and did some auctioneering as well as working at the Ford Dealership in Jackson. He also drove a bulk fuel truck for the Federated Coop for a time. He married Karen R. Anderson on August 12, 1966 at Jackson, MN. The lived in Jackson and he began a career as a welder. He worked as a welder for 38 years retiring in 2003. They lived in Plymouth, Mn. from 1972 to 1977 and then lived in the Princeton/Zimmerman area from 1977 to 2003. In 2003 they moved to the Aitkin area and have lived here since. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, enjoyed woodworking and fishing. He is survived by his wife Karen Dunker of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Paul and Zena Dunker of Clearbrook, Mn.; Marc Dunker of Foley, Mn.; Monica and Jeremie Roberts of Princeton, 5 grandchildren: Ethan Dunker, Nikole Dunker, Wesley Dunker, Heavenleigh Roberts, and Andrew Dunker. Also surviving are two sisters: Mildred Muchilinski of Sioux Falls, S.D., Rosemary Kroffron of Jackson, Mn.; two brothers: Norman Dunker of Jackson and Wayne Dunker of Jackson. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers: Maynard and William. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 2:30 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Oak Knoll Cemetery at Princeton, Mn. on Tuesday, December 29 at 11 AM. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Jack Morrison 07/11/1920-12/21/2009 Jack T. Morrison, 89 of Aitkin died Monday, December 21, 2009 at St. Benedicts Community Center in St. Cloud. He was born July 11, 1920 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to John and Catherine (Durkin) Morrison. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in World War II. Jack was united in marriage to Florence Aune on October 21, 1939 in Minneapolis. He worked as a truck driver for Dayton???s Co. for 30 years. He volunteered at the VA Hospital and Veterans Homes. He was a Boy Scout leader, very involved with the local food shelf and community activities. He was a life member of the American Legion, VFW, and Cooties. Jack is survived by 1 daughter and son-in-law: Jackie (Roger) Anderson of Minneapolis One son and daughter-in-law: Michael (Kathy) Morrison of Brooklyn Park 1 granddaughter: Kelly Wheeler of Brooklyn Park One great-grandson: Joshua Wheeler of Brooklyn Park 1 sister: Mary Lou Peterson of Bloomington One brother and sister-in-law: Donald (Joyce) Morrison of Bloomington Special nephew: Don (Sue) Morrison of Elk River Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Florence 3 sisters: Isabelle Krause, Dorothy Coleman, Henrietta Morrison Three brothers: Albert, Robert, Patrick Morrison, and his parents John and Catherine (Durkin) Morrison. The family would like to thank all home healthcare nurses in Aitkin and the staff at St. Benedicts Community Center in St. Cloud for the care they showed Jack. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M., Monday, December 28, 2009 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be 11A.M. to 1P.M. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be 2:00P.M., Tuesday, assembly area #4, Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. www.srtfuneral.com Ernest H. Ecklund 09/27/1935-12/21/2009 Ernest H. Ecklund, age 74 of Aitkin died Monday, December 21, 2009 at his home. Ernest was born September 27, 1935 at Wealthwood Township, Aitkin County, Minnesota the son of Simon and Viola (Olson) Ecklund. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin and then served in the U.S. Army. He married Jane Hendrickson in 1955. Upon his discharge he attended the University of Minnesota for four years and received his degree. He then went to work as a salesman for the Johnson Culvert Company and he worked for them for many years. He then worked as a truck driver hauling heavy equipment. He has been retired for about the past 30 years. He was a member of the Masons. He enjoyed golfing, hunting and fishing. He is survived by brothers and sisters: Simon and Nadine Ecklund of Fayetteville, North Carolina; Marie and C.J. Beysellance of Washington, D.C.; Marvin Ecklund of Aitkin; Fern Kieselhorst of Phoenix, Arz.; George and Karen Ecklund of Boulder, Colo.; Eldon and Wendy Ecklund of Costa Rica; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Jane in 1992. A private family service will be held in the summer of 2010. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Harris G. Johnson 12/16/1917-12/30/2009 Harris G. Johnson, age 91 of Aitkin formerly of Siren, Wisc., St. Paul, MN. and Fairfax, Mn. died Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin, Mn. He was born December 16, 1917 near Fairfax, Minnesota the son of Arthur and Frieda (Besch) Johnson. He attended country schools School and then attended the University of Minnesota for three years. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II and served with the 9th Division. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart. Upon his discharge, he moved to St. Paul and worked as a flooring installer. He then started his own flooring company called Home Floor Company, Inc. and he operated it for about 25 years. He then lived in Siren, Wisc. until moving to the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin in July of 2006. He has lived here since. He was a life member of the VFW. He is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Robert H. and Kathleen Johnson of McGregor, Mn.; 1 daughter and son in law: Cynthia A. and Larry Agurkis of Moose Lake, Mn.; 4 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 2 sisters: Violet Morse of White Bear Lake, Mn.; Irene Vinge of Burnsville, Mn.; 1 brother: Burt A. Johnson of Sun City, Arizona. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 3 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1 PM until the 3 PM services at the funeral Home. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Private Burial will be Friday, January 9 at the Bethel Cemetery near Fairfax, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Frances Marie Enberg 09/10/1921-12/30/2009 Frances Marie Enberg, 88 of Aitkin died Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born September 10, 1921 in McMinnville, TN. to Dallas and Mabel (Vosburgh) Holder. Frances was united in marriage to Milton Enberg in Aitkin. She worked as an Accountant for Aitkin County Social services for over 20 years. She enjoyed quilting, bowling, and knitting. She was a member of Seventh Day Adventists. Frances is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Dale and Karen Enberg of Elk River Two grandchildren Korrine DesVernine and Terra Lorentz 2 great grandchildren: Reese DesVernine and Rylan Lorentz Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Milton, brother Everett Holder, and her parents Dallas and Mabel (Vosburgh) Holder Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Sunday, January 3, 2010 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Pastor Robert Brauer will officiate. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Donald P. Benjamin 06/05/1942-01/01/2010 Donald P. Benjamin, 67 of Aitkin died Friday, January 1, 2009 at his residence. He was born June 5, 1942 in Crosby to Vernon and Cathryn (Albert) Benjamin. He attended school in Garrison and Brainerd. He served in the U.S. Air Force as an airplane mechanic. He worked for Orrin Thompson Homes and Donnelly Stucco Co. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and farm life on the White Dog Farm in Aitkin. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren. During the last few years, Don enjoyed planting tons of flowers and helping build their new log home. He is survived by his long time partner Jan Boyer 3 Children: Brent (Krista) Benjamin of Zimmerman Stacy (Mark) Kelly of Elk River Kelly Benjamin & Brad Carter of Anoka Ten Grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild 2 brothers: Bruce and Michael Benjamin both of Garrison Seven sisters: JoAnn (Arnie) Cash of Garrison Mary (Warren) Tibbetts of Garrison Kathy (Dave) Tibbetts of Garrison Betty Benjamin of Aitkin Vicky (Jeff) Finch of Garrison Nancy (Jerry) Dudycha of Austin Robin Benjamin of Garrison Many other relatives and friends He was preceded in death by four brothers: Ronald, Roger, Jackie, and Randy Benjamin, and his parents Vernon and Cathryn (Albert) Benjamin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M., Saturday, January 9, 2010 funeral service at Light of the Cross Lutheran Church in Garrison. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Christ Eugene Halgrimson 09/18/1927-01/02/2010 Christ Eugene Halgrimson, 82 of Palisade died Saturday, January 2, 2010 at St. Cloud Hospital. He was born September 18, 1927 in Brooten to Albert and Alice (Morris) Halgrimson. He was united in marriage to Agnes Lorraine (Handt) on June 30, 1950 in Rockford, IL. He is survived by his wife Agnes Lorraine (Handt) Halgrimson of Palisade 3 children: Dale & Thelma Maxine & Jim Darrell & Carol, all of Palisade Four grandchildren: Pastor Christopher (Rebecca) Miller of Edinburg, ND. Thomas Miller of Aitkin Eric (Casie) Halgrimson of Palisade Amanda (Jason ) McQueen of Everett, WA. 1 great-granddaughter Grace Miller of Edinburg, ND. Three brothers: Melvin of Elk River Albert of Palisade Harold (Barbara) of Tucson, AZ. Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by four brothers: Alfred, Olaf, Mervin, and Ellis 4 sisters: Otilda, Ida, Myrtle, and Edith And his parents Albert and Alice (Morris) Halgrimson. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M. ??? Tuesday, January 5, 2010 funeral service in Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverends William Sass and Christopher Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com Frances ''Frankie'' A. Clasen Frances 03/22/1913-01/05/2010 Frances ''Frankie'' A. Clasen Frances ???Frankie??? Clasen, age 96 of Aitkin died Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. ???Frankie??? was born March 22, 1913 at Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Nels and June (Mackaman) Landgren. She grew up and attended schools in Crosby graduating from the Crosby High School in 1930. She then went to work at the Aitkin County Court House in the Clerk of Courts office. She then moved to the Recorders office and worked for Bryce Kelsey. She married Walter D. Clasen on June 5, 1938 in Aitkin and they made their home here for most of their lives. They lived in Bloomington, Mn for a time and while there she worked for Federal Stamping Inc. They moved back to Aitkin in 1971 and retired. They wintered in Texas for 11 years. She was a member of the Aitkin Congregational Church and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She enjoyed taking pontoon rides on the lake. Her grandparents settled on Cedar Lake and since then there have been 6 generations of her family to live on Cedar Lake. She is survived by daughter and son in law: Jacquelyn and Gary Enberg of Aitkin; 2 grandsons and spouses: Joseph and Heidi Enberg, Christopher and Stacey Enberg, great grandchildren: Jacob, Zachary, Samantha and Madeline Enberg all of Aitkin. Also surviving is a sister in law: Isabelle Clasen of Long Prairie, Mn., nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Walter in 1994, 1 brother: Myron Landgren, 1 sister and brother in law: Eunice and Del Ulman. A time of gathering and sharing will be held Thursday, January 7 from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Interment will be in the spring at the Diamond Lake Cemetery. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Dorothy Brown 08/11/1920-01/06/2010 Dorothy Elizabeth Brown, 89 of Pine River died Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at St. Joseph???s Medical Center in Brainerd. She was born August 11, 1920 in Evanston, Illinois to Ernest and Regina (Meier) Recher. She graduated from Evanston Township High School and then attended MacMurray College. Dorothy was united in marriage to Robert Stannard Brown, Sr. on April 12, 1942 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They lived in Park Rapids from1948 to 1967 prior to moving to Pine River. For many years she volunteered at the Kitchigami Regional Library in Pine River. She enjoyed playing dominos and other games with her family, reading to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and working on her crossword puzzles. She is survived by 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Robert (Brenda) Brown, Jr. of Lutz, FL. Tom (Betty) Brown of Moorhead Six grandchildren: Kimberly (Jason) Brezinsky, Lacey Brogle (Fianc????? Matt Gifford), Summer Brown, Eric, Michael, and Steven Brown 3 great-grandchildren: Jaron, Peyton, and Brooklyn Brezinsky Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Regina Recher, Husband Robert, Sr., daughter Susan Brogle, grandson Nathan Brown Two brothers: Roland and Eugene ???Bud??? Recher and her sister Mary Ellen Arndt. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M., Saturday, January 9, 2010 funeral service at United Methodist Church in Pine River. Reverend Dianne Ciesluk will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Robert L. Johnson 12/10/1921-01/08/2010 Robert L. Johnson, age 88 of Aitkin died Friday, January 8, 2010 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Robert was born December 10, 1921 at Aitkin, MN. the son of Louis and Emma (Peterson) Johnson. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WW II as a pilot and flew 51 combat missions in the 24 Liberator from 1941 to 1945. He also served in the U.S Air Force from 1950 to 1955. He received his bachelor???s degree from Purdue University and his master???s degree in Civil Engineering from University of California at Berkley. He married Lola M. Ramsey in 1944 in Charleston, South Carolina. He headed the State Board of Health Water Purification Program in Florida and was based out of Jacksonville, Florida. He later worked for Honeywell as an engineer on the Space Shuttle Program. He retired back to Aitkin in the early 1980???s and has lived here since. He married Dorothy Maples in 1991. He enjoyed building and designing things, politics and current events. He was a member of the 376 Heavy Bombardment Group Veterans Association, the Aitkin American Legion, and First Lutheran Church. He is survived by 1 son: Alan Johnson of Astor, Florida; daughter: Janet Allison of Jacksonville, Florida; 1 sister: Lois Tracy of St. Paul, Mn.; 5 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son: Bruce Johnson, sisters: Norma Corolla, Hazel Cooper, and brother Lloyd Johnson. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 16, 2010 at Noon from Bethlehem Lutheran Church with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Lois Lyons 02/10/1921-01/10/2010 Lois Lyons, 88 of Aitkin died Sunday, January 10, 2010 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born February 10, 1921 in Aitkin to John ???Jack??? and Hulda (Johnson) Sugrue. She graduated from Aitkin High School. Lois was united in marriage to Kenneth Lyons on November 28, 1942 in Aitkin. She worked in the probation office of the Aitkin County Court House and also operated the Rialto Theater with her husband Kenneth. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, Aitkin. Lois is survived by her son Charles (Kathy) Lyons of Coon Rapids One grandson Christopher Lyons of Milwaukee, WI. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth on May 5, 2009, one brother Jack Sugrue, and her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M., Friday, February 12, 2010 memorial service at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Lance Isaacson will officiate. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Dave A. Andrews Sr. 10/28/1936-01/11/2010 Dave A. Andrews Sr., age 73 of rural Aitkin died Monday, January 11, 2010 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Dave was born October 28, 1936 in St. Paul, Minnesota the son of August and Florence (DePew) Andrews. He grew up and attended schools in St. Paul and graduated from Johnson High School in 1954. He played football and also played hockey in the Canadian Major Jr. League and was involved with the Minnesota North Stars Hockey Team. He worked as a carpenter for many years. He married Marilyn K. (Liljenquist) Westerlund on May 30, 1980. Dave had been coming to the Aitkin area and staying at the Whitewood Resort on Spirit Lake in the 1970???s. He moved to the area permanently in 1980. He was instrumental in building the new Bethesda Lutheran Church as he worked as the superintendent on that project, he was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church, he enjoyed golfing, playing pool, hunting, fishing, camping and just about anything outdoors. He also enjoyed building model ships. He is survived by his wife Marilyn Andrews of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Jeanne Johnson and spouse Mark Dussel of Eagan, Mn.; Julie and Dick Miller of Naples, Florida; Dave and Connie Andrews Jr. of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Kevin and Regina Westerlund of Duluth, Mn.; Mark and Heidi Westerlund of Aitkin; Glenn and Amber Westerlund of Aitkin; Kari and Greg Lund of Coon Rapids; Lori and Bret Swanson of Aitkin; 15 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held Friday, January 15, 2010 at 2:00 PM from Bethesda Lutheran Church at Malmo with Rev. James Raisanen officiating. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Dorothy Wright 01/07/1927-01/11/2010 Dorothy Marie Wright, 83 of Aitkin died Monday, January 11, 2010 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born January 7, 1927 in Grove City to William and Amelia (Stueve) Monse. Dorothy was united in marriage to Norman Wright on December 26, 1949 in Aitkin. She was secretary for the local Farmers Bureau for many years. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church, the Sunshine Club, the local card club and homemakers club. She enjoyed gardening and painting, and loved her grandchildren. Dorothy is survived by her husband Norman 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Carolyn (Russell) Kingsley of Palisade Barb (Harvey) Whipps of Aitkin Theresa (Bob) Tautges of St. Mathias Two sons and daughter-in-law: Greg Wright of Carlyle, IL. Quentin (Kristy) Wright of Blair, NE. 15 grandchildren: Uriah, Olivia, Matt, Josh, Jacob, Manny, Alanna, Lorin, Maggie, Caleb, Katie, Shelby, Dylan, Peyton, Deanna Eight great-grandchildren 2 brothers and sister-in-law: William (Marlene) Monse of Aitkin Art Monse of Aitkin Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her son Steven, one sister Mary Jane Fossum, 2 brothers Victor and Cyril Monse, and her parents William and Amelia Monse. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. ??? Saturday, January 16, 2010 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father Justin Fish will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Catherine Hillman 04/20/1930-01/13/2010 Catherine Hillman, 79, of Aitkin died Wednesday, January 13, 2010, at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born April 20, 1930, in St. Paul to Otis and Katherine (McBride) Keena. Catherine was united in marriage toDonald Hillman on September 22, 1956 in St. Paul. She worked as an X-Ray Technician at the Aitkin Hospital and Crosby Hospital for 38 years. She volunteered her time at her church and hospital. In 2001, she was an honorary chair for the Riverwood Health Care Center ???Lights of Love???. She was a very active member of St. James Catholic Church, serving funeral lunches and with the prayer chain. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, Donald to Alaska and Hawaii. Catherine is survived by her husband Donald 2 daughters and son-in-law: Caroline (Brian) Warden of Budapest, Hungary Sheila Hillman of Big Sur, CA. One son and daughter-in-law Eric (Elizabeth) Hillman of Duluth 9 grandchildren: Erin, Nathan, and Megan Warden, Emily, Joseph, John, Benjamin, Michael, and Billy Hillman Two brothers and sisters-in-law: John (Jana) Keena of Little Canada Tom (Lori) Keena of St. Paul 1 sister Sally Richardson of Sacramento, CA. Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her sister Mary Ellen Delisle, infant brother James, and her parents Otis and Katherine (McBride) Keena Funeral services will be 11:00A.M., Wednesday, January 20, 2010, at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father Justin Fish will officiate. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M., Tuesday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. A Rosary service will begin at 7P.M. and the prayer service will begin at 7:30P.M. www.srtfuneral.com Henry N. Lidfors 07/07/1916-01/18/2010 Henry N. Lidfors, age 93 of Aitkin died Monday, January 18, 2010 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Henry was born on July 7, 1916 at home in Bock, Minnesota the third son of Erik John and Anna Lidfors. He attended elementary school at Bock and graduated from the Ogilvie High School in 1934. Hank grew up helping on the family farm and he enjoyed playing basketball on the Ogilvie Basketball Team. Shortly after graduating he went to work at a CCC Camp for three years at Garrison, Mn. On June 10, 1940 he was united marriage to Elizabeth Skone at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cresco, Iowa. Hank worked at a dairy farm delivering milk, he also worked as a mechanic at the iron ore mines in Ironton, and then in 1946 he and Betty purchased the Deerwood Lumber Co. in Aitkin from her father C.E. Skone. Deerwood Lumber was a logging and sawmill operation, and Hank changed it into a retail lumber yard. They sold the business and retired in 1979. Hank was a longtime, dedicated, faithful member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, serving on the building committee after the church???s fire in 1953, was a deacon, Sunday school teacher, member of First Lutheran Brotherhood, served as a delegate to synodical convention at Seattle, and served as an usher for many years. He was a member of the Aitkin Fire Dept., the Jaycees, and Lions Club, as well as serving on the Aitkin School Board. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing softball, bowling, golfing, card playing, watching baseball, and football. He and Betty spent 22 winters in Mesa, Arz. after retirement. They sold their home on Cedar Lake and moved to Blackrock Terrace in Aitkin for 8 years and then in April of 2007 they moved to Aicota Assisted Living, and Hank moved to Aicota Nursing Home in February 2009. Henry is survived by his wife of 69 years Betty of Aitkin; 2 daughters: Rebecca (John) Jungas of Mountain Lake, Mn.; Bernice (special friend Blaine) Hayes of Duluth; Grandchildren: Kristin (Wes) Engbrecht, Karna (Dave) Hagen, Natasha Oreskovich, Brittany Hayes, great grandchildren: Alexander and Madison Engbrecht; Evan and Cole Hagen, brother and sister in law: Arnold (Marian) Lidfors of St. Louis Park, Mn.; sister in law: Vera Robinson of Forest Lake, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents, children: John-Bam and Mary Beth Lidfors, brothers Carl, Harold, and Clifford Lidfors, great granddaughter Annika Nilson, brothers and sisters in law: Edward (Lorraine) and Jacky Skone, Dorothy (Robert) Terry, nieces Cynthia Skone, and Virginia Lidfors. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 22, 2010 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 PM and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church Friday. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen- Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Maureen Hogan ''Reenie'' Maureen Judit 08/17/1938-01/18/2010 Maureen Judith Hogan, ???Reenie???, 71, of Aitkin died Monday, January 18, 2010 at her home. She was born August 17, 1938 in River Falls, WI. to Charles and Mona (Nelson) Dorgan. Reenie was united in marriage to Daniel Hogan on May 18, 1975 in Stillwater. She enjoyed cooking and nature. Reenie loved her family and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her husband Dan Hogan Sons: James Daniel (Julie) Hogan of White Bear Lake Raymond Edward Hogan And Daniel and Brian Daughters: Lauri Ann (Steve) Roeglin of Aitkin And Debbie, Lisa, and Maureen Brothers: Dennis Daniel (Debra) Dorgan of Circle Pines Brian James Dorgan of Washington Sisters: Patricia Kay (Ron) Johnson of Chisago City Bonny Belle (Tom) Brown of Fruitland Park, FL. Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Charles Dorgan. A celebration of her life will be held in the Summer. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com Paul R. ''Doc'' Watson Paul R. ???Doc? 04/09/1934-01/19/2010 Paul R. ''Doc'' Watson Paul R. ???Doc??? Watson, age 75 of McGregor died Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. ???Doc??? was born April 9, 1934 at Palisade, Minnesota the son of George and Nellie (Pilon) Watson. He attended schools in McGregor, Aitkin and Owatonna. After his schooling in Owatonna he moved to the McGregor area and have lived and worked with the Sather family for 52 years. He enjoyed being a farm hand and he took much pride in his work at the Sather???s Store. He enjoyed doing puzzles, riding the John Deere tractor, and gardening. He loved music and singing. He loved being around people. He is survived by 2 brothers: George ???Bud??? Watson and Donald Watson both of Oregon and 1 sister Adline Kincaid of Nevada. He is also survived by the Whole Sather Family of who had been a huge part of his life these past 52 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Arnold and 2 sisters Hazel and Vivian. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 23 at 1 PM at Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor. Visitation will be from 11 AM until the 1 PM services. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Teresa Marie ''Terri'' Ellis Teresa Ma 07/29/1952-01/22/2010 Teresa Marie ''Terri'' Ellis Teresa Marie (Terri) Ellis, age 57 of Palisade died Friday, January 22, 2010 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. Teresa was born July 29, 1952 at White Bear Lake, Minnesota the daughter of Arthur and Marcella (Cunningham) Schenk. She grew up and attended schools in the White Bear Lake area graduating from high school there. She married Thomas Ellis on January 9, 1971 at White Bear Lake. They lived in Minneapolis for a short time and then moved to Palisade where they farmed for many years. Teresa went back to school at the age of 42 and attended the Duluth Business University and received her AA degree and graduated salutatorian of her class. She worked as a ward secretary the Crosby Medical Center and for the last 13 years worked as the medical secretary for the Home Health Partnership. She was a member of the Hill City Assembly of God Church. She loved to sing, enjoyed crocheting, snowmobiling, had a great sense of humor, and was an excellent cook. She was able to travel to Africa in 2008 to see her grandson. She is survived by her husband Tom Ellis of Palisade; 2 sons and daughter in law: Don and Luann Ellis of Sauk Rapids, Mn.; Jason Ellis of Palisade; daughter and son in law: Amanda and David Ombengi of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; 4 grandchildren: Aeron Korhonen, Alexander Ellis, James and Robert Ombengi; 1 brother: Art Schenk of St. Paul, Mn.; 4 sisters: Mary Thompson of Chippewa Falls, Wisc.; Sue Murphy of St. Paul, MN.; Pat Wright of Wyoming, Mn.; Sally Annett of Mounds View, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother Michael. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 1:00 PM from the Aitkin Assembly of God Church with Rev. Gerard Valley officiating. Burial will be at a later date at the Waukenabo Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 until 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the on-line guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com Alphild J. Halverson 04/06/1915-01/23/2010 Alphild J. Halverson, age 94 of Aitkin died Saturday, January 23, 2010 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Alphild was born April 6, 1915 at Barnes, North Dakota the daughter of John and Andrea (Ipsen) Larson. She grew up and attended country school at Barnes. She helped on the family farm and then married Norman A. Halverson in 1939 at Litchfield, North Dakota. They made their home in Ogilvie, Minnesota and then in 1952 they moved to Minneapolis. They lived there until Norman???s retirement and then the moved to Yuma, Arizona and lived there until Norman???s death in 1988. Alphild moved to the Aitkin area to be closer to her children and has lived here for the past 18 years. She enjoyed baking cookies, canning, and making quilts. She was a very active person and volunteered for numerous things. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Wayne R. and Patricia Halverson of Aitkin; 2 daughters and son in law: Barbara and Robert French of Pinehurst, North Carolina; Sharon Bradley and special friend Dick Orr of Aitkin; 6 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Norman in 1988, 1 brother Milton and 1 sister Dagney. No services will be held in accordance with her wishes. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the on-line guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Roger John Jacobson 07/31/1929-01/25/2010 Roger John Jacobson, age 80 of Aitkin died Monday, January 25, 2010 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Roger was born July 31, 1929 at Grand Rapids, Minnesota the son of Ernest C. and Anna (Bird) Jacobson. At the age of one he moved with his family to French Lake near Aitkin. Roger graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1947. He served in the Aitkin National Guard unit the 194th Tank Battalion which was activated in 1951 during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge, he worked distributing Purina Feeds throughout Minnesota and the Dakota???s and also hauled feed and grain to turkey farmers in this area. For several years Roger worked out of St. Cloud with Anderson Trucking and St. Cloud Meat Packing before moving back to Aitkin in 1966. Roger began making fiberglass hoods for the Scorpion Snowmobile Company of Crosby. He then worked with the Aitkin School District for a number of years driving bus and later supervising that department. Still later, he became involved in the design and manufacture of a variety of fiberglass products until his retirement in 1992. Roger is survived by his wife Nancy of nearly 60 years; children and spouses: Steve and Ginny Jacobson of Aitkin; Jim Jacobson of Fort Worth, Texas, Susan and Mike Ackerman of Deerwood, Tom and Lisa Jacobson of Merrifield, Mn.; Marjorie and Amir Safaie of Mountain House, Calf.; 1 brother Robert C. Jacobson of Minnetonka, Mn.; sister: Margaret and Felix Thompson of Chanhassen, Mn; six grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. The Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home of Aitkin was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Beverly Just 03/18/1930-01/27/2010 Beverly Just, age 79 of Aitkin died Wednesday, January 27, 2010 as the result of a catastrophic stroke. Beverly was born March 18, 1930 at the Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, the third child and only daughter of Henry A. and Esther O. (Peterson) Gustafson. She had two older brothers Gerald and Henry. As a preacher???s daughter, Bev moved frequently with her parents. She lived in Minneapolis, East Grand Forks, Vancouver BC, Seattle, Chicago, and Charles City, Iowa. Bev studied sociology at the University of Minnesota, Seattle Pacific University in Washington and North Park University in Chicago. She worked for a time at the State Hospital in Fergus Falls, Mn. caring for those who were unable to care for themselves. An accomplished musician, Bev played cello, piano, organ, guitar, and auto-harp, and she had a strong alto voice that could do double duty as a tenor. Bev met her husband Bill while her parents served a Swedish Covenant Church in Winthrop, Mn. Bev???s mom would write letters about a kind young man who took care of his brother. Bev would come and watch Bill play ball and hit towering home runs. It was love that was forged with strong values and a commitment to family and faith. Bev and Bill were married on May 2, 1952 at Winthrop, Mn. They moved to Aitkin on their honeymoon, May 3, 1952 and they would make Aitkin their home for nearly 58 years. In 1956 they purchased Trackage Oil Station in Aitkin, and in 1962 bought Blegen???s Bait and renamed it Bill???s Sportsman???s Service (aka The Shop), and built a business that they sold to their son Paul and his wife Catherine in 1982. Bev was active in two local churches in Aitkin, Bethel Lutheran Brethren and Calvary Westside before she became a charter member of the Timberwood Church in Nisswa, Mn. Bev enjoyed life, leading Bible studies in homes and other various locations. She was a fan of waterskiing and reading a good book. She is survived by her children and spouses: David and Cindy; Paul and Catherine; Rebecca and Ron; John and Tanya; and Tim and Holly; Grandchildren: Benjamin(Jessica), Melissa, Nathanael (Jessi), Elizabeth, Thomas (Kristi), Sarah, Phillip, William, Anna, Morgan, Anika, and Ellie, and Great Grandchildren: Orinn, Abigail, and Hannah. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband William in 2000, grandson Jonathan. A Memorial Service will be held Monday February 1, 2010 at 1:00 PM from the Timberwood Church at Nisswa with Pastor John Just officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 PM Sunday at the funeral home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church. A private family burial will be held prior to the service at the Forest Cemetery at Kimberly. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Oscar Espeseth 01/24/1913-01/30/2010 Oscar K. Espeseth, 97, of Aitkin passed away peacefully at his daughter???s home and went to be with his Lord in Heaven Saturday, January 30, 2010. A quiet man whose life spoke volumes, he was born January 24, 1913 in Fosston to Ole and Emma (Ellefson) Espeseth. At the age of 14 he was on his own working odd jobs for a farmer for 25 cents a day. A few years later he left North Dakota in his Model T Ford. While in Aitkin in 1935 Oscar sang in a quartet and played banjo at his older brother Willie???s church. While there he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into his life. In January of 1937 Oscar, on his motorcycle, left with a friend to go find work in Oregon. The summer of 1939 found Oscar back in Aitkin where he met Alice Copley. They were united in marriage September 25, 1941 in Aitkin. He farmed mink and worked for Hannah Mining Co. He enjoyed music, woodworking, trapping, and motorcycles. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Aitkin. They had 7 children and Oscar???s God honoring gift of music continues to carry on through his family today. He is survived by 6 sons and daughters-in-law: Kermit (Charlene) Omar (Mary) David (Dorothy) Larry (Dawn) Lenny (JoEllen) Gary (Carrie) One daughter and son-in-law: Linda (Dan) Danielson 18 grandchildren and many great grandchildren 2 Sisters and brother-in-law: Irene Peterson Val (Craig) Wagner One brother Delmar Other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Alice on January 5, 2008 Stillborn son, 3 brothers, one sister, and his parents. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. Saturday, February 6, 2010 at Assembly of God Church in Aitkin. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M., Friday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Bennettville Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com Nina Marie Johnson 12/19/1955-02/02/2010 Nina Marie Johnson, age 54 of McGregor died February 2, 2010 at her home. She was born December 19, 1955 at Robbinsdale, Minnesota the daughter of Roger and Lorna (Borland) Olson. She grew up and attended schools in Robbinsdale. She lived in Minneapolis until the early 1990???s at which time she moved north and had resided at Moose Lake, Kettle River and for the past 7 years at Lawler, Mn. Nina was a fun loving woman and enjoyed gardening, her dogs and cat, making jams and jellies for the neighbors, she collected pigs, and loved baking. She is survived by her fianc?? Rick Kosola of Lawler; 2 daughters: Tanya (Carlo) Juarez-Sweeney of St. Paul; Rhianna Brodin of Minneapolis; Mother: Lorna Worden of Moose Lake; Brothers: Roger Olson of Minneapolis; Mike Worden of Crystal, Mn.; Grandchildren: Fiona, Gustavo, and Georgio, mother in law: Lois McGregor of St. Anthony and many loving family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her father Roger Olson. A time of gathering will be held Sunday, February 7, 2010 from 1 to 3 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Burial will be in the Salo Cemetery in the summer. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Michael A. Horsch 09/17/1945-02/06/2010 Michael A. Horsch, age 64 of Aitkin formerly of St. Paul, Mn died Saturday, February 6, 2010 at his home at Blind Lake near Aitkin, Mn. Michael was born September 17, 1945 at St. Paul, Minnesota the son of Urban and Rachael (Hayes) Horsch. He grew up and attended schools in St. Paul graduating from St. Michaels on the Hill in 1963. He drove Taxi for over 37 years in St. Paul and then also worked as a dispatcher for a time. He married Mary Ann Kleinhans on June 13, 1981 at St. Paul. They had been coming to the Brainerd Lakes area for the past 20 years and they moved to Blind Lake in April of 2009. He loved fishing and was a handyman. He had a huge heart and was a savior of people and animals in their times of need. He is survived by his wife Mary of Aitkin; 3 daughters: Lynda Fisher of Maplewood, Mn.; Dawn Acree of Hastings, Mn.; Michele (Allen) Reed of Lake Elmo, Mn.; 1 sister: Sandra Stober of Kent, Washington, 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 PM until the 2 PM services. Memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Michael L. Monson 03/09/1960-02/08/2010 Michael L. Monson, 49 of Aitkin died February 8, 2010 at his home. He was born March 9, 1960 in St. Paul to Jarrold and Pat (Maddy) Monson. He graduated from McGregor High School, class of 1978. Michael was united in marriage to Lisa Nelson December 3, 1983 at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. He worked throughout Minnesota building log homes for many families. He was a member of the McGregor Fire Dept. He made wood canoes, sculptured with his chain saw, enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, making maple syrup and spending time at the shack. Michael loved his family. He is survived by his wife Lisa 2 Children: Michael and Carli Brother: Marcus of Dallas, TX. Parents: Jarrold and Pat Monson of McGregor And many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Saturday, February 13, 2010 memorial service at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Lance Isaacson will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com James L. Bender 07/30/1928-02/11/2010 James L. Bender, age 81 of Brainerd formerly of Aitkin died Thursday, February 11, 2010 at the St. Josephs Medical Center in Brainerd. James was born July 30, 1928 at Westgate, Iowa the son of Erwin and Clara (Wetzel) Bender. He grew up and attended schools in Westgate. He then worked on a farm for a time before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He served from 1945 to 1947 and was involved with the testing of the Atomic Bomb. Upon his discharge he returned to Westgate and worked for John Deere Co. for a time. He then worked for his uncle and father at the Bender Chevrolet dealership as an auto mechanic. He married Dorothy L. Braatz on July 23, 1950 at Whittemore, Iowa. They moved to Aitkin, Minnesota in 1953 and he worked for Northern Service in Aitkin as an auto mechanic and then worked for Spalj Chevrolet in Crosby before working for Aitkin Motor Company in Aitkin. He retired in 1982 due to health issues. His first love was operating his greenhouse. He operated it from 1971 to 1996. He was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin and had been a Sunday school teacher, sang in the choir and had served as a deacon of the church. He was also a member of the Aitkin American Legion Post. He is survived by 7 sons and daughters in law: Mark and Janet Bender of Coon Rapids, Mn.; Michael and Deborah Bender of St. Paul, Mn.; Jim and Ruth Bender of Aitkin; Jeffrey and Terrianne Bender of St. Paul, Mn.; George and Theresa Bender of Aitkin; Joseph and Michelle Bender of Coon Rapids; and John Bender of Las Vegas, Nevada; 2 brothers: Nathan Bender of Patal, Miss.; Tom Bender of Mt. Carmel, Israel; 1 sister: Emily Sjurseth of Plato Center, Ill; 15 grandchildren: Ross Bender, Leah Bender, Matthew Bender, Travis Bender, Kyle Bender, Daniel Bender, Talia Ostrowski, Steven Bender, Adam Bender, Jeremiah Bender, Joshua Bender, Samantha Bender, Megan Bender, Kristy Bender, Shannon Nistler, 7 great grandchildren: Gracie, Cole, Cade, Cale Ostrowski, Makayla, Rylin and Tate Bender. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Dorothy in 2007, son Richard and 1 brother. A memorial service will be held Monday, February 15, 2010 at 11 AM from St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at a later date at the Minnesota Veteran Cemetery at Little Falls, Minnesota. Memorials are preferred to St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin or The Family Of Christ Lutheran School. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Ethel Marie Leasure 08/22/1935-02/13/2010 Ethel Marie Leasure, age 74 of Palisade died Saturday, February 13, 2010 at her home. Ethel was born August 22, 1935 at Hancock, Maryland the daughter of Marshall and Mary (Boar) Diehl. She grew up and attended schools at Everett, Pennsylvania graduating from the Everett High School in 1953. She married Lester Leasure on July 7, 1961 at Cumber4land, Maryland. They lived in Baltimore, Maryland until 1969 at which time they moved to Florida. They lived in Florida until 1975 and then moved to the Palisade area and have resided here since. She loved quilting and had made thousands of quilts over the years. She is survived by her husband Lester Leasure of Palisade, Children and spouses: Mary and Luther Pumphrey of Marianna, Florida; Ron Leasure and Kimberly Anne Woodley of Manhattan, Illinois; Lester Leroy Leasure Jr. of Aitkin; Gail Leasure and fianc?? Klaus Hecht of East Bethel, Mn.; grandchildren and spouses: Christopher (Karen) Pumphrey of Marianna, Florida; Christina Watts of Marianna, Florida; Jarrett (Kayce) Packer of Anacoca, Louisiana; Jessica (Jason) Horton of Anacoca, Louisiana; Ron Leasure Jr. of Oceanside, Calf.; Great Grandchildren: Miranda Pumphrey, Torryence Packer, Tayler Packer; Sisters: JoAnn (Lee) Gordon of Flourisant, Colo.; Daisy (Milt) Vaughn and Cindy Kegg of Altoona, Kansas and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sons: Robert Marshall Leasure and Steven Marshall Leasure, 6 brothers and 2 sisters. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Pastor Luther Pumphrey officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 PM at the funeral home and also 1 hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery at Marianna, Florida. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Corrine (Ackerson) Koepke 12/07/1930-02/13/2010 Corrine P. (Ackerson) Koepke Corrine P. (Ackerson) Koepke, 79 of Aitkin died Saturday, February 13, 2010 at Aitkin Health Services. She was born December 7, 1930 Long Lake Township, Crow Wing County, MN. to Charles and Nellie (Everest) Ackerson. She was united in marriage to Robert Koepke on August 6, 1969 in Ironwood, MI. She worked as a cashier and enjoyed fishing, cooking, canning, and gardening. She is survived by 1 son and daughter-in-law Robert (Susanne) Begordis of Minnetonka Three daughters and son-in-law: Cheryl Forbord of St. Paul Beverly Fastner of Superior, WI. Patricia (William) Thole of Aitkin 17 grandchildren Thirty-eight great-grandchildren 1 brother and sister-in-law: Howard ???Mike??? (Doris) Ackerson of Pillager Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Son Keith Begordis Two daughters: Lorna Larson and Pamela Begordis Son-in-law Bruce Forbord Four brothers: Paul, Lourie, Hugh, Irvin And her parents Charles and Nellie (Everest) Ackerson Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M., Thursday, February 18, 2010 funeral services at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be in Meadowlands Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com Curtiss M. Andersen 05/07/1928-02/13/2010 Curtiss M. Andersen, 81 of McGregor died February 13, 2010 at his residence. He was born May 7, 1928 in Irene, South Dakota to Christian and Ida (Knutsen) Andersen. He worked in the print department of the Star Tribune and retired to his home near McGregor. Curtiss is loved and will be missed by many. Memorial services will be 10:00A.M., Saturday, February 20, 2010 at Bread of Life Deaf Lutheran Church, 2901 38th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN. 55406. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com Purl ''Buck'' Ashton Purl ???Buck??? A 06/06/1929-02/21/2010 Purl ''Buck'' Ashton Purl ???Buck??? Ashton, Jr., 80 of Hill City died Sunday, February 21, 2010 at Grand Itasca Hospital in Grand Rapids. He was born June 6, 1929 in Elburn, Illinois to Purl and Margaret (Schmidt) Ashton. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean War,179th Anti Aircraft Artillery Operations Detachment. Buck was united in marriage to Edna LaValle on May 29, 1956 at the United Methodist Church in Palisade. He was a lifelong logger and farmer, owning a 240 acre cattle farm. He worked for Hawkinson Construction in Grand Rapids prior to attending welding school at Itasca Community College. He worked in the iron mines in Babbitt and then went to Barber School in St. Paul becoming a Master Barber and owning his own shop in Hill City. He was employed by the Aitkin County Road and Bridge Highway Dept. for 25 years retiring in 1997. He was a longtime NRA member and 49rs union member, and a member of the Hill City American Legion Post #340 for over 50 years. He was an avid outdoorsman and hunter, and enjoyed watching boxing. Buck is survived by his wife Edna One son Michael Ashton of Hill City 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Rita (Dean) Manthey of Bovey Linda Ashton of Grand Rapids Cindy (Dan) Streitz of Northfield Eight grandchildren: Jamie, Marie, Michelle, Eric, Neil, Melissa, Brandon, Ethan 8 great-grandchildren One sister and brother-in-law: Rosie (Bud) Terebayza of Hill City 3 brothers: Daniel of Hill City Tom of Aitkin Melvin of Duluth Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by two sisters Caroline Carlson and Imogene Lamke, and his parents Purl and Margaret (Schmidt) Ashton. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. ??? Friday, February 26, 2010 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Charles Carlson will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery at Rat Lake, Workman Township, Aitkin County. Military Honors will be accorded by Hill City American Legion Post #340. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Thursday at the funeral home and 1 hour prior to the service. www.srtfuneral.com Sonja (Hauglid) Vogel 10/28/1942-02/23/2010 Sonja Ann (Hauglid) Vogel, 67 of Glen died Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at her home. She was born October 28, 1942 in Jasper to Ludvig and Anna (Halvorson) Hauglid. She attended Coon Rapids Schools. Sonja was united in marriage to Ralph Vogel in 1967 in Lexington, Kentucky. She enjoyed painting, gardening and loved raising her grandchildren. Sonja is survived by two sons Jimmy Vogel and Jody Vogel Many grandchildren and great grandchildren 4 sisters and brothers-in-law: Linda Hauglid of Malmo Sharon (John) Hawkins of Coon Rapids Lana (Carl) Iverson of Hitchcock, South Dakota Lori (Dan) Houle of Ely Three brothers and sister-in-law: Darren (Phyllis) Hauglid of Malmo Lud Hauglid of Malmo Terry Hauglid of Malmo She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph in 1990 Two sisters: Ardyce Wistrom and Anna Balsimo 3 brothers: Ronnie, James, and Clayton Hauglid And her parents Ludvig and Anna (Halvorson) Hauglid. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. ??? Saturday, March 6, 2010 memorial services at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Reverend James Raisanen will officiate. www.srtfuneral.com Alice J. Newstrom 09/28/1935-02/26/2010 Alice J. Newstrom, 74 of Aitkin died Friday, February 26, 2010 at Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. She was born September 28, 1935 in Bryant, SD. to Henry and Julia (Russeth) Peterson. Alice was united in marriage to Duane Newstrom in 1961 in New York. She loved her family and enjoyed spending as much time as she could with her grandchildren. She is survived by 6 children and their spouses: John Newstrom of Isanti Sonja (Tim) Knutson of Elk River Karen (Dave) Skaj of Glen Eric (Paula) Newstrom of Coon Rapids Hans Newstrom of Menomonie, WI. Andrew Newstrom of Anoka Nine grandchildren: Tabetha, Brianna, Nicole, Tyler, Cody, Janice, Colton, Julian, and Emma 1 brother and sister-in-law Rev. Raymond (Marvelle) Peterson of Waseca One sister and brother-in-law Joyce (Mark) Case of Minneapolis Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Duane on June 20, 2002 7 brothers and sisters, and her parents. Funeral services will be at a later date. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com Randy J. Hilton 08/11/1978-02/26/2010 Randy Joseph Hilton, age 31 of Hill City died accidentally on Friday, February 26, 2010. Randy was born August 11, 1978 at Grand Rapids, Minnesota the son of Larry and Lori (Doree) Hilton. He grew up and attended schools at Hill City graduating from the Hill City High School in 1997. He then attended Technical College in Staples. He worked as a heavy equipment operator and was currently working in the logging industry. He loved the outdoors especially hunting and fishing. The joy of his life was his children as he was a very loving and dedicated father. He is survived by his dad Larry, ma Lori; daughter Samantha Lynn; son Austin Butch??? Joseph; sister Rebecca Ann; brothers Micky Lee; John Robert; Dakota Don; Jack Easton; Evan Joseph; nephews Ethan Jack; Jacob Edward; Johnathan Joseph; grandparents Jack and Carolyn Hilton; LeRoy ???Butch??? and Marilyn Doree and his special friend and companion Maggie, his dog. He was preceded in death by his grandma Amanda Hilton and Aunt Linda Hilton. A memorial service was held Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 2:00 PM from the Swatara Community Center with Rev. Lonnie Lee officiating. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Yvonne L. Cline 12/02/1924-02/28/2010 Yvonne L. Cline, age 85 of Aitkin died Sunday, February 28, 2010 at her home. She was born December 2, 1924 in Aitkin, Minnesota at her family home the daughter of Carl and Signe (Olson) Anderson. Yvonne grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1942. She then attended the University of Minnesota for a year and then spent a year at the Radio Broadcasting School. She married Thomas B. Cline on June 25, 1948. They lived in St. Paul while he finished law school and then they moved back to Aitkin where Yvonne was a homemaker, businesswoman and manager of their beautiful Farm Island Estate. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Aitkin, the doll club, and the Woodland Chapter of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed flower gardening, antiques, art and dolls. She was a member of the Aitkin Doll Club. She was a collector and well informed about her collections. Yvonne was a classy, gracious, and determined woman who enjoyed her family and friends. She is survived by her three children: Jeffrey Cline of Aitkin; Susan Cline of Aitkin; James and Paula Cline of Valley Center, California; 5 grandchildren: Evan Cline, Aron Cline, Ana Cline, Carl Cline, Caden Cline; 1 great grandchild: Caydence Cline; 2 sister in laws: Vivian Anderson of Aitkin; Loraine Anderson of Chanhassen, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Thomas in 1984, grandson John Cline, 4 brothers: Glen, Lyle, Robert and Don. Funeral services will be held Saturday March 20, 2010 at 11 AM from the First Congregational Church in Aitkin with Rev. Susan Cline officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church.. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. The Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home of Aitkin is in charge of the arrangements. Zinda V. Fossum 04/28/1915-03/04/2010 Zinda V. Fossum, age 94 of Aitkin died Thursday, March 4, 2010 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Zinda was born April 28, 1915 in Nordland Township of Aitkin County Minnesota the daughter of Charles and Inga (Sjodin) Mathson. She grew up and attended the White Oak School in Nordland Township. She helped on the family farm and then worked as a child care provider for a time and also as a waitress at local resorts in the area. During WW II she moved to Seattle, Washington and worked as a ???Rosie the Riveter??? for the Boeing Aircraft Co. She married Clarence Fossum on December 15, 1945 in Aitkin. They made their home in the Aitkin area and she has lived her most of her life. She worked at the Land O??? Lakes Turkey Processing Plant for a number of years. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She participated in quilt making at the church for many years. She was an active member of the VFW Auxiliary in Aitkin and had served as it???s chaplain for many years. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting and gardening. She has resided at the Aitkin Health Care Center for the past seven years. She is survived by 1 daughter: Lois Fossum of Chicago, Ill. And numerous nieces, nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clarence in 1979, 3 brothers and 4 sisters. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 2 PM from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Nordland Township near Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church Tuesday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Edith M. Sogard 03/23/1918-03/09/2010 Edith M. Sogard, 91 of Lindstrom and formerly of Kimberly died Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria. She was born March 23, 1918 in Mora to Robert and Gertie (Van Essen) Claggett. She graduated from Mora High School. Edith was united in marriage to Glen Sogard on November 12, 1939 in Aitkin. She lived on a farm for many years near Kimberly and was a 4-H leader. She was a member of the Kimberly Community Church, its ladies aid, and taught Sunday school. They moved to Lindstrom in December of 1987. She volunteered at the nursing home in Chisago City, she enjoyed making quilts for her family, gardening, many kinds of crafts, and loved spending time with her family and grandchildren. Edith is survived by 6 children and spouses: Alton (Margaret) Sogard of Mesquite, TX. Shirley (Lee) Fielder of Alexandria Sheldon (Rosita) Sogard of East Bethel Stanley (Terry) Sogard of Lindstrom Marilyn Sogard of Cedar Rapids, IA. Brian (Kathy) Sogard of Cedar Rapids, IA. 13 grandchildren, twenty-eight great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Glen on March 8, 1989 Sister Ellen Pierce And her parents Robert and Gertie (Van Essen) Claggett Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. ??? Monday, March 15, 2010 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Rick Perry will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery, Kimberly Township. www.srtfuneral.com Wayne D. Dickinson 06/30/1930-03/10/2010 Wayne D. Dickinson, age 79 of Aitkin formerly of the Twin Cities and Mora area died Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at his home near Aitkin. Wayne was born June 30, 1930 in Whited Township of Kanabec County, Minnesota (near Mora) the son of Orlan and Lillian (Dalen) Dickinson. He grew up and attended country school and then the Mora High School. He moved to the Twin Cities and worked for a time. He then joined the U.S. Navy and served from 1950 to 1954. Upon his discharge he returned to the Twin Cities where he and his first wife had their three sons. Wayne also attended the University of Minnesota and received his Associate Degree in Business. He worked for F.W. Dodge a division of McGraw-Hill Publishing starting out as a reporter in 1956. He was promoted to management and worked in offices in Tampa and Miami, Fl., Atlanta Ga., St. Louis, Mo. He finished his career with Dodge as a regional manager in Detroit, Michigan managing 4 offices and 49 employees. as a regional manager. He married Janice M. Rottinghaus on January 8, 1982 at Cincinnati, Ohio. They retired to Hanging Kettle Lake near Aitkin in 1990 where he and his wife built their log home on the lake. His avocation and joy came from carving fishing decoys and waterfowl at which he became very skilled, giving away many of his carvings to family and friends. He also liked fishing, golfing, reading, working outdoors, and especially visiting with his many friends. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, had served as a board member and treasurer of the Jaques Art Center in Aitkin and was a member of the ???Bennettville College Coffee Group???. Wayne was a good and loving son, brother, husband, father and friend. He always looked for the best in people. Wayne is survived by his loving wife Janice Dickinson of Aitkin; 2 sons and daughter in law: Bradley Dickinson and Mary Beth Conzett of Plymouth, Mn; Brian Dickinson of Plymouth, Mn.; former spouse Patricia Dickinson of Sturgeon Lake, Mn., 1 brother and sister in law: Keith and Jeanne Dickinson of Blaine, Mn.; 2 sisters and brother in law: Betty and Don Sjolie of Mesa, Arz. and Marilyn Herring of North Augusta, South Carolina; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and many good and valuable friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 1 son Wayne Jr. in 1977. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register, please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Karl Miles 05/03/1916-03/16/2010 Karl Miles, age 93 of Aitkin died Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin after a long illness. Karl was born May 3, 1916 at Eaton, Ohio the son of Ralph and Priscilla (Rautsau) Miles. They moved to Emily, Minnesota when Karl was 9 months old. He attended country school in the Emily area. They later moved to Malmo and then to Aitkin. He worked as a logger, saw mill operator, and truck driver before serving in the U.S. Army for four years during WW II. He served in the in the Pacific Theater of operations. He married Dorothy Lidberg on December 15, 1946 at Aitkin, Minnesota. They made their home in Aitkin for a time and then moved to a farm on Lone Lake near Aitkin. He worked in the Crosby mines and did some carpentry work before spending two summers in Greenland building an air field. He then worked road construction as a heavy equipment operator until his retirement in 1979. He was a past member of the Masons and a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and his family. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Dorothy Miles of Aitkin; Children and spouses: Gary and Barbara Miles of Big Fork, Mn.; Brian and Connie Miles of St. Cloud, Mn.; Frances and Tim Schoneck of Greeley, Colorado, Karla and Randy Patrick of Aitkin; 12 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 2 sisters: Frances Smith of Arizona and Hazel Kath of Atlanta, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters and son Karl Bruce Miles. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 1:30 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Lance Isaacson officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Aitkin. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Eleanor Gamradt 08/04/1918-03/17/2010 Eleanor J Gamradt, age 91 of Aitkin formerly of Brainerd and Bock died Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Eleanor was born August 4, 1918 in Bogus Brook Township of Mille Lacs County the daughter of Axel and Esther Johnson. She grew up on a farm and attended school district 28 and then attended the Milaca High School graduating in 1936. She then moved to Minneapolis and went to work for the Sears Company. She married Orval Gamradt on October 12, 1940 in Princeton, Minnesota. They lived in various communities but she lived in Brainerd for 20 years before moving to Aitkin in 1991. She worked as a clerk for Sears in Brainerd for many years. She had been a member of First Lutheran Church in Brainerd and had been a member of the Brainerd Ladies Auxiliary. She was the family photographic historian. She also enjoyed dancing. She is survived by 4 sons and daughters in law: Dennis Gamradt of Janesville, Wisc.; Dean Gamradt of Crosby, Mn.; Bruce and Sheila Gamradt of West Palm Beach, Fla.; Gary and Maureen Gamradt of Eagan, Mn.; 1 daughter: Elizabeth Ann ???Lisa??? Davies of Aitkin; 7 grandchildren: Angie, Adam, Gretchen, Jonathan, John, Ann, Eric; 2 brothers: Dean Johnson of Mora, Mn., Merlin Johnson of Mora, Mn., 1 sister Janice Leith of Mesa, Arz. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Orval in 1968, 1 brother Burton and 1 sister Nancy. Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 1:00 PM from the Emmanuel Lutheran Church at Bock, Minnesota. Visitation will be Saturday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Sunday. Memorials are preferred to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Bock. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Alice Mae Thompson 05/04/1917-03/19/2010 Alice Mae Thompson, 92 of Aitkin died Friday, March 19, 2010 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born May 4, 1917 in Gonvick to Delois and Florence (Scofield) Morton. She was preceded in death by her first husband Harvey Brown and her second husband Joseph Thompson, five children: Wayne Brown, Frank Brown, Ruth Jennings, Tom Brown, and Karen Obrestad, and her parents. Alice is survived by 2 daughters and son-in-law: Carol (Dennis) Hill of Aitkin Pat Duffy of Aitkin Two sons and daughter-in-law: George Brown of Bloomington LaVerne (Barbara) Bunker of Elk River 1 grandson: Grant (Susan) Iden of Bloomington Two great-grandchildren: Courtney and Tierney Many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. ??? Wednesday, March 24, 2010 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Lance Isaacson will officiate. Burial will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. www.srtfuneral.com Michael James Dixon 10/18/1985-03/23/2010 Michael James Dixon, age 24 of McGregor, Mn. formerly of Chaska, Mn. died Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at the Luther Midelfort Medical Center in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Michael was born October 18, 1985 at Shakopee, Minnesota the son of James and Lori (Freeberg) Dixon. He grew up in Chaska were he attended schools graduating from the Chaska High School in 2004. He was baptized and confirmed at the Moravian Church in Chaska. He was currently attending Stout State University at Menominee, Wisconsin and was to graduate this spring with a degree in Business Administration. He was a member and current vice president of the Kappa Lambda Beta Fraternity. He enjoyed intramural sports. His biggest joy was being able to hunt and fish and just being in the outdoors. He is survived by his parents: Lori and James Dixon of McGregor; girl friend: Kelsi Holverson of Coon Rapids, Mn.; step sister: Angela Taylor of Chaska, Mn., niece, nephew and aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Cora and Ralph Dixon and Jean and Loren Freeberg. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Becky Wagner officiating. Interment will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 8 PM at the church and continue from 10 AM until the 11 AM services on Tuesday. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Laura M. Coil 03/17/1919-03/28/2010 Laura M. Coil, age 91 of Aitkin died Sunday, March 28, 2010 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Laura was born March 17, 1919 in Oelwein, Iowa the daughter of Corliss and Rose (Stermer) Nelson. She moved at an early age with her family to Aberdeen, South Dakota where she grew up and attended schools graduating from High School in 1936. She then attended Business College for two years. She moved to San Francisco and worked in the shipyards during WW II. She then moved back to Aberdeen and worked for Montgomery Wards. She married Earl R. Coil on May 5, 1951 at Browns Valley, Minnesota. They lived at Westport, South Dakota for a time and then moved to the Minneapolis area in 1954. In 1967 they moved to Aitkin, Minnesota and she has lived here since. She worked at the Birchwood Caf?? and also the Aitkin Surplus Store. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. She had also served as a 4-H leader when her children were members. She is survived by four children and spouses: Corliss Amundson of Aitkin; Doug and Vicki Coil of Aitkin; Michelle and Skip Vogtlin of Aitkin; Kim Watson of Dayton, Mn.; 10 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and step brother: Gene Wolters of Aberdeen, South Dakota. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Earl in 1992, 2 sisters and 2 brothers. A visitation will be held Tuesday from 5 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, March 31 at 11:00 AM at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery with Fr. Peter Richards officiating. A memorial Mass will be held Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 10 AM from St., James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Justin Fish officiating. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Curtis Johnson 12/28/1915-03/30/2010 Curtis J. Johnson, 94 of McGregor and Aitkin died March 30, 2010 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born December 28, 1915 in Rush Point to John and Christine (Forse) Johnson. Curtis was united in marriage to Irene Wicklander on January 24, 1942 in Fort Dix, NJ. He was a U.S. Army First Sergeant serving with the First Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th (Red Bull) Infantry Division during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, and received other citations of achievement. He worked as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Minneapolis. After retirement he started Christian Realty North in McGregor. He lived on Big Sandy Lake for 32 years prior to moving to Aitkin. He was a member of McGregor VFW Larson-Duneen Post #2747, McGregor Lions Club where he was a past president, and Grace Lutheran Church where he served on the church council and president. Curtis is survived by his son and daughter-in-law: Tom (Dawn) Johnson of Tamarack Daughter and son-in-law: Sue (Tom) Pretzel of Big Sandy Lake, McGregor 2 granddaughters: Karen Pretzel of San Diego and Katie Pretzel of Minneapolis Brother: Paul Johnson of Apple Valley Sister: Jeanette Opitz of Brooklyn Center Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Irene (Wicklander) Johnsonon on May 4, 1998, six brothers and sisters and his parents John and Christine (Forse) Johnson. Funeral services will be 1pm, Monday, April 5, 2010 at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Becky Wagner will officiate. Visitation will be 11am to 1pm, Monday at the church. Burial with military honors will be in Pine Needle Cemetery. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com Michael Dean Williams 04/05/1962-03/30/2010 Michael Dean Williams, 47 (???almost 48???) of Palisade died Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at his home after a long battle with melanoma. He was born April 5, 1962 in Webster Springs, WV. the son of Alvin and the late Hildred (Morton) Williams. Alvin was in the Air Force so Mike moved many times during his youth. He graduated high school in Warrensburg, MO. which he considers his hometown. After attending a semester of college he joined the U.S. Army. While stationed in Germany he met Beverly (Ruud) Johnson. He came to Palisade to marry her on May 21, 1983. After being honorably discharged at Fort Campbell, KY. in March of 1984 they returned to Palisade, where he resided until his death. He worked for a wild rice farm, Reich Oil and later McGregor Lanes, purchasing the business in 2004 and enjoyed bowling 4 nights a week. He also worked as a night janitor for McGregor Public School. He joined the McGregor Volunteer EMT in 1994. He played for the softball team and later turned his love of the game into umpiring until 2009. Mike is survived by his wife Beverly Two daughters: Christina Williams of Palisade and Stephanie Williams of Aitkin His father Alvin of Liberty, MO. Brother and sister-in-law: Charles (Cheryl) Williams of Smithville, MO. Brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Dave (Marilyn) Ruud of Palisade Nieces and nephew: Kendra and Ashley Williams, Jennifer (Mike) Hagel, Gene (Jamie) Ruud 2 great-nieces and one great-nephew At Mikes request there will be no sad funeral. A ???Wake/Party??? celebrating his life will be 5P.M. to 10P.M. ??? Saturday, April 17, 2010 at McGregor Lanes. Bring a story or pictures to share. A private family burial will be in Fleming Lake Cemetery. Memorials will be donated to the McGregor Youth Bowling Scholarship Fund. McGregor Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. srtfuneral.com Roger Wold 11/12/1927-03/30/2010 Roger G. Wold, 82 of Aitkin died Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born November 12, 1927 in Minneapolis to Edwin and Esther (Hansen) Wold. He moved with his parents to Aitkin in 1929. He was baptized September 11, 1930 and was confirmed in 1949 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin. He attended grade school and high school in Aitkin. He always had a keen interest in automobiles and could identify them by make and model. In 1945 he enlisted in the U.S. Army, stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas in an anti-aircraft artillery unit. He returned to work at Land O??? Lakes Creameries Inc. Roger was united in marriage to Georgiana Eimer on June 9, 1950 in Iron Hub. In 1960 he had strong feelings about starting his own business and on February 1, 1960 he started Village Auto. In 1969 Northern Service Co. burned to the ground and the two dealerships merged. The new entity was named MacDonald-Wold Inc. automobile sales and service in Aitkin and Roger was named president. In 1993 Roger suffered with kidney and liver disease and in May of 1994 he received a liver and kidney transplant. (We thank the donor and The Lord for giving him this wonderful gift). He later had a stroke that left him with no left peripheral vision and congenital heart failure. Roger and his family were honored by the Aitkin Chamber of Commerce in 2000 with the Warren Potter Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church serving on the financial board, Aitkin JayCees, Lions Club, MADA county representative, and AA. Roger is survived by his wife Georgiana M. Wold 3 sons and daughters-in-law: Mark (Gina) Wold, Steve (Gretchen) Wold Scott (Cheryl) Wold all of Aitkin One daughter and son-in-law: Julie (Jack) Solien of Aitkin 8 grandsons: Eric Wold, Jason Wold, Ben Solien, Joe Solien, Chris Wold, Brandon Wold, Brian Wold, Jordan Wold Two great-grandsons: Tanner and Ian Wold 1 sister and brother-in-law: Beverly (Richard) Burman of Edina Many other relatives and friends He was preceded in death by his parents Edwin and Esther (Hansen) Wold. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery. Military honors by Aitkin American legion Lee Post # 86 and VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727. Visitation will be 5 to 8P.M. Monday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with a prayer service at 8P.M. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com Lois E. Thompson 08/27/1931-04/02/2010 Lois E. Thompson, age 78 of Crosby, formerly of McGregor and St. Cloud, died Friday, April 2, 2010 at the Hallett Cottages in Crosby. She was born August 27, 1931 in McGregor, Minnesota the daughter of Earl and Esther (Wilson) Caird. She grew up and attended schools in the McGregor area. Lois married Harvey J. Thompson on May 12, 1948 in Aitkin. They lived in McGregor until entering nursing school in 1967 in St. Cloud. Lois graduated the St. Cloud School of Nursing in 1970 and worked as a nurse in the St. Cloud area for over 30 years until her retirement in 2002. In her last years she has resided at the Hallett Cottages in Crosby. Lois was a dedicated caretaker of people of all ages and all stages, she also loved all of God???s creation, tending to her flowers and gardens, birds and yard from dawn to dusk. She was an avid animal lover, especially dogs, and faithfully walked he miniature schnauzer daily. Mostly she loved her family and cherished their visits. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Andy and Clare Thompson of Brainerd, daughter and son in law: Terri and Ed Martin of Staples, Mn.; 7 grandchildren, and one sister Phyllis Lucky of Gresham, Oregon. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, and husband Harvey Thompson in 1994. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 9, 2010 at 1 PM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Becky Wagner officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery near Rat Lake. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Lila L. Hughes 09/04/1916-04/02/2010 Lila L. Hughes, 93 of Aitkin died Friday, April 2, 2010 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born September 4, 1916 in Esquagamah Township, Aitkin County to Frederick S. and Esther A. (Holmquist) Clayton. Lila was united in marriage to Duane ???Dootch??? Hughes on April 9, 1934 at the Lutheran Parsonage in Hill City. She worked as a school bus driver for Swatara and Hill City schools, a cook for Swatara school, a nurses aid and as a waitress for restaurants in Hill City, while being a homemaker and mother. She enjoyed sewing, hunting, gardening, and cooking. She was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church, Waukenabo Homemakers, and Up North Bible Study. Lila is survived by 4 daughters and sons-in-law: Lola Ann Weimer of Hill City Muriel (Edward) Rassier of Hill City Laurel ???Fritsie??? (Dennis) Lamke of Palisade Lynn (Delbert) Nyhous of International Falls Eleven grandchildren: Dean, Gary, Russ, Rita Ann, Mark, Terry, Mary Anne, Sandra, Tamara, Sherece, JoEll 29 great-grandchildren and 26 great-great grandchildren Two sisters and brother-in-law: Alice Lambert of Crosby Viola (John) Weimer of Palisade Many other relatives and friends She was preceded in death by her husband Duane ???Dootch??? Hughes, an infant son, two grandsons: Reed Weimer and Duane Nyhous, 1 great grandson Dylan Nyhous, son-in-law Martin Weimer, four sisters, 1 brother, and her parents. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. ??? Friday, April 9, 2010 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily followed by a time of fellowship at 3:00P.M. at Waukenabo Town Hall. Visitation will be 4 to 7P.M. ??? Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com Harvey ''Bud'' Knutson Harvey ???Bud?? 10/22/1926-04/03/2010 Harvey ''Bud'' Knutson Harvey ???Bud??? Knutson, 83 of McGregor died Saturday, April 3, 2010 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born October 22, 1926 in Balsam Twp., Tamarack to Ted and Sylvia (Deremo) Knutson. He was a U.S. Marine Corp. veteran serving in WW II. Bud was united in marriage to Audrey Green on May 20, 1955 in Grand Rapids. He worked as a trucker, heavy equipment operator, and for the State of Minnesota DNR & Parks. He enjoyed gardening, yard work, and rock work. Bud is survived by his wife Audrey 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Karla Peterson (James) of Mahtowa Karen (Jeff) Foryziak of Blaine Pam (Todd) Hoyhtya of McGrath Seven grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren One brother and sister-in-law: Eugene (Donna) Knutson of Palisade 1 sister Donna Rohlf of Washington And other relatives and friends He was preceded in death by his brother Ted, II and his parents Ted and Sylvia (Deremo) Knutson. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. ??? Saturday, April 10, 2010 memorial service at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, McGregor. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com Constance J. Hall 04/16/1924-04/04/2010 Constance J. Hall, age 85 of Aitkin died Sunday, April 4, 2010 at her residence at Golden Horizons in Aitkin. She was born April 16, 1924 at Gardner, Mass. The daughter of Donald and Helen (Channing) Snyder. She grew up and attended schools in Gardner graduating from the Gardner High School. She then attended college in Mass. She married John N. Hall in 1946 at Gardner, Mass. They lived for a time in Niskayuna, New York and then moved to Newark, Delaware and lived there for many years. Upon retirement they moved to West Virginia. Constance moved to the Aitkin area in 2004 to be closer to family. She had lived at Blackrock and most recently at Golden Horizons. She had been a member at the Aitkin United Methodist Church, the Aitkin Writers group and had been the Blackrock correspondent for the Aitkin Independent Age. She is survived by 1 daughter and son in law: Pat and John Francis of Aitkin; 5 grandchildren: Ashley Hall, Sayre Hall, Gabrea Anderson, Aaron Francis, Justin Francis, 5 great grandchildren: Robert Anderson, Ryan Anderson, Emma Anderson, Kian Francis, Rylan Francis. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John N. Hall, 1 son: Jon C. Hall and 1 brother: D.D. Snyder. A memorial service will be held Friday, April 16, 2010 at 3 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Greg Spofford officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Mark R. Hurd 04/11/1978-04/05/2010 Mark R. Hurd, age 31 of Aitkin died Monday, April 5, 2010 at the St. Josephs Medical Center in Brainerd, Minnesota. Mark was born April 11, 1978 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Paul and Mary (Martin) Hurd. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1996. He worked as an auto mechanic at Brookdale Dodge in the Twin Cities and then worked for the Peat Plant in McGregor. After he became ill he worked some odd jobs in the area. He is survived by his parents: Paul and Mary Hurd of Aitkin; Companion: Kim Nelson of Aitkin; Children: Sarah Nelson, Kevin Nelson, and Kaylee Nelson; Brothers: Mike Hurd and Candi of Pine River; Matt and Adrienne Hurd of Aitkin; 2 nephews: Hunter and Noah and 2 nieces: Leelani and Carlee; grandparents: Harriet Martin of Motley, Mn.; and Ken and Katherine Hurd of Aitkin. A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 2 PM from the Westside Church in Aitkin with Steve Olson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Morrison Township at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Louise Mary Klingelhoets 06/28/1920-04/05/2010 Louise Mary Klingelhoets, 89 of Aitkin formerly of Howard Lake, Mn., died Monday, April 5, 2010 at Golden Horizons Assisted Living and Memory Care in Aitkin. Louise was born June 28, 1920 at Winsted, Minnesota the daughter of Arthur and Magdalena Remer. She grew up and attended schools in Winsted. She lived and operated a farm in Howard Lake, Minnesota for many years. She then lived in Minneapolis for a time before moving to Aitkin in 2007. She enjoyed playing piano, gardening and canning, playing checkers, hunting, fishing and garage sales. She is survived by 5 sons and spouses: Donald (Mary) Klingelhoets of Waverly, MN.; Anthony (Gerlene) Klingelhoets of Waverly, Mn.; Louis (Teresa) Klingelhoets of Aitkin, Mn.; Mark (Gwen) Klingelhoets of Long Lake, Mn.; Alan Klingelhoets of Howard Lake, Mn.; 2 daughters and spouses: Alice (Ken) Larson of Howard Lake, MN.; Elaine (Tom) Robb of Woodstock, Georgia; 1 sister: Ann Westrup of Winsted, Mn.; 23 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Magdalena Remer; spouse: Louis; son: John; brothers: Anthony, Hans, Clemence, Steven and Sister Rose Habisch. A memorial mass will be held Monday, April 26, 2010 at 11 AM from St. Mary???s Catholic Church in Waverly, Minnesota with Fr. Timothy Cloutier officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary???s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 AM until the 11 AM services at the church on Monday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Frances Peterson 02/18/1918-04/08/2010 Frances Katherine Peterson, 92 of Aitkin passed away quietly April 8, 2010 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born February 18, 1918 in Aitkin Township the daughter of George and Minnie (Krumhaus) Franz. She attended Cedarbrook Primary School and graduated from Aitkin High School class of 1935. She attended Duluth Business College where she received training as a legal stenographer. She was employed for 9 years as a legal secretary for Ryan Law Office in Aitkin. Frances was united in marriage on December 23, 1944 in Aitkin to Cameron Peterson while he was on military leave from the U.S. Navy. They moved to Miami Beach, FL. and resided there for a year before returning to the Aitkin area. In 1949, after the death of her mother, they moved to her family farm in Cedarbrook where they raised their four children. In 2000, after Cameron suffered a stroke in late 1999, they sold the farm and moved to a home in Aitkin where they lived until moving to Aicota Health Care Center in 2007. She was a life-long active member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin and served as secretary for the Maryhill Parochial School and as a religious instructor for many years. She loved reading, painting, sewing, and baking. She will always be remembered as the ???neighborhood grandma??? and always had a ready supply of cookies, cakes, caramel rolls, and other goodies on hand for any and all, young or old, who would stop by and visit. Frances is survived by her husband of 65 years Cameron Peterson 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Karen (Kenneth) Kopitzke of Afton Jeanne (Kevin) Hanson of Aitkin Two sons and daughters-in-law: Richard (Mary Tibbetts) Peterson of Aitkin Thomas (Elaine Dufresne) Peterson of Middlebury, VT. 2 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild She was preceded in death by an infant granddaughter, brother Leonard Franz, and her parents George and Minnie (Krumhaus) Franz. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. ??? Friday, April 16, 2010 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father Justin Fish will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Thursday at the church and will continue 1 hour prior to the service. A prayer service will begin at 6:30P.M. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Pearl V. Bauman 02/04/1934-04/15/2010 Pearl V. Bauman, age 76 of Aitkin formerly of St. Paul died Thursday, April 14, 2010 at her residence near Aitkin. Pearl was born February 4, 1934 at Holdingford, Minnesota the daughter of Paul and Theresa (Waletzko) Rudolph. She moved with her family to St. Paul at a young age and she attended schools there graduating from Mechanic Arts High School. She married Kenneth R. Bauman on May 12, 1951 in St. Paul. She worked as a waitress at Mickey???s Diner for a number of years and then worked for Gould Battery in St. Paul for many years. She then worked for the Colder Products Co. for a time. She moved to Aitkin in 1998 and has resided here since. She was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading puzzles and fishing. She is survived by 1 daughter and son in law: Mary Lou and Brad Gustin of Aitkin; 1 son and daughter in law: Kenny and Cathi Bauman of St. Paul, Mn.; 1 granddaughter: Heather Urbina of Dresser, Wisc.; 3 step grandchildren: Dawn Gustin of Sauk Rapids, Heidi Gustin of St. Cloud, Cole Gustin of Aitkin; 5 great grandchildren; 9 Step Great Grandchildren and 1 Step Great Great Grandchild; 1 brother and sister in law: Dan and Janet Rudolph of Ramsey, Mn.; 2 sisters: Valerie Rudolph of St. Paul; Margaret Cronholm of Midwest City, Oklahoma; 1 sister in law: Elaine Rudolph of the Twin Cities. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 1 son Paul and 2 brothers George and Paul. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 24, 2010 at Noon from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Rick Perry officiating. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Cleo F. Busch 03/21/1921-04/27/2010 Cleo F. Busch, 89 of Aitkin died Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at her home. She was born March 21, 1921 in Winner, SD. to Floyd and Mabel (Keck) Burdick. Cleo was united in marriage to Richard K. Busch December 22, 1956 in Bellevue, WA. She was a retired beautician and a homemaker and seamstress. She enjoyed making dolls and crafting. Cleo is survived by her husband Richard Two sons Marvin Kapaska of Easton, WA. and Norman Kapaska of St. George, UT. Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren 2 brothers Gene Burdick of Las Vegas, NV. and Harold Burdick of Bremerton, WA. Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter Ramona Christman, Three sisters: Vera McCune, Inez Kapaska, Leona Burdick and her parents. Memorial service will be 11:00A.M. Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints in Aitkin. Visitation will begin at 9:00A.M. until the 11:00A.M. service at the Church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Alice White 03/10/1937-04/29/2010 Alice M. White, age 73 of McGregor died Thursday, April 29, 2010 at her residence at the Northland Village in McGregor. Alice was born March 10, 1937 at McGregor, Minnesota the daughter of Arnold and Julia (Lounas) Parkki. She grew up and attended schools in McGregor. She married Kenneth D. White on March 29, 1963 at Milbank, South Dakota. They lived in New Hope, Minnesota prior to returning to McGregor where they owned and operated the Savanna Country Club from 1983 to 1992. She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. She is survived by 2 step children: Robert White and Katherine Branley both of Arizona; four step grandchildren, and two step great grandchildren; 2 aunts and 1 uncle: Vivian Swedberg, Marlene and Bob Berglin; 2 brother in laws: Thomas (Jean) White and Jack (Jan) White, and a very special friend Janet Svengard, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Kenneth in 2008. A memorial mass will be held Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 9:30 AM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Paul E. Filer 08/05/1920-05/01/2010 Paul E. Filer, age 89 of Aitkin died Saturday, May 1, 2010 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Paul was born August 5, 1920 in Buffalo, New York the son of Stanley and Helen (Daly) Filer. He grew up and attended schools in Arcade, New York. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. He served for 8 years which included time during WW II. He was a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was stationed on the USS Aylwin, a target class destroyer. The Aylwin was one of the few ships to get under way and make it out of Pear Harbor. Paul was also involved in many of the key battles of the pacific including Halsey???s assault on the Philippines to liberate the Philippines. Upon his discharge from the navy he stayed in California and met Velores Olson and they married on June 5, 1957 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They lived in California, Dallas, Texas and Kansas City while he worked as a production engineer for the Pepsi-Cola Company. When he retired from the Pepsi Company, he worked in real estate for a time. In 1970 he and his wife purchased the Farm Island Store near Aitkin and operated it until 1976. They made their home on Nord Lake. He was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Post and he also was a very good singer with a wonderful tenor voice. He is survived by his wife Velores Filer of Aitkin; 1 sister: Helen Monaco of Ft. Smith, Arkansas and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers: Robert and Norman and 1 sister: Joan Storms. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 7 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Deacon Bill Stein officiating. Visitation will be from 6 until the 7 PM services at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Ruby Jane Foster 03/04/1915-05/05/2010 Ruby Jane (Meikle) Foster, age 95 of McGregor died Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at the Golden Horizons Assisted Living Center in Aitkin. Ruby was born March 4, 1915 at Nevis, Minnesota the daughter of Henry and Eva (Howard) Meikle. As a young child she moved with her family to Hancock, Mn. and in the mid 1920???s moved again to a farm near Spiritwood, North Dakota. After graduating from the Spiritwood High School, Ruby came to McGregor, Mn where she worked at Sather???s Store. While in McGregor she met Arthur Foster and they married on March 4, 1936. They lived and farmed a short time in Workman Township before moving to the Rochester, Michigan area where Arthur worked for Dodge Farms. In the earl 1950???s the family moved back to Minnesota working in Mahnomen and then Anoka before retiring to Lake Minnewawa near McGregor. Ruby is survived by sons Maurice (Patricia) Foster of McGregor; Roland (Judy) Foster of Princeton, Mn.; grandchildren: George (Joan) Foster of West Allis, Wisc.; Kristine (Mark) Haglund of Zimmerman, Mn.; Ed (Jessica) Foster of Manitowoc, Wisc.; John Foster of Cambridge, MN.; step grandchildren: Michael (Nina) Swanson of Cloquet, Mn.; Kelly (Jim) Hover of St. Cloud, nine great grandchildren, seven step great grandchildren, one great great grandchild and several nieces and nephews. Ruby was preceded in death by her husband Arthur in 1981, parents, all of her siblings: Ruth (Alfred) Sather, Daniel (Arlene) Meikle, Howard (Catherine) Meikle, Eva Harriet (Alfred) Matzek, David (Bernice) Meikle, and Robert (Dorothy) Meikle. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 10, 2010 at 1 PM from the Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Wendell Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 11 AM until the 1 PM services at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Alvin Matthews 03/03/1917-05/08/2010 Alvin Matthews, of Frederic, WI. and formerly of Aitkin died Saturday, May 8, 2010 At Frederic Nursing Home. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11 A.M. Monday, May 17, 2010 funeral service at Fleming United Methodist Church. Reverend Russell Christensen will officiate. Burial will be in Fleming Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Frank Jacques 06/10/1946-05/08/2010 Frank N. Jacques, Jr., 63 of Palisade died Saturday, May 8, 2010 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. He was born June 10, 1946 in Black Berry to Francis and Verna Mae (Fritz) Jacques, Sr. He was self employed working in many different fields throughout his life. Frank was united in marriage to Sandra Lee (Nelson) on January 21, 1977 in Watertown, SD. They attended Hilltop Chapel together. He enjoyed fishing, camping, bird watching, traveling, golfing, square dancing, watching football, and building things. Frank loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and razzing and joking with friends, but above all spending time with his wife Sandy He is survived by his children: Jacquie (Mark) Kellogg of Flagstaff, AZ. Nancy (Nick) Cucci of Lakeville Paula Murray of Fairmont Cameron (LaMona) Kellogg of LeSueur Grandchildren: Shanna, Brandon, Nicolas, Hannah, Kevin, Zachary, Alex, Isabella, and Angelo Mother: Verna Jensen Father-in-law and mother-in-law: Robert and Clara ???Tiny??? Nelson Brothers, sisters, many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Sandra, infant son Curtis, and his father Francis, Sr. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M., Friday, May 14, 2010 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Barry Hite will officiate. www.srtfuneral.com Linda Agnes ''Aggie'' Hanni Linda Agne 11/14/1917-05/08/2010 Linda Agnes ''Aggie'' Hanni Linda Agnes ???Aggie??? Hanni, 92 of Tamarack died Saturday, May 8, 2010 at Villa Vista Care Center in Cromwell with family by her side. She was born November 14, 1917 to William and Elisobet (Korkela)Johnson of Tamarack, where she resided all her life. Aggie married Gust Hanni in January of 1937 in Aitkin. She worked as a cook for the McGregor Schools for over 20 years and loved her job and the people she worked with. She was a member of several bowling teams which was one of her greatest enjoyments. She was a member of the Finnish Lutheran Church in Tamarack. Aggie is survived by her daughter Jean Moe of Coon Rapids Son and daughter-in-law: James (Carol) Hanni of Tamarack Sister-in-law: Mrs. Arthur (Margie) Johnson of Tamarack 7 grandchildren: Jody Moe and special friend Kristi Parlow Jeremy (Cindy) Moe David (Sharyn) Moe Curtis Moe Jacqueline (Tony) Liu Tony (Beth) Hanni Sarah (Shayne) Mitchell Twelve great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Gust, brothers George and Art, sisters Lilly and Florence, and her parents William and Elisobet (Korkela) Johnson. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 12:00P.M., Thursday, May 13, 2010 funeral service at Tamarack Presbyterian Church in Tamarack. Reverend Wayne Juntunen will officiate. Funeral arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com Bruno V. Salo 11/05/1920-05/11/2010 Bruno V. Salo, age 89 of Aitkin died Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Bruno was born November 5, 1920 in Glen Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota the son of Emil and Hilja (Rantakangas) Salo. He attended country school at glen and then High School in Aitkin graduating at Salutatorian of the class of 1938. He then went to work on the family farm and worked as a dairy farmer for his whole life. He married Leona P. Rich on January 5, 1974 in Aitkin. He has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center for the past five years. He enjoyed anything to do with farming, sauna night, dancing, wild ricing, ice fishing, and visiting family and friends. He especially enjoyed traveling. In 2004 he had the opportunity to travel with his nephew Robert to Finland to see and visit all of the relatives still there. He is survived by nephew Robert (Lois) Salo of Cambridge, Mn.; niece: Marie (Frank) Fryer of Lyle, Mn. and extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Leona in 2003, and brother: Sulo, sister in law: Irene and nephew Richard Salo. Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 2 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Burial will be in the Rabbit Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 6 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and continue Sunday from 1 PM until the 2 PM services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Conrad ''Connie'' Lueck Conrad ???Conn 08/21/1923-05/12/2010 Conrad ''Connie'' Lueck Conrad ???Connie??? A. Lueck, age 86 of Aitkin died Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Conrad was born August 21, 1923 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Frederick and Rose (Schwab) Lueck. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1942. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving in the Pacific during WW II. Upon his discharge he returned to Aitkin and worked on the Cuyuna Iron Range doing exploration drilling. He married Ruth Albrecht on August 12, 1948. He went to work for the Land O??? Lakes Company for five years and spent one year in Alaska doing construction work. He returned to Aitkin and went to work as the City of Aitkin Street Commissioner, a position which he held for 32 years retiring in 1985. He married Joan (Lindberg) Frost on April 6, 1986 in Aitkin. Connie has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center for the past 21/2 years. The staff has made Aicota ???Home??? for Connie during this time. Connie was a longtime member of St, Johns Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook and had served on various boards over the years. He was also a member of the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall Of Fame being inducted in 1993. He had served on the Aitkin Fire Department for 32 years of which 15 years he was Chief. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and Golfing. He was a member of AA. He was a wonderful uncle to all of his nieces and nephews. He is survived by his son Mark Lueck of Aitkin; step sons: Judd Frost of Wayzata, Mn.; John Frost of Rancho Santa Fe, Calf.; 4 step grandchildren: Madeline Frost , Judson Frost, Marcus Frost and Jessica Frost; 1 brother: Fritz Lueck of Aitkin; 2 sisters: Helen Winslow of Two Harbors, Mn.; Mildred Paulson of Aitkin and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Ruth in 1984 and second wife Joan on 2009, 2 brothers: William and Martin, and 4 sisters: Ann Kellerman, Ida Petersen, Hazel Gruenhagen, and Ruth Fenstermaker. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 1:00 PM from St. John???s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 8 PM at the church with a prayer service at 7:30 PM and also 1 hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Curtis R. Mott 10/03/1931-05/14/2010 Curtis R. Mott age 78 of Aitkin died Friday, May 14, 2010 at the St. Josephs Medical Center in Brainerd, Minnesota. Curtis was born October 3, 1931 at Montevideo, Minnesota the son of Andrew and Esther (Mortenson) Mott. He attended schools in Montevideo and also Minneapolis where he graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1949. He then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and he served in Korea. Upon his discharge he returned to the Twin Cities and married Donna L. Johnson on September 25, 1954 in Minneapolis. The lived in Minneapolis and he worked as a Sprinkler Fitter installing fire protection systems in buildings. He retired to the cabin which he had been coming to for years on Long Lake near Aitkin. He has lived there since. He was a member of the Long Lake Association of which he had served as president. He was also a member of the Aitkin American Legion Post, the Pipe Fitters Local 417, and the Brainerd Area Amateur Ham Radio Club. He enjoyed fishing, black powder guns and especially operating his ham radio. He is survived by children: Kevin (Debbie) Mott of Waconia; Paul (Sherry) Mott of Bloomington, Mn.; Steve (Joanne) Mott of Pequot Lakes, Mn.; Susan (Ron) Tupy of New Prague, MN. 10 grandchildren: Kevin, Jon, Alexander, Ryan, Angela, Rachel, Amanda, Brian, Stephanie and Nicole; and 1 sister: Sharon Johnson of Lino Lakes, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Donna in 2003, Brother Wesley and grandson Andrew Curtis. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 1 PM from the Bethesda Lutheran Church at Rossburg with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be at the Saron Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. A Masonic service will be held at the graveside accorded by the Aitkin Masonic Lodge. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Anna Nephew 06/30/1928-05/14/2010 Anna Laura Nephew, 81 of McGregor died Friday, May 14, 2010 at her home. She was born June 30, 1928 in Bejou Township, Mahnomen County, MN. to George and Elizabeth (Riescunf) Folstrom. Anna was united in marriage to Elmer Nephew on December 19, 1946 in Ada, MN. They farmed for many years until moving to St. Paul where she worked at Samaritan Hospital for 15 years. She enjoyed puzzles, books, bingo, fishing, Tanya Tucker music, especially the song ??? Strong Enough to Bend???. She is survived by her loving husband of 63 ?? years Elmer 4 Sons and daughters-in-law: Larry of McGregor David (Laura) of Forest Lake James (Shelley) of Roseville Patrick (Debbie) of White Bear Lake Five daughters and sons-in-law: Cheryl (Bob) Eberspacher of Oakdale Kathy (Craig) Jones of Vadnais Heights Mary (Tommy) Moore of St. Paul Patricia (Keith) Burg of Maplewood Lisa (Larry) Nephew of St. Paul 1 sister Cecelia Winkler of Fosston One sister-in-law Evelyn Folstrom of Northfield 20 grandchildren: Melissa, Tammy, Kenneth, Ugene, Terre, Jennifer, Cory, Amanda, Jessie, Sherry, Susan, Curtis, Amy, Mark, Kimberly, John, Michael, Tommy, Chrissy, Joey Twenty great-grandchildren: Ashley Ann, Isaac, Alec, Kaylee, Val, Greta, Clayton, Erika, Kaleb, Mark, Thomas, Autumn, Tiffany, Nathan, Cody, Ethan, Wesley, Niamani, Mariah, Dominick Her dog Abby and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother George Folstrom, Three sisters: Gertrude Omang, Catherine Loesch, and Emma Sova. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. ??? Thursday, May 20, 2010 at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Visitation will begin at 11:00A.M. until the 1:00P.M. service at the church. Burial will be in Concordia Lutheran Cemetery in Fertile. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com. Garret Michael Reem 02/15/1981-05/14/2010 Garret Michael Reem, age 29 of Sauk Rapids, Mn. died Friday, May 14, 2010 at his home. Garret was born February 15, 1981 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Michael and Sandra (Johnson) Reem. He grew up and attended schools in Esko, Minnesota and graduated from the Esko High School in 1999. He then attended Moorhead State University for 1 year and played football there. He then transferred to Rochester Community College and received his AA degree. He went to work selling time shares in Maine, Branson Mo., and Breezy Point. He then went to work for Integra based out of Brainerd and after that he worked for ATT in telecommunications sales. He was involved in sports when he was in high school, he played softball and enjoyed hunting and fishing. His most enjoyable times where spent with his daughter Malaya. He is survived by his parents: Michael and Sandra Reem of Aitkin; Daughter Malaya Marie Reem of Sauk Rapids, Mn; Sister and brother in law: Jennifer Michelle Reem and Zach Poehlman of San Diego, Calf.; grandmother: Romelle Johnson of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Willard and Beth Reem and Erland Johnson. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 21, 2010 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Mike Palkie officiating. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the 11 AM services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. James Strum 07/09/1938-05/16/2010 James Thomas Strum, 71 of Aitkin died Sunday, May 16, 2010 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born July 9, 1938 in Aitkin to Thomas N. and Mary (Forster) Strum. He graduated from Aitkin High School. James was united in marriage to Karen (Wiener) on November 25, 1985 in Las Vegas. He is survived by his wife Karen 2 daughters: Jackie Strum of California Jeanie Strum of Buffalo Four step-children: Greg Hanson of Zimmerman Carl Hanson Eric Loiselle of Mesa, AZ. Brian (Margaret) Loiselle of Mesa, AZ. 3 grandchildren: Dustin, Alli, and Alex Three step-grandchildren: Zachary, Rachel, and Kelly 1 sister and brother-in-law: Diane (Ken) Broadbent of Stacey, MN. Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. ??? Monday, May 24, 2010 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Cornelia W. ''Johnnie'' Stayton Cornel 06/12/1915-05/19/2010 Cornelia W. ''Johnnie'' Stayton Cornelia Wilma ???Johnnie??? Stayton, age 94 of Aitkin died Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at the Aicota Assisted Living Center in Aitkin. She was born June 12, 1915 at Brooksburg, Indiana the daughter of Omer and Beulah (Clemens) Reed. She married Clifford R. Stayton on November 15, 1942 at Champaign, Illinois. They resided there until they moved to Big Pine Lake near Cutler, MN. in 1960. She moved to Blackrock Terrace in Aitkin in 1993 and then to the Aicota Assisted Living. She is survived by two step sons: Clifford T. (Marilyn) Stayton of Normal, Illinois; Charles L. (Joann) Stayton of Overton, Texas; seven grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren; 1 niece Bonnie (Charlie) Bersch of Madison, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clifford, and two sisters Bernice and Eva. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 1 PM at the Bennettville Cemetery with Rev. Mike Palkie officiating. Visitation will be held from 11 AM until 12:30 PM on Tuesday at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Gail K. 06/09/1934-05/23/2010 Gaines Gail K. Gaines, age 75 of Aitkin died Sunday, May 23, 2010 at the Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Gail was born June 9, 1934 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Edwin and Hazel (Peters) Olsen. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from Marshall High School. She worked in Minneapolis as a typist for a time. She married Alfred Lyle Gaines Jr. on November 26, 1954 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Minneapolis until they retired to the Aitkin area in 1987. She has lived here since. She has most recently resided at Blackrock Terrace in Aitkin. She was a member of the Aitkin United Methodist Church and enjoyed attending bible studied there and also at Blackrock. She also enjoyed playing cards. She had also been a member of the Kraus-Harding VFW Auxiliary. She is survived by 3 children and spouses: Cathy Jo (Bill) Reihe of Blaine, Mn.; Vicky Carter of Elk River, Mn.; Al (Sandy) Gains III of New Leipzig, North Dakota; 6 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; 1 sister and brother in law: Marlys (Jim) Gale of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Alfred in 2007, 1 sister and 1 brother. A memorial service will be held Friday, May 28, 2010 at 11 AM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Interment will be in the Greenlawn Cemetery at Verndale. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Raymond Wolfe 01/15/1937-05/23/2010 Raymond Lee Wolfe, 73 of Aitkin died Sunday, May 23, 2010 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born January 15, 1937 in Columbia Heights to Raymond and Bernice (Foss) Wolfe. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He worked at Electric Machinery in Minneapolis as a shearing operator from May 1972 to June 1974, and at Fremont Community Services in Minneapolis as office assistant from March 1979 to November 1981, and then at Congregate Housing in Minneapolis as a program assistant from March 1984 to April 1989. He was interested in human services, visiting the handicapped and seniors. He enjoyed spending time with friends and taking rides to various places. He was a member of AA. He is survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Lois and Beatrice, brothers Richard and David. Burial with military honors will be 10:30A.M., Friday, May 28, 2010 at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Assembly area #5. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Daniel Phillips 05/07/1960-05/24/2010 Daniel Phillips, age 50 of Aitkin died unexpectedly on May 24, 2010. Daniel was born May 7, 1960 in Bemidji, Minnesota the son of Gene and Delores (Brook) Phillips. He graduated from the Grand Rapids High School in 1978. He loved the outdoors and spending time with friends. He is survived by his mother Delores Phillips, sisters and brothers in law: Sandy (John) Buckner of Glenwood City, Wisc.; Debbie (Ron) Jenson of Princeton, MN.; Lisa Olson of Milaca, Mn.; brother and sister in law: Don (Kris) Phillips of Grand Marais, MN.; nieces: Sarah and Hannah and nephews Isaac, Lucas and Caleb. He was preceded in death by his father Gene and his grandparents. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Pastor Raymond Scott Hurley officiating. A gathering time will be held from Noon until the 1 PM services at the funeral home. His ashes will be interred with his fathers in Burnwell, Kentucky. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association. Lorraine E. Boughton 04/08/1925-05/25/2010 Lorraine E. Boughton, age 85 of Aitkin died Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lorraine was born on April 8, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Gustav Elmer and Mathilda (Overdahl) Johnson. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. She married William M. Boughton on November 2, 1945 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Minneapolis until retiring to the Aitkin area in 1986. She has lived here since. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary. She is survived by 4 sons and spouses: Gene (Jody), Mike, Tom (Cindy), and Terry (Jody), Brother LeRoy (Trudy), grandchildren, great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband, and 1 brother Kenny. A short memorial service will be held Tuesday June 1, 2010 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. There will be a time of gathering from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the funeral home Tuesday. Interment will be in the Mound Cemetery in Minneapolis at a later date. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Marjorie F. Burr 08/17/1918-05/27/2010 Marjorie Freida (McPhail) Burr, age 91 of Palisade died Thursday, May 27, 2010 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born August 17, 1918 near St. Lawrence, South Dakota at the farm home of Fred and Bessie (Carr) McPhail. At the age of nine, she with her parents and Brother James moved near Alexandria, Mn. When she was a junior in high school, they moved to Esquagama Lake north of Aitkin. She graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1936. She then attended the Crosby-Ironton Teachers Training Dept. and received her teaching certificate. She taught school in Aitkin County for 36 years. She started out in one room school houses, and later moved to the Palisade School, then to Aitkin and Rippleside schools and then back to Palisade where she retired in 1981. She had received her Bachelors degree from UMD in 1969. She married Harlan Ellsworth Burr on October 7, 1938 in St. Paul, Mn. They lived east of Palisade for about two years and then in December of 1940 moved south of Palisade and developed a homestead. She was a member of the Aitkin Seventh Day Adventist Church where she served as church organist for 50 years along with other church offices. She and her husband had been members of Marantha Volunteers International. They traveled to other countries and in the USA building churches, schools and orphanages. She is survived by 2 daughters and sons in law: Marliss and John Reagan of Azel, Texas; Beverly and Stephen Rawls of McGregor, Mn.; three grandchildren: Gregory and Joni Sanford of Two Harbors, Mn.; Douglas and Joann Sanford of Charleston, S.C.; Cheryl Cothern of Billings, Mont.; 8 great grandchildren; 2 step great grandchildren, 16 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Harlan in 1988 and brother James McPhail. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 31, 2010 at 11 AM from the Aitkin Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor Eugene Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Fleming Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Monday. Olga Margaret Westerberg 06/11/1915-06/05/2010 Olga Margaret Westerberg, 94 of Glen died Saturday, June 5, 2010 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born June 11, 1915 in Glen to Oscar and Emma (Swanson) Westerberg. Olga was one of the last charter members of the Glen Community Church where she was secretary and taught Sunday school for many years. She attended Isle of Pine grade school through the 8th grade. In later years she served hot lunches there and also at the Clear Lake school. She was employed as a clerk in the fabric department at Grandpa Butler???s Store in Aitkin for 50 years. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Anna. Olga is survived by her 2 nieces: Marlyce (Burton) Gustafson and Carol Todd Two great-nephews: Marshall (Jane) Todd and Richard (Jill) Todd 1 great-niece Margaret (Dave) Beck Three great-great nephews: Samuel, Wayne, and Maxwell Todd 2 great-great nieces: Aubrey Todd and Karin Beck Many loving cousins and friends, who were all very special to her. Olga so appreciated her work, loved her church, family, and friends. She will be missed and we will always be thankful for her and cherish the memories. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. ??? Monday June 14, 2010 at Glen Community Church in Glen. Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Burial will be in Malmo Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 4P.M. Sunday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com. Lillian Koffron Clark 07/25/1917-06/07/2010 Lillian Koffron Clark, (widow of Rev. Harold A. Clark), age 92 of Aitkin died Monday, June 7, 2010 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. Lillian was born July 25, 1917 in Minneapolis where she grew up and attended schools. She also attended Nursing School at the University of Minnesota and at age 63 received a BS degree from Bemidji State University. She married Harold A. Clark on December 18, 1944 in Minneapolis. They served United Methodist Churches in Minnesota in the following communities: Northfield, Dundas, Weaver, Kellogg, Blooming Grove, Racine, Grand Meadow, Clarissa, Eagle Bend, Moran, Caledonia, Hokah, Welcome, Sherburn, Emmanuel, Peqout Lakes, Pine River, and Lester Park in Duluth before Harold???s death in 1977. Lillian worked as a registered nurse or a nursing home administrator in many of these communities where they had served. After her husband???s death, Lillian moved to Lake Ida near Alexandria, Mn. and then moved to Aitkin, Mn in 2001 where she resided at Blackrock Terrace, her daughters Susan???s, and for the last six years at Aitkin Health Services. She had held various offices at the local, district, and conference levels of the United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, reading, scrabble, nature, social issues and watching the Twins. She was a member of the Aitkin United Methodist Church, PFLAG, FOR, and the League of Women Voters. Lillian is survived by four children and spouses: Nancy ???Sunshine??? (Liberty Bradshaw) Goldsberry of Coombs, British Columbia; Rev. Judith (Leon Hixon) Clark of Aitkin; Susan (Rev. Allen) Clark Harris of Aitkin; Robert (Virginia) Clark of Mapleton, Mn.; eight grandchildren: Gary Goldsberry, Michael Wharton, Rebecca Wharton-Liechti, Cece Clark Harris, Keila Smith, Tina Gaul, Teri Haupt, Jordan Clark Harris; thirteen great grandchildren: Domanick Merrell, Carl Bradshaw, Anna Currier, LaKesha Kilburn, Destiny Smith, Rachel Stark, Daunte Stark, Darren Smith, Caden Clark, Aiden Gaul, Ronnie Haupt, DeAndre Kilburn, Autumn Gaul; and numerous friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Rev. Harold A. Clark in 1977. A memorial service will be held Friday, June 25, 2010 at 11 AM at the Aitkin United Methodist Church. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the time of service. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the Fellowship of Reconciliation or any United Methodist Church or Mission of your choice or plant a tree in her memory. To contact the family, condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 362, Aitkin, Mn. 56431. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Mary Seibert 01/14/1924-06/10/2010 Mary I. Seibert, age 86 of Aitkin died Thursday, June 10, 2010 at Aitkin, Minnesota. Mary was born January 14, 1924 at Hebron, North Dakota the daughter of Roger and Esther (Ladd) Baker. She moved with her family to the Waukenabo area at the age of one. She attended the Waukenabo School. She then worked for a time in Cloquet. She also played guitar and sang at dances in her younger days. She married Chester Seibert on March 21, 1946 at Aitkin. They lived in Buffalo, Minnesota for a short time and then moved to Aitkin where they raised their family. Mary had worked at the Aitkin Community Hospital in the Late 1970???s and early 1980???s. She had lived in Palisade from 2001 to 2006 and then moved back to Aitkin. She enjoyed gardening, embroidery, crossword puzzles and had been a member of the Rossburg Bible Study Club. She loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and dedicated much of her time to them. She is survived by 6 sons and spouses: Raymond (Mary) Seibert of Isle, Mn.; Glen (Judy) Seibert of Cohasset, Mn.; Greg (Darlene) Seibert of Aitkin; Randy (Wendy) Seibert of Medford, Oregon; William (Beth) Seibert of Wadena, Mn.; Henry Seibert of Aitkin; 3 daughters and spouses: Sally Anderson of Brainerd, Mn.; Judy (Russell) Ellis of Bertha, Mn.; Connie (Steve) Mostad of Chisholm, Mn.; sister and brother in law: Dorie (Ellsworth) Semler of Iron Mountain, Michigan; special friend Albert ???AB??? Halgrimson of Palisade; 31 grandchildren, over 40 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Roger and Esther Baker; husband Chester Seibert; daughters: Bonnie Seibert and Lori Seibert and son in law Dale Anderson. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 11 AM from the Hilltop Chapel near Palisade with Rev. Barry Hite officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery in Kimberly Township of Aitkin County. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. LeRoy H. Radke 06/10/1949-06/13/2010 LeRoy H. Radke, age 61 of Kimberly died Sunday June 13, 2010 at his residence. LeRoy was born June 10, 1949 at Waseca, Minnesota the son of Reuben and Rose (Dvorak) Radke. He attended schools at Owatonna, Minnesota before moving with his family to the McGregor area at the age of 11. He then attended the McGregor schools graduating in 1968 from the McGregor High School. He married Susanne M. Miller on June 29, 1968 at Kimberly. They lived in the Twin Cities for about four years before moving to Kimberly. They have lived there since. He had worked for B&L Masonry, Aitkin Ready Mix and Northernaire Heating. LeRoy had served on the Kimberly Township Board, played softball in the over 35 league in Aitkin, enjoyed hunting, fishing, making maple syrup and operating his saw mill. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Sue Radke of Aitkin; son Todd Radke and his good friend Cathy Cox of Aitkin; daughter and son in law: Michelle and Cliff Nelson of Jacobson, MN.; five grandchildren: Hannah Nelson, Mahrianna Nelson, Delaney Nelson, Jacob Radke and Trevor Radke, two brothers: Richard Radke of Woodbury, Mn.; Warren Lindman of Forest Lake, Mn.; three sisters: Eileen Kangas of Cass Lake, Mn.; Joann Collier of St. Paul, Mn.; Kim LeaMaster of Duluth, Mn. and step father Eino Latvala of Tamarack, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 18, 2010 at 1 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Rick Perry officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery in Kimberly Township of Aitkin County. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church Friday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Katherine Jacob 03/01/1914-06/24/2010 Katherine Jacob age 96 of Abilene, Texas, formerly of Aitkin (The Thor area) died Thursday June 24, 2010 at Abilene. Katherine was born on March 1, 1914 at Thor, Minnesota the daughter of John Peter and Hannah Amelia (Olson) Erickson. She attended schools at Thor and Minneapolis. She married Ordway ???Kirk??? Kirkaby in 1929. They came to Abilene in 1948 and opened both the Tower Twin and Crescent Drive-Ins in partnership with her brother Rudy Erickson. Katherine owned and operated the theaters until 1969. After the death of her first husband, she later married W.A. ???Jake??? Jacob who also preceded her in death. Katherine was passionate about the care and protection of animals and was active with both the Humane Society and PETA. She enjoyed playing polkas and waltzes and had been a member of several small bands where she played steel guitar and accordion. She is survived by 4 nephews: Art and Larry Erickson of Big Bear Lake, California, Byron Melius of Colleyville, Texas and Richard Schlief of Minneapolis, Mn. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, June 30 2010 at 2 PM at the Saron Cemetery near Aitkin with Rev. Gunnar Salmonson officiating. A visitation will be held Wednesday from 10 AM until Noon at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. William L. Conner Jr. 06/20/1925-06/26/2010 William L. Conner Jr., age 85 died Saturday, June 26, 2010 at St. Mary???s Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota. Bill was born June 20, 1925 at Virginia, Minnesota the son of William L. and Gladys (Anderson) Conner Sr. He lived in Duluth and Grand Rapids, Mn. before returning with his parents to Virginia, Mn. where he completed his elementary and secondary education. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1943. Following graduation he enlisted in the US Navy and attained the rank of Sonar man First Class during the period of June 1943 to March 1946. He served aboard the USS Impeccable, a minesweeper in the Pacific Theater during WW II. In September of 1946 he enrolled at Hamline University in St. Paul, Mn. and graduated in June 1950 with a BA degree. While at Hamline, he married Dorothy K. Strand in Virginia, MN. on October 27, 1947 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church. His teaching career, which included coaching baseball and basketball, started in Arkansaw, Wi. Next, he spent thirty six years in Aitkin, Mn. where he taught Jr. High Social Studies, Driver Education, and coached football, basketball, and track as well as serving as Athletic Director. He completed is Master???s Degree in School Counseling at St. Cloud State University in 1967 and continued his service at Aitkin Jr. High School by being asked to fill the position of Jr. High Principal from 1968 to 1972. For the next fifteen years he worked as the Jr. High School Counselor and retired in June of 1987. He was a life member of the Minnesota Education Association and the National Education Association, the Aitkin American Legion Post 86, the Mystic Lodge AF&AM of Aitkin. He is survived by his wife Dorothy Conner of Makinen; Sons: Michael (Edee) Isle, Mn.; Randy (Merna) Eveleth, Mn.; Gregory, Keewatin, Mn.; Kevin (Pam) Aitkin, Mn.; Daughters: Bonnie (Mike) St. Cloud, Mn.; Kathleen (John) Gallatin, Aitkin, Mn.; 13 Grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Caroline G. Troland, brother in law: Alfred Troland, and infant grandson Paul Conner. A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 1 PM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Judith Clark officiating. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Aitkin. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 PM with a Masonic Service at 7 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Memorials are preferred to the Aitkin United Methodist Church and/or the Palo Congregational Church. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Passion Hard Heart 01/21/1994-07/01/2010 Passion Rose Hard Heart, Shwa Soo Gah Bah We Kwe, 16 of Onamia died Thursday, July 1, 2010. She was born January 21, 1994 in Minneapolis to Nicole (Holm) and Donovan Hard Heart. She enjoyed dancing at Pow Wows, playing basketball and volleyball and being with her family. She was a kind and funny person with a sense of humor that will be missed. She is survived by her mother and step-father Nicole (Jason) VanWert of Onamia Father Donovan Hard Heart of Main 2 sisters: Kelly Friend of Onamia and Lakota Hard Heart of Pine Ridge, SD. Eight brothers: Dakota Hard Heart of Main Emilio Hard Heart of Main Derrick Holm of Onamia Sage Hard Heart of Onamia Ronald Hard Heart of Onamia Donovan Hard Heart of Onamia Chase Holm of Onamia Jesse Red Feather of Pine Ridge, SD. Grandfather Warren Kingsbury, Jr. of Garrison Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her sister Jaylyn VanWert Niece Tila Marie Friend Ballinger Grandparents: Beverly Holm, Ronald Howard, Susan Hard Heart, Frances Good Buffalo, Great-grandparents: Harry and Liza Durant, Great-uncle: Roger Durant 2 great-aunts: Mable Thompson and Harriet Durant Visitation will begin at 5:00P.M., Sunday, July 4, 2010 at East Lake Community Center, East Lake, McGregor, and will continue until the 10:00A.M., Monday funeral service at the center. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Margaret V. Lantz 04/06/1927-07/02/2010 Margaret V. Lantz, age 83 of Blaine originally of Aitkin died Friday, July 2, 2010 at Maplewood Care Center. She was born April 6, 1927 in Aitkin to John and Elma (Turner) Stewart. Margaret was united in marriage to Veldon Lantz on March 3, 1947 in Aitkin. She is survived by son Phillip (Kathy) Lantz 2 Daughters: Marjorie Lantz and Sherry (Don) Miller Grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many friends. She was preceded in death by husband Veldon, brothers John and Charles Stewart, Sisters Lenna Sieh, Mickie Nicko, Mildred Cassidy and her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. ??? Wednesday, July 7, 2010 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Burial will be in Spencer Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com Donna I. Tollerud 08/21/1916-07/03/2010 Donna I. Tollerud, age 93 of Tucson, Arizona, formerly of the Tamarack area died July 3, 2010 at her home in Tucson. Donna was born August 21, 1916 in Minneapolis, Mn. the daughter of Otto Henry and Emma (Pedersen) Gatz. She spent her youth in the Tamarack area and graduated from the McGregor High School in 1933. She married Elmer Tollerud on March 7, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois. They moved to Duluth, Minnesota at the start of WW II and Elmer worked in the Ship Yards. After WW II they moved back to Chicago where Donna worked in retails sales until she got her real estate license in 1963. She was successful at selling estate and she and Elmer purchased a number of rental properties that served them well through the years leading towards retirement. In the early 1970???s Donna and Elmer commenced wintering in the Rio Grande Valley at Falcon Lake Reservoir in Zapata, Texas where they continued to winter until the sold their Illinois home and business and relocated to Tucson, Arizona in 1989. Donna Loved to fish, travel, and coming to Minnesota and spending time with her sister Doree and attending the family reunions. She is survived by daughters: Gail D. (Norman) Silcox; Lauren Tollerud; sister: Doree Osterman; grandchildren: Dane N. Silcox, Brett E. Silcox, Stephanie A. (Daryl) Shoben; Marci L. (Chris) Bergquist, Michael J. Dewey; 7 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and Husband of 59 years. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 1 PM from the Round Lake Presbyterian Church near McGregor with Rev. Rika Foss officiating. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Memorial to the Multiple Sclerosis Society are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Nicholas ''Nick'' Patrick Nicholas A. 07/16/1947-07/20/2010 Nicholas ''Nick'' Patrick Nicholas A. ???Nick??? Patrick, age 63 of Aitkin died Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at Abbott-Northwestern Medical Center in Minneapolis. Nick was born July 16, 1947 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Frank and MaryAnn (Dotzler) Patrick. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1965. He then went to work for the Scorpion Company in Crosby. He Married Vicki L. Torgerson on February 12, 1966 at Crosby, Minnesota. He then served in the U.S. Army from March of 1966 to April of 1969. Upon his discharge he returned to Minnesota and worked for a time For Erie Mining Co near Hoyt Lakes. He then moved back to Aitkin and worked for the REA. He eventually bought a semi and started trucking. He worked for Blomberg Oil Co. and then went into a partnership with Duane Yaggy in trucking for a year. He then worked on his own for about 25 years retiring 2 years ago. He was a former member of the Aitkin American Legion Post and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife Vicki Patrick of Aitkin; Children: Deanna Patrick and Eric Paulson of Aitkin; Cathy Cox and Todd Radke of Aitkin; Dominick Patrick of Aitkin; Scooby ???Christina??? and Ron Harmon II of Aitkin; 5 grandchildren: Douglas C. Banks, Cody Paulson, Nicholas Harmon, Paige Harmon, Samantha ???Sami Jo??? Cox; 6 brothers and sisters: Kathleen Patrick and special friend Palph Fligge of Richfield, Mn.; Frank and Ione Patrick Jr. of Rice Mn.; Randy and Karla Patrick of Aitkin; Josie Ehret and special friend Chris Schwartz of Center City, Mn.; Dan and Geni Patrick of Aitkin; Collette and Russell Tate of St. Paul and his loyal dog Little Bear. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Steve West officiating. Burial will be in the Spencer Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 11 AM until the 1 PM services at the funeral home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Credella Michaletz 06/11/1917-07/21/2010 Credella Marie Michaletz, 93 of Aitkin died Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born June 11, 1917 in Kanawha, IA. to Martin and Tillie (Swelland) Shaw. She and her husband Leonard were longtime residents in the Aitkin area but lived in the Minneapolis area for many years where they were married December 21, 1935 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale. Credella was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her family and made all of them so comfortable no matter how many were at their table. She loved the Lord and prayed always that all of her family would be joining her and Leonard at their dining room table at their mansion in the sky. She loved gardens and had more than one of them. Everything from rhubarb and currents to potatoes and squash. She just loved to can and freeze all of her precious goodies so she could share them. She also loved to bake and of course had to have dessert with every evening meal. She and Leonard along with their children had a dairy and hog farm in the area which is now called New Hope. The children will verify that is where the huge gardens were. Credella did a lot of volunteering in her lifetime. She loved to teach Sunday school, volunteer for the Billy Graham Assoc. in Minneapolis, at nursing homes, and even for the League of Women Voters. Her favorite role in life was that of a grandmother. Every summer the grandkids would take their turns at spending time at Nord Lake. Their grandpa and grandma would spoil them rotten and then send them home to their mom and dads. Real memories were made at Nord Lake. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. Everybody knew her by her beautiful smile and grand laugh. God bless you mom, and save a place for us at your table. Credella is survived by 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Curtis (Carol) Michaletz of Clear Lake Lyle (Dianne) Michaletz of Mantorville and Summerfield, FL. One daughter and son-in-law: Kathy (John) Hanson of Merrifield and Lady Lake, FL. 1 brother Clifford Shaw of Milaca Nine grandchildren: Cindi, Grant, Julie, Shele, Jodi, Stephen, Janelle, Derek, and Carla 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard, infant son Marnold James, grandson David Carpenter, and three brothers Tilford, Luther, and Marnold. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 12:00P.M. ??? Saturday, July 31, 2010 funeral service at Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin. Reverend Gunnar Salmonson will officiate. Burial will be in Dorris Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com George Boyd Jr. 11/10/1940-07/25/2010 George Boyd Jr, Native Name: Bebiskaneyaash, age 69 of McGregor died Sunday, July 25, 2010 at his home. George was born November 10, 1940 at Cloquet, Minnesota the son of George and Susan (Manitou) Boyd Sr. He grew up and attended schools at Sawyer, Mn. He then drove truck for most of his life. He drove truck for the Mille Lacs Band for the past 10 years. Prior to that he had worked as a supervisor for the Mille Lacs Casino. He married Patricia Ann Pierce on January 28, 1975 at Webster, South Dakota. They have lived in the McGregor area since their marriage. He is survived by his wife Patricia Boyd of McGregor; 2 sons and daughters in law: Jeff and Tabatha Boyd; George and Katie Boyd II; 1 daughter and son in law: Tanya and Robb Hallquist; 2 sisters: Catherine Hedstrom and Marene Hedstrom all of McGregor; Grandchildren: Branden Sargent, Bradley Sargent, Anthony Sargent, Amber Buckanaga, Alyssa Buckanaga, Aaron Buckanaga, Brittany Boyd, Dakota Boyd, George Boyd IV, Jeffrey Boyd, Isabelle Boyd, Brooke Boyd, and Payton Hallquist. He was preceded in death by his parents: George and Susan Boyd, brothers: Charles Durant, Franklin Boyd, and Lawrence Boyd, sisters: Mable Albino, Angeline Wadena, Susan Patrick, Bernice Phillips, and Louise Day. Funeral services will be held Thursday beginning at 10 AM at the East Lake Community Center with Lee Staples officiating. The wake will beginning at the center Wednesday at 8 PM. Burial will be in the Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Evelyn Marie Nemitz 07/07/1929-07/29/2010 Evelyn Marie Nemitz, age 81 of Aitkin died Thursday, July 29, 2010 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Evelyn was born July 7, 1929 at New Richland, Minnesota the daughter of Helmar A. and Marie O. (Loken) Schumacher. She grew up and attended schools in New Richland graduating in 1947. She married Lloyd H. Nemitz on July 22, 1947 at New Richland, Minnesota. They lived in the New Richland area and farmed. In 1960 they moved to Aitkin were they worked for the Land O??? Lakes Company. Evelyn also worked as a waitress and Bartender in the area for 23 years. She was a life member of the Aitkin American Legion Auxiliary, the VFW Auxiliary and the Aitkin Moose Lodge. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and playing cards. She is survived by 2 sons: George Nemitz of Montour, Iowa; Clifford Nemitz of Aitkin, Mn.; 3 daughters: Ruth Johnston of Blue Springs, Mo., Julie Eastham of Grand Junction, Colo., Lesa Stokes of Onamia, MN.; 4 brothers: Lloyd Schumacher of Albert Lea, Mn.; Marlow Schumacher of Waseca, Mn.; Richard Schumacher of New Richland, Mn.; Paul Schumacher of Waseca, Mn.; 1 sister: Shirley Studnicka of Waseca, Mn.; 12 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lloyd in 2003 and 1 brother Michael Schumacher. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Anna Marie Johnson 02/18/1929-07/31/2010 Anna Marie Johnson, 81 of McGregor and New Hope died Sat., July 31, 2010 at Northridge Care Center, New Hope. She was born February 18, 1929 in Ray, MN. to Sherman and Mildred (Nelson) Roderick. Anna was united in marriage to Charles LeRoy Johnson on October 9, 1948 in International Falls. They lived in International Falls, Minneapolis and St. Paul prior to moving to McGregor in the mid 1980???s. She was a homemaker and caregiver to her family. She enjoyed reading, baking, flower gardening, painting, ceramics, taking trips, bowling and re-arranging furniture. Anna loved family gatherings and her grandchildren. She is survived by 2 daughters and son-in-law: Linda (Richard) Elliott of Brooklyn Center Natalie Donovan of Monticello Two sons and daughters-in-law: Charles (Debbie) Johnson of Fountain Hills, AZ. Floyd (Lenae) Johnson of Elk River 11 grandchildren: Aundrea, Adrienne, April, Dennis, Anissa, Aaron, Matt, Chelsie, Joe, Amanda, and Josh Four great-grandchildren: Angelica, Trinity, Wyatt, and Justin 4 brothers: Victor, Rodney, Maurice, and Jim Six sisters: Ruby, Shirley, Karen, Joyce, Julie, and Wanda And many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles on December 31, 2003, 1 brother George, and her parents Sherman and Mildred (Nelson) Roderick. Funeral services will be 10A.M., Thursday, August 5, 2010 at Holy Family Catholic Church, McGregor. Fr. Paul Fruth will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Wednesday at McGregor Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:30P.M., and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com Richard A. Thrall 04/04/1960-08/03/2010 Richard A. Thrall, age 50 of Aitkin formerly of the Rogers area died Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at his home. Richard was born April 4, 1960 at Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Gerald and Margaret Thrall. He grew up and attended schools in Anoka, Mn. He then served in the U.S. Air Force. He married Brenda Schrade on July 31, 1993 in Anoka. They lived in the Rogers area until moving to Aitkin a year and a half ago. He was a member of AA and had been sober for the past 10 years. He is survived by his wife Brenda Thrall of Aitkin; son: Kyle Stageberg of Rogers, Mn.; daughters: Jordan Slavick of Aitkin, Mn.; Jaime Hanson of Jordan, Mn.; 2 brothers: Bruce Thrall of Sartell, Mn.; Steve Thrall of Bemidji, Mn.; 1 sister: Melissa Sink of Anoka, Mn.; Grandchildren: Kaylin, Gage, and Jayden Crapser all of Aitkin; and his father Gerald Thrall of Rogers, Mn. He was preceded in death by his mother Margaret and step father Wayne Farver. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Pastor Joseph Huss will officiate. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Howell Winston Shawkey 03/28/1943-08/03/2010 Howell ???Winston??? Shawkey, age 67 of Palisade died Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at his home. Winston was born March 28, 1943 at Beckley, West Virginia the son of Herman and Sylvia (Farley) Shawkey. He grew up and attended schools in the Baltimore, Maryland area. He came to the Palisade/McGregor area in 1994 and worked for the Savanna Golf course for 12 years. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and snowmobiling. He is survived by step daughter: Kim Fouty of HaverDeGrace, Maryland; 2 grandchildren: Ashley and Amber; 3 brothers: Charles Shawkey of Jarrettsville, Maryland; Daniel Shawkey of Pensacola, Florida; Billy Shawkey of Glen Burnie, Maryland. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers: David and Richard. A memorial service will be held Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 3 PM at the Big Sand Bar. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Judith H. Erickson Egstad 06/28/1925-08/05/2010 Judith H. Erickson Egstad, age 85 of Aitkin died Thursday, August 5, 2010 at her home. She was born June 28, 1925 at Grand Forks, North Dakota the daughter of Jentoft and Josephine (Hanson) Halvorson. She grew up and attended schools in Grand Forks and then attended Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Fergus Falls graduating in 1943. She then lived in the Twin Cities for a time and Then New York City for a time. She married Russell H. Erickson on June 7, 1947 at Grand Forks, North Dakota. They made their home in Bloomington, Mn until they retired to Aitkin, Mn. in 1986. Russell died in 1995. Judith married Bernard ???Bud??? Egstad on March 25, 1998 in Aitkin. They have made their home in Aitkin. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin. She enjoyed sewing, knitting and reading. She had served as the church librarian at Bethel Lutheran. She is survived by her husband Bernard ???Bud??? Egstad of Aitkin; daughter and son in law: Nancy and Dale Erickson of Grand Forks, North Dakota; 4 Grandchildren and spouses: Heidi and Len Philpot, Stacy and David Scott, Jeffrey and Kayla Erickson, Holly and Justin Swanson; 12 great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Jeanette Jacobson of Platte, South Dakota; Jeanive Solheim of Platte, South Dakota; 5 step children: Jude and Allan Bjerkaas of Columbia, Maryland; Bernard ???Roy??? and Ruth Egstad Jr. of Aitkin; Richard and Debra Egstad of New Prague, Mn.; Carl and Carolyn Egstad of Platte, South Dakota; David and Erin Egstad of Jordan, Mn.; 12 Step grandchildren; 17 step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1st husband Russell in 1995 and 2 grandsons Kevin and Kyle. Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 9, 2010 at 11 AM at Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin with Rev. Gunnar Salmonson officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Burial will be at the Spencer Cemetery at Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Earl O. Osberg 01/17/1925-08/12/2010 Earl Olaf Osberg, 85 of Aitkin died Thursday, August 12, 2010 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born January 17, 1925 in Aitkin to Erick and Inga (Hansen) Osberg. He attended grade schools in the Aitkin area. He loved to go fishing and visit the farm with his uncle Hans. He was formerly employed by Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home, county social service department, and Ukura???s Big Dollar Store. Earl was a faithful member of Assembly Of God Church in Brainerd and Aitkin, and was a very loving and kind person. He is survived by one sister Violet Lemoine of Lovell, WY. Special cousin and caregiver Georgiana Wold of Aitkin And many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Erick and Inga (Hansen) Osberg 3 sisters: Sadie Peterson, Ruth Olson, and Lila Gates One brother Allan Osberg, 3 nephews, one niece, loving aunts and an uncle. Funeral services will be 3:00P.M. ??? Sunday, August 15, 2010 at Assembly Of God Church in Aitkin. Reverend Don Norman will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be 1:00P.M. ??? Monday in Evergreen Cemetery in Brainerd. Funeral arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Betty J. Pitcher 04/05/1924-08/15/2010 Betty J. Pitcher, age 86 of Garrison died Sunday, August 15, 2010 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Mn. Betty was born on April 5, 1924 at St. Paul, Minnesota the daughter of Fred and Irene Elizabeth (Casey) Stenger. She grew up in St. Paul and attended schools there graduating from White Bear Lake High School. During WW II she worked at the Arms Plant for a time. She married John Wallace Pitcher on April 7, 1945 in St. Paul. They lived in St. Paul until and then moved the Marine on the St. Croix in 1960. They lived there until retiring to Garrison in 1979. She was a member of Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church at Garrison, the Garrison VFW Auxiliary, and the Garrison Seniors Club. She also had served as a fire warden in the Garrison area for many years. She was very active in her church and loved bible studies. She is survived by 2 sons and daughters in law: Jack and Pam Pitcher of Lakeland, Mn.; Kevin and Rose Pitcher of Bloomington, Mn.; 2 daughters and sons in law: Judy and Henry Echart of Pine River, Mn.; Sue and Mike Mardaus of Marine on the St. Croix, Mn.; 11 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 11 great great grandchildren, 2 sisters: Irene Berthiaume of Blaine, Mn.; Marty Zeches of Wyoming, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 1 brother and 3 sisters. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 20, 2010 at 11 AM from the Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the 11 AM services at the church. Burial will be in the Garrison Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Clinton H. Hanson 05/07/1926-08/25/2010 Clinton H. Hanson, 84 of Aitkin died August 25, 2010 at his home. He was born May 7, 1926 in Aitkin to Herman and Nora (Packer) Hanson. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1944. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in WW II. He retired from Woodland Container, Aitkin. He is survived by many relatives and friends. There will be no services. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Steve W. Wige 05/01/1955-08/31/2010 Steve W. Wige, age 55 of Aitkin died Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Steve was born May 1, 1955 at Big Fork, Minnesota the son of Donald and Delores (O???Brien) Wige. He grew up and attended schools in Norwalk, California and then moved back to the area and attended school in Grand Rapids, Hill City and Aitkin. Following graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 1973 to 1976. He returned to the Aitkin area and lived here until 1981 at which time he returned to California. He moved back to Aitkin in 1999 and worked for Woodland Container and then for Clow Stamping in 2004. He enjoyed playing video games, watching videos and was involved with supporting International Ministries. He is survived by his father Donald Wige of Aitkin; 2 brothers: Tim Wige of Fridley, Mn. and Tyler Wige of Erie Pennsylvania; 1 sister: Susan Cook of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his mother Delores Wige; and 2 brothers Kelly Wige and Keith Wige. A graveside service will be held Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 11 AM at the Spencer Cemetery with Rev. Rick Perry officiating. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Pauline Snyder 02/06/1927-09/06/2010 Pauline Snyder, 83 of Aitkin died Monday, September 6, 2010 at her residence in Oak Grove. She was born February 6, 1927 in Aitkin County to Oaker and Edith (Storm) Myers. She graduated from Aitkin High School. Pauline was united in marriage to Jack Snyder on March 26, 1949 in Mason City, IA. She was employed at Honeywell for 31 years. She was a member of Aitkin Christian Women and the Glen Community Church. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Ada (Larry) Siluk of Oak Grove 2 grandchildren: Andrea Siluk of Blaine and Angela (Jason) Castrovinci of Ramsey Four sisters and brothers-in-law: Doris (Paul) Shaw of Aitkin Corinne Walker of Alaska Myrtle (John) Savage of California Jane (Pat) Humphreys of Aitkin Cousins: Dorothy Hermanson and Maxine Mapes Many other cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Jack on December 8, 1990 Two sisters: El Dorah Holm and Mabel Cooper And her parents Oaker and Edith (Storm) Myers. Graveside services will be 2:00P.M. ??? Sunday, September 12, 2010 at Malmo Cemetery in Malmo. Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Lunch will follow at Glory Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Michael Foley Ryan 05/17/1935-09/06/2010 Michael Foley Ryan, age 75 of Aitkin died Monday, September 6, 2010 at St. Mary???s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. Michael was born May 17, 1935 at Brainerd, Minnesota, the son of Joseph and Caroline (Hassman) Ryan. He grew up in Aitkin and attended Maryhill Academy and then attended St. John???s Preparatory School at Collegeville. He then went on to attend St. John???s University at Collegeville. After his graduation he attended William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. He worked as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge, the Honorable Edward Devitt. He joined his father in his law practice in Aitkin in 1963. The practice was known as Ryan and Ryan Lawyers. He was a lawyer in Aitkin ever since that time. He married Judith Ann Cummings on June 20, 1959 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. He had served on the Board of Governors for the State Bar Association for a number of years. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church. He served on the Riverwood Hospital Board for 20 years, and was board chair for many of those years. He served on the Cuyuna Country Club board for 25 years. He was a strong supporter of St John???s Abbey and University at Collegeville. He loved hunting and fishing and working ???The Farm??? raising beef cattle and horses. He especially loved spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife Judy of Aitkin; children and spouses: Joe and Wendy Ryan of Park Rapids, MN.; Dan and Angie Ryan of Aitkin; Molly and Brian Baker of Maple Grove, MN.; Patty and Brooks Welter of Scottsdale, AZ; Anne and John Wicka of Chanhassen, MN., and 10 grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers: Dick Ryan of Aitkin, Jim and Diane Ryan of Aitkin, sister: Mary and Rick Godfrey of Oklahoma City, OK. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Jack, and one sister, Anne. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 11 AM at St. James Catholic Church. Fr. Jerry Schik, Fr. Clem Gustin, and Fr. Paul Fruth will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 PM with a Rosary Service at 7:30 PM at the St. James Catholic Church and will continue Saturday from 10 AM until the 11 AM services. Memorials are preferred to the St. James Catholic Church Building Fund, the Crosier Fathers and Brothers of Onamia, and the Riverwood Foundation. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. William ''Bill'' H. Smith William ???B 04/11/1951-09/08/2010 William ''Bill'' H. Smith William ???Bill??? H. Smith, 59 of Tamarack died unexpectedly Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at his home. He was born April 11, 1951 in St. Paul to Harold and Lily (Harer) Smith. He graduated from Park Senior High School in Cottage Grove and was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He worked in construction as a brick layer. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He is survived by his parents Harold and Lily (Harer) Smith of Palisade 3 sons: Keith Smith of St. Paul Park Jeremiah Smith of Tamarack And Phillip Smith Five sisters: Diane (Art) Brier of Tamarack Kathy (Dave) Zehoski of Welch Dawn (Dan) Foerster of Tamarack Susan A. Smith of Tamarack Charlotte Muraski of Crosby Former wife Susan B. Smith Other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister Roberta Just Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11am, Monday, September 13, 2010 funeral service at Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. Fr. Paul Fruth will officiate. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com Julia Mannelin McKay 02/14/1910-09/13/2010 Julia Mannelin McKay, age 100 of McGregor died Monday, September 13, 2010 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Mn. Julia was born February 14, 1910 at Sandstone, Minnesota the daughter of Paul and Sarah (Mack) Korpi. She grew up and attended schools in Finlayson and graduated from the Finlayson High School in 1928. She then attended Business College in Minneapolis. She then began working for the bank in Finlayson. She had also worked as a telephone operator in Finlayson. She married Walter Mannelin on Dec. 16, 1933 at Finlayson. Julia was a stay at home mom, but she managed the farm while her husband was away from home. In 1943 they sold the farm and moved into Finlayson when her husband joined the Merchant Marines. In 1948 when her husband Walt left the Merchant Marines, they sold the house in Finlayson and moved to the McGregor area. After two years Walt returned to sailing on the high seas and Julia and the girls moved into McGregor. Julia worked at the Locker Plant and later at the drive in where she worked as a cook. Later Julia worked as a cook in Nisswa and spent winters in Oregon or Reno Nevada where she worked as a hotel maid. She had also worked as a bookkeeper in the creamery in Finlayson. She later moved to Crosby and was a foster grandparent at the Brainerd State Hospital until her marriage to Clarence McKay in 1975. They then moved to Lake Minnewawa near McGregor. After Clarence died she moved into McGregor and later moved to Pioneer Villa in McGregor. Even though at age 83 she was legally blind, she took care of herself until the age of 96 at which time she became the first resident of the new Northland Village assisted living facility in McGregor. She resided there until moving to Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin in April of 2009. She is survived by 2 daughters and son in law: Janet Miller of McGregor; Julia and Erwin Plagens of Enumclaw, Washington; 7 grandchildren: Bruce Miller, Colleen (Fred) Vivant, Laura (Jeff) Schlagel, Alison (Brent) Henze, Tad (Kim) Olafson, Jed (Dianna) Olafson, Dell (Karin) Plagens, Annette (Gary) Vranizan, 22 great grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; 1 sister: Ruth Brabec of Willow River, Mn and brother Nestor (Edith) Korpi of Arden Hills, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter Kelly Miller Fischer,4 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 2 PM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Henry Koopman officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be at a later date in the Finnish Lutheran Cemetery at Finlayson, Mn. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. Marjorie Mayer 02/27/1921-09/16/2010 Marjorie M. Mayer, 89 of Isle died Thursday, September 16, 2010 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born February 27, 1921 in Monticello to Ray and Edith (Wagner) Miller. She was in the civil service stationed in Utah during WW II. She was employed by the Hitchcock factory in Minneapolis and farmed in the Malmo area until 1981. She loved cars, and was a member of the Opstead Baptist Church. She is survived by one brother and sister-in-law: Lawrence (Loretta) Miller of Prior Lake Sister-in-law: Anna Miller of Isle Many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her first husband Stanley Florek in 1956, and her second husband Fred Mayer in 1981. Two sisters: Helen Lind and Agnes Larson 5 brothers: Tim, Kenny, Corky, Dick and Tom Miller And her parents Ray and Edith (Wagner) Miller. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M., Saturday, September 25, 2010 memorial service at Opstead Baptist Church in Opstead. Rev. Perry Johnson and Gary Lambert will officiate. Memorial are preferred to Opstead Baptist Church building fund. Sorensen-Root- Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com Eleanore M. Skatt 12/16/1917-09/17/2010 Eleanore Marie Skatt, age 92 lifelong resident of the Aitkin area died Friday, September 17, 2010 at the Aitkin Health Services. Eleanore and her twin Elmer were born on December 16, 1917 at Duluth, Minnesota to Rudolf and Alma Edquist. The family moved to Aitkin when the twins were toddlers and resided south of Aitkin on a farm near Edquist Lake. As a youngster, Eleanore attended the Hilltop School and later graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1935. After high school, Eleanore worked in Minneapolis as a maid but her heart stayed behind in Aitkin where a young man, Sigward Skatt, had caught her eye at the Luther League young people???s activities at the Mariah Chapel. Sig and Eleanore were the first couple to be married at the Maria Chapel in 1940. They resided in Michigan for two years and returned to Aitkin in 1942. The Skatt family farm near Lone Lake became their home. Along with farming, Sig and Eleanore worked at Shingwauk Resort for many years where Eleanore was a cook. She later was the morning cook at the Aitkin Community Hospital from which she retired in 1987. Her love of cooking and sharing good food with family and friends will long be remembered by many. Eleanore???s love and care for people along with her sense of humor will be dearly missed. Eleanore is survived by son: Duane Skatt of Aitkin, Daughters: Sharyl (Grant) Odegard of Duluth, Bev Nix of Aitkin, Jan Luff of Colorado; Grandchildren: Kelly (Luff) Mason, Melinda (Nix) Lanham, Christopher Odegard; Great Grandchildren: Kati McCormick, Nicolas Lanham, Caleb Lanham, Rebekah Lanham, and Grace Lanham. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Sig in 1974, siblings Elmer, Mabel, Ruth and Reuben, and son in law Bill Luff. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 11 AM from Bethlehem Lutheran Church near Aitkin with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be in the Diamond Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Rot-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com Marion Liljenquist 10/30/1914-09/19/2010 Marion Agnes Liljenquist, 95 of Aitkin died Sunday, September 19, 2010 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born October 30, 1914 in Blooming Pairie to Peter C. and Agnes (Yentsch) Larson. She graduated from Blooming Prairie High School class of 1932. Marion was united in marriage to Wallace Vaith on July 14, 1944. They moved to Aitkin in 1945. She worked for Mille Lacs Electric for 16 years. She was an active member and past president of Aitkin VFW Post #1727 Auxiliary and Aitkin American Legion Post #86 Auxiliary. She was also a member of Rebekah Lodge, Priscilla Club, Lakeview Cemetery board, and the First Congregational Church. Marion was united in marriage to Elmer Liljenquist on August 1, 1964. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law: Sandra (Jim) MacDonald of Aitkin Romelle (Anthony) Aucone of Cranston , R.I. One son and daughter-in-law Francis (Lael) Vaith of Aitkin 7 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, 2nieces and 3 nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband Wallace Vaith, her second husband Elmer Liljenquist, one sister Lorraine Carrol ???Mewee???, and her parents Peter and Agnes (Yentsch) Larson Memorial services will be 1:00P.M. ??? Friday, September 24, 2010 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Reverend Don Norman will officiate. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com Judge Clinton W. Wyant Judge Clinton W 12/25/1931-09/22/2010 Judge Clinton W. Wyant Judge Clinton W. Wyant died Wed. Sept. 22, 2010 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born December 25, 1931 at O'Neill, Nebraska to Charles (Chic) and Mary Wyant. He moved with his family at a young age to the Waukenabo Lake Area where he lived the rest of his life. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1950 and graduated from St. John's Univesity in Collegeville in 1954. While working several jobs he attended St. Paul College of Law (Today's William Mitchell College of Law) and graduated in 1958.He married Sophia (Trix) Stalzer on September 6,1958. He was a practicing attorney in the Aitkin region from 1958 to 1978. He was appointed District Court Judge of the Ninth Judicial District of Minnesota on December 1, 1977 by Governor Rudy Perpich. He served as Judge from 1977 to 1993 when he retired due to disability. Between 1993 and 2003 he enjoyed his retirement and his life with Trix at their Waukenabo Lake home on The Point. In 2003 he entered the Aicota Health Care Center and has been a resident there until his death. Judge Wyant served in many organization in the area and held many leadership roles in those organizations. He was an active sportsman and outdoorsman and an avid community activist and leader. He was a leader in the DFL party and a change agent on the precinct, county, district, state and national level including representing Minnesota at threee national Democratic conventions (1964, 1968, 1976). He was former chair of the Aitkin Airport Commission, national award winner for his leadership of the Aitkin Jaycees, active member of the Aitkin Lions and Jack-a-Lope clubs. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church. He was an avid big game hunter having made trips to Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Colorado and throughout the midwest. He was involved his entire life in community theater, vaudville and sing/variety clubs. Clint was also one of the pioneer wild rice farmers in Aitkin County and active in the Wild Rice Assoc. He is survived by his wife Sophia ''Trix'' Stalzer Wyant, loving children: Maria Stalzer Wyant Cuzzo of Duluth; Charles (Ania) Wyant of O'Fallon, Mo.; Amy (Jake) Wyant of Aitkin; ten grandchildren: Ben Wyant, Alex Cuzzo, Brandon Wyant, Mitchell Rubbelke, Megan Rubbelke, Jonah Jaskowiak, Lucas Wyant, Nate Jaskowiak, Carlie Wyant, Maddie Wyant; sister: Mary (Greg) Ruprecht of Duluth, nieces: Debra Ruprecht of Duluth, Sharie (Brad) Kimball of Colleyville, Texas and many cousins and friends. Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, September 27, 2010 at 11 AM at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Visitation will be Sunday at the church from 4 to 7 PM with a Roasry Service at 7 PM and continue Monday 1 hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Memorials are preffered which will be dispersed to local worthy causes by the Wyant family. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Kenneth W. Wenzel 10/21/1947-09/26/2010 Kenneth W. Wenzel, 62 of Aitkin died Sunday, September 26, 2010 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born October 21, 1947 in Kingsley, IA. to Wayne and Kathleen (Higgenbotham) Wenzel. Kenneth was united in marriage to Linda (Mansk) on July 26, 1997 in Malmo. He worked as a brick layer. He enjoyed spending time with friends and fishing at his cabin on Lake of the Woods. He is survived by his wife Linda Wenzel of Aitkin 1 Daughter Amanda MacDonald of Aitkin Two sons and daughters-in-law: Jonathon (Heather) Wenzel of Wisconsin. Nickolas (Lynn) Wenzel of Aitkin 1 stepson: Gabriel (Anne) Carlstrom of Bemidji Seven grandchildren: Jordan, Jillian, Jackson, Allyson, Gregory, Logan, and Peyton 1 brother and sister-in-law: Jim (Laurie) Wenzel of Kilkenny One sister and brother-in-law: Barbara (Don) Mosloski of Fairmont Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Wayne and Kathleen (Higgenbotham) Wenzel Funeral services will be 5:00P.M., Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Ronnie Tibbetts will officiate. Visitation will be 3pm ??? 5pm Wednesday at the funeral home. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com John E. Sullivan 02/02/1924-09/26/2010 John E. Sullivan, age 86 of Osseo, Minnesota died Sunday, September 26, 2010 at the Maple Grove Hospital in Maple Grove, Minnesota. John was born February 2, 1924 in St. Paul, Minnesota the son of Charles and Lydia (Williamson) Sullivan. He attended schools at Albright, Mn, Howard Lake, Mn. and Aitkin graduating from Aitkin High School. He then served in the Civilian Conservation Corps for a time. He helped build the rock wall and memorial plaque at Garrison on Mille Lacs Lake. He then entered the military and served in the U. S. Marine Corps from April of 1944 to August of 1946. He saw action in Iwo Jima and was present for the flag raising there. Upon his discharge he returned to Minnesota for a time and then moved to Billings, Montana where he married Virginia L. Ward on August 18, 1946. They lived in Billings until 1955 when they moved to St. Paul and he worked for the Koch Oil Refinery until 1970. They then moved to Brainerd, Mn and he worked for the Brainerd schools. In 1975 the moved to Sand Point, Idaho and lived there until 1986 at which time he retired and they moved to Minneapolis and have lived there since. He is survived by family members: Jack (Arden) Bolme of Polson, Montana, Jeffrey (Darlene) Bolme of Brainerd, Linda (Bolme) Dunn of Brooklyn Center, Mn.; Dyanne (Steve) Ulrick of Maple Grove, Mn.; Candace (Patrick) Nelson of Blaine, Mn.; 12 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Virginia in 2005, 1 son Mark and 1 sister Mildred. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Pastor Charles Carlson officiating. Visitation will be from Noon until the 1 PM services Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register, please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Allen Johnson 09/15/1914-09/28/2010 Allen Johnson, age 96 of Aitkin died Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Allen was born September 15, 1914 at Winnebago, Minnesota the son of Glen and Ada (Jenkins) Johnson. He moved with his family at an early age to the Aitkin area where he grew up and attended schools. He farmed most of his life on the farm on Farm Island Lake, the area which is now known as ???Johnson???s Point???. He married Marverine Zelman on November 22, 1950 in Minneapolis. They made their home on Farm Island Lake. The operated Johnson Farm Island Resort for many years. Allen has resided at the Aitkin Health Services for the past year. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and traveling. He was a member of the Wealthwood Rod and Gun Club. He is survived by niece: Patricia and Russell Olstead of Minneapolis; Grand nephew: Scott Olstead; Jeannie Thompson and Janie Martz both of Aitkin and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Marverine in 2003 and brothers and sisters. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 1, 2010 at 11 AM from Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church at Garrison, Mn. with Rev. Walter Brill officiating. A gathering time will be held from 10 AM until the 11 AM service. Interment will be in the Bennettville Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Deborah Jo Cowan 10/14/1964-09/30/2010 Deborah Jo Cowan, 45 of Aitkin died Thursday, September 30, 2010 at her residence. She was born October 14, 1964 in Madison, WI. to John and Barbara (Gandolph) Cowan. On March 22, 2005 in Aitkin Deborah was united in marriage to Alvin Gruenhagen. She was employed at Great River Gardens. She had a green thumb and loved animals. Deborah is survived by her husband Alvin Gruenhagen of Aitkin 1 daughter Laura Cowan of the Twin Cities Mother Barbara (Dick) Valley of McGregor Father John (Lois) Cowan of McFarland, WI. 3 brothers: Phil (Becky) Cowan of McFarland, WI. John Cowan of McFarland, WI. Rick (Mary) Cowan of Atlanta, GA. 1 sister Reagan Cowan of McFarland Many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1P.M. ??? Thursday, October 7, 2010 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Sandy Berg Holte will officiate. www.srtfuneral.com Russell C. Haussner Attention Plumbers L 03/19/1920-10/01/2010 Russell C. Haussner, age 90 of McGregor died Friday, October 1, 2010 at his residence near McGregor, Mn. Russell was born March 19, 1920 at St. Paul, Minnesota the son of Raymond and Vina (Porrier) Haussner. He grew up and attended schools at White Bear Lake, Mn graduating from the White Bear Lake High School in 1938. He worked for a short time as a lineman for Northern State Power Co. He then enlisted in the US Army in 1942 and served until 1945. Upon his discharge he returned to the Twin Cities and went to school to learn the plumbing trade. He worked as a plumber for 30 years and was a member of the Plumbers Local 34. He married Dolores Kearny on June 1, 1973 at Pierre, South Dakota. He retired to McGregor, Mn in 1974 and they have lived here since. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed golf and had been a member of the Savanna Country Club for many years. He is survived by his wife Dolores of McGregor; Children and spouses: Judy and Jerry Ball of Scandia, Mn.; Robert and Nancy Haussner of Stillwater, Mn.; Jack and Judy Haussner of McGregor; Susan and Patrick Thomas of New Richmond, Wisc.; Brian and Karin Kearney of Anoka, Mn.; Leslie Davis of Hudson, Wisc.; 13 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren and 1 brothers and sister in law: James and Annette Haussner of McGregor. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 sister Evelyn Marko. A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 11 AM from the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the Larson-Deneen VFW Post of McGregor, MN. Burial will be at the Sunset Memorial Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Kevin Crimmins 02/03/1957-10/02/2010 Kevin Dean Crimmins, 53 of Aitkin, formerly of Brainerd died Saturday, October 2, 2010 at St. Luke???s Hospital in Duluth after a long illness. He was born February 3, 1957 in Princeton to Lowell and Irene (O???Leary) Crimmins. He attended Cooper High School in Robbinsdale. Kevin was united in marriage to Bonita Swenson in June of 1999. He worked as a chef in the Minneapolis area from the mid 1970???s to the late 1980???s at fine restaurants such as Murray???s, 510 Groveland, and others. He took great pride in his work. He loved fishing and the Minnesota Twins. He is survived by his parents Lowell and Irene (O???Leary) Crimmins Brother Darwin Sisters and Brothers-in-law: Patty Gabrick Diane (Todd) Stark Linda (Larry) Ellis And many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11A.M. ??? Saturday, October 9, 2010 funeral service at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father Justin Fish will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com John ''Jack'' Swedlund John ???Jack??? 05/12/1939-10/03/2010 John ''Jack'' Swedlund John ???Jack??? Swedlund, 71 of Tamarack, formerly of Coon Rapids died Sunday, October 3, 2010 at St. Mary???s Medical Center, Duluth. He was born May 12, 1939 in Brook Park to Ted and Pearl (Yeiter) Swedlund. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving for 4 years and was a former police officer for Coon Rapids Police Dept. for 24 years. Jack was united in marriage to Lucy (Androli) on August 17, 1984 in Coon Rapids. He was preceded in death by 6 siblings, brother-in-law Joe Pries, and his parents. He is survived by his wife of 26 years Lucy 2 Children: Greg (Teresa), Cheryl (Matthew) O???Donnell, their mother Pat Swedlund 5 grandchildren: Travis, Alicia, Jacob, Hailey, Carlee 1 great-grandchild Skylar 1 sister Mavis Pries Long time friends: Al, Art, and Dave And nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Funeral services with military honors will be 2p.m., Sunday, October 10, 2010 at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, rural McGregor. Rev. Karen Schuder will officiate. Visitation will be 12p.m. until the 2p.m. service at the church. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com. Cecelia Lorraine Malmgren 02/18/1925-10/05/2010 Cecelia Lorraine Malmgren, age 85 of Aitkin, beloved sister and aunt died unexpectedly after shoulder surgery for a fall, on Tuesday October 5, 2010 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lorraine was a life-long resident of Aitkin, well known by many in our community for her years of work at the Security State Bank. Lorraine was born February 18, 1925 in Aitkin the daughter of Luther J. and Cecelia Malmgren. Lorraine loved her church and also bowling, but her greatest joy was spending time at ???The Farm??? on Lone Lake. She loved to poke around in her flowers and watch her great nieces and nephews at play. Most people will remember Lorraine as a beautiful, quiet and gentle presence in the life of the community. She was all of those things and much more. Jerry and Don and their families knew the ???more??? She is survived by brothers: Luther Jarrold and Donald Elwin (Renee); nieces: Patricia, Beret (Rob Spiewak) and Ericka (Jeff Hickman) nephews: James (Joanne), Robert (MeHee) and D. Gustaf (Wendy Wagner). Also great nieces and nephews: Greggory and Nicholas (Jim), Emily and Jason (Bob), Zachary (Gus), and Jack Odin (Beret). She was preceded in death by her parents Luther J. and Cecelia Malmgren and 1 sister I. Marie. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 15, 2010 at 1 PM from First Lutheran Church with Rev. Dorothy Sand officiating. Visitation will be from Noon to the 1 PM services at the church. Burial will be in the Diamond Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Gertrud M. Stewart 08/25/1923-10/12/2010 Gertrud M. Stewart, age 87 of McGregor died Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Mn. Gertrud was born August 25, 1923 at Morris, Minnesota the daughter of Frederick and Wilhelmina (Schliep) Toop. She attended schools at Hancock, Minnesota. She then worked for her sister on a farm near Morris for several years. She married Kenneth W. Stewart on May 14, 1946 at Wright, Minnesota. They started out their married life by operating a small farm near Wright. They later moved to a larger far near Tamarack and farmed that until 1971. They then moved to McGregor and operated a grocery store until 1974 at which time they sold that and retired. They had cared for 48 foster children from 1971 until the early 1990???s. They also had been active in transporting people to their doctor???s appointments for a number of years. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, and Our Saviors Lutheran Church. She greatly enjoyed sewing and making quilts of which each of her grandchildren and great grandchildren have one of her quilts. She is survived by children and spouses: Frederick Stewart of Tamarack, Mary Edith and Charlie Weyand of McGregor, David and Pat Stewart of Duluth, Mn., Jo and Mike Turnock of McGregor; 11 grandchildren: Michael Stewart, Joey Stewart, Angela (Ray) DeWitt, Chrissy (Jim) MacDonald, David (Toni) Stewart, Jeremy (Theresa) Weyand, Kenny Williams, Steven (Debbie) Williams, Jamie Williams, Tammy (Randy) Baazard, Tina Turnock, Charlie (Robin) Weyand, Kevin Rouse; 22 great grandchildren; 1 brother: Merton (Emmie) Toop of Washington State; brother in law: Robert (Ramona) Stewart of Tamarack, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kenneth in 1995, 2 brothers and 4 sisters. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 11 AM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. David Becker officiating. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 PM on Friday at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Minnesota. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Dorothy K. Conner 07/13/1925-10/13/2010 Dorothy Kathleen Conner, 85, died Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at St. Mary???s Medical Center in Duluth. She was born July 13, 1925 in Virginia, MN. to Louis and Winnie (Hall) Strand. She was a 1943 graduate of Roosevelt High School , Virginia. That was followed by graduation from Northwestern Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis in 1947 with the degree of Registered Nurse. Dorothy was united in marriage to William L. Conner, Jr. on October 27, 1947 in Virginia. After living one year in Arkansaw, WI. they moved to Aitkin, MN. There she worked doing part and full time nursing at the Miners Hospital, Crosby-Ironton, Aitkin Community Hospital, Public Health Department, and Aicota Nursing Home, before retiring in 1987. She served on the Aitkin Public Health Nursing Advisory Board, the Development Achievement Center Advisory Board, the Hospice Advisory Board, and was a Board Member of the Central Lakes College Nursing Program. She was also a member of Aitkin United Methodist Church and a constituent member of the Palo Congregational Church. After retirement they spent as much time as possible at their cabin on Whiteface Flowage in Makinen, MN. During this time she joined Haarfager Lodge, Sons of Norway, and the Virginia Area Historical Society. She is survived by sons: Michael (Edee) of Isle Randy (Merna) of Eveleth Gregory of Keewatin Kevin (Pam) of Aitkin Daughters: Bonnie (Mike) Conner Landy of St. Cloud Kathleen (John) Gallatin of Aitkin Grandchildren: Chad (Kari) Conner of Isle, Tim (Ashley) Conner of Wait Park, Brian (Rachael) Conner of White Bear Lake, Christine (Mark) Mathieu of Eveleth, Caren Conner of Eveleth, Aaron Conner of Anoka, Ben (Jennifer) Pearson of Rochester, NY., Daniel Pearson of Rochester, NY., Abbey Pearson of St. Cloud, Sarah (Dean) Gill of Sauk Rapids, Katie Gallatin of Pillager, Jenny Gallatin of Minneapolis, Great-grandchildren: Kylee Conner and Brad Conner of Isle Josh Pearson and Jack Pearson of Rochester, NY. Eli Gill of Sauk Rapids She was preceded in death by her husband William, brothers Lowell Strand, Grant Strand, infant grandson Paul Conner, and her parents Louis and Winnie (Hall) Strand. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. ??? Saturday, October 23, 2010 funeral service at the United Methodist Church in Aitkin. Reverend Judith Clark will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Aitkin. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Memorials are preferred in Lieu of flowers to Aitkin United Methodist Church and Palo Congregational Church. James Boelter 12/25/1929-10/13/2010 James F. Boelter, 80, of Wasilla, Alaska passed away on Wednesday, October 13, 2010. He was born December 25, 1929 in Madelia , MN . to Friedrich and Grace (Cooling) Boelter. He graduated from McGregor High School in 1948. James was married to Cheri (Sears) Crane and had four children. James married Joyce (Carlson) Boelter in 1986 and was widowed in 2004. He went to Alaska in 1950 and worked as a laborer and drove truck in the summers. From 1955 to 1961 he worked in Chicago and Phoenix. In 1954 ??? 1955 he operated the Texaco Gas Station in McGregor. He formed Sandy Lake Sands & Gravel in 1961 and in 1971 he added the ready-mix plant. He returned to Alaska in 1974 and worked on the Alaska pipeline on the North Slope at Prudhoe Bay for the next 9 years. He loved Alaska and enjoyed watching ther moose that would come in his yard, salmon and halibut fishing, bird watching, and gardening. He took great pride in growing and taking care of his geraniums. He was also very proud of driving the Alcan Highway 62 times. James is survived by special friend Eileen Craig of Palmer, Alaska, children: Jeffrey J. Boelter (Michelle Sheldon) of McGregor, Jane C. Vranish (Dave) of Deerwood, Judy L. Hutar (Jimmy Turek) of Spring Lake Park, Jeri G. Anderson (Joe Tarnowski) of Tamarack, Sister: Doree D. Ekelund (Herman) of McGregor,.10 Grandchildren: Julie, Jill, Joy, Jacy, Jady, Joshua, Jason, Jackie, Jeana, Jayna, 13 great-grandchildren, Jenna, Jake, Jared, Janie, Justice, Joey, James, Jalyn, Julian, Josten, Jayda, Justin, Jackson, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. . He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Grace (Cooling) Boelter, and his wife Joyce Boelter. Visitation will be at 12:30 p.m. and Services at 1:30 p.m. ??? Sunday, October 24, 2010 at Grace Lutheran Log Church, 48115 Lake Avenue, McGregor, MN 55760 (Big Sandy Lake area). Reverend Tom Schaer will officiate. Burial will follow the services. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com Lesley M. Ferguson 05/06/1910-10/17/2010 Lesley M. Ferguson, age 100 of Aitkin formerly of Brainerd died Sunday, October 17, 2010 at the Unity Hospital in Fridley, Minnesota. She was born May 6, 1910 at Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Isaac and Ethel (Oppelt) Cummings. She grew up in Aitkin and graduated from the Aitkin High School. She then attended teachers Normal School. She taught in country schools in the Aitkin area. She married Fred Ferguson on January 28, 1937 at Brainerd, Mn. They made their home in Brainerd since that time. She is survived by 2 daughters: Rochelle Bertram of Aitkin; Kay Ferguson of Mounds View, Mn.; 8 Grandchildren: Fred Bertram, Lesley Young, Rozalyn Gill, Andrew Bertram, Allan Ferguson, Greg Ferguson, Valerie Wise, Matthew Pfaffendorf and 13 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Fred, and 4 brothers. A memorial mass will be held Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Interment will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Esther L. Gauthier 03/05/1928-10/20/2010 Esther L. Gauthier, age 82 of Tamarack, died Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at the Villa Vista Care Center in Cromwell, Minnesota. Esther was born March 5, 1928 at Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Edward and Hilda (Ness) Nelson. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. She married Lawrence ???Tea??? Gauthier on September 27, 1947 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Columbia Heights until moving to Tamarack, Minnesota in 1975. She has lived here since. She had been a member of the McGregor VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She also enjoyed writing. She is survived by 2 sons and daughters in law: William and Julie Gauthier of Columbia Heights, Mn.; David and Sue Gauthier of Tamarack, 1 daughter and son in law: Diane and Keith Hebzynski of Osakis, Mn.; 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband ???Tea??? in 1993 and 1 brother Melvin. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October26, 2010 at 1 PM at the Tamarack Presbyterian Church on with Pastor Jack Gould officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Salo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Frank J. Mason 05/11/1947-10/20/2010 Frank J. Mason, Naawigiizis, 63, died Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at Villa Vista Care Center in Cromwell. He was born May 11, 1947 in Cloquet to Albert and Emma (Squirrel) Mason. He attended McGregor Schools and worked for the local DAC. He enjoyed bowling, watching wrestling, gambling, and fishing. Frank is survived by his mother Emma Mason and many relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Frank A. Mason. Services will begin at 10:00A.M. ??? Sunday, October 24, 2010 at the East Lake Community Center in East Lake ??? McGregor. Visitation will begin at 4:00p.m., Saturday at the Community Center. Burial will be in the Rice Lake Wildlife Refuge Burial Grounds. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com Lou Saenger LeRoy 08/29/1924-10/22/2010 Louis {Lou} Saenger died Friday, October 22, 2010 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota, after a long illness. He was 86 years old. He was born on August 29, 1924 in Winona to Louis and Anna {Killa} Saenger, the third of five children. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Dorothy {Howard}, brothers George and Richard, and his wife, Dorothy. He is survived by sons Gary {Barbara} of Ogilvie, Kirk of Brainerd, Mark of Rochester, daughter Lou Ann of Rapid City, and brother James of Coon Lake Beach, grandsons Bill {Kathy} of Mora, Christopher of Rapid City and granddaughters Casey and Courtney of Rapid City, and dozens of nieces and nephews. Cremation services were provided through McGregor Funeral Home followed by interment at Victor Hill near Coon Lake Beach. Marie L. Gnahn 12/25/1911-10/28/2010 Marie L. Gnahn, age 98 of Aitkin died Thursday, October 28, 2010 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Marie was born December 25, 1911 at Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Frederick and Laura (Lueck) Buckman. He grew up at Cedarbrook and attended the Cedarbrook School. She then lived in the Twin Cities for a time doing housework. She married August M. Gnahn on October 7, 1939 at St. John???s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook. They made their home and farmed in Cedarbrook until the Late 1970???s when they retired and moved to Deerwood. Her husband August died in 1983. She moved to the Maryhill Manor in Aitkin at the age of 87 and lived there for the past 11 years. She has resided at the Aitkin Health Services for the past month. She was a member of St. John???s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook and was a member of the Ladies Aid. She had belonged to the neighborhood card club. She enjoyed reading, gardening and the outdoors. She is survived by 2 daughters and son in law: Margaret Latvala of Cedar, Mn.; Mildred and Stan Grunenwald of Grand Rapids, Mn.;2 sisters: Rose Ringhand of Aitkin, Violet Kellerman of Aitkin, sister in law: Pearl Buckman of Deerwood, 8 grandchildren: Carrie (Jim) Jerylo, Jeff Latvala, Albert (Brenda) Grunenwald, Troy (Chris) Grunenwald, Melanie (Caleb) Schauer, Michele (Mike) Rovinsky, Heidi (Paul) Haddix, Steven (Kelly) Grunenwald; and 25 great grandchildren, 1 niece and 3 nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband August in 1983, son in law: Jim Latvala, Brother Harry Buckman, and 2 nieces: Carol Pollard and Bonnie Brant. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 1, 2010 at 11 AM from St. John???s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Burial will be in the St. John???s Lutheran Church Cemetery at Cedarbrook. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Elsa L. Schularick 10/08/1924-10/29/2010 Elsa L. Schularick, age 86 of Crosby, formerly of Jacobson, beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother died peacefully with her family at her bedside on Friday, October 29, 2010 at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. Elsa was born October 8, 1924 at Albany, New York the daughter of Willard and Bertha Buttron. She attended schools in New York and then attended Barnard College in New York City and then Columbia Medical School for Nursing. She married Walter J. Schularick on May 26, 1945 at Dallas, Texas. She attended the University of Minnesota and received her BA degree in sociology. She worked for the Red Cross as a social case worked before raising her family. They made their home at Long Lake, Mn. After Walter???s retirement they moved to Palm Harbor, Florida. In 1984 they moved to her husband???s home place near Jacobson and rebuilt the home and farm. The sold the farm in 1996 and lived in a number of places before she entered the Cuyuna Regional Care Center 5 years ago. Elsa enjoyed horseback riding, swimming, boating, singing in the choir, artwork, and listening to classical music. She was a scholar who devoted her life to her husband and children. Her deep insight and warmth will be missed by all who knew her and loved her. She is survived by 3 sons and spouses: Martin (Rhoda) Schularick of Jordan, Mn.; Bill (Roxanne) Schularick of Lansdale, Penn.; Joe (Kristine) Schularick of Montevideo, Mn.; 2 daughters and spouses: Robin (Richard) May of Minnetonka, Mn.; Lisa (Richard) Old of Deerwood; 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Walter in 2006 and 1 granddaughter Lisa Jean May. Funeral services will be held Friday, November 5, 2010 at 2 PM from Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Brandi Hacker officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Albert A. Christensen 01/10/1926-11/02/2010 Albert A. Christensen, 84 of Aitkin, died Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born January 10, 1926 in Kimberly Township, Aitkin County to Arthur and Rose (DeVenter) Christensen. He graduated from Aitkin High School. He was a U.S. Merchant Marine veteran serving during WW II in the Atlantic and Pacific, finishing his tour with the occupation forces in Japan. Albert was united in marriage to Marian E. Paulsen on September 25, 1950 in Aitkin. They lived in Minneapolis and then spent time living in Aitkin, Ely, Grand Rapids, and Remer prior to returning to Aitkin in the early 1950???s where they have lived since. He enjoyed woodworking throughout his life. He was employed for Lambert Lumber, Deerwood Lumber, and Woodland Container as a buyer and cost estimator. He was a member of Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727, American Legion Lee Post #86, and St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Albert is survived 2 sons: Gregory Christensen of Aitkin, James Christensen of Esko One daughter and son-in-law: Karen and Scott Krawchuk of Aitkin Daughter of his heart: Kari Paulsen and her husband Dusty Cartie of Aitkin 6 Grandchildren: Erik, Nick, Luke, Lea, Ali, and MacKenzie Two great-grandchildren: Ava and Eliot 1 brother and sister-in-law: David and Lynette Christensen of Orange Beach, Alabama One niece and 1 nephew, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Marian on February 18, 2006, One brother Warren Christensen His parents Arthur and Rose (DeVenter) Christensen. Funeral services will be 12:00P.M. ??? Monday, November 8, 2010 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father Justin Fish will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by Aitkin VFW Post #1727 and American Legion Post #86. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Sunday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Music by Alice Hudson and Carla Gutzman. Pallbearers are Erik Christensen, Nick Christensen, Luke Christensen, Lea Christensen, Ali Krawchuk, Kari Paulsen, Dusty Cartie www.srtfuneral.com Elizabeth L. Johnson 06/26/1939-11/05/2010 Elizabeth L. Johnson, 71 of Aitkin died Fri., Nov. 5, 2010 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born June 26, 1939 in Mayville, ND to Joseph and Lillian (Bjorseth) Johnson. She graduated from Mayville High School and then attended St. Luke???s Hospital nursing school in Fargo, ND. She worked at the University of Minnesota and then North Memorial Medical Center as an R.N. and an Enterostomal Therapist. After her retirement in 1995 she moved to Aitkin County. She enjoyed traveling, quilting, gardening, reading and baking. Elizabeth is survived by special friend Pat Erkel of Aitkin 1 Nephew Daniel Tolzin of Bloomington One niece Lisa ???Shanan??? Tolzin of Minneapolis 2 great-nieces: Lillian and Juliette Kline Brother-in-law Stanley Tolzin of Bloomington Other relatives and friends She was preceded in death by her sister Kathryn (Johnson) Tolzin 2 brothers Robert and Joseph Johnson Niece Kimberly Gray And her parents Joseph and Lillian (Bjorseth) Johnson A Special thank you to the staff at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. Memorial services will be 11AM, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in rural Aitkin. Reverend Cynthia Gray will officiate. Visitation is 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Edith L. Glidden 04/14/1915-11/07/2010 Edith L. (Feltman) Glidden, age 95 of Aitkin died Sunday, November 7, 2010 at the Bethany Good Samaritan Society in Brainerd. Edith was born April 14, 1915 at Steward, Illinois the daughter of George and Florence (Mae) (Robinson) Feltman. They moved to Villard, Mn. and then to the Aitkin area. She married Richard Glidden on March 25, 1936 near Aitkin. The lived and farmed in the Aitkin area where they raised their family. She worked at the State Hospital in Brainerd as a care giver for many years. After the death of her husband Richard in 2006, she moved to Brainerd and has resided at the Bethany Good Samaritan Nursing Facility since. She enjoyed sewing, doing embroidery work and she was a wonderful cook. She is survived by her children and spouses: Roger and Dorothy Glidden of Aitkin; Norma Beyett of Winder, Georgia, Kenneth Glidden of Mounds View, Mn.; Irene and Les Fetters of Milaca, 13 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and 14 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard in 2006, siblings Roy, Paul, Eleta Hoeper, two grandchildren and two sons in laws. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Donald Norman officiating. Burial will be in the Bennettville Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 PM at the funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services on Saturday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Genevieve M. Hove 03/28/1921-11/08/2010 Genevieve M. Hove, age 89 of Coon Rapids and McGregor died Monday, November 8, 2010 at her daughter???s home in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. To know Genevieve was to love her. Genevieve was born March 28, 1921 at Cross Plains, Wisconsin the daughter of Ed and Mamie (Brovald) Brost. She grew up and attended schools at Cross Plains and then at Verona, Wisconsin where she attended and graduated from the Verona High School in 1938. She was the Senior Class Prom Queen. She then worked for a time as a secretary during WW II. She then married Everett G. Hove on March 4, 1944 in Jefferson County, Wisconsin. They lived in Madison, Wisc. for a time and then had lived at Watertown, Wisc. and Elkhorn, Wisc. before moving to St. Paul, Mn. They lived in St. Paul until 1980 at which time they moved permanently to their cabin on Big Sandy Lake near McGregor. They had spent winters in Tucson, Arz. For 26 years. She has resided in Coon Rapids for the past 3 years in the winters and at the lake during the summers. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and had been active in a number of the women???s groups in the church. She had been involved with quilting, Meals on Wheels, enjoyed golfing and painting. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary. She is survived by her husband Everett G. Hove of McGregor; children and spouses: Janis and Barry Fowler of Coon Rapids, Brian and Kathy Hove of Fridley, Mn.; Randy and Kim Hove of St. Louis, Mo., Paul Hove of Circle Pines, Mn., Phil and Judy Hove of Cottage Grove, Mn., 13 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren; 2 brothers: Kenneth (Jean) Brost of Madison, Wisc., Edward (Janice) Brost of Madison, Wisc., 1 sister: Betty Wanek of Tucson, Arz. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 infant daughter Christine and 1 brother Dean. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 15, 2010 at 2 PM from Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from Noon until the 2 PM services at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Dale M. Nelson 10/14/1914-11/13/2010 Dale M. Nelson, age 96 of McGregor formerly of Brooklyn Center died Saturday, November 13, 2010 in McGregor. Dale was born October 14, 1914 at Kimball, Minnesota the son of Fred and Grace (Mumford) Nelson. He grew up and attended schools in Kimball graduating from the Kimball High School. He then worked in the CCC Camps for a time. In 1936 he and his brother Paul moved to Montana for work. He married Glendora Ann Burns on May 26, 1937 at Great Falls, Montana. He began working for the General Motors Company in 1951 in Montana. In 1959 he moved to Brooklyn Center, Mn. and continued to work for GM. He retired from GM in 1972. He lived in Brooklyn Center until 2007 at which time he moved to McGregor and has resided here since. He was a member of the Masons. He enjoyed traveling and playing the piano. He is survived by 3 sons and spouses: Dale and Bonnie Nelson Jr. of Great Falls, Montana; David and Linda Nelson of McGregor; Dirk and Lois Nelson of Kearney, Nebraska; 9 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 1 sister: Marilyn Stockinger of Great Falls, Montana; 1 brother: Fred Nelson of St. Cloud, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Glendora in 2004, 2 daughters and 3 brothers. Services will be held Wednesday Nov. 17 at 1 PM from the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor with Rev. Steve DeMars officiating. Visitation from 11 AM until the 1 PM services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Mound Cemetery at Brooklyn Center at a later date. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Theresa Ann Taylor 12/31/1974-11/16/2010 Theresa Ann Taylor, (Baanag), 35 of Fargo, ND. Died Tuesday, November 16, 2010 in Fargo, ND. She was born December 31, 1974 in Minneapolis to Benny Skinaway and Marcia Jean Taylor. She was a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. She loved and enjoyed life. Theresa is survived by 3 children: Angelo Rodriguez of Fargo, ND. Raylen Rodriguez of Minneapolis Marco Taylor of Minneapolis Four sisters: Rita Taylor of Fargo Rose Taylor of Minneapolis Monica Skinaway Round Lake, WI. Samantha Skinaway of Round Lake, WI. 1 brother Benny Skinaway, Jr. of Round Lake, WI. Two aunts: Lisa Carpenter of McGregor Melissa Skinaway of St. Paul She was preceded in death by her sister Katie Jo Taylor and her parents. Funeral services will be 10:00AM, Sunday, November 21, 2010 at East Lake Community Center in East Lake ??? McGregor. Melvin Eagle will officiate. Burial will be in the Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. Visitation will begin at 4:00PM, Saturday at East Lake Community Center. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com Wayne D. Thompson 12/08/1961-11/18/2010 Wayne D. Thompson, 48. of Aitkin passed away on Thursday November 18, 2010 at his home surrounded by family. A memorial service was held 11AM, Monday November 22, 2010 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral home with Pastor Dallas Smith officiating. He was born December 8,1961, in Webster South Dakota to Jack and Frances (Frankie) Thompson. He resided in the Mille Lacs area for most of his life. He worked in many aspects of the construction trade including his own construction company from 1994 to 2004. The past three years he was employed with Geo paint and finish. He is survived by loving wife Judy Thompson, Aitkin; Son Randy Thompson, Brainerd; Daughter Amanda Geisthardt, New Richmond WI; Twins Mary Thompson, Richfield; Darrell Thompson, Alexandria; Stepdaughter Mindy Webeck, Wahkon; Stepgrandchildren Natalie Webeck, John DeCoursey, Alex DeCoursey all of Wahkon; Father Jack Thompson, Aitkin; Brother Lee Thompson, Garrison; Sister Jackie Dockery, Tennesee; Nephew Tom Thompson, Tennesee; Cheryl (Matt) Pojonowski, St. Cloud; Nephew Stephen Schueller, St. Cloud; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and his very special best friend, one time business partner Jeff Jandro, Faribault MN. He is preceded in death by his Mother Frances (Frankie) Thompson, Niece Andrea Schueller, Grandparents LaVon and Irene Thompson, Lawrence and Bertina Benson. He wil be greatly missed by his family and friends. Edith Irene Smith 03/18/1912-11/26/2010 Edith Irene Smith, age 98 of Aitkin died Friday, November 26, 2010 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Irene was born March 18, 1912 at Aitkin, Minnesota the daughter of Gustav and Anna (Anderson) Nelson. She grew up and attended grade school in Malmo. At the age of 10 she moved with her family to Illinois where she graduated from High School and attended two years of Business College. She then went to work for the Walgreens Drug Co. She married Robert Smith on July 9, 1933 at LaGrange, Illinois. During WW II she worked for the McDonald-Douglas Company. In 1957 she and her husband moved to the Glen Community for a few years. They then returned to Illinois where she worked as a bookkeeper and accountant for the Tupperware Company. She did that until she retired in 1980. They then moved to Tennessee and lived there for 18 years. In 1998 she moved to Aitkin and has lived here since. She was a member of the Aitkin Community Hospital Women???s Auxiliary. She enjoyed baking, sewing and gardening. She was also a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She is survived by her daughter: Bette Lou Peterson of Aitkin; grandson: Ronald Smith of Minnetonka, Mn.; great grandchildren: Jamie (Justin) Fisher and Lauren (Brian) Kessen. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert in 1985, 1 brother and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 1 PM from the Glen Community Church at Glen, Mn. with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 2 to 4 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church Sunday. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the Glen Community Church or the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Arvel ''Red'' Landsverk Arvel I. ???Re 02/20/1928-11/30/2010 Arvel ''Red'' Landsverk Arvel I. ???Red??? Landsverk, age 82 of Aitkin formerly of the Fargo/Moorhead area died Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at Aitkin, Minnesota. Red was born February 20, 1928 at Fosston, Minnesota the son of Knut and Anna (Vennes) Landsverk. He attended country schools at Fosston and then attended the Hillcrest Academy at Fergus Falls, Mn. graduating in 1946. He then attended Augsburg College for a year. He also attended schools in Montana and Washington before serving in the U.S Air Force during the Korean War. He married Gloria P. McAuley on October 24, 1953 at Halstad, Mn. Upon his discharge in 1954 he attended Moorhead State University graduating in 1955. He lived in the Fargo area and then moved to Hendrum, Mn. for several years. He worked for the Internal Revenue Service as a field agent. He then went to work for the Small Business Administration as a management specialist. He and his family made their home in Moorhead from 1963 until 2005. In 2005 Red and Gloria moved to Aitkin Mn. and have resided here since that time. He had served as church treasurer for Christ the King Lutheran Church in Moorhead. He also sang in the church choir. He enjoyed family camping and traveling. He is survived by his wife Gloria of Aitkin; 7 sons and spouses: Doug (Sue) Landsverk of Aitkin, Rolf Landsverk of San Jose, Ca., Don (Robin Holt) Landsverk of Eugene, Or., Eric (Robin MacKillop) Landsverk of Live Oak, Ca., Kris Landsverk of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, David (Beth) Landsverk of Maple Grove, Mn., Mike (Karen) Landsverk of Becker, Mn., 9 Grandchildren and 1 Great Granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers: Arthur and Obert and 2 sisters: Evelyn and Alice. A memorial service will be held Friday, December 3, 2010 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Dorothy Sand officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church Friday. Burial will be at the Landsverk Cemetery in Fosston, Mn. next summer. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Ricardo Kolodji 06/24/1967-11/30/2010 Ricardo ???Rico??? Cinco Kolodji, 43 of Deerwood died Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at Mille Lacs Hospital in Onamia. He was born June 24, 1967 in Manila, Philippines. He graduated from Belgrade High School and then attended vocational college. Rico was united in marriage to Polly (Thue) on July 31, 1999 in Sandstone. He was employed at the Grand Casino in Hinckley and Mille Lacs, working as a Compliance Liaison. He enjoyed music and playing many different instruments. He spent time in the outdoors picking agates and blueberries, canoeing, fishing and camping with his family. He always found time to help people in need and to play catch with his children. Rico was a good father, husband, son, and brother. He is survived by his wife Polly 3 children: Anthony Miller, Mikayla Kolodji, and Logan Kolodji Parents: Robert and Jan Kolodji of Aitkin Two brothers and sisters-in-law: Allyn (Beth) Kolodji of Mora Dean (Julie) Kolodji of Mora 2 sisters and brothers-in-law: Diane (Rich) Rasmussen of Front Royal, VA. Karen Kolodziejczyk (Jeffrey Slater) of North St. Paul And many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. ??? Monday, December 6, 2010 memorial service at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Dorothy Sand will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Milford P. Peterson 03/01/1921-12/05/2010 Milford P. Peterson, age 89 of Aitkin died Sunday, December 5, 2010 at his home on Dam Lake. Milford was born March 1, 1921 at Litchfield, Minnesota the son of Saldon and Christine (Turck) Peterson. He grew up and attended schools in Litchfield. He then served in the U.S, Navy during WW II. Upon his discharge he returned to Litchfield and worked for a Silo Company at Lake Lillian. He then moved to Minneapolis and worked for the Model Stone Company and also did some construction work. He then became a block layer which he did for 50 years. He married Alta I. Danielson on April 15, 1950 at Litchfield, Mn. They made their home in Bloomington, Mn. for 35 years. In 1985 they retired to Dam Lake near Aitkin, Mn. and have lived here since. He was a member of the Bloomington VFW Post. He enjoyed Hunting, Fishing, Woodworking and working on anything mechanical. He is survived by his wife Alta Peterson of Aitkin, 2 sisters: Geraldine Jackson of Lake Lillian, Mn. and Laura Hobben of Robbinsdale, Mn. and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 son Michael Peterson and 1 daughter Suzanne Fitzgerald. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 11 at 1:30 PM from the Kimberly Community Church with Rev. Rick Perry officiating. Burial will be in the Saron Cemetery in the spring. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. David Joseph Aleman 06/20/1957-12/07/2010 David Joseph Aleman, age 53 of Aitkin died Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at West Saint Paul, Minnesota. David was born June 20, 1957 at Los Angeles, California the son of David and Elsie Carmon (Salcedo) Aleman. He grew up and attended schools at San Bernardino, Calf. He then entered the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and served for 23 years. He served in the Iraq war. The ship which he was serving on was torpedoed during the war. He worked in the engine rooms keeping ships running. He was discharged in 1989 and retired from the Navy. Most recently he had worked at the Grand Casino at Mille Lacs. He is survived by 3 children: David Aleman, Christina Aleman, and Levi Aleman; Mother: Carmon Ginkel, Father: David Aleman; 2 brothers: Don Aleman and Tony Aleman, 1 sister: Diane Aleman, Aunt and uncle: Daniel and Nellie Aleman. He was preceded in death by his sister Deborah Jo Santo. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 2 PM At Glory Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Glory Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest Register please goes to www.srtfuneral.com. Ione Hulderson 09/28/1931-12/13/2010 Ione Hulderson, 79, lifelong resident of Aitkin died Monday, December 13, 2010 at St. Mary???s Medical Center in Duluth. She was born September 28, 1931 in Glen to Martin and Myrtle (Morris) Berggren. She is survived by 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Don (Eunmi) Hulderson of Graham, Washington David (Shelly) Hulderson of White Bear Lake, Minnesota One daughter and son-in-law: Doreen (Jim) Southwick of Casper, Wyoming 5 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren 1 brother and sister-in-law: Basil (Ruth) Berggren of Wisconsin One sister: Dorothy Williams of Aitkin Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her great-grandson, sister Elnora Johnson and her parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. ??? Friday, December 17, 2010 funeral service at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Dorothy Sand will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com Donald Kiffmeyer 12/13/1940-12/21/2010 Donald J. Kiffmeyer, 70 of Aitkin died Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at his residence. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. ??? Thursday, December 23, 2010 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father Justin Fish will officiate. Visitation will be 4 to 8:00P.M. at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com Thomas E. Eberhardt Thomas E, Eberhard 07/25/1945-12/30/2010 Thomas E. Eberhardt Thomas E, Eberhardt, age 65 of Aitkin died Thursday, December 30, 2010 near Milaca, Minnesota as the result of a plane accident. Thomas is survived by his parents: Ruth and Paul Eberhardt of Beaumont, Texas, brother: David Eberhardt, Sister: Judy Swartz; Son and daughter in law: Paul and Kim Eberhardt, daughter: Sally Eberhardt and 4 granddaughters. Thomas was born July 25, 1945 at Massillon, Ohio and was the eldest of four children. He went to Ohio State University and earned a degree in industrial Engineering, and also met his future wife Elinor. After graduation, he moved to Rhode Island where he and his wife had their first child Paul. Two year later he moved to Easton, Pa. where they had their secons child Sally. A true entreprenuer, thomas started his first business there in 1978 and has been his own boss since. After and exhaustive search of over 400 lakes all over the country, Thomas and Elinor settled on Cedar Lake and moved the businesses to Aitkin, Mn. Thomas loved Aitkin and soon became very involved in the community. He was a charter member and first president of the Aitkin Lakes Rotary Club, was on the Airport Commission, founded and histed the annual riverboat race during Riverboat Heritage days, and served as president of the Cedar Lake Association. During the reorganization of American Peat Technology, Thomas took over as CEO and lead the company to prosperity. His true passion was his family. Both of his children have moved to Aitkin in recent years, a rare blessing he truly appreciated. A lifelong fisherman, he was happiest on his pontoon boat with his grandchildren. He never missed a chance to toast the sunset, Cedar lake, and ''Our Good Fortune''. He will be dearly missed by all those fortuinate enough to have had their lived touched by his heart. Thomas was one of those rare people who lived his life to the fullest in the way he deemed best. A memorial tribute will be held Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 1:30 PM at the Westside Church in Aitkin. Rev. Dallas Smith and Rev. Vern Broughton will officiate. A gathering time will be from Noon until the 1:30 PM service time. Memorials are preferred to the Susan G. Komen Cancer Fund on the Elinor and Thomas Eberhardt Fund Site, or to the Jaquest Art Center or Riverwood Healing Garden. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Elinor C. Eberhardt 02/21/1946-12/30/2010 Elinor C. Eberhardt, age 64 of Aitkin died Thursday, December 30, 2010 near Milaca, Minnesota as the result of a plane accident. Elinor is survived by two brothers: Carl Dodge and Kenneth Dodge; son and daughter in law: Paul and Kim Eberhardt, daughter: Sally Eberhardt and four granddaughters. Elinor was born in Cleveland, Ohio on February 21, 1946 the daughter of Thelma and Lawrence Dodge. She graduated from Shaw High School and the went to Ohio State University where she earned a BS in Chemistry and met her future husband Thomas. After Thomas graduated, they moved to Rhode Island and had their first child Paul. They later moved to Easton, Pa. where they had their secons child Sall. Elinor then helped her husband start their first business by obtaining a degree and license as a certified public accountant. Elinor lived in Easton for 19 years helping Thomas start and run two more businesses. She was a very active member of the American Association of University Women including acting as treasurer, secretary, and president of her chapter. After their daughters graduation, Elinor and Thomas moved their businesses to Aitkin, Mn., the place they would call home for the rest of their lives. Elinor was very active in the Aitkin Community. She was a founding board member of Riverwood Hospital, an active supporter of the Jaques Art Center, a founding member of the Aitkin Garden Club, and volunteered time working in the healing garden. Elinor was very creative. She sewed, gardened, baked, and made beautiful pottery that she displayed and sold at the Jaques Art Center. She was a loving mother and grandmother who will be sorely missed by her family, friends and community. Elinor's death came shortly after winning a battle with stage III breast cancer. She went through the ordeal with a strength, grace and good nature that touched and inspired all that knew her.Not many people can leave this world without any enemies, but Elinor was one of those rare people. A memorial tribute will be held Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 1:30 PM at the Westside Church in Aitkin. Rev. Dallas Smith and Rev. Vern Broughton will officiate. A gathering time will be from Noon until the 1:30 service time at the church. Memorials are preferred to the Susan G. Komen Cancer Fund on the Elinor and Thomas Eberhardt Memorial Fund Site, or to the Jaques Art Center or Riverwood Healing Garden, all causes Elinor was active in supporting. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Lucille M. Jones 01/18/1917-01/01/2011 Lucille M. Jones, 93 of Aitkin died Saturday, January 1, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born January 18, 1917 in Inavale, NE. to John and Julia (Walstad) Marker. She was united in marriage to Rev. William C. Jones on September 16, 1944 in Evanston, IL. She is survived by 4 daughters and sons-in-law: Julie Bucknam of Maple Grove Karen (Bruce) Gowen of South Jordan, UT. Jerilyn (Gentz) Franz of Jacksonville, IL. Rebecca Jones of Aitkin Eighteen grandchildren: Kelly Andreoli, Allison Bucknam, Jay Gowen, Allie Maldonado, Joseph Gowen, Don Gowen, William Gowen, Liesel Devaul, Nathan Gowen, Sean Gowen, Travis Gowen, Forrest Gowen, Gentzy Franz, Kari McBride, Maggie Franz, John Franz, Peter Lowe, Brekke Lowe 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Reverend William C. Jones, grandson Jakob Franz, and her parents John and Julia (Walstad) Marker. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. ??? Thursday, January 6, 2011 at United Methodist Church in Aitkin. Reverend Larry Foote will officiate. Burial will be in Dorris Cemetery. Visitation will be 4pm to 6:30pm Wednesday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. And will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Carl Arnold Lindgren 06/12/1919-01/02/2011 Carl Arnold Lindgren, age 91 of Aitkin died Sunday, January 2, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born June 12, 1919 at Duluth, Minnesota the son of Carl Johnson and Anna Lindgren. He lived in Duluth for a time but moved to Aitkin and lived in Nordland Township on his grand parent???s farm. He married Mabel Johnson on May 25, 1941 at Aitkin. They lived in Nordland Township and he worked as a farmer and he also worked various other jobs throughout his lifetime. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and had served on the church council. He has also served as the Nordland Township Assessor for many years. He enjoyed cutting wood and in the fall he cut pine boughs to make Christmas wreaths. He enjoyed the outdoors. He is survived by his wife Mabel Lindgren of Aitkin; 2 sons and daughters in law: Kenneth and Billie Lindgren of Aitkin, Gary and Mary Lindgren of Aitkin; 2 daughters and son in law: Shirley and Morris Kewitsch of Brainerd, Elaine Lindgren of Aitkin; 5 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 11 AM from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Nordland Township of Aitkin County with Rev. Cynthia Gray officiating. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Lucille O. Benjamin 09/17/1914-01/10/2011 Lucille O. Benjamin, age 96, of Rogers, formerly of Aitkin died Monday, January 10, 2011 at the Wellstad of Rogers. Lucille was born September 17, 1914 at Twin Brooks, South Dakota the daughter of Peter and Elene (Wick) Olson. She grew up and attended schools at Twin Brook. She then attended teacher college at Mankato Normal School and also had attended the University of Minnesota. She taught at Lake Crystal from 1935 to 1937. She married Fergus MacGregor on April 9, 1938 at Aitkin, Mn. They operated the Shingwauk Resort for many years. Fergus died in 1964. Lucille then married John Nobel on March 4, 1966 at Minnetonka, Mn. John died in 1976. Lucille then married William Benjamin and they lived at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and she taught at the Pine Crest School. William died in 1996. Lucille then moved back to Minnesota and had resided in care facilities for the past 10 years. She is survived by nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Monday, January 17, 2011 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Paula Colton and Rev. Mike Fossen officiating. Burial will be at the Lakeview Cemetery in the spring. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Helen Ann (Skaj) Priem 04/11/1922-01/17/2011 Helen Ann (Skaj) Priem, 88 of Aitkin and formerly of McGregor died Monday, January 17, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born April 11, 1922 in Holdingford to Michael and Anna (Berschik) Varhalla. She graduated from Holdingford High School. Helen was united in marriage to Alexander M. Skaj on January 30, 1940 in Holdingford. After Alexander passed away she was united in marriage to Earl F. Priem on May 6, 1970 in Duluth. She enjoyed gardening, playing cards, reading, doing crossword, quilting, knitting, and crocheting. She made maple syrup and loved cooking for her family. She was a member of the McGregor VFW Auxiliary, Holy Family Catholic Church and its Council of Catholic Women. Helen is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Jim (Charlene) Skaj of Hugo Daughter and son-in-law: Pat (Al) Melser of Embarrass Daughter-in-law: Mary Skaj of Aitkin 8 grandchildren: Bob Melser, Joe Skaj, Amy Field, Jim Skaj, Melissa Skaj, Vicky Diffley, Michael Skaj, Martin Skaj Twenty-three great grandchildren 1 sister Lorraine Embry of Illinois Many nices, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her first husband Alexander M. Skaj, Second husband Earl F. Priem, Son Andy Skaj, 6 brothers: Ray, John, Ben, Andy, Elmer, and Mike Varhalla Six sisters: Irene Francisco, Betty Wing, Marie Wagner, Margaret Varhalla, Rose Varhalla, Ann Lucia and her parents Michael and Anna (Berschik) Varhalla. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. ??? Friday, January 21, 2011 at Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. Fr. John Fleischhacker will officiate. Burial will be in Union Woodland 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 LeeAnn J. Cosgrove 03/04/1944-01/18/2011 LeeAnn J. Cosgrove, age 66 of McGregor formerly of Crystal, Mn. died Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at the University of Minnesota Fairview Hospital. LeeAnn was born March 4, 1944 at Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Peter and Judith (Torsdahl) Boersma. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from North High School in 1962. She married Patrick Cosgrove on May 9, 1964 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Crystal, Minnesota. The purchased a cabin on Horseshoe Lake near McGregor in 1987 and moved there permanently in 2000. She was very involved with the Minnewawa Sportsman???s Club. She enjoyed darts, bowling and playing Bocce Ball. She is survived by 1 son and daughter in law: Pat and Pam Cosgrove of Coon Rapids, Mn. 2 daughters and son in law: Kristin Trizulny of Plymouth, Mn. Amy and Todd Schoeben of Bloomington, Mn. significant other: Frank Sweeney of McGregor; 7 Grandchildren: Caylene, Lindsey, Alex, Alyssa, Mary, Brian and Abby. She is also survived by sisters and brothers in law: Betty (Mel) Hill of Santa Paula, Calf.; Carol Caffee of Carlisle, Iowa; Marlys (John) Dick of Minneapolis; brothers and sisters in law: Don (Joyce) Boersma of New Hope; Bob (Fran) Boersma of Maple Grove. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband Patrick in 2000, and 1 sister LaVonne. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 24, at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 6 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Martin A. Berg 10/19/1941-01/19/2011 Martin A. Berg, age 69 of McGregor died Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Martin was born October 19, 1941 at Wealthwood, Minnesota the son of Martin and Anna (Scherle) Berg. He moved with his family to Tamarack. He grew up and attended schools in Tamarack and McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School in 1961. He then served in the U.S. Army. Upon his discharge he returned to Tamarack and farmed for a time. He married Linda Eigsberg on June 24, 1967 at Tamarack. Martin also worked as a truck driver, auctioneer and real estate broker and drove bus for the McGregor Schools for 16 years. He had lived in the Tamarack/McGregor area his whole life. He was a member of the McGregor Lions, the Tamarack Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed deer hunting, playing cards and traveling. He had been involved with the 4-H program for many years. He was very involved in many community events. His favorite thing to do was spend time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife: Linda Berg of McGregor; 1 son and spouse: David Berg and Brenda Besch of Aitkin; 1 daughter and spouse: Deanna and Donald Lemke of Shakopee, Mother: Anna Berg of McGregor, 6 grandchildren: Mariah, Kaylee, Silas, Andrea, Payton, Ashlyn, brothers and sisters: Darrell (Daisy) Berg of Tamarack, Helen (Eugene) Berg of McGregor, Helmer (Ginny) Berg of Stanchfield MN., Leonard (Kathy) Berg of Maple Plain, Mn., sister in law: carol Berg of Tamarack and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Martin, brother Ole, Sister Marlene Latvala, brother in laws: Burton Demenge and Norman Latvala. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 11 AM at the McGregor Community Center in McGregor. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the Community Center on Tuesday. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor Larson-Deneen VFW Post. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Thomas Otto Martz 02/12/1957-01/24/2011 Thomas Otto Martz, 53, of Wealthwood Township Community on the north shore of Mille Lacs Lake, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, January 24, 2011. Tom had battled pancreatic cancer since last summer. He was born February 12, 1957 in Aitkin to Ross and Kathryn (Hartman) Martz. He attended Aitkin public schools and graduated from Aitkin High School in 1975. He then attended Brainerd Vocational Technical College studying welding and auto-body repair. From 1978 to 1988 he was employed as a welder at FMC Corp., a Fridley based defense contractor which produced the Trident I submarine launched missile. After a short stint at Potlach Corp. in Brainerd, he started his own welding business. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. ???Tom the Welder??? appreciated the generous care-giving he received in his final days from friends: Julie Florek, Gary Garonsin, Glen Seuss, and from his brother Bob. Tom???s own giving spirit enabled his mother to spend her last years at home. He is survived by daughter Ashley M. Trunk and her friend Isaac D. Benson of Malmo Grandson Jace R. Benson of Malmo Brother J. Robert (Bob) Martz of Aitkin Niece Tara (Chris) Renaud of New Hudson, MI. Nephew Shawn R. Martz of Aitkin Uncle Stanley Hocks of Andover Many cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Ross Martz in 1962, his mother Kathryn (Hartman) in 2006, and his step-father George Harrison. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. ??? Thursday, January 27, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Susan Cline will officiate. Burial will be in Malmo Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. www.srtfuneral.com Dwight E. Damar 11/04/1921-01/25/2011 Dwight Emanuel Damar was born November 4, 1921 in the Damar homestead log house near Malmo, Minnesota to Charles and Rose Damar. He died January 25, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin, Minnesota. From the time he was little until he could no longer walk, Dwight loved to be in the woods. He told how he and his little sister Helen would try to eat their breakfast quickly and run off to the woods before their mother could redirect them to some awful task such as weeding the garden. Early school years were at Lakeside school, which was located in the corner of what is now Norman Springer???s farm. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1939. As a young man, Dwight worked the home farm while his Dad was working in the shipyards near Bremerton, Washington. He enlisted in the Army and entered active duty November 29, 1944, ironically, his brother Haven???s birthday, who was training on B-17 bombers at the time. His tour of duty took him to the Philippines and Japan, but he never saw intense combat. Dwight was honorably discharged November 13, 1946. Other than a four-month summer of employment in Alaska in the late 1940???s Dwight spent the rest of his life at the home farm. He made his living as a carpenter, working along side his brother Louie for many, many years. Their handiwork can be seen in volumes of homes in the Malmo/Isle area. Dwight also did some of the woodwork in the Opstead Church. As a hobby he made intricately designed jewelry boxes and built furniture and lamps from unique woods such as burls. He was a voracious reader and had a near encyclopedic knowledge of World War II. Deer hunting, guns and shooting were his passions and he enjoyed discussing them with a friend or two over a cup of coffee. The last four years Dwight was able to hunt, he couldn???t walk to his stand, but he drove his little Ford tractor, backed it down in the brush and climbed into the heated box stand. Each year he shot a deer. Dwight was a member of the NRA and the Opstead Baptist Church. Dwight is survived by his brother in law Herb Hjelm and nieces and nephews: Dorothy (Larry) Elg, Leroy (Betty) Damar, Ann (Loren) Larson, Rodney (Lynn) Damar, Gordon (Mary) Hjelm, Marcia (Peter) Aagaard, Greg (Pamela) Hjelm. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Louis, Leroy and Haven, and sisters Margaret and Helen. Funeral service will be 11:00am - Saturday January 29, 2011 at Opstead Baptist Church, rural Isle. Visitation will be 5 ??? 8pm - Friday at the church and will continue one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Opstead Baptist Cemetery. Dwight would be honored with donations to the NRA or Opstead Baptist Church in lieu of flowers. Funeral arrangements are with Sorenson-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Nancy I. Knutson 09/20/1947-01/28/2011 Nancy I. (Jones) Knutson, age 63 of Aitkin and Brooklyn Center died Friday, January 28, 2011 at he home on Mille Lacs Lake. Nancy was born September 20, 1947 in Minneapolis, Mn. the daughter of David and Jane (Plaisance) Jones. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from Henry High School in 1965. She then joined the U.S. Navy and served for 4 years. Upon her discharge, she returned to Minneapolis and worked for Wells Fargo retiring in June of 2010. She married Mark O. Knutson on March 14, 1983 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He passed away in 2009. She is survived by 1 sister: Carol Jones of Snohomish, Wash., brother in law and sister in law: Jack and Curlie Tyler of St. Louis Park, MN.; and other family and friends. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials are preferred to the Hennepin County Humane Society. Nancy will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Dorothy U. Johnston 03/25/1923-01/31/2011 Dorothy U. Johnston, 87 of Aitkin and formerly Waukenabo died Monday, January 31, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services. She was born March 25, 1923 in Aitkin to Alex and Mabel (Seeley) Nielsen. She graduated from Aitkin High School. Dorothy was united in marriage to Harry W. Johnston on March 7, 1944 in Aitkin. They farmed in the Waukenabo area for many years. She enjoyed vegetable gardening, flower gardening and feeding the birds. Dorothy is survived by her two sons and daughter-in-law: Loren Johnston of Shoreview Harry (Dar) Johnston of Savage 5 grandchildren six great-grandchildren 2 brothers and sisters-in-law: Jimmy (Betty) Nielsen of California Darwin (Neva) Nielsen of Iowa One sister Vena Ellis of Aitkin Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Harry W. Johnston in 1997 Daughter Linda Hogan Brother Marshall ???Mike??? Nielsen Three sisters: Evelyn Holgrimson, Martha Kardell, Opal Nielsen And her parents Alex and Mabel (Seeley) Nielsen. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. ??? Saturday, February 5, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Charles Carlson will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com Doris May Eddy Freeman 05/15/1929-02/04/2011 Doris May Eddy Freeman, age 81 of McGregor died Friday, February 4, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Doris was born May 15, 1929 in a little log home on the shores of Big Sandy Lake the daughter of Richard and Ethel (Warner) Ekelund. She attended the Rice Lake School, McGregor School and Los Angeles High. In 1946 she married James Thomas Eddy and moved back to Los Angeles, Calf. Where they had two girls, Diane Mae and Deborah Jean. In 1954 they moved to Circle Pines, Mn. There they had one more child, Kenneth James born in 1956. They raised their children in Circle Pines, always spending summers at the cabin up by McGregor. Doris worked at a friends Dairy Queen for many years and then she started cooking at Centennial School, where she retired in 1985. Jim and Doris moved permanently to the cabin, less than a mile from where she was born, and they became active in church and other local activities. Her husband James died in 1989. Doris married Morrel (Bud) Freeman in 1995 and moved to his home at Rice Lake, gaining two more sons and two more daughters. Doris and Bud were active in the Lions and Grace Lutheran Church. Bud passed away in 2004. Doris battled with heart and kidney issues, but was active playing bingo and rummy just two days before passing away. Doris loved cooking, traveling, the ocean, picnics, bon fires, reading, cards, her family and especially her grand and great grandchildren. Doris is survived by two daughters: Diane Eddy, Deborah (Kenton) Dean, daughter in law: Nancy Eddy, stepson: Terry (Julie) Freeman, three stepdaughters: Darlene (Bill) Freeman, Cheryl (Mike) Villeneuve, Jeannie (Mike) Purnick, brothers: Cliff Ekelund, Pete Ekelund, Harry (Barb) Ekelund, Herman (Doree) Ekelund, sister in law: Janice Ekelund, 13 grandchildren: Jesse, April, Elizabeth, Bradley, Abram, Andrus, Maise, Carmen, Stephanie, Shannon, Tony, Deana and Debbie, six great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, both of her husbands, son: Kenneth, step son Steve, brothers: Wallace and Ralph and sister in laws Edith, Dorothy and Ellen. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church Wednesday. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Edith Kaye Holland 03/21/1939-02/06/2011 Edith Kaye Holland, 71 of McGregor died Sunday, February 6, 2011 at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. She was born March 21, 1939 in Becker to Arthur and Sadie (Hiscock) Negus. She graduated from Becker High School. Edith was united in marriage to Lester William Holland. She enjoyed bowling and horseshoes. She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor, National Horseshoe Pitchers Association, Gopher State Horseshoe Pitchers Association, and was inducted into the Horseshoe Pitchers Hall of Fame. Edith is survived by her husband Lester Holland of McGregor 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Paula (Ronald) Mead of Rogers Vicki (Bill) Halfrich of Maple Grove One son and daughter-in-law: Thomas (Robyn) Holland of Dayton 8 grandchildren: David, Adam, Aaron, Billy, Sara, Sadie, KaylaMae, and Kyle Six brothers and sisters: Jim (Vi) Negus of Princeton Geraldine Hohlen of Elk River Arile Negus of Eau Claire Merlyn (Jerry) Jordan of Pennsylvania Nancy (Del) Backhaus of Becker Sharon Dupont of Monticello Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandson Justin Halfrich, sister Deloris Stellmach, brother Laverne Negus, and her parents Arthur and Sadie (Hiscock) Negus. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M., Thursday, February 10, 2011 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor. Reverend Henry Koopman will officiate. Visitation will be 11:00A.M. ??? 1:00P.M., Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com Bill H. Cosby 06/19/1947-02/06/2011 Bill H. Cosby, age 63 of McGregor died Sunday, February 6, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Bill was born June 19, 1947 at Amarillo, Texas the son of Orris and Galena (Taylor) Cosby. He graduated from Memphis Texas High School and then attended Texas Tech University. Bill then attended the academy de Mozarteum at Salzburg University, Austria. He was the primary oboist for the Hamburg, Germany Symphony Orchestra for 15 years and primary oboist for the ???Cats??? musical for 15 years. He moved to the Aitkin area and had worked for Paulbeck???s County Market as a produce assistant. He enjoyed reading, traveling, watching sports, history and cooking. He had been a member of the Texas All-State Band for 3 years, was involved in the Boy Scouts of America and had received the Life Rand and was a member of the Order of the Arrow. He is survived by his brother and sister in law: Robert and Jane Cosby of Lubbock, Texas; two nieces: Kay and Julie Cosby of Richardson, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 2 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Marvin J. Lutgen 11/30/1929-02/13/2011 Marvin J. Lutgen, 81 of Aitkin died Sunday, February 13, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born November 30, 1929 in Minneapolis to Edward and Dorothy (Bauer) Lutgen. He was a U.S. army veteran serving in the Korean War. Marvin was united in marriage to Marlys (Patrek) on October 9, 1954 in Minneapolis. He worked as a fireman for TCAAP and as a volunteer fireman for the city of Crystal. He also worked in furniture detailing and customer service. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Aitkin Golden Age Club, Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86, and Country Road Classic Car Club. Marvin is survived by his wife Marlys of Aitkin 3 children: Mona of Anoka Michael of Rogers Janine of Minneapolis Six grandchildren: Christine, Nancy, Courtney, Nathan, Ryan, John 5 great-grandchildren: Emma, Madison, Aiden, Evelyn, Ethan, Three sisters and brother-in-law: Phyllis (Jason) Bennett of North Branch Patricia Pichner of Owatonna Janet Doud of Minneapolis 2 sisters-in-law: Jean Lutgen of New Hope Marie Lutgen of North Dakota Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by three infant children, 3 brothers, one sister, and his parents Edward and Dorothy (Bauer) Lutgen. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Funeral Service at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father Justin Fish will officiate. Private interment with military honors will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Harold S. Asp 12/04/1915-02/17/2011 Harold S. Asp, 95 of McGrath died Thusday, February 17, 2011 at Kanabec Hospital in Mora. He was born December 4, 1915 in Willmar to Peter and Annie (Esplind) Asp. He graduated from McGrath High School. Harold was united in marriage to Freda (Kelling) on June 16, 1942 in Jewett Township. He worked 42 years as a contract truck driver for the U.S. Postal Service and was a lifelong farmer. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in McGrath. Harold is survived by his wife Freda 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Betty (Leroy) Damar of Reidsville, NC Suzanne (Mark) Klein of Lindstrom One sister Helen Danielson of McGrath 6 grandchildren: Todd Asp, Joel (Aimee) Asp, Tony (Amanda) Damar, Nancy Damar, Lucas Klein, Breanna Klein Four great-grandchildren: Rebekah Asp, Andrew Asp, Braddock Damar, Molly Damar Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, son Berton, sister Adeline Mickelson, and his parents Peter and Annie (Esplind) Asp. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M., Monday, February 21, 2011 at Zion Lutheran Church in McGrath. Reverend Elliott Malm will officiate. Burial will be in Pliney Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Sunday at the Zion Lutheran church Fellowship Hall and will continue 1 hour prior to the service in the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Darold Stiner 04/19/1921-02/18/2011 Darold Melvin Stiner, 89 of Palisade, died Friday, February 18, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born April 19, 1921 at his family home in St. Lawrence, SD. to John and Reva (Marshall) Stiner. He grew up and attended school in St. Lawrence, SD. In 1941 he moved to Shelbyville, IL. to be with his mother and soon after was inducted into the U.S. Army. He was a member of Company G, 110th Infantry. On July 28, 1944 he landed at Normandy and was wounded in Percy, France on August 13, 1944. He was awarded a Purple Heart and two Battle Stars. After returning to Illinois, Darold was united in marriage to Dorothy Louise Stiner on February 1, 1946 in Moweaqua, IL. They lived in Christian County and he was employed by Signal Depot in Decatur, IL. In 1962 they moved to Palisade where he farmed and was employed by Ruud???s Gun Lake Potato Farm, CO-OP Feed Store in Palisade, and D.C.O. Rice Patty Corp. He is survived by 6 sons and daughters-in-law: David (Carol) of Palisade Lonnie of Palisade Edward (Theresa) of Ansley, NE. James (Dalisay) of Wyoming, MN. Phillip of Palisade Nelson (Barbara) of Oldsmar, FL. One daughter and son-in-law Beverly (Gregory) Paulson of Dodge Center 12 grandchildren twenty four great-grandchildren 2 half-brothers: Dale Dobson of Oregon James Dobson of Illinois Four half-sisters: Vivian Drake of South Carolina Phyllis Valkman of Washington Lucille Ringheimer of South Dakota Marjore Clark of Iowa Many other relatives and friends He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy on January 28, 2009, 3 half-brothers: Roger Dobson, LaMond Dobson, Alford Stiner Two half-sisters: Norma Dobson, Lenora Fisher Parents John and Reva. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. ??? Saturday, February 26, 2011 at Westside Calvary Baptist Church in Aitkin. Reverend James Scott will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Palisade. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Post #86 and VFW Post #1727. Visitation will be 5 to 7:00P.M. Friday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com Dean ''Gib'' Holmbo Dean ???Gib??? Emm 06/18/1928-02/25/2011 Dean ''Gib'' Holmbo Dean ???Gib??? Emmett Holmbo, age 82 of McGregor, formerly of Champlin, Mn. died Friday, February 25, 2011 at his home on Portage Lake near McGregor. Gib was born June 18, 1928 at Hibbing, Minnesota the son of Edward and Nora (Bjordahl) Holmbo. He moved at a young age with his family to Northeast Minneapolis and attended schools there and then moved to Champlin and attended the Anoka High School. He married Lois M. Paul on March 17, 1951 at Anoka, Minnesota. He then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon his discharge he returned to Champlin and he and his wife built a home. He worked for Hoffman Engineering for 34 years. He retired to Portage Lake near McGregor in 1995 and has lived here since. He was a 56 year member of the American Legion and was a past commander of the Champlin Legion Post 600. He was also a member of the McGregor VFW Larson-Deneen Post. He had served on both the American Legion and VFW Honor Guards. He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade, had served as a cub master, enjoyed hunting and dearly loved his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Lois Holmbo of McGregor; sons and daughters in law: Brad and Deb Holmbo of Ramsey, Mn.; Pete and Tammy Holmbo of Princeton, Mn.; 6 grandchildren: Jordan Holmbo, Kourtnie Holmbo Ayers, Haylee Holmbo, Adam Holmbo, Josh Holmbo, and Rachael Piere; 6 great grandchildren: Jayda, Kaysen, Hayden, Kaylynn, Charlee, and William. 1 brother: Clyde (Ruby) Holmbo of Champlin; 1 sister: Janis Beckman of Anoka, Mn. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 infant brothers. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 1 PM from the McGregor VFW Post with Rev. William Sass officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the VFW. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW Larson-Deneen Post 2747. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held in the spring in Anoka, Mn. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Raymond Kaiser 07/16/1925-02/27/2011 Raymond C. Kaiser, age 85 of Aitkin died Sunday, February 27, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Raymond was born July 16, 1925 at Louisville, Kentucky the son of Charles and Mamie (Hurt) Kaiser. He grew up and attended schools in Louisville. He then enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and served with them at Port Angeles, Washington during WW II. He married Helen L. Sandberg on March 5, 1944 at Port Angeles, Washington. Upon his discharge from the Coast Guard they moved to Minnesota for a short time and then moved to Jeffersonville, Indiana and from there they moved to Okalona, Kentucky. He worked as a TV repairman for many years. They moved to Aitkin, Minnesota in 1961. He worked a short time for Fraley???s Turkey Farm and then went to work for Bertram???s and worked for them until the mid 1990???s at which time he retired. He was a member of the Pine Lake United Methodist Church and the Aitkin American Legion Post. He enjoyed reading and going to plays and dinner theaters. He is survived by 2 daughters: Betty (Jerry Fridgen) Cooper of Aitkin; Judy (Jim) Trott of Brainerd, Mn.; John (Kathy) Kaiser of Madison, Wisc.; 10 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, 1 brother: Leslie Joseph Kaiser of Sarasota, Florida, and 1 sister in law: Bertha Kaiser of Tampa, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Helen in 2001, and brothers and sisters. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 11 AM from the Pine Lake 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 Bennettville Cemetery in the spring. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Esther L. Evans 10/13/1921-02/28/2011 Esther L. Evans, age 89 of Aitkin died Monday, February 28, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Esther was born October 13, 1921 at Palisade, Minnesota the daughter of Joseph and Mildred (Hickman) Mougin. She grew up and attended schools in Palisade. She married Noah ???Shorty??? Evans on November 6, 1940 at Palisade, Mn. They moved to Gheen, Mn and then to Meadowlands, Mn. Shorty managed coop stores and Esther helped by working in the stores. In 1962 they moved to Aitkin, Mn and have lived here since. Esther started working at the Aitkin Nursing Home in 1963 and continued until 1997 when she retired. Esther also worked for the Oakridge Homes, operated a mail route for a time and did other various jobs. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin and had been a member of the St. Jude???s Circle. She had been named Aitkin County Senior Citizen of the Year a number of years ago. Esther is survived by her children: Mary (Alvin) Kerr of Freeport, Illinois; Patricia (Gene) Garrett of Success, Mo., Sandra (Marvin Kohout) Voigt of Little Falls, Mn.; Raymond (Betty) Evans of Aitkin; Thomas (Pam Pratt) Evans of Aitkin; Ann Evans of Aitkin; 15 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and many honorary grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband, 1 daughter Jean and 1 sister Mary. A mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, March 7, 2011 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Justin Fish officiating. Burial will be at St. Josephs Cemetery at Elmer, Minnesota. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Monday. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Ray Herbert Fowlds 09/08/1917-03/01/2011 Ray Herbert Fowlds, 93 of Palisade died Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born September 8, 1917 in Palisade to Charles and Josephine (Roberts) Fowlds. He grew up and attended schools in Palisade. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in World War II. He earned the American Area, Asiatic-Pacific, and European-African Campaign Medals, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the Purple Heart Medal. Ray was united in marriage to Beverly ???Faye??? (Watson) on May 23, 1954 in Palisade. He is survived by four children and their spouses: Mark (Vivian) of Palisade Hugh of Palisade Holly (Rob) of Elk River Peggy (Robin) of Greenfield 8 grandchildren: Mychal, Ryan, Jill, Cole, Alisha, BriAnna, Matisse, Taylor Five great-grandchildren: Spencer, Jayden, Ava, Isaiah, Jack Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Beverly ???Faye??? (Watson) Fowlds on January 9, 1992, two brothers Ralph and Hugh, and his parents Charles and Josephine (Roberts) Fowlds. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00P.M., Saturday, March 12, 2011 memorial service at the Palisade Community Center & Fire Hall. Reverend Charles Carlson will officiate. Military honors will be provided by Aitkin American Legion Post #86, Aitkin VFW Post #1727, and Palisade VFW Post #1721. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Teresa Kottke 05/23/1960-03/05/2011 Teresa (Terry) A. Kottke, age 50 of Aitkin died Saturday, March 5, 2011 after a long and courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. Terry was a beloved daughter, sister and friend and is survived by her Mother Nancy ???Ruth??? Ryan of Aitkin; Father: Richard ???Dick??? Ryan of Aitkin; Brothers: Thomas (Wendy) Ryan of Carver, Mn.; Timothy (Kathy) Ryan of Aitkin; Sister: Tamara (Kory) Huft if Sioux Falls, S.D.; loving nieces: Emily Ryan, Elizabeth Ryan, and Grace Huft. Nephews: Matthew Ryan, and Jonathan Ryan, along with many other loving friends and family. A memorial service will be 10:00A.M., Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Richard B. Moe 05/28/1929-03/07/2011 Richard B. Moe, 81 of Glen died Monday, March 7, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born May 28, 1929 in Minneapolis to Robert J. and Mabel L. (White) Moe. He was a U.S. Marine Corps. Veteran and was also a member of the U.S. Army National Guard. Richard was united in marriage to Shirley (Zea) on November 15, 1953 in Minneapolis. He worked as a meat cutter, owning and operating Red Barn Beef Center in Glen. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Meat Cutters Union, Masons, Scottish Rite, Zuhrah Temple, and Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather to: Wife Shirley of Glen Daughter and son-in-law: Lucille ???Luci??? (Dennis) Liljenquist of Glen Son and daughter-in-law: Mark (Lisa) Moe of Rochester Grandchild: Ian Marcus Moe He was preceded in death by his brother Robert Moe and parents Robert J. and Mabel L. (White) Moe. Funeral services will be 1:30p.m. ??? Friday, March 11, 2011 at Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo. Reverend Jim Raisanen will officiate. Burial with military honors will be in Malmo Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 12:00p.m. to the 1:30p.m. funeral service at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Ruth Viola Gray 06/22/1911-03/07/2011 Ruth Viola Gray, 99 of Aitkin died Monday March 7, 2011 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born June 22, 1911 in Atlantic, Iowa to Robert and Caroline Hoffman. She graduated from Aitkin High school in 1929. Ruth was united in marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Lee Gray on July 3, 1931 in Aurelia, Iowa. They farmed and raised turkeys in Morrison Township for over 50 years. After the passing of her husband she moved to Aitkin. She was a member of St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She served as Secretary / Treasurer of the Riverside Cemetery in Morrison Township for many years and organized the Cardinal 4-H Club. Ruth is survived by 3 children: Patsy (Harold) Kubal of Eden Prairie Gary of Aitkin Jerry (Barbara) of Soldotna, Alaska Foster son: Charles (Chris) Courier of Statesville, North Carolina 7 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren One Brother: Hans Hansen, Jr. 4 sisters: Elsie Spect, Betty Beck, Carol Jackson, and Karen Waselchalk Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Lee in 1989. Daughter: Beverly Schoneck Grandson: Richard Kubal Great-grandson: Justin Moore Brothers: Charles Hoffman and James Hansen Sisters: Hazel Lofgren and Helen Johnson And her parents Robert and Caroline Hoffman Funeral services will be 11a.m. ??? Saturday, March 12, 2011 at St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7p.m. Friday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com Frank Joseph Du Chane 08/25/1922-03/10/2011 Frank Joseph Du Chane, age 88 of Aitkin died Thursday, March 10, 2011 at his home. Frank was born August 25, 1922 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Frank and Eva Du Chane. They lived in Aitkin until 1929 when they moved to Baker, Montana. Frank grew up and attended schools there graduating from high school in 1940. He then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942 and served 3 years as a Staff Sergeant until his honorable discharge in 1945. Frank returned to Baker, Montana and worked on a sheep ranch for the next 10 years. He moved back to Aitkin in 1955 and began working at the Land O??? Lakes Turkey Plant. He met Lois Hasbrook while working there and they married on December 18, 1958 in Aitkin. Frank and Lois resided in Aitkin and Foley raising one son until frank???s retirement in 1988. After 6 months of retirement, Frank went back to work at the Oakwood Pheasant Farm in Princeton, Mn. until retiring in 2006. Frank and Lois moved from Foley to Jewell, Iowa and lived there until 1999 at which time they returned to Aitkin. Frank enjoyed family supper, watching Johnny Carson and John Wayne, crossword puzzles, golf and playing cards with ???The Guys???. He especially enjoyed spoiling his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Frank will be remembered for his quick smile and little sayings and so in closing, au revoir frank, until we see you again. He is survived by his wife Lois of Aitkin; son: Tad Du Chane of Huron, South Dakota; grandchildren: Frank Du Chane, Victoria Ladwig; great grandchildren: Kayla Vanderhagen, Kendra Du Chane, Ryland Du Chane, Amanda Du Chane; brother: Owen Du Chane of Aitkin and Daughter in law: Linda (Dan) Du Chane-Danielson. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Walter and 1 infant brother. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 11 AM from St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Little Falls, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Loren L. Smith 06/17/1918-03/14/2011 Loren L. Smith, 92 of Aitkin, died Monday, March 14, 2011 at his daughter and son-in-laws home near Aitkin. He was born June 17,1918 at Silver Creek, Wright, MN. to Loren LeRoy and Ida (Repke) Smith. Loren was united in marriage to Phoebe McNurlin on June 15, 1940 in Minneapolis. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in WW II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater with the 122nd Field Artillery Battalion, 161st and 753rd Anti-Aircraft Gun Battalions. He worked for Northland Milk and Ice Cream as an office manager and then for the USDA as a food inspector. He was a member of American Legion Post #471 in Minneapolis, the VFW Post #1816 in Garrison, and a charter member of Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison. Loren is survived by daughter and son-in-law Beth Ann (Steve) Lawrence of Aitkin Son and daughter-in-law Loren (Liz) Smith of Ramsey 7 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren Sister Lila Newman Special friends Greg and Stacy Stockdills of Aitkin Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Loren LeRoy and Ida (Repke) Smith Wife Phoebe (McNurlin) Smith on January 10, 1998 Daughter Kathy Kehr; Grandson Randy Kehr, And three brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be 4:00P.M., Saturday, March 19, 2011 at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison. Reverend Walter Brill will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Garrison Cemetery. Military honors accorded by Garrison VFW Post #1816. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Eloise ''Lois'' Dreher Eloise ???Lois? 05/24/1932-03/14/2011 Eloise ''Lois'' Dreher Eloise ???Lois??? J. Dreher, age 78, of Palisade died Monday, Mach 14, 2011 at her home near Palisade. Eloise was born on May 24, 1932 at Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Charles and Mildred (Pearson) Anderson. She attended schools in a number of towns in Minnesota and graduated from the Wayzata High School. She then worked for the Telephone Co. in Wayzata and raised her children. She married Wayne R. Dreher on August 21, 1965 at Oak Knoll, Mn. They made their home in Minnetonka where she raised her family and ran a day care for many years. She also worked as s seamstress at Minnesota Fabrics, Bags and Baggage and she also did upholstery. In 1996 they purchased the Palisade Caf?? and operated it until 2002. They retired and lived on Waukenabo Lake. She loved home interior decorating, gardening and her grandchildren where her life. She is survived by 9 children and spouses: Cathie Rasmussen of Olympia, Washington, Linda (Paul) Marso of Minnetonka, Mn., Roger Dreher of Palisade, Mn., Jeff (Donna) Dreher of Maple Grove, Mn., Susan (Tom) Bingham of Aitkin, Mn., Kevin Dreher of Big Lake, Mn., Lisa (Stephen) Moosbrugger of Winsted, Mn., Joyce Block of Minnetonka, Mn., Todd (Sarah) Dreher of Palisade, Mn., 24 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 3 sisters: Caroline (Eugene) Narr of Palisade, Mn., Marlene Gunlock of Sauk Rapids, Mn., Barb Anderson of Delano, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wayne in 2006 and 1 brother Maynard. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 18, 2011 at 2 PM from the Hilltop Chapel near Palisade with Rev. Barry Hite and Rev. Charles Carlson officiating. Burial will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Visitation will be from Noon until the 2 PM services at the Church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Marie Antoinette Bzdok 04/27/1929-03/14/2011 Marie Antoinette Bzdok (Nee: Sicard de Carufel) died unexpectedly on March 14, 2011. Preceded in death by parents Philias and Rose Sicard de Carufel, husband Donald J. Bzdok, son Ronald j., baby daughter Mary and granddaughter Kristen M. Survived by children: Linda (Jeff) Hammond, Darlene (Dave) Geiger, Mary Augustine, David (Michelle) Bzdok, Daniel (Diana) Bzdok, Daryl (Roxanne) Bzdok, 17 grandchildren: Jeff Jr., Shawn, Tracey, Don, Chris, Alicia, Dave, Jason, Jeremy, John, Danni, Rebecca, Ronald, Brian, Katie, Jennie, Joseph; 20 great grandchildren: William, Vincent, Fenya, Cecilia, Rosemary, Angelina, Kilian, Kyla, Ava, Sophia, Iris, Lila, Aaron, Cameron, Landon, Haley, Austin, Gavin, Matthew, Emma, and special friend John Halko. Funeral services will be held Saturday March 19 at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with vivitation 1 hour prior to services and also Monday, March 21 at 11 AM from St. Johns of St. Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul 977 5th Street East. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 until the 11 AM services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. Patricia L. Smithson 09/02/1955-03/16/2011 Patricia Lynn Smithson, age 55 of Aitkin died Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. Patricia was born September 2, 1955 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Donald and Mary (Dordon) Kalinowski. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from Roosevelt High School. She then went to work as a secretary for IDS. She married Earl A. Smithson Jr. on November 26, 1976 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Eagan where she continued working as a secretary for Sperry-Univac and raising her family. They moved to the Aitkin area in 1991 and she worked a time as a secretary and also did day care. She was a member of the Moose Club, enjoyed being outdoors, camping, fishing, and riding motorcycles. She was a very caring person whose passion was her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband Earl A. Smithson Jr of Aitkin; children and spouses: Nicole (Ashley) Eklund of Malmo, Jammie (James) Rehwinkle of Aitkin, Jesse (Martha) Smithson of Rochester, MN.; 10 grandchildren: Devon Eklund, Mitchell Eklund, Andrew Eklund, Colin Rehwinkle, Cedric Rehwinkle, Dustin Rehwinkle, Jimmy Rehwinkle, Avril Rehwinkle, Odin Rehwinkle, and Michael Smithson. Father and step mother: Don and Florence Kalinowski of Glen; sisters and spouses: Mary Kay (James) Hancock of Minneapolis, Carol (Ed) Robinson of Navare, Florida, Karen (Wally) Hansen of Minneapolis, Donette Flaten of North St. Paul, Mn. She was preceded in death by her mother. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Dean Norman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Anna E. Jacobson 01/28/1921-03/21/2011 Anna E. Jacobson, age 90 of Aitkin died Monday, March 21, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Anna was born January 28, 1921 at Malmo, Minnesota the daughter of Carl and Ida (Larson) Burman. She grew up and attended the Malmo School. She then went to Yellowstone National Park and worked for the park for several years. She returned to Minneapolis and worked as a seamstress for a time. She married Clifford E. Jacobson on June 6, 1953 at Aitkin, Minnesota. They made their home in Aitkin and she has lived here since. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin; and the Cedar Lake Homemakers. She had volunteered at the Nursing Homes in Aitkin and enjoyed sewing, gardening and painting. She is survived by 3 children: Eunice (Mike) Josephson of Lake Nebagamon, Wisc.; Linda (Rick) Carlson of East Gull Lake, MN.; Randy Jacobson of Buffalo Lake, Mn.; 7 grandchildren; 3 brothers: Earl Burman of Bethel, Mn.; Ernest Burman of Malmo, Mn.; Clarence Burman of Glen, Mn.; 2 sisters: Irene Long of Isle, Mn.; and Loretta Weiss of Norwalk, Calf. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband in 2007 and 1 daughter Sandra Pasell. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 25 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Dorothy Sand officiating. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com. George H. Rowell 07/13/1945-03/25/2011 George H. Rowell, 65 of Tamarack died Friday, March 25, 2011 at St. Luke???s Hospice in Duluth. He was born July 13, 1945 in Bonham, TX. To George M. and Merline F. (Poston) Rowell. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. George was united in marriage to Susan Kaye Bishop on December 10, 1969 in Fort Worth, TX. He is survived by his wife Susan of Tamarack Three children: Sheba (Chad Higgins) Rowell Michael (Sherry) Southern Annie (Daniel) Nielsen 9 grandchildren: Sheena, Jadyn, Ashley, Noah, Ian, Dustin, Jennifer, Angela, Celeste One sister: JoRetta (Leonard Schultz) Ketchum 1 brother: Conrad (Laverne) Wyles Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Kayla Rowell, one sister Teresa Rowell, two brothers Michael and Lester Rowell. Funeral services will be 12:00P.M. ??? Saturday, April 2, 2011 at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, McGregor. Reverend John Yingling will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Friday at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor and 1 hour prior to the service in the church. www.srtfuneral.com Lorraine Wesley 08/30/1920-03/25/2011 Lorraine Wesley, 90 of McGregor died Friday, March 25, 2011 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born August 30, 1920 in Superior, WI. to Reginald A. and Pearl J. (Lozen) Hearle. She was united in marriage to Eddie F. Wesley on February 14, 1949 in St. Paul. They lived in St. Paul, North Branch, and Lindstrom before moving to McGregor. She helped support the local food shelf and enjoyed sketching and painting. She was a member of the local art association and Holy Family Catholic Church. She is survived by four children and their spouses: Sharon Thurner of Rimrock, AZ. John (Marie) Thurner of Akeley Yvonne (Ed) Schwartz of McGregor Cathie Jo Ortega of McGregor 7 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren Sister Arleen (Charles) Stevenson of McGregor Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Eddie, and brother John Hearle. Funeral services will be 9:30A.M. ??? Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. Father Paul Fruth will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. ??? Tuesday at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor with a prayer service at 7P.M. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service in the church. www.srtfuneral.com Richard Kosola 09/03/1969-03/26/2011 Richard ???Rick??? Arnold Kosola, 41 of Lawler ??? McGregor died Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born September 3, 1969 in Virginia, MN. to Albert A. Kosola and Gloria J. (Sheppard) Portz. He was employed at Savanna Pallets in McGregor for 15 years. He enjoyed riding motorcycle, fishing, hunting, and being with people of all ages. Rick is survived by his mother Gloria (Jim) Portz of Palo His father Albert (Ellen) Kosola of Mora Brother Terry Kosola of Mt. Iron Sister Kim (Ron) Niday of Chisholm Step-sister Chris (Mark) Martin of Embarrass Step-brother Jimmer (Janel) Portz of Embarrass Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his partner Nina Johnson, maternal grandparents Gerald and Gloria Kolterman, paternal grandparents Gust and Alice Kosola. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. ??? Monday, April 4, 2011 funeral service at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Burial will be in Salo Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com Henry R. Beck 10/28/1922-04/04/2011 Henry R. Beck, age 88 of Palisade, died Monday, April 4, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Henry was born October 28, 1922 at Superior, Wisconsin the son of Olaf and Jennie (Carlson) Beck. He grew up in Palisade and attended the Woodland School in rural Palisade. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II serving with the 101st Airborne. He fought at Normandy and the Ardennes. He was wounded twice receiving two Purple Hearts. Upon his discharge he worked in a Michigan Auto Plant for a time and then returned to Palisade and worked for the U.S. Forest Service. He was a lifelong resident of Palisade and also a lifelong member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade where he was baptized and confirmed. He is survived by 1 brother and his wife: George and Betty Beck of Marysville, Michigan; 3 sister in laws: Phyllis Beck of Brocket, North Dakota, Pat Beck of Minneapolis, Mn.; Opal Beck of Duluth, Mn. and special cousin Terry (Marilyn) Kullhem of Palisade. He was preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 8 at 1 PM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery with military honors by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church Friday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Gerald Sandstrom 10/27/1933-04/07/2011 Gerald D. ???Jerry??? Sandstrom, 77 of Crystal died Thurs. April 7, 2011 at his residence. He was born October 27, 1933 in Minneapolis to Arthur and Carrie (Seavey) Sandstrom. He graduated from South High School in Minneapolis. He was a U.S. Marine Corps. Veteran. Jerry was united in marriage to Ruth Fischer in August 17, 1956 in Minneapolis. He owned and operated the Millberg Co. in Saint Louis Park. He enjoyed fishing especially on Mille Lacs Lake. Jerry is survived by his wife Ruth 2 sons: Mike Sandstrom and (Linda Blume) of Elk River Paul (Maria) Sandstrom of Aitkin One daughter Laura Sandstrom of Aitkin 7 grandchildren: Jeremy, Jason, Krista, Melissa, Hallie, Kate, Ashlyn Five great-grandchildren 1 brother: Danny( Donna) Sandstrom of Glen Three sisters: Arlene Munsinger of Burnsville Laverne Rocksted of New Hope Maggie (Denny) Nida of Bloomington Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Carrie (Seavey) Sandstrom, and one brother. Funeral services will be 2P.M. ??? Monday, April 11, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be 12P.M. to 2P.M. Sunday at the funeral home and 1 hour prior to the service. www.srtfuneral.com Dorothy J. Kaufmann 12/13/1932-04/13/2011 Dorothy J. Kaufmann, 78 of Aitkin died Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born December 13, 1932 in Minneapolis to Archie and Blanch (Clifton) Goodin. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis. She owned and operated the Silver Dollar Bar in Loretto, MN. for many years, and worked as a teachers aid at Rippleside Elementary School in Aitkin. She was a member of the Aitkin VFW Post #1727and American Legion Post #86 Auxiliaries. Dorothy is survived by 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Colleen (Gary) Finlayson of Aitkin Sharon (Arnie) Wenz of Georgetown, TX. One son and daughter-in-law: Stephen (Barb) Praus of Loretto, MN. 5 grandchildren: Dustin Finlayson, Matthew Finlayson, Jill Brinkman, Jeff Wenz, and Paul Johnson Seven great-grandchildren: Teagan, Blake, Tiffany, Wyatt, Sara, Nora, Lyla, and one on the way. 1 sister: Beverly Booth of Burnsville Many other relatives and friends She was preceded in death by her son Kevin Praus, sister Gloria Henneberry, and her parents Archie and Blanch (Clifton) Goodin. A Time of Gathering will be from 10:00A.M. to 12:00P.M., Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin Lunch will follow at Aitkin American Legion Post #86. www.srtfuneral.com James W. Ziske 02/24/1925-04/18/2011 James W. Ziske, age 86 of Aitkin died Monday, April 18, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services. James was born February 24, 1925 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Frank and Ide (Best) Ziske. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School. His family operated a farm on Spirit Lake and then started Ziske???s Resort on Spirit Lake. His parents along with James and his brother Jerry operated the resort for many years. James enjoyed traveling to Mexico and spending time there. He was a former member of the Aitkin Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his brother Jerry Ziske of Aitkin and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Chuck Ziske and Bob Ziske and 1 sister: Dorothy Phillips. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 10 AM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Donald Norman officiating. A gathering time from 9 AM until the 10 AM services will be held at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Elizabeth Jean Voss 04/05/1934-04/21/2011 Elizabeth Jean Voss, 77 of Aitkin died Thursday, April 21, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born April 5, 1934 in St. Paul. to Joseph and Irene (Bowlin) Stevens. Elizabeth was united in marriage to Roy Kenneth Voss, Sr. on September 18, 1954 in St. Paul. She worked as a bookkeeper for Roy???s Service Station in St. Paul. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, bowling, darts, bingo, going to the casino and traveling. She is survived by her husband Roy Kenneth Voss, Sr. 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Michael Roy (Tammy) Voss of Maplewood Roy Kenneth (Karen) Voss, Jr. Three daughters and son-in-law: Debra Kay (Rick) Norring of Lake Elmo Vicki Lynn Weiss of Lake Elmo Barbara Jean Voss of Oakdale 11 grandchildren: Tom, Nicole, Justin, Maddison, Connor, Taylor, Alex, Joe, Johnny, Sarah, and Joe Four great-grandchildren: Jackson, Hayley, Devin, Caden 1 brother Robert Jahnke of St. Paul She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Irene (Bowling) Stevens. Funeral services will be 1P.M. Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at Sandberg Mortuary in North St. Paul. Visitation will be from 5 ??? 7P.M. Tuesday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. And will continue 1 hour prior to the service at Sandberg Mortuary. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Mahtomedi. www.srtfuneral.com Charles K. Stevenson 08/16/1927-04/21/2011 Charles K. Stevenson, age 83 of McGregor died Thursday, April 21, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Charles was born August 16, 1927 at Stacy, Minnesota the son of Charles M. and Ellen (Cedergren) Stevenson. He attended the Mobeck country school near Stacy. He also worked on the family farm. He then went to work as a welder in Wyoming, Mn. fabricating boat and pontoon trailers. He lived there until his marriage to Arleen M. Hearle on August 30, 1978 at Stacy, Mn. They then moved to the McGregor area and have lived here since. He enjoyed fishing and fish fry???s. He also enjoyed gardening, playing checkers, cards and cribbage. He is survived by his wife Arleen of McGregor; 7 children and spouses: Daniel (Connie) Tierney of Victoria, Mn.; Sandra Fredrickson and Thomas Martin of Crosby, Mn.; Susan Abbe of Mankato, Mn.; Patricia (Gary) Thompson of Watertown, Mn.; Mark (Dianna) Tierney of Plymouth, Mn.; Joanne (Jay) Munson of Milaca, Mn.; Timothy (Nicole) Tierney of McGregor; 24 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 1 brother: Melvin (LaVonne) Stevenson of Stacy, Mn. and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters and 1 granddaughter. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 11 AM from the McGregor Community Center with Rev. Barry Hite and Rev. Tony Thompson officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery at McGregor. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the Community Center on the day of the service. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Ruby Jewell 05/02/1912-04/22/2011 Ruby May Jewell, 98 of Palisade died Friday, April 22, 2011 at her home. She was born May 2, 1912 near Hebron in Aitkin County to pioneer parents Charles and Pearl (Nix) Lamke. She attended first through fifth grade by boarding out at Bain, Swatara, and Glory. She attended sixth through the eighth grade on an abandon homestead in a 1 room log house near the Lamke homestead. In her teens she worked at Wades Resort and then was a cook at a logging camp. Ruby was united in marriage to Joseph A. Reich on May 2, 1930. They moved to a 40 acre farm 7 miles from where Ruby grew up. In 1945 Joseph passed away due to complications from a logging accident. Ruby was united in marriage to friend and neighbor Joseph C. Jewell on April 17, 1946. Together they purchased 300 acres adjoining Ruby???s original 40 acres. In 1968 they moved to Rossburg and spent their retirement years on their hobby farm. Ill health required them to give up the farm and they moved to Brainerd. After regaining their health, they volunteered at Brainerd State Hospital and Bethany Nursing Home in arts and crafts. They also assisted in getting 30 patients to Sunday church services. They made many beautiful and lasting friendships during these years. After eight years they moved back to Aitkin where their home became well known as the flower place. In 2000 they moved out of town to their nephews home on Old River Road where they again had many plants and animals. Ruby is survived by daughters and sons-in-law: Darlene (Reich) and Al Seguin of Aitkin Carol (Reich) and Ben O???Brien of Swatara Shirley (Jewell) and Roger Musil of Newtonsville, OH. Brothers and sisters: Myrtle (Lamke) Davis of OR. Albert Lamke of NE. Orvin Lamke of MI. Roland Lamke of MN. Pearl (Lamke) Welcome of MN. Janette (Lamke) Watson of MN. Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, beloved son Joseph E. Reich, infant daughter Beryl Reich, husbands Joseph A. Reich and Joseph C. Jewell, Brothers: Philip, Malvin, infant Demoline, Archie, Francis ???Fritz???, Calvin, Earl ???Bud???, and Ronny. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Tuesday, April 26, 2011 funeral service at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Burial will be in Hebron Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Lillian A. Hall 06/29/1916-04/24/2011 Lillian A. Hall, age 94 of Aitkin died Sunday, April 24, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lillian was born June 29, 1916 at Morris, Minnesota the daughter of Henry and Mary (Hermson) Grote. She grew up and attended schools in Morris, Mn. graduating from St. Mary???s Catholic High School. She then moved to St. Paul and went to work for Snyder Drug in St. Paul. She married Ernest Hall on February 18, 1947 at Hudson, Wisconsin. They made their home in St. Paul and Lillian worked for Reed Ray Film in St. Paul. In 1970 they purchased a cabin on Elm Island Lake and spent as much time at the cabin as they could until 1989 when they retired to Aitkin while still having the cabin. She has lived in the Aitkin area since. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church, the Moose Lodge, and the Aitkin American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed fishing, visiting with neighbors and friends, and watching baseball and football. She is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ernest in 2008, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. A memorial service will be held Friday, April 29, 2011 at 2 PM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Justin Fish officiating. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery at Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Caroline ''Carol'' Skrzypek Caroline ? 11/04/1948-04/24/2011 Caroline ''Carol'' Skrzypek Caroline ???Carol??? M. Skrzypek, age 62 of Aitkin died Sunday, April 24, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Carol was born November 11, 1948 at Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Leonard and Betty (Cheney) Novak. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. She married Glenn Anderson on March 14, 1964 at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They made their home in Minneapolis. She married Darrell Skrzypek in December of 1986. Carol worked for the Hennepin County Medical Center for many years before retiring. They moved from Minneapolis to Aitkin in 2000 and have lived here since. She was a member of First Lutheran Church. She enjoyed garage Sales, interior designing, and cooking. She is survived by 4 children: Tammy Anderson of Coon Rapids, Mn.; Sherrie Anderson of Baxter, Mn.; Julie Anderson of Aitkin, MN.; Ricky Anderson of Fridley, Mn.; 7 grandchildren: Jennifer Anderson, Josh Lindskoog, Annie Lindskoog, Joseph Marquardt, Samantha Marquardt, Dusty Woodbridge, Emily Woodbridge; 3 great grandchildren: Annabella Greer, Ellie Rae Sheridan and Akira Greer. Also surviving is 2 sisters: Barbara Quigley of Minneapolis, Mn. and Karen Wahl of Blaine, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 29, 2011 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Dorothy Sand officiating. Burial will be in the Rabbit Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 8 PM at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Easton Gary Floe 03/06/1937-04/26/2011 Easton Gary Floe, age 74 of McGregor died Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at McGregor, Minnesota. Easton was born March 6, 1937 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Sigurd and Cora (Snively) Floe. He attended schools in Minneapolis and at the Bellhorn Bay School near McGregor. He married Ramona Hoyt on June 23, 1956 in the Twin Cities. They made their home in Mounds View and worked as a metal lather doing construction work on commercial buildings. Easton was dedicated to providing for his family and went to where the work was. He worked throughout the area and also in California. He moved to McGregor in 1964 where he built the family home on Lake Minnewawa.Easton continued doing construction and he also started logging in the early 1970???s. He went to work for Floe International in 1986 as a welder and started doing sales in 1987. He retired in 1997. He married Marlis Henslin on November 19, 1994 at Bullhead City, Arizona. They wintered in Laughlin, Nevada. He was a member of the Lathers Union. Easton loved taking his family out on the lake in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. He also enjoyed picking wild rice,spear fishing, golfing, darts playing Texas Hold Em and being creative. He also raised golden retrievers and ran them in field trials. He loved the woods and spending time with his family and friends. Easton was a very kind hearted and social person. He is remembered by his children as being a great father, mentor and friend. He is survived by his wife Marlis Floe of McGregor; 3 children: Joan (Rich) Mizer of Pine City, Mn.; Karen Floe of Cloquet, Mn.; Wayne (Janelle) Floe of McGregor; 10 grandchildren: Angie Kemen, Cory Eken, Sara Moser, Heidi Mizer, Holly Mizer, Holly Merrill, Glenn Gibson, Natalie Reiter, Easton Floe, Ramsi Floe; Great Grandchildren: Lukas Kemen, Beth Kemen, Kendra Gibson, Austin Merrill, Raegan Merrill, Tyson Reiter; Step Children: Roxanne Brinegar of Adelanto, Calf., Brett Courvoisier of Victorville, Calf.; 2 brothers: Jack Floe of Oceanside, Calf.; Jim Floe of La Mesa, Calf.; 3 Sisters: Marian Beattie of Seal Beach, Calf.; Sigrid Minkkinen of Kettle River, MN.; Cora Marie VanderMey of McGregor and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers: Bill and Tom and 2 sisters: Donna Hamilton and Susie Floe. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 5 PM at the McGregor Community Center. A dinner/Social hour will be followed by a time of remembering will follow. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Kim Lee Zgodava 01/28/1968-05/01/2011 Kim Lee Zgodava, Native Name: Miskwaanakwadookwe, age 43 of McGregor died Sunday May 1, 2011 at the Grand Itasca Hospital in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Kim was born January 28, 1968 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She attended schools in Minneapolis and McGregor and then attended college at Fondulac and Mille Lacs tribal colleges. She graduated with an AA degree and a certificate in chemical dependency counseling. She worked as a chemical dependency counselor at the Mash-Ka-Wissen center in Sawyer for several years. She has currently been residing in McGregor. She is survived by her husband Daniel Kangas of Minneapolis; children: Ashley Kangas of McGregor, Destany (Les) Gahbow of McGregor, Daniel Zgodava of McGregor, Cheyanne (Ron) Peet of McGregor, Jaedalynn Kangas of Minneapolis; Mother: June Boyd of McGregor; sisters: Tabatha (Jeff) Boyd of McGregor; Tara Kangas of McGregor, Chrissy Boyd of McGregor; Grandchildren: Nindaanis Benjamin, Roylynn Benjamin, Averi Benjamin, Quinton Gahbow, Karly Gahbow, and Shaylynn Decoteau. She was preceded in death by her father Franklin Boyd, 1 infant daughter, 1 son: Lordez Kangas, 2 brothers: Franklin Boyd Jr., Richard Allen Boyd and 1 sister: Tammy Taylor. A wake will begin at 5 PM on Wednesday May 4, 2011 at the East Lake Community Center and continue until the services on Thursday at 10 AM with Lee Staples officiating. Burial will be at the Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Ruth Tuholski 09/21/1916-05/04/2011 Ruth W. Tuholski, 94 of Tamarack died Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born September 21, 1916 in Haugen Township, Tamarack to Andrew E. and Julia (Geving) Nelson. She graduated from McGregor High School in 1936. Ruth was united in marriage to Joseph J. Tuholski on November 10, 1950 in Tamarack. She had worked at the Tamarack CO-OP as the store clerk and was a former Haugen Township treasurer. She was a professional grandmother to any kid that came along. She enjoyed baking, gardening and making patchwork quilts for everyone, especially newborn babies. She was a member of the Golden Age Club and Round Lake Presbyterian Church. Ruth is survived by 4 daughters and sons-in-law: Beverly Hemmila of Bloomington Kathleen Sellers (Tom Demenge) of Tamarack Susan (Tom) Glander of Tamarack Bonny Jenkins of Harrisburg, PA. 15 grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren Special niece Janice Wetterhahn of Escanaba, MI. Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Andrew and Julia (Geving) Nelson, husband Joseph on July 14, 1989, son and daughter-in-law Leroy and Jean Anderson, granddaughter-in-law Jessica VanHorn, great granddaughter Lola VanHorn Sellers, two brothers Edward and Arthur Nelson, and her sister MabeI Ingalls. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. Sunday, May 8, 2011 at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, McGregor. Reverend John Yingling will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Saturday at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com Henry Meyer 12/10/1928-05/05/2011 Henry P. Meyer, 82 of McGregor died Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born December 10, 1928 in Chicago, Il. to Ernst and Ida (Tessendorf) Meyer. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in World War II. Henry was united in marriage to Shirley (Swain) on February 14, 1949 in Madrid, IA. He worked as a carpenter and then as a superintendent for PLC Construction until his retirement in 1992. He was a member of the Carpenters Union Local #322, the Masons and a former member of the Shriners. He was President of Round Lake Community Club. He enjoyed working and loved to spend time with his family and taking rides around the lake on his pontoon. He is survived by his wife Shirley 3 children: Ernie Meyer (Linda Giesen) of Delano Cindy (Bob) Phillippi of Ham Lake David (Jody) Meyer of East Bethel Seven grandchildren: Jennifer Meyer, Jolene Meyer, Brian Phillippi, Laura Phillippi, Steve Meyer, Sarah Meyer, Heather Yager. He was preceded in death by his parents Ernst and Ida (Tessendorf) Meyer and his sister Frieda Shaw. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Visitation will be 11A.M. to 1P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by McGregor VFW Post # 2747. www.srtfuneral.com John A. Ivory 10/19/1929-05/06/2011 John Anthony Ivory, 81 of Aitkin died Friday, May 6, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born October 19, 1929 in Dublin, Ireland to John and Mary (Miller) Ivory. Theater was John???s passion. He was involved in professional theater in Ireland and after moving to the United States he was involved in amateur theater throughout the Twin Cities. He worked as a shipping and receiving clerk for Washburn Laboratories in North Maplewood. John was united in marriage to Ardis (McIntyre) on June 30, 1956 in St. Paul. They moved to the Aitkin area in 1997. He was a member of St. John???s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook. He is survived by his wife Ardis Nieces and nephews and families: Felix John Guido, Brian Anthony Guido, Cailin Mary Guido, Roan (Schneider) Mietzner, Lanette (Schneider) Pratt, Nona (Schneider) Ellsworth Brother-in-law: Felix Guido Sister-in-law: Maureen Schneider He was preceded in death by his parents John and Mary (Miller) Ivory and his sister Adrienne Guido. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. Tuesday, May 10 2011 funeral service at St. John???s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook. Reverend Sandy Berg-Holte will officiate. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Maplewood. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Gerald ''Jerry'' Johnson Gerald ???Jer 04/22/1935-05/06/2011 Gerald ''Jerry'' Johnson Gerald ???Jerry??? D. Johnson, age 76 of Aitkin formerly of the Anoka area died Friday, May 6, 2011 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. Jerry was born April 22, 1935 at Ada, Minnesota the son of Rueben and Bertha ???Birdie??? (Pinske) Johnson. He attended schools in Ada. He then worked as a farm hand for a time and then at the age of 17 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He served with the U.S. Marines in Korea. Upon his discharge he returned to Ada for a short time and then moved to the Twin Cities and worked as a machinist at Apache Co. and later at Perfection Grinding retiring in 1993. He married Kathleen E. Bauer on February 20, 1971 at Watertown, South Dakota. They made their home in Anoka County for many years. They have resided in the Aitkin area the past 10 years. He was a life member of the McGregor VFW Post and the Aitkin American Legion Post. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed antiquing. He is survived by his wife Kathy (Bauer) Johnson of Aitkin; 2 sons: Mark (Cindy) Johnson of Isanti, MN., Tim Johnson of Arizona; 5 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, 2 sisters: Tudy (John) Anthony of Grand Rapids, Mn.??? Jan (Mike) Ruch of Avon, Mn.??? Steve Johnson of Princeton, Mn., mother in law: Gladys Bauer of Anoka, Mn., brother in law: Jerry (Heidi) Bauer of Ramsey, Mn., sister in law: Jane Schoenecker of Stevens Point, Wisc., nieces, nephews and special pet Buttons. He was preceded in death by his parents, and father in law George Bauer. Funeral services will be held Wednesday May 11, 2011 at 11 AM from the McGregor Funeral Home with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery at Anoka, Minnesota. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor VFW Larson-Deneen Post 2747. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Donna E. Anderson 10/24/1933-05/06/2011 Donna E. Anderson, 77 of Palisade died Friday, May 6, 2011 at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. She was born October 24, 1933 in Milton, WI. She graduated from Wayzata High School. Donna was united in marriage to Maynard ???Andy??? Anderson on July 9, 1955 at Oak Knoll Lutheran Church in Minnetonka. They lived in Minnetonka until moving to their Waukenabo Lake home in 1990. She was a fan of the Minnesota Vikings and Twins. She enjoyed fishing, camping, square dancing, and feeding the birds and deer. She was an avid quilter, needle pointer, and knitter. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Linda (Scott) Nylander of Montrose Son and daughter-in-law: Dale and (Gwen) Anderson of Minnetonka 4 grandchildren: Kalley Anderson, Dana Anderson, Loren Palmer, and Mitchell Palmer Brother and sister-in-law: Curt (Jenette) Boyes She was preceded in death by her husband Maynard ???Andy??? Anderson on June 26, 2008. Three brothers Earl, Lee, and Dean Boyes, and her parents Dan and Hattie (Hoag) McCarty. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 12:00P.M. Wednesday, May 11, 2011 funeral service at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. Reverend William Sass will officiate. Burial will be in Summit Park Cemetery in Wayzata. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Joyce K. (Knoedl) Dufresne 07/18/1930-05/17/2011 Joyce K. (Knoedl) Dufresne, age 80 of McGregor formerly of St. Paul died Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at her home in McGregor. Joyce was born July 18, 1930 in St. Paul, Mn. The daughter of John and Anna May (Flowers) Knoedl. She grew up and attended schools in St. Paul having attended St. Agnes and Washington High School. She then worked for the City of St. Paul until 1952 when she married Gordon A. Dufresne on July 18, 1952. They made their home in Centerville and she raised her family. In 1974 they purchased the Greenwood Lodge near McGregor and operated that until 1980. She then cared for her husband until his death in 1984. She then worked as a cook for Banns, Pier 65 and the Block House until retiring in 1998. She had lived on Lake Minnewawa until 2008 at which time she moved into McGregor. She was a member of the Minnewawa Sportsman???s Club, the American Legion Auxiliary, a former Lioness, and Holy Family Catholic Church. She enjoyed Cooking, Quilting, Reading, crossword puzzles, and fishing. She is survived by her children: John Dufresne of McGregor, Dennis (Trudi) Dufresne of Grand Rapids, Mich., Paul (Kathy) Dufresne of Ramsey, MN., Anne (Mark) Reno of McFarland, Wisc., Barbara Rian of McGregor; 16 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, 1 brother Jack (Helen) Knoedl of Bloomington, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Gordon in 1984, 1 sister Anna May Peet. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Donald E. Hasselius 03/24/1943-05/21/2011 Donald E. Hasselius, 68, of Aitkin and formerly of Blaine died Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. He was born March 24, 1943 in Aitkin to Edward and Donna (O???Neal) Hasselius. He grew up in Aitkin and graduated from Aitkin High School class of 1962. He was the first state high school wrestling champion for Aitkin High School (1962). After high school he attended Dunwoody Institute, eventually becoming a master plumber. Donald was united in marriage to Janice Rush on June 30, 1963 in Aitkin. He was a member of the Minneapolis Plumbers Union Local #15 for over 40 years. Donald is survived by his wife Janice, 2 sons and a daughter-in-law: Daniel Hasselius of Blaine Todd (Cassie) Hasselius of Blaine Three grandchildren: Ashly (Justin) Hall, Dustin Hasselius and Malia Hasselius 1 great granddaughter: Haylee Hall Five brothers, 3 sisters, many nieces, nephews, relatives and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his brother Eddie and parents Edward and Donna (O???Neal) Hasselius. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M.???Friday, May 27, 2011 at Glory Baptist Church, rural Aitkin. Burial will be in Diamond Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7 P.M. Thursday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to Glory Baptist Church building fund. www.srtfuneral.com Vela Swanson 10/12/1925-05/24/2011 Vela Swanson, age 85 of McGregor died Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. Vela was born October 12, 1925 at Middletown, Ohio the daughter of Lionel and Edith Marie (Hack) Gephart. She grew up and attended schools in Kentucky. She married David Livingston on July 19, 1942 at Las Vegas, Nevada. They made their home in California. David died in 1949. Vela continued to live and work in California and then married Robert P. Swanson Sr. on January 6, 1956 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They lived in California until 1970 at which time they moved to McGregor, MN. where they operated a gas station. She also worked for the sewing factory, was a hostess for the Chamber of Commerce and did baking and care giving. She enjoyed boating; fishing, dancing and loved to watch her boys play basketball as they were growing up. She is survived by Children: Robert P. Swanson Jr. and Ann of Grand Marais, MN., Rahn Cory Swanson and wife Sharon of East Bethel, Minnesota, David H. Livingston and wife Debbie of Lodi, California, John S. Livingston and wife Jeannie of Burlington, New Jersey, Joyce Ann Burdick and husband Russ of Tamarack, MN.; 1 sister: Velma Olson and husband Bill of Olympia, Washington; 17 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her Parents, husbands David Livingston and Robert Swanson, 1 daughter Barbara Livingston, 1 grandson, 1 great grandson, 1 brother and 2 sisters. A memorial service will be held Friday, June 3, 2011 at Noon from the Community Alliance Church near McGregor with Rev. Steve DeMars officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church Friday. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. C. Louise Hasskamp 07/10/1933-05/26/2011 C. Louise Hasskamp, age 77 of Aitkin died Thursday, May 26, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Louise was born July 10, 1933 in St. Paul, Minnesota the daughter of Theodore and Esther (Borgmann) Arens. She graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1951 and then attended the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, R.N. License in 1955. Her first RN job was at the V.A. Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa for 1 year. She married David D. Hasskamp on September 29, 1956 in Aitkin. She worked at the Aitkin Community Hospital for 1 year and then went to work at Dr. Closuit???s new clinic and worked there for seven years. In 1964 she became certified as a Public Health Nurse after completing studies at the University of Colorado at Denver, Colorado. Louise then worked for the Aitkin Public Schools as a Public Health Nurse for 23 years. She was forced to retire in 1987 due to rheumatoid arthritis. Louise was named Minnesota School Nurse of the Year for 1985-86. Louise served as the first chairman on the Kinship Board as she and others worked hard to get this established. Louise was also instrumental in helping create the Aitkin???s Children Center. Louise served as the ???Kids??? board chairman in 1975. Louise, along with her husband Dave, was also a strong supporter of the development of the Jacques Art Center, and served as board chair for a number of years. Louise is survived by her husband Dave Hasskamp of Aitkin; Children Bill and Mary Ann Hasskamp of Challis, Idaho; Mary Louise and Dan Howe of Wyendotte, Michigan; 3 grandchildren: Kate, Jenny and Thomas; 1 sister: Theodora Dahle of Edina, Mn. And San Diego, Calf. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandson David Howe, and favorite puppy Sadie. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Justin Fish officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Memorials are preferred to the Jacques Art Center or Camp Confidence Center. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com Norman Dale Henslin 06/09/1935-05/27/2011 Norman D. Henslin, age 75 of McGregor formerly of Shoreview, Mn. Died Friday, May 27, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin, Minnesota. Norman was born on June 9, 1935 in St. Paul, Minnesota the son of Delbert and Lorraine (Cline) Henslin. He grew up and attended schools in St. Paul graduating from Humboldt High School in 1953. While in school he started working for a printing company. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959. He then worked as a lithographer for many years and retired from the Mellosmello Printing Co. He began coming to the McGregor area in 1992 and he moved here permanently in 2002 and has lived here since. He enjoyed fishing and helping people any way he could. He is survived by his daughter Tracy Lynn Henslin of La Mesa, Calf.; sisters: Priscilla Gillen of South St. Paul, MN.; Marlis Floe of McGregor, Mn. and brother Merv Henslin of North St. Paul, MN. And nieces nephews and many close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Billie Davis and brother Stan Henslin. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 4, 2011 at the Fireside Restaurant in McGregor starting at 4 PM. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Margaret E. Nelson 09/17/1927-05/31/2011 Margaret (Marge) E. Nelson, 83, of McGregor, formerly Robbinsdale, passed away peacefully on May 31, 2011 in Duluth. She was born September 17, 1927 in Luverne to Ben and Anna (Husen) Fitzer. Marge was a graduate of Luverne High School. Marge was united in marriage to Robert T. Nelson on October 27, 1950 in Hopkins. She was a retired R.N., graduate of Northwestern Hospital School of Nursing, and a Northwest Airline flight attendant. She was involved in numerous volunteer and leadership roles within her church and community. Marge touched everyone she met and knew in a very special way. She was Preceded in death by her parents Ben & Anna Fitzer and nephew Gary Fitzer. She is survived by husband of 60 years, Robert (Bob) T. Nelson Daughter and son-in-law: Ann (Jim) Carlson of McGregor Son and daughter-in-law: Tom (Mary) Nelson of Maple Grove Grandchildren: Carly (Doug) Mandler, Kyle Nelson, Cynthia Jacobs, Anne Langford, and great grandchildren Charlie, Grace, Joey & Julia. Brother and sister-in-law: Maurice (Helen) Fitzer of Luverne and 5 nephews. Visitation at 12:00 noon on Sunday, June 19, 2011, followed by a Memorial Service at 1 p.m. at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, 16652 Goshawk Street (Cty. Rd. 6), McGregor, MN. Burial will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Memorials preferred to Round Lake Presbyterian Ladies Guild or McGregor Friends of the Library. Arrangements by McGregor Funeral Home, 218-768-3136. www.srtfuneral.com Harriette V. Koopman 01/08/1924-06/04/2011 Harriette Viola (Petersen) Koopman, 87 of Aitkin passed away June 4, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born January 8, 1924 in St. Paul, MN; the oldest daughter of Hans and Ermine (Brisson) Petersen of Hugo. As a young child, she moved with her family to the South St. Paul area near Concord Avenue and at age 12 they moved to Agate Street where they lived many years. Harriette worked as a waitress at the St. Paul Athletic Club, at International Harvester during WWII, she did lifelong missionary church work and was a sales clerk at Daytons in St. Paul until she was trained as an electrologist and became self employed in that field. Harriette married Al Koopman on December 1, 1945 and they farmed near Ramona, SD. They had two children, David, (1947) and Connie (1948). Al and Harriette also farmed near Yankton, SD before moving to St. Paul in 1962 where she and her husband were employed at Daytons, Harriette first as an elevator operator, then a sales clerk. Widowed in 1994, Harriette moved to Aitkin in 2000 to be near her daughter and son-in-law, most recently residing at Aicota Assisted Living. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law: David (Jane) Koopman, of St. Paul, daughter and son-in-law, Connie (Chuck) Pettersen of Aitkin 5 grandchildren: Kristen (Aaron) Williams, Michael (Mollie) Koopman, James Koopman, Karin (Grant) Jordahl and Katie Pettersen. 4 great-grandchildren: Michala Williams, Alex and Katie Koopman, and Autumn Joy Jordahl Many nieces, nephews, and 4 surviving siblings. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and 6 siblings: Donald, Robert, Joan Dettmann, Orv and Floyd Peterson, Stella Shoen. Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 10:00 a.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery in St. Paul at 3:30 p.m. A memorial service in St. Paul will be held at St. Mark???s Lutheran Church in the near future. Memorials are preferred to Bethel Lutheran Church in Aitkin, The Salvation Army or St. Mark???s Lutheran Church in St. Paul. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Dolores Turnock 06/03/1939-06/04/2011 Dolores ???DeDe??? Turnock, 72 of McGregor died Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. She was born June 3, 1939 in Roseville, Michigan to Leonard S. and Joy I. (Hamilton) Miller. She graduated from Crosby High School. DeDe was united in marriage to Harold Turnock on July 27, 1957 in Crosby. She enjoyed camping, dancing, and bowling. She was a former member of the McGregor Lions Club. DeDe is survived by her husband Harold of Crosby 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Joleen (John) Herbert of Sheridan, Wy. Beverly (Brad) Tesch of McGregor Sherrie (Randy) Vikla of McGregor One son and daughter-in-law: Keith (Michelle) Turnock of Brainerd. 8 grandchildren: Json (Amber), Chad, Dawn, Hilary, Jamie, Eric, Jessica, and Emily. Three great grandchildren: Teerza, Jazmyn, Izayah 2 sisters and brother-in-law: Gwen Caird of Deep Haven Gail (Jim) Ruschmeier of Aitkin One brother and sister-in-law: Harlan (Chris) Miller of Aitkin Many other relatives and friends. A gathering time will be from 2pm to 4pm, Friday, June 10, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Mary Anne Bays 02/05/1939-06/05/2011 Mary Anne Bays, age 72 of Aitkin formerly of Wayzata and Denver died Sunday, June 5, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born February 5, 1939 in Minneapolis the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Hedican) O???Connell. She grew up and attended schools in Wayzata graduating in 1957. She then went to work for Bell Telephone Co. and worked a number of years in Minneapolis and also Denver, Colorado. She married Warren F. Bays on April 29, 1983 at South Lake Tahoe, Nevada. They lived in Denver and they operated Bays Equipment of which she was a partner and president of for 20 years. They purchased a home on Farm Island Lake near Aitkin in 1990 and moved to it permanently in 1995 and have lived there since. She had been a member of the Riverwood Hospital Auxiliary, and the Cuyuna Country Club. She enjoyed gardening, golfing, fishing and skiing. She is survived by her husband Warren Bays of Aitkin; step son: Morgan Bays of Westminster, Colo.; step daughter: Lisa Bays of Denver, Colo.; step grandson: Zachary of Westminster, Colo.; sister: Kitty (Doug) Clemenson of Aitkin; brother: Paul (Roxanne) Leding of Brooklyn Park, Mn. and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, step father Lawrence Leding, and Brother Joe O???Connell. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Justin Fish officiating. A gathering time will be held from 10 AM until the 11 AM service. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the Riverwood Foundation Capital Campaign Fund. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Gary Lee Olson 08/04/1940-06/10/2011 Gary Lee Olson, age 70 of Aitkin formerly of Minneapolis and a retired Minneapolis Police Officer, died Friday, June 10, 2011 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Mn. Gary was born August 4, 1940 at Red Wing, Minnesota the son of Gordon and Gladys (Swanson) Olson. He attended school at Vesa, Mn. and then in Minneapolis graduating from Minnehaha Academy. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1962. He then worked for Control Data and also did some construction work before joining the Minneapolis Police Department in 1966. He married Susan M. Israel on April 11, 1986 in Minneapolis. He retired from the Police Force in 1995 and he and his wife moved to Farm Island Lake near Aitkin and have resided here since. He was a member of the Aitkin American Legion Post and the Minneapolis Police Relief Assn. He was also an organ donor. He is survived by his wife Susan of Aitkin; 1 sister: Janet Hagberg of Minneapolis. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, MN. with Rev. Dallas Smith officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin American Legion and VFW Posts. The Minneapolis Police Department Honor Guard will also be in attendance. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Ernest J. Hammer 11/12/1926-06/12/2011 Ernest J. Hammer, 84 of Maplewood died Sun., June 12, 2011. He was born November 12, 1926 in Two Harbors to John and Olga (Anderson) Hammer. He was a Merchant Marine. Ernest was united in marriage to Leona E. Wirta on December 10, 1949 in Duluth. He worked for Opus Corp. of Eagan for 30 years. He was a charter member of the Victory In Christ Lutheran Church in Maplewood. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Ernest is survived by his wife Leona of Maplewood Son Lance Hammer of Oakdale Daughter Jennifer Hammer of Maplewood Granddaughter Kendall Kwilas Many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister Elsie Nordstrand, 2 brothers Edwin and Elwood, and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00P.M. Friday, June 17, 2011 funeral service at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Burial will be in Sherriff Lake Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Union Gospel Mission in St. Paul. www.srtfuneral.com Doris M. Lattery 04/03/1925-06/12/2011 Doris Mae Lattery, age 86 of Aitkin formerly of South Saint Paul and Inver Grove Heights died Sunday, June 12, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Doris was born April 3, 1925 at South Saint Paul the daughter of Albert and Helen Braun. She grew up and attended schools in South Saint Paul graduating from High School in 1944. She married Edward Lattery and they made their home in Inver Grove Heights. She lived there until moving to Lone Lake near Aitkin about 20 years ago. She enjoyed reading, knitting and crocheting. She is survived by 1 son Carl Krueger and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Albert Lattery, son Edward Lattery, 1 brother Clifford Braun, and 1 daughter: Bonnie Letendre and granddaughter Jennifer. In following Doris??? wishes, there will be no services. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Charles E. Martin 09/01/1927-06/15/2011 Charles E. Martin, 83 of Aitkin and formerly of McGregor died Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born September 1, 1927 in St. Paul to Charles S. and Florence J. (Peterson) Martin. He graduated from Humboldt High School in St. Paul. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in WW II. Charles was united in marriage to Constance M. (Harder) on August 24, 1972 in Watertown, SD. He worked for 57 years as an over the road truck driver. Charles is survived by his children: Cindy Thompson of McGregor David (Sandy) Coates of West St. Paul Andy (Ann) Coates of West St. Paul Charles Martin, Jr. of St. Paul Jeff (Vicki) Martin of Woodbury 13 grandchildren and 14 great- grandchildren 1 sister and brother in law: Delores (Sverre) Vinje Other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Constance on January 28, 1998, son Richard, grandson Chad Martin, great grandson Austin Pagan, 2 brothers Paul and Leroy, and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M., Monday, June 20, 2011 funeral service at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Burial will be Acacia Park Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by McGregor VFW Post #2747. Arrangements are by McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com Jerry J. Ziske 02/24/1925-06/17/2011 Jerry J. Ziske, 86 of Aitkin died Friday, June 17, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services. He was born February 24, 1925 in Aitkin, the son of Frank and Ide (Best) Ziske. He grew up in Aitkin, graduating from Aitkin High School. He was active in the school theater program. Jerry was a U.S. Army veteran. His family operated a farm on Spirit Lake and then started Ziske???s Resort on Spirit Lake. His parents, along with Jerry, and his brother James operated the resort for many years. He enjoyed traveling to Mexico and spending time there. He was a former member of the Aitkin Masonic Lodge. Jerry is survived by nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Ide (Best) Ziske, three brothers: Chuck Ziske and Bob Ziske and James Ziske, and his sister Dorothy Phillips. Memorial services will be held 11 AM - Saturday, June 25, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Donald Norman will officiate. A gathering time from 10 AM until the 11 AM services will be held at the funeral home. Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin VFW Post #1727 and Aitkin American Legion Post #86. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Darryl B. Ames 05/10/1940-06/19/2011 Darryl B. Ames, age 71 of McGregor died Sunday, June 19, 2011 at St. Lukes Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. Darryl was born May 10, 1940 at Duluth, Minnesota the son of Herbert and Bartella (Rooney) Ames. He grew up and attended schools in Duluth, Minneapolis and High Springs, Florida. He returned to Minneapolis and worked for the Onan Co, Artic Cat and Hoffman Engineering. He married Alma Jean Nielsen on December 7, 1964 at Watertown, South Dakota. They lived in Minneapolis, Coon Rapids, Isanti, Ramsey and retired to McGregor in 1998. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and enjoyed tinkering with anything mechanical or electrical. He is survived by his wife Jean Ames of McGregor; daughter: Christine Glanville of Hibbing, MN. son: Steven Ames and Carla Gilbert of McGregor; 5 grandchildren: Timothy, Gina, Kayla, Jasmine and Micah and 3 great grandchildren: Sirinity, Kaylee and Rory and 1 sister: Gerry Stahn of Minneapolis and 1 brother Charles Ames of Bay City, Michigan. Also surviving are his beloved dogs. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Barbara and granddaughter Chelsey. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 2 PM at Round Lake Presbyterian Church with Rev. John Yingling officiating. A visitation time will be 1 hour prior to the services on Saturday. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Irene A. Mendiola 08/13/1924-06/22/2011 Irene A. Mendiola, age 86 of Jacobson formerly of Los Angeles, Calf. Died Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at her home. She was born August 13, 1924 at Los Angeles, California the daughter of Drank and Frances (Martinez) Sepulvada. She grew up and attended schools in Los Angeles. She married Eldon Nappe and they made their home in the San Fernando Valley. She then married John Mendiola and they continued to live in the San Fernando Valley. In 2006 Irene moved to Minnesota to live with her daughter and son in law who cared for her these past years. She is survived by her daughter and son in law: Charlie and Donald Dinneen of Jacobson; 4 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, 1 sister: Alma Musselman and 1 brother Roy Sepulvada both of Los Angeles, Calf. She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, I sister Betty Testa and 1 great grandson Gabriel Mendoza. No services will be held. Arrangements were with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Howard Arthur Franzen 06/24/1919-06/29/2011 Howard A. Franzen, 92 of Palisade died Wednesday, June29, 2011 at Golden Horizon in Aitkin. He was born June 24, 1919 in Palisade to Axel and Anna (Turnrose) Franzen. He grew up and attended school in Palisade. Howard was united in marriage to Delores Keath on November 2, 1943 in El Paso, TX. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WW II. He was employed as a truck driver for Herbison Bridge Construction Company. He was a charter member of the Palisade Lions. Howard is survived by his children: Karen and Jerry Little of Spring Hill, FL. Mike Franzen of Eagan Jack and Diana Franzen of Palisade Lucille Franzen of Aitkin Mike Massood of Bloomington Pam and Dave Carlson of Palisade Scott and Michele Franzen of Chaska Kelly and Tom Cooper of Shorewood Grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Kristina and Gary Derrick, Kara Franzen, Nick and Amie Franzen, Nathan and Jamie Franzen, Anna Franzen and Russ Philipp, Kelsey and Greg Wesenberg, Garrett Carlson, Haley Franzen, Abby Franzen, Kadee Cooper, Ian Cooper, Preston Franzen, Rory Philipp, Zachary Franzen, Charli Franzen, Jacob Franzen, Joanna Franzen, Isaiah Franzen, Landon Franzen, Jeremiah Franzen, Aydin Franzen, Eloise Wesenberg, and foster grandson Andy South. Brother: Carl (Kathleen) Franzen Sisters: Violet Havila, Charlotte Coon, Bette Phillips, Marian Johnson Many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Delores, daughter Peggy Massood, 5 brothers, 1 sister, and his parents. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. ??? Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Charles Carlson will officiate. Visitation will be 11:00A.M. to 1:00P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com John Weimer 04/17/1917-07/04/2011 John Weimer, age 94 of Palisade died Monday July 4, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. John was born April 17, 1917 in Kingman Township of Renville County, Minnesota the son of Christoph and Ella (Stoeber) Weimer. He moved with his family to the Palisade area where he attended the Waukenabo School. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1935 to 1937. He then worked on farms in the area before serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during WW II. Upon his discharge he settled in Aitkin. He married Bessie Zilverberg on February 3, 1945 in Aitkin. He worked in the Post Office and then was a rural mail carrier for many years. His wife Bessie died in 1975. He married Viola I. (Clayton) Scott on August 28, 1976 in Aitkin. They lived in Aitkin for a time and then built a home in White Elk Township and have lived there ever since. He also worked in Aitkin cutting trees. He was a member of St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin; the Aitkin American Legion Post, the Aitkin VFW Post, and The Disabled American Veterans. He enjoyed fishing, picking berries and cutting and selling firewood. He is survived by his wife Viola Weimer of Palisade; Children and spouses: Diane and Byron Schlagel of Aitkin; Robert and Colleen Weimer of Rose Creek, Mn.; Arnie Weimer of Juneau, Alaska; Stanley and Cindy Weimer of Aitkin; Betty and Roger Stidolph of Juneau, Alaska; Helen and Jason Hayes of Creswell, Oregon; Carla Gamman of Bothell, Washington; Alice and Don Browne of Minneapolis; 12 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 1 brother: Richard (Elaine) Weimer of Lockport, Ill.; 3 sisters: Lorraine Mindrum of Aitkin; Ella Kingsley of Hill City; Lydia Wiswell of Young America, MN.; brother in law: Norman Berg of Hill City; sisters in law: Agnes Weimer of Aitkin; Virginia Weimer of Eagle River, Wisc.; Lola Ann Weimer of Hill City. He was preceded in death by his parents; First Wife Bessie in 1975; sisters: Marie Clark, Margaret Nollette, Frances Berg; brothers: Henry, Vernon, Raymond, Fredrick, Charles, Frank, Albert, and Martin. A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 1 PM from St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, July 16 from 5 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Spencer Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Norman W. Chilstrom 12/13/1929-07/07/2011 Norman W. Chilstrom, age 81 of Aitkin formerly of Anoka, died Thursday, July 7, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Norman was born December 13, 1929 at Isanti, Minnesota the son of Elmond and Alma (Eagelkraut) Chilstrom. He moved with his family at a young age to Dairyland, Wisconsin where he grew up and attended schools. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952. Upon his discharge he returned to Wisconsin and worked in the woods for a time. He married Leona Harris on November 12, 1954 in St. Paul. They made their home in Anoka for over 50 years and Norman worked for Pacific Mutual Door Co. for over 33 years. In 1996 they moved to the Aitkin area and have lived here since. He is survived by his wife Leona Chilstrom of Aitkin; sister: Darlene J. Shafer of Phoenix, AZ., sister in law: Shirley Chilstrom of Blaine, MN.; niece: Kimberly Ann, nephews: Gary Robert and David Allen and numerous cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and Brother Loren. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Pastor Cynthia Gray officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Burial will be at the Acacia Cemetery in Mendota Heights, MN. at a later date. The Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Dennis R. Anderson 02/26/1954-07/08/2011 Dennis R. Anderson, age 57 of Aitkin died Friday, July 8, 2011 at Schroeder, Minnesota. Dennis was born February 26, 1954 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Herbert and Dorothy (Micklewright) Anderson. He attended schools in Aitkin graduating in 1972. He then worked as a logger and also selling minnows. He married Penny Stevens on December 2, 1988 at Aitkin. They made their home in Aitkin and Dennis worked for the Mille Lacs Electric Cooperative from 1990 until this past May of 2011. He was a member of the Minnesota Trappers Assn. He enjoyed hunting and trapping and also doing flea markets and antiquing. He is survived by children: Mike Anderson of Aitkin; Amanda (Jon) Seely of Aitkin; Kelly Anderson of Milton, MN.; Olivia Anderson of Parker Prairie, MN.; 4 grandchildren: Vincent Seely, Zoe Seely, Kylie Crowell, Marley Crowell; Mother: Dorothy Anderson of Aitkin; 2 brothers: Dale Anderson of Duncan, Oklahoma and David Anderson of Lino Lakes, MN. He was preceded in death by his wife Penny in 1999, father Herbert, and 1 sister Charlotte. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Lonnie Lee officiating. Visitation will be Friday, July 15 from 4 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services on Saturday. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Carol Jean Keeler 12/13/1934-07/09/2011 Carol Jean Keeler, 76 of Palisade died July 9, 2011 at her home. She was born December 13, 1934 in St. Paul to Lawrence and Christine (Fleischhacker) Morrison. She was united in marriage to Raymond Keeler on August 1, 1970 in New Hope. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, and playing games on her computer. Carol is survived by her husband Raymond Children: John (Chris) Keeler of Chariton, IA. Mike (Lisa) Keeler of Hutchinson Jamie (Jeff) Wagner of La Grande, OR. Robert Utter of Washington Steven Utter of California 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren Two sisters: Lorraine (Bruce) Fero of Oregon Mary Ann Peterson of Minneapolis Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter Michelle, three sisters and her parents. Memorial service will be 10:00A.M. Thursday, July 14, 2011 at Fleming United Methodist Church, Aitkin. Reverend Russell Christensen will officiate. 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 Paul Gordon Fink 04/09/1951-07/09/2011 Paul Gordon Fink, 60, formerly of Aitkin, died unexpectedly of coronary heart disease the evening of July 9, 2011 in Scottsdale, AZ. He was born April 9, 1951 in Jackson. He lived a remarkable and adventurous life. He was a kindhearted veterinarian and skilled surgeon. He was humble in his abilities, graduating as a doctor by age 24 while putting himself through college. He owned Aitkin Vet Clinic for 18 years. He moved to Phoenix, AZ. to start a new life. There he worked at the Arizona Humane Society which was a good fit for his abilities and his compassionate beliefs in animal care. He was an active member of AVMA for 37 years. He looked forward to retiring to Minnesota and fishing with his family and friends, woodworking as his father Lloyd had taught him and traveling in his airplane he and Katherin named ???Madeline???. He was an avid reader and always had an opinion on everything and if he didn???t understand something he set out to learn about it. He was extremely kind and generous and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Paul would only want celebration in his remembrance. He was a Christian and believed he would be reunited with his mom Evie and dad Lloyd whom he talked of often in this life. Paul is survived by his wife: Katherin (Dingman) Daughters and sons-in-law: Brynne (Fink) Campbell and Dave Campbell of Elk Mound, WI. Samantha (Fink) Seibert and Jon Seibert of Brainerd Granddaughter: Jonna Seibert of Brainerd Brothers: Roger Fink of Palo Alter, CA and James Fink of Minneapolis Extended family: Lauren and Scott Reilly of Chicago, IL. His favorite home was Aitkin where his ashes will be returned. There will be a gathering time for friends and family 4 to 6pm, Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Adeline Hageman 07/23/1927-07/20/2011 Adeline ???Jean??? Hageman, 83 of Coon Rapids and McGregor, died Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at her home. She was born July 23, 1927 in Racine, Wisconsin to Edwin and Beulah (Durand) Meaney. She was united in marriage to Kleo A. Hageman on May 5, 1961 in Wisconsin. She was a cook and baker. She worked for Avon Co. and at the Country House in McGregor. She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law: Shirley James of Minneapolis Kathy Isenor of Chaska Debbie Kehn of North Branch Deanna (Richard) Evans of Fridley Gayle (Don) Koerber of McGregor Cindy (Paul) Gellerman of St. Michael 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Kleo in 2008, 4 brothers, one sister, and her parents. Memorial service will be 1:00P.M., Sunday, July 31, 2011 at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. www.srtfuneral.com Robert DeRusha Robert Daniel DeRusha ' 12/10/1941-07/21/2011 Robert DeRusha Robert Daniel DeRusha ''Clammer'' 69 of McGregor passed away July 21, 2011 in his home after a battle with Mesothelioma Cancer. Robert was born on December 10, 1941 in Cloquet to Cyril and Lula (Kehn) DeRusha. He was the captain of his high school golf team and continued playing golf for several years after. He won several tournaments and obtained quite a collection of trophies throughout the years. He won the Big Lake Club Championship for seven consecutive years and had the course record at one time (25), and five holes-in-one. He served 3 years in the US Army right after graduating from the Cloquet Senior High School in 1959. He took pride in his 30 years of being a groundskeeper between the Big Lake Golf Club, Cloquet Country Club and Floodwood Golf course. He also worked at the US Postal Service, Conwed Corporation, and IDS #94. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and watching baseball, football, and golf. Clammer was a guitar player and singer for many years in a band known as ???The Rubber Band???. The band played at several local establishments and weddings. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends singing and playing his guitar around the bonfire. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Evangline 1 sister Patricia (Gene), 2 brothers: Dennis (Linda) and Louie (Norma) 5 daughters: Laure Fish, Diane (Scott) Clark, Toni Murray all of Cloquet Lacey (Kevin) Johnson of Mesa AZ, Lisa Bastien of Stillwater 1 son: Jim Bastien of Cloquet. 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren Several nieces and nephews and friends. Two special guys Shawn & Randy Westerman. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cyril and Lula (Kehn) DeRusha Two brothers: Henry and Michael DeRusha. Memorial service will be 2:00pm ??? Saturday, July 30, 2011 at McGregor Funeral Home on Maddy Street, McGregor. Father Paul Fruth will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. www.srtfuneral.com Reception to follow at Minnewawa Sportsman Club. 20322 Goshawk St (Co. Rd 6) McGregor, MN 55760 Kristin Wood 10/09/1971-07/28/2011 Kristin Wood, 39 of Aitkin died Thursday, July 28, 2011 at her home. She was born October 9, 1971 in Aitkin to Alvin G. and Beverly A. (Lorber) Wood. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband Randy Adcock 3 Children: Cameron Wood, Caleb Adcock, and Carson Adcock all of Aitkin Father: Alvin Wood of Aitkin 2 Brothers: Timothy Wood and Leeann Mindrum of Palisade Scott Wood and Darlene Lubins of Aitkin 5 Step-sisters: Linda, Nikki, and Janiece Renstrum Tammy and Tonya Maydole Many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother Beverly (Lorber) Wood. Funeral services will be 1:00P.M. Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Charles Carlson will officiate. Visitation will be 11:00A.M. to 1:00P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Spencer Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Earl L. Lindgren 08/09/1937-08/01/2011 Earl L. Lindgren, age 73 of Aitkin and McGregor areas formerly of Warba and Racine, Wisc. Died Monday, August 1, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Earl was born August 9, 1937 at Grand Rapids, Minnesota the son of Carl and Veronica (McCauley) Lindgren. He grew up and attended schools in Warba. In the early 1950???s he moved to Wisconsin and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from 1954 until his discharge in 1957. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 1957 to 1960. Upon his discharge from the army he went to work for American Motors. He also worked road construction for a number of years. He married Charlotte M. Spencer on April 13, 1963 at Kenosha, Wisconsin. They lived in Racine, Wisc. For a time and then moved to Minnesota and in 1976 he moved to the Aitkin area and has lived in the Aitkin and McGregor area???s since. In his younger days he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed collecting clocks. He enjoyed life and especially loved his family. He is survived by his wife Charlotte Lindgren of Aitkin; son: Duane C. Lindgren of Aitkin; daughters: Darlene (Delano) Maudal of Roseville and Debbie Lindgren (Kelly Jensen) of Cambridge, Mn.; 11 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; 1 brother: Edward (Helen) Lindgren of Pengilly, MN.; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and step father. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, August 5, 2011 at 11 AM from St. Paul???s Catholic Church in Warba with Fr. Jerry Weiss officiating. Burial will be in the Warba-Feeley Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services at the church on Friday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. James R. Smith 08/13/1923-08/04/2011 James R. Smith, age 87 of Aitkin died Thursday, August 4, 2011 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. James was born August 13, 1923 in Rabbit Lake Township of Aitkin County (near Malmo) the son of Dewit and Belva (Richards) Smith. He attended the Rabbit Lake School and then the Aitkin High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during WW II. Upon his discharge in 1946 he returned to the Aitkin area. He married Edna Westerlund on January 2, 1948 in Minneapolis. They lived in Aitkin through the 1950???s and he worked in the mines at Crosby. He then worked as a heavy equipment operator and followed the work and lived in various states. In 1989 he retired and lived in the State of Washington for 3 years and then moved to Port Mille Lacs, then Malmo and eventually to Aitkin where he has resided the past 18 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, gardening and traveling. He was a member of the 49er???s union. He is survived by his wife Edna Smith of Aitkin; sons and spouses: Richard and Pam Smith of Cloquet, Mn.; Clinton and Nancy Smith of Aitkin; Bruce and Diane Smith of Big Lake, MN.; Neal and Tami Smith of Cambridge, Mn.; daughters and spouses: Becky and Patrick Anderson of Cambridge, Mn.; Sandra and Cary Tracy of East Bethel, Mn.; Lyla and Ray Dooley of Anoka, Mn.; Grandchildren: Josh Smith, Nick Smith, Jeramy Smith, Chuck Brynteson, Mindee Staubs, Cory Lindelof, Audra Tracy, Joyce Sager, Brian Lindelof, Heidi Strickland, Sherry Westerhiem, Parish Mistelske, Sharon Weihoff, Bob Lindelof, Steve Lindelof, Russell Dooley, Donald Dooley, Tim Dooley; 28 great grandchildren and 18 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Dewit and Belva Smith; brother: Rex, sisters: Vivian and Helen, grandson: Terry Mistelske,great grandchild Rocky; step sons: Roger and Leo, step daughter: Laura; nephews: Carl and Donald Smith. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 1 PM from the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo with Rev. James Raisanen officiating. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Bettijane Zierke 07/07/1922-08/06/2011 Bettijane (nee Pagel) Zierke, age 89 of Baxter, passed away Saturday August 6, 2011 at the St. Joseph???s Medical Center in Brainerd. She was born July 7, 1922 in Elmore, Minnesota the daughter of Frank Pagel and Addie (nee Darrone) Pagel. She is survived by her four children: Michael (Janice) Zierke of Faribault; Stephen (Arnita) Zierke of Baxter; Linda (Leon) Thomsen of Naperville, Ill.; and Donald (Barbara) Zierke of Bemidji; Eight grandchildren: Bradley Zierke, Christopher Zierke, Brian (Amy) Zierke, Lisa Grazzini, Brande (Todd) Baumann, Jennifer Thomsen, Peter Zierke, and Eric Thomsen; and six great grandchildren: Perry Zierke, Brady Zierke, Danah Zierke, Cole Grazzini, Brandon Zierke, and Grace Grazzini. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Wayne Zierke whom she married on December 7, 1943 and her parents. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 11 AM from the Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter. Burial will be in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Clara A. Amundson 07/17/1912-08/09/2011 Clara Augusta Amundson, 99 of Aitkin died Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born July 17, 1912 in Becker to Hubert and Bertha (Peters) Hohlen. Clara was united in marriage to Louis Alfred Amundson on September 27, 1937 in Becker. She enjoyed latch hook, playing different card games and puzzles. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Louis on July 23, 1959, Three children: Donald Amundson, Delores Kingsley, Vernon Amundson, 3 brothers and two sisters: Doris Larson, Ernest Hohlen, Theodore Hohlen, Louise Veazy , Herman Hohlen. Clara is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law: Louella (Ben) Jansen of Crosslake Iva Holm (friend Yogi) of Hill City Rose (LeRoy) Aamodt of Aitkin Shirley Amundson of Aitkin 4 sons and daughters-in-law: Kenneth (Rosemary) Amundson of Hill City Marvin (Linda) Amundson of McGregor Robert ( Darlene) Amundson of Hill City Richard (Barb) Amundson of Aitkin 35 grandchildren, 86 great-grandchildren, 17 great-great-grandchildren Brother Earl Hohlen of Elk River Many other relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 11:00A.M. ??? Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at Westside Church in Aitkin. Ronald Alger will officiate. 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 Eugene C. Knutson 11/25/1931-08/11/2011 Eugene C. Knutson, age 79 of Palisade died Thursday, August 11, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Eugene was born November 25, 1931 in McGregor, Minnesota the son of Theodore and Sylvia (Deremo) Knutson. He grew up in the McGregor area and attended the Bellhorn Bay School and the McGregor School. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Korea. He was involved in the Battle of Chosin where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart. Upon his discharge he returned to McGregor for a short time and then moved to Minneapolis and worked for a Casting Company. He married Donna M. Koskovich on January 11, 1958 in McGregor. They moved back to McGregor in the early 1970???s and they purchased what is now the Buckhorn bar and operated that for a number of years. He then started the sanitation service in McGregor and operated that until 1988 when he retired. They started spending winters in Texas in 1991 and then bought a home and lived in Texas for a number of years before returning to Minnesota and settling in Palisade in 2005. They have lived there since. He was a lifetime member of the VFW, the Military Order of Purple Hearts and was a member of the DAV. He enjoyed bowling, golfing and woodworking. He is survived by his wife Donna M. Knutson of Palisade; 3 daughters: Deborah Knutson of Austin, Texas; Roberta Knutson of Shakopee, MN.; Jennifer Knutson of Austin, Texas; 3 grandchildren: Amanda Rob) Grace, Noelle Knutson, Logan Olson and 2 great grandchildren: Santana Grace, and Nathaniel Knutson. He is also survived by sister in laws: Shirley Knutson of Minneapolis; Audrey Knuston of McGregor and Betty (Jerry) Wickstrom of Palisade and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his Daughter: Suzanne Knutson, father Theodore Knutson, mother Sylvia (Knutson) Enemark, brothers: Theodore Knutson and Harvey Knutson and Sister Donna Rohlf. A memorial service will be held Friday, August 19, 2011 at 11 AM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with Rev. William Sass officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be at a later date at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin American Legion Post and Palisade VFW Post. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Ruth Weir 11/22/1918-08/20/2011 Ruth Weir, 92 of Aitkin died Saturday, August 20, 2011 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. She was born November 22, 1918 in Aitkin to Carl and Nora (Haakenson) Carlson. She attended Aitkin Schools and confirmation class at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. She enjoyed gardening, playing cribbage, and sewing. She was living at Golden Living Center Greeley in Stillwater. She was preceded in death by her son Gary, ex-husband Lowell Weir, 5 brothers and one sister. Ruth is survived by her 2 children: Janis (Weir) Andrea and Allan Weir both of Aitkin Special granddaughter: Lisa Schultz Many other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Funeral Services will be 1:00P.M. ??? Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the Service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Saron Cemetery, Glen Township, Aitkin County. www.srtfuneral.com Maynard E. Adams 10/09/1922-08/24/2011 Maynard E. Adams, 88 of Aitkin died August 24, 2011 at Golden Horizons in Aitkin. He was born October 9, 1922 at the family farm in Lester Prairie to Orest and Leatha (Packer) Adams, the oldest of ten children. He attended country school. Maynard was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in World War II. He worked as a machinist at Char-Lin Eaton retiring in 1982. He moved to Malmo where he lived until moving to Golden Horizons in 2008. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Howard, Willard, Vernon, and Floyd, sister Lois Streich, brother-in-laws Loren Steich and Gerhart Spittstoeser, sister-in-law Emma Adams, nephews Gary, Dale, and David Adams. Maynard is survived by brothers and sisters-in-laws: Robert (Lois) Adams Kenneth (Virginia) Adams Sisters and brother-in-law: Marian Spittstoesser Gladys (Glennard) Parpart Sister-in-law: Carol Adams Special cousin Gene and Tina Packer, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Memorial service with military honors will be 12:00P.M. ??? Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Assembly area # 5. Reverend Alan Naumann will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Elsie Hietalati 12/18/1919-08/27/2011 Elsie M. Hietalati, 91 of McGregor died Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Northland Village in McGregor. She was born December 18, 1919 in Lawler to Emil and Hinni (Kallio) Lundeen. She attended Aitkin Schools. Elsie was united in marriage to Edwin J. Hietalati on June 16, 1940 in McGregor. She was a devoted Mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Edwin in 2003, two grandchildren Scott Kareen and Rory Olson, son-in-law Ed Kareen, three brothers and four sisters. Elsie is survived by seven children: Walter (Janice) Hietalati of Lawler Pat Kareen of Anchorage, Alaska Judy Hietalahti of Lawler Rick (Leslie) Hietalati of Lawler Roy (Hedy) Hietalati of Lawler Mary Dawson (Glen DeMenge) of McGregor Darwin Hietalati of Lawler 17 grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-granddaughter One sister Lorraine Bodie of Cloquet Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 2:00P.M., Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at the United Methodist Church in McGregor. Michael Barta will officiate. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Tuesday at McGregor Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Salo Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com Wesley B. Kisling 06/03/1925-08/28/2011 Wesley B. Kisling, age 86 of Palisade, formerly of Golden Valley, MN. died Sunday, August 28, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Wesley was born June 3, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Benjamin and Ida (Walschlager) Kisling. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. At the age of 18 he entered the U.S. Army and served during WW II in North Africa, Italy and Yugoslavia. Upon his discharge he returned to Minneapolis and attended Dunwoody Institute. He then worked as a carpenter for almost 60 years. He married Gertrude Schmidt on October 19, 1951 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Golden Valley until moving to the Palisade area, Lake Esquagamah, in 1986. They have lived there since. He enjoyed Carving decoys and figurines, hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife Gertrude of Palisade; sons: Bruce Kisling and Dale (Elizabeth Kisling), daughters: Gail Kisling and Laura Kisling all of Golden Valley, MN. 2 grandsons: Benjamin and Daniel Kisling both of Monticello, Mn. and 1 sister: Lorraine Amerson of St. Louis Park, Mn. A graveside service will be held Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm assembly area 5 at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery with military honors being performed by the Ft. Snelling Honor Guard. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Pearl G. (Roberts) Hammond 03/29/1918-08/29/2011 Pearl Geneva (Roberts) Hammond, 93 of McGregor died Monday, August 29, 2011 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin with her family by her side. She was born March 29, 1918 in Iona Township, Todd County, MN. to Lewis and Minnie (Dreimann) Roberts. Pearl was united in marriage to Harold S. Hammond on May 17, 1936 in Eagle Bend. They had three children, Douglas, Allan, and Terry. Pearl and Harold hosted many dances at their homestead in Todd County. They later moved to Minneapolis where she worked as a cook at Riverside Elementary School in Bloomington. She enjoyed volunteering at the Methodist Church in Bloomington. The family later moved to Big Sandy Lake near McGregor. Pearl liked snowmobiling, fishing, bowling, playing cards, baking, and gardening. She loved dancing. They enjoyed dancing at various ballrooms in Minneapolis and Big Sandy Lake. In her later years Pearl was a resident at Aicota Health Care Center where she enjoyed the many activities as well as helping other residents when she was able. She enjoyed going to the Dairy Queen for a chocolate blizzard, chicken strips, and French fries. She was preceded in death by her parents Lewis and Minnie, stepfather Erling Grane and brother Edward Roberts. Pearl is survived by 3 children: Douglas (Verna) Hammond of Anoka Allan (Carol) Hammond of Pengilly Terry Hammond of Hibbing Eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren 2 sisters: Marie Shafer of Texas and Edna Huetterman of LeSueur Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 12:00P.M. ??? Friday September 2, 2011 at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. Reverend Judith Clark will officiate. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in McGregor. Visitation will begin at 10:00A.M. until the 12:00P.M. funeral service at the funeral home. www.srtfuneral.com Lucille E. Stapleton 08/08/1913-09/01/2011 Lucille E. Stapleton, age 98 of Aitkin died Thursday, September 1, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Lucille was born August 8, 1913 at Frazee, Minnesota the daughter of Harry and Elizabeth (Daubenspek) Holmer. She grew up and attended schools in Frazee. She then moved to Minneapolis and worked as a nanny and housekeeper. She married Samuel Stapleton in 1943. They lived in various place in Minnesota and North Dakota before moving to Aitkin in the early 1950???s. She has lived here since. She raised her family and also worked as a cook. After her husband???s death in 1969 she worked as a nursing assistant for the Aitkin Community Hospital for 25 years. She enjoyed knitting, needlework, sewing, quilting and playing cards. She is survived by son: Richard (Marjory) Holmer of Topeka, Kansas; daughter: Dianne (Clifford) Tomoson of Alexandria, Mn.; 7 Grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild; 1 brother: Harry Holmer of Silver Bay, MN.; 4 sisters: Betty Palmer of Frazee, Mn.; Ethel Maves of Detroit Lakes, MN.; Alice Arndt of Bemidji, Mn.; Donna Luptak of Bismark, North Dakota; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Sam, son Steve, 6 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 1 PM from St. John???s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Rot-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Gary Lamke 03/12/1945-09/01/2011 Gary C. Lamke, age 66 of Palisade formerly of Watertown, Wisconsin and Ironwood, Michigan died Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Essentia Health St. Mary???s Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota surrounded by his loving family. Gary was born March 12, 1945 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Francis and Eva (Ward) Lamke. He attended schools in Aitkin and then the last three years of high school at Glenville High School in Glenville, MN. He then served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Upon his discharge he moved to Ironwood, Michigan where he worked as a diesel mechanic and then in the mines for a time. He then moved to Watertown, Wisconsin and worked as a diesel mechanic there for 30 years before retiring in 2004. Gary married Danielle M. Vuckovic on July 3, 1965 at Greenwich, Connecticut. Gary and Danielle moved to the Palisade area after his retirement in 2004 and have lived here since. Gary was a member of the VFW and American Legion Posts. He enjoyed hunting and 4 wheeling. He also enjoyed attended the county board meetings as he was very civic minded. He is survived by his wife: Danielle Lamke of Palisade; Children and spouses: Dwaine (Kerry) Lamke of Johnson Creek, Wisconsin; Daniel Lamke of Woodstock, Illinois; D???Arcy (Ruthann) Lamke of Rio Rancho, New Mexico; Melanie (Bill) Rader of Nakoosa, Wisconsin; Monique Lamke of Watertown, Wisconsin; Darwin (Michelle) Lamke of Watertown, Wisconsin; 11 grandchildren: Emily, Sharon, Taylor, Megan, Levi, Lauren, David, Madalyn, Jessica, Olivia, Zackary; 2 brothers: Larry Lamke of Hibbing, MN.; Steve(Andrea) Lamke of Brainerd, MN.; Sister: Kathy(Evettre) Gonzales of Pierce, MN.; 2 step brothers: Harold (Deanne) Kuchera of Hayward, Mn.; Art (Sue) Kuchera of Austin, MN.; step sister: Charolett (Dawaine) Nelson of Albert Lea, MN., Mother in law: Julienne Vuckovic of Ironwood, Michigan, Nieces, Nephews, other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters: Judy and Nancy. We'll always remember that special smile, that caring heart, that warm embrace, you always gave us. You being there for mom and us---no matter what. We'll always remember you dad, because there will never be another one to replace you in our hearts, and the love we will always have for you. A celebration of life will be held Sunday, October 16, 2011 at Noon from the Waukenabo Town Hall near Palisade. The Aitkin American Legion Post and Palisade VFW Post will provide military honors. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Lue Swanson 03/20/1935-09/05/2011 Lue Swanson, 76, left this earth and was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus on Mon. Sept. 5 2011. She passed away at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born March 20, 1935 in Chicago, IL. to Leon and Iris (Daniels) Mann. She was united in marriage to Kenneth Swanson. Lue lived life to the fullest, always looking for the next adventure. She had a special compassion for all animals. She was very aware and helpful to the needs of many and supported many charities. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth, brother Wayne Mann, sister Vickie Schnobrich, brother-in-law Ray Rutske, and her parents Leon and Iris (Daniels) Mann. She is survived by 2 sisters and brother-in-law: Deanna (Curtis) Gullickson of Aitkin and Beverly Rutske of Lakeville. Many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. To honor Lue???s wishes there will be no services. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com Robert K. Rasmussen 09/04/1932-09/06/2011 Robert K. Rasmussen, age 79 of McGregor, died Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Robert was born September 4, 1932 at Luck, Wisconsin the son of Hans and Kirstine (Neilsen) Rasmussen. He grew up and attended schools at Luck. He then worked on the family farm before serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Betty Jean Torino in North Carolina and they moved to St. Paul, Mn. and made their home. He worked as a Truck Driver and also drove Bus for Greyhound Bus Lines. He was a member of the McGregor VFW Post. He is survived by 2 sons: Bob (Joanne) Rasmussen of Rush City, MN.; Jerry Rasmussen of Los Osos, Calf.; daughter: Darlene Levasque of Andover, Mn.; 12 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; brothers: Harry Rasmussen of Luck, Wisc., Hans Rasmussen of Ione, Iowa, Magnus Rasmussen of Danbury, Wisc. And sister: Gloria Cooper of Ione, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Debby, 1 brother John and 1 sister AnnaBelle. A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 11 AM from the McGregor VFW Post. The McGregor VFW Larson-Deneen Post will provide the military honors. The McGregor Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Melvida Kellerman 06/13/1915-09/09/2011 Melvida Julia Kellerman, 96 of Aitkin died Friday, September 9, 2011 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born June 13, 1915 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada to Martin and Julia (Anderson) Monson. She attended Iron Hub school. Melvida was united in marriage to Frederick Christoph Kellerman on April 6, 1941 in Bovey. She worked seasonally at Land O??? Lakes Turkey Farm. She was a member of St. John???s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook. Melvida was preceded in death by her husband Frederick, daughter Jean Larson, granddaughter Janelle Larson, son-in-law Al Berg, four brothers and her parents. She is survived by her son Ron Kellerman of Woodbury 2 Daughters and son-in-law: Joyce Berg of Bloomington Julie (Les) McNamee of Burnsville 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 11:00A.M., Friday, September 16, 2011 at St. John???s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook. Reverend Sandy Berg-Holte will officiate. Burial will be in St. John???s Lutheran Church 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 Allen A. Downer Jr. 02/08/1936-09/13/2011 Allen Alfred Downer Jr., age 75 of McGregor died Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at the St. Luke???s Hospice Unit in Duluth, MN. Allen was born February 8, 1936 at Newburyport, Mass. the son of Allen and Dorothy Downer. He grew up and attended schools in Newburyport, Mass. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1953 and served for 20 years having served in Korea and Vietnam as well as other countries throughout the world and bases in the United States. He married Theresa Delores Silverio on September 12, 1954 at Beverly, Mass. He retired from the Army in 1973 and they moved to the McGregor, Minnesota area. He then worked for Diamond Tool in Duluth and also part time for Aitkin County Human Services as a driver. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion Posts. He is survived by his wife Theresa Downer of McGregor; son and special friend: Charles J. Downer and Danita Slosson of Duluth, MN.; 2 Grandchildren: Lisa Downer and Ryan Olson; Great Grandchildren: Lilly Downer, Layla Downer, Logan Downer, Lawson Downer, Hattie Olson, Kiah Vasquez, Hannah Vasquez, and Mikah Vasquez. Also surviving are two brothers: Raymond Downer of Newburyport, Mass.; John Downer of Las Vegas, Nev. And sister: Dorothy Root of Worcester, Mass. and special friends: Mike and Laurie Decker of Mahtowa, Mn. and Robert and Sheila Merritt of McGregor. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother Richard. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 10 AM from the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Burial will be in the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls at 2 PM. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church Tuesday. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, MN. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Marlys M. Meyer 05/29/1937-09/16/2011 Marlys M. Meyer, age 74 of Aitkin died Friday, September 16, 2011 at the Foley Care Center in Foley, Minnesota. She was born May 29, 1937 at Henrietta, Minnesota the daughter of Robert and Elsie (Byrd) Conger. She attended school in Henrietta and then moved to Anoka where she graduated from High School in 1955. She then attended St. Olaf College for four years and received her degree in nursing. She worked as a nurse in various hospitals doing most of her work in the post natel area. She married David A. Meyer on June 20, 1959 in Anoka. The lived in the Twin Cities, where she raised her family and in later years she worked for Dayton???s in their Deli area. They moved to the Aitkin area in 1997 and have lived here since. She did volunteer work at the Riverwood Health Care Center, was a member of First Lutheran Church and did quilting with the church ladies. She is survived by her daughter and son in law: Erin Marie and Dan Eilers of Becker, Mn.; 2 grandchildren: Devin Krueger and Raven Krueger. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband David in 1999, son Michael David in 1998, and 1 sister Avis Leis. A graveside service will be held Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 11 AM at the Saron Cemetery near Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com Margaret A. Weston 07/24/1922-09/17/2011 Margaret Agnes Weston, age 89 of Aitkin died Saturday, September 17, 2011 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Margaret was born July 24, 1922 in Palisade the daughter of Arvid and Signe (Beck) Johnson. She grew up and attended schools in Palisade and Aitkin. She married Charles Weston Jr. on November 24, 1944 at Palisade. They lived and farmed in the palisade area until 1983. Margaret was a lifelong member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade. She had served on the Palisade School Board and the West Libby Township Board. She is survived by her sons: Myrle (Rhonda) Weston of LaPorte, Indiana; Jerry Weston of Palisade, MN.; daughters: Charlene (Ronnie) Landrus of Wyoming, Mn.; Mary Ann (Peter) Ward of Ottawa, Illinois; 10 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; Sister: Verna Kullhem of Aitkin and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2005, her parents, 5 sisters and 1 brother. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 23, 2011 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. William Sass officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Deloris ''Bud'' Warner Deloris ???Bud? 10/15/1915-09/21/2011 Deloris ''Bud'' Warner Deloris ???Bud??? Warner, 95 of McGregor died Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born October 15, 1915 in Minneapolis to Alfred and Hilma (Foker) Liebig. She graduated from Edison High School in Minneapolis and then from The University of Minnesota. Deloris was united in marriage to David R. Warner, Sr. on September 3, 1940 in Minneapolis. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. She was an avid reader, who loved her family and being at the lake on Warner???s Point. She was preceded in death by her husband David in 1988, sister Dorothy Liebig, and her parents. She is survived by four children: David (Valerie) Warner, Jr. of McGregor Rebecca (Tom) Evans of Madison, WI. Mary Brooks of Minneapolis William (Gayle) Warner, III of McGregor 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren One brother Donald (Virginia) Liebig of Brooklyn Park And many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 3:00P.M. ??? Sunday, September 25, 2011 at Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Needle Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service in the church. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com Charles P. Sackett 07/05/1949-09/23/2011 Charles Peter Sackett, 62 of Palisade died Friday, September 23, 2011 at his home. He was born July 5, 1949 in Grand Rapids to Rex J. and Dona (Gist) Sackett. He was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother Dona of Palisade, daughter Corey Sackett, son Toby Sackett, grandson Carter Sackett, and one brother. There will be no services. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com Ruth M. Klahr 07/03/1921-09/23/2011 Ruth M. Klahr, 90 of Aitkin died Friday, September 23, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born July 3, 1921 in Minneapolis to Joseph and Bella (Girard) Bourassa. Ruth was married to Wayne Delbert Swart in 1945 in Algona, Iowa. Wayne died in 1964. Ruth married George Klahr December 28, 1973 in Minneapolis. She worked at Hennepin County Medical Center and then at Riverwood Health Care Center as a ward secretary. Ruth volunteered at Riverwood Health Care Center after her retirement. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Ruth was a loving person to her friends and family. She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Wayne Delbert Swart in 1964, second husband George Klahr on January 21, 1990, son Russell Swart, daughter Kathleen Haag, four brothers; William, John, George, and Robert ???Skippy??? Bourassa, two sisters; Marie Erickson and Pearl Benson. Ruth is survived by two granddaughters: Samantha Lubbesmeyer of Rosemount Raquel Haag of Apple Valley 6 Great-grandchildren: William Lubbesmeyer, Troy ???T.J.??? Haag, Destiny Haag-Rampersad, Kristelle Haag-Rampersad, Dyllan Lubbesmeyer, Sophia Lubbesmeyer Sister Dorothy Enger Son-in-law Mark Lubbesmeyer Many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 2:00P.M., Sunday, October 2, 2011 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Dorothy Sand will officiate. Visitation will be 1:00 to 3:00P.M., Saturday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Order of the Eastern Star service will be 3:00P.M., Saturday at the funeral home. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Irene Manchester 12/01/1932-09/24/2011 Irene Manchester, 78, formerly of McGregor died Saturday, September 24, 2011 at Our Lady Of Peace Home in St. Paul following a long illness. She was born December 1, 1932 in McGregor to Grant and Mabel (Mandler) Manchester. She attended rural elementary schools in the McGregor area and high school in McGregor and Aitkin where she graduated in 1950. After graduation Irene was employed with a government sponsored radio program in Washington D.C. known as ???Voice of America???. When this program series ended she worked in the advertising industry in the Minneapolis area until her retirement. Irene never married. On her time off during her working years, she enjoyed traveling on organized tours of America, visiting museums, galleries, and historic sites. She was a devout Christian and lifelong member of the Lutheran Church. Irene was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Guy who died as a decorated war hero in Korea. She is survived by a 2 brothers: Gordon Manchester of McGregor and Jim Manchester of California. And many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Graveside services will be 10:00AM, Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at Woodland Cemetery in McGregor. Reverend Erika Foss will officiate. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com Lempi S. Paajanen 12/18/1911-09/24/2011 Lempi Sylvia (Rautio) Paajanen, age 99 of Aitkin formerly of Palisade died Saturday, September 24, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center of Aitkin. Lempi was born December 18, 1911 at Painsdale, Michigan the daughter of Matti and Anna (Takala) Rautio. She moved with her family at an early age to Mahtowa, Mn. and attended the Barnum High School graduating in 1929. She then worked for a bank in Moose Lake for a time prior to her marriage. She married Wayne Paajanen on January 15, 1938 in Duluth, Minnesota. They lived in Tamarack, Kettle River, Mahtowa and settled in Palisade in 1952 where she raised her family. As her children grew older she worked as a part time book keeper for the Palisade oil coop. In later years she and her husband wintered in Donna, Texas. After her husband???s death in 1987 she continued living in Palisade and then moved to Aitkin and lived at the Aitkin Manor, the Riverwood long term care center and then to Aicota Health Care Center. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade and was very active in the church???s ladies groups. She also enjoyed traveling. She had been to Finland, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, China and had also wintered in Florida for a few years with childhood friends. She also was very active volunteering with different organizations in Palisade and Aitkin. She loved her crossword puzzles, knitting and crocheting, and she especially enjoyed the spelling bees which were held at the Aicota Health Care Center. Lempi was a very loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is survived by her son and daughter in law: Wayne and JoAnne Alden of McGregor; daughter and son in law: Carol and Courtney Peterson of Virginia, Mn.; 3 grandchildren and spouses: Danae (Scott) Beaudette of Gilbert, MN.; Jody (Brad) Clawson of Pittsburgh, PA.; Janell (Scott) Sherr of Baltimore, Maryland; 6 great grandchildren: Nicholas and Anna Beaudette, Jack, Sam, and Kate Clawson; and Avery Sherr. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wayne, and 11 brothers and sisters: Toivo, Uuno, Edward, John, Jalmar, Vienna, George, Art, Elsie, Katrina, and Hugo. Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 11 AM from Bethel Lutheran Church at Palisade with Rev. William Sass officiating. Burial will be in the Eagle Lake Cemetery south of Cromwell, MN. A Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 28 from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday. Memorials may be sent to Bethel Lutheran Church at P.O. Box 50, Palisade, Minnesota 56469. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfunral.com. Jerry L. Martin 09/07/1937-09/25/2011 Jerry L. Martin, 74 of Palisade died Sunday, September 25, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born September 7, 1937 to Clyde and Inez Martin. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Jerry was united in marriage to Karen Olson. He was self employed as an engineering architect. He was preceded in death by his wife Karen in April of 1980, 3 brothers, and his parents. Jerry is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law: Beth (Mark) Powers of Ramsey Brenda Lee (Robert) Boone of Martinsville, Illinois Linda Kittleson of Ham Lake Laura (Dan) Culver of Higginsville, Missouri 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Many other relatives and friends. There will be no services. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com Evelyn ''Evey'' Ritter Evelyn ???Evey? 10/09/1940-09/26/2011 Evelyn ''Evey'' Ritter Evelyn ???Evey??? M. Ritter, age 70 of Aitkin died Monday, September 26, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Evey was born October 9, 1940 at McGregor, Minnesota the daughter of Martin and Elizabeth (Newman) Sanda. She grew up and attended schools in the McGregor area graduating from the McGregor High School in 1958. She married Patrick L. Ritter on April 15, 1961 in McGregor. They have made their home and raised their family in Aitkin. She had helped with the family business of Ritter Sewer and Excavating for 30 years. In these later years she has spent time enjoying her family. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church, the Red Hat Society, the Mrs. Jaycees, was very involved with Relay for Life and the Hospital Auxiliary, the Red Cross Blood Drives and was always willing to volunteer and help with many different causes. She enjoyed playing bridge with the bridge club members. She is survived by her husband Patrick Ritter of Aitkin, Mn. Children and spouses: Mark and Jacqueline Ritter of Aitkin, Mn.; Michel and Mark Sadusky of Oak Grove, Mn.; Corey and Margaret Ritter of Raleigh, North Carolina; Grandchildren: Alyssa (Kyle) Mlynar of Bismark, N.D.; Amy Ritter of Fargo, N.D.; Elizabeth and Amelia Sadusky both of Oak Grove, Mn.; Maggie, Jack, Gracie Ritter all of Woodbury, Mn. And Hannah and Courtney Devault of Raleigh, North Carolina; and 1 great granddaughter: Macy Mlynar of Bismark, N.D. Sister: Joyce (Lawrence) Fulton of Aitkin and Brother: Gerald Sanda of Fort Mill, South Carolina. She was preceded in death by her parents. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, September 30, 2011 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 6 PM with a prayer service at 6 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and the visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society or the Aitkin County First Responders. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Norman C. Wright 07/13/1923-10/01/2011 Norman C. Wright, age 88 of Greenville, Illinois formerly of Aitkin died Saturday, October 1, 2011 at the Helia Healthcare Center in Greenville, Illinois. Norman was born July 13, 1923 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Claude and Averil (Shisler) Wright. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School. He worked on the family???s turkey farm for a time. He married Dorothy Marie Monse on December 26, 1949 at Aitkin, MN. They purchased their own farm and raised turkeys and also dairy cattle. They eventually phased out of the turkeys and continued with the dairy cattle. In 1981 Norman started Wrights Quality Fruit and Produce and operated that until 2005. He was a member of the Farm Bureau and had served on the board of directors at the local and state levels. He also had served on the Land O??? Lakes Board, the Aitkin Township Board, and the Flood Diversion Board. He was very active in the Republican Party and had been a member of the Brainerd Toastmasters Club. He is survived by 3 daughters: Carolyn (Russell) Kingsley of Palisade; Barb (Harvey) Whipps of Aitkin; Theresa (Bob) Tautges of St. Mathias, MN.; sons: Greg Wright of Carlyle, Ill.; Quentin (Kristy) Wright of Blair, Neb.; Grandchildren: Uriah, Olivia, Matt, Josh, Jacob, Manny, Alanna, Lorin, Maggie, Caleb, Katie, Shelby, Dylan, Peyton, and Deanna; and 9 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Dorothy in 2010, son Steven, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 7, 2011 at 2 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Charles Carlson officiating. Interment will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home on Friday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. John L. Anderson 12/05/1956-10/01/2011 John L. Anderson, 54, of Tamarack died Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Lakeridge Golden Living Center in Roseville. He was born December 5, 1956 in Cloquet to John and Judy (Britt) Anderson. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Germany and worked as a computer operator with the peace missile program. John was united in marriage to Jennell (Boelter) on October 6, 1978 in Milbank, SD. He worked in highway and bridge construction and was a member of Carpenters Union Local #7. He was a master at fixing things and enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents. John is survived by his 3 children: Jed (Lisa) Anderson of Slayton James (Cathy) Anderson of Coon Rapids Cole Anderson of Coon Rapids One grandson Austin Anderson 5 brothers and sisters: Carl (Carol) Anderson of Ramsey Virginia Porter of Perry, Iowa Roscoe Anderson of Perry, Iowa Marion Anderson of Woodward, Iowa Susan Apaugh of Manassas, Virginia And many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 10A.M. Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 funeral service at Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. Father Paul Fruth will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by McGregor VFW Larson-Duneen Post #2747. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com Emerson Mejderich 01/02/1917-10/06/2011 Emerson Mejdrich, 94 of Aitkin and Northfield died Thursday, October 6, 2011 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born January 2, 1917 in Downers Grove, Illinois to Joseph and Barbara (Schally) Mejdrich. His mother and father were immigrants from Bohemia, the area which is now the Czech Republic, arriving with their parents and siblings in 1890 ??? 1891. He graduated from Downers Grove High School where as a senior he won the highest rating at the national high school music contest both in solo clarinet and woodwind quintet. He went on to attend the University of Illinois on a music scholarship. Emerson was united in marriage to Helen Marie Kolar on July 10, 1939 in Comanche, Clinton County, Iowa. He worked as a mink rancher, farmer and electrician. He was employed as a mining electrician at the Menomin Mine on the Cuyuna Iron Range in Crosby ??? Ironton and for Kaiser Steele Co. in Eagle Mountain, CA. He was an amateur radio operator: WORIQ, and enjoyed classical music, gardening, and science. Emerson was also a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, MN. He was preceded in death by his wife Helen in 1992, son Allan in 1997, sons-in-law: Charles Glazner in 1976 and Thomas Edstrom in 2011, all of his siblings, and his parents: Joseph in 1920, and Barbara in 1958. Emerson is survived by five daughters: Barbara (Glazner) (Lewis A. MD) Crawford, of Colorado Springs, CO, Patricia (Rev. Hallett) Goehrs of Brown Deer, WI, Judith (Weslie) Kinstad of Northfield, MN, Janice Edstrom of Hastings, MN, Nancy (Rev. Timothy) Sersen of Aberdeen, SD; daughter in law: Grace (Mejdrich) Lease of Willmar, MN. 14 Grandchildren: Margaret Glazner of Denver, CO, Sara Glazner (Philip Baese, M.D.) of Salt Lake City, UT, Cheryl Goehrs of Seattle, WA, Tracy Goehrs (David Sisti) of South Milwaukee, WI, Liesa Goehrs (Bart Elliott) of Nashville, TN, Christopher (Crystal Pagels) Goehrs of Milwaukee, WI, Brian (Monica Lyon) Kinstad of Minneapolis, MN, Lori Kinstad of Minneapolis, MN, Peter (Sarah Tobin) Edstrom of Minneapolis, MN, Jesse Edstrom of Richardson, TX, Rachel Edstrom (Christopher Koniar) of Minneapolis, MN, Pamela Sersen (Joel Kuehne) of Fukushima, Japan, Charles Sersen of Aberdeen, SD, Rebecca Sersen of St. Paul, MN. 12 Great-grandchildren Sister-in-law: Eleanore (Kolar) Mejdrich of Cohasset, MN, Nieces, Nephews, and many friends. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 1:00 P.M. ??? Saturday, October 22, 2011 funeral service at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Kristine Braaten-Lee will officiate. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Aitkin. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. James R. Morris 08/05/1957-10/11/2011 James R. Morris, age 54 of Suwanee, Georgia, formerly of Morris, Mn and Aitkin, MN died Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at his home after a short illness. Jim was born August 5, 1957 in Aitkin the son of Raymond and Phyllis (Spencer) Morris. He grew up and attended school in Morris graduating in 1975. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nashville, Tennessee Mission from 1977 to 1979. He worked in the accounting field most of his life. Jim deeply loved his family and was selfless and giving his entire life. He loved to laugh and make others laugh. He is survived by his wife Merrilee of Suwanee, GA, children: Joshua of Duluth, MN; Jesse of Zimmerman, MN; Alex and Alletta, both of Suwanee, GA (presently attending college at BYU in Idaho); Parents: Ray and Phyllis Morris of Aitkin; two sisters: Marilyn (Bill) Crowther of Aitkin; Carol (Shawn) Kyar of Aitkin; one brother: Brad (Cindy) Morris of Maple Grove, MN; father and mother in law: Wilbur and Myrtle Mathison of California; and many nieces, nephews and other family members. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Frank and Alletta (Mayer) Spencer and Dewey and Katherine (Pendergast) Morris. A memorial service was held Saturday, October 15, 2011 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Suwanee, GA. A funeral service will be held Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 10 AM from the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints in Aitkin. Burial will be in the Spencer Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday October 19 from 5 to 7 PM at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints and also 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Edith Tully 11/21/1914-10/20/2011 Edith H. Tully, age 96 of Aitkin died Thursday, October 20, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Edith was born November 21, 1914 the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth (Skillings) Fuller at Bay Lake, Minnesota. She attended country school and graduated from the Crosby-Ironton High School. She worked as a waitress, housekeeper, and cook for summer residents in the area when she was young. She married Fred Tully on December 17, 1936 in Aitkin. They lived most of their married life in Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Fred in 2002, three sisters and three brothers. She is survived by Mike and Julie Cartie of Cold Spring, Mn.; Jack and Ann Rutger of Bay Lake; Mae Heglund of Crosby, Jane Bobich of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Larry Fuller of Seattle, Wash.; Ann Fuller of Seattle, Wash.; Marcie Rivers of Foley, Mn.; and Ton and Marybeth Antonsen of Bay Lake and also other nieces, nephews and cousins. Private Family graveside services will be held at the Bay Lake Cemetery. Services were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Laurence A. Leitschuh 08/21/1939-10/24/2011 Laurence A. Leitschuh, 72 of Aitkin died Monday, October 24, 2011 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born August 21, 1939 in Minneapolis to Edmund and Aurora ???Frenchie??? (DuBois) Leitschuh. He graduated from De La Salle High School then attended Dunwwoody Institute and the University of Minnesota. Laurence was united in marriage to Jacqueline Schaefer on September 10, 1960 in Minneapolis. He was employed for 41 years at Scherer Brothers Lumber, where he worked as director of corporate affairs, C.F.M. Larry was an Eagle Scout mentor to Matt Hilden. He was a member of Country Road Classics Car Club, Lifetime member of Wealthwood Rod and Gun Club, The Antique Outboard Motor Club Inc., MSRA, and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church where was an usher and volunteered many hours on church facility projects. Larry loved his family and enjoyed water skiing, hunting, fishing, collecting old motors, NASCAR, farming, snowmobiling, ice racing, and ???Alan???. He is survived by his wife Jackie of Aitkin 4 daughters and sons-in-law: Sue (Ed) Hein of Zimmerman Deb (Pat) Hilden of Otsego Barb (Jerry) Olejar of Otsego Patti Rahm of Foreston 11 grandchildren: Pete Flannery, Sean Flannery, CJ Rahm, Adrienne Rahm, Bobbi Rahm, Matt Hilden, Mike Hilden, Mitch Hilden, Jenny Olejar, Jody Olejar, Jessica Olejar Sister: Jeannine (Don) Rachner of Emerald, WI. 2 nephews: Chris (Sherri) Rachner and Ken Rachner all of Emerald, WI. 1 niece: Sandy (Tim) Ward of Stillwater And other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by Baby John Olejar, Baby Esden Rahm, and his parents. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 10am, Thurs. Oct 27, 2011 Funeral service at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Garrison. Father David Forsman will officiate. There will also be a visitation from 4 to 8pm on Thursday at Gearty-Delmore Funeral Chapel in Robbinsdale with a prayer service at 7pm. Burial will be in Gethsemane Cemetery, New Hope. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Alice L. Elwess 03/16/1925-10/28/2011 Alice L. Elwess, age 86 of Aitkin formerly of Garrison died Friday, October 28, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Alice was born March 16, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri. She grew up and attended schools in Kansas City and then moved to California. She married Cecil Elwess on May 30, 1964 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She worked as a production worker in electrical manufacturing. She and her husband moved to the Garrison in 1991 and she moved to the Aicota Health Care Center about three years ago. She is survived by her husband Cecil Elwess of Aitkin and 2 grandchildren: Christopher and Jeffrey Miller both of Sacramento, Calf. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 sister and 2 brothers. A memorial service will be held Friday, November 4, 2011 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Randy Stauter officiating. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Jean Dora Berg 12/09/1930-11/01/2011 Jean Dora Berg, 80 of Aitkin died Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at her home. She was born December 9, 1930 in Brainerd to Louis and Florence (Trimmer) Skeate. Jean was united in marriage to Edmund Arnold Berg on March 17, 1951 in Minneapolis. They lived in Minneapolis where she worked as a supervisor for the Sheraton ??? Ritz Hotel for 20 years. They had been traveling to the Aitkin Area since 1978 and eventually moved to their home on Ripple Lake. While in Aitkin she helped as a hairdresser at the former Riverwood Extended Care for 18 years. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, Lydia Circle, and was active with meals on wheels. She enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, fishing, and going for walks. Jean adored her children, grandchildren, great-grandson, and her dog Arnie. She was preceded in death by her husband Edmund on March 24, 2008, two brothers Charles and Milo Skeate, and her parents. Jean is survived by her children: Charles (April) of Andover, Patricia of Aitkin, Bonnie of Aitkin, Mike of Minneapolis, and David (Michelle) of White Bear Lake Grandchildren: Gina, Joe, and Charlie Berg, and Brian Fadroski Great-grandson Aidan Gilbert Aunt Stella Brusseau, other relatives and friends Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 11:00A.M. Saturday, November 12, 2011 memorial service at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend Dorothy Sand will officiate. Lunch will follow in the fellowship hall. Memorial are preferred in lieu of flowers to Lydia Circle or Aitkin food shelf. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Hjalmer R. Fredrickson 09/05/1924-11/03/2011 Hjalmer R. Fredrickson, age 87 of Aitkin, longtime resident of McGregor died Thursday, November 3, 2011 at the Essentia St. Joseph???s Medical Center in Brainerd. Hjalmer was born September 5, 1924 in McGregor, Minnesota the son of Charles and Beda (Johnson) Fredrickson. He grew up and attended schools in McGregor. He also helped his father log and farm. As he grew up he drove milk truck for a time. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in the Aleutian Islands during WW II. Upon his discharge he returned to McGregor and eventually started working as a heavy equipment operator doing construction work throughout Minnesota. He continued working up until about 6 months ago. He was a member of the McGregor American Legion Post, the McGregor VFW Post and life member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was also a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor. He is survived by his life partner of 40 years Linda Ronich of Aitkin; 7 children and spouses: Roger (Barb) Fredrickson of Camden, Tenn.; Jerry Fredrickson of McGregor, Mn.; Nancy Brown (Dave Sabiska) of McGregor, MN.; Jim (Jennifer) Fredrickson of Aitkin, Mn.; Wes (Deb) Fredrickson of Aitkin, Mn.; Don (Norma) Fredrickson of McGregor, MN.; Tim Fredrickson of McGregor; Step-Children: Penny (Chaz) Long of Ironton, Mn.; Dan (Jennifer Lox) Ronich of McGregor, MN.; Barb (Red) Fredrickson of Braham, Mn.; Frank (Roxanne) Ronich of Winneconne, Wisc.; close friends: Mike (Glenda) Hernandez of St. Paul, Mn.; 22 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; and 1 brother: Roy (Kathy) Fredrickson of McGregor. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters: Helma and Anna and brothers: Ed, Bill and Norris. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 11 AM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church with Rev. Henry Koopman officiating. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church Wednesday. Military honors will be provided by the McGregor American Legion and VFW Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Joyce A. Mickelson 09/09/1932-11/05/2011 Joyce A. Mickelson, 79 of Aitkin died Saturday, November 5, 2011 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. She was born September 9, 1932 in McGrath to John and Alvida (Brooton) Mickelson. She lived with Archie and Gloria Huddleston and the Carol Hanson Foster Home. She enjoyed attending the Aitkin County DAC, watching the ???Lassie??? television show, and music. She was preceded in death by her parents, 4 sisters, and 3 brothers. Joyce is survived by two sisters: Marilyn Ekman of Helena, MT. and Sharon Atkin of New Richland, MN. Special friends: Carol Hanson, Roberta Elvecrog, everyone at Oakridge Homes and Aitkin County DAC. Many nieces, nephews, and friends. A memorial service will be at a later date. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Aitkin. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com Elwood E. Thompson 03/25/1935-11/08/2011 Elwood E. Thompson, 76 of Tamarack, MN died November 8, 2011 at St. Luke???s Hospital, Duluth. He was born March 25, 1935 in Ashland, WI. to John Thompson and Anna (Hanninen) Thompson. He's a 1953 Ashland High School graduate and a U.S. Air Force veteran serving during the Korea War. He lived in Minneapolis for 50 years after his 1957 marriage to Zola Clift, daughter of Silas and Lyla Clift, formerly of Tamarack. He worked as a serviceman for Minnegasco and as a photo lab manager for Color-by-Century. He was a talented jack-of-all-trades and was self employed for 20 years before retirement. Self employment included slate board resurfacing, semi-truck driving, auctioneering, TV repair, restaurant maintenance and remodeling, snow plowing, lawn mowing and landscaping, auto repair and the list goes on. He was living his dream in retirement, digging with his backhoe and bulldozer, working to restore his hay fields, watching the beavers in our river, visiting friends for coffee, and making mojakka soup.He enjoyed his new position, serving on the Clark township board. He was a member of the Tamarack Presbyterian Church. Elwood is survived by his wife, Zola, son, Mark Thompson (Patty), daughter April Anderson (Dan), grandsons Kenny (Angie) and Michael and great-grand daughter, Mckenna Anderson. Also survived by Aunt and Uncle Alice and Roger Peters, Highbridge, WI; brothers Harold (Shirley) of Grand Rapids, MN; John (Linda) of Mellen, WI and sisters Rose Ann Lathe of Ashland, WI and Sandra Klein of Marshfield, WI. Aunt and uncle Roger and Alice Peters. He was preceded in death by parents John Thompson and Anna Lunda, sister Carol Cozad, and brothers Ray and Jim Thompson and Joe Lunda. Funeral services will be 12:00P.M., Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Round Lake Presbyterian Church, McGregor. Reverend John Yingling will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. ??? Friday at McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com Raymond E. Kulju 03/30/1931-11/10/2011 Raymond E. Kulju, age 80 of McGregor died Thursday, November 10, 2011 at the Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Raymond was born March 30, 1931 at Lawler, Minnesota the son of Jacob and Hilda (Rengo) Kulju. He grew up and attended schools in Lawler and McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School in 1949. He then joined the U.S. Air Force and served in Korea. He married Violet Jean O???Brien on May 22, 1952 in Tacoma, Washington. He attended Dunwoody Institute and he worked for Boeing and then the Hanford Atomic Works Plant in Washington. He moved to Lawler in 1960. He married his high school sweet heart Elaine Sylte on December 12, 1964 in St. Paul, MN. They moved to Hastings, Minnesota and Ray worked as an electrical maintenance engineer for 3M retiring in 1992. Upon his retirement they moved to the McGregor area and he has lived here since. Ray and Elaine owned and operated a number of businesses in the area over the years. He was a member of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic workers union, and the American Legion Post. He also had taught sno-mobile safety courses. He is survived by Children: Jack (Beverly) Kulju of Apple Valley, Calf.; Tom (Ann) Kulju of Longville, MN.; Kerry (Raymond) Nelson of Goodland, Mn.; Karl Kulju of Hastings, Mn.; Eric (Greta) Kulju of McGregor, MN.; Toni (Brett) Pugsley of Hastings, MN.; Kris (Paula) Kulju of Brainerd, MN.; Trell Kulju and special friend Vicki Heckman of Thief River Falls, MN.; 12 Grandchildren: Lisa, Patric, Michael, Brittney, Jacob, Jennifer, Peyton, Cameron, Anna, Cheryl, Michelle, Amy; 2 Great Grandchildren: Keira, Tristan. And special niece: Kay Blais of Longville, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Elaine in 2004, 2 infant children, 2 sisters: Elma and Elsie and 2 brothers: Weikko and infant brother. A gathering of family and friends will be held Tuesday, November 22, 2011 from 5 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor, MN. Burial will be in the Salo Cemetery. Memorials will be given to the Independent School District #4 to help further education. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Charles J. Elvecrog 12/07/1925-11/16/2011 Charles J. Elvecrog, age 85 of Aitkin died Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at his home on Nord Lake. Charles was born December 7, 1925 in Appleton, Minnesota the son of Joe and Lena (Anderson) Elvecrog. He grew up and attended schools in Appleton graduating from the Appleton High School. He entered the U. S. Army during WW II and served in Italy and the Battle of the Bulge. Upon his discharge he moved to the Twin Cities and began working with the Minneapolis Street Railway Co. as a motorman which later became the Metro Transit (MTC) He married Elaine White on March 20, 1948 at Northwood, Iowa. They retired to the Aitkin area in 1982. He enjoyed tinkering, traveling, camping and fishing. He had also served as a Cub Scout leader. He was a member of the American Legion, the Escapees RV Club and the Amalgamated Transit Union. He is survived by his wife Elaine Elvecrog of Aitkin; son and daughter in law: Glenn and Roberta Elvecrog of Aitkin; daughters and son in law: Diane Thomas of Richfield, Mn.; Karen (Tony Kubes) Peterson of Brooklyn Park, MN.; Brother: Julian ???Bud??? (Opal) Elvecrog of Bloomington, Mn.; Sister in law: Virginia Elvecrog of Ortonville, Mn.; 5 grandchildren: Cam, Dai, Micah, Collin and Joseph; 6 great grandchildren: Rhyana, Holly, Kaylee, Jenna, Joshua, Mathais, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Fay Elvecrog, Dean Elvecrog, sister in law: Carol Elvecrog, son in law: Jim Thomas and great granddaughter: Emily Thomas. A gathering of friends and family will be held Saturday, November 26, 2011 from 11 AM until 1 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Interment will be in the Rabbit Lake Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Gene W. Hill 05/21/1928-11/19/2011 Gene W. Hill, age 83 of Aitkin, formerly of McGregor died Saturday, November 19, 2011 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Gene was born May 21, 1928 in Superior, Wisconsin the son of Richard and Ellen (Neelund) Hill. He grew up and attended schools in Superior graduating in 1945. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1948.Upon his discharge he attended the Layton Art School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He then worked as a commercial artist in the twin cities and then was self-employed as an artist. He moved to the McGregor area and has lived here for many years. He was a member of the Minneapolis Choralairs, American Legion and VFW Posts and former member of Rotary. He had also taught water color classes in McGregor. He is survived by a daughters and sons in law: Robin and Jack Carreno of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Terri and Harold Bills of Minneapolis, Mn.; sister: Mildred Ahlborg of Superior, Wisconsin; 3 grandchildren: Amanda Erickson, Tina Drager, Joshua Bills; 2 great grandchildren: Alexa Drager and Olivia Drager and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter: Heidi Marie Hill, 2 brothers and 4 sisters. Burial was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. Military Honors were provided by the Camp Ripley Honor Guard. Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. ALFRED AL WEBSTER 06/16/1938-11/27/2011 Alfred ''Al'' W. Webster Alfred ???Al??? W. Webster, age 73 of Aitkin died Sunday, November 27, 2011 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Al was born June 16, 1938 at Grand Meadow, Minnesota the son of Oscar and Clara (Ringwald) Webster. He grew up and attended schools in Cleveland, Minnesota graduating from the Cleveland High School in 1956. Al then enlisted in the US Navy beginning a 20 year career in the Naval Intelligence Division. He married Mary S. Goldie on August 8, 1972 at Fern Parrish Church in Scotland. Al retired from the U.S. Navy in 1976 and he and Mary moved to the Aitkin area where they have lived since. He worked for the U.S. Postal service for 20 years working his way through the ranks and was Postmaster of the Deerwood Post Office when he retired. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, the Aitkin Lions Club, and the Bay Lake Lions Club and had served as the Lion???s Chapter President and Zone Chairman; was a recipient of the Melvin Jones Award. He was also a member of the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts, was involved in the Fleet Reserve Assoc., the U.S. Naval Cryptologic Veterans Assoc. and had served as the Liaison Officer for the Red Cross for the Aitkin County Area; was instrumental in starting the Aitkin Co-Ed Volleyball league and in 1978 founded the Aitkin Little League Program. He is survived by his wife Mary Webster of Aitkin; Daughter: Claire Webster-Richards of Bloomington, Mn. Son: Graeme Webster of Minneapolis; Daughter: Terry Webster of Smithfield, Va.; Sons: Alfred W. Webster Jr. of Newport News, Va.; Jeffrey Webster of Lanexa, Va.; Grandchildren: Dylan Richards, Taylor Webster, Hunter Webster, Noah Webster, Nicholas Webster, Matthew Webster and Samantha Webster; 3 sisters: Marilyn Gleason of Topeka, Ks.; Janice Pryll of Rochester NY.; and Karen Susag of Townsend, Mt. He was preceded in death by his Parents, 2 brothers: Harold and Daniel; and sister: Anne Krull. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Dorothy Sand officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts in Aitkin. Burial will be on Friday, December 2, 2011 at 10 AM at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley. Military Honors will be provided by the Camp Ripley Honor Guard. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com. Florence Peterson 08/17/1921-11/28/2011 Florence Peterson, age 90 of McGregor formerly of Minneapolis died Monday, November 28, 2011 at the Northland Village Assisted Living Center in McGregor, Minnesota. Florence was born August 17, 1921 at Warren, Minnesota the daughter of John and Anna (Surmick) Knute. She grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. She married Clarence (Ole) Peterson on December 24, 1937 in Minneapolis. They made their home in North Minneapolis for many years. They had purchased property by Dam Lake near Aitkin in 1973 and spent a lot of time there. She moved to the Aitkin area 5 years ago and has been a resident at Northland Village for the past year. She had been a member of the Minneapolis VFW Auxiliary. She is survived by 4 sons and spouses: Robert and Jean Peterson of Annandale, Mn.; Richard and Sharon Peterson of Aitkin, Mn.; Roger and Kathy Peterson of Aitkin, Mn.; Russell and Ann Peterson of Minnetonka, Mn.; 1 sister: Beverly Jeoneak of Mora, Mn.; 8 Grandchildren; 19 Great Grandchildren; and 5 Great Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clarence, Grandson Jeff Peterson, 2 sisters: Agnes Lindner and Margaret White, and brother: Jerry Knute. A funeral service will be held Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Fr.